pessimistic optimist

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I Promise I'm Not a Survivalist Nut. So...

I'm not a nut.
Really.
Sure, back in the 70's in high school I used to listen to a cheap radio between classes, just to make sure no one was announcing the nukes were flying--you know, so I could run and hide between social studies and gym--but I'm not a nut.
I don't live in a secluded mountain fastness surrounded by barbed wire and purebred dobermans. I don't count my ammo or spend my weekends sighting in my 30-06 Springfield at 300 yards. I haven't fired a gun in 20 years. I don't own one, but I probably will soon.
I live in a nearly suburban home, work as a computer guy and seem pretty typical if you were to pass me on the street.
And my dogs might come running at you as you come to the house, but they'll just want to play.
But I do think a little differently.

Worldometers - real time world statistics

This just presents the raw numbers. But looking at them is very very sobering. Real time, real world statistics.

Who Owns Your Future?

This is video of how it is possible to completely and unnoticably compromise an electronic voting machine in under a minute.

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Daily Kos: State of the Nation

"Darksyde" writes at Daily Kos: State of the Nation:

I feel our nation is under grave threat from a tiny cabal of neoconservatives freaks, that are off the chain, bug-fuck crazy. In just a few short years, these stooges have lost one war, are in the process of losing a second, even while clamoring to start a third. The tragic litany of foreign and domestic policy catastrophes engineered by these clowns handily exceeds the scope of this post. It is virtually impossible to overstate the magnitude of these blunders. They are unparalleled in modern American history.

These fringe radicals remain profoundly dangerous for three interlocking reasons: They’re breathtakingly incompetent, they’re arrogant to the brink of delusional, and they retain enormous influence over the most powerful military machine on the face of the planet. Now their fraud has been exposed, finally Republicans, Democrats, and Independents have begun to collectively realize the destruction these derelicts have brought down on all our ideological heads. But they're still in power, perhaps cooking up who knows what kind of new God-awful shit, even as they blame America for their past, stupendous cluster-fucks.

While the main thrust of his article is about something else entirely, the section above quite succinctly describes many of my worries for the future. Though you'll never hear me call neocons "radicals." I call them "reactionaries."

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