Sunday, January 15, 2017

The 15 Warnings Signs of Impending Tyranny

As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically:
1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide even after losing the popular vote.
2. Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections.
3. Call anyone who opposes them “enemies.”
4. Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “deceitful” and “scum.” 
5. Hold few if any press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements
6. Tell the public big lies, causing them to doubt the truth and to believe fictions that support the tyrants’ goals.
7. Blame economic stresses on immigrants or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even violence against them.
8. Attribute acts of domestic violence to “enemies within,” and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and limit civil liberties.
9. Threaten mass deportationsregistries of religious minorities, and the banning of refugees.
10. Seek to eliminate or reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as labor unions and opposition parties.
11. Appoint family members to high positions of authority
12. Surround themselves with their own personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to the public.
13. Put generals into top civilian posts 
15. Draw no distinction between personal property and public property, profiteering from their public office.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Getting Close to Graduation

So I know that this blog is somewhat of a journal of my life and while in the past I was filling it to fill it, talking about things of little significance, I feel something of an obligation to my future self to preserve this thing as a book of memories to look back upon.

I am getting close (a few months) to graduating with a degree in Advertising from Grand Valley State University.  I want to talk a little about my GVSU experience.  I have met some amazing people and had interesting experiences.  I have opened my mind to new things.

As I sit here in the brand new library that GVSU has built I enjoy the generosity of the incredible donors that made this possible.  Free market capitalism is an incredible thing when the most successful people are willing to share with everyone else in the form of patronizing institutions like GVSU.

I am really hoping to get a great internship which will lead me to a great job after graduation. I am willing to move around, but a big motivating factor is a high salary and a fun environment.

Listening to this awesome song:


So this is just a random idea.  What if some religious cult that had like 50-X00 members was the only religious body that actually "got it right"?  Or even if the Pastafarians(look 'em up!) were the ones that were right about religion.  Can you imagine hell as being filled with a crap ton of people, good and bad, and heaven is like an awkward pool party with something like 25 people standing around talking about how they can convince more people to see the truth in the Flying Spaghetti Monster so they can join the super lame party.

Just a thought.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pottery Barn

Going to do some temporary work at Pottery Barn starting next week.  Excited.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Hey.  I wanted to remember a major life event that happened two weeks ago today.  Unfortunately on the day of and on subsequent days I was unable to really use the computer.  I had a concussion.  My first and hopefully last.  It's very upsetting being unable to do certain things and remember certain things.  I'm getting rapidly better but I just hope that I will make a full recovery.  I'm speaking with the Spectrum Health Post Cuncussive Clinic and Mild Brain Injury Clinic about treatment soon.  I'll keep you updated.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The future

As I fall asleep tonight, I'm filled with self doubt.  Yes this is posted at 6am.  I'm going to bed late.    Where will I be in 10 years?  Will I be happy?  I just don't know.  I am thinking about the future more and more as I age, not that I'm particularly 'aged', but still.  I wish that I blogged more often.  I'm doing a lot of facebooking now.  Perhaps I will shift more to this in the near future.  I'll just have to think about it more.  Does anyone still read this?  I hope so.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Steve Jobs article

This is a great article.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Penn State Thing

Well.  I wanted to take a minute today to talk about the whole Penn State thing.  It's disappointing to say the least that all of this is happening.  I wish that Joe Paterno had gone to the police when this originally happened.  It would have prevented a huge amount of grief on his part.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Steve Jobs' Death

Saddened by the news. Love this quote.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple Inc.

Thursday, August 25, 2011