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A Good Day For Democracy

Today, the states of Virginia and New Jersey both held gubernatorial elections, pitting Ralph Northam Ⓓ vs. Ed Gillespie Ⓡ and Phil Murphy Ⓓ vs. Kim Guadango Ⓡ, respectively. In both of the elections, the Democratic candidate won.

In New Jersey, this means that Phil Murphy is set to replace Chris Christie, a Republican governor who has long overstayed his welcome. Both Democrats appear to be planning to work on gun control legislation, which is a good sign.

In addition, Democrats now have a majority in the Washington State Legislature, for the first time in a very long time. Today is a good day for the Democratic Party.

The Moss Monster

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It has been said that the Legislative Branch of the United States government is a "swamp". Both sides of said Branch, the Senate and the House of Representatives, are controlled by increasingly deranged wingnuts. In the aftermath of mass shootings, said wingnuts do little other than offer their "thoughts and prayers" to the bereaved.

In particular, there is the "gun lobby", a far-right section of the Legislature that insists that the Second Amendment must be defended at all costs. Even the lives of dozens of kindergarteners.

This is where I shall express my opinion on gun control, in one sentence:

The Second Amendment was a fucking mistake.

Believed by most Republicans (and some Democrats) to be a "civil liberty", the Second Amendment paved the way for the Eric Harrises and Stephen Paddocks of America to murder whoever they choose using automatic weapons. Imagine trying to write laws governing weapons 226 years from now today.

The gun lobby has …

Vote

CJ-Moki here. I want to be short and to the point:

If you are an adult American citizen, get out and vote on 7 November 2017. Today, a gunman murdered twenty-seven people (among them children) in a church in Texas. Voting is one of your duties as an American citizen. On 7 November, special elections will be held across the entire country. If enough Americans voted for candidates who supported stronger gun control policies, this could finally lead to a change for stricter gun control laws (especially in the aftermath of two of the four deadliest shootings in American history).

CJ-Moki, signing off.

And Nothing of Value Was Lost

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For over 2 decades, Stormfront was a notorious neo-Nazi internet forum and hate site. Stormfront had been the subject of a "Hate.com", a 2000 documentary that aired on HBO.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, by 2014, posters on Stormfront had killed nearly 100 different people. Among those who had murdered the people were Anders Behring Breivik (a Norwegian terrorist who had posted under the handle "year2183") and Dylann Storm Roof (an American gunman who attacked a historic African-American church and posted under the handle "AryanBlood1488").

However, Stormfront's web host, Network Solutions, has just seized control of the hate site from its admin, Don Black, citing several violations of their Master Services Agreement. This decision comes days after The Daily Stormer (a similar neo-Nazi website) was kicked off of three different hosting services (GoDaddy, Google, and Namecheap) and forced to the (even further-away) margins of the interwe…

Yes, The Confederate Flag Is Racist

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While sifting through various, less-than-enlightened corners of the internet, I've heard people claim that what the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia symbolizes is not reprehensible ("Heritage, not Hate", as those folks might say").

First off, let's look at the definition of "Heritage" (courtesy of Dictionary.com):
Something that is handed down from the past, as a tradition.Second off, let's look at the definition of  "Hate" (also courtesy of Dictionary.com):


Intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.

The meaning of the flag of the Confederate States of America was described by William Thompson (quote in the caption under the flag). In short, the Confederate Flag symbolized hate, and belongs in a museum (instead of on public monuments and such).

Rant Time: Why John McCain Should Take Down O. J. Simpson

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Today, there have been two notable pieces of news:

First off, former football player, murderer, and robber O. J. Simpson has had his latest parole accepted. He will be released from prison in October this year.

Second off, Vietnam war Captain, longtime U.S. Senator, and Republican Presidential candidate John McCain has been diagnosed as having a brain tumor.

I believe that prior to his passing, Senator McCain's final service to the United States should be taking down O. J. Simpson.

Here is why:
Senator McCain was a Captain in the Vietnam War, and was a PoW for half a decade. McCain had the following badges: Evidently, McCain is a tough guy. And a tough guy like McCain would be great for taking down a bad guy like Simpson.
If John McCain happens to be reading this, I have one final request for you:
Should you make it to October, get to Nevada and go take down O. J. Simpson. Do it for America. Do it for the world.
CJ-Moki, signing off. This was a short rant of mine.

Glovannas Is Missing!

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Note: The title of this post if based off of the name of the classic Super Mario game Mario Is Missing!
The day is 14 July 2017. I, for the first time, set up my computer in my new house, plugging in all the cords and extension outlets.
Upon getting connected to the internet, I went to glovannas.deviantart.com (the now-former profile page for James Glovannas, a popular DeviantArtist). To my horror, I discovered that he had left this note: I left DeviantArt because I'm never on here and I hate it here. Please don't ask me for my Instagram unless you already follow me. Boom. Just like that, three years' worth of user history was gone. Glovannas had deleted everything they've ever submitted to DeviantArt, as well as every journal post he's made (strangely, his favorites gallery still exists).

Glovannas had nearly 555K pageviews before he vanished, and was popular among other DeviantArtists:
Stamp - glovannas by ArandomVelociraptor on DeviantArt I've decided I'm…

Shar Pei Neocities

I have a new webpage at Neocities, a popular service for setting up webpages in the style of Yahoo! Geocities. It is called Shar-Pei Exposé, and can be found at the following link:
sharpei.neocities.org Soon, I plan to put it on the web address sharpeihivemind.com.

Finsbury Shark

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LATEST: Incident in Finsbury Park - Metropolitan Police archived 19 Jun 2017 04:07:26 UTC This just happened in Finsbury Park (a suburb of London, England).
An Islamophobe just rammed a truck into a mosque in a London suburb populated largely by Algerian-Britons, according to the Guardian. He managed to murder 1 person, and injure 8 others.
CJ-Moki, signing off.

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Updates on Recent Events

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Today, the Evergreen State College (TESC) sent out an email about the recent campus protests going on (personally-identifiable info removed):
June 5, 2017 Updates on Recent Events at Evergreen You may have questions about recent events on campus in Olympia. These discussions, disruptions, and events around issues of equity and free speech have generated many inquiries. Unfortunately, these events have been misconstrued in many reports – even in some well-regarded publications. You may have already been in contact with us to learn more. If so, thank you. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you. Some additional information and resources about recent eventsAnswers to frequently asked questions about events on campus

London Bridge is Falling Down

Today, in London, England, more than two people were killed in what was determined by the police to be a terrorist attack. This would be the second terrorist attack in London in the course of less than a month. The attack today may or may not be connected to the one on May 22.

This horrifies me. There's something terrifying about the fact that there are human beings out there who are willing to other people (often including children, handicapped people, and the elderly) for inane reasons (if any at all).

CJ-Moki, signing off. I don't know what else to say about this.☹️

Evergreen Race S___show

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Yesterday, I reported that there were riots going on at TESC, due to one professor questioning unrealistic demands made by the student body.

Today, TESC has been shut down for the weekend.

The Associated Press has published an article about the shutdown, providing an analysis of what led up to the closure (including a phone call made by an as-of-now anonymous person):

Threat closes Washington college after protests over race archived 3 Jun 2017 04:03:43 UTC
In addition, the Seattle Times released a copy of a 911 call about the college via Soundcloud, featuring a person announcing their plan to kill so-called "communist scumbags" (NSFW):

So now, it's a shitshow on both sides. As a result of (essentially pointless) riots over outlandish demands made by Cooper Point Journal writers, as well as an extremist threatening to murder people with a weapon, TESC has devolved into a state of chaos.

Way to go. Because the best way to argue is to riot and threaten death, right?

Evergreen Race College

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Hoo boy. It's going to be real interesting writing about the riots going on south of me at Evergreen State College:

For two years in the 80's, my mother attended the Evergreen State College. The Evergreen State College is best known as a liberal (in more than one way) arts college in Olympia, Washington. The College will turn 50 this year, and notable alumni include Matt Groening (the creator of the Simpsons) and Macklemore (a world-famous rapper).

For quite some time now, the student body of TESC has been very progressive and left-leaning. The good? Students are often aware and active in social issues, working to spread awareness about, as well as fight, inequities experienced by those in marginalized groups (black people, women, gays, transgendered people, etc.)

The bad?

Evergreen State College has served as a recruiting ground for to-be "social justice warriors".

The latest manifestation of the "bad" has played out in the form of violent protests centere…

Update on a Grande Level

There have been a few updates since last night's bombing. First off, I've made a short compilation of footage of the bombing (and its immediate aftermath):

In addition, the Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that they have arrested a 23-year-old man who may have knowledge of the attack:
With regards to last night’s incident at the Manchester arena, we can confirm we have arrested a 23-year-old man in South Manchester. — G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
Lastly, The New York Times reports that Salman Abedi, 22, is believed to be the perpetrator. Also, the Terrorism Threat Level, which has not happened in over a decade.

CJ-Moki, signing off.

Madness on a Grande Level

Earlier tonight, in Manchester, England, an as-of-now unknown person detonated multiple explosives at an Ariana Grande (a world-famous singer-songwriter) concert. According to the New York Times, the attack killed at least 19 people (one of which may have been the perpetrator). Since this literally happened a few hours ago, investigation is going on as I write this. In fact, the Greater Manchester Police just released a statement on the bombings:
Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena @CCIanHopkinspic.twitter.com/GEABqAk5rr — G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
Currently, essentially nothing is known about the perpetrator, or what their motivation is/was. Maybe they are/were a disgruntled ex-boyfriend who tried to use lethal force at a concert they thought their ex would be attending. Maybe they are/were a racist extremist (which wouldn't be surprising in this political climate) who hated the fact that there was a pro-gay, feminist, Abruzzian-descended woman singing in …

Rest in Peace (Week of 14 - 20 May 2017)

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While the week isn't over yet (as of the time I'm writing this, it's Thursday), it's already been an interesting week for celebrity deaths. In this post (which I will update), I will list some of the famous (and infamous) people who died throughout the week of 14 to 20 May 2017:
Keith Mitchell: ? - 14 May 2017

Keith Mitchell was the drummer for Mazzy Star, an alt-rock band from Santa Monica. Mazzy Star was most well-known for their song "Fade into You", which rose to spot #3 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.










Brad Alan Grey: 29 December 1959 - 14 May 2017
Brad Alan Grey was a film and TV producer who was known as the chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, one of the most well-known film producers in the world. Grey had won at least 9 different awards prior to his death.









Neil Rolde: 25 July 1931 - 15 May 2017 Neil Rolde was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1974 to 1990, and was a Democratic nominee for a spot on the United States House …

Lee Park Nightmare

CJ-Moki here. Here's my take on a horrifying event that happened at Lee Park (a public park in Charlottesville, Virginia) last night:

Lee Park is a public park currently home to a controversial statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee (who I presume to be the namesake of the park). According to the City of Charlottesville's official website (archive here), the statue was cast in 1924, after a troubled history (and, as demonstrated last night, a troubled future).

In April, the Charlottesville City Council voted to sell the statue, which is estimated to go away in October. This angered the various Neo-Confederate (and other assorted racist) folks in the Charlottesville metropolitan area, so there was bound to be some drama.

However, I wouldn't have ever thought it would get to what happened last night.

According to the Daily Progress (archive here), on 13 May, over a hundred people gathered in Lee Park, loudly proclaiming absurdities such as "You will not replace us!…

En Marche!

CJ-Moki here. A little word about the South Korean presidential election happening tomorrow:

Yesterday, in France, Emmanuel Macron, the centre-left candidate, beat Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate, in the 2017 French Presidential election. Many (including me) saw this as a good day for democracy, just like the Dutch parliamentary election back on 15 March.

However, at the opposite side of Eurasia, another presidential election is going down:

Tomorrow, South Korean voters will pick a candidate to replace Park Geun-hye, who was impeached after turning out to be a cult member.

Here are the five primary candidates, listed in order (from most to least) of popularity (according to Wikipedia):

Moon Jae-in, nominee of the Democratic Party, is a (supposedly) left-wing candidate, and is currently leading the polls. He is a Roman Catholic, and thinks that homosexuality should be illegal (archive here).Ahn Cheol-soo, nominee of the People's Party, is a former software developer who was w…

Wolfenstein 25D

CJ-Moki here.

25 years ago today, Wolfenstein 3D, a game widely considered to be the first modern first-person shooter, was released by id Software.

Wolfenstein 3D was, to put it bluntly, a game about shooting Nazis (especially relevant in this political climate) in order to escape from the Wolfenstein fortress.. From the very start, you're standing in front of an SS corpse, before you gradually make your way up to Der Fuhrer himself.

The Internet Archive hosts a free-to-play copy of Wolfenstein 3D (along with hundreds of other DOS games), and the instruction manual is available online. Here's the game, in all its DOS glory:

CJ-Moki, signing off. Time to get to shooting virtual Nazis.

May the 4th Be With You

CJ-Moki here.

To celebrate Star Wars Day this year, my family went to the Mariners game, for their Star Wars Night event. I showed up in Luke Skywalker cosplay, and here are some pictures from our visit:

Some well-known public figures have gotten in on the Star Wars action, too. For expample, Samuel L. Jackson, an actor who played Jedi Master Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy, shared a picture of his lightsaber:  Reminiscing with my battle light saber. Lots of scars on that green light rod. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!!! A post shared by Samuel L Jackson (@samuelljackson) on May 4, 2017 at 6:28am PDT CJ-Moki, signing off. Tomorrow, it's the Revenge of the Fifth.

Propaganda Showcase

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CJ-Moki here. Here's my commentary on the Trump administration's newest propaganda film (archive copy below YouTube embed):

For starters, the short claims that "America has rarely seen such success". It then goes on to say that Neil McGill Gorsuch is "respected" as a Supreme Court Justice, when there are probably some folks out there who disagree. The video takes pride in the fact that several important regulations were removed, so people like Rex Tillerson can screw the environment over all they want.

But most notably, the propaganda says that "you wouldn't know it from watching the news", This soundbite is accompanied by a large graphic reading "FAKE NEWS" plastered over videos of various news anchors.

CNN, a popular news network, was going to air the ad, but refused after noticing the "FAKE NEWS" graphic. This is how Trump reacted (archive here) to CNN deciding not to show his propaganda film:
The article Trump linked i…