Showing posts from May, 2017

Evergreen Race College

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 — 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)

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

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…