black on black killings

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I found this news article on Yahoo! today and it blew me out of the water: Where’s the outrage over black-on-black killings?

I have always thought about this every time I hear news stories about cops killing “black” people. It makes my blood curl to see countless numbers of black leaders come out of the woods detesting these “murders”. To me, it always seem like they rushed to a conclusion. I have always felt that their actions spurred more hatred, segregation, and fear than anything else. Never have I felt that their actions brought home a message of peace or equality. More likely, they preached a message of ignorance and prejudice.

I am not saying that there is no “racism” or that there are no “racist” police officers, however, I just feel that before labeling someone a “racist”, you have to show PROOF. Just as you expect a police officer to show undoubted truth over why they used their guns, you must show undoubted proof that the police officer is “racist” before you scream your head off about it.

This news article brings up some interesting points about this argument, and it has added weight because it comes from the perspective of a “black” man. I am glad to see that I am not the only person who wonders about these things.

what is privacy

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There was a discussion on slashdot about “social networks” and privacy. Some people pointed out that old taboo of putting too much “personal” information online that can harm your chances of landing a job. Although I do acknowledge the veracity of that statement, I feel that in my case, I rather my employer knows everything about me before they hire me. I feel that complete honestly would foster a healthy work environment and an enduring partnership. I feel that whenever I “submit” a resume, I have demoted myself to being an employee. But if an employer can see me for who I am and what I can bring to the table, there is a better chance that I can be a “partner” in success rather than just a worker bee.

innovative ideas

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I saw a news story on this thing called the “One Laptop per Child” initiative. Although their “mode” of delivering world peace is some what of an odd ball, I think it is a brilliant idea (on the count that these kids won’t use these laptops to watch porn). The internet is filled with knowledge, and you can learn practically anything on the net. However, I am troubled by the fact that lately the internet have been bombarded with a lot of stupidity. I am glad that the internet has been able to fight off the onslaught of pornography from its early beginnings ( I remember when almost every other website was a porn website in 1997 or so. ), but now the internet is filled with uninspiring websites like YouTube and MySpace. Those two, most popular website of our age, is actually the most useless. Sites like wikipedia, craiglists, and slashdot are legitimate information hub and are the shining star of what the internet can do for humanity. Yet, the attention they draw from young consumers is nothing compared to those other idiotic websites.

learning the joy of living

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I have come realized that life is so much more enjoyable when I am actively involved in learning something new. Regardless of what it is, if I am learning something new, it is more fun than not. A lot of people seem content with living off what they already know. They enjoy repeating the routine they did yesterday, and take comfort in knowing that routine will suffice them for tomorrow. :? Actually, there is nothing wrong with being “routine” or wanting today to be tomorrow. I myself am very resistant to change, that is why I stayed here in Davis. However, the problem arise when one shuts him or herself from actively acquiring knowledge. You can go on being the same person, doing the same thing, day in day out, in the physical sense. But if you let your mind do that, you are really doing a disservice to yourself. Anyways, I found that picture on flickr. Anyone who sees a picture like that and does not click on it must be crazy. Its really funny. If anyone ever ask me why they should embrace the concept of evolution, I’ll show them a picture of that. :wink:

gripped with fear tonight

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As I was sitting here I am suddenly gripped by fear as thoughts of my the money I owed rolled through my head. How did I dig myself into this grave? I am buried way too deep and I have no idea how to climb out. I see myself digging into the dirt with my fingernails, slowly carving a small hole sideway in the dirt to try and get out. It’s going to be painful and long. I will be indebted to my job and I will forever be trapped in my current financial state. I am living on the edge really. If anything bad happens to me or my family, I would be bankrupt. If I miss one pay check, I would be doomed. Its really scary. I always knew how bad it was, but I don’t remember ever being so scared. :? The only thing I can do is pray. As with everything in my life, I need God to lead me through this dark tunnel. I am scared.

the worse evil of all

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Whoever invented the 9 – 5 job life is a freaking evil. Institutionalizing humanity, deceiving civilization into believing that the only way to success and prosperity is by routinizing their lives is absolutely sadistic. It’s amazing how many people are convinced that “working” is a pleasureful experience and that by “working” they will achieve unscrupulous success. I am very perplexed by this mass deception upon humanity. I am greater troubled by the fact that because of financial pitfalls I am bounded to this deception as well. :x

is ambition a bad thing

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Its funny, but sometimes I feel like having ambition is actually a bad thing. Somedays I feel like people are rewarded for being complacent, for following rules, and going with the flow. I don’t see myself being anything of those. I am no rebel, but I certainly don’t like to do things the “usual” way. People say don’t reinvent the wheel, but I say, why not. If no one re-invent the wheel, we would have never had rocket ships that takes us to the moon. I see myself as a visionary. It really annoys when I have to do things just because that how it is done normally.

a bumper sticker

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I saw an interesting bumper stick today. I says, “Don’t be fooled by my car, my real treasures are in heaven.”
It reminded me of the fragility of life. I think nowadays people forget about their own mortality. Everyone is always so busy acquiring wealth for retirement, children, luxuries, and fame they forget that one day all of that wealth they have amassed would equate to nothing.
Unless you believe that once you are dead, you’re dead, and thats the end of that. You have to wonder what is the measure of wealth in the next life?
Being a person who knows the faces of poverty quite well. I can assure you that many people in this world, who does not own any wealth and treasures in this life, will surely be the riches people in heaven. :wink:

Oil Tax and Cig Tax Loss

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I was under the impression that the Oil Tax and Cig Tax would win for sure. With so many nonprofit organizations and big names like Bill Clinton pushing the bill, I thought it would win for sure.
I am kind of shocked that it loss. I am no expert on politics, but I have a strange feeling Californians are retarded.
I think most people are afraid that Oil Tax = they pay more for gas.
Being an environmentalist, the way I see it is.

Pay more for gas = less people driving = better for the environment.

Its frustrating to sit and watch society waste itself away. I suggest anyone who wants to understand my sentiment read the book “Collapse”.

Anyways, I am just hoping that in the end everything will just even out and we will all be ok.

An interesting article to read:

http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/borenste/prop87.html

Nobodys Hero

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You know what’s strange.
On TV, in books, and in stories we always hear about these “heroes”. They are kind, loving, none discriminating, crime fighting, selfless people. They will go out of their way to save other people’s lives while putting their own lives at risk. They will always tell the truth even when the truth hurts them. In essence they all have great morals and values, because they show unconditional love and care to everyone around them, regardless of color, shape, or form. ( ie. everyone loves “the thing” ) even though he is a slab of rock.
But what is strange is that, no matter, how many “good” people we see on TV, people will still end up not being good people. People still discriminate on each other, they still lie, they still act selfish, and they still greed for money and power.
I just don’t get it. In a culture that idolizes heroes, no one acts like one.
I will continue with this thought later. Back to work! :roll: