It’s absolutely important to eat and sleep properly and on time. There are so many things I wanted to look up, dabble in, or otherwise, mess around with on this day off but I’ve gone through the whole day with a proverbial cloud in my head. I haven’t been able to concentrate on anything, and I’m even having a considerable amount of difficulty with writing this now… but enough of that.
I’ve read in a few places that world sport immitates the global political climate in the same way that art immitates life. In fact, it doesn’t take much effort for me to make my point. A Mennanite sold out his religion to take up cycling, won the Tour de France, and now, stands accused of taking performance enhancing drugs, illegal both in his sport, and his former religion.
Listen to how the North Korean women’s team bitch that they are treated unfairly and that the officials want them to lose simply because they are North Korean.
No one is thinking about the greater consequences, the “damage to the game” or the community, or what sort of environment is created for the opponents, because apparently winning is more important than any of that.
Cheating is catchy. Once you know your opponents are cheating, there becomes no other retaliation besides cheating yourself, and in the end, everyone loses, because the only way to make the cheating stop is to stop playing; nobody can be trusted or believe anything anyone is saying.
I find it disheartening when I read about the effects of international terror, because suicide bombers have no rules of engagement, and the only ideas anyone has to stop them require blatant violations of rights and civilian deaths.
I also find it disgusting that whenever international terror comes up, domestic terror doesn’t. There has been gang violence in the United States for centuries, so why do people in my podunk neighborhood fear the truck bomb more than the drive-by?
linuxaddict11111 has been writing pieces on side effects of the proverbial ‘War on Drugs’, and the positive effect legalizing recreational drugs may have in the future. I don’t think legalizing marijuana alone, or regulating several recreational drugs, would do anything to permanently stop gang violence and organized crime (because people that want or need to make crooked money will simply turn to other means to do so, like Nigerian internet scams) but I think there would be an impact as these people suddenly need to find something else to do, or some way to legitimize their businesses. I also forsee convenience stores, the kind that make more money in alcohol, tobacco, and lottery tickets, becoming supermarkets of engineered poverty. Filling your body with junk will never be truly socially acceptable, watch what’s happening to fast food…
The ‘War on Terror’ reeks of Manifest Destiny, this gradiose mistake that we know can never be corrected, and for which no reparations can ever be made. When one person cheats, there is cheating in retaliation, and in the end, there is so much cheating that everyone loses.
Other news? I brought an older computer back to life to run as a server and I’m thinking about a project written in Ruby on Rails…
Hope everyone is doing okay.
See you next time.