Does this look awesome or terrible?
As a staunch, self-proclaimed Libertarian, nothing is more sacred to me than the principles of liberty and equality. Indeed, it is upon these very principles that the foundations of Feminism are also built. In an environment in which anyone, be it a class of peoples defined by superficial differences or sporadic individuals similarly discriminated against, I believe that inherent in our existence is a moral obligation on both those discriminated against and their privileged peers to endeavor to correct such social, judicial, and economic incongruities. It is in the light of this general, nonspecific moral obligation that I align myself with women, minorities, men, majorities, and disenfranchised individuals alike, for to encompass preference for any particular struggle for liberty and equality would be to resemble the root of oppression itself.
Note: Some people do not believe that such moral obligations are inherent in their existence, which they view as some incarnation of the notion of social contract. To clarify, I also believe in and defend the right of individuals to maintain this position of dis-compassionate autonomy. Such is their choice. Mine is one of compassionate Libertarianism, which teaches us that all obligations are self inflicted, at every individuals discretion. All non-voluntary obligations amount to tyranny, whether petty or absolute or somewhere in between. So when I talk of a moral obligation, understand that I mean only that I have obligated myself with one, and that to attempt to force another to adopt my philosophy would be to unmake it.
One possibly unfortunate effect of this stance is that I am forced by my own moral position to defend the rights of people and groups with whom I disagree, such as vocal neo-nazis, radical fundamentalists, drug war crusaders, and gun control advocates. One fortunate side effect is that my moral position is immune to accusations of political bias, despite having been born of largely political origins in Libertarian philosophy.
If you’ve never seen Primer, you haven’t lived yet.
No actual cooking involved!
Lately, I’ve been trying to learn how to cook more things. But cooking is hard! So fuck cooking. Make cold food!
If you’re going to a potluck or you’re hosting some sort of gathering in your nest, you should totally get with these super easy little hors d’oeuvres. I don’t know if that’s the right term for these but, in any case, they make awesome snacks! I spent less than 15 bucks for all the ingredients and you only need a bit of each ingredient to make these. I’m not sure what to call them and I don’t know if this recipe already exists somewhere (I got it from my old roommate), but essentially they’re bite-size baguette slices topped with cream cheese, roasted red peppers and capers.
- roasted garlic cream cheese (or just regular cream cheese, whatever)
- roasted red peppers (in a jar… depending on the size of them and how many snacks you want to make, you should only need a few peppers)
- some sort of french baguette
- capers (these also come in a jar and you can probably find them for cheap)
- Slice the baguette into pieces about 1/2 inch thick.
- Spread some cream cheese on each one.
- Take some roasted red peppers out of the jar and cut them into small strips.
- Put the peppers strips on top of each piece of the baguette.
- Put 4 or 5 capers on top of the pepper strips on each piece of the baguette.
- And done!
Literally the easiest and most delicious snacks ever. Plus they’re colourful and pleasant to look at!
I have something to tell the Nice Man community! It is something I have known for a very long time. Some of those who know me may have already guessed but… I AM A LIBERAL. Not just a bit liberal either. I am a full blown, gun hating, salad munching, second hand clothes wearing, commie cuddler. Of course this is not something I am ashamed of, it is a central part of who I am. Every decision I make from who I vote for, what I eat, what I wear and even who I choose to associate with is based, in part, on my political beliefs.
My constant attempts to be a better person (You may not see this as being a better person, but that’s a debate for another day, or the comment section) comes with a curse, and that is liberal guilt. It seems that every time I try to do something good, I’m also doing 100 bad things. The best example of this is obviously drug use, something many liberals choose to overlook. The hypocrisy of passing judgement on regimes and organisations, while at the same time funding them for an unnecessary luxury is an act carried out by thousands of people throughout the western world.
However this is not the only questionable act carried out by us so called liberals. Something as seemingly innocent as buying a t-shirt comes with the burden of knowing it was probably made by an orphan slave child who has to work 29 hours a day or he’s not allowed to eat for 3 years.
Of course people who disagree with you will take great glee in pointing out that although you have managed to end world poverty through peaceful protest, you did once have a one night stand and not text them back so you’re an evil misogynist and you did get a taxi home so you have personally caused global warming.
So what is the answer? To ignore everything and avoid falling into the dark mire of guilt and despair that comes from trying to be a better person? No, of course not, my personal philosophy is: “Try not to be a knob” and I think that’s the best anyone can really do. Don’t stop using your car, never sleep with someone again and refuse to get new clothes unless you have made them yourself out of materials you grew in your garden. Just try you’re best to be a better person and make the world a better place and when you slip up, because you will, don’t allow negativity to stop you trying.
About 3 weeks ago or so I was laying in bed about to fall asleep and I realized that I need to get more in shape and healthy and all that other garbage that is important. The only issue I have is doing something that I have a goal to reach, and also something that I will not hate. I have just gone to the gym and worked out before and eventually I lose interest. The best training I have done was when there was a goal in mind, specifically a triathlon.
Now, the triathlon that I did was just a small Try-a-Tri distance, usually a stepping stone to larger races and such. Well I did a couple of years in a row (Got first place in my age category the second year….I was the only person IN the age category) and found that I really dislike the swimming aspect, and also the running portion. Speaking of the triathlon my wife loves the sport and has done a half-Ironman race, and hopes to do a full Ironman within the next couple of years. In addition, my brother-in-law has completed approximately 10 Ironman races all over the world and other family members of mine have done them too. I don’t understand them as humans. It’s hard enough to cheer for them for up to 17 hours, so I cannot imagine why they would want to do all that activity……ANYWAY
I’m lying there in bed thinking about what I want to do, and it hits me. I guess I need to try out a half-marathon. For those of you that don’t know, it’s a running race that is 21.1 Kilometers (approx 13.1 miles, for you doody Americans and your silly length system) of running. Now most people do not run the entire race without stopping. Of course the ultra crazies do that, but I will not. I feel that since a majority of my family is athletic and I need to get in shape, I need to try this out to see if I like it.
I am a little worried that I will be walking or shuffling the last few KMs, but I am sure I will be able to finish, and that is my goal.
I will try my best to keep you all up to date on training and how it all goes.
Episode 130 (The Grey Zone) is out now! Listen to what we’re excited for in 2013!