There is no Safe Stance on Abortion

Politics
Jul 15, 2022
Embryo splitting into multiple cells

I’ve never taken an easy stance on abortion. In high school, and part of University, I was pro-life and an evangelical Christian. Prior to high school, I was pro-choice, and after University, I was pro-baby killing. That has been my stance for much of my adult life. A few years ago, I listened to an interview with Caitlin Flanagan. In her attempt to understand the pro-life argument from a liberal perspective, she discussed the reality of Lysol abortions juxtaposed to images from modern 3D ultrasounds. The recent Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision, which overturned of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, is not the end to women’s rights. It is an end to an entitlement that had been legislated from the judicial bench, returning the controversial topic back to the people. The US Congress and the Senate could propose legislation, enshrining some form of abortion into federal law. However, the topic is so divisive any proposals would be unworkable. This means laws about abortion return to individual states, placing such legislation much closer to the control of individual citizens.

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The Coming Dot Com Bust and the Future of Remote Work

Technology
Jun 17, 2022
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In 2000, the world survived Y2K only to be hit by the dot com crash. Some of us who were still in university wondered what the job market would look like when we graduated. We heard tales of recruiting parties, in major tech hubs, where people handed out resumes. The lead up to that bubble came from companies that believed they could sustain themselves with services that were free to consumers, and supported by advertisements. Services like Juno provided free e-mail and dial-up in exchange for displaying ads. Long before the blockchain, we had useless currencies such as Beenz.

The early 2000s led to a lot of consolidation in tech industries. Some of those companies are now turning into venture capitalists, investing in newer startups to hedge their bets against the next big thing. We are in an era of overvalued companies, that are heavily leveraged with investment or debt. When this house of cards eventually does collapse, those venture capitalists, along with angel investors and startup incubators, will be in the unique position to cut off anything they view as non-profitable or unsustainable. We may see large tech investment firms getting to decide which companies will live and die, similar to banks in the 2008 financial collapse.

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Game Reviews: Carto and Far Cry 6

Gaming
May 9, 2022
Carto and Far Cry 6
Carto and Far Cry 6

Carto and Far Cry 6 are vastly different video games. Carto is a fun, whimsical puzzle game with beautifully drawn characters. It’s a game that’s appropriate for a wide range of age groups, and can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Far Cry 6 is an new installment in a classic series of first person shooters, filled with violent mercenaries and dark comedy. I finished up both of these games a few months ago, and found them both enjoyable and frustrating, for vastly different reasons.

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Diversity Is a Litmus Test

Politics
Apr 21, 2022
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If you’ve had an interview recently for a skilled job, either remote or in an office, you may have been asked questions about diversity. If you’ve ever been trained for giving interviews, you may know that, in many countries, it’s considered unethical to ask a potential employee certain questions. Asking about a jobseeker’s medical history, marital status, children or anything else that could be potentially discriminatory, is usually off limits (unless the candidate brings up any of these topics first). The topic of diversity is a way around these ethical limitations. It’s a loaded idea that is never used to promote diversity of thought. Instead, it’s a weasel word, Orwellian newspeak, to pry into the private political views of a potential candidate and ensure they align ideologically with the politics of the company.

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dav-xmpp-sync v1.0.0 Release

Technology
Apr 7, 2022
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I created dav-xmpp-sync as a way to sync my contacts between my CardDav server and an XMPP/SMS Gateway, in order to migrate from Google Voice. I’m happy to announce the release of version 1.0. dav-xmpp-sync is now published to PyPI, as well as docker hub. Many of the features and bug fixes for this release wouldn’t be possible without all the various contributors, both for bug reports and code patches.

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Canada, Ukraine and the End of Democracy

Politics
Mar 14, 2022
Canadian Maple Leave over Ukrainian Flag

Have those who have fought in the militaries of oppressive governments known the evil they supported, or are they only judged that way if their battle ends up on the wrong side of history? Many soldiers likely believed in their nation and its leader’s message. In just the past month, I had been blown away by the peace and love shown by the Canadian protestors in trying to defend their human rights. I felt sick to my stomach as I watched their House of Commons pass the resolution for emergency measures. Although Trudeau relented and withdrew his request, it doesn’t change the fact that the Canadian legislators in the house were willing to enact a tyrannical emergency powers act against peaceful protestors.

As the situation in Russia and Ukraine unfolds, we are about to see nations form new lines of alliances, based on their core ideologies. Although the events may seem unrelated, I believe many policies we’ve seen internationally are a direct result of overreaching organizations such as The World Economic Forum, The International Monetary Fund, The World Health Organization, BlackRock and others. The real question people should be asking, regarding the Russian conflict, is this: Are Putin’s actions a direct stand against globalism and the policies of the globalist leaders, or are all his actions intentional to help further the collapse of world economies?

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God Bless Canada, and the Truckers of the World

Politics
Feb 3, 2022
Canadian Flag

A massive trucker convoy has descended onto Ottawa, the capital of Canada. If you haven’t heard of it, I’m not surprised. It hasn’t been covered by any international main stream media outlets, with searches on their websites returning irrelevant results from years ago. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has labeled the convoy a “fringe minority.” This minority has gridlocked the streets of the capitol, lined the sides of highways, and has led to what many on the Internet have dubbed The Honkening. They gathered to stand for the rights of all Canadians against the nation’s authoritarian curfews and lockdown measures. It is an amazing movement, and should give people of all nations a boost of hope for the new year.

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The Georgia Guidestones

Philosophy
Feb 1, 2022
The Georgia Guidestones
The Georgia Guidestones

In late December, I drove out to the middle of nowhere to see The Georgia Guidestones. Hours away from major cities and Interstate highways, the Georgia Guidestones are a series of granite tablets, wedged into the ground to form a cross. Commandments for humanity are etched into the faces of each stone, one language per face. It’s a haunting, eerie site. The inscriptions read like a madman’s dystopian nightmare. Constructed in 1980, no one is sure who funded the site’s creation, or why they were built.

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We Were Never In This Together, But You Are Not Alone

Philosophy
Jan 16, 2022
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There were many Orwellian phrases pumped into the brains of the populace in 2020. It’s been a long time since we’ve heard two weeks to flatten the curve and social distancing. However, the most disturbing phrase of 2020 was definitely “We are all in this together.” Used in every advertisement and government message, it was a deceptive, narrative lie. Two years later, we see that we are only in this together, so long as everyone complies. It was a phrase that set the stage for creating an other for society to turn against. We were never in this together, but don’t ever believe the lie that you are in this alone.

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You Can't Vote with your Dollar

Politics
Jan 11, 2022
Piggy Bank sniffing Coins

In 1997, the Southern Baptist Church announced a boycott of Disney to protest the company’s challenges to traditional family values. It could be viewed as symbolic, a failure or both. Many Christians did not stop watching those adorable animated tales, at least not until decades later when Carrie Fisher became Marry Poppins, Mark Hamill drank green milk, and Gina Carano was fired for a political post on social media. In 1955, after the arrest of Rosa Parks, E. D. Nixon called for a one-day bus boycott in Montgomery Alabama. That one day boycott continued for 11 months. It was one of the few boycotts that fueled a movement which lasted generations. But were those who participated really voting with their dollars? It wasn’t their choice in purchases that was impactful, but the cultural and legal shift brought about by their collective actions.

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