MyNameIsDiDo

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    • Marriage Equality and more

      2 years ago

      MyNameIsDiDo

      So today after over 40 years of debate, defamation and constant fighting; gay marriage was passed. And for the most part the country was happy, excited. Especially my generation; the millennials. We are often called "liberals who are brainwashed by teachers' and often criticized for our age. Belittled because we are trying to change the country for us.
      Tonight, while driving home with my dad from my uncle's house I made a remark hoping to get a positive happy conversation going with my conservative father. I stated "the decision gives me faith in the government'.
      He lost it.
      He went on a rant saying the exact things stated previously, that it defamed the troops and everyone who has defended our country.
      Which I actually agree..somewhat. I did phrase it incorrectly; I then clarified I was referring to the system of government.
      He lost it again.
      As he ranted I sunk deeper into feeling like my father was using me as a conduit for his hatred of those on Facebook (who he decided are his "friends') and continued to bash my generation for not having faith and if we didn't like the country we should leave.
      He's wrong.
      The country is meant to change, that's the beauty of how the system was designed. That's what I hadn't seen work. One of my first memories, one of the few I have from my childhood is me walking into my living room and looking at a 3D animation of planes flying into building. I remember reading a newspaper in JROTC class, reading the daily death tolls in both Iraq in Afghanistan. Watching them rise daily as names and ranks were recorded. I remember finding out how we are killing innocent people with a remote control plane in the name of national security. I remember finding out about Citizens United, how a company whose goal is profit now has more say in government than I do.
      I remember reading history textbooks and slideshows and realizing the similarities, how it is so ironic that we are forced to know history by heart and yet those who force us to know it don't fully understand it themselves.

      I know hope has been beaten out of my generation, as we are constantly told by our predecessors that we are Un-American for trying to change our country. That if we don't agree with the values set by the past then we may as well stomp on our flag.
      Yet, a billionaire can stand on stage; insult an entire nationality and claim our country "needs to be great again'. And he's not scorned by them. Not at all. People are lining up to give him even more money.
      And we are supposed to buy influence now?
      How are we supposed to do that if the minimum wage was at its peak in 1968, a time when we hadn't even gone to the fucking moon yet.
      I don't have to deal with student loans because although I'm giving him shit I love my dad to death and he is taking care of me in every way possible. I know others aren't that lucky.
      Both my best friend and girlfriend are constantly worrying about student loans and how it will follow them to their grave.
      And back to the marriage equality, as soon as we're in the car Fox fuckin' "news' is already trying to stir up a controversy about pastors marrying gay couples.
      I'm sick of the media trying to start fights.
      The only thing we can do is wait for our time and enjoy the victories while we have them.

    • Life Update

      2 years ago

      MyNameIsDiDo

      So I'm moving soon and in preparation I have applied for a position at RT and I'm currently finishing school.

      Wish me luck

    • Anyday Post

      2 years ago

      MyNameIsDiDo

      Andrew DiDomenico

      5/19/15

      Now since it's been a while since I've done one of these I will do it on a subject not as research intensive for the sake of time; next weeks will be quite different and more towards the comedy. This is a bit different.
      Recently Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by order of a jury, which is something I honestly wasn't fully expecting. The knee jerk reaction to an event like this where 17 innocent people are murdered in a horrific explosion is to essentially hang them by their nutsack and drag them down main street into a shark tank. But on second look you realize that for most of these lonely and let's be honest, deranged people are usually told by most other radicals that becoming a martyr is the greatest honor. We can see the fact that the same thing happened in Philadelphia where one woman attempted to try to join ISIS and martyr herself (1) . Luckily she was caught at the airport but the key word is that she attempted to martyrdom, essentially a suicide mission. Reading what they said alone is quite telling.
      "Authorities said she communicated with an ISIS group fighter in Syria who asked if she wanted to be part of a martyrdom operation. She told the fighter that the opportunity "would be amazing, ... a girl can only wish,' according to the documents.'
      -The Poch Times

      So what do these people seek? To be useful, to have purpose, she sought it as an honor as most do, this is terrifying, and it's the power of conviction. If martyrdom is the final path to acceptance and fulfillment why are we helping them in the end?
      The onion summarized it perfectly;
      Tsarnaev Death Penalty A Warning To Any Other Religious Fanatics Hoping To Be Martyred

      So what is the greatest punishment?
      To live a purposeless long life in a Boston Prison.

    • Monday Post (delay)

      2 years ago

      MyNameIsDiDo

      So...the Monday post won't be coming until next week, I know I missed it last week too but it's finals week right now and EVERYTHING IS DUE NOW.

      BYE

    • Monday Post (an experiment for me)

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      MyNameIsDiDo

      So as of recently I've found myself falling in love with Last Week Tonight and the likes. And since I have a different view on things than most my family I'm usually getting into facebook fights with them.

      So as a method of improving my writing, resaerching and beefing up my portfolio (I LYKE 2 RITE)

      I have decided that every monday I will pick a subject/issue to research and write about for a time limit of 12 hours. And heres the one problem I have, no one reads it.

      So please stop on by and give it a read. Friend me if you'd like. Here's the most recent one:
      roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=...

      Thanks everyone!

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    • Monday Post (an experiment for me)

      in Forums > Monday Post (an experiment for me) | Follow this topic

      MyNameIsDiDo

      So as of recently I've found myself falling in love with Last Week Tonight and the likes. And since I have a different view on things than most my family I'm usually getting into facebook fights with them.

      So as a method of improving my writing, resaerching and beefing up my portfolio (I LYKE 2 RITE)

      I have decided that every monday I will pick a subject/issue to research and write about for a time limit of 12 hours. And heres the one problem I have, no one reads it.

      So please stop on by and give it a read. Friend me if you'd like. Here's the most recent one:
      roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=...

      Thanks everyone!

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    • MP #2: War Profiteering and Blackwater

      2 years ago

      MyNameIsDiDo

      War profiteering, it's one of those crimes that we don't know much about, but need to know.
      Blackwater is a private company that makes their money taking on contracts for the United States government, and mostly involved with anything ranging from guard duties, to secretive ops. The problem is that these companies often don't have many rules to follow. They sort of have a get out of jail free card; called money. For most incidents that don't get national attention like
      'ยข Compensation pay to family of an Iraqi vice presidential guard killed by a drunken Blackwater operator in the Green Zone on Christmas Eve: $20,000
      And after several

      "Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode in which Blackwater security guards fatally shot Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, according to former company officials.'
      -CNN

      "Payments' ehhhh...not payments so much as bribes. Bribing leaders to forget about their outright anger of a bunch of foreigners killing your people. It's fucked up.
      But there's one more fact that doesn't make sense. In 2001 Blackwater was worth about 736,906. In 2006 they are now worth $593 Million.
      So if you break it down.
      Blackwater+war=profit.
      Profit+War=War Profiteering

      But the ones incidents that do get national attention, cause a shit storm for Blackwater. Like the 2007 massacre in Iraq which killed 14 civilians. They were actually charged today with about 30 years in prison each. And one with life in prison. Which for killing 14 people, is a tad bit lenient. If 14 people in the United States were killed in a massacre involving 3 men who were caught people would be demanding the death penalty.
      You see the military industrial complex (A term coined by Dqight D. Eisenhower). Which is where the legislature has benefits from what is essentially war.
      This in turn has almost accidentally reframed the entire idea of war profiteering. Which is kind of funny considering he was warning about the idea of the military Industrial complex. It's sort of how George Washington warned of a two party system and we in turn ended up, with a two party system.

      At the same PMCs in Blackwater are estimated to make at least $180,000 to $200,000
      The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that the average active duty service member receives an Army benefits and pay compensation package worth $99,000. Noncash compensation represents almost 60 percent of this package. Noncash compensation includes health care, retirement pay, child care and free or subsidized food, housing and education. Coupled with regular cash compensation, this adds up to attractive military compensation for Soldiers.
      -(Army.com)
      When even after deducting the fact that the government claims to give military members about $99,000. You cannot make that much money in the military unless you are at least an O-4 with at least 12 years of service or the rank of Major.

      Most of you probably hate PMCs right about now, but you have to hear the story of "Lloyd'. That's not his real name of course. Lloyd was a PMC who was actually the one who made those PMC pay estimates. At his worst "Lloyd' had about 45k for retirement and was on constant death missions. Like this
      "I had spent five months not eating, not sleeping, because you'd have death missions, seeing people get blown up all around me, going on dangerous missions where I could have died," says Carter. "I had so many close calls when we should have been killed, dozens of times. Small arms fire, some RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), some grenade attacks on the vehicles. It didn't happen daily, but it was dangerous."(CNN)

      Although Lloyd could be considered an outlier, its nonetheless thought provoking. This could actually be a worst case scenario if you go ahead and read the CNN article in which he diescribes his experiences Here:
      security.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/27/confessions-of-a-p...


      Well recently Blackwater has been charged with a daunting task:
      Beginning a war on Drugs in Afghanistan
      Shit, we can't even successfully win the war on drugs at home. Doing it in Afghanistan must be more difficult than climbing up Mount Everest upside down.
      But the problem arises when Blackwater is making even more money and they opium exporting has gone up. That is a new level of shitty job performance.
      They seem to pay their contractors in a way to help their future, they take lots of money that can clearly be used for vets. And they are clearly ineffective. So the question is, why they are there its simple. Money. And beaurocratic bullshit.
      Blackwater I mean, Academi .Have spent over 2.2 million dollars since 2006, which coincidentally is when the house decided 256-153 that they won't set a deadline into withdrawing troops.
      As you can tell the focus of today was Blackwater, although there are plenty of other instances of war profiteering or the Military Industrial Complex benefitting. A major instance would be that Dick Cheney, advocate of war in the Middle East and the invasion of Iraq owns a company known as Halliburton which made about $39.5 Billion. Who also owned the Deepwater horizon rig. They're an oil company. So have fun digging.
      And it all comes down to lobbying, again. And that is where we end this story.

    • Monday Post

      2 years ago

      MyNameIsDiDo

      For those wondering about my post last week, I'm going to explain the concept.

      Every week I'm going to pick a topic, study and write about it within the span of 24 hours. Ranging from pop culture to serious issues.
      They will all be on the RT site and my weebly site seen below:

      mondaypost.weebly.com/articles.html

      Thanks,
      Andrew

    • Monday Post #1

      2 years ago

      MyNameIsDiDo

      Monday 4/6/15

      Over the past few weeks there's been a bit of controversy that has caused an uproar ranging from normal citizens to entertainers. It's concerning the most well know gay duo in fashion.

      bert20and20ernie.jpg
      No, not that one; although remarkably similar Italian fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana have made headlines for stating something that caught most people off guard. When the attacked in-vitro fertilization.
      In vitro fertilization for those who don't know there are three variations of in-vitro fertilization; gay, lesbian and straight. Now that sounds like I'm not very intelligent but I'm just condensing the facts. When a man and a woman go through in vitro, they take the sperm and the egg into a test tube and combine the two. With two males they sort of combine their sperm and an anonymous egg and place them into a surrogate's womb. With two women one carries and one donates an egg with a donor sperm. Sounds simple and not very controversial at the moment, but these statements of course; changed that.


      "The argument stems from comments about in-vitro fertilization in Panorama magazine, in which Gabbana and longtime collaborator Domenico Dolce spoke about "synthetic" children born from "rented" wombs'
      -CNN

      They go on further to explain how traditional families are the only families that should exist; now if this makes sense to you, you should probably know that Dolce and Gabbana have their heads on straight; these people have released baby perfume. It's said to be a "true family commitment'. I don't know if you have but living in a family with Italian roots, nobody in that family is spending $45 on some fucking perfume, let alone a fucking baby.
      Calling anything living with a conscious synthetic is appropriate, these are living people who have grown up. Elton John, who has in-vitro children immediately fired back with a call to protest and to boycott Dolce and Gabbana products. To which Dolce and Gabbana asked their supporters to boycott Elton John. To which I say what the fuck.
      Since the 60's high-fashions has had people boycott it, not people boycotting with them
      When most people think of high fashion isn't Dolce and Gabbana; it's Cruella de Vil. The woman who wanted to slaughter, and skin 101 puppies. And whose name is a playoff of Cruel Devil.
      That is like Chuck-E-Cheese trying to shake off the fact that they are now known for being the inspiration for Freddy Fazbear's Pizza.

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      One NPR host said this

      "My wife and I have four kids, three of them are in-vitro and the other is from a natural birth [...] my kids came up to me and asked if they're synthetic and asked why the other is the love child'
      That is a hard thing to do, to try explain to your child that they are not synthetic, and that they are loved. The fact is if you oppose doing something, than don't do it. But to try and tell people not to be happy is something horribly wrong.

      ~Andrew

    • Monty

      2 years ago

      MyNameIsDiDo

      Well I just found out about Monty's passing, the first thing I felt was shock. For some reason I assumed that he'd make it and be on the podcast to explain it in a few weeks.

      But I guess not, his passing was so premature.

      Monty inspired me a lot actually,he proved that one person with enough hard work could create amazing things beyond comprehension. I even have a poster someone made that says "Cheat like a motherfucker". With Montys face as Professor Ozpin, the artist told me that it was a saying monty had which essentially meant do what you can to make it happen.

      Monty proved to me that we can all create.

      Rest In Peace Monty

  • Comments (6)

    • RAGEgirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold r00kie

      1 year ago

      Why weren't we friends on the site before? I dunno, but I fixed it.

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      2 years ago

      Hey, you are more awesome than an army of whales fighting kaiju!

      • MyNameIsDiDo

        2 years ago

        Thanks!
        And lord hopes that Pacific Rim 2 will be exactly that. Or Narwhals.

        Post edited 4/06/15 9:56AM

    • LostInSweden

      3 years ago

      Hello, thank you for adding me friend ^^

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