Old Man Rant

My university asked me to fill out a questionnaire which ended in the standard question: what age group do you belong in? 15-17, 17-21, 21-30, 30 or older.

I was a little shocked to find that I now reside in a system where I might as well be 30… On the other hand: It does give me a new right: Old man rants!

I woke up this morning and found that the world was an even less lovable place than I thought…

I can hear what you are thinking: “Another international tragedy? Deaths? Destruction? Pain or suffering?

No… Human failure on a massive scale!

I was reading the news that has been picked up by most major news outlets and it told me that people have started a petition.

Is it because the Syrian butchers are killing/maiming/gassing/torturing their own people?

No…

Is it because our homophobic, brain-frozen, eastern brethren have accepted a law that breaks the fundamental human rights?

No…

It is a petition to change the actors chosen to play the lead-characters in the ‘highly anticipated’ film, based on the worldwide best seller: 50 shades of bad writing…

Petitions are a great tool for social change and are supposed to be used by people to change the hearts and minds of their corrupted and emotionally-stunted leaders. Not a fucking movie studio! Let us look at some figured:

Petition to change the actors: over 7000 signatures (US only) and counting fast.

Petition to change the anti-gay laws: 320000 signatures (worldwide).

Petition to ask world leaders to try harder (or at all) in Syria: 66400 signatures (worldwide).

We all need a hobby but please notice that more than 10% of the people who think we should get off our ass and stop a government gassing its own people by the boat-load, are people who believe it is more important to change the faces we are about to see suspended and tied up in a dark room spanking each other…

Then realise that these people have the right to vote, in a actual elections… furthermore: most believe that their signature on this petition carries as much weight as mine would on a referendum deciding to cut social security down, again…

There should be a three-question rule at any time you have to wait or vote for something:

Question 1: did you read 50 shades of lame?

If the answer is no: please, carry on. If the answer is yes: continue to question 2

Question 2: are you a woman over the age of 53?

If yes: tell them that they can’t help themselves and congratulations on a less-deserved orgasm. If no: continue to question 3

Question 3: would you sign, or did you sign this petition?

If no: tell them to pick up their dignity and a good book on the way out.

If yes: back of the line!

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09-10-2011

 “Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”

-George Bernard Shaw-

 

Today I started my day like most: Coffee, cigarette and my e-mail. I subscribe to the electronic newsletter of many mayor newspapers in many different languages. The story that jumped out at me to day was a story from the New York Times newsletter:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/world/middleeast/secret-us-memo-made-legal-case-to-kill-a-citizen.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

Now please understand that I like and dislike the United States of America as much as the next guy but here is one of those things I can simply not wrap my head around: Why does the american public react so outraged about the assassination of american citizens? I understand that it might seem strange but secret services the world over assassinate foreign citizens on a weekly bases. Law enforcement in america kills american citizens too. A hostage taker, as american as it gets, gets shot by a police officer and no one screams and shouts about that.

The secret memo clearly states that American citizens would only be killed if there is no chance of “taking them alive”. This would be exactly the same for any criminal, foreign or domestic. I understand enough about american law and politics that the fact that the president agreed might make the situation slightly murky. But I don’t suddenly see President Obama as a murderer.

I would prefer if no person is ever murdered, by a government or a citizen, but if there is ever justification it would be: If there is no other option. I think that the american government, along with a lot of other governments, should have a great moral look at the way they see “options”. But I believe any other head of state or even person would have agreed to the same thing.

There is a silver lining to the story, in my opinion: We (the people) heard about a secret memo. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to governmental transparency. But still, I remain a fan of freedom to all and any information within a democracy, or in this case: a republic.

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10-10-2011

“A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman, are the handsomest two things that can be seen common.”

-Benjamin Franklin-

 

Today I heard this story and almost chocked on my coffee:

http://espn.go.com/chicago/story/_/id/7084374/oh-baby-woman-runs-chicago-marathon-gives-birth

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First of all let me say: Wow! The strength of women all over the world has been proven a hundred times over, again. After reading this story I had a discussion with a friend of mine. He is a third year biology student and told me that, by nature, all men are

attracted topregnant women. Please don’t get me wrong: I would never deny that nature is at least as strong as nurture, but I don’t share this opinion. I believe that pregnant women are something to admire and protect but feel attracted to them: no thank you. Not even if she is usually extremely attractive.

I wish the new mother all the best of luck and hope that her child will run with her in a few years.

As I have refrained from any sexist statements this entire time I have to end with one: You see ladies? Pregnancy leave: completely unnecessary!

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