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The Stevens Assassination and the Hookup Culture

1. Stevens Assasination
2. Hookup Culture

1. Stevens, Romney, Dehumanization

Bilocation wasn’t meant for politics, rather for my attempted clever observations on the Maya and 2012 end-of-the-world armageddon cults. I won’t rationalize except to say that the real world has a way of grabbing the attention of the escapist and drawing them in.
With all the political games being played around it, the Stevens assationation was dehumanized before most of us even knew it happened. Romney’s early response to it is clearly the most to blame for this as has been noted in other places on the web — had he stayed silent the media could have focused on the things that really mattered. The assasination of Stevens and his colleagues is a small example of the mayhem in that region. It’s easy to miss the gravity of these things that are happening so far away. One photo hit it home for me. It’s one I’ve only seen in foreign media.

It’s a photo supposedly of Stevens, (link below) battered and unconscious, possibly already dead, with men struggling to carry him somewhere, chaos swirling around them. From that photo I was transported into the scene for a moment – blasts, gunfire, people running here and there.

And a man’s life — ended. A man who went to work like you and I, who was excited to see his family, who had favorite foods, who looked forward to retirement but feared getting older. Now we just have a hole where he was.

I can’t make a judgment on the situation in turbulent places like this but I do think it would the world a bit of good to reflect on the reality of the thousands such lives we are losing. Perhaps if we connect the ends of others to our own eventual ends, we’ll have less of a stomach for all of this.

link to Stevens photo – warning: graphic

2. RE: Andrew Sullivan’s blog on the hookup culture

Many commenters seem keen to point out the benefits of sex when speaking of a committed relationship while denouncing drawbacks when speaking of the hookup culture. As we all know, monogamous relationships have the monopoly on interpersonal connection, and the hookup culture has the monopoly on birth control.

As was pointed out today in Sully’s blog, we rationalize our reasoning to fit our beliefs.
To illustrate my point, from the comments posted later on: the Mormon decrying ‘sexual compatibilty’ because the sex that all their virgin marriages preceeded was fine. I, for one, am simply shocked that this is something they’ve never heard of! Inspired by that comment I decided to then find some student drivers to advise me on highway etiquitte.

Perhaps marriage is traditionally ‘normal’ in our recent history, but are social norms always the best way to do things? Can we agree to encourage each other’s freedom to make different choices rather than wasting our time defending harsh and ignorant ‘death’ comments?
I’m absolutely sure that the commenter who was happy his daughter was exploring sex was simply happy that she was discovering herself. In any facet of life, particularly the very human aspects, exploration and experimentatino, I believe, are the surest path to making ourselves better.

link to the Andrew Sullivan blog comment

UGH No More ADS!

Haha Nate: no I’m not considering ads or anything right now. Someday I would like to start some kind of a blog with a purpose–you know, meaningful, important or at least entertaining. Something that captures people’s attention. Not sure if I’d feel comfortable putting ads up even then. I work pretty hard to avoid looking at ads at any point in my life so it’d be rather hypocritical to put them in front of others then. I do like the idea of people supporting people. The internet does seem to make the more and more possible. Directly funding each other or using kickstarters or whatnot.

Maybe someday I’ll make a paypal and put a tip jar up here for my danthan27@gmail account, just in case one of my random ramblings inspires someone to part with some coin. It’s a shame it isn’t easier to fund people on the web in kind of a tip sort of way. Maybe flattr or bitcoin will end up working after all.

Mars Rover – Discovery for the History Books

Maybe people in every age say this: could this be one of the most transformative periods of human history? This is the latest news to have me holding my breath:

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery “for the history books,” but we’ll have to wait a few weeks to learn what the new Red Planet find may be, media reports suggest.

 

THIS Site Has an Official Reader!

Someone must have found my email address from my post to Nate about getting some blogging revenue. I still think about putting up a tip box someday for my danthan27@gmail.com Paypal address. Maybe when I have more readers and more time to post.

Anyway, I HAVE A READER. AND THEY TOOK THE TIME TO EMAIL!

Hey Dan, thanks for the CERN research. Not that I really bought into the whole Mayan calendar thing or anything but the LHC nonsense was starting to eat at me. Seemed like the only plausible theory out there.

Your posts on world hysteria caught me off guard though. Still going on? We haven’t seen the ash you’re talking about here yet but I do have a catscratch and a foggy mind today. Might be because I was tormenting my cat while drunk last night though.

Ha!

No actually it’s seemingly quieting down around here. Not even much of the ashy stuff in the air. Thanks for the email—I’ll keep posting.

Oh, if you have short comments, twitter is easier: @DanThantanos

What Will Humanity Be Made of in this New Age?

According to that last article, humans are represented by different materials in each age in their calendar:

In previous cycles, man was made from different things, such as wood and earth. Those were imperfect designs, and humankind had been evolving. This year marks the end of the Men of Corn, and we wait to see what the next incarnation will be.

Can’t wait actually. It is very interesting that with the rise of communication technology and the connection of everyone on the planet we have an ancient epoch ending. Perhaps it’s simply coincidence (how many different ancient epochs end each year, really?) but it’s a compelling argument to make that Mayan age or no, we are entering a new phase of humanity.