Trump Threatens the Fourth Estate

Trump Threatens the Fourth Estate

The president is crazy, there I said it, for awhile I thought that when people said this that maybe it was a bit of hyperbole. Yeah, he seems nuts, but is he crazy? I don’t know, but let’s just say I don’t think he is doing a good job. Now, well fuck, there might be something to that shit. Even if he isn’t crazy he is certainly a terrifying individual.

I’m playing catch up this week with American politics. I took a trip to Europe, and aside from the events that happened in Las Vegas, I am/was  completely in the dark. M.I.A. it was nice, but coming home has been sort of terrifying. Especially, as I read about some of the shit going on. Continue reading “Trump Threatens the Fourth Estate”

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Why are Trump supporters still after Clinton? Part 2

Why are Trump supporters still after Clinton? Part 2

So I wasn’t expecting to write a follow up to today’s post, but a friend of mine basically dismantled my whole premise with a single tweet. He also alerted me to a bit of news that I was unaware of. Hillary Clinton is coming out with a book about why she lost.

Awesome. Continue reading “Why are Trump supporters still after Clinton? Part 2”

Why are Trump supporters still after Clinton?

Why are Trump supporters still after Clinton?

I’m starting to notice a trend on my social media, mainly, that the people who clearly voted for Trump can’t seem to stop attacking Hillary Clinton.

Honestly, I find this sort of behavior bizarre. I can’t say that this is the case for all the people I know who voted for him, but there are several that wave the Trump flag pretty high who do. I certainly didn’t think Clinton was a good candidate, I thought she was incredibly corrupt, and was proven so by the e-mail leaks. Continue reading “Why are Trump supporters still after Clinton?”

The Philosophy/ Psychology of Rick and Morty

The Philosophy/ Psychology of Rick and Morty

I am a sell out, I’ll admit it, mainly because the idea for this blog post was generated out of my page analytics for the website. The things that seem to resonate most with my readers, the few of you that exist, are my pop culture ramblings.

Sure, the blog this past year has been mostly about political stuff, but like a lot of people living in this country, I am exhausted with the news cycle. So from time to time it is nice to offer an essay that has nothing to do with Trump, Russia, or the end of the world.

For today’s topic, I am tackling the show “Rick and Morty.” Which for my money, is probably the best fucking thing on television right now, and the only thing really worth my attention. I tend to binge watch T.V. shows, and almost never complete a series. However, with this show, I am constantly trying to stay in the loop, and can’t imagine falling behind.

The show, which is hilarious, is engaging for me because of the various pop culture references, and philosophical undertones that exist within the show. The last show to really do this for me was “The Venture Bros.” another Adult Swim show, that I eventually lost interest in due to the noticeable gaps between seasons. I literally forgot the show existed, and although “Rick and Morty” appear to be taking a similar route, it has the added benefit of appealing to a broader audience, whereas “The Venture Bros.” has more niche appeal.

This post though isn’t supposed to be about me vacillating between which show is better. Instead, I wanted to focus on the weird dualism the two main characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith seem to represent. This is me taking a bullshit stab at writing a pop philosophy piece. We’ve all seen them at the bookstore: “The Philosophy of the Simpsons,” “The Philosophy of Star Wars,” or my favorite “The Philosophy of the Sopranos.” Continue reading “The Philosophy/ Psychology of Rick and Morty”

Noting: Going Deeper with Meditation

Noting: Going Deeper with Meditation

I’ve been “meditating” for almost four years now, learning mostly from phone apps like Calm and Head Space, and articles written on the website High Existence. My understanding, or rather my interest in meditation, at first was mainly was a means to relieve some stress and to sleep easier at night.

Lately, I have become more interested in the practice and what other benefits it can offer me. Reading books like “10% Happier” and listening to the podcast that goes by the same name, has made me realize there is so much more I can get out of meditation besides alleviating any sort of day-to-day anxiety I might be having.

Recently, I started to read Joseph Goldstein’s “Insight Meditation.” Goldstein, is a meditation teacher that I’ve heard both Dan Harris and Sam Harris (no relation) speak praises about. Reading the book, I found some of the concepts interesting, but it wasn’t until I came to the chapter on noting that I began to really see the value in what this guy was writing. Continue reading “Noting: Going Deeper with Meditation”

Clown Car: Republicans Divided on Hurricane Harvey

Clown Car: Republicans Divided on Hurricane Harvey

Back from vacation and catching up on the news. Seems as if there was quite a bit that I missed. North Korea launching nukes, Antifa going ape shit again and destroying stuff, and well there is the hurricane happening in Texas.

The Texas thing as of right now seems to be the feel good cause going around on the internet. Which you know is understandable, because only a monster would feel complete indifference towards the plight of the people living in Houston. But it is the internet so of course there are some monsters. Continue reading “Clown Car: Republicans Divided on Hurricane Harvey”

The Charlottesville article

The Charlottesville article

Good grief, what the hell is happening in Charlottesville, VA? I mean seriously, this is some crazy shit.

I didn’t really learn about what was happening until Saturday afternoon when I was just browsing through the Apple News app on my phone. Something about a car plowing through people and killing someone during a “Unite the Right” rally. Continue reading “The Charlottesville article”