Gun Control. We need a system.

With the recent shooting in California, in the wake of the events that took place in France, which was in the wake of another shooting in Oregon, not to mention all the ones in between and before, The internet is once again up in arms about Gun Control in America.

Side note: Yes I know that France is in Europe, but it still gets Americans talking about gun control.

Side Side Note: My sympathies to all those families that these incidents have affected.

I get frustrated every time this happens, not for the obvious tragic reasons, and not for the selfish reason of seeing the internet once again decorated with second amendment quotes and “These other countries are doing it” arguments.

No I get frustrated because it follows a pointless pattern each time and no one seems to be learning from it.

Here is the pattern so everyone can see it.

  1. Shooting happens
  2. Everyone grieves briefly for the tragedy.
  3. Some internet Bunghole says “SEE GUNS ARE BAD!!!”
  4. Some other internet Bunghole says “NO GUNS ARE GOOD!!!”
  5. Everyone starts Yelling their opinion that falls on one side or another.
  6. People get tired of arguing and interest and awareness peters out and nothing gets done.
  7. Start from Step 1

This happens over and over and over and over….

here is the problem. Imagine a bunch of school kids all bunched together in a circle and tied up with one big rope going around them. That rope represents our country, The kids represent the people in that country. The kids have all been told that they have the freedom to do whatever, but they have to stick together as a whole, which means if the group wants to go somewhere, they have to work together.

In a situation like this, it’s pretty obvious what will happen. everyone in the group will try and go their own way for a second which will yield no progress. Then some of the kids will group up and force the direction of the whole group their way with sheer power in numbers. eventually those groups will team up with other groups to have more power. There is always one kid who notices that Numbers are the key to moving the whole group so they start speaking louder to rally the other groups to their aid. Let’s call this person Jane. Jane speaks out and says to the whole group of kids “hey we’re all moving this way, If you move this way too, we’ll get somewhere” and suddenly the whole group starts moving in a single direction.

After that goal is accomplished, eventually a need will arise that affects the whole group. In this Example, little Johnny needs to go to the restroom. he voices his need, but his strength alone can’t move the group. so his friends speak decide to help him and now Johnny has a group. However, even Johnny’s friends are not able to budge the group by themselves. This is because the other groups have a mindset of “isn’t my problem” and “why should I care, it doesn’t affect me.”

word of this problem begins to spread throughout the whole group. Eventually it even reaches back to Jane. She hears about little Johnny’s problem but doesn’t see the need to do anything about it, however while she discusses it with her friends, someone mentions “well, what if it was you who had to use the restroom? Eventually, we will all need to at some point.” Jane figures this is a good point, but has no solution, her friends can’t think of one either, but another group suggests that the whole group should move toward the restroom for easy access. Jane’s friends think this is a good idea and the other kids that have heard the rumors like it as well. Jane decides to take action! She yells out that the group is headed for the restrooms and they all set off on a mission to save poor johnny, and by extension, the whole group.

This is all and good. but what if the problem is a little more individualized problem. Let’s say a Teacher comes by, Mr. Wesson we’ll call him, and offers each of the kids the challenge of responsibility. He offers each of the children an egg. The benefit of the egg is that you can toss it up and down to provide entertainment, or protect yourself by throwing it at someone and if you keep it throughout the lesson, you get extra credit for the responsibility. The one rule is, if the egg breaks and it gets on you or anyone else, those people have to leave the group forever. You will receive a new egg if you survive the old one breaking. You can also choose to not have an egg so there’s no chance of you accidentally eliminating yourself from the group, or you can take the risk and responsibility and feel awesome because you are one of the egg carriers.

what happens is that some kids take the eggs and some don’t. The ones that took the eggs are for the most part responsible and mature about them. However there are a small percentage that do break eggs. Some do it accidentally whether by holding it wrong or by playing with it too much. Those kids are eliminated along with some of their friends who happen to in range of the egg splatter. other kids, mean kids, use theirs to throw at other kids usually taking out several from the splatter. then other kids take the responsibility of using their eggs to take out the mean kids, being careful not to get splatter on innocent kids (not always successfully but they try hard).

Now a large number of people’s friends are gone and the remaining population is upset and mourns their loss. It is decided in everyone’s minds that something needs to be done. so that no one else is lost. however, the only thing that seems to appease the Eggless group is to take away all of the eggs. the Egg holders don’t like this idea. It takes away their entertainment, protection, and extra credit. An argument breaks out with one group yelling “Eggs are bad!” the other group yelling “Eggs are Good!” The group is still split about 50/50.

Throughout the argument, eyes all start to focus on Jane. “She’s our leader, She’ll know what to do!!!” but Jane doesn’t know what to do. She wants to solve the problem, but either choice she makes will end in disaster, either losing her popularity or even getting hit with an egg. She doesn’t want the chance of that, even though she has a small secret group of egg holders protecting her at all times. Her friends are no help because they are split down the middle as well, whenever she tries to go with one side the other blocks her from making the change happen.

Sound Familiar? What’s the Solution?

Little Johnny, as it turns out, can help. He carries an egg himself, but understands the point of view of his eggless friends. While he can’t outright solve the problem, he can help the situation. He remembers things he’s been taught before, like “Stop, Drop, and roll”, “Duck, and Cover” and “Say no to drugs” and feels like there should be something for this situation as well.

Little Johnny proposes the following: Everyone is allowed to have an egg. But the egg must be kept in a little box. If the egg is ever seen by anyone they should say “I see an egg!” so that everyone pays attention to the one holding the egg. If the egg is ever out of a box and seen then they should yell “Danger, Egg! Danger, Egg!!!” at which point anyone with an egg should take theirs out of the box and be ready to defend themselves and others.

In order to keep the Egg holders happy, they will be able to take the eggs out of the box in the privacy of their own homes or in designated Egg playing zones.

Word of Johnny’s idea spreads through the group and makes it to Jane. She loves the idea and puts it into play immediately. She informs everyone of the “Johnny Law” and every egg holder is given a box. people are MUCH Safer and Eggs still get to be held by the egg holders.

Hey do you get the message?

The gun argument is not going to budge, and the president can’t do anything about it without the support of the rest of the government and wouldn’t want to anyway cause it could jeopardize his life and career.

Instead, why don’t we come up with a system.

I’m not a catch phrase writer so I haven’t come up with a good catch phrase to drive this thing home with, but I think about it like “Stop, Drop, and roll”, “Duck, and Cover” and “Say no to drugs”. We need to train our citizens on what to do when they are around guns to make everybody safer.

First of all, every gun owner should know that AS a gun owner, you will have a responsibility for the ones around you. You always have, but now we are really gonna drill that in your mind. You could be called upon at any moment to defend yourself and others, just by owning a gun.

When out in the public, your gun should be concealed. either in a cloth case or in a holster under your clothes. Now, if you are anywhere out in public and see a person’s gun, it will be your duty to say out loud “I see a weapon!” and indicate where by looking and pointing. As the one with the gun, it will be your duty to re-conceal the weapon. (Accidents happen, shirts roll up, jackets flap open, whatever). If you see that person’s gun out of it’s holster or case, You should then begin to yell out “Danger Gun DANGER Gun Danger Gun!” As a nearby gun carrier, you now have a permission and duty to draw your weapon and point at the danger gun. As the one WITH the danger gun, you have two choices, either put your weapon away, or face the wrath of the other gun holders around you.

In fact, the mere act of creating a danger gun situation should be punished. first by a warning, and eventually leading to jail time and confiscation of weapons.

We need to drill these steps into the minds of Americans and make this a mandatory procedure to follow. It won’t take guns away from American’s, It won’t completely eliminate the danger, BUT it will make things much safer and maybe reduce the number of incidents like Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Roseburg Oregon.

One More Review!

  1. Conceal your Weapons
  2. If you see it, say it “I SEE A WEAPON!”
  3. Not in it’s Holster? Yell it! “DANGER GUN! DANGER GUN! DANGER GUN!

If you can make it catchier, PLEASE DO!!

Thank you for your time!

ICANN Needs to Stop Laying Down Freedoms and Start Laying Down the Law

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Oh No The Internet is Broken!!!

I never thought I would ever even think these words:

Something in America is TOO Free!

I hate to say it, but it’s true. That “something” is the Internet. The world wide web is a place of a lot of chaos. The anonymity breeds negative emotions and fuels our urges to be bad without any sense of consequence. In less than five minutes, you can create a completely anonymous profile on a random website and commit typographical hate-crimes without any worry that a badge will show up at your door. The worst part, is that no one is trying to do anything about it. The latest example of this is coming from ICANN.

The link above basically says that ICANN, in all of it’s brilliance, decided to open up top-level domain names so that companies can make litterally anything take the place of “.com”. Now companies will have website names like http://drink.coke and http://ilike.cheese and http://buy.menon and http://pepsi.generation . Dot com is going to become a thing of the past. Soon we will all be nostalgic about the times when we could locate the website of a company by simply thinking of the name and adding a “.com” to the end. What a wasted oportunity.Doesn’t seem so bad to you yet, huh? Well what are you going to think when somebody in the porn industry decides to make a website address called http://freeporn.4kids ? Or maybe we will get lucky and someone will create http://sexwith.children ! This idea is starting to sound stupider by the minute right?

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Lay Down The Law!

This also has me concerned about people who have trouble using the internet to begin with. Your parents think the Internet is a confusing thing now with putting a www in front of things and all the .com’s; Now they have to reach through their already strained memory to remember that it’s not http://www.coupons.com, but now it’s iwannaclip.coupons. This is one area where creativity should not be allowed.

What should they have done?
They should have made top-level domains a way of catagorizing websites and laying a foundation for Internet Regulations. ICANN should have created a submission process to suggest new top level domain catagories and then created laws surrounding those domains. For example:
  • Yes, there should be a “.xxx” top level domain, but by law if you are considered a porn site you should be required to have that as your only domain. “.porn” “.pron” “.pr0n” “.adult” “.xrated”
  • “.com” You can only hold this as a domain name if you are selling something on your website. “.buy”
  • “.kid” Any website with this domain name should have content that has been approved child safe. “.children” “.4kids” “.family”
This would allow us to stop companies from “cybersquatting” because they would have to lease the right to use the top level domain name. Also, it would bring in extra income from enforcing fines to companies that broke the laws. Parents could rest easy that their child will not be exposed to any adult content when their filter is set to only allow “.kid” domain names. I am very surprised and disappointed that ICANN did not think of this. 

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The World Ends Dec 21st 2012

I’m not looking forward to the future of the internet if this is how they are going to handle it. This decision is only going to make the lack of policing on the internet worse and probably spiral it into a circle of chaos that no one will enjoy. Maybe the world ending in 2012 is just a metaphor like on Donnie Darko. Just like he lost the love of his life, so shall we lose our precious precious internet. 

Fixing the Education of America

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Picture from publicagenda.org

I am not a Teacher. I am not a PHD in anything. I am not a professor and I am certainly not Valedictorian. I am, however, a student of my past. I think a lot about what I have done in order to fully understand the reasons I did them. My past experience with education systems has lead me to an amazing truth that must be told to the world.

We are teaching our kids the wrong way.

You have heard it all before. You have heard how the school systems are shutting down health classes to give kids more time in the classes that only work their brains. You have heard how the schools have been have a hard time with their funding because the kids can’t pass the tests. There is a reason all of this is happening. There is a reason that kids have a bad attitude in public school. There is a reason why the majority doesn’t pass the tests and why we are now offering High School Equivalencies instead of Diplomas. The answer lies within the kids attitudes.

I remember back in my days of middle school. I would go through school just like the rest of the kids. Answering questions, talking in groups, making the most of my time their. The problem came when math class rolled around. Do not get the assumption that I am going to tell you that I was horrible at math until a teacher showed me a teaching method that turned my life around. No, I was very good at math. Not that you could tell though, my grades always began to plummet after the middle of the semester. I would stop bringing my homework in get zeros and have to make up the grades later. My teacher was always baffled by this. Why? because no matter how low my daily grades got, my test scores were always immaculate.

This always happened in all of my classes all throughout high school. My daily grades would suffer and yet all my tests had good scores. In fact I made it to pre-calculus until I opened up the chapter on “imaginary numbers” and said “That’s enough for me!” After that, I only ever did enough to pass.

Why did I do things that way? Was I not absorbing the information? If that were true wouldn’t my test scores have been low? I pondered this for a long time after graduation. I finally figured out what it was. It was staring me right in the face the entire time. The answer: I was Bored!

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image from backstoryradio.org

That’s right, I was bored! I was bored because we would spend an hour and a half on a single topic (I know, my school system has wierd schedules), and then the teacher would say “Well that’s enough of that topic for today! Your homework today is the 50 problems on page Twenty!” I would, of course, not do the work because life got in the way. You know, video games, chores, TV, going outside, hanging with friends. That was the kind of life that got in the way. I would say to myself “We went over it in class. I know how the thing works. I don’t need to do 50 problems more. It’s boring and won’t help me understand it more than I already do!” The next morning, I would march into class with no homework and get a zero for the day. I would also have to face the embarrassment of not handing in my homework in front of my fellow students.

I think this boredom problem affects all students and we are approaching the method of teaching wrong. There should be no reason that a kid should be sent home to do a huge number of problems from a text book. THAT IS WHAT SCHOOL IS FOR! The learning needs to be done in a classroom and it needs to be done differently to save time. Maybe that way we can pass the tests and cram some physical education in there too!

What is the solution? I do not have all the answers, but I can put us a step in the right direction. Imagine a class full of kids. The teacher is standing at the front of the class and the lesson is on the board. Today’s lesson: Multiplication. The teacher should spend the first few minutes of the class explaining what it is and how to do it and even giving some helpful tips (like holding up your fingers when multiplying by nines). After s/he is done with the lesson, The students should be asked to create and solve at least ten of their own problems. Then the students will be asked one by one to come up to the board to make an example question and answer it in front of the class. During this time the teacher can check his work on the paper handed in. An assesment will be made if the student understands the subject. If he doesn’t the teacher will help him. If he does, he will help any student’s after him who don’t understand along with the teacher. By the end, everyone should know the subject so well that they can answer any problems that come at them no problem and now we can move on to the next lesson.

This method of teaching will also help develop social skills. Kids will be braver about talking in front of a crowd. They will learn to work together to understand the problems and no one will be left in the back of the class because everyone will have their time at the front. They will also have more time at home for whatever they need because no homework should be neccesary.

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The only other solution I have is to stop wasting time teaching our kids things that they don’t really need to learn. I spent an entire semester with the rest of my school learning the 50 states and their respective capitol’s by heart. I still know most of the Wakko’s America song by heart. I have never used that information since middle school except to prove that I knew the material to my friends. Kids need to know useful things. They need to know how to survive in the world and solve real world problems. The 50 states don’t come in handy when your tire goes flat on your car. I don’t need to know all of the presidents, just the ones that are important, maybe then I can have room for information on eating right for my health. I don’t need to know that Steinbeck was making a reference to the bible when he wrote the last scene of “Of Mice and Men”. I could, however, use the information of how to fill out those long forms at the hospital! Give our kids information they are going to use.

Even if you give kids information that is useless, try to give it in a more tempting way. I was fed the word “pi” in just about every math class I can remember. I always new it was never ending and I always new its relationship to circles, but did you know “the why of pi”? Pi is a never ending number because the only way we have been able to get it is through measurment. If you give a man a ruler and a string and a circle and tell him to find the exact number of pi and then compare his answer to the man sitting next to him, they will not have the exact same answer. Why? because measuring is not an exact science. You can’t see molecules with your naked eye, and string can stretch and the width of the line on the ruler comes into play as well. The only way we have been able to get pi to the (i don’t remember what it is now, billionth?) decimal point is because we use things like electron microscopes. If you want to get an exact number for pi and make all of our circular objects perfectly round from now on, you need to calculate it. Do not measure, calculate. You need to make an equasion. Did you also know that if you are successful in making that equasion, there are several universities that are ready to drop $1 Million dollars in your lap? How is that for incentive?

After learning all this I spent a month straight with a notebook and calculator in my hand trying desprately to come up with the answer. If I had known abou this in school I would have become an expert in geometry. I would have been obsessed with my school work. Alas, they did not tell me any of this, so here I sit. I am not rich and every circle in the world is flawed.

These are the things that need to change. If the education system is not working, then it needs to be fixed. Kids are smarter these days then they used to be. The education system needs to evolve with them or, God forbid, it will become extinct.

America, I Want You!… Back.

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What happened to the spirit of America and good old-fashioned propaganda?

As just about any other growing child, I spent most of my childhood learning about the world I lived in. I learned about the history of my home in Alaska, the Iditarod, the gold rush, the pipeline, the Exxon oil spill. Most importantly though I learned about history in the United states. I learned about the unity this great country had back in the day. I learned that when there was a problem, all of the people in our great nation would get together and fix it. Germany is taking over the world you say? Nazis are BAD, spread the word! Japan Bombed our beautiful Hawaii? Scientists, we need some bigger bombs! The war effort needs soldiers? Men, We need volunteers! The War effort needs steel? Corporations, use something else for now please! The US Needs Jobs? Businesses, Expand!

Just about every problem that the US has faced in the past has been done so by banding the people in the country together with notions of teamwork and unity. I remember hearing tales of American propaganda and thinking “Wow! It was un-American to not like Babe Ruth!” In fact, it was un-American not to like anything American What?! You don’t like Baseball? COMMUNIST!!!

These days you don’t see that commitment to the country. These days we are too afraid of the word “God” to say the damn pledge of allegiance These days we are too worried about the president’s personal life that we forget that he was put in to office BY US to run this country. We also forget that it is a big job and we have to help him. If the president doesn’t hear our voice he cant pick what is in our best interest. These days we are too busy complaining about the people in our political office and the choices they make to realize that WE PUT THEM THERE! These days people have forgotten that America was established as a sanctuary for people who felt oppressed by their old country and wanted to live free to state their minds, worship the god they want, defend themselves if necessary, choose who would make the big decisions, and to be treated fairly regardless of what they looked like or how much money they had. These days people are actually more worried about the color of the people and not the color of their ideas.

Needless to say, I want this to change and I think that it is un-American not to want it. I want to see good old-fashioned American propaganda posted on the walls at random. I want to hear that if you don’t like American football than you are not a true American I want to hear kids shout out to the news that they want to grow up to be the president! I want to see Basketball players who tell the cameras “America, that half-court shot was for you!” I want it to be un-American to be fat (even though I am overweight myself) I want it to be patriotic to be healthy. I want it to be patriotic to help others and I want it to be patriotic to hold a job. I want to see the red white and blue blooded Americans again.

I want the rest of the world to see that We are not just a country of overspending capitalists. I want them to see that we are a team. I want them to realize that if they mess with one part of us, they mess with all of us.

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Does anyone doubt that we need this? Really? I can prove it to you that we need it more than ever. It has been over 9 years since the World Trade Center Towers Fell. When that happened we started strong and then fell short. I remember when there were talks about what we were going to with Ground zero. I remember when someone came on the news and said “Don’t worry America The Terrorist want to cause terror and we are not going to let that happen. We are going throw this back in their faces. We are going build something on ground zero that will make those terrorists have to refund every virgin they think they are getting. We are going to make them doubt their beliefs with our new New York skyline!” I remember seeing lots of professional designs for new buildings that would replace the Towers. Every one of them was designed by a patriot who put his heart and soul and grief in to making a testament to the people who lost their lives in that building. What happened to all those designs? I remember a plan to put two giant spotlights on the sights of the towers for placeholders so that two towers of light would pierce the nighttime New York City Skyline. Are those lights even there? I remember the coolest building design that they had was one that combined the two towers in to one and it rose to 1776 feet in the air. I thought “Awesome. A building who’s height represents the year we became a country. That will show those damn Terrorists!” Where did that building go? Then I heard of a museum that would not only feature artifacts from the Towers, but it would also be made partially from the remains at ground zero. I thought “Okay, that would be kind of cool. A Tribute to the people who died and a building on the site. That would work even though it’s not as grand as I was hoping.” Then I heard about that Church that they wanted to put in and I was embarrassed Really? You want to put a church there that houses the same religion as the people who cleared the space to begin with? That is like a bully punching you in the arm for you hand over your lunch so you have your mom put better food in there in case he doesn’t prefer tuna. The last idea I heard was a total “just put something there” move. Two community pools! That’s it! That’s all! Those who lost their lives deserve better.

If funding is the issue than we should be EASILY able to over come that! How? With good old-fashioned patriotism! Send a message out to everybody “Donate to the cause! And tell a friend to donate too!” Have companies put an extra blurb in their commercials or theme them to the cause! Put an option in my car insurance to donate a dollar a month to the new World Trade Center Project! Put those coin tins at the end of grocery store checkout counters! Take a Million out of that $380 Million Dollar Lottery and send it to the cause. We won’t miss it. Make Porn cause an extra cent a minute! I don’t care what we do! Let’s just do it. That Gaping hole in New York is making the terrorists more confident that what they do is effective.

Lets stop worrying about our privacy being violated by airport security that we asked for and start worrying about the state of our country’s unity. Stand up for your country! Love the place you live in! Love what it stands for and for your country’s sake, SHOW IT!!!