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Super BADASS 1:2256 scale model of the Imperial II star destroyer by model kit builder Cho Jin Hae
How gorgeous is this photo?!?!?!
So, just some thoughts on the world we live in, in particular, with regards to energy policy on the global stage…
I was reading an article this morning about how Venezuela is struggling to keep afloat the Petrocaribe oil alliance, Hugo Chavez’ 18 nation pact that was part of his plan to curb the influence of the U.S. “empire” in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The article goes on to cite the U.S.’s increase in hydraulic fracturing for natural gas as a contributing factor in the decreased exports of Venezuela’s oil, which accounts for 95% of the country’s exports.
So, considering the ability, not only technologically, but also logistically, to build massive solar power plants like the Ivanpah solar thermal plant outside of Las Vegas, why would we still be pursuing fracking so heavily?
The answer, I fear, is strictly a market competition element. If the U.S. wants to destabilize Venezuela and its Petrocaribe pact, then it has to compete with the source of their power; non-renewable energy sources, i.e. oil & natural gas.
It wouldn’t do any good to pursue solar or wind as those aren’t any part of the foundation of power that exists for Venezuela in Latin America. However, if the U.S. increases natural gas production, to the point where the U.S. is not only mostly self sustained by that production, but also able to export to other countries that might potentially purchase oil from Venezuela or join the Petrocaribe alliance otherwise, then once again, the U.S. gains the upper hand.
The next move for the U.S. will be to swoop in and buy up or at least gain a controlling interest in Venezuela’s oil, whether directly or indirectly, and then let’s see how much longer the fracking industry continues in the U.S.
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The Smaug 777 from Air New Zealand.
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Sunday is for Game of Thrones… no matter what time of year it is.
Lion by Klaus Wiese
Raven by Kinga Sorbán
Stag by James Morris
Amazing quote. My new favorite at the moment.
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Yeah sorry no, not going to shame people who are trying to get things on the one day it would be possible for them to do so. I get that this is probably trying to be a critique of capitalism, but blaming people for this rather than the institutions that make it necessary for Black Friday to exist (like systems of poverty), doesn’t address the real problems, and just scapegoats those without the necessary means that makes boycotting an option. Especially this close to the holidays. Nah not about this.
Many of the people waiting in those lines are only able to afford those types of things (including toys, appliances, tools, technology) at those prices (some of them necessary — especially tools and appliances; tech’s getting pretty necessary nowadays, too). It’s the only way they can afford that new microwave or buy a toy for each of their children. I won’t shame people for being poor.
(Thanksgiving is a surprisingly expensive holiday, too. Why not spend the money they’d normally use on a turkey and all the fixings on things that will be used year-round? Why not be thankful year round?)
Yeah, im not gonna shame poor people who cant afford clothes and such except on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
But if we stopped blaming and shaming people then we’d have to acknowledge how it’s impossible to acquire basic necessities like food, housing and clothing without being complicit in violence against marginalized people in the United States…
Oh, you poor ignorant people. I may lose followers for the following comments, but I’d rather speak truth.
This isn’t about shaming poor people, nor is it a comment on capitalism as a whole. This is about corporations feeding off of a grossly out of control consumerist paradigm in our society.
The idea that throwing out the tradition of bringing together family to share in a meal on Thanksgiving in order to spend that money on some sale item, that is more than likely not needed, is the most shameful thing I’ve read in a long time.
Consumerism is a component of capitalism and a social and economic school of thought that promotes the spending of money on more and more things, with the goal of using all available income towards acquiring as many possessions as possible.
This aspect of our economy has led to corporations engineering their products not to last, thereby ensuring increased future sales sooner than in the past. There’s a reason your grandma still has the same stove, microwave or refrigerator. Before consumerism mutated into its present form, there was an honest effort towards designing products to last.
If you think stores put up Christmas decorations before Halloween because people want to actually decorate for Christmas in October, you unfortunately don’t understand. Christmas is associated with buying presents for others, but at its most basic psychological level, it simply encourages you to buy things… period.
The simple truth is that the poorer people in our country are less educated, that’s just a fact. As such, they fall prey to advertising and consumerism most and are willing to use credit cards and the little money they do have to buy the new gaming system or TV or whatever else they don’t truly need.
But that mentality isn’t just on black Friday, it’s ingrained in the thought process and is persistent year round. If we, as a society, were able to fight the urge to spend our money on shit we don’t truly need, we’d be able to save money for the things we do need. It worked this way for generations, just ask your grandparents.
There are so many things wrong with stores opening on Thanksgiving evening to start the black Friday sales, it’s absolutely deplorable. The goods those stores are selling are not necessities for most, and even if they are, there are alternatives available at cheaper prices year round.
Don’t contribute to the consumerist paradigm. Stay home with family and friends on Thanksgiving.
So, today is “Black Friday,” a day when many corporations, mostly on the retail side of the consumerist driven economy, hope to make enough revenue to become profitable for the fiscal year.
Due to the grossly top-heavy wealth gap in the U.S., the reality of this day is that the majority of the population gets up super early, waits in lines and fights over the limited super discounted items, using money they don’t have (credit cards etc.) on things they don’t need.
All to make the rich grow richer while the majority of people become more and more enslaved by debt.
The Hunger Games movies may seem like Hollywood sci-fi, but we are not fucking far from that shit!
WAKE UP! We’re a bunch of hyenas fighting over the scraps!
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