Monday, December 24, 2018

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Why Pacific Underland?

Some people could be familiar with the term Pacific Wonderland, which is even on some of our license plates here in Oregon.

Some people may think or have heard the Pacific Northwest is a natural wonderland filled with natural beauty and liberal thinking people, with killer green bud and dank microbrew. We have clean air, great schools, and a booming economy.

Some of that might be true, but it's not a wonderland when;

You have high rates of depression and suicide

high rates of drug addiction and homelessness

have some of the most unaffordable housing in the country.

I love the Pacific Northwest, I'm glad I was raised in Portland, but we have a lot of room for improvement. Some of the challenges we face are systemic and countrywide, they may need to be addressed on a national level. We might not be able to fix them all by ourselves.

So that's why this blog is called Pacific Underland. Plus it just sounds cool.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Trump (or Hillary) trigger explained. Cortex vs amygdala

I'm pretty sure most human interactions and arguments can be explained by neuroscience. We are all animals, primates but with a larger pre-frontal lobe or cortex.. problem is, when we are triggered we stop using this rational part of our brain and use the amygdala instead, which is the 'fight or flight' primal portion of the brain. Not sure if we can use both at the same time. This explains every fight you've ever had when the other person just won't listen, and also the 'trump trigger' or 'hillary trigger' where we can't have a civil political discourse, only attack each other.. When we feel like we are being attacked we go tribal. The main difference I see is that Trump likes to trigger us by what he says and does, whereas the liberal side actually have already triggered the right by simply being WHO WE ARE. Just being Mexican, black, gay, transgender, woman in the workplace, immigrant, etc... threatens their way of life and they feel attacked. 

The problem with allowing Trump to trigger us is that to counter him we need an intelligent response, (organize and methodically destroy him) reacting to him in a primal way (calling him names etc..) actually feeds into his narrative and,,, imo, is not a winning strategy for the left. I think there was a study where they hooked people up to read their brainwaves and questioned them and actually proved some of this but (actually came from a parenting class i took) but I'm not finding a good link for it. You can just google amygdala and cortex and find some interesting stuff. The class was called collaborative problem solving and they mentioned a book called 'the explosive child' (they said it wasn't very well named, because you could use the parenting techniques for any child) The teacher also mentioned that in a state of arousal (triggered?) the IQ can drop around 30 points. 

Trump is actually making us stupider. Who'd have thunk it?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Gun Reform Now? Has the time finally come?

Some people say and meme that gun control or reform died after the Sandy Hook shooting.

The argument being; if little kids can get shot and we do nothing then we will never do anything.

Here's why this time could be different.

The Parkland Florida shooting happened to kids, yes, but theses kids are old enough to speak out for gun control, they are not little kids that have no voice.

They are almost old enough to vote, and they are going to march on Washington and make a big stink about the NRA donations that the Republicans have been taking for years. (decades?)

I support them, it's great to see the youth speaking out and marching. I would love to go march on washington but I'm too busy working my bullshit job to pay bills. 

I think these kids could actually get something done. It's 2018, the political climate has changed a lot since Obama left office. There are a lot of issues all converging together that just might create a super-movement.

It's probably time to start limiting or banning assault rifles.

Pretty sure you have to ban the guns.. going after people's mental health is trickier.

There are privacy laws that protect your medical and psychiatric records, and many of these shooters are first time offenders, they have no criminal record or mental health history that would necessarily disqualify them from getting the gun.

The second amendment argument for arming yourself with machine guns kind of falls flat for me.

Is that well-trained militia really going to take on the U.S. Army? Even if you have AR-15s, they've got you outgunned by a longshot.

The only real hope of taking on the U.S. government is if our own troops are ordered to start firing on civilians, they will refuse to do so.

WE DO already have gun control, We aren't allowed to have tanks and rocket-launchers right? All I'm saying is it's probably a good idea to ban machine guns too. A hunting rifle, double barrel shotgun, or revolver pistol should be enough artillery for any citizen. It's a REASONABLE amount of firepower to have.

I still think you should keep your guns locked up, and it's also a good idea to use regular bullets, not anything that's specifically designed to explode on impact and shred somebody's guts.

While we're at it, why not ban lead bullets too? Shooting lead into the woods and into animals that will then be eaten by other animals and poison them seems like a terrible idea. Lead is not a good thing to have in the wild, in our water, or in our bodies. Yes, bullets will cost a little bit more, but so what.

AR-15s are for sissies

I guess you could say I'm old school, I don't think anyone should have to pack anything with a magazine. I don't own a gun, but if I did I wouldn't need anything more than a six-shot revolver and a double barrel shotgun.

Here's why:

1. If you shoot something 6 times (or twice with a double barrel shotgun) and it doesn't die, it deserves to live.

2. Or; if you need to shoot more than 6 people, you're doing life wrong. Reconsider your life choices and/or just shoot yourself.

3. Remember, if you're considering a mass shooting or murder suicide, you're probably going to be dead at the end. Consider just shooting yourself first. That way you never run out of ammunition!

4. The other great thing about revolvers, you can tell with a spin and a glance whether they're loaded. None of that 'forgetting the one in the chamber' and accidentally shooting granny bullshit.

This has been a public service announcement.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

It's all comin' down to the money trail

Trump's lawyer paid a porn star out of his own pocket? and never got compensated?

Just like Paul Manafort worked for free?

All these good samaritans just do the work out of the goodness of their god-blessed hearts then.


Just a couple of boy scouts doing the right thing.

I'm no conspiracy theorist, but if it quacks and waddles like a duck, it's probably a duck.

Time's running out on big orange. You had a good run dude. You shook up the world, but the bigger they come the harder they fall. Watergate 2.0 coming in 2018

You heard it here first.

2018 We comin for the whole syndicate

2018 has a little different feel. 2017 really felt like a defeat for democracy, anyone voting democrat, and anyone criticizing trump. Even silly things like sports seemed to be cursed, with Trump's number one celebrity supporter Tom Brady making the most epic super bowl comeback of all time.

But 2018 feels like the pendulum could be swinging the other way.

The metoo and timesup movement could be coming for you big orange.

Alabama said 'fuck trump' on their way out the locker room, then they won the national college football championship.

Tom Brady finally got a little payback, hopefully we've seen the last of that dude.

Another trump staffer is on the way out... Rob Porter, and maybe Kelly is next.

As a kind of joe average american white male, I'll admit. I'm a bit confused.

I support the metoo and timesup movement, but on the other hand I'm totally baffled.

I mean, half y'all ladies are totally outraged about all these sex assault allegations..

and the other half y'all voted for the P-grabber in chief Donald J..?

WTF am I supposed to think?

I feel like I'm back in middle school and there's a girl fight breaking out on the playground.

Everyone knows a dude is not supposed to jump in and settle a girl fight!

I'm waiting on the sidelines to see who wins, then proceed with caution.

I'm probably breaking the bro-code even blogging about this, and I could regret it tomorrow. But I'm being real right now.