Monthly archives: September 2008

Adult Children: a subreddit

Reddit is my favorite website on the planet. It is a social-news and cool stuff aggregate that allows the users to submit and control (by up/down voting) the content of the site:

reddit is a source for what’s new and popular on the web — personalized for you. Your votes train a filter, so let reddit know what you liked and disliked, because you’ll begin to be recommended links filtered to your tastes. All of the content on reddit is submitted and voted on by users like you.

Once on the site you will notice that the links to stories are categorized through Subreddits, my favorite being Politics:

The site has a great user base and the comments are sometimes better than the actual stories they link to. Just by creating a username you can get involved, start voting and feel a part of this social web of information and entertainment.

But my new favorite thing is that anyone can create a category, a Subreddit and grow it into a thriving community. I have created one that you will recognize as one of my favorite topics: Adult Children:

So far it is slow going but already I have 35 subscribers. I will take my time and grow this little community carefully and with love and compassion.

I am the moderator of this subreddit, I am username garyp714.

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The Guy Code – Real Guys Top Ten List

From a fascinating book called “Guyland – The Perilous World Where Guy Become Men” by Michael Kimmel comes a quick run down of the most popular responses to the author’s question of “What makes a man a man”:

  • Boys don’t cry
  • It’s better to be mad than sad
  • Don’t get mad get even
  • Take it like a man
  • He who has the most toys when he dies, wins!
  • Just do it
  • Size matters
  • I don’t stop to ask for directions
  • Nice guys finish last
  • It’s all good

Ugh. How fittingly this sums up most of the cognitive dissonance that has plagued me and the throngs of men that inhabit this day and age. Is this what makes a man? Is this the criteria that we want our young men, our little boys to use to determine what makes them a man?

In this day and age with normal societal markers that adolescents and adults use to determine adulthood mostly coming later and later, we are leaving our children, our boys to fend for themselves when it comes to emotional maturity. Working parents, latch-key kids, delayed marriage and delayed child-rearing, longer lifespans, and communities that offer zero support- is it any wonder that our boys, our adolescents are lost when it comes to approaching adulthood?

And then we have this code, handed down by other boys in a ritual of creating adult boys that have no real idea what it is to truly be a man. Adult children in a man’s body – Guyland is a place where the truth of a man is lost in the rush for identity.

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Obama vs the GOP

This is happening all over America. People are waking up to the lies, the deceit and empty promises of the GOP and looking to the Democrats to actually do some quality governing for a change.

From Reddit

You know, I use to be a republican. Throughout college and during my first year at law school I was a republican. I spoke using the same rhetoric. I would attack the poor of our nation by labeling them as lazy, I would constantly attack welfare and use that to illustrate what the democratic party was like. I did all of these things and then I began to educate myself, I read, I kept up with the news. I went beyond the nice little package rhetoric and began looking at results.

This is when I began to realize that much of the republican doctrine, as it is now, its based on loose facts and irrational logic. It is constantly about creating these supposed hypotheticals of what is going to happen if democrats get in charge. It is about constantly blaming others and judging others. It is about simplifying extremely complicated ideas into simple minded sound bites. As if by repeating it over and over it will become more truthful. It is about sticking to an ideology no matter what facts present themselves and if facts do present themselves then its about simply offering a justification or spinning it.

Now, its not to say that Democrats have been that much better, however, I do believe that their platform is more conducive to serving society. And I truly believe that there is something special in Barack Obama. He is a politician but I think he brings with him a progressive vision and management style and I do believe that his intellectualism accompanied by his passion for America will serve us all greatly.

I woke up to what amounts to a massive defrauding of the American people by a cabal of power brokers starring the current Republican players (Rove, Bush, Cheney, McCain, etc) and funded by corporate interests and old old money. They have fleeced this country, the USA of trillions of dollars through the Federal Reserve (free loans of tax payer dollars, creating inflation, devaluing dollar), the massive war machine and a penchant for creating ‘shell corporations’ out of our tax payer financed government agencies (FEMA, Homeland Security, all regulatory departments).

Obama won’t completely change that. But he will be a wonderful start.

McCain/Palin is a desperate attempt to hold onto power and continue the current historic fleecing of the United States of America.

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