Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Plastic bags shall continue to blow through the streets of California...

The California state legislature decided it would be a good idea to vote against the bill that would have banned single-use plastic bags in the State of California.

Personally, I was in support of the bill. It is rather difficult NOT to support it when you see as many of them washed up in Mangroves as I do.

Maybe next time, California. *Sigh.

The Earth is choking.

Okay. So. Global Warming. Everyone at least has some vague idea of what it is, wether they believe it is real or not. Unfortunately, the evidence is starting to build of its "truthiness"-to use some Comedy Central terminology, and it is becoming harder and harder to ignore as each day passes.

Think of global warming as a snowball effect- it just keeps building and building and building as it rolls down some never-ending hill into the abyss. Global Warming can never be stopped (or reversed, for that matter) if the governments of the world (especially those of China, Western Europe, The United States, and Russia) do not step up to the plate NOW and choose to regulate the emissions produced by each respective country.

I feel that it is time for the people of the world to face their fears, admit the truthiness of Global Warming, and combat this deadly virus that will soon bring our planet to its knees in disaster.

Dear Government: Its seriously time to end the Embargo.

According to the government, Cuba is the home of Satan. And the island just 90 miles off of Key West is one of the most feared places by the people of the United States. Why? I have no clue.

The logic behind the trade embargo placed on Cuba has always escaped me. When it was first imposed on the Castro Regime, Cuba was an authentic threat to the security of the United States. Sorta. When the United States had all of its property holdings on the island nationalized by the Cuban government, we weren't very happy. And when the Soviet Union started hiding nukes on the island, we nearly pissed our pants.

Nearly 50 years have passed, and the US government has yet to get over it. Cuba lost nearly all of it's economic support after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, leaving the island in shambles. The trade embargo that is still enforced against the island has placed millions of people in poverty and wreaked havoc on the island's economy (although, I guess that's what they wanted in the first place...)

The Cuban government has instituted many new economic reforms allowing private business and freed almost all of its political prisoners. In doing so, they satisfied the demands of the US government to institute the above changes before the embargo could be repealed. Yet, President Obama officially extended the embargo for one additional year on September 2, 2010, until September 14, 2011.

I think it's time for our leaders to recognize the Cuban Democracy Act (the official name of the embargo) as a failed policy, and repeal it immediately in hopes of stabilizing the Cuban economy and bringing democracy to the Cuban people.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Last Vice President of the Soviet Union and the leader of the Coup D'├ętat of 1991 dies at 73

Gennady Yanayev, the last Vice President of the Soviet Union died in Moscow on Friday, as announced by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. It was stated that he died after a "lengthy illness". The exact cause of death, however, remains unknown.

In 1991, Yanavev and several "hardcore" members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union held a Coup that would eventually hasten the demise of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev, the president at the time, was away on a holiday as the Coup took place. Yanavev declared himself as president of the USSR on the grounds that Gorbachev was too ill to perform his duties as president.

The failed Coup was an attempt to "take back" the Soviet government from Gorbachev, who was embarking on a hasty plan of economic and political reform in the USSR. The old-school Communists of the Soviet Union were against these reforms, and this attack on the government was the result of their unhappiness.

During the very short span of Yanayev's control of the government, tanks rolled into Moscow in attempts to control the disgruntled people of Communist Russia. Crowds of protesters took to the streets in Moscow and Leningrad (St. Petersburg), emboldened by Gorbachev's political reforms that gave them the ability to act out against the government.

On August 21st, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev returned to Moscow and took back the control of the government. On August 24th, Gorbachev officially resigned as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and Vladimir Ivashko was the de-facto General Secretary until the 29th, when he too, resigned.

On November 6th, 1991, Boris Yeltsin officially suspended all activity and ruling power of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in the Russian SFSR (Soviet Federative Socialist Republic).

The official end of the Soviet Union was declared by Gorbachev on December 25th, when he resigned as president of the USSR.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ban plastic bags in California!

I don't care if you don't live in California, because neither do I, and I'm going to call all of them tomorrow anyways. But EVERYONE should visit this site, get the numbers of these California state senators and call them and tell them to support the ban on plastic bags in California!

If you feel that plastic bags are important, maybe this video with a catchy jingle can change your mind. 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

It's been a while....

First of all, sorry there hasn't been any posts since May 4th, according to my homepage. Im gonna try to start posting things again, although I am really not sure if anyone would read these things anyways...

I've decided I am going to make it my personal mission to post something AT LEAST every 3 days, if not more. Things are busy sometimes, so no guarantees. I'm gonna try to resume writing about current events, my opinions on random subjects you probably don't want to hear about and the like.

I have also decided to write an overly extensive article about someone who has changed the world some way, be they alive or dead, good or evil or "evil". The first one I will write purely because I want to, but if anyone actually reads it and wants to request someone that works with me too. 

Thanks for reading (if anyone actually does) and more coming up soon!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Obamacare, anybody?

Okay, so I have been waiting to rant on this one for a while. It's the latest big headline: Universal healthcare comes to the United States. Many are saying "It's about time!" while others sigh and say to themselves "It was bound to happen sooner or later." I, personally, stand with the latter.

Universal healthcare is the pride and joy of many countries not all that different than us. Canada, The United Kingdom, Spain, Israel- the list is endless. It seems like the United States is the last country to enter the universal healthcare arena- probably because we practically are. Indeed, it is true that we have failed for many years now where all other developed countries have succeeded. There are several reasons for this: The first and foremost is because the arrangement of wealth in the US has prevented this from happening.

In the United States, the "upper class" has much more influence on society than the much larger middle and lower classes. Think of it as a side-effect of Capitalism. The upper class is the group of people that will be paying for a large percentage of what it costs for universal healthcare- at little to no benefit to themselves. A large portion of these people already pay for their own coverage and should not have to pay for the rest of America's health insurance.

Many people, including myself, feel that now is a bad time to enact Obama's universal healthcare bill. The whole world is in the midst of one of the worst recessions in history, and even many of the used-to-be rich people have gone broke.

My personal opinion is that whether it is in the best interest of our nation or not; our government should have waited to vote on this bill until our economy was fully recovered from this recession. I also do not believe those who have healthcare plans of their own should have to pay for people who have none. However, for a country as a whole, the healthcare bill is a win. For many individuals, it is a failure.