Ron Paul Drops Out — Impeachment? — Politics

Interesting news recently in the fields of Politics.

Ron Paul, the person who I voted for and supported for the Republican Nomination finally dropped out today to begin a new \’Campaign for Liberty\’ that will mostly focus on the same topics as his campaign and books – seeking the liberty and truth that we really should have as Americans but ignore that we don\’t have. It was a good campaign I think, especially when he didn\’t take last in some primaries. It has long been mathematically impossible for him to win, but by staying in he kept showing that some people do care. His large amounts of donations that he had to spend also showed how devoted some people are to the better message of politics.

In case you haven\’t read it online or seen it on CSPAN, Dennis Kucinich recently read articles of impeachment against G.W. Bush. While Pelosi insists the will of the people is not to waste time on impeachment (um, 27% approval ratings are pretty low and demonstrate the will of the people) I think that it is about time for this to be heard. Unfortunately, none of the media channels are picking it up. Having the ability to impeach demonstrates that we are Americans — and while it may not be best for the economy or the fairness of election cycles to have a full blown trial and investigation it would prove that we are still a functional democratic republic to at least continue in the process.

Talking about G.W. Bush and the Fox, CBS, ABC and other key news channels, John Stewart of the daily show pointed out something awful recently: A highly anticipated government report on entering the Iraq War was released saying that the administration obviously created some of their own links between terrorists/nuclear arms and Iraq.Daily Show Iraq Lies Phase II

Other things that I want to mention are the media\’s distractions! The family guy dig\’em statue gay marriage ban was on tonight and it echos with this phase two report barely being mentioned. First, why did we not look into being misled into the Iraq war in the 2004 election? We were too busy debating gay marriage! Gay marriage does not actively kill people or cost 500 billion dollars. Immigration is a distraction, that plays on racism — there are plenty of less productive Americans than migrant workers at least as I see it — not to mention that less than 100 years ago any of the states where immigration is the worst actually used to be part of Mexico!

To talk about the TSA no longer requiring IDs to fly unless you show intent to forget it — what do IDs have to do with security as far as 9/11 went? All of the 9/11 terrorists had legal IDS and presumably went through the same security all people went through in airport security in 2001. Did the security miss the whole box cutter thing, yes, but for the most part this \”security\” was already being enacted. Then there is the whole water bottle thing, TERRORIST organizations haves billions of dollars and connections, could they really not sneak something into a vendor cart if they tried? Not to mention that the TSA is about 70% more likely to find your bottle of water than they are to find an actual bomb (from their internal tests.)

It\’s all about distractions people, you are being manipulated by your lack of critical thinking skills? For what reason, I can\’t tell – but certain things do not add up.

Sleep Cycles

I think that we all know that our lives follow cycles. SOme are good cycles some are bad. I suppose it\’s like \”there is a season turn turn turn\” but to a more micro level.

I\’m trying to come out of a laziness and up late cycle right now. This summer I have been waking up at eleven or noon and barely making it to classes — wasting time reading the news (or facebook) and the staying up until three or four a.m.

I don\’t feel very good about myself when I consider this a waste of some life, so I\’m trying to get back on the good cycle.

I feel best about myself when I sleep very little (Garrett may laugh at this) but really, last September when I was arranging the Water Ski tournament and living a full life iwth a 9:30 am class I felt great about myself. I would sometimes nap for an hour in the afternoon – but I was going nearly 20 hours of the day. This is much like last Summer abroad (more on this later?) but work had me working from 8am until Midnight at minimum and often until two in the morning — meaning that I was getting 16 to 18 hours out of the day in work (I played some too.) This reminds me of Atlanta Fest two years ago where I worked full time (12-8am) napped for two hours and then went to Atlanta Fest at 6 flags (12pm-12am) — and it didn\’t really bother me in the least until long after where I tried to keep up.

Maybe being sleepier or less flexible in the cycle is a sign of my age. But I doubt it.

Anyway, my goal is to start waking up at 8 and I\’ll probably stay up until midnight or one. This will put me on the most human schedule. I really need to master the 30 minute nap again.

By the way, hats off to Amrit for working out with me, that\’s how I\’ve realized I\’ve been getting weaker in the current cycle. I\’ve been waking up so late that I haven\’t need a lunch between noon and 5pm.

Venture Capital

Today in my computing and society class, a founding partner from came and told us about realizing our dreams and not being afraid to start our own companies. He gave examples of investors (Family, Angels, and Venture Capitalists) and the the environment with the necessities.

I\’ve been asked what I want to do when I graduate by a lot of people. I\’m still not really sure what I want to do when I grow up, but I have some ideas. The most major, concentration, minor ideas that I have that relate the most to the GT Student Foundation are to be an analyst at an investment bank — and I further extend that to its \”lower\” level of being an analyst and eventually lead at a venture capital firm. This last year made me realize that I am very interested in marketing — supposedly sports marketing. FInally, potential backup plans could be some years with international teaching (or the peace corp?) or to even be a teacher in the states because influencing interested students how to rock at life seems like it would be neat (plus it happens everywhere and has some vacation so it has its perks that way.)

Here is what would make me great for the ibank / venture capital life:

  • I\’ve run my own \”company\” before :: I\’ve negotiated contracts for contracting work (I kind of need to work on this) — but have marketed myself, networked, and had real results. ALong with realizing the expenses of overhead.
  • I\’ve been in some successful startups (Elgia and ItsMedia). I worked with one lady who turned an idea and 3 person company into two companies with more than 15 employees. I also did the small web company in Norcross to realize what I don\’t like.
  • ItsMedia tried an international startup
  • I have many ideas that I may or may not realize — but that I work out and tell others about
  • I have a critical, bouncy, and dreamy imagination that helps me evaluate technologies based on current ones and uniqueness and how realistic ideas are.
  • I have some leadership skills
  • I know how the stock market works and performs with gains and losses.

An Awesome 21st Birthday

I have the unfortunate circumstance of being almost a year older than most of my friends, which means that I did not really get to have the 21st birthday party that I wanted because none of them could go to bars. Luckily, I have enjoyed some of their 21st birthday parties where we\’ve had a lot of fun.

The first really fun 21st birthday non house party that I went to was Joey\’s, we went to moon dogs with some friends and girls and had a really great time. We had several pitchers of beer, and then I moved onto the black Russians. I think that I had such a good time because so many friends were there — and I got significantly drunk, and there was dancing, good beer flavors, loud music and tons of fun. I also had the pleasure of joining our table of mostly guys with another table of mostly girls despite being so innebriated. I also got her number. On the car ride back my head was bouncing from the back seat and Joanna\’s lap to the ceiling to which I headed back to my cold home as we had turned the heat down since everybody was away.

This last Friday was another great one. Danny B decided to go to Atlanta Brewing Company and then to the highlands. The brewing company was a blast! They had tastey thick beer and we got to see all of the machinery they use to make good beer. Then we went to Rays… and then to Highlands to an Irish pub where Danny got so trashed that he passed out at the pub and puked in the cab. It was a grand ole\’ time.

My Brother Tried Linux

The Reason

So this last weekend, my brother was visiting from Washington State, and inconveniently enough his windows laptop started gettinga blue screen of death as it booted up. Apparently, windows update had automatically installed an update that did not work for his computer and he needed a Windows cd with a recovery console which he obviously didn\’t have access to.

My brother is also a bit of a by the books person and demands that his computer be up to date with everything, windows update,. anti virus, a strong firewall, and anything else — which makes this even more satisfying — that when you try hard it can break things.

My Solution

So we are at my parents\’ house and they don\’t have a Windows XP disk either. I recommend that maybe Dan try booting from USB to Ubuntu — unfortunately, his Dell custom bios in a 2ghz P4 did not have an option to boot from bios! How!

Anyway, so he downloaded and burned the cd, which loaded amazingly fast on his 2gb of ram and to which he happily saw that everything worked, even his hardline ethernet that he had somehow turned off in overally strict firewall configuration, and his wireless cards which appear to be the driver that got updated.

He also thought that it was amazing to have a live cd, the wireless setup so easy, and everything to just work and be somewhat intuitive, especially with firefox in beta.

But Freedom Require Flexibility

Soon he was considering installing Ubuntu in another partition, but wanted to know if he could run his Norton system utilities in wine! This was very frustrating, and hard to explain, but he basically wanted to use only what he was used to, and basically said that he was going to switch back to Windows immediately only because he wanted to use the things that he was familiar with. Anyway, I came back to the city and grabbed a Windows CD to which he quickly cowered back to — to run his Norton checks, de-fragmentation, and service pack 3 updates.

Flexibility in Perspective

The world has only been using Windows XP since 2003, and 32bit Windows for 13 years. Despite the newer graphical user interfaces of Kde/Gnome/OSX that have shown themselves to be be more intuitive and easy for the unadapted people fixed in their ways are still afraid of change, despite the idea that that change might be better.