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What Do The Protests in Seoul Look Like Now?
This past Friday the Korean Constitutional Court (think of it as the US Supreme Court) ruled unanimously that Park Geun Hye should be officially impeached. Since most of the country wanted this (at her lowest I think she has a 10% approval rating) there were massive celebrations in the streets. There were musicians, free food stalls, and fireworks. Now of course there are plenty of (mostly elderly) people rioting and claiming that this is the end of democracy (when really its just an example of democracy working...) but they are in contained areas surrounded by police. As far as I know 2 people died and many more are injured but its been due to violence by the pro-Park side (for example, the rioters were trying to flip over a police bus and knocked over a speaker which fell and killed an elderly man who was part of the riot...) I walked through the celebration area the day after the announcement if you'd like to take a look and hear the sounds. Skip to 4:20 unless you want to see my friends new cafe opening party haha :) If you could all do me a really big favor: Please give this video a thumbs up on YouTube here. People have been leaving incredibly nasty comments targeting myself and my family (I have deleted and blocked most of them) and this video now has some of the most down-votes I've ever had on a video :/ That would really mean a lot! Thank you ㅠㅠ Korea now has to vote for a new president so that will be starting as we speak :)
MRW: The State Of The Union Address
Tonight was the United States' annual State of the Union address. To those of you a little rusty on your US politics, every January, the president delivers the State of the Union, a speech that addresses all that has been accomplished in the past year, all the current problems the nation is facing, and what citizens can expect of their government moving forward. Since it's an event full of politics, it's incredibly entertaining to make fun of - especially since, in such speeches, there's a very fine line between promise and prose. I've never been a huge fan of the politics, but I do understand the significance of the State of the Union as a citizen of the country. And as a citizen of the country, I get to make fun of it too, right? SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, my MRW: State Of The Union edition.* ** MRW = "My Reaction When..." (for those of you still out of the know) MRW: POTUS says he'll make junior college free this year. PEACE OUT, CRIPPLING DEBT!! WE WISH WE NEVER KNEW YE!! MRW: POTUS makes not-so-subtle jabs at Republicans. One of the biggest highlights of the speech was "Food Stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did." Daaaaamn, Obama. It must be easy to talk smack when you're not up for re-election. MRW: POTUS claims Veep Biden will help America cure cancer. Okay, I'm pretty sure Obama meant that Biden would make sure that the National Institutes of Health would have all the financial resource they need in order to cure cancer, but it was pretty much phrased like Biden freelances in clinical oncology on the side. Which would be weird. But also wildly impressive? MRW: POTUS mentions the country's renewed relationship with Cuba. Maybe in a few years, we'll finally be able to tour the country ourselves and eat some REAL Cuban sandwiches. You know, fingers crossed. MRW: POTUS follows up each point with 'America is the best! We're world leaders!' rhetoric. Okay, okay, we get it. We're Americans, and we come from an incredibly capable and successful country. But you don't have to turn this into an America advertisement. We're U.S. citizens. We're all sipping the same red, white, and blue Kool-Aid. MRW: POTUS says he'll be brief, but it turns into the 16th longest speech in the State of the Union's 226 year history. This kid is like the official representative of everyone who stuck it out watching the SOTU at home. That yawn is pretty much everything. And with that, I give you my reactions to this year's State of the Union. Feel free to add your own thoughts regarding this week's speech in the comment section below!
Evidence Suggests Patriarchal Religious Indoctrination Played a Primary Role in the 2016 Election
Hillary, Women, and Patriarchalism: Defeated by an Ignoramus Who Regularly Expresses Contempt for Women, Though Claims He “Loves” Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first woman to become a major party candidate for the office of President of the United States. She was defeated by an unqualified, foul-mouthed, ignoramus who has regularly expressed his contempt for women, even though he claims that he “loves” them. While it is not surprising that a majority of men voted for Donald Trump, it was stunning that fifty-three percent of white women actually refused to support the first female presidential candidate who had a good chance of winning. The outcome of any election is determined by many interacting factors, but there is some evidence that patriarchal religious indoctrination assumed a primary role in the 2016 presidential race. A slight majority of Catholic voters (60%) favored Trump, while an overwhelming majority of fundamentalist Protestants (81%) preferred the bellicose billionaire.  From the latter figure, it can be concluded that Donald Trump is the exemplar of the “Christ-centered life” because this term is central to fundamentalist ideology. The justification for patriarchal domination as a God-given mandate is, of course, Holy Scripture.  Because so many Americans accept the myth of Judeo-Christian nationalism, it is entirely appropriate to look to the Bible as the source for this severely oppressive, anti-woman theme in fundamentalist Christianity.  The content of the Bible was recorded, transmitted, and compiled over a span of almost two millennia in male-dominated, agrarian, Middle-Eastern societies.  Therefore, the treatment of women in the Bible reflects the cultural context in which these chauvinistic rules and beliefs developed.  Because these misogynistic edicts, decrees, and mandates were codified in the Judeo-Christian scriptures, they became part of a vast compendium of commandments that devotees today believe to be God’s perfect word.  Read the full story: https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/11/hillary-women-and-patriarchalism.html
My Vote Won’t Make a Difference: A Bigger Myth than God
Democracy is a lot like Atheism. Both are grounded in the belief that there is no sovereign, no ultimate arbiter of right and wrong who will steer us in the proper direction if we just listen closely enough and, most importantly, obey.  Not everyone in a democracy is an Atheist, and not all Atheists think democracy is a good idea, but Atheists in America do. So why is it that Atheist voter turnout is so low?   There are probably as many reasons as there are non-voters, but after years of listening to people talk about all aspects of voting, I’ve come to understand that a lot of us have never had the opportunity to take a close look at what democracy is and what it isn’t.  Democracy is born of the understanding that when more than a handful of human beings are thrown together, at least some of them will want to govern.  The problem of deciding who ends up in charge can be solved in a number of ways. Birthright and force have been the two most common in history.  Other choices include lotteries, omens, and default. Democracy solves the problem by placing the burden of the decision squarely on your shoulders and mine.  And I do mean burden because democracy is not easy; it was never meant to be. Just like the word “god,” the word “easy” appears nowhere in the Constitution.  Democracy is not a synonym for freedom because it doesn’t promise that you will get your way—not even once in your life—after the votes are counted.  Democracy doesn’t guarantee voting procedures without deep flaws and deliberate complications (but it does offer ways to remedy them, albeit with a lot of work and never overnight). Read the full article: https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/12/vote-as-an-atheist.html