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Primary Election Results; Remembering that I voted for the candidate with the best name

SONY DSCMPR News: Primary 2014 Results

Not unlike every single election I have ever taken part in, I voted for the candidate with the best name.  A name that stood out this primary was Tom Books.  If Tom Books is your name you are definitely going to get the intellectual vote. 

Aside from that, I knew not the stance of the candidate I was voting for, nor what they thought about high tuition, Sunday Sales Laws, and or equality.  On a whim I voted for Doug Mann, and surprisingly against Phyllis Khan.  I took the opportunity to vote Independent party all the way down because Republicans just fund wars and Democrats pretend to be against wars and fund them as well.  It felt good to vote against an incumbent that hadn’t done much for me (noticeably). 

Candidates should be more transparent, and have better names. 

All in all my vote was cast and counted, and it felt good!  Go Vote! 

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What Priorities? Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities

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MinnPost: Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities

“In the case of building a new Vikings stadium, it was always understood to be roughly 50-50 with the Vikings owners and taxpayers sharing the financial load. Currently, it appears to be closer to a ratio of 90 percent taxpayer and 10 percent owner.”

I suppose it will be nice to have a giant fucking monstrosity of a privately owned stadium as a money collector, to be paid for with tax dollars, as opposed to tuition assistance for college students.  I mean, concussions and NFL tickets are high priority in Viking’s Territory; not to mention we have the Superbowl coming 2018-  major money maker.

The Vikings constantly win the Superbowl, and other titles, so I can see why they need a new facility.  Forget my college debt and the high price of textbooks.  This is a must have for Minnesotans.  The community doesn’t need more educated book reading people, it needs more football fans, bar none.

It could be worse though, I mean, I am more okay with this than funding wars oversea: (see: Wars vs. Local Education; Al Franken, as the Senate Votes) , I must say…  I personally enjoy making the rich richer, and the poor poorer, I know where I stand as a priority; disadvantaged.

ON: Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts

NPR: Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts
“Wesleyan University President Michael Roth argues that a liberal arts education is more important than ever.”

Liberal Arts education is necessary in 2014, as it has been, especially in a world with ubiquitous problematic language; the modern episteme and such.

The study of fine arts and language is the key to history, society, and culture.  If we lack these we lose our fundamental difference from mere animals.  If you have an English Language major in the room you can better decipher written text, legal documentation, and law; you can make the ambivalent understandable.

People don’t see this though…  They see math and science as poignant, in the forefront and irreplaceable, which they are, and respectively offer immensely to the greater good, but what’s the worth if a specialist cannot convey a new invention, or breakthrough, and its meaning?

We use language everyday, but what do we really say?

Wars vs. Local Education; Al Franken, as the Senate Votes

Franken-071009-18449 0003Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel

“The Senate yesterday unanimously passed a resolution backed by the Israel lobby group AIPAC expressing support for Israel’s attack on Gaza and saying not a word about Palestinian deaths.”

Why do we fund oversea wars when students incur debt locally?  Politicians pay for this sort of activity with our tax dollars.  What does Al Franken say about the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians?

 

University tuition fees – bbc newsnight