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  • Roissy tackles the freaks. I sadly worked with so many of these poor people while I was in the military. Many soldiers seek out ‘anything they can get’ simply because it is easy. Given the rapid and unforseen deployments, they are quite ready to pump and dump (provided they have any game). Many are naive 18-year olds who don’t know the first thing about the real world and have women run them over -yes, they fight for their country and can outrun/outshoot/outfight most Americans, but outside of the physical realm, they have no understanding. This is what the military calls ‘retention’.
  • Old people like Facebook. I can confirm this: my father and many of his brothers and sisters recently discovered it. I can’t help but laugh at how serious they seem to take it, as well. “The Internet Is Serious Business.” Right.
  • Thomas Pynchon has a new novel coming out. I’m chewing my way through Gravity’s Rainbow during the lulls at work, and it’s damn impressive. However, for anyone who isn’t Thomas Pynchon trying to sell a book right now, your screwed: Houghton Mifflin isn’t accepting manuscripts for the time being. A common occurance for indie presses, but not for the big boys. This doesn’t apply to self-publishing douchebags: you guys can go right on trying to sell your vapid, self-edited work. (My hatred of self-publishing stems from the lack of quality control, not the writers themselves.)
  • Janet Napolitano is a great choice to head up Homeland Security, if you want to destroy the agency by reducing its credibility to nothing and encouraging it to implode from the weight of corruption and ineffectiveness. Which I support, as the agency is superfluous and unneccessary.
  • Radley Balko goes in-depth about No-Knock Warrants, Home-Invasion and why SWAT teams are overused. Great arguments if anyone you know is being an idiot about how the police seem to be dealing with this situation.

I’ve been incredibly buried in work and school lately, in addition to my healthy social life. Blogging is just not at the top of my list, and since I can’t do it from work nearly as much, has declined accordingly.

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