Friday, May 20, 2005

Welcome to my world

Hi and welcome to my blog.

I have had one or two over the past several years but I have decided to start from scratch. Sometimes I have things to say about stuff and it is difficult for me to fine a good venue for saying them. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is that I tend to hold positions on some issues that are with the left and some (possibly most, currently) that are with the right. Most places tend to be populated with people that lean one way or the other so if I want to blast Bush on his bull-headed opposition to stem cell research, I piss off the ones on the right. If I want to blast labor unions and their lockstep support for the Democratic party, I piss off the left. I find a venue here that allows me to piss off anyone I damned well please for no reason other than because it is my opinion and if it pisses you off, oh well. My intention isn't to piss anyone off but to express my opinions, hopefully engage in discussion about them, learn from other viewpoints, offer my own, and maybe grow in the process.

I will probably keep personal issues to a minimum. I envision this to be an analysis of the world around us, an expression of an initial take on these issue, and then perhaps some reflection, discussion, and refinement. I could quite possibly do a complete 180-degree turn on an issue. I have in the past. Mainly it is due to gathering more info and abandoning an old position as incorrect. I generally don't hold positions closely in an emotional sense. I don't see a disagreement as invalidating or a personal attack. If someone disagrees with my position on an issue my first reaction is to want to know why. What information does that person have that caused them to reach a differing conclusion? If we exchange information and I dismiss their conclusion as incorrect, I am doing just that, dismissing a conclusion, not dismissing them.

So this blog will get political at times, scientific at times, and generally reflect the things in the world that interest me. One thing I have little tolerance for is a "shooting the messenger" mentality. I often see it in the US media these days. When someone expresses an opposing conclusion, too often the reaction is to attack the person and not delve into an analysis of the information that led to that conclusion. This results in an alienating and emotionally charged discussion that devolves into people being mean to each other while they get off the track of the original issue. I don't like that kind of stuff. It isn't productive.

Most of all, it is my blog. I get to choose what goes here. I might use foul language at times. It is a habit I use more in writing than in face to face communications. It is generally used more to set tone than to be lazy. So if the use of such language shocks you, don't read. It is, after all, my fucking blog. There, that should send most of the religious wacko right into the bathroom to wash their eyes out. I also don't have a lot of respect for certain buzzwords but I suppose it depends on how they are used. If you start spouting some well worn and threadbare party taglines, you are likely to be met with a yawn. I don't want to hear what someone else has to say or what the party has to say, I want to hear what YOU have to say.

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