Well I’ve gone for a vacation to see my friends in the United Kingdom and have since returned home to the USA. What have I found out on my trip there? Lots of big things (rationality for the most part) and some small things (including tax in the listed prices). I’ve found different attitudes as well; people don’t feel a need to run their mouths like Americans do while at the same time I didn’t feel ignored like I do walking down the streets in the USA. It’s really a change from the things I’m used to. Statistically I believe the UK has more CCTV cameras than any other nation in Europe and yet I didn’t feel like I was being spied upon like I do here in the USA. These are things people don’t usually think about until they see a new country.
But there are other topics I’d like to talk about; a couple of which I’m sure will get the CIA on my ass.
When I got home I found a packet waiting for me. It was from an e-bay order I’d placed before I left. I now have a big old 3′x5′ USSR flag hanging up on my bedroom wall. Now allow me to re-print what I’ve already posted on an online journal I keep regarding this flag.
I don’t like what the USSR did to the people in its territory, nor do I like what Stalin did during his time in office. These things, these human rights violations, disgust me.
The reason I display this flag in my room is because it is easily recognized as a communist symbol. I, myself, am a democratic socialist but because there are no socialist flags that can be quickly recognized, and because socialism and communism are so closely related, I display the hammer and sickle because it is the closest thing that mirrors my political and economic views. Then, when someone questions its presence, I can take the time to explain it to them (like I am now doing).
I don’t mean to offend anyone by hanging up this flag (unless they start bitching me out about it while making no valid points against it [or unless I don't like them anyway]), I am merely stating a political and economic view.
…that and it looks cool.
Now, what else do I want to talk about? Ahh, a movie I’m fond of: Silent Hill. Has anyone bothered to watch this film? It’s a movie adaptation of a video game (don’t groan yet) and I’ve found it to be one of, if not the best game adaptations I’ve ever seen. It holds to the game’s atmosphere while also exploring new themes. It’s a film I’d recommend to those who even aren’t fond of video games, just keep in mind that it’s a horror film and likely not something you’ll want to show to your kids if you don’t enjoy them seeing people getting killed.
It also has a theme that I have dubbed “Christianity Run Amok” as well as a scene that I call “The Almighty Titty Twister.” If you decide to see the movie, you’ll know it when you see it. To those of you who have seen it, try not to give away any spoilers.
In other news I’ve also been taking an interest in photography as well. I still enjoy target shooting with firearms and the two share commonalties but I also find it nice to be able to capture my target on film rather than blowing holes in it. Though photography doesn’t give that adrenaline rush that the contained explosions of target shooting gives. Still, fun times are to be had by both.
Also I’ve found the joys of this website deviantART.com and I’ve also got an account there where I post my photography (which can be found here if anyone is interested).
Well, I think I’m going to wrap this up. I know this doesn’t really have anything to do with politics or religion, but to tell the truth I’ve found the subject of both to be…depressing. I wanted to talk about some other things tonight, things of a more personal nature because…well, I’m not gonna yank a reason out of my ass, I just wanted to talk about something else for a change. I’ll be back to my political and religious stuffs in my next post.
Whatever your religion may be (or lack thereof) Happy Holidays!
…and fuck you too, Bill O’Reilly.