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Some Thoughts on Immigration

We are a nation of immigrants. The influx of immigrants and new ideas has always benefitted this country in numerous ways. It’s what made this country great. That said, there needs to be some immigration reform but I am against mass deportation. There should be a path to citizenship. Those who aren’t white shouldn’t be treated any differently than immigrants from Europe. Religion should never factor into it. To do otherwise, violates everything the founding fathers fought for.

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A Rare Political Post

Originally, I planned to post a story I was working on. In light of recent events, I’m going to make the rare political post and talk about the election.

I don’t see myself as a democrat or a republican. Some of my views are very liberal and progressive while I’m hold some more conservative views. When it came to this election cycle. I wasn’t in love with either candidate. I would have preferred Sanders with Biden as my second choice as far as candidates go.

My vote wasn’t just about which candidate’s policies were best for me, my friends, and family. It was also about which candidate had policies and views that hurt people and this country the least. How many considered the latter during this election? Looking at the state of affairs today, clearly not enough.

Women, minorities, the lgbtq community, and numerous others have every right to be afraid. They have valid reasons for feeling the way that they do so don’t try to tell them to stop whining or shut up. On day one, racists are openly spewing their hatred and committing acts of vandalism. Women are enduring more bile than ever on social media because they wouldn’t support a man who talked about sexual assaulting them and didn’t see a thing wrong with it. Members in the lgbtq community have been assaulted while politicians talk about stripping them of their hard fought for rights. Peaceful protesters have been labelled as thugs, rioters, and traitors while armed militia men who take over federal land are called patriots. People around the world are concerned about a US that no longer honors its treaties and fell less safe.

Spare me the talk about coming together and reaching out to the other side. Right now, the only reason I would reach out to the other side is to strangle it. It’s the other side that has to reach out to. Here’s hoping they do.

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#performancematters

It’s no secret that I love playing video games. The video game voice, stunt, and motion capture actors deserve to be treated fairly by the video game industry. Their performances make what video games what they are today. Please support these actors and actresses. For more information, visit SAG-AFTRA Interactive Strike Center for information about the strike and how it affects the video game industry.

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Favorite Channels

I wanted to do something a little different today. Here are some of my favorite youtube channels and why.

AngryJoeShow – Angry Joe offers great reviews for games and insight into the kind of things that gamers hate. He explains why things like paid dlc on release, microtransactions, and incomplete games sold at full price are a bad thing for the gaming industry. He also leads a thriving online gaming community dubbed The Angry Army.

Chris Stuckmann – Chris Stuckmann has some very insightful movie reviews. He won’t nitpick a movie to death. Instead, he’ll give you concise clear reasons as to why he thinks it’s good, bad, or somewhere in between. His Hilariocity Reviews, where he reviews movies that either just plain bad, so bad they’re good, or guilty pleasures are fun to watch especially when it’s a bad movie.

Cinemasins – I always laugh when I see one of their videos. So much of what they say is true. They’re one of the channels I go to when I need a little cheering up.

ComicsExplained – I’m a big fan of comic books. I like to think I know a lot about all the characters from Marvel and DC. Bob will take a topic, series, or story arc and go into detaill about it. They’ll explain concepts and things that might confuse the more casual reader or missed by someone who only follows certain titles. I can find videos highlighting something I didn’t know or things I was curious about like the DC Rebirth titles. It’s the perfect resource for someone who wants to learn more about a Marvel or DC character debuting in a movie or tv show without going to the comic book store and diving into back issues. Sometimes their videoes motivates me to track down a story or trade paperback to read which is always a good thing.

How It Should Have Ended – Another channel I tune into when I need a laugh. Again, a lot of what they show is true. The animation and voice acting is great.

JDfromNY206 – I don’t listen to a lot of wrestling podcasts. I just don’t have time to keep up with all the wrestling podcasts and youtube channels devoted to the WWE and Lucha Underground. Of them all, I chose JDfromNY206. He knows what he’s talking about and makes sure to credit his sources for news. His reviews of the WWE shows and Lucha Underground are entertaining. If you’re a wrestling fan, he’s worth listening to. He shares a lot of my frustration with Monday night Raw.

Jeremy Jahns – Jeremy Jahns is another movie reviewer. I love this man’s style and the way he reviews movies. A lot of his opinions match my own so I use his reviews as a guide for whether or not to see a movie that I’m undecided on. Also, the Star Wars cape which makes an appearance when either he discusses any thing Star Wars is the mark of a true fan.

moviebob – moviebob is really that good and his series of videos by the same name are worth watching. His review of Fantastic 4 and other movies had me dying of laughter but they aren’t for the faint of heart. He has videos on other channels and they’ll all worth watching.

The Young Turks – This election season is more important than most. It was how I stumbled upon the Young Turks channel. They’re a good source for news and information. Their political coverage is a little biased but they don’t let it get in the way of reporting the news and the facts. In addition to their election coverage, they have a surprising amount of quality programming and shows on their channel.

 

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Important. And Pass It On….

A friend and fellow author pointed me in the direction of a post written by Neil Gaiman. Some of the information in Important. And Pass It On…  might be out of date but it’s still worth reading especially if you’re a writer or creative type who cares about what happens to their intellectual property when you’re gone.

 

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The New World of Publishing: The Real Price of Traditional Publishing

This article, by Dean Wesley Smith, makes for some interesting reading. It’s given me a lot to think about especially the part where he talks about the “Life of Copyright”.

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Gravity Lawsuit

I didn’t know about this lawsuit until a friend of mine posted a link to Tess Gerritsen’s blog. When you get a chance, read her post: My Gravity Lawsuit and How it Affects Every Writer Who Sells to Hollywood. This one post illustrates why I have so little trust in Hollywood.

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