Mar 24 2014

Patriotism

Jared Griffith

For a long time, people have been brandying about the term patriot.  Some have been claiming that they are while others are not.  Webster’s dictionary defines it as ” one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests”.  I think there is a secondary, American definition.  That definition comes from what I feel are the founders of this country of ours.  I think it is embodied in the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution of the United States.

That definition is ” one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests, but questions vigorously, and vocally when their country is doing wrong”.  I really believe the definition should be amended to include that.

Here’s why.  Someone who is  ” one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests” , implies that they blindly following their leaders & country without question.  This, without too many separations gets “patriotism” you into the very dangerous position of being a National Socialist.  Being a “patriot” who is blind and is not calling shenanigans on the government when it’s required and necessary, regardless of party affiliation, is very close to National Socialism.  This very blind patriotism is what got Hitler to power.  In some cases, it enabled Stalin, and various other dictators across the globe to commit the atrocities that they have over the centuries.

I have to say it, true American patriots will say that their party is wrong, and call them out on it, and do what they can, regardless of party affiliation.  This goes for either side.

I know it’s hard to “question everything” in the “information age”.  Yes it was a lot easier to figure it all out when it wasn’t the “information age”.  I’m here to try and convince you that the only real patriot is one that keeps their mind open and questions not only their beliefs, but the party they associate with.  Patriotism in the USA, is not blind faith, it is keeping your mind open and questioning everything.  Question what you are fed via the “information age”.  Question what you believe.  Question why you believe it.  Question why others believe it.  This is what freedom is.  Freedom and patriotism is really philosophical debate not only externally, but internally.

What it comes down to is think.  Don’t believe everything you read.  Do your research.  Do your reading.  Don’t just go along party lines to reinforce your ideas.  Watch an obvious “liberal” documentary or show with an open mind.  Watch an obvious “conservative” documentary or show with an open mind.  Let the questions and points brought up in either simmer and cook for a while.

Please people.  Think.  Think for yourselves.  In this country, that is the singular best right, the right to think and say what you want.  You know, that thing in the first amendment.


Mar 11 2014

Freedom

Jared Griffith

All power to the people! Educate yourself, this shit that is going on and has been going on it is neo-feudalism, straight up class warfare. Educate yourself. Now watching http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Black_Power_Mixtape_1967-1975/70166238

In other related news, another documentary to educate yourself: https://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The%20House%20I%20Live%20In/70229263

Another one that made me think, and not with the brain covered by pants and underwear https://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Buying%20Sex/70293844

If you think de-regulation is the proper course of action, did you know about this? https://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/GasLand/70129353

One last documentary, highly recommended - https://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The%20Interrupters/70167110


Feb 6 2014

Dear Hollywood

Jared Griffith

Dear Hollywood,

This is an open letter from a computer professional that has a criticism about how your directors and writers portray computer professionals and hackers in your TV series, movies, and other delivery points.  Please, for the love of god, stop having the actors playing “computer guru” roles look down at the keyboard when doing intensive “work / hacking”.  No one that actually knows their way around a computer, especially “hackers” and computer professionals EVER look down at the keyboard.  Please stop doing this nonsense.

P.S.  Thanks for trying to portray us as more than some social outcast / doofus / super awkward nerd / eternal virgin.  That’s pretty cool.  I think you guys have helped us escaped the “Revenge of the Nerds” thing, and we really appreciate that.

Love,

Sys Admins, Sys Engineers, Dev Ops people, IT people, “hackers”, developers, software engineers, network admins, and all of us other computer people in the world.


Jul 29 2013

New Favorite Work Related Site

Jared Griffith

This site is awesome. I can relate to so many of these gifs….. it’s just scary and hilarious all at the same time. http://devopsreactions.tumblr.com


Jun 28 2013

Playing tonight on KUCI – Riders Of The Plastic Groove

Jared Griffith

I’m playing with Ron D Core tonight on Riders of the Plastic Groove.
https://www.facebook.com/events/382014385243299/

http://www.drfreeclouds.com

Tune in online at http://kuci.org or http://plasticgroove.com


Jun 24 2013

Playing on Riders of the Plastic Groove 6/28/2013

Jared Griffith

This Friday, 6/28/2013, I will be playing with none other than Ron D Core. Join us online for a listen as I come back to the air waves to beat some techno-sense into you all. It’s going to be a good night, and I’m really looking forward to returning to KUCI & Riders of the Plastic Groove. Listen online on Friday here: http://plasticgroove.com/


Jun 5 2013

Honest Talk about Amazon EC2 Services

Jared Griffith

Awesome article.  Anyone looking to move to EC2 / Amazon web services should look at it objectively.  Don’t believe the hype.

http://openmymind.net/Why-I-Dislike-ec2/


May 29 2013

Lakota file UN Genocide Complaint against United States

Jared Griffith

Wow, good luck.  I fully support this: http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/29/lakota-to-file-un-genocide-charges-against-us-south-dakota/


Apr 29 2013

Loss

Jared Griffith

Today, I found out I lost someone I could at best describe as an acquaintance.  Though for some reason it feels like I lost someone much closer to me.  I can’t shake this feeling, I can’t concentrate on work, and I’m down right sad.  I have lost my share of people over the years, granted not a whole lot that were close / current friends.  As of late I have lost relatives more than anyone.  The last person that I lost was a friend that I had lost contact with and she died from an apparent o.d. and left her 3 kids motherless.  It shook me, but for some reason, this one has gotten me even worse.  A friend suggested that it’s because she was a good soul, and I’m going to go with that, that’s really the only explanation.  She was a bright, energetic, happy person that when I did get to see her she brightened up the room, and a fun time was going to be had regardless of whatever else was going on.   I wish that I did get to know her better, and I’m sad that she is now gone.

I do know one thing though.  I know if I’m that shook up about her passing, I know that everyone that was closer than I is probably having a way rougher time than I am.  To them, I’m sorry for your loss.

Someone else posted this video of her on Facebook, and I’m going to share it because it’s just a beautiful video.  RIP Karla, catch you on the flip side, you had more of an affect on me than I thought.

Actual spot she was in:

Also, for everyone out there, please be mindful, careful, and share the road with those on motorcycles.  She died in one of my nightmare scenarios of riding.  The whole thing could have been avoided really and it’s really tragic that she lost her life that way.


Apr 18 2013

Ed Royce (R) Orange County, California – must go

Jared Griffith

People of Northern Orange County, let’s put this asshole out of office in 2014.  His yes vote on the CISPA bill is a clear vote against the people (us).  He doesn’t represent us, and needs to be replaced.   Email him and let him know how disappointed you are in him.  If you don’t, well, then you obviously want the government all up in every aspect of your business.  I thought these ass clown Republicans were for smaller government?  Why’s he voting yes on a bill that makes it bigger?  Why is he not upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States?  http://royce.house.gov/contact/zipcheck.htm

 

Update:

To all you Michigan folks that are represented by Mike Rogers, get rid of that prick too.  Also, make sure you let him know how un-happy you are with him.  It’s time for a change.  He has a clear conflict of interest with the CISPA bill: Mike Rogers and CISPA