Why the Deomcrats lost

Couldn’t stay out of politics. Reading new blogs did it too me.

I think in America winning an election is less “getting people to vote for you” and more “getting your people to vote”. And the Republican’s voted. Democrats didn’t. It like the whole country is so lazy that it takes a major pissing off or worry to get people out to vote.

The Democrats pushed issues that didn’t really worry their people, and didn’t piss them off. But these pushes did piss off Republicans. As did other things, like Wellstone’s funeral, and the NJ bait and switch. I remember thinking those things bothered me, but I couldn’t do anything about them because I didn’t live in NJ or Minnesota (Thank God). But they did motivate me to make sure I voted. And apparently they motivated lots of people to vote. Lots of Republicans. Democrats were embarrassed and just didn’t care enough to get out and vote.

And people were worried about terrorism. The Democrats didn’t ever come off as doing anything about it and just getting in the way. Bush was doing something. So people who were worried voted and voted Republican.

“under-representation of left…”

From a blog of Glenn Reynold’s talk at a conference this week. This is from the last paragraph in the story.

Question about under-representation of left-leaning political interests in the Blogosphere. The Internet is fairly libertarian and rationalistic; this probably contributes. Blogs and big media in a negative feedback loop; many people blog because they’re tired of shouting at the TV or writing letters to the editor which may or may not be printed weeks later. If there’s a liberal media bias, and Glenn thinks there is, this may help explain the landscape.

We reading the same blog-o-sphere? Guess it just goes to show you something I’ve been thinking about the past few weeks. People are more likely to believe the things they are exposed to on a regular basis. I thought of it the political sense. Californian’s seem to be totally out of touch with what is “really” going on in the world. They think the whole country is against the “war” with Iraq. Its a given owning a gun is wrong. George Bush is stupid. But that’s not how the rest of the country thinks. If they lived where I do and worked where I work, would they change their beliefs?

Of course if this theory is true, then am I the same? Do I believe what I’m exposed to? And in reality its true. And I work to make it more so. That’s why I seek out a conservative voice on the net. Why I listen to talk radio. But I like to think my opinions are completely thought out and original. And some of them are, but I need to be vigilant in watching for ideas I believe with out thinking.

Also its important to watch for believing things that seem true but aren’t. Going back to Californians. They aren’t all liberals, there are conservatives out there. I can’t generalize to the whole population. I also believed the whole Blog-o-sphere was left leaning because of the 20 blogs I read daily, 4 or 5 made liberal comments. There are hundreds of thousands of blogs, my sample was poor. And blogging encourages getting more of the same. If I want new blogs I look at the blogs I read for new links. When a blogger says something liberal he’s going to link to another liberal. So I see too people saying the same thing. I have to search out the opposing voice.

This getting long and not as coherent as I would like so I’m going to stop now.

Farscape comercial

I’m a big fan of Sci-Fi channel’s Farscape and it has been canceled. There is a movement on the net to save it you should participate in.

The latest cool thing is a home grown commercial. Good concept even if it has a bit of an amateurish execution (the lighting is horrible and the shots are too far from the subject for the intensity they are trying to create.) They should do a Apple Switch ad type thing. Though maybe with a black background.

But it actually shows the power that has come to people because of technology like iMovie.

Gun, Blogging and a Voice

I’ve been looking for “Voice”, to theme or focus, for Reactuate. I’ve got a number of areas of expertise and interest I could use. I’m a Mac programmer by trade, but I have a shareware company with its own blog for that.

I thought about politics because the blog-o-sphere is woefully lacking in conservative voices. But I really don’t like to argue about politics all the time, and I’m of the opinion people believe what they want, and arguing rarely changes things.

Another area that I believe in, that is woefully lacking in blogland is guns. I live in Texas and there fore have the right to accept the responsibility of being licensed to carry a handgun. I’ve exercised that right and now have a CHL. So I could write about that. But really its isn’t that big a deal. I don’t carry all of the time anyway.

I’m also interested in science fiction and I’m a Christian. But again I have another site that covers that.

So after this bit of public reflection, Reactuate still doesn’t have a theme. But I’m working on it.

Update:I actually found at conservative voice. Off a Wired article about Michael Moore no less. Whoo-hoo.

Space Links

I woke up Saturday morning thinking about what technology would be needed if you had a cheap means of getting into orbit. Right now the big problem is getting there, not living there. But if you had something like anti-gravity you could do it easily. The first thing I thought of was space suits. So I got on the net to do some research.

I never really understood the problem of getting into space till I read this paragraph, from a NASA site.

Earth’s atmosphere is 20 percent oxygen and 80 percent nitrogen from sea level to about 75 miles up, where space begins. At 18,000 feet (3.4 miles), the atmosphere is half as dense as it is on the ground, and at altitudes above 40/000 feet(7.5 miles), air is so thin and the amount of oxygen so small that pressure oxygen masks no longer do the job. Above the 63,000-foot threshold(11.9 miles), humans must wear spacesuits that supply oxygen for breathing and that maintain a pressure around the body to keep body fluids in the liquid state. At this altitude the total air pressure is no longer sufficient to keep body fluids from boiling.

To me this means a very special airplane can get you about 10% of the way into space. After that the atmosphere is it too thin. That’s why we use rockets and why the X-prise is such a big deal. It isn’t easy to build a device that carries its own propulsion and fuel for 75 miles.

I’ll use another blog to talk about space suits. I had a bunch of links, but lost them to the blog software I was working on at the time. Here though are a couple of cool space links I do still have.

Earth observatory Cool images of Earth from space.

One danger you face in space is micrometorids and space debris

Suanna’s List

To make things complete, here’s my wife’s list. And I don’t have any links for it because I don’t think most people would buy this stuff online.

duvet cover for down comforter–$50-75, Bed Bath and Beyond
frame for my nature original that’s still not framed–$250, probably
large bookshelves, one dark, two light– Cost Plus, when on sale $140
drop silver earrings that aren’t too fancy. I’d like to wear some in
the daytime.–$20