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Really, Americans?


Congratulations, United States, you’re about to elect a mysoginistic, racist, anti-science, anti-vaccine, climate change denier as President. He’s also a guy who thinks only of himself, will erode the educational, scientific, and medical systems of the United States. Markets around the world are already dropping. 

Wow. Well, good luck. 

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You People Walk Funny

I’m sitting at Starbucks waiting for my wife, and I have a table outside facing a busy street in downtown Yokohama. Lots of foot traffic. I’m watching how people walk. It’s useful for writing, describing how people move. I’m sure a lot of writers people-watch like this.

I see people moving smoothly, barely bobbing up and down, people barely swinging their arms, people hunched forward even though they’re still young, and so on. But there’s one thing I don’t see, people rocking from side to side while they walk. A lot of Americans and Canadians walk that way. Is that from attitude, or is it the result of height and weight? I see people of similar body types in Japan, but they don’t walk like that.

My fellow North Americans, you walk funny. But I’ll tell you one thing, people say I walk funny, too. I think it’s just that I’m not used to seeing North Americans walk. Your perceptions change when you’re away from a culture for so long.

Forget Clinton, Sanders, Trump, and Carson

You know what I say? Forget about Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson. I know the perfect team to be President and Vice President. Hear me out.

It doesn’t matter which one becomes President, but together as a team, they would be amazing. I wonder how many people would vote for this team. They’re intelligent, popular, and well-respected. People like them. They’re honest, they have high integrity, and they truly care about the world. They are wonderful educators, very peaceful, and would lead the United States to an intellectual golden age. They are the anti-Trump/Carson duo. Who are these wonderful people?

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Who’s with me? (Even though I’m not American, but a very concerned person from the neighbouring country of Canada)

Please Explain Donald Trump and Ben Carson

I’ve been interested in politics recently, both Canadian and American. Overall, it’s been very interesting.

On the Canadian side, we’ve got a new Prime Minister and government with a cabinet that seems well-chosen. I’m happy with how the Canadian government is going at the moment.

On the American side, the Democrats seem sane. However, it’s the Republican side that has me scratching my head. What the hell is up with Donald Trump and Ben Carson?

Donald Trump is edging into fascist territory with his recent policies. Ben Carson has been found less than truthful and incredibly ignorant about biological science, even though he’s a neurosurgeon. So, there’s one guy who’s blatantly trying to emulate the Nazis and one guy who’s making me wonder how he ever became a doctor.

Americans, can you please explain these two men to me? Why are they getting so much support? How in the world can Trump be the leader in the Republican Presidential nomination race? I really have to question the intelligence of Republican supporters.

If you’re a Republican, and offended by this post, please tell me in an intelligible and intelligent way why you’re offended. People with common sense would like to know.

Political Debates – Some Kind of Bizarre Reality Show

In both the US and Canada, there were a couple of political debates that could help decide the fate of a few politicians.

In Canada, we had the first political debate consisting of four of the five main political leaders (Bloc Quebecois seemed to be absent, not that they’re popular anymore). I didn’t watch it, but I had the impression that Trudeau liked to tell Harper that he was always wrong. The Conservative Party’s falling behind the NDP. Bye bye, Stephen. It seems that Mulcair has become the focus of several memes, using his humourous expressions caught on camera. And May was the apparent winner from what many people have said. Not that the Green Party will win any election. At the end, all of the leaders declared themselves the winner. Huh?

In the US, we had the Republican debate to help determine the Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. Now this was definitely a reality TV show. Again, I didn’t watch it. But it sounds like Donald Trump was being The Donald, as usual. In other words, insulting, misogynistic, and just an all around idiot. He’s out of touch with reality. He’s out of touch with everything. If he becomes the Republican Presidential candidate and wins the election and beats whoever beats Hillary Clinton (if she loses), then the United States has become a circus. No, it should become another reality show. Why not just slice the US up into little pieces, because there’d probably be civil war? It’s not just Trump, it seems the entire group of Republic candidates is full of religious fundamentalists who have no better things to do than try to tell people how they’re supposed to live, tell scientists they’re incorrect about evolution and climate change, and basically want the US to regress back to the time of the ice age. The Republicans are a train wreck. Next year’s election will be interesting, that’s for sure.

Canada’s election later this year is important. It actually seems sane, and is quite likely to completely change the face of politics in the federal government. The American election just seems like the audition part of the X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, or American Idol filled with rejects.

Are you looking forward to the elections?

Congratulations America on Joining the Gay Marriage Club

320px-Gay_flag.svgThe Supreme Court of the United States of America has voted 5-4 in favour of making gay marriage legal in all fifty states. States cannot ban gay marriage now.  As a Canadian, I’d like to say to the US, welcome to the club.

I’m not gay (I have a wife and a daughter), but I fully support the right of same-sex couples to marry.  And now they can in the US. That’s some of the best news to come from the US in quite some time.

You know, my marriage would’ve been looked down on several decades ago. I’m in an interracial marriage and my daughter is biracial. Interracial couples also had a struggle in the past, but is quite accepted now. I’m happy to see that same-sex marriage is completely legal in the United States now. Congratulations!

Of course, this is going to piss a lot of people off. A lot of conservative and strongly religious people will be very upset. They view it as a threat to traditional marriage. I don’t understand how it is a threat. Their ability to marry in exactly the same way as before is not affected. Their marriages are not affected in any way whatsoever. So why the fuss? Please inform me why this could be so bad.

Again, congratulations United States!

This guy’s a congressman?

The massacre during the premier of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado was a tragedy.  I can’t understand how James Holmes could have gone into the theatre and kill 12 people, including a 6 year old child.  It’s unforgivable.

But what I found ridiculous is that a congressman by the name of Louie Gohmert thinks that the cause of this massacre is the lack of prayer and the attack against Judeo-Christian values.  He thinks that if more people would pray, their prayers could stop the massacre.  Sorry, Rep. Gohmert, but that won’t do a thing.  More or less prayer won’t stop some guy from killing people.  These things have been going on for thousands of years.  It’s nothing new.  He doesn’t seem to understand his own government’s constitution, especially the part regarding separation of church and state.  He doesn’t understand that there are many religions in the USA.  He thinks that prayer, specifically Christian, should be permitted in high school graduations, for example.  That would leave out those who are not Christian.  Besides, public schools are state run, therefore, separated from church.  But that’s not the point of this post.  What I’m saying is that people will do whatever they want whether other people pray or not.  And specifying one particular religion goes against the fact that the USA was not founded as a Christian nation, hence the separation of church and state.

You may agree or disagree with him, it’s your choice.