Photojournalism Story – US Senate Debate, CA

These are images of the debate where Loretta Sanchez made an ass out of herself by dabbing, or whatever it is the kids call it. Good times.

As you can see from the images, people were getting situated. There were people who were just coming in and sitting down, waiting for the debate to begin, some were getting food, and some were wandering around like confused children.

Loretta Sanchez fancies herself as a politician that’s popular with millennials, but Kamala Harris seems to have the maturity and stability to be a US Senator. Let’s hope that Harris does us proud and doesn’t end up becoming like Dianne Feinstein.

Everything started out pretty well, and by everything, I mean the during the preparation for the debate. What followed was a mess in the form of Loretta Sanchez. Especially when she did that dab, because if it’s one thing millennials like, it’s pandering baby boomers. Too bad most of the people that would’ve thought that was cool are generation Z kids, who are too young to vote.

What would follow would be an exercise in embarrassment, courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. We can only hope this isn’t some sort of new trend in American debate conduct.

California Ballot Initiatives – Prop 60

Let’s talk about California ballot initiatives, and by ballot initiatives let’s talk about the one everyone and their cousin is thinking about: Prop 60: Mandatory condom use in adult films. Prop 69 would’ve been more apt, amirite? This proposition is to protect adult performers from contracting STIs.

Yes, people, this is just a statewide-version of LA County’s Measure B, because if government is good for one thing, it’s telling consenting adults performers how to perform, never mind the fact that condom manufacturers didn’t make condoms with adult films in mind. Sure, it looks like a simple in and out procedure, but shooting lasts for quite a good while. Just because you get a 20-minute scene, doesn’t mean the scene was shot in that amount of time. This also doesn’t account for the still shots for video covers and screenshots. During extended shoots, condoms can breach and can chafe the skin. Not to mention the fact that even with condoms, one can still transmit a number of infections.

Not only that, the measure would also create a porn czar. This porn czar would be the same person that wrote the bill, Michael Weinstein, and he would become a state employee whose sole purpose would be to review any porn produced in California for any violations of the law and file lawsuits. It was written as if someone was thought to themselves, “Huh? I already watch porn at work when the boss is not around, how cool would it be if that was actually in my job description? Except for the boss part—I’ll be my own boss.”

California taxpayers and the state have more important things to do than to waste time and money on telling people what they can do when performing their duties within a legal enterprise.

The prop 60 would threaten the privacy of adult performers and webcam models, as well as scare out $9 billion-a-year business.

Middle East Mess

American foreign policy makes it and its allies less safe in the world. Spending trillions in the most failtastic region (although, the West had a hand in ruining that region since at least the early 20th century—after WWI) of the world in order to bomb brown people, because America must ensure its defense industries’ profit margins. And it’s also a low-risk, high-reward endeavor when attacking an enemy without an air force.

When dealing with insane religious fanatics, you do what Reagan did after the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing—cut and run! Run as fast and as far as you can. If these people want to live in the 9th century, why should the West say no? People have the right to determine their own destiny; they should be able to do so without fears of having other countries

mettle in their affairs for their own gain. Unfortunately, the West is run mostly by corporate interests, and there’s oil and other natural resources in that region, so anyone with a brain can figure out what that means. The only way the west is getting out of the Middle East is if all the natural resources in that area extracted. These activities also compliment the enormous military-industrial complex, since war makes money for all these defense concerns. War is a profitable “industry”, and wars are being fought increasingly by mercenaries They make up the majority of American forces in Afghanistan. PMCs are largely becoming the largest players for prosecuting wars. It’s almost like warfare during the Renaissance where wars were almost exclusively fought by mercenaries, rather than regulars or feudal levies.

The West’s actions over there have consequences over here, when Islamic radicals, either foreign or homegrown terrorists (homegrown terrorism is actually a greater concern in America than from foreign forces).

Dealing with terrorism is more of a job for law enforcement, not a broad and massive military campaign, but where is the money in that. To put forward a better, yet controversial approach, is to do what Israel did after the Munich massacre in 1972: Operation Wrath of God—an operation carried out by Mossad to hunt down and kill those suspected of having taken part in the massacre. I’m not entirely convinced that this is a good idea, but it is miles better than a large and expensive military operation. Also, assassination need not be the primary objective but the hostile extraction of suspected terrorists.

In the end, with the status quo, it’s regular people who pay the price in taxes and in life in order to support an empire in decline. There’s no negotiating with people who think that they are a part of some epic struggle against some great evil power. The best thing to do is to ignore the countries and governments of that part of the world until they join the rest of the world in the 21st century.