Voting this year.

I will be voting for the first time. I’m currently in Boston, MA for the midterm elections and I registered over the summer. The state elections have 5 candidates for governor and 4 ballot questions. Unfortunately the Modern Whig party doesn’t have a candidate in the election, so we’ll have to make due with what we’ve got.

Gubernatorial Candidates

Evan Falchuk is the candidate from the United Independent Party, and he’s supported by the Modern Whigs of Massachusetts. I agree with his stances mostly; the housing for poor people for one, no tax breaks for corporations for another, also the idea of a progressive tax. He’s against money in politics and super pacs, so that’s a big plus. Here’s his entry in Ballotpedia. I disagree with his stance on GMOs, it is not a scientifically based stance, but an emotional one based on propaganda.

200px-Evan_Falchuk The money out of politics idea is very important. Little can change in our government(federal and local) if we continue to allow the Citizen’s United ruling to continue. A constitutional convention has been proposed, which Falchuk is for, that seeks to eliminate that ruling with an amendment of the US Constitution. This is why I support things like Wolf PAC, and CA and VT have already passed resolutions for the convention. It’d be great if MA could pass it as well. The money is out of hand, the legal bribery is far too much. But I digress.

So this will be the guy I’m choosing as my first vote. You may dislike that I’m not voting for someone from the Democratic or Republican parties, because it’s thought of as a wasted vote. Well, I don’t care. I vote my conscience; I don’t vote for anyone that isn’t worth voting for – regardless if there are no suitable choices. One of the reasons I haven’t voted till now. If he gets 3% of the vote then the United Independent Party will have primaries et al, which is good. We need to stop with the idiotic “two party system”. It’s progress.

Ballot Questions

  1. Gas Tax
  2. Water Bottle Deposit
  3. Casinos
  4. Sick Time

Here’s a good overview of each question from the Boston Globe. I’m ok with the gas tax being updated automatically with inflation, I’m ok with other bottles besides pop and beer having a deposit added. I’m also ok with casinos. The sick time one is pretty important, and I wholeheartedly agree with making employees provide sick time to their employees. On my facebook page I had made a list of decrees if I were ever emperor, and sick time was one of them. OF COURSE employees should have sick time, that is simply a no brainer. What, you want someone coming in to work sick(cause they can’t afford to lose the pay) spreading their sickness to others(especially if they handle food or otherwise interact with the public)? Aside from getting others sick, you also prolong the illness, same for injuries, which ends up costing more in the long run. Healthy workers are more productive workers, healthy citizens don’t burden our healthcare system as much. This is completely fucked up that it’s not already a thing. If you own a business and have a bunch of employees, then you had better offer sick time. Just do it, asshole. So, yea I’ll be voting for sick time.

My first Kiva microloan.





So, I finally decided on which loan to help fund on This is Beryl who sells jewelry in Kenya. She needs a loan for more stock, and she’s already had a loan before which she paid back in full. I’m very glad I got to help out with this loan, and I look forward to loaning it out again after this one is paid back.

You guys should check out and help out with microloans, it’s a really cool program. And you can join teams for funding the loans more efficiently. The team I joined is DFTBA Nerdfighteria. The team is dedicated to decreasing world suck, and I’m happy to be a part of that.

yea yea, the cake is a lie

So, I was curious about Portal and Portal 2 an I checked out the storyline and the game play. It looks interesting so I decided to play it, and luckily I have friends who play it and I got Portal as a gift and Portal was only $5 on steam which was cool-sauce. So I’m trying them out.

I’m playing them on my linux system rather than my windows 7 OS for once. So far so good. A minor glitch in the installation but that was resolved and I’m able to play without problems.


So yea, the cake is a lie.

Fancy Day

So every once in a while a friend and I would spend a Saturday doing a marathon of British period shows or movies. We recently watched Dickens’ Little Dorrit, and before that Wives and Daughters, and Cranford. Next up is Lark Rise to Candleford, then Downton Abbey, and finally Upstairs, Downstairs.

While we watch we have some fancy espresso and lattes, chai tea, fine chocolates, cheeses, crackers, etc. And other yummy treats.