I Never Thought I’d Vote Again…

I never thought I’d vote again. I never thought I’d donate to a presidential candidate. I certainly never imagined I’d post an ad from a candidate on Facebook.

I also never imagined that an honest and sincere person could get to this point in the process without corporate money.

But here we are.

I think some people look at Bernie Sanders and think that what he wants to do is punish the rich and give people free stuff.

If that’s what you believe then I ask you to hear me out.

I’m not an expert on economics or politics, but I’m also not willing to settle for explanations that don’t make sense to me and I’m not willing to give up on understanding what’s going on because it’s too complicated.

This is a simple version of what I think is really going on.

The economic system we participate in filters wealth and power to the top over time. Eventually the top gets more and more powerful and is able to purchase and corrupt more of the system itself to rig it more in it’s favor. Politicians are owned. Corporate executives end up on oversight committees. Laws are written by lobbyists. etc.

The whole while, most people think that either the problem is the people ‘below’ them or that it’s all too complicated to understand or do anything about. A lot of this is by conscious design by people who are willing to profit at the expense of other people.

Most of the issues that are hotly debated are just red herrings. They’re used to drum up emotion and distract people from their own best interest. It’s a simple formula that works over and over and over and over again. Get people worked up about things of less tangible consequence to them (vague threats of terrorism, marriage rights of other people, etc.), confuse people about what really matters to them (how our economy works, how our political system works, etc.), and rob them of their power (passing laws that make it more difficult for politicians to be elected without corporate money, passing confusing tax laws for corporations, bail-outs for enormous banks, etc.).

I think we would all agree that a lot of good comes from rewarding vision and hard work and from serving others. The problem is that how our system actually works is much more complicated than that and the difference between that ideal and the reality would be hard to overstate.

Wall st. is a good illustration of the difference. When ‘innovation’ means things like synthetic CDOs and algorithms that cut in front of deals to rip people off – and that’s what’s rewarded – with INSANE amounts of money… there’s a problem.

And those who play the game and are embedded in the problem itself, are not going to help us get out of this mess.

It’s not some scary candidate on the other side of the aisle that we need to be afraid of. It’s a rigged system that produces leaders who are heavily indebted to corporations that we need to be afraid of.

At the end of the day, you can strip away a lot of the complexity and just look at it simply. Where is a candidate’s money and power coming from? Do they have a history of voting consistently based on identifiable principles? Do they conduct themselves like a decent person?

We don’t need incremental change. We don’t need to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. We don’t need a future that’s scripted by Goldman Sachs and Monsanto. We need a future created for all of us, by all of us.

The Stupid Band Name Generator

There are two things my brain constantly scans for in conversation: domain names and band names. So naturally, when I started diving into programming I decided to create a band name generator as an early project.

The way it works is pretty simple. There are two database columns, one with the first half of a band name, and one with second have of a band name. When you push the button the database randomly matches them together.

If you get a really funny name you can nominate it for voting where users choose the best of the best for a top ten list that appears in the sidebar.

If nothing else, it keeps me entertained for embarrassingly long periods of time.

Check it out here:

StupidBandNames.com

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a new way to do money.

It’s a peer-to-peer system of value exchange that’s secured by mathematics.

It’s international, it runs on the consent of the people who use it and it runs independent of any banks or governments.

A brief overview:

A 15 min story on Bitcoin:

An in-depth explanation of Bitcoin:

An excellent podcast that covers the future of bitcoin and how it may affect the world:

Right now Bitcoin feels like the Internet before the browser.
– Wences Casares

I do think Bitcoin is the first [encrypted money] that has the potential to do something like change the world.
– Peter Thiel, Co-Founder of Paypal