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My thoughts on politics, pop culture, happenings in CyberNations; basically just everyday life.

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Malik Shabazz

The upcoming elections have reminded me of something, something that is evident to most people in the world, except, for whatever reason, Americans: The American culture and ethos, for the past 40 years, has been based on selfishness (or its PC-term, "individualism") and neo-liberalism, the misguided belief that rich and powerful people can somehow solve all of our problems, and therefore we must protect and defend them at all costs, with Trump being the clear example. Trump's appeal is that he is a rich man who owns his own company, so that automatically means that he knows how to run a country, despite the fact that he has not given an intelligent and outlined plan, and really is nothing more than a buffoon. This Gallup poll outlines the frustration, alienation, and disapproval with American politics: http://www.gallup.com/opinion/polling-matters/179477/americans-frustration-congress-elections.aspx 

 

American political discourse is dominated by neo-liberalism, in every considerable way. So much, that any policy advocated that will help the disadvantaged, and limit the privilege of the rich, is considered to be "class warfare", even though class warfare is conducted, every single day, by the privileged against those who are privileged, through law, the structure of our education system (another subject in its entirety), and other means. This is not limited to politics, it is us, our society, that have been influenced by this neo-liberal philosophy. If our politicians represent us, then they do a very good job at it. It's why I choose not to vote, simply because I have no illusions that a politician can improve these conditions. A government is only as good as the society it represents. What's the solution? I honestly don't know if there is any solution outside of a revolution, not a violent revolution, but a spiritual one, one that is based on truth and radical love, and also a cultural and philosophical one, a new renaissance of sorts, considering the fact that stupidity and ignorance greatly contribute to these conditions.

 

But I don't see that happening... and it's worth noting that I, by expressing this opinion, am not being self-righteous, nor am I speaking from a position of intellectual superiority. I am saying this because I believe it to be true, not because I'm not guilty of being an acolyte of this philosophy as well. The truth is that I, quite honestly, no longer care because I, as an individual, am powerless to do anything about it on the macro-level. We, as a nation can, but do we want to? Do I want to? Do you want to? The only thing I can do is be the change that I want to see in my everyday life, opposing unfair hierarchies, materialism, and individualism, and trying to be as altruistic as possible. It's hard, and it is why I use the term "we" instead of "you" or "y'all", because I am as influenced by this Age of Selfishness as the next man, and I am as guilty in perpetuating it. That does not mean, however, that we can't try. But we don't, we just continue to perpetuate it.

 

I don't follow the "human nature" argument, and that is not the argument I'm making, it's complete BS, and it's also a cop-out. Human beings have the capacity to do good, however, we live in a society that rewards greed and selfishness more than it rewards justice, which is what makes it much more difficult to do good because "what's the point?" right?

Malik Shabazz

Depression

I have suffered from depression and anxiety issues probably for as long as I can remember. I have struggled with feelings of inferiority, weakness, and ugliness my entire life. I couldn't tell you what genetic dispositions caused these ailments either. All I know is that it is something that torments me and holds me back from achieving long-term happiness in my life. Around this time last year, I was suicidal, and the only thing keeping me alive was my family-- particularly the fact that my little nephew was born. It was a dark time.

What made these things even worse was that I was failing in school, dead broke, and without a job. I started smoking weed a lot more than I used to. The weed didn't make things better either, despite what I tried to tell myself. It made things worse because I became more paranoid, and began to withdraw myself from people. I didn't want to talk to anyone about my problems because I felt that people would either make light of them, or that I would just be a burden. As a result, I didn't want have anyone to tell me that it was going to be okay and that it was going to get better.

Why am I saying this? Because depression is real. It is a terrible illness that has taken the lives of thousands. If you suffer from depression do not be afraid to get the help that you need, and if you know some one who does, just be there for them. Let them know that you love them, that they have people who love them, and that it's going to get better.

Malik Shabazz

Why did people end viceroyalty after Karma? That's how war is supposed to be, defeating and conquering enemies is how the game should be. Instead of the crap we have now, where enemies are defeated and allowed to escape with their lives, why not bring back viceroyalties?

Malik Shabazz

Any Hip-Hop fans out there will appreciate this. Last night, I found a song by 2Pac called Runnin' From the Police. It features the Outlawz, Biggie, Stretch, and Buju Banton. It was recorded in 1994. It's significant, and almost scary/creepy/weird to listen to, because it is the only known collaboration between 2Pac and Biggie while they were alive. Nonetheless, it's a really good song. The beat is amazing, and everyone in it had good verses.

Three of the Outlawz dropped the first three verses, followed by a solid hook by Buju. Then Biggie and Stretch go back and forth, before Tupac comes in in the last verse and kills it. You may have heard the 2003 version that was remixed by Eminem and Dr. Dre called "Dyin to Live". I prefer the original version to the 2003 version, because it is so much better. So yea, it's the only time Biggie and 2Pac have done a song together; listen and enjoy.

Malik Shabazz

Because it just stirs up ill will and resentment. Both sides walk away with their opinions intact and it doesn't change anything. Everytime I get into an argument with someone about something, they don't see things from my point of view nor can I see things from theirs (even though I try). It's a literal waste of time, which is why I've learned to just state my opinion and walk away and if you disagree oh well.

Malik Shabazz

It is, by far, the best of the individual MCU films. I didn't even expect it to be as good as it was, considering how average the first one was. The plot, action, and everything about the film was perfectly done. I also liked how they really showed off Cap's abilities. They made him look more badass as well. He wasn't as useless as he was in Avengers, nor was he as plain jane as he was in the first Captain America movie. I'm probably going to get killed for saying this, but Captain America: TWS is better than The Dark Knight. There, I said it. Don't believe me? Go watch it.

10/10

Would watch again

Malik Shabazz

I Have Been a Fool

I have made many mistakes in my CN career, the biggest mistakes I have made have stemmed from naivete. At the expense of my own reputation, I aligned myself with a certain someone who at one point I admired. Because in that someone: I saw someone who was destined for greatness, someone who defied the reactionaries and the upper-crust in word and deed, and someone who wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed in. I followed in your footsteps, and even when we didn't agree about a lot of things, I was willing to understand your viewpoints if you were willing to do the same to me.

Many people in CN dislike me. I think that this is because they do not understand me. So in order for the people of CN to understand who Loki Laufeyson is, I asked you for an interview in a PM and you arrogantly did not reply. You drove the dagger further in my back by throwing me under the bus and insulting me on the OWF. I would have never expected any of this but it is what I get for being naive. The purpose of this blog is to tell you, and the people of CN, that I can no longer continue my association with you. You have sold out to the reactionaries. The events of the last few weeks have taught me a lot of things. things that are true IRL and in CN: Trust no one and stay on your own side.

I do not hate you, I don't even dislike you. I wish you the best of luck in your "revolution", as my own struggle continues.

-Loki

Malik Shabazz

To: GOONS

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The Imperial Flag: Standard of the Emperor

Your footsoldiers grow weary of war, to quote one of them:

To: Loki Laufeyson From: [REDACTED] Date: 2/17/2014 8:24:35 PM

Subject: RE: Peace Offer

Message: hell, thats pretty much all of these....i mean, hell i havent gotten alot form joining in myself, ive considered leaving and making my own alliance

This was after I told him my story, and he sympathized with me and began complaining of similar treatment.

You have no means of opposing me. You cannot stop the revolution, nor can you stop the army of Haile Selassie. Even with your numerical superiority, you have failed in silencing me after four days of war. Rather unusual. Have you lost your thunder? Are the pubbie-wreckin' days of the past over? Sard, Marx, which ever one of you sees this: We can end this. Once and for all, because I will not stop until every footsoldier in my range is destroyed or I myself is destroyed. The solution is simple: Apologize for past slights and pay me 12 mil and 200 tech in reps.

I have made this statement public for posterity, because history is truly being made. History will judge you for your actions. The ball is in your court, and I pray that you do the right thing.

Loki Laufeyson,

Supreme Regent of the Killuminati Empire (Signed for HIM Haile Selassie I)

Malik Shabazz

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of Loki Laufeyson and not those of my alliance, House Baratheon, or any other entity.

For the two years I've been a part of the CN community I don't think I've seen this amount of stagnation, degeneracy, and decline. The continued oppression of micros and neutrals at the hands of the upper-crust alliances, the downright hypocrisy that runs rampant in CN politics are all things that drive valuable members of the community away. I sadly admit that I am also guilty of these things, and before I go any further I would like to apologize. The only thing I can ask myself and my fellow players is "how did we let it get this far?" "How did we fall from a prosperous and thriving community, to a dreadful place where trolling and idiocy are the order of the day?" If you ask me, it truly is a shame.

CN needs a revolution. Point blank, period. I cannot be more serious. The overthrow of the upper-crust alliances by the underprivileged in CN society, is a necessary action that must be taken. Now I know the same hypocrites who claim to want to bring change to CN, will read this message of revolution and scoff at it. I do not know whether or not it is because they have nothing better to do, or if it is because of the person delivering the message. Regardless, I laugh at each and every one of you (you know who you are) and I think that your type are pathetic.

I seriously hope that each and every one of you, especially the micros and neutrals, are able to figure out who your true enemy is and unite before it is too late. Rest assured, a storm is coming to CN. With all the power TPTB have, they will not be able to stop the idea who's time has come. Thank you.

Malik Shabazz

I've been thinking about doing a series of YouTube videos in which I explore famous comic book villains, how they see the world, and their struggles against the heroes. I've always seen villains as misunderstood. Don't get me wrong the things they do are vile and despicable, but if you can see the world from their eyes you'd understand why they do these things.

How to execute it is another thing: I'm thinking about either impersonating the villains myself, or just simply telling their side of the story from a third-person perspective. However, I feel as though it would sound cheesy if I impersonate them.

Anyway do you think this is a good idea? If so how should I execute it, please be open and honest.

Malik Shabazz

The title says it all. Over the past couple of years I've become extremely cynical about the world, about life, about school, everything. The world is so screwed up and filled with injustice. People come up with ways to try and fix it, but it all becomes meaningless debate and dick measuring because there really is no one way to fix the world's problems. America's problems, the world's problems go back hundreds of years and there is nothing we can do about it. They aren't going to get any better. People ask me well Loki, what can you do about it? I'll tell you: Absolutely nothing. No matter how much I argue with people, no matter how much others protest; it simply will not change a damn thing.

Now on to my life: I don't care about school. I have midterms at the end of the week, and I don't have the energy or motivation to do even study. Not that I don't want to, I simply can't and I do not care. For example, I got a 75 on the history test I took before my most recent one and I simply put the test in my notebook and kept it moving. I try my best to remain optimistic, to love people, to keep the faith (God knows I do) but it is damn near impossible with all the stuff going on in the world.

With regards to CN: You all should be ashamed of yourselves, you sit here and complain about how CN sucks and it's dying yet you do nothing to change this. Unlike the problems in the real world, this game's problems can be fixed if people actually made the effort to be revolutionize the way politics are done around here. If people actually made the effort to embrace new ideas, but no: The old order tries to make things "How they used to be" by maintaining the status quo (which in and of itself is counterproductive). Just know that the only reason I stick around here is because somewhere deep, deep down I love this game. It could be what it was before (I wasn't here, but from the things I've heard it was pretty good).

Now I know what you're probably thinking, what the hell is this guy going on about. Well to sum it up: Life sucks, the world sucks, people suck. No matter how hard we try to make things easier with technology and what-have-you, it is always going to suck.

This is From the Mind of Loki, God bless

-Loki

Malik Shabazz

EMP threat

An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack is a scary doomsday scenario that is often discussed, but people rarely take into consideration. One of the ways one can be delivered is by detonating a nuclear weapon above the Earth, unleashing a pulse of electromagnetic energy. Once the pulse passes the Earth's atmosphere it damages the electrical grid and all electronics.

We as a society have come to a point that we cannot last a day without technology. If some outside entity was to unleash a nuclear EMP on us, our entire society would be thrown into complete chaos. Riots, looting, killings, economic collapse. I don't know about you, but my life is screwed up when the power is out for a couple of days. Imagine if the power was out for months, possibly even years. No internet, no computers, no cell phones, no HVAC, no running water. Nothing. My advice for you would be to not take anything we enjoy as a society for granted, and to be prepared for anything.

This is From the Mind of Loki,

God Bless

Malik Shabazz

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men

whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I

was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation

of a free and moral agent.” - Thomas Jefferson

"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention, which in different ages & countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders & miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security & repose in the absolute power of an Individual: and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty."George Washington, September 19, 1796

With that out of the way, I would like to get into my discussion. We Americans like to think that we have this perfect utopia-like democracy, where people get a free vote. I think that this is funny, because there is no free vote. Look at the last Presidential election, out of the six people that ran; only two were allowed to debate. Yea, so much for "free and fair" elections. Our government likes to talk about "upholding democracy" around the world, when our republic is so flawed. Our republic has a lot of flaws, but to be specific one of the biggest flaws it has are the self-serving political parties.

Americans, take a look at our country: Our economy is in the toilet and we have a do-nothing government. Why? Because of political parties. It has been argued that political parties are the foundation of any democracy. I think that this is a load of crap, because they only encourage division. Why do you think that every bill that has been proposed to fix our economy has gone nowhere? One of the two political parties always shuts the plan down, that's why. Then, the sheep who don't know any better argue about who's party is better and which party is responsible for what. Whenever I hear or see Americans argue about things like this, I :facepalm:. The reality is that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans care about you or you interests, but only their own. Proof of this: When a plan is proposed that will fix the economy, depending on who's proposing it, one of the two parties will instantly vote against it. In contrast, when it's time to go to war or bail out some greedy corporation; they'll agree in an instant.

Brothers and sisters, the reality is, political parties are not democratic. You can sit here and say that our founding fathers envisioned a republic and not a democracy, and as such it really does not matter whether or not they are democratic. As you can see in the quotes above, our founding fathers warned us against political parties and how they will divide the United States. Now they have. We have no one to blame but ourselves, because these are the people we vote into office. I'm not saying we should ban political parties, because that would also be undemocratic. I'm saying that we should grow balls and call these politicians out, even if they are in the same political party as you. Let's stop pointing fingers: "Those damn liberals, conservatives are retarded", and come to the realization that they're all just two separate turds in the same toilet.

This is From the Mind of Loki, Thank You and God Bless,

-Loki Laufeyson

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