Lets start by defining the term correctly:
Gerrymandering, in U.S. politics, the practice of drawing the boundaries of electoral districts in a way that gives one political party an unfair advantage over its rivals (political or partisan gerrymandering) or that dilutes the voting power of members of ethnic or linguistic minority groups (racial gerrymandering). The term is derived from the name of Gov. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, whose administration enacted a law in 1812 defining new state senatorial districts.
The effects are pretty clear in our country. Here you will be able to see the effects of resizing and redrawing that could change and swing the voting criteria. Now this website is heavy on statistical analysis and has some pretty fancy algorithms but if you spend enough time with it you may be able to understand the effects it has on the political spectrum and we can make some assumptions based on the redrawing the “swing” that would occur.
Several years ago in Antigua, Guatemala. My father, brother and myself decided to ride a difficult trail in the Water Volcano roughly 30 minutes from the old capital of Guatemala. The views were fantastic and the day beautiful. The country of Guatemala is a gorgeous place full of vibrant rain forests teeming with all sorts of wild life. The kind of creatures you see only on television.
We had three ATV’s my father and made off to the trail. Our ascent was incredibly quick. We made good time until we started to enter heavier and thicker foliage. At this point we were already several hours in and decided to turn back. Hunger and the prospect of riding in darkness are strong deterrents.
I started this post with an important definition you will find below due to the concern I have over where our society:
Depersonalization disorder or depersonalization can consist of a reality or detachment within the self, regarding one’s mind or body, or being a detached observer of oneself. Subjects feel they have changed and that the world has become vague, dreamlike, less real, or lacking in significance. It can be a disturbing experience.
That’s right depersonalization is a real thing and it speaks a lot about the people that we currently find popular as a society where our mentality is. It brings up many concerns that as a society we find self conceited and narcissistic people interesting. Maybe they act a certain way that secretly we wish could act like, or are able to get away with certain things that we wish we could get away with.
Why are so man of us caught up on the notion of trying to identify where, when and how everyone came from?
As a society classification of our heritage,race, and nationality always seems to be at the forefront of every discussion. Every group, sect person has to identify them self in some form or fashion.
There are major sociopolitical implications dating back thousands of years, which would of determined anything from status to increased likelihood of death depending on where you were born geographically. Time period rather obviously would of had much to play in this regard as well.
Is there something ingrained in our psyche then that guides a necessity to differentiate ourselves from some people but at the same time also identify with others?
How often do we identify out of self interest or convenience? Continue reading
Futility is something that is often associated and defined as utter pointlessness in a pursued endeavor. The last couple of months have been quite tumultuous and its seems now, that as more time passes there is greater disconnect with the leadership and policy making. I believe most of us have very busy lives and have many things going on that occupy our time, money and patience. Managing careers, family and a myriad of other things particular to each and every one of us.
Time is the greatest commodity and luxury that we as carbon based beings can offer and have in this life. What we chose to the with that commodity defines us. There are many of us that make an attempt to stay informed and updated on all sorts of current affairs, but the information out there sometimes seems daunting and the sources unfortunately questionable sometimes.
I constantly find myself asking who is looking out for the little man in this big political arena? Do the policy makers truly have the interest of the common man at heart and at principle?