Storm’s Edge

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The sky a show of light and liberty
at storm’s dark edge,
the brightness half occluded
escapes above the dark
until the storm passes
and light dances forever free again.

-Thanos

Theme Switcher

I’ve added a theme switcher in the right sidebar, so if you just can’t stand this theme now you have a choice. Warning Will Robinson! Switching between three column and two column themes can have unintended consequences, like dissappearing widgets, including the one that allows you to switch themes.

I will continue to play with this until I get everything copacetic and working, drop a comment if you have a problem with a particular theme.  The default theme is my modification to Ocadia, by Becca Wei.

21st Century Goals

Let’s not lose sight of the future, because it’s going to happen, no matter what the debate of the moment is. Both parties seem to have done so. The Republicans are so focused on winning the war [admirable to a point,] that many are not looking beyond the next ten years. The Democrats are so invested in shifting political debate back into the last century’s philosophical Gordian knot that most can’t see beyond the last news cycle, and even their best strategists and soothsayers can’t see beyond the next election cycle.
Neither party is offering the electorate a reasonable vision of the future, in both parties the future appears bleak; and who wants to vote for nihilists?

Whether it’s a bleak generational struggle, or a grim global warming catastrophe, the future is transformed from something gleefully anticipated into a bogeyman to scare up votes. Grim nihilism coupled with clear lack of direction beyond the moment are the banners waving in both major political camps right now.

So with that in mind, let’s look at goals that are common to both parties, apply some reason, and extend them farther into the future than either party is willing to look.
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