And so.

Aug. 14th, 2011 01:08 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Did someone say mindless banter?)
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I return! How are things with you, my English-speaking buddies?

I hope you all had a good summer, or at least a tolerable one. Mine was quite nice - four hours of language class and five hours of language homework every day, interspersed with calligraphy and tai chi. So really it was heaven, for some people. Okay, for me.

I'm trying to catch up on the summer news, but all this ~debt ceiling~ and ~ratings downgrade~ business just looks like so much posturing and political hooey. I wish the dudes who want to kill what's left of the American welfare state would just shoot it already, cut Social Security and Medicare now and be mobbed for their evils. They won't, tho.

London's news is at least real. Russell Brand, of all people, comes close to articulating a portion of my thoughts on the Jobless Generation:

"These young people have no sense of community because they haven’t been given one. They have no stake in society because Cameron’s mentor Margaret Thatcher told us there’s no such thing.

If we don’t want our young people to tear apart our communities then don’t let people in power tear apart the values that hold our communities together."


But his proposed solution is for everyone to suddenly become Gandhi, so fuck him.

I anticipate, with drier detachment than I deserve, many more youth riots to come. Obama's taught us that our votes don't matter; that in the end all our hopey-changey political ambitions only enriched the banks, lost more jobs, and cut our parents' Medicare. What other outlet do we have?

Wow, that went downhill fast. Tell me something that happened in the last two months? I'm sure I'm missing much.

Date: 2011-08-15 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] senri.livejournal.com
I took three summer classes (am still working on two of them, sigh) and, yes, felt depressed about politics. :'|

It's nice to hear from you, though!

Date: 2011-08-15 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arks.livejournal.com
Classes! Productive summer! Woop woop.

As for politics, look on the bright side: at least we get to watch the apocalypse firsthand. Eh? Eh? I'll make popcorn.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooodonotwant

Date: 2011-08-15 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linen-tartaruga.livejournal.com
I finally caved and joined the dark side: I have an ipod.

...

Actually no, Little Bro just gave me his old one. It holds way less music than my Sansa, but he also has a car attachment to play it through the radio that I stole since he doesn't have his car with him during school. So. There's that I guess.
From: [identity profile] arks.livejournal.com
The best Apple doohickeys are free Apple doohickeys.

Date: 2011-08-15 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zenzaan.livejournal.com
Summer? There was a summer in there?? It seriously blew past while I wasn't looking. The fact that it is once again going to be September slightly terrifies me, because DIDN'T I JUST GET HERE??? Also, there is a medieval fair this weekend near my West London home :3

Also also, remember how Britain has this thing called the National Health Service? The thing everybody with half a brain in Warshington was trying to kinda-sorta emulate but lolwhut, health care for everyone? Whoah there Commie... Yeah, not for long.

The boycreature and I are thinking New Zealand in a few years when the rest of the UK's transmogrifications catch up with London and the former Empire becomes a shadow of the Colonies.
Edited Date: 2011-08-15 12:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-16 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arks.livejournal.com
Wow. I'm starting to think I dodged a bullet with the Oxford thang.

New Zealand sounds good. Maybe they need interpreters.

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