You and I belong to the 99%. Unless you’re the 1%, then you’re obviously not the 99%

I’m sure everyone has heard the whole Occupy movement. If not, I’d advise moving out of Patrick Star’s house.

Anyways, I’m completely for the whole movement. I find that it is very, very ridiculous that the minority (1%) accumulate such vast wealth compared to the majority (99%). The exploitation involved is disgusting. Let’s pick on Nike, because everyone likes to pick on Nike.

Nike has all of their shoes made overseas. That way, they do not have to pay the minimum wage here in North America which is from $6.00/hr to $11.00/hr, depending on where you live.

In Asia, the minimum wage is $1.60/hr to $2.50/hr, again depending on where you live.

Now, if you were a greedy person, what option do you think would make most sense, in terms of earning a profit? Having the shoes made in North America for $6 – 11/hr and sell the shoes for $100+? Or have them made in Asia for nearly nothing, and sell them for $100+? Asia it is!

This is disgusting. The companies are earning VAST mountains of cash while we pay for way overpriced shoes, and more importantly, workers work themselves to the bone for barely anything. They suffer sexual abuse, physical and emotional/mental abuse and poor working conditions for such a little amount of money, they can barely afford to live.

 

Occupy Wall Street? Toronto? No.

Occupy Earth. We should not allow this to be done for any longer.

Phony Kony 2012?

I’m sure everyone has heard about the whole Kony hype. It’s everywhere, everyone’s talking about it, blah blah blah. It’s one of those things that people share the video on their Facebook wall, or email it to their friends, and maybe donate some money to the charity, and feel “well I did a great thing today, I helped out Africa and whatnot”.

They do it, and then go on with their lives, some completely forgetting about it.

But there may be a untold story behind this whole Kony movement.

The United States now want to go after this Kony guy (who is somewhere in Uganda, Congo, Sudan, that area) because of the terrible things he has done, such as enslaving children, forcing them to fight, and have sex.

But why all of a sudden it happens now? They went after him in 2005, and he evaded capture. Why did it drop off the radar then, and then resurface all of a sudden?

Osama Bin Laden has apparently been terminated and now they don’t have this big villain to fight against. Now they want this Kony guy? To me, it seems a bit odd that as soon as one big villain is gone, they make another.

Now I’m not saying that Joseph Kony isn’t bad. Because hell, he kidnaps kids and forces them to fight, etc. That’s pretty damn evil. But he’s just one of how many people that do this? Instead of focusing on just this one guy, why not focus on big crime rings that do this?

Also, a little side note. If this Invisible Children charity, is a charity, why does Jason Russel receive $89,669, Laren Poole receive $84,377  and Ben Keesy receive $88,241 ?

That’s a lot of money for someone to get for working the charity.

Here’s a little video to watch. I highly recommend it, as it shows just the other side of the story….

 

Hmm, Congo containing about $20+ TRILLION dollars worth of oil and cobalt? And all of a sudden we have to go stop Joseph Kony? hmm…

Russia says NO to LGBT community

You know, I’ve always had a thing for Russia. There’s just something about the country that I like. But what they have done is not right. Four cities now, Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma, and now St Petersburg have passed a law banning “homosexual propaganda”.

The law’s content is vague – it criminalises “public action aimed at propagandising sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism among minors”. Those charged with breaking the law will be fined from 5,000 (£108) to 500,000 roubles.

From the article ^

Those roubles convert to $167 and $16782 CAD respectively. That’s a hell of a lot of money to be fined, for just showing who you are. It’s ridiculous that Russia is doing this. The LGBT community deserves much more respect than this. They are human beings too. They have difference preferences, just as everyone else in the world.

I like colour blue and green. You like the colour yellow and orange. I like meat. You like vegetables. I like the opposite sex, and maybe you like only the same sex. It’s all what you like. So far only these cities have passed the law, but ”Church officials and Russian politicians are pushing to make bring the anti-gay laws to a federal level.” I think, as well as millions of other people, that no one should have the power to tell you that you can’t be yourself.

Now, just to be clear, I’m not picking or bashing religion at all. But I believe that religion should stay out of the government. I don’t know how many, or which specific ones (besides Christianity) say that homosexuality is a “sin” or “evil” or whatever. But that isn’t how it should be. People should be able to be free to live their lives normally without discrimination if they are homosexual, bisexual, Black, White, Christian, Asian, Muslim, Jewish, or anything like those. We are all human beings. We all function the same. We each have our own personality. We each have our own preferences. We are the same.

Now, end my little rant.

Back to the topic, there are many activists that are protesting/fighting this.

Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia’s most outspoken gay rights activist, said he would launch a protest campaign to get the law repealed. He has also sued the law’s initiator, St Petersburg United Russia deputy, Vitaly Milonov, for 1m roubles after the politician called him a girl who supported himself on western grants.

After Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma, St Petersburg is the fourth city to pass such a law. Its adoption in Russia’s most European city and one with a relatively vibrant gay scene has sparked an international outcry. All Out, a global gay rights group, has called on people to avoid travelling to the city until the law is repealed.

I encourage anyone reading this to support the group All Out. As well as support Nikolai Alexeyev. They are doing what they can to stop this unfair law.

Personally, I really hope that this law does get repealed and officials realize that trying to impose these kind of laws will not work in this modern time.

It’s unfair. It’s discriminatory. It’s cruel.

UPROAR! Festival with Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed!

This was the most recent concert I went to (It’s been so long!) and it was fantastic. I went with my cousin Jamie and everything was perfect. Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed were the headliners, along with Halestorm and Stone Sour who also played on the main stage. On the second stage, Hail the Villain, Airbourne, New Medicine, and Hellyeah played.

The whole concert was amazing. I enjoyed the music of course, but the best part were the interactions with the band members. I was able to get posters signed by the Hellyeah members, and Hail the Villain members. Also, the drummer for Hellyeah is Vinnie Paul from Pantera. PANTERA. I was amazed that I met him, and I got my picture taken with him! He was a really cool guy, and down to earth.

I also bought Halestorm’s CD, and I got it signed by the band! My cousin and I got our pictures taken with them. Everything about that day was so crazy. I got many autographs, and many memories.

Memories… Ah yes. My fondest one yet. I think it was Disturbed that were playing, and I was next to the pit where the sound crew worked and hung out. I glanced down there every now and then curiously. And then I saw him. I saw Mike Portnoy right up close to me, no more than 15 feet away and I was filled with excitement. (Sorry, little giddy fanboy going on) I waved at him and shouted “Mike!” and he turned and saw me. He flashed the peace sign, and gave me a thumbs up. At that moment I felt so small and vulnerable as he is an amazing drummer and definitely someone I look up to. Sidenote: When Avenged finished playing their set, Mike threw his drumsticks into the crowd. One of them was heading STRAIGHT for me, and as I was about to grab it, the guy in front of my grabbed it. I was quite pissed off, but I blew it off in a matter of a few minutes.

That’s about it. It was a crazy concert. Lot’s of fun, good atmosphere, and since Rockstar hosted it and I had a VIP pass, lot’s of energy drinks.

Hello who are you?

Hey, I’m Skyler. Please bear with me, because introducing myself to no one in particular is rather awkward.

Anyways, I’m a teenager nearing the young adult stage of life very soon. I’m a friendly, honest, and trustworthy kind of guy. Oh yeah, I’m a guy by the way. I’m also rather modest, so I won’t be listing a bunch of my ‘good’ qualities that I have. I can be pretty stubborn and I get frustrated sometimes but about nine times out of ten I am calm in situations.

I love music, and I am a musician. I write lyrics and music, I play guitar, drums, and I sing. Music is one of my passions, and I collect CD’s as well.

The thing I am most interested in (and what you’ll be seeing most of on this site) is Politics. About 8 months or so ago, I recently became interested in current affairs and I’ve come to enjoy learning as much as I can about politics. I’m also an official member of the NDP.

One last thing, I would like it if you all respected my views and beliefs as I can almost guarantee that they won’t always match yours. In return, I shall respect yours.