grumble

is it just me, or does the otakusphere seem filled with political posts these past few weeks?

I am not knocking anyone’s choice of blogging subject material, but I am finding it harder to use the otakusphere as my release valve for the bitter and divided one-sidedness of the poli-sphere (left and right alike). I am not above that fray – in fact I am actively and proudly a partisan myself – but one of the great things about the otakusphere is that it is one of the few common grounds left on which we can meet our putative idoelogical opponents on without acrimony.

At any rate the solution is simple; if you don’t like what others are writing about, don’t read it. But I am looking forward to this election season being over so we can all go back to discussing the important things.

Earth Day

I try very hard to keep my politics out of this blog – and I largely succeed. Unfortunately, in today’s Clausewizian political environment, it’s hard to demonstrate genuine respect for Earth Day without being immediately classified into tiny, neat little ideological boxes. Therefore, I choose to honor Earth Day here in my apolitical blogspace by honoring Richard Nixon, who founded the Environmental Protection Agency by signing the Environmental Policy Act of 1969, remarking:

What we really confront here is that in the highly industrialized, richest countries, we have the greatest danger. Because of our wealth we can afford the automobiles, we can afford all the things that pollute the air, pollute the water, and make this really a poisonous world in which to live.

And, quoting Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.”

And that’s all I have to say about that.