Day 25. 51 pages, 23,080 words.
I’m afraid it’s time for another wall of text, but hopefully this is interesting. I feel the format is a bit limited and there’s definitely problems with hitting the right tone and communicating effectively with people through text, as always. And conveying meaning and subtext to people who don’t know you … okay, this is all old news to anyone who has posted on forums or newsgroups or comments threads. This is a basic skill that I hope they’re starting to focus on in schools.
And speaking of schools …
Without further ado, the Argument on the Internet (Part 335,917,002):
I don’t think I was too out of line here. And it may just be my crabby mood talking, but I think I was considerably nicer and more compromising and explanatory than I could have been. How is “schooling is better than fighter jets” a “really bad argument”? Over-simplified, sure – but bad? Really bad?
And – I’m no mathematician but you tell me, was I wrong or somehow absolutist in my use of the “<” symbol?
I appreciate Fay’s attempts to play Devil’s advocate here, but was it really necessary? This looked very much like a knee-jerk reaction to someone else’s argument that she was still trying to get closure on. I understand the frustration but you need to look at the big picture sometimes.
Like she said, she was actually in support of this larger point but was arguing over the minutiae because she felt that it … what? Eroded the effectiveness of the argument against runaway military spending? Is that true? Does pointing out how ridiculous 1.5 trillion dollars is, in a country that already has more military might than it will ever need (relentless pursuit and creation of new USA-hating extremists on a daily basis around the world notwithstanding of course), and suggesting the more worthy things it could be used for, somehow decrease the chances of this point of view gaining traction and bandwidth?
 And let’s face it, isn’t it just possible that not spending the money on these jets – spending it (yes, all of it!) on education or housing or humanitarian support instead – is going to do more to reduce the number of people who want to destroy the US than a bunch of jets ever will? That creating and using these jets will in fact increase the need for jets in the future? Of course, this is basic-level Nineteen Eighty-Four stuff, so never mind.
No, I think the only thing limiting the effectiveness of reduced US military spending is the firmly-entrenched political powers with a vested economic interest in the budget being this way. I mean, given that the possible effectiveness of this sort of share-campaign is limited anyway, isn’t all you can hope for a spreading awareness and a growing and increasingly-universal outrage at the small group of grossly wealthy warmongers growing fat on the bodies of dead innocents? Oh yeah, now I’ve got the rhetoric engine ticking over nicely.
Anyway, this is exactly why I am sharing this here, essentially. And maybe this was why Fay was objecting – as a cunning way to stimulate debate and keep the story alive, in which case well done Fay! I hadn’t been aware of the US military’s new planes before now, although I was aware of their terrifyingly bloated budget and assorted other problems, living as I do in “the rest of the world”, which is that place the US military likes to blow the living fuck out of with their super-expensive planes. Sooner or later, this will affect all of us. Sooner or later, it has to stop. Or we are all going to die.
 I don’t live in an area directly at risk, although naturally if Russia continues to be as colossal a prick as it is currently being, Finland might get the living fuck bombed out of it by a US eager to “offer their support”. Also it will make action movies easier to write again because they can go back to making Russians the baddies.
Yes, this money could have gone somewhere else. That’s a no-brainer. Yes, a nation like the US will need to spend some money on defense even if utopia starts tomorrow. That’s a no-brainer too. No, I’m pretty sure not all this 1.5 trillion will go towards the planes, and will in fact go into some fat cunt’s pocket. That’s a no-brainer. And yes, even if most of the 1.5 trillion does go towards the planes, their arrival will spell the retirement of lower-level military toys, which last time I checked were being re-gifted either to developing countries to blow the living fuck out of each other with, or to the US’s domestic police force to better enable them to trample all up and down on their own citizens in the name of protecting and serving. And whether or not this is a good thing, that’s a no-brainer too.
In fact, is there any part of this that requires a brain?
And now, to lighten the tone, Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic.