Showing posts from November, 2008

Time Management

November seems to be heading towards being my least-blogged month since the creation of the Publisher. It will be the fourth most visited, however, so obviously I've built up some kind of regular readership even when I don't post very much. As long as I'm caring about traffic here, I'm rather indebted to all of you who check this blog every once in a while regardless of whether there's a new post. I used to do the same thing in checking out all the blogs I read, but now I have my blogroll (on the right side of this page) so I can see when there are new posts on a blog for me to read. It seems to save time to look only at blogs that have been updated since I last checked them. Speaking of time...

Today in debate we had a little discussion about educational policy. I brought up the fact that U.S. schools statistically assign more homework than most countries, and it seems this does nothing to make our students superior. In fact it may have negative effects. In my min…

A New Communist Manifesto

These are the contentions:
Communism can work if it uses capitalism towards its ends and engages the baser nature of humanity (its greed) in order to provide for the state and for the common good. The state must directly link the accumulation of wealth to provision for the common good. Government construct can base economic survival and prosperity of its workers and institutions upon their effectiveness and accomplishment in benefiting everyone in working for the state. A successful large-scale communistic economy controlled by a state would function through the state's creation of a meritocratic system that rewards individuals based on the quality of their work for the common good. Here is a more detailed explication upon these contentions:

The problem with capitalism is not that people seek wealth. This is to some extent natural and maybe even honorable. The problem with capitalism is that people freely seeking wealth creates oppression and injustice and does not provide for al…

Not a “Win” – Rather a Cataclysmic “Fail”

I apologize for not posting here in forever and a day, but obviously I am becoming more pressed for time as the holidays and all my college deadlines draw closer. Fortunately I seem to have done well on those SAT Subject Tests - at least it seems so number-wise, although the percentiles may be disappointing. I will get the score report in a week and may talk about it more then. I was also on Prince of Wales Island the past two days with my dad, cousin and cousin-in-law on a hunting trip, which for us basically means driving around the island with guns in the truck. We did get a buck though, which I missed out on butchering today because I had to write a speech. Because of all those deadlines I don't have much time to write a lot for the blog, but I still must write for school, so I'll take this space to post the speech I just wrote for speech and debate class. It may be somewhat interesting to read. The prompt I'm responding to is "Will the Iraq War end up being a …

Hypocrisy, Oxymorons, and the Wiki-That-Must-Not-Be-Named (That I Proceed to Name within the First Sentence)

I have previously promised myself not to overreact nor pay too much attention to that humongous barrel of tripe that is Conservapedia. And yet I still read it quite regularly- or, more specifically, I read their "In the News" column, which is basically an incessant hail of snide comments linking to pseudo-journalistic outside sources or, very rarely, actual news sources. The commentary that the "news" is stated through, however, simply oozes stupidity - stupidity that frequently ranks statements among the most appallingly idiotic that I have ever seen in my life - but enough about that site.

There are already a number of quality sites and courageous persons of the internet who spend much more of their time than I do to challenge and make known the abomination that is Conservapedia. See here and here, for example, as well as here, to see the regular challenges the site's "News" column faces from people such as myself (under username Rockthecasbah).

Live from Ketchikan: It's Saturday Night!

Things seem to be going pretty well for me and the world. Well, at least they're fine for me. I now have all my aunt's and mom's photos from France on my computer, so perhaps I should actually finish summarizing that trip as I promised to do all those ages ago. I only wrote about three or four days of that trip so far so there's a lot more to go. Maybe I can be a bit less detailed though. The thing about the France photos is it's amazing how much fatter I seemed to (or perhaps just did) look. I feel as if I need to go back so I can get more flattering pictures. Oh well, I'm sure I'll get to do some crazy Euro-trip when I'm a bit older.

(Image: Here I am sitting being fat in Monaco. At least I'm not a fat Monégasque capitalist pig, though.)

Perhaps my almost guaranteed foreign travel during college can be to the Continent (which isn't really a continent at all). Speaking of which... I have been accepted at Tulane University in New Orleans. This…

This may not seemingly be a very pressing issue, nor could this be something the President would directly enact, but I think it would be an inspired action for President Obama to promote a constitutional amendment that would instate term limits for United States Senators and Representatives. I am from the state of Alaska, which is still processing votes in a very close election that may well return a Senator to Congress who has already held that position for forty years. In my mind, this was not the type of service that our founders envisioned being done in this nation's government.

The four-time election of Franklin Roosevelt was a legacy that galvanized this nation and pushed it to instate term limits for the President of the United States. Unfortunately, no one event will be able to do so much for the entire country in regards to Senators and Representatives. That, however, does not make the institution of term limits for the legislative branch less important. I believe that the…

The Return of Ketchikan Underground

K.U. has returned to the internet, reincarnated in its third and supposedly final life. There obviously isn't a lot going on yet, but here's the link to go check it out and contribute yourself. The website is very high quality compared to its past forms and it's set to get even better. I don't know how I'll exactly reconcile returning to the world of the forum as well as continuing my solitary blogging, but I'm sure I'll be able to handle it. I am, after all, simultaneously preparing for college, going through my last year of high school and even writing a novel (at a snail's pace) right now. I am actually getting to writing a little for my novel every day though, so that's a step. Anyways, you may even remember my first post ever on this blog, which explained that it was the death of K.U. that more than anything lead to the creation of "Peter's Publisher." I think I had actually made a blog before, but I had absolutely no idea what to…

National Novel Writing Month

You may or may not be aware of this, but November is in fact National Novel Writing Month! Actually, I have a feeling that this might not be a nationally legislated title but rather just what November was designated by an ingenious organization coincidentally named National Novel Writing Month. The goal of the organization is to assist people throughout the world in reaching the following goal: Write a 50,000 word novel entirely within the month of November. For a writer like me, this obviously seems to be an insurmountable task; I am, after all, a blogger, who is impressed when he churns out a thousand-word post and then is entirely finished with the topic. My American Government project on the presidential election that I did the Wednesday morning before last was in fact over 3,000 words and was probably one of the longest pieces of writing I have ever done, although most of it was just restatement of presidential promises. (I have put the project here if you want to check it out,…

An Unofficial Photo and Pretty Much Official Results

It's a sad thing indeed when I have to "steal" my own photo from the Ketchikan Daily News using the Prnt Scrn button. Needs must I suppose... I do love the KDN, but they should make a better website- i.e. one where you don't need to pay to read online articles. Here's the caption:

HALLOWEEN HIJINKS — Presidential candidates Barack Obama (freshman Wyatt Stall) and John McCain (senior Peter Stanton) shake hands while Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (senior Kristina Fabry) gives a thumbs-up Friday in the Ketchikan High School commons. Staff photo by Hall Anderson

Now on Friday I got the exact results of the Kayhi election, but first, let me recommend this comedy interlude and this post with the YouTube of a hilarious prank that got pulled on Sarah recently. If you've even heard Sarkozy's voice once there's no way you could have believed that was him... and I don't even know how the pranksters got through the preliminary checks. But anyways, the details are…