#BernieLostMe Hijacked by American Pirates

 

A new hashtag is trending the world of Twitter. #BernieLostMe a smear campaign clearly designed by the wicked witch of the west, Hillary Clinton, to demoralize the avid fanatics of Bernie Sanders is currently trending with hundreds of thousands of retweets. It originally started as a way to criticize Sanders without fear of reprisal, but quickly devolved into an online fight starring Bernie pirates and Hillary ninjas. It was all a painfully slow process before the pirates arrived with people misquoting and creating “facts” about Sanders that simply aren’t truth. Free stuff they would yell as they patted each other in the backs for being smart republicans especially the Hillary ninjas who disguise themselves as democrats by day, but at night by moderates.  They would party and celebrate in their attempts to dismiss the legitimate threat which Bernie Sanders presented to their very fragile world view. BernieLostMe

But, the Bernie pirates were sailing the seven seas of the ocean that is the internet scouring for dangers coming from all angles. They searched high and low, up and down, left and right, and even in that dead sea we call Google+ for any threats that might have loomed on the horizon until finally they found the source of noise in the ocean. It was a hashtag with the name #BernieLostMe most likely created by troll ninjas wanting to create waves in their time of boredom. The pirates prepared for combat they all manned the rails, cannons and even the sails for combat maneuvers that would impress the saltiest of captains. They waited expectantly at the helm until they were within range and with the sound of a fire the fired their cannons at the ninja party. The ninjas prepared back with weapons of their own and in a blaze of glory the Pirates they laughed at the storm of giggles that were meant to be had.

The pirates stood strong in anger they yelled, ‘you shall never stop us, we’ll never be quelled’. The shots filled with honesty, and fury towards the establishment who took all the rights away from the masses. They fought into the dead of the night as both parties lost brave souls who fought in their beliefs, but as the moon shone the brightest the fight had calmed down. The fight might have ended a stalemate, but the pirates were emboldened by their struggle. Together we fight or together we die, it’s Bernie or bust no matter the cost, we believe in his values and won’t compromise. We shall see this fight to the end and even then we’ll carry on his struggle in our souls, inspired by the man who dared to challenge the status quo we shall build a future that cares for one and all. In the end they managed to hijacked the hashtag with polarizing tactics. They turned the negative into a positive and used humor and sarcasm. Their comments were witting and so full of laughter, in spite of a few that were hostile and savage. No lives were lost that day, but the struggle continues, to fight for their beliefs in this ocean of turds which we call American politics.

The ninjas are afraid to create any waves for fear that a fecal tsunami will flood their shores, but the pirates know that change never happens without a few sacrifices. ‘The revolution will happen’ could be heard in the wind that night, as those buccaneers left the shore with their prize. A stormy night of laughter and anger, with people from both side inciting one another. It was a long battle and a fun one at that, but the pirates must rest for now it is late. It is time to rest our weary spirits my mateys, for tomorrow shall rise on the bright and early.

We all had our fun now go back to sleep you crazy Americans who enjoy a good tweet. It was fun to fight, but much funner to laugh and I met some good people in spite of our sides. In the end of the day your beliefs are yours and you’re entitled to believe in what you choose. The fight is never ending and no matter who wins, we’re all screwed regardless since we are just sheep. In the grand scheme of things nobody matters since the super delegates will make this their own election. Fight as we might the establishment calls for a revolution. A civil war will erupt and many shall die. But, in the remains a new flag shall fly, until then we can all sit back and watch as the ruins of our once great country lay in the fields of a grand war…

 

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The pictures in this article belong to their respective owners.

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Study Reveals an Increase of Flying Turtles on Highways in United States

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A recent study performed by The University of Florida University College has been tracking an unusual increase in vehicular accidents with the latest one happening on the I-4 highway in Orlando Florida. The study was trying to determine whether a correlation on the effects between climate change and turtle migration patterns. The lead scientist performing this study has cited “An Inconvenient Truth” as the inspiration behind the project and has been researching the subject for close to a decade. The results are said to be “remarkable” by one researcher named Ignatius Michael Seaman.

The research involved tracking the number of incidents over the years and changes in climate. Head researcher Thomas Alexander Males (pronounced Mah-Less) said he noticed an unusual trend in drying lakes and other turtle friendly habitats which lead to an increase in migration. Due to the higher numbers of migrating reptilians the number of car accidents involving these reptilians has naturally increased. The accident have happened for a multitude of reasons including turtles being sent flying after being passed over by vehicles or drivers causing vehicular accidents by virtue of dodging the poor animals. But, due to this unusual reptilian activity Mr. Males has stated he had grounds for a solid thesis.

The thesis proposed by Mr. Males has stated the following: Turtle migration patterns have been affected by climate change due to the decrease in hospitable habitats caused by the overall increase of temperature on parts in the United States. This change in migration patterns has caused an overall increment in turtle related incidents in the southern states like California and Florida where turtles are commonly found among the fauna. My study seeks to confirm or deny whether a correlation between climate changes and turtle migrations which could affect the number of vehicular accidents involving the fauna of each State exists.

The study has also been supported by other studies which have tried to correlate the increase of turtle casualties in states that have had changes in habitat. Thus far the research of Mr. Males and his team has yielded very positive results and they awaiting the following few months to announce their results to the world. But, the researches do warn to watch out for flying reptiles that could be heading your way.

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You can find more information on this topic at the following links:

http://www.lakejacksonturtles.org/accident.htm

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/wildlife_roads/facts/turtles_highways_crossing.html

http://www.lakejacksonturtles.org/accident.htm

https://blogs.umass.edu/natsci397a-eross/an-answer-to-vehicle-caused-turtle-fatalities-in-florida/

http://www.jstor.org/stable/3803725

http://www.wesh.com/news/turtle-goes-airborne-crashes-through-windshield-on-i4/39532102

 

Disclaimer:

Thank you for reading and hopefully you enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. The images attached belong to their respective owners and the original link to the pictures can be found above. This article is a work of fiction and meant to be take with a grain of salt.

 

 

Kickstarter for Father is Always With me!

I never imagined the day that I would use KICKSTARTER for anything. It was simply a site for those much more creative than I was. There was no chance on earth that I would ever create something worthy of being funded by people around the world. But, then I decided to create a book.

One which I spoke about at lengths during my last article here in WordPress.com titled “Father Is Always With Me”. Yet, here I am today writing, asking, sharing with the world in order to garner enough support to make my dream a reality. I can’t do this alone, I know that much, but perhaps together with the help of hundreds of strangers, I can achieve anything.

Now, this is my first foray into the world of crowdfunding and it has been scary to say the least.  It’s very nerve wracking, the idea of exposing yourself out there to the world and trying to make them care about your goals. My video recording of the KICKSTARTER video was designed as a heartfelt story to each of those who serve, their relatives or even retired from the military. It doesn’t hide my intentions or try to make a bigger deal of what it already is. This book after all is a love letter to all of the “military brats” we know and adore.

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Look, I’ve said it hundreds of times already; most of the literature available for children in the military is aimed at telling them how great their parents are. But, that’s not enough for me, I want to let them know that we understand how difficult it is to be on the other side of the coin. Spouses who remain back from deployment will relate to me on this topic. But, when I say it is awful being the one staying back while knowing their loved ones are enduring so much stress and pain. It’s so hard to know you can’t comfort those you care about in their time of need. If it’s like this for us adults, can we imagine how bad it is for those who only know a parents love?

Children in the military have it even worse, a parent is their whole world to them. Yet, it seems like they’re simply observers in these stories, side-characters to watch in astonishment as their parent becomes part of something greater than themselves. I want to change this. We need to note the importance of telling these children that their emotions are normal, and those feelings of uncertainty and sadness are part of what makes life a beautifully chaotic work of art.  But, without the support of the community it will take probably longer than my natural life, to get this book and the multitude of books I have planned out into the market.

If this campaign succeeds then every parent that has asked me for a physical copy of the book will be able to purchase their own book. To share the story of Leonardo, a boy who has experienced many things in his 3 years of life. A story which many children in the military will relate to very closely. Friends, I need your support!

 

 

Military Children and Books.

There is a whole sleuth of books for military children out in the market. But, when you ask parents in the military about books for their kids, they will typically not be aware of them. I’ve also noticed a trend in these books which is really interesting. They all put the military parent in a sort of pedestal from which the military parent is the main focus of the story. While I don’t mean to demean the value of our service members (being one myself) it is important to understand that the focus of these books should be the children.

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Thus I kept this in mind when venturing into the foray of becoming an author. A few months ago I began working on a little pet project called “Father Is Always With Me” a small little military book, by a military member which details the life of a small toddler called Leo through his first PCS and parents deployment. In it the focus lies within the domain of the child. Leo is the one who is experiencing the majority of these events for the first time and as such he’s learning to cope. Through his journey he realizes that home is not a set location, but rather the place where his loved ones and himself reside. It’s made with all branches in mind and despite the majority of the uniforms being Navy oriented it is universal enough to be understood by all kids and parents of other branches.

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The illustrations are adorable professionally made with a lot of care and detail. These were made in a cute art style that simulates paper cut-outs and the characters are all beautifully made. “Father Is Always With Me” is certain to catch the eyes of any person who adores cute characters and wants to read a solid amount of story to their children.

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You see a lot of children books are short and simple reads, but they can leave parents feeling unsatisfied (I know I am when reading books for my son). However, in order to alter the status quo this book has a good amount of words (basic words which can be easily read) designed to fulfill both parents and young readers.

Finally, perhaps it’s time to start creating more books for military children by military members who can relate the stories of their own experiences with their families. But, it can’t happen without your help. Support a fellow military member and perhaps we can start a movement that actually realizes the value of the children that are our future. The children of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Check out this book on Amazon Kindle!

http://www.amazon.com/Father-Always-Me-Emmanuel-Barbosa-ebook/dp/B01DFY08G8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458965908&sr=8-1&keywords=father+is+always+with++me

Adventures in Japan! Also The Reason for my Disappearance! Lots of Pretty Pictures

Many of my readers are no aware that I recently moved domain. Now, that I mostly write about everything that I do in Japan. I moved to a new domain in this website:

City-Cost.com

Now I can only write about Japanese stuff in this website, but I do partake in writing other types of article which mean that I will still be here sporadically.

I’m sorry if everyone thought I disappeared, but the fact is that I’ve been very busy traveling through Tokyo and generally being awesome.

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I actually even visited the cat cafe!

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Visited a Maid Cafe and spent weeks with PTSD afterward

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Raced around Tokyo as Bowser in a Go Kart while the Mario Kart 8 Soundtrack was playing

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Saw One Piece at the Tokyo Tower

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Visited a Pokemon Center and did not get my Pokemon healed because Nurse Joy was not there

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Saw the Dark Side of Japan

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Saw the Greco-Roman Mall Venus Fort

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Visited Palette Town and started my own Pokemon adventure

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Take a look at some of at some of the articles I’ve written there particularly my new favorite one:

A Story the Steampunk Store of Japan!

https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/DashTheBomber/z8EbG-living_shopping_fashion_tokyo

Venus Fort

https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/DashTheBomber/wmQQw-living_shopping_fashion_tokyo

Odaiba Palette Town

https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/DashTheBomber/wZa5G-living_shopping_fashion_tokyo

Neko Ja la la cat cafe!

https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/DashTheBomber/MAb6z-living_shopping_tokyo_chiyoda-ku

One Piece at Tokyo Tower

https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/DashTheBomber/MgOjM-living_shopping_tokyo_minato-ku

Pokemon Center

https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/DashTheBomber/Gb4BM-living_shopping_kanagawa_yokohama-shi

Maid Cafe

https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/DashTheBomber/MYa2M-living_food_fashion_tokyo_chiyoda-ku

Go Kart as Bowser

https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/DashTheBomber/wZe5G-living_transportation

Peace and Boredom

I firmly believe that seeking peace should be the goal of every individual in a society on earth. Peace is great, after all everyone is seeking their own little slice of heaven. But, people fail to realize that peace is also extremely boring, thus people seek to disrupt it. I even dare say,that we might be biologically challenged when it comes to seeking peace. People seek strong emotions, excitement, fear, happiness, anger, and other forms of expressions which are at contrast with a state of peace. Let me put in terms we could all relate to, think back to the second half of summer vacation, did you ever utter the words “I can’t wait for school to start again”?

Of course you remember, every kid/teenager on the block agreed with you. We aren’t built nor taught to handle harmony, sure people preach about it constantly. But, this is one of those things which are preached, not practiced. We aren’t taught constructive methods to handle boredom, which should be nearly synonymous with peace. Thus youngsters resort to more extreme methods of coping with their boredom, drugs, sex, minor crimes, and other means by which to release some of that pent up energy. It’s not necessarily their fault, it’s  simply the way we are built.

While this does not excuse the behavior of those individuals, it is important to take note of why it happens. The education system in the U.S. is not equipped to teach youths about coping mechanism for boredom (as with many other important life skills). Parents are often too busy with jobs and other responsibilities to do the same. Thus we are left with a society of youngsters who aren’t taught by anyone how they can cope with peace in a fruitful manner. There is a very important reason humans are built with this flaw.

Furthermore, if we were always content, if we were able to cope with boredom and peace, humans would not have achieved some of the greatest creations of mankind. While boredom is dangerous in the hands of certain individuals, others use it to create wonderful inventions. Indeed, in 1947 Josef Pieper wrote the following about leisure:

“The mode of discursive thought is accompanied and impregnated by an effortless awareness, the contemplative vision of the intellectus, which is not active but passive, or rather receptive, the activity of the soul in which it conceives that which it sees. The ancients regarded intellectus as being already beyond the sphere allotted to man. And yet it belonged to man, though in one sense superhuman; the purely human by itself could not satiate man’s powers of comprehension, for man, of his very nature, reaches out beyond the sphere of the human. “Although the knowledge which is most characteristic of the human soul occurs in the mode of ratio, nevertheless there is in it a sort of participation in the simple knowledge which is proper to higher beings, of whom it is therefore said that they possess the faculty of spiritual vision.”

In shorter words, Pieper stated that leisure is a state of recreation. This is part of the reason why I think the show “Phineas and Ferb” is so amazing, these kids beat the summer vacation drudgery (fantastic elements aside if you just pretend this is all in their imaginations). We often find ourselves with too much time in our hands being squandered. This world of ours is filled with distractions that keep us from reaching our true potential. Even worse is the war on peace which is often confused for boredom. But, let’s never forget that without boredom there would be no peace, and without it there wouldn’t have been a place for the world we have created today. Leisure is not a time for complaints, it is a moment to elaborate on your thoughts and ideas. To sow the seeds of creation, and harvest the fruits of innovation, we must teach the future generations to promote their creativity during these bits of freedom. If we don’t, humanity will stagnate, and we will cease to grow as people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nintendo, the GameCube and Japanese Exclusive Games!

I have always loved Nintendo games. This all started with the first NES that my father gave me as a present. To the latest sleeper-hit console the Wii U. This does not mean that I am blind to the missteps that Nintendo has made in the past. Quite the contrary, in spite of my adoration for the brand; I do not excuse their behavior, and in fact, outright condemn them for clinging to their antiquated (if not foolish) ways at times. Starting from the Virtual Boy, all the way to the terrible naming convention utilized for the Wii U.

During the mid-90s to mid-2000s there was a period which could be called the darkest age for Nintendo. It was at this time in which Nintendo released a new console called the GameCube, it had a fantastic controller design, it looked fun and had the killer app known as Super Smash Brothers Melee. It was a great console, but it had one huge flaw… Nintendo failed to secure a large quantity of third-party exclusives for the GameCube. This meant a constant shortage of games to play, while the PlayStation dominated the market with countless exclusives in their console. You would think at that point, Nintendo would have been throwing money at the third-party developers to sway them in their direction. But, instead they just released their own first-party titles in the hopes that it would be enough to garner the sales they wanted. Sadly, this moment never came for Nintendo. Yet, all was not grim at the Mario factory; it was during this era that many great exclusive games and IPs were born.

The GameCube brought to the world many fantastic games such as: Animal Crossing, Pikmin, Eternal Darkness, Super Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Metroid Prime, Naruto Clash of Ninja 2, Harvest Moon Magical Melody, Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, Smash Brothers Melee, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker/Twilight Princess, and countless others. But, despite all of this Nintendo did not manage to sway the hearts and minds of those players who were needlessly bashing the system. This meant that in spite of their best efforts, Nintendo still came in last in the console race of that particular generation. But, I didn’t care about all of that silly console war nonsense. All I cared about, was playing some awesome games on my GameCube with my friends. What truly made me angry, was the games that Nintendo launched exclusively in Japan without ever considering porting them to the United States.

Games such as: Giftpia, Zoids VS I/II/III, Battle Stadium D.O.N, Naruto Clash of Ninja 4, Doshin the Giant (released in PAL regions as well), Donkey Konga 3, DreamMix TV Fighters, Gundam: The Ace Pilot, Mario Puzzle Collection, Bleach GC, Multiple Shoot-‘em-ups, and other titles which never saw a release over in the west. These (titles) truly made me upset, I am aware that bringing games to the U.S. is not always cost-efficient, and Nintendo has obligations to the shareholders (and employees) which forbid them from acting against their best interest (something that can happen if they start porting games that are completely unsuccessful). But, Nintendo has had a really good streak with some of these niche titles, who would have guessed that Animal Crossing would have become the titan it currently is? The west has spoken, and it has stated that these games are genuinely fun. Nintendo should have taken a bigger risk with their games in this era, but instead they decided to remain in their spot (dead last). This is something which will always upset me about Nintendo. It’s unavoidable though, at the end of the day all that matters to a corporation is the bottom line.

Despite all of this, ever since I moved to Japan; obtaining these games has been a piece of cake for me. I have amassed a small collection of games which only came out in Japan. I will be discussing some of these games, along with my opinion on their gameplay, fun factor, play-ability in spite of the language barrier. I will not be reviewing these games; these are simply first impressions for games that we should have at least gotten a chance to try.
For reference here is a picture of my Japanese Games (not all of them were exclusives):

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