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Hello, and welcome to my profile! I am (obviously) CAMA2!
In my free time, I like to play games on Kongregate (amongst the myriad of other things I do; for instance, I also enjoy golfing, swimming, fishing, walking through nature, playing soccer, playing tennis, playing chess, writing poetry, photography, debating, trivia, and traveling). I first came to Kongregate in order to continue playing Platform Racing 2, since it stopped working on the site I previously played it on. My favorite genre of games is puzzles, with Wooden Path (1 and 2), 3D Logic 2, and Electric Box 2 being my favorites. I also enjoy the Tower Defense genre and real time strategy flash games. Games like Frantic Frigates, Castaway (1 and 2), and Burrito Bison are awesome too. I now have to mention how much fun Elements is – it is one of the best games on all of Kongregate, and it has an outstanding community of players. Truly, I encourage you stay around at Kong – it is probably the best gaming site on the internet.
Besides the activities mentioned above, I also enjoy studying and learning about politics, law, history, geography, economics, and the social sciences in general – though I find delight in learning about scientific discoveries too, especially those in the fields of astronomy, chemistry, and nanotechnology. Within the field of history, I especially like American history prior to the Reconstruction era, Chinese history, the history of ancient Mesopotamia, and the history of ancient Greece. When the Olympics are occurring, you will likely find me watching several events; and by several, I mean most of them. I am both a Wikipedian and a Redditor (Go Orangered!), and I am a complete stickler on grammar. I use serial commas, American spelling, and American punctuation. I never split infinitives, and I know the proper usage of words. For instance, “your” is a possessive adjective, while “you’re” is a contraction of the words “you” and “are.” It also greatly annoys me when people misuse effect/affect, its/it’s, there/their/they’re, than/then, and to/too/two (it does not really bother me when people mix up “who” and “whom”). However, the word usage that irritates me the most is when someone mixes up the words “our” and “are.” It will drive me bonkers. From dashes to semicolons and from spelling to the use of apostrophes, if you need help with grammar, feel free to ask me. Perhaps more importantly, if you see that I made a mistake in regards to spelling or grammar, then please, for all that is good, correct me!
It should come as no surprise that I love to read. I primarily read non-fiction, though I will also read a good novel – especially Westerners, Shakespearean comedies (yes, I know they’re plays), historical fiction (like the Kite Runner), and more futuristic settings – the first two books of the Hunger Games trilogy are a good example (I did not enjoy Mockingjay nearly as much). A lot of the non-fiction I read deals with politics, from Sabato’s A More Perfect Constitution to Plato’s Republic – I‘ve read extensively on the subject. I also always keep up to date on political happenings. I frequently read bills pending in Congress with THOMAS and bills pending in my state’s legislature through their website. I watch C-SPAN and CNN; I read my local newspaper, USA Today, PolitiFact, and FactCheck.
As expected, I am often highly opinionated about many political subjects; however, I firmly believe that we should always listen with kindness to the arguments of the other side and show civility whenever we discuss politics. As Aristotle best put it, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” I tend to assume good faith in those arguing against me, and I can often see their good intentions, despite disagreeing with them because of the belief that there is a better course of action or a better solution to the problem.
Interestingly, despite my political interests, I do not have a very partisan nature. I feel no American party really represents me well – my positions do somewhat resemble those of the Christian Democrats of Europe, however. I have a mixture of positions on issues that span across the political spectrum – though I also dislike the idea of a political spectrum. I think that there are at least six or so categories that could theoretically be separated from one another within an ideology, and each of those categories is more like an octagon than a line or spectrum. I also feel that the very idea of a political spectrum fails to take into account pragmatism altogether – which would likely be the “ideology” of most people if we did not have institutions representing large populations (I think the first “parliaments” as depicted in Thomas Paine’s Common Sense would have been all about pragmatism, not ideologies like liberalism or legalism).
For example, I would like to see more elements of direct democracy incorporated on all levels of government (federal, state, county, municipal), including the initiative, referendum, and recall, as well as a popular means to dissolve legislative bodies in their entirety and call new elections for the remainder of the term. I despise the practice of Gerrymandering and advocate using proportional representation in legislative elections (primarily free-list party list proportional representation and the single transferable vote) and preferential voting in elections for single offices (primarily instant run-off voting and Condorcet methods). I would like to see tremendous levels of transparency through freedom of information laws that disclose almost all government-held information, independent and internal audits (which would be published), asset and detailed lobbying disclosure for public officials, more open procurement and budgeting processes, and other sunshine laws. Campaign finance laws should dictate a public system for financing elections in order to prevent socio-economic status from interfering with political equality. I would also like to see every municipality and county possess home rule protected by state constitutions.
I am a staunch defender of free speech, free expression, and a free internet. I support many international organizations, including the United Nations and the European Union. I support the right of communities and regions to self-determination, and thus, support independence for Kosovo, Tibet, and Kurdistan. I also support the peaceful reunification of Korea into a democratic state and the peaceful reunification of China into a federal democratic republic. I support either a two-state (Israel, Palestine) or a three-state (Israel, Egypt, Jordan) solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I support the right to bear arms, and I oppose conscription, except when necessary to repel invasions. I support the consistent life ethic, supporting the just war theory and opposing abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and the death penalty.
I am an environmentalist and an anti-consumerist. I support green, renewable energy and making the entire power grid based off solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, and run-of-the-river hydroelectric sources (I also support subsidies, tax incentives, and state and federal renewable energy standards to make this process occur at an accelerated rate). I also support funding to implement quickly a smart grid system to deliver electricity and subsidies to further develop and distribute electric vehicles. I support large-scale recycling programs, making plastics out of biodegradable plant-based materials, and paving roads with bioasphalt. I support a carbon tax, a cap and trade system for carbon dioxide, and incorporating environmental damage into the cost of doing business so as to foster the ingenuity of the free market in regards to environmental solutions. I support the creation of a single-payer universal health care system and large subsidies (or price controls) for college education (if not making it free entirely). I support an extensive public smoking ban, the right of workers to unionize and bargain collectively, and the implementation of workfare as opposed to welfare (in most cases). I believe the workweek should be shortened to roughly 20 to 25 hours per week. I support some of the economic principles of Distributism and many of the economic principles of the Social Market Economy.
I suppose I probably bored you to death with my political views. Thus, I’ll talk about some of my favorite movies and television shows. I enjoy watching the Big Bang Theory, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, How I Met Your Mother, and Good Eats. My favorite movies include 300, the Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones saga, the 007 movies, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, V for Vendetta, and Sahara. I love a good comedy, but I cannot stand a horror film. Some of my favorite video games include the Legend of Zelda series (especially Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Windwaker), the Final Fantasy series (especially the Original, Tactics, III, X, and XIII), the Mario Party series (especially 1, 2, 4, 7, and 8), Mario Kart Double Dash, Super Smash Bros., Super Mario Sunshine, Dark Cloud, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Rise of Nations, and Civilization V.
I am an optimist, think cheese is under utilized in the culinary arts, and am an individual who desires to be both a problem solver and an inspiration to others. I believe you can do anything you put your mind to. I love peace and friendship. Thus, as you may have guessed, that means I will be your Kongregate friend! I am a Christian and a Catholic to be more precise. God is Love!
Anyways, I would like to thank you for dropping by my profile, and I hope you have a most excellent day!
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