I learned an important lesson tonight. Instead of slinging mud at each other, we should actually try listening to each other. I was on the verge of a Twitter war with a Republican over the Affordable Care Act, but instead of snapping on him, I stopped myself and asked if we could try to have a legitimate discussion about it. He agreed, and for the next hour, we proceeded to talk through our concerns and actually listen to each other.
It turns out that his anger came from a place of fear and uncertainty about how the Affordable Care Act will affect him and his family. Once we got to the root of it, I actually began to feel compassion for him, and I understood why he was angry. I was able to provide him with some research to ease some of his concerns, and he was able to challenge my ideas by pointing out things I hadn't considered before. In the end, we both learned something and we came to realize that our differences in perspective were mostly based on our different life experiences. We may not agree on how to handle policy, but we were able to acknowledge and respect each other's reasons for feeling the way we do.
The bottom line? We need to listen to each other and acknowledge one another's humanity. Next time you are about to lash out at a political opponent for what you believe to be an irrational idea, try stopping and asking them why they feel the way they do. You might just be surprised by what you learn.
This vlog is perhaps the longest one I ever had made. I tried my best to edit and shorten it - I could not successfully make it short without losing the important information that is crucial to the understanding of my favorite character since I was 10.
Her name is Amethyst, the rightful ruler of Gemworld and Magic.
Folks, I made this vlog that shall focus on movies, books & comic books. Enjoy! You may fastforward to the topics that might interest you. Here is the list of what I was talking about:
* My fleece blanket is fucking awesome! * Don't judge a book by its cover * All About Green Lantern * All About The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit * Did you see "The Descent"? * Did you know? * I need your help!
However, instead of retrieving the missiles with the dummy weights attached to them, the Air Force crew at Minot accidentally loaded on to the plane six cruise missiles that has live nuclear warheads on them. They loaded actual nuclear weapons on to a B-52 bomber and sent it to its way to Louisiana.
The pilots had no idea. Six nukes each with roughly the capacity to cause Hiroshima times 10 were taken on a cross-country flight. That bomber, I`m not kidding you was named Doom 99 and Doom 99 departed Minot on schedule and for the first time in 40 years, a nuclear armed bomber crossed U.S. air space without clearance.
Luckily, the warheads made their way to Louisiana without incident. And upon landing, they sat unguarded on the runway at Barksdale for nine hours. Until the ground crew there finally realized with a resounding OMG that they had accidentally acquired six live nuclear weapons they weren`t expecting and they had left them sitting around unguarded for nine hours.