It’s been almost two years since I wrote at my old blog, Ink & Paint Creative Writing Services. I got to the point where I was exhausted by many of the political and cultural shenanigans taking place. I needed to stop because at the time (September 2013), I was so fed up with SEO (Search Engine Optimization), politicians – especially those who were tweeting photos of their “weiners”, the health care situation in the U.S., and the world’s favorite fascist pygmy, that I needed to put down my pencil and go silent. Well, now that I’ve got this new platform, it’s time to pick up the pencil and start scribbling again.
Welcome to the resurrection of Ink & Paint. Gird your loins and hold onto your knickers.
I thought I’d revisit the last four topics I wrote about before I recklessly abandoned my blog. They are SEO, political scandals, breast cancer/health care, and Kim Jong Un. It’s time for one of my famous lists:
SEO Isn’t Really Dead
The methods of SEO I learned six years ago are dead. They’ve been replaced with a more efficient use of keywords, less spamming, and a near complete reliance on social media. I’ve attempted to intelligently optimize this blog, and I will share all my posts on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Let the rankings fall where they may.
Old Political Dogs, New Dicks
A few years ago, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner made quite a name for himself tweeting photos of his penis, and sexting with a young woman with fairly loose morals. He denied it at first, but eventually copped to doing it, and resigned his congressional seat. His wife, Huma Abedin, who has been a close aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton since 1996, stands by her man as he has all but disappeared into the ether.
Now, Hillary is running for president again, and many people don’t remember Weiner’s wiener. We have since moved on to Donald Trump making a mockery of presidential politics with his threats to build a wall on the U.S./Mexico border and kill the 14th Amendment to the Constitution in an attempt to “Make America Great Again”. Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed a certain segment of the American population ratchet up their belligerence, while invoking Mr. Trump’s name. We thought it couldn’t get any worse than Sarah Palin. We may be getting beaten by China and the rest of the world, according to Mr. Trump, but we’ll always lead the way when it comes to stupidity.
The War On Health Care
A few years ago, when anyone mentioned breast cancer, it’s likely the first thing you thought of was a pink ribbon. Then, in May, 2013, Angelina Jolie turned the world on its ear when she announced she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy after her mother died of the disease, and a genetic test showed she had an 87 percent chance of developing it herself. I applauded Ms. Jolie’s decision to be proactive about her health, something I wasn’t in a position to be because, at the time, I did not have health insurance.
In January, 2014, the Affordable Care Act went into effect, and millions of Americans, including myself, had health insurance. I promptly took myself to the doctor and did my best to straighten out my health issues. When my doctor scolded me for never getting a mammogram, I agreed to finally go for one. Then the walls fell. Three weeks after my very first mammogram, I was diagnosed with cancer in my left breast. Cancer was also found in my lymph nodes. I decided to undergo a double mastectomy, not because of the “Angelina effect”, but because I didn’t want to have to worry about the cancer recurring in my remaining breast. No one influenced my decision; I did what I thought was best for me.
If it weren’t for the Affordable Care Act, I’d still be sitting here with cancer. Ms. Jolie ruffled many feathers because she had access to a level of health care millions of people did not. Now, the playing field has been leveled, and there are still individuals railing against the system, threatening to repeal “Obamacare”.
The United States ranks disturbingly low when it comes to taking care of its citizens, and all the right-leaning wingnuts can talk about is how destructive this legislation has been, and how they will do their best to get rid of it it as soon as a Republican president is elected. Good luck with that; it’s working, and it’s not going anywhere.
The Hermit Buffoon
Every so often, we hear about the antics of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, like when he makes empty threats about annihilating the United States and the rest of his enemies, with an unsubstantiated nuclear arsenal. His best friend is former NBA star Dennis Rodman, and according to unfounded reports, Kim has grown morbidly obese eating Swiss cheese and abusing alcohol, while the majority of his people starve. Last week, he started rattling sabers again, this time across the demilitarized zone into South Korea. We were again reminded that neither North or South Korea declared victory in a war fought 60 years ago, and that things might be getting nasty. Makes you think, doesn’t it? The more things change, the more they stay the same.
So, there you have it. Technology, politics, heath, and buffoonery are all alive and well, and will once again be documented by me for your reading pleasure. Ain’t life grand?