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Soma (pronounced sho-mah)
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
PhD student/research associate (experimental physics)
Railfan and hobby photographer. Also a bit of a planespotter.

Current Residence: Born in Budapest, living in Leverkusen
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock
Favourite photographer: Matthias Boerschke
Operating System: Win7
Skin of choice: Zune
Favourite cartoon character: Homer Simpson, Eric Cartman, Peter Griffin
Personal Quote: "Nobody cares!"
As you may have noticed (if you've known me for a while), I rarely get into politics. It's a nasty business, and can quickly destroy friendships that have lasted for years. However, I can't really contain my shock at the results of the US election. You might argue that I'm neither a US citizen, nor do I spend a significant amount of time there to be directly influenced by any new policies. However, the US has unparalleled influence over the rest of the world, for better or worse. And there are two problems I have with Donald Trump being elected president. One being that he seems completely unfit for the job, and I'm not talking about mere political correctness, which in itself is a debatable topic. I'm talking about the things he said being outrageous, and the things he said he'd do once elected being even more outrageous. If a politician anywhere in the civilized world would utter any of his statements, he'd be forced to resign by just about everyone around him. I'm no fan of Clinton, but if I had the choice of stubbing my toe or falling down a flight of stairs, I would seriously consider kicking the next wall. But Trump still persevered, to the shock of the rest of the globe, except for the gleeful dictators of Eastern Europe like Erdogan, Putin and Orbán.

And that brings me to my second point: Right wing nationalist parties everywhere rejoiced upon hearing of this victory, a victory of aggression and trash-talk over reason and sanity. Many people quickly began calling Trump supporters racists and sexists, homophobes and whatnot. I'm sure that not all people who voted for him are. But the surge of racism, xenophobia and fearmongering has skyrocketed, just as it did after Brexit. The stupid and simple minded feel that they have won, that they can go further, that they can go up to people who don't appear to be caucasian and tell them that they'll now finally be deported. The word deported alone rings alarm bells if you're German, bringing back the memory of what happened here during the reign of terror.

I fear that while the majority of the population is weary of politics, with no really likeable candidates from large, old parties, it will inevitably lead to the rise of extremists, because those always cast their ballot. I sincerely hope that this will not happen. Here in Germany, the AfD, the "Alternative for Germany", is gaining unprecedented momentum. A party that, like Trump, is not part of the "establishment" or "elite", usually making headlines through fearmongering against refugees, with one party member thinking aloud that if refugees were to refuse to be stopped at the border, it would be the rightful thing to shoot them. She later backpedaled, saying that children, perhaps, should be spared, but not their mothers, those could still be shot. And this is just one example. When the car of one high ranking party member was torched, she publically asked why there was no widespread condemnation of such a criminal act. But nobody in her party ever spoke up when dozens of refugee accommodations were torched in the past months here in Germany, when people actively interfered with firefighters who tried to put out the blaze.

This is the kind of thing we're dealing with. Thanks to extremists who propose simple "solutions", like building a wall, deporting all Muslims, "solutions" we know will never work to stop the global problem of refugees, wars, illegal immigrants, or whatever else people feel like threatens their cushy lives. As I seriously don't think many Trump voters live in war-torn places or have to fear for their lives every day. But people with simple minds buy it. They want simple solutions to complex problems, and that seems to be were their horizon ends. They don't seem to have any fear about the current shift of power towards nationalism, towards a future where the rights of women, gays, immigrants, those who are not the majority, are in danger of being taken away again. Everything that was slowly built up seems to be in danger of a quick and merciless teardown by those who get angry about women getting abortions, gays getting married, and other things that don't have any effect on their own lives, while not having any problem whatsoever to disenfranchise others, make their lives worse, impose their will on them. They don't seem to understand that democracy doesn't meant that anything that the majority says is okay. Slavery, segregation, relationships between consenting adults being illegal, I'm sure there were majorities for all of that at one point. That doesn't make wrong right.

I sincerely hope that we won't drift back towards the dark ages, and that people will stop sitting at home when it's election day. Personally, I'd be in favor of compulsory voting. I just can't really bear to watch how perhaps a quarter of the population decides what the other three quarters also have to endure, because half the population refuses to make use of the right that others have died for. I know, we all heard that one a thousand times. But it's not exactly hardship or rocket science to make an informed choice once every few years. It really isn't.

So no matter where you live, if you have the possibility to cast a vote, by all means, do it.

And don't vote for extremist shitheads, but that's just my personal opinion.


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Heartcrocher Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist


be welcome in the group.:rose:


shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
Heartcrocher Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Its my pleasure. ^^
JSH50 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017
Hi Soma, Thank you for the fave and kind comment! :)
EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Boldog szülinapot!

(Bűn rondák ezek a default emojik :XD:)
The-Transport-Guild Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:chairdance: Celebrate CELEBRATE My Dork DanceHAAAAAaaaaaAAAAAaaaappy Birthday :happydance: Party Party Time !!!
Pollux-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! :)
lil-Mickey Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday man! :handshake:
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday!
Brit31 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday Soma I have put a pic on for you Airborne 
JSH50 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
Happy Birthday Soma! :)
Tigrar Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy B-Day!
Destroyer77 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
Happy Birthday!

pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
A blessed birthday, Soma.
Brit31 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Soma. Thanks for faving 'Bristol Temple Meads' :) (Smile)
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Thank you for the :+fav:
DaveOnTheRails Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
Thank you for the favourites! Greetings from England.


Vielen Dank für den Favoriten! Grüße aus England.
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries mate, thanks for the rewatch! :)
Brit31 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
And again as ever! :D
Brit31 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for faving my 1,000th, Soma! :D
modelcargallery98 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Student Photographer
Echt eine Super Galerie!!!
Daumen hoch :)
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Danke sehr! :)
JSH50 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
Hello Soma, Thank you for the fave!

I hope your keeping well!
Pajunen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Thanks for the :+fav:
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