atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3488: Why is it Tuesday already?

What happened to Monday?

I've got to go to Bible study in about an hour, which means less time for the usual discussion here.

I'm not sure if I'm imagining things, but this is how it seems to work: when I have to get up at a specific (early) time, and take half a tab of Xanax in order to get to sleep, it doesn't work. I toss and turn for hours, take the other half, and then maybe get a couple hours of sleep and the rest of the time is spent in an insomniac twilight until the alarm goes off.

When I just want to get up earlier than I have been, and take half a Xanax to help me get to sleep earlier, it hits me like a ton of bricks, knocks me out within an hour, and I then sleep like a rock for ten to twelve hours.

In both cases I wake up and feel like a zombie for at least six hours afterwards, and can think only of going back to bed and sleeping more.

I still have that list of things which need doing and I'm not getting any of them done. And, in fact, I recently remembered that I've got to go see the doctor in order to get another thyroid test done, so there's yet another errand/chore that must be attended to.


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Should've used locking lug nuts. I mean, it's not as if it's a secret that Detroit is a high-crime area or anything.

There's no information on what kind of wheels and tires the pastor had on his truck, whether they were OEM or aftermarket. I didn't listen to the video to see if anything was mentioned about it; but if he had aftermarket rims on the thing, why didn't he have locking lug nuts? It's not like they cost a lot, especially when compared to the rims and tires themselves.

...not that locking lug nuts are the do-all-be-all of theft protection, mind you, but I have to wonder if they would have been stolen had they not been such an easy target.

OTOH, as one commentor mentions, thieves don't put the lug nuts back on the empty lugs. So this may be something else entirely.

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Radiation hormesis is not a new concept. It's important to bear that in mind; also, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who remembers the big radon scare of the 1980s.

Yeah, in the 1980s radon was the big thing to worry about. It was going to cause lung cancer rates to skyrocket, and there was nothing we could do about it unless we installed big expensive fancy radon mitigation systems in our houses.

Me: "Well, I live in a drafty old shack, so no worries here!" (Note: at the time this house was less than 20 years old. But it had been built in the 1960s and it was less than energy-efficient.)
As the 1980s dawned, some scientists began to point out that in its zeal to eliminate all traces of radioactivity, EPA was now requiring nuclear power plants, nuclear medical facilities and industries using radiation, to monitor, control, and reduce radiation levels below the natural background radiation people were exposed to in their own homes from radon, a natural decay product of uranium. When forced to face this inconsistency, EPA performed a remarkable turnabout: Instead of admitting that its radiation protection standards were unrealistic, EPA announced it would regulate Nature.
Emphasis removed--but yeah, this actually happened and I remember it.

I never got a radon detector from school, though. Jerks.

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That is, by the way, yet another check mark in the "abolish the EPA" column.

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LauraW at AoSHQ writes, "Liberalism is a cargo cult." Could not be more correct. She talks about Obama's latest nonsense on how successful businesses aren't the result of hard work by citizens, but the result of government spending--and then seques into high speed fail and how it's not the panacea the tax-and-spend-and-borrow-and-spend-spend-spend! crowd would have us believe it is. She then finishes:
Liberalism/socialism/leftism is a cargo cult, magical thinking, donut seeds.

We have to remove the levers of power from the hands of these mad children. We just have to.
This is absolutely correct.

Any failure of liberalism is always the result of one of three factors: "We didn't spend enough." "The wrong people were doing it." "The program wasn't far-reaching enough and must be expanded to work correctly."

"We didn't spend enough": The program failed because there was simply not enough money to fully implement it. With more money, with full funding, the program will be a success. Trust us. ...except that every time the funding is increased, the program still fails, which leads to cries for more money because "the problem got worse while we were debating funding the program to fix it" or some similar nonsense. The program never fails because it's a bad idea which addresses the wrong cause or anything, oh no!

"The wrong people were doing it." We're smarter than those other people. They did it wrong, but if you let us do it here we'll do it right and everything will be rainbows and happiness. Trust us. But the program is entirely contrary to human nature, and no matter who is in charge of it, that cannot be changed...except through force. And even then, the threat of violence can't be maintained for very long. You either have to stop indiscriminately murdering people lest you run out of proles, or you have to tone down the which case you end up at the same place: human nature ruins your program.

"The program wasn't far-reaching enough and must be expanded." This program is failing because too much of the industry is not under direct government supervision. We need to extend the reach of government regulators into the industry so they can property monitor it. Trust us. This also plays into the first one, about money, because more government scrutiny always requires spending more money--but this way they build the enormous oversight system first and then claim, "Well, we have to pay for this regulatory body!" And no one ever asks, "Is government regulation of this even desirable?" That's a foregone conclusion.

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Further, no one ever tries to think of a way to make the policy self-enforcing, because that limits the number of bureaucrats which must be employed. Heinlein came up with a brilliant way of controlling water pollution: you simply make industries put their intake pipes downstream of their discharge pipes. So if the water they're discharging isn't totally clean, they have to worry about contaminated water screwing up whatever they're trying to do. This would be much more cost-effective than having armies of bureaucrats and inspectors and regulators and lawyers--but since the primary function of any government agency is the employment of government workers, this is entirely too simple a solution to the problem.

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Vox Day talks about "the great intergenerational con". He starts it with, "America should have known the Boomers were evil from the moment they made 'never trust anyone over the age of 30' mantra."

There are plenty of Boomers who have sense, but sadly they seem to be the minority. Most of 'em are liberals with a sense of entitlement a mile wide, and just about all the most serious problems with our society today can be traced to the early 1970s, about the time the main cohort of Boomers came of age.

My three siblings were all Boomers. As annoying as it is to be lumped in with this crowd, I have to I consider myself one, even though my birth year is a couple years past the end date, because I was after all born to the same parents as three Boomers were. So when I point the finger at Boomers and bitch about how they screwed things up, I am pointing at my own generation.

(In fact, I wouldn't be here if my mother had not had a miscarriage in 1965; if that child had lived he or she would have been a Boomer and my parents likely would not have had another child.)

The Boomer generation was spoiled by the previous generation, which had suffered through war and privation and want, and was determined that its progeny would not suffer the way they had. This had the unfortunate side effect of making them all needy, greedy bastards.

Michael Flynn said it best in one of his Firestar books: they were the first generation who cried for the Moon and actually got it...and then they tossed it aside like a cheap toy after they'd played with it for a couple of weeks.

And so what really disgusts me now is the attempt by some Boomers to fob the blame onto their parents. "We weren't old enough to vote for LBJ and John F Kennedy! It's not our fault!" But it wasn't the Boomers' parents who experimented with pot and LSD and other drugs; it wasn't the Boomers' parents who decided to wreck all the customs surrounding sex and marriage; it wasn't the Boomers' parents who brought the word "fuck" into the daily lexicon of society, and who thought a picture of a bunch of idiots spelling out "FUCK" with their bodies was edgy and dangerous. (In fact, it wasn't the Boomers' parents who did away with the entire idea of words that were not uttered in polite society.)

I'll agree that the Boomers had a lot of help from older leftists who wanted to tear down the backbone of American society in the interests of advancing the cause of worldwide progressivism (read "Communism") and who did everything in their power to enable the idiots. But LBJ wasn't a cause; he was a symptom of a larger disease and by the early 1960s I'd wager the Boomers were already influencing their parents to vote for certain things. "Daddy, if you vote against Johnson, I'll hate you!"

But the leftward lurch of America didn't really get moving until the Boomers came of age, and could begin to get their hands on the levers of the machine. John F. Kennedy, in the 1960s, was comparable to George W. Bush today--if not even more conservative than that. But the first time the majority of Boomers could vote--1976--they elected a President who was so squishy liberal he barely reacted to an act of war perpetrated on the United States by "student dissidents" in Iran, and despite having been trained as a nuclear engineer did everything he could to make nuclear power more difficult and expensive in the United States, at a time when nuclear power could have helped mitigate our dependency on foreign energy.

I have more to say but it's time for Bible study. See you!

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