Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

O RI GA MI man

I'm experimenting with ways to prevent mid-day sleepiness.. asmentioned before, it tends to hit me about an hour after lunch,and if I have classes that day, I tend to come pretty close tofalling asleep. As you can imagine, that's not ideal.. so I'mstarting to carry small cans of either corn or peas/carrots withme, to see if a light snack will revive me. No news yet --for the last two days I didn't get that sleepiness.. It might bethat it'll go away for the winter, as for me, the discomfort ofcold tends to keep me awake. I hate northern winters... last night,I had to wrap myself in 3 blankets and curl into a ball to get warmenough to fall asleep. Maybe I should get myself one of those heatedblankets. Heck, maybe that'd help with my insomnia regardless of theweather..

Food... I've been drinking lots of grape juice again.. and I came acrossan article that suggests that it might offer many of the same health benefits of wine.

Schwarzenneger has more smoke to blow at you. I loathe him -- everything he has to sayis staged in populist icing, playing up his movie-based popularity, andaccording to that article, other pop-culture garbage. I don't think he'sa bad actor ... he's one of those actors that I find amusing, but whatthe hell does he think he's doing running for office? Just like thatretired military guy who entered the democratic presidential race, he'sa newbie running for something big, using popularity completely unrelatedto politics to appeal to the stupid, wide-eyed american commoner.

On that topic, and not mentioned in that article, apparently Schwarzennegeris a big enemy of American Indian interests, and there's been a lot of fussby the tribes about this. Last weekend, I spoke about this with my friendwhen he came to visit, along with another friend who we bumped into whilewalking around oakland. I find it problematic that American Indian tribe membershave privileges by treaty that the rest of Americans lack -- it strikes me asbeing a racist inequity. It was pointed out that most of the benefits havelegislative power equal to that of state-level government.. so maybe that's notas much a problem as I originally thought -- if a state could have such lawswithin its borders, then that's mostly a matter of distribution of authority(which I don't like, but it's not in the same league as institutionalized racism)..but there still are some privileges that override federal laws. I would like tosee those dismantled. How can one do that without breaking the treaties? We cansimply look to the past -- at the time the treaties were made, the tribes werenot being made citizens, they were simply .. umm.. given .. the land (the worstland that could be found, but I digress) and were left mostly alone (except bythe bloody missionaries, but again I digress). It was only later that they were made citizens, given voting rights and all that. I suggest a political-philosophicalprinciple -- for breakaway communities, you either are part of them, with whateverdegree of autonomy you've arranged and no citizenship (that is, no voting, noparticipation in politics, etc), or you're not, and no special rules/privilegesapply to you and you're a citizen. The same rules should apply to theAmish/Mennonites (who have special tax exemptions), the Tribes, Puerto Rico,and the like.

Of course, it would be nice if the anti-gambling stuff (state-level issue) weregone countrywide...

This makes me nervous. On first glance,it *feels* like the the government is atttempting to centralize research, and I worrythat their 'fast-track' language indicates that they'll be attempting to reduce thetesting time required for new drugs by the FDA. I think that people should be permittedto take whatever drugs they want, for whatever reason, but that FDA certificationshould mean something, and that people who only take certified drugs willbe safer. People should, I beleve, be allowed to live lives with the safeties off ifthey want, but certain safeties should be provided by the state (political sense).

Finally, there's an open session on BLOGs today that I'm likely to skip psych class togo to. So long as I'm careful, I can probably do that every so often in a semester.In some ways, CMU reminds me of being at a never-ending O'Reilly Conference -- so muchto do, and even if you schedule something, you can always change your mind. Woot.

I probably won't be visibly blogging so much for awhile, because I'm working onleaving comments on old entries, fleshing out topic pages, and re-topicing oldentries. I'm sure you'll notice the changes (some of which are already made)as you wander around the site...

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