Over half of Americans on medicine

May 14, 2008

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1770954,00.html

“For the first time, it appears that more than half of all insured Americans are taking prescription medicines regularly for chronic health problems, a study shows.”

Wow.

 

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marine puppy video

March 6, 2008

I am sure by now most of you have read about the Youtube video that is showing a Marine throwing a dog puppy off a cliff. I have not watched it, because from what I can tell from the pictures on cnn.com that it looks like a puppy version of one of the dogs we have. I would probably vomit if I would watch it.

All I can say to this is that I am not sure what went on in this guys’ head when he did it (and the other guy who apparently said ‘ Oh you are so mean’ and laughed). I cannot even fathom doing anything like that. I cannot even *grasp* how somebody could think about doing anything like that. I don’t understand it one bit.

Then I think about just how much sick sh*t these kids (yeah, kids) must be seeing over there, and God knows what this guy has done / had to do while in service over there. I do not think that that guy knows empathy anymore, or knows the difference between right and wrong.

I have no idea in what environment that kid was raised either.

What happened is not the fault of the Marine Corps; this was one guy doing what he wanted to do. On the other hand, I am not exactly sure what the Marine Corps tells soldiers on how to value a dog’s life (it may not be high on the list of things to teach, not sure, tell me if otherwise). It seems to me that the reaction of the Corps may be primarily motivated by the media frenzy around it. I am not sure what the punishment will be.

I think teaching people the value of life in a warzone is a pretty insurmountable feat.

 Oh, shout out to Michael Vick: f*ck you a**hole. What you and your buddies did to those dogs is deplorable as well.

You abusers disgust me.

** Update

Check out http://www.abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4387128

I could smack the guy posting the article for showing the puppy images over and over again. Like, “hey if you haven’t seen the video, watch it now” – “how about now?”. Gah.

Anyway, mental professionals evaluated the video and tried to draw conclusions to explain the behaviour of the marine.


Clinton wins TX + OH, McCain secures nomination

March 5, 2008

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/05/march.4.contests/index.html

So Hillary had a comeback of sorts and McCain is now the GOP candidate for president.

Hm, so the choice will be (Obama or McCain) or (Hillary or McCain). Since I am a highly qualified political analyst (I am not), I predict:

– If Obama ends up running against McCain, Obama will get wasted during the campaign. The stuff that Clinton’s team is pulling out (as the media calls it, throwing the kitchen sink at him), that is nothing compared to what the Republicans are going to do to him. Obama better be prepared. Bill OReilly and his cohorts are absolute asshats, but if they repeats his stuff often enough (OReilly even helps the viewers memorize his key points by listing them on the side of the screen while he talks — something I think is absolutely hilarious), it will stick. And there is some stuff that is not quite kosher with Obama (just google/read news etc), that I bet McCains staff is already digging into. I have a feeling Obama is gonna start crying once he realizes just how much crap conservatives can throw his way.

– If Hillary ends up running against McCain, she will lose. I think that there are too many people who do not like her or what she stands for (I think the only thing people remember about Bill Clinton these days is his affair with Lewinsky). Her healthcare plan, while well-meant, scares too many people into the whole OMG TAXES ARE GONNA GET RAISED I WILL EVEN HAVE LESS MONEY TO PAY MY BILLS THAT ALREADY ARE KILLING ME thinking.

If anyone is reading German news (right 🙂 ), it is interesting how the major outlets (at least Der Spiegel, which is a very major publication in Germany) are pretty clear in supporting Clinton. Der Spiegel pretty much thinks Obama is all talk, no action, whereas Clinton is more experienced. I don’t know. I think overall, that both are full of sh*t and follow their own agenda no matter what.

– So, McCain is going to win. He is a ‘friendly old white man’, ‘headstrong’, ‘says what he thinks’, ‘has his head in the right place’. He seems to be more sympathetic than Bush anyway. His agenda? Well, he is a republican, what do you expect?

Does it really matter what their agenda is?

I think that Americans don’t want change. Americans want the status quo, be left alone and not have to worry about any crap going on outside of their own realm of responsibility. They don’t want to deal with the mess in Iraq. They just want to make it go away (remember Afghanistan?).

I am not going to be able to vote in this general election, as I am not a US Citizen yet (I am German). The INS/BCIS is processing my application though, so it eventually will happen this year or next year. I probably would not vote anyway though, as none of the candidates appeal to me. I think Obama is a ‘Windei’, or ‘hollow egg’ as the Germans would say — not much substance. Nice to look at and listen to I guess, but nothing happening as a result. Not something we need here. We need someone with a plan on how to get us out of the mess overseas and here in the USA as far as the economy is concerned. Listening to Obama is like listening to music in an elevator – nice and soothing, but you forget it as soon as you leave the elevator.


A life-long quest?

February 27, 2008

Ever since I started working (referring to serious-after-college job), I always ended up hating the job and when I finally left it, I was happy. Until I worked in my next job for a while.

Reasons for hating it were usually one of the following (or a combination of): “underchallenged”, “boring”, “hate close coworker”, “more money would be nice to reflect my responsibilities”, “hate to take orders, Id do it different”.

So, my (chain) quest is to find out what I really really really would like to do as a job.

As I mentioned, I am currently working as an IT Security Engineer. Thats my field, Network/IT Security.

I am very seriously thinking about running my own business, a Network/Security Consulting business. I have the skills and the knowledge to do that, but something is holding me back. Not sure what. Having a steady income is nice (like I do right now). I’d like to start it as a side job, but when I get home from my current job, all I really just want to do is to veg out.

So I guess it is about priorities. I have to find out what is important to me. I can’t keep bitching about my jobs to my wife anymore though. It is deteriorative to our relationship, it stresses her, and I don’t want that anymore.

I wouldn’t mind winning the lottery. /sigh. lol.