Health Update Part One: Diabetes & Pointless Guilt

Health Update Part One: Diabetes & Pointless Guilt

I’ve been pretty under the weather for weeks now. I’ve given a few updates on Twitter and Facebook but I figure I’d do a more persistent version and mention how it’s impacted my various projects. Here’s Part One of the that.

I have Type II Diabetes, so let’s start there. I haven’t been taking great care of myself there, including not taking the medicine I should be taking. So, that’s changing. I just had an exam and blood work done and while my glucose level and my cholesterol are high, the rest is okay. My heart is fine and so on. I need to take care of stuff while that’s still true. The worst part day to day is the foot pain and eyesight problems. There are now some drugs that might help with the foot pain so I’m going to try those?

Why haven’t I been better at this? It’s honestly been a sort of hopelessness in the back of my mind about the whole situation combined with self-shaming. This shaming part is either something you’ll understand right away or never get in a million years. It’s emotional. Essentially, I’ve been beating up on myself for getting diabetes in the first place. Watching this video (it’s about fifteen) helped me realize this about myself. It’s worth watching.

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The Dramatic Tragic Existential Angst Of Edward Snowden

The Dramatic Tragic Existential Angst Of Edward Snowden

Bring out the black eyeliner.

snowdenAs Edward Snowden is trapped like Tom Hanks in an airport at the end of the universe and sending mash notes out to Ecuador (simple line: the bravery of Ecuador and its people is an example to the world) and…well, as many other countries with workable Wifi that he can think of, it’s worth pointing out the interesting navel-gazing teen-agey side of Snowden. This is clearly an adventure for Snowden; a choose-your-adventure first person puzzle game where he’s the main character and he hopes we all notice his noble sacrifice. In case you don’t notice, he’ll mention it over and over again.

Death awaits around every corner! In his note to Ecuador:

No matter how many more days my life contains, I remain dedicated to the fight for justice in this unequal world. If any of those days ahead realise a contribution to the common good, the world will have the principles of Ecuador to thank.

In this video interview with Glenn Greenwald directed by Laura Poitras:

Greenwald: “Have you given thought to what it is that the US government’s response to your conduct is in terms of what they might say about you, how they might try to depict you, what they might try to do to you?”

Snowden: “Yeah, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners. They work closely with a number of other nations. Or they could pay off the Traids. Any of their agents or assets. We’ve got a CIA station just up the road and the consulate here in Hong Kong and I’m sure they’re going to be very busy for the next week. And that’s a fear I’ll live under for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be.”

“You can’t come forward against the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies and be completely free from risk because they’re such powerful adversaries. No one can meaningfully oppose them. If they want to get you, they’ll get you in time. But at the same time you have to make a determination about what it is that’s important to you. And if living unfreely but comfortably is something you’re willing to accept, and I think it many of us are it’s the human nature; you can get up everyday, go to work, you can collect your large paycheck for relatively little work against the public interest, and go to sleep at night after watching your shows.”

As @CrossPatch said on Twitter:

 

History Lesson Part 1: #Snowden And The Libertarian / Leftist Nexus

History Lesson Part 1: #Snowden And The Libertarian / Leftist Nexus

Who wrote the following in 1969?

All through the land, this wondrous month of April, the student revolution has spread to campus after campus, even to the most conservative and the most apathetic. Last year confined to Columbia and a few other campuses, this spring’s revolutionary wave has hit all types of campuses, from mighty elite Harvard to working-class San Francisco State, from poor-boy Queensborough Community to formerly conservative Catholic Fordham. This is a wave that must be considered, that must be understood, for it clearly heralds a mighty and accelerating phenomenon in American life.

The obvious guess would be hardcore leftist communists like Bill Ayers or Kathy Boudin. Someone from the SDS or Weather Underground?

Nope. That was written by Murray Rothbard, one of the fathers of the libertarian movement. He wrote in The Libertarian Forum.

Welcome to the place the universe bends; the ‘anti-war’ movement. We’re seeing it play today in Edward Snowden saga.

As I write in an upcoming piece for Breitbart News. many people forget that the libertarian movement sprang from the 1960s radical antiwar movement. Side note: this is one reason hippie hating Ayn Rand eschewed the Libterian Party. Libertarian trailblazer Murray Rothbard discussed this in interviews like this one: 

…here at last was not a namby-pamby “peace” group like SANE, which always carefully balanced its criticism of the U.S. and of Russia, and which also took pains to exclude “undesirables” from antiwar activity; here was a truly antiwar movement which zeroed in on the evils of American war-making; and here was a movement that excluded no one, that baited neither reds nor rightists, that welcomed all Americans willing to join in struggle against the immoral and aggressive war that we were waging in Vietnam. Here at last was an antiwar Left that we could be happy about!

Note that Rothbard was exicited that the radicals in the SDS were ‘zeroed in on the evils of American war-making’ without trying to balance that criticism. This brazen context dropping is a key component of the anti-war movement’s Anti-Americanism. This works to their advantage because the United States is clearly the worst country on the planet when you don’t compare it to every other country on the face of the earth.