Drug War on Steroids

Indonesia Executes 6 Drug Convicts, Including 5 Foreigners

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/17/indonesia-executes-drug-convicts_n_6494240.html

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia executed by firing squad five foreigners and an Indonesian woman convicted on drug trafficking charges despite appeals to spare them, with the government defending the action as necessary to combat the rising drug trade…

Thanks, America, for importing the drug war to other countries.

1/17/2015, Police Supporters Rally In Washington D.C.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/17/police-supporters-washington-dc_n_6494062.html

Well, it’s not 6 million people in the streets of Manila worshiping the Pope, but I think it’s important to show our support for law enforcement — you can’t blame them all for the bad acts of a few.

But it’s not just a few, is it?  It starts with the DEA and trickles down… Trickle down law enforcement.

I wonder, do the police see citizens as people to protect or potential criminals?

1/17/2015, UFC Champion Jon Jones Fined $25K For Cocaine Test

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/17/ufc-jon-jones-cocaine_n_6494056.html

Jones tested positive for the main metabolite of cocaine one month before his fight against Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3. He was allowed to fight because cocaine is not a banned out-of-competition substance under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

Learn something new every day.  But fining is a good idea, instead of rehab or jail.  They should just fine that CBS guy for solicitation… I mean, if they have to punish him.

Did you stretch today?

Wikipedia:  Stretching increases blood flow which prevents hardening of the arteries and it also produces synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints that are surrounded by the muscles; which in turn helps prevent arthritis[citation needed]. Stretching stabilizes the body’s natural balance and posture, and aligns the joints leading to better coordination. After any physical activity, there is a buildup of lactic acid in one’s body and by stretching the lactic acid is removed, therefore alleviating any muscle pain or cramps.

Muscles get stiff and tight, especially when it hurts to move.  So stretching is an important part of my daily routine.  You can schedule time to stretch, or you can incorporate stretching movements into your daily activities…

Reaching for something?  After you pick it up, take your outstretched arm and raise it over your head.  Now stretch and reach for the ceiling.  (And if you’re feeling spunky, bend your elbow and stretch again.)

Washing the dishes?  An excellent opportunity to stretch your shoulders.  Push your shoulders up to your ears.  Now, push your shoulders back and stretch… Then, drop your shoulders. These kinds of stretching exercises will help your posture.

Relax the muscles in your face by filling your mouth with air and puffing out your cheeks — then slowly release the air through a small opening in your mouth.

Surfing on the internet?  Turn a little to one side, straighten your leg, stretch, and point your toes. Now the other leg.  Okay, you can go back to your computer screen now.

8 Ways To Harness The Power Of Boredom

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/18/boredom-hacks_n_6479468.html

Instead of basking in our brief boredom, we feel that pang of anxiety hit our bodies over “not having anything to do.” It turns out that understimulation can be just as stress-inducing as the more common overstimulation, from waiting in line to sitting in traffic to coming home to an unusually quiet and empty house with no one calling upon our attention. Rather than being absorbed by our external environments, we are stuck with our inner selves — something many of us find disquieting…

Psychological research has shown that while television inspires an opiate response in the body, its effects are relatively short-lived, leaving you feeling even more bored and unhappy than before you grabbed the remote control…

Often times the “symptoms” of boredom can look a lot like short-term components of depression, so it’s important to understand the distinctions between the two. According to York University psychology professor John Eastwood, while the discomforts of boredom and depression are related, people who are bored find problem with their external environment, whereas people who are depressed believe the problem exists within themselves. And those who are easily bored tend to be more prone to developing depression, not to mention anxiety, substance abuse issues and addictive behaviors in misguided attempts at coping with their feelings…

Though it may not seem contrary, doing nothing is not laziness — it is an art form… 😀

I want to be Sleeping Beauty

People who’ve survived suicide attempts have reported wanting not so much to die as to stop living, a strange dichotomy but a valid one nevertheless. If some in-between state existed, some other alternative to death, I suspect many suicidal people would take it.  (See “The Six Reasons People Attempt Suicide.”)

“I wish I could sleep forever.”  I frequently have this thought upon awakening from a nap (hard to call it sleep, really).

Does that mean I want to die?

No, it means I’m looking for a state of being somewhere between constant pain and unconsciousness…

Sleep forever? Not possible.

Coma? No, not today.

Hypnosis? I wish.

Drugs?  (If I had access?)  Yes.

If there is another choice, I’m unaware of it.