Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
joseph stiglitz, winner of a nobel prize for economics, tells us why the sequester is the opposite of what our government should be doing:
"Underlying the myth that austerity will bring confidence is often another myth - the myth that the national government's budget is like a household's budget. Every household, sooner or later, has to live within its means. When an economy has high unemployment, the simple rule does not apply to the national budget. This is because an expansion of spending can actually expand production by creating jobs that will be filled by people who would otherwise be unemployed. A single household, by spending more than its revenues, cannot change the macroeconomy. A national government can. And the increase in GDP can be a multiple of the amount spent by the government."
Monday, February 25, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
she said, "that surprises me. i thought i was the one who is always too intense. too controlling."
i assured her she is not. that we're definitely in this together.
"you must be like me," she said, "controlling. we need to have control of every situation, we need to know everything that's happening. and when we realize that there's no way you can know what the other person is thinking exactly, you go insane, you over analyse, and your thoughts begin to spiral outward. that's why i've been in therapy for seven years."
as i may have mentioned before, my twin sister and i share a strong psychic connection, and though we each have separate interests and personalities, our thoughts and behaviors mirror each other closely. it feels great to know that someone understands exactly what you're thinking, that another person falls into the exact same patterns. since my sister shares my anxious behaviors with me, i find myself a little less embarrassed by them. i felt a lot better after talking to my sister.
my embarrassment stemmed from an awkward and unnecessary question i asked adam last night before i left his house. you're going to hear this and say, "really? did you really need to go there. calm down." adam and i talked on the couch and eventually i asked, "hey, did i end up annoying you this weekend? was i too intense?" which is an annoying and intense question.
adam said, "no! absolutely not. you weren't annoying me 'til now."
one of the things i like best about adam is that when i say something dumb, without thinking, he can joke about it, but he doesn't make me feel judged. he stays cool, which is great considering i know i can get insecure and insane sometimes. i should take a lesson.
you're probably thinking right now, "but dude, don't you think it's a little intense and awkward to type this out and post this on the internet?" and i would say yes, definitely, but adam says he doesn't read this blog, so let’s be awkward and intense together one last time then let it rest.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
at new seasons last night, the gentleman in front of me in line at the register bought bulk flax seed and some other grain or legume; a plethora of greens; some vegetables; yogurt; milk; eggs; and some hummus. i stood behind him with kale, a block of cheddar cheese, dietary supplements, and a bottle of wine. my diet really isn't as pathetic as this itemization suggests - i'd just gone to the grocery store a few days prior and really just wanted a bottle of wine as i was biking home from work. but even if i maintain a relatively healthy diet, the ritual and rites of food science and diet remains occult to me. what more should i be eating? should i count out 7 or 8 almonds? which supplements should i be taking? why do i weigh so little compared to every other man on the planet?
part of the problem consists of how complex and inconsistent food science can be. our bodies don't absorb and process nutrients in single file - they are digested together in the rock tumbler of our gastro-intestinal tracks. another problem lays in my laziness. after i bike home from work, i'm tired (sometimes inebriated) and i don't want to make a big fuss, a great meal. i want to quickly find myself some nourishment and watch tv or read, clean the dishes, relax, sleep. finally, sometimes i just want to enjoy a meal and not constantly analyze the physical benefits of various components of any particular meal.
i also realize that if i set certain goals or my health and my physique, this dietary divination becomes necessary to master. i need to learn more, know more, become more vigilant. i need to cook more and gain experience in the kitchen. i need to consume more omega-3 fatty acids, to consume more protein probably, to eat more in general perhaps.