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05:54 pm: A variety of thoughts
No real theme here - just trying to not let the days trickle by un-sung.

Played a Judo tournament this last weekend. Oddly, at 170 lbs I was the lightest person in the entire masters (over 30) category. They wound up combining the novice and expert divisions, and spreading my division up to about 195. A 25 pound weight difference is pretty significant - and coupled with the expert / novice thing ... I didn't last long. Okay, I didn't last at all. It was a double elimination bracket, and I lost my first two fights. Good times. Worked the scoreboard for the rest of the day and, as usual, learned a lot. I may never actually be good at this sport - but I feel like I'm getting better at something difficult. That's all I ask, really.

I've been invited to a couple of online arguments recently. I've got a pretty ironclad policy on arguing about things like abortion online. There's no point. It *never* works out well. I'm happy to talk about these things in person, provided that there's a bit of give and take to the conversation. Online, particularly in some dumbass comment thread on facebook - just "no."

I've given up on the health care reform package being passed by congress. It skips all of the truly important changes that we might make in order to really improve our system. While it might represent a decent set of evolutionary steps, it falls well short of the *revolutionary* change that I thought we might see.

My cat is sitting on the desk, leaning up on my chest. She is warm.

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From:_earthshine_
Date:November 12th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
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I'm sure you know the old, terribly non-PC joke about arguing on the internet.

I gave up on the healthcare reform package before i even knew anything about it. (Well, i still don't know anything about it, but even before most people knew anything about it, i gave up on it.) This was largely because, Obama or no Obama, depression or no depression, our government is still overwhelmingly populated by major-party oligarchetypical swine who should be strung up and subjected to goat bukake. ... and then fired.
From:justkidding_nr
Date:November 12th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Agreed and agreed on discussions (on sticky subjects)and health care reform.

One of the best conversational partners I have is a very traditional christian. We have lived together, traveled together often- and we can chat all weekend about the most sticky issues- on which we hold opposite views, technically, because
1. we are respectful of each other's right to hold the opposite view
2. we know we aren't going to change the other's mind
3. we have way more in common than different
4. we are interested to see how the other person came to their view.

I'm talkin abortion, vegetarianism, sex before marriage...
All topics I usually wouldn't touch with a 1,000 foot stick ESPECIALLY with friends or family (where it's even more important to maintain civility after the conversation.)

Point being it is extremely rare to find yourself talking to that person in that situation and actually be able to open it up.
I also usually just flat out refuse.

And the health care reform bill ( I read it for an essay for school- the senat finance committee version, anyhow) will serve to drive millions of people into the arms of these insurance companies (ka-ching!) and raise prices (ka-ching) and will give me a bonus for doing preventative care billing. Thats like kind of it.

There was one sentence out of 300 pages that said like "the senate has a vague sense, a rumbling in our bowels, that maybe we should think about the litigation system...or something...nevermind" (That was an exact quote.) Like I say, I don't know much, I am just a fourth year student...but every single doctor orders tests that are not diagnostically necessary for fear of litigation. THAT is where the money is going. There and to handle the sequelae of being fat.
From:odd_kitty
Date:November 12th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Chloe and I just want to pet the kitty:)

Glad you didn't get break anything in your tournament.
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