Sunday, August 31, 2014

Life Insurance

I have been watching Forensic Files on HLN and I am imptrssrf hoe many of the cases involve murders to collect life insurance.  It is hard to believe that you would expect to get away with a murder with such an obvious motive involved.

Amusing Who Is Giving This Warning

From August 30, 2014 Yahoo News:
Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.

"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.

"Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king who was speaking at a welcoming on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.
 I recently read Lawrenxce Wright's The Looming Tower a history of how the rise of Islamic fundamentalism created al-Qeda and 9;11  The Saudi royal family's attempts to maintain its position while living far at variance from Islam plays a significant role in funding Islasmist expansion across  the Western world..  Wright also tells some horrifying storirs.  At one point the Egyptian secret police needed an informant inside the Muslim Brotherhood, and used a technique that while effective is abhorrent and explains how extreme Islamist reactions have been:: they kidnapped a nephew of one of the leaders of the IB, drugged him, then raped him while photographing the rape and used the pictures to blackmail him into spying on the IB.

Would You Admit This Level of Ignorance From A Population You Want Voting

From the August 30, 2014 New Yprk Times:
In this small city, which is two-thirds African-American but has mostly white elected leaders, only 12 percent of registered voters took part in the last municipal election, and political experts say black turnout was very likely lower. But now, in the wake of the killing of Mr. Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white Ferguson police officer, there is a new focus on promoting the power of the vote, an attempt to revive one of the keystones of the civil rights movement.
“A lot of people just didn’t realize that the people who impact their lives every day are directly elected,” said Shiron Hagens, 41, of St. Louis, who is not part of any formal group but has spent several days registering voters in Ferguson with her mother and has pledged to come back here each Saturday. “The prosecutor — he’s elected. People didn’t know that. The City Council — they’re elected. These are the sorts of people who make decisions about hiring police chiefs. People didn’t know.”

Don't Cry For The Polar Bears

From the August 30, 2014 Daily Mal:

Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now

The Kind of StoriesThat Bring Tears To Your Eyes

While learning to walk my physical therapist Katie mentioned a medical missionary trip she had done to Papua New Guinea.  She explained that at one point, she had felt a little unsure why she was there, but there was a 13-year-old girl in one of these villages who had taken a 35 foot falll out of a tree and apparently suffered a spinal cord injury, with significant paralysis.  For Katie who specializes in rehab, this gave her something important to do, hekping this girl ti get back her ability to walk. 

Going to Papua New Guinea as a medical missionary,is real heroism.

exhausted. Depressed.

I am not getting restorative sleep.  How can you in a  hospital?  I asked for a sleeping pil  to help me sleep better, but the doctor is concerned about addiction.  Last night we made a second attempt with a CPAP mask, and this one (which only covereed my nose ) worked better thn the previous one, I ended up sleeping almost as well as I sleep at home with a BreatheRight strip.  Restorative sleep is really essential after a stroke, as the braiex  tries to rewire itself.  And the various therapies I go through are physically exhausting.

I am now able to flex my right wrist,and just the faintest signs of right hand motion are appearing.  I want to go home.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

applying for social security disability online

Quite a bit less painful than I expected, and paperwoej from SSA in the mail  shows that the process is under way.  Talking to a disability attorney gives me confidence that this is going to be approved.