drewbear: (angry choochoo)
The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.


In the meantime, they’ll learn new skills, use some of the ones they acquired in the war zone and more than likely will not be shot at while doing any of it.

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control* or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.

Commentary on the above from Shakesville

Commentary on the above from The Brad Blog

Information on Posse Comitatus and why it may not even matter.

In other news:

Sarah Palin is the perfect pick for VP... for the reasons you don't want to think about.

Fearmongering 201: The Bailout Bill


So. Yeah. That nagging feeling of oncoming unspecified doom that I'd been trying to prepare for? Kinda gone, replaced by a feeling of present, specific doom. Not a great trade-off. I went to my Congressional Representative's office today and lodged a concern regarding the "no oversight" clause in the bailout bill. I would've also discussed the Army thing, but didn't learn of it until this evening. Go! Talk to your congresspeople! Write letters, make phone calls, speak to someone in person! Spread the news that something is dreadfully wrong and we must speak out about it!

Info for service-members with injuries: know your rights and fight for them, because the current administration sure as hell won't.

7 Reasons the 21st Century is Making You Miserable: A rather well-thought out article on the dearth of immediate human contact in current Western/American society. And it's from a HUMOR site, of all places!

Depression and Children's Fiction: An interesting discussion on how clinical depression is actually presented much more honestly in children's fiction than you might think. Also? A good read to help explain what major clinical depression is like "from the inside".

*emphasis mine
drewbear: (kenya bear)
...which may or may not be of interest:

1) I am apparently the only person living in any of the 4 apartments using "my" stairwell. The one directly below me moved out months ago and it hasn't been rented yet (or at least, there are no signs of habitation). The people in the one immediately next to me moved to a larger apartment in the same complex last weekend. And the apartment diagonally-down from me was apparently abandoned by the people who were on the lease.

In retrospect, although their stuff was there (and visible through the patio door), there were no signs of ACTIVE habitation for the last 2 months or so. On the 1st, the apartment managers locked it down by the Sheriff's Department and the maintenance guys were clearing it out & cleaning it up this past Tuesday & Wednesday. The people who lived there were left it a MESS: just by glancing in I saw that the (normally beige-ish) carpet was brown/black with ground-in dirt in some places and there was trash everywhere. This wasn't "packing up in a hurry, scavenging through piles of stuff" trash, either; this was "living in a pigsty of my own filth" trash.

ANYhoo, it appears that, for the time being, I'm the only one living off of my stairwell.

2) My antidepressant came out in a generic sometime between my last refill and yesterday! Considering that WITH my insurance-plan rate, the brand-name still costs around $5.50/pill, you can imagine my relief to learn about this generic. :-) The generic is still over $100 for a refill (about $4.33/pill), but that's still $35 I hadn't expected to have on hand. And now that I know it's in generic, I can start looking around at different pharmacies to see if there might (hopefully) be a minor price war going on somewhere.

ETA: ...the hell?

4) Today I finished paying all this month's bills electronically or by phone and, if I'm calculating the transaction posting dates correctly, I should have around $200-$250 available for my trip to Atlanta next week. Even given that at least $100 of that is likely to go towards gas, that leaves a comfortable cushion without touching my savings or using my credit cards. This, my friends, makes me happy. :-)
drewbear: (kenya bear)
Okay, so things are actually looking up for me.

1) We finally got flu tests back in the clinic, so I had one done (OMGIT'SSTABBINGMYBRAIN!!!!) and it came back negative. Yesterday evening/last night, my fever finally broke, though the cough is still lingering.
Response: keep taking the cough medicine and be grateful.

2) I just checked my bank balance to see what payments had and hadn't posted and I found that my tax refund had deposited and cleared this morning.
Response: Write a check for most of it off the account they hit and deposit it in the account at the other bank that actually accrues interest.

3) And last week, when I got this month's refill of my antidepressant? The pharmacist accidentally gave me 2 months worth, but I only got charged for 1. I didn't discover this until this morning, when I opened the bottle for the first time.
Response: Keep taking them and be grateful. Plus, I need to reschedule that psych appointment I had to cancel because I was working.

4) Finally, ALL my various bills and loans are caught up.
Response: Keep on top of them this time, dummy!

In summary: At this moment, my life is better than it has been in YEARS and if I can actually get anyone to fucking respond to my resumes, it'll get even better!

P.S. Think this would be a good place to start a belated New Year's Resolution of "Be more positive"?

P.P.S. I watched Labyrinth this morning, for the first time in years. I had forgotten a lot of the cool little elements like the Helping Hands or how the Junk Lady was trying to turn Sarah into a JL too by piling all Sarah's material treasures onto her back. Also, I didn't realize that Jennifer Connolley was only 14 when they made that movie. For some reason, I had always thought that she was like 16 or 17. The movie makes more sense to me once I realized that yes, Sarah was acting very immaturely, but that was because she was legitimately immature.
drewbear: (Default)
So I found out why I've been so increasingly tired the past few months. It turns out that it isn't that my meds aren't working any more but rather that I'm, get this, anemic.

How this was discovered was that yesterday I started feeling really crappy really quickly (throat-stabbing coughs in under 30 minutes), so one of the nurses ran a CBC, strep test and mono test on me. I came back negative for strep and mono (thankfully) and my white blood count was normal, but my hemoglobin count was WAY low.

Now, I've been reducing or entirely cutting out red meat for the last 6 months or so, but hadn't increased my intake of leafy, dark green veggies. It just flat didn't occur to me that this could/would result in a nutrient deficiency, mainly because I've never had any of any kind before.

So now I get to go buy a good multivitamin to boost me temporarily and start eating more red meat and/or spinach. Hopefully I'll be back up to my normal self in a short time.

July 2013



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