February 3rd, 2011


The Revolution As It Collapses

American Thinker: The Story of the Egyptian Revolution:
One week ago, Egypt was a stable authoritarian regime, prospects of change were minimal and every expert in Washington would have betted on the endurance of its regime. Today, Egypt is in a state of chaos. The regime, even after using its mightiest sword is not able to control the country and the streets of Egypt are in a state of utter lawlessness. As the world stands in awe, confusion, and worry at the unfolding events, perhaps it is important to write the evolving story that is happening in Egypt before any reflections can be made on them.

RTWT. Interesting that in some ways Egypt resembles the PRC more than it does the United States or Israel, but I suppose that's a natural development of socialist government where the military and the secret police ARE the party instead of the three factions being in an unsteady equipoise as they usually are in Communist regimes.
Diabeetus Chef

this year, much like last year, except better

Fortunately, the snow is melting off, and we didn't get as much as we did during last year's Snowpocalypse, but there's enough there to stir up some unpleasant memories.

Once again we started the year in the tax mines with what looked like enough CSPs, but since one of them can't work nights and another won't be available until Saturday, I'm having to pick up some of the slack and work late during the week. I've already got 29 hours on the clock for this week, and will be working today and tomorrow as well, so that's good for my paycheck even if it crimps my class time this week. Meh. I can study accounting just as well at home, and maybe better. In the meantime, since we do have another CSP who can work days, I've been splitting my time between tax work and driving the front desk, which is doing my paycheck good. Kinda hoping the boss will go out to one of the local high schools and recruit us some help, but I'm not holding my breath.

One big change from last year, of course, is that I'm in a lot better health. Weight was up a bit at 355.8 this morning, but still, the trend is mostly down, and I fully expect to be at 350 or below by the end of the month. I've also been experiencing a string of very low morning blood sugar readings, low as in the 50s and 60, so starting today I've cut my glipizide dose in half on my doctor's advice. We'll see how that works out. Right leg continues to heal; maybe by summer it'll have healed over and I can hit the pool. Either that or I'll finally remember to take in my support stockings in and get the zipper fixed.

In three weeks, it'll have been a full year since I spent any time in the hospital.