Hard And Soft, More Politics, I'm Not Telling, Alliteration, WSIS, Louise Brooks, And Stress

This link is from cyrenity.com. It shows a clear change in the American government’s language pre- and post-Iraq.

At the risk of appearing anti-American, I keep reading blogs like this. I am not, by the way, anti-American. I just disagree with a lot of its government’s politics.

I know, I know. I have not been posting nearly enough. I could throw out the excuse that it is the holiday season which has been keeping me away, but that would be lying. I do not do much to prepare for Christmas, as demonstrated by yesterday being my first day of shopping. What has really been keeping me away is that I have been buried under ten feet of devastation. I am now going to do what I thought I would never do, which other bloggers often do. It is unfair and unnecessary. I am going to tease you with what may appear to be a lead-in to a somewhat juicy expose of things in my personal life that eat at my core, and then I am going to pull away and tell you that I cannot reveal what has been going on either because it is work-related or way too muchly personal for this venue at this time. Oh, wait. I do not have to do that now, because I have told you all about it. What I will tell you is that a series of events have taken place that made me very sad (no, no one died, don’t worry), a culmination of which left me a sobbing and miserably wet-faced mess yesterday evening, and that the Fiery One, not knowing how to fix me, sent out for greasy pizza and buffalo wings, which improved my mental state ten-fold. Now the storm seems to have blown over, and that is why I have finally broken my long silence since Sunday. Aren't you glad that I prepared you for your present feeling of being let down?

Silence Since Sunday. So alliterative. A band? A novel? A poem? A child’s reactionary essay against the oppressive force of Sunday school?

I had not heard of the World Summit on the Information Society. It is fascinating. We have come so far technologically since my mother had to practice her handwriting with a board and a piece of chalk. She really did.

Louise Brooks – because she is so damn hot (or was). Try your best to ignore the annoying snowflakes. I almost feel molested when I have to see such awful abuse of a web page that would otherwise have been excellent.

Work-related Stress Facts and Links:
*A feeling of powerlessness is a universal cause of job stress. When you feel powerless, you're prey to depression's traveling companions, helplessness and hopelessness. You don't alter or avoid the situation because you feel nothing can be done.
– “Psychology at Work: Get the Facts
* Research from Harvard University shows that work stress is as harmful to health as smoking or taking no exercise – Calmer Karma
* Worker’s compensation claims for “mental stress” rose from between 200% and 700% in California in the 1980s.
* Common symptoms of stress include: Headaches & migraine, face looking pale and drawn, muscular aches and pains, high blood pressure, frequent crying, digestive disorders such as ulcers and IBS, sleeping problems, anxiety, habits such as nail biting and finger picking, increased smoking and/or drug use, accident proneness, panic attacks, attitude of `couldn't care less', worried, tense, palpitations, skin complaints, uptight, tired but unable to sleep or relax, jittery, and lack of concentration.
* The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the United Kingdom estimates that 13.4 million work days a year are lost due to stress at work.
* In the United States, an estimated 40% of all job turnover is due to job stress, and 60% to 80% of on-the-job accidents are stress-related. – Eli Bay
* Here is an article on work stress from “The Galt Global Review.”