the one that got away

I had written a decent post about freedom of speech and that it is mostly a facade, but even that facade is wonderful… but the post got lost in the ether (more accuratly, my computer rebooted for unknown reasons).

Anyway, here are the news articles prompting the previous post:

And I ended up reading a chain of wikipedia articles which went something like:

2004 Election Stolen? (yep)

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted — enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.

This is a great article, full of well cited and reasoned points… pointing towards a conclusion which may well get you branded as a conspiracy theorist… but still seems the most likely explanation.

But what is most anomalous about the irregularities in 2004 was their decidedly partisan bent: Almost without exception they hurt John Kerry and benefited George Bush. After carefully examining the evidence, I’ve become convinced that the president’s party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004. Across the country, Republican election officials and party stalwarts employed a wide range of illegal and unethical tactics to fix the election. A review of the available data reveals that in Ohio alone, at least 357,000 voters, the overwhelming majority of them Democratic, were prevented from casting ballots or did not have their votes counted in 2004(12) — more than enough to shift the results of an election decided by 118,601 votes.(13) (See Ohio’s Missing Votes) In what may be the single most astounding fact from the election, one in every four Ohio citizens who registered to vote in 2004 showed up at the polls only to discover that they were not listed on the rolls, thanks to GOP efforts to stem the unprecedented flood of Democrats eager to cast ballots.(14) And that doesn?t even take into account the troubling evidence of outright fraud, which indicates that upwards of 80,000 votes for Kerry were counted instead for Bush. That alone is a swing of more than 160,000 votes — enough to have put John Kerry in the White House.(15)

Meditation relieves stress… anyone surprised?

According to the article: Transcendental meditation good for stress: study it goes a bit further than just getting relaxed…

Practicing transcendental medicine not only mellows the mind but may also calm the body’s damaging responses to stress that leads to heart disease and diabetes, researchers said on Monday.

Meditation has been previously shown to lower blood pressure, but researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, found it also decreased heart rate variability and insulin sensitivity.

hurry up John… help some old people.

Moonlight Kayaking, then family

Friday, Anita and I went to Bardstown, Ky to go “Moonlight Kyaking” with Theresa and some of her Rugby Teammates/friends [link].

Before we got there we swung by the Jim Beam plant (thinking it was where Myra did a bunch of cool carpentry work, but it wasn’t) and then the Bernheim Forrest. Bernheim has always been a great place to get back to nature a bit, but it’s gotten a lot nicer… the visitor’s center is amazing, and all the displays and trails we saw, were flawless. Then we made it to Bardstown and to the kayaking place.

Around sundown we kayaked about a mile and a half, to a small beach… dropped off our food and extra gear (eg – water guns) and kayaked around a small lake. The sun went down as we were playing on the water, and we eventually made it back to “camp” on the beach… The trip organizers had built a medium sized fire on a clearing and had setup tiki torches on the way to the fire. Then they left us to roast hot dogs, spicy black bean burgers (in the Y of a green branch, for anyone interested in methodology), and marshmellows. We then went back out in the kayaks for a while, back to the fire, and back in the kayaks to get to the boat ramp again… called the guy and got picked up. It was a very fun trip.

Saturday and Sunday we spent mostly with family or running errands. We always have a very difficult time getting to see the people we would like to see… We usually get in one or two friends, but rarly does it happen that someone doesn’t get left out. Sorry to all “forgotten”… you are not. Especially sorry to Dr. Amy Spears for not making it to your graduation party on Saturday night as we had planned. House warming party? Perhaps we can make that one.

alan is 10,000 days old today

I have really slacked on the the posting recently… I’ve had a good amount to talk about, but haven’t had the motivation to write anything. (at least none that coincides with available time)

I’ve played a lot of frisbee with cuda, and most recently at a hat tournament near Cinci. We even were lucky enough to watch the College nationals, in Columbus this year… It’s a great game and the weather has been prefect for it (or for getting outside for any excuse).

Work is fine, normal… keeping at 40 hours a week recently… which is nice.

and soo… general updates completed… the hallmark which has initiated this post… my 10,000th day.

that’s right, about a third of the way through your 27th year, you will have been alive for 10,000 days… slightly different for different people due to leap years… but an often missed and extremely unique milestone-type-of-day. I first heard about when reading “dancing naked in the mind field” by Kary Mullis. I had planned on doing something significant to celebrate a the day… but find myself, smiling slightly more than usual… but just trying to find people to play board games with and spend some time in the park… I suppose I must be “old” now, as the simple pleasures are the best. Sorry, I don’t have any deeper insights to talk about or anything more significant to document. Perhaps that will come on my “fibonacci sequence day” (11,235). maybe not.