September 10th, 2016


Saturday night: NREMT test, etc.

I'm scheduled to take the NREMT exam tomorrow. I am studying off-and-on. This is probably not something I would end up doing as a day job in any case (I took the EMT course primarily for my own knowledge), so whether I pass the test or not won't make a huge difference in my life. But I like to see things through to completion.

Up until about three years ago, I was having increasingly serious problems with my lower back. Then in the summer of 2013 I fixed my posture and stopped having back problems. Just the past few days, though, I've been getting some warning twinges in my lower back again. So I'm not sure what's going on. Am being super careful of my posture and waiting to see if anything changes.

I'm sitting here sipping beer and munching on Aufschnitt's kosher beef jerky. Aufschnitt may have THE WORST sounding name for a Jewish product (and I'll bet they have the autocorrect problem from, literally, hell) but it's mighty tasty stuff.

Saturday Night Linkage

Motivation vs. discipline. The proper question is “How do I make my feelings inconsequential and do the things I consciously want to do without being a little bitch about it?”.

"What is Aleppo?" Gary Johnson fumbles when asked about Syria's largest city and the epicenter of the refugee crisis. (My ex's family originally hailed from Aleppo.)

Yoram Hazony on nationalism and freedom. For 350 years, Western peoples have lived in a world in which national independence and self-determination were seen as foundational principles. Indeed, these things were held to be among the most precious human possessions, and the basis of all of our freedoms. Since World War II, however, these intuitions have been gradually attenuated and finally even discredited, especially among academics and intellectuals, media opinion-makers, and business and political elites. Today, many in the West have come to regard an intense personal loyalty to the national state and its right to chart an independent course as something not only unnecessary but morally suspect. They no longer see national loyalties and traditions as necessarily providing a sound basis for determining the laws we live by, for regulating the economy or making decisions about defense and security, for establishing public norms concerning religion or education, or for deciding who gets to live in what part of the world. ...