Daily Archives: August 7, 2006

2121 hours of sleep

That’s how much sleep, roughly, I’ve gotten over the past year.

I know because I have a machine by my bedside that records how long I sleep and, more to its purpose, blows air down my throat — a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), which is a treatment for sleep apnea.

With sleep apnea, my throat closes up every once in a while as I breathe at night, waking me up and, before my CPAP, making me drowsy all day. (Besides sleepiness during the day, I knew something was wrong because I snored like . . .

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Thank God for Ben Stein

Actually, the end times might not be that nigh! Just when you think that Ben Stein might be turning a little blue (see Kris’s post below), he reminds us that:

a) Other people are making more money than the Oil Companies. According to Stein’s logic, this is enough reason to stop complaining about the top brass raking in money while the rest of the country is under the illusion that there’s a global crisis regarding petroleum. It’s the complicated “they did it first/worse” argument that is equally applicable to children’s fights and national economics.

b)The . . .

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Ben Stein quotes Marx (and other signs of the coming apocalypse)

My boss forwarded me this article this morning from yesterday’s New York Times. Although he couches it in a disavowal of Marx and “everything he stands for”, Ben Stein writes that Marx was a “shrewd observer”, speaks out against supply-side economics, and speaks up for raising the pay of the American worker.

Forget the manatee swimming up the Hudson River in NYC; when Ben Stein agrees with Marx, and commie-pinkos like me agree with Ben Stein, this is a . . .

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Things I didn’t know about global warming

A couple of weeks ago I saw An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s global warming movie. A friend of mine passed on seeing it, saying “It’s not going to tell me anything I don’t know.”

I sort of felt the same way. Yes, yes, I thought, global warming is bad and we’re all going to die. But the thing is, after seeing it, I’ve realized that global warming IS bad. And we’re all. Going. To die.

The film is mainly Al Gore giving a PowerPoint presentation, which doesn’t sound thrilling, but the numbers and data he presents are . . .

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