Why We Fight

For my serious link of the month, I'll start out by showing you the US budget as a dollar, and then show you why we spend so much. Why We Fight is an excellent documentary by the BBC that explores the military industrial complex which Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against in his farewell speech “Beware the military industrial complex”.

No conspiracy theories or anything too radical, just a straightforward description of the US war machine and why it must be constantly fed. Really just common sense stuff, but it explains the end to end process very well, and you don’t have access to stuff this good in the US in general, so maybe it might surprise someone.. Check it out. If you have a laptop you can hook up to your tv, you can download the whole thing and watch it there in fullscreen.

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Diet Advice

To take off the weight I've gained from not smoking I'm trying a little program on my phone called Calorie King which has a database of foods and I just enter in what I ate. So far I've lost almost 5lbs and it's only been 10 days. It's actually pretty easy to fix something when you figure out what you're doing wrong. And it's a lot easier for me than, say, cutting out carbohydrates. For me the problem seems to be beer, so I'm trying to switch to wine spritzers. Same alcohol, less calories, and unfortunately, decidedly less manly. But I'm confident in my masulinity. It's helped a lot. It turns a good night out into the equivilent of 1 trip to mcdonalds instead of 2 (!). I had done it before, but I didn't realize how big of a deal it was. Unfortunately there's no such thing as light beers here really.