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- The Department of Homeland Security is in a rapid process of “regionalizing” its emergency supplies. If a private organization or a family were doing this, I’d say it was common sense in action. Given that it’s the fedgov … dunno. Gotta keep in mind that the federal government’s emergency preparations are, and always have been, focused on preserving itself and its operatives. (Tip o’ hat to Sam.)
- The full text of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s closing statement in his new trial. Substitute “United States” for “Russia” and much of it could be said — nay, shouted, here.
- Scary chart. Especially for us low-income people. Good backgrounder.
- Gob-smacking quote of the week: “It is not part of Labour’s politics for somebody to be telling lies to get themselves elected.” C^2, who sent the word along, added, “In separate news, BBC News staff won a special Oscar for keeping straight faces while reporting the news.” But they actually threw a guy out of office for lying??? Wow, wouldn’t that totally denude the halls of Congress if we did it here?
- The article is about sleep loss and why extroverts apparently suffer more from its effects. But that’s not the most interesting part of the story for us introverts. (And I know most of you reading this are introverts.) It’s the bit about cerebral or cortical arousal and its role in determining whether we’re I’s or E’s. Oh, so that explains that, while we may like people a lot, too much socializing makes us I-types tired. Not that I believe everything I read. But that info-bit filled in a nice little blank for me.