black and white smooth city wallpaper, heavy meals and the “food coma”, the ever so lovely death panel myth

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Something I have wondered about – Why do I get a slump in mental energy after eating a meal?

What is the link between eating a big meal and feeling sleepy? The process begins as food hits the stomach and small intestine. Eating stimulates activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, which tells your body to slow down and digest. The more food you consume, the more the parasympathetic nervous system revs up, causing your body to focus the bulk of its energy on digestion.

Although large quantities of any food can cause a food coma, common table sugar, or sucrose, found in desserts tends to be the main culprit. As food breaks down into glucose—the simplest form of sugar, which the body uses for fuel—you will experience a surge in blood sugar.

As the level of glucose increases, the insulin producing cells in your pancreas release the hormone insulin which converts the glucose to glycogen. That would all be will and good, but the insulin spike also causes the brain to release sleepy time neurotransmitters melatonin and serotonin. So after about an hour or so that whole cycle starts to wind down and you feel less drowsy. This is one of the reasons I started eating lighter meals years ago. My main motivation was dogs who took no excuses for their after dinner play time. Now I have a light lunch and dinner. One of the best things about a light dinner is I get to have a banana a couple of hours later……..on top of some Cherry Gracia ice cream when the budget allows, and not feel sleepy or bloated.

President Obama Announces Recess Appointments to Key Administration Posts. I wont’ bother with the apocalyptic reactions of the usual bed wetting reprobates. Dubya (pdf),

As of October 31, 2008, President Bush had made 171 recess appointments.
President William J. Clinton, in comparison, made a total of 139 recess appointments
during the course of his presidency.

President Obama has made 24 recess appointments thus far.

What’s Your Political News IQ? Take the Quiz – Pew Science Knowledge Quiz. Other than a couple of questions related to foreign countries and leadership is was relatively easy. Except for all the people who did poorly. It should have included some questions about spending and policy specifics , and the SCOTUS. Either you have, will have relatives on Social Security and Medicare. Thus already depend on those programs indirectly. Some day they might be your lifeline to surviving. Why no questions about such important programs in the survey is a mystery.


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The whole subculture urban legend type meme surrounding supposed “death panels” is probably a lot like the birthers phenomenon. It is a way for some people to convince themselves of what they believe is an illegitimate presidency. As such cultural myths serve such a primitive craving on the part of believers there is no stumping it out for good. It does cause some infliction on the believers to point out facts like this, Oh, Those Death Panels

You would think that if Republicans wanted to totally mischaracterize a health care provision and demagogue it like nobody’s business, they would at least pick something that the vast majority of them hadn’t already voted for just a few years earlier. Because that’s not just shameless, it’s stupid.

Yes, that’s right. Remember the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill, the one that passed with the votes of 204 GOP House members and 42 GOP Senators? Anyone want to guess what it provided funding for? Did you say counseling for end-of-life issues and care? Ding ding ding!!

Let’s go to the bill text, shall we? “The covered services are: evaluating the beneficiary’s need for pain and symptom management, including the individual’s need for hospice care; counseling the beneficiary with respect to end-of-life issues and care options, and advising the beneficiary regarding advanced care planning.” The only difference between the 2003 provision and the infamous Section 1233 that threatens the very future and moral sanctity of the Republic is that the first applied only to terminally ill patients. Section 1233 would expand funding so that people could voluntarily receive counseling before they become terminally ill.

In an exchange on one blog a conservative was sure he had the final gotcha with the point that the Medicare part D provisions was only for the terminally ill… so there…imagine tongue sticking out. The logic, if one is generous enough to call it that, is end of life counseling is OK if you’re dying within the hour, but voluntarily telling your doctor about your feelings, should those circumstances arrive, a few years or months before is a goddammit death panel.