—Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, struggling to explain how the GOP can win women voters
Few uncontrolled drinkers realize the danger of their position or the great extent to which the disease alcoholism can damage and deteriorate their minds and bodies. Few realize the full significance and effectiveness of our simple program without the help and cooperation of understanding members who have arrested their alcoholism.
——The Little Red Book
I’ll never know whether my drinking or smoking caused my kidney cancer, but I know they both do cause it. I had the kidney removed and am fine, and no longer drink or smoke. I know that’s no guarantee, but it greatly increases my chances for good physical health. Alcoholic drinking affects every organ in the body. I believe my Higher Power gave me this body and this life, and it’s like a slap in the face to abuse it. It took a lot of years for my physical health to be intertwined with my spirituality. I addressed my mental health early in sobriety and continue to take care of that as best I can, without being too serious about it!
I’ve improved my diet and exercise program, and am making slow but steady progress. I’ve recently started placing a greater emphasis on meditation, too. I guess I’m all about embracing aspects of recovery I had previously placed on a lower priority. Now that I have a firmer foundation of sobriety I want recovery in all aspects of my life. Of course, continuing to live in Steps 10, 11, and 12 is paramount. That’s what I’m up to these days!
…The chorus of “Chandelier,” like those in a lot of Sia’s songs, is colossal. But “Chandelier” is actually a dark song about alcoholism — partly Sia’s, who has been sober now for over three years. The song is also a kind of retort to every other pop song you hear on the radio celebrating the nonstop party…
I’ll post the lyrics here in a few days. Definitely about female alcoholism. Beautiful song and the video is incredible.
This is our world now, the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn’t run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore… and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge… and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias… and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals.
Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can’t stop us all… after all, we’re all alike.
~ Hackers Manifesto (Via)