Government dependence isn’t all bad

And This Is The Problem (author unknown)

March 24, 2010 

This morning I was awakened by my alarm clock, powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service (of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) determined what the weather was going to be like (using satellites launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). I watched while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory. I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile and set out to work, on the roads built by the local, state AND federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined and tested regularly by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door, I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US Postal Service and drop off the kids at public school.

After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enjoying another two meals which again so not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence thanks to state and local building codes, fire marshal’s inspections during government-overseen construction (and possibly since), and the vigilant watch of my city and county Fire Departments. I find my home has not been plundered of all of its valuables thanks to the cooperation of the city, county and state Police Department.

I then log on to the internet (which was developed by the Defense Research Projects Administration) and post on and Fox News Forums about how government involvement in healthcare is SOCIALISM which is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.


Orchids and dandelions – sensitive people

Anyone who is highly sensitive must often wonder, Why am I the way I am? Is it nature, nurture, or both? A number of recent scientific findings and popular theories indicate that the answer is undeniably both.

The gene that encodes the serotonin transporter varies across the human population. Some people carry a “short” version of the gene, which means they have fewer copies of the serotonin transporter and therefore higher concentrations of serotonin in the gaps between neurons. Other people have a “long” version of the gene, which leads to more copies of the serotonin transporter and lower levels of serotonin in the cross-neuron gaps.

Previous studies found that people with a short version of the gene tend to pay more attention to negative or potentially threatening information. This negative bias is characteristic of many anxiety disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and irritable bowel syndrome.

people with the short version of the serotonin transporter gene were not only more sensitive to negative information but also to positive information. According to the lead researcher, Dr. Elaine Fox, such people “are likely to be far more reactive to both very negative situations, such as a car crash, and very positive ones, such as a very supportive relationship.”

providing enhanced adaptability as well as greater vulnerability in the first place

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