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Xmas Pity Party -- HellsPittle

A number (two to be precise) of people have noticed my complete absence from the intertubes for the past couple of weeks. There's a very good reason for that, but you better sit down, kids.

I died.

Of course, I was resuscitated, but the fact is that I was dead for about five minutes.

And it's almost entirely because of what passes for medicine in most of urban (and much of the rest of) America.

I'm going to try and post a narrative of my experience ovet the next couple of weeks as I get my strength back.

Happy Christmas all!!

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Submitted by DCblogger on

really sorry to hear this, hope you are feeling better soon.

Submitted by lambert on

I don't think this has been the easiest of years for you, Paul. I'm glad you came here to say this.

Submitted by hipparchia on

i'm sincerely glad to hear you're back among the living.

i'm looking forward, albeit with some sense of dread, to hearing more about your experience when you feel up to telling us about it.

Submitted by brucedixon on

on one level at least, I'm afraid not much changed in your absence.

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

....aat least up until Obama and the establishmentarians "won through comrpromise" on START/DADT and "taxes". I don't want to be gross or nothing, but I'm shocked that Chris Matthews can achieeve multiple orgasms at his age :)

Submitted by lambert on

It's all a tiny little bounce, and only among the chattering classes. And it's all Versailles stuff. Is START going to pay my bills? No. The taxes may -- as MMT predicts -- give enough bounce for Obama's 2012 run to be credible. We'll see, although I bet he'll piss that away with Social Security cuts. And DADT only works for Obama in a militarist frame. And do you imagine that if DC didn't have such a huge gay population, many of them staff, that DADT would be "on the table"? DADT is for "this town," not the country.

Nothing fundamental has changed.

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

Obama has already LOST the older vote---what used to be a solid part of the democratic coalitiion now trends heavily republican. My guess is that Obama is going to try and finesse this by "saving" SS or future generations by destroying it for the boomers....

Submitted by lambert on

Since the framing has been "I've got mine" rather than "intergenerational compact." There was a good deal of elder hate in the OFB, transformed into acceptability as strategerized hate management against McCain.

Of course, Obama's lost the youth, too, because of jobs. He may have pumped enough blood into that zombie so that, through their inexperience (not enough cycles) they're deceived.

So, a big big opening for a left, were there one.

Submitted by gob on

-- also, where is your usual bloggy hangout? I know you only from here and the occasional comment, I forget where. I don't get out that much, I guess.

I think of you and your prescience often!

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

But I try not to commment unless I have something unique to say (becase others express my own opinions far better than I could ever hope to.

As for other blogs I read, Obsdian Wings, Washington Note (Steve Clemons is the single best communicator of the views of the liberal establishment intelligensia, although his comments section is a joke ---plus he has weimaraners!), anything Anglachel has to say, and the same goes for VL. And Bruce Dixon's Black Agenda Report is essential reading -- he toes the line for no one, and even when I disagree with him, he makes me think.----too bad I feel too pale to participate in the discussions there! ;)

Finally, Lambert's genius creation of Random Links is a great way find out new and interesting stuff

Submitted by lambert on

I didn't want to speak for you, but I was hoping for an answer like that!

Yes, with Paul, I encourage everybody to read the blogs under Random Links! Like most everything else at Corrente, they're curated, so you can find here what it is more difficult to find elsewhere. And so much good writing, and so many interesting ideas, happen on the C list and "long tail" blogs, that is makes no sense to restrict one's self to a static list of what is already known, like the A listers do. However, the real genius was the person who wrote the Drupal module, Nancy Dru. I just installed it.

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Submitted by CMike on

from that "...others express my own opinions far better than I could ever hope to" bout of excessive modesty that's plaguing you, also.

Submitted by lambert on

I wanted to say what you just said, but couldn't figure out how. I wonder if there's a DSM category for excessive modesty?

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

Think of it this way -- there are maybe 10million people writing and commenting in blogs. Now, as far as I'm concerned, I do write better (when I make the effort) than 80% of them.

That still leaves 2,000,000 who write better than me....

oh and lambert, the worst thing about this year is that it didn't seem especially bad. Sure, I lost Koa (and gained Punkin) and Pi is showing her age, and sure I'm "independently poor" and sure I had a stent implanted in my heart fourt months ago (that was covered by the insurance I pay for myself -- but the $8/day drug that I have to take for a fulll year isn't covered).....

and sure, as far as my philosophy is concered, I'm actually a zombie, not a living human

but the worst thing is that at the age of 56, this doesn't seem like an especially bad year. I expect my health and financial condition to continue to deteriorate, and see experiance more and more death (and some renewal, i.e. babies) among those I care about.

c'est la vie

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Submitted by BDBlue on

And I'm glad to hear that you're still around and kicking and look forward to hearing the story (it sounds like I'm going to be glad I'm not the one who had to live it).

Feel better!

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Submitted by TreeHugger on

but no less sincere in wishing you a healthy New Year in 2011.

I first became acquainted with your posts in the 2008 primary season but Corrente is where I've seen you post in more recent times. I vaguely recall that you stopped posting in protest at some other places.

Looking forward to hearing more from you, and not just about your near death experience at the hands of the medical industrial complex!