Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Are We There Yet?

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Gentle readers, I apologize for my long absence. It’s easy to explain, I had a stroke some four months back. I’m getting back into my stride now, which means that at the end of a long day of work, physical therapy, and side effects from my medications … I crawl up the last few steps of my building’s stairs, stagger into my apartment, and collapse in a quivering nauseous exhausted heap. Surrounded by whining hungry cats and weeks of deferred housecleaning. It did not leave me in much of a mood for blogging. It usually didn’t even leave me in much of a mood for continued consciousness.

However, I have regained much of my strength and stamina now, and am launching into the new year with vim and vigor. In fact I renamed my cats that to keep me focused. I have a number of blog topics that I have been reviewing in my head. I will be writing more about the after effects of my stroke, which were worse than expected. I had severe Blunted Effect I think it’s called for example, IE I was not having emotional responses to anything. I was basically a psychopath, that was interesting. It should have been very upsetting, but, well, it wasn’t. There was and is other stuff too, having part of one’s brain die tends to stick in one’s mind.

I’d write a review of the past year, but it would be too depressing. There’s been good news in space exploration and medicine, but otherwise it was a pretty grim year. I’ll cover a few highlights in upcoming posts. The rout from Iraq. Citizens United. OWS. Ron Paul Haters. Lincoln enslaving people. Kecksberg debunked. Then of course there’s the upcoming year. Much of the same, plus an election campaign that is going to break all the records, starting with being the most over-hyped and utterly meaningless election in history. Global warming hasn’t gone away. And just in general a lot of things I said ten and twenty years back are coming true in front of my horrified gaze. I was such a  negative person back then too, maybe if I had been more optimistic the world would be a nicer place now. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Happy New Year everyone.

(The above image is used with the permission of the author. Credit and Copyright: Christian Damian © 2011, all rights reserved. This image may not be reproduced without the permission of the artist. She’s a great artist, she welcomes commercial and non-commercial inquiries, and can be contacted at: I will be posting more of her work as time goes by. And yes, I am working hard to minimize the chances of another stroke. Dying would severely compromise my evil plan to blog forever.)


Written by unitedcats

January 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm

7 Responses

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about your health problems but happy to see that your personality is returning to re-engage in your blog. I enjoy your opinions so much and I would miss them.

    As far as the state of the US, I am more and more reminded of the Fosterites in Stranger in a Strange Land. It is amazing how quickly the media (including the actual news) dumbs down to appease their viewers.

    Again, well wishes and if I lived close, I would be more than willing to help out in any way I could.

    Lee Whittaker

    Lee A Whittaker

    January 5, 2012 at 7:35 am

  2. Missed your column and was worried about you.

    Susan Zalesky

    January 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

  3. Hope your recovery continues apace, for surely 2012 will be a better year than 2011.


    January 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

  4. Noticed your absence even in my hectic crazy world. Glad you’re back.

    The Artist at Bright Water

    January 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm

  5. Very glad you are back, I hope this year is better for you. I love reading your blog, it is my morning coffee everyday. :)

    Jennifer Goodyear

    January 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

  6. Doug, your comments on our changing world bolster me. You could prevail with one R Limbaugh with most of your cerebellum tied behind your back. Love


    January 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  7. That’s so sad to learn that you experienced a stroke. I hope you get back to feeling up to speed soon! I too appreciate your blog entries.


    January 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

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