August 5th, 2005

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Head. Ow.

My head seems to be staging a major protest against air and allergens lately. I felt like I'd rounded a corner as far as headaches, sinus problems and allergies were concerned, but this week they seem to have come back in full force. Got bad sinus headaches, irritated nose and eyes, and a general malaise of the head that makes me feel really off-kilter.

At the allergist today I mentioned this to the nurse administering my shot and she suggested that it might just be this gross August weather, specifically the smog. Had I been outside? Why yes, I went biking twice this week, the trips to the humane society! The nurse rapped me on the head. I have no more biking planned for the next week or so, 'til the 13th when I have my adoption training.

Meanwhile I've been doing acupressure to relieve my sinus headaches, pressing really hard on my eyesockets, which makes the pain go away if you do it long and hard enough. I've also done Reiki a few times this week, which has been pretty effective reducing the headaches as well. Sometimes I do forget to do anything though and will go around all day feeling miserable before I realize I should do something.
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Movies

Inspired by my post on never watching movies, plus a Zifty.com coupon, I just ordered three movies for delivery tonight:

Cinema Paradiso
Mad Max
La Dolce Vita

I'll have them 'til Wednesday.
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Bzzzzz

I just burned 500 calories. Too bad I can't celebrate this with ice cream cake or something. However, I think I will make dinner now. Want. Calories. Back. And I have movies to watch. Yay.
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Hiroshima

When the U.S. dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, 140,000 people died, many outright, many in the days and weeks following, from radiation poisoning. Many more died years later (and are still dying) of related disorders like cancer. I feel it's imperative to remember the extent to which humankind has the power to destroy itself and the world itself. Here are 10 links I've gathered as a mini-memorial on the 60th anniversary of this event.

1. Press release by the White House, August 6, 1945. Draft of a statement made by President Truman, announcing the bombing and the existence of the atomic bomb

2. First person account. BBC News ran an article called Surviving Hiroshima: Keiko Ogura, the first person account of a woman who witnessed and survived the bomb as an 8-year-old.

3. Other eyewitness accounts. I read these accounts and it reminded me of 9/11, only this was phenomonally worse, in so many different ways.

4. Official 1946 report on bombings, by the Manhattan Project. The The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshimna and Nagasaki report, by The Manhattan Engineer District, has been scanned in as a Project Gutenberg text.

5. Hiroshima's side of the story. The English version of the city's web site has a whole collection of links, called Atomic Bomb and Peace related to the bomb and keeping any further bomb from happening. The second link, "The reality of the A-bomb disasters," links to some strong stuff.

6. The streetcar that survived the a-bomb. Today in the paper I saw a picture of a survivor on this streetcar and just now I found more info on the streetcar and how it was one of only 5 cars (out of 70) that survived the bomb.

7. Atomic shadows. In both cities, there are remaining "frozen shadows" capturing the shadows of objects at the time of the blast. Here are a couple of pictures.

8. Radiation poisoning. Morbid facts from Wikipedia.

9. Hospital still treating survivors. The Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital & Atomic Bomb Survivors Hospital still treats survivors of the A-bomb, as well as survivors of other nuclear events, like Chernobyl. A report of their treatment activity is available.

10. A site dedicated to peace. The Hiroshima Peace Site is full of hope.
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