On April 7, 1935, Stalin issued a decree authorizing the death penalty for children as young as 12 years old. While far more of Stalin's subjects died in slave labor camps and man-made famines than from execution, even here the numbers are startling. There were approximately one million executions during the Great Terror of 1936-1939, and probably over five million for his entire reign.The only good thing that can be said about Stalin is that he defeated the Nazis.
Traveling next Wednesday. Ugh, flying that day. Will have to go extra early. Neither airport has the Dick Measuring Device yet, but they plan to install them soon. Not particularly looking forward to it, or the alternative of "The TSA touched my junk liberally".
That one gym is having another informal Olympic weightlifting competition in December. I might do it. Won't prep too hard for it, since I have other goals I want to accomplish that don't quite dovetail with it (okay, squatting 500 still fits in with it, since I have to get a stronger squat to do well at weightlifting, and I'm just not going to make it to some of my other goals before January). It's cheap and it's like 4 stops away on the train, so, why not? I'll just throw in some snatches and a few jerks just to make sure things are going well beforehand. Will hope to open around 90-110. Not spectacular, but pretty okay in the grand scheme of things.
People want cheaper health insurance, but they also want more coverage. These goals are mutually contradictory. Note this article: http://www.mainstreet.com/article/family/family-health/more-young-adults-insured-premiums-rise?puc=outbrain&cm_ven=outbrain&obref=obnetwork People staying on your insurance longer means your premiums will be higher (even if your kids are not on your insurance plan).
Coming up: a one hour meeting that does not have anything to do with my work. I may have to take the pill hidden in my hollow tooth. If so, somebody be sure to tell the wifing unit something nice I could conceivably have thought of. And where the treasure is. Tomorrow it's 3 hours, but at least it's a conference call, so I can dial in and tune out.
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