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  • Psychedelic mushrooms put your brain in a “waking dream,” study finds

    07/04/2014 11:03:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | July 3 | Rachel Feltman
    Psychedelic mushrooms can do more than make you see the world in kaleidoscope. Research suggests they may have permanent, positive effects on the human brain. In fact, a mind-altering compound found in some 200 species of mushroom is already being explored as a potential treatment for depression and anxiety. People who consume these mushrooms, after “trips” that can be a bit scary and unpleasant, report feeling more optimistic, less self-centered, and even happier for months after the fact. But why do these trips change the way people see the world? According to a study published today in Human Brain Mapping,...
  • Maureen Dowd’s Weed Candy Experiment Personifies White Privilege

    06/04/2014 4:26:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 68 replies
    Newsone ^ | Jun 4, 2014 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    Maureen Dowd, author of “Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk”, speaks during a panel discussion during a luncheon at the Book Expo America convention, Saturday, June 5, 2004, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey) I never smoked marijuana before, and Maureen Dowd‘s haphazard experience with a weed-laced candy bar in her Denver hotel room certainly isn’t motivating me to book a plane ticket to what is soon to be dubbed the “Mile High State.” The New York Times columnist was in Colorado reporting on the state’s first months of legalized marijuana use when she decided to take what she later learned...
  • Maureen Dowd's marijuana-induced freak out

    06/04/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 June 2014 Last updated at 12:21 ET | By Anthony Zurcher
    Maureen Dowd travelled to Colorado in January, ate a bit too much of a marijuana-laced chocolate bar and proceeded to have a Valley-of-the-Dolls-style meltdown in her hotel room. Here's how she describes the experience in her Wednesday New York Times column: "I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn't move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the...
  • Denver mom shot to death after husband allegedly consumed marijuana edibles, began hallucinating

    04/16/2014 2:57:27 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 74 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 04-16-2014 | Nina Golgowski
    A Denver woman was allegedly shot to death by her own husband while on the phone with police after he consumed marijuana edibles and began hallucinating. Kristine A. Kirk clung to her phone with a 911 dispatcher for nearly 15 minutes before her final scream was accompanied by a piercing gunshot late Monday night, NBC reported. When officers arrived at the 44-year-old's home they reported finding the mother of three dead at the scene after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.
  • Psychopaths: how can you spot one?

    04/06/2014 1:09:33 PM PDT · by null and void · 64 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3:00PM BST 06 Apr 2014 | Tom Chivers
    We think of psychopaths as killers, alien, outside society. But, you could have one for a colleague, a friend – or a spouse ...These people lack remorse and empathy and feel emotion only shallowly. In extreme cases, they might not care whether you live or die. These people are called psychopaths. Some of them are violent criminals, murderers. But by no means all. Professor Robert Hare is a criminal psychologist, and the creator of the PCL-R, a psychological assessment used to determine whether someone is a psychopath. “It stuns me, as much as it did when I started 40 years...
  • Comedians have psychotic personality traits, study finds

    01/15/2014 11:32:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada / Reuters ^ | January 16, 2014 | Kate Kelland
    Having an unusual personality structure could be the secret to making other people laugh, scientists said on Thursday after research showed that comedians have high levels of psychotic personality traits. In a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers analyzed comedians from Australia, Britain and the United States and found they scored significantly higher on four types of psychotic characteristics compared to a control group of people who had non-creative jobs. The traits included a tendency towards impulsive or anti-social behavior, and a tendency to avoid intimacy. "The creative elements needed to produce humor are strikingly similar to those...
  • Young people who use high potency ‘skunk’ cannabis daily ‘have psychotic episodes earlier’

    01/12/2014 5:44:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:10 EST, 11 January 2014 | Dan Bloom
    Mental illnesses are triggered six years earlier in patients who have smoked high-strength cannabis every day, a study has claimed. Mental health patients who smoked skunk daily—which has a high amount of the drug’s active ingredient, THC—had their first psychotic episode at an average age of 25, compared to 31 for non-users. Yet the damage was not limited to heavy smokers or those using powerful cannabis, according to the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. Mental health patients with a general history of using cannabis still had their first psychotic episodes at 28—three years earlier than those who never...
  • Daily pot tied to age of first psychotic episode

    01/10/2014 1:06:19 PM PST · by Phillyred · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/10/2014 | Benjamin Stix
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a study of adults who experienced psychosis for the first time, having smoked marijuana daily was linked to an earlier age of onset of the disorder, according to UK researchers. "This is not a study about the association between cannabis and psychosis, but about the association between specific patterns of cannabis use . . . and an earlier onset of psychotic disorders," Dr. Marta Di Forti, who led the research at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College, said in an email. Among more than 400 people in South London admitted to hospitals with...
  • It's Official: Mayor Bloomberg Needs Mental Help

    12/22/2012 5:21:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    Since removing constitutional rights is all the rage now, I have to ask: when does dislocation from reality become severe enough to justify involuntary commitment? A good study case is NYC's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recently uttered a real gem on his weekly radio show. Writes Politicker.com:
  • We Have a Problem -- A Real Problem

    12/14/2012 9:19:17 AM PST · by NotchJohnson · 19 replies
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 12/14/2012 | Neal Boortz
    No .. I’m not talking about the fiscal cliff, nor am I talking about the almost $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities we face as a nation. Iran and a nuke? Yeah .. that’s serious all right, but I’m told that we are messin’ with Iran right now in ways that you couldn’t even imagine – ways that could derail their nuclear plans for some time to come. Is the real problem our sagging economy? An oncoming second recession? The growth of government dependency? Sure … all of those are problems and all are difficult to deal with … but they...
  • Stress and the city: Urban decay - Scientists are testing the idea that the stress of modern city...

    10/13/2012 9:27:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 10 October 2012 | Alison Abbott
    Scientists are testing the idea that the stress of modern city life is a breeding ground for psychosis. In 1965, health authorities in Camberwell, a bustling quarter of London's southward sprawl, began an unusual tally. They started to keep case records for every person in the area who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder or any other psychiatric condition. Decades later, when psychiatrists looked... --snip-- Yet the results of his study, published last year in Nature (F. Lederbogen et al. Nature 474, 498–501; 2011), clearly showed that people who grow up in cities process negative emotions such as stress...
  • Why Soccer Is Better Than Football

    05/18/2012 2:47:30 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 142 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 18, 2012 | BRUCE ORWALL
    LONDON—Words can barely describe the jaw-dropping season finale staged by England's Premier League last weekend, but that didn't stop every pundit, Twitter wag and pub crawler in Britain from searching many beers into Sunday night for new ways to say "best season ever." The day started at 3 p.m. with seven of the league's 20 teams still playing for something important: not just the championship, but also to secure berths in a prestigious Europe-wide competition and the right to stay in the Premier League at all, under rules that annually demote the weakest teams. It wasn't settled until minutes before...
  • Bill Ayers Puts President Bush in Jail Cell with John Wayne Gacy

    11/05/2011 6:51:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2011 | Kyle Olson
    As radical progressives continue to strengthen their grip on the #OccupyWallStreet mob, they’ve looked to activists of yesteryear to glean some advice and guidance. The #OccupyChicago crowd has unsurprisingly turned to domestic terrorist-turned-university professor Bill Ayers. Ayers appeared at a recent “teach in” at #OccupyChicago and regaled his audience with stories of meeting with the Vietnamese to tut-tut about his “American revolution.” He theorized whether or not the police – you know, the pigs that protesters are attacking from coast-to-coast – are indeed a part of the 99%. They’re not if they attack us, he mused. But then, in typical...
  • Rep. Carson: Tea party wants to see African Americans ‘hanging on a tree’

    08/31/2011 12:25:56 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10:06 PM ET, 08/30/2011 | Felicia Sonmez
    A leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus is standing by incendiary language he used at a recent town hall when he charged that tea-party aligned members of Congress view African Americans as “second-class citizens” and would like to see them “hanging on a tree.” Rep. Andre Carson’s (D-Ind.) office confirmed that the lawmaker made the remarks at an Aug. 22 CBC Job Tour event in Miami and said that the comments were “prompted in response to frustration voiced by many in Miami and in his home district in Indianapolis regarding Congress’ inability to bolster the economy.” …
  • Reps. Frank and Paul: Let states legalize pot

    06/22/2011 1:23:14 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 312 replies
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | June 22, 2011 | Joel Connelly
    A bipartisan team of Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, will introduce federal legislation that would permit states to legalize, regulate, tax and control marijuana without federal interference. The legislation will be unveiled Thursday by Frank, an outspoken liberal Democrat, and the libertarian Paul, who is running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The bill would limit the U.S. government role in marijuana enforcement to interdiction of cross-border or inter-state smuggling. Citizens would be able to legally grow, use or sell cannabis in states which have legalized the forbidden weed. The legislation is the first bill to be...
  • Andrea Yates could be freed by the end of this year

    06/20/2011 4:28:53 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 185 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:31 PM on 20th June 2011 | By David Gardner
    A mother who shocked America by drowning her five children in the bathtub may be freed by the end of the year, according to her lawyer. Andrea Yates systematically murdered her children, aged between six months and seven years, at her suburban Clear Lake, Texas, home ten years ago today. She then dialled 911 and told the first police officer who arrived at the house: 'I just killed my kids.'
  • U.S. warned people to avoid mystery missile zone

    12/06/2010 6:26:46 AM PST · by Sprite518 · 346 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/01/2010 | F. Michael Maloof
    The Department of Defense is slamming the door on questions about the mysterious contrail filmed Nov. 8 by a KCBS television crew near Los Angeles after questions were raised about a warning from the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency that there could be missiles fired in that area at that time.
  • Experts: Mystery contrail was from Chinese missile

    12/02/2010 2:02:35 PM PST · by bigbob · 184 replies
    G2 Bulletin via WND ^ | 11-19-10 | Joseph Farah
    Although the U.S. Defense Department and North American Aerospace Defense Command have speculated publicly that the unidentified contrail of a projectile soaring into the skies off the California coast – and recorded by a KCBS television crew – came from a jet and posed no security threat to the U.S., several experts are raising provocative and disturbing questions about the government's official response, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. Two governmental military experts with extensive experience working with missiles and computer security systems have examined the television video and conclude the mysterious contrail originating some 30 miles off the coast near...
  • Glenn Beck: They’re lying to us about the mystery contrail

    11/20/2010 11:34:24 PM PST · by JohnKinAK · 653 replies · 10+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 11/19/2010 | Right Scoop
    Glenn Beck said today that he has spoken to military experts about the mystery contrail from a few weeks ago and he says it’s definitely not a plane, but rather a two stage missile. He just wants to know where it came from, and he has a theory. Beck postulates that this missile was possibly from a Chinese sub off the coast of California, perhaps as a show of force to the world, but even more so to President Obama. Click link for video
  • Experts: Mystery contrail was from Chinese missile

    11/20/2010 12:48:03 PM PST · by editor-surveyor · 162 replies
    WND ^ | November 20, 2010 | Joseph Farah
    Although the U.S. Defense Department and North American Aerospace Defense Command have speculated publicly that the unidentified contrail of a projectile soaring into the skies off the California coast – and recorded by a KCBS television crew – came from a jet and posed no security threat to the U.S., several experts are raising provocative and disturbing questions about the government's official response, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. Two governmental military experts with extensive experience working with missiles and computer security systems have examined the television video and conclude the mysterious contrail originating some 30 miles off the coast near...
  • Think That Exhaust Trail Was From a Plane? Farah's Report Says Differently

    11/20/2010 7:13:10 PM PST · by JLWORK · 90 replies · 1+ views
    Here's The Right Side Of It ^ | November 20, 2010 | John L. Work
    The powers that be, they who control what news information we get, must think we are even more stupid than I previously believed they do. I’m referring to the state-controlled big media and Pentagon cover-up of the source of the recent exhaust trail in the sky off the coast of California – the one that was filmed by KCBS television personnel. Joseph Farah of World Net Daily published a pretty darned credible story last night, backed up by former military experts, suggesting that the source of the trail was a Chinese missile fired from a submarine. Worse, experts who should...
  • Experts: Mystery contrail was from Chinese missile

    11/19/2010 5:19:18 PM PST · by conservativegramma · 251 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | November 19, 2010 | Joseph Farah
    'Muted response' was decision 'made by the president himself' Although the U.S. Defense Department and North American Aerospace Defense Command have speculated publicly that the unidentified contrail of a projectile soaring into the skies off the California coast – and recorded by a KCBS television crew – came from a jet and posed no security threat to the U.S., several experts are raising provocative and disturbing questions about the government's official response, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. Two governmental military experts with extensive experience working with missiles and computer security systems have examined the television video and conclude the mysterious...
  • Ukrainian Boy, 5, Slaughtered 'Like a Goat' by Religious Fanatic

    06/23/2010 12:53:02 AM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies
    (NEWS CORE) via FOX NEWS.com ^ | Published June 22, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "When the youngster glanced upward the maniac plunged a knife into his throat, Pravda said." SNIPPET: ..."it emerged that the 27-year-old knifeman was a suspected Muslim fanatic, the Russian online newspaper reported." SNIPPET: "Police arrested the prime suspect, named by Pravda as Server Ibragimov, three hours later at his parents' house..." SNIPPET: "“The man screamed Allahu Akbar (Arabic for 'God is great') when killing the boy, "said a shocked local. “The kid was slaughtered like a goat.""
  • Evidence Accumulates for Links Between Marijuana and Psychosis

    05/07/2010 5:38:21 AM PDT · by HangnJudge · 57 replies · 1,056+ views
    Medscape ^ | 03/26/2010 | Michael T. Compton, MD, MPH
    A number of studies in recent years have revealed complex links between marijuana use and psychotic symptoms and diagnosable psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. Although a thorough review of this broad literature is beyond the purview of this brief communication, two avenues of research will be succinctly summarized, pertaining to (1) associations between cannabis use and clinical manifestations of psychosis, and (2) the biologic plausibility of the observed links... ...Conclusion In sum, a growing body of clinical and epidemiologic research suggests significant but complex links between cannabis use and psychosis. Concurrently, ongoing neurobiologic research is revealing findings in the endocannabinoid system...
  • Obama's psychosis - President clings to delusion that there is no war on terror

    05/06/2010 5:37:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 487+ views
    Wash. Times ^ | 5/6/10 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    President Obama is at war with reality. This is the central problem of his presidency. The arrest of suspected Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad is being celebrated in the liberal establishment media as a triumph for the Obama administration. A terrorist atrocity was averted; Mr. Shahzad was captured before his plane could take off for Dubai.
  • Good Riddance to Decade That Began With Theft of the Presidency

    12/31/2009 4:20:58 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 114 replies · 3,010+ views
    Nation ^ | December 31, 2009 | John Nichols
    The original sin of the good-riddance decade came in December of 2000, when the United States Supreme Court intervened to stop a complete recount of the votes in Florida and then declared George Bush to be the president. This extreme judicial activism was not merely a devastating assault on American democracy. It set in motion the Bush presidency, and with it the pathologies that the Bush-Cheney administration imposed on the country in the form of unnecessary wars, failed economic policies, assaults on civil liberties and crudely divisive and hyper-partisan governance. Bush, Dick Cheney and aides are surely to blame for...
  • Planned Parenthood: “That’s not a baby growing inside of you” (with video)

    12/09/2009 11:55:25 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 49 replies · 1,670+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Dec.9, 2009
    Live Action has a new series of videos that launches today called the Rosa Acuna Project. Their new effort aims to expose manipulation by Planned Parenthood counselors intended to pressure women into having abortions, or at the very least, provide dishonest information to support false rationalizations for the procedure. In this clip from the Appleton, Wisconsin clinic, a counselor tells the woman that what’s growing inside her uterus isn’t a baby at all, or “anything like that” — and the doctor agrees: In the undercover video, when the two women ask a Planned Parenthood counselor if the pregnant woman’s 10-week-old...
  • Bite Me! Comics Takes on Charles Johnson of LGF

    12/04/2009 12:12:09 PM PST · by DoctorBulldog · 33 replies · 1,523+ views
    Race Detective ^ | Bite Me! Comics
    A hilarious edit of an old comic book hammers Charles Johnson's decent into madness. http://racedetective.blogspot.com/2009/12/green-lizard.html
  • The Pathology of Evil in Politics

    11/28/2009 2:26:04 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies · 627+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 28, 2009 | Andrew Thomas
    Do purely evil individuals exist who can hide their true nature from the rest of the world? And are these individuals drawn into politics as a conduit for dominating an unsuspecting and acquiescent populace? There is a theory that evil is a pathological disorder. The observation that psychopaths, including sociopaths and narcissists, all exhibit chronically evil behavior is a persuasive argument toward that theory. In Andrew M. Lobaczewski's book, Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, the case is made for equating evil and psychosis in the political arena:
  • BERKELEY: City Council Says No to Drone Attacks in Afghanistan

    10/29/2009 12:40:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 44 replies · 1,158+ views
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 10/29/9 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Berkeley once again dipped into U.S. foreign policy Tuesday when its City Council unanimously passed a resolution asking the Obama administration to withdraw troops and private armed contractors from Afghanistan and cease drone attacks on Afghanistan and Pakistan. The issue proved to be the liveliest of the evening, with members of the public protesting when councilmembers Susan Wengraf and Linda Maio suggested postponing the item to correct ambiguous wording in the resolution. Code Pink, CopWatch and Berkeley’s Peace and Justice Commission, which recommended the resolution to the council, voiced their support for immediate troop withdrawal. Melody Ermachild Chavis, author of...
  • Gawker: 'Beck is an Actual Terrorist and the People Attending his Rally in DC Tomorrow Are al-Qaeda'

    09/11/2009 12:09:12 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 67 replies · 2,500+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 11, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Usually it is easy ignore the commentary from that great bastion of cultural insight, known as the gossip Web site Gawker. But every now and then, even Gawker steps over the line. In a Sept. 11 post by Alex Pareene that was allegedly meant to reflect on the passing of eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pareene launched into a hate-and-expletive-filled anti-President George W. Bush, anti-conservative and anti-Glenn Beck attack in his post. His first assault was on the prior administration. ...more...
  • Art student convicted over faked psychosis

    09/01/2009 3:11:54 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 1 replies · 369+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 08/31/2009 | TT/The Local
    Art student Anna Odell has been fined by Stockholm District Court after acting out a faked suicide attempt as part of an art project. Odell had denied the charges of false alarm, violent resistance and fraudulent practice, date back to January 21st 2009 when she was detained by police on Stockholm's Liljeholmen bridge following what at first appeared to be an attempt to commit suicide. She was then taken to the psychiatric ward at St. Göran's Hospital for treatment, only to reveal the following day that the whole episode had been faked as a part of her final art exam...
  • Catholic Prof & Evangelical Leader Blame Church, Repubs, “Religious Leaders” for Tiller's Murder

    06/03/2009 1:20:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies · 1,657+ views
    LifeSite ^ | June 2, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert
    ICHITA, Kansas, June 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Two American religious leaders have accused U.S. Catholic bishops of sharing the blame for the murder of Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller because of their advocacy for legal protection for the unborn.Tiller was shot and killed Sunday morning at a Wichita Lutheran Church where he was serving as an usher. The suspected murderer, Scott Roeder, was apprehended shortly following the incident. Reports have surfaced that Roeder suffers from mental instability linked to a schizophrenia diagnosis, and is believed to have acted alone in the murder.In a Huffington Post column yesterday titled "How I (and Other 'Pro-Life'...
  • "Did hateful rhetoric, some of it coming from the other Network, kill George Tiller?"

    06/01/2009 3:22:01 PM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 16 replies · 766+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 1, 2009 | MSNBC
    MSNBC the Ed Show: "Did hateful rhetoric, some of it coming from the other Network, kill George Tiller?"
  • Daily Kos: Boy Scouts America's Version of Hitler Youth.....

    05/15/2009 9:24:34 AM PDT · by JDAM2007 · 51 replies · 2,312+ views
    US' own Hitler Youth- Daily Kos In todays NYT, there is an article about the boy scouts explorer program which takes scouts (boys and girls) between 14 and 18 and trains them in so called law enforcement activities.This proram now has over 35,000 members and semms to be concentrated in the border areas. My immediate reaction on reading the article was to think of the Hitler Youth movement in Germany of the thirties, and to this end I checked into Wiki and compared the two groups.
  • Right Wingnut Incitements to Violence Are Being Acted Upon THE FBI AND SECRET SERVICE NEED OUR HELP

    03/09/2009 10:16:59 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 217 replies · 8,010+ views
    A libtard blog ^ | March 9, 2009 | catherinemacivor.com
    Excerpts: As you all know, Skyewriter recently wrote about the dangerous incitement to violence and direct threats at Free Republic. I also posted and directed you to Skywriter’s blog. Skyewriter and I were deluged with gun bloggers and other right wingnuts (and just nuts) who denied that this was a direct threat. ~~snip~~ One week after Skywriter posted and I directed those on my blog to the post, the Daily Kos posted on the same topic. They detailed a thread in which the wingnuts were ranting, no doubt with white froth at the mouth, about our duly elected President who...
  • Optimism growing in California, poll finds

    03/04/2009 10:55:36 AM PST · by pf flyers · 29 replies · 800+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 4, 2009 | Peter Hecht
    The Dow is down more than half. California's unemployment rate has climbed above 10 percent. Furlough seems to be the word of the day. Yet California voters are more optimistic about the direction of the country than eight months ago. And so far, they seem willing to put their trust in President Barack Obama.
  • The Anti-Psychotic Myth Exposed?

    01/29/2009 6:14:20 PM PST · by bdeaner · 123 replies · 1,222+ views
    Psychminded.com ^ | 4/2/08 | Adam James
    Anti-psychotics are not effective long-term, shrink the brain and almost triple the risk of dying early, a London NHS psychiatrist and academic has written in a new book. Isn't it about time for a deep examination of the validity of such drugs asks Adam James? ..... Christian was slouched in a chair in Bradford psychiatric unit. He was, seemingly, only half-conscious, half alive. He could hardly speak, let alone raise his head. Christian had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Two days before, in a haze of paranoia, he had punched a colleague of mine at a day centre. So Christian was...
  • ADHD drugs cause hallucinations in some kids, study says

    01/29/2009 6:03:22 PM PST · by bdeaner · 25 replies · 765+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/26/09 | Shari Roan
    A report published today in the journal Pediatrics, however, estimates the incidence of psychotic symptoms at 1.48 per 100 person-years. (Person-years is defined as total years of treatment with a drug. For example, 100 people taking a drug one year is 100 person-years.) The statistic was based on data from 49 randomized, controlled trials of ADHD medications. In those same studies, no psychotic symptoms were reported in children who did not receive medication. Moreover, an analysis of spontaneous adverse-event reports to the FDA showed more than 800 reports of psychosis or mania. Psychotic symptoms were found with every ADHD drug...
  • Village atheist: I'm afraid of babies in mangers [Open]

    12/06/2008 4:06:46 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies · 1,004+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | December 6, 2008 | Carl Olson
    This past week, Gov. Chris Gregoire of Washington State allowed—in the spirit of multiculturalism and intellectual-immolation for which the Northwest is (in)famous—a large sign to be placed next to a Nativity scene and a Christmas holiday tree (and a menorah) in the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington: "At this season of THE WINTER SOLSTICE may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." Yes, I am truly shocked: I cannot believe that a Nativity scene and...
  • Gunning for Barack Obama: "Hate Group Map" May Explain Gun Sale Surge (We're all bigots alert)

    11/30/2008 7:22:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 182 replies · 4,755+ views
    Associated Content ^ | November 22, 2008 | Gary "The G-Man" Toms
    The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Newsday, U.S.A Today, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and a host of other news organizations recently reported that gun sales across the country increased 10 percent after Barack Obama defeated John McCain. Many of the gun shop owners that were interviewed on camera stated they had never seen sales increase to this level in 15 to 20 years. Those purchasing guns said they were doing so because of a growing fear that the spiraling economy will force desperate people to commit criminal acts. Others bought them because they believe an...
  • Yet More Proof that Cynthia McKinney is a Lunatic

    10/04/2008 1:33:52 PM PDT · by vadum · 21 replies · 796+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | October 4, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    Although it might sound like a press release from the paranoid, prison-obsessed Center for Constitutional Rights, the Green Party's under-medicated presidential candidate is accusing the U.S. Department of Defense of executing 5,000 prisoners Chinese-style and dumping their bodies in a Louisiana swamp. FoxNews.com reports: Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, known for her provocative statements when she was a congresswoman from Georgia, accused the Department of Defense this week of using Hurricane Katrina to cover up the slaughter of 5,000 prisoners. At a news conference in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, McKinney claimed the Pentagon authorized the execution of the prisoners...
  • Cannabis linked to earlier psychosis onset

    09/10/2008 4:47:50 PM PDT · by RightWingConspirator · 43 replies · 408+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2008 | Unknown
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers from Spain have found a strong and independent link between cannabis use and the onset of psychosis at a younger age. The association, they say, cannot be explained by chance, and is not related to gender or the use of other drugs. It is, however, related to the amount of cannabis used.
  • Fundamentalist doctrine does not belong in schools

    08/25/2008 4:20:50 AM PDT · by Soliton · 119 replies · 1,379+ views
    The Oklahoma Daily ^ | August 25, 2008 | Zac Smith
    In June, Governor Brad Henry vetoed the “Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act,” a piece of legislature authored by Sen. James Williamson and infamous fundamentalist Rep. Sally Kern. If passed, this bill would have, among other things, guaranteed that “students may express their beliefs about religion in homework, artwork and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions.” You read that correctly. Answer on a test that the universe began 6,000 years ago with a few words from the mouth of an invisible, magical entity rather than 13.73 billion years ago with the expansion...
  • ROBERT SCHEER: Georgia war is a neocon election ploy

    08/13/2008 7:43:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 81 replies · 316+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/13/8 | Robert Scheer, Creators Syndicate, Inc.
    Is it possible that this time the October surprise was tried in August, and that the garbage issue of brave little Georgia struggling for its survival from the grasp of the Russian bear was stoked to influence the U.S. presidential election? Before you dismiss that possibility, consider the role of one Randy Scheunemann, for four years a paid lobbyist for the Georgian government, ending his official lobbying connection only in March, months after he became Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's senior foreign policy adviser. Previously, Scheunemann was best known as one of the neoconservatives who engineered the war in...
  • Furman University professors, students sign statement opposing Bush visit

    05/12/2008 11:21:28 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 42 replies · 206+ views
    WIS TV ^ | May 12, 2008 | AP
    COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - More than 200 students and faculty members at Furman University have signed a statement protesting President Bush's visit to speak at the South Carolina school's commencement later this month. Bush is scheduled to speak at Furman's graduation ceremonies May 31. The 222 co-signers say in a statement on the school's Web site that they object to the president's visit for several reasons, including the war in Iraq. They also cite the administration's "obstructing progress on reducing greenhouse gases while favoring billions in tax breaks and subsidies to oil companies that are earning record profits." English professor...
  • Primitive Catholic Church behind times on abortion

    03/02/2008 1:22:18 PM PST · by rface · 52 replies · 194+ views
    The Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune ^ | Sunday, March 2, 2008 | John Higdon
    Don Welter’s letter in the Jan. 28 Tribune contains too many errors to respond to in one letter. Although fetal tissue being human and alive is neither enlightening nor controversial, the idea such tissue is a person is an issue of Catholic superstition and not biological fact. That women, however, are persons, is a fact with which even the anti-abortionists must agree. Bernie Nathanson prostituted himself to the Catholic Church. After becoming a toady, he called himself a self-declared liar. Why in the world should we believe him now? Christopher Tietsie, a biostatistician, said the number of women killed annually...
  • Good news: Best Actress winner a freaky deaky Truther

    03/01/2008 6:07:22 PM PST · by jdm · 82 replies · 293+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 01, 2008 | Staff
    She’s French, works in Hollywood, and has volunteered for Greenpeace. Surprise.There are some sins, my friends, that even the Pickler/Burnett rule can’t expunge. “I think we’re lied to about a number of things,” she said, singling out September 11.Referring to the two passenger jets flown into the World Trade Centre, Miss Cotillard said: “We see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes, are they burned? There was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, which burned for 24 hours.It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there [New York], in a few minutes, the whole...
  • Federal Court Hands Defeat to Advocates of Abortion Notification Law (Illinois)

    03/01/2008 6:03:52 PM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 220+ views
    myfoxchicago ^ | 3/1/08 | Michael Tarm/AP
    Chicago, IL. -- A federal judge refused to allow enforcement of an ill-fated state law requiring teenage girls to notify their parents before getting abortions, potentially ending any chance the decades-old measure will ever take effect. Abortion rights groups on Saturday hailed the ruling on the legislation that was passed in 1984 and updated in 1995 but has never been enforced because of complex legal wrangling. "We're very pleased," said Lorie Chaiten of the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. "This should be the end of that law." Anti-abortion forces decried the judge's ruling on the law, which...
  • Religious right critiques hope, destroys world

    02/29/2008 1:19:58 PM PST · by XR7 · 76 replies · 278+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | 2/29/08 | Peter Johnston
    The recent criticism of hate speech on campus is entirely appropriate. But we ought to make one exception to this rule: the “religious right,” a retrograde coterie of unattractive common folk who seek to impose their irrational beliefs on the rest of us. These fundamentalists lie awake at night, plotting the imposition of the truths they have received by revelation from God. God has decreed the necessity of prohibiting abortion and gay marriage, lest the land be scourged by His wrath, so the unquestioning hordes of Jesus-freaks flood the polls on election day. The few who are at Yale (here...