Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I locked my car --- as I walked away I heard my car door unlock I went back and locked my car again three times. I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. When I looked straight at them they did not unlock my car again.
How to lock your car safely -
While traveling, my son stopped at a roadside park. He came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later and found someone had gotten into his car, and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator briefcase....you name it....
He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into - the police told him that there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device..
They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim. They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and have a few minutes to steal and run. The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car, that way if there is someone siting in a parking lot watching for their next victim it will not be you.
When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting...it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain - it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be stolen. Something totally new to us...and real.
Be aware of this and please pass this note on...look how many times we all lock our doors with our remote...just to be sure we remembered to lock them.....and bingo someone has our code...and whatever was in the car...can be stolen.
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Our cultural treasury of songs and stories, images and icons, has been looted and copyrighted. Any clever phrase you can think of is already a trademarked slogan. Our very human relationships and abilities have been taken away from us and sold back, so that we are now dependent on strangers, and therefore on money, for things few humans ever paid for until recently: food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, child care, cooking. Life itself has become a consumer item. Today we sell away the last vestiges of our divine bequeathment: our health, the biosphere and genome, even our own minds. This is the process that is culminating in our age. It is almost complete, especially in America and the "developed" world. In the developing world there still remain people who live substantially in gift cultures, where natural and social wealth is not yet the subject of property. Globalization is the process of stripping away these assets, to feed the money machine's insatiable, existential need to grow. Yet this stripmining of other lands is running up against its limits too, both because there is almost nothing left to take, and because of growing pockets of effective resistance.
REad the whole article here: realitysandwich.com/
Sunday, February 1, 2009
There is no language in the bill that would assure mothers are given non-drug options or accurate information about the subjectivity of the diagnoses (a checklist of questions) or the documented risks of psychiatric drugs. This violates informed consent and puts new mothers and their infants at risk.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Antipsychotics: History - Then and Now
January 29, 2009 — Your Friend
Modern mind medicines begin to lose luster
January 27, 2009
Hundreds of years ago, people with mental illness might be burned at the stake or locked away in a dungeon. In the early 20th century, some patients with schizophrenia were lobotomized with an ice pick to blunt emotions and reduce agitation.
Other treatments included padded cells, straitjackets, cold wet sheets and electroshock therapy. Mental institutions in the first part of the 20th century were sometimes referred to as “snake pits.”
It was in this barbaric context that the first antipsychotic drugs were developed. In 1952, when Thorazine (chlorpromazine) was first introduced, it was hailed as a breakthrough.
Other drugs such as Stelazine (trifluoperazine), Mellaril (thioridazine) and Haldol (haloperidol) followed. Although these antipsychotic medications were popular with psychiatrists, patients often thought of them as chemical straitjackets.
Such drugs helped reduce hallucinations and agitation. But there was a high price to pay for the apparent benefits. The drugs made people feel sedated and slowed them down, resulting in a zombielike shuffle.
Other side effects included dizziness, slurred speech, seizures and a variety of movement disorders such as severe neck muscle spasms causing head twitches or uncontrollable rhythmic movements such as sticking out the tongue. Urinary retention, constipation and sexual difficulties also contributed to the drugs’ unpopularity with patients, who often discontinued their medicines as soon as they were discharged.
A newer generation of schizophrenia drugs was introduced in the early 1990s with great fanfare. Drugs like Clozaril (clozapine), Risperdal (risperidone), Zyprexa (olanzapine), Seroquel (quetiapine), Geodon (ziprasidone) and Abilify (aripiprazole) are known as atypical antipsychotics.
Psychiatrists hoped that these medications would be better tolerated and much more effective than older antipsychotics. Some even believed the new drugs would help schizophrenic patients return to normal.
More than $13 billion is spent on antipsychotic medications each year. They are prescribed for a range of conditions beyond schizophrenia, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, bipolar disorder, insomnia, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD and major depression.
Despite the initial enthusiasm, there is growing consternation about the safety and effectiveness of these powerful mind medicines. A few years ago, a study found that the newer and far pricier drugs were no more effective or less likely to cause troublesome side effects than an older antipsychotic (New England Journal of Medicine, Sept. 22, 2005). A new study in the same journal (Jan. 15, 2009) reported an alarming rate of sudden cardiac death linked to the newer drugs.
It’s no wonder that patients and families are nervous about these medicines, especially when you consider that they can cause other complications such as dramatic weight gain, diabetes, strokes and irregular heart rhythms. Children and older people may be particularly vulnerable.
People with mental illness deserve much better treatment than they have received to date. Although lobotomies and straitjackets are no longer used, modern medications leave a lot to be desired.
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Teresa Graedon holds a doctorate in medical anthropology and is a nutrition expert.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Time is an interesting concept. You realize, if you can grasp it, that there is no past, really. We create it out of stuff which we keep around, either paper (such as that which must be collected for the tax man), posessions, or memories (good and bad).
Long ago when I was young, I thought you never escaped your past. But you do, constantly, you know. Time is a concept.
For instance, we assume that we have barriers beyond which we can't reach. One is space, another time. And yet, the Internet, the phone, the TV, the webcam -- all are defeating space. And time -- ha! I've sometimes been in better communication with the author of a good book than with my neighbors.
There are those who believe we are dust unto dust. I am quite sure (myself) that I am apart from the physical universe and can transcend it, even so simply as in the reading of a book. And when I write, I am reaching out to you. Do you hear me?
Here's more on the relationship of spirit and the world.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
As I got older, I felt a bit guilty that I hadn't "written," "kept up with..." etc. Took me a while to realize that the other party hadn't either.
I believed (still do) that if you like someone, you are inevitably going to run into them again. Although now I think that it may be next lifetime.
The electronic age, however, has caught up. Networking on the Internet is all the rage. I've just succumbed to the 3rd invitation by someone to join facebook. I entered my address book as a *.csv (comma separated value) file. Suddenly, hundreds of names and emails and pictures popped up and I was asked if I wanted to add some as "friends" or just select all. Well, I went through and selected some 50-100 names that I recognized.
What will this lead to? I am breathless. Could there be too much of a good thing?
Monday, January 26, 2009
Here's a site that has some useful advice.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
We hear about the extraordinary worldwide collapse of national economies. At the same time, the psychiatrists are making hay with their diagnoses and prescriptions. Are you depressed? Stressed? Well, they have the solution. Or do they? The video I've blogged here is very enlightening. (By the way, the crimes of psychiatrists are beginning to come to light. We need a concerted effort by all of us to expose this fraud.)
Oh, and, by the way, maybe you should be depressed!