A secondary use for a drug that makes me nervous

The BBC describes a secondary use of
beta-blockers
that helps
people forget traumatic events. At first glance, this seems to help
patients such as those suffering from PTSD. However, in addition to the
issues raised in the article, I have to question:

  • Is preventing the formation of a memory the best way to deal with psychological trauma?
  • What the hell else is this drug doing if it’s lowering blood pressure and screwing around with your neurotransmitters?
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Stuff

I’ve been spending the last few days just trying to keep my life
rolling. I would like to take a little time to say congratulations to
the staff and crew behind the launch of the space shuttle this morning
and safe returns!

In the meantime, back on Earth, I’m going to stay inside out of the
crushing triple-digit heat until thunderstorms knock the temps down 20
or so degrees later this week.

To you in blogland, I say go inside and get a beer (and stay inside),
or go to a pool, or turn on the hose. (Or go to the southern
hemisphere.)

Eff this

!http://www.ibiblio.org/smiley/blog/images/5day_400x300.thumb.jpg!

For you desert folk that may like this, recall that the humidity outlook looks a lot like this, too.

Controversial? Maybe not?

Well, I thought that Robert’s nomination was controversial, but “maybe it’s not”:http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/07/21/scotus.main/index.html. If you have Diane Feinstein avoiding filibuster rhetoric (which might be expected of all Senators this early, but still, this is _Feinstein_ we’re talking about), you might think twice about saying this is a controversial nomination.

At any rate, my gut-level reaction is that I’m not going to like him (what with his involvement in the 2000 election lawsuit crap and the case of the arrest of a 12 year old eating fries), but we’ll have to wait and see how that bears out.

“a brilliant constitutional lawyer with unquestioned integrity”

Time to start “asking the questions”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4699927.stm, Mr. Hatch. Of course, with his being a partisan right-winger, don’t expect hard questioning to come from him.

“Bitch Ph.D.”:http://bitchphd.blogspot.com and “Daily Kos”:http://www.dailykos.com have much more than I can ever hope to dig up on Roberts[1], and from what I see, I hope this guy gets a good “borking”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bork#.22Bork.22_as_a_verb (latter definition).

Brian wonders if this nomination, which I’d call controversial, is designed to take the “heat off of Rove”:http://phillybri.blogspot.com/2005/07/judge-john-roberts-you-figure-it-out.html. Good question, Brian. A judicial filibuster showdown in the Senate is just what the doctor ordered for a failing presidency that’s becoming more unraveled by the day. Expect Frist and others to go onto television shows such as _The 700 Club_ to drum up support for the “nuclear option” again painting Roberts as a man of integrity who’ll fight the Forces of Abortion and Other Darkness who’ll pander to the “Jesus Hates Fags” crowd.

Yeah, Bush is a uniter, all right. If he has his way, he’ll unite the same way the Romulans wanted to “reunite with the Vulcans”:http://startrek.epguides.info/?ID=282.

I don’t like this at all.

fn1. For those who have their head under a rock. 1. I envy you. 2. John Roberts, Jr. is Bush’s nominee to replace O’Connor on the Supreme Court.

More on yoga and weight loss

A “large observational study”:http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/node/8477 provides more evidence between yoga and weight loss, this time in middle-aged people.

Fuzzy brains

Dear Diary,

My head is still swimming from the Umber Hulk, so pardon me if this is all jumbled.

We found the drow cave after some time. I remember taking out a scout in a tree (now that I can go through the Plane of Shadow a short distance I can do these things a lot more easily). We pumped him for info and then turned him into a rabbit. (I love adventuring with this TTC(Tinker Trading Company).)

Then Shadow found a drow priestess and she MFing hit him with a beam of searing light. Argh! I wanted to kill her but the party decided she was worth more alive and incompacitated. So she’s tied up in a tree bound in a state where she can’t cast spells. Once we’re done with her …

But here’s the part that’s got me all fuzzy-headed. I scouted out a monster, but it seemed to know exactly where I was. I couldn’t hide from it. Then it let out this … well, I guess it was a noise and I’ve gone all fuzzy. My compatriots tell me that I tried to attack it and it hit me, I guess that’s where this wound came from. Well, that Nigel really knows how to fry things, and he and Rock took the thing out quickly. They keep talking about how they’re surprised at how tough it was.

Well, we’re in this cave, and there’s this door that tells us to KEEP OUT in dwarvish. I personally don’t want to know what’s in there, but once one of our clerics heals Shadow (that’s a story in itself … a Priest of the Morning Sun healing a Shadow! Ha!) I think we’ll send him in to see what’s there. And there’s all these drugged slaves, including two halflings and a bullette(!) in a cage.

We’ve a lot of work to do, and I’ve got to get this fog out of my head.