Friday, March 30, 2007

No Cats Were Collateralized in the Creation of this Post

Sometimes I just like to let an Editorial speak for itself. Usually that means one from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Editorial Board.

Kitties to follow...

Iraq War: Blogging 'progress'

Every so often, it becomes clear just how little credit a country's government gives its population.

And then there's President Bush's Wednesday speech to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. El Presidente broached the subject of the war in Iraq, and how things are going quite well there, really. Straight from the transcript: "I want to share with you how two Iraqi bloggers -- they have bloggers in Baghdad, just like we've got here -- (laughter) -- 'Displaced families are returning home, marketplaces are seeing more activity ... We hope the governments of Baghdad and America do not lose their resolve.' "

So if two anonymous bloggers in Baghdad (who, it seems, we should be surprised even exist) say the city is safer, then that must be the case.

But it gets better. Later the same day, a White House deputy press secretary deflected questions on the identity of the bloggers, diminishing their importance by referring to their blog as one of "many different inputs," adding that, "Blogs are new for all of us." No, they're not, and neither are Iraqi bloggers -- does anyone remember Salam Pax?

And -- even better yet! -- The New York Times reported Thursday that the two unnamed bloggers Bush quoted are brothers -- both dentists -- who met with the president in the Oval Office on Dec. 9, 2004. They do know that people can look things up on this crazy new thing called the Internet, right?

Soundoff (11 comments)

These two are more of mi amiga, Pookie from last Sunday morning.

Thanks Goodness It's Freakin' Friday!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

It's True Of Course

Though I'm thinking mi hermanos ain't gonna be lacking habitat varieties.

And it certainly ain't keeping some people from goin' with the flow.

Ya know?

McCain for President!

I mean, why not 4 more years of the same ignorance and insanity at the helm?

. . . ‘Laughter Down The Line’

But according to CNN reporter Michael Ware, who has been in Iraq for four years, McCain is “way off base.” He stated, “To suggest that there’s any neighborhood in this city where an American can walk freely is beyond ludicrous. I’d love Sen. McCain to tell me where that neighborhood is and he and I can go for a stroll.”

Ware also rebutted McCain’s assertion that Petaeus travels in an unarmed humvee: “[I]n the hour since Sen. McCain’s said this, I’ve spoken to military sources and there was laughter down the line. I mean, certainly the general travels in a humvee. There’s multiple humvees around it, heavily armed.” Watch it:

a hundred stories

. . cuz I
can't stop myself from fallin' . .
Andrea Burns, especially the Josh Harris dub, is really doin' it for me right now.

♫♫♫♫♫ speaking, that is.

So I finally went an' ordered that mp3 player I been whinin' about not having. We'll see waht comes of that, eh...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

note to self:

Remember, there are two hands for every incident, every instant, every thought and every act: the one you see, and the one facing the clock.

{flick} . .

Then you gotta stop thinkin' about it.


Monday, March 26, 2007

I'm Not Paying For That

Maybe if the Senate backs it up, it'll have more chance for effect...


Senators Voinovich and Brown
Representative Kucinich,

All information says the war was pre-planned and not for its intended purpose: rooting out Terrorism. Instead, the Bush Administration has used lies, grotesque embellishments and anti-American means (such as torture and kidnapping) to annihilate the lives of 100s of thousands of Iraqi men, women and children.

Billions of U.S. dollars and well over 3,000 American service personnel's lives have (been) spent foolishly under ridiculous claims that it is all in the name of Americans' Security.

This is murderously foolish and must be stopped and the President and his conspirators against the Constitution of the United States must be Censored, Impeached and tried in front of their peers.

But first the war must be ended.

Act now to save your own consciences from future shame.

Of Course They're Investigating

This makes sense,

NYC City Police Spied Broadly Before GOP Convention
by Jim Dwyer

They made friends, shared meals, swapped e-mail messages and then filed daily reports with the department’s Intelligence Division. Other investigators mined Internet sites and chat rooms.


In at least some cases, intelligence on what appeared to be lawful activity was shared with police departments in other cities. A police report on an organization of artists called Bands Against Bush noted that the group was planning concerts on Oct. 11, 2003, in New York, Washington, Seattle, San Francisco and Boston. Between musical sets, the report said, there would be political speeches and videos.

“Activists are showing a well-organized network made up of anti-Bush sentiment; the mixing of music and political rhetoric indicates sophisticated organizing skills with a specific agenda,” said the report, dated Oct. 9, 2003. “Police departments in above listed areas have been contacted regarding this event.”
because of this . .
From these operations, run by the department’s “R.N.C. Intelligence Squad,” the police identified a handful of groups and individuals who expressed interest in creating havoc during the convention, as well as some who used Web sites to urge or predict violence.
[NYPD's Finest]
. . which is all well and good as long as going further requires/demands a warrant.

No 1 0ff decision by a single justice approves all related incidents going forward, either. It's gotta be signed by at least half the F.I.S.A judges within the proscribed 72 hours.

It would be nice to have just one member of the House of Reps required to sign too. A specific critter representing the House Security Committee who knows everything the F.I.F.A court and Homeland {shudder} Security know but won't tell to Congress. The only way that person changes is if they aren't re-elected.

And the only time that person shares any Classified information is when he issues a subpoena to his governmental co-workers for criminal activity.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

come together

No Nuns Were Defoliated In The Making Of This Post

Huh.. And I always thought that was an actual picture of Chuckles...

Are You Damned?
Brought to you by Rum and Monkey
  • Atheism --- You can laugh at the silly superstitions of the religious, safe in the knowledge that we are only dust and lies. All that will be left of you after you die is a slow decay and some fading memories in the minds of your friends. Hope you're enjoying your life at the moment- there's nothing better to come.

Tip o' m' headgear to The Hat himself.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

What Are You Reading . .

. . starting with the last sentence on pg 69 through the 4th or 5th on 70.
"We're not talking conscious decision, here?" Blackwell kneaded what was left of his right ear.

"No," Laney said, "I don't know what I though I was doing."

"You were trying to save her. The girl"

"It felt like something snapped. A rubber band. It felt like gravity."

"That's what it feels like, " Blackwell said, "when you decide."

IDORU William Gibson

Friday, March 23, 2007

Chimperialist Essence

House passes bill giving troop withdrawal timeline

"The Democrats have sent their message," (the Chimperor) said. "Now it is time to send their money."
Well, it is the only thing he has ever cared about as President, and before that as far as I've read.

I've generally (ad nauseum?) suggested they send him a Summons instead. That he's earned on his own, umm, merits.

Is a decent approach. Not quite pointless. I'm sort of glad they raised it for a vote.


And then there was one [1]

conversations from the inside
A series of mind boggling (at times..) conversations in my head.*

Take One:
(staring out the window onto Clifton Blvd. Rain's comin' down and people are moving purposefully 'cross streets and over them. Stone tools laid out and groove sunk in.)


As I see Evil, it's always there.
It's only turning away from Good.
Just as so many want it to be.
It's only knowing what you want
being trumped by security greed.

by fear
oh oho oh

what choices you have!
that you haven't made
that you have

a Shadow apprehended
might be befriended
by another not sedated
if light and dark
end in light and dark
How unlikely is that?

Just pressin' PUBLISH...


* WARNING: Probably not safe for reading. Anywhere.

across a sea of u5 & tu8e5

UC celebrates Science Thursday's nearly Triumphant Return!

It's 8:42am and I've got a couple days off work. I'll drink to that.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Quote of the Day: Testify!

"Every day there are thousands of good, loyal Americans who stand in courtrooms, raise their right hand and swear to tell to truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and are proud to do it... It is amazing that thousands of ordinary Americans can do it, but they are kind of special and they don't have to."
Sen Patrick Leahy, VT

Brief Reprise: If Wishes Were Fishes . .

. . my head would be an aquarium.

And this quiz'd quite likely be somewhat accurate.


I'm a Mandarin!

You're an intellectual, and you've worked hard to get where you are now. You're a strong believer in education, and you think many of the world's problems could be solved if people were more informed and more rational. You have no tolerance for sloppy or lazy thinking. It frustrates you when people who are ignorant or dishonest rise to positions of power. You believe that people can make a difference in the world, and you're determined to try.

Talent: 44%
Lifer: 38%
Mandarin: 49%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

658184 people have taken the Are You a Talent, a Lifer, or a Mandarin? (Version 2.0) personality test

Here are the results so far:

Talents: 331993 (50%)
Lifers: 219760 (33%)
Mandarins: 106431 (16%)

Hhmmm... Well, aspirations tend to be revealed more than realities via such quizzes. Of the 3 choices I suppose this one still fits the former more than the latter, pour moi.

Tip o' m' cap to teh li'l red corvette herself, Sumo, for the incidental linkage.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Is it purple yet?


Well, yeah. That works. Hat tipped to my Google home's fun tab, Interesting Photos of the Day.

There needs to be a musical category for hillbilly disco metal. With a Satriani kinda lead vibe, techno beat and heart-stabbingly sad melodies.


is somewhere inside
is something i may have dreamed of
it can't help but hide
it doesn't occasion to mean much

but i am so much awake
that i might as well come out an' join you
and it's so hard to take
that i can't help but stay and enjoy you

when ever
where ever
you are i am

you are i am

Who Knew?!

Well, I mean, other than everybody?
Two Months (39 comments )
Ned Lamont

Last week, days before the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a group of us met with Hans Blix, the former top UN weapons inspector. He reminded us that not only did the UN have hundreds of weapons inspectors on the ground in Iraq before the invasion, but that he had ready access to all of the Iraqi sites which US intel had targeted for inspection. He reminded us that weapons inspectors had already checked out some of the locations which Colin Powell would later refer to in his UN Security Council testimony, and had found no evidence of WMD. And he reminded us that, while weapons inspectors were not yet ready to stipulate whether or not Iraq still had WMD at the time of the invasion, he believed that another two months would have allowed them to make that determination.
So now it's time for Consequences and, apparently, there just aren't enough residual DemoHawks ready to morph into Doves in anything but empty words.

Maybe Lamont's victory would have made a difference in this first 60+ days. Maybe it wouldn't have been enough. Regardless, I'm sure we're gonna deserve the President we get next if we let up on demands for accountability and change vis-a-vie the continuing carnage and uncivil chaos permeating the Middle East.

Four years, hundreds of billions of dollars, and tens of thousands of dead and wounded later - with the Middle East less stable and America less secure - the invasion and subsequent occupation have proven to be a colossal foreign policy blunder for our country, with no end in sight.

Newt's Rethuglicans had their Contract on America. The results are oh so obviously not what they suggested was intended...

What kind of contract - if any - are the Dems gonna sign?

And for whose interests?

I just can't tell yet...

Through the Sky Above Me

If your secret is how you want to live, I dig it.

Sometimes I wish the whole world were like a 12-step group. Only with controls that made sense to someone who's not interested in making much money or any converts off the outcome.

That's all I really miss about doin' meetings for 3 or 4 years. Eye to eye and not job related experiences of People.

a hand to hold that fits mine...
I got suckered in by that line once. I won't do it again, but I'll always like it.


Monday, March 19, 2007

A Dog's Life

The meter is touch an' go and a few in a row get repetitive, but these two had me LOL, so what the hey, eh...

(Thanks SunnyD.)
Dog Haiku

I lie belly-up
In the sunshine, happier than
You ever will be

Today I sniffed
Many dog butts-I celebrate
By kissing your face.

Saturday, March 17, 2007


This is my radio at home. Pandora, with Future Shock, Digweed and Sasha Radio stations. Not bad, but needs subscribers to keep the interface evolving. All the adds are on screen, so no crap-overs of the music. And it's easy to skip to the next song temporarily or even permanently but you can't skip backward. That sucks. How can you skip forward and not be allowed to skip backward?

I know from some of the mixes that there're other styles. Metal. Jazz (David Gilmore, Protean Way on Sasha Radio as I type.) The interface is a good idea.


Friday, March 16, 2007

Smells Like Turd Spirit

"I'm Ann Coulter. Call Me."

Is there a voice-over goin' on here?

My fave is at 50 seconds in: "I've got ... a horse-face and a cell-phone battery for a heart..."

It didn't even need to say 'call me' after that line, eh.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

mmm mmmm! Twisted Tube & SPAM!

Alt Title: In Coulter We Trust

Very strange how I got this but I was grossin' out and laughin' my ass off so who really cares? {-;

Thanks K-Wu! Who-where-ever you are!

On an even twistier side, this Legitimate SPAM puts a new spin on a classic Request-for-assistance-moving-hijacked-loot-outta-teh-desert!

Enjoy. Especially if you've already deleted your own invitation to Share Teh Booty!

(straight copy/paste)
This mail will definitely be coming to you as a surprise,but i
must crave your indulgence to introduce myself to you. I am Capt. Chris
Carter , an american soldier, currently serving in the third infantry
division in Iraq. I am currently in Kuwait on duty break. I and my partner,
secretly moved some abandoned cash in a mansion belonging to the former
president, Saddam Husein and the total cash is 25million USD.

As I write this letter to you, this box is here with me in cash as I
secretly moved it out of Iraq to Kuwait. You do not have to be afraid of
anything as no one else knows about this and everything is safe. I would be
pleased and grateful to you if you could assist us in receiving this box for
us on your behalf as I will be heading back soon to camp in Iraq to join my
collegues. Of course, I will give you some money for your efforts.

We have limited time now, kindly get back to me immediately. Moving the
funds out of here is not going to be much of a problem as arrangements are
being made towards that. All I want from you is your trust and assurance
that if the box gets to you, you can keep it in a safe place
until our arrival. Please get back to me as your response will determine our
subsequent corresspondence. Please do not expose us and for security reasons
and do not to reveal this deal to any third party to avoid jeopardize this
transaction and my position, please treat this matter
as urgent as possible.
In God we trust,
Capt. Chris Carter

Monday, March 12, 2007

For a friend . .

. . whom I don't really know, but do greatly value.

Lotsa Love and Luck! ! !


I posted that as I was collecting my crap to head out the door for work. The following really needs to go along with it. (Took me 5 plays to get to work and I turned off the player as the last one ended pullin' into the parkin' lot. {-; )

Usually, I think of my step kid when listening to this song (volume cranked, of course) but I hope it'll someday be true for me as well. Even if that someone is only my self.
Foo Fighters Best Of You

I’ve got another confession to make
I’m your fool
Everyone’s got their chains to break
Holdin’ you

Were you born to resist or be abused
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you

Are you gone and onto someone new
I needed somewhere to hang my head without your noose
You gave me something that I didn’t have but had no use
I was too weak to give in, too strong to lose
My heart is under arrest again but I break loose
My head is giving me life or death
but I can’t choose
I swear I’ll never give in, no I refuse

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you

Has someone taken your faith
It's real, the pain you feel
You trust,
You must,

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you

Oh right . .

Oh, o' oh
Oh, o' oh

Has someone taken your faith
It's real, the pain you feel
The life, the love you die to heal
The hope that starts
The broken hearts
You trust,
You must,

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you

I’ve got another confession my friend, I’m no fool
I’m getting tired of starting again, somewhere new
Were you born to resist or be abused
I swear I’ll never give in, I refuse

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you

Has someone taken your faith
It's real, the pain you feel
You trust,
You must,

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you
BTW, the linked site says there's a video with it, but I can't tell if that's so cuz o' my work's firewall. Check it out if it's there. It's really one of those tunes on my All Time Top 10 list.


Friday, March 09, 2007

No More Excuses

This is a (mostly) straight Copy/Paste from "HC" of Atheists-World.

Unfortunately I didn't read it whilst at home, so don't know what it sounds like thanks to my work's firewall blockin' MP3s. D'oh! I do LOVE the lyrics though, so will def be checkin' it out once I get me home this afternoon.

New freethought song, "Demon Haunted World," written and performed by
John Annen, a member of Minnesota's freethought community (Humanists
of MN and MN Atheists) is available at this web site as an MP3:

Lyrics to "Demon-Haunted World" are below:

© John Annen

Early man looked to the sky
To try to answer how and why.
That people live and people die
They didn't have a clue.

They didn't have electric lights
They watched the skies on starry nights
The constellations burned so bright
They gave them all a name.

They named them after things they knew.
Like lions, bears and hunters too.
Throughout the ages legends grew
Till people may have thought they were true.

The myth of gods and devils grew
Egyptian, Greek and Roman too.
The young ones thought the old ones knew.
But they didn't have a clue . . . not at all.

It's a demon haunted world we live in
Use reason, do not give in.
Focus on realities
Not supernatural deities.

Remember what we're dealing with
Is superstition lies and myth
Taught to every boy and girl
In our demon haunted world
We're living in a demon haunted world.

Constantine was no one's fool
He used religion as a tool
Converted in a "miracle"
And gates to Europe's cities fell

They spread the godly empire
With inquisition, sword and fire.
Resistor's fates were often dire
Leaving free thought on the funeral pyre.

The empire spread beyond the sea
To the new land of liberty
The founding fathers there could see
That separation was the key.

Extremist leaders of the right
Still want to force a culture fight
They try to shove it down our craws
By forcing faith into our laws.

Turmoil in the Middle East
What solution hurts the least?
Faith seldom ever leads to peace
When dogs of war have been released.

Watch it on the evening news

Muslims fighting with the Jews.
Pacts for peace they all refuse.
No one wins and we all lose.

People of this bleeding Earth tell me
What's religion really worth?
Based on myth and far out tales
Please tell me why it still prevails.

Negotiations have been tried
Between religions that divide.
They will not budge on either side
They still don't have a clue . . . not at all

It's a demon haunted world we live in
Use reason, do not give in.
Focus on realities
Not supernatural deities.

Remember what we're dealing with
Is superstition lies and myth
Taught to every boy and girl
In our demon haunted world.
We're living in a demon haunted world.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

You're Next Shooter!

Wow! There IS still Justice in the world!

  • Obstruction of justice: GUILTY
  • False statements to FBI investigators (Russert conversation): GUILTY
  • False statement to FBI investigators (Cooper conversation): NOT GUILTY
  • Perjury to the grand jury (Russert conversation): GUILTY
  • Perjury to the grand jury (Cooper conversation): GUILTY

Monday, March 05, 2007

King George Lionheart

There. A compliment.

Now, let's see what good it does any of us.
Don't Send a Lion to Catch a Mouse
By Shankar Vedantam
Monday, March 5, 2007; Page A03

Two centuries ago, Napoleon Bonaparte sent his armies into Spain to overthrow a monarch who had once been a French ally. Napoleon, who believed he was touched by the hand of destiny, predicted his troops would be welcomed as liberators by ordinary Spaniards. He was wrong. The resulting Peninsular War from 1808 to 1814 seriously undermined French prestige, handed Napoleon a stinging defeat and produced a raft of unanticipated consequences that included the outbreak of deadly civil wars.
Which bit of History teh Decider surely knows, having presumably earned his History laurels in the Ivy League.

Remember the story 'bout the silly human walking down the street and falling into a gaping hole? Next time he walked down the same street, he noticed the hole, just before falling into it again. The next time he noticed the hole in time and walked around it.

Well, Shrub seems intent on not noticing the holes he's walking in to. What makes it so bad is that he's not doing the walking himself. He's just pushing young men and women ahead of him - lead from the rear style - and telling 'em "they ain't no hole. March on! I've Decided it!"

My man is just too clueless to see he's acting on the same historically evolved instinct as the "insurgents" he's sure he can either defeat or sway.

Two political scientists recently examined 250 asymmetrical conflicts, starting with the Peninsular War. Although great powers are vastly more powerful today than in the 19th century, the analysis showed they have become far less likely to win asymmetrical wars. More surprising, the analysis showed that the odds of a powerful nation winning an asymmetrical war decrease as that nation becomes more powerful.


While the findings are of immediate interest because of the situation in Iraq, the social scientists are really trying to address a systemic issue: America has gotten stuck in the Hollywood notion that a military with ever more powerful armaments is a more effective military.

Reversing that view will be difficult because it calls into question the utility of giant defense projects, Lyall said. Also, the findings lend credence to the politically unpopular notion that successfully prosecuting an asymmetrical war, such as the one in Iraq, requires a large fighting force and, possibly, high casualties as troops asked to blend in with local populations become vulnerable targets for insurgents.

Lyall and Wilson are testing other theories that might explain their empirical finding -- unlike the hammer-is-too-large-for-the-nail theory*, the most prominent of these alternate explanations will not give Washington policymakers much to work with: Many of the 250 asymmetrical wars that the scientists studied involved colonial powers trying to subjugate various peoples -- imperial Europe fighting distant wars in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The rise of nationalism over the past two centuries and the revulsion that colonialism now inspires might also explain the declining ability of major powers to subjugate weaker nations.

"One of the best rival explanations is nationalism," Lyall agreed. The French and the Russians, for example, won asymmetrical wars in Algeria and Chechnya in the 19th century, but lost asymmetrical wars in those same places in the 20th century. "In the 19th century, there was not a literacy for nationalism. You look at a lot of these colonial wars. The great powers could play off tribes against each other. By the 1960s, you cannot do that anymore."

[Got a better mousetrap?]
At least not with any semblance of the results you were expecting from it.

* Oh well. There goes Rumsfeld's rational for teching up the military. Not that such a course was ever one which Shrub was staying. I'm honestly not sure as anyone knows what course that actually is.

Teh Gasifier

The picture's just hilarious.

The story is actually pretty interesting.

Gasification may be key to U.S. ethanol

Gasification is a fairly simple process, based on chemistry developed in the 1920s, said Robert Brown, an Iowa State University chemical engineering professor and director of the school's Office of Biorenewables Programs.

The syngas produced during gasification mixes more readily with chemical catalysts, so it could be more easily turned into other fuels, chemicals and materials. Just add steam and you could produce hydrogen to power a fuel-cell vehicle, Brown said.

Of the six companies awarded U.S.
Department of Energy grants, three will use versions of fermentation technology. But two others will use gasification and one will use a hybrid of both technologies:

• Alico Inc., a LaBelle, Fla.-based agribusiness company, would get up to $33 million to turn yard waste, wood waste and citrus peel into syngas, which would then be converted into ethanol, electricity and hydrogen.

• Range Fuels Inc., of Broomfield, Colo., would get up to $76 million for a plant near Soperton, Ga., to convert timber scraps into syngas to make ethanol and methanol.

• Abengoa Bioenergy, a St. Louis-based division of Spain's Abengoa SA, would receive up to $76 million for an 11.4 million gallons-per-year plant in Colwich, Kan., that would use both biochemical and thermochemical processes to convert corn stalks, wheat straw and switchgrass.

The Energy Department helped demonstrate the viability of gasification in the mid-1990s when it awarded Georgia-based FERCO $9.2 million to help build a power plant running on wood chips. By 2001, the $18 million plant in Burlington, Vt., was generating more than 200 megawatt-hours of electricity a day.

To compete in the marketplace, companies will have to make sure their feedstock supplies are consistent, do more research into catalysts that turn syngas into fuels, and develop better materials to contain the thermochemical reactions, according to the Energy Department.

The syngas would have to be cleaned and conditioned to remove contaminants, which is an expensive task. Energy officials say companies will have to bring down those costs if they're to compete in the market.
[The rest . . .]

Sunday, March 04, 2007

2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10

The ones Shrub breaks daily.

From an email from the younger of my two older sisters.

Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas.

(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin' before God.
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin'.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yers.
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff
I wonder which ones this silly human finds most important? (Thanks to Tonya for bringing that depressing bit o' humanity to my attention.)


Aahhh no worries, eh. I've kinda felt that way since '69.

an itch inside me
Impervious to scratching
relief, brief then gone

I'll keep workin' on it.


Friday, March 02, 2007

"Hee Hee"

Tip o' my skullcap to my brother Hee, err um, Lee.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Things that (Should) make you say "Duh!"

Thursday, March 1, 2007; Page A10

Schizophrenics Need More Than Medicating

Schizophrenia patients in the United States desperately need social services and rehabilitation programs because medications alone are doing little to help them improve their quality of life, according to a government study into antipsychotic drugs.

The findings mirror what many clinicians have long reported -- large numbers of patients come into doctors' offices in crisis and are temporarily stabilized with medications but soon relapse because the drugs have limited effectiveness or intolerable side effects.

In studies and editorials published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, psychiatrists said the medications had only modest benefits in helping patients resume constructive lives. Schizophrenia, which afflicts about 1 percent of all adults, impairs thinking and social relationships.

"The treatments we are using don't measure up all that well," said Jeffrey Lieberman, a Columbia University psychiatrist who headed the study that looked at an older medication and several newer drugs. "They are effective, but they are not effective in producing major improvements."
(emphases mine)

C'est la vie?