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An obvious lack of original thought

…on my part.  This stuff is clever, as usual.

New Liberal Flag

Counter-intuitive, but true

Love Trumps Hate

Because this is something you might need to know

From xkcd

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A treatment for Depression and Anxiety in Cancer Patients

Mushrooms.  As in “Magic Mushrooms”.  As in hallucinogenic Mushrooms.

Well, actually, psilocybin.

About 80 percent of cancer patients showed clinically significant reductions in both psychological disorders, a response sustained some seven months after the single dose. Side effects were minimal.

(‘both disorders’ being Depression and Anxiety – cziltang)

As one might expect, researchers don’t really have a clue as to why this works.  One theory is that the effect is a result of the fact that psilocybin quiets activity in the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain in which increased activity is associated with depression.  Another theory is that the positive, mystical experience interrupts the self-absorbed thinking that is usually present in depressed people.  Another idea is that the experience creates a sort of “reverse PTSD”; an experience so positive and mystical that it leaves a lasting impression.

Obviously, this isn’t party animals doing ‘shrooms randomly.  It is done in a controlled setting with an emphasis on introspection.  To me, the interesting part of the results is that the magnitude of the mystical experience correlated with the degree to which the symptoms were reduced.

via Isegoria

 

 

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How did this happen?

If you still can’t believe that President Trump (gosh that was fun to write and yes, I wrote it deliberately hoping someone who reads this is triggered and has to retreat to a Safe Space with their blanky) is, in fact, the legally elected, legitimate President of the United States and you just can’t understand how it could have happened, I offer this bit of illumination.

(via Isegoria)

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Drinking Problem

Liberals have a drinking problem.

Death of Civility (again)

When Kevin at The Smallest Minority is moved to write something big, it is well worth your time to read it.  If you don’t get why there is a fundamental difference in the world view, rhetoric, and perceived acceptable actions of Leftists and Conservatives, (or worse, don’t get that there IS a fundamental difference) take a couple of minutes and read this one.

And once again “political civility” is on the tongues of the media talking heads, and the waves of incivility are being blamed on Trump’s supposed legions of hatey-hatemonger racist homo-xeno-gender-phobes in a renewed ” ‘Shut up,’ they explained” campaign. Never mind the actual evidence.

Go read the whole thing.

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Chinese New Year Horoscope

The Czar has posted your Chinese New Year horoscopes for the coming year over at the Gormogons.

I can never remember which “year of” I was born in.  I’m thinking it may have been the Year of the Sleestak.

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Rocket Knife

via LMAO

A homemade small scale rocket sled with a knife attached, hurtling down a homemade track at 150 mph, into a variety of objects?  What’s not to like?

150 mph rocket knife

1000 degree red hot rocket knife

I stuck a smoke bomb in the  tail of a model biplane one 4th of July when I was a kid.  I’m sort of embarrassed by my lack of vision.

 

Knights

I don’t generally watch videos on YouTube, especially ones that run more than a minute or two.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe it’s FOMO on some nebulous “better” thing that might be out there.  Maybe it’s because I have trouble hearing speech over background sounds.  Maybe I just don’t have the required attention span.  Maybe it’s just that I prefer the written word.  At any rate, SDA had links to a series on Knights.  It’s in German, but the subtitles are good.  Each one is 50 minutes long.  The fact that I watched all three beginning to end is as high a recommendation as I can muster.

Men in Iron

For Fame and Honor

Last of Their Kind

 

 

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