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someone needs to give Mr. Gonzo a ticket for moving that mouth. wow, if he gets away with all this he is a "good" lawyer. lol. Countdown's #5 yesterday: breaking news on Negroponte memo & Senator Leahy interview. my own special comment brewing. maybe i'll call it, The Sword of Gryffindor!.

anyway, driving to Dr C's today for another brain tuneup. no marine layer :( so a hot sticky drive through downtown LA .... with no air conditioner. poor me. oh yeah, i forgot....... SLY! ( which reminds me, need to do a dick cavett post, used to watch him all the time — i have his book somewhere).

[28-July|07:48am] :: tried to comment at Alan's post thursday before driving downtown, but it didn't take. thought i knew what suicide was, nope. Dr. C & i discussed my suicidal ideation surprise. Alan provided a better description of what suicide is for a clueless layperson like me. he also mentions (if i remember) Prozac & i was going to link to The Hartford Courant's 2006 report on prozac & the military [+]: The U.S. military is sending troops with serious psychological problems into Iraq and is keeping soldiers in combat even after superiors have been alerted to suicide warnings and other signs of mental illness, a Courant investigation has found [...] Once at war, some unstable troops are kept on the front lines while on potent antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, with little or no counseling or medical monitoring.

learned about this on Countdown @ 24-July in an interview w/ Staff Sergeant John Daniel Shannon:

OLBERMANN: On this specific issue of post-traumatic stress, which every time we hear something about this it seems to get a little worse. I heard last month about soldiers—the ones who can‘t prove that they actually witnessed horrible violence, that they weren‘t part of the action reports, they are given in the field as treatment Motrin. I heard from the father of a vet who has been in three tours in Iraq, says the Army diagnosed his son with post traumatic stress disorder, treated him in a hospital for a while. Now they‘re sending him back to Iraq for a fourth tour with a prescription for Prozac. Is this possible? Are we actually sending psychologically wounded vets back into battle with a gun and a handful of Prozac?

SHANNON: I‘m certain it‘s possible. The simple fact is that soldier may be pushing to go back, shades of Vietnam; service members that would go back into combat. However, just hearing about that story is something that requires further looking into, because to send a soldier back into a combat zone who is prescribe a serotonin retake inhibitor is clearly an indicator that service member is not mentally prepared to be there. Sure, keep him in the service, if someone has determined that he his fit for service. But don‘t send him back in there if he is potentially going to be a detriment to his unit under fire, rather than a help. That is something that young man probably would not want to hear. However, that is something that is the responsibility for higher authorities, medical authorities, to make the determination, and commanders on the ground, to say if this gentleman is on the same level of medication, he needs to have a further look into his—fit for duty is one thing. Fit for combat is another.

while looking for the Courant link, found some Prozac trivia, which leaves me wondering how things are really going in Afghanistan & Iraq.

Out of the Darkness: The secret tragedy of suicide :: Prozac, an anti depressant, is prescribed so often in Britain that traces of it are turning up in the groundwater and rivers, where it has seeped from sewage treatment systems into the nation's drinking supply.

Ever wonder why sharks always look like they're smiling? :: Look at the situation in Iraq. We've been told about "turning a corner" there so many times that anybody who's counting would have to wonder if we've turned ourselves back to square one. And yet there's still some patience left and a willingness to imagine that despite all previous evidence everything's gonna come out fine. How could this be? How could there be so much undeserved optimism around us? I didn't have a clue until I talked to Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, a marine researcher who studies sharks off Florida's coast. Gelsleichter works at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, and his most recent study has been on bull sharks in the Caloosahatchee River. Gelsleichter's interest is in determining whether human pollutants find their way into animals. He had previously tested sharks for pesticides. This time he wanted to find out whether sharks were absorbing women's birth control drugs, and if so, whether it was affecting the birth rate of sharks. The idea is that some of the synthetic estrogen would be excreted in urine, which would be sent to treatment plants and eventually discharged into waterways, where the sharks would absorb it. Gelsleichter expected to find synthetic estrogen in the sharks' blood. But he didn't. What he found was a variety of human antidepressant drugs. The sharks' blood showed traces of six prescription antidepressants: Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Luvox, Paxil and Effexor. "We know these things are overprescribed," Gelsleichter said. "We need to figure out if they're getting in the water supply."


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