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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Oil-its cost and it's consequences

The latest rise in oil prices again brings into focus all the screaming and economic pain associated with my food money going into my f--ing gas tank. A government official in Alasaka is asking for more drilling, supposedly a 60 year supply that would rival middle eastern output is available. That sounds wonderful. However, we grant our government the right to protect future generations from the excesses of current citizens. Oil is a resource which is not just needed for fuel. We use it to create fertilizers, it is a lubricant. It also is used in the production of plastics and many other products. All of these products will be gone when the oil is. I say we need to bleed the middle east dry. Use ALL there oil right now. Even if the cost is high. Why?-so that 20 to 60 years from now, my great grand children still have an oil source which can be tapped for their needs. Another long term benefit-If the middle east is out of oil, so is there power base. No more Gadafi's or Irans to worry about. I don't like high prices, but more use of renewable energy plus saving current supplies for later, it might just put off the economic carnage I see in the not so distant future.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Scary Mug Shots To Dissuade Kids From Using Drugs

Oregon sheriff using scary mug shots to dissuade kids from using drugs

Over a period of time I watched hundreds of people in a small town in southern california
become addicted to meth. There lives tumbled from productive to incarcerated.
The entire town suffered. Not just the addicts. Families were destroyed along with the individuals.
There used to be a movie called scared straight-This is probably a better example. One which is REAL.
I have personally seen the disintegration of hundreds of people. And there faces after years of addiction.
This movie is as real as it gets. So are the faces. Don't do hard drugs-they waste you away and then they kill
you. Watch the movie. It's not your mommy talking, it's real.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Systematic (IUPAC) name
CAS number537-46-2
ATC codeN06BA03
PubChemCID 1206
ChemSpider1169 Yes
UNII44RAL3456C Yes
Chemical data
Mol. mass149.233 g/mol
SMILESeMolecules & PubChem
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability62.7% oral; 79% nasal; 90.3% smoked; 99% rectally; 100% IV
Half-life9–12 hours[1]
Therapeutic considerations
Pregnancy cat.C(US)
Legal statusControlled (S8) (AU) Schedule I(CA) Schedule II (US) Class A(NZ)
Schedule 5(SA)
Injectable:Class A, Oral: A(UK)
RoutesMedical: Oral
Recreational: Oral, I.V.I.M., Insufflation, Inhalation, Rectal
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Methamphetamine (pronounced /ˌmɛθæmˈfɛtəmiːn/ listen), also known as metamfetamine (INN for the (+) form), methylamphetamine,N-methylamphetaminedesoxyephedrine, and colloquially as "meth" or "crystal meth", is a psychostimulant of the phenethylamine andamphetamine class of drugs. It increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem, and increase libido.[2][3] Methamphetamine has high potential for abuse and addiction by activating the psychological reward system via triggering a cascading release of dopaminenorepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. Methamphetamine is FDA approved for the treatment of ADHD and exogenous obesity, marketed in the USA under the trademark name Desoxyn.[4]
Methamphetamine is illicitly synthesized and then sold in a crystalline form resembling small shards of odorless, bitter-tasting crystals; leading to the colloquial nickname "crystal meth". Following a period of heavy use, also known as "bingeing", which typically last days or even weeks, a severe withdrawal syndrome lasting up to 10 days can occur, primarily consisting of depression, fatigue, excessive sleeping and an increased appetite. Chronic methamphetamine abuse may result in prolonged psychiatric disorders, cognitive impairment, as well as an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
As a result of methamphetamine-induced neurotoxicity to dopaminergic neurons, chronic abuse may also lead to withdrawal symptoms which persist beyond the withdrawal period for months, and even up to a year.[5] Research has found that 20% of methamphetamine addicts experience a psychosis resembling schizophrenia which persists for longer than six months post-methamphetamine use; this amphetamine psychosis can be resistant to traditional treatment.[6] In addition to psychological harm, physical harm, primarily consisting of cardiovasculardamage, may occur with chronic abuse or acute overdose.[7]

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