Ever wonder about those people one sees standing outside entrances to public buildings and offices smoking? No matter what weather or time of day they isolate themselves to toke tobacco. What a hold nicotine addiction has on its victims.
Almost half of all cigarettes sold in the United States (44 percent) are consumed by people with mental illness.
This is because so many people who have mental illnesses smoke (50 to
80 percent, compared with less than 20 percent of the general
population) and because they smoke so many cigarettes a day -- often
...smoking is concentrated among people with mental illness, often
compounded by substance-abuse disorders such as alcoholism.
Go to most AA meetings, and the room will be so full of smoke that you can cut it
with a knife.
Ask the members, and they will tell you that it was much
easier to stop drinking than to stop smoking. Indeed, nicotine, the
addictive component of tobacco smoke, is as habituating as cocaine or
heroin, and it has a similar effect on chemical receptors in the brain. More
For years I've been hiding my suspicion that nuclear energy, so derided and opposed by my fellow environmentalists, especially those affiliated or following the lead of Greenpeace--an organization I have worked for and admired--might be an answer to the perilous price and dwindling supply of oil.
While it may still be arguable that we've reached peak oil, that point at which known, accessible deposits of affordable oil have been fully exploited, the specter of global warming spurred by burning fossil fuels is enough to re-examine the benefit of nuclear power generation, problematic though it may be.
Happily I have discovered that in this too heretical belief I am not alone.
Power to Save the World is a picaresque, flat-out love song to the
bad boy of the great American energy debate -- as good a book as we're
likely to get on a subject mired in political incorrectness, general
unfathomability and essentially limitless gut fears.
It's also the
latest plot point for one of the few unassailably positive byproducts
of global-warming mania: the quiet emergence of pro-nuke greens, led by
such impeccable apostates as Whole Earth founder Stewart Brand and
James Lovelock, the British chemist best known for his
Earth-is-a-living-organism "Gaia hypothesis."
Thanksgiving this year brought with it the usual admonitions to be grateful. Listeners to NPR heard about recent studies by UC Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons wsho has made a science out of
In the past decade, his research has shown that people
who count their blessings -- not just on the fourth Thursday of
November each year, but in daily gratitude journals -- exercise more
regularly, complain of fewer illness symptoms and feel better about
their lives overall.
Compared with those who chronicle daily hassles, people who take time
instead to record their reasons for giving thanks also feel more
loving, forgiving, joyful, enthusiastic and optimistic about their
futures. Their family and friends report that they seem happier and are
more pleasant to be around.
"Gratitude is literally one of the few things that can measurably change people's lives," Emmons says.
The following video presents in a poignant way some of the things
many of us have to be grateful for....and some of the things so many of us still must suffer. View
Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee have released a report on the
total costs of the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan ,
including "hidden costs" such as interest on the money we're borrowing,
and long term healthcare for vets.
The bill comes to $3.5 trillion.
If $3.5 trillion is the true cost of these military adventures,
$11,500 is the amount every man, woman and child in this country pays.
So, a family of four would pay $46,000 just for this war.
What about the impact of these costs on education, the very thing
that so often helps to increase earnings?
$46,000 would cover 90% of
the tuition costs to attend a four year public university in Texas for
both children in that family of four.
But, instead of sending kids to college, too often we’re sending
them to Iraq , where the best news in a long time is they aren't
killing our men and women as fast as they were last month. More
Desperate Republicans frantically looking for a presidential candidate with even a faint chance of holding the White House despite the mess made by the Bush/Cheney cabal seemingly have allowed Rudi Gulliani to assume the lead at this early start of the 2008 race.
I'm impressed with the focus my former TV colleagues at UK Channel 4 have taken on Rudi's supposed front-runner status. If the GOP masterminds think they can win with this tainted sow's ear they are in for a surprise.
Washoe, the female chimpanzee whose use of American
Sign Language opened the first studies of non-human use of language
has died of natural causes at the research institute on the campus of
Central Washington University.
Washoe, who was born in Africa about 1965, was
thought to be about 42 years old. According to Roger and Deborah
Fouts who first introduced Washoe to ASL she died Tuesday night.
The Fouts are co-founders of The Chimpanzee and Human
Washoe knew an estimated 250 words and taught sign
language to three younger chimps.
Primate researcher Jane Goodall, in Roger Fouts' book
"Next of Kin," noted the importance of the work with
"Roger, through his ongoing conversations with
Washoe and her extended family, has opened a window into the
cognitive workings of a chimpanzee's mind that adds new dimension to
Crane, English expert on the world's bees died recently at age 95.
For more than a half-century Dr. Crane worked in more than 60
countries to learn more and more about the human use of honeybees
from prehistoric times to the present.
found that ancient Babylonians used honey to preserve corpses, that
bees were effectively used as military weapons by the Viet Cong, and
that beekeepers in a remote corner of Pakistan use the same kind of
hives found in excavations of ancient Greece.
review in The Guardian, the author Paul Theroux, himself a beekeeper,
called the book a masterwork “for its enormous scope and
exhaustiveness, for being an up-to-date treasure house of apiaristic