Mind bending, health giving. As a close follower of the research in the area, I find this New Scientist review of the current renascence of interest in the psychotherapeutic applications of psychedelic drugs hits all the high spots.
…The red state myth is the latest form of self-abuse by liberals. In 39 states Democrats are either comfortably ahead or could win by changing the minds of just five percent of the electorate. Further, the number of states solidly Republican has been declining since 1972, not surprising since the party’s strength has been based on unsupportable economic, social, and environmental ideas.
If the Democrats would stop worrying about the red-blue business and start being nicer to people in the red states, they will be on their way to a far more successful politics.” [via robotwisdom]
Doctors are often unaware of the threat, the agency reported, citing a survey of infectious-disease experts last year and a subsequent investigation into two transfusion-related deaths.” (New York Times )
He said that while it was still not known whether the New York case was isolated or part of a cluster, alerting the health department was the right thing to do. ‘That is a decision we stand by today,’ he said.
Some scientists and members of gay rights groups have criticized the disclosure as premature and unnecessarily alarmist, but there is little doubt that the strain of H.I.V. was resistant to three of the four licensed classes of antiretroviral drugs used to combat the AIDS virus.” (New York Times )