Archive for October 2nd, 2005

Google-bombing President Musharraf

by Sunny, on 2nd October, 2005

Raven from Reality Cafe has come up with a great idea to Google-bomb President Musharraf as an insensitive jerk.

If enough people link using the words above, typing that term into Google will lead to his website. More on Google bombing here.

This has nothing to do with his nationality or religion, and everything to do with his previous comments on women in Pakistan (one, two).

Support the cause! Get the insensitive jerk to think next time before saying women get raped for a visa. The Washington Post had more on this yesterday.

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Brain pills, anyone?

by SajiniW, on 2nd October, 2005

As a society, we are getting increasingly better at managing our own symptoms and signs.

We can see that the increased medicalisation of daily life is an ever-growing phenomenon, with even Bree from Desperate Housewives getting in on the act. She uses her child’s Ritalin to assist her in accomplishing more within her busy schedule. Her husband sees a turnaround in her uptight demeanour, and her children are pleased to see her taking a greater interest in their daily lives.

The trend is increasingly spreading here.

Prescriptions of Methylphenidate - most commonly sold as Ritalin - rose to 359,100 last year, a rise of 344,400 since 1995. Figures from the Prescriptions Pricing Authority reveal that there has been a 180-fold increase in prescriptions since 1991 when only 2,000 were issued in England.
Several newspapers also suggest that an increasing proportion of doctors are giving patients (considered intellectually equal to themselves) free rein with medications designed to support their emotional wellbeing.

After all, they should know right? Plus, choice is the current buzzword of choice in the medical world.

Researchers at Cambridge University foresee a future where ‘cosmetic neurology’ is the way forward in gaining more from our lives.

Ritalin was originally marketed as a treatment for children and adults with attention deficit or hyperactivity problems but, as with many drugs, was rapidly adopted by alternative users.

Many students found it helped them concentrate and calm down before exams. The drug is now frequently sold illicitly on campus and is widely available on the internet.

Given the disparate views on medication and nature prevalent within the populace, I ask you whether you’d be up for using Ritalin to help you with revision in the way that a fifth of American university students have confessed to doing?

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