Of Drugs and Depression

..According to the ten expert authors, drugs such as SSRIs and the heavyweight tranquillisers known as anti-psychotics, not only are no better than a placebo for most people, but some raise the risk of suicide in children and adults.

They also lower libido and could cause a deeply unpleasant muscular condition called tardive dyskinesia.

Furthermore, they claim the drugs are capable of inflicting long-term damage that lasts even when the patient has stopped taking them…

…Peter Kinderman, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Liverpool, another of the book’s authors, believes that the solution is to return to an approach that treats people’s emotional needs directly, rather than with drugs on the basis of an unproven theory about brain chemistry…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4197460/Could-antidepressants-damage-brain.html

Manipulated Global Warming Data

The Mail on Sunday today reveals astonishing evidence that the organisation that is the world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.

A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4192182/World-leaders-duped-manipulated-global-warming-data.html

Is the Universe a Holograph?

The universe could be a ‘vast and complex hologram’ and our perception of life in 3D may only be an illusion.

That’s according to a group of theoretical physicists who have been investigating irregularities in the ‘afterglow’ of the Big Bang.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4171700/Are-living-HOLOGRAM.html

Environmental Influences on Sexuality

Childlessness and Menopause

Women who never have children are at far greater risk of suffering an early menopause, a major study suggests.

The risk of reaching the menopause before the age of 40 more than doubles among women if they have never been pregnant and never had children, experts found.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4154410/Childless-women-face-higher-risk-early-menopause.html

Hottest Yeah Evah!

William M. Briggs:

Assume for a moment, as the press with triumphant glee is reporting, that 2016 was the hottest year evah! Believe the claim for the sake of argument. Swallow the idea, for at least the next minute, that the media and government really do have your best interests at heart and are reporting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the world’s temperature.

How much hotter than previous years was 2016? Bare your wrist and blow a huh on it from about half a foot away. Don’t blow—stay with me here: this is a genuine scientific experiment — but utter a soft ugh so that your breath wafts over your wrist gently. Feel that increase in heat? Well, that boost to your skin was much hotter than the increase supposed to have happened to the atmosphere in 2016.

Read more: https://stream.org/hottest-yeah-evah-really/

If All the Arctic Ice Melted

William Gairner makes a point my own son has thought of:

  • if all the ice that is floating at the polar cap were to melt, sea levels would not rise one centimeter (see: Archimedes Principle)

Read more of his challenge to global warming: http://www.williamgairdner.com/journal/2016/11/18/a-quick-note-on-global-warming.html