Hey, look at this: "The main lab is near the tail of the ship, just below the waterline and below the empty helicopter hangar where Bronx-born Mayer schools younger scientists on the basketball court."
I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WHY DON'T I HAVE ANYTHING TO DO
Yes, I am going to type up a book. YES IT IS QUOTED. I’M BORED, OKAY?!
Brain Function by Paul Nordstrom August
In the Mainstream of American Life
One of the legacies of the social upheaval of the 1960s is that psychoactive drugs have become part of the mainstream of American life. schools, homes, and communities cannot be ‘drug proofed.’ There is a demand for drugs—and the supply is plentiful. Social norms have changed and drugs are not only available—they are everywhere.
But where efforts to curtail the supply of drugs and outlaw their use have had tragically limited effects on demand, it may be that education has begun to stem the rising tide of drug abuse among young people and adults alike.
Over the past 25 years, as drugs have become an increasingly routine facet of contemporary life, a great many teenagers have adopted the notion that drug taking was somehow a right or privilege or a necessity. They have done so, however, without understanding the consequences of drug use during the crucial years of adolescence.
The teenage years are few in the total life cycle, but critical in the maturation process. During these years adolescents face the difficult tasks of discovering their identity, clarifying their sexual roles, asserting their independence, learning to cope with authority, and searching for goals that will give their lives meaning.
Drugs rob adolescents of precious time, stamina, and health. They interrupt critical learning processes, sometimes forever. Teenagers who use drugs are likely to withdraw increasingly into themselves, to ‘cop out’ at just the time when they most need to reach out and experience the world.
Fortunately, as a recent Gallup poll shows, young people are beginning to realize this, too. They themselves label drugs their most important problem. In the last few years, moreover, the climate of tolerance and ignorance surrounding drugs has been changing.
Adolescents as well as adults are becoming aware of mounting evidence that every race, ethnic group, and class is vulnerable to drug dependency.
Recent publicity about the cost and failure of drug rehabilitation efforts; dangerous drug use among pilots, air traffic controllers, star athletes, and Hollywood celebrities; and drug-related accidents, suicides, and violent crime have focused the public’s attention on the need to wage an all-out war on drug abuse before it seriously undermines the fabric of society itself.
The anti-drug message is getting stronger and there is evidence that the message is beginning to get through to adults and teenagers alike.
The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs hopes to play a part in the national campaign now underway to educate young people about drugs. Series 1 provides clear and comprehensive discussions of common psychoactive substances, outlines their psychological and psychological effects on the mind and body, explains how they ‘hook’ the use, and separates fact from myth in the complex issue of drug abuse.
Where as Series 1 focuses on specific drugs, such as nicotine or cocaine, Series 2 confronts a broad range of both social and physiological phenomena. Each volume addresses the ramifications of drug use and abuse on some aspect of human experience: social, familial, cultural, historical, and physical. Separate volumes explore questions about the effects of drugs on brain chemistry and unborn children; the use and abuse of painkillers; the relationship between drugs and sexual behavior, sports, and the arts; drugs and disease; the role of drugs in history; and the sophisticated drugs now being developed in the laboratory that will profoundly change the future.
Each book in the series is fully illustrated and is tailored to the needs and interests of young readers. The more adolescents know about drugs and their role in society, the less likely they are to misuse them.
Senior Editorial Consultant
The Gift of Wizardry Use and Abuse
Man is endowed with the gift of wizardry, a talent for discovery and invention. The discovery and invention of substances that change the way we feel and behave are among man’s special accomplishments, and, like so many other products of our wizardry, these substances have the capacity to harm as well as to help. Psychoactive drugs can cause profound changes in the chemistry of the brain and other vital organs, and although their legitimate use can relieve pain and cure disease, their abuse leads in a tragic number of cases to destruction.
Consider alcohol—available to all and yet regarded with intense ambivalence from biblical times to the present day. The use of alcoholic beverages dates back to our earliest ancestors. Alcohol use and misuse became associated with the worship of gods and demons. One of the most powerful Greek gods was Dionysus, lord of fruitfulness and god of wine. The Romans adopted Dionysus but changed his name to Bacchus. Festivals and holidays associated with Bacchus celebrated the harvest and the origins of life. Time has blurred the images of the Bacchanalian festival, but the theme of drunkenness as a major part of celebration has survived the pagan gods and remains a familiar part of modern society. The term ‘Bacchanalian Festival’ conveys a more appealing image than ‘drunken orgy’ or ‘pot party,’ but whatever the label, drinking alcohol is a form of drug use that results in addiction for millions.
The fact that many millions of other people can use alcohol in moderation does not mitigate the toll this drug takes on society as a whole. According to reliable estimates, one out of every ten Americans develops a serious alcohol-related problem sometime in his or her lifetime. In addition, automobile accidents caused by drunken drivers claim the lives of tens of thousands every year. Many of the victims are gifted young people, just starting out in adult life. Hospital emergency rooms abound with patients seeking help for alcohol-related injuries.”
That was up to the first half of page 14. My pinky hurts, I don’t like this keyboard. :C
They have to shut off the computers. Only half an hour left…
“Our changing views of light on the Moon are called phases. Just like Earth, one half of the Moon is always lit up by the Sun while the other half is dark. As the Moon orbits us, we see it from different angles, with its light side pointing toward us or away from us.”—Google/DK e.encyclopedia
I have been crazy over RH (Rhythm Heaven) recently…! Mis padres are always BLAH BLAH BLAH over video games, and never see the purpose to them. And so I am taking advantage of the 2 most recent math tests that we’ve had, which I think I did relatively well on. As of now I have a 89.6% in the class (and I really need to pull it up). We haven’t gotten our results yet, so:
IF I get 95%+ on BOTH tests, I can purchase the game, using my own money.
IF I get 100% on ONE test and 95%+ on ONE test, I can purchase the game, they will pay for half.
IF I get 100% on BOTH tests, I can purchase the game, they will pay for ALL OF IT!
Math, unfortunately, is the only subject my mother cares about, and she probably only agreed because she is not very confident about my calculation abilities…
Everyone cross your fingers for me! I WILL GET THAT GAME!
I spent 2 hours trying to reconfigure my PDA, only in vain. My goal was to sync it with my computer, then with Google Calendar, but NOOOO stewpid Palm software has to be so outdated and UNCOOPERATIVE. I give up, that thing is dead.
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