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Researchers Discover That Psychedelic Mushrooms Can Grow Brain Cells; Erase Conditioned Fear Response in Mice

According to a study conducted at the University of South Florida, low doses of psilocybin (psychedelic) mushrooms erase the conditioned fear response in mice—which, the researchers suggest, may lead to the potential treatment of PTSD.

- See more at Ultraculture: Can Psilocybin Mushrooms Cure PTSD—and Even Grow Brain Cells?
They tell me I am:: relaxedrelaxed
The Voices are playing:: Go Ask Alice
The Windward Witch
02 August 2013 @ 07:34 pm

From my inbox. More reasons to hate Yahoo! mail, and more reason to love WebMD.

The more you know...

Dear WebMD Member,
As you may know, Yahoo! will release inactive email addresses and allow them to be reassigned to other users. We are writing to make sure you are aware of this issue and to let you know that we value your privacy.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you have a Yahoo! email address but no longer use it, Yahoo! may determine the account is inactive and release the address to be reassigned to any Yahoo! user who requests it.

  • If you have registered with any site using a Yahoo! email address but no longer use Yahoo! as your email provider, you should update your email address with those sites.

  • If an inactive email address is reassigned and you have used it to register with a website, the person who is reassigned that Yahoo! address may be able to access your information without your knowledge.

What should you do?
You should always keep your registration information with any site current, especially your email address. Email is how websites communicate with registered users, and a current address is especially important if there are changes to the site that may impact your privacy or for other administrative site updates or changes that require your attention.

  • If you have registered with any website using a Yahoo! email address but have not used your Yahoo! email address within the last 12 months, you should:

    • Update your online accounts to reflect your current and active email address as part of your registration and/or login information, or

    • Reactivate your existing Yahoo! email account/address.

What will WebMD do?
If we believe an existing WebMD Registered User's Yahoo! address has been deactivated, we will flag the account in our database. If anyone attempts to modify the account, we will require additional authentication measures to change an existing user's password.

WebMD does not endorse any product or service. The information in this email is being provided as a courtesy to our users and meant to help ensure your online information is kept private and maintained under your control.

Related information that you may find helpful on this topic:
From USA Today: Weekend to-do list: Re-activate Yahoo e-mail account
From Socialtimes.com: Yahoo begins Recycling Abandoned E-mail addresses
The Universe finds me:: hiding at home from germs and heat.
They tell me I am:: accomplishedaccomplished
The Voices are playing:: Yahoo yodelling
The Windward Witch
26 July 2013 @ 03:58 pm
Heh heh... Me and alobar, we is smarts.

Night Owls Smarter: A New Study Suggests That Late-To-Bed-Late-To-Rise Leads To Greater Workplace Success

"A new study suggests the early riser has only more time for mediocrity. Researchers at the University of Madrid followed nearly 1,000 teenagers and found that night owls bested morning "larks" in qualities linked to general intelligence, such as inductive reasoning, conceptual and analytical thinking..."
The Universe finds me:: waiting for night
They tell me I am:: nerdynerdy
The Voices are playing:: Up All night by Boomtown Rats
The Windward Witch
29 June 2013 @ 10:00 am
This is part of a conversation I had on FB, to be saved for posterity; and to have a permalink to refer back to, so I don't have to keep typing all this out every time I have this very same discussion. LOL.

"...a sad but true fact that I don't love to dwell on overmuch..? I remain living in New Orleans, yes, because it is a magical and brilliant community, filled with awesome and creative people... but also because I very sincerely believe (and have been proven true on way too many of occasion) that my way of life is simply impossible anyplace else in this country. I joke a bunch, about the "lynch mob" coming to my door if ever I try to live another place. But, in my experience, that is not much of a joke. I don't preach, I am not Che Guevara . I haven't as yet amassed as much money as it takes to be considered "quirky" by any upstanding community. And "Elsewhere" is encroaching upon New Orleans, every week. It won't be long before this place finally gives up the last ghost. People think I don't know that, with my stubborn loyalties. But that dronish, puritanical, ostracizing, Idiocratic mentality is spreading like the horrid virus that it is, even into the last cities in this country where one used to be free to be a freak.

Hold on, lemme go get something...

This gets long. I guess I should cut it here...Collapse )

My friend John -a renowned SCOTUS scholar and Constitutional purist-  and I get into many hearty debates, and this one was about the concept of "personal liberties", and the waning ability in this country to be "free inside our own heads".
If you have a Facebook, it's right here.
The Universe finds me:: Heading to the Springer Show...
They tell me I am:: accomplishedaccomplished
The Voices are playing:: Get Up, Stand Up
The Windward Witch
rant "Asshole Magnet\";

So it is official. I am a fricking Asshole Magnet. I should be given a fricking badge. Or at least one of those rubbery wrist band thingies, you know, kind of to identify me to nearby assholes.

When I set up in my evening spot, there is a fella who frequently works nearby. We chat, keep each other company when it's slow, sometimes flirt.
Tonight, I was crabby because it was a slow day. He noticed. I mentioned I was just hungry. He asked me out to dinner. When I declined, he said, "Aw, c'mon. I've been wanting to ask you out for a while... Now I have a reason to!" Again I declined, that time with a big smile.
We both got busy for a while. Then my Coyote came to visit. We talked about coyote/crow things; he left when I was about to get another reading. After that reading, the fella came over. Said, "Hey, was that your boyfriend?"
I said no, that was my Coyote. My good friend.
Fella said, "Well, how about that dinner then? If you don't want to go to a restaurant, we could buy stuff and go to your place to cook it." Wink-wink.
I said, "Why don't we go to your place?" He said no. I asked why.
He said, "Um, because my girlfriend lives there, and wouldn't appreciate my bringing you over"
I said, "Why not? Do y'all not like company?" He stared at me like I was stupid. Said uhhhhh, nooo....
I asked him, very pointedly, "Well, please then, tell me, that since this is the first I've heard of any girlfriend, that you two have an open arrangement, and you just don't bring new people into the house."
And he paled, and said, "No... But we could just go to your place, and she'll never find out..."
And I didn't call him a fucking bastard piece of shit OR throw a metal chair upside his head. I think I've grown as a person.
Of course I declined. I told him he is lucky I don't know who his girlfriend is. I told him,"You know, if you're not a monogamous person, that ain't no crime. But, you should be honest about it with your partner, and with yourself"
He packed up and left.
Of all the fucking dick moves. Really?
That's it... You fucking men. I've had it, see, with the freaking lot of you. So typical.
Fuck my life! Argh!

rant "Asshole Magnet\";
The Universe finds me:: The dark end of the street
They tell me I am:: annoyedannoyed
The Voices are playing:: Your Cheatin' Heart
The Windward Witch
15 June 2013 @ 02:43 pm
This was my housemate, circa 2008.
Gawd I fucking hate this town sometimes.

Thanks, you guys, for the well-wishings. And no; I don't hate New Orleans now. Not really. Truth is, if it weren't for living in such an amazing, magickal, loving town such as ours, shit like this would kill me. I can't ever stay mad with Her for very long.
Ahmad -and his bezzie Terrance- and I had had a falling out as a result of the living situation (I know, big surprise there, when we're talking about ME lol). We hadn't been in touch for a few years... Till I took that stupid job in the shop on Bourbon St.
I ran into him outside of Crazy Corner, maybe three months back. We hugged. It was loud and we were both in a hurry. At one point, we both looked at each other and blurted out, "Dude, I'm SOOOOO sorry for the way shit went down!"
And we both said the same thing. Water under the bridge, my friend. Time heals. We hurried off, to our respective places, promising to keep in touch, to not let another five years come between us.

And I'm guessing now, that if he and I could forgive such a stupid, nasty conflict between us, then I can find it in me to forgive New Orleans, for allowing a horror like this to deprive our community of such an amazing person as Ahmad.
I have to forgive. Lest I become as evil and desperate and angry and crazy as the scumsucking motherfucker who took our brother from us.

Guys? Not for nothing. But today? While y'all are out in the world, try to come up with something you can manage to forgive, and let go.
Do it in the memory of Yet Another Neighbor who is no longer with us. Do it because being angry is stupid. Do it because love trumps hate.
Who loves you, Ahmad Sheppard? I do, that's who.

Peace out,
They tell me I am:: sadsad
The Voices are playing:: Love Lies Bleeding
The Windward Witch
06 June 2013 @ 06:20 pm

E.W. Jackson, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Candidate, Says Yoga May Result In Satanic Possession

E.W. Jackson, Virginia's GOP lieutenant governor candidate, is no stranger to controversy. A conservative pastor, Jackson has previously come under fire for comparing Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan, calling gay rights "ikky" and saying President Barack Obama has a "Muslim perspective."

This week, Jackson is being skewered yet again -- this time for saying that doing yoga may leave unsuspecting people vulnerable to satanic possession.

In a post for the National Review on Wednesday, Betsy Woodruff highlighted some quotes from Jackson's 2008 book Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life: Making Your Dreams Come True. Among them was one about the hazards of yoga.

"When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana," Jackson wrote in his book, according to Woodruff. "The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want."

"Behind the ice-cold eyes of Lululemon princesses burn the demonic flames of eternal hell," joked Atlantic Wire's Elspeth Reeve this week in response to Jackson's comment.

Despite the criticism Jackson has endured for his many controversial statements, he has not apologized for them.

"I don't have anything to rephrase or to apologize for," he said in May. "I would just say, people should not paint me as one-dimensional. I have a whole lot of concerns."


I got a whole lot of concerns too, Mister Jackson.
The Universe finds me:: waiting for the lynch mob
They tell me I am:: irritatedirritated
The Voices are playing:: Circus music - definitely.
The Windward Witch
06 June 2013 @ 06:07 pm
The Universe finds me:: We Are Everywhere
They tell me I am:: hopefulhopeful
The Windward Witch
05 June 2013 @ 12:59 pm
They tell me I am:: amusedamused
The Voices are playing:: Circus music.
The Windward Witch
04 June 2013 @ 08:06 pm
So every now and then, whenever I am about to embark on a particularly stupid task or some inanity that is the world of Kelleigh, my subconscious informs me of such by playing circus music in my head, over and over and over and over and over. And over.
I think the point is to have me stop briefly, take a look at myself, sigh, say, "Yup. You're a freakin retard"... and carry on.
Yes indeed. The circus is sure in town today.  :P
They tell me I am:: cynicalcynical
The Voices are playing:: From the Big Top