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—Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972)

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Thursday, January 13, 2000

Trance-Formation of America: "The lives of Mark Phillips and Cathy O'Brien and their involvement with project MK-Ultra are fully exposed in "Trance-Formation of America". This book is the documented autobiography of a victim of government mind control. Cathy O'Brien is the only vocal and recovered survivor of the Central Intelligence Agency's MK-Ultra Project Monarch operation."

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Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division - dihydrogen monoxide info
A clever site, with current facts and research results, contamination alerts and warnings on dangerous uses of Dihydrogen Monoxide.

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Journey to the West, a virtual comic book about a Zen coyote and his adventures in the deserts of the American West
"Jack Crazyquilt moved back to the Southwestern desert to get some peace. But life is never that simple, even for a Zen coyote. After being joined by a paranoid fox, a philosophical alien, and a cynical Southern belle, Jack decides to leap headfirst into the chaos -- much to the chagrin of his drunken Zen master."

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Drug money
How the White House secretly hooked network TV on its anti-drug message (from Salon).

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Can Psychology Cure Racism? by Peter D. Kramer and Walter Reich: about the ongoing tension between the "mad" and the "bad" in society's approach to objectionable behavior. Peter Kramer is the psychiatrist author of "Listening to Prozac", and Walter Reich a distinguished professor of psychiatry and Reich's former supervisor.

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Sunday, January 9, 2000

How to read a paper by Trisha Greenhalgh et al (from the eBMJ): Getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about); Assessing the methodological quality of published papers; Statistics for the non-statistician; "Significant" relations and their pitfalls; Papers that report drug trials; Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests; Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses); Papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses); Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research).

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Play "5's" (from the eBMJ):
"Shall I compare thee to a....." Imre Loefler sent us his comparison of the "big five" general medical journals with the big five game animals of Africa. Then he compared them
with ships. Read "The Big Five". Read "Five Ships" . Clearly, the possibilities of this are endless, and we thought that more people might like to join in the game...Remember the
field from which you choose your five examples is wide open:composers, political regimes, trees, psychiatric states, intestinal parasites, cartoon characters, odours.... For the record, the five general medical journals are: Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, JAMA, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine.

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Rationalizing the Cannabis Debate:
Rational debate has
often been obstructed because the media present a forced choice between two sets of views. One of these constructed views is that
cannabis is harmless when used recreationally, is therapeutically useful, and hence should be legalised. The other is that recreational use
is harmful to health and that cannabis should continue to be prohibited for recreational or therapeutic purposes.4

This oversimplification of the cannabis debate has prevented a more considered examination of eight conceptually separate issues (box).
We believe that a competent consideration of these issues would contribute to a more informed debate about the appropriate public
policies that could be adopted towards cannabis use for recreational or therapeutic purposes.

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