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    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2012
    Yeah, I think it's safe to say the shrooms were not the single causative factor.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2012
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2012 edited
    @Wood -

    Those last two stories really shouldn't be so close to one another.

    The officers found Powell's body on the couch of the Requa home. His chest was cut open, and his heart, tongue and the skin of his face were gone, court records said.

    Let's see the FBI's fancy program recognize that! Oh god I need more sleep.
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    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2012
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2012
    Russian prime minister Dmitriy Medvedev Voices Sympathy for Pussy Riot

    Speaking at a regional meeting of members from the ruling United Russia party on Wednesday, Mr. Medvedev said he thought the women’s two-year sentences were too harsh and he doesn’t see any point in keeping them behind bars.

    “The term is very strong. I would even say a terrible burden,” he said in televised comments. “I don’t want to replace the judge … but the time they have already served is, in essence, more than enough to make them think about what happened, whether it was from their own stupidity or for other reasons.”

    “Prolonging their time in prison in connection to this case seems unproductive,” he said, noting that a suspended sentence that included the more than six months they’ve already served would have been adequate.

    Still, Mr. Medvedev said he was “sickened” by what the women had done and the “hysteria” that has surrounded their case.
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2012
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2012 edited
    At my college dorms first year the Resident Advisors encouraged us to occasionally check in on each other and ask how the other person was doing. For a while my roomies mocked it asking "Angie, are you doing okay?" in an obviously joking manner (and to each other, not just me). At the time I didn't mind it and thought it was funny, but looking back on it, I realize they never once asked the question seriously, and I kind of wish they hadn't mocked it so much. At the time I was mentally doing well, but I've definitely, during other times, been mentally and emotionally unwell, and having gone through those times I wish that people would take that question more seriously. There really are times when asking the simple question of "Are you okay?" can be enough of a "reaching out" to help someone out.

    That being said, did they really have to go with "R U OK?" -__-
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    I think the idea is fundamentally sound, but the acronym is totally stupid. I'm sure I'm not the only one who reads it as a particularly hammy way of saying "rock" - I mean, RUUUUUUOKK!! \m/
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    Yeah, I think that's the source of my ambivalence. Good idea, terrible implementation.
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    Today is Roald Dahl Day.
    Watch some Tales of the Unexpected
    or read your child some Revolting Rhymes
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2012
    @Dorkmuffin - whilst I hate to be cynical, that looks oddly stage-managed.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2012 edited
    That Tales of the Unexpected is probably the only one I remember, although I probably watched all of them.
    Actually, my wife just reminded me of the one with the cigarette lighter and the fingers.
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    Goose for the Gander is good, but is from the period after Roald Dahl.
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    @Kradlum: there's an earlier adaptation of that story in Alfred Hitchcock Presents, starring, I shit you not, Steve McQueen & Peter Lorre.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2012
    US stock markets just passed 2007 highs.

    Forget the "Obama is a socialist" nonsense. The real problem with Obama is that for whatever reason - and the Republican-controlled congress is a pretty good starting point - the US recovery has primarily benefited the rich, not the middle class or the poor.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2012 edited
    Bavarian monk found naked in the woods, tripping on belladona berries

    Wow. I didn't know catholic monks did the whole shamanistic retreat-into-the-woods-and-consume-hallucinogenic-drugs thing. Do you think he met his spirit animal ?

    The article doesn't identify the kind of berries he ate, but this police report (in German) does. "Tollkirschen", "mad cherries" indeed.

    Also, he's fucking lucky to be alive. Belladona can totally kill you, and it's not a pleasant death : tachycardia, mydriasis, hyperthermia, sensation of intense thirst, and ultimately death by paralysis of the respiratory muscles. I remember reading it doesn't take more than dozen of these little berries to kill an adult. So yeah, don't try this at home. Or in the woods, whatever.
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    Oddly, a 1980s edition of Woman's Realm magazine (a gardening/knitting pattern, general genteel 'wifely' crafts magazine) published an account of an accidental belladonna dose due to a few berries falling into a batch of blackberry jam. Said jam maker wondered why things seemed so odd that breakfast as she has her toast... and was kind enough to note the ratio of belladonna-to-blackberry which provided the woman's safe but educational trip. (It was 4/6 berries of atropa belladonna to a pound of jam. Y'know, just in case...)