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  Antidepressants change songbirds courtship rituals:
Posted by: Linville - 08-09-2018, 09:23 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

Antidepressants change songbirds courtship rituals: UK study

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London (AFP) - Songbirds altered their courtship behaviour following exposure to antidepressants increasingly found in the natural environment, according to scientists in Britain who conducted a three-year study.

Male starlings sang l
ess and were more aggressive towards females who had been given small doses of the antidepressant fluoxetine, commonly known as Prozac, researchers at the University of York found.
They believe the study -- to be published in the journal Chemosphere -- shows such changes in behaviour could put songbirds at risk in the wild.

"Here is the first evidence that low concentrations of an antidepressant can disrupt the courtship of songbirds," said Kathryn Arnold, from the university's environment department.


"This is important because animals that are slow to find a mate often won't get to breed.
"With many wildlife populations in decline, we have to ask whether more could be done to remove chemical contaminants like pharmaceuticals from our sewage."


River systems around the world are coursing with over-the-counter and prescription drugs waste which harms the environment, according to the European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna in April.
If trends persist, the amount of pharmaceutical effluence leaching into waterways could increase by two-thirds before 2050, it was reported.


In Britain, there were 64.7 million antidepressant items prescribed in 2016, the York study noted.
Like other human pharmaceuticals, they enter the environment via sewage and contaminate birds foraging on invertebrates at wastewater treatment plants.


With the implications poorly understood, the York scientists tested the impact on starlings, a species commonly found feeding at such sites.


The most visible results emerged after they paired males for two days with a female who had been dosed with prozac, with changes in typical behaviour.


"Singing is a key part of courtship for birds, used by males to court favoured females and used by females to choose the highest quality male to father their chicks," said Sophia Whitlock, researcher on the project.
"Males sang more than twice as often and as long to untreated females compared to females that had been receiving low doses of Prozac."


Meanwhile, instead of courting them, males were more likely to chase, peck or claw the female starlings on Prozac.


"Our findings suggest that exposure to an antidepressant reduced female attractiveness," the study's authors wrote.


They said it added to "growing evidence that environmental concentrations of pharmaceuticals can alter important traits related to individual fitness and population dynamics."

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  Typical "Hospital gone Haunted" story
Posted by: I-carus8045 - 08-07-2018, 07:55 PM - Forum: The Lounge - No Replies

So im not sure where the rules stand in this forum when it comes to superstition or belief in the paranormal or anything like that, but im not about to push my beliefs or anything like that. I just have an interesting story to tell.

Ive been working in hospitals for close to a decade now, and ive seen my fair share of them, and I have heard all the stories.

However amongst these stories I dont often get a feeling or get spooked easily, infact im mostly desensitized to the heebiejeebies. Ive done plenty of morgue transfers, been right up in the business in surgeries, one of my longest roles was technician work decontaminating surgical instruments, aggression response and patient restraint in Resus in emergency departments. The works.

So this hospital, one of the ones im frequently contracted has kinda a reputation amongst the employees. For the sceptics our there you are gonna have a field day with this one, its kinda the typical story, but from everything ive heard the stories all match up and the history certainly fits!.

For confidentiality reasons I wont be revealing the name of this place or giving away any info that might reveal that. We are a private institute and definitely dont need "Ghost hunters" coming exploring. Not that they would get far, this place is a darn maze to newcomers!.

The actual main building reached 100 years old just last year, and its smack bang in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the country. So when they expand they have nowhere to go but up so the original buildings are all still standing.

For the most part nearly all of the hospital is free of ghost stories or rumours or anything like that. But the first basement level doesnt have that freedom (We go down about 6 more floors from there).

This basement level is currently used mainly as a transport area for patients between the emergency department and the main hospital, as it runs directly underneath the whole building and doesnt have families or guests roaming around usually unless they are lost. But there is still a pretty good chunk of employees who have to use this area pretty frequently.

One of the main sections of corridor is where our archives are kept, Including 100 years of deceased patient records!. Which is where this story gets interesting. In the exact same corridor is the sealed up room where the original morgue was!.

Also close by is what we call a "plant room" that has an automatically locking door. Which isnt a problem, we carry swipe cards and can get out. But we have something of a hospital myth regarding this room. The myth is that one night a good 15 years back a homeless person somehow found there way into the basement (a fire escape had been left propped open by some cigarette smoking employee), and from there got into the plant room whilst the doors were conveniently being repaired and hence unlocked. They went into the depths of this rather massive room, and found themselves a hidden little nook to sleep in. But according to rumour they overdosed while they were in there, and were discovered the next morning by maintenance workers.

This stretch of corridor has so many individual reports of weird feelings, things moving unexpectedly, unexplained whisperings. The most common story I hear but is of people stepping into this corridor out of a staircase or elevator and seeing people at the end of the corridor when there shouldnt be anybody down there. Now having been around hospitals for so long, as a rule I generally dont listen to any of this. I work night shift, im frequently alone down there in the early hours of the morning and late at night. I dont need peoples thoughts on the matter subconsciously influencing me or anything. If I see somebody down there at these hours, its safer for everybody if I think its a real person and call it in to security so they can check out a potential intruder.

But recently I was taking over from the afternoon supervisor and he was about as shook as ive ever seen him. Ive seen him flustered, and ive seen him stressed from overworking. Ive heard his thoughts on this matter, and he definitely does not believe any of this. Yet I came on and he was totally out of it, I asked him what was up and he explained that he had been moving an unoccupied patient bed out of the way using that corridor and as he passed the archive section for deceased, The bed slammed into the wall of its own accord. For the record these beds have steering locks on the wheels, they dont move left or right while the locks are on, they take a wide curve. But he mentioned the locks were a little dodgy as the bed was old, so there is that. But for some reason on this occasion it got to him. It had been a weird night for him, multiple codes, a morgue transfer. So he was affected by it in a way he wouldnt usually be. So for the first time in many years, I kinda trusted the legitimacy of the "haunted" reputation of this particular building. Now I honestly feel a little uncomfortable down there. Its not gonna stop me using the area or anything. But its just how it is.

Once again im not pushing beliefs or anything. This is just the recount of the story and the history and the reputation of it. Personally im not even 100% sure on where I stand with it.

Edit: For the record I was down there taking my last break while I wrote this, kinda just sitting on a step having a coffee lol. My vibes been particularly charged since the recent eclipse and I was thinking about it while I was sitting.

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Heart Charlotte Rae of ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Dies at 92
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-07-2018, 02:48 AM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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By David Belcher
  • Aug. 6, 2018
Charlotte Rae, the quavery-voiced redhead who started out on Broadway but was best known as a warmhearted, wisecracking housemother in two hit 1980s sitcoms, died on Sunday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92.
Her death followed a series of illnesses, including several cancers and a history of heart failure, her son, Larry Strauss, said.
Ms. Rae was a fixture on Broadway and television for six decades. But along with other stars from the golden age of Broadway like Betty Garrett and Bea Arthur, she found her greatest success in sitcoms, beginning in the early years of television.


She was known to millions of Americans as Edna Garrett, a part she played on two shows: “Diff’rent Strokes,” where she was the housekeeper to three children, one played by Gary Coleman, and “The Facts of Life,” a spinoff in which she looked after a group of teenage girls at a private school.


After a slow start in 1979 — Ms. Rae’s contract allowed her to return to “Diff’rent Strokes’’ if the spinoff was a flop — the series evolved into a huge success and became known for tackling topical issues from a young woman’s perspective, among them eating disorders, sex, drugs and AIDS.

Ms. Rae said she had begged the producers of “The Facts of Life” to allow her character to “lose her temper, yell at the kids, let her be a human being,” she told The Associated Press in 2015. They declined. Edna Garrett, or “Mrs. G,” remained the epitome of adult reason.

Ms. Rae left at the beginning of the eighth season, citing health problems (she underwent surgery and had a pacemaker installed in 1982), and was replaced by Cloris Leachman for the rest of the show’s run.

Her first television success came in the early 1960s with the sitcom “Car 54, Where Are You?,” in which she played Sylvia Schnauser, the wife of an irascible police officer played by Al Lewis. She appeared on many other shows, including “The Phil Silvers Show,” “The Defenders,” “Barney Miller” and “Good Times.”

She was also a cast member on the short-lived 1975 sitcom “Hot L Baltimore,” based on a Lanford Wilson play, and played Molly the Mail Lady in early episodes of “Sesame Street.”
Ms. Rae was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.
Charlotte Rae Lubotsky was born on April 22, 1926, in Milwaukee to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Meyer and Esther (Ottenstein) Lubotsky. Her mother had been a childhood friend of the future Israeli prime minister Golda Meir.

Charlotte wanted to act from a young age and headed to New York in 1948 after briefly attending Northwestern University.

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Ms. Rae and Mark Price in an Encores! concert production of the musical “70, Girls, 70” at City Center in Manhattan in 2006. She continued to perform onstage into her 80s.CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times


She found success both on Broadway and off for about 20 years, appearing in 10 productions, most notably as Mrs. Peachum in the celebrated 1954 revival of “The Threepenny Opera” and as Mammy Yokum in “Li’l Abner” in 1956. Both roles were matronly, even though she was not yet 30 when she played them.

She also recorded an album, “Songs I Taught My Mother: Silly, Sinful & Satiric Selections,” in 1955. Consisting mostly of show tunes, it poked fun at the Gabor sisters and Marlene Dietrich.

Ms. Rae received two Tony Award nominations: in 1966 for best featured actress in a musical for “Pickwick,” a short-lived David Merrick production based on Dickens’s “Pickwick Papers,” and in 1969 for best actress in “Morning, Noon and Night,” a series of one-act plays by Terrence McNally, Israel Horovitz and Leonard Melfi.


Her last Broadway appearance was in 1973, in the short-lived David Rabe play “In the Boom Boom Room,” as the mother of a go-go dancer played by Madeline Kahn.


Ms. Rae considered an Off Broadway production of Samuel Beckett’s one-woman play “Happy Days” in 1990 to be her career highlight — “like ‘Hamlet’ to a man,” she said, paraphrasing Peggy Ashcroft’s description of Ms. Rae’s joyously existential character, who is buried up to her neck in dirt.

“Miss Rae holds firmly to the author’s inclinations — the pauses, stops and starts and poetic lilt of language,’’ Mel Gussow of The New York Times wrote of Ms. Rae’s performance. “With an ebullience that seems to spring from conviction, she goes about her everyday life, undeterred by the fact of her entrapment.”


She continued performing into her 80s, appearing in “The Vagina Monologues” Off Broadway in 1993, in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of “Pippin” in 2000, and in a concert version of the 1971 musical “70, Girls, 70” at City Center Encores! in 2006.

Onscreen, Ms. Rae appeared in the movie version of “Hair” in 1980; as an older woman who has an affair with Adam Sandler’s character in “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” in 2008; and as the mother of Kevin Kline’s character in “Ricki and the Flash” in 2015.


She was married, from 1951 to 1975, to the composer and sound editor John Strauss, who often accompanied her on piano. Mr. Strauss (who wrote the theme song to “Car 54, Where Are You?,” among other works) died in 2011.


In her autobiography, “The Facts of My Life,” written with her son Larry and published in 2015, Ms. Rae said that both she and Mr. Strauss had struggled with alcoholism, and that after 25 years of marriage Mr. Strauss announced that he was bisexual and wanted an open relationship. They divorced, and Ms. Rae never remarried.


“I have wonderful friends,’’ she said in 2015. “I’m not just a lonely old lady.”
She also wrote that her son Andy was found to be autistic at age 16 and at one point was held at the juvenile ward at Bellevue Hospital in New York. He died of a heart attack in his 40s. She said there was nothing more devastating in her life than his autism and early death.
Along with her son Larry, she is survived by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
For all her success as a performer, Ms. Rae never forgot how difficult it had been to grow up plump and short. “I felt inferior,” she once told TV Guide. “I had this tremendous need to perform. I wanted to be acceptable to my peers. I thought if I could just be a big star, I’d feel like somebody, too.”


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  Details Surface About Chinese Spy Who Worked For Sen. Feinstein
Posted by: Linville - 08-06-2018, 08:32 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (5)

Oh great, she claims she did not know. 
Well she is either incompetent or lying.
What was she doing on the senate intelligence committee, giving the crown away.

20 years and what do ya think was stolen.




Details Surface About Chinese Spy Who Worked For Sen. Feinstein


SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – New details emerged Wednesday about how a mole for the government of communist China managed to stay by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s side for nearly 20 years.

UPDATE 8/6: Feinstein-Trump Exchange Jabs Over Chinese Spy Driver Revelation
It happened five years ago, but additional information is just surfacing about how the Bay Area senator’s office was infiltrated by a Chinese spy.

The Bay Area is a hotbed for Russian and Chinese espionage. Late last year, the feds shut down the Russian consulate in San Francisco.

You may remember the thick black smoke that billowing from building before Russian diplomats turned it over to authorities, presumably produced by burning documents.
Now, all eyes are on Chinese intelligence in the Bay Area after the website Politico reported last week that a staffer for Senator Feinstein turned out to be a Chinese spy who reported back to the government officials about local politics.

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On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle uncovered additional details in a column written by reporters Phil Matier and Andy Ross.

The column revealed that the Chinese spy was Feinstein’s driver who also served as a gofer in her Bay Area office and was a liaison to the Asian-American community.
He even attended Chinese consulate functions for the senator.
Feinstein — who was Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time — was reportedly mortified when the FBI told her she’d be infiltrated.
Investigators reportedly concluded the driver hadn’t leaked anything of substance and Feinstein forced him to retire.

ALSO READ: 143 MPH Fire Tornado Ripped Through Redding During Carr Fire
Former FBI agent and KPIX 5 security analyst Jeff Harp said he was not surprised.
“Think about Diane Feinstein and what she had access to,” said Harp. “One, she had access to the Chinese community here in San Francisco; great amount of political influence. Two, correct me if I’m wrong, Dianne Feinstein still has very close ties to the intelligence committees there in Washington, D.C.”

Harp ran counter espionage for the FBI in the Bay Area. He said in addition to traditional political intel and diplomatic secrets, Bay Area spies are often focused on things like R&D, technology and trade secrets.
“They also have an interest in the economy here. How to get political influence here,” said Harp. “What’s being developed in Silicon Valley that has dual-use technology. All of that is tied to the Bay Area.”

ALSO READ: Mourners Say Goodbye To Oakland Teen Nia Wilson
And he says, like in many areas, when it comes to counter intelligence and espionage, the Bay Area is a trend setter.

“As the Bay Area goes, so does the nation when it comes to technology,” said Harp. “So why not when it comes to spying?”
Harp pointed out politicians with access to classified information are generally trained on what not to say and when not to say it. But he also noted when you have a driver behind the wheel day in and day out for 20 years, there are more opportunities to slip up.
Feinstein’s office would not comment on the story, saying they do not address personnel matters or investigations, but they added that none of their California offices staffers had ever had security clearance.
The FBI declined to comment on the story.

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  Teen arrested in largest fentanyl bust at border
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-05-2018, 06:26 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (3)

POSTED 9:02 AM, AUGUST 3, 2018, BY CITY NEWS SERVICE
UPDATED AT 02:27PM, AUGUST 3, 2018

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SAN YSIDRO, Calif. –

A 19-year-old U.S. citizen living in Tijuana was arrested at the San Ysidro Port of Entry with 61 pounds of methamphetamine, 14 pounds of heroin and just under 11,500 fentanyl pills, authorities said.

Cristian Araujo Aguirre is accused of attempting to drive across the U.S.-Mexico border with the drug stash on Wednesday. He was arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on a drug importation charge.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed anomalies in the front driver’s side door, rear passenger’s side door and the spare tire of Aguirre’s vehicle when he drove up to the border crossing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri Walker Hobson said.

In the left rear quarter panel, officers removed two bags and a box, each filled with fentanyl pills designed to resemble oxycodone, Walker Hobson said.

The contents of the packages totaled 11,490 fentanyl pills, believed to be the largest port seizure of fentanyl pills across the Southwest border of the U.S., U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said.

Officers also found eight packages of heroin hidden in the vehicle’s firewall and 29 packages of methamphetamine hidden in doors, the spare tire and a quarter panel, Walker Hobson said.

At an arraignment in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Major, federal prosecutors requested that Aguirre be held because he is a flight risk, Walker Hobson said. A detention hearing is set for Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16.

If convicted, Aguirre faces a minimum of 10 years to life and a $1 million fine.


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Be extra careful .... These days, it is awfully hard to tell the fakes from the real... As you see in the above pics...

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  Alcoholism
Posted by: FormerLurker - 08-05-2018, 11:51 AM - Forum: Addiction & Recovery - Replies (8)

Hi All, I struggled with alcohol abuse for the past 25 years roughly. It developed due to my social anxiety and wanting to fit in. I has had damaging effects on my life. I have lost a marriage over it, and also the love of my life after my divorce kicked me out as well. I am happy to say that I am currently in my longest current sober stretch of my life. My depression in gone (largely due to 5+ days at the gym) and I also happier today than I can every remember being - I am comfortable in my own skin for the first time ever. I owe this all to finally living by the steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, however I don't think there is any one right way to get sober and am not promoting this is the only way. I use the steps to be a better person and for self improvement.  

The effect this diseases (and it took me forever to accept its a disease) has had on my relationships with others was extremely negative. I have the best relationship with my kids and parents now more than ever. 

I've also struggled with all other types of drug addiction, at one time or another I have abused oxycodone (due to surgeries), suboxone to get me off the oxy, benzos, adderall, cocaine, and believe it or not ambien. 

I am prescribed clonazepam by my doctor still for my anxiety issues, which is getting a lot better - and I am reducing my use and don't use everyday. At one time I was taking 20mg+ per day causing blackout's. I won't take more than 4mg a day now, and in the eyes of AA it would be considered a relapse - however I am working the program and doing everything else correctly. 3-4 AA meetings a week and I don't use benzos 12 hours before a meeting. I don't feel like a fraud as I do have legitimate anxiety disorder. Other reasons on this board are for finding the discounted prices for ED meds I am prescribed, I have to admit I like being a performer for my girlfriend. 

It's one thing to go through the active use of Alcoholism, it is hell on earth. I won't go into details all the shame and embarrassment it caused me - that list is endless. But what I failed to see in my active use was my effects I had on other people. That's why I write this, I don't think there are many alcoholics here on the board, but you may be struggling with someone that is, and it can be heartbreaking. I do a lot of service work, I speak at Al-Anon meetings for those struggling with loved ones that are in active use and how to deal with them. 

That's why I wrote this. If you have someone in your life that needs help - post any questions on what you want to do, and I can advise what you shouldn't do. When one is in active addition to alcohol they aren't in their right mind, all situations vary but there are some general rules to follow. If you'd like to post a question on this thread or PM me, please feel free. 

I am a much different man than I was a year ago - and my kids are happy their dad is back and my parents are excited they have their son back. And as far as my girlfriend goes, I have never had a healthier relationship in which I treat her with respect and real affection. I don't by flowers anymore just to apologize for a bender or for apology reasons - I buy flowers now just because I can.

Have a great Sunday morning - had my coffee, happy I am not hung over, and headed to meet with my sponsor for my weekly meeting with him.

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  Etizolam - not a fan
Posted by: josegonzalez - 08-05-2018, 12:04 AM - Forum: IOP General Discussion - Replies (11)

They're not the same as benzos.  Something missing.  No soft, furry love.  Just my opinion.  Service from my vendor was excellent though.

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  newbie saying hello
Posted by: samnjb - 08-03-2018, 08:44 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (15)

Hi
I am new here and wanted to say hi. Smile

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  Hello, for wht it is worth, lol
Posted by: pickles77 - 08-03-2018, 05:48 AM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (14)

Hello again from Tennesse and Nicaragua. Hope everyone is having a good night!

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  etizolam us vendor
Posted by: pickles77 - 08-03-2018, 05:42 AM - Forum: Who's Got It - Replies (1)

I'm looking for a us vendor for etizolam for fast shipping purposes.....anyone

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