Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Hard News: New on the Street,

    Is this actually the fastest thread-jack ever?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    LOL, this on a page about consuming nutmeg and absinthe?

    Ha, organic gardening, herbal medicine, and weird drugs. "My body is a temple, here's a cool way to fck it up". It's like a Green Party conference in here.

    But without the dancing.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    Emma, perhaps the dosage is hard to control...but how strong is it really?

    Not that I actually drink it anymore. It didn't do anything, in pill or tea. Probably cause I'm not depressed or anxious...

    I'm just amused at how much people pay for the stuff when it grows like a weed. Makes quite pretty ground cover.

    Smells like turps, but.

    It takes a long time to build up to an effective level in the body - a couple of months. After that it seems pretty effective, and is a lot more widely-prescribed in Germany than it is here. If you're genuinely interested, its Wikipedia page has details of studies and results. It's effective for mild depression (up to a 17), but not so much for severe.

    But. The effectiveness of particular anti-depressants varies wildly from person to person. SSRIs make some people worse. People still take lithium, despite the side-effects, because it's always a matter of finding the right treatment for a particular individual.

    Brain chemistry is just something you shouldn't feck with. Something isn't 'safe' because it's 'natural', or harmless because it's just a herb and herbs are ineffective. It's known to contain a chemical that's known to have a particular effect.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    Do the herbal "medicine" manufacturers standardise the hyperforin/hypericin in the product?

    They bloody well should, but I don't know if they all do. Look on the label for some kind of indication of dosage.

    What's an MAO inhibitor when iots at home Emma?

    When it's out, it's an all-singing, all-dancing caberet girl. At home, however, it's a monoamine oxidase inhibator.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    I'm most amused by people who'll pay $20 for a bottle of St John's Wort pills. I planted one little $3 plant and it took over my whole garden in 2 years. Chuck a handful in your tea.

    Okay, half my garden is herbs, for eating, bathing and teas, but I'd srsly recommend NOT doing that. SJW is an MAO inhibitor. If you're just grabbing a handful of leaves and making tea, there's no way you can control the dose you're getting. My favourite herbal says:

    While using SJW, do not take amphetamines, narcotics, trytophan, tyrosine, diet pills, asthma inhalants, nasal decongestants, cold or hay fever medication. Don't drink beer, wine or coffee, or eat salami, yoghurt, chocolate, fava beans, or smoked or picked items.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Electrickery,

    Pandering twat.

    If you change that from an adjective to a verb, the sentence changes its entire meaning...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Slumpy Cashflow,

    I got around the food price by putting a steer in the freezer.

    Bastard put up much of a fight?

    Ahhhh nutmeg - the one that needs absolute-shit-loads to get you high and absolute-shit-loads-plus-just-a-tiny-bit-more to kill you. Perhaps it's the danger adrenaline that does it?

    Catnip! If you dig up and carefully microwave-dry the entire bush, then skin it and smoke it, you may get mildly buzzed, and with a pleasant minty aftertaste.

    But then, y'know, 'for this u die in sleep'.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Electrickery,

    if the HIV virus was some kind of CIA plot to exterminate black folks they really went FUBAR

    Indeed, it's a fairly repulsive thing to be constructing conspiracy theories around. The truth of the Reagan response is scary enough.

    Dr. C. Everett Koop, Reagan's surgeon general, has said that because of "intradepartmental politics" he was cut out of all AIDS discussions for the first five years of the Reagan administration. The reason, he explained, was "because transmission of AIDS was understood to be primarily in the homosexual population and in those who abused intravenous drugs." The president's advisers, Koop said, "took the stand, 'They are only getting what they justly deserve.' "

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Electrickery,

    The attendant said no-one in the shop knew anything about camewas. All the time he had a smug "What you gonna do?" smile.

    When we were looking at cameras, Smiths City was offering a good deal on one that sounded about right. We went in, were treated like morons (we were using terminology the staff member didn't understand, like the difference between digital and optical zoom).

    We went to the Bond and Bond next door. Told them Smiths City had what we wanted cheaper, but we didn't want to buy it from them, and what could they do. They knocked the price down and threw in a bunch of extra stuff as well.

    That's what I'm going to bloody do, thanks.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Misquote Unquote,

    That youtube clip did not impress me at all. Firstly, he points out that Tibet has been independent quite a bit in the last millennium. And the sky didn't fall and China did not disintegrate, which basically defeats his main argument.

    Oh good, I thought I might have been going crazy or getting confused. Because he did appear to be saying that a) we've always owned Tibet and b) when they were running their own affairs they were awful at it. I was going to ask if there were any Tibetan maps from that period, but no doubt they were too busy trying to work out how to feed themselves. When not being rubbed all over the aching muscles of the British.

    I'm assuming that the point of all the pictures of the trains was how great China is, but I found it creepy the way people suddenly disappeared from that section.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

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