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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Beyond hysterical.
More than 6.4 million prescriptions for Adderall were filled last year. Some of these prescriptions are being used by students seeking a quick fix for studying.

A Yale University junior said Adderall helped him read the 576-page novel "Crime and Punishment" and write a 15-page paper — all in 30 hours.

"In earlier generations, people would take NoDoz and get themselves high on caffeine and that sort of thing," said the student, who asked not to be identified. "This is more efficient than that."
ADD drugs are basically fancy versions of cocaine. For people who genuinely have ADD the extra stimulation allows them to function normally. For people who don't have ADD the drugs act like cocaine. (That's why you hear about kids snorting it. That's why kids who take Ritalin show up in rehab for cocaine in their 20s. That's why teachers who presume to diagnose kids should be charged with practicing medicine without a license. It's a real disease and the drugs to treat it are very powerful.) The whole thing reminds me of the Chris Rock bit about how cheap easy botanical drugs are all banned because they're cheap to produce and the best are imported while 'the man' wants you to buy his manufactured pharmaceuticals.

I wouldn't be surprised if this didn't lead to these particular drugs being banned. MDMA (Ecstasy) was a legal drug used in hypnotherapy in the early 80s. They called it "adam" because it made people feel happy and safe and uninhibited. Predictably it hit the recreational market, people liked it, and it was banned.

Drugs are bad m'kay. Unless they're prescribed. Drugs that make you feel good are bad. Risking liver damage to treat ugly toenails? Superdeeduper. Risking stroke and heart attack for something barely more effective than tylenol? Also fine. Until people start croaking, then it's time to sue. Goddamnit people are entitled to ask their doctor if Donkeynutsia is right for them, and if it is, they're entitled to their medicine! (Even if it's $100 a pill, barely more effective than earlier treatments, and they can't afford it. They're entitled!) This is so absurd.

posted by Rachel 11/16/2004
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Every day we get closer to an
AIDS vaccine. The Vaxgen trials didn't yield a cure but they did find some odd and potentially useful efficacy patterns. I'd be really surprised if we don't have an effective vaccine within the next decade.

posted by Rachel 11/16/2004
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Oh yeah! Lileks says: "Oh, there’s news; the cabinet shakeup is interesting. Yay Condi Rice. I want her to go to Saudi Arabia, and I want her first words upon getting off the plane to be “I’ll drive.”

Condi vs. the House of Saud, where can I buy tickets? Her appointment is delightful in so very many ways. I hope they send her to every country that treats their women like cattle. You wanna deal with the US? You deal with her. I'd vote for her in '08. I think it'd be exquisite to watch Condi versus Hillary for the presidency.

posted by Rachel 11/16/2004
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Well
this seems like a step in the right direction.

posted by Rachel 11/16/2004
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Mhmmm... $21 billion out of $64 billion, let's see that's... ONE THIRD.

US out of the UN right now! No more of this. We need a new organization. This one is far FAR too compromised to ever serve any trusted function. I don't want one single cent of my tax dollars going to this abomination. This is quite literally trusting the foxes to guard the henhouse and dressing them up in the uniform of diplomatic credibility. Look at who on the security council opposed going in to Iraq. Look at who was getting paid. Look at who serves on the human rights commitee. Now go check those countries on human rights watch. This is beyond farce and into tragedy.

posted by Rachel 11/16/2004
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