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Harry Potter has been banned at a College in Australia. Does the word "college" have a different meaning in Australia? The school has a "principal" who's quoted as saying, "As a mature reader I can see the difference between fantasy and reality but some children cannot and this is where it becomes dangerous."

One of America's deepest secrects has finally been revealed: thirty years ago, the Feds set about defending Santa Claus. The "joke" memo was apparently saved according to policy, and the government fought to keep it classified. The National Security Archive got their hands on the document and the director called "more evidence that most 'top secret' material is held back not to protect national security but to avoid embarassment."

A middle school in Tennessee is in trouble for setting up a digital camera to film students undressing, and the computer on which these images were stored was Internet-accessible that may have been hacked into-- or worse. File this under "an outraged 'hmmm....'"

Human Rights Watch has more to say about the horrors in Gujurat. I'm not going to comment further. India scares me because it produces so many competent people and has the kind of violence and horror we associate with the past.

Good news: scientists have now confirmed that pain sensitivity is all in your head. It seems that people who report high sensitivity to pain have a missing 'pain regulation mechanism' in their hypothalamus. This is "good" in that it allows doctors to better judge what kinds and how much pain medication some people should receive.

For fallenpegasus: A report on brain structure and associative memory demonstrates one of the primitive technologies that gets us closer to the Introdus.

Current Mood: bouncy bouncy
Current Music: Tori Amos, Little Amsterdam

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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 4th, 2003 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Maranatha Christian College

Colleges in australia are the name private high
schools call themselves.
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: July 4th, 2003 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
One of the nifty things that goes along with fibromyalgia (with which I was diagnosed about five years ago now) is increased sensitivity to pretty much everything, including pain. It's something to do with a serotonin imbalance. So we could have told them that.

Odd thing is, it doesn't seem to have negative effects in scene, which I suppose is more evidence that it's all in one's head.
lisakit From: lisakit Date: July 4th, 2003 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
This oversensitivity can be caused by a number of factors, not just a serotonin imbalance. No matter how we adjusted it, serotonin never did much for my fibro. But, as you know, this darn "syndrome" is different for everyone.

Of course increased sensitivity has a good side too. ;)

Thanks Elf for posting this info. Always good to check out new theories on the fibro as you never know what's going to apply to your case.
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: July 4th, 2003 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
My problem (well, this one, anyway) is a serotonin imbalance. Or at least it acts like it. But yes, it is good that the medical profession in general now has something official telling them about pain, rather than just their patients.

My real complaint is that although increased sensitivity is nice, the responses still take the same amount of time, and I'm terribly impatient sometimes. :-)
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