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Brain Scans Can Identify Politicians or Members of Ruling Elite Even in Childhood Because They Have No Empathy When Seeing People in Pain  


LONDON – EnglandBrain scans can be used to identify children who may be potential politicians, new research has shown from a University College London study. Brain scans can be used to identify children who may become potential politicians or banksters, new research has shown. Scientists have found that certain areas of a politician’s brain showed a reduced activity in response to images of others in pain. The regions affected are those known to play a role in empathy, the ability to relate to other people’s feelings. Scientists say the patterns could act as a marker to single out children at a risk of becoming adult politicians or bankers. A total of 255 boys aged 10 to 16 were assessed in the study. Of these, 17 met the criteria for children with ‘future politician bankster syndrome’ (FPBS) according to questionnaire answers provided by parents and teachers. FPBS children display a plethora of antisocial traits including aggression and dishonesty which are integral parts of becoming a politician or working in the banking industry. “If you’re a politician and you do not lie, then you get found out. That’s not good for the job or your organisation, therefore kids who have FPBS are good at their future job because they have no problem with lying to get what they need. They do this from a young age and when they become politicians, it is like a duck taking to water, in other words, no problem,” Professor Anders Simkins, revealed about the study. The same applies to bankers: “If you are a banker, first you think of your bonus and the money you will make. If you had one ounce of empathy, you would realise that what you are doing is hurting millions of people by taking their pension money, but fuck them, as long as you can make more money than they will ever see in a lifetime in one afternoon, who cares? You see, this is the mindset of a bankster, and this is why they succeed so well in their jobs, because they had the FPBS and the others did not.” Participants in the study underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans while being shown images of other people’s hands and feet in painful and non-painful situations. A distinct difference was seen in the brain responses of children with and without FPBS. “If you look at all high end business, governmental departments, banks, law offices, and the medical industry, you will see these people. Actually, let me adjust that, in most circumstances, you will not see these people running the show because they’re too high up the ladder, but they’re there,” the Professor added. via Brain Scans Can Identify Politicians or Members of Ruling Elite Even in Childhood Because They Have No Empathy When Seeing People in Pain  . via Brain Scans Can Identify Politicians or Members of Ruling Elite Even in Childhood Because They Have No Empathy When Seeing People in Pain  .

Scientists discover crabs can swear


It’s fucking freezing in here

CRABS are capable of verbalising obscenities, it has emerged.

Researchers into whether crustaceans can feel pain discovered that if you listen carefully when dropping them into very hot water you can hear a stream of filth.

Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute for Studies said: “We attached a waterproof microphone to a brown crab then chucked it into a pot.

“It was clearly saying ‘fucking hell’, ‘shit the fucking sea bed’ and ‘my frigging exoskeleton’s on fucking fire’.

“As you can imagine, it was a great moment for science as we sat listening to the tiny, chittery voice saying ‘I’ll fucking get you for this, you monkey bastards’ over the lab speakers.”

Further research revealed that crabs swear all the time, not just when they are being boiled alive.

Professor Brubaker said: “Although they do use the word ‘fuck’ crabs don’t have penises, so instead crab swearing refers to reproductive organs called gonopods.

“A crab that is arguing with a rival will typically say, ‘Suck my gonopods, gono-face’ or ‘Go claw yourself’.

“They are fascinating creatures.”

via Scientists discover crabs can swear.

via Scientists discover crabs can swear.

Study shows vaporizing cannabis can significantly help with neuropathic pain


A study just recently published has shown that low-dose, vaporized cannabis products, are effective in treating neuropathic pain.  This is significant for a large number of people who suffer this condition.  I suppose I should start with, what is neuropathic pain?

Some conditions, diabetes and HIV amongst them, cause a kind of phantom pain in the body because of specific damage being done to the nervous system.  To break it down to layman terms without spewing a whole lot of Latin phrases used in medicine, your nerves are like wires in an electrical circuit.  There are signals travelling along those wires that tell our muscles what to do, how our organs function, all those important things.  When the nerves get damaged by disease, they act like frayed wires, sending false signals.  A very severe form of this is Multiple Sclerosis where the patient slowly loses control of muscle function and experiences pain and spasms all over their body.

Traditionally the treatment for neuropathic pain was opioid drugs.  As one would expect, the dose required with a drug like Demerol to control the pain is often well into the psychoactive dose and the patient is rendered more or less inert.  Take enough opiates and you’ll know what I mean, you get numb, slow and kind of spacey.  If you wanted to say, do a job or bathe every day, this isn’t good.  Long-term exposure to this kind of therapy eventually leads to apathy and emotional depression.  I’ve been there; it isn’t a good place to be.

A recent study, a synopsis of which is linked at the bottom of this article, shows that vaporized cannabis can control neuropathic pain in doses low enough that the psychoactive element of cannabis use is minimized.  This means no pain, and no stoned either.  For people who want a medication that controls their pain, but doesn’t rule their life, this is a veritable miracle.

It’s easy for cannabis smokers who use recreationally to miss the importance of this.  Cannabis can get you really high, but it can also make you feel better without getting you high.  From a medical perspective this is unheard of.  Neuropathic pain is notoriously stubborn pain to treat, and often requires disabling doses of opioid drugs to control.  For those living in the prison of Morphine treatment and constant pain, this is a jailbreak of kinds and is well worth celebration.

When allowed the opportunity to do so, medical science proves again and again that cannabis is one of the most versatile and useful plants we have ever discovered.  While there are groups trying to make new types of painkillers out of spider poison and other strange sources, cannabis waits in the wings to replace many needlessly contrived treatments and drugs which are notoriously expensive and complicated to produce.

Part of the conflict here is going to be with drug makers.  They make a fortune using patented processes and exclusive equipment and facilities to make drugs.  When you can just grow what you need in a planter box on the balcony, it could put a lot of people out of work and disappoint a whole bunch of investors.  I for one say too bad for all of them.  There used to be a lot of people employed building railroad tracks, but that business is waning these days.  Those people found other jobs, and all the people making codeine pills and morphine patches may just have to do the same someday in the future.

via Study shows vaporizing cannabis can significantly help with neuropathic pain.

via Study shows vaporizing cannabis can significantly help with neuropathic pain.

Dear Dr. Reilly… An MS patient writes


An MS patient writes:

I am a patient of the pain clinic at University College Hospital Galway (above). After 12 years living with chronic pain caused by my Multiple Sclerosis a treatment was found to treat my chronic pain and enable me to live a near normal life; after years of trying various medications and blocks.

You can only begin to imagine the joy I felt that first morning after having a lidocaine infusion to wake ‘pain free’ it was akin to rebirth. I was in a position to be the mother and wife I had longed to be but was unable to become due to pain and the side effects caused by medication.

The clinic and I had a system where I would call once the pain began to return, as I am sure your aware each infusion is effective only for a certain time span; this can vary wildly depending on the stability of my ms.

I would receive an appointment for the day ward within a few weeks, this was managed in such a way that I never fell into the state of unbearable nerve pain I had had to endure in the past, in fact my pain consultant stated he would bring me in monthly for treatment if his budget would allow.

Since September I have been living with the pain once more, I am a victim of cuts at UCHG, cuts you sanctioned. I am now in a state of living death: sleeping taking Oxynorm then sleeping some more.

In fact I have now become dependent on the drug not just to treat the pain but because my body needs it! you must be experienced from your time as a GP how quickly a persons body becomes dependent on highly addictive medication, especially when used for more than two weeks; I am on week six right now. I have been informed that the earliest appointment I can have at the day ward is on November 21, a further six weeks.

I have now reached the stage where I believe this situation is an infringement of my human rights and most certainly a breech of the Patients Charter. I will be seeking a legal representative to force the HSE to meet the requirements of the patients charter and seek compensation for the physical and mental pain and suffering I am enduring and will continue to endure even after my appointment as I will need weaning off Oxynorm, all of which could have been avoided by a 30-minute visit to the day ward.

I await your response and plan for a solution to my intolerable situation

Jennifer Banks

via Dear Dr. Reilly… | Broadsheet.ie.

via Dear Dr. Reilly… | Broadsheet.ie.

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