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  • Birthday 03/13/1975

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    All 36 years of my life
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    Birding, medicine, cooking, crosswords

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  1. The Politics Sexual Assault Thread

    Get rid of any and all sexual harassers and molesters. This is not partisan. I really, really liked Franken, until today. The story is credible and damning.
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/07/health/bulletproof-panels-backpacks-trnd/index.html This is not a solution to gun violence. If this is the state of response, our country has failed morally. Again.
  3. Mass Shooting at Texas Church

    I'm a doc, but not a psychiatrist. Here's my take on the med question. There is a fairly well recognized uptick in the rate of suicide attempts in the immediate weeks after starting antidepressants. Depression causes many symptoms, including, but not limited to, sadness, hopelessness, apathy, lack of motivation, appetite suppression, sleep disturbance, etc. For reasons that aren't quite clear, these symptoms do not all respond equally or on the same time scale to typical antidepressants. Some patients first feel the lack of motivation lifting prior to the sadness and hopelessness. Many patients with severe depression may be suicidal off treatment but simply can't muster the motivation or energy to do something about it. If they suddenly become motivated and energetic while still feeling sad and hopeless, there is a window of time that is high risk. Ultimately, for many patients, all of the symptoms of depression improve with the medications, so the long term effect is to decrease the overall risk of suicide and to improve many general health and wellbeing measures. But there is a period of time that may be days to weeks that the risk is elevated. That is why it is important to provide not just a prescription but the other supportive services and counseling so patients can get through those periods safely. I have no idea if that kind of physiology is playing any role in mass shooters.
  4. Mass Shooting at Texas Church

    Prohibiting things is one thing, preventing them is another. We have plenty of laws on the books that make it illegal for people to kill innocents, and that are supposed to keep certain people from guns. We have far less effort at actually making those goals a reality. We have chosen to put minimal enforcement into many of those laws and we make it ridiculously easy to have enormous killing power with almost no accountability or oversight. Many of those choices to provide loopholes and underfund enforcement are legislative decisions that need to be re-examined. I would personally love to see the ~30k gun deaths we have each year treated as the public health disaster that it is. We should be funding large research efforts studying why we have so many gun deaths. I'd be thrilled to see regional experiments trying to reduce the number of deaths. Of course, the NRA and the GOP have fought hard against research into gun deaths, presumably because they are more interested in ideology than evidence...
  5. Mass Shooting at Texas Church

    This is so sickening. Again. Again. Again. I just want every politician and political candidate to honestly answer the question: “What is your plan to reduce mass shootings and gun deaths?” If their answer is to do nothing, they don’t get my vote. I don’t know what the answer should be, and I don’t know what will work. I just want people to start trying.
  6. And Trump made Flynn National Security Advisor. "I have the best people..."
  7. That's disappointing. Unsurprising, I guess. Still good work by the navy... And the dogs were cute.
  8. 2017 MLB Thread

    What the... My local channel just switched to a modern family rerun. No!
  9. Well, that's awesome. And underpublicized (or at least wasn't on my radar). Well done!
  10. Love this article and the embedded video/pics... https://gizmodo.com/american-women-and-their-dogs-rescued-after-being-stran-1819903026 I particularly like the last paragraph: "“The US Navy is postured to assist any distressed mariner of any nationality during any type of situation,” Cmdr. Steven Wasson, Ashland commanding officer, said in a statement." So much badassery (badassitude?) in that simple statement. Awesome stuff...
  11. 2017 MLB Thread

    This game is BANANAS.
  12. 2017 Washington Nationals: Wash, Rinse, Repeat

    Heart. Broken.
  13. 2017 Washington Nationals: Wash, Rinse, Repeat

    My heart just skipped a beat
  14. 2017 Washington Nationals: Wash, Rinse, Repeat

    That is wretched. Pathetic. Ruinous. What a disgrace.