Shattered mind

This is a good presentation of mental illness. The description resonates with my (second hand) experience and so does the manner of the speaker. Power, control, and death would seem to be common points of obsession. Mass murders, intrusions, plots, The Mission.

To say that schizophrenia is the condition of a shattered mind is evocative but not adequately specific. Alzheimer’s could be described as a shattered mind, too, perhaps. There is a malice in schizophrenia that clinicians are too quick to dismiss. I am not talking about the sometimes violence of the schizophrenic sufferer; I’d guess that everyone would respond in basically the same way to the same stimuli. But just as it makes we normal people feel better to think that madmen are at peace tied up, lobotomized, or sedated, so too we are much more comfortable believing the schizophrenic’s condition is impersonal chaos and not an irresistible evil.

We Americans, I think, are especially terrified by the thought of an unstoppable evil; our taboo extends to the grave we desperately ignore in our “celebrations of life.” Sufficient positive thinking will fix anything: the economy, cancer, warfare, and especially mental illness.

My friend: I may laugh at your defenses, but I will never laugh at your enemy.

A whole different gas

“[I]t took about six years for truck fleets to shift from gasoline to diesel fuel in the early to mid-1970s.” (DC Velocity, quoting T.B. Pickens.) Huh. I didn’t know that ever happened. I didn’t realize that diesel hadn’t developed as a motor fuel right along with gasoline the whole way.

Trucks run practically everywhere in this country. But there are some long cross-country routes that some companies run every single day. There are, in general, national, regional, and local carriers. If it made operating sense, you could develop your natural gas network from the national routes on down to the more localized routes. Either the cost of LNG needs to go down, or the cost of diesel needs to go up; or a combination of both. Yet gas extractors have significantly slowed their operations in the Marcellus shale because they’ve driven the prices lower than they’d like.

Well – the price of diesel is bound to go up one of these days.

Not that I really want to see the tree-covered hills around here spiked with rigs. But on the whole, I think it is better for people to deal with the consequences of their actions. It is ethically more healthy to get your energy out of your own backyard.

If you must think, do not strain yourself

A brilliant piece of unquestioning journalism. The big reveal:

Holbreich recently did a study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, which found very low rates of allergies among Amish children living on farms in Indiana. He says the reason may be because the children get exposed very early on to dirty environments, and to a variety of dust and germs. Even young kids are often in the barn, working with animals, and drinking raw milk.

“We think there’s something about milk,” Holbreich says. “That’s key, along with exposure to large animals, particularly cows.”

Scientists don’t know exactly what it is in raw milk, or in the barn, or on the cows, that helps boost the immune system. They’re researching that now. But Holbreich cautions against drinking raw milk or serving it to your child. It contains too many dangerous, disease-causing bacteria.

[Edit] H/T Art Sido.