Imagine a family of drugs that could treat addiction, depression and post-traumatic stress: sicknesses of the soul for which modern medicine, in all its surgical wizardry, has few cures. Substances that were a fillip to creativity and could provide those who took them with an experience comparable to seeing God or witnessing the birth of a child. Say these wonder chemicals were found: why would a society make them illegal? The question has dogged Amanda Feilding since the 1960s, when during her teens and early 20s she first tried psychedelics. Through cannabis, LSD and magic mushrooms she found that the doors of perception were flung wide open. A blissful period of experimentation followed, in the heyday of that swinging decade, before the doors were slammed shut again in what she says was a panic about their dangers. “It was a tragedy,” she tells me on a wet morning at Beckley Park, her home outside Oxford. “Ann Shulgin [psychedelics pioneer, and widow of its patron … [Read more...] about Is LSD about to return to polite society?
The Old Mint’s classical Greek revival columns once sheltered a homeless camp. Planners are now seeking a grander vision. The Old Mint’s classical Greek revival columns once sheltered a homeless camp. Planners are now seeking a grander vision. Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 The Old Mint’s classical Greek revival columns once sheltered a homeless camp. Planners are now seeking a grander vision. The Old Mint’s classical Greek revival columns once sheltered a homeless camp. Planners are now seeking a grander vision. Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle For SF’s Old Mint’s future, … [Read more...] about For SF’s Old Mint’s future, historical society seeking ‘blue-sky ideas’
In the latest episode of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Jethalal and friends start praying to God for Bapu ji's safe return. They all sit in the compound and start praying. It is shown that Bapu ji is feeling helpless sitting on the road side. He keeps asking for help from someone and one couple comes but they don't help him. Bapu ji feels helpless and starts looking for auto. He keeps asking for help but people ignore him thinking he is a beggar. Bapu ji finally finds an auto but there is no driver in it. He is then spotted by a young boy who is cycling in the area. He decides to help him and comes to ask Champak chacha about his problem. Champak chacha narrates his story how he is not wearing glasses and wants to go home. He then tells the boy that he has to go to Gokuldham society and the boy decides to drop him home. The boy asks him to sit on his bicycle so that he can drop him. Jethalal and others keep chanting. The boy drops Champak chacha on the gates of Gokuldham society … [Read more...] about Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah update, December 12: Champak chacha reaches Gokuldham society but in Thane
Affluenza: How to Be Successful and Stay Sane In his 1997 book Britain on the Couch, Oliver James asserted that "advanced capitalism makes money out of misery and dissatisfaction, as if it were encouraging us to fill up the psychic void with material goods". In this book, he explores the idea further, and it's terrific. A lot of readers, wanting to put their finger on why the affluent world they live in makes them so uneasy, will want to cheer. Here he is saying, loud and clear, that capitalism is bad for your mental health. And then he tells us why this is the case, and what we can do about it. "My focus," explains James, "is on why we are so fucked up, not with dangling a false promise of the possibility of happiness." He's right - he doesn't offer false promises. By the time you've finished this book, you, too, might be feeling pretty pessimistic. As if we weren't already - as James points out, almost a quarter of Britons suffer "emotional distress". "Cards on the table," he says, … [Read more...] about The sick society
Brownie, who lived in the society, euthanised after his condition worsened. Powai police are looking for an unidentified person who shot a dog twice with an air gun, leading to his death. An animal caregiver in Powai had recently got a dog from her society admitted in a hospital after she found him unwell. The doctors at the hospital after performing an X-ray on the dog were shocked to discover that the animal had two air gun pellets inside his body. According to the police, a complainant about the assault on the dog was filed by Shwetali Mulik, a resident of Lake Florence Housing Society in Powai. Mulik runs BARK-iNN, a home stay facility for dogs. “Brownie is what we used to call him fondly. He had been staying in our complex for the past eight years. We have a group of dog owners and dog lovers who donate and collect funds for the welfare of these community dogs or strays. Since 2016, we have been vaccinating these street animals for rabies and other diseases,” … [Read more...] about Dog shot with air gun twice in Powai society