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Nov. 11th, 2020

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Drug policy should be based on science, not ideology.
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Dec. 1st, 2010

mr schadenfreude

Even more great news!

I just got off the phone from a researcher at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre and I am being assessed for participation in their brain stimulation trials including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) or possibly Magnetic Seizure Therapy.
They have a unipolar study which is what I was diagnosed with earlier this year, so it's great news.
I just did an over the phone interview and there's nothing precluding me from the trials so they are organising an appointment for me to come in early next year for a full assessment and then, if all goes well, I will spend a few hours every day for a month getting my brain worked on ;) And it's based in Prahran in Melbourne, so it's going to be much easier for me to attend.
They have quite a few different research programmes, if any of you are interested here's the link; (homepage) (treatment trial page)

Nov. 28th, 2010

mr schadenfreude

The case of Sara Kruzan

Ask Gov. Schwarzenegger to Release Human Trafficking Victim Sara Kruzan with Time Served

Sara Kruzan was 16 years old when she was charged with killing her 31-year-old pimp, a man who had been grooming her since she was 11 years old and trafficking her since she was 13. Abused as a small child and living with a drug-addicted mother, Sara was the ideal victim for the lure of a predator. While other girls her age were in junior high school, Sara was experiencing the attention and ‘affections’ of a pimp who began to exercise control over her young mind. When other girls were entering high school, Sara was already being sold to adults, forced to turn over her money to her ‘daddy’ and beaten if she resisted. In fact, Sara’s life up until her arrest was a litany of abuse and trauma, absent and predatory adults, failed systems and a total dearth of support and services. It is clear that Sara never had the opportunity to be just a young girl, and yet mentally and emotionally she was still very much a child. The court could have decided to take all these mitigating factors into consideration when sentencing her. Instead Sara was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
mr schadenfreude

Human Trafficking

Sex slavery and human trafficking is every bodies business. And it's not just happening in Eastern Europe or South East Asia either- it's a huge market in "developed" countries like the US too.
"Both M.S. and Asia said they were arrested and thrown into jail, and that the police treated them like criminals, even when they knew they were minors. Often times, police officers solicited their services, the girls said, or they had relationships with pimps.

"They would just send me to jail and keep me here for like a couple of months, then they'd release me thinking everything's good," M.S. said. "I was scared to run to the police or cops or something because you know... I don't think they'd really listen. They try to set up a date with you knowing that you were a minor. They didn't care."

The statistics are frightening- it is now second only to drug trafficking in terms of profitability but with none of the risks because law enforcement doesn't care to spend billions of dollars on the "war against slavery", instead we punish the victims and rarely prosecute the perps (and it is usually only in the cases with nice white girls from nice, middle class backgrounds).

"...there isn't a culture of crime and punishment for selling girls as there is for selling illegal drugs. It is less risky, and more profitable (the girls are "reusable"), to traffic girls, instead of meth or crack.

Perversely, it is the girls -- and not the men -- who end up being criminalized. Prostitution is the leading reason for girls' involvement in the juvenile justice system. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, citing the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention statistics on juvenile arrests, reports that 63% of girls in detention are there for prostitution. Girls are put behind bars for being raped and sexually exploited by pimps and the men who purchase them for the night.

Unlike the international landscape of non-profits set up to rescue and rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking, here in the U.S., there are few such safe havens or trauma-based programs. There are presently less than 50 beds in the entire nation for American trafficked victims. Girls sold into sexual slavery in Thailand or India are perceived as victims. In the U.S., they are cast aside as "hos", "prostitutes", and "bad girls". Yet, these discarded American girls share the same experiences of victimization, poverty, and abuse endured by those who are trafficked abroad. They deserve the same support systems and chance to heal that is afforded by many worthy NGOs overseas."

This is about the plight of the disenfranchised, the vulnerable disposable people who are being sold into slavery right this minute and it can happen to ANYBODY.
Please, support the discussion of this subject, because it is something that we need to keep in the open and in the news and on the desks of our politicians. good site to find ethical suppliers of consumer goods

Oct. 17th, 2010

mr schadenfreude

LOL TISM- Morrison Hostel

TISM's dedication to Jim Morrison :D
(BTW, this is potentially offensive)

You need a nine to five job, Jimbo; You need to get to Flinders St. by train - Go and find yourself a regular income, Then you can write a song about pain.Collapse )

Sep. 21st, 2010

mr schadenfreude

Cookies! yummy freaking cookies :D

I've been wondering, what's something nice I can do for my flist to say thanks for all your support (and for just being pretty damn awesome)? And I thought, hey, why not share my favourite cookie recipe with you? Now, these are the cookies that a very trendy restaurant wanted to stock, so no starting a cookie empire without sharing the profits with me, ok? ;)
So here it is, my chewy, crunchy, white chocolate and roasted macadamia nut cookie recipe;
(this is my half serve version, but it still makes about 40 cookies)
recipe, photos and hints under the cutCollapse )
These cookies are supposed to flatten out during cooking, they're not supposed to rise much at all- that's what helps give them such a nice, chewy centre. If they're more like your traditional cookie shape, kind of domed, then you've probably added too much bicarb and/or flour and they won't taste as good, but trust me, when you get it right these guys kick arse!

Sep. 18th, 2010

mr schadenfreude

Oh Melbourne hipsters hahaha

Sep. 10th, 2010

mr schadenfreude

LOL cats


It's my bag now!

Sep. 8th, 2010

mr schadenfreude

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Friends cut.
Seriously, you think it's funny to breach a person's trust?
If you don't think you should have been cut let me know (I'm cutting about 95% of my flist).
I'm sorry, the wording for this is all wrong. I didn't mean it as in "give me a good reason why I shouldn't cut you" at all. I just mean that there might people who wanted to stay on my f-list that I may have inadvertantly cut as I was pretty emotional and prety much removed everyone.
I am so sorry for my wording :(

Sep. 7th, 2010

mr schadenfreude

WOC and the war on drugs

"In every social role filled by women - as mothers, sisters, daughters, girlfriends, wives, and individuals - they feel the injustice of discriminatory policies advanced by the war on drugs. Low-income, minority women experience these injustices with a particular intensity and frequency. Whether involved in the illegal drug market of their own volition or coerced into the role of drug courier by a boyfriend or husband, women receive the same, harsh mandatory minimum prison terms; a peripheral or unsuspecting role in a drug offense makes little or no difference when the sentencing standard is based solely on the weight of the illicit substance involved. Pregnant or parenting women are penalized for the alleged, often illusory, risks to which they expose their children or fetus while suffering from drug addiction. These penalties include removal of their children from their care, the termination of parental rights, and/or imprisonment. Exacerbating all of these problems, poor minority women lack access to adequate treatment and counseling tailored to their specific needs.
I am amazed that we are still so far behind the eight ball when it comes to legitimate, evidence based approaches to drug use/abuseCollapse )

The consequences and circumstances of the war on drugs are particularly pernicious for women. From the destruction of the relationship between mother and child, to excessive sentences for minor drug-related offenses that result in abominable prison conditions, to increased exposure to deadly diseases, and a treatment system that is woefully inadequate to meet the special needs of women caught in the grasp of addiction, women are vulnerable to the wide range of the injustices of current drug policies."


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