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May 23rd, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge — LiveJournal
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

33. What are you curious about?

Everything.  Okay, some topics are more interesting than others -- I'll investigate flowers before cars -- but I'm just curious in general.  Plants, animals, people, stones, waterways, weather, the stars, quantum mechanics, ancient religions, languages, prehistoric technology, climate change, magic, crafts, music, speculative fiction, and so on so on so on.

But you probably knew that already. 

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Beautiful canyon.

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A look at why America is so fucked up: because it hurts people all the time. 

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Mermaid cakes.  The first is my favorite. 

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Today is partly cloudy and steamy. 

I fed the birds.  Seen at the feeders today: several doves and sparrows, a robin, a pair of cardinals, a pair of goldfinches, a brown thrasher, a house finch, and an indigo bunting.

Then I planted things in the wildflower garden: two purple prairie clover, one wild white indigo, one wild blue indigo

EDIT 5-23-19: Round Two, I cut water jugs into greenhouses.  Then I planted northern sea oats, butterfly milkweed, obedient plant, and purple prairie petunia in the wildflower garden.

I saw two female goldfinches at the feeders today, so we have at least two M/F pairs now.  \o/

EDIT 5-23-19: Round Three, I cut water jugs into greenhouses.  Then I planted prairie blazing star, dotted blazing star, royal catchfly, and mountain mint in the wildflower garden.

EDIT 5-23-19: Round Four, I cut water jugs into greenhouses.  Then I planted Short's aster, wild quinine, purple Joe Pye weed, and New Jersey tea in the wildflower garden.

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This line of treatment could change the development of people with Down syndrome.  It may also have implications for treating Alzheimer's disease and autism.  Preventing or fixing Alzheimer's disease is great.  Everyone wants that. But changing the brains of people from how they were supposed to develop?  Much more fraught ethics there.

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 ... between women and men with minor stroke.  When reporting the same symptoms, men get more accurate diagnoses and therefore better treatment than women.

It's not really a flaw in diagnostic methods.  It's that society values  men and doesn't give a flying fuck about women.  Doctors assume that women are lying, mistaken, unreliable, or whining.  They take men seriously.  And that kills women.

Then they wonder why people don't trust them.

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This research on emotional memory could later help in treating PTSD. 

However, it offers useful insight right now to folks who use meditation or other techniques in hopes of modifying their brains.  We know that meditation can make major, measurable brain changes from studies done on monks.  So targeting information could help that work better. 

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 ... is rising across the board.

Scientists then recommended efforts to reduce the indicators of despair -- depression, drug abuse, suicide, etc. -- rather than taking steps to make people's lives actually livable.

Thus saileth the failboat.

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Almost exactly 9 years ago, one of our big trees blew down in a storm. After doing some careful research, we decided to leave the standing snag in place as a type of habitat.

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This study shows xenon as a possible treatment for traumatic brain injury.  Currently there's no way to prevent the subsidiary damage that follows the trauma. 

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