It makes no sense: You’ve had a long day, and you’re ready for a restful night’s sleep. But as you lie in bed, you experience an uncontrollable urge to move your legs—perhaps accompanied by unpleasant sensations such as tingling, crawling or even pain.
You may have Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), a neurological condition that is classified as a movement disorder, like Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor. There is no known single cause, but it is associated with dysfunction of the neurotransmitter known as dopamine at the spinal cord level.
The actual prevalence of RLS is not known, but according to the RLS Foundation, positive response rates for the question, “Do you have a creepy, crawly sensation in your legs at night when you attempt to sleep?” are between 3 and 15 percent.
When oil was discovered along the Kern River bank in 1899 near Bakersfield, California, thousands of fortune seekers, oil companies, and railroads rushed to the state, setting up oil fields up and down the coast. This particular picture is from Huntington Beach (Surf City). Black and WTF.
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“The Media Guide to Drugs.”Where do most people get their information about drugs? From the press. And where does the press get its information? Primarily from other misinformed journalists, lazy cops, grieving parents, clueless drug counselors, spurious Web sites, and gibbering druggies. By indulging their worst class biases, by following their newsman instincts to hype the sensational or dramatic aspects of the story, by giving in to fear and ignorance, journalists keep their readers in the dark about drugs.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Newspapers could establish drug beats and fill them with reporters as eager to learn about Mexican tar as budding financial reporters are to understand the workings of the Fed. Press organizations that say they can’t afford a drug-beat reporter could at least invest in a few reference works to help their staff cover illicit drug use. One of my favorites, Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy, is now in its third edition. Thanks to the work of one enterprising soul, the entire text of the 1972 classic Licit and Illicit Drugs is on the Web. Although dated in spots, it’s still a solid and valuable overview of the drug universe.
The blue whale can weigh over 200 tons but feeds exclusively on krill – a crustacean smaller than a child’s finger. The massive mammals gain much of their weight while they are nursed by their mothers, with a blue whale calf gaining approximately 250 pounds every day during its first three weeks of life. – Provided by RandomHistory.com
The woman does not want her name published. She doesn’t want to come across as bitter and sure as heck doesn’t want to drag her five children through the muck again. She was once a dreamer — believed that love trumped all. Her man, you see, she’d known most of her life. They met all the way back in elementary school, before hormones and bonus checks, when she was still a tomboy. When they got married, the people of their hometown of Seaford, Del., oozed glee and envy. They called them a super couple. Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
“And it wasn’t my dream of living in the big house,” she says. “My dream was just like any other woman who walks down the aisle with her husband. My dream was to live forever with this man, to be able to grow old with this guy and be with our grandkids.
“Yes, we had the fancy cars. But that was just extra …”
She occasionally stops to take a breath. These things used to be private. Not anymore.
It’s been a year since Tiger Woods smashed his SUV and opened a treasure trove of scandal. These days, the headlines are seemingly full of stories of sports-related marriage infidelity — NBA star Tony Parker among the latest. The why is simple. Money plus fame plus opportunity can equal infidelity. But it also leads to harsher questions when the scandals become so public. How could the wives not know? Why do they stay? How could the cheaters be so reckless?
The answers, the woman says, are complex.
Saudis accuse Iran of harboring al Qaeda network
A State Department cable released by WikiLeaks earlier this week contains a new detail about the relationship between Iran and al Qaeda. The Saudis have privately complained to the Obama administration that Iran harbors a dangerous network of al Qaeda operatives who are targeting the kingdom. And at the heart of the relationship is one of Osama bin Laden’s little-known sons.
One cable recounts a meeting that took place on Sept. 5, 2009, between President Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, and Saudi Prince Nayif bin Abdulaziz, the kingdom’s second deputy prime minister and longtime interior minister.
Just eight days prior to the meeting, Prince Nayif’s son, Muhammad, had survived an assassination attempt by al Qaeda. Muhammad is the head of Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism and jihadist rehabilitation programs. At the meeting, Prince Nayif stressed to Brennan that the kingdom’s efforts to combat terrorism and extremism would not waver even though the attack highlighted the risk to members of the royal family.
After exchanging diplomatic niceties, Prince Nayif turned the conversation to Iran. The State Department’s cable reads (under the heading “Iran Promoting Terrorism”). MORE HERE
NONE of the material published by WikiLeaks provides an earth-shattering new perspective on the way the world works. It is hardly news, for example, that American and British officials are worried that Pakistan’s nukes may fall into the hands of radical Islamists. Mostly the new information fleshes out worries and strategies that are already known. It falls broadly into three categories.
One is casting public light on the private behaviour of prominent personalities. An American diplomat who attended a meeting with Britain’s Prince Andrew, on a trade-promotion visit to Kyrgyzstan, was both captivated and appalled by his forceful behaviour and candid language. He railed at anti-corruption investigators for their “idiocy” in almost scuttling the al-Yamama arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia. The prince also claimed that France was corrupt and Americans’ command of geography was weak.
The Argentine president, Cristina Fernández, is notoriously thin-skinned. But it is still interesting to read that Hillary Clinton asked her diplomats to find out, amid a cautious rapprochement with Argentina, whether she was taking medicine for her moods and how they affected her decision-making. Mrs Clinton might not be amused if this was asked about her. MORE HERE,/a>
Originally posted 2010-12-03 16:15:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter