Saturday, June 26, 2010

Today Is a Full Moon. Now What Explains the Crazy the Rest of the Time?

Today is a full moon (exact at 7:30AM EDT) and it is accompanied by a partial Lunar eclipse. Scientists and researchers tell us that there is no correlation between a full moon and people behaving in a crazy fashion. I'm willing to wager that if you ask cops, emergency personnel, ER staff, bar owners and so on they will agree that however statistically insignificant the raw number of bad acts on a full moon versus the rest of the time may be, that the level of bad acts during the full moon has just that much more of an edge of the nuckin' futz than during none full moon days and nights.

What the full moon can't explain though is the level of basic nuckin' futz we see happening every day with our supposed elected representatives, not only in DeeCee but all around the world.

I found this article over at MSNBC earlier this week and it may offer one "excuse." It seems to me that a lot of politicians are probably vain enough to use botox in an attempt to think they are stopping the aging process.

A well-known side effect of Botox is the inability to fully express emotions. Now research reveals another side effect: the inability to fully feel emotions.

Botox, a popular cosmetic injection used to fight facial wrinkles, is made of an extremely toxic protein called Botulinum toxin. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscles that cause wrinkles.

Yep, nothing like injecting your face with a poison to get rid of wrinkles then having that poison seep into the brain to destroy empathy and other areas of the thought process.

Cancer survivors have long noted (and the medical community has begun to recognize) a phenomenon called chemo brain.
For many years cancer survivors have worried about, joked about, and been frustrated with the mental cloudiness they notice before, during, and after chemotherapy. We don't know its exact cause, but this mental fog is commonly called chemo brain. Patients have noticed chemo brain for some time, but only recently have studies been done that could start to explain it.

Given the identified effects of chemo brain, I find it not at all surprising that there could also be a corresponding botox brain effect. Just as I can believe that there is an affect on the body from the pull of the moon during the full moon, so can I accept that poisons injected into the body, whether for vanity or for curative, can have unintended side consequences that change the brain.

As I've said on other topics, it makes as much sense as other reasons to explain (without delving into conspiracies) why our elected officials seem so intent on destroying the social safety net, the environment, and Mother Earth. What they miss is that Mother Earth will be fine in the end. Humans, animals and current plant life though, not so much.

There's a song by Guy Clark titled Ramblin' Jack and Mahan that I like to quote that probably shows my feelings for the Botox brigades:
Now a Ramblin' Jack Elliot said:
I got these lines in my face
Tryin' to straighten out the wrinkles in my life
When I think of all the fools I've been
It’s a wonder that I've sailed this many miles

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