The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: I am incredibly stupid and help me get my drugs.« on: October 06, 2011, 06:06:25 pm »
I am a pretty experiential, experimental person. However, with all the awesome goofy drugs that grow in plants and have been around for millennia co-evolving with us and NOT causing massive brain damage, severe life-destroying addiction, and self-destructive and/or violent dissociative behavior, it absolutely baffles me why anyone would seek out some synthetic wild card rather than one of the relatively safe psychoactives that have been around for long enough to know what they really do to you.
On a related note, did you know that alcoholism wasn't a big problem until we learned to distill that shit on a widespread and inexpensive basis? Suddenly we went from swilling weak homebrews morning, noon and night to swilling hard liquor morning, noon and night. Our brains basically evolved to find alcohol pleasurable, and in mild doses, it is very pleasurable indeed. Suddenly, though, our poor little monkey brains were getting saturated with concentrations tens of times stronger than we were adapted for, and for a time drunkenness was a plague, leading to Prohibition (which never made sense to me until I started watching this documentary... now it makes perfect sense, even though it was an unsuccessful reaction to a real and severe problem).
We seem to be gradually adapting to the availability of strong alcohol, fortunately. Or unfortunately; I don't know.
Villager and I watched the same one. PBS rules!
yeah, it was really fascinating! And I was intrigued by all the strong women temperance activists. I am also always amused by the term "longtime companion" that tends to show up in documentaries about Ye Olde Tymes. Someday long after I'm dead, I want someone to describe Mr. Language as "Ms. Nigel's longtime companion".
Yeah, when they said "her secretary and long time companion" I did the quotation fingers. I liked Carrie Nation. Not her position. But just the sheer amount of destruction she brought to Kansas. On one hand I was like, "but all that booze!" and on the other I was like, "Hellz yeah, half insane woman fucking up Kansas with a hatchet! Bitches don't know about her tomahawks!"
I know! I was all, BITCH IS CRAZY!
That's how shit gets done.
I liked how they introduced her, like "her mother died in an insane asylum thinking she was Queen Victoria" and my thought was, I like where I think this is going. I was not disappointed.