The effects of drugs

In the interests of public health and safety, I have reproduced an article from Health 24 in its entirety.

The original source is:,46964.asp

Special Report: Drugs

Forget everything you thought you knew about drugs.

Drugs may make you feel great, but the crippling damage they cause to the brain has remained unseen – until now. For the first time scans have shown exactly how these substances mutilate our minds – while psychiatrists deal with the fall-out.
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Billion dollar cabbage

My great aunt, who is a resident of Harare, Zimbabwe, went shopping this week. She bought a cabbage and a gem squash, and some meat. The expedition cost Z$1 billion. And now, because of the escalating violence, she has an armed escort and 24-hour security where she lives.

She wakes up every morning at around 2am, so that she can do her washing, because the water runs out by daylight. Fortunately, living on the same electricity grid as Mugabe has its advantages – she gets water and electricity.

“Keep your laughter down to 30 or 40 decibels”

That's what the GM said to me as he asked for help.

As I walked around the corner and looked at the screen, rotated 90 degrees, a laugh escaped me before I could contain myself.

Fortunately it was easy to fix, and he plans to do it again to annoy the receptionist.

Good bye, George Carlin

The legend that was George Carlin died on Sunday evening, Santa Monica time.

We’ll miss you, George.

“‘Older’ sounds a little better than ‘old,’ doesn’t it? Sounds like it might even last a little longer. … I’m getting old. And it’s OK. Because thanks to our fear of death in this country I won’t have to die — I’ll ‘pass away.’ Or I’ll ‘expire,’ like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital they’ll call it a ‘terminal episode.’ The insurance company will refer to it as ‘negative patient care outcome.’ And if it’s the result of malpractice they’ll say it was a ‘therapeutic misadventure.”‘

George Carlin

“We’re all fucked. It helps to remember that.”


I had this bug on my PC for the last month, which coincided with an update of my Intel motherboard drivers, so I thought I had downloaded some dodgy drivers.

To my relief, after a full scan of 300GB of files under another OS, I have removed the bug and managed to get NOD32 reinstalled. Yay!

Ho’ say can you see …

John McCain, the Republican candidate and old white man, is going to win the US elections, mainly because everyone has forgotten how a Republic works. The popular vote counts for absolutely nothing. The Electoral College, made up by old white men, chooses the president. That’s how GW got in. Do you honestly think they’d choose a black man or a white woman?

Anyway, if Obama does become president in the next elections, I’ll eat tomato.

“Houston, we have a problem …”

“… When can you send a plumber?”

I normally don’t do toilet humour, but this one is begging to be lampooned. Excuse the pun.

The toilet (only one?) on the International Space Station is broken, apparently with a “bypass” to deal with “liquid waste”. “Solid waste” isn’t a problem, apparently. They even have “special bags” to collect urine. If it were an African in Space (a la Mark Shuttleworth), he would have rigged up something out of an old Coke bottle and a hole in the side – i.e. pressure differential, also known as an air-assisted pump.

I wonder who’s paying the bill for sending up a space shuttle to change a toilet pump. I heard those things are dangerous. Shuttles, not toilet pumps, although from personal experience, the latter can be quite deadly too.

Sarah Connor? *blam*

Max du Preez, well-known (and well-respected) journalist, has written an interesting and I dare say accurate description of our Governor of the Reserve Bank, Tito Mboweni. He uses the words “Terminator”, and “robot-like” in his continual increase of the interest rate to combat inflation. While this is hardly the forum for economic discussion, I think it’s amusing that the three people in charge of our economy’s names all start with “T”: Thabo, Trevor and Tito. That makes T3 …

I know it’s too early for bad puns, but I think it’s funny in an ironic sort of way. Especially how M and I have just bought a house two weeks before the interest rate is due to go up again.