August 3rd, 2010

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Beyond PTSD: The long term effects of extended abuse during childhood

The Long Shadow of Trauma-- this is a long discussion of a syndrome which isn't in the DSM (this is being fought over), but which seems to be a distinctive result of repeated early trauma.

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Link thanks to siderea.

All the Fishes Come Home to Roost by Rachel Manija Brown is a memoir about growing up in a hellish Indian ashram. It could have been worse, but as an adult, the author was asked if she'd grown up in a war zone.

I think the second quarter could probably be skimmed-- it gets a little repetitious, but the second half, as the author gets her feet under herself and then builds an adult life and finds out something of the background of how her parents could make such a mess, is really major.

The author relentlessly hangs onto her own mind and her own perceptions of how crazy the people around her were, and the few who weren't. This book belongs on rationalists' bookshelves.

And there's a bit where she's trying to figure out how to write this memoir, and nothing seems like it could work. Then she sits down to write a letter to the one adult who gave her reasonable encouragement to be a writer, and her shame and confusion fall away because she's no longer imagining the people who don't want to hear what she has to say, and the basic approach she needs is obvious.
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A Quarter Century after Chernobyl, Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany
As Germany's wild boar population has skyrocketed in recent years, so too has the number of animals contaminated by radioactivity left over from the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive boar have quadrupled since 2007.

Wild boar are particularly susceptible to radioactive contamination due to their predilection for chomping on mushrooms and truffles, which are particularly efficient at absorbing radioactivity. Indeed, whereas radioactivity in some vegetation is expected to continue declining, the contamination of some types of mushrooms and truffles will likely remain the same, and may even rise slightly -- even a quarter century after the Chernobyl accident.

So are they compensating the truffle hunters too?

Link thanks to andrewducker.

ETA: Radiation may be less dangerous than people think.