Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Can you imagine Abel LeBlanc leader of the NDP???

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I would quickly be on his side to let the Acadiens know what Abel is all about. I would love to put this guy in a time back. He's a great MLA!!!

Quebecois Dan Bussiere should clean the People's House!

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The front is a disgrace but the Quebecois don't care. It's issues like this they don't wish New brunswickers to see via my blog.

Is this guy still having the time of his life???

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How the heck did he get in there anyway???

Miramichers couldn't get Tanker in front of the Legislature but they will get him big time on election day!!!

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Charles to Quebecois - SORS DE MA VUE!!!

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While walking downtown today, I bumped into Quebecois Andre Ouellette. He had the galls to say- Bonjour Charles!!! I quickly told told to get the hell out of my site!!!

These Quebecois have a lot of guts to even say- Hello!

Could the war of words end up on the streets of the Capital? Who knows?

Hey Sean???? You still among us???

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Some anonymous reader sent me this. Is he or she trying to tell me something???

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Charles fill in a complaint with Bernard Richard against New Brunswick Legal Aid!

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Stay tune for more on this issue.

Not all Quebecois are that bad!!!

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I found this guy a very nice guy!!!

Yes Tanker, you're on your way out!!!

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Just a reminder...

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Where is this guy from anyway???

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More Americans giving a helping hand to the Fredericton Soup Kitchen!!!

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Must belong to Bernard Lord??? After he found out what New brunswickers really thinks of the Premier!!!

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You can thank me later Bernard for the early election.

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If the election would have been in October 2007? Bernard would have surely lost.


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This is number 21! I first came face to face with this woman in the summer of 2003.

You should have seen her.

She was very skinny < down to bones >

You would see her panhandling on the streets for money for her drug habit.

This was a different panhandler. She had beautiful sad eyes. You could tell that she was hurting big time!!!

She wasn’t aggressive with the citizens. All she wanted was money for a fix.

Did she prostitute her body for money? I don’t think so.

She refuse to turn to crime to get more for a drug habit.

It was a very sad case and I truly felt bad for her.

She was proof that there is a huge drug problem in Fredericton.

These days, Number 21 has gain a lot of weight and she’s on methadone.

Number 21 could have like others become a statistic and die on the streets but she didn’t.

Did you know that in Nova Scotia, if a person dies because of Dilaudid? This information will be made public but in New Brunswick they say- It’s heart failure.

I bet there’s hundreds who have died on Dilaudid but the Bernard lord Government don’t wish the public to know this. She’s doing just fine and she should be congratulated for a job very well done!!!


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Is it time for the radio talk show Talk of the town to move into the FM area?

I know many people who would love to listen to this show but they can’t because it’s on AM and they can’t receive the poor signals.

I believe they should move to FM!!!! It would reach a much larger audience.

It's the only true show talk in New brunswick and they should move up in the world of radio!


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We got the beat

Research is revealing that rhythm affects everything biological, including the human brain

By Heather Wax
(August 8, 2006)

KEEPING TIME: Tempo is a natural part of our biology — witness birds chirping in sync and two people falling in step as they walk side by side.
KEEPING TIME: Tempo is a natural part of our biology — witness birds chirping in sync and two people falling in step as they walk side by side.
(Source: Ettore Darnok/Morguefile)

Just outside our doors is a world of rhythm and cadence, an orchestra in which water moves in waves, leaves unfold in spring and crickets chirp in sync on warm summer nights.

That the chirping seems to exist in tempo is no accident. It happens that way for the same reason two people walking side by side quickly fall into step. “Rhythm is the most natural thing in the world,” said Patrick Suppes, Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Stanford University. “Everything biological has rhythm — and so does the brain.”

Suppes and other researchers are now working to study some of those brain rhythms as part of a growing interdisciplinary field called “brainwave entrainment.” Recent evidence has shown that if people listen attentively to a rhythmic stimulus, such as tribal drumming, mantra chanting or repetitive prayer, gradually their brain waves will begin to pulse in time with the tempo. The hypothesis is that this response, which spreads from the auditory cortex to other parts of the brain, can cause changes in mood, arousal and attention.

The rhythms, chants and prayers used in many religious ceremonies “can change brain wave states, reducing the symptoms of such things as attention deficit disorder, depression and mood disorders,” said Gabe Turow, a visiting scholar at Stanford who recently organized a symposium on brainwave entrainment at the university’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. “It’s almost an evolutionary argument for why these practices developed and remain — because they keep everybody sane.”

Neurological conditions, like all other things biological, have certain characteristic tempos. Those who suffer from ADD, for example, display an unusual amount of slow brain waves in the frontal cortex, the part of the brain most linked to behavior, personality and motor function. Depression and anxiety have their own brain wave signatures — patterns and frequencies that researchers can discover using electroencephalographs, or EEGs, which measure electrical impulses. By slowing down or speeding up brain wave activity, scientists such as Harold Russell, a clinical psychologist and adjunct research professor in the department of gerontology and health promotion at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, believe they can systematically alter these mental states and improve brain functioning.

In one experiment, Russell altered the brain rhythms of elementary and middle school boys with ADD by having them wear special eyeglasses and headphones that administered rhythmic light and sound stimulation. After only two months of 20-minute treatment sessions five days a week, the children demonstrated a significant and lasting ability for greater concentration — in much the same way they might have had they been taking medications such as Ritalin or Adderall. They also performed better on IQ tests and showed a reduction in behavioral problems when compared with a control group.

In another experiment, Thomas Budzynski, an affiliate professor of psychology at the University of Washington, found that rhythmic light and sound stimulation increased blood flow throughout the brains of elderly subjects, improving their cognitive functioning.

While such studies show that a combination of visual and auditory stimulation produces the greatest effect on brain activity, sound alone can do the trick. “The fact that we can do this using music is an interesting prospect,” said Turow. “If things are happening the way we think they are on a mechanistic level, based on what we know from lab research and ethnographic observations of religious practices, it gives us more reasons to become interested in things like [rhythmic] prayer — even if it’s not for spiritual reasons, even if you don’t feel you’re connecting with God — because there are some really good side effects on mental health, on maintaining mental stability.” In much the same way that fast beats appear to encourage more alert and focused thinking, slower beats, such as those found in many prayers and mantras, seem to encourage the slow brain waves that are associated with meditation, relaxation and strong emotional responses.

For Suppes, who studies brain waves and language cognition, “the research thus far is lacking definitive proof of how the brain represents music. But we know it’s behaviorally successful, and I’m optimistic there’ll be much more progress.”

Heather Wax is features editor at Science & Spirit magazine in Quincy, Mass.