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“If you want to free a society, just give them internet access. Because people, the young guys, you know, are all going to go out and see biased media, see the truth about other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to contribute and collaborate together.”

 thedailydoodles said: Haha :-) Well, I love NBA basketball, but I get what ya mean. I used to be an athlete, had scholarships and was really into it, but watching elite athletes play basketball is fun for me.

It’s never a fun for me to watch

  • someone swimming
  • someone playing drums
  • someone playing guitars etc :/ 

I can never get to do enough of these things I really just love to do more :/ 

June 19, 2013, 6:22am   2 notes

[Palestine, Gaza] re: Pain Killer addiction among Gazans

thedailydoodles replied to your link: [Gaza, Tramadol - Pain Killer Addiction Among Population] Drug usage trend in Middle East, North Africa

It’s weird there is a tramadol problem, as I’ve read it often doesn’t “work” for the majority of people who try it… and that’s true with people I know as well (but I dunno the stats).

Well, for Gazans or Middle East and North Africa -  as I posted - UN’s agency is saying it’s becoming more widespread in the region. (It’s not only limited to this particular drug/substance.) 

And for Gaza Palestinians - that linked BBC audio in the post does carry interviews recorded inside Gaza.

and there are many articles on the Web -

Like this one from Guardian

Thousands of young men in Gaza are becoming addicted to a prescription painkiller used to alleviate the stress of living in the besieged Palestinian territory. Students, labourers and even professionals are buying large quantities of tramadol, a synthetic opioid painkiller similar to morphine, although milder, on the black market.

There are no exact figures, but one researcher estimates that up to 30% of males between 14 and 30 use it regularly, and that as many as 15,000 are addicted.

"Every day I see them with symptoms of withdrawal from this drug," said Dr Mahoud Khozendar, of Shifa hospital in Gaza city. "Dozens come to emergency telling me that they are suffering vomiting, drowsiness and lack of concentration."

Professor Mazen al-Sakka, a pharmacologist at Gaza’s al-Azhar university who researched the epidemic, said the problem mushroomed after Israel blockaded the tiny coastal territory in June last year.

The siege was intended to break Hamas, but instead the Islamists have strengthened their grip. Yesterday, 150,000 loyalists marched in the streets, waving green flags in celebration of Hamas’s 21st anniversary. The movement’s political leader in Damascus, Khaled Meshaal, also cast doubt over the prospect of the six-month truce with Israel being renewed when it expires at the end of this week.

But while Hamas has used its superior force to disarm rival militias and control arms smuggling through the massive network of tunnels to Egypt in the south, it has been unable to stop the booming illicit trade in tramadol.

The drug is so widely available that one tablet costs as little as one shekel (17p), much cheaper than via the internet.

"A maximum of 5% of users are buying it with a prescription," said Sakka, who was alerted to the scale of the problem by his students after he delivered a lecture about the potential dangers of the drug. He said he was particularly alarmed when he heard professionals such as surgeons say they needed the drug to concentrate. Students also use it, he said. In the short term, the drug improves concentration and promotes a feeling of well being.

Khozendar said the stress of working in the smuggling tunnels, where dozens are killed each month, was also driving demand for the drug. “Each tunnel has about 40 labourers, so we are talking about 4,000 to 6,000 people working underground. It’s very hard work and tramadol moves the mood of these people. It gives them some leisure and it removes their fear.”

Another reason is that the drug helps sexual performance, which often deteriorates under stress.

In Gaza where electricity, water or sewage services are often cut for up to 16 hours a day and where unemployment stands at 50%, thousands of men spend the day chatting in the streets or cafes, unable to help their families. Even those lucky enough to still have a job feel the pressure, as each breadwinner supports an average of seven people on a salary of about 58 shekels a day, according to the UN.

"It’s a way of avoiding or escaping the political situation - the unemployment, the closure. It’s a huge source of stress," said Dr Taysir Diab, a psychiatrist at the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.


It maybe milder - but surely addictive - and withdrawal symptoms are painful/difficult. But it’s inexpensive. So might be suitable choice of substance for becoming addicted as long as there is supply available. 

I don’t know how it generally goes in USA. I really don’t use medication - I don’t even take aspirin :|

September 04, 2012, 11:21am   0 notes

thedailydoodles replied to your post: thedailydoodles replied to your post: Log - Aug…

I really like Tumblr, and the stuff I’ve gotten from my site growing stem from Tumblr being so awesome. I just hope it works out… they got something cool going here after all.

Yeah I see your illustrations (doodles) once in a while - and getting notes :) !

Commercial success requires quite homogeneous user segment - but Tumblr has lot of ‘cliques’  - in that sense, creating special features and asking little premium charge might be - 

but already that chance/path is probably missed. 

Have to hope for something big and innovative. 

August 28, 2012, 10:12pm   1 note

thedailydoodles replied to your post: Log - Aug 28 2012

The battle for tumblr to create revenue somehow that can sustain what MUST be a vast networky type dealio (I do not know computery things) will be a curious one.

I honestly don’t know. Deals. But - does Tumblr really have solid ‘customer’ segments among users? (Doesn’t look like)

I was thinking - special/neater - stationary like features then charge premium, and add discussion group etc - without building on these ‘basics’ - I think the perspectives for ‘innovation’ will remain debased.  If it’s blog with SNS it has to make that decisive move -

Then scary competition is:

  1. Twitter is profitable (?) from some major revenue sources. 
  2. And Twitter has Posterous (basically another microblog platform) - and if they figure way to make revenues out of combination of Twitter&Posterous 
  3. I don’t know how Tumblr can last beyond that point (Twitter can buy Tumblr)?

Though I’m not paying attention to this subject at all, these days. 

  • Users are still increasing - and looking at images are fun. 

But - someday somehow Tumblr has to pay for those massive servers behind this. And reward investors. 

Hope Tumblr survives. With much evolutions. 

August 28, 2012, 9:19pm   2 notes