Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Friday, February 18, 2005

I Suck At Discrediting Mainstream Media Journalists...

So there I was, working on what was sure to be a sure-fire way to prove myself within the blogging community. It started when I was surfing through Democratic Underground for a few laughs, when I ran across this thread that linked to this article: US soldiers to receive ecstasy to fight combat trauma, which was actually a reprint of this article in the Guardian. The discussions among the DUmmies in the thread focused on the assumed fact that the Pentagon was going to give MDMA to soldiers in Iraq. This clearly made no sense, so I googled a little in order to disprove this obvious falsehood. Maybe, I could even show this David Adam, Guardian Science Correspondent, to be a fraud! I looked in the FDA News database; no announcements there. While searching, I found this article in Spiegel Online. Money quote:

"The United States government has found a new way of recruiting soldiers for the Iraq war: It's offering them ecstasy. The trick is, the soldiers only get the free drugs after they have seen enough fighting to be experiencing flashbacks, recurring nightmares and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The usually tough-to-please US Food and Drug Administration has given the experimental treatments an initial go ahead and scientists in South Carolina have quickly gotten to work. "

If it turned out that the Guardian article had made these accusations as well, I'd be in the money! Links from Michelle Malkin were sure to follow, and I'd be hailed as another success story in the blogosphere! Unfortunately, it was not to be. While the Guardian article clearly doesn't go out of its way to say that active-duty soldiers won't be part of the study, and the unattributed Spiegel piece clearly wants readers to believe that, and the raving moonbats at Democratic Underground believe it implicitly, the truth is that the Guardian article does pretty much state the truth about the state of the research:

"He is about to advertise for war veterans who fought in the last five years to join the study."

Okay, so maybe that's not an example of how "researchers" had "quickly gotten to work", but it's not a smoking gun either. I guess I'll have to retire to the small dark corner of the blogosphere reserved for sub-blogs, and wait for another chance for the bright light of digital fame...

Going deep...

5 Comments:

Blogger ninme said...

Hey, quitcherbitchin. You're an adorable little rodent with twice the uniques I have.

And I've seen some of the people who get Instalanched or linked by Malkin, and they've left me unimpressed. Alas, sometimes the diamonds remain lost in the rough.

2/18/2005 3:06 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Yeah, but your blog is really good, plus you have actual talent; I just happened to find a relatively unoccupied corner of the blogosphere that ended up on the front pages for a few days. Plus, WillyShake got Malki-lanched, and submariners are, by our nature, a very competitive breed...

2/18/2005 3:24 PM

 
Blogger ninme said...

Hah! Talent my left foot. I'm just, ah, loquacious. At least you know what to do if you're in a tin can hundreds of feet under water right next to a nuclear reactor if said reactor starts getting ornery. And I think the blogs that people like to link to are the ones that have such a narrow niche nailed down (how's that for alliteration?). The ironic thing is that I usually get bored with blogs like mine. But at least I amuse myself. If I can get me to laugh, well heck.

You get real comments, which is a sign of success, I think.

2/18/2005 4:23 PM

 
Anonymous jeff said...

Actually, MDMA is a valuable drug that was formerly used in psychotherapy & has shown promise for use with PTSD. Its misuse by kids (street Ecstasy is cut with meth) doesn't reflect on its potential. Its demonization by the FDA is absurd: making it a Schedule I drug makes it almost impossible for scientists to even study it. Drugs have no morality, they're either useful or not, just as there are no safe drugs, only safe dosages.

2/18/2005 7:20 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

True, I guess... however, that doesn't change my point that the Pentagon isn't going to be distributing it to troops in the field.
Jeff -- you should join us over at BlameBush... you'd be a natural there...

2/18/2005 7:23 PM

 

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