Friday, July 1, 2011

Finally Friday: Sunshine Depression and bombs go off in Thailand

Good Morning Humboldt County!

Good to see you. Pull up a chair and have a stare. With summer finally here on the coast we’re actually being bathed in sunshine. Surprisingly, not everyone is going to be happy about that. Here’s why:

SAD in the summer? Sunshine depression rare, but real

Many of us can hardly wait for summer to arrive, but a small number of people are much happier when it's over. You've no doubt heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder, the wintertime mood disorder -- but some get SAD in the summer.

As hot weather approaches, those with summer SAD sleep less, eat less, and lose weight. They're extremely irritable and agitated. (It's the reverse for people with winter SAD, who sleep more, gain weight and crave high-carb foods, and tend to slow down and socially hibernate from late fall to early spring.)


As bomb expert inspects, explosion rips car apart in Thailand

As a demolition expert in Vietnam I often wondered what it would be like to have a bomb go off while probing for it with my bayonet. I had nightmares about it. This series of photos gave me the chills.

“Three hidden roadside bombs have killed two people and wounded 13 others in southern Thailand, and police believe Islamist militants are responsible.

Police Col. Nitinai Langyanay said the first bomb in Narathiwat province killed two irrigation workers Friday and wounded five others, while a second one about 1 kilometer (one-half mile) away wounded a soldier.

Bomb removal officers then tried to defuse a third bomb only three meters (yards) away from the second one but it exploded, wounding seven policemen. It is a standard practice of the insurgents to plant a second bomb to go off when security officials arrive to investigate an explosion.”


Time for me to walk on down the road…

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