On the Media abusing Tom Cruise: could care less, I guess Iraq isn't newsworthy anymore
On Scientology: scary people in this "religion" entirely made up by a dead science fiction writer
On kid's drugs: A recent study ( http://www.news.uiuc.edu/news/04/0827adhd.html
) states that playing outdoors may help allieve symptoms of ADHD. As an aspiring scientist, and current layman, let me just say
I understand that some kids need to be on medication, my wife's family has a distant relative that needs it. But our society is increasingly lacking in responsibility and relying on a pill to cure all our ills. Diet pills, sex pills, depression pills, relaxing pills--all pills to make up for an unhealthy lifestyle. If people would take responsibility and adapt a healthier lifestyle, I bet 90% of the people on meds would be able to come off them. Medication should only be the last resort, but for some people it's the first thing they reach for.
I remember when I went to a shrink to sort out some problems a couple years ago. I sat and explained what was going on, and one of the first things he asked was, "do you want medication for that?" If I said yes, he would write out the prescription right there and I'd be on my way. I said no and spent a couple sessions talking some stuff out and went on my way. That experience, along with other close ones experiences, leads me to believe that meds are just handed out like candy. They aren't for me.