One of the most popular topics on the show over the years has been Borderline Personality Disorder. Apparently a lot of us have had to deal with it in one way or the other. I’ve done three major shows on it. Here they are, for your convenience:
Rachel, a self proclaimed and officially diagnosed – AND RECOVERED – Borderline, shares her journey with us: http://www.paulduane.net/2015/06/recovery-from-borderline-personality-disorder/
An interview with Rachel’s husband Grant about what it’s like to be married to a Borderline: http://www.paulduane.net/2015/07/being-married-to-a-borderline/
Therapist Scott Carter talks about Borderline Personality disorder: http://www.paulduane.net/2015/03/scott-carter-on-borderline-personality-disorder/
19 FEB 2016 UPDATE
We’ve got enough votes in the senate for SB73 to pass. At this point – messages of positivity, gratitude, support, etc, are the best thing to be sending to your senator.
It has come to my attention that some people have been sending “hate mail” to legislators. Let me be exceedingly clear about this:
If you have sent hate mail, you have HURT our cause.
Hate mail does NOTHING to pursuade a strong minded person to a new point of view. THINK ABOUT IT.
Okay, back to the positive! Let’s send them thank you notes for supporting Utah’s patients and supporting SB 73.
Click here for an easy way to look them up: http://goo.gl/omGflb
Okay, this one is time sensitive, folks.
Today, both of the medicinal cannabis bills are in committee at the capital. This is a critical stage where the bill can either continue to live, or die. Your involvement TODAY (4 Feb) is very important at this stage. Here’s the short story: Senators Daw & Vickers are sponsoring a bill which is a very limited cannabis bill that does not allow whole plant marijuana to be sold – only extracts with limited uses. This bill needs to be defeated.
Senator Madsen’s bill, SB73, allows for whole plant cannabis to be sold and has good provisions in place to make sure those who need it can easily get it. This bill needs to succeed.
TODAY (4 Feb), both bills will be considered in committee. This is a stage where senators and representatives may be making up their mind as to which way they will vote. Our elected representatives need to know what the will of the people is. Please stop what you are doing and take 5 minutes to send an email or make a phone call to your elected representative to let them know you want them supporting Madsen’s bill, SB73.
How to easily get in touch with your elected officials:
When communicating with your elected representative, make sure these things happen:
The two committee meetings are at 2pm and 4pm today, 4 Feb, so time is of the essence. Take 5 minutes and do it now! Let’s get this done!
much love –
P.S. This just in: please take a minute to also write the committee members:
On today’s show, I give a recap of SOME of my experiences and thoughts on Burning Man. Check out photos and essays from Burning Man 2013 here: www.paulduane.net/tag/burning-man-2013
And check back periodically for updates- I’ll be posting photos, interviews, essays, etc, from Burning Man 2015 here: www.paulduane.net/tag/burning-man-2015
Check out Steve Conlin’s photographs of Burning Man here: http://midlifesimplicity.com/2015/09/burning-man/
I reached out to Diane Alston, Professor of Biology at Utah State University. Pest insect control is one of her specialties. I asked her about the infestation of bugs on the Playa, and this is what she had to say:
The large green insects look like the Say’s stink bug. I looked online and found some reports of high numbers of this stink bug in areas of Nevada in past years:
The above article indicates that populations of the Say’s stink bug increase on a weed called tumble mustard. They are a seed-feeding stink bug. Insecticides such as carbaryl (Sevin) and permethrin (many brands) will kill them on contact and reduce numbers in a local area, but they won’t make a dent in the large numbers that are flying into the playa from the drying weeds and desert plants. I’m certain that the large amount of lights that are run at night during Burning Man are a major contributor to attracting them to the site. You can replace white light bulbs with yellow or amber lights. Sodium vapor lights are much less attractive to insects than white lights. I don’t know how practical this is given the likelihood of a large number of lights at the festival, but it could help in a local area if yellow lights were used instead of white.
I don’t know of any repellents for stink bugs. I doubt that DEET products would work, but you could try it. They aren’t blood feeders, but seed feeders. Bites come from them stabbing their straw-like mouthparts into the skin as a protective behavior to ward off predators/harm. Wearing long sleeves and long pants would keep them off of your skin.
I don’t know exactly how long high numbers of the adults will hang around, but it shouldn’t be more than 2-3 weeks. What you are witnessing is a large influx of adult Say’s stink bugs that have developed on mustard weeds and other host plants in the vicinity and they will be dispersing to host plants to lay their eggs or find protective sites to spend the winter (not sure if they will have another generation this year).
So they aren’t harmful in that they are out to bite you nor are they are transmitting a disease organism on their mouthparts. They are just trying to disperse and your lights are attracting them. They are biting you to defend themselves.
Enjoy the wonders of nature, and good luck with Burning Man!