Prince William to join Caribbean drug patrols

London.– Prince William is to patrol for drug smugglers in Caribbean seas during a two-month attachment with the Royal Navy, it said Saturday. William, the 25-year-old second-in-line to the throne, will begin his naval deployment on Monday.

The prince is an officer in the army but is also training with other parts of the British military, of which he would be commander-in-chief when he becomes king.
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A few comments about the upcoming election

Our 12-step programs, without exception, have some tradition or other guideline that states that they have no opinion on outside issues, since such things would interfere with their primary purpose of carrying the message.

That’s as it should be. Can you imagine an NA, AA or AlAnon meeting if a political discussion were to get started and be permitted to continue? It’s been my experience that very few folks in the rooms are middle-of-the-road sorts, and I’ll bet it would get really exciting, really fast, and the resentments would be flying in no time!

I don’t care to get involved in such things on this blog, either. However, there are a couple of personal opinions that I would like to voice (since it’s by blog), based on observations made during my time in recovery and for some time before. They are simply my opinions, nothing else. Continue reading “A few comments about the upcoming election”

The Stockbroker and the Proctologist

June 10th is the 73rd anniversary of the meeting of a stockbroker from New York, only a few months sober and fearful of drinking, and a drunken proctologist from Akron, Ohio.

Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson

William Wilson—Bill W., to generations of alcoholics—had tried to stop drinking for many years. Continue reading “The Stockbroker and the Proctologist”

Obama and McCain: Where They Stand on Addiction Issues

Based on their records, neither John McCain or Barack Obama can really be considered a leader in the drug-policy arena. Still, both appear to have a broader and more nuanced understanding of addiction issues than their White House predecessor, and William Cope Moyers, vice president of external affairs at Hazelden, says that he has “never been more hopeful that addiction treatment will begin to get the attention it deserves, because we at least have two candidates who are aware of the issue.”

Obama and McCain: Where They Stand on Addiction Issues

Why mobile phone addiction is bad for kids

The first study was conducted by researchers at Sweden’s Sahlgren Academy, who found that adolescents who made more than 15 phone calls and sent more than 15 text messages in a day not only slept poorly, but when compared to kids who made did the same less than five times a day, they were also leading more careless lifestyles, including spending more time on their computers, drinking more alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

The second study was conducted in the US by Fred Danner at the University of Kentucky. He found that teens who were addicted to their phones slept less than eight hours a night, and as a result got poorer marks at school.

Why mobile phone addiction is bad for kids- Healthcare-Healthcare / Biotech-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times

So, do kids who lack self-control use their time less wisely, or does mobile phone use cause lack of self-control? I know where
my bet is.

Only motherhood will cure Amy’s drug addiction: Dad

Washington, Jun 9 (ANI): Troubled singer Amy Winehouse’s father believes that the only way his daughter will quit drugs is when she decides to become a mother.
» Only motherhood will cure Amys drug addiction: Dad – Thaindian News

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse’s father is an idiot.

A Few Remarks on AA’s Birthday

Every recovering person in a 12-step program has good reason to stop and reflect, on Tuesday, about the fortuitous meeting of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, and all it has meant to four generations of alcoholics and the members of every other group based on the 12 steps.

The Eleventh of those 12 begins, “Sought through prayer and meditation….” Well, here’s something to meditate on: what if Bill had gone into the hotel bar that night in Akron and plunked his butt down on a bar stool, instead of making a phone call?

Hmmmmm? Where would your butt be now?

I’ve been hanging out over at The Second Road lately. I’ll be blogging regularly for them — and so are a bunch of other folks with some good things to say (some of them with names you may have heard elsewhere). Why not drop in, look the place over and, if you like what you see, sign up to be a part of a newly-formed support community? Great things will be happening. Come and see for yourself.