Orson Scott Card Reviews “Writers of the Future”

As mentioned on the Writers of the Future web site:

“A culture is as rich and capable of surviving as it has imaginative artists.” — L. Ron Hubbard.

Thus began a talent search for the best creative imaginations in the world—the storytellers, the artists, the entertainers, the visionaries. Two contests that changed the future of science fiction and fantasy:

L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future.

Each year, twelve writers and twelve illustrators are selected by a panel of the biggest-name authors and the biggest-name artists in the field. They will be the stars of tomorrow.

Orson Scott Card Orson Scott Card, the very famous author of Ender’s Game and many other books, wrote a superb review on Writers of the Future. Check it out here.

Fort Hood Shooting: A Wake-up Call for Lawmakers

Mental health watchdog group, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) says that lawmakers must immediately begin an investigation into the possibility that the psychiatric drugs provided as treatment may actually be contributing to increased violence.

Here is a detailed article that the Citizens Commission on Human Rights just published on this.

And watch this powerful video from Colonel Bart Billings, a clinical psychologist with a 34 year military career:

NY Times Says Anti-Anxiety Drugs Tied to Higher Mortality

The article, which can be found here, is very short so I’ll take the liberty and present it here in its entirely:

A large study has linked several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills to an increased risk of death, although it’s not certain the drugs were the cause.

For more than seven years, researchers followed 34,727 people who filled prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications like Valium and Xanax, or sleep aids like Ambien, Sonata and Lunesta, comparing them with 69,418 controls who did not.

After adjusting for a wide variety of factors, the researchers found that people who took the drugs had more than double the risk of death. The study appears online in BMJ.

The researchers tried to account for the use of other prescribed drugs, age, smoking, alcohol use, socioeconomic status, and other health and behavioral characteristics. Most important, the investigators also controlled for sleep disorders, anxiety disorders and other psychiatric illnesses, all of which are risk factors for mortality.

The lead author, Dr. Scott Weich, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Warwick, said that while he and his colleagues were careful to account for as many potential risks as possible, they were not able to control for the severity of the illnesses suffered by the study participants.

Still, he said, the research “adds to an accumulating body of evidence that these drugs are dangerous.” He added: “I prescribe these drugs, and they are difficult to come off. The less time you spend on them the better.”