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#1 Posted by imad81 (107 posts) -

My thoughts go out to Ryan's family members, wife and the entire giantbomb staff. Rest in peace, Ryan Davis. You will be sorely missed.

#2 Posted by imad81 (107 posts) -

XBL: Imad81

I remember when black ops was released, someone created a free XBL/PSN account and added all names from this thread into it, so that we could see who from the GB community was playing. Would you guys be up for that?

#3 Posted by imad81 (107 posts) -
@HubrisRanger said:
" Hmmm.  You know, I don't doubt that your situation was as tragic as you lay it out to be. But for the punchline to be, "So who wants to give me free DLC?" makes it a bit harder to empathize. "
my thoughts exactly..
#4 Posted by imad81 (107 posts) -
@blacklabeldomm:  They are not delicious..they are crazy fuckin delicious..which makes the combo so dangerous when consumed together.
 
Here is what happens..Alcohol is a depressant, it affects all parts of the brain, which include motor, language and other areas. However, Energy drinks just activate a part of the brain called RAS which helps you stay awake and alert. When alcohol and energy drinks are mixed, the person is wide awake, but his motor skills are fucked..so even though he may look awake, he is helplessly drunk and should not drive a car or do any complex motor activity, other than going home and sleeping it off.
 
@iam3green: You are spot on with your comment. Its because you fall into the less than weekly/ occasional consumption of energy drinks group(<52 cans/year). Once you start consuming more...
#5 Posted by imad81 (107 posts) -

Great work dude..but they are kinda creeping me out!!! :D

#6 Edited by imad81 (107 posts) -
@daitheflu:  The authors of this study and previous studies took that factor into account. That is why they took a random sample of college students for this study. The previous studies ONLY included those who were already alcoholics and found that they had an unusually high consumption rate of energy drinks. The study design of this study first asked students if they drank energy drinks and then assessed them for alcohol dependence. Which is why those who drink less than 52 cans/year had almost no difference when compared to those who didnt drink them at all..How do you explain that? I can also send you the fulltext article, if you want..
 
@Marcsman: LOL..thats the 'spirit'!!
 
 @somejerk:  There is actually a term for what you are decribing..its called ' Caffeine related Psychiatric disorder'..
 
an excerpt:
 

Case study

Brenda arrived at the doctor’s office a full hour early. The receptionist greeted Brenda and then handed her the typical questionnaires for new patients. Brenda nervously filled out the forms and squirmed uncomfortably in her seat. Finally, the receptionist invited Brenda to meet with the doctor. The doctor began the interview with an open-ended question that granted Brenda the opportunity to rapidly discuss a several month period of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and restlessness. Through the course of the interview, the doctor learned that Brenda had started college 6 months ago and was struggling to keep up. As her grades slipped, Brenda redoubled her efforts by studying more. Unfortunately, fatigue set in and made her less attentive.

The doctor asked a few screening questions about nutrition and substance abuse that revealed an interesting trend. Brenda recognized the ill effects of fatigue and sought a remedy. While some students might turn to more potent and illicit drugs, Brenda chose caffeine instead. She carefully read labels and soon discovered an energy drink with the highest level of caffeine. The energy drink did the trick, at least for a brief period. Brenda soon found that 6 energy drinks in the evening kept her awake and relatively alert. The caffeine excess came at a cost though, measured in terms of persisting insomnia, nervousness, and mood fluctuations. Those symptoms actually worsened her test performance leading a friend to suggest she visit a doctor. 
#7 Posted by imad81 (107 posts) -

 Hey fellow bombers,

I read a research article recently and I thought I would share it with all of you. The conclusion of this article is:

"Weekly or daily energy drink consumption is strongly associated with alcohol dependence. Further research is warranted to understand the possible mechanisms underlying this association"

However before reading any of this, please understand that energy drink consumption and alcohol dependence are not CAUSAL viz. one does not lead to the other. They just have a higher chance of occuring together. The mechanism of why this happens is unknown.

FINDINGS:
High-frequency users(weekly or daily use, roughly 52-155 times/year and 156-370 times/year) were more than twice as likely as nonusers and almost twice as likely as low-frequency users (occasional or monthly use, roughly 1-11 times/year and 12-51 times/year respectively) to meet criteria for alcohol dependence.

Low-frequency energy drink consumption (relative to nonuse) was not associated with alcohol dependence.

The findings of this study supports prior evidence, that energy drink users are at an increased risk for substance-use problems. The results also support the expected relationship(something called Dose-Responce curve) between energy drink consumption and heavy drinking.

High frequency energy drink consumption adds a risk over and above the risk factors for alcohol dependence.

However other caffeinated beverages(Coffee etc) are not associated with an increased risk of alcohol dependence.
 

BUT BUT BUT..there is a possibility that this association can be explained by the increased consumption of energy drinks as a way to get rid of hangovers. For example, after a night of heavy drinking, energy drinks can help a student get through classes the next day.

If you are interested in reading more, visit this link(However you wont get the full text article unless you pay for it): http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01352.x/abstract


Here are a few more facts regarding energy drinks:

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA 2003) code of federal regulations, caffeine, a main component in energy drinks, is listed as Generally Recognized As
Safe (GRAS) when used in cola drinks, at a level of 0.02% caffeine, totaling 71 mg for a 12-oz soft drink. This regulation, however, does NOT apply to energy drinks.

In the United States, energy drink companies have no limitations over the caffeine content of their beverages because the FDA has placed no restrictions on an upper caffeine limit in these types of beverages.

An association between consumption of energy drinks and occurrence of cardiovascular events(though this association has been questioned) has brought about concerns that have impacted consumer perception and have resulted in bans on the sale of energy drinks in several European countries including Denmark and Norway.

You can find a detailed description of the contents of all major energy drinks(as well as the above quoted facts) sold in the US here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1541-4337.2010.00111.x/pdf

 
The reason I am posting this on Giantbomb is because of the pro-energy drink stance of the site. I love Giantbomb as much as any of you out there and some of my favorite bombcasts are the early ones with the 'tasting sessions'.

I am also not suggesting that having an energy drink or two is going to turn you into an alcoholic. This study just highlights that there exists a link between the two(unexplained
as it currently is), and you should be aware about it.

Thanx for reading.

#8 Posted by imad81 (107 posts) -
@billnyethesciencepie: very well written post. I enjoyed reading it. I agree with your point of view completely. The biggest fear any government has, is that if the public were to find out what happens behind closed doors, noone would vote for them anymore. In a world where the US destroys a country, in the garb of finding WMD's, sites like wikileaks are a necessity rather than a hindrance. 
#9 Posted by imad81 (107 posts) -

nail a sign outside his room door that says, " RENT IS DUE 1st OF EVERY MONTH"..do the hammering while he is asleep, to really annoy him..good luck!!

#10 Edited by imad81 (107 posts) -
@Lind_L_Taylor said:

" @imad81 said:

" @Popogeejo said:

" Isn't this kind of a non-issue any way? In theory it can be done but there's no incentive to do it for those few who can do it.NK has no means to put a nuke in the wrong place, let alone the right place and no other country has any interest in doing something like that to the US. Any terrorist organisation would have the same problem as NK. "

Well Pakistan has nukes..and a significant portion of its territory is controlled by the Taliban(mostly the border shared with afganistan). Imagine a scenario(which is not far-fetched) in which the taliban takes over pakistan and controls the nukes, one could find its way across to the US. "
Past & current theories are that India & Pakistan would more than likely nuke each other before the US was ever involved. You ever read McCammon's Swan Song?  The start of that  book starts with Pakistan & India blowing each other away with nuclear hellfire..that was back in the 80s.  From what I know about it, Ghandi created Pakistan in an  attempt to segregate Muslims from Hindus, but it didn't  really pan out.  The Hindus were very upset by Ghandi's decision & he was assassinated by a Hindu because of it. This was told to me by an Indian fellow.   They've been on the brink ever since.  That being the case, they are not as tied to electricity as a developed nation...although I'm sure that is changing, just not sure of the pace, due to finite resource constraints. "
 You are right and wrong at the same time. Right in the sense that its definitely more likely that India and pakistan will go to war with each other first (as long as both have actual governments running them) before the US is involved.  In this scenario, there is absoliutely no doubt about it, but it is unlikely, because none of these countries actually have the balls to start a nuclear war(unless its an act of retaliation e.g. if a repeat of the 26/11 Bombay attacks occurs).
 
But everything changes once the taliban(backed by al-qaeda) take over pakistan.
 
It is worth asking yourself, who does the taliban have a bigger strife with, the US or India? Also keep in mind that the leader of al-qaeda is(according to most reports) in hiding somewhere in the border regions of pakistan. A scenario in which the Taliban takes over pakistan, there is a slightly more chance that they will attack the US first. 
 
The part where you are absolutely wrong is the claim that Gandhi(not Ghandi..sorry, but I had to point that out) was the one to initiate the partition of India and Pakistan. It was actually initiated by JInnah(the father of Pakistan or the equivalent of Gandhi in Pakistan) and an indian politician called Nehru.   
 
P.S. I enjoyed reading your post. Lets keep the discussion going!