Psi Phi Society–2020 Summer Session

Four times a year the Society meets and indulges in a good dinner, some drinks and a conversation on a subject picked by plucking the subject out of a stainless steel bed pan.

Sadly this pandemic has made the usual meeting a moot point and for the second time this year the vote was to cancel the meeting for the sake of safety.

Since the subject will not I shall give my choice in a post for IST.

My talk would have been the Battle of Tours, the conflict that supposedly stopped the Northern expansion of the Moors from venturing any further into Europe……after years of research I am not convinced that the Moors were on a trip to conquest but rather an extensive raiding party.

For those not familiar with the Battle of Tours.

Historians say that this battle stopped the Islamic wave……

In 711, the forces of the Umayyad Caliphate crossed into the Iberian Peninsula from Northern Africa and quickly began overrunning the region’s Visigothic Christian kingdoms. Consolidating their position on the peninsula, they used the area as a platform for commencing raids over the Pyrenees into modern-day France. Initially meeting little resistance, they were able to gain a foothold and the forces of Al-Samh ibn Malik established their capital at Narbonne in 720. Commencing attacks against Aquitaine, they were checked at the Battle of Toulouse in 721. This saw Duke Odo defeat the Muslim invaders and kill Al-Samh. Retreating to Narbonne, Umayyad troops continued raiding west and north reached as far as Autun, Burgundy in 725.

In 732, Umayyad forces led by the governor of Al-Andalus, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, advanced in force into Aquitaine. Meeting Odo at the Battle of the River Garonne they won a decisive victory and commenced sacking the region. Fleeing north, Odo sought aid from the Franks. Coming before Charles Martel, the Frankish mayor of the palace, Odo was promised aid only if he promised to submit to the Franks. Agreeing, Martel began raising his army to meet the invaders. In the years previous, having assessed the situation in Iberia and the Umayyad attack on Aquitaine, Charles came to believe that a professional army, rather than raw conscripts, was needed to defend the realm from invasion. To raise the money necessary to build and train an army that could withstand the Muslim horsemen, Charles began seizing Church lands, earning the ire of the religious community.

For those that need visuals……

For those that like alternative history….I have something for you as well……

My thought is the the Moors were raiding because they did not have the structure to expansion, not at this time, so my theory is they went a raiding and would have returned to al-Andalus at some point.

The Chi Xi Circle has not made any attempt to schedule a return to the meetings in the Fall (it is not looking good for the Fall)….the pandemic is still as dangerous as it ever was…….we may return to our usual meeting  at out favorite eatery but not until it is perfectly safe.

I do miss the debates and discourse with my friends….and the excellent meal and wine….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

To Control The Pain

I try to help out and be an FYI blog on the weekends….and what better subject than pain….for we all have some sort of pain.

I have given my readers my story and struggle with pain…..sadly it was posted on my op-ed blog that gets very little traffic….so to catch up those visitors that are interested…..

I have been keeping up with the research being carried out using psychedelics to control pain and to help with several mental disorders.

I have also written about this research as well…..and for those that would like to know…..

The latest article I read was about the use of an old “reliable” drug from the 60’s…..the drug that made Timothy Leary famous and vice versa…..LSD.

According to new research, tiny doses of the psychedelic drug LSD could be an effective painkiller — perhaps as powerful, the scientists found, as conventional opioids like morphine.

“This study in healthy volunteers shows that a low dose of LSD produces an analgesic effect in the absence of a psychedelic effect, as assessed with a cold pressure tests,” said lead researcher Jan Ramaekers, a professor of psychoparmacology and behavioral toxicology at Maastricht University, in a press release. “The magnitude of the analgesic effect appears comparable to analgesic effects of opioids in the same pain model.”

As described in research published this week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, Ramaekers and his colleagues gave either placebos or “microdoses” of LSD — between five and 20 micrograms, compared to the 100 micrograms or more you might find in a recreational dose — to 24 volunteers.

Then they administered something called a “cold pressor test,” in which the subjects were asked to submerge a hand in a tub of water that had been chilled to near-freezing.

Of course all this matters not for NO one gives a crap about those sufferers from massive pain because it is political correct to buck the research.

Please read my story and then the research….all that is promising….but I fear that all us pain sufferers will just have to bite the bullet because we have this push to scale back pain medication.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend……please do not drink and drive.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”