Friday, October 16, 2009

Will 24 thank us next?

Our new library branch, named for the "Greatest Canadian" T.C. Douglas opens soon. His daughter Shirley Douglas sent a note of thanks to the city recently.

Will Kiefer thank us next for our appreciation of his grandfather?

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would she?

It would be like thanking the plumber for getting the toilet fixed.

10/16/2009 12:39 PM  
Anonymous swimming with snarks said...

When do the lay-offs begin?

10/16/2009 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened to naming civic places after community names or unique things in a community. Much like Edmonds or Brentwood or Heights. Names people can relate to.

Why do we need them named after politicians? After all we all know what the public thinks of politicians.

10/16/2009 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and political hacks.

10/16/2009 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tommy Douglas - The father of LSD experimentation in Canada

Mental Health and Canadian Society:
Historical Perspectives
By James E. Moran and David Wright
available for viewing (and purchase!) at Google Books

see pages 14 and 237

"I'm not sure what the social implications will be of a measurable, visible, biochemical schizophrenia but it is, I think (and one can always be a bit premature) very close around the corner,"
- letter from Dr. Humphrey Osmond to Douglas, thanking him for allowing LSD experiments at Weyburn Hospital.

10/19/2009 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tommy Douglas - The father of LSD experimentation in Canada

_______________________

Now we know why he was so concerned about a government medical system.
He know all the acidheads would need psychiatric help down the road.

10/19/2009 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a few in this blog that could use some psychiatric help.

10/19/2009 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speak for yourself.

10/19/2009 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You ought to know yourself.

10/19/2009 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were many LSD experiments across Canada that had nothing to do with Douglas.

Institutions in Quebec and BC were also involved in this insidious experimentation on an unsuspecting (or gullible) public.

At least by promoting medicare, Douglas was trying to find a solution to what may have been his biggest mistake.

10/21/2009 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how did this go from naming a local library to LSD?

Someone's flyin' high there, man..

10/21/2009 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How?
The comment at 10/19/2009 8:23 AM seems to answer that question.

10/22/2009 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No it doesn't.

Might want to ease off on the mainlinin'.

No sense in freebasing that NDP stuff either.

That is bad junk. A bad trip.

Makes for a bad scene, man..

Can ya dig it?

10/22/2009 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How's this?
From the CBC's The Current, Feb. 18, 2004?

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2004/200402/20040218.html

Last Word - Psychedelic

Today's last word is one that has become short-hand for an entire generation of pill-popping 60s hipsters.

Today's word is … psychedelic.

And it was coined in of all places Weyburn, Saskatchewan, way back in 1956.

The man who coined it … Dr. Humphrey Osmond … died a couple of weeks ago in Wisconsin. But he is best known for over 10 years spent in Canada's prairie province as the superintendent of the Saskatchewan Hospital.

There, in the late 50s and early 60s, Dr. Osmond and his colleagues administered large doses of LSD to patients as a means of combating alcoholism.

His work was supported by Tommy Douglas's CCF government and eventually it gained a high-level of counter-cultural notoriety. Dr. Osmond even gave writer Aldous Huxley his first dose of mescalin, an experience the author later recounted in the 60s classic 'The Doors of Perception.'

And the word itself?

Looking for a better way to describe hallucinogenic drugs, Oswald sent a rhyming couplet to Huxley …

To fathom Hell or soar angelic
Just take a pinch of psychedelic

The word stuck, and the rest is pop culture history…

10/24/2009 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone is on a trip.

Outta sight, man.

10/24/2009 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally cool, eh?

I knew you'd dig it!

10/25/2009 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on, man...

Right on!

10/25/2009 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, baby!
Stephen Harper's got nothing on this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-yy2URAYqU

10/27/2009 8:54 AM  

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