May 22nd, 2011

Bookstore - Shiny!

Resource: Firearms, shooting, using guns/rifles, etc

 I found a site that may help people with different sorts of firearms questions: The Box of Truth.

The site contains a number of short articles, with numerous pictures, of various gun related experiments and tests (front page and Original Chapters page), as well as educational material (The Education Zone).

As examples of some of the things covered, there are articles on the stopping power (vs a variety of different caliber guns and rifles) of  various barriers (interior walls, bulletproof glass, car doors, body armor, etc.); the effects of different kinds of bullets; cheap vs good, damaged, breaching rounds, rock salt, etc., with estimates of penetrating power on a human. The educational page has things such as how to clear a doublefeed malfunction, how to use corrosive ammo, a day with snipers, introductions to various types of guns, how to clean different guns and rifles, etc.

Lots of good information, and plenty of large photos (about 8" x 5" on my screen) so you can see exactly what he's talking about!
Loveless | wtf...?

Does being insensitive to pain affect sexual function?

Setting is modern-day Japan.

I've tried searching for "CIPA sex" (lots of stuff about keeping kids away from porn, whoops), "congenital insensitivity to pain sex", "congenital insensitivity to pain +sex"... you get the idea. Mostly results about that one episode of House with the CIPA girl.

...I also distinctly remember a lack of sex-related information from the last time I obsessively researched CIPA, but I wasn't really looking at the time.

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strong women

1932 treatment for septic abortion, London

I have a 22 year old lady who got an abortion (illegally, some dubious doctor did it) on a Friday in London in 1932, and has now collapsed at work on the Monday with a really nasty case of septic shock. The ambulance has taken her to the local (large London) hospital. She has a high fever, is losing blood, is nearly unconscious and in extreme pain. She's going to die.

Being 1932, I know they don't have access to penicillan or even Sulpha drugs. So what methods would they have used to try and save her? Would they try for an operation - a hysterectomy or a D&C? Or would it be morphine for the pain and something for the fever and hope for the best?

Searches done: "Septic Abortion", "Septic abortion 1932", +"Septic abortion" +treatment +1930s, lots of checks on Septicemia, puerperal fever, etc and treatment anywhere from 1920 to 1940, but while I've found lots of "yes, there was abortion and women died from it", I can't find what they'd do once a "red blanket case" came into the hospital.
strike a pose

ANON POST: Child services and school councelling

Terms searched: Child protective services, foster home placement, school counseling, education laws

Setting: USA (New Jersey), present day

Situation: I have a character (girl, 16) who's being emotionally and physically abused by her parents (abuse includes hitting, and in one instance throwing acid at the child). Among others, her parents are not letting her go to school or educating her at home. She's too afraid to call child services, but wants to try to get in touch with a school counselor in a nearby school to tell them her parents aren't letting her study. I have several questions:

1. How fast would a school counselor be able to take action, if at all? Would they involve child services right away? Time is of essence, since if her parents find out, the potential for the abuse to increase is very real
2. Would her parents be arrested? The girl has two younger siblings and is afraid of what would happen to them.
3. If she and her siblings were to be placed in foster homes, how would the procedure go? Does the situation of a child decide where s/he gets sent?

Thanks in advance for the help!
bug-report

African-American morning hair-care regimen

Setting: Boston area, present day

My viewpoint character is an African-American woman, a grad student in the sciences. When she gets up the morning after her wedding, she wants to look nice for her beloved, but she doesn’t want to spend an inordinate amount of time doing so. So she goes to the bathroom, looks in the mirror at the hair she’s spent eleven hours sleeping on, and... ?

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