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Dysfunction - Mar 25

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Excessive emails and text are a mental illness

Sunday Telegraph (Australia)
PEOPLE who send excessive texts and emails may have a mental illness, according to an article in a leading psychiatric journal.

As more people leave the office computer, only to log on as soon as they get home, the American Journal of Psychiatry has found addiction to text messaging and emailing could be another form of mental illness.

The article, by Dr Jerald Block, said there were four symptoms: suffering from feelings of withdrawal when a computer cannot be accessed; an increased need for better equipment; need for more time to use it; and experiencing the negative repercussions of their addiction
(23 March 2008)
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Deaths and disruption as price rise sees copper thefts soar

Dan Glaister, Tania Branigan and Owen Bowcott; The Guardian
... Dennis Ray Daniels, 44, was one of two dozen people reported to have been killed in the past two years in the US engaging in a curious new crime sweeping parts of the developed world: copper theft. With copper prices rising from 80 cents a pound five years ago to $4 a pound, the wiring and pipework to be found in transport, buildings and electrical infrastructure is suddenly attractive booty for thieves.

Britain has not been spared. Hundreds of trains are disrupted each year because of missing copper from signal cabling and tracks. Electricity sub-stations, telephone cables, gas piping in homes, street furniture, school roofs and bronze statues have all been targeted. The crime is so pervasive that last year the Association of Chief Police Officers set up a dedicated Conductive Metal Thefts Working Group. Theft of metal has been described as the most serious threat to Britain's railways apart from terrorism.
(20 March 2008)

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