I guess all the hallucinations that accompany harder amphetamines were starting to mess with army heads too much. Fortunately, the Army has just approved “Stay Alert” caffeine gum as a way of battling fatigue. Each piece of Stay Alert chewing gum contains 100 mg of caffeine--the amount in a six-ounce cup of coffee--but Stay Alert hits the system five times faster than drinking or taking a pill. Might they approve that for journalists as well? I'll be first in line. I definitely need it to keep up with all these exciting developments.
Silja J.A. Talvi, a senior editor at In These Times, is an investigative journalist and essayist with credits in many dozens of newspapers and magazines nationwide, including The Nation, Salon, Santa Fe Reporter, Utne, and the Christian Science Monitor.