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Nov 08
2010

The Icarus Project

Posted by Bruce Robinson in speaker , Science , rights , research , medicine , media , lifestyle , Ideas , healthcare , Health , drugs , disability , current events , chemicals , author , art , activism

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The Icarus Project has become an outspoken advocacy organization for the idea of "radical mental health. Co-founder Jacks McNamara explains how they define that concept.

Radical mental health asks if being "different" is something that requires treatment, or can sometimes be recognized as just a different way of being. need not be seen or treated as a mental illness, argues Artist and poet Jacks McNamara argues that her bi-polar disorder should be seen as a "dangerous gift," something to cherish and to be wary of.

The art and poetry of Jacks McNamara, as well as her personal history as told in her own words, forms the subject matter for the short film, Crooked Beauty, by  Ken Rosenthal. Here is a trailer for the film.

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgAaIBlq-cs 360x240]

Now that the Icarus Project is eight years old, and well established across the country and beyond, McNamara says she is now turning more of her energies toward nurturing a new class of leaders and advocates to take the organization on to its next level.

Oct 17
2010

Ted Rall's Anti-American Manifesto

Posted by Bruce Robinson in war , speaker , Sonoma State University , protest , politics , media , Ideas , government , environment , election , economy , Congress , author , activism

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Representative democracy in America has become so distorted that most citizens have opted out and don’t even register to vote. Ted Rall’s suggested cure for the many ills that afflict the United State’s current political system is radically simple: Tear it all down and start over again.

Rall isn't much interested in the coming mid-term election, noting that only a small minority of Americans will have anything to do with it.

ted_rall Ted Rall will speak about his book, The Anti-American Manifesto,  at Sonoma State University  on Monday night, Oct. 18 at 7 pm in the Student Union Building's Multipurpose Room.

 

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Sep 27
2010

Sesame Street's 41st Year

Posted by Bruce Robinson in students , public media , PBS , media , literacy , international , humor , garbage , families , education , children , birds

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sesame-street-characters2.jpgOver the past 40 years, Sesame Street has transformed our expectations of what children’s television can and should be. And they’re still at it.
 
ActressSonia Manzano has played the role of Maria on Sesame Streetsince the 1970s, and before long joined the show's staff of writers, winning 15 Emmny awards in that capacity. As one of the program's most familair human faces, she says she often triggers some recognition from people she meets offstage, but it's frequently rather vague.
 
oscar_the_grouch.jpgFrom the beginning, Caroll Spinney has provided the voice and characterizations for both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. This Associated Press video clip offers a look at the man inside the costume.
[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCpQW-k9sdw&NR=1&feature=fvwp 360x240]
 
Sep 20
2010

Mad MDs

Posted by Bruce Robinson in waste , speaker , Santa Rosa , rights , poverty , policy , media , legislation , healthcare , Health , government , finances , economy , Congress , business , activism

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mad_as_hell_doctors_button.jpgNo one has a better first-hand view of the problems with this country’s health care system than the doctors who work in it, a vantage point that has made some of them “mad as hell” about it.

 

hochfeld.jpgAs a strong advocate for a single payer health care system, Dr. Paul Hochfeld had hopes that the federal health care reform debate this year would lead to some major improvements. When the final bill was passed, however, he was deeply disappointed. madashelllbus.jpgFrom his position inside the current system, Dr. Hochfeld recognizes the power of the fiscal incentives to provide maximized, specialized care during the final few weeks or days of a patient's life. Yet he argues, it is widely acknowledged that this approach is both highly expensive, and often contrary to the comfort and well-being of the patient.
 
[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvw3Wew__YA 360x240]
 
hmf.jpeg You can find out more about Dr. Hochfeld and his film at his website.
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