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Monday, January 31, 2000
Don't Let Them Take Your Mind and Spirit:
On Being Called a "Provider"
By Karen Shore, Ph.D. "The language of managed care represents the dominance of the impersonal industrial culture in health care, a culture that has begun to eradicate the humanitarian
culture to which we held. It is no accident that the MC industry uses the term
"behavioral health care" rather than "mental health care," and focuses on
"functioning" rather than on the totality of a person's behaviors, thoughts,
feelings, dreams, memories, attitudes, capacity for relatedness, fears, hopes,
and potentials for satisfaction and happiness."
It is also no accident that the MC industry calls us and our colleagues from
other disciplines "providers" rather than "clinicians," "practitioners,"
"professionals," or "caretakers." I feel a deep demoralization each time I hear
one of us use the word "provider" because I know this means that that
person's mind has begun to be influenced by a dominating culture, that that
person has begun to accept the dominance of MC and its culture, even if
he/she hates MC. And I know that his/her perceptions of self and others has,
without awareness, begun to change." An important essay on the relationship between naming and political power, addressing the current battle for hearts and minds (and pocketbooks) in my profession.
Friday, January 28, 2000
CNET.com - News - The Net - Privacy fears raised by DoubleClick database plans
"Having sealed its purchase of a direct marketing company, DoubleClick has begun signing up sites to create a network that will tie Web surfers' travels with their personal information and shopping habits--online and off." This article links to the page at DoubleClick's website where you can "opt out" of accepting their insidious cookies.
Wednesday, January 26, 2000
IPS - World News - Index "IPS Inter-Press Service, the world´s leading provider of information on global issues, is backed by a network of journalist in more than 100 countries, with satellite communication links to 1,200 outlets."
Wild Wilderness Homepage Organizing against U. S. Forest Service access fees. Helping to prevent the commodification of wilderness.
Tuesday, January 25, 2000
Boston RadioWatch Probably only of local interest... Very grateful someone's interested in doing this...
[RRE]Paul Hawken's essay on the WTO protests in Seattle
"This was to have been a celebration,
a victory, one of the crowning achievements to showcase the Clinton
administration, the moment when it would consolidate its centrist
free trade policies, allowing the Democrats to show multinational
corporations that they could deliver the goods. This was to have been
Barshevsky's moment, an event that would give her the inside track to
become Secretary of Commerce in the Gore Administration. This was to
have been Michael Moore's moment, reviving what had been a mediocre
political ascendancy in New Zealand. To say nothing of Monsanto's
moment. If the as-yet unapproved draft agenda were ever ratified,
the Europeans could no longer block or demand labeling on genetically
modified crops without being slapped with punitive lawsuits and
tariffs. The draft also contained provisions that would allow all
water in the world to be privatized. It would allow corporations
patent protection on all forms of life, even genetic material in
cultural use for thousands of years. Farmers who have spent thousands
of years growing crops in a valley in India could, within a decade,
be required to pay for their water. They could also find that
they would have to purchase seeds containing genetic traits their
ancestors developed, from companies that have engineered the seeds
not to reproduce unless the farmer annually buys expensive chemicals
to restore seed viability. If this happens, the CEOs of Novartis and
Enron, two of the companies creating the seeds and privatizing the
water, will have more money. What will Indian farmers have?
But the perfect moment for Barshevsky, Moore and Monsanto didn't
arrive. The meeting couldn't start. Demonstrators were everywhere." Courtesy of Phil Agre's important and idiosyncratic Red Rock Eaters' mailing list.
International Chindogu Society
Dogu is Japanese for "tool" and chin is Japanese for "weird". Thus, a chindogu is a weird tool. The term was coined by Japanese commedian Kenji Kawakami, who invented the chindogu pictured in these
Sunday, January 23, 2000
'O CXICTIKON XAOC Fractal chaos: Gregg Geist's gallery of original creations demonstrating some of the attractive possibilities of fractal art.
the Problems of Consciousness from David Chess and collaborators.
"Consciousness, or subjectivity, or the inwardness of human experience, or whatever we are going to call it, is a unique
problem. In fact, many of the features that make it unique are the very features that make it a problem in the first place." This is tentative, but it's good to see an attempt at serious philosophical musing on the web.
"Inspired at least partially by the Viridians and AdBusters and them sorts of folks, I thought it'd be fun, and
possibly even productive, to speculate about what would result if someone seriously tried to use all available
advertising and media tricks to produce non-consumption behavior of various kinds. This is a result of that sort
Saturday, January 22, 2000
The Progressive Secretary
"Most people don't have the time to send these badly needed messages, because
they are doing other things. But our computers have the time, and want to go to work
for you. If you join us, we'll send you proposed email letters. You can tell us to send
each one for you, and we send it out over your return address."
Protest.Net: A calendar of protest, meetings, and conferences.
"Protest.Net is a site to help progressive activists by providing a central place where the times and locations of protests and
meetings can be posted. I can't possibly keep up with all the actions, so if you find about a protest or meeting, please post that
information to protest.net."
Science -- Hofstadter 281 (5376): 512 Douglas Hofstadter worries about the future of rational inquiry. This is not so new -- from July of 1998 -- but the concerns are worthy of ongoing attention even in this brief-attention-span post-MTV world. I'm not sure, however, I totally agree with Hofstadter. While I'm a scientist, I am exposing my children to the joys of the pseudo-scientific, the eerie and unexplained. These two are not necessarily dichotomous.
-(SCRIBBLE)-(JOTTING)(weblogging: lessons learned) Some of this is trivially obvious, some worth listening to even if it has a chip on its shoulder.
linked-to sites, as
selected by over
Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names
"Believe it or not, some chemists do have a sense of humour, and this page is a testament to that. Here we'll show you some real molecules that
have unusual, ridiculous or downright silly names."
Update on Unabomber's appeal (from Sacramento Bee)
Wednesday, January 19, 2000
Looked around at some other people's logs, and some logs of logs, this evening. One conclusion: very few people out there have anything approaching a clever NAME for their weblog. (Not that "Follow Me Here" is anything to write home about...) Another: it really is getting to be a movement, or a community, out there. Not necessary in a laudable sense; there's something really incestuous about people's reciprocal pointers to the other weblogs they each follow. Everyone seems to circulate the same stories, which I won't dignify by recycling here. Perhaps they were interesting the first time they were referenced. Must be sort of like the frenzied efforts reporters take not to get scooped. The important thing, it would seem, is to find something original that your readers would find enlightening and/or enlivening...
Chicago Tribune | Print Edition -- Two Armchair Adventurers Write the Book on Surviving a Worst-Case Scenario
Tuesday, January 18, 2000
End of the galaxy (but don't hold your breath)
"It will be a major car wreck, and we're the
Yugo in this one," said Ohio astrophysicist Chris Mihos.
Street Gang Dynamics, by Steve Nawojczyk, gangwar.com ...including a primer on the interpretation of graffiti.
Rapture Index How is the world doing today on each of forty-five millenial indicators? The author of this website apparently finds that these indicate how close the Biblical "rapture" is...
Who Are the Tibetan Lamas? by Matt Alsdorf
Last week the Karmapa Lama, a 14-year-old Tibetan
Buddhist Leader, fled to India from Chinese-controlled Tibet.
Five years ago, the Chinese government sparked controversy
by nominating a different boy for the position of Panchen
Lama than the one the Dalai Lama had chosen. Who are all
Monday, January 17, 2000
The Palindromist Magazine: "a journal for those who write -- and read -- palindromes."
Sunday, January 16, 2000
Salon Technology | Fear of links
"The occasion was a panel discussion at a new media conference at the UC-Berkeley Journalism School earlier this year, and the message was clear: People who provide links to other people are performing a low, menial task that any boob can handle... Well, I beg to differ. And, more importantly, the behavior of millions of Web users suggests that they place an extremely high value on the reliable, timely provision of useful -- or quirky, or overlooked -- links."
BBC News | UK | 'Spy in the sky' targets speeders
"An electronic speed regulator which
uses satellite signals to stop cars
breaking limits could soon become
compulsory in British vehicles."
Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII
"Warning: Accessing this site automatically opens a file for you at FBI
headquarters. This warning, of course, comes too late. Sorry about that."
This site contains all kinds of information about the village with the longest name in Britain, such as how it got its name, what
there is to see and places to stay, and how to pronounce it.
Thursday, January 13, 2000
Trance-Formation of America: "The lives of Mark Phillips and Cathy O'Brien and their involvement with project MK-Ultra are fully exposed in "Trance-Formation of America". This book is the documented autobiography of a victim of government mind control. Cathy O'Brien is the only vocal and recovered survivor of the Central Intelligence Agency's MK-Ultra Project Monarch operation."
Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division - dihydrogen monoxide info
A clever site, with current facts and research results, contamination alerts and warnings on dangerous uses of Dihydrogen Monoxide.
Journey to the West, a virtual comic book about a Zen coyote and his adventures in the deserts of the American West
"Jack Crazyquilt moved back to the Southwestern desert to get some peace. But life is never that simple, even for a Zen coyote. After being joined by a paranoid fox, a philosophical alien, and a cynical Southern belle, Jack decides to leap headfirst into the chaos -- much to the chagrin of his drunken Zen master."
How the White House secretly hooked network TV on its anti-drug message (from Salon).
Can Psychology Cure Racism? by Peter D. Kramer and Walter Reich: about the ongoing tension between the "mad" and the "bad" in society's approach to objectionable behavior. Peter Kramer is the psychiatrist author of "Listening to Prozac", and Walter Reich a distinguished professor of psychiatry and Reich's former supervisor.
Sunday, January 9, 2000
How to read a paper by Trisha Greenhalgh et al (from the eBMJ): Getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about); Assessing the methodological quality of published papers; Statistics for the non-statistician; "Significant" relations and their pitfalls; Papers that report drug trials; Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests; Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses); Papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses); Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research).
Play "5's" (from the eBMJ):
"Shall I compare thee to a....." Imre Loefler sent us his comparison of the "big five" general medical journals with the big five game animals of Africa. Then he compared them
with ships. Read "The Big Five". Read "Five Ships" . Clearly, the possibilities of this are endless, and we thought that more people might like to join in the game...Remember the
field from which you choose your five examples is wide open:composers, political regimes, trees, psychiatric states, intestinal parasites, cartoon characters, odours.... For the record, the five general medical journals are: Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, JAMA, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine.
Rationalizing the Cannabis Debate:
Rational debate has
often been obstructed because the media present a forced choice between two sets of views. One of these constructed views is that
cannabis is harmless when used recreationally, is therapeutically useful, and hence should be legalised. The other is that recreational use
is harmful to health and that cannabis should continue to be prohibited for recreational or therapeutic purposes.4
This oversimplification of the cannabis debate has prevented a more considered examination of eight conceptually separate issues (box).
We believe that a competent consideration of these issues would contribute to a more informed debate about the appropriate public
policies that could be adopted towards cannabis use for recreational or therapeutic purposes.
Tuesday, January 4, 2000
The Long Now Foundation: Update "The prototype of the clock began working on Dec 31,1999, just in time to display the transition to the new year. At midnight, the date indicator changed from 01999 to 02000. The chime struck twice, to ring in the second millennium."
The Farsight Institute | Welcome page
"Welcome to the home of Scientific Remote Viewing"
Urban Legends Reference Pages of the San Fernando Valley Folklore Society
EVMT Project Home Page
In 1912, Wilfrid M. Voynich (a book collector) bought a medieval manuscript (235 pages) written in an unknown script and what appears to be an
unknown language or a cipher from the Jesuit College at the Villa Mondragone, Frascati, in Italy (near Rome). Apparently, Voynich wanted to
have the mysterious manuscript deciphered and provided photographic copies to a number of experts. However, despite the efforts of many well
known cryptologists and scholars, the book remains unread. There are some claims of decipherment, but to date, none of these can be
substantiated with a complete translation.
Lobster: Journal of parapolitics, intelligence and State Research "...Stalker, Lockerbie, Northern Ireland and Colin Wallace, British trade unions, Shooting the Pope, espionage,
disinformation, Right-wing Terrorists, anti-Labour forgeries, the fifth Man, KAL 007, the Fiji coup, MI5's
plots to smear British politicians, "Wilson, MI5 and the Rise of Thatcher", Counter-insurgency, Watergate,
Falklands conspiracy theories, JFK, DEA, Oliver North, SAS, Combat 18, MI5, CIA, DoD, conspiracies, British
nuke deployments, "Cyberspace, Secrecy and Spooks", British Fascism, the Communist threat', US Army
Intelligence LSD testing, and much more..."
TASTE - The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences "An "online journal devoted to transcendent
experiences that scientists have reported".
It lets scientists express these experiences in a
safe space, collects and shares them to debunk
the idea stereotype that ‘real’ scientists’ don’t
have ‘spiritual’ or ‘mystical experiences’’. Taste
campaigns against the image of science that
pervades public perception."
Sunday, January 2, 2000
Millennial Madness:Blame it on Dennis the Short:
"Millennial madness is too widespread to halt and an obvious indication of the greater dumbing-down of our society."