This time, when Breitbart News published a wildly inaccurate article chalking climate change up as a hoax, The Weather Channel decided to teach the hyper-conservative news outlet (Trafficker of a lot of fake news) a thing or two about scientific fact. This is the perfect example of how a fake news story can influence U.S. policy making, if not checked.
The rest of this story can be located on the Weather Channel website, dated 12/6/16.
“In a post to its website, TWC called the Breitbart piece,which relied heavily on a story published in the Daily Mail, a prime example of cherry picking, or pulling a single item out of context to build a misleading case.”
“TWC’s scathing response features a video post in which atmospheric scientist Kait Parker breaks down each of Breitbart’s claims, including that “global land temperatures have plummeted.” “Here’s the thing: Science doesn’t…
I was nine years old the last time our nation fired a shot while openly declaring war with another nation. And while we have certainly spent the majority of the last few decades fighting abroad and sacrificing the lives of our young men and women in places like Kuwait, Qatar, Baghdad and Syria, the horrific attacks of Sept. 11 are the closest that many of my generation have come to experiencing war first-hand.
As a child, I was only peripherally aware of the Vietnam War and even less so of the Korean War, which ended before I was born. Yet, as the last shot was being fired in Vietnam, I already knew what Pearl Harbor was.
I knew how, on Dec. 7, 1941, a quiet Sunday morning was transformed into a fiery nightmare by Japanese planes that claimed the lives of more than 2,400 servicemen.
According to an academic report in the Oxford Journals country music makes people want to kill themselves. The results of a multiple regression analysis of 49 metropolitan areas show that the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate. The effect is independent of divorce, southernness, poverty, and gun availability.
America’s corporate media is all abuzz about hip Nazi’s and downtrodden ALT-Whiteys who ‘repudiated’ Obama and progressives by rigging the electoral college and still losing nationally by 2.5 million votes.
I thought we might want to back a mere 36 years to the 1980’s when bigots
were called bigots by journalist who didn’t play word games to mask the
This 1980 CBS News video examines the methods the Ku Klux Klan used
to indoctrinate members’ children in the tenets of Alt-White Supremacy
and American Nazi contempt for human rights.
As I watched this flick I wondered if the children in this
video became Trump voters in their 50’s.
The flick has some degradation but its worth watching.
When I opened this blog in 2013, I was sick, unable to work,
alienated from my partner, and had no confidence in myself.
I opened the blog in December of 2013 and didn’t use it for
the first four months
I didn’t know if I wanted to write about a topic as fraught
with controversy and shame as DID.
The original name for the blog was People like Me and the
graphic above was the first first header.
Below is the original introduction to People like Me:
My opinions are a synthesis of observation, reading and personal experience.
This particular “moment” is shaped by the rage I feel
after 20 years of hearing a predatory class of undeserving elites use the media to define what I ‘deserve’ as a citizen
of the United States.
Do I ‘deserve’ access to healthcare?
Do I ‘deserve’ food?
Do I ‘deserve’ housing?
Do I ‘deserve’ to recover from the terrible crime of having an illness that the morally corrupt choose to treat as laziness?
That entry was briefly posted and deleted.
I renamed the blog Art by Rob Goldstein and posted photographs.
The final inspiration for this blog came from a former Kaiser
psychologist named Andy Weisskoff, LCSW who used
his blog, 90 Days to Change to challenge the inadequate
care at Kaiser’s department of psychiatry. Reading 90 Days to Change confirmed my experience
as a patient at Kaiser’s and mobilized my anger.
This month my featured blogger Candice Louisa Daquin of thefeatheredsleep.
I’ve long admired your poetry. Thank you for agreeing to this interview,
When did you start to write?
As a child. I had a best friend who wrote and we would write poetry together. At the time, I was most influenced by the idea of giving a voice to feelings through the world around us. I liked to combine what I saw with what I felt. It was pretty childish and simplistic because I was a terrible speller, since English is my second language. I have since worked hard to become a more eloquent and careful writer and I do employ a lot of consideration rather than just writing out and posting.
Who are your poetic influences? My favorite book of prose-poetry is by an author called Elizabeth Smart and it’s called As I Sat Down at Grand Central Station and Wept. That book has influenced my writing more than any other it is an incredible tour du force of emotional landscape and language and unlike anything I have ever read before. Second to that I am drawn to the metaphysical poets. Toni Morrison is not really a poet per say but when I read her work it reads like poetry, I think she has the most magnificent understanding of how to use language of any modern author, she is both phantasmagoric and highly realistic and that blend really stays with me. Nikki Giovanni’s candor and magnification. The erotica of Anais Nin. Maya Angelou’s truth and wisdom. The mythology of Tennyson. Audre Lorde’s history. The impenetrable landscape of William Blake. Gwendolyn Brooks raw honesty. Emily Bronte’s world and sadness. My friend introduced me to Anne Sexton about five years ago her work appeals to me more than Sylvia Plath. Of course e.e. Cummings especially his poem about little hands that was quoted in Hannah and her Sisters (Woody Allen). I admire the preciseness of Mary Oliver and Stevie Smith though they write very differently from myself. My family were forced out of Egypt to France due to being Jewish. I have long been influenced by the wonderful writing of Nawal El Saadawi who campaigns for gender equality in Egypt and Vandana Shiva a Hindi woman who is a huge campaigner for non GMO in India and environmental equality. Neither are poets but they influence me in their courage and thinking as much as any poet. I am drawn to the feminine many times but there are some excellent male poets, though since the world has been so dominated historically by men I do appreciate the voices of women. I could probably produce a list of 100 people who influence me, many are song-writers like Kate Bush and Tori Amos, Supertramp and Bruce Springstein, Dory Previn and Ry Cooder.
Where were you raised and how does that affect your style?
In France. Then I was educated in Britain where I lived a long time before moving to America where I have lived 14 years aside one where I lived in Canada. People often ask me where do I think of as home. I cannot say. I don’t feel particularly influenced by a country so much as varied cultures. My Jewish culture influences me, it’s very different from the most Anglo Jewish culture seen in the USA. Sephardi culture is Spanish maybe that is why living in San Antonio which is predominantly Hispanic is so comfortable for me. Style-wise I speak English as taught to me in England with the influence of my varied cultures behind it (Egyptian, France, and some Americanisms!).
I hear strong politics in your work, Are you politically active?
Perhaps not as much as I used to be or as much as (we all) should be but enough that I cannot believe an armchair approach works or we should hope that others do the work for us. We should be the change we want to see. Most immigrants will confess they have felt helpless in politics, that their voices were not heard, it is up to us as adoptees of new countries to do our part and not expect others to be our representatives. Equally as a woman this is also true. I get disheartened by the lack of support women have for one another, and the continued attack on women politically but that said, we need to ensure all people are heard, rather than merely concentrating on those causes that are our own.
You write on your blog, “Please do not visit if optimism is your single mantra as you’ll be disappointed. This strives to be a judgment free zone. I appreciate critique but ultimately I cannot write with social restriction or fear of offending or being hated for what I choose. It’s my story, I make no apology.”
Have you had the feeling that other people expected you to apologize for your life? In what way?
Yes definitely. I come from a very talented family who had very high standards. I always fell short of them. I am not as technically ‘clever’ as some of my relatives and I knew that at an early age. For many years it stymied me (through my own fault) and prevented me from really writing it out. I used to work in publishing then I re-trained in Psychotherapy and worked in Rape Crisis Centers but got very burned out. I was told often I should write, but I couldn’t bring myself to because I knew I would be criticized and having grown up with a heavy dose of criticism it is hard to put yourself out there. Finally when a publisher took a chance on me that gave me the courage and confidence to go forward, the rest has been thanks to the support of my friends of my work. This year I have seen myself grow and I can only attribute this to others who have both influenced and inspired me, and kept me going when I felt I should give up. As for actually apologizing for my life, no not my actual life but what I choose to reflect in my poetry (which is by no means all autobiographical). Equally the purpose of the quote was to rebut the idea that everything we write should be optimistic and happy, I just do not agree with that. I have written uplifting and positive poetry but equal due should be given to realistic, or even sad poetry. I don’t much care for the positive movement that ironically condemns anyone who isn’t, if it were working less people would be depressed. It condemns those who are mentally ill and struggling and ensures they are further alienated, how is this progressive? I’d like to see more inclusion and less exclusion among cliques and minorities. That is what I mean when I wrote that, as well as basically asking people to take me or leave me because as any writer will attest, if you let the opinions of others hold you back you will cease to be authentic and truth to yourself.
My first book published by STPGI I was very proud of a bit like the sentimentality of a first car. I cannot really say what is my ‘best’ work because I don’t relate to the idea of ‘best’ versus whatever the opposite of that is. As Popeye says, I yam what I yam and that’s my philosophy too. For some they will be drawn to one book over the other, they all have valuable work and lesser work I’m sure.
What matters to you most as a writer?
It matters incredibly to give voices to things I feel society cuts down or dismisses. This is what drives me. I am often told aside the language I employ, what people feel drawn to in my work is my honesty and my willingness to ‘go there’ and talk about things others feel may be indelicate. I started a movement on WP called #unsung, it was the idea of writing about an unsung hero and many people took it up and wrote their own version. I feel as a culture we spend too much time on people that we’re told have worth like reality TV stars, and not enough time on those who actually do. It’s neither about fame nor fortune, but the messages ordinary people have that can change the world. I am very positive about the power of change through sharing truths. Truth really is everything. I expose myself not because I’m an exhibitionist (I’m probably the opposite) but in order to shine a light on truth and not be a hypocrite by hiding behind any fear of what that may bring.
What key influences do you have when it comes to subjects and emotions in writing and where do you think they came from?
I am deeply influenced by our varied cultures and the wars that go on between us, as we seek to force our opinion upon others. It angers me that anyone should tell a woman what she should do with her body, because I believe until we have walked in the shoes of someone else, we cannot understand what it is like for them to make the decisions they make. Racially I see a divide in this country like I have seen in no other, though my native France has struggled since I left, with growing divides between Muslim and non-Muslim populations that has really gotten out of control. In America I see a lot of people of color feeling they have no voice, and a lot of anglo people feeling guilty about this but not enough changing. Equally I do not believe it should be a one-way-street, as there is racism from people of color toward anglos in equal measure. The key is being honest, and calling ourselves on our stuff and that includes our hypocrisy and our feelings of entitlement. I do believe things can change and I think all writers are part of that change because we channel it through our expression. In addition I feel strongly about the voices of the mentally ill and the homosexual community, and I have tried to express this alongside equality for all oppressed peoples. I don’t know I stretch myself enough because I think our inherent bias toward certain subjects means as writers that’s going to be the bulk of our work but I try to reach into other subjects as much as possible.
What motivates you as a writer and what demotivates you?
I am motivated by other writers who are kind enough to read my work and comment on it. I am motivated by the passion and rawness of other work and the variety from say, a Millennials perspective to someone in their eighties. I love the WP community for that, we come together from everywhere in the world and learn so much from each other. I am particularly enchanted by the rise in Indian poets, they are among my favorite and they can write better in English than most native English speakers which says something about our education system versus theirs! One of my favorite poets on WP is Tetiana Alksina, she is Ukrainian and her understanding of language is unbelievable, she compels me to always try harder. What demotivates me is pretty obvious, if someone is particularly unkind, I can be defeated, and I am working on not letting that happen. Struggling with some inherited depression can influence my output but I try to work through it. Confidence is a hard thing to keep going, though I’d rather struggle with my confidence than be overly-confident, as our world already has too many narcissists. I admire humility and honesty.
Why do people feel drawn to what you write?
I think I appeal for different reasons. As a gay woman I’m one of the only gay women I know who writes regularly about our specific vantage point. As someone who is multi-cultural and of mixed ethnicity I can tap into that, and the voices of immigrants and displaced people. I try to continually improve my use of language, I am not much of a fan of rules in writing especially the forms of Tanka and Haiku but I admire and learn from those who employ them. I like to write it out without such restraints but often I am told my work has a sound that is very resonant and lyrical, if this is true it shows you can rhyme without rules. I’m working on my first book of prose, a psychological thriller of all things. I’m fortunate to have enough time in between my job to make this happen and I work really, really hard because you have to earn everything you get in life through hard work. Maybe people respect me because they know how hard I work and hopefully sometimes the result is worthy. That’s all we can ever hope for.
the child menstruates
bleeding away her
need to play
she is captured
starched and polished
until catching the eye of a man
old enough to have given her life
she is sold
in so much some marriages are not
and her private parts are laid bare
under a shard of glass standing in for knife
then the girl knows
she is a woman
spreading her wide to ensure
she was not defiled
her hymen reinforced
her clitoris removed
if she is not sewn tightly enough
her husband will not feel
special nor soak the ritual bed sheet
she could die if she does not tear apart
sufficiently for the relatives
who bay for her blood
if she feels anything but gratitude and pain
she may be tempted by someone else
perhaps the boy her age
who with her in the dirt played
before she had to give up
being a child and become
a woman slain
in shackles of faith
Candice has worked for Rattle poetry magazine and the Northern Review as well as being featured in many publications. She also collaborates with a bundle of talented writers at hijacked amygdala
You can find Candice Louisa’s poetry at the following links:
I felt all Brown Power after a weekend spent doing things a Latino guy should know how to do: Extracting a headlight casing from a junkyard Pontiac, and, less than 24 hours later, planting a magnolia tree. Dang, I told a friend. I feel Hispanic.
She cringed. You’re not supposed to say that! she hissed, apologetically.
We set up these months to recognize those things unique and beautiful about a culture. But the mention of them – skills proudly associated with my people, mechanically and horticulturally – is perceived by some non-minority as a slap in the face to the minority.
In 2005 a woman with a history of mental illness threw her three children into the Bay.
She was a single Mother living in a homeless shelter with her children.
She had chronic debilitating schizophrenia.
She told dozens of care providers that God was commanding her to
throw her baby’s to the sharks and no one intervened.
No one removed those children from her custody and no one saw the connection between her psychiatric decline, her refusal to take medication and the stress of trying to Mother three children without housing.
“Relatives of a mentally troubled woman from Oakland who reported hearing voices before she allegedly threw her three young sons into the bay to die said Thursday they had tried unsuccessfully to persuade Alameda County social service workers to help them gain custody of the children.
Members of the family of La-shuan Ternice Harris said they had argued that the 23-year-old woman was unstable and unfit to care for her boys — 6-year-old Trayshaun Harris, 2-year-old Taronta Greely Jr. and 16-month-old Joshua Greely.
They had given up trying by Wednesday, when Harris went to the home of a cousin and told her she was going to feed her children to the sharks.
The cousin tried frantically to prevent Harris from leaving for San Francisco with her boys, but she failed, relatives said. At 5:30 p.m., police said, Harris took the children to the end of Pier 7 along the Embarcadero, stripped them naked and threw them in the water.”
Bad law and public apathy murdered three children in San Francisco.
This was written 14 years ago:
San Francisco Chronicle
February 18, 2001
“California’s pathetic patchwork of services and outdated laws mock the magnitude of the problem.
‘We spend billions of dollars dealing with the consequences of mental illness rather than spending that money wisely on adequate services,’ the Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight group, concluded in November.
Today, 50,000 or more Californians wander the streets homeless. One-third of them suffer from severe mental illness, according to various studies.
More rom the article about Harris: “Her aunt, Joyce Harris of Oakland, said Thursday that Lashuan Harris’ mother had contacted Alameda County social services officials about three months ago to seek partial custody of the children because Harris had stopped taking medication for schizophrenia and had made threats regarding the boys.
“They said she was sane, that they couldn’t do anything,”
In Californian, you’re sane if you can lie about how sick you are.
The law regarding mandatory treatment is a paradox for people with chronic and severe mental illnesses because it is designed to protect people who are merely eccentric from unnecessary mandatory commitment.
Our laws do not recognize ‘grey” when it comes to mental illness.
It does not make room for people who lose behavioral control even as they know that what they are doing is wrong.
What is the collective delusion that allows the public to continue to deny the utter failure of deinstitutionalization when the evidence of that failure is all around us and has been for nearly thirty years?
California’s Lanterman-Petris Short Act states that a person must be an “imminent” danger to himself or others.
Imminent means that without direct intervention by the state the patient will act on homicidal or suicidal impulses.
Imminent means a situation in which action to impose treatment over a person’s objection is immediately necessary for the preservation of life or the prevention of serious bodily harm to the patient or to others and it is impractical to first gain consent from the patient.”
As long as Lashuan Harris denies that she has an imminent plan to harm herself or her children she is completely sane under the Lanterman-Petris Short Act.
I don’t play politically correct word games when people’s lives are at stake.
I don’t believe that people with mental illnesses are no more violent than other people because reality does not bear that out.
Twice this week I was verbally abused and physically threatened by young men who were homeless, psychotic and in desperate need of treatment.
It’s more accurate to say that people with serious mental illnesses are no more violent than other people when they are in treatment.
The Lanterman-Petris Short Act is a stupid law that only benefits
for profit hospitals.
It’s cheaper for the Behavioral Health System when a ‘chronic’ goes to jail.
Loss of impulse control means just that.
The patient may not even know what she’s doing, or she believes that
because God tells her to do it, it’s right.
Losing one’s sense of reality is what it means to be psychotic.
I Googled the phrase “a history of mental illness’ and here are a few of the results I got, chosen at random:
$500k bond for mom accused of beheading infant daughter: Mar 20, 2015
Bond was set at $500,000 cash Friday for the mother accused of beheading her own 3-month-old baby.
“Less than two months ago, Watkins was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis and prescribed the medication Risperdal, county court records show. Caseworkers at Hamilton County Job and Family Services said they believe Watkins may not have been taking her medication. That could have led to delusional thinking and hallucinations.”
Report: Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza Was Obsessed With Mass Shootings: Nov. 25, 2013.
The opening of the article about Adam Lanza is especially interesting:
“A new report released Monday paints a disturbing portrait of a lone gunman suffering from serious mental illness. The Connecticut State Police report, however, provides few clues about what motivated the 20-year-old shooter.”
A portrait emerges of someone with serious mental illness and the police don’t know why he did it.”
A portrait emerges of someone with a serious mental illness and the police don’t know why he did it?
Does that make sense to you?
This is sometimes called Mental Illness.
From Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder
Deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill was one of the truly remarkable public policy decisions of the 1960s and 1970s, and yet its full impact is barely recognized by most of the public. Partly this was because the changes did not happen overnight, but took place state-by-state over two decades, with no single national event. While homelessness received enormous public attention in the early 1980s, the news media’s reluctance to acknowledge the role that deinstitutionalization played in this human tragedy meant that the public safety connection was generally invisible to the public. The solution remains unclear, but recognizing the consequences of deinstitutionalization is the first step.
The work of destroying the first woman nominee for President requires an assault on reality. So, the party of patriotism and personal accountability is in the odd position of colluding with and using the strategies of a man who is not a friend to the United States.
There is significant evidence that individuals acting at the direction of or on the behalf of Russia—the degree of coordination is unclear—are attempting to use organizational doxing to influence the United States presidential election. As Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith noted, this raises a number of scary questions regarding preserving the integrity of U.S. election results. It is not entirely clear what is motivating the DNC document dumps or the apparent targeting of Hillary Clinton; some speculate the aim is to benefit Donald Trump, though a plausible goal might simply be to insert a degree of chaos into U.S. politics. Understanding the ultimate goal of the hack and leaks, however, is not all that important to deciding how exactly we should respond. What is critical to mitigating the harm is sufficiently strong public attribution.
This means, put simply, that actors outside the U.S. are using criminal means to influence the outcome of a U.S. election. That’s a problem.The Brookings Institution
Yesterday I played a little game to see how far this goes.
Google the title of this post and fill in the blank with random crimes and see how many hits you get each time.
Below are screenshots from dozens of right-wing websites, most of them look like legitimate media outlets.
There is no claim too outrageous; Wikileaks has it covered.
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton had an affair with Yoko Ono!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton will use ALIENS to win the Election!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton is Bisexual!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Plotted to Murder Justice Scalia!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Bill Clinton Raped a Cousin!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Sold Weapons to ISIS!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Cancer!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Murdered Vince Foster!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Double Agents at Fox News!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Rigged the Election!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Hates Christians!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Sold More Weapons to Isis!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Ordered Drone Strike!
There is no claim too extreme for Right Wing media.
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Talked with Astronauts to discuss Alien Disclosure!
Play the game for yourself.
Just go to Google and type Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton______ and fill in the blank with anything. Rob Goldstein 2016, All screenshots for this post found on right-wing disinformation sites.