Breitbart News’ Smack Down By The WX Channel Regarding Climate Change

Excellent post. Bloggers doing the job of our media by pushing back against the peddling of lies as news.

BTW, the guy in the video is kind of annoying but he’s doing us a service so cut him some slack.😉

Gronda Morin

The Qori Kalis Glacier in Peru, July 2004. (NASA)

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…

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The danger of forgetting our ‘Date of Infamy’

Thoughts on The Day of Infamy from Ned Hickson.

Ned's Blog

imageimageI 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.

I knew about the USS Arizona…

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Does Country Music Make You Want to Kill Yourself?

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.

The Effect of Country Music on Suicide

Please listen to the following song by Skeeter Davis and rate your suicidal impulse on a scale from 1 to 10.


If you ask me, yes, I love him
But I just cain’t understand

Bigots on Parade: The KKK Celebrates Trump

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
truth.

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.

#Resist

Photo of Ku Klux Klan rally.
                                                   If you blow the right whistle the dogs come running.

 

Catching Angels

Catching Angels

Small screen works best with this video.

A Video mash-up made from The Electric Sheep Archives

The soundtrack is a cropped license audio free clip called
Catching Angels. It came from YouTube.

For more about Electric Sheep visit the internet archives

Electric Sheep is a distributed computing project for animating and evolving fractal flames, which are in turn distributed to the networked computers, which display them as a screensaver.

The Electric Sheep Archives

An Hypnosis of The Soul

There are so many news ways to write a poem:

An Hypnosis of the soul is a mash-up made from The Electric Sheep Archives.

You can watch in full screen.

The soundtrack is The Forgotten People by The Thievery
Corporation from Radio Retaliation

For more about Electric Sheep visit the internet archives

Electric Sheep is a distributed computing project for animating and evolving fractal flames, which are in turn distributed to the networked computers, which display them
as a screensaver.

The Electric Sheep Archives

Art by Rob Goldstein is Three Years Old this Month

Digital photograph of three virtual reality avatars, two male and one female
People Like Me

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?

More specifically:

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.

My first posts were rants about the lousy behavioral health
system at Kaiser.

Fighting for yourself and learning how to use new tools and
resources to get what you need is life affirming.

I recommend it to anyone who feels immobilized and defeated.

I learned I could do everything I didn’t think I could do

I rediscovered and reclaimed my humanity by having my thoughts
and intellect affirmed by over four thousand readers.

The self is a collaborative creation.

The respect for my work that my readers bring to this blog
affirms of my worth as a person.

This is the greatest gift we can give each other.

Art by Rob Goldstein has grown as I’ve grown and it has
flourished because of the good will of those who read it.

Blogging has changed me in ways I still can’t fathom.

But, I do know that I am healthier than I was when I began.

Blogging has taught me that the next thing to do is the thing
you think you can’t do.

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog.

 

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A poem from this month’s featured blogger, thefeatheredsleep

Featured Blogger: thefeatheredsleep

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

HYMEN

Too soon

the child menstruates

bleeding away her

need to play

she is captured

behind glass

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

choice

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

fearing

if she is not sewn tightly enough

her husband will not feel

special nor soak the ritual bed sheet

scarlet

she could die if she does not tear apart

sufficiently for the relatives

who bay for her blood

fearing

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

 

Photograph of Candice Louisa Daquin
Candice Louisa Daquin

 

You can find Candice Louisa’s poetry at the following links:

 

https://www.amazon.fr/Candice-Louisa-Daquin/e/B01CYNNIJU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1479400549&sr=8-1

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/candice+louisa+daquin?_requestid=474416

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=candice+louisa+daquin

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14034803.Candice_Louisa_Daquin?from_search=true

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Solidarity Sunday, We Are Family


I dedicate this video to the men and women of the American Civil Rights Movements.

We are all religions, races and nationalities. We are gay, straight and transgender.

We are everywhere and we will never give up.

I chose “We are Family” by Sister Sledge because it’s a happy and hopeful song.🙂

I first made this video for Pride Month. I am re-posting it to remind Americans that we are always stronger together!

Now take a moment to get up and dance!

You’ll like it.

I promise.

#Resist

 

Dissociative Identity Disorder on Twitter

Here’s how my version of DID works on social media:

A different alternate manages each social media account
except WordPress.

All of my alternates use WordPress.

As usual, I’m the last to know when an alternate takes over
an account; my Partner noticed changes to the Twitter
account.

Jaime: Who’s running the Twitter account?

Me: Whattaya mean?

Jaime: I mean, I don’t know that guy.

Me: Lemme see.

I open the Twitter account and see Bob’s picture.

Me: Bob runs that account.

Jaime: Who’s  he?

Me: A radical fag.

Jaime: He’s intense.

Jaime doesn’t know Bob because Bob was the first in a series of
adult alternates.

Bob was the host personality from age 20 to age 30.

At thirty, a new host slowly evolved into Rob.

Why do I have  different alters for different stages of life?

Some people with DID respond to social cues about age by
creating a new person with a new name.

It’s not a conscious process.

The world wants its thirty-somethings mature and accomplished.

The switch from Bob to Rob meant a move to San Francisco.

Thinking that one becomes another person by moving or changing
names is the way a child thinks and that is the core of my DID.

The real self is a frightened child.

Bob and Rob are alike in different ways.

Bob is more idealistic, more passionate and confrontational than
the older alters.

This video Bob made in response to Trump’s team of neo nazis is an example;

My alters don’t go away.

They emerge as the need arises, even the youngest ones.

Bob sees himself as a Warrior.

Bob woke up and took over the Twitter account when Trump became President.

It is as if my Mother rose from her grave as a narcissistic toad with
bleached hair.

The presidency of Donald Trump is the most triggering event of my adult excluding the AIDS epidemic.

Bob is fighting like Hell on Twitter to stop our abusive Mother from hurting us again.

(c) RG 2016

We’re Not Gonna Take It: music From Tommy by The Who,. Video made from multiple public domain videos on the Internet Archives.

How This Latino Thing Has Become an American Thing

Thought provoking post.

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Sometimes, my Latino shows up in droves.

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.

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Fashion Cents-Less: Qu’ils mangent de la brioche

A History lesson from Buffalo Tom Peabody🙂

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In a nutshell…

Now you know why Donald Trump loves “the poorly educated.”

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Toodles!
Your best friends,
Buffalo Tom , Gunther & Iggy

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Autumn Lights, Another Day on Earth

Happy December 1st! An experiment with video:

 

One day, we will put it all behind,
We’ll say, that was just another time,
We’ll say, that was just another day on Earth

We’ll say, that was just another time,
One day, we will put it all behind,
We’ll say, that was just another day on Earth

Video collage shot and edited by Rob Goldstein

Brian Eno – Another Day On Earth
Released in June 2005 on Hannibal Records
Community Audio

On edit: The video is best viewed small.  The high-resolution copy of this video is too large for me to upload.

It’s all so Abstract

Abstracts from Peter

Coorful abstract of ripples made from rain in a pond
Fluids

 

Colorful digital painting of a young man based on an old poloroid
Bob at 21

 

Colorful digital abstract of melting clown faces
A Festival of Clowns

 

Colorful abstract of a face with a metal bar in the center
Split

 

Colorful digital abstract
Sometimes I Vomit

 

 

Brian Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks
Deep Blue Day
Community Audio

The Avatar

A collage made by combining a public domain photo of a Russian Icon with a photo of a Second Life avatar.
A collage made by combining a public domain photo of a Russian Icon with a screenshot of a Second Life avatar.

My favorite Gregorian Chant

Cantores in Ecclesia
Kyrie Chant
Usage Public Domain

She had a ‘History’ of Mental Illness

Photo of a Homeless woman sleeping on a mattress on Haight Street in San Francisco, November 22, 2016
A Homeless woman sleeps on a mattress on Haight Street in San Francisco, November 22, 2016

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.”

The San Francisco Gate

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.

STATE OF NEGLECT

What’s legal is not always what’s moral.

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,”

San Francicso Gate

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.”

CINCINNATI (FOX19)

But they didn’t take away the baby.

Cops: Knife Wielding Killer Had A History Of Mental Illness Police say the man had a history of mental illness. Oct 29, 2014

CBS

Double Killer Sentenced To Death Had A History Of Mental Illness

MSNBC

Suspect in I-71 shooting has history of ‘mental illness and substance abuse,’ records show: Feb 2015

DRB.com

Machete-wielding New Orleans airport attacker dies: March 21st, 2015

“His family has been very cooperative. We have been able to determine that there is a mental illness component here.”

Yahoo.com

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.”

USANews

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.

Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder

Deinstitutionalization is a dangerous failure.

While the solution to correcting the mistake of deinstitutionalization may ‘remain unclear’ there are steps we can take to rectify some of its consequences:

1. Loosen commitment requirements so that they reflect the reality of serious mental illness and the impact of untreated mental illness on behavior.

2. Re-open the long-term hospitals a harm reduction measure to protect patients and the public.

3. Provide oversight when hospitals are reopened to prevent the alleged abuses that prompted their closure.

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A Gilded Throne of Lies – The Right Wing War on Truth

 

A photoshopped image of a gold toilet
A Gilded Throne of Lies — image based on a public domain photo

My partner is Nicaraguan and active in his community.

Today he told me of two women who were upset because they cast
their votes for Trump.

When he asked why they voted for Trump they replied they thought
Hillary was going  to jail.

In other words,  two Spanish-speaking women cast their vote for
the Republican because they believed the Democrat was going
to jail.

Where would they get an idea like that?

They felt deceived.

They were.

People who win by cheating are revolting but even more revolting is
the attitude of smug superiority I get from Trump’s team.

Boy, they really got one over on the rubes!

I also sense our corporate media want us to forget that Trump and the GOP
ran the most sordid and dishonest campaign in our nation’s history.

Fortunately, I started taking screenshots of the most glaring lies in June.

GOP operatives saturated the media with lies.

Now Trump’s Cheats want to gaslight us into thinking that Trump
has a mandate and that we are being hysterical; but that’s for another post

Let’s review the GOP 2016 assault on reality that led at least two women to think Clinton was going to jail, and let’s ask ourselves how many people these two women represent nationally.

There is no evidence for any of the accusations made against Clinton
or the Democrats in the clippings below.

Screenshot of fox news reports that Obama would sign martial law before election
June 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
sceenshot of house probe into bengazi
July 8th-Click to enlarge

 

screenshot of house probe into Clinton Perjury
July 8th -Click to Enlarge

 

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July 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
screen shot from yahoo news reporting on Clinton's email
July 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
Screenshot of fox news explains why FBI director comey should have jailed hillary clinton
July 20, Krautheimer reads FBI Director Comey’s Mind
screenshot August 11, 2013 Tweet from Trump
August 11, 2013 Tweet from Trump

 

August 13 Yahoo News Report
August 13 Yahoo News Report

 

August 14, 2016 screnshot of The Allen West Website-Click to Enlarge
August 14, 2016 The Allen West Website-Click to Enlarge
August 15, 2016 Screenshot from Yahoo News. Click to enlarge
August 15, 2016 Screenshot from Yahoo News. Click to enlarge
Screenshot from MS bing
August 19th Screenshot from MS Bing

 

August 20th, 2016 - Yahoo News Screenshot
August 20th, 2016 – Yahoo News Screenshot – Click to enlarge

 

Screenshot of a wikileak accusing Clinton of ordering a hit
August 20th, 2016 click to enlarge

 

screenshot of google results regarding Clinton's Health
August 20, 2016 — Clinton’s Health – Click to enlarge

 

 

Screenshot from MS Bing Political News
August 29, MS Bing Political News

 

September 21, Clinton's Body Double
September 21, Clinton’s Body Double

 

Screenshot of a report about a GOP congreessman who says that people on minumum wage will spend their money on drugs
September 30th, 2016

 

Twitter Screenshot of wikileak headline claiming Hillary sold weapons
October 1st, 2016

 

Screenshot of commentary on a CNN article that says Jews are Responsible for the White Genocide
October 10th, Jews are Responsible for the White Genocide – Click to Enlarge

 

October 11, 2016 - Click to Enlarge
October 11, 2016 – Click to Enlarge

 

Screenshot from October 11, 2016
October 11 2016 Click to Enlarge

 

Screen shot from State of the Nation
October 13, 2016

 

Screenshot October 21st, 2016 Click to Enalrge
October 21st, 2016 Click to Enlarge

 

Screenshot of October 21, 2016 headline about Hillary Clinton's Email
October 21, 2016

 

screenshot from Yahoo headline about Hillary's email gate scandal
October 21, 2016-Click to enlarge

 

Screenshot of an online poll asking if Hillary Clinton should be arrested
October 21, Should Hillary be Arrested
October 25th 2016 - Sean Hannity
October 25th 2016 – Sean Hannity
Screenshot of October 25th 2016
October 25th 2016

 

Screenshot of October 25th Hannity offers to send Obama back to Kenya
October 25th
screenshot October 26th, 2016
October 26th, 2016

 

Screenshot October 26, The FBI Announces it will investigate Clinton's email
October 26, The FBI Announces it will investigate Clinton’s email

 

Screenshot October 28, Yahoo Headline
October 28, Yahoo Headline

 

 

Screenshot October 28 MSNBC Headline
October 28, 2016 MSNBC Headline

 

Screenshot October 28 Daily News
October 28, Daily News
Screenshot October 28
October 28,
Screenshot October 29th FBI has no warrant
October 29th FBI has no warrant

 

Screenshot Trump tells supporters to vote twice
October 30th, the election was in fact rigged, but not against Mr. Trump.

 

October 30th, Hillary Clinton linked to child sex scandal
October 30th, Hillary Clinton linked to child sex scandal

 

Screenshot October 30 Twitter meme
October 30 Twitter meme

 

October 30, Fox new
October 30, Fox News
Screenshot October 31
October 31

 

Screenshot November 2nd, Fox Reporter Announces that Clinton will be Indicted
November 2nd, Fox Reporter Announces that Clinton will be Indicted

 

Screenshot of November 4th, Fox News Host apologizes for false indictment story
November 4th, Fox News Host apologizes for false indictment story
November 6, Clinton cleared again
November 6, Clinton cleared again

 

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Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton (fill in the blank)

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton is Satanic!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton is Satanic!

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.

From the Brookings Institute:

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!

Disinformation Site claims that Wikileaks reveals that Hillary Clinton had an affair with Yoko Ono
Wikileaks 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 will use ALIENS to win the Election!
Hillary Clinton will Send Fake Aliens to Attack the U.S.


Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton is Bisexual!

 

 Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton is Bisexual

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton is Bisexual!

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Plotted to Murder Justice Scalia!

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Plot to Kill Justice Scalia!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Plot to Kill Justice Scalia!

 

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Bill Clinton Raped a Cousin!

 

 Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Bill Clinton Raped a Child

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 Sold Weapons to ISIS!

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Sold Weapons to ISIS!

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Cancer!

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Cancer!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Cancer!

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Murdered Vince Foster!

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Murdered Vince Foster!
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 has Double Agents at Fox News!
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 and Barack Obama Rigged the Election!

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 Hates Christians!

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 Sold More Weapons to Isis!

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Sold More Weapons to Isis!

 

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Ordered Drone Strike!

 

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Ordered Drone Strike!
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!

 

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Talked with Astronauts to discuss Alien Disclosure!
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.

 

 

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A Tour of San Francisco in 31/2 Minutes

Surrealist streetshot made with an android cell phone using panaorama feature to create distortion
Vanishing Act

Flickr members Richard Warner and Paul Ewing introduced me to a photographic technique they call Panovision.  They use radical hand and body movements to sabotage the android’s panorama option.

Paul Ewing describes the technique in the Pano-Vision group on Flickr.

Screen shot of Flickr member Paul Ewing that gives an explanation of the use of the panorama option on a cell phone for making abstracts
The technique for making Panovision Abstracts.

The results are shots like these:

Richard S. Warner-On a Hot Summer Day Time and Space are Fluid

On a Hot Summer Day Time and Space are Fluid

Paul Ewing- “Great Lakes Freighter Engine Room”

 

"Great Lakes Freighter Engine Room"

 

Or this one by Rob Goldstein – Deconstruction Site

 

Deconstruction Site

I noticed  a ‘save video’ option on the panorama shots and found the videos as interesting as the still shots so I played with them,  joined them and set them to music.

A Tour of San Francisco in 31/2 Minutes is a selection of Panovision
videos made over the past three months and set to Desert Song
by Dead Can Dance. I dedicate it to Paul Ewing and Richard Warner.

 

 

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The Kiss

VR based digital painting of two mail avatars in the last few seconds before a kiss
The Kiss

soft

       hard

stroke smooth smoothly stroked back

rest chest on chest

                                  thigh on thigh

my hard on your soft

kiss…

(c) Bob Goldstein 1976

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I Want to Live a Lie

A virtual reality protrait of an avatar face in shadow surrounded by subdued color

i want to live
a lie

let’s log
in and
believe
it

let’s wrap ourselves
in pretty pictures
and
hyperbole

let’s agree that
we are perfect
despite the
evidence

let’s ride
a deserted highway
just you and me
beneath a virtually
setting Sun

let’s juice the radio
and drown each
other out

let’s build an
imaginary oasis
and count
imaginary stars
and laugh about
how much we
guess we know

about supernovas,
black holes and
lines of defense

no one gets in
or leaves

we are here
and we
collide but
if we touch

we vanish

(c) Rob Goldstein 2014

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