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Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Drugging of our Children



 In the absence of any objective medical tests to determine who has ADD or ADHD, doctors rely in part on standardized assessments and the impressions of teachers and guardians, leaving little room for other causes or aggravating factors, such as diet, or environment. Hence, diagnosing a child or adolescent with ADD or ADHD is often the outcome, although no organic basis for either disease has yet to be clinically proven.

Psychiatrists may then prescribe psychotropic drugs for the children without first without making it clear to parents that these medications can have severe side-effects including insomnia, loss of appetite, headaches, psychotic symptoms and even potentially fatal adverse reactions, such as cardiac arrhythmia. And yet, despite these dangers, many school systems actually work with government agencies to force parents to drug their children, threatening those who refuse with the prospect of having their children taken from the home unless they cooperate.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Archives

I've been recommending this resource to students and colleagues for about a year now, and was wondering why it wasn't more widely acknowledged.

The website features two of my favorite films:

Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

Horror Hotel

Saturday, May 05, 2007

An[other] new art form?

Last week,
while working on my laptop,
I peripherally watched/listened...
to Napoleon Dynamite.

Although the film did not have...
my full attention,
I did notice a short piece of obscure dialogue...
that lingered in my mind.

Later,
I did a search on YouTube...
to see if anyone had posted the scene.
I couldn't find it.

But I did find this...

Friday, March 10, 2006

Mr. Memory



In Alfred Hitchcock's spy film, The 39 Steps (1935), Wylie Watson portrayed a character named Mr. Memory who had the uncanny ability to specifically answer any detailed question put to him. During the course of the film, he displays this talent on the stages of the English Music Hall to the delight of inquisitive audiences who marvel at his encyclopedic knowledge. In the film's final reel, he blurts out classified information at the behest of the main character, and as a result pays the ultimate price for his gift.

The following audio-visual work is offered in his honor...

Mr. Memory
"Go over that, and start again." (Sarah MacFarlane - 1974)

"I left you far behind
The ruins of my mind
I haven't time for "Let's pretend"
Forget your foolish dreams
It's not the way it seems
I'll never be the one you bend
But when I see you on the street
I'm knowing what could be mine"

Pray for Mr. Memory
Cause he is blind and will not see
Won't you say a prayer for
Mr. Memory

"Why should I care at all
You never even call
Or send a letter meant for me
I'll never eat my pride
Although I'm on your side
I think you'd probably disagree
But when I see you on the street
I'm knowing what could be mine"

Pray for Mr. Memory
Cause he is blind and will not see
Won't you say a prayer for
Mr. Memory

(Interlude)

"I put my life on hold
Just to find you cold
Without a smidgen of conceit
And so I drive around
The places you'd be found
So we can "accidentally" meet
But when I see you on the street
I'm knowing what could be mine"

Pray for Mr. Memory
Cause he is blind and will not see
Won't you say a prayer for Mr. Memory

"It's goin' round and round..."



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Saturday, March 04, 2006

In Media Res

This is my first blog -

Fluxus 1

many new ideas and questions to come.
all is in motion, yet all is one....


see you soon...

thom de plume