May 10th, 2007

Chris Keeley

The Diagnoses

The Diagnoses

Yet childhood bipolar disorder is an increasingly controversial diagnosis. Even doctors who believe it is common disagree about its telltale symptoms. Others suspect it is a fad. And the scientific evidence that atypicals improve these children’s lives is scarce.

Anya Bailey is among a growing number of children given antipsychotic drugs by doctors who are paid by the makers of those drugs.


Psychiatrists, Children and Drug Industry’s Role

When Anya Bailey developed an eating disorder after her 12th birthday, her mother took her to a psychiatrist at the University of Minnesota who prescribed a powerful antipsychotic drug called Risperdal.

Created for schizophrenia, Risperdal is not approved to treat eating disorders, but increased appetite is a common side effect and doctors may prescribe drugs as they see fit. Anya gained weight but within two years developed a crippling knot in her back. She now receives regular injections of Botox to unclench her back muscles. She often awakens crying in pain.

Isabella Bailey, Anya’s mother, said she had no idea that children might be especially susceptible to Risperdal’s side effects. Nor did she know that Risperdal and similar medicines were not approved at the time to treat children, or that medical trials often cited to justify the use of such drugs had as few as eight children taking the drug by the end.

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Mark Ryden paints guitar for charity

Mark Ryden paints guitar for charity

From Mark Ryden's email list: Picture 31
Mark has painted a guitar for the Six-String Masterpieces Art Guitar Auction benefitting "Little Kids Rock", an organization committed to bringing free musical instruments and music education to public school children.

Online Bidding for the auction is available as well as a benefit concert and final live auction at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA on May 17, 2007. Please direct all inquiries to the auction organizers.

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Many Ryden links

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Shaha Ali Riza has been variously described as Wolfowitz's "girlfriend," his "female companion" and,

Shaha Ali Riza has been variously described as Wolfowitz's "girlfriend," his "female companion" and, according to Salon.com, his "neoconcubine."

In the Shadow of a Scandal
Shaha Riza Remains the Mystery Woman From the World Bank

By Linton Weeks and Richard Leiby
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, May 10, 2007; C01

 

She is the invisible woman at the center of the storm swirling around embattled World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz. Serious, discreet and strong-willed, Shaha Ali Riza has been variously described as Wolfowitz's "girlfriend," his "female companion" and, according to Salon.com, his "neoconcubine."

But little beyond labels is publicly known about the 52-year-old British citizen who has been dating Wolfowitz, one of Washington's most high-profile and powerful men, for the past seven years. People close to Riza have encouraged her to go public and tell her side of the story, but she remains silent.

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Commander of 1985 French Bombing of Greenpeace Ship Living Freely in Virginia -- as U.S.-Paid Arms D

Commander of 1985 French Bombing of Greenpeace Ship Living Freely in Virginia -- as U.S.-Paid Arms Dealer

Twenty two years ago a group of French government agents blew up a ship known as the Rainbow Warrior off the coast of New Zealand. On board were activists from the group Greenpeace who were protesting French nuclear testing in the Pacific. One member of Greenpeace died in the blast. Thirteen French agents were identified as being directly involved in the bombing but only two were ever convicted. Now it has been revealed that the commander of the unit is living freely in McLean, Virginia. Louis-Pierre Dillais is president of an arms manufacturer with several government contracts. Greenpeace has urged the Department of Homeland Security to deport Dillais became of his direct ties to an act of state terrorism. But the Bush administration has not moved on the request. We speak with Greenpeace attorney Deepa Isac.
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Pair Found Guilty of Leaking Al Jazeera Bombing Memo

Pair Found Guilty of Leaking Al Jazeera Bombing Memo
In Britain, two men have been found guilty for leaking a memo detailing a conversation in which President Bush reportedly tells British Prime Minister Tony Blair he wants to bomb the Doha headquarters of the Arabic television network Al Jazeera. David Keogh, a former civil servant, and Leo O’Connor, a former parliamentary researcher, were charged with violating the Official Secrets Act. Most of the trial was held in secret with reporters barred from the proceedings. Bush and Blair’s meeting was recorded by Blair’s adviser on foreign affairs. The memo came with a note reading “This must not be copied further and must only be seen by those with real need to know.”

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OxyContin is pure oxycodone, with a large amount in each tablet because of the time- release design.

both experienced drug abusers and novices, including teenagers, soon discovered that chewing an OxyContin tablet or crushing one and then snorting the powder or injecting it with a needle produced a high as powerful as heroin. By 2000, parts of the United States, particularly rural areas, began to seeing skyrocketing rates of addiction and crime related to use of the drug.

Those executives are Michael Friedman, the company’s president, who agreed to pay $19 million in fines; Howard Udell, its top lawyer, who agreed to pay $8 million; and Dr. Paul Goldenheim, its former medical director, who agreed to pay $7.5 million.

In Guilty Plea, OxyContin Maker to Pay $600 Million

ABINGDON, Va., May 10 —The company that makes the narcotic painkiller OxyContin and three current and former executives pleaded guilty today in federal court here to criminal charges that they misled regulators, doctors and patients about the drug’s risk of addiction and its potential to be abused.

To resolve criminal and civil charges related to the drug’s “misbranding”, the parent of Purdue Pharma, the company that markets OxyContin, agreed to pay some $600 million in fines and other payments, one of the largest amounts ever paid by a drug company in such a case.

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Toshio Matsumoto - Experimental Film Works

Toshio Matsumoto - Experimental Film Works

Toshio Matsumoto... For The Damaged Right Eye (1968, Flash Video 12:09) and Andy Warhol - Re-production (1974, Flash Video 23:02). Also... Toshio Matsumoto: Experimental Film Works, 1961-1987 at UBUWEB. "...Graduated from Tokyo University in 1955. A pioneer of avant-garde documentary, experimental film, multimedia, and video art in Japan. Both at home and abroad, has presented experimental short films ranging from Song of the Stones (1963) to Traces of Memory (1987), video art from Regeneration (1971) to Disguise (1992), and experimental feature films from Funeral of Roses (1969) to Dogra Magra (1988), winning numerous awards. Published numerous books from Eizo no hakken (1963) to Eizo no tankyu ('Pursuit of the Image,' 1992). Currently a professor and dean of the Faculty of Arts at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. President of the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences."

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5113761722854933851
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She drinks, she cheats, she falls for the wrong guys, she cries; she refuses rehab with a magnificen

She drinks, she cheats, she falls for the wrong guys, she cries; she refuses rehab with a magnificently simple refrain, “I said no, no, no.”


Disillusioned Diva With Glimmers of Soul

Amy Winehouse is a tease. The songs on her second album, “Back to Black” (Universal Republic), revive the sound of 1960s and 1970s soul with tales of plunging into temptation and toughing out the consequences. She drinks, she cheats, she falls for the wrong guys, she cries; she refuses rehab with a magnificently simple refrain, “I said no, no, no.”

But the way she delivers those songs is far less forthright. At the Highline Ballroom on Tuesday night, she treated them with a shifting blend of casualness and concentration, arbitrary improvisation and precise inflections. She connected with the songs only intermittently, though when she did, she made a listener want more.

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She burst on the music scene three years ago lampooning the image-obsessed world of celebrity.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=397803&in_page_id=1773&ICO=TV_SHOWBIZ&ICL=TOPART

She burst on the music scene three years ago lampooning the image-obsessed world of celebrity.

But after taking up an alarming fitness regime, Amy Winehouse has dropped four dress sizes and there are fears that the 22-year-old has succumbed to the pressures of showbusiness.

Less than two years after winning a prestigious Ivor Novello award, the gravel-voiced jazz star appears to be more interested in maintaining an aggressive daily diet of exercise than her career.

"Amy went from being an unknown, middle-class Jewish teenager, to finding herself on the gossip pages of newspapers across Britain," said a source close to the singer.

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