June 18th, 2007

Chris Keeley

STANTON, Kentucky (AP) -- A judge on Friday ordered a man accused in the shooting death of a small-t

STANTON, Kentucky (AP) -- A judge on Friday ordered a man accused in the shooting death of a small-town police chief held without bail.

Jamie Barnett, 37, wasn't asked to enter a plea during the brief arraignment in Powell County District Court. The judge assigned Barnett a public defender and set a preliminary hearing for June 25.

Barnett is charged with killing Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy, who was shot in the back of the head at point-blank range in his police cruiser on Wednesday.

In a jailhouse interview Thursday night with The Associated Press, Barnett said he was too high on drugs to recall any events that led up to the killing.

"I feel like I'm dying inside," he said. "I remember going to a liquor store and eating a handful of Xanax and ending up here." Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication.

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Virtually everyone who takes opioids will become physically dependent on them, which means that with

Virtually everyone who takes opioids will become physically dependent on them, which means that withdrawal symptoms like nausea and sweats can occur if usage ends abruptly. 


When Is a Pain Doctor a Drug Pusher?

Correction Appended

Ronald McIver is a prisoner in a medium-security federal compound in Butner, N.C. He is 63 years old, of medium height and overweight, with a white Santa Claus beard, white hair and a calm, direct and intelligent manner. He is serving 30 years for drug trafficking, and so will likely live there the rest of his life. McIver (pronounced mi-KEE-ver) has not been convicted of drug trafficking in the classic sense. He is a doctor who for years treated patients suffering from chronic pain. At the Pain Therapy Center, his small storefront office not far from Main Street in Greenwood, S.C., he cracked backs, gave trigger-point injections and put patients through physical therapy. He administered ultrasound and gravity-inversion therapy and devised exercise regimens. And he wrote prescriptions for high doses of opioid drugs like OxyContin.

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part 2 - It’s a false choice. Virtually everyone who takes opioids will become physically dependent

It’s a false choice. Virtually everyone who takes opioids will become physically dependent on them, which means that withdrawal symptoms like nausea and sweats can occur if usage ends abruptly. But tapering off gradually allows most people to avoid those symptoms, and physical dependence is not the same thing as addiction. Addiction — which is defined by cravings, loss of control and a psychological compulsion to take a drug even when it is harmful — occurs in patients with a predisposition (biological or otherwise) to become addicted. At the very least, these include just below 10 percent of Americans, the number estimated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to have active substance-abuse problems. Even a predisposition to addiction, however, doesn’t mean a patient will become addicted to opioids. Vast numbers do not. Pain patients without prior abuse problems most likely run little risk. “Someone who has never abused alcohol or other drugs would be extremely unlikely to become addicted to opioid pain medicines, particularly if he or she is older,” says Russell K. Portenoy, chairman of pain medicine and palliative care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and a leading authority on the treatment of pain.

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An Hour with Michael Moore on "Sicko," his Trip to Cuba with 9/11 Rescue Workers, the Removal of Pri

An Hour with Michael Moore on "Sicko," his Trip to Cuba with 9/11 Rescue Workers, the Removal of Private Healthcare Companies & Clinton's Ties to Insurance Companies: "They're into Her Pocket and She's Into Their Pocket And I Don't Expect Much From Her"

Monday, June 18th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/06/18/1326235

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore sits down with Democracy Now! ahead of the release of his new film SiCKO. The film is a seething indictment of the US healthcare system. It focuses not on the more than 40 million people who don't have healthcare but on the 250 million who do - many of whom are abandoned by the very health insurance industry they paid into for decades. "They are getting away with murder," Moore said of the health insurance companies. "They charge whatever they want. There is no government control, and frankly we will not fix our system until we remove these private insurance companies." [includes rush transcript - partial]

 


Michael Moore is on the move. On Wednesday, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker will testify on Capitol Hill. He then heads to New Hampshire to challenge presidential candidates, Democrat and Republican, over the nation's healthcare system.

His latest documentary SiCKO is being released in thousands of theaters next week. The film is a seething indictment of the US healthcare system. It focuses not on the more than 40 million people who don't have healthcare but on the 250 million who do - many of whom are abandoned by the very health insurance industry they paid into for decades.

Yesterday I sat down with Michael Moore at the Tribeca Cinema just after he had done a sneak preview for 9/11 workers who fell ill after working in the toxic environment at Ground Zero. He was then doing a showing for the Center for Justice and Democracy - a tort reform group. I began by asking him what inspired him to make the film.

  • Michael Moore, Academy Award-winning filmmaker.

AMY GOODMAN: Michael Moore is on the move.

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Nepali "Living Goddess" is rather into gadgets

Nepali "Living Goddess" is rather into gadgets


andy carvin says,

This weekend, a living goddess paid a visit to the DC area. She's the Kumari of Bhaktapur, Nepal, one of a small group of girls worshipped as living deities in the Himalayan kingdom. Selected at a young age, Kumaris fulfil this spiritual role until they hit puberty, at which point they retired as goddesses and are replaced by another toddler.

The most famous Kumari, the Kumari of Kathmandu, is generally sequestered in a small palace, and she's not allowed to touch the ground when she leaves the building. In contrast, the Bhaktapur Kumari, Sajani Shakya, is allowed to live with her parents and attend school, despite the fact that the faithful are known to drop to her feet to pay their respects. This is the first time a Kumari has visited the US.

The Kumari was in town for the Silverdocs festival for the world premiere of a documentary about Kumaris. While she was here I managed to shot a short video and some pics on my phone. It turns out she's a gadget geek - as you'll see in the pics, when she wasn't holding court, she was snapping pics with her digital SLR and an HDV camcorder.

Link

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

How to write about Africa

How to write about Africa

This essay by Binyavanga Wainaina from an Africa-themed issue of GRANTA is not new. But I just stumbled on it in the course of researching a story about Africa and bloggers, and found much worth paying attention to:

Never have a picture of a well-adjusted African on the cover of your book, or in it, unless that African has won the Nobel Prize. An AK-47, prominent ribs, naked breasts: use these. If you must include an African, make sure you get one in Masai or Zulu or Dogon dress.

In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don't get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book. The continent is full of deserts, jungles, highlands, savannahs and many other things, but your reader doesn't care about all that, so keep your descriptions romantic and evocative and unparticular.

Make sure you show how Africans have music and rhythm deep in their souls, and eat things no other humans eat. Do not mention rice and beef and wheat; monkey-brain is an African's cuisine of choice, along with goat, snake, worms and grubs and all manner of game meat. Make sure you show that you are able to eat such food without flinching, and describe how you learn to enjoy it—because you care.

Link. Binyavanga Wainaina lives in Nairobi, Kenya, and founded the literary magazine Kwani? (unfortunately, the magazine's website appears to be dead). Image: detail crop from the cover of Granta #92, in which this essay appeared, from January 2006. You can purchase a copy online.

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Chris Keeley

I want My I-Phone

John Heilemann in NY Mag on Steve Jobs

Jill says: "John Heilemann looks at the man behind Apple Inc. and asks if the iPhone will make or break his career." 200706180839
“Now, however, Jobs is departing from classical structure and undertaking an Act Four. With the iPhone, in particular, he is hurling Apple into foreign waters. His motivations for doing so aren’t difficult to discern. Somewhere in the neighborhood of a billion cell phones are sold worldwide every year; in terms of scale, ubiquity, and relevance, it’s the mother of all consumer-electronics markets. The chance to upend this sprawling industry, bend it to his will, is one that Jobs, being Jobs, finds irresistible.

Apple’s competitors, by contrast, find the prospect of the iPhone terrifying. ‘The entire fucking Western world hopes that it’s a case of imperial overstretch,’ says the CEO of one of the planet’s largest communications companies. ‘But everybody is quietly saying, er, what if people want to buy a $500 phone? What if, er, people have been waiting for a device that does all these things? What if this thing works as advertised? I mean, my God, what then?’”

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leaked+on+BitTorrent

 
Sicko Documentary - for the world to see  --   goto 
 
 

**UPDATE: 'SICKO' IS NOW UP ON GOOGLE VIDEO

 

Moore's "Sicko" leaks onto P2P

Michael Moore's documentary "Sicko," which describes the failure of the American health system (and ends with Moore taking 911 rescue workers to Cuba to get the health-care they'd been denied in the USA), has been leaked onto the net, a few weeks before its theatrical release.

I watched this yesterday on my laptop and I was just floored. This is Moore at his best: savage, smart, and so funny and outrageous the milk squirts out your nose. I was so engrossed, I nearly missed a flight. I can't wait for the theatrical release so that I can enjoy it again with an audience -- this is definitely a movie to see with a group. Link

 
Chris Keeley

Tank - Girl

Tank Girl cartoonist designs for vibrators

200706151503 The fantabulous Jamie Hewlett, who drew Tank Girl, has designed the packaging for some cool looking vibrators. (Hey Alabamans -- I know the law forbids vibrators for sale in your great state, but maybe you can ask him to design some pistols for you!) Link






















Chris Keeley

Virginia Beahan: Cuba Now

Virginia Beahan: Cuba Now

Virginia Beahan: Cuba Now at Joseph Bellows Gallery. "...The exhibition will feature photographs from Beahan's series on the social and political landscape of Cuba, and will be on view from June 16 to August 31, 2007. Beahan became interested in Cuba in 1986 while visiting her father who was living in the Miami neighborhood known as 'Little Havana.' She was captivated by the brightly colored housed, the Latin music, and the vivacity of the community. Moved by stories neighbors told of their flights from Castro's Cuba and of families being torn apart, Beahan was equally struck by the anger, as well as the resilience, of those who suffered the effects of the 1959 Revolution."

http://www.josephbellows.com/exhibitions/2007_6_virginia-beahan/