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July 25th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Pharm Chem de Mexico, illegally imported from overseas about 86 metric tons of restricted chemicals

Pharm Chem de Mexico, illegally imported from overseas about 86 metric tons of restricted chemicals into Mexico "for the express purpose of manufacturing pseudoephedrine/ephedrine."

Drugs
Police raided Zhenli Ye Gon's home in March, carting off what they said was $207 million

Not Your Average Drug Bust
Suspect Wanted in Mexico Found in Wheaton Restaurant

By Paul Duggan and Ernesto Londoño
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, July 25, 2007; A01

 

The way U.S. and Mexican authorities describe 44-year-old Zhenli Ye Gon, he might have sprung from some pulp novelist's overheated imagination.

Born in Shanghai, he lived in Mexico and ran a pharmaceuticals company -- a front, authorities allege, that supplied Mexican drug cartels with massive quantities of a chemical used to make the street drug methamphetamine. Police raided his luxurious Mexico City home in March, carting off what they said was $207 million, most of it in $100 bills that had been stashed behind false walls and in closets. The U.S. government called it "the largest single drug cash seizure the world has ever seen."

When the law caught up with Ye Gon on Monday night, his weeks on the lam ended in an Asian restaurant on Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton -- in P.J. Rice Bistro, in Westfield Wheaton mall, near a Ruby Tuesday and a JCPenney.

This is a man who owned a fleet of luxury cars and had mistresses in several countries, according to Mexican officials. In recent years,

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Chris Keeley

Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: illustrated history of Tokyo's lightspeed subcultures

Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: illustrated history of Tokyo's lightspeed subcultures

Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno is a riotously illustrated history of schoolgirl fashion in Japan, starting with the thousand-strong, razor-wielding biker gangs, all the way up to the cuddly, explosion -in- a- crafter- factory world of decora girls, who cover their fuzzy one-piece character pyjamas with stuffed animals and cute crafted whatsises. The book is packed with telling little anaecdotes about the cultural conditions that gave rise to each subculture, along with fashion tips, interviews with fashion pioneers, and some of the secret histories, including the rise and fall of the mad fashion pioneer who invented gonguru -- Japanese hipster blackface. From Gothic Lolita's creation of an entirely fictional style of "historical" dress to the scandalous sex-rings of the kogals (and the hysterical media circus that followed them), Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno is an incredibly engrossing tour through lightspeed subculture. Link 











http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0811856909/downandoutint-20


Chris Keeley

Michael Quinones leads an AA group known as Midtown in which some young women say they were urged to

Michael Quinones leads an AA group known as Midtown in which some young women say they were urged to have sex with older men.
 
Seeking Recovery, Finding Confusion
AA Group Leads Members Away From Traditions

By Marc Fisher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 22, 2007; A01

 

When Kristen was 17 and drinking out of control, her psychologist referred her to an Alcoholics Anonymous group that specialized in helping the youngest drinkers. In the Midtown Group, members and outsiders agree, young people could find new friends, constant fellowship, daily meetings, summer-long beach parties, and a charismatic leader who would steer them through sobriety.

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one hilarious piece, a very earnest convention of polygamists, swingers, sadomasochists and transsex

one hilarious piece, a very earnest convention of polygamists, swingers, sadomasochists and transsexuals, where a panel discussion on legal issues inspired a rather dumpy woman to ask this question: "If I adopt my live-in lovers, would I be violating incest laws?"...


Peter Bagge in the Washington Post

Today's Washington Post profiles Peter Bagge, best known as the creator of HATE!, a genre-defining comic book that perfectly portrayed the 1990s slacker mindset (and helped many of us laugh at ourselves). The Post doesn't even mention HATE! though, as this piece is about Bagge's current gig writing the strips for libertarian political mag Reason. From the Washington Post:
 Wp-Dyn Content Photo 2007 07 23 Ph2007072301829 "I call it cartoon journalism," Bagge, 49, said in a phone interview from his home in Seattle. "I don't know what else to call it."

Over the past six years, Bagge has covered political campaigns, protest marches and, in one hilarious piece, a very earnest convention of polygamists, swingers, sadomasochists and transsexuals, where a panel discussion on legal issues inspired a rather dumpy woman to ask this question: "If I adopt my live-in lovers, would I be violating incest laws?"...

In the current Reason, the one with his hideous self-portrait on the cover, Bagge travels to a gun show, interviews people on both sides of the gun control issue and ultimately concludes that, yes, an American should be able to own a bazooka: "If I don't hurt, threaten or disturb anyone with it, then why can't I own one?"
Link

Previously on BB:
• Peter Bagge on contemporary art Link
• Peter Bagge's libertarian comics for Reason Link
• More on Peter Bagge in Reason Link
Chris Keeley

Albert Ellis, whose innovative straight-talk approach to psychotherapy made him one of the most infl

Albert Ellis, whose innovative straight-talk approach to psychotherapy made him one of the most influential and provocative figures in modern psychology, died yesterday at his home above the institute he founded in Manhattan. He was 93.

http://news.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/07/24/modern-psychotherapy/

Albert Ellis, whose innovative straight-talk approach to psychotherapy made him one of the most influential and provocative figures in modern psychology, died yesterday at his home above the institute he founded in Manhattan. He was 93.

Where the Freudians maintained that a painstaking exploration of childhood experience was critical to understanding neurosis and curing it, Dr. Ellis believed in short-term therapy that called on patients to focus on what was happening in their lives at the moment and to take immediate action to change their behavior. “Neurosis,” he said, was “just a high-class word for whining.”

What do you think is the best approach to psychotherapy?

97 comments so far...

  • 1.

    I think we still know very little about how the mind works and about the function and source of our emotions. Until we have a better understanding, we have a deal with a lot of trial and error in psychotherapy.
    In the meantime, there is no doubt that the consumption of psychopharmacological drugs has to be reduced dramatically. It is evident that they serve no other purpose than generating profit for the pharmaceutical industry. Most patients would be better off without them. Serious overconsumption of drugs is a deep shame for all working in the health care industry.

    — Posted by Edo Smitshuijzen

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    Certainly not Albert Ellis’s approach! This pathological narcissist rejected introspection because he was such a psychic disaster himself. His shallow and ineffective treatment cannot match Freudian psychoanalysis in terms of explanatory power, depth, and therapeutic results.

    — Posted by Anton

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    For those who have unlimited funds, psychodynamic methodologies are quite effective. However, those of us with managed care, luckily, there are less expensive ways to improve. RET has a wide range of application. I will never forget the very colorful diction of Dr. Ellis. He was quite expressive. The air was frequently blue.

    — Posted by David Whitten

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    As a pretty neurotic, depression prone Jewish guy from the suburbs of NYC, I spent years in therapy with different psychologists and have used various anti-depressants. For my particular “crooked thinking” the activist, behavior changing philosophy advocated by Ellis worked. I found a great psychologist and spent time with him learning to see how my own thinking was getting in the way of my natural ability to be happy. It took time and real work but I am now out of therapy, use no anti-depressants and deeply content with my life. This type of talk therapy did more than prevent me from thinking about suicide - it taught me to live unafraid, to truly cherish each day and to be aware of self-aggressive thinking. I am truly, truly grateful.

    — Posted by Ted

  • 5.

    Dr. Ellis was years ahead of his time, yet drew on ancient sources for the wisdom that informs REBT. In particular, his homage to the Greco-Roman Stoic philosopher, Epictetus, was a brilliant use of classical ideas and ideals–Ellis and Epictetus both believed that humans largely create their own problems, and can think their way out of them with a rational approach to life. Dr. Ellis will be greatly missed. –Ronald Pies MD (psychiatrist)

    — Posted by Ronald Pies MD

  • 6.

    I think REBT goes deeper than mere CBT, although they overlap. CBT looks at cognitive distortions, whereas Ellis’ approach examined the demands that cause cognitive distortions. For example, “I always perform poorly” may be a distortion, but it is llikely to arise from the premise, “I must do well.”

    I believe that Ellis’ clinical approach/personal style was often imitated, but not captured, by many psychologists. There was often a philosophical underpinning in his seemingly off the cuff remarks.

    — Posted by Nando Pelusi

Chris Keeley

Albert Ellis, 93, Influential Psychotherapist, Dies

Albert Ellis, 93, Influential Psychotherapist, Dies 



Dr. Ellis's approach, developed in the 1950s, challenged the slow-moving methodology of Sigmund Freud, which was the prevailing psychotherapeutic treatment at the time. 

Albert Ellis, whose innovative straight-talk approach to psychotherapy made him one of the most influential and provocative figures in modern psychology, died yesterday at his home above the institute he founded in Manhattan. He was 93.

The cause, after extended illness, was kidney and heart failure, said a friend and spokeswoman, Gayle Rosellini.

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Chris Keeley

Lohan, shown in her latest booking photo, was arrested in Santa Monica early July 24, 2007, on suspi

Her apparent relapse suggests either the depths of Lohan's addiction or the ineffectiveness of her treatment.

Lindsay Lohan

New DUI against Lohan

An alcohol-monitoring bracelet doesn't prevent trouble. s include cocaine possession.
By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Times Staff Writers

July 25, 2007

Lindsay Lohan and her handlers had hoped to keep her sobriety going with a special ankle bracelet that monitored her alcohol intake through her perspiration.

Instead the technology — sometimes imposed by Los Angeles County authorities and used by other celebrities trying to go straight — just helped chronicle her fall off the wagon.

The 21-year-old actress was arrested Tuesday after the mother of one of Lohan's assistants dialed 911 to report that she was being chased by Lohan in her SUV. The assistant had quit her job just hours before, police said.

Police said the actress failed a DUI breath test, which registered a blood-alcohol level between 0.12% and 0.13% — over the California legal limit of 0.08% — after police stopped her at 1:35 a.m.

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Chris Keeley

BBC: W's grandpappy planned fascist coup of USA

BBC: W's grandpappy planned fascist coup of USA

Kevin says: A BBC Radio 4 investigation sheds new light on a major subject that has received little historical attention, the conspiracy on behalf of a group of influential powerbrokers, led by Prescott Bush, to overthrow FDR and implement a fascist dictatorship in the U.S. based around the ideology of Mussolini and Hitler.
200707251022 Document uncovers details of a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by a group of right-wing American businessmen.

The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.

Mike Thomson investigates why so little is known about this biggest ever peacetime threat to American democracy.

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Reader comment:

Steve says:

Prescott Bush stole Geronimo's bones! This has even been fact-checked: The skull of Geronimo, Fort Sill's most illustrious prisoner of war, no longer occupies his tomb on the base; the Apache warrior's cranium was reportedly exhumed one night in 1918 by a group of Army officers and smuggled to Yale, where it resides in the vault of the Skull and Bones society. The young officer who wielded the shovel, according to university historian Alexandra Robbins, was the President's grandfather, Prescott Bush.

posted by Mark Frauenfelder

Chris Keeley

The play explores elements of Mugabe's "psyche" and the thoughts that haunt him and the undeniable p

http://kundaistreet.blogspot.com/

The play explores elements of Mugabe's "psyche" and the thoughts that haunt him and the undeniable presence of fear in the country

This is a far cry from the Zimbabwe that was welcomed into the world community in 1980. It was such a joyous moment in history marked by prominents like Bob Marley and Princes. With an economy that parralled any in the world, the Zimbabwe dollar traded one to one with the pound, it was truly the jewel of Africa!

It is nothing less than shocking now what the situation is like. A world record highest inflation in the history of mankind. The exporting nation is now scrapping to get by.

What could have happened to affect this jewel of a nation and cast it in muddy waters. Most people point the finger at one man. Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe. Yes, you can build quite a case against his decisions over the last 10 years or so. It would be quite easy to portray Mugabe as the all out villain. Agreeably, no amount of debate could actually change the stat of affairs faced by the people actually living there.

But the play Breakfast With Mugabe takes a new twist. It brings out a complex character. The character of Mugabe has his point of view laid out in the play. Though you might not readily subscribe to his they are all the same legitimate views and thus they present a to the prudent person about making a decision on what is going on.

Western politics has adopted the stance of "us" and "them", "good" and "evil". is the would that clearly cut?

http://kundaistreet.blogspot.com/
Chris Keeley

-- Give a man a fish, he eats for the day; Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime; Teach that m

-- Give a man a fish, he eats for the day; Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime; Teach that man to cook, and he can feed the world....
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