University of Minnesota owes mistreated psychiatric subjects an apology

University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
I think they owe a little bit more than a paltry apology.

Carl Elliott via StarTribune:

Thanks to a former Fairview Hospital patient with the courage to speak out about his mistreatment, the University of Minnesota is finally ending a controversial research practice. As of last month, the university will no longer test experimental drugs on mentally ill patients who have been involuntarily confined to a locked psychiatric unit under a 72-hour hold (“U halts recruiting of confined patients,” Sept. 26).

Yet instead of thanking the patient who spoke out, or apologizing for recruiting him under coercive conditions, the university has done its best to discredit him.

In July 2007, Robert Huber came to Fairview for help. He was hearing voices and feeling panicked. His treating psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Olson, used a 72-hour emergency hold to confine Huber to a locked psychiatric unit. Then Olson asked Huber to sign up for a research study testing an experimental drug.

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Trade 4 People

Trade deals should work for the people that they affect – duh!

But it’s amazing how much they don’t – haven’t and won’t.

With the TPP deal now finalized, we ramp up the fight against all these corporate takeovers masquerading as “free trade” deals.


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Male Suicide on Rise as Result of Austerity, Report Suggests

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University of Portsmouth via ScienceDaily:

Young males between the ages of 10 and 24 have committed suicide in growing numbers as a direct result of austerity measures brought in across Europe following the 2009 recession.

According to new research from the University of Portsmouth and Webster Vienna University, more males of all ages are committing suicide in the Eurozone’s poorest countries.

The researchers, Dr Nikolaos Antonakakis and Professor Alan Collins, are urging policy makers to put European citizens’ health before wealth as a matter of urgency.

The research is the first to examine the direct impact of fiscal austerity on suicide rates in the group of countries most affected by the Eurozone crisis — Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Dr Antonakakis, a Visiting Fellow at Portsmouth Business School and an Associate Professor at Webster Vienna University, said: “The Eurozone debt crisis is transforming into a health crisis. Austerity measures were implemented in response to the 2008 global financial crisis and the subsequent Eurozone debt crisis in an attempt to restore confidence, competitiveness and macroeconomic stability.

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PolitiCon in Los Angeles, TYT, and Industry Talk with Babs Romen

From the Indie Bohemians.

Greetings from Los Angeles! Ron Placone is in LA for the first-ever PolitiCon. He talks about the conference, the Young Turks studio, and the way he’s evolved towards southern California.

Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute and Krish Mohan a FFON.

Later, Ron chats with Babs Romen. Babs is an LA-based Producer who has worked on projects such as the Green Room on Showtime, the Aristocrats, and Set List. She has worked for some of the top Talent Agencies in the world as well as for the legendary Comedy Store. Lastly, Ron attempts to befriend a stray cat.

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We Should All Be Weird as Fuck

“We Should All Be Weird as Fuck” says Renée Padgham at Medium, and who are we to argue with that, disinfonauts?

“You’re so weird,” they say, smiling at me. It doesn’t matter who they are – they are a slew of friends, acquaintances, teachers, store clerks, strangers becoming friends – 80% of everyone who has ever spoken to me in my life. “You know you like it,” I’ll smile back.

People Have Always Been Weird

But why? I’ve spent a lot of time journeying, mentally and physically, in the past year trying to figure myself out. How do I relate to people in a way that makes them happy? How do I relate to people in a way that makes me happy? What causes friction in my life? What causes acceleration? I moved to New York (and back), I travelled Europe (15 cities, 10 countries), and I most recently threw myself out into the desert to burn some man down (sorry bro).

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A Point of View: Can your name shape your personality?

Claire Danes as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1996)

Claire Danes as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1996)

Over at BBC Magazine, writer Will Self, asks “Does what we’re called have any bearing on who we are?”

Does what we’re called have any bearing on who we are? Writer Will Self echoes Juliet’s famous question, and attempts an examination of self (and Self).

When Juliet desires her lover Romeo to abandon his patrimony so as to take possession of her, she utters these immortal lines: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” That they should have become quite so celebrated is surely because they express a fundamental truth – or indeed truths. Shakespeare was writing 350 years before the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein developed his theory of language − yet he strongly anticipates its basic contention, which is that the meaning of a word is purely a function of how it’s used.

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Embracing the Call to Your Shamanic Initiation


Our friends at Evolver are hosting another Learning Lab. Here are the details:

Embracing the Call to Your Shamanic Initiation

Learn about initiation from leading shamanic practitioners trained in indigenous lineages from around the world.

Host: Itzhak Beery

Special Guests:

John Perkins
Oscar Miro-Quesada
Christina Pratt
Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Uncle Agaangaq Angakkorsuaq

5 Sessions • Starts October 22

To see the schedule and purchase the package, go here.

We are all being called upon to transform through a profound shamanic journey. But too often we are held back by ignorance and fear. We feel alone and uncertain about the best way forward.

How do you know when you have received the “call” to enter onto the shamanic path?

Why, when you go through your initiation, do you have to face your own dark night of the soul?

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Runners’ High May Be From Endocannabinoids

The well-known “runners’  high” may not just be about endorphins; Scientific American reports on a new study suggesting that it comes from the brain’s endocannabinoid system—the same one affected by marijuana’s THC:

After a nice long bout of aerobic exercise, some people experience what’s known as a “runner’s high”: a feeling of euphoria coupled with reduced anxiety and a lessened ability to feel pain. For decades, scientists have associated this phenomenon with an increased level in the blood of β-endorphins, opioid peptides thought to elevate mood.

Runner girl in grey

Now, German researchers have shown the brain’s endocannabinoid system—the same one affected by marijuana’s Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—may also play a role in producing runners’ high, at least in mice (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2015, DOI: 10.1072/pnas.1514996112).

The researchers hit upon the endocannabinoid system as possibly being involved because they observed that endorphins can’t pass through the blood-brain barrier, says team member Johannes Fuss, who’s now at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.

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