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The American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM) is the profession’s bible of diagnosis. Its fifth edition, set for May, radically broadens the understanding of what constitutes abnormal behavior—and already is generating controversy. Gary Greenberg, a practicing psychotherapist and author of The Book of Woe, offers an exposé of DSM-5, revealing what he calls the deeply flawed process by which mental disorders are invented and uninvented and arguing that this new edition will encourage increased diagnosis and increased prescriptions—including medications whose consequences aren’t well-understood. Dr. Greenberg is joined in conversation by Dr. Philip Cushman, a core faculty member in the Psy.D. program at Seattle’s Antioch University.
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Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest coal company wants to move millions of tons of coal from open pit mines in Montana and Wyoming by rail across the western United States to 5 huge coal terminals it plans to build in Washington State and from there, ship it to China where it will be burned- poisoning the ocean and the atmosphere with mercury and other toxins as well as every community along the way with toxic coal dust. Thus making certain that if asthma or cancer doesn't get you, climate change will. If that's not enough, the additional 18 daily 1.5 mile long, slow moving trains could make your traffic woes go from bad trip to Nightmare on Elm Street!
These are just some of the hundreds of impacts you can expect if Peabody Coal and the big money interests behind them get their way. Luckily, since Peabody and the banksters are virtually the only ones who think this is a great idea, people in communities all along the way are rising up and organizing to stop it.
Pirate TV so happened to be at one of these organizing meetings. This meeting was on October 29th in Seattle, held to prepare residents to speak effectively at the upcoming November 13th Seattle Environmental Impact Hearing- one of 8 to be held in Washington State. The first coal terminal is proposed to be built at Cherry Point near Bellingham. The hearing held in Bellingham, October 27th drew 2000 people. Unlimited comments can also be emailed, mailed, or submitted via the internet. Learn how you can participate by joining us in what turned out to be a rousing teach-in featuring an introduction by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and conducted by activist extraordinaire James Wells.
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Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan gave this talk in front of a packed Seattle Town Hall on October 26th as part of their hundred city tour to give expanded election coverage and pull back the veil of corporate media reporting. Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan are co/authors of The Silenced Majority- Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope.
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Conference on National Happiness [Long Version],
The National Happiness Summit explores the connection between happy people, healthy cities and a sustainable world. This program includes talks by
John de Graaf,
Executive Director of Take Back Your Time and co-author of Affluenza
and What's the Economy for, Anyway?,
Ryan Howell, creator of the Happiness Initiative
prominent ecological economist,
Eric Weiner, former NPR reporter and author of the best-seller, The Geography of Bliss, a story of his search for the world’s happiest countries,
Tom Barefoot, founder of GNHUSA was active in bringing the Genuine Progress Indicator to the attention of the Vermont legislature and,
Connie Moffit, worked in nonprofit management in the US and Canada for 20 years, including People for Puget Sound and Seeds of Compassion in Seattle.
This longer version contains the complete talk by Eric Weiner and talks by Tom Barefoot and Connie Moffit that were not included in the broadcast version.
Recorded at Seattle University, Aug 24-25, 2012 by Todd Boyle
Friends of Sabeel Conference:
“The United States , Israel and Palestine : What Does Justice Require of US?” held at Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle 2/19-29/2010
Seattle hosted the premiere event: Friends of Sabeel – Puget Sound, a nonprofit working with and on behalf of Palestinians to promote justice through nonviolence in the Holy Land . Featuring internationally-acclaimed speakers and a vibrant array of activist voices, this conference explores the situation in Israel and Palestine today, the experience of occupation, the role of U.S. policy and nonviolent strategies for peace.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Media Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The panel examines the nature and quality of reporting on the conflict
in both the U.S.:
In this video, Thom Hartmann lays it all out: How this Supreme Court decision in fact never found any such thing and how corporate usurpation of human rights was stolen. And why the time has never been better to get moving on the process of revoking the legal fiction of Corporate Personhood once and for all. I hear rumors that Thom will be coming out with an updated edition of Unequal Protection in the near future. We look forward to seeing him back here in Seattle to address this subject again. This talk was recorded at Elliott Bay Books October 5th 2002.
John Stauber: Poisoning the Grassroots
There exist Public Relations firms whose sole purpose is to “mine” activists. They infiltrate and spy on activists and activist organizations compiling dossiers and using the information to advise their clients how to undermine their efforts. Stauber illuminates by example how corporations use this information to devise divide and conquer strategies to effectively derail reform movements. With this information, they divide the actors into 3 categories:
“Radicals” are the ones who usually have a personal or principled stake in the issues at hand and most generally are the instigators of the movement. This designation does not necessarily connote a political orientation. They are “radical” in the sense that they are attacking the root of the problem. The “radical” in question may be a Republican grandmother living in a trailer out in the countryside who is suffering the effects of aerial bombardment from 2-4D, now dying of cancer and whose children and grandchildren are all sick. They want an absolute end to the spraying of toxic chemicals and a genuine redress of their grievances. These people are unlikely to accept compromises that amount to non solution solutions.
“Idealists” are the ones who come to the support of the people who have been victimized. They may include rank and file members of large non governmental or other organizations committed to social progress as opposed to personal gain for themselves or their organizations.
“Rationalists” are the ones, usually leaders of large nongovernmental organizations whose main interest is organization building, PR, and or fundraising. They are most willing to sell out their principles by negotiating “win, win” compromises that make their organizations and the corporations in question look good. They gain lots of corporate funding in exchange for “solutions” that don't threaten the corporate bottom line or make fundamental changes that may actually get to the root of the problems at hand.
This is essential knowledge for anyone attempting any kind of reform which in our day would necessarily involve challenging some sort of corporate privilege. For instance, a direct analogy could be applied to what would likely happen if a grassroots attempt were made to take over from corporate control of the Democratic Party. John Stauber outlines how most large main stream environmental organizations have been compromised in this way and calls for a return to grassroots organizing.
The War at Home