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TeenScreen and Psychiatry--Pseudo-Science or Scam?
By John Carey
Enron, WorldCom, TeenScreen. What do these groups have in common? They all
have run huge scams on the public in their pursuit of power and the almighty
dollar. TeenScreen is based on the flawed pseudo-science of psychiatry. The
controversial screening program asks young people invasive questions about
their lives and their feelings, then compares the answers to lists of
symptoms from psychiatry's bible of "mental disorders", the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM IV). The DSM has
been thoroughly discredited, even by psychiatrists and other professionals.
Other articles of interest
Following his attack on satirist Stephen Colbert
Columnist Richard Cohen denounces his critics
David Walsh, WSWS
The Post columnist objects strenuously to being labeled a "mainstream media
warmonger." As the saying goes, if the shoe fits... Cohen's nervous and
abusive attack on his readers is bound up with a concern over the growing
radicalization in the US and the threat it represents to his own insulated
and comfortable position. So he writes: "The hatred is back. I know it's
only words now appearing on my computer screen, but the words are so angry,
so roiled with rage, that they are the functional equivalent of rocks once
so furiously hurled during antiwar demonstrations. I can appreciate some of
it. Institution after institution failed America-the presidency, Congress
and the press. They all endorsed a war to rid Iraq of what it did not have."
These comments are astonishing. The columnist hands out his banal opinions
twice a week, says whatever he pleases, yet when his pronouncements evoke an
angry response, it turns out he has a glass chin.
Reach Out and Track Someone
Terry J. Allen, In These Times
If you are one of the more than 200 million Americans with a cell phone
nestled in your pocket, authorities may be able to find you any time day or
night-even if you never make or receive a call. You know the Verizon ad
where a lockstep crowd personifies the network that accompanies its customer
everywhere? Well, within that seemingly friendly horde, a high-tech Big
Brother is lurking.
Before Muhammad Ali Became "Muhammad AliTM"
by Mickey Z, MR Zine
Speeches like this have been erased from the public record: "Why should they
ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and
bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in
Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I'm not
going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation
simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker
people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end.
I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of
dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy
of my people is here."
The German Anti-War Movement, 1943
David Rosinger, LewRockwell.com
[T]he most disturbing moment comes when Sophie is read her indictment. Her
distribution of mimeographed pamphlets, says the prosecutor, is an act of
"troop demoralization and aiding the enemy." It is a "crime against our
hard-fighting troops." That is when this film should hit home with American
audiences. Or at least with those who are not mere puppets.
New U.S. Foreign Policy for Palestine; Starvation
Mike Whitney, ICH
The United States and Israel have finally agreed on a plan to resolve the
decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict. Israel will continue lobbing
missiles into civilian areas of Gaza and the West Bank while the US cuts off
food and other vital aid to the territories. That way they can maximize the
human suffering while preparing the people for a violent death.
Helping Israel kill Palestinians
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
Suppose I were to leave my office here in Chicago and walk the short
distance to the kidney dialysis unit down the road and pull out the tubes to
which four elderly patients were attached, making them seriously ill or
killing them. Suppose I said I did this because I disagreed with the Bush
Administration's invasion and occupation of Iraq, its use of torture, and
its countless other profoundly undemocractic and illegal policies. What
would that make me? A murderer for sure, a monster and a new vicious kind of
terrorist. Such an action would be unconscionable in any moral system. And
yet this is what the so-called "international community," a few powerful
governments, feel entitled to do to Palestinians because those governments
disagree with the policies of the elected Hamas authority.
Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq (Part II)
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Kinzer's new book is titled, "Overthrow: America"s Century of Regime Change
from Hawaii to Iraq." In it, he examines how the United States has thwarted
independence movements in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Nicaragua;
staged covert actions and coups d'etat in Iran, Guatemala, South Vietnam and
Chile; and invaded Grenada, Panama and Afghanistan and Iraq. Kinzer argues
that over 110 years, the United States has deployed its power to gain access
to natural resources, stifle dissent and control the nationalism of newly
independent states or political movements.
Community survival during the coming energy decline
Jan Steinman and Diana Leafe Christian, Communities Magazine
Imagine community life in a world with increasingly scarce and expensive
fossil fuel-oil, coal, and natural gas. "Well, we've got off-grid power from
solar panels and wind power," a community might say, "and we've got wood
stoves, too. No matter how high the price of gas goes, we'll be fine."
Perhaps, but does the community buy any food items they don't grow
The Disappearing Villages
Beverly Goldberg, Mother Jones
Trends in business, technological advances, and demographics have converged
to bring about dramatic changes that are affecting the lives of everyone on
the planet. One disturbing change being wrought by these trends is dramatic
only to those directly affected, and is more likely to be noticed and
addressed on a national level by mapmakers than policymakers. It is the
disappearance of small towns and villages in rural areas
Are You Ready for the Energy Crash?
Jan Frel, Alternet
Kunstler bemoaned their almost religious confidence in technology to solve
society's problems. He said that after he gave his speech outlining the
dangers facing our oil-dependent society, the young executives didn't ask
any questions but made comments and rebuttals, which Kunstler summarized
essentially as, "Dude, we've got the technology."
Exposing their lies about immigrants
Nicole Colson, Socialist Worker
The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 75 percent of immigrants
in the U.S. have legal permanent visas. Of the estimated 25 percent who are
undocumented, a large portion--as much as half, according to a 2004 report
by the General Accounting Office--didn't cross the border "illegally," but
simply overstayed temporary visas. Overall, the U.S., the wealthiest nation
on the planet, takes in only about 2 percent of the world's total immigrant
population. And today, the percentage of the U.S. population that is
foreign-born is *lower* than it was 100 years ago.
Bonding With the Babe
Dave Zirin, The Nation
Ruth's 714 home run record lacks the spit-shined purity his backers trumpet.
The Sultan of Swat made his bones playing against only a select segment of
the population because of the ban on players whose skin color ran brown to
black. Ruth never had to hit against Negro League greats Satchel Paige or
Lefty Mathis to amass the magic 714. Yet no asterisk for institutionalized
racism mars the Babe's marks. Ruth also was a habitual user of a banned
substance that was deemed unambiguously illegal by the federal government--a
drug Ruth believed enhanced his performance: alcohol.
NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
Brandeis University Takes Down Palestinian Youth Art Exhibit
Principal Bars Student From Singing Anti-Bush Song At Talent Show
Associated Press falsely portrays Chavez as seeking 25-year term
Recruiting Abuses Mount as Army Struggles to Meet Goals
US Army Reserves barring officers from leaving the service
Beautiful photos of resistance
German 'Robin Hoods' Give Poor a Taste of the High Life
Wild Banana Species in India Vanishing
Where have all the butterflies gone?
Isn't it ionic? Air purifiers make smog
Power Shortages Force Blackouts in India's Sweltering Capital; Water Supply
China's "Cancer Villages" Pay Heavy Price for Economic Progress
Research shows a direct link between junk food and violent behaviour
Majority of Israelis support ethnic cleansing
Zapatista leader warns of growing rage
Frist and Hastert Let Vaccine Industry Write Its Own Multi-Billion Dollar
Housing slowdown appears to be spreading nationwide
Bankruptcy filings soaring again
50 year mortgage hits the market
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