tagged w/ Fears
The talented Bold Futures team produced as a spoof and an experiment, a suit that allows for the innocent cuddling of children. When the child wearing the suit is touched for too long or in inappropriate areas an alarm goes off, first gently hinting to potential ambiguities, finally assertively reminding (flashlights! bells!) the parent or care-taker and others around of their responsibility. The proposal was shown to parents, child minders and a child protection professional to spark debate about rational and irrational fears, about risks, technology, the media and attitudes within society towards child safety. The project was also presented and discussed in exhibitions and on various blogs. WORLDbytes is delighted to host edited highlights of their experiment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekGLF4o70ocThe talented Bold Futures team produced as a spoof and an experiment, a suit that... more
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Candy Dynamics of Indianapolis is recalling all the flavors of Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars sold under the 'Toxic Waste' label over fears that they contain potentially toxic levels of lead.According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Candy Dynamics of... more
by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger
On Thursday, a manageable explosion on a Gulf Coast oil rig reignited fears founded by the BP spill and revived calls for a reassessment of the country’s drilling policies.
Just before 9 a.m. Thursday morning, the Vermilion Oil Rig 380 exploded. Unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, this one was located in shallow waters. By late afternoon, a sheen of oil had been spotted, spreading a mile long from the burning rig; but by Friday morning the Coast Guard was saying the that was a mistake—there was no sheen.
Mariner Energy, the company that owns the well, said the fire burned off the oil used to power the well and was out by 3 p.m. The rig had seven actively producing oil wells, but they were quickly shut off after the fire began.
Media coverage and the spill
After more than four months of worry over the BP oil spill, the entire political apparatus—politicians and journalists, activists and lobbyists—shot into action at the news of the fire.
In April, when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, the media was slow to realize how serious a disaster the explosion represented. (The Mulch was as guilty as anyone else: the rig exploded April 20, but on April 23, this column featured the Cochabamba climate conference.) BP’s initial estimates of the spill’s volume, later increased by thousands of barrels per day, encouraged this impression.
On Thursday, however, the Vermilion story topped the agenda. Groups like the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity blasted out reactions, and as Andrew Restuccia reported at The Washington Independent, drilling opponents like Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) seized on the incident to push their legislative agenda.
“As the U.S. Coast Guard responds to this latest incident, we must redouble our efforts to accelerate the push for clean, renewable energy and end our nation’s dependence on oil,” Lautenberg said, in a statement.
Ticking time bombs in the Gulf
It looks like this explosion, unlike the one at BP’s Macondo well, will not extract a lasting price from the Gulf. That doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. Like the BP explosion, the Mariner incident shows the systemic risk that drilling requires. The system would benefit from better regulation and oversight.
Consider this image, from Mother Jones, that shows 33,000 miles of pipeline, 50,000 wells, and thousands of abandoned rigs.
At Earth Island Journal, Jason Marks puts Thursday’s explosion into perspective. “Sure, this incident is frightening, and in that sense it’s newsworthy,” he writes. “But the fact is that fires, explosions, spills, and blowouts aren’t all that uncommon in the Gulf’s industrial archipelago…accidents happen all the time in the ocean oil fields.”
Oil on the mainland
The ocean isn’t the only place where the industry presents a danger, either. Grist’s Jonathan Hiskes flags a recent spill in North Dakota totaling more than 1,000 barrels of oil. And the Michigan Messenger has been reporting for more than a month on the fall-out from a significant pipeline spill in that state.
It’s notable, however, that incidents like these aren’t getting as much attention as Thursday’s non-spill. They represent real environmental disasters for the communities affected, but because they’re more than 100 miles from BP’s well, their problems don’t raise the same fears.
Politicians like Lautenberg who want to clamp down on drilling would do well to keep playing off of those fears, however. By the time Congress was ready to respond to the BP incident, stories about the spill had become so routine as to be easily tuned out. Even if the Mariner explosion has a minimal environmental impact, the specter of Deepwater Horizon could breath new life into legislative efforts to limit drilling.
“The best outcome would be that the only lasting impact is political,” writes Change.org’s Jess Leber. “Let this incident— “accident” already seems too light —be more than just a reminder that the existing deep water moratorium needs to be in place longer….It should tell our elected officials they need to stop listening to inflated claims by the oil industry, and start looking at the evidence right before their eyes. All offshore drilling, in all its forms, needs to be re-examined at minimum.”
Should Obama lift the drilling moratorium?
The Obama administration has been making noise about lifting the drilling moratorium early, but perhaps this new incident will push the White House to reconsider. Over the past few months, president has had terrible timing vis-à-vis drilling: as soon as he made it a keystone of a compromise on the Senate’s energy bill, the BP spill happened. Now, just as his team has started making noise about lifting the ban, this explosion triggers memories about how bad the BP spill really was.
What if this explosion had triggered another oil spill? A temporary moratorium on new deep water drilling is not enough to make the entire endeavors of oil extraction a safe one. Mother Jones’ Kate Sheppard puts a fine point on it:
The moratorium was put in place so regulators could evaluate whether offshore drilling can be done safely. And despite the outcry from the industry, the moratorium is only temporary (six months), and it’s only on new exploratory operations. It doesn’t even touch the existing deep water platforms, or drilling in shallow waters. If anything, today’s news should be an indicator that we need to take the time to evaluate all offshore operations.
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Keep reading for 10 famous people who suffer from really weird phobias, and you may be able to more quickly diagnose some of your patients, or treat your own irrational fears.
LINK : http://www.nursingschools.net/blog/2010/08/10-famous-people-with-really-weird-phobias/Keep reading for 10 famous people who suffer from really weird phobias, and you may be... more
SCARS OF WAR
David Winnett, Jr.
Captain, United States Marine Corps (Retired)
So long after the battles are won, the scars will always remain, the marks of a past that was often filled with sacrifice and pain.
The scars that he has may be visible, or just beneath the skin, but nothing can hide the lingering pain he feels from deep within.
The pain endured and years spent, standing lonely in shadows of night.
Or in the glare of a melting sun, on guard and ready to fight.
He’s drawn the line, planted our flag, stood tall in far off lands.
All in the name of freedom, protecting his children and fellow man.
So why you ask, did he give so much, and would he do it again?
Oh yes he replies, in a moment he says, there is no hesitation within.
But though he would jump to serve again, the body defies his will.
For the scars, the pain and the wounds of war are the one thing he can’t kill.
His posture reveals the curves that grow from years of weight and toil, of mountains climbed and brothers lost fighting on enemy soil.
Although he does not stand as tall in stature as he had in his best years of past, he stands taller today in pride and spirit, taller than the greatest ships’ mast.
So when you see this veteran of war who may carry the telltale signs, the scars of war and lingering fears from battles on enemy lines;
Stand straight and give him your best salute, but don’t bow down to him, for the gift he insists he has given you, is that you are equal in freedom to himSCARS OF WAR David Winnett, Jr. Captain, United States Marine Corps (Retired)... more
Bill sums it all up , he uses stats from independent (conservative sources ) to make his point .Bill sums it all up , he uses stats from independent (conservative sources ) to make... more
"If Friday the 13th is unlucky, then 2009 has been an unusually unlucky year. But your luck is about to change. Today is the last of three Friday the 13ths to endure this year.
The other two were on in February and March. Such a rare triple-threat occurs only once every 11 years.
The origin of the link between bad luck and Friday the 13th is murky. The whole thing might date to Biblical times (the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus). By the Middle Ages, both Friday and 13 were considered bearers of bad fortune. In modern times, the superstition permeates society.
Here are five of our favorite Friday-the-13th facts:
1. Fear of Friday the 13th — one of the most popular myths in science — is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.
2. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.
3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.
4. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12." Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.
5. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who consider the latter to be a complete number — 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.
Meanwhile the belief that numbers are connected to life and physical things — called numerology — has a long history.
"You can trace it all the way from the followers of Pythagoras, whose maxim to describe the universe was 'all is number,'" says Mario Livio, an astrophysicist and author of "The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved" (Simon & Schuster, 2005). Thinkers who studied under the famous Greek mathematician combined numbers in different ways to explain everything around them, Livio said.
In modern times, numerology has become a type of para-science, much like the meaningless predictions of astrology, scientists say.
"People are subconsciously drawn towards specific numbers because they know that they need the experiences, attributes or lessons associated with them, that are contained within their potential," says professional numerologist Sonia Ducie. "Numerology can 'make sense' of an individual's life (health, career, relationships, situations and issues) by recognizing which number cycle they are in, and by giving them clarity."
However, mathematicians dismiss numerology, saying it lacks any scientific merit.
"I don't endorse this at all," Livio said, when asked to comment on the popularity of commercial numerology. Seemingly coincidental connections between numbers will always appear if you look hard enough, he said."
What do you think about Friday the 13th?
http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/091113-friday-the-13th.html"If Friday the 13th is unlucky, then 2009 has been an unusually unlucky year. But... more
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Michael Crichton, 66, a writer and filmmaker whose enormously popular and entertaining novels such as "Jurassic Park" and "The Andromeda Strain" explored the limits and consequences of science, and who also created the long-running television medical drama "E.R.," died of cancer Nov. 4 in Los Angeles...
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A security expert has warned Barack Obama may never be able to get close to his fans again - for fear of assassination.
Former royal protection officer Steve Park said Mr Obama and his family would face ever-increasing security levels now he is the President-elect.
Mr Obama was surrounded by a thick sheet of bullet-proof glass when he addressed a crowd of thousands at his victory rally in Grant Park, Chicago, after winning the US election.
And almost all of Chicago's police department were on duty at the massive park on the shores of Lake Michigan, funnelling spectators through a single security checkpoint.
But Mr Park, who now runs a security company called Sema, said he thought there would have been "at least several hundred" secret service personnel waiting in the wings - with "thousands" more on standby in case of a riot.
...There will be a full-scale security delegation attached to him from now on. He's going to find it fairly difficult to be able to touch the public as he wants to, and the motorcade will grow and grow...A security expert has warned Barack Obama may never be able to get close to his fans... more
Leading psychologists and therapists are hosting a unique, one day, event that is open to anyone confronted by issues of anxiety and low self-esteem. Guests will be given the rare opportunity to spend the day sampling a range of different therapies that promote confidence, self assurance and help reverse the negative thought patterns associated with social anxiety.
Social anxiety is one of the most under recognised conditions in Britain, affecting up to 13 people in 100. Those affected typically experience feelings of dread and nervousness in the build up to a feared situation and often replay events in their minds, analysing how they could have performed better. Physical symptoms such as trembling, blushing, stammering and sweating are also common.
Steve Light, one of the event organisers and a previous sufferer, found his extreme shyness to be a debilitating trait of the disorder that would restrict him from communicating in the most common social situations. Today he is transformed and is actively promoting a way forward for other sufferers.
Life for Steve in the past was an uphill struggle, going from job to job and feeling increasingly isolated in his daily life. Finding it too difficult to talk on the phone and perform simple tasks such as shopping for food, he felt that he was stuck in a vicious cycle. After three years of hesitation, he finally took the plunge and attended a local self-help group. “It was the best decision I’ve made in regards to overcoming social anxiety. I felt relieved that there were other people like me, I felt really supported within the group and made some really good friends from it”.
TFT is one of the therapies on offer at the event, and will be the subject of a seminar by its founder, American psychologist, Roger J. Callahan. The treatment uses specialized "tapping" with the fingers at meridian points on the upper body and hands, and is most well known for it’s use by high profile Psychotherapist Paul McKenna. Ten years after its introduction in the UK an increasing numbers of senior Psychologists, Doctors and Consultants are discovering it’s remarkable ability to resolve even complex issues in a fraction of the time taken by conventional approaches.
Jennifer Wild, a leading psychologist at the London Institute of Psychiatry will also be running a workshop at the event. The institute is considered to be one of the most advanced in the world for the psychological treatment of social anxiety, and Jennifer’s work has contributed towards the development of a unique form of CBT that has been proven to be around 80% effective in eliminating the disorder.
Charlene Seal, also an event organiser, feels that it is important for sufferers to choose the therapy that is right for them. “This event will help to demystify the various treatment options, by providing reputable sources of information, and enabling guests to experience the therapies first hand. Social anxiety is such a common problem, but something can be done about it and there is no need for people to feel that they have to live with it. I personally spent many years feeling constrained and limited and was unable to talk about it because of my concern about what other people would think. I look back on this now and wish that I had have taken action sooner. What I would say to anyone in that position is that it’s ok, you’re not alone and this needn’t restrict you in your life.”
Date / Venue
Date: Saturday 22 November 2008
Westminster Academy, Harrow Road, London
Open to all members of the community who are affected by, or have been affected by social anxiety as well as teachers, parents and therapists.Leading psychologists and therapists are hosting a unique, one day, event that is open... more
This was actually supposed to be a video piece, but a really nasty bug forced me to do it as a phoner. Still, some great insights from a one of the great comics artists.This was actually supposed to be a video piece, but a really nasty bug forced me to do... more