“You know someone’s crazy when they leave their socks on.”

Michigan Professor

Remember this story from a couple of years ago. Name and location not relevant here. Professor has apparently recovered and is still on staff. Still, how easy it is to slip, whatever one’s intelligence or talent. Maybe more easy to slip, as a factor of one’s intelligence or talent. Recounting from the time, as blended and edited recollections:

My teacher was always pretty eccentric, but today he went overboard. Half way through class, he started screaming at us — swearing left and right. He then started slamming his hands on the window and pressing his face against it, still screaming. Eventually he walked out and down the hallway to the end, all while screaming. He then came back into the classroom and took off his clothes, except for his socks. You know someone’s crazy when they leave their socks on…

He was ranting about computers, Steve Jobs…and how everything is just an act. He ran into the hallway and pressed his face up against the windows to the room and said something about him not yelling…

…”a university professor” was taken “into protective custody and transported … to a local hospital. No one was injured, and the professor is not being charged with a crime…”

He was screaming profanities and things you really couldn’t understand, and something about religion…

…(he) ran naked through his classroom and screamed “There is no f*cking God!” before police apprehended him, according to several reports…

Easy to slip…

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Came across some quotes in the European Reporter, September 2002, p. 4. Selected a set:

I don’t think there is one Arab state that wants a strike on Iraq, not Kuwait, not Saudi Arabia, not any other state. If you strike Iraq, and kill the people of Iraq while Palestinians are being killed by Israel, this would lead to a dangerous situation; not one Arab leader will be able to control the angry outburst of the masses.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Germany will not take part. …It will not be well understood as a means of defence and could destroy the international alliance against terrorism. The Middle East needs a new peace, not a new war.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

Many of those who want to rush this country into war and think it would be so quick and easy don’t know anything about war. They come at it from an intellectual perspective, versus having sat in jungles or foxholes and watched their friends get their heads blown off.

US Senator Chuck Hagel

If someone can make a case based on substantive fact that Saddam Hussein’s regime is in cahoots with al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or any other anti-American, Islamic terrorist organization, then Iraq poses a threat. This case has not been made. To date, no hard fact has been presented.

Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter

Do you not have a moral obligation to ask for the recall of Parliament? It is always supposedly too early to make a decision to recall Parliament–until it is too late?

Scottish Labour MP Tam Dalyell, the longest-serving member of the British House of Commons

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Jaye P. Morgan

Jaye P. Morgan (b. 1931), in 1976. From a different time and place, in terms of her earlier career. Bill Champlin influence:

As a fan reviewer commented:

At the start of the 1970s, singer Jaye P Morgan completely reinvented herself. In an effort to stay contemporary and appeal to a younger audience, she discarded her conservative image and updated her repertoire. Sporting a hip new look and attitude, she would be almost unrecognizable from the persona that she projected during the previous two decades. You won’t find any trace of her big band/supper club sound in this self titled album from 1976. The light disco rhythm heard in the opening track is pervasive throughout several others. Her style here is obviously more funky. She’s even backed by the ubiquitous black female soul group. Produced by a young David Foster, the album includes songs by composers Stevie Wonder and Valerie Simpson. It was originally released on a small west coast label. At the time, Jaye P’s celebrity was largely generated as a game show panelist, where she gained notoriety for her risque commentary, especially on “The Gong Show.” Unfortunately, the career move may have diminished her reputation as a singer. With scant promotion and limited distribution, the LP sold poorly. I am surprised that it has been reissued on CD. Then again, the Japanese have a talent for rescuing obscure albums from oblivion. Although some fans may not quickly embrace this new style, Jaye P, to her credit, was never one to remain a nostaglia act. She always continued to evolve as an artist in order to survive in show business. If you are thinking of buying this CD, don’t hesitate. It will likely go out of print as quickly as the LP did.

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Have clients who have been in and out of psychiatric facilities, or in general psychiatric care, for decades. Marginal improvements. Remember this criminal defence counsel who would refer a client to another lawyer, if the client kept coming back with more charges. Felt he had failed the client, in terms of getting the client onto a better path. Doesn’t seem to be a similar sense of failure and need for redirection in psychiatry, at least not until after a much longer time.

Thought about this when coming across a 2011 article by Sheila Morrison, “Bubbles of Wellness” (Globe and Mail, September 7, 2011: L8) , in relation to two decades of her daughter’s life in psychiatric care:

When our daughter finally got a diagnosis after eight years of hospitalization and unresolved mental illness, it was a huge relief. We were no longer going to be seen as terrible parents. We felt a flood of hope. Now maybe doctors could fix everything.

But it wasn’t like that at all.

Our daughter was full of promise and joy – a witty honours student whose humour and love of language, music and the stage were pointing to a career in classical animation. She was 18 when the hurricane of mental illness tossed our whole family into disarray. Unable to communicate, she turned her empty eyes to us, her parents. Psychiatric hospital staff made assumptions and passed judgment without asking questions.

“It’s your fault,” they said to us. “She has a behavioural problem. You must practise tough love.”

Desperate enough to concede they might be right, we rented a room for her in our neighbourhood. She was back in hospital within days. I apologized to her and never again doubted my motherly instinct.

Eight torturous years later she was still on an inpatient ward. An astute young psychiatrist referred her to a geneticist who diagnosed her with microdeletion 22q11, also known as velocardiofacial syndrome. She was checked for the associated anomalies of her palate, heart and other organs, and musculoskeletal system. Unlike most with VCFS, she had escaped physical and developmental problems. But she was among the 25 per cent who develop severe chronic mental illness.

For the next 10 years, drugs and electroconvulsive therapy stripped her of all childhood memories and did nothing to alleviate the disordered thinking or hallucinatory voices that convinced her she was less than worthless. The drugs numbed her brain, slowed her gait and gave her trembling hands that could no longer play Bach or create art. In the stigmatizing environment of a psychiatric hospital, she was traumatized physically and emotionally. She wanted only to die.

We parents were caught in a web of specialists who repeatedly told us that she was best suited to a permanently locked residential facility.

…Over the years she was admitted repeatedly to five psychiatric wards and placed in the care of dozens of psychiatrists and health-care workers…

In the early days following our daughter’s diagnosis, a psychiatrist and internationally renowned researcher of VCFS at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Dr. Anne Bassett, came to Halifax and saw us all. We connected with her over the years, and of the hundreds of people who cared for us, she was the only one who consistently said our daughter needed the compassionate environment of a loving family in order to heal…

Today, at 37, she is enjoying a fragile wellness..

Her humour and insight into her illness have come back. After her experiences in the mental health care system, she would not willingly return to an emergency room or hospital ward. Hopefully, she will never have to. There are a few exceptions but our memories are mostly painful: of crowded rooms, units intended for rehabilitation full of the acutely ill, inattention to emotional needs, staff shortages, overused isolation rooms and stigma…

As she settles into her life in the real world I am looking at mine anew…

Yet so many in these circumstances are without family support, circumstantially imposed or otherwise…

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Medical Model

From “High costs keep 6 million Canadians from the dentist each year: report“, a September 13, 2014 CTV News article by Andrea Janus, in relation to the 2014 report by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Improving Access To Oral Health Care For Vulnerable People Living In Canada:

…Because dental care is not included in the Canada Health Act, the vast majority of dental services in this country are paid for by private insurance or out-of-pocket.

Taxpayers cover some 70 per cent of health care costs to the tune of about $148 billion. Only about 6 per cent of dental care costs, about $800 million, are paid for with public funds.

According to 2011 data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information:

59 per cent of private dental care expenditures, about $6.6 billion, were paid for by insurance.

The remaining 41 per cent, some $4.6 billion, was paid by patients out-of-pocket.

And according to the new 2014 report report, nearly 50 per cent of Canadians in the lowest-income bracket do not have dental insurance, compared to just under 20 per cent in the highest bracket.

Andrea Janus also wrote a second article, published the same day, on the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Report: “Dental dilemma: No ‘magical financial solution’ to fixing oral health care

…The first order of business, then, will be to get dental- and health-care stakeholders together to develop an agreed-upon national standard for preventative and restorative oral health care, “irrespective of (patients’) physical or geographical ability to access services, or their capacity to pay,” the report says.

While different regions of the country will have different priorities based on their demographics, there would be a number of large- and small-scale projects to choose from based on need.

Some of the ways that access and overall oral health can be improved:

Mobile dental units;
Clinics at community health centres or long-term care homes;
Or programs that provide preventative care for children under a certain age.

After those standards are established, a process that could take about a year, stakeholders have to identify the systems and the personnel needed to deliver that care.

While dental care is not included in the Canada Health Act and so does not fall under the national system of health insurance, it could be added either wholly or in part. A select number of basic services, such as regular cleanings, could be offered to all Canadians, with extra services available to Canadians deemed to be at greater need, the report says.

The exact cost of publicly financing basic dental care for all Canadians has yet to be determined, Allison [Dr. Paul Allison, Chair of the expert panel that issued the report] said. However, the report notes that because workplace dental benefits are not treated as employee income, they are not taxed as such. This leaves “a significant level of foregone revue that could, at least in theory, be used to finance care for underserviced groups,” the report notes.

Estimates suggest that the federal government loses about $1.6 billion due to employee and employer tax breaks, and “the total loss in revenue may be much higher once foregone revenues from provincial and payroll taxes are considered,” the report says.

Indeed, the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada [the "Romanow Commission", 2002] estimated that the loss in revenue from all benefits, including dental insurance, for all levels of government is about $4 billion.

…In the end, Allison said, a lack of oral health care “goes against what we would say are the values of the Canadian health care system. And I think we should acknowledge that and try to do something about that.”

Where the ones most affected are the working poor, since those on social assistance receive basic dental care, while those working in many minimum or near minimum-wage contexts have few employment-related benefits, let alone a dental plan…

When one considers the relationship between heart and dental, plus general health and dental, a mystery is why dental care has not been included as a basic component of a national health care program.

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Stamping Ground

Otherwise known as the Kralingen Music Festival. 1970; one year after Woodstock. Referenced to the Kralingen area of Rotterdam, Holland. Santana opening and nearly closing the film. With performances by Jefferson Airplane, Dr. John (in “Night Tripper” mode), Family and The Byrds, among many others, including the headliners, Pink Floyd.

So easy and, in retrospect, so weak, in terms of social values promoted.

Music always strong, but played to the times.

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1958 Newport Jazz

Wrote about Jimmy Guiffre; very impressed with his opening performance in Jazz on a Summer’s Day, being a film by Bert Stern and Aram Avakian about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. At present, the entire film is uploaded to Youtube. Considered to be “the original Woodstock film“, in terms of coverage of music and context:

Now, for how long…

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