Monday, September 07, 2009

White House rewrites Obama speech to kids?

Received this tweet today from @LarsLarsonShow:

Wonder how much rewrite obamas indoctrination speech to the kids underwent before they posted it today because of the fuss we kicked up


... I was wondering the same thing ...

Indoctrination: Get ‘Em While They’re Young - The Oregon Catalyst

Indoctrination: Get ‘Em While They’re Young - The Oregon Catalyst

This blog post title says it all.

It's not that the President is speaking directly to our children.

The protest really is about the mistrust conservatives have of liberals, and especially so now in this day, in this climate, under this administration, when the candidate who promised a transparent administration has been less than transparent (can you say "czar"?).

Obama Back To School Speech: FULL TEXT

Obama Back To School Speech: FULL TEXT

The text was finally released Monday morning after much opposition to the President speaking directly to students. Was it finally released because of the pressure applied, that the text of the President's was being kept "secret"?

Friday, September 04, 2009

subCITY looks at mental health care in Oregon

subCITY

From the website:

Mental illness affects about a third of our population. That means the other two-thirds know someone who is afflicted. There are many stigmas and stereotypes associated with mental illness. But after watching this film, your ideas may be changed forever. We explore the thoughts and stories of industry leaders, politicians, mental health experts, law enforcement, and of course consumers of mental health care. As their stories weave together, it tells a tale about mental health that may shock... may enlighten.. may inspire you to change the way the system works.

"subCITY" takes a look inside the subsidized world of mental health care. While it is an issue that affects people on a worldwide scale, we focus in on the state of Oregon as a case study, and see how time and again, people's lives are affected by the changes that have taken place within the system. Witness the final moments inside the Oregon State Hospital before it's infamous "J" building was dismantled. Hear the stories from consumers of mental health, in what is certainly a moving and emotional journey for many. Their heart-wrenching but motivating stories are told in a compelling way that shatters many of the stereotypes associated with mental illness.

Read more... go to the site...

Faces that tell a story

Faces that tell a story

From: The Lake Oswego Review, Aug 31, 2009

Kevin and Dawn D’Haeze’s new documentary is truly a work of passion and commitment.

Called subCITY: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, the film uses Kevin’s technical wizardry as a maker of commercial films and Dawn’s expertise as an addictions counselor. And $100,000 of their own money.

That is because the Lake Oswego couple so much wants something done to help Americans suffering from mental illness.

Read more...

A 5-step quide to social media strategy for nonprofits « IMPACTMAX

A 5-step quide to social media strategy for nonprofits « IMPACTMAX

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Addicted to the Internet? Residential treatment center opens, said to be first in US

I've been a little more interested in mental health issues since I've been working as a fundraiser for a mental health services agency. While I've never been a gamer, I find it interesting the extent to which internet games can be addictive, which this story talks about.

Addicted to the Internet? Residential treatment center opens, said to be first in US

Internet addiction center opens in US

FALL CITY, Wash. — Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game “World of Warcraft.” As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa.

Alexander, 19, needed help to break an addiction he calls as destructive as alcohol or drugs. He found it in this suburb of high-tech Seattle, where what claims to be the first residential treatment center for Internet addiction in the United States just opened its doors.

The center, called ReSTART, is somewhat ironically located near Redmond, headquarters of Microsoft and a world center of the computer industry. ...

Read the rest...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Way We Get By - a documentary film about three senior citizens & Maine Troop Greeters

The Way We Get By - a documentary film by Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly about three senior citizens & Maine Troop Greeters

"The SXSW Special Jury Award winning "The Way We Get By" is a deeply moving film about life and how to live it. Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters - a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality..."

Watch the trailer...