Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Revolution of Love ~ Patch Adams

Medical doctor; Clown; Performer; Social Activist; Founder and Director of the Gesundheit Institute, a holistic medical community that has provided free medical care to thousands of patients since it began in 1971; Author of Gesundheit! & House Calls; Moving Speaker.

"Extraordinary! One man I can look up to and respect," "Incredibly mind blowing and memorable," and "Incredibly inspiring, amazing human being, invaluable to hear him first hand" are among the words heard from participants after experiencing Patch Adams, the real person behind the hit movie Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams.

Patch is both a medical doctor and a clown, but he is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America's health care system, a system which he describes as expensive and elitist.

He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore true health care must incorporate such life. Doctors and patients in his model relate to each other on the basis of mutual trust, and patients receive plenty of time from their doctors. Allopathic doctors and practitioners of alternative medicine will work side by side. If you think that all sounds like a utopian impossibility, it isn't. Patch and his colleagues practiced medicine at the Gesundheit Institute together in West Virgina that way for 12 years in what he calls their pilot project. They saw 15,000 patients. Patch Adams has devoted his life to the study of what makes people happy.

Through the success of this program at the Arlington, Virginia location, a model health care facility is being planned on 310 acres purchased in Pocahontas County, WV. The Institute will include a 40-bed hospital, a theater, arts and crafts shops, horticulture and vocational therapy. Over five years ago, Dr. Adams and staff temporarily stopped seeing patients so that they could coordinate plans for raising $5 Million needed for the Institute's permanent and expanded home, a model health care community. Currently planned is an immediate phase of this dream, a $400,000 WV facility so that their medical service to patients can resume within the next two years.

The Institute addresses, by action, four major issues in health care delivery: the rising cost of care, dehumanization of medicine, malpractice suits, and abuses of third-party insurance system.

Dr. Adams adds to his training as a physician, his experience as a street clown. In working with health and mental health professionals, he explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and hands on teaching techniques. Says Dr. Adams, I interpret my experience in life as being happy. I want, as a doctor, to say it does matter to your health to be happy. It may be the most important health factor in your life.

Patch Adams, M.D., is a nationally known speaker on wellness, laughter, and humor as well as on health care and health care systems. He approaches the issues of personal, community, and global health with zestful exuberance, according to Time Magazine. Dr. Adams believes that the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy.

Education of Compassion
March 2011

In 40 years of medicine, I have not been to or heard of a medical school anywhere that teaches compassion. I’ve spoken at medical schools in 68 countries and keep in correspondence with medical students in 1000 countries and there is a hunger for an education in compassion. Many have wondered if it can be taught? How it can be taught? Can it be measured? What are the common imagined attributes of compassion? Each culture finds their own words and descriptions for what it (compassion) is. I was told in Peru compassion has a pity part, so they use other words.

For thirty years I have encouraged, challenged, entreated medical schools to teach compassion, that we would help. None had accepted, until last year, in Lima, Peru, a medical school said, “we’ll try.” We set in motion a plan, not to create a “course in compassion,” but to study compassion for a year collectively with all the students (who wanted to.) I made a lot of suggestions for personal study and work/play groups. Why not take a real thoughtful look at compassion over the course of medical training? There are an infinite number of people to engage with. Talk loving yourselves. At the end of a year get together and explore what we all found out about compassion. And after lots of efforts, to create a syllabus and self discovery course for medical students, to explore throughout their years of medical education.

In August of 2008 John Glick MD, Carl Hammerschlag MD, and I lectured at the school. There was lots of student and professor interest – it was exciting and it made us take a deep look at teaching compassion. We each wrote papers for the website.

Alas, Peru didn’t work out. It became apparent that there was no one at the school to spear head the course and none of us could go live there. And this last year of planning left a very nice taste for the exploration of the teaching of compassion. Last year we initiated a similar exploration at three cities in Italy, in Italian, “Educare” (The Education of Care.) We were looking at the education of care in primary and secondary schools. With three amazing Italian friends, Laura, Cristina, and Ginevra.

So now we regroup for other ways to explore the teaching of compassion, and we want to launch it at the American Medical Student Association Annual National Meeting on March 10th, 20111. Susan and I will keynote together there. She will present Gesundheit and I will invite students to join an exploration into compassion.

I suggest a two year study. I recommend that one student find 3 other students, ideally in their class, to form a study group, hugging group, theatre group, etc. If other groups formed at our school you could cross fertilize. Try meeting 1 day a week to explore each other and report findings. Four of there groups could meet one a month for a pot luck, slumber party, other?
What is compassion? Explore Everything!

There are only a few suggestions. You can make up you own. The core of my compassion, my love of people, comes from my mother. She gave me kinds of love that helped me discover loving people. Her compassion was sweet actions directed at others for the love of people, the delight of caring for others.

Here are things you could do over these next 2 years:

1. Keep a journal about you in relationship with love and compassion. What is it? Ask everyday – How are you giving it? (Pay close attention. Be present.) How are you receiving it? (From everything, from strangers, from trees, etc.)

2. Do things outrageous for love, like clowning.

3. Actually see if you can produce the vibration of compassion for prolonged periods. What sustains it? (friends, having meaning, fun) What hurts it? (arrogance, apathy, tight underwear.) Are there times you do not want to be compassionate?

4. Be observant of compassion in action around you, everywhere, give details of its languages.

5. Become aware of compassionate projects around the world and plan on a least one elective at a project. Post these projects on this website and ideally how to contact them.

6. Explore the language of love and compassion. Read psychologists and poets, write essays on things you love. Add books you love to our book list.

7. How do you recognize love/compassion? Are there measurements?

8. Do we invite professors in on our exploration? Who?

9. How do you change performances of compassion in different situations?

10. At the small weekly meetings, find easy ways to present your findings to the group. Mention difficulties and ways they were overcome. Search for common languages to speak of these things. Keep notes. Bring questions for the group and preceptor. Find a preceptor from the staff at the medical school or hospital. Find someone who is really interested in the project maybe even will explore it their self. Relax in the first 6 months on judgments. Collect data, experiences and develop a passion for the project. Once a month, have 4 groups of 4 to get together for a potluck – to have fun, be affectionate, and explore intergroup similar and different findings. It would be great to go clowning once or more times a week both to institutions like hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes and prisons; as well as streets, parks, shopping malls, buses, etc/ As you gain experience, try adding clowning (playfulness and engagement) to your personality. How do you find a preceptor? Think of who you know at school or hospital to suggest ones.

11. Encourage staff (doctors, nurses, friends, family) to ask for a compassion consult. Sign up for one.

12. Have hug patrols and a room in the hospital – the Affection Room, designed as a place to go either as a giver or receiver – operated by volunteers (grandparents and high school students, for example.)

13. Explore how you relate to other people on issues of class consciousness, race, age, sexual preference. Pay close attention. Decide to connect with people you don’t normally hand out with.

14. Explore this question: Should a medical student be evaluated for compassion and not graduate if they are no compassionate? How is it evaluated? By who? (patients, classmates, families of patients, staff?)

15. Should there is a way for a student to give feedback – for example: to a rude or uncaring staff?

Tools That Help Me Be Compassionate

• Be a Twinkle in the eyes, smile on the face and an excitement to meet.
• Engaging eye contact
• Be fun and tender everywhere
• Turn off TV
• Develop all your interests
• Have A tender love for people
• Engage with the arts and nature
• Do volunteer work
• Practice organizing and following through
• Offer Massage

Reading List

Books By Our Team:

Patch Adams, MD, Gesundheit ~ House Calls

Carl Hammerschlag, MD 

Patch Adams M.D. & The Gesundheit! Institute

Roda Viva - Patch Adams - Parte 1 of 8
Must watch this Brazilian TV show interview ~ guest Patch Adams... it's the Best!!!
(The show interview starts w/Patch into the video @ 4:50 minutes)

Complete Auto Playlist: 

Patch Adams - End of Capitalism - Revolution of Love

Patch Adams, M.D. - Transform 2010 - Mayo Clinic

Patch Adams of the Gesundheit Institute talks about moving away from Market Capitalism to a sense of Community Compassion. I want a world where no one alive can remember what the word war means. There is no hope for human survival if we don’t change to a loving world.

Love Revolution
School for Designing a Society – Teaching people to be revolutionaries for loving change to move away from a world of Market Capitalism to a world of compassion and generosity. We need Grandmother Revolution.
Gesundheit Institute
(Gesundheit means Good Health!)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Exposed! What's behind Joseph KONY 2012 ~ Invisible Children?

MAR 8, 2012

Joseph Kony is an awful human being, and thanks to the charity Invisible Children, you may already know that by now. The filmmaking organization/charity has single-handedly created a wildly viral documentary, KONY 2012, which has garnered over 26 million views since Monday, March 5, become a trending hashtag on Twitter, and landed on the Today show.

The people behind the campaign are now being looked at more closely and unsurprisingly, they've now garnered their fair share of critics. Here's a primer on what you need to know about this week's viral charity meme:

So, wait what's #stopkony/Kony 2012? It's blowing up my Twitter feed, but I haven't watched the video yet.

Good thing you asked. The #stopkony campaign is a social media campaign bringing awareness to Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony. He uses child soldiers, loots, rapes....

Oh wow. He's pretty awful.

Well, yeah. Usually warlords are. According to the Huffington Post, he's also a little bit crazy and there's some nonsense about consulting an Italian ghost who possessed one of his aunts. The Guardian reports:

He stands accused of overseeing the systematic kidnapping of countless African children; brainwashing the boys into fighting for him, turning the girls into sex slaves and killing those who don't comply. His forces are believed to have slaughtered tens of thousands of people and are known for hacking the lips off their victims. Kony has been wanted by the International Criminal Court since 2005 on charges that include crimes against humanity. He has been living in the bush outside of Uganda since that time.

Whoa. This man needs to be stopped. #stopkony is a good thing! Let's get Kony!

Not so fast. It's not a matter of being pro-Kony or anti-Kony. No one is actually pro-Kony in all of this (save for some of Kony's cronies). But there's the matter of him being Ugandan, this being an international human rights type of deal, etc.-- all of which makes it very difficult for individuals like your or me to accomplish something on our own.


Which is why the charity Invisible Children started #StopKony/KONY 2012 in the first place--to, in their words, raise awareness. They're a filmmaking company. Check out this video which they uploaded earlier this week. Did we mention the 26 million views on YouTube alone?

That's great. Go Invisible Children, go!

Again, it's not that easy. One of the big problems is that these guys...

Wait, who are these guys?

From the looks of their 990, the three guys paid on staff are Ben Kessey, Jason Russell, and Laren Poole (photo via Invisible Children's Facebook--one of our commenters notes that the photo features one Ben Bailey who helped found but is no longer at IC). There's also a more unfortunate picture on Vicewhich involves them holding giant guns.

So yeah, they kinda look like floppy-haired hipsters/surfer dudesbros. What's the real problem?

Well, it's their financials. As Vice's Alex Miller reported this is what their tax forms look like, and it's been circulating the internet:

And there's also the Cayman Islands bank account here:

How'd they get so much money?

Well, Oprah did give them $2 million.

Well, all right. That's a lot of money, lots of revenue and a lot of expenses. Don't most companies have that? And a Cayman Islands bank account isn't that nefarious... Mitt Romney has one! And if they're good enough for Oprah, they must be pretty great guys.

Yeah, for the most part. And it's super difficult to tell exactly what numbers mean because numbers, like statistics, are bendy like that. It's just that, well, look at these production costs:

And combine that with the $1 million travel bill:

It's led people to believe that more money is being spent on filmmaking than on the actual cause of helping Ugandan children. According to Visible Children, an anti Invisible Children blog, the company spent only 33 percent of its $8 million-plus in spending on "direct services." Some critics also point to Charity Navigator, which grades the transparency and financial earnings of charities, and Invisible Children's 2-star rating when it comes to "accountability and "transparency" (out of four).

And The Guardian reports that Invisible Children supports the Ugandan Army. That isn't good, because they also do plenty of bad things (arrests, torture, killings, etc.), says an expert at Human Rights Watch Africa.

Invisible Children also been accused of tampering with the stats they reported, inflating them.Foreign Affairs called it, "manipulated facts for strategic purposes."

So, what do they have to say about this?

Well, Invisible Children now has a post on their blog addressing the "critiques." They explain the low Charity Navigator score (not enough people on their board of directors), the strategy to arresting Kony (it's hard to partner with anyone in Uganda who isn't corrupt), and have an infographic showing exactly where their money goes. They're also a charity and that means all of their financials are online for donors' perusal.

And ummm, so what now?

Well, that's up to you. The biggest criticism here isn't unlike what faced the Komen foundation earlier this year. It's a charity, it wants to do good things, but people are upset where the money is going and in this case, not knowing where all of the money is going. They also question if filmmaking is the best way to go about getting this done.

On the other hand, so many more people know about Kony than they did before, which is what they wanted and completely accomplished right?

It's up to you, but if you want to donate to Invisible Children, head over here.

Visible Children has their own list of charities, here.

Want to add to this story? Let us know in comments or send an email to the author You can share ideas for stories on the Open Wire.

UPDATE! MARCH 13, 2012

My response to KONY2012

Max Igan - Truth Frequency Radio Interview - 1st Pt on Kony2012

Invisible Children Kony 2012: Avoiding Scams and Irresponsible Donations


Kony 2012 - Just Another Government Program

Stop KONY 2012, LulzSec FBI, Fukushima Anniversary - New World Next Week


Friday, March 2, 2012

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Say No To Smart Meters!!!

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A 2012 teaser from the revelatory documentary Take Back Your Power (2013).

Utility companies are racing to replace electricity, gas and water meters worldwide with new generation "smart" meters at an unprecedented rate. With compelling insight from insiders, researchers, government representatives, lawyers, doctors and environmentalists, Take Back Your Power investigates claimed benefits and apparent risks of this ubiquitous "smart" grid program. Transparency advocate Josh del Sol takes us on a journey of revelation and discovery, as we question corporate practices of surveillance, extortion and causing harm in the name of "green".

What you discover will surprise you, unsettle you, and inspire you to challenge the status quo.

Produced & Directed by: Josh Del Sol
Featuring: B. Blake Levitt, Foster Gamble, Jeffrey Armstrong, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, James Turner esq, Dr. David O. Carptenter, Bill Vander Zalm, Duncan Campbell esq, Viginia Farver, Ian R. Crane, Edward Snowden, Michael Mitcham, Cal Washington, Anura Lawson.

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The only true freedom is that which you imagine, take and protect for yourself. If you look to someone else for your freedom you are demonstrating that you do not understand what freedom is. Freedom is taken.
This does not mean freedom should be taken rudely or selfishly. Of course we must have the wisdom to know the boundaries of our freedoms and have respect for the freedoms and rights of others.
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We compromise with the most valuable and important people in our lives, our family members and our trusted friends. There should be no compromise with strangers and institutions that make claim on our rights and property.
"No compromise" means all parties who wish to have any relationship or transaction with us must act in absolute transparency and accessibility, with high integrity, full accountability, never presuming contracts with us, honoring our rescissions of contract without question or hesitation, getting fully informed and voluntary consent from us for everything they do that affects us or that costs us, upholding EVERY provision of our Constitution and disregarding any and every unconstitutional statute, code, regulation and policy. This level of freedom does not currently exist in America or any other country, but it is the ideal, and it can easily achieved when a large enough fraction of the population demand it ... without compromise.
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Joshua Hart is Director of Stop Smart Meters! He has worked in the energy industry, as a transportation planner, environmental advocate, and freelance journalist. Growing out of the grassroots group Scotts Valley Neighbors Against Smart Meters, started in June 2010, Stop Smart Meters! has now evolved into an advocacy, media outreach, and direct action organization providing activism consultation and advice to dozens of local groups sprouting up who are fighting the wireless 'smart' meter assault. We'll discuss how the smart meter debacle is a huge threat to our health, safety, privacy, and wallet. Also, how it is an opportunity for spying, centralized power and corporate control. Joshua tells us why Smart Meters are a false solution to the green movement. He'll get into the specifics of how these meters operate. We will talk about the dangers of wireless technology, the smart grid propaganda and the inappropriate ways utility companies are demanding and enforcing the installations of these meters. Later, Joshua tells us about a utility company that has been spying, following and attempting to get info from his organization as though it is a military operation.

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C2CAM - Smart Meters - Parapsychology

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