How Doctors Tell Patients They’re Dying…


Date: June 27, 2018

01) How Doctors Tell Patients They’re Dying | Being Mortal | FRONTLINE

“When Clyde Earle checked into a hospital expecting to return home, his doctor, Kathy Selvaggi, had to deliver some bad news. Our film “Being Mortal” explores issues of death, aging, and what is important in the last days of life.”


War on the Weak: Eugenics in America…

Date: June 26, 2018

01) War on the Weak: Eugenics in America

“This documentary depicts the U.S. Eugenic legislation throughout the early 20th Century and chronicles the compulsory sterilization faced by many Americans. “War on the Weak” continues to analyze negative eugenics by discussing the U.S. Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell. Furthermore, the parallels present among U.S. and Nazi ideologies on the nature of eugenics are presented, along with an exposition on the affinity Nazi scientists had for U.S. eugenics laws. The documentary concludes with a look at modern genetic research and leaves the viewer with the hopeful message of a society free of ailments but warns of the dangers on science that is not kept in check with the moral values of humanity.


Eugenicist Movement in America: Victims Coming Forward:

A Literary Inquisition: How Novelist Steven Galloway Was Smeared as a Rapist, Even as the Case Against Him Collapsed…

Date: June 26, 2018

01) A Literary Inquisition: How Novelist Steven Galloway Was Smeared as a Rapist, Even as the Case Against Him Collapsed

“None of these events relate directly to famed Canadian novelist Steven Galloway, who was suspended from his position as chair of UBC’s Creative Writing program a month later, following the airing of thinly evidenced sexual assault allegations. But for reasons described below, they are crucial to understanding how and why UBC reacted in the disastrous way it did when the claims against Galloway emerged.

In normal times, UBC would have investigated and dismissed the claims against Galloway—as an independent investigator eventually did—while obeying something that at least approximated the norms of due process. But these were not normal times.”

New IBLD Tradition: A “Festival of Candles” – Send Me a Picture of Your Burning, Blue IBLD Candle?…

IBLD Website

Date: June 25, 2018

What a lovely surprise!…

…A fellow observer of IBLD, sent me a photo of their burning, blue candle.

…Which I love!…and I would love to share it, except I don’t have permission…

It’s led me to a question…

…Why don’t we photograph our burning, IBLD candles…and post them online as a collection, every IBLD?

It sounds like a neat tradition…simple…easy enough to do…

I’d be happy to start having this, as a feature in my IBLD posts…or the collection could be a stand alone post, during the days associated with IBLD [from the solstice, through the following Saturday].

Of course…it would be wise to be discrete, in how much surrounding you reveal…but, it’s a really neat idea…Isn’t it?

What say you?


Economic Update: Contradictions Coming Home…

Date: June 25, 2018

01) Economic Update: Contradictions Coming Home

“Economic Update: Contradictions Coming Home [S8 E2]
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS (w/timestamps):
00:52 – Updates on the exploding suicide rate in the U.S;
06:05 – irrational home-building reflects and worsens inequality;
08:07 – VA nurses sue because of overwork required but not paid for;
10:29 – Uihlein family donating large sums to extreme right wing candidates (including Roy Moore);
13:26 – and mocking claims that this is a one-person-one-vote democracy.
14:55 – SPECIAL GUEST: Interview with Eli Campbell on the exploding student debt issue and the campaign to boycott its repayment.”

Tony Schwartz: The Truth About Trump [2016]…

Date: June 25, 2018

01) Tony Schwartz: The Truth About Trump – Oxford Union Q&A

“Announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination back in June 2015, Donald Trump stated “We need a leader that wrote ‘The Art of the Deal’ “. Tony Schwartz was the ghostwriter of the book Trump calls ‘his proudest achievement’. Schwartz has been vocal about his regrets in working on the piece, but, having worked intimately with Trump, provides a fascinating perspective into the personality and idiosyncrasies of the Republican nominee

ABOUT THE OXFORD UNION SOCIETY: The Oxford Union is the world’s most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. Since 1823, the Union has been promoting debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe.”

Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life…

Date: June 25, 2018

01) Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life

“Jaron Lanier, the Silicone Valley ‘computer philosopher’, thinks social media is ruining your life.

In this interview Jaron Lanier talks about Facebook, YouTube, Google and how the tech and social media giants are using algorithms to record data about their users – and how internet algorithms shape how we see the world and what we’re shown online.”

Jaron Lanier on the Future of Our Digital Lives:

Ex-CIA chief: I’m scared of America…

Date: June 25, 2018

01) Ex-CIA chief: I’m scared of America

“Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency under presidents from both parties, explains why he is speaking out so passionately against the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their families at the border.”