REVIEW: ‘Crip Camp:’ A nostalgia trip that shows just how far we have to go

first_img“Could you ever have imagined,” asks Jacobson, “where we would go?”  There are others, too, but these are the characters who dominate the screen. They’re irresistible — spunky, perseverant and, above all, hilarious — and they make this a documentary worth watching. Although the strumming of guitars and images of sun-dappled summer camp are atmospheric, it’s really the cast of characters that are worth sticking around for. It’s difficult not to feel like you, too, are being enfolded into Camp Jened.  But she grows solemn as she surveys the now-demolished camp.  Camp Jened was founded in 1951 for people with disabilities. Not exactly a revolutionary concept today, but for a country pre-Americans with Disabilities Act where asylum-like institutions abound, this space means everything to its campers. It’s a relief, they say, to not be constantly surrounded by the able-bodied.  She speaks with the determination that we first saw in Camp Jened — a determination that remains with the original campers to this day.  Camp Jened, as one camper gleefully puts it, is a “utopia.”  When the campers return to the grounds where the camp once stood — it was shut down in 1977 due to financial difficulties — they’re thankful.  “I’ll take all night if I have to!” says one child through gritted teeth as she pulls herself up the Capitol steps.  Camp Jened is a place where these conversations are possible. And this explains why halfway through the documentary, the focus shifts away from the camp and to protests during the 1970s to pass Section 504, a law which demands that all institutions receiving public funding provide equal access.  The audience is introduced to Camp Jened through black-and-white videos dating from the early 1970s. It’s a Woodstock-like setting, full of flower crowns and rebellious young teens who we follow through to the present day. There’s Denise Jacobson, who recounted a youthful tryst that resulted in an STI. “I wasn’t going to die a virgin,” she said slyly. Then there’s Steven Hoffman, who later took to the stage as a drag queen with “Sweet Transvestite” blaring. And Judy Heumann, a counselor who spoke to the campers with distinct poise.  This is a camp where kids sing, play, flirt and fall in love. And, according to the Netflix documentary “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution,” it’s maybe the one place they can be themselves. center_img The latest Netflix documentary follows the history of midcentury disability rights activism in the United States and tells the story of Camp Jened, a safe haven in upstate New York for the differently abled. (Photo courtesy of IMDb) But though “Crip Camp” largely delves into the past, it still presents a timely conversation. This is one of the documentary’s major draws; even as it indulges in nostalgia galore, “Crip Camp” always reminds you of its relevance. The documentary shows that the struggle for equality is still far from over. The protests of the ’70s bled into the ’90s, with some thousands of people with disabilities protesting in the streets of Washington D.C. for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. One image, of people in wheelchairs attempting to mount stairs in D.C., perhaps best embodies what it means to be disabled in America.  At Camp Jened, kids can sit around and talk about their lives. Mostly, it’s the usual gripes of being a teenager, like overprotective parents or relationship troubles. But there’s also the added dimension of growing up in an unaccepting environment. “A parent is afraid to show that their son is disabled, or handicapped or whatever you might call it,” remarks a camper at one of Jened’s roundtable conversations. “I think it’s much more out of fear than overprotectiveness.”  “At camp, everybody had something going on with their body,” camp alumnus Jimmy LeBrecht said in the documentary. “It just wasn’t a big deal.” Taking place mostly in San Francisco and Berkeley, Calif., these protests were headed by many faces familiar from Camp Jened. In one scene, Heumann led the protesters in singing, an image reminiscent of her time at Camp Jened. Corbett O’Toole, an organizer of the 1977 sit-in at San Francisco’s Federal Building, joked “There was like the traveling Camp Jened show.” “I almost want to get out of my wheelchair and kiss the fucking dirt,” laughs Jacobson, rolling around the dirt lot.  “Crip Camp” is less about Camp Jened and more about the bonds campers form there. This is a place for people with disabilities to not only enjoy their childhood, but it is also a safe space for them to reconcile the experience of being differently abled in America.  In many ways, the documentary is an homage to the civil rights movements of the ’60s and ’70s. Classic rock anthems play over videos of children spinning in flower crowns. Photos show members of the Black Panthers dropping off meal kits to protesters.  “Crip Camp” is certainly a trip to the past, indulgent in the faded colors of the ‘70s and protest rock anthems. But it also heralds the changes that are yet to come in America.last_img read more

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Scientific Findings Can Be Counterintuitive

first_img(Visited 518 times, 3 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here are examples of recent claims in science that seem to contradict what some would consider intuitively obvious.  They should be kept in mind when evaluating other widely-accepted scientific truisms, like evolution.PhysOrg: Tough love, not small, incremental effort, is needed to turn around failing schools.Medical Xpress:  Conservatives with their strict morality tend to be happier than fancy-free liberals.BBC News:  The large horns on rhinoceros beetles do not slow them down during flight.Nature: Greenland defied ancient global warming.PhysOrg:  Geo-engineering to reduce global warming can have severe unintended consequences.Nature: Tropical forests are unexpectedly resilient to climate change.PhysOrg: African elephants do better in educated countries than in those with large nature reserves.Live Science: Fossil footprint depth can be misleading; depth is not necessarily related to pressure.Nature: The anus is a sophisticated organ.  Calling it a “remarkable orifice,” author Mary Roach said, “No engineer could design something as multifunctional and fine-tuned as an anus.  To call someone an asshole is really bragging him up.”In a final example of counterintuitive findings, Live Science now claims that brain size didn’t drive human evolution.  It’s the organization of the brain, not its size, that makes the difference between humans and lower primates.  What would Morton and Broca have thought?  This contradicts decades of assumptions about what drove humans forward in evolution.  But was the prefrontal cortex the “driving force” in the human brain, as the article assumed, or a distinguishing characteristic of an already well-designed being?  Who would argue the evolutionary line without assuming it to be the seat of rationality?Science is supposed to lead us away from seductive, fallible intuition (Bacon‘s Idols of the Theater) toward verifiability.  Yet scientists often contradict one another.  One thing is true this year; the opposite the next.  Don’t let intuition be your guide.  Darwin’s natural selection may seem intuitively obvious the way it is usually presented, but it is a vacuous idea: the Stuff Happens Law (9/15/2008, 9/22/2009).  We must not be fooled, even when the majority falls in line with insufficiently argued suppositions.last_img read more

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South Africa, Russia further partnership

first_img30 September 2011 South Africa and Russia have agreed to increase their cooperation in energy, technology, trade and investment following a meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation (Itec) between the two countries. Itec is a platform for the South African and Russian Federation governments to enhance cooperation and relationships that already exist between the two governments, their people and businesses. The meeting, which took place in Pretoria on Wednesday and Thursday, was chaired by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Russian Minister of Natural Resources Yuri Petrovich Trutnev. Although strategically poised, bilateral trade between South Africa and Russia has fallen below its potential. To strike a balance, the two ministers agreed to take steps to increase trade, while shifting the focus to high value-added products, as well as to enhance cooperation in high-technology areas.New trade and investment opportunities Nkoana-Mashabane told a media briefing after the talks that South Africa and Russia would exploit new trade and investment opportunities and identify and resolve potential obstacles in areas of cooperation. “This will facilitate economic competitiveness, develop skills, generate sustainable jobs and contribute towards an improvement in the livelihoods of the peoples of South African and Russia,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. Russia, which has highly skilled people in science and technology, offers huge opportunities for trade and investment partnerships, especially in minerals, energy, agriculture, education and skills development. Nkoana-Mashabane was confident that the accession of South Africa to the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) would increase the potential for future cooperation, especially in science, technology and space exploration.SA, Russia ‘complement each other’ Commenting on Russia’s investment direction in SA, Petrovich Trutnev said the cooperation was diversified and that the two countries complemented each other in different areas such as minerals, energy, space and raw materials, gold and diamonds. Petrovich Trutnev was confident that great things lay on the horizon for Russian and South African trade. Total trade turnover between South Africa and the Russian Federation increased by 6.42% in 2009, from US$484-million to $517-million. The two parties also agreed to frequent interaction through the business council in order to enhance knowledge of commercial opportunities, while prioritising capacity building and skills transfer, particularly in high-technology areas.Square Kilometre Array bid On issues of mutual interest, Pretoria hoped that the BRICS countries would cooperate in securing Africa the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. If Africa wins the bid against Australia – a decision expected in March 2012 – this would be a major step in developing high-level skills and cutting-edge technology infrastructure in Africa, and attract expertise and collaborative projects to the continent. For its part, Russia flagged their confidence in South Africa ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) on climate change in Durban later this year. The meeting was sealed by the signing of two agreements on solar cooperation. The next Itec meeting will be held in 2012. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Adapting Care to Culture

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCover photo image: Creative Commons Licensing [Flickr, 35th CSSB hosts Hispanic Heritage Month observance, October 9, 2014]What are the most important factors in creating a culturally competent mental health practice?In a recent article published in Advances in Social Work, Christi Luby reviews cultural competency literature related to the military and provides a framework for increasing cultural competency [1].  The framework for developing cultural competency is an ongoing process, beginning with a self-inventory to evaluate office or individual prejudice on military issues.  Next steps include: 1) Adapting care to the military culture; 2) Increasing personal or office involvement by attending military activities; and, 3) Encouraging military member’s participation in community activities.Adapting care to the military culture may include the following steps:Consider the military mission and values. For instance, in the military culture the mission may be the most important aspect in the military member’s life.  This attitude will influence the military member’s view of his/her role in the family.Organizational structure and rank hierarchy play an important role in success of the military member at work. Providers may benefit by understanding rank and how rank influences an individual’s behavior at work, in the family, and in the community.Consider the demographics of the individual military member’s unit. Characteristics of the work group surrounding the military member may influence the available support for the individual.Become familiar with terms and idioms that are specific to the military. Communication on the client’s level is important to building a strong therapeutic relationship.Include the family when considering the culture. For instance, the family may be experiencing the stress of deployment differently than the military member and the stressors experienced by the family and their ability to cope will affect the performance of the military member.A large number of active duty military members and reservists seek mental health care in the community away from base.  By developing and maintaining cultural competency, a community clinician can develop the communication skill and knowledge to build a trusting relationship with the client that can help achieve successful outcomes.References[1] Luby, C.D. (2012). Promoting military cultural awareness in an off-post community of behavioral health and social support service providers. Advances in Social Work, 13(1), 67-82.This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Bihar Acute Encephalitis Syndrome death toll hits 113

first_imgAverting deaths in Muzaffarpur  One death was also reported from the neighbouring East Champaran district on June 18.A release by the State Health Department said 11 medical officers posted in Darbhanga, Supaul and Madhubani had been instructed to leave for Muzaffarpur immediately to help the local health authorities in tackling the outbreak.Three paediatricians posted in other districts have also been pressed into service, while 12 nurses have been directed to report to the the civil surgeon of Muzaffarpur.Also Read  Anguished by the deaths, a Muzaffarpur resident has filed a petition at a local court against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Modi, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Minister of State Ashwini Choubey and State Health Minister Mangal Pandey.The resident, Mohd. Nasim, accused them of negligence, which has resulted in the high number of casualties. The chief judicial magistrate court has posted the matter for hearing on June 25.Mr. Kumar on June 18 visited the SKMCH hospital, where he faced protests by angry people over the deaths. Fresh deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have been reported in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, taking the total number of casualties to 113. The deaths took place at the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), where 20 fresh cases were brought since June 18 night. The number of children admitted to the hospital with AES are 372 since June 1, the district administration said.The SKMCH has reported 93 casualties so far and only 118 children have been discharged after treatment. The rest are undergoing treatment or referred to hospitals in the Patna in a critical condition, it said.In the Kejriwal hospital, two fresh cases of the AES were reported since June 18 night, taking the total number to 146 since June 1. The hospital has so far reported 19 casualties, though none of these took place in the past 24 hours.Also Read The Hindu Explains: How litchi toxin is causing the deaths of undernourished children in Muzaffarpurlast_img read more

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7 Truths for Digital Context

first_img Consumers are becoming increasingly comfortable with tools that share data about them in order to automate an experience. Think of the data shared between Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Nest to allow a consumer to turn up the heat by simply speaking a voice command. That kind of sharing is permitted by consumers because they value the ability of data sharing to close the gap between thought and action.These context-comfortable consumers also value the benefits they get from connected devices. They love the way that Amazon’s Echo, Apple TV and other very smart tools anticipate their needs. They share personal data willingly because they believe their lives will be better if they give permission to brands they trust.  Approximately 40 percent of consumers today are either high comfort or comfort consumers — and those numbers are growing. Interestingly, these consumers are not necessarily early adopters. Though they are more likely to be younger, Hispanic and African-American men, they don’t fit one demographic.And here’s the rub. While you’re busy working on your omni-channel strategy, you should know that consumers are moving on to the next thing — their own personal data ecosphere. The shift in consumer attitudes toward sharing data with connected devices is the most important shift in digital consumption since the advent of mobility. It is a big deal for marketers and innovators to be thinking about. Your brand will need to fit into a new smart world where app design is secondary to data experience design. Amazon has data. Fitbit has data. Your brand better have some data it can share with consumers too. That’s how you play in a world of context.Related: ‘Big Data’ Is No Longer Enough: It’s Now All About ‘Fast Data’Here are seven truths of digital context that you should be paying attention to.1. A context-aware speaker is not a speaker.The reason consumers will buy a context-aware device like Echo is because of its ability to do far more than serve up songs. The same will be true for your company if you are context-aware. The original job your brand was hired to do is an entry point. They expect you will do so much more now, because you have the data.2. Data design replaces app design.Sure, there will still be apps, just like there are still websites (and pay phones in airports). But increasingly, the consumer will come to expect tools that know them and share data with other tools to produce an anticipatory environment.   3. Get permission for more data types.You can only do more for your consumer if you have more types of data. Location, biometric, brand, environmental control and queue data — digital context is made smarter because of data types. The more you have, the better your tool.Related: Why Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond Big Data4. Context-aware channels become queues.Consumers love to start things and then put them on hold. They multitask and love lots of choices. To manage that, you need a queue, and you need to learn how to manage things that are in the queue. All blockbuster tools have this knowledge. You do not want your brand kicked out of the consumer’s queues. 5. Your value proposition should be tied to a mode.When wearables and IoT-enabled products start coordinating data functions, the consumer will come to expect that the tools can anticipate the mode he or she is in. One of the best examples of mode design is running mode on Spotify. Try it. You’ll see what I mean.6. Curation and anticipation are linked.Smart tools try to anticipate what the consumer wants based on contextual cues. The biggest mistake Echo, Fitbit, Facebook, Apple or your brand could make is to try to use their smarts to anticipate exactly what you want. Consumers want you to present a set of options based on their context, but not try to give them exactly what you think they want.  Related: Traditional Search is Dying as Sales Organizations Make Way for ‘Context’7. Context-aware brands focus on positive engagement.Tools designed to create a smart home, car, store, city or travel experience that don’t understand principles of positive psychology and engagement will be rejected. You need to stop focusing on loyalty and start understanding positive engagement because consumer expectations for context go way beyond delivering the functional benefits and rewards you that your current business model is based on.Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook understand where digital context is headed. They are going to try to own the home environment. As a consumer, I wish them the best success! I look forward to capabilities they and others will create. As a marketer, I worry for most brands. I don’t think most companies understand just how big of a shift they need to make in order to play in the next marketplace. Just as mobility caught companies off guard, digital context catching companies by surprise. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 23, 2016last_img read more

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Deltas 50 million quest to end lost airline luggage

first_imgTags: Delta Delta’s $50 million quest to end lost airline luggage Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Posted by Sharecenter_img LINTHICUM — Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit.As each suitcase climbs up the conveyor belt into the plane, a small computer verifies that it actually belongs on that flight. If one bag didn’t, a red light would flash and the belt would stop until somebody acknowledges the mistake and reroutes the luggage.This is the future of baggage handling. Delta Air Lines is investing $50 million to soothe one of air travel’s biggest headaches: lost and delayed luggage.Delta carried nearly 120 million checked suitcases last year, collecting $25 in fees, each way, for most domestic bags. For that price, fliers expect their suitcase to be waiting on the carousel when they arrive. Delta already has one of the airline industry’s best luggage handling records — just 1 out of every 500 bags failed to arrive on time — but hopes that by deploying a RFID, or radio-frequency identification, tracking system globally it can improve further.If the system works, other airlines are likely to follow. Ultimately the bag tag might be replaced with permanent RFID readers in our suitcases, reducing the chances fliers in the future will start a vacation missing their swimsuit.“It’s a very smart move,” says Henry Harteveldt, founder of travel consultancy Atmosphere Research Group. “It’s one that will help increase customer confidence that their bags will arrive with them.”RFID wirelessly identifies tags attached to items. The technology is widely used at warehouses to track goods but Delta’s rollout is the first global use for passenger bags.To better understand the technology, think about your local supermarket. If every grocery item had an RFID tag, cashiers wouldn’t have to scan each product at checkout. Instead, the groceries would pass by a scanner and be instantly registered. Shoppers could even leave everything in their cart, having it all tallied at once.The same principles apply to checked luggage.Most airlines today use barcodes on tags to identify each suitcase — each tag has its own unique 10-digit number — and make sure it is loaded onto the right plane. But reading each barcode with a handheld scanner is time consuming. Often, a bag or two aren’t scanned or error messages are missed by workers focused on getting planes out on time.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyDelta designed its system to stop those errors. At the airline’s 84 largest airports — accounting for 85 per cent of its passengers — Delta will have 1,500 special belt loaders with RFID readers built in. Those loaders — like the one DaRosa was using — stop when a bag for a different flight is accidently placed on the belt.“It’s amazing technology,” says DaRosa, a ramp supervisor who has been testing the technology at Baltimore Washington International Airport. “It’s going to totally eliminate a bunch of careless little errors.”Replacing handheld scanners allows ramp workers to use both hands to lift bags, reducing injuries and speeding up the loading and unloading process. RFID also shortens the time needed to find and remove a bag from a plane at the last second. All of that means more on-time flights.Delta is also using RFID to track bags through the labyrinth of conveyor belts below terminals. If bags fall off a belt at a particular curve or get suck at a junction, Delta will now have enough RFID readers — about 5,200 globally — to pinpoint the trouble spot and fix it. The Atlanta-based airline says it plans to have the system online in 344 airports by the end of August.The new tags look like traditional ones. But if held up to the light, passengers can see a fingernail-size chip and a credit card size antenna inlayed inside.By the end of this year, fliers will be able to track their bags through the Delta smartphone app, getting push notifications at each step of the journey. If a bag misses its flight, passengers are also notified instantly.That way passengers “aren’t standing at a baggage carousel waiting for the last piece of luggage to come off to realize their bag isn’t there,” says Sandy Gordon, Delta’s vice-president of airport operations for the eastern U.S.Most passengers’ bags do arrive on time. But there are so hiccups, with 1 out of every 500 bags Delta carried last year failing to do so. It’s a record surpassed by only Virgin America and JetBlue Airways, which both have smaller and simpler route networks. Twice as many were delayed last year on American Airlines, according to statistics reported to the Department of Transportation.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckBags often get delayed when bad weather forces tight connections or passengers are rerouted onto new flights.Of the 245,000 bags Delta mishandled last year, 208,000 of them arrived within three hours, according to the airline. Another 25,000 were reunited with passengers within 12 hours. The remaining 12,000 were either lost or took more than 12 hours to be delivered.Installing RFID isn’t going to solve all of Delta’s baggage problems. But the airline estimates a 10-per cent reduction in delayed bags. That means about 25,000 fewer bags the airline has to deliver to passengers’ homes, offices or hotel rooms.For the past five years, Australian airline Qantas has offered a permanent RFID bag tag that fliers can purchase for about $23 and use when flying the airline domestically. Several big airports, including those in Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Milan and Tokyo, use RFID to track bags through parts of their systems.But Delta, the world’s second largest carrier by passenger traffic, is providing the most-comprehensive tracking the industry has seen to date.Airlines have long found RFID too pricey but the cost has dropped. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas says it currently pays 12 cents for each RFID tag, down from 21.5 cents a decade ago. Traditional tags cost the airport 3 cents.Delta refused to say how much it’s paying for RFID bag tags, except that it is less than 10 cents each.The new tracking system won’t follow every suitcase.There are limitations.It includes bags checked at the gate and claimed at a baggage carousel. But items like strollers or bags checked at the gate for regional jets — those picked up at the arriving gate — currently aren’t tracked with RFID.If a Delta passenger connects onto a flight with a Delta partner like Air France, the traditional barcode tag takes over for the final leg of the journey. However, an Air France passenger connecting to a Delta flight gets a RFID sticker added to the traditional tag when their luggage first enters Delta’s possession.And nothing is preventing the airline from losing your bag if any of these tags get ripped off along the way. The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Iceland Cambodia battle overtourism with new tax restrictions

first_imgIceland, Cambodia battle over-tourism with new tax & restrictions REYKJAVIK — Iceland, already known for being an expensive destination, is considering a new tourist tax that would limit the impact of over-tourism.According to The Star, the country’s government is considering ways of raising taxes in the tourism sector, which include a special licence required for bus companies and tour operators and increasing the existing levy on hotel rooms.The country is experiencing a surge in visitors – up from 490,000 in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2016 – thanks in large part to the popular TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. Considering that Iceland’s total population is less than 340,000, the country simply cannot keep up with tourist demand.Tourism Minister Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir said in a recent interview that “all of us have to be careful not to become victims of our own success.” She said that overcrowding may harm natural treasures like the Blue Lagoon and Jokulsarlon, and that “if we allow more people into areas like that, we’re losing what makes them special.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamA new tax will not go over well with tourists, who already face steep prices when visiting Iceland. Taking a taxi from the airport to the city centre costs about $150, while the cost of alcoholic beverages is twice as much as in other European destinations.Facing a similar situation is Cambodia, which says over-tourism is damaging the infrastructure of the Angkor temple complex, its most famous attraction. The Telegraph reports that the hill at Phnom Bakheng has become so overwrought with tourists during sunsets that Aprasar’s Tourism Management Agency will restrict the area to a maximum 300 visitors at any one time.Phoeun Sophoan, the president of the Agency, told Agence Kampuchea Presse that the organization has arranged alternative places for tourists to see the sunset on the hill without actually going up to the temple. Tags: Cambodia, Iceland Friday, March 17, 2017 Posted bylast_img read more

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