Friday, February 01, 2008
My blog site is number one on the list!!!
The world must know what's going on with the bureacratic ECMA!!!!
Here's a comment-
Are they getting archive video of you for the next time some billy-goat Irving stooge roughs you up and locks you in jail?
Or better yet, they'll shut up the only independent voice willing to be heard through simple character assassination - some vague accusations along with a few shots of you hanging around downtown and they'll be able to raise a mob of fluoride-numbed "concerned citizens" to harass and bully you out of the cause.
Don't let your guard down Charles - these people aren't used to being challenged in an honest manner.
The negative stories coming out (1) about the ECMAs from other non-corporate media sources are very much in line with your experience.
Denying Irving-crowned New Brunswick blogger of the year is a flagrant abuse of such an event's responsibility to provide access to representative media.
Incidentally - some of the fluoride zombies who attack you keep saying this is about free music for you. As evil as this is, in our consumerist pact into debt-based oblivion - is not the issue:
The media pass presumably allows media to take photos from close to the stage and perhaps interview musicians. Although I can't understand why a true maritimer wouldn't want to peruse Charles' photos and hear his take on things. That is - unless he or she is a total dick.
It seems more of the Charles deniers are total dicks - keeping more than half the tickets away from the public is a dick move. These producers and record executives should go home and listen to the albums - rather than hogging seats a true fan would kill for.
They just don't want Charles' camera there while they monopolize the situation - entertaining themselves at the tax payers expense (assuming the city or other government initiative has a "role" in this).
To keep the people, music and internet free - Charles should be embraced as tightly as these mini-PPPs - they provide a nice rush of excitement for a week or so, but Charles keeps the city hoping almost 365 days a year (except when he's at the hospital, getting a clean bill of health or down at the jail, getting worked over and robbed of his livelihood [Atlantica photos] by authoritarian thugs).
# posted by Anonymous : 9:02 PM
Even the Mayor have been strangely silent on this issue.
Why is the most outspoken politician this province have ever witness is so quiet on this one???
Ok...never mind that one!!
There’s a guy who calls himself James in this blog.
H always leaves a comment saying that the other liquor store is only two blocks away so therefore it’s no big deal!!
A high profile individual who have been reading this blog told me on the streets that it was at least eight blocks away!
He suggested it was a bureaucrats who wish to fool the readers!!!
So? Who’s right and who’s wrong???
Well, a friend of mine and myself measured the distance today!
We even took a short cut.
Here’s the pics and the defense rest!!!!
Fredericton is the only City in New Brunswick who don’t have a liquor store in the downtown area.
As a matter of fact? I did bring up the issue to Shawn Graham a few weeks ago.
Here’s the evidence!
You mean someone had the guts to confront these people????
END OF THE WORLD!!!
When tantrums mean trouble
Several signs should alert parents that their child's behavior needs attention
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
By Mackenzie Carpenter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Daniel Marsula/Post-Gazette illustrationTimeouts? Forget it. Spanking? Nope.
When Marianne Peterson's toddlers went into meltdown mode, she had a simple, foolproof method for stopping them cold.
"I would lie on them," said Ms. Peterson, 57, of Ashland, Va., noting that her children, now grown, have turned out fine.
"The weight and novelty were enough to distract them," she added, "and I swear to God, they actually smiled a few times, I suppose, at my ingeniousness."
An extreme measure? Perhaps, but throughout human history toddler tantrums have driven parents wild and perhaps even a little crazy. When the kicking, back-arching, fist-pounding and shrieking erupts just when Mom gets to the head of a supermarket line of grumpy, disapproving shoppers, it's hard for a parent to remember that the "terrible twos" are just part of a young child's healthy emotional development.
Now, though, a new Washington University study is weighing in with a cautionary note: particularly severe, long-lasting and frequent tantrums may not be a sign of normalcy but possible red flags for deeper psychological disorders.
Tantrums that last more than 25 minutes, or tantrums that more than half the time involve aggression against a caregiver or violence toward objects as well as self-injurious behavior and frequent tantrums -- from 10 to 20 a day over a 30-day period -- may be a sign that professional intervention may be needed, said Andrew Belden, a postdoctoral fellow of psychiatry at Washington University's school of medicine, and one of the report's co-authors.
The study, published in the December issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, is part of a larger, long-term project by researchers at Washington University examining depression in preschoolers, about which relatively little is known -- compared with disruptive disorders such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD); oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder, which are defined in a diagnostic manual for psychiatrists as aggressive or destructive behavior.
The findings on tantrums come at a time when, anecdotally at least, caregivers are reporting an increase in behavioral problems among preschoolers, for reasons that aren't quite clear. Some blame the new focus on academics in preschools, others blame poor day care or untrained caregivers or a society where family ties are increasingly strained.
"There do seem to be more stresses on parents now, but I also think there is a lot more information available to parents about child behavioral problems, and parents feel a pressure to get it all right that 20 years ago we didn't feel," says Sue Berman, a Squirrel Hill psychologist, parenting coach and founder of ProParent, which helps parents devise strategies for coping with "difficult" children.
"I'm not certain whether you're seeing more acting out, or whether it's just that parents don't tolerate it as much. Thirty or 40 years ago, we had the authoritarian parenting style, where it was completely accepted and acceptable to give a kid a swat on the tush. Fear-based parenting has been replaced by a very different approach, where we allow children to express themselves, but there's a price to be paid for that."
Normal vs. abnormal
Tantrums by themselves shouldn't worry parents -- it's how many, how long and how severe, said Dr. Belden.
"The take-home message here is about consistency. If a tantrum lasts longer than 30 minutes every time, or 90 percent of the time," then attention must be paid, "as opposed to such random, sporadic episodes that are much more typical of what we would expect to see in healthy kids."
"There were children in our study who would throw themselves to the ground and in the process hurt themselves," he said. "We had children who were taking toys and scratching themselves to the point of bleeding, "
While Washington University and other academic institutions are trying to unlock the secrets of depression in children, the notion of mental illness in toddlers -- even infants -- has been a tough sell to the public in recent years, and a number of researchers remain skeptical that such disorders as depression can be ever diagnosed in very young children.
"We have much more understanding about how it presents in adults, but in children, we're not convinced we know what it looks like to begin with," said Dr. Amanda Pelphrey, clinical psychologist at Children's Hospital Child Development Unit.
"Developmentally children change over time, and it's hard to characterize one moment in time for being a comfortably reliable indicator of how that child will be," she said. "If you have a diagnosis, you assume that there's a certain stability about that person, but among children there's a very wide range about what is normal."
The Child Development Unit at Children's has seen 1,500 youngsters over the years for a variety of problems, but not one has been diagnosed with depression, she noted.
Accurate diagnosis difficult
Small children aren't good at regulating their emotions, she added, "especially preschoolers, and that's normal, too. Much of the challenge is, how confidently can we accurately label them and assume that a psychiatric illness is involved?"
Heather Ditillo, a former Head Start teacher in Altoona, remembers "children with very, very severe tantrums. While in some cases they were normal developmental things you could see, there were a few children whose tantrums had crossed the line from anger to rage. It was obvious to me as a teacher that these weren't normal," she said. "They were regularly happening, where they were attacking other kids and throwing objects around the room."
Later, after psychological intervention, it was discovered that one child with severe tantrums had been abused and tortured and another "was sexually abused. It was heart wrenching."
Dr. Belden knows that the whole inquiry into depression in preschoolers is controversial, but be believes it's worth pursuing. Still, he doesn't want to give parents one more thing to worry about.
"My biggest concern is that parents not read into this, 'Oh my God, my kid has ADHD,' " said Dr. Belden.
"It's not like you need to have a stopwatch ready when your child has a tantrum," he said, noting that the study's findings are aimed less at parents and more at providing teachers, caregivers and other professionals with a tool to detect any underlying problems earlier.
Still, parents should stay vigilant.
If a child has more than three or four tantrums a day for five consecutive days outside the home, for example, "and parents are pretty confident it's not because of sleep, hunger or sickness," he said, they should discuss the matter with their pediatrician -- because such behavior is "not all that typical, not all that common in healthy kids."
• The five red flags that your child's tantrums could lead to more serious problems and resources for parents seeking help, C-2