Archive for April, 2009

It takes a mighty big heart to accept this apology

April 30, 2009

Pope apologizes to aboriginals

Phil Fontaine, leader of the Assembly of the First Nations, attends Pope Benedict’s weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s at the Vatican. (April 29, 2009)

Meeting about victims of church-run schools `was all about healing’
Apr 30, 2009 04:30 AM

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY–Pope Benedict offered his sorrow yesterday to aboriginal Canadians who were physically and sexually abused at church-run boarding schools they were forced to attend, saying he sympathized with their anguish and prayed they would heal.

Benedict met a group of former students and victims and told them of his “personal anguish” over their suffering, they said. They emerged from the meeting “happy” and comforted, said Phil Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 aboriginal children were forced to attend federally funded Christian schools in an effort to assimilate them into Canadian society. Ottawa has admitted that physical and sexual abuse was rampant in the schools. The legacy of abuse and isolation has been cited by aboriginal leaders as the root cause of epidemic rates of alcoholism and drug addiction on reserves.

Ottawa has formally apologized and offered billions in compensation. The Catholic Church has paid millions in compensation – but hadn’t voiced any type of institutional regret until yesterday.

“What we wanted the Pope to say to us was that he was sorry and … that he deeply felt for us,” said Fontaine, himself a victim of abuse at one of the schools. “We heard that very clearly today.”

Out of a delegation of 40, five aboriginal and five Catholic Church representatives met privately with the Pope to share their stories.

“The Holy Father expressed his sorrow at the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of some members of the church and he offered his sympathy and prayerful solidarity,” a Vatican statement said.

Fontaine said he was “pleased and encouraged by the … commitment on the part of the Catholic Church to rebuild the relationship. The meeting was all about healing.”


In Ottawa, Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl said the Pope’s words were “much appreciated.”

“It needed to happen for many people before they could move forward,” Strahl said yesterday


Bizzaro World

April 17, 2009




 this is bizarro world, these are the rules we dare you to break. Don’t even think about iT!



don’t face life openly. You might have to feel uncomfortablE.

what you avoid imprisons you, but so what, at least when you avoid things you can feel less yuckY.

 don’t say what you mean, feel, and believe because others might not like you anymore, and that would be troublesomE.

don’t accept yourself as you are. Pretend you’re someone different, then if you make a mistake it wasn’t you anywaY.

don’t accept others as they are either, they might think they can get over on yoU.

hold onto the past, and remember, your version of your past  is the besT.

don’t take responsibility for your life and how it has turned out. That would be ridiculouS.

have a dream for a better life but don’t commit to it, or else you may be disappointeD.

be kind to yourself when you get around to iT.

find something to wish for and remember you don’t have it yet, then forget about iT.

forgive only if they deserve iT.


try hardeR.

try to change or fix otherS.

try to control otherS.

expect the person who hurt you to apologizE.

expect people to be nicer to you than they are to themselveS.

expect others to recognize your goodness or accomplishmentS.

expect people to understand yoU.

test otherS.

wait for permission to do what is best for yoU.




Bizarro world – do you live there already? do you want to join us?

Bizarro world – where people really understand how dangerous the truth is, and will do anything to help you stay safe, in control, and emotionally stimulated.




An expert opinion about ‘experts’

April 13, 2009

This article is worth reading

The expert on experts is Philip Tetlock, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His 2005 book, “Expert Political Judgment,” is based on two decades of tracking some 82,000 predictions by 284 experts. The experts’ forecasts were tracked both on the subjects of their specialties and on subjects that they knew little about.

The result? The predictions of experts were, on average, only a tiny bit better than random guesses — the equivalent of a chimpanzee throwing darts at a board.

“It made virtually no difference whether participants had doctorates, whether they were economists, political scientists, journalists or historians, whether they had policy experience or access to classified information, or whether they had logged many or few years of experience,” Mr. Tetlock wrote.

The more famous experts did worse than unknown ones. That had to do with a fault in the media. Talent bookers for television shows and reporters tended to call up experts who provided strong, coherent points of view, who saw things in blacks and whites. People who shouted — like, yes, Jim Cramer!

Growing number of rigid protocols in medicine

April 9, 2009


I am sure that the trend described in the article will impact the mental health profession soon.

False hopelessness can kill you

April 6, 2009

If you have ever cared about someone who has touched by mental illness and been frustrated with how much they struggle in treatment- this youtube video is worth watching. Dr. Dan Fisher was diagnosed with schizphrenia as a young man and now he is a psychiatrists. He demolishes all kinds of myths, including the worry of giving patients ‘false hopes’ that they can be better. It is much more dangerous to give them false hopelessness.

here’s a video w Dan Fisher:

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