By: David Haas -- Special to martincwiner.com
David Haas is cancer patient advocate who writes and researches to help people going through cancer. His blog is located at http://haasblaag.blogspot.com/
Ask any cancer patient what their number one fear is during the treatment process and many of them will probably tell you not having someone around them that understands what they are going through -- others will probably say they're afraid of complications. The experts in the medical community understand the psychological importance of having someone around you that you can talk to about your fears and anxiety and also to give you invaluable knowledge on the process.
Patients with any kind of cancer including common diseases like skin cancer
and rare and deadly diseases like mesothelioma
may feel like they are at the lowest point in their life. They may feel like there is no way they can mentally cope with their condition, but what they don't understand is that many other patients have felt the same way when they battled cancer. This is one reason cancer support groups
are important. It gives patients the opportunity to share their fears by talking with other people who are going through the same thing and have been through the same thing. Many people believe that the greatest feelings of safety and comfort come from being surrounded by people who care and people who understand.
Patients in remission will reassure new patients that the medical community has greatly advanced in recent years, making cancer treatment easier and less stressful than previous times. This article
from Cancer.gov lists how far radiation treatment has come and how it helps patients.
To keep their spirits alive, patients going through treatment
attend support groups to ask for advice from other experienced patients. The advice that a patient going through the same thing or in remission gives is invaluable to other patients because they know just how hard the journey is; they know personal advice that can help patients that doctors may otherwise not know.
This kind of help empowers cancer patients, renewing their positive outlook on their condition and life in general. Being positive can greatly improve the healing process by giving a person a renewed energy about their condition. Moreover, patients who are restrained to their bed can visit online support group communities. It is not necessary to appear in person to a group session. There are plenty of online sessions with real people who can help. Here are a few great online cancer support groups:
The cancer support group system's importance cannot be stressed enough. It is crucial for cancer patients to connect with other patients to share advice and to create camaraderie to fight this disease together.
Inglourious Basterds : Bastardizing Holocaust Remembrance
Martin C. Winer
A comedy about nothing may be quite clever but a Holocaust movie about nothing is irresponsible at best. For many years after the Holocaust, the film world observed a mourning period not even willing to touch the topic. Then a spate of films came out seeking to portray with the utmost realism the horrors that had occurred. The screenwriters did not use their imaginations in constructing the screenplays since Nazi imagination was as evil as it was complete. Screenwriters dedicated themselves instead to rendering a faithful reproduction of those tragic events.
But now it seems as though enough time has passed such that the Holocaust can serve as comic foil to wrap and serve a helping of Quentin Tarentino gratuituous violence. In Tarantino’s earlier works like Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction, violence was a backdrop against which he nourished his viewers with rich character development. Many remember the character of Max Cherry, a Bail Bondsman who discovered the Delfonics and his youth in a passing romance with Jackie Brown. Tarantino’s unique gift is in providing full Technicolor hues to seemingly ordinary characters. In this sense, Inglourious Basterds fails as a Tarantino movie long before it fails as a movie dealing with the Holocaust.
The characters of this film are two dimensional and black and white. Despite ample opportunity to shed light on the characters, the closest Tarantino comes is in his depiction of Col. Landa who is a master rat in a world of rats. The closest Tarantino comes to any sort of message is delivered through Landa who reports that a squirrel and a rat are both very similar rodents, yet only the rat is detested. By extension the reason Tarantino provides that the Jews have been so heavily targeted is a childish “Just So” story. Any search for a broader meaning to the film will fall as flat as the remaining characters.
Beyond failed character development this film often offers mere caricatures. Brad Pitt’s performance was notably poor in that he offers only a hyperbolic rendition of an American of southern descent with an obnoxious accent. The ‘Basterds’ – a troupe of American Jewish soldiers out to scalp Nazis – are equally hollow depictions of people bent on revenge. Tarantino shines at bringing out characters in films set in California. But when it comes to developing characters in war torn Europe, it seems that he has bitten off more than he can chew.
The ending of the film is as disappointing as the character development. Tarantino offers an alternate ending to World War II where the Nazis are brought down by a cunning act of espionage and subterfuge. Anyone with the slightest sense of history will watch with raised eyebrows comparing this with the real ending of over 60 million people dead before Hitler and his Reich met its end. To end Hitler with the flick of Tarantino’s pen, even though this be a work of fiction, seems irreverent of a painful history.
The ultimate concern of such a film is brought out in a line from the very film itself: “Goebbels considers the films he’s making to be the beginning of the new era… an alternative to … the German-Jewish intellectual cinema of the 20’s.” If Tarantino has decided for himself that it’s time to move beyond the painful and historically correct depictions of Holocaust films past, and that instead the Holocaust can be used as a mere backdrop for contemporary drama, what era in film making will this usher in?
Have you ever heard the expression “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”? It turns out that two lobbies who seldom see eye to eye, are both seeing the promise in Matt Damon’s new film “Promised Land”. The film makes a stink about the process of natural gas extraction called Fracking. Fracking or Hydraulic Fracturing involves injecting high pressure water and a cocktail of chemicals into the ground to break up the bedrock and release natural gas. The process is highly controversial and is considered to be damaging to the environment, especially to the water table.
The Oscar Nominated documentary “Gasland” sheds a pro-environmental light on Fracking.
Hollywood, notoriously liberal and pro environment loves the film for its protection of the environment. The film starring Matt Damon (co-writer of the screenplay) and John Krasinski who are both notable Fracking opponents.
Also supporting the film, The United Arab Emirates have a vested interest in the downfall of the Fracking industry as it would cut into their business. They have contributed financially to the backing of this film.
With a film about natural gas extraction, a ‘release’ party takes on a whole new meaning. Just the same, olfactory risk aside, I’d love to be there to see the two groups on opposite sides of the room. Just like oil and water, and reminiscent of those junior high dances, the two groups won’t mix except in their support of this film.
(Cocktails to be served at the release party)
There have been many rumours that playing rock music backwards reveals satanic messages. I’ve always found that to be an odd rumour because were it true, the only equipment required to commune with the devil, one would be a broken phonograph (that’s a record player for the young’ens).
It turns out however that the Beatle’s Song “Because” off the Abbey Road Album was indeed composed based on the reversed chord progression of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”.
John Lennon in a 1980 interview remarked:
I was lying on the sofa in our house, listening to Yoko play Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' on the piano. Suddenly, I said 'Can you play those chords backward?' She did, and I wrote 'Because' around them. The song sounds like 'Moonlight Sonata,' too. The lyrics are clear, no bullshit, no imagery, no obscure references.
The next clips show “Because” forward and reversed as well as “Moonlight Sonata” forward and reversed. Note that it is the chord progression which is reversed between “Because” and “Moonlight Sonata” but the forward and reversed versions give you a feel for the similarities between the two pieces.
Same-Sex Marriage Rights:
Conservatives are not the Patent Holders on ‘Marriage’
religion.lilithezine.com – Sept 11, 2009
The debate continues to rage on about same-sex marriage rights. In California flaming wildfires and flaming same-sex marriage partners are given equal treatment under the law: They are both invited to take a cold shower. Behind the debate is the more fundamental debate over the use of the word ‘marriage’. It is almost as if conservatives are the patent holders on the term ‘marriage’ and same-sex proponents are infringing on that patent.