Sunday, July 01, 2007

msb-0169 I'm aghast, I'm enthralled

msb-0169 I'm aghast, I'm enthralled,

I'm angry, I'm smiling,

I'm spitting mad, I'm calm in the knowledge that things will be okay.


----"Words For Snow" by: "The Remainders"

Feedback comes first, so...

There is none from you.

Boo Hoo...

---- "Love is a Four Letter Word" by: "When Distance Fails"

Feed Forward comes next, so...

This is "your" segment.

Say "your" piece on this segment.

Share with other MSers whatever "you" want to share.

Drop me an email: charles at

---- "Power Word, Kill" by: "Sunspot"

Feed Me comes third, so...

Do you have a therapy, product, good or service that is of interest to MSers?

Consider advertising on this podcast.

Reminders on this segment only cost $0.03 per reminder per download of an episode. (A $30CPM targeted at MSers.)

It can/should lead to a full ad, in text, audio or video, which costs $3.00 per download.

That sounds expensive until you do the math and realize that if nobody downloads it it costs you nothing, unlike print, where you often can't even get an ad in to the specialized journals, or radio or TV where you'd just be wasting your money with the 0.0833% MSers rate of return. (That's about six times "below" the level of "statistical noise".)

But MSBPodcast is 100% in your market, and you only pay per download of your material.

No play, no pay.

Reach the MSers who would buy your therapy, product, good or service, with-out having to waste your advertising money on anyone who is "not" interested...

Send me an email at: charles (at)

---- "Bullets Have More Eloquence Than Words" by: ".Gustav Bertha"

Main Topic: "I'm aghast, I'm enthralled"

As you would know if you listened to the last show (well listened to my blathering on in the show,) I've been reading a book which I believe all of you should read as well:
"Understanding Disability; Inclusion, Access, Diversity, and Civil Rights" by: "Paul T. Jaeger and Cynthia Ann Bowman", ISBN: 0-275-98226-2
Whether you're currently disabled, or are still dreading it, this book has several somethings for you.

Like the clarion cry of the founders of the United States: "No Taxation Without Representation!" our cry should be "Nothing About Us Without Us!"

The book is a short 137 pages, plus thorough references and an index, but it packs "a lot" of information into those pages.

This book is well and engagingly written by two people with credentials and some experience with disability.

The book divides the topic into four parts and twelve chapters:
Part I The Social Lives of Disability
  1. The Roles of Disability in Society
  2. Social Classifications of and Reactions to Disability
  3. Disability Discrimination and the Evolution of Civil Rights in Democratic Societies
  4. Trying to Come to America: A Historical Illustration of the Classifications of Disability in U.S. Immigration Law and Policy
Part II Access and Accessibility
  1. Physical Access, Intellectual Access, and Access in Society
  2. Access and Classifications of Disability in Legal Discourse
  3. Accessibility and Technology in Application: Unequal Acces Online
Part III Social Representation of Disability
  1. The Social Significance of the Representation of Disability
  2. Representations of Disability across Media
  3. "Nothing About Us Without Us"
Part IV The Future of Disability in Society
  1. Future Social Issues for Persons with Disabilities
  2. Disability Culture in a Nondisabled Society
Its an enlightening read. (The reason episode 168 was so long in coming, instead of appearing spot on last Friday, was because I simply had to read this book, twice, before I could put it down.)

I could fill your ears with tales of my observations about the I.N.S. and how I saw the suffering they induced in people simply because they could. (There is no more effective way to bring out venality in people than to give control over something that other people need. The I.N.S. has control of something we applicants need, citizenship, and, even if they didn't start out that way, they become utterly insufferable over time. [And that's just the way it is. A health-{don't}care worker will become abusive over time. Its just the (human) nature of the beast. {I'd like to write a book called: "Tomorrow's Monsters" Subtitled "Today's Saints". }])

As much as I rail against hiring the incompetent, I believe that everybody should take a forced career break of at least a year, every six years. They can then take a rest from the vicissitudes of the day-to-day and recharge their humanity before deciding if they want to resume the grind and the hazards of their jobs.

---- "Two Words" by: "ANTI-HERO"

Main Topic, part deux:

Given how I'm such a Podcasting enthusiast, I enjoyed reading the chapter on "Representations of Disability across Media" for all the wrong reasons.

That's because we can use the internet to make an end run around broadcast media and bypass the problem of demographics entirely.

Even with 500 million people across he planet being disabled, we, the disabled and potentially disabled, are shut out of any media on the basis that we aren't "representative." Its simply "not" cost effective to each out to us, specially if the advertisers have to drill down to find subgroups, like MSers, with our measly 0.0833% of the general population.

Broadcast media is hopelessly and forever out of reach.

But the very fact that this podcast exists and that it has garnered an audience of people who have stumbled upon it (my ad still hasn't appeared in "insidems" yet,) means that the audience of interested people are self-selecting right now.

Well okay, the very fact that this podcast exists is due to "my" needing an outlet, a voice, a place to vent.

But you, my gentle audience/readers, are still here, and I don't really care if its the music or the topic.

The occasional feedback make it worth my hagning around.

So what's "the word"?

---- "The Word" by: "3 Blind Mice"


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