Monday, February 02, 2009


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YouTube -> Dire Straits - Industrial Disease [Sydney -86]


Disclaimer! Disclaimer! Disclaimer!

This show is "not" any kind of a medical show /podcast.

It is by and for the disabled, and if we can help reach across the chasm of questions and indifference to the other side of the rainbow of ability ... well and good.

Its purpose is to keep us entertained, to explain our symptoms, to remark on our discoveries, and to raise the general consciousness about our disabilities.

The path to disability is shadowy, murky and rough strewn.

The path to wellness is lit by the lamp of knowledge.

---- "Pre-Existing Condition" by: "The Motion Sick"


We got PSAs:


Campus Safety urges students, faculty and staff to sign up for text alerts, online @

This will be used to inform students, faculty and staff in an emergency.

This was useful last year in the bomb scare.

To sign up, students must know their Spirit ID # (Bring their Saint Peter's College ID.)


Here's a proper, honest to goodness, real promo. :-)



We've also got some cross promotion going with the web version of St. Peter College's own "Pauw Wow".

The perpetually available and comment capturing web version is "growing on" as opposed to the occasional "Dead Tree" edition which can only capture "a moment in time" for a minority of the news competing for a scarce resource, space with anything else on a fixed number of pages.

As Liebnitz famously once said: "The 'Power of the Press' belongs to those who own one."

But as anyone who can read will attest, the limitations of "that" business model are slowly bleeding to death all of the owners of the "dead tree" press.

The future of the press lies on-line with the internet mixing media according to their appropriateness to whatever is being reported.

From "Twitter" to IM, to e-mail, to FaceBook to Podcasts, to web-radio, to streaming content, to PDFs, to vodcasts, to YouTube, to MP3s, to app mash-ups, to whatever's next, the internet is emerging as the clear winner of the media wars.

So log on to and grow with the media.



The first and most important thing in this life is education, but it may not be what you think of as education.

I am casting my little net about, learning things about business models in an age that is internet enabled, (some would say internet disabled, [if not outright obliterated.])

While micro-payments offers a general solution for media, it still encounters difficulties and producer resistance (as opposed to consumer resistance) because of the high transaction charges from financial service providers. (Its a freakin' miracle that Apple was able to negotiate rates as low at they were to keep the cost per tune to merely 99 cents!)


Coming up this week, the Wednesday Thyme Warp is going to to be about "Myths and Magic".

Also coming up this week, I'm going to have a different take on Peak Oil, because I see it as a great opportunity for America to do what its done best: rise up to a challenge and spit in its eye.

Its not time to wax nostalgic back at some imaginary idyll; its time to look at it with a rising sense of purpose.

That's coming on Friday's show.... In the mean time...

This show is a chance for students at St. Peter's College to both learn about disability, the concepts and the realities of disability, as well as to teach about disability, by exposing the audiences, both on the campuses of St. Peter's College and on the world wide web, to the problems faced by 5% of the population (That's "325,000,000" [three hundred and twenty five million] people, one in twenty people on the planet, alive today, right now, that is the number the W.H.O. [the World Health Organization] estimates fits their definition of disability; points along the continuum from permanently to temporarily and from totally to mildly disabled.)

---- "Sick as a Dog" by: "Brad Sucks"


Celiac Disease is one of those diseases that can run the gamut from mild to total disability and its currently incurable.

Because of the number of people afflicted (1 in 133 people according to one website [ ]) and the fact that its not deadly, research is being done on it, but not enough to change anything.

Because its not a "popular disease" (meaning its not one spread through sexual contact, ) afflicting less that 1% of the population and not gruesomely terminal, if you've got celiac disease, you're stuck with it.

---- "Sick And Tired" by: "Eric Clapton"


The same website [ ] has lots of basic information about

* What is celiac disease?
* What are the symptoms of celiac disease?
* Why are celiac disease symptoms so varied?
* What other health problems do people with celiac disease have?
* How common is celiac disease?
* How is celiac disease diagnosed?
* How is celiac disease treated?
* The Gluten-free Diet: Some Examples
* Points to Remember
* Hope through Research
* For More Information

Now my guest it going to try to tackle his own discovery of these points one by one, in four minutes... :-)

Take it way


---- "MSick" by: "Mark Speckman"


Celiac Disease is no joke.

The immune system, (something I'm intimately acquainted with, what with my M.S. that used to try to kill me every 15 years or so, [the immune system]) gets its wires crossed and attacks part of the whole that it should instead be trying to protect,

---- "Sick" by: "Bad Acid"



The show notes, incuding the complete text of this episode, and any and all links to the artists featured, are on a server ... somewhere.

And this show is also being podcast in m4a format, which means that it you use a compatible player, like iTunes, you get the content divided up into chapters with images and "hot links" to the the web, on the topic of the chapter or to accompany the music.

You can send me feed back. suggestions, or just some sign that there's anybody actually outside the studio.

Address email to charles at

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