Archive - May 28, 2014

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Peace Corps Doctor Talks Mental Health and Elliot Rodger
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Kinky Friedman (Borneo 1967-69) Loses Again in Texas
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Review — CANNONS FOR THE CAUSE byMartin R. Ganzglass (Somalia)

Peace Corps Doctor Talks Mental Health and Elliot Rodger

Fuller Torrey was the Peace Corps Doctor in Ethiopia -1964-66-and today is a well known psychiatrist and schizophrenia researcher. He is the executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute (SMRI) and founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center(TAC), a nonprofit organization whose principal activity is promoting the passage and implementation of outpatient commitment laws and civil commitment laws and standards in individual states that allow mentally ill people to be forcibly committed and medicated easily throughout the United States. He is well known as an advocate of the idea that severe mental illness is due to biological factors and not social factors. He has received two Commendation Medals by the U.S. Public Health Service and numerous other awards and tributes. Torrey is on the board of the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), which describes itself as being “a national nonprofitadvocacy organization.[5] TAC supports involuntary treatment when deemed appropriate by a judge (at the urging of the . . .

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Kinky Friedman (Borneo 1967-69) Loses Again in Texas

Texas  rancher Jim Hogan has defeated singer and humorist Kinky Friedman to claim the Democratic nomination for Texas agriculture commissioner. Hogan, of Cleburne, topped Friedman in Tuesday’s runoff after no candidate won more than 50 percent in the three-way March primary. The agricultural commissioner oversees the school-lunch program in Texas while more broadly handling farming issues. Friedman ran unsuccessfully as an independent for governor in 2006 and lost the Democratic nomination for agricultural commissioner in 2010. Hogan made it to the runoff despite minimal campaigning. Agriculture Commissioner – Democrat 99 % Precincts Reporting Jim Hogan 103,88354% Kinky Friedman 89,30546%

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Review — CANNONS FOR THE CAUSE byMartin R. Ganzglass (Somalia)

Cannons for the Cause: A Novel of the American Revolution by Martin R. Ganzglass  (Somalia 1966–68) A Peace Corps Writers Book $11.69 (paperback) March 2014 340 pages Reviewed by Thomas E. Coyne Martin R. Ganzglass has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, a lawyer, a non-fiction author and is now a novelist who believes “thoroughly researched, well-written historical fiction will attract readers who otherwise would not read straight history books”. And he is right! The ranks of those who are turned off from the knowledge of days and decades gone by because of over emphasis on dates and place names would probably fill several armies. They never get to savor the meat and potatoes of past events; the unlikely stew of people, prejudices, truth and lies that are in our past and have shaped our present. Cannons for the Cause begins a tale that, if the author has his way (and . . .

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