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Re: “When the Mind Splits

Given the subject's overwillingness to tell everyone and anyone she meets that she has a disorder that she herself stated she has no desire to change, just get exposure (which is way different than raising awareness), and her "unconditionally supportive" mother who carries around a copy of her daughter's "diagnosis" in her purse and cries over the loss of an alter, the writer may want to do a follow-up piece entitled "Munchausen and Munchausen by Proxy: how far attention-craving people will go to ultimately ruin their own and other's lives".

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Posted by Nathan Degenero on 10/30/2014 at 8:18 PM

Re: “When the Mind Splits

Amazing article and video. Thank you for speaking out for the over 1% of those who live with DID.

As for Johnson's comment, "Writer's focus is seriously misplaced.

Diagnosis/naming of disorders, DSM-association, is essentially irrelevant to popular understanding and appropriate policy development and political action. There's plenty of discussion about diagnostic matters among clinicians and other professionals where it belongs. Amateurs can't talk meaningfully about the uses of diagnostic categories. What matters is prevention." I respectfully disagree.

First, writer's focus is right on. They know more about DID, suffering at the hands of abusers, and how trauma has affected them and others then you could imagine. I believe that they are working toward public awareness in order to stop child abuse. There are professionals who do specialize in trauma disorders and understand dissociation, but they are few and far between. Education is where society should be turning - not their backs on those who have suffered because of the public's misunderstanding and misinformation concerning child abuse. What is happening currently? Yes, children are being abused at an astronomical rate, and adult survivors of abuse are further invalidated by misdiagnoses and thus, mistreatment.

Public awareness and education of trauma and dissociation is the answer.

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Posted by Felicity Lee on 10/30/2014 at 6:26 PM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

The Express takes the same positions on the statewide propositions as does the Peace and Freedom Party.The local recommendations are not the same. You can find more at www.peaceandfreedom.org. From there you can find the 2014 elections page.

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Posted by Marsha Feinland on 10/30/2014 at 10:20 AM

Re: “When the Mind Splits

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Posted by Editor on 10/30/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “When the Mind Splits

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Posted by Editor on 10/30/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

I appreciate that you have endorsed Mike Katz-Lacabe - my husband - for San Leandro City Council District 1. But I am puzzled as to why you did not give a nod to Mia Ousley for District 5. While Mia doesn't have the experience that Mike does - frankly, nobody does -, she shares the same values, the same willingness to stand up for what's right and a deeper engagement with the San Leandro community than any other candidate in the race.

Other than Mike, Mia has attended the most City Council, Committee and Commission meetings. She was key in creating an urban farming ordinance, and wrestling it away from the Police Chief when the Chief tried to turn it into an "animal control ordinance" that would give her broad rights to enter people's private property. Mia spoke out repeatedly against the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, and collaborated in the process of forming a good ordinance allowing them. At numerous council meetings, she's spoken out against surveillance cameras, long-term retention of surveillance data, the purchase of an armored vehicle and military equipment, putting limits on police power, in favor of restoring minutes and increasing transparency, and many, many other progressive issues. The same cannot be said about any other candidate for any other Council seat (other than Mike).

Mia was also responsible for co-founding the successful coalition to Save San Leandro Hospital - at a time when pretty much everyone had accepted that Sutter would be able to close the emergency room.

What Mia doesn't have are strong ties to the political establishment. She is a citizen, an activist, someone who is willing to do the hard work of government. Indeed, her knowledge of the nitty-gritty details of the City's financial obligations gained her the endorsement of the Oakland Tribune, not a small feat for someone who is so unabashedly liberal.

Moreover, it was because of Mia's courage in making raising the minimum wage part of her platform, that other candidates were forced to come out in favor of supporting it.

It's a pity you did not meet with her, got to know her record and learned about her vision for San Leandro.

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Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 10/30/2014 at 7:20 AM

Re: “The Fight to Regulate Health Insurers

With the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) "regulating" our energy rates, California winds up with electricity rates almost 40 percent higher than the average in all other states, and almost 57 percent higher than our neighboring states, Oregon and Arizona. It sure looks like the state of CA has been remarkably useless in keeping our energy rates in check and protecting our public. Why should yet another feckless commissioner be empowered to add bureaucracy to the healthcare segment? More government power is not the solution - it is the problem.

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Posted by William H. Thompson on 10/29/2014 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

I'll have trouble voting for anyone who doesn't put education among the first three priorities for Oakland. Bewilderingly, there are only two candidates who do: Siegel and Quan. Siegel's call for universal pre-school is right on. Educated youngsters are less likely to become criminals later -- the solution to crime requires long-term thinking in addition to the band-aid of more police.
See http://www.oakmayor2014.com/candidate-question-1-2/

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Posted by Amy X Neuburg on 10/29/2014 at 7:45 PM

Re: “The Rainy Day Dilemma

I agree! Prop 2 is more "creative accounting" from Sacramento politicians who want leeway to play with schools' funding. It's upsetting and appalling to learn that once again K-12 public education is what they think is dispensable. Thank you to the Express for caring to clarify the issue for voters. I'm voting No on 2 too!

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Posted by reva aimes on 10/29/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

Considering that a progressive political operative used political intimidation and political violence to beat & torture my cats, vandalized and assaulted my home 2 weeks using political violence to intimidate us from our supporting non-progressive incumbents & candidates here in Richmond My family & I kicked the individual's ass to the curb! He ran off into the night screaming like a little boy! If this happens again, they wont get so lucky! WE ARE THE RESISTANCE, WE ARE TEAM WOLVERINE!

Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney
Richmond, CA..

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Posted by Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney on 10/29/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

Jim Rogers is bad news. He was going to be disbarred by the California Bar for unscrupulous law practices, but quit before he was disbarred. See your own EBX article here: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/sett…
How the hell did he get on the Richmond City Council? Who would hire him knowing was going to be disbarred? Why should the voters of Richmond hire him? BTW, he is not an independent. He is now on the Chevron bandwagon, and is also being supported by the National Realtors Association. He also voted for the casino at Pt. Molate, voting "yes" with Nat Bates after the voters of Richmond sent out a resounding "no". Do not vote for Jim Rogers!

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Posted by Jeannette Kortz 1 on 10/29/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The Fight to Regulate Health Insurers

Single Payer Now!

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Posted by Ory Plotkin on 10/29/2014 at 1:42 PM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

"Oakland Rising Action conducted a study of the candidates, their positions, actions and experience and ranked mayoral choices as 1) Siegel, 2) Quan and 3) Schaff."

A "study" to be sure.

Oakland Rising is funded largely by the City of Oakland and those who are most likely to continue this funding include Siegel, Quan and Schaaf.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The Rainy Day Dilemma

Bravo to the East Bay Express for really digging into this issue. And finding how, once again, schools have been dragged into the toxic mix of state funding. Now, instead of draining school property taxes, the Gov & Legislature are going after school reserve funding. (Probably because at least two counties' schools have been drained completely dry.) No on 2.

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Posted by Jennifer Bestor on 10/29/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

Jeff,

We didn't have space in the paper to explain our position on 48. Basically, we don't object to the Native American casino pact negotiated by Gov. Brown. In general, we don't have a problem with off-reservation casinos. We also like the fact that the deal effectively protects a stretch of the Northern California coast from future development.

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Posted by Editor on 10/29/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

Oakland Rising Action conducted a study of the candidates, their positions, actions and experience and ranked mayoral choices as 1) Siegel, 2) Quan and 3) Schaff. Siegel is the most progressive candidate and Quan, despite her missteps, has achieved a great deal. Schaff has become more progressive. Rebecca Kaplan is ineffective and inconsistent. Tuman has no relevant experience (he claims that being head of his academic department has prepared him to run the city of Oakland. As an academic, I find this laughable.) Bryan Parker is the big business candidate.

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Posted by Brad Erickson on 10/29/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “When the Mind Splits

Writer's focus is seriously misplaced.

Diagnosis/naming of disorders, DSM-association, is essentially irrelevant to popular understanding and appropriate policy development and political action. There's plenty of discussion about diagnostic matters among clinicians and other professionals where it belongs. Amateurs can't talk meaningfully about the uses of diagnostic categories. What matters is prevention.

The problem is the abuse and neglect of children. It often destroys them. Causes of this neglect and abuse: anti-family public policy, institutionalized racism, economic and other inequalities, a destructive criminal justice system, failure of police reform as in Oakland (low police morale; poor police oversight; lack of real community policing; no police commission and on and on).

There are a million cases of child neglect and abuse reported in the U.S. each year. The actual number of such happenings is several times the reported rate.

The results of poor social policies and childhood neglect and abuse: school failure (as in Oakland), lifetime coping problems, a criminal justice system which warehouses mentally ill (the unwarehoused are called "homeless").

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

Why Yes on 48? I'm curious to see the reasoning.

Posted by Jeff Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

East Bay Express has been generally supportive of the Oakland establishment so it is consistent in endorsing Schaaf, Quan, Kaplan (with a nod to establishment-associated Siegel) and Anne Washington. This is essentially a vote for no change and a continuation of past policies, progressive or not. I say "not."

Chip Johnson, on the other hand, has often been critical of Oakland policies and (mis)management. Thus it's surprising that he has decided to go for Schaaf with a nod to Quan.

My take on it all is that it's all about editorialists not wanting to take political risks, as limited as such risks may actually be for them. It's true that people like Quan don't tolerate opposition.

As well as a lack of direct knowledge on their part of the ins and outs of how local government actually "works" and exactly who benefits from the status quo.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

In Tuesday’s Chronicle, Chip Johnson reveled his three choices for Mayor, Libby first, Tuman second and, somewhat apologetically, Quan for third. Libby is my first and Tuman my second, and I was considering Quan for third, but not after receiving an email from her completely misrepresenting Chip’s endorsement. She made it sound as tho she was his first choice by saying he “gave his support to Mayor Jean Quan.” The paragraph following had words of praise for her, which were not his. She did not put quotes around them but the juxtaposition could lead one to believe they were his words. She seems desperate. I don’t feel this is a person I can trust to be truthful.

He did say her last two years were better than the first two. But his main point was “better the devil you know….”

Chip reported in detail on positions and actions Libby had taken that convinced him that she was the best choice. It is well worth reading, and I am not even a fan of him.

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Posted by Joyce Roy on 10/29/2014 at 12:08 AM

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