Saturday, August 30, 2014

Doctors are Sick of their Profession

In the not too distant past (pre-HMOs), many doctors were autonomous independent professionals, often with their own private practice, who made their own decisions regarding their patients’ health.

In his book, Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar says that doctors today are mired down in a bureaucratic system that undermines their confidence and creates disillusionment leading to a collective malaise.

The Wall Street Journal

“American doctors are suffering from a collective malaise. We strove, made sacrifices—and for what? For many of us, the job has become only that—a job.

That attitude isn't just a problem for doctors. It hurts patients too.

Today medicine is just another profession, and doctors have become like everybody else: insecure, discontented and anxious about the future. In surveys, a majority of doctors express diminished enthusiasm for medicine and say they would discourage a friend or family member from entering the profession.

In a 2008 survey of 12,000 physicians, only 6% described their morale as positive. Eighty-four percent said that their incomes were constant or decreasing. Most said they didn't have enough time to spend with patients because of paperwork, and nearly half said they planned to reduce the number of patients they would see in the next three years or stop practicing altogether.

Consider what one doctor had to say on Sermo, the online community of more than 270,000 physicians:

‘I wouldn't do it again, and it has nothing to do with the money. I get too little respect from patients, physician colleagues, and administrators, despite good clinical judgment, hard work, and compassion for my patients.’ ”
Sandeep Jauhar

Continue reading at The Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bob Dobbs Interviews Lyndon LaRouche | 26 August 2004


Bob’s Media Ecology

In 1992 Time Again Productions produced two CDs—Bob’s Media Ecology and Bob’s Media Ecology Squared—compiled from Bob Dobbs’ radio broadcasts.

The producers were Bob Dobbs, David Newfeld and Nelson Thall.

Bob’s Media Ecology, Track 9, The Wizard of Ecology

“I run the solar government…the more you find out that I’m running the show, then we can implement my policies because you will be able to match with them.”

Bob’s Media Ecology, Track 10, Grammar Rap [BOB RAPS!]

Listen to all of the audios from both CDs.
Read the liner notes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

From Babylon to Bobylon

“Ed, we haven't corrected Bobylon yet - I just got home - please take it down until we correct it” —Bob

Bob Dobbs & Eben Rey | 2003

22 May 2003
22 July 2003
28 August 2003

25 September 2003
An explanation of 2 of Bob’s charts

28 November 2003
Charts continued

Bob’s Formula Chart
Bob’s Tiny Note Chart

The Department of Sudden Departure

The Washington Post

In episode 6 of The Leftovers, Nora Durst lands a job in the Department of Sudden Departure.

She interviews people who have filed claims (if you lost someone, you get money) and digs into the life of the Departed with 150 deeply personal questions.

If you want the cash, you have to answer. Did your loved one drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day? Did they eat sugar cereal? Did they ever attempt suicide? After all, the department is trying to find patterns about why some disappeared and why some were left on Earth, and Nora fulfills her responsibilities by asking them all.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Brittany Murphy Story


Brittany Murphy was only 32 years old when she died…but how? Drugs? Poison? As tabloid reporters pounce on her home, Brittany’s husband Simon Monjack and her mother Sharon blame Hollywood for Brittany’s death.

How did this shining star from New Jersey who soared to instant fame in Clueless end up marrying a man who was known for swindling women and spiral into a life of anti-depressants?

Brittany Murphy & Parallel Worlds

Bob Dobbs | Covert Culture

Eben Rey


15 June 2014
Bob Dobbs’ first radio appearance, 1 October 1984

5 July 2014
12 July 2014
19 July 2014

Pull up a chair and listen as one of the foremost international intelligence operatives reads from his diaries and explains his involvement in the culture during the later half of the twentieth century.

“I went into broadcasting DURING my espionage life. I had to do it in order to direct the Android Meme in my favour via its xenochrony.”

“I'm an MK-ULTRA victim myself! You put me on the radio, I go into what they programmed me to say!”
Bob Dobbs

Download Bob’s Diaries (PDF)
Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation by David McGowan
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, Blood’s a Rover by James Ellroy
Licio Gelli
The Pope and the Vatican Bank, NY Times
Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski Documentary, Born Into This
Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond
Captain Alfred Matthew Hubbard
Bob’s Media Ecology

James Brown | Get On Up


In the '80s and '90s, NPR’s Fresh Air recorded interviews with Brown’s biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, James Brown chatted with Terry Gross after the publication of his autobiography I Feel Good.

James Brown Faked His Death

Bob Dobbs Recommends | B W Powe

B W Powe is a Canadian author and teacher who studied with Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye at the University of Toronto. He currently teaches English at York University.

Video: B W Powe on Macluhan

Interview with B W Powe

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man


Marshall McLuhan proposes that media (not its content) affects how we perceive and understand the world around us..

McLuhan uses interchangeably the words medium, media and technology. For McLuhan a medium is "any extension of ourselves", or more broadly, "any new technology". In addition to forms such as newspapers, television and radio, McLuhan includes the light bulb, cars, speech and language in his definition of "media". All of these, as technologies, mediate our communication. Their forms or structures affect how we perceive and understand the world around us.

Download Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (PDF) by Marshall McLuhan.

It’s Not the Content
McLuhan says that the conventional pronouncements fail in studying media because they pay attention to and focus on the content, which blinds them to see its actual character, the psychic and social effects. Significantly, the electric light is usually not even regarded as a medium because it has no content. Instead, McLuhan observes that any medium "amplifies or accelerates existing processes", introduces a "change of scale or pace or shape or pattern into human association, affairs, and action", resulting in "psychic, and social consequences"; this is the real "meaning or message" brought by a medium, a social and psychic message, and it depends solely on the medium itself, regardless of the 'content' emitted by it.

McLuhan, to show the flaws of the common belief that the message resides or depends on how the medium is used (the "content" output), uses the example of mechanization (machinery to assist the work of human operators), pointing out that regardless of the product (i.e. cornflakes or Cadillacs), the impact on workers and society is the same. In a further exemplification of the common unawareness of the real meaning of media, McLuhan says that people "describe the scratch but not the itch."

Listen to Bob Dobbs and Katie Thomas discuss Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.

The Rearview Mirror
McLuhan also says that a characteristic of every medium is that its content is always another (previous) medium. For an example in the new millennium, the Internet is a medium containing traces of various mediums which came before it—the printing press, radio and the moving image.

The impact of each medium is somewhat limited to the previous social condition, since it just adds itself to the existing, amplifying existing processes. Therefore different societies may be differently transformed by the same media.

The only possible way to discern the real "principles and lines of force" of a media (or structure), is to stand aside from it and be detached from it. This is necessary to avoid the powerful ability of any medium to put the unwary into a "subliminal state of Narcissus trance," imposing "its own assumptions, bias, and values" on him. Instead, while in a detached position, one can predict and control the effects of the medium. This is so difficult because "the spell can occur immediately upon contact, as in the first bars of a melody".

McLuhan argues that media are languages, with their own structures and systems of grammar, and that they can be studied as such. He believed that media have effects in that they continually shape and re-shape the ways in which individuals, societies, and cultures perceive and understand the world. In his view, the purpose of media studies is to make visible what is invisible: the effects of media technologies themselves, rather than simply the messages they convey. Media studies therefore, ideally, seeks to identify patterns within a medium and in its interactions with other media.

Hot & Cool
McLuhan identified two types of media: "hot" media and "cool" media. This terminology does not refer to the temperature or emotional intensity, nor some kind of classification, but to the degree of participation. Different media invite different degrees of participation on the part of a person who chooses to consume a medium. Some media, such as film, were "hot" - that is, they enhance one single sense, in this case vision, in such a manner that a person does not need to exert much effort in filling in the details of a movie image. McLuhan contrasted this with "cool" TV, which he claimed requires more effort on the part of viewer to determine meaning, and comics, which due to their minimal presentation of visual detail require a high degree of effort to fill in details that the cartoonist may have intended to portray. A movie is thus said by McLuhan to be "hot", intensifying one single sense "high definition", demanding a viewer's attention, and a comic book to be "cool" and "low definition", requiring much more conscious participation by the reader to extract value.

McLuhan's Laws of Media
McLuhan concluded that four things happen to all media and human artifacts; this phenomenon was inevitable, and they apply universally. Additionally, while some results may take years to make themselves apparent, McLuhan insisted that these things all happened simultaneously.

Enhance, Reverse, Retrieve, Obsolesce

Because these things happen simultaneously, McLuhan settled upon the tetrad to display the interlocking nature of these effects.

View a graphic of the Laws of Media (click on each word to see an explanation).