Comedy and Tragedy: Links from Around the Web, and a Random Bumpersticker

September 25, 2009 at 4:09 am | Posted in In the News, Links, Philosophical Problems | 1 Comment

Via Furious Seasons, an apparently serious suggestion from that Federal regulators allow pharmaceutical companies to create fan pages using social media like Facebook. This is, um, a really bad idea. That is, if your goal is to promote accurate, unbiased medical information. If you just want to create fans, hey, why not?

By the way, Furious Seasons is holding a fundraiser, and if you’d like to support an informative, thoughtful bipolar site with $5 or $10, it’s a good investment.

I took a look this morning at The New York Times site on bipolar disorder, and was pleased. Among other things, it offers basic information about the disease, links to various organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and, if you search “bipolar disorder,” an assortment of more specific articles arranged by date. There are multimedia features, too, including a section called “Patient Voices.” I didn’t click on it, though, because I’m afraid of multimedia.

My main complaint is the one I always have: it doesn’t really convey the seriousness of the disease, or how totally it disrupts patients’ lives. The main page is fairly dry, and doesn’t include the quirky symptoms like word-retrieval difficulties that help to distinguish the disease from major depression and personality disorders. So, it’s a mixed bag, but worth a look if you’re seeking basic information and absorbing feature stories.

Before we move ahead with links, I feel compelled to veer off-topic (which is, in itself, very manic-depressive) and muse about a bumper sticker I saw this afternoon. It read: “I will forgive Jane Fonda when the Jews forgive Hitler.” Wow, I thought, that’s nonsensical. I mean, that reveals such historical ignorance that it’s hard to know where to start. Is the guy under the impression that Jane Fonda committed genocide during the Vietnam War? Or — and I like this option — does he think that Hitler gets a bad rap, and was simply a young, idealistic celebrity? Hm. His other bumper sticker was less interesting: “I didn’t claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables.” Yawn. That one is pretty funny when the punchline is “tofu,” but vegetables? This raises the possibility that his confusion of Hitler and Jane Fonda results from constipation.

In other news, I should have a spiffy logo soon. Michael Siegenthaler of the graphic novel Skits has promised to design me one, and his work rocks. I can’t wait — it’s about time to get rid of that pic of myself in Pigeon Pose.

The posts on If You’re Going Through Hell Keep Going have been heart-wrenching this week. I think it’s valuable to read them, though. If you’re bipolar, you’ll know that you’re not alone; if you’re a friend or family member who would like to understand the disease better, these raw posts will help you to understand what your loved one suffers. If you can, post a loving comment to the author — she deserves our affection and prayers right now.

Love to all.


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  1. What a wonderful blog you have. i am so enjoying it. Thank you for the shout out. i am trying since i don’t think other bloggers cover it, – what it is like to be in the throws of a manic or depressive episode.

    We have a lot in common- phone phobias and what not. i use to be a high functioning person. i long and hope to get there again.


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