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Tuesday 02 July 2013
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02.07.2013

HB 1355, 1 July 2013, went into effect today being signed by Governor Rick Scott. Is it necessary or discriminating for ratings? Is the legislative branch turning into a Hollywood production or has it lost it’s way do to lack of oversight without foresight? Although most agencies report without showing the bill here is the link: HB 1355 can be found here. An excerpt: ‘Purchase of Firearms by Mentally Ill Persons: Provides conditions under which person who has been voluntarily admitted to mental institution for treatment…’ Leaps and bounds are presented here with extreme potential for not only discrimination but also abuse. Lets not forget those suffering funerals or deaths in the family who have a moment of depression, now will pay for it in the long run and be labeled “mentally ill.” Now citizen’s gun rights are being left not in the hands of law makers but in the hands of the already corrupt health care agencies of Florida. Look at how many physicians are arrested, ‘in the United States number one for public corruption State of Florida’, for racketeering, collusion and corruption in Florida, especially pill mills. Summary: Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim. Facts: Most crimes of passion are not done by mentally ill people but by people in a heat of passion or rage. In fact you can find facts here. Fact 1: The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent. Fact 2: The public is misinformed about the link between mental illness and violence. Fact 3: Inaccurate beliefs about mental illness and violence lead to widespread stigma and discrimination. Fact 4: The link between mental illness and violence is promoted by the entertainment and news media. Here is what researchers say about the link between mental illness and violence: - ‘Although studies suggest a link between mental illnesses and violence, the **** of people with mental illnesses to overall rates of violence is small, and further, the magnitude of the relationship is greatly exaggerated in the minds of the general population (Institute of Medicine, 2006).’ - ‘…the vast majority of people who are violent do not suffer from mental illnesses (American Psychiatric Association, 1994).’ - “The absolute risk of violence among the mentally ill as a group is very small. . . only a small proportion of the violence in our society can be attributed to persons who are mentally ill (Mulvey, 1994).” -’People with psychiatric disabilities are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent crime (Appleby, et al., 2001). People with severe mental illnesses, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or psychosis, are 2 ½ times more likely to be attacked, raped or mugged than the general population (Hiday, et al.,1999).’ A longitudinal study of American’s attitudes on mental health between 1950 and 1996 found, ‘the proportion of Americans who describe mental illness in terms consistent with violent or dangerous behavior nearly doubled.’ Also, the vast majority of Americans believe that persons with mental illnesses pose a threat for violence towards others and themselves (Pescosolido, et al., 1996, Pescosolido et al., 1999). The discrimination and stigma associated with mental illnesses stem in part, from the link between mental illness and violence in the minds of the general public (DHHS, 1999, Corrigan, et al., 2002). The effects of stigma and discrimination are profound. The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health found that, ‘Stigma leads others to avoid living, socializing, or working with, renting to, or employing people with mental disorders – especially severe disorders, such as schizophrenia. It leads to low self-esteem, isolation, and hopelessness. It deters the public from seeking and wanting to pay for care. Responding to stigma, people with mental health problems internalize public attitudes and become so embarrassed or ashamed that they often conceal symptoms and fail to seek treatment (New Freedom Commission, 2003).’ ‘Characters in prime time television portrayed as having a mental illness are depicted as the most dangerous of all demographic groups: 60 percent were shown to be involved in crime or violence’ (Mental Health American, 1999). ‘Most news accounts portray people with mental illness as dangerous’ (Wahl, 1995). ‘The vast majority of news stories on mental illness either focus on other negative characteristics related to people with the disorder (e.g., unpredictability and unsociability) or on medical treatments. Notably absent are positive stories that highlight recovery of many persons with even the most serious of mental illnesses’ (Wahl, et al., 2002). Citations: American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Fact Sheet: Violence and Mental Illness. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association. Appleby, L., Mortensen, P. B., Dunn, G., & Hiroeh, U. (2001). Death by homicide, suicide, and other unnatural causes in people with mental illness: a population-based study. The Lancet, 358, 2110-2112. Corrigan, P.W., Rowan, D., Green, A., et al. (2002) .Challenging two mental illness stigmas: Personal responsibility and dangerousness. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 28, 293-309. DHHS. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1999. Hiday, V. A. (2006). Putting Community Risk in Perspective: a Look at Correlations, Causes and Controls. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 29, 316-331. Institute of Medicine, Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions. Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine, 2006. Mental Health America. American Opinions on Mental Health Issues. Alexandria: NMHA, 1999. Mulvey, E. P. (1994). Assessing the evidence of a link between mental illness and violence. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 45, 663-668. Pescosolido, B.A., Martin, J.K., Link, B.G., et al. Americans’ Views of Mental Health and Illness at Century’s End: Continuity and Change. Public Report on the MacArthur Mental health Module, 1996General Social Survey. Bloomington: Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research and Joseph P. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 2000. Pescosolido, B.A., Monahan, J. Link, B.G. Stueve, A., & Kikuzawa, S. (1999). The public’s view of the competence, dangerousness, and need for legal coercion of persons with mental health problems. American Journal of Public Health, 89, 1339-1345. New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America. Final Report. DHHS Pub. No. SMA-03-3832. Rockville, MD: 2003. Wahl, O. (1995). Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Wahl, O.F., et al. (2002). Newspaper coverage of mental illness: is it changing? Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills, 6, 9-31.
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Monday 24 June 2013
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24.06.2013


 
Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring Creepy, Chris RWK, David Smith, Enzo & Nio, How & Nosm, JR, Pennygraff, Shai Dahan, This is Awkward, Veng RWK, and Werds. 
Top image > Enzo & Nio are now property managers? This is confusing. (photo © Jaime Rojo)JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)Pennygaff did this tribute ...Read More
 
Specter in Vladivostok, Nahodka and TokyoStreet Artist and fine artist Specter hails from Brooklyn but has been traveling a lot and has been creating some interesting work in Russia and Tokyo, two places not typically mentioned during Western discussions of the street art scene – but we’d be remiss to miss. 
“I was invited to Russia from my friend Pasha Shugurov ...Read More
 
BSA Film Friday 06.21.13Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. 
Now screening: Sofles is Infinite, How & Nosm do a Times Square Gig, and DMJC Crew en Pura Calle in Lima Peru. 
BSA Special Feature: 
SOFLES – Infinite 
Shooter/Editor Selina Miles takes the time-lapse genre up a level in this bubonic bass ...Read More
 
What’s Up in San Francisco. New From Aryz, Polka, Slow, Esk, and GosselToday we check in with some recent work in San Francisco, including new stuff from Aryz, David Polka, Ben Slow, Esk, and Greg Gossel. 
We start off with the large mural of an apple cheeked farm girl by Aryz that went up over the course of a week in a tough part of the Tenderloin over ...Read More
 
MURAL Festival in Montreal Stakes a Claim for Street Art NorthThe MURAL Festival in Montreal took over Saint-Laurent Boulevard over the weekend with the work of more than 25 local, national and international Street Artists working separately and in concert across large walls for this first ever event, and many have taken notice. Nevermind the gossip on the street about mayoral corruption and an ongoing rancorous ...Read More
 
Joe Caslin, Street Art Portraiture, and ‘Our Nation’s Sons’When you take a step back to observe some of the personal campaigns that Street Artists have launched over the last decade or so, it begins to come into focus that in many ways people are trying to reclaim the public sphere for the everyday person. It’s far more complicated than that, but using the same ...Read More
 
Mural Festival in Montreal: Day 4DAY 4 at #MuralFestival 
Drawing to an end in Montreal, the artists are completing their murals even as the vendors and weekend art fans vacate the scene. Montreal enjoyed a heavy hammering of wall spectacle going up, paint battles being splashed, and throngs of fans going through many venues as there were more cameras than beers ...Read More
 
Images of the Week: 06.16.13Big week for street festivals on BSA where we blew up our server on the LODZ murals in Poland, the MURAL Festival in Montreal, and now the most community based of them all – the Ad Hoc Wellington Court block party Street Art jamboree thing in Queens, which we have some new images of today. ...Read More
 
Mural Festival in Montreal. Day 3DAY 3 at #MuralFestival 
Images are coming into focus as Street Artists are completing large portions of their walls at the first MURAL Festival in Montreal – even as the walls go back out of focus at night when you are having a couple of the local beers that make the city the second largest beer ...Read More
 
Mural Festival in Montreal, Day 2DAY 2 at #MuralFestival 
The Mural Festival is well underway and the Saint-Laurent Boulevard route is getting festooned by A’Shop, Chris Dyer, En Masse, Escif, Gaia, Jason Botkin, Le Bonnard, LNY, Other (AKA Troy Lovegates), Omen, Paria Crew, Phlegm, Ricardo Cavolo, ROA, and Wzrds GNG, among others. 
Here are exclusive on the scene photos for BSA readers ...Read More
 
BSA Film Friday: 06.14.13Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. 
Now screening: KLUB7 “Sleepless in Lyon’, Black Flag and the Art of Punk, and The Ghost Army. 
BSA Special Feature: 
KLUB7 – Sleepless in Lyon 
Klub7, who are not always 7 in number but who seem like there are 77 of them ...Read More
 
Montreal Has The Spotlight: MURAL Festival, Day 1DAY 1 at #MuralFestival 
Starting today in Montreal is MURAL, a four day open-air market on Saint-Laurent Boulevard that turns into a Street Art party. Running June 13-16, the 2 km street will be clobbered by about 20 Street Artists during the day, and dancing and cavorting at night. 
BSA is proud to bring you exclusive shots ...Read More
 
Roofing It in Brooklyn : A Summer Tradition on Top of the CityYour cousin Harvey is a “Roofing Technologist”, which he told you with spicy sausage and beer breath at the family BBQ on Memorial Day. He says it means that he has attained proficiency in roofing technology, including roof system types, roof system design and basic installation.  Also, he periodically patches holes with black boiling tar. 
As ...Read More
 
EVER, Immigrants, and the Eagles Wings in ChicagoStreet Artist “Ever” spread his wings in Chicago last week to radiate his kaleidoscopic vision of the immigrant multitudes across a huge expanse of wall in the Pilsen neighborhood.  Just outside the University Station Condominium, one the neighborhoods most diversely populated, this inclusionary vision of the American eagle refers directly to the experiences of the ...Read More
 
Large Murals Adorn The City Of Lodz In PolandThe city of Lodz in Poland is promoting the work of Street Artists from around the world as a way of creating a cultural re-invigoration of this city whose population is three quarters of a million.  Begun in 2009, the Urban Forms Gallery has installed more than 20 large square paintings on elevations in the ...Read More
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Wednesday 12 June 2013
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12.06.2013


Government compliance and due diligence to citizens is in short supply these days. With media coverage on important topics declining worldwide at an astonishing rate we are seeing ‘need to know’ news essentially unknown to the general public. A recent study widely unknown to the public conducted between September 26, 2011 and March 31, 2012 was carried out without the knowledge of the general public. The Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo found a unique chance to begin not only gathering thousands of tissue samples from surviving animals (still ongoing) but also human. “The institutional review board of the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo, approved the study with a “waiver of informed consent” on the survivors of the deadly 3-11 quake and tsunami. The testing was free of charge; calling it a “voluntary screening program.” They were reportedly testing for levels of cesium 134 and 137; which represent the known internal radiation exposures. “A total of 9498 residents enrolled in the study. The sample consisted of 1432 children (720 girls; median [range] age, 11 [6-15] years) and 8066 adults (4512 women; median [range] age, 44 [15-97] years).” These residents were essentially enrolled without any official written or verbal notification. Science journalist Haruo Kurasawa had this to say: “I really feel that “accident investigations” have no meaning if they are conducted without any “right of compulsory inspection.” The government’s Investigation Committee on the Accidents at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations is said to be planning to release its “interim report” on December 26, but as Chairman Yotaro Hatamura himself has announced that “No finger-pointing will be done,” it is doubtful whether any truth-seeking accident investigation will be able to be conducted.” The results and conclusion of the study are still unknown. The data gathered from the “test subjects” will be used to assist future nuclear fallout victims.
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Monday 10 June 2013
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10.06.2013

 
 
Big murals are proliferating at the moment but it is still the domain of the individual street artist to smack up smaller works, stickers, stencils, wheatpastes and the like. We’re featuring quite a few of these smaller personal pieces this week in the mix of some larger ones. 
Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this ...Read More
 
Interactive Walls with Russia’s Concrete JungleExperimental Walls that React To Your MovementVladivostok-based Street Artists Feliks Mashkov and Vadim Gerasimenko have created a lot of graffiti and Street Art murals on city walls in the last few years, usually with aerosol. Just last year we got to watch them paint a wall right here in Brooklyn. 
Like many young techno-savvy young ...Read More
 
BSA Film Friday: 06.07.13Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. 
Now screening: Petro Wodkins Taking a P**s in Belgium, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in Belgium, UnO in Italy, PROZAK in Poland, and Mr. Rogers Singing in Your Hood. 
BSA Special Feature: 
Art Culture Jamming with Petro Wodkins Taking a P**s in BelgiumIn this ...Read More
 
Judith Supine Update: Summer ’13New Sublime Ladies Clawing For Your Eyes 
The elusive transgendered Judith Supine has been very busy snipping away the flesh of many a model and archetype, then applying giant tubes of lipstick to their floooouuuurescent visages. 
Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo) 
Its not any one thing in particular that drives a brain batty when Supine splashes across your ...Read More
 
QRST on the Streets; Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Goat Man ComethStreet Artist QRST is back on Brooklyn streets with more modernly magnetic and captivatingly surreal work than before, and just as mired in the muck of human dynamics as ever.  
Emblematic of the new street art storytelling practice we have been highlighting for a few years now, these uniquely old-fangled pieces are one-off bits of mastery ...Read More
 
Hygienic Dress League Blings a Boarded Building in Clevelandhygienic dress league (HDL) recently gold-plated an entire boarded up and neglected building in the Collinwood section of Cleveland as part of their ongoing conceptual branding art project. In the process, the destitute structure transformed into a solid block of bling. 
Part Street Art, part culture jammer that brings to mind the Billboard Liberation Front, HDL ...Read More
 
JMR Escapes to Hong Kong  
Street Artist JMR has travelled far east from Brooklyn, where we first started seeing his work on the street in the 2000s. Coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong, the geometry loving abstractionist had a solo show called “Escape” with Joyce Gallery that drew a lot of new fans to his line based work. The really ...Read More
 
Images Of The Week: 06.02.13Stoop sales, hula hoops, fire hydrants, ladders and paint. Get me one of those ices from that guy with the cart on the corner, will ya? 
Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring A1one, Chris Stain, Creepy, Elbow Toe, Essen, Foxx Face, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, Maya Hayuk, Mr. Toll, Rubin, Sexer, Werds, ...Read More
 
Entes, Pesimo and Conrad for “Noche De Los Museos” in Lima, PeruLast Friday Lima had their 5th Annual “Night of the Museums,” where the city welcomes throngs of people to walk through and see art in this metropolis that boasts an appreciable number of museums including Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Museum of Art of Lima, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum ...Read More
 
BSA Film Friday: 05.31.13Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. 
Now screening: Las Calles Hablan : Street Art in Barcelona, RONZO Goes pre-historic with Skatersaurus, SAMO© by Aaron Rose and Thomas McMahan. 
BSA Special Feature: 
Las Calles Hablan : Street Art in Barcelona“Las Calles Hablan is a story about discovering a ...Read More
 
All Female Power on the Bushwick Tip, SisWe received a roaring response from BSA readers about yesterday’s post on Bushwick and the changing nature of the scene on the street and its relation to this artists neighborhood that feels like it is on the cusp of full-throttle gentrification. With all the factors implied for a maturing giant cultural moment years in the ...Read More
 
Bushwick Is Hot Now. Hurry!Bushwick Open Studios is Paved With Street Art 
Brooklyn’s already percolating artists neighborhood called Bushwick continues to thrive despite the circling of real estate agents, lifestyle brands and celebrity chefs. Born in the mid-late 2000s as it’s older sister Williamsburg to the West began to professionalize, this noisily industrial and dirty artists haven got a reprieve ...Read More
 
Royce Bannon, Alice Mizrachi, and Bluster One on Piano in NYC StreetsStreet Artists Among those Painting Pianos for “Sing for Hope” this Year 
Out in New York streets and parks and public places will be 88 pianos for you to play starting on Saturday, so it is time for you to practice your stunning rendition of “Chopsticks”, that Stevie Wonder jam in your head, or that sweeping ...Read More
 
Colorful Character Jim Avignon Paints in Peru and BrazilSolo in Lima and with Carlos Dias in São Paulo 
Today we have photos from two new projects by Berlin based Street Artist and fine artist and Renaissance man Jim Avignon that he just completed in the southern hemisphere.São Paulo, Brazil 
As part of a cultural exchange project for the Goethe Institute, Avignon and Brazilian graffiti/fine artist ...Read More
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