In Memorium – Len Pennie

Witches of Scotland

“This beautiful poyum by @Lenniesaurus (twitter) was commissioned by the Witches of Scotland to commemorate the presentation of the petition to the Scottish Parliament to seek justice for those women and men accused, tortured and executed as witches in Scotland under the Witchcraft Act 1563-1736.

Visit where you can find the link to sign the petition and listen to our weekly podcast.”

More Len Pennie : @Lenniesaurus
YouTube:                 Miss PunnyPenny
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Spilling Tea on DBT – Leif E. Greenz

Leif E. Greez spills the  beanz and some tea on DBT 
does it direct, forthright and honest,
and shares a few points you might find useful, some good and some not so… 

Leif E. Greenz : [from their website]
BIG MOUTH, Blabbing, brazen, wannabe badass with wicked wanderlust.

Leif E. Greenz:

“Welcome to my twice weekly ramblings from a professional crazy person.”
“A video that I’m kind of scared to make because its controversial and it goes against something that’s become very popular within the field of psychology… and that is DBT – Dialogical Behavioural Therapy.
From my understanding Marsha [Linehan] basically put together a program that worked her, and the program that worked for her is a collage of different skills from different traditions, therapies, that she basically hodge-podged together and called her own.
And if you watch Marsha talk she’ll freely admit to this, no big deal, she simply took skills from different traditions such as Eastern mindfulness, distress tolerance, and mainly CBT skills.

DBT is mainly CBT re-packaged, she took the skills that worked for her, repackaged them through her own system. Everything looks very uniform in the DBT book. She made it so everything would fit within this modular system for modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation ,Interpersonal Relationship.

 … pulled together components of different therapies that worked for her.
And that’s where the first problem comes in.

I’m a DBT graduate, went through over a year of DBT therapy, many, many hours of my life went into it: 
individual sessions for one hour weekly; group session for two-and-a-half hours weekly; on top of that you’re doing daily homework.
So DBT becomes  a huge part of your life, and any time you’re dedicating a whole part of your life there’s going to be a little bit of indoctrination happening. Now that I look back at my own therapist I can see that she was kind of indoctrinated.

When you go to a centre that specializes in one thing  [ for example I was diagnosed as “borderline” by a DBT specific centre] you can damn well expect that you’re going to be diagnosed with the one thing they lik eto diagnose people with.
and if you’re not they’re probably not going to see you.
But these DBT centres want to make money… for every new patient  who comes to the centre makes them hundreds of dollars.
DBT is a money-making machine and any time money is involved people’s intentions are not necessarily the best.
DBT in my mind is built on a false premise:
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder  is, I think, the most flawed diagnosis currently listed in DSM- the most sexist- and is the most misunderstood.  You can watch some of my videos … I also have a video about borderline stigma and how it relates to misogyny. 
DBT was developed around the time BPD diagnosis came to the surface.
So in a way, Marsha – thank you you did something revolutionary , you tried to help people who were “un-helpable” and that’s cool.
I’m not saying that DBT is useless because its certainly not that.

There’s a lot of important skills that you can pick up.
But, just like Marsha went through and hand picked the skills that she wanted…
I kinda did the same.
The only thing that puts her at the top of the Borderline therapy that no one else wants to touch it.

Marsha has been the only one who was like,

“OK I’ll play with this fire. I’m already in this fire, so lets see what can happen.”

She’s become like a cult-y godlike figure who can do no wrong, say no wrong.
Kind of a brain-washer.
Its a bummer.
I think the problem comes when money’s involved.
Therapy needs to be authentic.
Therapy needs to prioritize the patient.
When your goal is to make money your patients are not necessarily going to be getting the best treatment.
I’ve realized Marsha is a business woman:
“Damn this woman is a business woman”‘

She has built an empire on DBT…

A crap ton of money.”

This is the first six minutes or so and  its all THIS good – especially the bit about how DBT does not address trauma
– so if you want more then watch for yourself [see below] …

Video Leif E. Greenz

Does DBT Work? Spilling Tea on Marsha Linehan and Dialectical Behavior Therapy


Leif E Greenz website:

Blabbing, brazen, wannabe badass with wicked wanderlust.

… and bloody  awesome.

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Amanda Gorman | The Hill We Climb

Amanda Gorman talks to the world.

The Hill We Climb

Amanda Gorman

Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans, and the world.

When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea.
We must wade.
We’ve braved the belly of the beast.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace.
And the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice.
And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it.
Somehow we do it.
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that it isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.
We, the successors of a country and the time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one.
And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.

To compose a country, committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.
And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us
We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else say, this is true.
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.
That we’ll forever be tied together victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.
Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid
If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.
That is the promise to glade the hill we climb.
If only we dare it’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.
It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.

We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside

We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation, rather than share it.
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded, but while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated in this truth.
In this faith we trust for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption.
We feared it in its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of of such a terrifying hour, but within it, we found the power to author a new chapter.
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves.

So while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be a country that is bruised.
But whole benevolence, but bold, fierce, and free.

We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation.
Our blunders become their burdens, but one thing is certain.
If we merged mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy, and change our children’s birthright.
So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.
With every breath, my bronze pounded chest.

For there was always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it.

We will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.
We will rise from the gold limbed hills of the West.
We will rise from the wind swept to Northeast where our forefathers first realized the revolution.
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the middle Western States.
We will arise from the sun baked South.
We will rebuild, reconciled and recover and every known nook over our nation.

And every corner called our country.
Our people diverse and beautiful will emerge, battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid, the new dawn balloons, as we free it.
For there was always light.
If only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.


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Tiger Is Coming – Leenalchi

범 내려온다 범이 내려온다
장림깊은 골로 대한 짐승이 내려온다
몸은 얼숭덜숭 꼬리는 잔뜩 한 발이 넘고
누에머리 흔들며
전동같은 앞다리
동아같은 뒷발로
양 귀 찌어지고
쇠낫같은 발톱으로 잔디뿌리 왕모래를
촤르르르르 흩치며
주홍 입 쩍 벌리고 워리렁 허는 소리
하늘이 무너지고 땅이 툭 꺼지난 듯
자래 정신없이 목을 움추리고
가만이 엎졌것다

A tiger is coming down, a tiger is coming.
A beast is coming down through the deep valley in the pine woods.

His body is freckled.
His tail is stuffed.
which is longer than a grown man’s fathom.

Making the high hills shiver,
his front leg is like a quiver,
his hind paw is like a jar,
Both ears are ripped ajar.
Brandishing his sickle claws,  ‘Charrrr!’ 
He splashes grass roots and pebbles.
Opening his crimson jaws, ‘Worirung!’  he rumbles.
Like the sky falls and the ground settles down,
The turtle hides his head and on the ground bows down.

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Losing my fig biscuits [religion] – R.E.M.

Oh life, is bigger
It’s bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no I’ve said too much
I set it up

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spot-light
Losing my fig biscuits
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper, of every waking hour
I’m choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool
Oh no I’ve said too much
I set it up

Consider this
Consider this, the hint of the century
Consider this the slip
That brought me to my knees, failed
What if all these fantasies come
Flailing around
Now I’ve said too much

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spot-light
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
Try, cry, fly, try
That was just a dream

Just a dream
Just a dream, dream

Songwriters: Bill Berry / Michael Stipe / Michael Mills / Peter Buck

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Loser – Beck


In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey
Butane in my veins and I’m out to cut the junkie
With the plastic eyeballs, spray-paint the vegetables
Dog food stalls with the beefcake pantyhose
Kill the headlights and put it in neutral
Stock car flamin’ with a loser and the cruise control
Baby’s in Reno with the vitamin D
Got a couple of couches, sleep on the love-seat
Someone came in sayin’ I’m insane to complain
About a shotgun wedding and a stain on my shirt
Don’t believe everything that you breathe
You get a parking violation and a maggot on your sleeve
So shave your face with some mace in the dark
Savin’ all your food stamps and burnin’ down the trailer park
Yo, cut it
Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?
(Double-barrel buckshot)
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Hearing Voices Cafe – Mon 7th DEC 2020

Hearing Voices Cafe

Mon DEC 7th
2pm to 4pm

Coffee & All That Jazz
72 Howard Park Ave 

Roncesvalles,  Toronto

TTC routes: 506, 501, 504 

Coffe & All That Jazz Cafe is open for Take Outs

Its COVID time,
-We’ll be outside.
Please wear a mask to protect yourself and each other.

For those willing to open themselves to listen, willing to be changed by what we might hear, and to learn from and with each other.

Please note:
If you re looking to be told what to do
or for solutions or fixes…
Or especially if you’re looking to tell others who to be, what to think or what to do
then please stay at home  on social media.

We don’t “advocate” anything, except maybe, this:
listening to many different perspectives
and making your own choices about your own life
– and having the grace to allow others space to do likewise.

If you come to preach or judge or proselytize or victimize then…
please, save your breath, there are plenty of other places you can do that.

We especially welcome those struggling to support loved ones who from time to time finds themselves overwhelmed by life, and struggle in ways that get called “psychosis”
you’ll be able to connect with others in a similar place.

Please help us share our Poster below.


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MADx – F#CK YOU COVID – Fri 27 Nov 2020

MADx brings you …


Fri 27th Nov 2020
8pm to 10pm
[Tronno time]


Online, Everywhere,
wherever you are.



What is MADx ?

MADx is a celebration of our human spirit.
and what it takes to free ourselves of what or who others would have us be –
to connect and have some fun together too.

MADx is a performance based get together

If you want to perform, share your stuff:
Poetry | Short Story | Spoken Word | Songs | Stand Up | Stuff not beginning with ‘S’ or ‘P’

  • Some of our performers are old hands and Pros,
  • Most are not.
  • Many are finding the courage to stand or sit in the spotlight for the first time anywhere.
  • Maybe highlighting how we need to change, or you’ve changed…
  • Or maybe you want to highlight some things you like about the last few months or how its inviting us to reflect on fucking up the world and what you’re changing…
  • Maybe you wanna rail against the incompetence of our ‘glorious leaders,
    rant about COVID  hair,
  • Or maybe you just want to say “FUCK YOU COVID.”

Performance slots are typically ten mins.

We ask of you that you choose

  • not to stereotype and objectify or dehumanize others..
  • not to tell others who to be or what to do..that’s about it.

How You Can Join in…

If you want to perform, share some of your stuff…

  • Drop us a line at …
  • Tell us briefly what you’d like to do…
  • And. if you have links to you doing your stuff, go ahead include them.

If you want to just enjoy and join in the audience… 

  • Drop us a line at …


  • We’ll send you a zoom invite nearer the time.

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American Psychosis- Chris Hedges

Experts appointed by those in power to be expert [those very same self-appointed experts] will tell you that the core diagnosis of “psychosis” is “disconnection with reality”. 

Putting aside that this notion is itself the ultimate limit of un-realness itself, to say nothing of being the very definition of utter bollox/bollix/bollocks…

Here Chris Hedges put some flesh on the bones of the famous Nietzsche aphorism that reminds us madness is something rare in individuals but the rule in societies, to offer his analysis of the madness of modern society in what he calls “American Psychosis”…

Hedges is American, but one who had opportunity to live outside is borders  for twenty years as “foreign correspondent” and to witness the patterns of how totalitarian regimes work…

and how (and how rapidly) they disintegrate and fall apart…

And now reflects that back upon American society…
and by extension broader global society of collective dissociation modelled for us / imposed upon us  shown by his home country and which are now aped around the world…

The totalitarian capitalism,  the madness that pervades through groupes, parties, peoples, corporations, countries, and continents of this age.

A madness he calls… 
American Psychosis.

“Madness is something rare in individuals
— but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.”

– Nietzsche

American Psychosis – Chris Hedges

Video:  14:43mins

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Building a new response to 911 distress calls in Toronto

“For me, it was very clear that having officers as first responders for a mental health crisis was simply not working, and many times, was escalating a situation”
– Asante Haughton

“When someone is in crisis, they are already feeling afraid, overwhelmed, out of control. They don’t need an officer with a gun and handcuffs showing up.”

-Rachel Bromberg

If you’re interested in contributing to an initiative approach that is revisioning how services respond to 911 distress calls in Toronto then you can.

The article below from Toronto Star  outlines how Rachel Bormberg and Asante Haughton are leading an initiative to do just that.

reach out and response network is hosting a series of consultations that you can participate in

Reach Out and Response Network

Upcoming Town Halls – Save the Dates!

We need your feedback! We are hosting several town halls to help us develop our proposal to the City.

      • The Service Users town hall is on Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m. Register here.
      • The Service Providers town halls will be on Saturday, August 29 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, September 1 at 6 p.m. Register here.
      • The Lawyers and Legal Advocates town hall is on Thursday, September 3 at 6 p.m. Register here.
      • The Family Members town hall is on Saturday, September 5 at 2 p.m. Register here.


These mental health advocates are working on an alternative to police intervention when someone is in crisis. They say ‘all of a sudden’ people are interested

Asante Haughton knows all too well what it’s like to call police during a mental health crisis. He’s reached out a dozen times — sometimes to get help for his mother, other times himself.

Just one of those times, it was “maybe” helpful to have armed officers show up at the door, says Haughton, who has spoken openly about his anxiety and depression and whose mother has experienced significant mental health challenges.

The other times, police presence ratcheted up tension and created a sense of fear, especially as a Black family, says Haughton. He often felt his concerns weren’t considered real or serious.

“For me, it was very clear that having officers as first responders for a mental health crisis was simply not working, and many times, was escalating a situation,” Haughton, a mental health advocate and youth worker, said in an interview.

Many others are now coming to the same conclusion amid uproar over the police-involved deaths of Black and Indigenous people in a mental health crisis — including Toronto city council and the Toronto police board.

Recent weeks have seen protesters marching through the streets decrying the local police shootings of 62-year-old Ejaz Choudry in June and 26-year-old D’Andre Campbell in April, both shot dead by Peel police while in mental distress, as well as the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell from her High Park highrise in the presence of police in May.

The deaths are all under investigation by Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit.

In response, Toronto city council in June started a process that will lead to a non-police-led response to mental health crisis calls, something members of the Toronto police board have said they support.

“We all need to ask ourselves, ‘Why don’t we have a better option?’ Our system is broken when our only option is to send the police into a mental health crisis situation,” Uppala Chandrasekera, then-member of the Toronto police board, said at a June meeting.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada’s largest psychiatric facility, has also called for removing officers from mental health emergencies, something former Toronto police chief Mark Saunders, whose resignation came into effect Friday, said his officers would support. Each year, Toronto police respond to about 30,000 mental health-related calls.

“We readily admit that if others step up to the plate with a sustainable plan and system, then that means that there is less for us to do, more for us to focus on what we really are trained to do,” Saunders said in a recent interview with the Star.

Spurred through tragedy, the sudden interest in developing an alternative is what Haughton calls “unfortunate serendipity.” For years, he and other mental health advocates have been calling for a non-police response to mental health crisis calls.

“All of a sudden, people got interested — politicians got interested in actually implementing these changes,” said Rachel Bromberg, who has worked in the mental health realm seven years.

Bromberg and Haughton met as employees at Toronto’s youth mental health organization Stella’s Place. They have since founded the Reach Out Response Network, a coalition of stakeholders in Toronto aiming to build a civilian-led mental health emergency service — one that would be rapid response, and available throughout the city 24/7.

“When someone is in crisis, they are already feeling afraid, overwhelmed, out of control. They don’t need an officer with a gun and handcuffs showing up,” Bromberg said.

“What they need instead is a mental health expert, who they can trust, who can help them calm down. Someone who can help them feel safer.”

They’ve since attracted nearly 100 volunteers, some of whom are researching best practices. The network has since begun hosting consultations for specific populations, including for homeless Torontonians and Black and Indigenous communities.

“We really want to get those perspectives, get those folks as involved as possible in building this,” Bromberg said.

The aim is to help understand what community members want and need — knowledge that can then help the city design the best possible emergency response system. Bromberg and Haughton hope to partner with city decision makers to help lay the groundwork.

They’ve swiftly begun that work. Recent weeks have seen a flurry of meetings with the Toronto police board, the city manager’s office, and councillors who “a year ago were just not interested,” Bromberg said.

Educating decision-makers about models that have worked is a central goal. A leader in the field is the CAHOOTS program (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) in Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1989, the model sees a mental health professional paired with a nurse or a paramedic to respond to crises involving mental illness, addiction or homelessness — calls that range from suicide threats to conflict resolution. Neither staff member carries a weapon.

The program is embedded within the 911 system; dispatchers determine whether a police response is necessary, or if a CAHOOTS team is better equipped to deal with the call. Occasionally, the mental health team will request police backup, but that rarely occurs. Last year, out of approximately 24,000 calls handled by CAHOOTS, backup was only requested 250 times, according to a recent report released by the White Bird Clinic, the organization that operates CAHOOTS.

Last year, CAHOOTS handled about 20 per cent of the city’s 911 calls, and it’s estimated the program has saved $8.5 million in public safety spending per year, according to the report.

Bromberg and Haughton have also been studying other crisis response models. Last year, Bromberg co-founded the International Mobile Services Association, a network connecting people across Canada and the U.S. who have built or want to create a civilian-led mobile crisis service.

They have been learning what’s already out there and determining best practices. They recently tapped into this network to conduct a survey in response to what Bromberg says is the top question they get: what happens if a mental health call turns violent?

According to the results of that scan, which included gathering data from seven established programs across North America, injuries to staff are exceedingly rare, and when any occurred, they were nearly always minor. For example, during the 31 years CAHOOTS has existed, they have never had a serious injury or death of a staff member or a client, Bromberg said.

Bromberg and Haughton have been thinking a lot about why there is a presumption that mental health calls necessarily mean the risk of violence. Their theory: that having police respond to mental health crisis promotes stigma and fear of people in crisis.

“And we hope that by removing (police), we’ll reduce stigma, and people will be able to see that mental health crisis isn’t a crime, it’s a health crisis,” she said.

Haughton stresses that his and Bromberg’s efforts are not intended to insult or demean police — “what we are here for is to recognize that police already have so much on their plates, and they really shouldn’t be a jack-of-all-trades service,” he said.

“Police should be responding to the things that most require police work. And the large majority — the very large majority — of mental health calls do not at all require police to be on the scene.”

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