Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Patt Morrison for June 9, 2010


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30

Wrapping up the primary, looking toward the general:  Election 2010




Carly Fiorina, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate


Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate


Attorney General Jerry Brown, D-California; Democratic candidate for Governor


Meg Whitman, Republican candidate for Governor




1:30 - 1:58:30

Middle-aged suicide on the rise

The Centers for Disease control and Prevention reports that the suicide rate for the middle-aged has increased for the second consecutive year. Men age 45 - 54 are in the highest risk group for suicide.  Researchers are not sure whats causing the up tick, but they know that 90% of people who kill themselves have some kind of a mental disorder at the time of their death.  The CDC lists health, jobs and financial stress as risk factors for suicide.  Hmmm, could the economic meltdown, rise in the unemployment rate and the lack of affordable health care be contributing factors?



Paula Clayton, medical director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention



  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.


Lyn Morris, Division Director of Emergency Services, Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center


  • The Didi Hirsh Community Mental Health Center operates the only free, accredited, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week, suicide prevention crisis line from Orange County to Santa Barbara



  • Historically, those 80 and older had the highest rate of suicide.   In 2006 that changed and the middle aged had the highest rate.


  • The rate for 45 - 54 year olds in 2006 was 17.2 per 100K people.  In 2005, it was 16.3. 


  • Alaska has the highest rate of suicide at 21.8%. California is ranked #43.  CAs suicide rate is 9.9%.


  • Suicides are not more frequent around the holidays.  The highest rates are in April, and then June and July. 


  • A gun is the number one method used to commit suicide by those aged 35 and older.


  • 75-80 percent of college students who kill themselves are male although more girls attempt suicide. 


  • Men are 3xs as likely to commit suicide as women. 


  • American Indians, Alaska Natives and non-Hispanic whites and veterans are most at risk.



2:06 – 2:19

Even Israel’s supporters are asking questions: Sen. Feinstein calls for inquiry on Gaza boat raid




Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-California




2:21 – 2:39

The view from “Dot Earth”: could the Gulf oil spill help the environmental cause?

Even before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up in early April and oil started to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, there was already a serious debate underway about the offshore oil drilling policy and long-term plan for the United States.  Even bigger than that, issues like oil drilling played into the larger debate on how to best mitigate and manage climate change and generate more renewable, green energy.  Now that the Gulf is inundated with oil, is it possible that an ecological disaster will actually help the environmental movement?  New York Times blogger Andrew Revkin, who covers every side of the environmental debate on “Dot Earth” is here to sum up all of the moving parts and to guess about which we go from here. 



Andrew C. Revkin, award-winning New York Times “Dot Earth” blogger




2:41 – 2:58:30

John Waters: Role Models

An outlandish character with an affinity for the weird, extreme and shocking, John Waters is not the man you want your kids to idolize.  But in his new memoir, Role Models, Waters looks at the people he finds most inspiring and influential to his life, including himself, Johnny Mathis, Charles Manson groupie Leslie Van Houten and a lesbian stripper named Zorro.  Though quite a contrast from Mother Teresa or Gandhi, Waters delves into his experiences with this rare breed of paragons and their effect on his professional and personal life, all the while painting a picture of who exactly John Waters is.




John Waters, film director of numerous cult classics, such as Hairspray (1988) and Pink Flamingos (1972), author, actor and fixture in pop culture. Waters resides in Baltimore, MD. His latest book is “Role Models”




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