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Brazilian Artist Kleitson Enters ‘AMY’ Film Alt-Poster Competition

The folks at Altitude Film Entertainment – UK distributors of the new Asif Kapadia documentary AMY – have launched an Alternate-Poster Competition. Artists from around the world have been invited to submit their alternate designs for a poster to be used in the promotion and marketing of the film. Submissions are being aggregated on the PosterSpy website and will be judged by the filmmakers at the close of the contest on June 21, 2015.

Among the early entrants in the worldwide competition is Brazil’s Kleitson. A former teen-prodigy and a currently well known illustrator, Kleitson is a self-taught artist. As a youth, he was ranked among the Top 10 artists in the Corel International Design Contest. Kleitson’s work has been praised by the UK’s Prince Charles, and was honored by Brazil’s Federal Senate in 2010. The winner of numerous art competitions, Kleitson’s most important qualification to participate in the AMY Alt-Poster Contest is his “unconditional love” for Amy Jade Winehouse.

“It is always nice to win competitions, but I am honored just to participate in the AMY contest,” Kleitson said. “I draw Amy with love in my heart and soul.”

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“If Beardsley or Lautrec saw this Kleitson poster outside of an entertainment venue, they would no doubt be compelled to go inside.” — AAN

Kleitson has been an enthusiastic friend of the Fan Club Trouble founding chapter in Brazil. His Amy-Tribute Art has been featured in Trouble Expositions that help preserve AJW’s musical legend, and promote and support the fine work of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

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“The output of the highly-skilled and prolific Kleitson is eclectic. He can serve up multiple styles, each with its own charm, character and technical appeal.” — AAN

“I am not too good with words, but I hope my tribute art always shows the unconditional love and respect I have for Amy,” Kleitson said.

A humble guy, not comfortable with promoting himself, the exceptional artist is needlessly self-conscious about his “lack of English skills.” But, as AAN says daily: If any human speaks Amyish, their other lingos are irrelevant; they are Amyites, they are us, we are one in our love for Amy Jade Winehouse.

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‘You Can’t Hide Your Flyin’ Eyes’  –  By  Kleitson

Brazil and its people were very special to Amy. She spent time and effort in Brazil building a base of loyal and adoring fans that have eagerly awaited the release of AMY. Kapadia’s previous film SENNA remains hugely popular in the country; a unique synergy of history and circumstance exists in Brazil that will likely help assure a very popular reception for AMY.

No one knows what the outcome of the current poster competition will be. But, in our view, there is no doubt that the filmmakers would well serve their own and fans’ interests by making sure that a Kleitson poster graces theater fronts when AMY opens in Brazil.

You can enjoy the large and growing collection of Kleitson AMY Alt-Posters at the link.

The Kleitson Collection

Artists wishing to participate in the Alt-Poster Competition can submit their ORIGINAL ART entries here: PosterSpy

Good luck to all the competing artists.

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Use Page Publishing Venues to Promote and Support Amy Winehouse Foundation

The following page publishing venues are ideal platforms from which individuals can easily promote and support the Amy Winehouse Foundation. There is no charge to use the venues and you will be paid a share of any revenues generated by your pages; you can then transmit such monies to the AWF.

Squidoo; Zujava; HubPages; InfoBarrel; Wizzley; Snipsly; Seekyt; Wikinut; RedGage; Weebly.

Pages are very easy to build; no advanced computer knowledge is required. If you know how to play on facebook or twitter, you will have no problem making a nice page.

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An AAN Transparency Note:

All AAN pages – whether there is one or 100 – will always remain not for profit and will be operated as a hobby, by unpaid volunteers. All AAN pages are promotional and informational vehicles only. No AAN pages are designed for fundraising purposes.

The AAN aparat supports the hopes, goals and wishes of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and has no fiduciary relationship with the AWF,  and never acts – nor claims to act – for or on behalf of the AWF.

AAN pages will never solicit or collect funds on behalf of the AWF, but will encourage and help to enable readers to make direct donations to the AWF, via the AWF website or through other official AWF venues.

AAN pages that are published on venues with commercial components will be operated in one of the following ways:

1. Publishing venues upon which the AWF has been deemed an approved charity, will transmit 100% of any revenues generated by AAN pages directly to the AWF.

2. Publishing venues upon which the AWF has not been deemed an approved charity, but which venues have their own internally administered omnibus charity fund, will retain 100% of any revenues generated by AAN pages. The AAN aparat will, at least once annually, transmit an amount equal to the amount thusly retained, directly to the AWF.

3. Publishing venues upon which there is no official charity component, will, in the ordinary course of their business, either disburse to or hold in reserve for the AAN aparat, 100% of any revenues generated by AAN pages. The AAN aparat will, at least once annually, transmit an amount equal to the amount thusly disbursed or reserved, directly to the AWF.

Currently, based on:

1. The number of AAN pages with commercial components; and,

2. The past revenue generation of existing AAN pages,

it is not anticipated that revenues derived from the subject commercial components will, in the foreseeable future, be substantial. That circumstance could change in the event that the number of AAN pages was increased, and/or if other publishing venues were employed. In no event will the AAN aparat ever hold an amount of page generated revenues that exceeds, in the aggregate, $500.00 US. If said amount is reached, it will be immediately transmitted to the AWF, notwithstanding the previously noted annual transmittal pledge.

To learn more about the AWF, or to make a donation to the AWF, click the link:

http://www.amywinehousefoundation.org/

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If you are looking for a way to build a fun internet page that has the potential to raise some tiny pennies for the AWF, please consider building a likkle page on one or more of the above referenced venues. Such pages do not have to be AJW/AWF centric. Pages in any category and about any subject can be built. Simply place a promotional link to the AWF website on the page, and pledge any page revenues to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. When such revenues are received by you, simply transmit them to the AWF.

Don’t be shy. Jump in the mix. You’ll have fun and you can help with the important task of building awareness about the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

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zujava: A New Page Publishing Platform

A new online platform from which you can help build awareness about the Amy Winehouse Foundation has now gone live. Registration is fast and easy.

http://www.zujava.com/

Still in BETA, the platform can be expected to have a few bugs, but I was able to publish this sample page fairly quickly and with a minimum of “learning curve” blues. The building blocks are simple; after the first page, you should be able to go into high-production mode.

Sample Page:

http://www.zujava.com/ten-faves-amy-jade-winehouse-pages

The Likkle Page Fleet:

http://www.zujava.com/users/jadeink

The site has a “money making” component and any earnings can be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, or retained by the page owner. Backlinks to your pages on other platforms can also be included in your zujava pages.

It is always good to find a new place to help promote the AWF. Take a look at zujava, if you want to painlessly help spread the word about the foundation’s great work.

Thanks!


2012 Squidoo Campaign: Promote The AWF

The focus of this campaign is to deploy Squidoo Lenses to help advance the Amy Winehouse Foundation across all search engines; to help radically increase the number of backlinks to the AWF website; to help create more AWF-page returns for the search term “charitable foundation;” and, of course, most importantly, to help build general awareness about the hopes, goals, wishes and goodworks of the AWF.

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Step One:

Join Squidoo. It’s FREE and it only takes a minute to register.

http://www.squidoo.com/

Step Two:

Study the material at the AWF website and Facebook page. Choose one or more aspects of the foundation’s work that you would like to build your Squidoo Lens around.

AWF Facebook Page

http://www.facebook.com/amywinehousefoundation

AWF Website

http://www.amywinehousefoundation.co.uk/

There are many possible topics that will make for an interesting lens. You might highlight one or more of the charitable organizations that are being supported and funded by the AWF. Or, you might choose to focus your lens on other aspects of the AWF that are covered on their website. If a topic seems interesting to you, it will likely be interesting to other folks, too.

Remember, we are not creating great literature with this effort; you don’t have to be a skilled writer to tell your story. You can use youtube videos and pictures to add interest to your story.

Step Three:

Build your first Squidoo Lens. The pages are built with modules and it will take you less than an hour to construct your first one. If you can read simple English instructions – or translate the instructions with google translator – you can build a fast lens without any special computer skills.

Here are some sample lenses to help guide your first efforts:

This lens is part of the JadeHorseshoe Loves series; it is in the charity/nonprofit category and offers sundry links to the AWF and a few stories.

http://www.squidoo.com/jadehorseshoe-loves-the-amy-winehouse-foundation

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This lens is in the music/musician catgeory and is about the campaign to encourage Dionne Bromfield to plan a USA tour and hold an opening night concert in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Fox Theatre, for the benefit of the AWF.

http://www.squidoo.com/dionne-bromfield-quick-news-and-views-issue-1

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This lens is in the entertainment category and is part of the JadeHorseshoe Loves series, which recognizes public-figures and entertainers – like Dana DeLorenzo – that support the hopes, goals and wishes of the AWF.

http://www.squidoo.com/jadehorseshoe-loves-dana-delorenzo

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This lens is a fan/tribute page, in the music/musician category and features numerous AWF related links and some AWF news/views.

http://www.squidoo.com/amy-jade-winehouse2

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This lens is an unpromoted tribute page, also in the music/musician category.

http://www.squidoo.com/amy-jade-winehouse3

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It is pretty easy to make a “connection” between lots of subjects and the AWF. This means that even if you are not interested in building a lens that solely features the AWF, you can still help both the backlink campaign and the general awareness-building efforts by simply linking and mentioning the AWF within you lens.

Here are a few academic examples of “AJW centric” topics that can easily be connected to the AWF. These are not suggestions; just some simple examples that might help get your creative brain cooking.

1. A detailed lens in the fashion category about AJW’s tastes in designer wear, or ballet slippers, or high-heel pumps.

2. A detailed lens in the fashion category about Disaya’s donation of the Back To Black dress to the AWF and its purchase at auction by a South American fashion museum.

3. A detailed lens in the fashion category about Fred Perry’s AJW clothing lines.

4. A detailed lens in the cosmetics category about AJW’s progression of makeup styles.

5. A detailed lens in the hairstyle category about AJW’s progression of hairstyles.

6. A detailed lens in the art category about famous artists/photographers that have donated proceeds from the sale of their work to the AWF.

7. A detailed lens in the travel category about AJW’s world travels; simply look at the online setlists and layout the travel itinerary in pictures and videos. Such a lens would be best if produced as a “series;” indexed by year of travel.

8. A detailed lens in the travel/places category about the sundry locations where AJW lived.

9. A detailed lens in the collectibles category about the jukeboxes, records, and other items that AJW liked to collect.

10. A detailed lens in the music category about musicians who have created and/or delivered musical tributes to AJW.

11. A detailed lens in the fashion/beauty/bodyart category about the tattoo art that adorned AJW.

Any of those subjects – and hundreds more that are not necessarily “AJW centric” – will allow you to easily and logically integrate links and stories about the Amy Winehouse Foundation and its work. Just choose a positive and uplifting subject, present it in an informative manner, insert the AWF into the mix, and your lens will be a winner.

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Make sure that you place your lens in the proper Squidoo category. If you make a music/entertainment lens, don’t place it in the charity/nonprofit category. If your lens is solely focused on some aspect of the AWF, it can go in the charity/nonprofit category as a “support” page. If your lens primarily features, for example, a musician, it should go in the music category; you can still load such a lens with AWF links and info.

It is also important not to allow your lens to be seen as a “direct fundraising” vehicle. Your placement of links to the AWF pages is not an attempt by you to fundraise and is permitted. Don’t make any “direct” appeals for donations; using the word “support” is not an appeal for funds and is permitted. Your readers will follow the links in your lens and they can decide for themselves if/how they want to “support” the AWF. The job of your lens is to raise awareness and increase the backlink count; not to engage in direct fundraising.

NOTE: Obviously, if your lens is about a fundraising event that you are authorized under the AWF guidelines to conduct, you should include details about the relevant ticket/donation scheme. Be sure that you also place links – in your lens – to your other “event pages.”

When building “music related” lenses, feel free to use the AMZN modules to link items for sale. Do not include any “unauthorized” or “pirated” items in your link lists. If someone buys an item via your lenses, you will receive a small amount of money from the transaction. If you register on Squidoo using the same email-addy that you use at PayPal, the cash will be direct deposited into your account; you can keep it, OR better yet, send it to the AWF.

“Tags” are words/phrases that help readers find your lens, and can help the search engines find/index your lens. In some instances, more than FIVE tags may handicap your lens; relevance is more important than quantity. In addition to any other lens-relevant tags, your tags should include:

Amy Winehouse Foundation

and

Charitable Foundation

After you hit the “PUBLISH” button and your lens goes live, DO NOT make any efforts to promote it online until AFTER it has been indexed by google. That will usually take a day or more; sometimes less, but be patient. When you find your lens on google, post a link to it on the AAN Facebook Page.

http://www.facebook.com/amysarmynow

Our resident “Monkey Man” – aka Pumper Dude – will help you to start spreading the word about your new creation. Don’t expect to exceed the readership of The New York Times – that might not be the best example – but he will help get your publication into the mix.

During the next few weeks, watch this blog for an entry entitled something like: How To Promote Your Amy Pages. It will show you – via a directory of aggregated links – how to make sure that some humans take a gander at your Squidoo Lenses and your other “Amy Pages.” As some of you know, AAN is not a good “hand holder;” we can show you how to promo your output, but you gotta do the hard work yourself AND you gotta be patient as your efforts begin to take hold.

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As noted here many times, we are all in the serious game of “building awareness” about the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Each day, everything we do must move us toward collecting more “positive impressions” than we had yesterday. The FREE Squidoo Lens platform is a powerful arrow in our quiver; in early 2012, let’s start using it like Cupid would.

Thanks!


Disease Chauvinism: A Deadly Menace

ADVISORY: This entry deals with a controversial and sensitive topic in a blunt and direct fashion. It expresses my views, opinions, thoughts, feelings and knowledge about the subject matter. Many readers may have alternate views and I respect their right to do so. It is a long and winding entry and might be judged to be only tangentially related to the usual subject matter covered here.

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As a grossly over-educated fellow who happens to be ignorant about a few things – like nuclear physics and most aspects of rocket-engine design – I tend to be fairly tolerant of nice folks who simply do not know the facts of a circumstance and proceed to make incorrect judgments in good faith. But, such tolerance vanishes in the face of the mean-spirited ignorance of the “disease chauvinists.”

The bogus doctrine of disease chauvinism dictates that, for example, heart ailments and cancer are legitimate diseases, but that persons who contract the disease of “addiction” do so by their own “freewill choice.” This ignorance-based maxim is still extremely widespread. Because it is anti-science, illogical, and leads to death and misery it must not be tolerated by a civilized society.

The “disease or choice” debate is being kept alive by a few greedy insurance cabals, the Prison Industrial Complex, governments that seek to divide their subjects, and the remunerated and corrupted quacks that serve each of those entities. These evil chauvinists claim self-serving and archaic opinions to be “facts;” they get away with it because most folks are ignorant of modern science and will buy any view that the loudest and most authoritative sounding voice publicly pronounces.

A Fairness Disclaimer:

There are certainly some well-meaning experts who have a good-faith belief that the “choice” label is both a deterrent to “first use/abuse” and an “aid to recovery.” They are totally wrong, but the harm they cause, though via intentional acts, is not willfully brought nor evil-based. These good folks simply refuse to accept the very science that they claim to believe rules the universe. How many more lives will be destroyed before these folks “get it,” and how will history view their obstinate ignorance? We should soon know.

Broadly-accepted science defines “disease” as follows:

Any deviation from or interruption of the normal structure or function of any body part, organ, or system that is manifested by a characteristic set of symptoms and signs and whose etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown.

General Elements – Addiction: A Lifelong Terminal Disease

It produces diagnosable symptoms.

It is chronic and does not time expire.

It is relapse common.

It is progressive, until death occurs.

It is treatable by known medical science.

Using that definition and those elements, even the least swift folks among us should be able to reach an appropriate verdict in the case of Disease v. Choice. Yet, the controversy lives, spreads, and continues to render suffering and death everyday.

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We all know that just shy of about 10% of cigarette-smokers will contract lung cancer, but we don’t hate them if cancer strikes; we treat them. We all know that many instances of coronary-artery disease are delivered to folks who eat too much fat and rotting dead-animal flesh, but we don’t hate them when they collapse with a heart attack; we treat them. We treat the skin cancers caused by avoidable sunshine and we never hate the sunbathers. We all know that poor dietary habits are contributory causes of diabetes, obesity, and a myriad of other diseases; but when such ailments strike, we deal the treatment card, not the hate card.

Though each of the patients above described made a “free choice” to indulge in the initial behavior and conduct that, in part, led to their afflictions, they all get a free-pass on the blame-game board.

Yet, the collective humanity of many folks – even their common decency – is prone to vanish in the face of a human bearing the socially unacceptable disease of addiction. The addict is viewed as subhuman and criminal and trash that deserves whatever happens to it; after all, it chose to sicken itself. It knew what would happen, but because it is an immoral and bad creature it chose to engage in foul conduct. If it was of decent moral character and not a degenerate – and had just a little bit of willpower – it would not be sick; it got what it deserved.

There are three primary reasons for the double-standards maintained by the rank-and-file disease chauvinists.

1. Some cling to the peasantine cloak of “minimal superiority” awarded to their ancestors by every despotic ruler for the last 3,000 years. That garment was figurative and allowed that while the peasants themselves were scarcely human, they were “more human” than those among them who overindulged in the spirits of the grape and the grain and brought “disorder” to the system of things. The need to feel superior to something is a base but powerful force that resides within most humans; it can uneasily be overcome, but is ever so easy for tyrants to manipulate and exploit.

2. Some fear that their share of a socialist government’s – or a capitalist insurance company’s – healthcare benefits will be reduced, if addicts are treated as the disease burdened persons that they actually are. The irony of such ignorance is fun: It costs a government much more to criminalize addiction than it would cost to medically treat it. And, of course, the insurance companies and private-prison operators are thrilled to have the ignorant cheerleaders in their corner, too.

3. Some merely subscribe to the politically and financially motivated opinions espoused by their own physicians simplistic nonsense that addiction is a “disabling disorder, but not actually a disease, as such.” Thankfully, the ranks of such quackery dispensers are thinning under the reality pressures of modern science.

Very simply put, just what does this so called “modern science” say?

Substance addiction is a disease; caused by a combination of genetic predisposition – and/or a cell-division related anomaly – and irreversible alterations in brain physiology and chemistry triggered by and/or resulting from the use/abuse of coping-mechanism substitutes like alcohol and other drugs.

It turns out that your government was right when it proclaimed that an egg frying in a pan was kinda like “your brain on dope.” Once those “alterations” have occurred, the addict is no longer acting as a freewill chooser; no amount of “moral character and will-power” is capable of “curing” the disease.

Once the disease takes hold, only medical/pharmacological treatment – combined with “talk it out” psychiatric care – can save the patient from the chronic and terminal disease of addiction.

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I well realize how much modern humans hate to read “dry material.” Even so, I must suggest that you take a serious read of the material at the following links.

This info will reinforce the fact-based beliefs held by the anti-chauvinists. If it does not change the minds of the chauvinists, it should at least let them know for sure that they are on the wrong side of both science and, ultimately, history’s harsh judgment.

The links are not in any particular order. Some of the information is presented in an elementary manner; some is moderately high-end academic and clinical material. You can start reading anywhere and follow your curiosity.

Definition: Disease of Addiction

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Addiction: Disease of Compulsion and Drive

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Addiction: A Chronic Disease

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The Science Of Addiction

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Addiction As Disease

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Alcohol Addiction: A Brain Disease

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The Disease Concept

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The Disease of Drug Addiction

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Addiction: A Primer For Young Teens

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Genetics of Addiction

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Addiction: A Brain Disease

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Addiction: Neurologically Based

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The Elementary Wiki View

This one is included not because it is dispositive to the argument, but because it so charitably treats the bogus arguments of those who are so completely wrong. The mere use of the word “theory” always reveals upon which side its users’ bread is buttered.

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The Causes of Cancer: Genetics

This one is included for folks who are particularly interested in the genetic factors inherent to virtually all diseases.

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Dr. Nora Volkow, head of the United States National Institute on Drug Abuse, explains:

Addiction Is A Disease, Not A Character Defect.

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In less than 20 years, all doubt will be removed and the manufactured controversy will be quelled. In the meantime, countless more lives and families will be destroyed by an ignorance constructed and maintained to serve the corrupt interests of a few evil corporations and vile governments.

This too lengthy screed was spawned by a “spirited” discussion that occurred on facebook a few days ago. Some of the militant chauvinists were lamenting that any financial resources would be “wasted” on treating addicted persons when people with “real diseases” allegedly received short shrift. Since facebook is a poor place to pose an extended argument, I decided to make it here; lucky you.

My Own Personal Experiences and Conclusions

It is no secret that my views on addiction are both radical and controversial. Those views were all formed during many years of direct, personal and firsthand experience in dealing with affected persons; both addicts and those closest to them.

So, what are my solutions?

1. Promote United Nations advisory action to:

A: Encourage all countries to proffer that addiction is a disease mandated to be clinically treated, with the respective governments to be “last resort providers” of such treatment.

B: Encourage all countries to provide litigation venues within which family members and/or close associates may seek and receive – by judicial order – full and complete conservator/guardian status over addicted persons who refuse to be medically treated for their disease.

In the USA, many jurisdictions already provide for such process, but it is expensive, complex, and requires sophisticated legal representation for the petitioners. Well-funded respondents can often prevail in such proceedings; many such “successful” litigants subsequently die of their disease. The processes should be uniformly simplified, the burden of proof should be lessened, and the sundry governments should be more easily able to insert themselves into litigation on behalf of the good-faith petitioners.

Folks who are uncomfortable with even slight UN involvement in this issue should be aware that the UN is in the mix of many international “social issues.” For example, the body even contemplates “worldwide firearm regulations.” Addiction destroys many more people than do privately-owned firearms.

2. Educational efforts must be made to eliminate the false notion that “you cannot help an addict that is not ready to be helped.” That pop-psych myth has probably killed more addicts than have the disease chauvinists. Trust me when I tell you that once the handcuffs are on the recalcitrant addict and he is involuntarily dispatched to a locked-down, medical-treatment center, he will, eventually, and sooner rather than later, be “ready to be helped.”

Family members contemplating involvement in “militant intervention” efforts must disabuse themselves of the fear that their addict will “hate them forever.” You are literally engaged in a life-and-death struggle; your addict may indeed hate you for a time, but you will have saved his life.

3. Legislation must be sought to hold parents criminally liable for negligently allowing their children to engage in drug use. Specifically, marijuana use must be targeted; this is not a “gateway drug” issue; it is a life-ruination issue. The naturally acquired coping skills that “normal” kids build are severely inhibited/blocked when a young teen uses weed. The absence of those skills in young adults is a primary cause of the conduct that allows addiction to occur.

Folks who fear the concept of such parental liability should note that the mere “negligent storage” of a firearm is now a criminal offense in many USA jurisdictions. Dope is far more likely to end the future of your child than is a carelessly stored firearm.

4. Support charitable efforts that help fund the medical treatment of addicted persons, who have been forgotten by a busy and self-absorbed world.

5. Elect public officials who oppose deadly disease chauvinism. You may have to explain the details to your politicians to get them on board, but do not support any pol that does not fully understand and embrace your position

6. FIGHT BACK against the social stigmatization that inhibits addiction sufferers from seeking timely treatment for their disease. Such stigma has destroyed countless lives and it must be halted. Stigma attachment is tantamount to a “hate crime” being committed against a person for reason of disease or disability; it is illegal in some circumstances/jurisdictions and should be universally unlawful.

When I was very young, there was an ignorance-based stigma attached to cancer; to some relatively minor degree, that stigma remains intact. If you doubt that fact, look at this link:

The Stigma of Cancer

We now know the degree of shame and embarrassment that AJW suffered in her losing war against the disease that plagued her unto death. The “pride” she disclaimed in song, remained with her always and she felt “ashamed” that she was sick. How heart wrenching is that? Her illness may well have had a different outcome, if the “stigma” of it had not been part of the process of dehumanization that addiction sufferers must endure.

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As we all know, addiction is no respecter of social status or wealth; it attacks the meek/powerful/rich/poor with equally devastating results. At least the poor can play out their painful drama in private; not so for the celebrated and the pap-stalked.

There is a particularly disgusting video on youtube that almost perfectly illustrates the evil that disease chauvinism delivers to the innocent. Some time ago, when I first viewed the video, it sickened me and I wanted to scold those responsible for it. Now, while watching it further breaks my heart and makes me cry, it also harshly hardens my resolve to aggressively fight back against the dehumanizers, the stigmatizers, and the chauvinists.

The video shows a desperately ill and wounded human – known to us as Amy Jade Winehouse – in a death-precursor predicament. AJW is shown unconscious and sprawled immodestly on an outdoor bench; she is alone, vulnerable and in trouble.

If a decent person saw a fellow human thusly downed, he would render/summon immediate aid. Here, the disease-chauvinism maxim dictated that the stalker simply push the start-button on a video camera and record the scene as numerous passersby gave a glance at the dehumanized curiosity and kept on walking.

When Benito Aquino was assassinated, his wife demanded an open casket funeral. “Let them see what they have done,” she told her countrymen. When JFK was murdered, his wife refused to remove her blood-soaked dress for many hours after the killing. “Let them see what they have done,” she told the world.

To the disease chauvinists, I wanted to say, “Look what your bigotry and ignorance did and contemplate the final outcome that your hatred helped to render.” I wanted to say that and more as I posted the scandalous video for all to see, but I could not bring myself to promote a horrid and painful public spectacle just to further an academic point. People who love Amy have likely seen enough of that nasty video, and the deranged people who promote the hatred of the sick would only relish viewing it again.

Now, if you can, imagine that the sick child on that bench is your friend, your relative, someone you love. What would you “hope” that any observer would do upon seeing the described circumstance?

Each day that the disease chauvinists’ position is allowed too prevail, the chance that your hoped for remedy would be delivered is substantially reduced. Each day that the dehumanization dogma that is the chauvinists’ stock-in-trade is allowed to exist, your prayers for the health of your children are at risk of going unanswered. Each day that the hateful stigma goes unchallenged, we are all less safe and secure in a world that is capable of delivering the kind of medical miracles that the chauvinists would deprive us of.

Please FIGHT BACK against the ignorance that diminishes our humanity. And, please remember that while the conduct of the disease chauvinists is hateful and deplorable, we must struggle not to hate them. Haters risk becoming that which they hate, and we must never allow that to happen to us.

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More Notes On The “Amy Movie” Issue

As the “will there or won’t there be an Amy-biopic” drama unfolds, it seems appropriate and fun to revisit the issue of who the ideal lead actor might be. Folks who missed my original speculative thoughts on that subject – and other movie related matters – can read them here:

https://amysarmynow.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/notes-on-the-contemplated-amy-movie/

Proponents of a quality biopic who are watching the current yes/no drama likely have little to worry about. Once the conditions – some of which I previously speculated about – are met to the satisfaction of those in control of AJW’s music, a positive outcome is probably near certain. It’s nice that fans are privileged to watch the earliest stages of the “decision making” process, even if the skillful moves become confusing to some. One likely certainty is that there are currently no plans for a movie.

So, let’s talk about actors.

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My Lead Actor Shortlist:

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Lea Michele

It’s no secret that I have been a Lea booster since long before GLEE was ever contemplated. I told you years ago that she had destiny’s starlight shining on her; when she steps on stage, everybody standing near her goes into soft focus and the Lea Star is the only one you see blazing.

In my view, Broadway has not produced a greater talent in decades. Lea has the potential to be as big as Streisand; her choices and time will determine the outcome of my predictions. Lea’s inclusion in my short list has nada to do with my high regard for her; she is a legit and rightful member of the mix.

Lea Michele – Background Details:

Lea Michele – wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea_Michele

Lea Michele – IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0584951/

Lea Performs “I Dreamed A Dream” – GLEE Featuring Idina Menzel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp7ARm2Lwdo&feature=related

Lea Performs “Don’t Stop Believing” – GLEE Ensemble

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WxPyUzWSPA&feature=related

Lea Michele – Facebook Page

http://www.facebook.com/leamichele?sk=wall

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Dana DeLorenzo

Some folks know Dana as a previous ensemble player on Mancow’s Morning Madhouse radio show, but she is actually an experienced and skilled actor, singer and comic. She is best know to Amy fans as the actor/singer who portrayed Amy in the House of Winehouse tribute band.

Dana’s experience in “parody” has been seen as a negative by some playing the “pick an Amy player” game, but most such critics seem to have no grasp of what “acting” is really about. Actors are cast based on a belief that – with experienced guidance – they can deliver the vision of writers and directors; not according to what other genres they have performed in.

Dana DeLorenzo – Background Details:

Dana – IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1632536/

Dana Photo File – House of Winehouse Website

http://houseofwinehouse.com/index.php/photos/

Dana Performs “You’re Wondering Now”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRRcwkRfjGc

House of Winehouse – Facebook Page

http://www.facebook.com/houseofwinehouse

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Stefani Germanotta – aka “Lady Gaga” – Background Details

Stefani Germanotta – wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefani_Germanotta

Stefani Germanotta – IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3078932/

Stefani Performs “The Edge Of Glory.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_GMgkcc2KM

Stefani Performs “Merry The Night” – Official Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cggNqDAtJYU

Lady Gaga – Facebook Page

http://www.facebook.com/ladygaga?sk=wall

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To anchor the “Amy Franchise” firmly and in a manner that will guarantee its value to the Amy Winehouse Foundation for decades, the first biopic must:

1. Tell the story with integrity, respect and truth as its primary watchwords.

2.  Be presented with a reasonable and appropriate amount of artistic style.

3.  Be a commercial success.

Absent the first element, the film should not – and likely would not – be made.  A box-office hit, bearing reasonable artistic merit, will pave the way for subsequent “art flicks” that will explore different aspects of their subject. A box-office flop will destroy the franchise and preclude or long delay any future attempts at “art.” Thus, the challenge out of the gate is to make an artistically sound film that gauges its success in commercial terms.

Great scripts – in the hands of experienced directors – can often overcome the weaknesses of mediocre actors, but competent actors cannot often overcome a sloppy script and incompetent direction. When we contemplate “the players” in the first AJW-biopic, we have to suppose that both the script and the director are worldclass-perfect; there is no reason to suspect that will not be the case.

We must also note that trying to get close to a completed shooting-script prior to the publication of the Mitch Winehouse memoir, Amy, My Daughter would be imprudent. (All proceeds from the book’s sales are pledged to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Hopefully, the film rights can be “leased” and not sold; another near-permanent cash cow for the AWF.)

The details in that book will likely be so additive to the truth of any existing record that to produce a film without them would be foolhardy. The book will not be published until late 2012; a waiting period that should help calm the fans who are lamenting that it is “too soon” for a movie. Between late 2013 and late 2014 seems about the right time for the flick to hit screens.

Each of the actors on my shortlist love and respect Amy and would do NOTHING to dishonor or wrongfully exploit her memory. They each understand that the real and true story is one of an artistic genius in search of emotional completion; not one about the physical symptoms of a disease. Stefani is the ONE actor short-listed with the “power” to help guarantee that such a maxim is strictly enforced from start to finish.

Folks who think that an actor who bears the “Gaga persona” is not perfectly appropriate to capture the essence of Amy, lose site of the fact that the “Gaga character” is the creation of a skilled business-person, a competent actor and a highly-trained musician. We call the craft “acting” because it is about transformation and mirroring; it’s about “pretending” so well that the results become convincingly real. Previous roles played are largely irrelevant to all but the most lazy casting directors. With Stefani in the lead, the audience WILL see the “essence” they expect and have a right to demand.

Stefani on The View; hear the words, absorb the unsubtle fashion clues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkQWnzqVGNU&feature=fvsr

Stefani’s de facto pre-audition for her first major film role played out adequately on the 2011 MTV-MVA Show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaD8aEVQaMc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN5RaLyqPEU

The process of “mainstreaming” Stefani began with Duets II.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvjGe_j6yR8

Stefani’s mainstreaming campaign collected big-time on Thanksgiving night. Americans in “flyover country” watched and fell in love with a new sweetheart. She can now deliver demographics to an Amy-project that no other actor can.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usj9OvGh-8c&feature=related

Because the “Amy Franchise” cannot grow and prosper without its first film effort performing very well at the cash register, Stefani is the only safe pick to lead the charge. While NO actor can guarantee a money maker, Stefani is as close to such a guarantor as can possibly be found.

To those of us who love Amy, she is “everything” and it is easy for us to assume that everybody else must feel the same way; that assumption is faulty. While the Amy legend now has tremendous momentum, it is uncertain that such “Big Mo” – on its own – will translate into a solid box-office success two-years+ from now. Remember, if only every AJW fan queued up for the first big-budget film, the chance for a massive commercial success would be diminished. The first movie needs the power of a “Super Star” to deliver the greater demographics that will earn the financial win required to help permanently secure the franchise.

Folks who want to experiment with lesser-known actors in the lead are promoting a risk that, in my view, the franchise simply cannot afford to take. A failed effort on the FIRST shot may long preclude future shots; maybe forever.

Following the commercial success of the initial film, the creative doors will open wide to many fine actors, writers and directors; in many venues. Stage plays, musical revues, additional films, BBC/PBS productions, even Cirque Du Soleil resident and touring companies are all in the deck, if the FIRST cards dealt are winners. Stefani is the right actor to help stack that deck and mark those cards in favor of the franchise‘s longevity.

During the balance of this century, the Amy Winehouse Foundation has the opportunity to better the lives of hundreds-of-thousands of young people. Aside from the strong commitment of the AWF’s founders, operators and volunteers, the greatest asset the foundation has is the “Amy Franchise.” That sacred treasure must be guarded as closely as any golden goose and it must be kept in maximum productive mode forever; a commercially successful initial biopic will help assure that result.

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In time, an entry here will speculate about the potential merits of sundry other players and directors that might be contemplated to work on any prospective first “Amy Movie.”

Stay tuned for updates.


Urgent Appeal For Amy-Poll Help

As a few of you know, I am pretty skilled at herding cattle. Trying to herd cats is much harder and I am not good at it; feline-herding is what the ongoing effort to advance Amy Jade Winehouse in the Virgin Media Legend of the Year Poll is starting to feel like. Thus, this urgent appeal for assistance.

http://www.virginmedia.com/music/awards/legend-of-the-year.php

The only way we have any chance to prevail in our current campaign is for the heavy hitters in the “Amy Page Movement” to get behind the effort and promote it front-and-center on their pages.

While the small-page admins have devoted countless hours to both promoting and voting, they simply lack the “reach” needed to secure the kind of voting force that is required to win this campaign. We cannot win without help from the BIG pages.

The campaign now needs troops to man the voting terminals; their own computers. Single votes are of ZERO help. We need many multiple recordings of 100-vote blocks, if we are to have any chance of turning the tide in this poll. The BIG “Amy Pages” can help deliver that resource, if they will simply “status” the voting link on their pages, keep it visible, and explain the urgent and immediate need for 100-vote blocks.

Every poll win for Amy accrues to the benefit of every “Amy Page” and helps us build positive awareness about the Amy Winehouse Foundation. A win in the current campaign will be an important victory for all concerned.

AJW worked very hard to create an international fan base; it is time for that base to join forces in this campaign. Any temptation towards parochialism among the “Amy Page” admins is misguided and will, ultimately, collapse the entire page movement. Now is the time to show the world that Amy knew exactly what she was doing when she built her international infrastructure: She created a virtual army that – when united – can be among the strongest forces in all of fandom. We can show a united front that fulfills the hopes, goals, and wishes of the JadeMermaid Princess; or, we can selfishly work at cross-purposes and squander AJW’s dreams of unity.

There are now many new members of the “I Voted A Hundred Times” club, but we need hundreds more. Please promote and join the club, and help us all go in for the big win in the current campaign.

Thanks!