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Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
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“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“Project Censored shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union
“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
“Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.” –Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University

A Village for Persons with Dementia

There’s a new choice being practiced in the Netherlands for persons with dementia, a choice that gives great opportunity for all individuals that have this fatal disease. There’s only one of its kind in the world and it has been created to bring about a complete sense of “normalcy” and autonomy. The choice comes in the form of a small village designed especially for patients with severe dementia. It is located on a four-acre site on the outskirts of Amsterdam, containing open space: wide boulevards, side-streets, squares, sheltered courtyards, gardens with ponds, reeds and wild flowers, two-storey brick houses; and a cafe, restaurant, theatre, minimarket and hairdressing salon.


John Henley, “The village where people have dementia – and fun,” Guardian

Student Researcher: Joshua Benyola, Indian River State College


Faculty Evaluator: Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D., Indian River State College


Once an individual comes to the point in his or her life where living on one’s own becomes too difficult, that is the point when a family member or legal guardian has to make the decision of what to do with the individual. Most people with dementia or of advanced years are sent to nursing homes, “senior communities, “ where they’re   watched daily and often mistreated. Some fear the day of being sent to one of these places; that’s how bad it is!

What if one were to change the complete perception of a senior living facility? Well there is a place in the Netherlands that is called a “dementia village.” This little village is set up so one who has this disease can live a normal life. The catch is that the individual is watched all the time by trained nurses and doctors who work at restaurants, grocery stores, hair salons, and the theater. The residents are literally tricked into believing they are living a normal life in society. But are they really being tricked? Many are already having trouble even realizing what they did two hours before. Think about it you have this disease that’s life-threatening but you have no idea it’s going to kill you. So your family or someone recommends you to live at this place where you have a room specifically built around your personality and you’re allowed to roam freely, ride a bike, do whatever you please. If something was to go wrong there are trained individuals all around watching and protecting you. So in essence you’re actually living the life of normalcy to an extent. Recently a reporter from CNN by the name of John Tinker visited this village. He asked many questions regarding the living arrangement, care for the patients, and even went as far as asking if the people are happy. The response from many individuals was what more could one ask for. Everyone here is being treated as normal as possible. Van Amerongen is one of the founders of this new age nursing home. She sat down with her colleagues in November of 1992 and expressed that she was deeply disappointed in the way things were being handled in nursing homes. She went on and said that her father passed away from a heart attack and was thankful he never got to the age of having to go to a nursing home. So she and her colleagues made the decision to build a place where people with dementia can live the rest of their lives in a relatively happy, normal, and peaceful way. The facility was completed in 2009 and has been active since. According to this facility’s mission statement, its mission is to “provide the most normal possible life reminiscent of each individual’s formative years.”

Does this solve an ethical problem? Was there an ethical problem to begin with? Definitely, there are indications that the new form of nursing facility has the potential of being more positive than negative. In fact, there have been studies on this facility, which show the activities that are being held extend a helping hand to slow down the speed of the disease. Some of the activities include arts and crafts, music, and baking class. The true ethical problem here is not that this is a fake society but that we live each day knowing that traditional nursing homes are mistreating our family members, friends, coworkers, and fellow citizens and do nothing about it. Rather than putting these poor innocent individuals in 12 x 12 rooms on nursing beds and treating them like animals why don’t we make the last few breaths and walks of life they have a peaceful, loving, extraordinary journey? Why must we be ignorant to the fact that 35.6 million people have dementia according to world health organization and there are 7.7 million new cases being diagnosed every year? This means that by 2030 the expected amount of people with this devouring disease will double and then triple by 2050. The question that remains is when will we develop our own facilities that promote the welfare of those with dementia? By the facts alone residents at this little village named Hogewey require fewer medications, eat better, live longer, and seem to have a great amount of joy. The time has come for change in the traditional manner in which we treat our loved ones afflicted with this tragic illness.

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