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Hey, Scholar, Leave the Kids Alone!

NY Times---Letters
December 24, 2007
Re “On Facebook, Scholars Link Up With Data” (front page, Dec. 17):

To the Editor:

Leave the kids alone!

As your article rightly observes, though gorgeous research possibilities for networking theory have exploded via explorations into Facebook, this type of fieldwork poses many compelling ethical and methodological issues — the rights of the researched, data collection from self-selected populations and, of course, privacy issues.

But one glaring unintended consequence must be considered: the reckless intrusion of adults into one of the few remaining sacred spaces where young people congregate for the creation of subculture, meaning and community.
Sites like Facebook offer connectivity, identity and refuge beyond the gaze of an ever-expanding, increasingly repressive and indifferent adult authority structure.

Before we proceed as scholars, let us first be citizens.

There needs to be a serious and lengthy conversation among scholars and youth activists abou…

Guild of Scholars

Donna Gaines was recently elected into the Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church. The Guild is a group made up of Lay Episcopalians who meet annually at the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan.


Musicians, activists, soul warriors and Native American punks with guitar string ties to the Post-Ramones Empire, Blackfire tour the world bringing truth hope and dignity to peoples' struggles. They also just came out with an amazing new album produced by Ed Stasium. But don't take my word for it---check out the link below to see what Rolling Stone's David Fricke has to say about them. Now there's a man with a Ramones heart-- so tawl, ya gotta look up.

Rolling Stone : Fricke’s Picks: Blackfire, Pearl Jam and Eyvind Kang

War All The Time

Male Veterans Have Double the Suicide Rate of Civilians
Male veterans in the general U.S. population are twice as likely as their civilian peers to die by suicide, a large study shows. This study included 320,890 men age 18 and older in the general population, 104,026 of them veterans, whom researchers followed for 12 years. Veterans who were white, had at least 12 years of education, or whose daily-life activities were limited by health problems were at highest risk. Those who were overweight had a lower risk. By the end of the study, 197 of the veterans had died by suicide. Compared to civilian men who died by suicide, veterans were 58 percent more likely to use a firearm to end their lives. The researchers also note that the number of veterans with daily-life activity limitations – one of the higher risk factors for suicide listed above – is likely to rise. They suggest that clinical and community interventions will be needed, and call for clinicians to be alert for signs that veter…

Happy Birthday Joey Ramone!!

Tonight we are celebrating what would have been Joey's 56th birthday at a sold out annual Birthday Bash in his honor at NYC's Irving Plaza. Doors open at 7 pm, Little Steven Van Zandt will officiate, and several great bands including the Bullys, Chesterfield Kings, Slinky Vagabond, NY Dolls and an all-star NY jam will pay tribute to punk's Patron Saint. Though we are deeply saddened by the recent loss of our Great Mother Ramone (Charlotte Lesher), her shimmering spirit will hover above, beaming light and love as brother Mickey Leigh cranks his guitar, Hosanna!

Joey's impact on punk subculture and spirituality flourishes; a legacy of inspiration to all us cretins, misfits, pinheads & warthogs. Tonight, we of NYC welcome an in-gathering of the PostRamones Empire; two generations, worldwide---Argentina, France, Japan, Finland, Australia, and Rockaway Beach, Queens!

Blast our twin towers, close our clubs, but you can't break our faith--the Ramones of NYC are too toug…

Live From Slugland

Celebrating 29 years of SLUGLIFE.
Please visit the SLUGS tribute website at

Live From Slugland

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Donna on WBAI City Watch

Donna Gaines will be interviewed on WBAI's City Watch, on Wednesday, March 28 at 10 am. Tune into 99.5 FM or access the podcast at

A Misfit's Manifesto--now in paperback!


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Announcing: Donna Gaines Consulting

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In launching I've attempted to formalize twenty years of public speaking, lectures, and workshops. Whether addressing youth suicide, alienation, addiction, spirituality, popular culture or healing, I look forward to being of continued service to students, professors, administrators and professionals.

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