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(Gawker)   From Judd Apatow comes a new comedy where the goofy hero takes on....the Senate?....about awareness for Alzheimer's?....starring Seth Rogen?   (gawker.com) divider line 58
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2014-02-27 01:27:34 PM  
Seth Rogan is sort of a douchebag but Alzheimer's is like one of the few things that I don't joke about, even though it hasn't hit my friends or family yet, thank Christ.
 
2014-02-27 01:28:36 PM  
C-SPAN has the entire video on their site, and the introductory remarks by Rogen on their Youtube channel. There's really, really no need to link to Gawker. Ever.
 
2014-02-27 02:09:38 PM  
That sounds like a terrible farking movie. I wouldn't even bother stealing it via BitTorrent to watch at my pleasure because it wouldn't be worth the electricity.
 
2014-02-27 02:14:31 PM  
Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?
 
2014-02-27 02:32:09 PM  

xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?


Does anyone?
 
2014-02-27 02:32:14 PM  
FTA "That's right, he situation is so dire that it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated manchild to start a entire charity organization," he said

Humor aside, he sounds like he means it.  Good on him.
 
2014-02-27 02:34:55 PM  
All four of my grandparents died with Alzheimer's-like symptoms, so basically I'm... what was I talking about again?
 
2014-02-27 02:36:08 PM  

Infobahn: xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?

Does anyone?



Who still plays that game?
 
2014-02-27 02:36:42 PM  
I like the "urgh" look on the face of the women over his shoulder in the purple top.
 
2014-02-27 02:37:49 PM  
Alzheimers joke involving Seth Rogans catalogue.
 
2014-02-27 02:41:13 PM  

Super Chronic: All four of my grandparents died with Alzheimer's-like symptoms, so basically I'm... what was I talking about again?


My maternal grandmother was suffering from Dimentia when she died, my wife's grandmother is showing symptoms. It's sad watching them go through this.
 
2014-02-27 02:42:18 PM  
I'd say it's obvious the dude cares about what he's talking about. Any comedian is going to make jokes if you give him an audience, regardless of why he has that audience
 
2014-02-27 02:47:33 PM  

xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?


Why do you ask?
 
2014-02-27 02:49:17 PM  
Is Seth Rogen really a "comedian"? Isn't he more just a stoner who has honed the ability to make other stoned people giggle?
 
2014-02-27 02:50:20 PM  

Ghost Roach: I'd say it's obvious the dude cares about what he's talking about. Any comedian is going to make jokes if you give him an audience, regardless of why he has that audience


Yea, telling jokes during this was essential.  If he hadn't done so, it would have been weird.

A) you'll get a bit more virality with some jokes in the bit.

B) it's a way for him to acknowledge and own up to his status as a comedian...  If he would've tried to play it completely straight and serious, the message would've been muddled by the disconnect between the presenter and the presentation.  Here, he makes fun of himself, not the disease. He tells a few jokes to lighten the mood and acknowledge who he is and the perception of him (and accepts that perception instead of trying to argue against it), but then he tells his story and says what he needs to say.

The kid done alright.
 
2014-02-27 02:52:35 PM  

xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?


Is that a rhetorical question?
 
2014-02-27 02:57:50 PM  

xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?


Who wants to start?
 
2014-02-27 02:58:20 PM  
Didn't his buddy, James Franco, already try bringing Alzheimer's to everyone's attention, with horrible results?

Poor John Lithgow...
 
2014-02-27 03:00:01 PM  

reillan: xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?

Is that a rhetorical question?


No?
 
2014-02-27 03:01:35 PM  

reillan: xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?

Is that a rhetorical question?


What's that?
 
2014-02-27 03:01:59 PM  

Almet: Infobahn: xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?

Does anyone?


Who still plays that game?


How are we going to dry the hat?
 
2014-02-27 03:02:42 PM  

sweatybronson: Ghost Roach: I'd say it's obvious the dude cares about what he's talking about. Any comedian is going to make jokes if you give him an audience, regardless of why he has that audience

Yea, telling jokes during this was essential.  If he hadn't done so, it would have been weird.

A) you'll get a bit more virality with some jokes in the bit.

B) it's a way for him to acknowledge and own up to his status as a comedian...  If he would've tried to play it completely straight and serious, the message would've been muddled by the disconnect between the presenter and the presentation.  Here, he makes fun of himself, not the disease. He tells a few jokes to lighten the mood and acknowledge who he is and the perception of him (and accepts that perception instead of trying to argue against it), but then he tells his story and says what he needs to say.

The kid done alright.


It was the first time I've seen a C-Span logo on the bottom of my screen in forever, so he got the message out well.
 
2014-02-27 03:06:29 PM  
Between this and seeing 50/50, my opinion of him has risen greatly..
 
2014-02-27 03:08:50 PM  
"But to be realistic, funding is not the problem as to why Alzheimer's Disease has no cure, no treatment, and no prevention methods.

The FDA is the reason there is no cure, no treatment, and no prevention for AD.

I decided to major in EE because of research at the University of Arkansas Electrical Engineering Department involving Parkinson's Disease, proving positive results and desired to expand to AD. When I spoke with the professor 3 years ago, he said they were having trouble with just pre-human trial tests and thus approval from the FDA to begin human trial. Even if they were approved then, it still takes on average 10 years and $1 billion to get through FDA trials and fees. To put that in perspective, people live on average 8 years after being diagnosed with AD.

Ask any family affected by this disease the amount of risk they would take for progress in fighting this disease. Yet, we are not free to do so. I don't see how they sleep at night."
 
Bf+
2014-02-27 03:10:10 PM  
I saw his spot on Chris Mathews last night.
He said he was pretty upset at all the politicians who didn't show, got up and left, or slept though most of it only to ask the same questions they slept through.
At the end of his interview, Chris Mathews was going to discuss marijuana laws.  You could just barely hear Seth ask to stay for the segment and Mathews shouted him down "No you can't stay!"
Doesn't matter-- They went to a live shot of the Crypt Keeper Jan Brewer.
 
2014-02-27 03:14:10 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Is Seth Rogen really a "comedian"? Isn't he more just a stoner who has honed the ability to make other stoned people giggle?


Not a stoner.  Rogen has the ability to make me giggle.
 
2014-02-27 03:19:47 PM  

somedude210: Almet: Infobahn: xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?

Does anyone?


Who still plays that game?

How are we going to dry the hat?


Do you have a hat dryer?
 
2014-02-27 03:22:21 PM  

xanadian: somedude210: Almet: Infobahn: xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?

Does anyone?


Who still plays that game?

How are we going to dry the hat?

Do you have a hat dryer?


if I had a hat dryer, do you think I would ask?

Can we use the cat?
 
2014-02-27 03:37:12 PM  

Elroydb: "But to be realistic, funding is not the problem as to why Alzheimer's Disease has no cure, no treatment, and no prevention methods.

The FDA is the reason there is no cure, no treatment, and no prevention for AD.

I decided to major in EE because of research at the University of Arkansas Electrical Engineering Department involving Parkinson's Disease, proving positive results and desired to expand to AD. When I spoke with the professor 3 years ago, he said they were having trouble with just pre-human trial tests and thus approval from the FDA to begin human trial. Even if they were approved then, it still takes on average 10 years and $1 billion to get through FDA trials and fees. To put that in perspective, people live on average 8 years after being diagnosed with AD.

Ask any family affected by this disease the amount of risk they would take for progress in fighting this disease. Yet, we are not free to do so. I don't see how they sleep at night."


This is so frustrating for us, a family with a severely autistic child. The doctors rely on the FDA approved drugs first, then go off-label based on research. Well, there is little to no research on the effects of mmj in autism patients. Federal law really limits research in this area.

Medical marijuana was just approved for people Alzheimer's in IL. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/September-2013/Seven-Thing s -You-Need-to-Know-About-Illinoiss-New-Medical-Marijuana-Law/

Not a cure but hopefully a relief to those suffering with Alzheimer's and their families/caregivers. Better than the atypical antipsychotics that doctors are throwing at everyone from seniors to children for aggression, sleep disorders and general "mood". Our experience with the atypical antipsychotics was horrible, painful side effects.

FDA is a captive regulator imo.
 
2014-02-27 03:40:53 PM  
His comments about how people think it's an innocuous "I forgot my keys" disease were spot on.

Wouldn't wish it on almost anyone, really.
 
2014-02-27 03:42:05 PM  

somedude210: xanadian: somedude210: Almet: Infobahn: xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?

Does anyone?


Who still plays that game?

How are we going to dry the hat?

Do you have a hat dryer?

if I had a hat dryer, do you think I would ask?

Can we use the cat?


Do you think that's really wise?
 
2014-02-27 03:47:02 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: Super Chronic: All four of my grandparents died with Alzheimer's-like symptoms, so basically I'm... what was I talking about again?

My maternal grandmother was suffering from Dimentia when she died, my wife's grandmother is showing symptoms. It's sad watching them go through this.


My grandfather is going through it right now. Sometimes he has fantastic days where he's been promoted and paid all this handsome money and wants to take everyone on a Caribbean cruise. Other times he thinks everyone is conspiring against him and they threw him in this random place (nursing home) and he wants his car and to go home (the home he was living in in the '70s). He starts screaming at anyone he sees because he's so mad everyone betrayed him.

It really, really sucks.
 
2014-02-27 04:02:33 PM  
"If I could explain to you why Jerry Lewis Seth Rogen makes me laugh when he's trying to be serious, and why he makes me straight-faced when he's trying to get me to laugh, I'd have the answer."
 
2014-02-27 04:04:07 PM  
I know/have known several people dealing with this. Now that that is out of the way. Any celebrity/actor/comedian.media figure that thinks their appearance at these hearings is going to do anything is an idiot. It's theater designed to generate video for the evening news and the appearance of concern. Yesterday it was Ben Affleck, well known authority on the Congo.
 
2014-02-27 04:12:43 PM  

Sudlow: I know/have known several people dealing with this. Now that that is out of the way. Any celebrity/actor/comedian.media figure that thinks their appearance at these hearings is going to do anything is an idiot. It's theater designed to generate video for the evening news and the appearance of concern. Yesterday it was Ben Affleck, well known authority on the Congo.


It's one thing for the Clooneys and Afflecks of the world to latch on to the African Plight Of The Day, I'd say it's a tad more genuine when it's something would have impacted their life regardless of how much money they have made with genital-related humour
 
2014-02-27 04:15:05 PM  

xanadian: somedude210: xanadian: somedude210: Almet: Infobahn: xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?

Does anyone?


Who still plays that game?

How are we going to dry the hat?

Do you have a hat dryer?

if I had a hat dryer, do you think I would ask?

Can we use the cat?

Do you think that's really wise?


do you have a better plan, Mr. Iknowhowtocleanshiat?
 
2014-02-27 04:24:29 PM  

Ghost Roach: Sudlow: I know/have known several people dealing with this. Now that that is out of the way. Any celebrity/actor/comedian.media figure that thinks their appearance at these hearings is going to do anything is an idiot. It's theater designed to generate video for the evening news and the appearance of concern. Yesterday it was Ben Affleck, well known authority on the Congo.

It's one thing for the Clooneys and Afflecks of the world to latch on to the African Plight Of The Day, I'd say it's a tad more genuine when it's something would have impacted their life regardless of how much money they have made with genital-related humour


This.

/even if his testimony accomplishes nothing, Mr. Rogen tried to do something for a cause he genuinely cares about
//so good on him for that
 
2014-02-27 04:27:27 PM  
Only two senators actually sat through that speech. Rogan confronted one senator on twitter who left early.
 
2014-02-27 04:28:01 PM  

somedude210: xanadian: somedude210: xanadian: somedude210: Almet: Infobahn: xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?

Does anyone?


Who still plays that game?

How are we going to dry the hat?

Do you have a hat dryer?

if I had a hat dryer, do you think I would ask?

Can we use the cat?

Do you think that's really wise?

do you have a better plan, Mr. Iknowhowtocleanshiat?


Well, do YOU want to deal with the static electricity and the multiple lacerations??
 
2014-02-27 04:29:26 PM  
dl.dropboxusercontent.com
 
2014-02-27 04:32:03 PM  

usernameguy: Only two senators actually sat through that speech. Rogan confronted one senator on twitter who left early.


Not just early, he left before Rogan even started talking.
 
2014-02-27 04:33:27 PM  

usernameguy: Only two senators actually sat through that speech. Rogan confronted one senator on twitter who left early.


There is nothing more dangerously effective than a comedian with a microphone in front of a hostile audience
 
2014-02-27 04:35:29 PM  
Kentucky Fried Children

"/even if his testimony accomplishes nothing, Mr. Rogen tried to do something for a cause he genuinely cares about
//so good on him for that "

His testimony did accomplish nothing and, assuming TFA is correct, all he was there for was to "raise awareness". Which is the most self-serving motive I can think of.
 
2014-02-27 04:42:52 PM  
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is getting remade?

/Good on Rogen though, he made the people (who stayed) feel comfortable first before hitting them with the issue at hand.
 
2014-02-27 04:48:00 PM  

Mugato: Seth Rogan is sort of a douchebag but Alzheimer's is like one of the few things that I don't joke about, even though it hasn't hit my friends or family yet, thank Christ.


I'm ok with this.
 
2014-02-27 05:01:23 PM  

xanadian: Well, do YOU want to deal with the static electricity and the multiple lacerations??


How can you say no to that purrrfect fresh smell though?
 
2014-02-27 05:06:47 PM  
My 66 year old father passed last year from early onset Alzheimer's.
Started at 59. BA, MBA, CPA, CFO. The end (last two year) was a living
breathing nightmare.

My can honestly say that I would not wish it on my worst enemy.
 
2014-02-27 05:08:23 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Unoriginal_Username: Super Chronic: All four of my grandparents died with Alzheimer's-like symptoms, so basically I'm... what was I talking about again?

My maternal grandmother was suffering from Dimentia when she died, my wife's grandmother is showing symptoms. It's sad watching them go through this.

My grandfather is going through it right now. Sometimes he has fantastic days where he's been promoted and paid all this handsome money and wants to take everyone on a Caribbean cruise. Other times he thinks everyone is conspiring against him and they threw him in this random place (nursing home) and he wants his car and to go home (the home he was living in in the '70s). He starts screaming at anyone he sees because he's so mad everyone betrayed him.

It really, really sucks.


We went through something similar. It was easier for me to deal with because we never had a close relationship, so I wasn't nearly as emotionally invested in him than his own family was, so I was called in to help. My great uncle was an electrical engineer and acted the same way in the nursing home. What worked for a spell for me was when he demanded to leave, I'd say something along the lines of "If you leave now, you won't get paid." we'd convince him he was actually at a new job as a tutor/production manager/supervisor, ect. and was supposed to help me out. I'd come up with a bunch of electrician jibberish or bring in broken circuit boards or what have you, which would distract him from wanting to leave into calling me a moron for not knowing how physics worked. He'd then proceed to attempt to solve whatever problem or puzzle I presented him until he lost his train of thought and would forget the original reason why he was upset. He'd get frustrated about not being able to solve it, so I'd place myself in the position of blame, ie, it wasn't his fault, his hands work just fine. It's me buggering everything up.  It was all about redirecting and refocusing him.

/pneumonia got him before he had completely wasted away.
 
2014-02-27 05:16:26 PM  
The fact that he's done something, anything, is a good thing.  The fact that he's raised awareness and money is a very good thing. Whether or not he was wifed into this, does not matter, he has done it, and I applaud the effort.
 
2014-02-27 05:36:19 PM  

BullBearMS: [dl.dropboxusercontent.com image 662x600]


Funny thing is, Alzheimers is now thought to be a metabolic syndrome, some descibe it as type 3 diabetes. So, yea, pancakes and syrup could cause it

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2769828/

http://www.diabetes.co.uk/type3-diabetes.html
 
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