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0. 0. 0. 0. 0. You need to really embrace. That yes. It's a job that has to be done. Laser guns light the fire. Why I'm not alone in this because otherwise I was appalled. I like you know. Really make. A. You. Know window into the community. This example with your host there really Michel. Hello everyone and welcome to Outlook. Tonight on our show historical Alaskan films and videos are being trashed and ruined. But there are some people who are trying their best to save them. When is marijuana a good word. Some say when it helps very sick people debate that election issue and look around. There's a living museum of art in Anchorage thanks to set aside
construction money. The Alaska moving images Preservation Association its better known as a made rescues historical Alaskan films and videos that may be sitting on the shelf disintegrating or. Even heading for the trash. And they do it on a very tight shoestring that's getting frayed. Our guest producer today Laura bliss is going to tell us a little more about this topic. One of the most popular places is that of our guest. We thought it might be a sort of abbreviated version of the program. This is just one of nearly ten thousand pieces of our past that you'll find in the basement of the old Grandview Gardens library and the inner self probably never imagined that her show much less her good advice would find a home like this 40 years later.
It's about saving film video audio materials but it really goes to the question of why do we save them and what we save them for is because we save them because they're about community they're about who we were you know who we are how we got to where we are. Francine the stuff to Taylor is the driving force behind the Alaska moving images Preservation Association. The reason it was started was because the oil dollars went down in 1986 and almost immediately institutions broadcast stations production facilities libraries museums budgets got cut. And when they got cut a lot of the physicians and the facilities that were cut had to do with producing these materials so these materials were left without caretakers without guardians. And we realized that that immediately made them endangered. Amoebas been a labor of love for Taylor since 1991 when he got his start as an all volunteer grassroots nonprofit you know over the years she's managed to persuade
folks to donate a lot of time and all sorts of equipment to the cause. It's very important work these are unique one of a kind materials that are just as important as cultural artifacts in a museum or first edition books. And in the 21st century it's going to be about voices and images as much as it's going to be about written text. For the first time. Amoeba has a part time staff at least for now and they're working quickly to get as much done before their modest grant from the city runs out. This is easily a year's worth of work maybe two years. Just to get caught up with what we already have. And I mean in the sense of getting it labeled. Getting it logged getting all the contents into a record searchable and then we can get it back out to the public. And the thing is it's never ending because as soon as you get some of it done I mean new collections are coming all the time. So. Bam bam bam.
This. Guy I am what. I am. Archive work involves much more than simply labeling and storing everything. So a lot of people don't really think about is you know if someone gives us a roll of film it has to be first looked at to see if it didn't even play and what the condition of the film is Brutal is a very dirty knew there was a need to be clean before anything happens to it. And then we look at it for a storable value. All this work is bringing a bit closer to his ultimate goal of making these treasures accessible once again. Treasures like these clips from the statehood celebration in Anchorage I believe very strongly that people need to see these materials. We have history here that really needs to be used in our schools when we have teachers telling the history of this state. I think that it's much more compelling history if you see the people who made that history or if you see the actual event. It's very
exciting. One of amicus Keystone collections dates back to the 1930s. This footage was shot by Father Hubbard a Jesuit priest who traveled Alaska with his Bibles and a film camera. These clips are from King Island. While the originals are at the Smithsonian amoeba worked hard to acquire high quality copies that could be kept in Alaska is in a sense a repatriation it was bringing something home to Alaska that was Alaskan for the King Island people. It was their own personal scrapbooks and journals and memoirs in a way it was their uncles and their fathers and what had it's been a wonderful collection here but again it's a collection that I would I think should be out there in the schools so that it shows again people living in times that were there are very different than they are today. And it's a wonderful teaching tool. And then there are the more recent materials that will be history some day you'll no doubt recognize this space. Hello everyone I've been remodels and welcome here over to another important
collection that we have is the chemo Journal 13 and the Alaska people's collection what's an important about that is that at the time they were doing that they were the only ones that were really out there doing it on a statewide basis. So in terms of what was happening in the state we have to look to this collection to see what was going on the late 70s early 80s. There's some delightful kinds of things there. But. All the vets who were really old Will obvious really all the yeah yeah yeah yeah it's all you know everyone knows Ray RYBACHUK
secret and growing giant cabbages and Palmer. It's not the soil it's not the fertilizer. It's his Polish singing. Talk about vegetables responding. Who else but Beverly could produce a program like this complete with tips on what to do with all that rough age. While only 20 years old clips like this recorded on videotape are specially fragile. It's a formant that just doesn't last very long. We have a very small moment in time to save these materials and it is now. We can't put it all. And so amoeba has reached a critical point where patchwork grants and Bolland to your help won't cut it anymore. And that means that people will have to find real money soon. You've Alaska's visual history is going to have a future. That's number one right now is to get that kind of support and we're
we're asking for state government and for municipalities and also it support folks to help us not to pay the whole thing but just to pay their part of the whole thing because I think that's what the public would want I think the public wants this aid. If you want to donate money or time or even some movies or videos why did you call amoeba. That's the Alaska moving images Preservation Association at 2 7 9 8 4 3 3. Coming up should marijuana be used to help very sick people. The pros and cons. That's next on Outlook.
And that's my cue to help you make sense of it all. The challenge is determining. And. Soon you are going to decide whether or not to use marijuana for certain medical purposes and here to help you decide are my guests. I'd like you to meet on my left. Jim ketch. He is the co-sponsor of the initiative that's ballot issue 8. He supports the use of medical marijuana. And on my right is Matthew friend Jani. He is the chair of Alaskans for truth on the marijuana initiative Committee. Matthew does not support that issue. Jim I want to ask you the first question and feel free to respond if you see dearie or your of the the other person saying something that you want to add to please do and I'll stop you if we run out of time. Intent is to strictly limit the use and
yet use a debilitating illness. It's going to be used for debilitating in illness. That's pretty vague. How are you going to determine whether or not it's debilitating and just how in forcible is this going to be. Well the term is debilitating medical condition and it is not vague. It's very strictly and narrowly defined in the statute with a list of known medical conditions for which medical Maan medical marijuana could be a benefit. However science is is fluid it's not static and we're an additional medical condition to be discovered that marijuana could help. There is a provision in there to expand the list. Of debilitating medical conditions in order for a person to use medical marijuana legally that person would have to get a written statement from his or her doctor saying that number one this person has one of these specific medically debilitating medical conditions. And number two this person might benefit from the use of
marijuana as medicine. Once that person had marijuana and used it as medicine that person could not sell it for any non-medical use could not give it away for any non-medical use if he or she were to do so. The same criminal penalties which apply today could apply to that person. It makes me nervous though when it says muscle spasms and severe pain. That's vague to me. How are you going to deal with that. This is a matter to be decided between the doctor and the patient. Pain is very different from one person to another. And if a person has. Muscle spasms or severe pain that is debilitating. Nobody knows that better than the patient and the doctor and it's up to the doctor to use his or her professional judgment. Now how do you feel about that. Respected doctors in Alaska say this. Are you not ready to trust that those judgments do you feel that they're not going to use a condition. I think that's part of the question is not the medical communities is
fairly silent on this in Alaska. Dr. Banner who is working with us on our issue just had a meeting last night with us and she was adamant that there is no medical use for marijuana that that marijuana does not have a place there are other medications that are better that are that are much more effective than the use of marijuana. Let me go back to some that Jim had said. It is true that the statute is written area 17 which will become law if this measure passes does state that might benefit that a patient might benefit from the use of marijuana. That's that's that's ludicrous. How can a physician issue a recommendation and it's important the listeners understand the viewers understand that we're talking about a recommendation we're not talking about a prescription for use but a recommendation. But the doctor saying you might benefit from something he's saying that because they don't know the science isn't there to support. At the federal level the science is not there to support a doctor saying Yes Beverly you should take one joint today for six days. I mean there's no dosage requirement there's no way that the doctor is going to be able to say based on your height your
weight your age your sex that you should be able to take X milligrams or X nanograms or X portion of this of this drug. Is there science to back up the value of marijuana as a medicine. Aside from those who may have used it and will testify Yeah I felt a lot better as a result. Absolutely. We have dozens of scientific studies conducted by places like Harvard Stanford Johns Hopkins the Departments of Health New York California New Mexico the Board of Pharmacy at ten point a pharmacy of Tennessee which prove that marijuana does work as a medicine. We would love for a person to be able to go to a doctor and get a prescription for a certain amount of marijuana and then that person go to the drugstore and get it and get that prescription filled right now because the federal government neither of those events can happen. A doctor could lose his or her license for writing prescriptions if he or she you know wrote a prescription for marijuana. And if a drugstore were
to sell marijuana then that drug store could be put out of business by the federal government. Why when you're saying that there are scientific. Your doctor is saying hey there's no that's correct. There is no scientific studies that says this is an effective medicine. How can you say that when when I'm hearing this. Well because it's fact I mean you call the national drug abuse they they are one of the people the agencies that issue grant monies for these studies to occur right now there are very few applications for the studies if this was such a hot topic in the medical community there would be studies there would be grants. And to make that point even more clear there already is a synthetic drug called Marron all that is of the THC of the tetrahydrocannabinol that is used or that they the proponents say is the benefit of the benefit of the drug. It's already available it's just not widely prescribed the manufacture that makes marriage all doesn't sell enough of it to do further research to just to develop a different type of of Pat why isn't that sufficient.
Maraton really encapsulates no pun intended. A lot of the issues that are going on here the fact that the FDA has approved Marron all which is synthetic THC proves that marijuana is a medicine and proves that it does work. They didn't we would have Marin on the market. The problem with there are several problems with marital. Number one it's expensive and it costs $30000 a year for a one patient supply. Number two a lot of these people a lot of the patients are cancer patients. And one side effect from chemotherapy is not they can't keep the pill down. Number three it's very hard to calibrate the dose and then also what happens is a personal take one when they're in a pill and if they're lucky enough to keep it down which is by no means always the case then it has too much of an effect and they're just plain too out of it for too long with smoked marijuana However it's a lot easier to take because you don't have the knowledge or problems and it's you don't get overdose.
Matt I got to respond because if if it's hard to dose think about how difficult it's going to be for a physician to recommend marijuana in the root form as and smote when you have a variety of course of quality of marijuana from a home grown person who doesn't have their horticultural down to we have to produce some of the best part of our I mean that's no secret. I mean it's a quite a very potent drug. Now if you think self regulating or regulating marijuana is difficult for doctors it's going to be even twice as much more difficult to regulate how what's the quality the pot you bought one of the concerns to one of the concerns is the confusion the kids will. Have Is marijuana better isn't it mom. How do you respond to that how are you going to answer your child when somebody can smoke at one point and not smoke it. Well you have you have a double negative here I mean marijuana is going to going to continue to be an illegal drug. Even if this thing passes it will be a legal drug. There will be people who are
going to be using this thing gently and it will still be a crime and it is going to be a double negative it's going to be very difficult for dad to be smoking a joint his living room because he has back pain and his kid and they're saying no son it's medicine. How about you. A patient who uses marijuana as medicine is not going to be a good role model for any child. We're talking about cancer patients with I these we're talking about people who are severely medically debilitated. The problem here is we have a mixture of science and politics and it's a bad mixture. Marijuana as medicine works that science along comes politics and say Who says no we're not going to let you use it. That's not true we have what we have is we have an issue of compassion driving the legalization of marijuana and it's being duped to be made to be it's being used as upon the people who have these death illnesses because in the statute
alone it says any other medical condition it says severe pain. I mean it isn't. They didn't just leave it at that. Terminal illness your last six months of life to make your life more comfortable you can compassionately use marijuana. But we would support that. But what we've done here is we have made it too broad as you pointed out in the beginning and that is not what's happening what's happening is that anybody who can convince a doctor. That they have a sore back or a muscle spasm or kind of a doctors want to put his name on that piece of paper which is not a prescription I mean that's very important for people to understand a recommendation is not a risk I understand it can't be but it's but the wording implies recommendation implies a prescription to the layman on the street if you asked three people on the street they will not catch that a recommendation is not a prescription because we think of it in those lines. You know what Matt just said was music to my ears if I heard him correctly he said that he would not oppose the use of marijuana during the last six months of a patient's life for compassionate purposes. Well that to me is a tacit admission that number one it does work. The problem is that how are we going
to tell when the last six months are we need to look at who supports we are using marijuana as medicine. We have the support of the Alaskan Nurses Association. We have. It's been recommended by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the New England Journal of Medicine and I'm going to stop you there because it's time to do a summary. It's time for you and for you to tell me how I should vote on this issue to convince me and all the viewers out there now do you want to start it. Sure and sure people need to vote no on Proposition 8 because there is no such thing as marijuana as medicine. Marijuana is a dangerous addictive drug it has very dangerous levels of cancer carcinogens cancer causing agents it breaks down the auto immune system it breaks down the white blood cells for the very reason that people would smoke marijuana would actually cause more damage for then. Then what this this of a ballot initiative trying to do it is not a compassion Bill it is only being reduced to you as the general public as a compassion
bill. But it is not it is just trying just another effort to legalize a dangerous drug. So vote no on Proposition 8. Jim how about you. Why should we vote yes. Dozens of scientific studies demonstrate that marijuana effectively treats the side effects of cancer treatment. It stimulates the appetite in people whose diseases rob them of natural Hund hunger and is effective in treating M.S. glaucoma and epilepsy. This ballot proposition is very tightly worded. It does not legalize marijuana for any purposes other than for medical use. Possession of marijuana for non-medical use would still be a crime. The government should not stand between you and your right to the medical treatment that works for you. If those Alaskans who really need to could legally use marijuana as medicine they could could live a healthier healthier less painful life. A vote for compassion. Vote yes and
ballot Proposition 8. Jim thank you for being here. And Matt thank you for being here and you. You're very welcome. Think about it when we visit when we go to cities like Paris or Florence or Rome. We go to see the fountains or the beautiful sculptures. We go to see the art. Well for the last 20 years Alaska has been creating its own museum without walls creating art for people in public places. Yes. This is a test. How many of more than two hundred fifty one percent for art pieces. Have you seen in the past 20 years schools and other city and state constructed buildings. Well they're there and people love them. Maybe they don't even like them.
If we have work in buildings that no one talks about and no one notices. I don't think we've done a very good job in selecting our municipality of Anchorage like the state of Alaska. Sets aside 1 percent of capital construction dollars of each new facility building or addition costing over $250000 and dedicates that money to art a seven member jury is selected to choose the work for each site. The first thing we do is when we walk through the building of the brand building on the blueprint and the plan for the elevation and we look at it look at all the different sites where art could go. Julie Matthews created tiles at Willow walk elementary school came into the school and I did with every student and we talked about what their school meant what the word willow log means and. We came up with some patterns of land and that's. What. Will
I mean it's a strong gust of wind. So I was very inspired by 70s drawings done by the students and an. Artist created this garden of wonder with children that wonder Park Elementary. And a very different sculptor a municipal lighting power building. I like to have a building that. Like this one where I can. Attach to and use the building as part of the sculpture of the latter becomes part of the building. Try to connect it. To a. Real tangible physical or sexual way. It's very challenging because you're always proposing a project you never done before and I think if you talk to artist most of them really underestimate their time. Some artworks have greatly increased in value as the artist becomes known. Some words will not be affordable today. Nonetheless they belong to the public and won't be fenced off.
We haven't had very many problems with vandalism in a good example in peace and you'll have to put in you know elementary school that 5 windows that were broken at the weekend and the artwork whatnot. There's a calendar to celebrate 20 years that will get 1 percent for our words to encourage the owners you and me to wander about and find our art. To celebrate our culture. To ignite our minds our spirits. The museum without walls calendar can be found in bookstores and at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art that next week got out like the Mountain View neighborhood feels healthier already has doctors and dentists settle into its new clinic. Should we amend the Constitution to eliminate marriage and the imaginarium as a one stop Science Discovery Center that intrigues of all ages.
Well that's our show for tonight thank you for joining us. And we'd like to hear from you. Give us a call. Send us an e-mail let us know what you'd like to see on our show. We hope to see you next week. I'm Beverly Michaels for Outlook. Goodnight beautiful actions are common. She would like a copy of tonight's program called PJM here we are those 9 0 7 5 6 3 7 0 7 0 4 right beside outlook KTM Channel Seven thirty eight seventy seven University Drive or Glasgow 9 9 5 0 8. Or e-mail us at this address. Some. Of the chats. That. Vegetable
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Segment 1: " Reel Concerns" The Alaska Moving Images Preservation Association (AMIPA) originated to save historical audio, video and films of Alaska history after the oil bust cut storage budgets. The patchwork of grants and volunteers is no longer adequate to operate the archive.[ for more on AMIPA see Outlook broadcast #411 of December 3, 1998] Segment 2: two guest speakers - one from Alaskans for Truth on Marijuana Industry Committee review ballot issue 8 on legalizing medical marijuana. Segment 3 "Art in Everyday Places" reviews the process where the 1 percent of state and municipal capital construction set aside dollars is used for public and outdoor art through a 7 member juried committee.
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