Tag Archives: mental health

  it was the worst of times it was the worst of times

CIA Learned Hottest Torture Tricks From American Psychological Association

From the shores of the Pacific to the Singing Statesmen of DC, the “War On Terror” really brought out the best in us, didn’t it? Now we can add the American Psychological Association (APA) to the list of willingly terrible participants. According to the New York Times, the world’s largest association of psychologists worked hand-in-puffy-soft-hand with the CIA and Bush Administration to formulate an ethical and legal basis for all the fun torturing. Read more on CIA Learned Hottest Torture Tricks From American Psychological Association…
  dunder man

Worst Psychiatrist Ever Wants Drug Warnings On Facebook Because ‘Slender Man’ Makes Kids Stabby

We had been staying away from the awful story about the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who stabbed a schoolmate of the same age, supposedly under the influence of online horror stories about a fictional character named Slender Man (or Slenderman — both are used), because yecch. The good news is that the victim survived and has been released from the hospital; her attackers have been charged as adults, with attempted murder. But now we have to mention it, because Dr. Keith Ablow, the world’s worst psychiatrist, has weighed in on the case, and he wants to know just why the Surgeon General isn’t requiring warnings on Facebook and maybe the YouTubes, because scary ghost stories are clearly causing children to take knives and attack other children. In a completely unrelated story, “Dr.” Ablow also explained, based on no information at all, that the school shooting in Oregon this morning was the result of untreated mental illness, and had nothing to do with the easy availability of guns. Read more on Worst Psychiatrist Ever Wants Drug Warnings On Facebook Because ‘Slender Man’ Makes Kids Stabby…
  so you say there's a race of men in the trees

New York Radio Guy Sure Gov. Cuomo Coming For His Guns, Ready To Shoot Spies Or Trees Or Whatever Is In His Backyard

Tom Bauerle, an Amherst, New York, AM radio talker who has long opposed gun control, apparently became convinced that operatives from Gov. Andrew Cuomo were staking out his backyard, so he waved a loaded semiautomatic pistol at the nonexistent intruders. Police in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst took the gun away from him early last Wednesday morning after Bauerle called 911 to report someone spying on him, and later that day he agreed to a voluntary psychiatric evaluation. We want to stress that mental illness is not funny — and also that with some gun fondlers, the line between political paranoia and the clinical version may be hard to discern. Bauerle had in recent weeks claimed on his radio show that he was being targeted for surveillance by Cuomo, whom he has frequently criticized for signing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (NY SAFE) Act; just a few days before the episode on Wednesday, on January 5, Bauerle had held a neighborhood meeting to discuss his worries about surveillance — neighbors who attended it described his concerns as “quirky” and “made you scratch your head.” Thank goodness Bauerle had a gun to keep himself safe, at least. Read more on New York Radio Guy Sure Gov. Cuomo Coming For His Guns, Ready To Shoot Spies Or Trees Or Whatever Is In His Backyard…
  Again with the guns You People

Hey, NRA, Here’s A Teacher With A Gun…Yay?

So here is one of those stories where the initial impression — “Maybe-crazy teacher was toting around an AR-15 just like the one used in the Newtown massacre!” — sounds like perfect Wonketfodder, and then you start looking at it more and finally you kind of throw your hands up in the air and wish you’d gone back to re-reading Scud: The Disposable Assassin, where it’s clear who the bad guys are. In keeping with Wonkette Policy, we will not be making fun of possibly-mentally-ill high school teacher Steven Davis, “a beloved science and math teacher at Mount Anthony Union High School” in Bennington, Vermont. Davis surrendered a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to police and was hospitalized for observation last week after neighbors spotted him carrying the weapon to his car; he also had posted several rambling, maybe-threatening videos to YouTube and his wife had taken their children from their home and gotten a protection order against him. Judges don’t grant those on a whim. So yes, scary guy, but also probably not in his right mind, at least at the time he was posting those videos (which have since been removed by YouTube). But also “beloved teacher” who was apparently well-liked and functional before whatever breakdown sent him around the bend, so Wayne LaPierre’s awesome idea for a national registry of mentally ill people would have done absolutely nothing when Davis bought that gun in 2009. (One of the few brightly lit zones of moral clarity here: Wayne LaPierre sucks ass.) Read more on Hey, NRA, Here’s A Teacher With A Gun…Yay?…
  clinging to guns and the NRO

Michelle Malkin’s Lessons From Newtown: Teach Your Kids Not to Fear Death

Oh are we still doing this? Writing stupid garbage so we can figure out Why It Happened and What We Can Do (Besides Restricting Guns) T0 Make Sure It Never Happens Again? Yes, we are still doing this, or at least, Michelle Malkin is and she has some really new ideas, none of which have to do with banning assault weapons, which is good for our Freedom and a relief. Her ideas include: not letting your kids play video games, and teaching them not to fear death. No, really, these are her ideas on how to make sure no one shoots your kid: don’t let them play video games, and also, teach them not to fear death. Read more on Michelle Malkin’s Lessons From Newtown: Teach Your Kids Not to Fear Death…
  also go fuck yourself

Sorry Everyone, Now We Are Not Allowed To Talk About Mental Health Either

There was a terribly sad post yesterday from a woman whose 13-year-old son is violent, coming after her and his siblings with knives, threatening suicide regularly. He’s as yet undiagnosed. They don’t know what’s wrong with him. I told my mom about the post, and she cried for that woman she doesn’t know. Within minutes, people were tweeting a takedown of the “garbage” post. The woman was “stigmatizing” mental illness by saying her son was violent. One graf: The article, with this link established, implies a desire to stop violent crime allegedly perpetrated by those with mental illness should motivate better care and provision for those with mental illness, and not, say, the lower life expectancy, unemployment, isolation, suicidality, homelessness, victimization or in general the suffering endured by those with it. The continual disregard for this reality perpetuates stigma on all levels of society and further exposes those with mental illness to harm. It is somehow a zero-sum game between stopping violent crime “allegedly” perpetrated by those with mental illness and addressing their sad prospects. Also, only people with mental illness suffer because of mental illness, and not, say, their caretakers who love them. Also also, the woman had told only her own point-of-view instead of her son’s, as if that were possible. There are six such points. I found none of them convincing. Maybe you would! I’m not the boss of you! (Who am I kidding, of course I am.) Read more on Sorry Everyone, Now We Are Not Allowed To Talk About Mental Health Either…
  be careful out there free speakers

They’re Serious About This Civility Thing: AZ Victim Arrested For Yelling

J. Eric Fuller, a military veteran and victim of the shooting in Arizona, was arrested Saturday at the taping of a teevee forum and forced to undergo a “72-hour mental health evaluation.” Fuller does not like Republicans: “They appeal to simple-minded rednecks.” And he does not like Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries: “You’re dead.” Obama laid down the law: We will be civil to one another. Because Obama, after all, is the man with much bigger and more expensive guns than the rest of us. But we can’t help feeling badly for Fuller. When five of Sheriff Dupnik’s police officers escorted him out, he turned around and shouted “You’re all whores!” Which is pretty excellent. Read more on They’re Serious About This Civility Thing: AZ Victim Arrested For Yelling…
  the cracks are cracked

Absolutely Everyone Thought This Kid Was Going On a Shooting Spree

The old cliche when a young man does a shooting rampage is that nobody saw it coming. Nobody thought the kid they knew could do such a thing. Not the case with Jared Loughner. “Oh, finally. Was wondering when he was going to shoot a bunch of people.” This is what the people who knew this kid the past few years are saying. But while this concerned some people, Arizona was never going to try to help him or anything. Personal responsibility! Fix your own mental health! Pew pew pew! What Arizona was interested in was giving this kid his murder weapon and allowing him to conceal it. For them, the only time he did anything out of the ordinary was when a bullet he bought pierced the flesh of an innocent person. Read more on Absolutely Everyone Thought This Kid Was Going On a Shooting Spree…
  the more you know

IMPORTANT: World Now Ending In May, Not Waiting For 2012

Here’s something we appreciate the Associated Press covering, in the interest of humanity: “Exley is part of a movement of Christians loosely organized by radio broadcasts and websites, independent of churches and convinced by their reading of the Bible that the end of the world will begin May 21, 2011.” Well, there you have it! Those heathen Mayans, whom God refused to educate about His existence, thought they could pull a fast one on history’s winningest religion, but they can’t! While Mayans lounge around, satisfied with their armageddon, getting drunk on llama wine and eating aloe steaks, the Protestant Work Ethic has overcome. Let’s have a look at this new, improved, even more impending end-of-days! Read more on IMPORTANT: World Now Ending In May, Not Waiting For 2012…
 

Terrible Undergraduate Fiction Gets Students Expelled, Because Of Viginia Tech

Ever since the Virginia Tech shootings, college teachers have been extra vigilant about expelling creative writing students who write typical teenage loser stories about suicide and alienation. At the very least, instructors face increasing pressure to notify parents, administrators, and health officials that these lamebots with their dark gothic tales will probably not get laid until they are released from mental institutions at age 30. Read more on Terrible Undergraduate Fiction Gets Students Expelled, Because Of Viginia Tech…
 

Kucinich Questions Bush’s Mental Health

In an interview Tuesday with the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s editorial board, the UFO-abducted Rep. Dennis Kucinich suggested that Bush’s mental health be examined, like, for serious. The recommendation came in response to a Bush comment that Iran building nuclear weapons probs will start “World War III.” Quoth Kucinich in response, “I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health…. There’s something wrong. He does not seem to understand his words have real impact.” Some are calling Kucinich crazy, but, um, this is clearly the most logical campaign stance Kucinich has ever taken. Kucinich: Time to question Bush’s mental health [Philadelphia Inquirer] Read more on Kucinich Questions Bush’s Mental Health…