Monday, June 26, 2017

Good Reads

Chronic Complainers = anchors

Cat around corner

June 27 Texas ahead in so many ways Texas is now receiving well over DOUBLE the per capita investment of California. Further, California’s median household income, when adjusted for cost of living, is 18% below Texas’. (Article ) “. . . California’s supplemental poverty rate is by far the worst in the nation at 23.8%. We are 48.8% higher than the ... Read More »

Language etiquette – times change

Brown Bear

June 27 Dem words, dem naughty words The LA Mayor’s use of a naughty word (about a sports event) illustrates a common issue. ”Most swear words are used connotatively (to convey emotion), not for their literal meaning.” Notice that (the mayor and other celebrities) used (the term) as an intensifier, not as a sexual obscenity.” (Article) Another social researcher says ... Read More »

C.O.I.N. here and there


Jun 26 Aren’t getting it right Barry Levinson compared Fullerton’s attempt at making labor negotiations transparent with Costa Mesa’s. (Article ) “This is my first opportunity to compare an excellent law, the Costa Mesa Ordinance on Civic Openness in Negotiations (C.O.I.N.) vs. the Fullerton Draft C.O.I.N. Ordinance. “Costa Mesa’s Civic Openness in Negotiations ordinance was designed to make public employee ... Read More »

Disabled or just different?

Wild 066

Jun 12 Disabled isn’t noble Whether the person you pity is homeless, living in a motel, or deranged, they’re just people. If they have bilateral, below-the-knee amputations, or use marijuana to get through a day of trying to teach tenth-graders, they’re still human. If they believe (when they aren’t taking their pills) that the Mayor is conspiring with evil developers ... Read More »

Pills, pushups, promote positive perspective

June 10 Exercise better than SSRIs Depression is probably the most common mental illness in the U.S. Mental illness is characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning” according to the CDC. One of the more disappointing facts to emerge from studies is that our primary treatment – pills – ... Read More »

Reality isn’t easy

Wild 031

Jun 9 Don’t confuse him with facts There’s been a kerfuffle among Emergency Physicians regarding ill-informed criticism by an MD who doesn’t know much about emergency medicine but feels qualified to criticize the field. After noting completely false assertions in the criticism, an Emergency physician wrote: “If you know about these processes and just chose not to mention them . ... Read More »

Justifying psychiatric medication

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June 5 Stoned killers At least 33 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 177 wounded and 83 killed . . .  (Article) There is also this post that multiple prescriptions for psychiatric medications are becoming the norm.   Psychiatrists who prescribe drugs for their patients today usually give ... Read More »

Unintended or ill-considered consequences


June 3 Some effects devastating So far the evidence indicates that use of marijuana is probably less harmful overall than use of alcohol. That said, we still should ask just how much government should interfere in citizens’ lives “for their own good.” We have folks in Costa Mesa who believe government should ensure that pot is easily available to all ... Read More »

“The biggest violation of ethics is the failure of leaders”

Police Officer Carrying Nightstick

May 29 Most ‘Ethics Training’ is a total waste of time Opinion from a Police Journal In my experience most ‘Ethics Training’ is a total waste of time. Trying to teach ethics to adults is ridiculous. . . . What we should be doing is having honest discussions about behavior and how it affects organizational missions, leadership and how a lack of ... Read More »

Don’t ring the bell

cat II

May 28 New grads CAN save the world U of T Austin Commencement Address  (video here) Adm. McRaven called on the graduates to change the world – using lessons he learned from basic SEAL training. He gives the numbers – an effort by the new grads to change ten lives can expand to changing the lives of twice the population of ... Read More »