U.S. Said to Seek Records of New York Anticorruption Panel


From the NYT, this gem of a quote from our distinguished NY State governor, referring to the commission, as he was addressing (reassuring) our ‘honest’ corporate gurus:

“It’s my commission. I can’t ‘interfere’ with it, because it is mine. It is controlled by me,” he said last month, according to Crain’s New York Business.”

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This was part of my comment in 2013 when the ‘commission’ was obliterated:

“Well, the shelf-life of morality keeps getting shorter.”

“NYT: Cost of Being Mayor?” Vs ‘Mayor cost to us?’


This NY Times article, Cost of Being Mayor? $650 Million, if He’s Rich, seems like a eulogy to departing (finally!) NY City billionaire mayor Bloomberg. Mama mia! So much $$$ and wealth thrown here and there for everybody who came in contact with this billionaire man who chose to be the mayor of the financial center of the world for FREE, without personal desires to enrich himself!

Funny thing, how much did it cost New Yorkers to RECIPROCATE such generous handouts? The NYT doesn’t mention that in that article. We know that we lost tons of money in corruption, from Mr. B’s pals in Wall Street (WS). City Time’s is an example. He even said we should continue doing business with Mazer, he protected that man unabashedly.

We know that Bloomberg entered city hall in 2001  with a measly 4 billion dollars. He’s leaving with over 20 billions. He and his billionaire pals of WS  were the only ones who year after year increased their  profits in the city despite the increased in poverty around them.

Political contacts are everything in finance. Consider this:

2–If Bloomberg were publicly traded, its stock likely would have taken a dive this week.his company, which sells terminals to Wall Street banks and employees in finance on which it delivers its financial pricing data and journalism. There are now two fewer investments banks buying Bloomberg terminals, not to mention the thousands of finance workers who also will lose their jobs–and their terminals–this year.

It probably was good business for him to be the mayor. He didn’t have that contract with WS before he became mayor. As he is leaving, whatever extra he gave WS on the side for doing business with him (the sky is the limit to imagine what they got from our money and resources), it is gone with him. That’s why there are “fewer banks buying his terminals“, because they know the deal will be over with the new mayor. It’s common knowledge that POLITICS makes politicians wealthier, if they know how to play the pawns.

Consider this too: Bloomberg’s quiet investments in Sharia Finance: an ulterior motive in backing Ground Zero’s Victory Mosque?

Thanks to Mr. B, we New Yorkers are poorer. All that wealth seems to have been transferred to him and his pals. Where else could it have gone, it had to go somewhere if the city is getting poorer? Tax breaks for all billionaires by ‘investing’ in philanthropy, sheltering their money in Caribbean islands (Noticing New York) . Mr. B invested in our public libraries, that’s why he can tell them to close whenever he says so. Now he wants to sell the buildings for profit.

If you are ever interested on how mythology and the cult of the billionaire hero is created, study the propaganda that the main stream media (MSM) printed about this capitalist mayor through out those 12 years.

ANyone who believes that a capitalist like  Bloomberg works as a mayor without self-interests, without intentions to enrich himself by using the city’s resources, should read ONLY the MSM articles promoting him. Don’t venture outside the MSM or else your illusions about the goodness of the capitalist will be destroyed. Hold tight to them illusions, dear Bloomberg follower.

The NYT got it wrong in ‘When the Mentally Ill Own Guns’


Ok. Look, it’s December 29. I’m not in the mood for fancy arse commentaries here today. After all, year-in-year out only a handful of internet pedestrians walk by this site, so I can expect less visitors at this time, the end of the year.

So, the only comment I have about that NYT’s editorial, to which readers are not allowed to comment, is the following:

If this is true…

Most mentally ill persons are not violent, though The Times’s analysis of 180 confiscation cases in Connecticut (dealing with people posing an imminent risk of injury to themselves or others) found that close to 40 percent of those cases involved people with serious mental illness.

then logic dictates that it is the other 60%, the ‘sane’ ones, whom you need to deal with. Those are the ones on whom you need to focus to confiscate their guns if any guns are going to be taken away. Why focus on the minority? The 60% sane ones are a “threat to themselves or others”, that’s more than the 40% who are non-violent mentally ill.

There, I said it.

Happy New Years to all the crazies. Let’s make it our new year resolution to  scare the hell out of the politicians this new year.

 

Safety tip for this coming New Year: Chris Rock – How not to get your ass kicked by the police!


 

 

European boycott of death penalty drugs lowers rate of US executions


This article from The Guardian. It seems  that we have to rely on the European people’s conscience to teach us how to act to protect our humanity and ethical values. God knows that since 9/11 we have consistently been shedding our moral and human values by the bucket. We have come to accept torture, on all thing living, as a moral and necessary tool to protect us from the bogy man  chasing us because he is envious of our freedom.

Sure, sure.

THE PERNICIOUS PSYCHIATRY


Can it be said, with concrete evidence, that the modern psychiatric profession has been able to reduce the problem of mental illness? Has it been able to have any significant break-through, based on ‘science’, in the understanding of mental illness?

I have been fascinated by (director of the National Institute of Mental Health-NIMH) Thomas Insel’s recent statements about the DSM because there he answered no to those two questions. (See my first Long Live Psychiatry post.)

Don’t delude yourself, his statements were anti-psychiatry, not merely anti-DSM.  The problem is, you can’t trash Santeria’s cowrie shells reading as ignorance and then refer me to a Santero for a reading.

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That’s EXACTLY what Insel did when he trashed, not only the DSM, but the whole psychiatric ‘chemical imbalance’ model: he’s asking you to go to your shrink to have him read your DSM-cowrie.

He even trashed the pharma, well, the so-called psychiatric drugs they make to ‘cure’ emotional problems. Of course, he could only wink at the moral implications of calling on the lies that the pharma sells to us (all highlights and brackets by me):

“Given that over 95% of compounds [drugs] fail during the clinical phases of development (a fact not appreciated by looking at the published literature which is biased towards positive results)…” In ‘Experimental Medicine

So, yes, Insel DID trash the current psychiatry profession and the pharma.

He even said that MENTAL ILLNESS does NOT EXIST!

Who in the anti-psychiatry movement would disagree with his statements?

One problem with Insel’s correct statements is his ALTERNATIVE to this obsolete, inefficient and growingly irrelevant profession: EXPERIMENTAL medicine, PSYCHOSURGERY and NEUROPSYCHIATRY. The last two practices are as discredited as the one he is discarding.

The practice of poking holes in the human skull to find in the brain the seats of ‘depression’ or of road-rage behavior is older than Methuselah. You can give it a new name and call it ‘science’; it will continue to be the same ol’ useless TREPANNING practiced by the priests of ancient ages.

Left skull, iron age. Right skull - modern 21st century.

Left skull, iron age. Right skull – modern 21st century.

The new psychiatric model: Experimenting with an experiment (seriously!)

“But do we really understand the circuitry for depression or psychosis or autism? Not by a long shot.” Wanted: A Few Good Brains

So, nobody knows how mental illness ‘works’, not the old psychiatry and, as confessed by Insel, the new ‘scientific psychiatry’ knows even less. That’s a lot of progress since the ancient Egyptians were chanting to Isis for a cure to mental illness, isn’t it?

Ancient capsulotomy.

Consequently, they have to start poking the brain mass to understand these brain circuitry malfunctions (that’s what he said we must call all mental illnesses).

“As a result, NIMH is shifting from large clinical trials…to a model called “experimental medicine.” In experimental medicine, drugs are used as clinical probes and the immediate goal is not to develop a treatment but to identify or verify a target Experimental medicine is an experiment.”

The goal here is not to develop treatment. That’s progress too! Woo-hoo!

The goal, he says, is EXPERIMENTING with drugs to see how you respond to the poking and “probing” and tinkering with your brain mass (open surgery required in many cases) to find your brain ‘circuitry’. “Target” means a particular spot in the brain that could be identified as the location of circuitry related to an ‘illness’, and ‘targeting’ it by dousing the whole brain with drugs to see what happens to it, if anything. ‘Hey, let’s see what happens when we drug this dude with LSD, again!

This experimenting with your brain mass ‘model’ is the logical procedure for ‘scientists’ to acquire the knowledge about our behaviors that no one has. That’s why the millenarian Egyptians used it. Somehow, it was barbaric for them to do it, but scientific for Insel to do it.

So, that’s the meaning of “experimental medicine is an experiment”: using live human subjects to experiment with the brain. The lab rats shall be free!

“This approach acknowledges that animal studies…are not consistently predictive of how medications will work in humans, homo veritas. Experimental medicine focuses on human studies rather than rodent research.”

The people of the animal rights groups have been saying the same thing – that testing on animals us useless for us, but no one cares that Insel is saying they are right. We just seem unable to put two and two together.

Who will be the new rodents for this experimental medicine model? Round up the usual suspects:

“For NIMH…people with our most prevalent disorders seem to be everywhere—homebound, homeless, in prison, schools, primary care—except the academic health center. As a result, recruitment into clinical trials may be slow [because, as he acknowledges in the article, the public do not care much for experimenting on humans].”

You can’t say you have not been warned.

In the next post: Psychiatric profession’ struggle to remain relevant. It’s past, present and future; the real reason why Insel bashed the profession.

Psychiatry is dead. Long live psychiatry. Part 3: Lobotomies


“Frontal lobotomy has probably been the only medical advance which was first awarded a Nobel prize in medicine and then irreparably stigmatized by scientific rejection and public criticism.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17691325

Almost everything broken can be glued back together. Lobotomy has not been “irreparably” stigmatized. Au contraire, it’s on the rise, the second-coming of Dr. Freeman.

SETTING UP THE OPERATING TABLE

There were only five new psychiatric diagnoses added to the new DSM-5 this year. This is one of them, with its first (and more important) classified ‘symptom’:

        – Major or mild frontotemporal Neurocognitive Disorder    

1. Concerns of the patient, a knowledgeable informant or the clinician that there has been a mild decline in cognitive function.

This is a ‘disorder’ that manifests as a “concern”, mind you. Its effects may be felt by a person other than you: an “informant” may be the one suffering the disorder if he or she is “concerned” that you are acting mildly different. You can then be diagnosed as having a frontotemporal problem.

Kidding aside, this new diagnosis is not there innocently, inoffensively. Its inclusion in the DSM-5 has been carefully planned for the last 10 years by Thomas Insel and the NIMH, among the many people with interests in the lucrative field of neuropsychiatry research.

Its inclusion in the DSM-5 has two purposes, as I will discuss in the next post: reintroducing you to a procedure that had been historically discredited and to get you into accepting it under its new clothing – the psychobabble of the pseudo-science of neuropsychiatry.

ALL FORMS OF LOBOTOMY ARE BRAIN DAMAGE.

In the treatment of psychiatric disorders, modern lesion procedures…offer a degree of hope for patients who remain severely ill and impaired despite pharmacological and behavioral treatments. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19551602

Joel: Is there any risk of brain damage?
Howard: Well, technically speaking, the operation is brain damage, but it’s on a par with a night of heavy drinking. Nothing you’ll miss.
From Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Lobotomy has been discredited for a long time; it exists in our collective memory in any variety of the following pictures:

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People have wrongly believed that this practice was stopped after the anti-psychiatric movement of the 1960s denounced the real nature of the practice and the use of humans to test the procedure. Unbeknown to most people, it has continued to be practiced, quietly, less frequently indeed, until the last 15 years when

Recently, there has been a renaissance of interest in the surgical treatment of psychiatric disease.”  

because

“Recent outcome studies…support the further investigation of modern functional neurosurgical procedures to treat psychiatric disorders” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10917342

“Renaissance”, “interest”, “support” and positive “outcomes”, these words tell you that the future of psychiatric brain operations is now; that they have worked on this for a while and now is the time to let it roll out, again.

WHEN IS THE NEW LOBOTOMY PRESCRIBED?

As flood insurance companies do, the new lobotomy is prescribed when the unwary is most desperate for help.

This is the new psychiatric “it” word:  refractory. It means ‘unruly, resistant to treatment’ as in “impaired despite pharmacological and behavioral treatments”. It’s the term now used to justify the new lobotomy, for example, “evaluating both the efficacy and the safety of anterior capsulotomy for the treatment of severe, refractory OCD.” It sounds more mysterious and impressive to say refractory than saying ‘medication doesn’t make a dent on it’; you don’t want to hurt the pharma, do you?

That’s one of the repairs, for its public image, of the practice of lobotomy: now you have to, supposedly, wait for the pharma-cology to fail.

The interesting thing is that, given that the NIMH has declared pharmacology and the biochemical modality of psychiatry as outdated, by default only ‘surgical lesion of the brain’ remains as the ‘only’ hope sanctioned by the new gurus of psychiatric surgery. And they do it two at a time.

Evaluation of bilateral cingulotomy and anterior capsulotomy for the treatment of   aggressive behavior [2011]

CONCLUSIONS:

Combined bilateral anterior capsulotomy and cingulotomy successfully reduced aggressiveness behavior and improved clinical evaluations. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21631970/

Why have one procedure when you can have two at the same time for 4x the price? Sure, they’ll leave your kid like a zombie, but who cares as long as he stops being a nuisance. It can also be used to make you or your parent or a spouse less aggressive and/or argumentative. Those were the same excuses for using lobotomy in children and adults in the past, we are having them back again.

One of the ‘new’ diagnoses in the new DSM -5 that helps set the operating table includes:

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. This is the controversial new designation for children showing persistent foul temper punctuated by bursts of rage. When first proposed, it was widely derided as an attempt to medicalize “toddler tantrums” (even though the criteria clearly stated it was for children older than 5.)

http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/APA/32619

They are getting your hospital bed ready.

THE NEW LOBOTOMIES

These are the most popular new lobotomies being practice today.

New Brain Surgery to Control Behavior BENEDICT CAREY / LA Times 4aug03

The two Psychosurgery

In the last decade, brain surgeons have reported encouraging results in their efforts to alleviate severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. Different operations can be is to interrupt overactive neural activity between the frontal cortex and structures deep in the brain. They include:

Capsulotomy

  1. The surgeon inserts probes through the top of the skull and down into the capsule, which is deep in the brain near the thalamus.

  2. By leading the tips of the probes, the doctor can burn away small portions of tissue, each about the size of a raisin.

  • The same surgery can also be done using external radiation.

Cingulotomy

  1. Probes are inserted through the skull into the cingulum, a bundle of connections located near the capsule.

  2. The probes’ tips are heeded and tissue is burned, as the capsulotomy.

  • The operation can also be done with external radiation.

Deep brain stimulation

  1. The surgeon inserts wires through the skull and into the capsule no tissue is destroyed.

  2. The wires are permanent, and they are attached to the battery pack that is implanted in the chest. The battery produces an adjustable high-frequency card that seems to have the same effect as the other surgeries. It interferes with the brain circuits involved in OCD.

  • Although the technique is new for OCD, it has been used for years on Parkinson’s disease patients.

Source: Gray’s Anatomy, Butler Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital University of Florida at Gainesville. Researched by Times graphics reporter Joel Greenberg. Matt Moody – Los Angeles Times

The above is  From http://www.mindfully.org/Health/2003/Brain-Surgery-OCD-Behavior4aug03.htm

Cingulotomy:

“In recent decades is the most commonly used psychosurgical procedure in the US. The target site is the anterior cingulate cortex; the operation disconnects the thalamic and posterior frontal regions and damages the anterior cingulate region.”

“Bilateral Cingulotomy is a form of psychosurgery, introduced in 1948 as an alternative to lobotomy. Today it is mainly used in the treatment of depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In the early years of the twenty-first century it was used in Russia to treat addiction.”

“DSM-5 Hoarding Rationale

Hoarders take far longer to make up their minds and show more activity in the anterior cingulate cortex,”

http://csmh.umaryland.edu/Conferences/ship/SHIPArchives/2.DSM5.SHIPCarltonMunson.pdf   (NOTE: It’s a large PDF.)

Anterior capsulotomy:

The aim of the operation is to disconnect the orbitofrontal cortex and thalamic nuclei.

“Background and purpose: Psychosurgery, such as anterior capsulotomy, is a therapeutic option for treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Methods: Twenty-four patients were surgically treated in our centre between 1997 and 2009, 19 of whom were included in this study.” http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/84/11/1208.abstract

Amygdalotomy:

…targets the amygdala, as a treatment for aggression.

 Deep brain stimulation (DBS): It’s an implant. This is an interesting Times mags description of the procedure.

But this is the one you will seldom read about:

In spite of its clinical success, DBS technology and the associated surgical procedure have several limitations. For example, clinicians lack tools that combine anatomical, physiological, electrical, and behavioral data to optimize electrode placement and stimulator programming. Patients endure significant discomfort during implantation due to the use of rigidly fixed stereotactic frames.

As in the past, we are been sold these procedures as already good for use. In the next post: the lies that they tell you about psychosurgery.