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Mike Bloomberg’s micro-heart, or Don’t hire the jobless.

Bloomberg is a billionaire. I have no idea what it feels like to be a billionaire, with all the houses they can afford around the globe, worrying only about how much taxes the government is unfairly squeezing out of them…

But, as of recent, I have found myself with this peculiar feeling that, somehow, Bloomberg and I are kindred spirits. It’s an awkward feeling, that he and I are somehow ‘peers’, as in consumers of mental health ‘peers’. Well, today I finally understood where that false sense of ‘buddyness’ comes from.

I was reading the NY Daily News to keep my mind away from the bad food I was eating at the dinner, when I saw this article: “Quinn vs. Mike on jobless bias”. I almost choke on a piece of lettuce when I read that Mike was against City Council passing a bill that would make it illegal for companies to post want-ads that state that only working people, people actually in a job, can apply; that the unemployed need not apply for jobs. EUREKA! I finally understood that nagging feeling of kindred spiritualism with Bloomy! THE MAN MUST BE LIKE ME: HE MUST HAVE A PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS! We ARE PEERS after all!

This billionaire man must suffer from some sort of mental illness, maybe some type of personality disorder, like a psychopathy, characterized by a lack of empathy, coldheartedness, lack of remorse, superficial charm, shallow emotions…I mean, how else can you explain his plan to veto a bill to correct a corporate and business behavior that is clearly discriminatory and cruel?

What is the purpose of closing the door on unemployed people, many of whom were fired from their jobs by these same corporations because they (the corporations) claimed they don’t have money to pay for anything, no health insurance, no nothing? These unemployed people are there because of the ‘economic crisis’, not because they are lazy. They are losing their homes to the banksters and foreclosure because they have been fired by corporations to increase corporate profits. And you still wonder why are there so many people losing their minds?

But my pal Mike said that he must veto the bill because it would be detrimental for the corporations (he calls them the “small business”) and would “spur frivolous law-suits”. That’s all he worries about, law suits. Discriminatory practices are ok as long as you don’t call them by their name.

But of course! Is your life worth anything for someone like a billionaire? Can they think in terms of human needs, desperation for a job to put bread on the table for our kids? Homelessness? NOOOO. A person who has a personality disorder characterized by lack of empathy can only think about money and profits. There’s no space in that chest for a heart, only a big $ exists there. Even their ‘philanthropy’ is a calculated business tactic to save them tax money.

"The incidence of psychopathy in the business world is four times that of the general population."http://afflictor.com/2012/07/10/the-incidence-of-psychopathy-in-the-business-world-is-four-times-that-of-the-general-population/

“The incidence of psychopathy in the business world is four times that of the general population.”

This is the same man that is demanding that our shelters ‘screen’ the homeless to see if it is true that they have no homes, and throw them to the streets if they can’t convince the workers that they are not choosing to be homeless in the winter in NYC. I have met people who ARE WORKING but are in the shelter because they still can’t afford to get back to an apartment in NYC. You know, people like those who work in BBK, etc. This brings me to the other article in the same paper today about (clear throat) ‘housing’.

We read that Mike is paying with our tax money to build 55 units of housing the size of a garage, literally; he calls them ‘micro housing’. They are to be between 250 and 350 square-foot ‘small’, just about what the homeless gets in the shelter.

The NY Daily News says that 35 of the ‘apartments’ fit in Mike’s 12,500 square foot mansion on East 79Th St, which is 40x bigger than one micro-unit.

He even disposed of the city’s laws by getting a waiver to the zoning law “that bar units smaller than 400 sq-ft”. The rents will be between $936 and $1,873. The $936 rooms will be the size of a closet. If you want to upgrade to ‘garage size’, you must qualify by being ‘middle class’. That’s right. That’s your future, middle class. That’s about all you, new grad students, can aspire to with your ‘degree’.

Bloomy says this is a sign of NY’s ability to adapt to the changing times. Would he adapt and move to a smaller space so others can convert his mansion into 35 tiny rooms for the middle class and alleviate the lack of housing in NYC? Or perhaps move permanently to ANY of his many mansions around the globe?

The moral vacuum in this man’s heart is painful to watch.

Unfortunately, given that he came with 2 billion dollars to City Hall and is leaving with over 20 billion (hmmm! I wonder how he did that. ) don’t expect him to leave NY politics any time soon after his tenure.


Here we go again: NYC mentally ill person kills citizen.

Bloomberg, asked earlier Friday about the episode at a station on Queens Boulevard in the Sunnyside neighborhood, pointed to legal and policy changes that led to the release of many mentally ill people from psychiatric institutions from the 1960s through 1990s.

“The courts or the law have changed and said, no, you can’t do that unless they’re a danger to society; our laws protect you. That’s fair enough,” Bloomberg said on “The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike” on WOR-AM.

Bloomberg leaves it for you to fill in the blanks there: the court has changed the rules since the 1960s, he says, and you can’t involuntarily commit these people who need to be thrown away; and you, dutifully, arrive to the conclusion he is leading you towards: ‘stupid laws’. He wants you to conclude that the laws that ‘protect’ the mentally ill are illogical, that the laws blankly  protect the deranged. Something must be done about that, QUICKLY, like for example, HEY, let’s change the laws!!! Let’s go back to the Willowbrook times and involuntarily commit people into houses of torture.


He doesn’t tell you that in the 1970s and 80s, the reason why the states were mandated by the courts to discharge the mentally ill and people with ‘special needs’  from the psych ‘hospitals’  was that the ABUSES in Willowbrook showed the treatment these people were receiving in those houses of ‘healing’: they were being used for medical experimentation, torture, both children and adults. Please, go back and watch Geraldo Rivera’s documentary about Willowbrook.

Willowbrook: A house of horrors.

Bloomberg doesn’t tell you either that the states ‘complied’ with the court orders at that time by INTENTIONALLY throwing these people to the streets WITHOUT HOUSING OR SERVICES in the community. He doesn’t tell you that the 1980s saw the hard-fought war of communities with the states to house and service these people. All of the major problems we saw with the mentally ill in those years (1980s) were due to the lack of mental health services and housing in the communities because the states refused to put the money there.

Once housing and services started to be put in place, the problems with them subsided significantly. Bloomberg knows this, but he won’t remind you of this because he just wants the easy ‘fix’: lock ’em all up. Hey, it’s good business for the profit seekers, the prison builders. Prisons are now our psych hospitals. Just like in the 1980s.

Look, if you divert TRILLIONS of dollars and use them for ‘permanent wars’, for surveillance equipment in each of our streets corners to ‘protect’ you from who knows what or whom (the only paranoid here seems to be the  State and the feds), there is going to be no money for humanity here. It’s not like I’m saying something new or revolutionary. You know this. You just ‘forget’ for some reason.

Of course you are going to see more of these cases! Bloomberg makes cuts to social and mental health services and then expect that the problems HE causes with those cuts can be fixed with a mental health policy of REPRESSION.

He and the governor closed psych hospitals these past two years not because the hospitals alleviated the problems and were unnecessary but despite the problems of mental illness. It’s a mindless policy that functions based on a need for profit. This policy shows that the so-called ‘BEST PRACTICES’ is fiction. You can’t have best practices when the best practice tells you to keep programs open but the state wants to save money by closing them.

I doubt that anyone is against hospitalization IF the policy is to serve the person, not to torture he or she.

It’s a very complex problem. It’s not only what you see, but what you refuse to see in terms of our investment in wars.


That’s all you need to know.

Make the necessary adjustments: SAY NO TO WARS AND CORPORATE AND BANKSTERS’ GREED.

My condolences to the family of the victim of this horrific incident. No one wins when we save money by withholding treatment.