February 24, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of February 24, 2017. Since Trump won the presidential election, I have seen a bunch of posts on Facebook opining Trump is mentally ill. Some by mental health professionals. Can you really diagnose a mental illness based on watching televised presidential debates and sound bites broadcast on the evening news? I don’t believe so.

I earned an MA in Psych because I wanted to find out how sick I was before anyone else did. Apparently, so did many of my fellow Masters Degree candidates. Frankly   … a few of my classmates, I wouldn’t trust to watch my cat, (and cats are really “independent”)   … let alone diagnose or treat a human being. They were certifiable nut jobs   … who are now proud members of the mental health community. Many earning their bowl of rice   …. as “expert witnesses” in custody battles. I really enjoyed cross examining them after they rendered their “expert” opinion on which parent should have residential custody   …   in most instances based on an MMPI, (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory), and watching both parents interact with their child for an hour, in a therapist controlled environment.   The resulting testimony? Psychobabble!

And what made me think of this? (CNN) — Psychiatrists fight over the ethics of diagnosing Trump. “You’d expect partisan questions about a politician’s sanity, but now there’s an unusual debate growing among licensed mental health professionals about President Donald Trump. The United States’ major mental health associations — including the American Psychiatric Association, which claims to be the largest psychiatric association in the world — are warning members not to wade into the debate, but some prominent doctors have done just that, publicly voicing concerns and questioning the very ethics of their profession … For the psychiatrists, it’s all spelled out in section 7.3 of the American Psychiatry Association’s code of ethics, a set of guiding best-practice principles for members — who make up most licensed psychiatrists. The section is informally known as the “Goldwater Rule” because it came about after what the association’s president calls a “very public ethical misstep” by psychiatrists who answered a survey about another Republican, presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. Details about the survey were published in a pre-election 1964 article in a now-defunct magazine called Fact. Of the 2,417 psychiatrists who answered the survey, the majority concluded that Goldwater was “psychologically unfit” to be president. In the 38 pages of psychiatrists’ comments, some said they could not diagnose him “by merely observing him on TV or reading what he writes,” but those who were critical of Goldwater labeled the candidate in unflattering terms, calling him a “dangerous lunatic,” “paranoid” and a “counterfeit figure of a masculine man.” Some accused him of having an “impulsive quality,” said he was “emotionally too unstable” and said he had a “Godlike self-image.” After Goldwater lost the election, he sued the magazine’s editor for libel and won his case.” …  “dangerous lunatic,” “paranoid”, a “counterfeit figure of a masculine man”, an “impulsive quality,” he was “emotionally too unstable” and said he had a “Godlike self-image.” Sound familiar?

As an after thought about mental illness? Good news. (CNN) — Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems, study says. “Studies have suggested that cat ownership could be linked to certain mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, but researchers at University College London say they found no link between cat ownership and the development of psychotic symptoms.”  Course   … cat ownership puts you at risk of getting “Cat Scratch Fever.”

On a different note? An interesting read!! (BBC NEWS) — Our Ancestors Where Drinking Alcohol Before They Were Human. Between 2005 and 2007, the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, saw several avian casualties. The victims were 90-odd cedar waxwings and the cause of their death was drunk flying. The tipsy birds had accidentally rammed into windows, walls, and fencing – and died of trauma. Before they met their tragic end, the birds had been feasting on the bright red berries of the Brazilian Peppertree. A post-mortem report on some of the birds revealed that their mouths, food pouches, and stomachs were full of whole berries and seeds. The birds had become so intoxicated by gorging on the naturally-fermenting berries that alcohol content in the liver of one reached 1,000 parts per million. Birds are not the only animals to come across fermented produce out in the wild. Mammals, in particular, often feed on fruit, nectar and sap – all of which are rich in sugars that can ferment and be potentially intoxicating. In 2000, Robert Dudley of the University of California in Berkeley proposed the idea of a deep historical link between fruit-eating animals and alcohol intake. With his curiously-titled “Drunken Monkey Hypothesis“, Dudley suggested that our early ancestors were introduced to alcohol in fermenting fruit, and that this might underlie our current taste for it.”  This twist in human evolution must have happened after our ancestors climbed down from the trees.   Hard to believe monkeys could survive swinging through the trees, drunk as hell! Certainly explains why some of our brethren act like lesser primates when they get tanked!!

VX nerve agents were outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. Not something you can buy at your local pharmacy! (BBC NEWS) — Kim Jong-nam killing: VX nerve agent ‘found on his face’. “ A laboratory report has confirmed that a nerve agent was found on the body of the North Korean leader’s half-brother, Malaysian police say. Kim Jong-nam was poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport after two women wiped a toxin on his face. The chemical substance has been identified as “VX nerve agent“, police add. Malaysia has not blamed the North Korean state for the death, but says North Koreans were clearly behind it.” Ostensibly, signatories to the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention destroyed their respective inventories. North Korea didn’t.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Susan is asleep in the big leather chair in her office, recovering from her surgery last Wednesday. The surgery went well. She was off work Thursday and Friday. Hopefully she will have a couple of months before dialysis starts   …   which should give time for both fistulas to heal and be ready for use. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Leftovers … the movie? “Assassin’s Creed [2016]”

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I am now close to 4 years nicotine free. Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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4 Responses to February 24, 2017

  1. Joyce Kramer says:

    Drunken Flying! Love it. Thanks Karl.

  2. mike watkins says:

    Karl, how are you doing? I am praying for you and Susan. Always glad to read the ramblings. Sometimes real interesting . I have finally got back to work . I’m not really grinding it out , making sure I take it easier than I used to . I ‘m in healing mode, doctors say it will be until June to August before I can really expect good recovery.

  3. Cynthia Smuda says:

    Nothing new at my end. Just wanted to say, “Hi” and thanks for the Ramblings. Hope you and Susan will feel better soon. I will continue with prayers.

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