Archive for July, 2012

A Birmingham Slum and the People Who Live There

July 29, 2012

These are the untermenshen.  Avoid them at your peril:

Why Oh Why Oh Why Oh Why…

July 26, 2012

(Crime and the Avoidance of Punishment)

…are some people so dumb?  Apologies for the vulgar Americanism but it really is appropriate under the circumstances.

My response to these people:

Not sure why you take Doctor Dalrymple seriously on this issue.  He is a psychiatrist.  No profession has done more to remove the issue of personal responsibility from the legal system than psychiatry.  You may want to research his professional history.  He was an NHS psychiatrist, working in a state hospital. Prison psychiatry was a small part of his job. Crime and the avoidance of punishment have been major concerns for psychiatry since its inception.

Yes, you’re right: there are people in the world who are just plain evil.  Why should the state pay for pseudo-doctors like Dalrymple to treat them for illnesses they don’t even believe in?

Thomas Szasz believes that the term ‘right wing psychiatrist’ is an oxymoron. I happen to agree with him.

Just because somebody tells you they are ‘right wing’ doesn’t mean they really are.  Just like those folks from Noraid who stopped by and told you they represented a charity weren’t always being entirely honest.

A psychiatrist who doesn’t believe in psychiatry is like a witch finder general who doesn’t believe in witches and only does what he does because he gets some kind of twisted pleasure from watching people burn at the stake.

Just how many members of the underclass did the tedious, whining Doctor Dalrymple have forcibly medicated during the course of his ‘career’ as an NHS psychiatrist?

Scroll down and you’ll see a comment by some dimwit called ‘Flora’:

And it’s set to get worse. Every other university student you come across is studying psychology!

Well, thank the Lord for that.  At least they’re not pretending to be doctors.

Here are a few things psychologists cannot do:

1. They cannot forcibly medicate you:

“I had my revenge however, I ordered her to be held down and injected in the buttock”

2.  They cannot force treatment upon you against your will unless they have the permission of a psychiatrist.

3. They cannot imprison you.

4. They cannot get you off a murder charge by invoking the insanity defence.  (Neither, for that matter, can a group of people seriously maligned and despised by the tedious, whining Doctor Dull Rumple: criminologists. And neither can theoretical neurologists.)

Big Pharma may be to blame for lots of seriously undesirable stuff but is the psychiatrist who is the essential intermediary.  Psychiatrists are probably the most powerful “doctors” in the medical profession.  They have an unjustified hegemony over the other medical specialisms and are (rightly) resented for this.

Isn’t psychiatry a strange specialism to choose if you disapprove of this sort of thing:

I have seen brilliant lawyers poring over the DSM, as it is called, to decide whether the accused or the plaintiff really does or does not have a diagnosis according to its sacred pages. If he does have such a diagnosis he is innocent; if not, he is guilty.

But who made these diagnoses?  Lawyers, however brilliant, are not qualified to make psychiatric diagnoses.

A friend of mine (who happens to be the son of a top surgeon) said that at the ‘lower end’ of the medical profession there are a lot of doctors who didn’t have much of a choice about which specialism they went into. They were too dim to do anything else so they seriously resent their patients. And revenge, even for imagined slights, is a dish best served cold. For the likes of Doctor Dull Rumple it is a dish best served cold, then consumed, then regurgitated, then consumed, then regurgitated.  Ad infinitum.

Universal Mediocrity
Why do Britons like their subpar health-care system so much?

I don’t know, sweetie.  Why didn’t you ask them when you had the chance?

Here is an interesting little factoid: most of Ritalin’s sales take place in the good ole US of A and yet it is manufactured in Switzerland.

Psychiatry is probably the single most destructive force that has affected American Society within the last fifty years,” Dr Thomas Szasz, Lifetime Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (APA).

In Brief II

July 11, 2012

“I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, KCVO, DL (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902), in response to the introduction of the doctrine of papal infallibility.

In Brief

July 11, 2012

I am having difficulty understanding why some people see mental illness as a primarily modern phenomenon. Why then did the Victorians build asylums?

Before that they called it witchcraft. I bet some people wish they still did.

Message to Melanie

July 10, 2012

If Ms. Mensch’s mind is so irrevocably messed up as a direct result of taking an illegal drug then shouldn’t her suitability for the position of MP be questioned?

Also if she took illegal drugs then she has committed an offence. If her conscience is bothering her that much then shouldn’t she be off to the nearest police station to unburden herself to an officer of the law?

This article illustrates just how much the concept of courage and ‘bravery’ has lost its potency. Soldiers serving in Afghanistan are “brave”. Ms. Mensch is an attention junkie. And you, Ms. Phillips, are her dealer.

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