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From time to time, we hear of faux psychotherapy interventions that are intended to convert persons from homosexuality to heterosexuality.  Mostly, the publicity has centered on pseudomoralistic interventions that clearly have a religious agenda as opposed to a health-enhancing agenda.  As such these interventions cannot be classified as therapy. However, a recent survey has shown…

Republicans to America: Drop Dead!

Senate rejects auto bailout By DAVID ROGERS | 12/11/08 11:15 PM EST A White House-backed bailout for ailing automakers collapsed in the Senate Thursday night, pushing General Motors Corp. closer to almost certain bankruptcy absent a major intervention by the Treasury Department. The 52-35 roll call fell well short of the 60 needed to cut…

Ever since the inception of the Global and Perpetual War on Terror, there has been concern about the role of professionals with training in psychology and psychiatry in the design, conduct, and interpretation of torture programs. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) banned such participation in May 2006.  The American Medical Association (AMA) followed a few…

How’s That Economy Working for You?

Toward the end of last week, the US stock market declined precipitously.  Within the space of a few days, we learned that unemployment is way up, more than nine percent of U.S. mortgages were delinquent or in foreclosure, the FDIC closed the 11th bank so far this year (two were closed in 2007, none in…

Dirt

In the late ’60′s – early ’70′s, is was commonplace for bands to write songs that were utterly meaningless, then pass them off as great works of art.  The products of pure genius.   I head one such song on the way home from work: A Horse With No Name, by America, released in 1972.…

Economy Almost Back To Normal

This chart shows that the economy is almost back to normal.  Just a little farther to go, then the mission will have been accomplished. What is odd about this, is that it excludes income from capital gains.  I suspect that the income disparity would be even greater, if capital gains were included.   The graph…

In 1996, the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (“Freedom to Farm Act”) called for elimination of government stockpiles of grain.  I’m sure someone thought it made sense, at the time.   Now, the United States government has no reserves of butter, cheese, dry milk, barley, corn, oats, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, rice, sugar,…

Consolidation of media is but one step in the consolidation of power, another brick in the wall.  It is a grave threat.  Watch Bill Moyers, speaking at the National Conference for Media Reform, give an impassioned speech about this topic. Seriously, consolidation of media is more of a threat to “our freedoms” than Osama even…

A while back, Gred Laden and Dr. Shock independently linked to a remarkable video.  In it, a famous author-surgeon-professor reveals that he had had an episode of severe depression.  Moreover, he underwent treatment with electroconvulsive therapy.  It worked, he got back to work, and went on to have a distinguished career.  The video can be…

Judith Warner has some insightful essays in the NYT column, pertaining to the long-raging question about whether psychiatric patients are overmedicated or undermedicated. One of the essays addresses the question directly: Overselling Overmedication Judith Warner February 14, 2008 …In the book, Barber argues that Americans are being vastly overmedicated for often relatively minor mental health…