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The history of closing mental hospitals, asylums, and institutions is full of mistakes made. Before the creation of drugs to treat mental illnesses most severe mental illness resulted in lifetime institutionalization often in truly dreadful conditions. When anti-psychotic medications came along it became possible to close these institutions, and the idea was to have the patients returned to their communities to live in assisted living facilities where they could be monitored for their medications and receive transitional employment and training to become productive citizen.. These community-based facilities were to be run by not-for profit organizations with a view to enabling the clients to proceed until they were able to live on their own. It could work. In NYC Fountain House has had great success with rehabilitating mentally ill persons and having them leave the system to be completely independent. the residences run by the Franciscan Order in NYC also have had significant success in getting mentally ill persons to the point where they cam live on their own. Unfortunately, there are not enough of these residences run by non-profits, and the record of the for-profit residences has not been good. The residents often are over-medicated, not given therapy support, or helped to find employment and ways to leave the system, and this is understandable since a business certainly does not want to lose a client as it does when a person leaves to live on their own. We surely do not want to go back to having the mentally ill live in snake pit mental hospitals. W.
We don't want to really admit we are killing persons. Death by firing squad or in the electric chair will make us realize we are killing them while death by lethal injection makes us imagine that this is some sort of medical procedure.
I also believe we should get rid of the death penalty. Seven men who had been on IL's death row were given new trials and found not guilty after Northwestern University Law School's Innocence Project intervened. We apparently can never be one hundred per cent certain of guilt. w.
It may be that strict enforcement of Sharia law will convince many other countries to not do so. We also may see a certain flexibility of application. for example Sharia demands that the right hand of a thief be amputated, but some sharia courts have held that this law only applies to habitual thieves. The Sharia punishment for homosexual acts is death by whipping, but even here this law has been very rarely enforced by Sharia courts with many rationalizations sparing the offenders. W.
I worry a bit that Piketty may be on to something. The Russian, Chinese, and Cuban revolutions may have had nothign to do with Marx and may have been brought about by the existence of a small very wealthy class of people living near a very large class of people who are poor, and who no chance of getting out of their poverty. Mao Zedong wrote that a revolution is not a tea party, and he was right Many of the revolutionaries will die in any revolution, and revolutions occur only whe the oppressed class is desperate. W.
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Anti-Business Obama Strikes Again

tsegall Wrote: Apr 26, 2014 11:09 AM
Under the Commie Obama the stock market has more than doubled. Technology may give us a certain level of unemployment which will take a very long time to reverse. The Pres doesn't take credit for the stock market, but he has spoken on any of a number of occasions about his frustration at the problems of reducing unemployment. w.
The idea of consciousness beyond death is comforting. I choose to believe in it for this reason. There is no evidence one way or the other on this matter. W.
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did not graduate from college, but Bill went to Harvard and Steve went to Reed College. To succeed in life one must have learning, and colleges and universities make it easier to get this learning than if one tried to get learning on one's own.
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did not graduate from college, but Bill went to Harvard and Steve went to Reed College. To succeed in life one must have learning, and colleges and universities make it easier to get this learning than if one tried to get learning on one's own.
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did not graduate from college, but Bill went to Harvard and Steve went to Reed College. To succeed in life one must have learning, and colleges and universities make it easier to get this learning than if one tried to get learning on one's own.
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