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Apr 25 2014

Christopher Rice – Cheney and Torture

“General Strike to end Corruption (GS) broke the news – because the US press is in a drugged stupor — that the photos Obama is refusing to release of detainee abuse depict, among other tortures, Cheney personally waterboarding al-Nashiri, Mohammed and fellow al Qaeda captive Abu Zubayda.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 25 2014

HIV/AIDS denialism at the University of London’s School of Oriental And African Studies

University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies has a little blurb on its website.

“It’s unique but incredibly inclusive, everyone fits in somewhere”.

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Apr 24 2014

Election Day!

Today was Chennai’s Big Day at the Polls! Best of luck to all who voted.

Apr 24 2014

Virgin – A New Quackery

Marwa from “Between a Veil and a Dark Place” has written about “virgin testing“.

See a virgin test is a medical test done in places like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where a doctor certifies your virginity. This is done by checking the woman’s hymen to see if it is broken. That’s it, intact hymen = certificate. Many young men demand it before a marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 24 2014

Karmacat – This is sound advice from a Psychiatrist

First of all, I am a psychiatrist and I treat veterans and non-veterans. Second of all, a psychologist can diagnose PTSD. Having PTSD – like symptoms is still painful. A lot of veterans have PTSD, some do not. Nobody except Melody’s psychologist or someone who has done an interview and psych evaluation can diagnose her. I can imagine how harassment and stalking via internet can cause PTSD – just replace the internet with written communication, telephone calls, etc. I had one patient who was threatened by a few letters by a stalker. She did not have all the symptoms of PTSD but it definitely derailed her life. I have added some links to a couple of studies on cyberstalking. I don’t have enough time tonight to do a more thorough search.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/12/cyberstalking_is_really_really_bad/
http://www.sainetz.at/dokumente/Cyberstalking.pdf

What I don’t quite understand is this need to figure out if Melody is lying or making stuff up. It costs you nothing to believe her. She is not getting any more money from this. And it certainly is not a way of self-aggrandizement to talk about your PTSD given how much stigma there is when it comes to mental illness. In the grand scheme of things it is more important to look at the issue of internet harassment and stalking than worry about this one person.

And, Johngreg, words do matter. If you want to be decent human being, you would say something along the lines, “I don’t understand how the internet can cause PTSD. Can you tell me more or direct me to information about this?” If you want to be an asshole, you would tell her she “is full of shit” and “my PTSD is worse than yours.” I consider my words very carefully when I talk to patients. I advise people on how to talk to others in a way that leads to a productive discussion rather than an argument. If you don’t someone to ban you, then you figure out how to express yourself in a polite and considerate way. And you can criticize someone’s ideas in a considerate and constructive way, such as “Will veterans feel their PTSD will not be taken seriously if you talk about your PTSD.” this can lead to a discussion about PTSD from different kinds of trauma or something along those lines. It is not rocket science

Apr 24 2014

This is Heartbreaking – The Danger of the Monster

This was written by Tom Meagher. Aussie readers may recognise who he is.

Warning!

TW – Murder, Rape, Sexual Violence
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Apr 24 2014

Secular Pro-Life’s Abortion Quackery

This was a piece I offered to do for The True Pooka, for those who are unaware? True Pooka and Lilandra have both been dealing with the nature of Secular Pro-Life and actively  engaging in analysing their beliefs. So far from my contact? I think their entire argument is purely philosophical and exists purely in the idealised world of academia. Bereft of real world experience and rationalisations, secular pro-life lacks any real spine except a forceful conviction that philosophy sans real world application is valid and possibly the notion that babies are cute, how can you not want one? Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 23 2014

Age of Kali – Hotel Relax? Not Really

Earlier today I was told that I should stop representing India as a terrible place for women. The rationale is simple. The more people like me speak out against things that are wrong with India the more it validates racists.

It’s simple? If they didn’t have this to whinge about they would find something else to complain about. My personal favourite is all Indians stink of curry (You say it like it’s a bad thing). Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 23 2014

How to Dismantle a functioning Medical System

The fascination with the dismantling of a socialised medical system is a conservative wet dream. It’s as if the very presence of the NHS is a fetid sore on the arse of the United Kingdom rather than the reality.The NHS is a shining example of what socialised medicine can do. The UK isn’t the best in the world, but it is extremely close to it. It’s a difference of inches rather than miles. It is a far cry from the USA whose massive spending is matched to a complete lack of service. In fact what we spend in the UK per person, per capita is actually pretty good value for money.Well, what’s the problem with the NHS? Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 23 2014

The Case Against Religious Circumcision

Circumcision is essential to Judaism or Islam. One often wonders why a divine being is so interested in the foreskins of believers rather than their actual well being. Read the rest of this entry »

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