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A Hodgepodge

19 May 2019

Creepy Caterpillar

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Two weeks ago in Folsom I came upon this little creature at the Light Rail station. Turns out it is a Tussock Moth caterpillar. This family of moths seems to be named after the appearance of their caterpillars. The moths themselves are short-lived. The caterpillars of many kinds of Tussock Moths (especially the notorious Gypsy Moth) feed ravenously on leaves of trees and bushes, including oak trees which are otherwise rather insect resistant.

Classic Car

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One week ago at the Winco parking lot in Folsom I spied this car, and snapped a photo. It was not until after downloading the photo that I noticed several bullet holes (I presume fake) on the door panels. It turns out this car is very similar to the Ford (stolen) that Bonnie and Clyde were killed in while driving through Louisiana. I can only guess that the “bullet holes” are there in commemoration of that event. I am also guessing on the engine size, but this type of car could hold a large V-8 engine and was popular for its power and speed.

CCHR Marches Against ECT

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Instead of my usual trip to Folsom on Saturday, I went to San Francisco to participate in a March supporting a ban on ECT. It rained the whole time we were there. CCHR stands for Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a group established by the Church of Scientology in 1969.

Psychiatrists still think that inducing convulsions (seizures) in the patient is a valid form of therapy. They (or their predecessors) have been doing this to their patients for roughly 500 years. As soon as electricity became widely available, they began to use it for this purpose. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) became widely used in the U.S. a little less than 100 years ago. It is still quite widely used.

Wikipedia states that the ordinary shock “dose” is about 0.8 amps for between 1 and 6 seconds. It is widely known in the occupational safety community that a shock between the hands (or from a hand to a foot, etc.) of this amplitude and duration would cause burns, death or a heart attack, as well as severe pain. Psychiatrists apply this across the head or to one side of the head, and anesthetize the patient (except in a few countries, per one report) so that he or she will not be aware of the pain. They report “swift results” from this procedure.

Of course, they are not trying to make people well; they are just trying to make them quiet. What sort of persons or groups would prefer quiet people to happy people? These are the ones who support the work of the psychiatrists. The rest of us avoid them as much as we can, if we are aware of the destruction which they routinely cause. By best estimates, over 1 million people planet wide each year receive this “treatment.” About 10% of those live in the U.S. Ages range from babies (literally!) to seniors, but especially older people and women. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization recommends that ECT on minors be banned, citing no evidence of benefit.

From what I have learned about psychiatry over the years, I consider their leaders and spokespersons to be a pack of raving lunatics; criminals. They assisted greatly in the development and continuation of racism in the United States, they enthusiastically forwarded the “man is an animal” notion that helped make modern war and anti-religious fanaticism OK in the early 1900s, then helped the Nazis establish their death camps before and during the second World War, supported Apartheid in South Africa and segregation in the U.S. and have more recently unleashed the tragedy of psychoactive drugs on this planet. For me there is no alternative to the total abolition of psychiatry on this planet. We will get around to other planets as soon as we can.