Monday, July 13, 2020

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  • She is an imperfect leader who is doing a pretty good job in calling out the enormous inequalities of income between huge billion dollar corporations and their workers. It is probably true that she has become a scapegoat by drawing intense feelings from all sides of the issue. For the bravery of standing up to that intense criticism, I think she is a hero.

  • I know that Abigail Disney has her detractors and that she has been insulated by her wealth and privilege. However, I do think that she has been trying to break out of her bubble, and of course everyone can do more.

  • Being called crazy in a world that is crazy is the problem. The extreme inequality of wealth does take a toll on everyone. I admire people like Abigail Disney who call out the social injustice of income inequality, and is willing to alienate herself from her family in order to express the truth.

    When CEOs are making millions and the average worker is living paycheck to paycheck (or laid off in the time of Covid 19), then something is not right. When Disney employees can not afford to pay the rent and are living out of there cars, then something is wrong.

    What is most frustrating is that it doesn’t have to be this way. There can be and there should be social justice and workers can be paid a living wage with benefits and paid leave. Abigail Disney recognized the Disney worker as the people who create the magic for children at the parks, and of course it is so.

  • If we are all in this together, why won’t the author reply to comments? (Because she was joking).

    We have never been in this altogether and that is the reason that psychiatry exists—to separate and divide people.

    If you flip the meaning of the expression, to mean This Is a Conspiracy against a Scapegoat, then it does make sense—finding and punishing scapegoats is psychiatry’s bread and butter.

  • When I have confronted my brother, a neurologist, about the home invasion and torture that has been happening since January, 2012, he wanted me to believe that it was mental health issue. The truth is that it is a torture issue. The truth is that this is a forensic psychiatry / police brutality issue.

  • I grew up in a house that hung up a portrait painting of a confederate general in the living room above the fireplace. It was always confusing for me to look at this painting, because I always thought the south had lost the war for good reason, because slavery is wrong. And therefore, we should not be proud of confederate generals who believed it was right.

    The portrait may be still on display at my brother Chadwick Wilson Christine, III’s house in San Francisco. Please let me know, Chad, if you have taken down that painting yet. To me it is a symbol of the lost cause of white supremacy.

  • Yes, Breonna Taylor was shot by police for no reason back in March. The Louisville police have still not been held accountable, and so people continue to protest in the streets.

    This is probably the most egregious police shooting that I have ever heard of, and so of course people should be angry. Truth matters and the people know that there has been a cover up of police brutality.

  • The BLM movement has proved that we are not all in this together. Economic inequality is strongly related to health and wellness and that is why the African American community has been dying disproportionately from the Coronavirus.

    Of course, the other issue of doing anything while black in America—including sleeping in your home in the case of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY— is dangerous also proves that we are not all in this together.

  • Once again, I am calling for healing, for open dialogue. If the wounds are buried and reconciliation never occurs, then the hurt will fester indefinitely.

    The Black Lives Matter movement is a movement for open dialogue and reconciliation. It is a movement for truth.

    Of course, police brutality is a very graphic reminder of the history of slavery. The truth is that there is still no justice for most black and brown people.

  • I think I should spell it out: Black Lives Matter.

    Also, Take Back Cheapside.
    . That was the movement that led to the Breckinridge statue being removed from the main square in Lexington about two years ago.

    I invite my cousins to heal with the nation and to make a statement about General Breckinridge
    and how they feel about him today. I know that other descendants of civil war generals have advocated for the removal of the statues in Richmond, VA.

  • I think it should be noted that institutional racism and white supremacy may be at the heart of the reason that certain powerful families go after scapegoats with so much venom.

    I am speaking of the Breckinridge and Tyler families who have organized a political scapegoating campaign against me since 1981. (My mom’s sisters married into these families in the late 1950s and early 1960s).

    The Breckinridge statue was recently taken down in Lexington, Kentucky (not far from Mayesville where my dad was born). The statue was at the site of the Cheapside slave market, one of the largest slave markets in the country. Of course, that is right for the statue to be taken down because Breckinridge was a proponent of the expansion of slavery. Also, of course the statue was an insult to people of color who live in Lexington who were reminded on a daily basis that they were regarded as property and less than human — much like people with mental health labels.

    I believe that the reason families with a history of leading and arguing for white supremacy are the real people with mental health issues. They are the families with the most metaphorical skeletons in the closet. Because of this, I think they feel tremendous guilt and shame about the history of white supremacy and slavery and so they are extremely relieved when a scapegoat is available to let off some of that steam.

    John Cabell Breckinridge was Vice President from 1857-61. He joined the confederacy and became a general in1861 fighting in several major battles including Shiloh and Chickamauga. After the war he lived in Canada briefly before being accepted back into society in Kentucky, which had been a slave holding state but was officially “neutral” in the civil war.

    John Tyler was the tenth president of the US. He was a slave owner born in Charles City County, Virginia.

    I don’t really believe in mental illness; but I do believe that families hide their own histories. I do believe that others are complicit in allowing that history to be buried. When the current BLM situation occurs, it is an opportunity to understand the tremendous guilt and shame that powerful families carry.

  • Torture is a fascist political strategy to make the condemned man say things he probably would not otherwise say—especially if he had legal counsel. Another part of the torture is the extreme social isolation that I have been enduring, long before the Coronavirus arrived.

    I have taken a great risk in telling my thoughts, especially in these turbulent times. My reasoning has been that I must take the chance that people will realize that truth matters.

  • I will try to understand the political conspiracy against me. I will try to know why everyone was willing to ignore the fact that their scapegoat—me —had been run over and brain injured as a toddler in 1966.

    First of all, I really doubt that many of the conspirators against me were even aware of my 1966 TBI.
    So, that will explain some of the draconian nature of the plot against me that started in 1981.

    I will try to understand why there was zero attempt at open dialogue in 1981; and if I myself missed numerous chances to open dialogue myself, I apologize (because I do realize now that the time to apologize for a nuisance crime is ASAP).

    As I mentioned earlier, I sincerely believe that TBI survivors may need prompting to apologize for nuisance crimes. And this is particularly true for TBI survivors who are also survivors of parental gas lighting. Once the process is started, I believe that those who offend and those who are offended can restore community and even improve communication.

    I also believe that it is still not too late, although it has been almost forty years, and I have hope for restorative justice. If restorative justice can happen then we will be All in this together.

  • Please read the article in the New Republic, “No Vaccine in Sight” by Alexander Zaitchik. The subtitle is “The US Was Once At The Cutting Edge of Pandemic Prevention. Then Big Pharma Took Over.”

    The article puts a lot of blame on the patent process and greed. It compares the profit driven system of today with the more public health priorities of the 1930s, 40s, 50s…
    The system started to change dramatically in the 1980s, prioritizing profit over people.

    Do we really think that we are All in this Together after reading this article? No, but there is reason for optimism, because we can go back to systems that were successful taking on polio, tuberculosis,
    Etc.

  • I want to say a little about juvenile alienation. Of course it is known that juveniles who act out and behave badly do not feel like they are in this together.

    So when a person is alienated for their whole adult life, is that feeling going to change? Probably not unless he gets restorative justice.

    Part of the healing process should be asking the person what made him feel alienated. If the community is motivated to understand the individual, then restorative justice can be done.

    Then, it will be true that we are all in this together.

    Getting a little deeper we have to ask our selves what holds communities together? Unfortunately, fear seems like the most obvious answer—and it isn’t a good one. Juveniles are easily alienated when the overwhelming reason for community is a sense of fear.

    I have the Straight, Inc. brain washing organization in mind that was the threat that was always present for kids who were too experimental or rebellious. It was very much based on fear, beatings, and indoctrination.

  • Fear and grief are not mental illnesses. That’s good to know.

    I would add that fear of being attacked in your own bed since 2012 is not a mental illness either.
    It is a political conspiracy that is using psychiatry as a weapon against a scapegoat.

    There must be restorative justice for TBI / Gaslighting victims.

  • Some of us have been caught in a political storm for almost Four decades without realizing the severity of the situation until recently.

    I do empathize with the millions of people who are suffering and I know their suffering is intense.

    The thing that bothers me the most are the media who ignore the fact that millions of people were already suffering before corona virus even started. This includes people with scapegoat labels and poor people in general.

  • If we really believe that we are all in this together, then we should be embracing ideas like restorative justice.

    If we really believe we are all in this together, then we should be helping people who have made mistakes to stand back up.

    If we really want to walk the walk—not just talk the talk, then embrace social justice for marginalized people.

  • Inmate Lives Matter.

    Taking down the Therapeutic State will require taking down the prison system as it exists today.

    The Corona Virus highlights the inhumanity of putting people in cages, and how it does not make things better at all.

    The people caught up in the system must have a pathway back into society, but psychiatry is too happy to block those people. There is massive corruption and torture of people who can contribute again.

    The DSM labels must stop somehow. In the future, the labels will be remembered as the slanders that they are.

    Is it just a fantasy that we could actually all be in this together some day? We obviously have a long way to go but it seems possible.

  • From page 32, “Psychiatric diagnoses are based on social not medical judgements…

    They are making a series of judgments about how people ought to think, feel and behave.”

    Ok, so there you go: psychiatry is about social conditioning—not science or real medicine.

    Why not be transparent about all of it? Because there is massive corruption and torture that psychiatry doesn’t want everyone to know about. If the general public did understand the amount of torture and corruption, it might get shut down, as it should be.

  • The title should be “We All SHOULD Be In This Together”.

    But the reality is that the people who are using this phrase are very aware that we are Not all in this together.

    That is why the expression is so infuriating.

    If we had restorative justice for juvenile TBI / Gaslighting Survivors, then perhaps we would be All in This Together.

    If our “justice “ system wasn’t so draconian, then perhaps we could be All in this together.

    But that isn’t the reality yet.

  • Restorative justice is necessary to heal communities that have been divided. Restorative justice is necessary to get to the truth of the matter. The truth is that juvenile misbehavior is exploited and they can become scapegoats for decades.

  • Yes, the media has a difficult job in finding the truth, but after a while it becomes obvious that corporate media has an agenda and that includes strong ties to Big Pharma and the powers that be.

    So then after that agenda distorts the truth, then the story becomes convoluted and
    The public doesn’t know what to believe anymore.

    Do you believe Anderson Cooper and CNN, corporate dynasty or Marianne Williamson, self help author?

  • And yes , I am furious that my son and daughter have been drafted to participate in this rotten conspiracy. Everyone is wrong.

    I know I made mistakes but this is draconian punishment and there should be restorative justice.

  • The truth got buried by a negligence cover up/ slander campaign against me.

    The victim who got run over in the driveway and had a major injury to the skull is now being demonized in order to clear the name of his negligent mother. NAMI and the Therapeutic State is happy to be of service to distract from what has really happened.

    In other words, “mental illness” is a distraction from my mom’s negligence in 1966. It isn’t fair to gas light a TBI victim in one way or another for most of his childhood and adult life…and TBI victims are gullible and vulnerable to gas lighting.

  • Double meaning, verbal trickery is what is so wrong about psychiatry.

    Very often the people who are being fooled and ridiculed are victims—if you are willing to doa little research and find out who the scapegoats are.

    TBI victims, gas lighting victims, victims of a never ending political conspiracy. Truth matters.

  • Do people in solitary confinement feel like they are all in this together? Of course not.

    Do people being tortured feel like they are all in this together? No way.

    Do people who are disenfranchised feel like they are all in this together? No.

    Do people who are being drugged by the Therapeutic State feel like they are all in this together?
    The expression is an insult.

  • In retrospect I realize now that Gaslighting became a sport against me, the condemned person, in my high school and my community. I was gullible and was not able to step outside my social situation to realize that I was being gaslighted.

  • The idea that what is happening to me is justice is so far off base that I want to scream.

    what is happening to me is home invasion and torture every night.

    Torture is not justice.

    Truth about my childhood is being ignored. The people in power simply do not want that truth to be known, because it doesn’t fit their false political narrative.

  • Truth about traumatic brain injuries SHOULD Matter.

    Truth about family Gaslighting SHOULD Matter.

    Sting ops against TBI / Gaslighting Survivors should Stop.

    The Therapeutic State has manufactured a false political narrative in order to win political points.

  • The Therapeutic State, unfortunately, does not care about any of this. It is only concerned with its own political agenda. And, ironically, that agenda consists of more name calling, so that TBI victims and gas lighting victims are re-named—but we are still scapegoats.

  • I still remember the confounding, diabolical look on my mother Treon McGuire Christine’s face when she called me Cakey or Bonzert or Poosey. It was a shit eating face of someone who had done something wrong and was continuing to do it right in front of me. She was attacking me in a thinly veiled manner by using insults disguised as terms of endearment. This happened throughout my childhood in the late sixties and the seventies.

    These names mostly made me become speechless in disbelief and confusion. I didn’t understand why she was manipulating me but I knew it made me feel uncomfortable, and yet she would keep doing it. I do remember that I made a weak attempt at calling her a name back in reply. For a while I called her Moosey (in reply to Poosey), but this reply always felt inadequate since it lacked the insulting sting that her names had on me. When I called her this she would just reply with her hateful/loving grin.

    My mother Treon McGuire Christine has a stiff middle finger on her left hand. It is the result of a car accident in the late sixties in which her hand hit the windshield—I don’t think she was wearing a seat belt. She was in the passenger seat with my dad, and I speculate that alcohol may have been involved in the accident.

    Anyway, she could not bend her middle finger after the accident—she said that the physical therapy was too painful so she just stopped. I think this accident was traumatic for her, and it may have been doubly traumatic if it occurred after my 1966 TBI driveway accident.
    When I think of her finger that is perpetually paralyzed, it seems symbolic as if she is giving the finger to anyone who might cross her.

    My mother Treon McGuire Christine would often call me the Bonzert/Cakey/Poosey names while she was under the influence of anti hystamines. She was always taking these drugs in the spring,summer and fall—I don’t think she took them in the winter. The anti hystamines were for allergies but I think she was probably hooked on them and she was chasing the feeling of superiority that they helped to give her.

    How can I tell all of this and not feel bitter? Well, I will admit that I am motivated by being woken up this morning at 3:15 am to the daily home invasion and torture. I know that my mother Treon McGuire Christine is aware that this is happening to me. I also know that when she took me to the Lindner Center of Hope in January, 2012, she was on a mission to take away my rights and my power. She succeeded in that I was given a diagnosis based on pseudo science—quackery.

  • People who have been verbally manipulated by parents since childhood do not feel that they are all in this together. The names my mom called me were “Cakey”, “Bonzert”, and “Poosey”. While they were partly affectionate, they were mostly derogatory, meant as insults.

    Why would my mom be insulting me on a daily basis? Because I was a daily reminder of her negligence in the summer of 1966 when she wasn’t paying attention to me as her friend Mrs. Moore was backing out of our driveway at 8550 Keller Road in Cincinnati, and ran me over, resulting in my traumatic brain injury.

    In other words, my mom felt guilty about her own negligence, but she could not admit that guilt to herself or to me…and so the only way she could manage her daily life was to put me down on a daily basis.

    Many of us TBI survivors and gas lighting survivors have been introduced to psychiatry by our parents—the very people who were negligent in the first place.

    Instead of restorative justice, the negligent parties are doubling down on their driveway accident victims, and demonizing us, in order to lift themselves up.

    So of course we don’t feel like we are all in this together.

  • The media is too easily persuaded by NAMI and Oprah book choices. They must start questioning the reasons for the false narratives. There have been cover ups of parental negligence; and there have been decades long framing of TBI victims of parental negligence.

    It just so happens that TBI victims are not organized enough or wealthy enough to pay for their side of the story to be heard. We are scapegoats, and the people in power are silencing us and preventing us from getting legal help. They know we are telling the truth, and the truth is that our parents screwed up before we ever did.

  • I am certain that 99% of the media who use the expression “all in this together” KNOW that it is an extremely tone deaf idea.

    They know that most people do not enjoy their own empowerment. In other words, they are taunting their disempowered audience, and that is really shameful.

  • To really pull together we must transform the systems that are making thousands—if not millions—of people feel like they are NOT in this together. And I don’t think that is an exaggeration of the number of people who feel left out with respect to empowerment.

  • The media has an opportunity to hold leaders accountable, and yet they squander that opportunity.

    The media has an obligation to find the truth; and when that doesn’t happen we are all up a creek.

    MIA is rare in telling the truth about dangerous and addictive drugs, but it doesn’t tell the whole story of the scapegoats. It doesn’t tell the truth about home invasion and torture that occurs every night.

  • I realize that I am in a trap. Whichever way I go, I will be attacked. But I tend to root for humanity, and Piers Morgan was making that argument.

    I find the double meaning of the expression infuriating, but chose to believe that it is true that somehow we must pull together in this crises—especially when our political leaders appear lost and confused.

  • I will make an exception for Piers Morgan for imploring journalists to do their job in holding political leaders accountable for mor testing for the virus. He was pretty believable on CNN. And when he said “all in this together”, it felt genuine.

  • It also seems obvious that Oprah herself does not choose the books. They appear to be chosen by a committee on the basis of pleasing corporate interests—similar to the DSM committees.

    In other words, the committees have agendas and they are putting out propaganda that they want the masses to believe.

    So Anderson Cooper and Oprah are simply pawns of corporate interests, in my opinion; because they are just repeating the corporate agenda…and attacking anyone who doesn’t believe that the agenda is good for us.

  • The media ignores you when you protest their ill-researched, one-sided stories that reinforce false narratives about “mental illness.”

    When will the media get interested in the truth? When will the media report that Scott Noel was a scapegoat
    who should not have died at age 51? When will the media seek out a different opinion about what really happened to Scott Noel, including his during his twenties, his thirties, and his forties?

  • Marianne Williamson is right about the over drugging of Americans for normal human feelings. She is right and Anderson Cooper would know it– if he would just stop talking for half an hour to think about it.

    What did not get discussed is the way that the media accepts the DSM slanders, aka “diagnoses”, and even promotes them with no good reason except greed–it pays to sell pretend diagnoses and pretend “treatments”.

  • I guess what I am trying to say is that the individuals in the media are under tremendous pressure to tow the line and to keep spewing out the false narratives that the mh diagnoses are valid and that the drugs are helpful.

    I suspect that many of them are getting tired of not thinking the issue out for themselves–and that in time, probably soon–some of them will break away from the false narratives. Of course, those free thinkers may become vulnerable to lose their jobs (and that is why they tow the line so long).

    Obviously, I have a lot of respect for Robert Whitaker and the writers on MIA who are brave enough to tell the truth; and I am hopeful that the truth will be known, eventually.

  • It pays for the media to tell the False Narrative that psychiatry is a real and scientific branch of medicine–it is not. That is the problem.

    When we can get that to change, then everything might change. It seems obvious to those of us who realize all of the damage that the psych drugs do–and we know it from personal experience. We also know what a crime against humanity that forced drugging is.

    It would be something if talking heads like Anderson Cooper might learn the truth; and I may be naive (or hopeful) enough to think it is possible.

  • While I am frustrated by the willful ignorance of the WCPO story, I do not really blame the individual reporters.
    I know that they are following a playbook that pretends that psychiatry is a real and legitimate branch of medicine. This is a national problem that needs to be confronted.

    We all know that the mh narrative needs to change.

  • The media is arrogant, like Anderson Cooper. The interview with Marrianne Williamson is remarkable because he is relentless in attacking her opinions and questions about psychiatry, which are valid.

    My own experience with the WCPO Cincinnati local media was: Here is the Story. This is What Happened. Just accept the MH diagnoses as valid science (even though there have been whispers that it may not be).

    But there were big holes in the story about Scott Noel. How can a person who seems just as alive and awake as his surviving sister die so young? I am referring to the photos of his youth in the story and how he was an active participant in sports, music, and art. How can the reporter not seem to be interested in That question?

    What happened to Scott Noel in those thirty some years between his diagnosis and his death?
    That to me is the question. My guess is that he became a political scapegoat and he was shut out from society.

    Lucy May mostly seems interested in the way the police treated the dead body of a dead homeless person. That seems like it should be a part of the story–but not the bulk of the story. Also, she is obsessed with the photos of the dead body, which is pretty disgusting and sensational.

    The other big problem with the story, to me, is that Lucy May does not get any other sources to comment on Scott Noel and his struggles, besides his sister. Scott must have had some friends in those thirty years;
    and even if he didn’t, I think she should have tried to talk to someone else who knew him in high school.

    I think a second opinion about what happened to him changing from active and photogenic to homeless and dead would have been greatly appreciated. Because there is Not a second opinion, the first opinion of the sister seems pretty suspicious. Does she really actually believe in the diagnoses that Scott got? Really?

    I am certain that he must have complained bitterly about how his MH label was blocking him from every opportunity that he was seeking, including a home without forced drugging.

    I just don’t think that it was in WCPO’s agenda to talk about that–so they didn’t.

  • The truth is that the powers that be know that neuroleptic drugs take years off of a life, and can contribute to a person’s early death at age 51 when Scott Noel died.

    The media knows that the DSM labels are slanders. They know it, and they love to slander people. (I cannot believe I am saying this but it is true). Furthermore, Slander is highly profitable. The DSM is a best seller and Big Pharma is making billions and billions of dollars to make “medicine” that causes way more harm than good. All–or at least most, of those profits are based on FALSE diagnoses, because the DSM is not based on real science.

    Truth matters.

  • The media has tremendous power; and yet they do not do the research necessary. In fact, in many cases I think they must know that psychiatry is based on lies. They know that psychiatry protects the status quo–so never mind serious research to get to the truth.

    The truth is that the DSM labels are slanders. The truth is that the labels can put a person on a downward spiral for life. The truth is that the powers that be know this; and that they are doing this intentionally.

    Also, the truth is that our country is wealthy enough, so that no one should be homeless or hungry.

  • p.s. I forgot to put quotation marks around “out of control” children. I meant that this is how the parents saw the situation. The young people, obviously, saw the situation differently.

    Straight was an over-reaction, a backlash to something that was not a real problem, in my opinion. It was
    a change in power dynamics that the adults in charge could not accept. So they became authoritarians (see “anti-authoritarians” article by Bruce Levine in this website).

  • Forgive me if I was being overly simplistic about homelessness. I think that the main reasons for homelessness are poverty, lack of affordable housing, and an overly punitive criminal justice system.

    I do believe that homeless people also suffer the double whammy humiliation of mh labels on top of the
    unbelievable cruelty of society for not providing housing for people who need it.

  • I have been trying to pushback against a local news story in Cincinnati, in which a homeless man died in November.

    In our local media, WCPO/ ABC News, our local reporter Lucy May wrote: “How Did Scott Noel Die? His Sister Wants Answers.” It aired on tv on January 30, 2020 and is available to read on the WCPO website–just type “Scott Noel” into the article search box.

    I have problems with the story from the beginning. It focusses too much on this man’s death; and it assumes that his mental health “diagnosis” was valid–not a political condemnation.

    I actually protested today in front of the WCPO studio; and I did get to tell Lucy May how I feel about the
    story (She did meet me outside on the sidewalk).

    I told her that I think Scott Noel must have committed a nuisance crime in order for the “light switch”in his life to be turned off. I tried to tell her that his story appears to be political–not medical.

    I tried to tell her that Scott Noel’s alcoholism was probably a normal response to be shut down/shut out by all of his former friends and family. It was probably also a normal response to his “diagnosis” which I am pretty darn sure he rejected (but nobody asked how he felt about it).

    The sign I carried today simply said: SCOTT NOEL/ SCAPEGOAT.

    I told Lucy May that she needs to read The Myth of Mental Illness by T. Szasz and she should visit the MIA
    website; because she acted as if she had never, ever thought to question the validity of “mental illness”.

    I tried to tell her that Scott Noel’s problems were probably social/political–not anything medical.
    In other words, he had achieved a pariah status, in my opinion; and that is probably common among the
    homeless population. Many of them, in my opinion, have become social rejects.

    Of course, I think that this is unfair. I told Lucy May that I think she should do a story about restorative justice; because she has done similar stories that tell of social support such as Bloc Ministries in Cincinnati.

    She recently did a story about a young woman who got out of jail recently and has been supported by Bloc
    Ministries to find housing and work and to stay off drugs.

    I asked Lucy May what is the difference between that young lady and Scott Noel (besides the fact that Scott is dead). She could not answer that question; and that is what really bothers me. Because the answer is that there is very little difference between those two people, in my opinion. I don’t mean to slander the young woman who is being helped–I just mean that I think both people made very human mistakes in life
    (and I obviously don’t have all of the information, because it is not being reported).

    In my opinion, society is very fickle in how it decides who to help and who to punish forever. Scott Noel
    was given the unofficial verdict of a life of punishment, in my opinion. That included two “diagnoses” that was really just a slander (part I of the punishment), followed by 30 years of adult day care that had to be horrendously humiliating, especially when you consider the (part II) drugging regime that he probably endured.

    Part III was the humiliating death that he suffered, and which Lucy May wrote about. I don’t think this part of the story is as important, although it is terrible and horrific. I think that Part I and II are the worst parts of the story; and that is not talked about much in the WCPO piece.

    Finally, I told Lucy May that I think there are similarities between Scott Noel’s tragic story and the (Scared) Straight, Inc. that was very active in the 1980s in Cincinnati. There is an MIA story about Straight that I have already commented about; but it was a substitute punishment organization that parents used as crutch.

    It was endorsed by Nancy Reagan; and by many local leaders. However, it was extremely abusive and it was basically an indoctrination cult to punish young people for what was usually very minor drug experimentation and/or conflict with parents.

    I told Lucy May that as bad as it was, Straight might at least have given Scott Noel a path back into society.
    The other thing about Straight was that it was expensive (like mh care); and it relied on the spellbinding of desperate parents. They wanted to do SOMETHING about their out of control children; and so they put them in Straight, Inc.

    My opinion is that many, many parents panicked; and that part of the dynamics was a backlash for the very successful Young Peoples movement to end the war in Vietnam. Also, I think that Straight was filling another backlash to young people who were experimenting with drugs that doctors wanted to monopolize.

  • The reason I brought up the fourth grade name calling is that the DSM is essentially a book of insults as Jim Gottstein put it so well. In other words, it is a book of hate that is meant to draw attention to a scapegoat.
    The fourth grade bully learns that picking on someone else can be good for their own career as a student, just as the shrinks do in their career in labeling deviant behavior as “illnesses”. They are insulting people in order to galvanize support for their own political agenda.

    Restorative justice is a leap of faith in humanity. It recognizes that we all make mistakes. It recognizes the power of redemption and forgiveness. It is the future, if we want to have a future.