the news. now I remember why I never read it

Posted by $ winterwind 6 years, 7 months ago to The Gulch: General
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So, I'm reading the "news" again [on msn] and here's what I know.

We're fucked. and nobody even kissed us.

In Texas, the court system is trying a new program for defense of the indigent: allowing them to choose their own lawyers from a court-approved list. The government pays them, of course, but the "thinking" is that if you're on the list, and you're chosen a lot, and paid a pittance x10, you will be an incentive to be a better lawyer.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/indi...

In North Carolina, the Feds are forcing states who have not been active enough in carrying out the Olmstead decision, which said that the mentally ill, no matter what, should be allowed to live on their own. They follow the story of one of the lab rats who has xx in addition to being mentally ill. He's wandered around the country and has spent the last 4 years in an adult care facility. Now, sha-ZAM!, he's on his own.

Somebody takes him grocery shopping. But he doesn't know how to cook. Somebody takes him to the pharmacy for his meds, but he really doesn't understand when to take them. Somebody comes by to take him to the bank to cash his xx check and get a money order for rent, but when he goes to pay the rent, he can't read the instructions on how to fill out the money order because he needs glasses.
The Texans will still have the same amount of money to pay lawyers for the indigent, so they'll still have the same quality of lawyers, just a different lottery system. Note the last paragraph in the article.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/indi...

The man in xx isn't being "helped" in any logical way [ever hear of one of those 28-day pill organizers that helps you keep track of one to take your pills? He could have bought one at Walmart, but he didn't even know about it and his keeper didn't tell him]. He probably doesn't think of buying a calendar to keep track of things, but one of his "helpers" could print one out and writer her name on it when she was there, and the next one could do the same, so there would be a structure: so-and-so came yesterday, and that means someone will come tomorrow.

I really don't mind when somebody gives the Federal government the finger, but if you're going to throw the sign, you ought to be the one who pays the price, not some indigent defendant in Texas or a guy who really wants to make it on his own in North Carolina.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mentall...

This is called "working to fail" and we're paying for it in every way.

Oh, I also learned that "Shaq pushed into tree".
can't find it again, no citation!


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  • Posted by $ Abaco 6 years, 7 months ago
    My son came to work with me on Christmas Eve. I worked a half day and that worked out well. He’s high-functioning and very bright and enjoys touring the building and meeting people. As we left and got a couple blocks out I, on a whim, decided to take him into an old café for lunch before we drove home. As I sat there looking at the patrons and people walking by I noticed something. Many of them were wearing rags. One guy sitting near us had no teeth, could barely speak, was wearing a bow tie all wrong and was trying to order a steak. I don’t know, man…as I look around I really think our society is hurting, big-time. Everywhere in our city here in NorCal there are bums and beggars, handicapped people trying to live on their own. Every class my son is in (elementary school) each year there seem to be more and more disabled kids. I instructed my son as we walked to my truck…”Son, you hold your iPad tightly walking through this part of town.”
    So much of this is right out of AS. I remember the scene in the town when Dagny looked at the weathered lady in the shanty by the shut down automotive factory and asked, “How old are you?” I thought that was a very important scene and noticed it was missing from the first movie.
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 6 years, 7 months ago
    You know...having a son with autism really opened my eyes to how this country deals with the challenged. And...yes...we are fucked. Just a few minutes ago I was walking into my office here in a big city. It's early and still dark. 2/3 of the people out wandering the street at this hour?...insane people. When I leave the office this afternoon many of them will be sleeping out in the open of the softball field in the park across the street. Honestly, it makes me very sad.
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  • Posted by johnpe1 6 years, 7 months ago
    there was some good news -- thousands of NYC
    cops turned their backs on DeBlasio at a gathering
    honoring dead cop Rafael Ramos. -- j

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    • Posted by H2ungar123 6 years, 7 months ago
      A great display of indifference to DeCrapio and am wondering if the scene will be re-
      peated at the funeral of the other officer, even tho the police action was called 'inappropriate'-- yeah, as if the assassination of the cops wasn't 'inappropriate' ...
      tho the police action was called 'inappropriate'
      but wasn't the assassination of the officers
      'inappropriate'????
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    • Posted by H2ungar123 6 years, 7 months ago
      A great display of indifference to DeCrapio and am wondering if the scene will be re-
      peated at the funeral of the other officer, even tho the police action was called 'inappropriate'-- yeah, as if the assassination of the cops wasn't 'inappropriate' ...
      tho the police action was called 'inappropriate'
      but wasn't the assassination of the officers
      'inappropriate'????
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    • Posted by $ 6 years, 7 months ago
      Yes, but as a prepared press release stated, it was not the first time.
      I didn't see anywhere what he said, just that it was favorable/understanding towards the shooter. There's a flavor in what I'm reading that the police should never be questioned in what they do, and anyone who opposes them is the enemy, only worth gunning down.

      Although, to be fair, anyone refusing to listen to a politician is on my side!
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