Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Side effects of Psychiatric therapy

you always hear about the "side effects" of various medicines used in psychiatry, but do you know this?

The toxic side effects of THERAPY:
40% of people experience more distress from cognitive behavioral therapy, study finds
Millions of Americans have or currently go to therapists Cognitive behavioral therapy is widely considered the safest, most effective non-pharmaceutical treatment for common mental illnesses
A new German study estimates that 43 percent of talk therapy patients experience 'side effects' like anxiety and break ups
But the researchers say these my be 'unavoidable' parts of the healing process

yes, and ditto for the "side effects" of medications.

Ah, but what about the "side effects" of no treatment of any kind?

Scandal update

I linked earlier to a site that discussed the gossip that the Wuerl scandal, that said his firing and "golden parachute" actually would lead to him having more power.

GetReligion discusses and has several links to news articles on the scandals, including this one that has affirmation of the gossip:

Now, if you read the long New York Times piece on Wuerl’s exit — with evidence that his power in Rome may actually increase ...
the gossip said Dolan lost in the fight over who would control US bishops, but this article (predating the resignation) has Dolan defending Wuerl.
Dolan and Wuerl represent, in a sense, the “old guard” of U.S. bishops. Although not aggressively orthodox, the two rose to prominence during Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate.
italics mine
,,,  Although Dolan famously capitulated to LGBT activists, allowing them to participate in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, and applauded Michael Sam for announcing his homosexuality (“Bravo!”), neither he nor Wuerl is as radical as some in the clique of Francis-appointed prelates including Cardinals Joseph Tobin and Blase Cupich and Bishop Robert McElroy.

the back story of this is the rumors about the gay agenda being pushed at the conference on yutes that the Vatican is holding. Many suspect the conclusions have already been written to push gay rights. as one sees here, where a "delegate" who is pushing the meme: "inclusion".

“They wanted the church to be more open [...] a multicultural church that’s open to all, that should not be judgmental, a community that makes everybody feel at home, reflecting the message of Jesus Christ,” Morales said, according to a Vatican translator. “The church should not discriminate against minorities or people with different sexual orientations or who are poorer, no.” They also wanted a church more “welcoming” to “fragile” people, as well as a more representative role for women.

Well, the irony is that one does not "join" the Catholic church as one does a protestant church. Anyone can go to mass, and no one cares.

however, to say not to preach repentance from sin so one doesn't feel "excluded" is wrong. And to let people living in sin to receive the sacraments is wrong, as Paul pointed out.

So does "inclusion" include welcoming gays and prostitutes? How about murderers, mafia hit men, crooked politicians and businessmen who steal everything in sight, or crooked politicians who order hits on their political rivals?

Yup. they are all here at mass. No one is chased out unless they openly flaunt their sin.

In the past, the laws were strict, but it was understood that people were in dilemmas and that God would give them mercy.

But now we face not just sin in our bishops, which has been around since Eli's sons schtupped those visiting the Ark of the Covenant or Judas skimmed donations given to Jesus to support his work.

What we have now is a Pope whose minions want to change the laws themselves, because niceness is the highest rule (never mind those who are harmed when they wink at sin). This is something very very different.

So how the church should act when confronted with sinners?

If one is too strict, they will leave in despair and anger and never be open to repent, but if one is too lax, you end up with people who simply don't know what they are doing is wrong.

And maybe instead of "reforming" bishops by looking the other way, the Pope should have study sessions on St Gregory the great's instruction about how to find good bishops and how those bishops should rule.

The church has over a billion people and has been around for 2000 years, so it's not as if we face something new. Most Catholics know the clergy is not the church: And the mass is more about meeting Christ in the sacraments than it is about glorifying the pastor or even "celebrating" each other as in some "modern" Catholic churches.

The bishop/priest is a sinner? Well, he is still a priest. And his ability to give you the sacraments is not changed any more than if your doctor was sctumping all the nurses or cheating the IRS would mean that your penicillin wouldn't cure your pneumonia.

so do you leave because of corrupt bishops? Or do you stay because that is where you find God?

Oscar Romero was just canonized, to the delight of the left and despair of the right wing in the church. watch the movie here.

But he faced the problem that I saw in Africa: Do you remain silent when faced with atrocities by the government and by the "rebels", or do you confront them? He dared to criticize government atrocities and was killed, but you know, quite a few priests who criticized the "rebels" in various third world hellholes also were killed (quite a few were killed by FARC in Colombia, for example, and we had priests and sisters killed by both sides when I worked in Zimbabwe in the 1970s.)

so do I leave the church because of Wuerl's sins, or do I stay because I knew priests and bishops who were martyred for defending the rights of the people?

No CDIB card here, fellahs, just move along

Tulsa TV station posted the Cherokee response to Elizabeth Warren's blood test that show she might be 1/64th AmerIndian.

"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person's ancestors were indigenous to North or South America.
Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is prove.
You need a CDIB card to get treated at an IHS hospital, or to be eligible for government benefits.

A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (both abbreviated CDIB) is an official U.S. document that certifies an individual possesses a specific degree of Native American blood of a federally recognized Indian tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village, or community.[1] They are issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs after the applicant supplies a completed genealogy with supporting legal documents such as birth certificates, showing their descent, through one or both birth parents, from an enrolled Indian or an Indian listed in a base roll such as the Dawes Rolls. Blood degree cannot be obtained through adoptive parents...

however, each tribe decides who they want to be members
For example, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians requires at least 1/16 degree of Eastern Cherokee blood for tribal membership, whereas the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Higher Education Grant for college expenses requires a 1/4 degree minimum.[2] A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood does not establish membership in a tribe. Tribal membership is determined by tribal laws and may or may not require a CDIB or may require a separate tribal determination of ancestry or blood degree.[3]
How to get your CDIB card.

this sounds confusing, which it is, especially with urban Indians and with those who are of multiple tribal ancestry.

And the IHS won't treat you if you are from Mexico or Canada, even if your tribe has members on both sides of the border.

on the other hand, in Oklahoma, we did treat the Cherokee freeman, who would not pass a blood test.

and there are on going controversies about the "unrecognized tribes". Many of these have a long history that can be traced in county records, and are suing to get recognition.

In some states, due to intermarriage, there are a lot of people with some AmerIndian ancestry, especially in places like Tennessee or Oklahoma, most of whom never try to get benefits because they have assimilated into the white or black local communities and have no tribal ties.

but to be eligible for benefits and/or affirmative action, you are supposed to prove your ancestry via the CDIB card.

On the other hand, there are lots and lots of white folks who "discover" they have a "Cherokee" ancestor, and become "born again Indians", often pretending to be shamans to sell books or get prestige among their new age friends. Others, like Warren, use this vague history to get jobs, or to sell counterfeit art work and artifacts.

the real controversy about Warren is that she used her vague history to get an affirmative action spot. She now denies it, and an "investigation" has cleared her of this charge, but there are many places where the university mentioned her as a minority, so who told them she was a "minority"? Why would they do that if she hadn't used her "history" to get a job under affirmative action?

Of course, this is Harvard, who bragged about Warren being a "minority" while routinely discriminates against East Asians....

so the scandal is that essentially by lying/exaggerating her Indian ancestry, she got job preference over other minorities who actually had been discriminated against.

Now, affirmative action is supposed to be there to help those who had suffered discrimination. and to help those who live in poverty on the reservation, or as "urban Indians", not rich white folks from Tulsa who had no cultural tribal ties, but wanted freebies.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Family news

the cook's daughter in law just lost her baby: it delivered early,  but was okay so they sent him home and he died a few hours later.
She delivered in a "birthing" center, not a hospital, but they are understaffed so might have missed something. I suspect congenital heart disease which runs in her husband's family.


The cook has lost two sons in recent years, and she just was diagnosed with diabetes. But she still works for us,  and sleeps as a security guard at one of our relative's medical clinic. She is here for three meals a day, which comes to 12 hours, but the average time she spends buying food an cooking is about half that time... the rest of the time she is outside gossiping, or selling lotto tickets for extra money.

When I shop, I always go with her or her daughter for safety reaons. It is safer nowadays, but still we hear of robberies now and then.

Why should theives be afraid of a 70 year old woman who is only 5 foot tall and weighs less than 100 pounds?

Because she has a lot of sons who would kill anyone who hurts her. And because she knows most of the tricycle drivers in town. And she probably knows a lot of (ex) NPA types too.

Her family traditionally works for our extended family and some of them still live in a hut in our cousin's back yard: most of the sons live nearby, and drive "tricycles" i.e. motorcycles with side cars for short trips, and one son and two daughters work for the family as cook/cleaner/security guard. Alas, the youngest son who the family did manage to put thru college and became a school teacher, died of a congenital heart problem two years ago.

the big problem for her? no social security. If she gets sick, it is the extended family who does the caretaking.

I am paying social security for her daughter who works as a part time maid/laundress, but the cook is too old to start an account.

but for right now, she is the one keeping the family together: her salary is low, but being a traditional Filipina, she probably keeps the leftover money from the food budget. And I give her money to cover the school expenses of three grandkids. And when there is a medical emergency, I give her extra money.

It would actually be a lot cheaper to give her a regular wage, but we are still traditional in our area, where help is considered part of the family.

But our stepson and wife do pay help modern style with a higher wage but only extras for emergencies and holidays. Which is probably why they go thru maids/gardeners about once a year.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Ancient history from a global perpective

several world history audiobooks on youtube. Most seem to be incomplete, but for your enjoyment here are a few links.

Aldrete History of the ancient world A Global perpective.
part one

part 2

part 3

part 4

Harmon: a people's history of the world part one


the Anglo Saxon world.


Climate change: we haz that

One of the theories behind the Bronze age collapse (1200 BC) was climate change that cause migration and invasions.

I have linked in an earlier post to Eric Cline's audiobook about this, but internet Archive had the ebook LINK

And one of the theories behind why the Indus Valley civilization collapsed was a period of drought, which also caused the fall of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.

Wikipedia calls it the 4.2 kiloyear event. (2000 BC)

But right now I'm trying to finish reading the book The Horse the Wheel and Language and came to the part where they said the Indo European migration was spurred by drought conditions.

Wikipeda calls it the 5.9 kiloyear event. (4000 BC).


and this doesn't include the 8.2 kiloyear event or the younger Dryads (12000 BC).

and this doesn't include more recent warming and cooling times like the medieval warm period or the little ice age.

In other words, climate change cycles occur alas frequently, and alas often are associated with the fall of civilizations.

Brain damage and behavior


longer discussion posted on my medical blog.

Let's Tango


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Scandal we haz that

don't complain: You'll be told this is an "attack on a papacy" so shut up (and continue to send money).


First Things summary here.

I hear Wuerl is finally getting the can (I despise him because he ruled in Pittsburgh when the Altonna scandal was going on. Don't tell me he didn't know about all the priests cruising the gay bars in Pittsburgh back then).

His resignation is being accepted while the news quotes lots of folks saying how wonderful he is.

Apparently Thou shalt not criticize your fellow clerics is the rule in the Vatican.

Oxford University’s Dr. Joseph Shaw told LifeSiteNews that Pope Francis’s Oct. 12 letter accepting Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation “makes it very clear” that he doesn’t want to punish his subordinate. “In the Roman Curia and in many Bishops’ Conferences there is a widespread attitude that bishops and senior officials should never be publicly disgraced: there should be no ‘brutta figura‘ [loss of face],” Shaw explained. “Even when sacked for bad behaviour, they should be allowed to depart in a dignified manner.” “One would expect, then, a carefully-worded and diplomatic send-off from the Pope on such an occasion, but Pope Francis’ letter goes far beyond this. It sounds like a letter written by a political leader forced to sack an underling very much against his will,” he continued.
however the DA in Pennsylvania is less approving of his conduct.

"It is unacceptable that then-Bishop Wuerl ... oversaw and participated in the systematic cover-up that he did when leading the Pittsburgh Diocese and that he is now able to retire seemingly with no consequences for his actions," Shapiro said. "We can't rely on the church to fix itself."

But the Jeramiah of the Catholic blogosphere (NSFW) says no: she compares his resignation to the coverup in the Goldman Sach scandal. He is just being kicked upstairs with the Vatican version of a golden parachute. And she points out the back story of Dolan trying to get rid of Wuerl, and who alas has lost.

added comment; Yes, she is vulgar and over the top. But someone needs to show righteous anger over the lives destroyed by these sociopaths.

EcclesIsSaved (a satire site) version here.

and the meeting on yutes sounds like business as usual.


St Peter Damian call your office.

so why do I stay a Catholic? Because most priests remain faithful, and although the church scandal is severe, but ignores the majority of good priests.

And because the infiltration of the church by the immoral is nothing new: What really upsets me is that this Pope is sowing confusion about Jesus: mixing good and bad ideas and ridiculing those of us who say WTF?

Book Fair

the Library of Congress has their annual book festival, with talks by the authors. LINK

here is one that I actually read:

Medical stuff

from my medical blog:

Corruption in the Chinese Pharmacutical industry.

This latest incident was so scary that even North Korea refused to buy low cost medicines from China because of the growing popular belief (in China and North Korea) that too many Chinese made drugs were probably ineffective.

actually just a snip from a longer report from Strategy Page on China, but the article has a lot about Chinese aggression against it's neighbors and how people in China are "disappearing".

the latest fad: The New Jersey Diet.


Typhus in the homeless.

bring back DDT?


magic, deity or an alive "nature" did it?

Another "Scientific" article that tells us "nature" did X.

Well, if you follow Darwin, this is nonsense: random chance is behind these things.

If you assume that there is a pattern or plan behind evolution etc. you are assuming there is a deity behind the rules directing the way the pattern unfolds. But if you hint of this in the literature, you are branded as an unscientific Jesus freak.

But when you say "nature" did "X", you assume "nature" has intelligence and plans. essentially you are a pantheist.

all three of these ideas: chance, God or pantheism, are not "Science" but philosophy, and none of them can be proven.


CSI 1850: Smallpox.

PBS special on a body found in a cemetary.

what if you saved a life and nobody cared?

GWBush saved 16 million lives, but got little thanks for it.

Ancient plagues.


HIV in China.

the Showman who saved 6500 lives.


what are kids actually doing?

A discussion of the CDC's youth risk survey.


cook stoves with wood or coal causes asthma.

well, duh.

scidaily article here.


Calorie lables mean people lose weight?

what is not explained: if the 45 calories was in everyone, or if they added up everyone and divided it by the number of people....
even if this was true for everyone, and everyone cut their calories by 45 calories, how much weight would they lose?
Cawley calculated that over a three-year period, the calorie cut would lead to weight loss in the range of one pound.
assuming they don't go home hungry and then scarf down some potato chips and beer.

other headlines in medicine.

Lifestyle changes can help lower high blood pressure.

true, but I could never get Lolo to stop using his soy sauce.

Probiotics are useless.

But the study was done on healthy people.

Cholera epidemic in Harare.

Deteriorating infrastructure to blame.

Monkey pox in the UK

luckily not fatal

Leptospirosis is a risk after flooding and typhoons


Flu or MERS

catching influenza on the haj.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Just for nice

turn up speakers and dance!

headlines in the US

Hurricane Michael hits the southern USA. And it's a biggie.

Sigh. Been there, done that. In our prayer.

via Drudge.
Typhus update for Californians.


via Instapundit; Lileks covers the crazies on twitter, so you don't have to go there.

The gradual demonization of White Women is an interesting thing to watch in slo-mo. There's going to be a lot of agreement on this among WW, until they're expected to vacate leadership roles.
don't ask me: I'm so old that I predate modern feminism, and so old that I remember when "ethnics" and Catholics weren't considered part of the white establishment.

Hmmm...now the Supreme court is full of "ethnics" and Catholics: Who wudda thot.

why? Because both groups saw education as a way to break into the middle class.

“For a lot of Catholic and Jewish immigrants, law school was — in a very real way — a ticket to the middle class,” said Richard Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame.
But of course, now they are now considered as "white" by activists, and their jobs were not the result of hard work, but because of "white privilege".

 Hmm.. times change. or maybe not, given the growing anti Semetism on college campuses and the aggressive hatred against VP pence and other catholics in the public square who continue to believe in what the Catholics always have believed.

True, the bishops have been lax at correcting cafeteria catholics in both parties, but hey, the Pope just compared abortionists to hit men, so maybe things might change.


Philippine news

I have often pointed out that Duterte is popular despite being targeted by "human rights" organizations which represent the opinions of the churches and the often corrupt politicians who influence them by making speeches on how they are being persecuted by the evil dictator for defending human rights, while they take bribes from drug cartels and those smuggling drugs etc.

StrategyPage article today pretty well says the same thing.

This secret and persistent approach to revealing and eliminating corruption, especially crooked senior police and civilian officials is making Duterte a lot of enemies in the government. It is anti-corruption efforts like this mean that Duterte remains popular. His current approval rating is 78 percent. That is down from 84 percent shortly after he took office in 2016. Approval peaked at 85 percent in late 2016 and hit a low of 75 percent earlier this year. There are many foreign critics of the Duterte war on drugs but for the people most affected by it there is approval.

Article on this in the Phil Inquirer has more details and names names.
A “secret special report” released by President Rodrigo Duterte has identified active and former top officials of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Bureau of Customs who were allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. 
Al J has an article on the street kids eating food in garbage, and they blame this on the drug war.

except, of course, it predates Duterte. Remember all those reports on Smokey Mountain? And next month there will be oodles of reports about people living in cemeteries (in the mausoleums there).

wikipedia article on Philippine street kids. Much of this comes from a 1998 report, which notes 1.5 million street kids back then.

a 2017 article says there are 1.6 million street kids.

more here.

and the problem of street kids is world wide, as people move into the cities to find work, but the family falls apart, often due to alcohol and drug use by the father, so mom finds a new boyfriend to support her who doesn't want her kids, who end up on the street, and who often drift into petty theft and getting high (on alcohol, glue sniffing etc).

But never mind. AlJ is sort of to the left of Mother Jones: They have excellent reports, like this one, but many are "ain't it awful" cherry picked reports that don't go into details that go against the meme, which right now is anti Duterte.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Night watch

art history lecture of the day:


headsup AmericanDigest

and here is another take on that masterpiece: a Rembrant Flash mob:

Oscar Wilde: Controversial chap

while checking out upandcoming movies, I see there is a new film about Oscar Wilde.

a controversial chap who is either a hero or a villian, depending on one's politics.

I wonder how they played it in the movie?

But it could be said there is a complex psychological story behind his time in jail: which he seemed to go out of his way to dare the establishment to notice his behavior.

no, I haven't seen it (and won't, at least until it come to HBO Asia, probably next year).

The title comes from this fairy tale that he wrote:


And Joseph Pearce has an alternative look at his life.

Diversity we haz that

a discussion of diversity: Economic vs racial vs ethnicity.

the only place the Philippines is mentioned is how the PHilippines, chinese and India is sending people to other countries.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018


the left seems to mix up Catholics with Baptists, in that they hyperventillated when Mr. K said he liked to drink beer.

You could almost hear them thinking: evil evil evil.

Puritans think one has to be perfect, abstain from good things (i.e. food like pizza and chocolate) and abstain from alcohol.

but Catholics? beer is fine. I mean, Jesus' first miracle was changing water into wine so that the wedding party guests could celebrate, and all good things of life remind us of the joys of heaven.

which is why there is an old saying that Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Actually, in Catholicism it is a sin to be falling down drunk, or to use it if one knows it makes you mean, or to get drunk and drive, but it's find to have a few beers to get merry.

As this photo shows. we have it on the highest authority.

via theratzingerforum.yuku.com

and St Brigid of Ireland changed water into beer for her lepers. This poem is attributed to her (probably inspired by her).

I'd like to give a lake of beer to God.
I'd love the heavenly
Host to be tippling there
For all eternity.

I'd love the men of Heaven to live with me,
To dance and sing.
If they wanted, I'd put at their disposal
Vats of suffering.

White cups of love I'd give them
With a heart and a half;
Sweet pitchers of mercy I'd offer
To every man.

I'd make Heaven a cheerful spot
Because the happy heart is true.
I'd make the men contented for their own sake.
I'd like Jesus to love me too.

I'd like the people of heaven to gather
From all the parishes around.
I'd give a special welcome to the women,
The three Marys of great renown.

I'd sit with the men, the women and God
There by the lake of beer.
We'd be drinking good health forever
And every drop would be a prayer.
so yes, the Simpson's got it right:

beer goes way back in history:

 Indeed, some historians link beer making and bread, but argue which came first.

but this BBC film argues that beer was the greatest invention of civilization:

OPM, Facebook, now Google


A Google bug exposed the information of up to 500,000 users
The bug in Google's developer platform on Google Plus left information like a user's name, email address, occupation, gender and age vulnerable to a breach. The company said it found no evidence the data had been improperly accessed or misused. It's something of a rare misstep for Google, which has largely avoided the privacy scandals that have plagued other social media companies in recent months.

and they are shutting down G+ social network.

oh well: that's one way to persuade everyone to get an implanted chip on their hand to prove who they are.