Monthly Archives: December 2013

Bedside Manner Went Out the Window

Read the following:   “Ms. McMath is dead and cannot be brought back to life,” the hospital said in the memo, adding: “Children’s is under no legal obligation to provide medical or other intervention for a deceased person.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/21/jahi-mcmath-life-support_n_4485119.html   Now pretend you are the parent of a child, being informed in this manner, […]
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When Poverty is a Crime

When Poverty is a Crime Well, sort of… The mere act of being poor isn’t a crime; however, what money can’t get you may get you arrested. Read on: In 1999, the Alabama Department of Public Health initiated legal action (litigations and arrests) against 41 sites for releasing raw sewage into the ground surface, despite repeated […]
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Season’s Greetings

I pondered long and hard about a good card. Commercial e-cards just didn’t quite captivate a “personalized” touch. So, I went into my vault and decided to send this picture, taken cheerfully in subfreezing weather.   May you experience success in all your adventures in 2014, enjoy good health, and treasure all that life has to offer. […]
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Rare Mercy Pardon

When being gay was a crime in Britain, and he was convicted of gross indecency, and stripped of his security clearance, and chemically castrated, this brilliant mathematician, regarded as the father of computer science, Alan Turing, took his own life at the age of 41.   Queen Elizabeth II just granted a mercy pardon. The […]
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How Much Have We Changed 50 Years After Kitty?

How Much Have We Changed 50 Years After Kitty? Almost 50 years ago, on March 13, 1964, Catherine Genovese, known as Kitty, was murdered and no one helped: …the picturesque tranquility of Kew Gardens was shattered by the murder of 28-year-old [Kitty]. The murder was grisly, but it wasn’t the particulars of the killing that […]
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Hoilday Safety

I was just listening to the news and saw a slew of holiday-related incidents. So, although we’ve all “been there done that” and know better, I thought I’d dig up some safety tips for y’all. Not in these lists is protection from the recent Target (store chain) credit card breach: http://tinyurl.com/ls622j6  http://tinyurl.com/n4fp79y  Protect Yourself From Identity […]
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Affluenza Defense and Abuse Excuses

AFFLUENZA DEFENSE AND ABUSE EXCUSES ROY ARANDA, PSY.D., J.D. The recent “rich boy” trial in which a successful Affluenza Defense in a Fort Worth Juvenile Texas Court that resulted in a sentence of 10 years of probation in lieu of up to 20 years in prison for the 16-year-old defendant, Ethan Couch, charged with driving […]
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And Yet Another School Shooting: 12/13/13

Today, on a Friday the 13th, only one day before the anniversary of Sandy Hook, and just 8 miles away from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, where Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 classmates and a teacher during a shooting rampage on April 20, 1999 before killing themselves, there has been yet another school […]
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The Psychological Impact of Violence in Female Asylum Applicants

A brief article I wrote that highlights the brutal victimization of female victims of domestic violence in some asylum cases I worked on:   The Psychological Impact of Violence in Female Asylum Applicants   Appears in Suffolk County Psychological Association’s Fall Newsletter (Page 22).   Kudos to Laura Van Schaick-Harman, Psy.D., NCSP, Editor and Website Chair, […]
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Newton: Will the Violence End?

Newtown: Will the Violence End? Sadly, a rhetorical question. As we close in on the first anniversary of that tragic day at Sandy Hook Elementary School (12/14/12 – 12/14/13), there have been at least 17 more school shootings: http://tinyurl.com/n5trr8t This site claims 26 more school shootings: Gun control activists demand ‘no more silence’ ahead of […]
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