Monthly Archives: January 2014

Judge Grants Marlise Munoz’s Family Relief

 Judge Grants Marlise Munoz’s Family the Relief they Sought The “plug” will be pulled by 5 p.m. this coming Monday, January 27, 2014: A judge has ordered a Texas hospital refusing to end life support for a brain-dead, pregnant woman against her and her family’s wishes to remove her from the ventilator by 5 p.m. […]
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Revisiting Brain Death and End of Life Care

Recently, I contrasted the cases of Jahi McMath and Marlise Munoz, both of whom were determined to be brain dead: The article contrasts Jahi McMath’s case with that of Marlise Munoz from Texas who is kept alive because she is pregnant. Texas state law provides that “‘life-sustaining treatment’ cannot be withheld from a pregnant patient, regardless […]
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Public Shaming For Cussing

The latest incident of public shaming or humiliation hit the news today, January 21, 2014. The video has drawn quite a bit of attention and generated mixed comments: in support of and condemning the practice of public shaming. See: Fed-Up Mom Endorses Public Punishment After Son Cussed Out Teacher http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/21/texas-boy-cussing-public-shaming_n_4631648.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl12%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D432755 About two years ago, the video of […]
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Statement Made by Jahi McMath’s Attorney Only Hours Ago

Statement by Jahi McMath’s Attorney: January 21, 2014 I’ve been following the Jahi McMath story with interest since it unfolded. The family’s attorney, Christopher Dolan, made the following statement that was published only hours ago in the Los Angeles Times Opinion Section. Already it has generated 269 comments at the time of my post. Browse through some of […]
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Useful and Dark Side of Listservs

With the advent of increased methods of electronic communication and social media, where do listservs fit in? The following articles delineate some pros and cons of listservs: Where Do Listservs Fit in a Social Media World? http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/Archives/Vol-13/pub_sp0906/pub-sp0906-listservs.pdf Death to the Listserv http://infomavensdesktop.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/death-to-the-listserv/ Advantages and Disadvantages of Electronic Communication http://docommunication.weebly.com/1/post/2013/03/advantages-anddisadvantagesof-electronic-communication.html And another article with the same name […]
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Did Executed Ohio Inmate Experience Air Hunger?

Ever heard of “air hunger?” When air hunger occurs in people who are close to death, it often triggers increasing panic and breathlessness. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10887712 “Air hunger” was raised by Dennis McGuire’s attorneys as a last ditch basis to have a stay of execution granted. As noted just yesterday: The state planned to execute McGuire on […]
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Another School Shooting

I posted this just a bit over a month ago on 12/11/14: Newton: Will the Violence End? https://royaranda.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/and-yet-another-school-shooting-121313/ On the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass murder, sources indicated that there were somewhere between 17 and 26 more school shootings. Only two days later I posted: And Yet Another School Shooting: 12/13/13 https://royaranda.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/and-yet-another-school-shooting-121313/ And […]
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The Dark Side of Twitter

What’s a “Twidiot?”  Answer: Someone who twitters constantly, usually about insignificant or trifling events. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Twidiot This definition goes back to 01/29/09. Like most things on the Internet, and most “gizmos” and high tech “toys”, gadgets, and tools, the promise of a host of good things also comes with a “dark side”, negatives, and problems to be […]
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Jahi McMath: Lost in The Legal Battles

Lost in a protracted battle surrounding the “legal” status as to whether or not her daughter was dead or alive, is the agonizing pain Jahi McMath’s mother went through and continues to go through. No one can tell her that the precious little girl she birthed, whose heart still beats, has joined the netherworld of the departed. This article […]
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Botched & Questionable Test Administration

In response to concerns raised about the ethics about coaching or teaching the test on websites in which psychologists coach people on taking the MMPI-2, one particular website addressed the matter of being able to read and understand the questions on the MMPI-2 in English. The following two items that pertain to the ability to read and […]
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