Comments on: The NRA playbook, Obama’s pot dilemma, and HSBC’s money laundering http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2012/12/18/the-nra-playbook-obamas-pot-dilemma-and-hsbcs-money-laundering/ Steven Brill Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: paintcan http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2012/12/18/the-nra-playbook-obamas-pot-dilemma-and-hsbcs-money-laundering/comment-page-1/#comment-298 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 03:58:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/?p=683#comment-298 The testing for drugs on the job or elsewhere should really be the testing for illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and alcohol, to be consistent. This society uses medications and some of us can’t live without them. Sometimes those drugs are helpful and even prescription drugs can be for misdiagnosed conditions or even mis-prescribed for the right condition. There are many options.

This society could easily find itself in a position where a majority of people are using drugs of some kind and could be considered disabled. Very few may actually be considered “clean” enough to work if people wanted to be very critical.

If the author wants to ask some “who is doing what” questions, why not ask how the American Psychiatric Association devised it’s manual of psychiatric ailments? I recall reading a blistering account years ago of the way the list of clinical illnesses or treatable conditions was compiled and it was largely a matter of voting by the membership with a sizable amount of filling in of the blanks by the chairman of the committee. He had some favorite conditions he thought just shouldn’t be omitted from the list. If the conditions are a bit open to debate, even more so are the way the treatments are delivered to school kids and people who seek treatment. Being Gay was considered a form of psychopathic illness for decades even tough Sigmund Freud didn’t think there was anything “psychotic” about homosexuals. The American Psychiatric Association had a bias and worked on that bias. Russian psychiatrists, during the time of the USSR, sometimes thought “dissidents” were psychotic. The Chinese would shoot people who dealt with or smoked marijuana. People can be induced to plea “bipolarity” like Jesse Jackson’s son recently was to cover issues that could ruin his career. Mental “health” is not that cut and dried and it is something that can be made worse by inappropriate or unnecessary treatment. Americans and others seem to think mental health is something that can be nailed down like carpeting or floorboards. The mind isn’t that neat or given to easy answers.

The quality of treatment depends on the quality of the psychiatrist or psychologist and the funding available from the patient and his/her insurance. Money opens doors to better quality and far more attention from the industry. That can be a good thing or a fraud designed to part a fool from his money, depending on the practitioner. Psychiatric health is a big business in this country and the medications are major moneymakers that are advertised to the practitioners. It is not a system that one should put uncritical confidence in. It is as prone to abuse as any other aspect of medical care or any other goods or services and the patients attitude may have as much to do with whether a treatment is effective as the medicine or the counseling.

BTW – Grass is my medication of choice now. I had a treatment for depression recently that had me so worked up I couldn’t sleep for seven days straight. I got off that medication and another I had been taking for almost 13 years and I feel fine. I smoke grass on an off when I can get some. I hardly ever drink, and drink only decaffeinated coffee. I now don’t use the grass to relax as often but I don’t like to do creative drawing as much as I used to while I was stoned.

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By: littlebigman http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2012/12/18/the-nra-playbook-obamas-pot-dilemma-and-hsbcs-money-laundering/comment-page-1/#comment-297 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:28:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/?p=683#comment-297 Everyone claims to want a conversation about guns. Really I thought we wanted a conversation about the recent school tragedies. So which do we want to have a conversation on??

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By: anarcurt http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2012/12/18/the-nra-playbook-obamas-pot-dilemma-and-hsbcs-money-laundering/comment-page-1/#comment-296 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:42:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/?p=683#comment-296 Throw Marijuana Legalization in to the cliff talks. I’m sure there are few people who would rather cut Social Security COLA than cut a huge chunk out of the DEA budget.

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By: Nullcorp http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2012/12/18/the-nra-playbook-obamas-pot-dilemma-and-hsbcs-money-laundering/comment-page-1/#comment-295 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:23:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/?p=683#comment-295 I disagree with tigertra456, teachers carrying weapons of any type and armed security in every school is overkill. Connecticut isn’t the West Bank and few school districts in the US justify such measures. How about pointing the finger at the right place: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, Cabela’s, and other retailers who profit from sales of assualt rifles like the AR-15? Look up a photo of it, there’s absolutely no need for anyone in America – outside of the police and armed forces – to own such a weapon.

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By: tigertra456 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2012/12/18/the-nra-playbook-obamas-pot-dilemma-and-hsbcs-money-laundering/comment-page-1/#comment-294 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:52:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/?p=683#comment-294 At this point in the history of the U.S. its evident people still do not understand the issues we face.
With the Newtown issue the only thing that should have been done since the 70’s is teach our educators how to use a stun gun and place security at every school in the nation. The decitions made to this point have cost us dearly and will continue untill all weapons aew wiped off the face of the earth. Can these people preform that act?

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