Psych meds drove my son crazy

2007 - 05 - 21

Psych meds drove my son crazy
Until he was 17, my son was unique and funny and odd. He was difficult in some ways but incredibly easy in others. He washed the family’s dishes precisely, went to bed at exactly the same time each night, and sorted our mail into careful piles. He did fairly well in school — above average in math, a little below in social studies — and spent his weekends playing tournament-level chess. He was a loner, but sweet and articulate and very close to his only brother.

Until he was 17, my son was unique and funny and odd. He was difficult in some ways but incredibly easy in others. He washed the family’s dishes precisely, went to bed at exactly the same time each night, and sorted our mail into careful piles. He did fairly well in school — above average in math, a little below in social studies — and spent his weekends playing tournament-level chess. He was a loner, but sweet and articulate and very close to his only brother.

Then junior year came. He met a girl, he went to a dance, he thought life was better. And for a night it was. Then the dance ended, the girl decided she was interested in someone else, and the boy became depressed.

Was this cause for alarm? I thought not. Teenage boys routinely get depressed over girls and fickle friends and school dances. It was painful, but I assumed it would blow over. When it didn’t, after six months, I took him to a psychologist who recommended a psychiatrist who put him on a newfangled antidepressant she said would have the added benefit of controlling some of his obsessive tendencies, like stacking the dishes and sorting the mail.

I didn’t want to control those things — to me, these weren’t symptoms, they were characteristics of my son. And I’d fought for 17 years to keep him drug-free. But the psychiatrist and the psychologist and several family members insisted: He’d become unhappy, his routines were getting in the way of his developing a social life. This pill, they said, would help him.

Instead, he gained 30 pounds and began to lose his mind.


Fattest Child In The World Video

2007 - 05 - 21

Fattest Child In The World Video
She is only seven, and her mom is letting her eat all she wants (a 10000 cals per day diet)

Sex Crimes and Vatican [sottotitoli ITA]

2007 - 05 - 20

Il documentario della BBC trasmesso in Inghilterra nel 2006 sugli scandali dei Preti & Pedofilia. Si richiama il “Crimen Sollicitationis” e un documento di Ratzinger che rinnova il divieto a testimoniare in tribunali civili (pena la scomunica) per reati di abusi sessuali che avessero coinvolto religiosi. In Italia non è mai andato in onda, nè i giornali nè gli altri mezzi di informazione vi hanno fatto accenno. (traduzione di


Attention Lunatic Atheists on Flickr

2007 - 05 - 19

Attention Lunatic Atheists on Flickr

Gonzales proposes new crime: ‘Attempted’ copyright infringement

2007 - 05 - 15

Gonzales proposes new crime: ‘Attempted’ copyright infringement
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual-property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including “attempts” to commit piracy.

“To meet the global challenges of IP crime, our criminal laws must be kept updated,” Gonzales said during a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Monday.

The Bush administration is throwing its support behind a proposal called the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, which is likely to receive the enthusiastic support of the movie and music industries, and would represent the most dramatic rewrite of copyright law since a 2005 measure dealing with prerelease piracy.

Record payout for bullying victim

2007 - 05 - 15

Record payout for bullying victim
Benjamin Cox, now 18, was teased from the age of five by an older student at his public school, leaving him suffering a range of psychiatric problems and robbing him of his adolescence, the New South Wales Supreme Court was told.

Judge Carolyn Simpson on Monday ruled the school had “grossly failed” its duty of care to Cox, and she ordered the state to award him more than A$213,000 in damages, as well as weekly earnings for life in a payout set to top A$1 million.

The court was told Cox was regularly teased by an older bully and was beaten, and on one occasion, the bully tried to strangle Cox, who fell to the ground unconscious.

His mother, Angela Cox, reported the bullying to the police and to the school, where one teacher said the such incidents were character building, prompting the bully to make a death threat against Cox.

Our oceans are turning into plastic…are we?

2007 - 05 - 13

Deformed sea turtleOur oceans are turning into plastic…are we?
A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility…and worse.

The Farce on the War on Drugs

2007 - 05 - 12

The Farce on the War on Drugs
The drug war costs American taxpayers $70 billion a year and over the past 35 years, costs approach a trillion dollars. Result? Drugs remain CHEAPER and MORE available than 35 years ago.

“The war on drugs,” said Howard Wooldridge, one of the founders of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition at “How is that working for us in America? Is it reducing crime? Is it reducing rates of death and disease? Is it effective in keeping drugs and drug dealers away from our children? Is it making America safer and more prosperous? As my profession chases drugs, what are we missing? These are important questions as this prohibition approach costs us taxpayers some 70 billion dollars this year.”

Juvenile Injustice

2007 - 05 - 11

Juvenile Injustice
The United States made a disastrous miscalculation when it started automatically trying youthful offenders as adults instead of handling them through the juvenile courts. Prosecutors argued that the policy would get violent predators off the streets and deter further crime. But a new federally backed study shows that juveniles who do time as adults later commit more violent crime than those who are handled through the juvenile courts.

Deaf in Texas

2007 - 05 - 10

Deaf in Texas

This woman, who called for police protection, was in jail for more than a week without knowing the charges against her. A man performed a body cavity search. She was “diagnosed” with “psychiatric issues” because she could not communicate with police. A district attorney agreed to drop any charges against the woman, but refused to release her from jail until she had a place to go. An advocate for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing stood her ground and secured the woman’s release.

This information would be disturbing if it happened to anybody, but that it happened to a young woman who couldn’t understand what was being said to her is even more appalling. It is not “special treatment” to follow the law. The police department should have sent for a sign interpreter. Seeing that they failed at that simple task, the woman should have been arraigned in court. It seems that there were breakdowns everywhere in the system.

Chinese Community Rallies Behind Student Removed From Clements

2007 - 05 - 10

Chinese Community Rallies Behind Student Removed From Clements
Richard Chen, president of the Fort Bend Chinese-American Voters League and a acquaintance of the boy’s family, said he is a talented student who enjoys computer games and learned how to create maps (also sometimes known as “mods”), which provide new environments in which games may be played.

The map the boy designed mimicked Clements High School. And, sources said, it was uploaded either to the boy’s home computer or to a computer server where he and his friends could access and play on it. Two parents apparently learned from their children about the existence of the game, and complained to FBISD administrators, who investigated.

“They arrested him,” Chen said of FBISD police, “and also went to the house to search.” The Lin family consented to the search, and a hammer was found in the boy’s room, which he used to fix his bed, because it wasn’t in good shape, Chen said. He indicated police seized the hammer as a potential weapon.

“They decided he was a terroristic threat,” said one source close to the district’s investigation.

Teenage girls sentenced to life for murder

2007 - 05 - 10

Teenage girls sentenced to life for murder

“They planned the murder with calmness, consideration, emotional detachment and the desire to have the experience of killing someone,”

I CD e il Compagno Kalashnikov

2007 - 05 - 10

I CD e il Compagno Kalashnikov

Cosa succede in Florida quando si vuole vendere un compact disc usato in un negozio specializzato? E cosa accade quando invece in un altro negozio si vuole comprare un AK-47?


Oggi, dieci anni dopo, in Florida le cose filano lisce come prima, almeno per chi vuole comprare e vendere armi. La polizia deve distruggere dopo 48 ore ogni registrazione e alle fiere di settore puoi venderne e comprarne liberamente, così come tra privati.

Se invece ti sei ficcato in testa l’idea malsana di vendere o comprare compact disc usati in un negozio dello stato che fu di Jeb Bush, allora puoi metterti l’animo in pace: sarai trattato come il peggiore dei criminali o quasi.

Nel quasi ci sta che, prima di comprare il tuo cd, il negoziante ti dovrà chiedere un documento d’identità, prendere le tue impronte digitali, registrare l’acquisto con tutti i dati che individuano te e l’oggetto e tenerne copia per qualche anno. Alla fine ti potrà pagare, ma non più con soldi veri: solo con buoni acquisto. Il negozio poi per rivendere il tuo cd dovrà aspettare almeno un mese.