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October 21, 2012 1:04 PM Sunday Links

By Ryan Cooper

That’s it for me today. As always, thanks for reading and commenting. Here are some links for this afternoon:

1. Iraq records huge increase in birth defects. Apparently linked to military action.

2. A review of David Nutt’s latest book, Drugs without the Hot Air. Alcohol doesn’t come off well.

3. Terrible story by a Connecticut policymaker, whose son is schizophrenic, about the disaster of mental health care in this country.

4. Good point about Reddit and free speech.

5. Apparently we’ve had yet another mass shooting, this time at a mall in Wisconsin. Follow TPM for the breaking story. Here’s a reporter on the scene.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and stay safe.

@ryanlcooper

Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper

Comments

  • c u n d gulag on October 21, 2012 1:48 PM:

    Thank, Ryan.
    You done good. AGAIN!!!

  • Fess on October 21, 2012 2:49 PM:

    "Tim’s special education teacher declared that Tim’s biggest problem was “overprotective parents.”

    I used to do special ed advocacy. I was on the receiving end of hundreds of calls from distraught parents. The quote above, along with its friends "You just *want* him to have a problem,""Your expectations are just too high," and "This is because of your inadequate parenting skills," were heard over and over again. When I told the parents that that was what schools told everybody, they mostly cried. Most of these kids were not suffering from mental illness, although I was involved with number of those, but those are the answers many schools have for whatever the issue is. Cruel.

  • neil b on October 21, 2012 2:51 PM:

  • Anonymous on October 21, 2012 2:58 PM:

    Sorry, I have so much trouble doing HTML (I know what's right, I just typo it):
    For this open thread, some myths busted about the bin Laden raid:
    Five myths about the bin Laden raid
    Author wrote "Black Hawk Down". Good piece, didn't mention the smear that Obama didn't praise the SEALs themselves but himself instead (easy search for address wording shows otherwise.)

  • TCinLA on October 21, 2012 3:06 PM:

    The article about Reddit and free speech is excellent and deals with important larger issues. It should definitely be read by everybody.

  • neil b on October 21, 2012 3:11 PM:

    Well, one try and then I just forget typing that in - but ask, can this webpage just have intrinsic linking like so many others do?

    Thanks. For this open thread, some myths busted about the bin Laden raid:
    Five myths about the bin Laden raid
    Author wrote "Black Hawk Down". Good piece, didn't mention the smear that Obama didn't praise the SEALs themselves but himself instead (easy search for Obama's address wording shows otherwise.)

  • Jim on October 21, 2012 4:01 PM:

    People struggle with or have an illness. They aren't the illness. A person has diabetes or hypertension or schizophrenia. They ate decidedly not "schizophrenic".
    Jim Van Norman,MD
    Chief Medical Officer
    Austin Travis County Integral Cate

  • j on October 21, 2012 4:12 PM:

    Gulag, who I have a great respect for -please read
    '14 points of fascism' and particularly #14 - fraudulent elections. It was written by Dr Laurence Britt.
    I would really love to hear your take on it!

  • yellowdog on October 21, 2012 10:12 PM:

    I agree with Jim above. The young man in the article is not 'schizophrenic' but 'a man living with the illness schizophrenia.'

    BTW - the sharp funding cuts to Medicaid imagined by Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney will further weaken the already strained mental health system.

  • James E. Powell on October 22, 2012 12:40 AM:

    @j -

    My guess is that had we been able to present the Fourteen Points of Fascism to Italians in the 20s, Germans in the early 30s, and later the Spanish people, that they all would have denied that anything like that was happening in their country.

    Similarly, if you presented these points to Americans, as I did during the Bush/Cheney years, they would all be unable to see how any of the points applied to America. After all, this is the best and greatest country ever.

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