atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6823: Total meltdown on CNN

So, check this out. Guy gets up on CNN, says he's a psychiatrist or psychologist, and then proceeds to flip his lid over Trump, even to saying:
Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin and Mao were in the last century. He may be responsible for many more million deaths than they were.
Really? Do you have anything to support that other than your own opinion?

CNN readerbot just nods along with him while he says this, too which is yet another tally mark in the "biased mainstream media" column. There's a Twiddle post linked there that says the teleprompter-readerbot was "Shocked!" that "a guy who spends much of his time on Twitter comparing Trump to Hitler would come on his show and spend much of the segment comparing Trump to Hitler!"

Meanwhile the CNN stooge says he couldn't hear the crackpot.
He claims he couldn't hear the guy, but he plainly says "Hm" in response to the beginning of this guy's answer, when he says there are three problems in "medicalizing" political differences. He says "Hm" when the guy pauses, indicating he's hearing him just fine.
So, no, not buying that one.

This lays out why the guy is a crackpot. Incidentally, he was involved with the DSM-IV task force. DSM is the "book" for shrinks, listing the various psychological maladies that afflict the human race. (Was it DSM-IV the revision where they removed pedophilia, or was that DSM-V? I can't remember.)

That article nicely puts paid to the horseshit spewed by the crackpot:
The idea that I've seen online that he's talking about the deaths from weather or floods related to climate change is bullshit. Millions have not died from the weather during the Trump administration and it's scientifically fallacious horseshit to point to any death or natural disaster and say "had Trump done X, this would not have happened and these people would not have died."

On top of that, for a psychiatrist to throw around the word "crazy" the way he did when he was clearly brought onto the show with the authority of a psychiatrist, and to declare that everyone who voted for Trump to be crazy is beyond irresponsible.

Nothing that this man said was within the bounds of reason or the canon of professional ethics.
If you talk to a competent psychiatrist or psychologist, you'll find that they don't use the word "crazy" in their diagnoses. The profession has a panoply of technical terms which mean different things, where "crazy" is at best a layman's term for "not sane", and more usually is a term of derision.

* * *

The reality is more grim than I'd suspected. Ruth Bader Ginsburg had part of a lung removed in December. She has been treated for colon and pancreatic cancer in the past. The article speaks plainly:
Justice Ginsburg is dying. This is the truth, however unpleasant and (to many) unfortunate. She is a woman of many accomplishments, yet she is now very old and very ill. ...

Justice Ginsburg is 86-years-old. ... Even with the best medical care in the world, she can't hang in there for much longer. This is a medical reality. That RBG is still able to function at a high level at age 86 is impressive. But, let's face it, every extra day is a miracle.
The very best medical technology in the world cannot stop what is coming; metastatic disease is just too pervasive and Justice Ginsburg is too old to withstand the kind of aggressive treatment which would be required to eliminate it. Even given that such treatment was guaranteed to eliminate the disease--which it is not.

Kurt Schlichter talks about the contrast in left and right reactions to the deaths (realized or impending) of political opponents:
Her constitutional jurisprudence consists of disregarding what she dislikes that's in the Bill of Rights and making up stuff that's not in it but that she feels--not thinks, feels--should be in it. She's a terrible justice and conservatives would love to see her step down. But our side expressed no delight in her latest suffering comparable to the giddy revelry that greeted Koch's kicking the bucket. We're not monsters, though how long that remains true is up in the air. When you establish New Rules they tend to come back and bite you on the Schumer.
Emphasis mine. We're not monsters.
Not wanting her to die a horrible death is not to sugarcoat the damage she has done with her utterly upside-down vision of our founding document, but to simply reaffirm a point that never should have been an issue but is an issue because of the shameful behavior of liberals like we saw with Koch. We conservatives don't want people to die simply because they have different political beliefs.
Smart money for President Trump's next SCOTUS nominee is on Amy Coney Barrett, a woman who makes lefty heads explode if you merely hint at mentioning part of her name.

...which is why RBG will not resign and will not leave the court until they carry her out feet-first. She has every right to remain in her position until that time, and more power to her--may it be a long time coming--but honestly, no one is going to thank her for it, not even people on her side. They'll be too busy frothing at the mouth over the nominee for her replacement.

* * *

"...[T]hey don't realize how they're destroying their brand." NYT is blatantly trying to label President Trump as racist, because--as is typical for the American left--there is absolutely nothing else they can do. The cry "racist!" is the last resort for the Democrat-media complex. "When the law is on your side, pound the law. When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When neither the law nor the facts are on your side, pound the table and scream 'racist' at the top of your lungs."

Of course the facts don't support that either but--again--it's all they've got left. The only arrow in their quiver, and its feathers are threadbare and the point dulled from overuse.

NYT is doing nothing less than trying to rewrite history. That's not journalism, but propaganda.

* * *

The Amazon is not the "lungs" of the Earth.
"The Amazon remains a net source of oxygen today," said CNN. "The Amazon is often referred to as Earth's 'lungs,' because its vast forests release oxygen and store carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that is a major cause of global warming," claimed The New York Times.

I was curious to hear what one of the world's leading Amazon forest experts, Dan Nepstad, had to say about the "lungs" claim.

"It's bullshit," he said. "There's no science behind that. The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen but it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration so it's a wash."
No surprise here at that.

"...[A] leading climate reporter claimed, 'The current fires are without precedent in the past 20,000 years.'" That might actually be true, as long as you exclude 2016, 2012, 2010, and 2007-2002, all years which saw larger burn areas than 2019 has.

Still not a crisis, in other words.

* * *

Once again, a case where merely enforcing existing law would be a good place to start. The very same people who insist that the only way to stop gun crime is to make guns ever more illegal are the ones who are not enforcing the existing laws.

* * *

The Obama rule that says a ditch is a "waterway" has been overturned. And not a moment too soon.

* * *

Then they wonder why Israel won't let them in.

* * *

Karl Denninger says, "I told you so!"
The first policy--price tags--is a necessary prerequisite for competition and efficiency. Under our current system, it's nearly impossible for people with health insurance to find out in advance what anything covered by their insurance will end up costing. Patients have no way to comparison shop for procedures covered by insurance, and providers are under little pressure to lower costs.
And doctors love that because then the sky's the limit for what they get paid.

* * *

Bernie Sanders asks, "What would it mean for your family if health care was guaranteed to all as a right?"

The answer is right below: "CRISIS: Britain's single-payer health system cancels 50,000 surgeries for at least a month...massive wait times for care, 'third world conditions'."

That is what it would mean.

* * *

EPIC. Low Earth orbit satellites that act like cell towers, requiring no new hardware yet providing coverage literally everywhere on the planet. That is a hack!!!

* * *

If you've never felt like this then you have no imagination and we cannot be friends.

* * *

That last--

When Mrs. Fungus and I went out for fajitas Saturday afternoon, we were next to this group of thirtysomething middle class couples...and I couldn't stand them. Their presence was like nails on a chalkboard. I couldn't figure out why; they were not acting obnoxiously. They weren't any louder than anyone else was in the place. They weren't mean to their server. Still, it was a relief when they left.

I'm not sure why. I expect it's some kind of vestigal reflex from high school: these people emitted the same vibes as the "in crowd" and there is nothing that grates on my nerves more than that kind of person.

* * * Monday was busy enough that I couldn't finish my blog post, and coupled to that is the fact that WoW Classic went live at 6 PM.

Oh well.

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