Friday, January 20, 2017

Lili's backpeddle of the day

So today it looks like I've judged the Victorian police too harshly over the Bourke Street rampage, as I read in today's paper that the murderer was out on bail at the time, and bail had been opposed by police. I hope the bail justice today feels the leaden weight of guilt for their central role in this tragedy and is now drafting a resignation letter. We all know that much too often the legal system undoes many hours of work done by police, leaving dangerous people at liberty to cause serious harm to more victims. Did the Lindt Café siege and the murder of Jill Meagher leave the legal profession with no lessons learned? To the Victorian Police Force - I apologise for suggesting your organisation did little to prevent the Bourke Street tragedy, but all the same, it would have been nice to see a cop or two at the scene before it was too late to prevent harm.

This isn't the only obvious and urgent question arising out of yesterday's horror. Why was an offender with a long history of offending and psychiatric disorder and drug use not incarcerated securely inside a psychiatric facility that was able to address both the mental disorder and the drug abuse problems? Australia is too poor a country to afford to create and use as needed such institutions? Bullshit! The trouble is that in the crusade to "take the stigma" out of "mental health" and popularise the idea of psychiatric labelling led by chattering attention-seekers such as McGorry and Hickie, the dangerously insane have been lumped together into the same category as harmless public servants who freeze with fear at the thought of public speaking and neglected children with joyless lives who correspondingly feel joyless. We all know there isn't room in any psychiatric ward for all of these people, so we are forced to accept life with the insane amongst us.

We should also ask, with countless mind-altering drugs available for prescription and psychiatry regarded as a science, with countless millions of dollars spent world-wide on research into the workings of the brain and the mind, why can't irrational murderous anger, from drug use or other causes, be diagnosed as a serious psychiatric disorder and treated effectively? As far as I know, only recently has a psychiatric disorder with unfounded anger been formally recognized as a mental disorder, even though it has been recognised as one of many possible symptoms of epilepsy probably as long as epileptics have been identified and shunned. Only days ago the science journal Nature featured a story titled "lasers activate killer instinct in mice". Predation behaviour in mice can reportedly be switched on and off with stimulation to the central amygdala in mice, and there's every reason to believe the same kind of activation of a specific part of the brain could activate aggressive behaviour in humans. So why can't psychiatry switch such behaviour off in humans? Ask your doctor, ask the directors of mental health services and brain research institutions, ask state and federal ministers for health, but don't expect any sensible or substantial answer.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lili's fury for the day

So at this stage it looks like young men armed with a baseball bat and unarmed pedestrians did more to try to prevent the Bourke Street tragedy from happening than the Victorian police. Useless fucks!

Please, readers, do not be impressed by all the work done by countless police officers to investigate this crime, and the countless hours of work done by countless WA police officers to investigate the Claremont serial killings, because the preventable harm has already been done, and it is too late, way too late. Convictions hardly matter if they are not related to the prevention of crime.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lili's thought for the day

Good on you, Jeremy Corbyn, you cold baked bean eating, manhole cover appreciating leader of the people of Britain! I think you're rather gorgeous.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lili's reality check for the day

Did you hear the celebrity "aspie" John Elder Robison on the radio (Life Matters, Radio National, ABC, Australian publicly-funded broadcaster) this morning, raving on about the time he had his head zapped by some quacks and the empathy button in his autistic brain was switched on? The whole unlikely story rests on some very shaky premises. The closest one to Robison is the assumption that autism or Asperger syndrome is or includes a deficit or complete absence of a normal ability to read the emotions of others just by looking at them or listening to their voices. The assumption that that assumption rests upon is the assumption that "normal" people actually possess such an ability. Problem is, they don't.

Think about it. If most people, the vast majority of adults, had the ability to read the emotions of others just by looking deep, deep into their joyful or sorrow-filled eyes, or observing their posture or gestures or listening to their voices, then it follows that no one would ever be able to get away with having an affair undetected (their spouse would easily be able to read a set of unaccounted emotions in their partner, and figure out that something was up). It also follows that every suicide would be entirely predictable and possibly preventable, but we know, in the harsh world of reality, that even psychiatrists with many years of training and university education and presumably buckets of empathy cannot read the minds and the intentions of their patients like a book. If practically everyone could read emotions, I'd also suppose that secrets would be very difficult to maintain, as at least the emotions associated with the concealed knowledge would be on public display, as though the name of the emotion was written on one's forehead in black marker pen.

So I call "BULLSHIT" to Mr Robison, to the people at Life Matters (who gave Mr Robison a run today that had no pertinent questions nor any note of skepticism), and the Australian Broadcasting Commission as a whole, which is most selective about which matters fall under their investigative eye. Bullshit, y'all!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Lili's compilation of unoriginal name ideas for census night

Joan Doe

Dr Ben Dover

Hu Flung Dung

Elkie Hall

Mary Warner

Coco Caine

Mike Hunt

So Su Mee

Seymour Butts

Connie Lingus

R. U. Dunn

Harry Balls

Sum K*nt

Bob Downe

Rhea Ender

B. A. Wiseman

Claude Balls

Eileen Dover

Phil McCafferty

Anita Bath

Ivanna Cock

Seymour Cox

And a pretty sharp footnote from Dalrymple

* The fact that I do not myself have any watertight metaphysic of morals does not mean that psychology can just rush in to fill the gap.

Theodore Dalrymple, Admirable Evasions: How psychology undermines morality

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Another quote from Dalrymple

The illusion of understanding is like the grin of the Cheshire Cat: it is what remains when all else has disappeared.

- Theodore Dalrymple, Admirable Evasions: How psychology undermines morality

Monday, July 18, 2016

Lili's quote for the day

If psychoanalysis had been invented by cavemen, Mankind would still be living in caves.

- Theodore Dalrymple, Admirable Evasions: How psychology undermines morality

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lili's reminder of the day

On Saturday please remember, a vote for the Liberals is a vote for Dame Edna as first lady.