Skip to main content


This diary is about untreated dementia and Alzheimers; the title is merely evocative of the situation. I suppose it comes as no surprise to anyone here that mental health services in this country are basically non-existent. Sandy Hook, Aurora, Columbine, the Albuquerque  Police Department shootings and other tragedies we’ve seen pretty much prove that nobody is doing much about monitoring and treating the increasing numbers of mentally-impaired people roaming America.
I live in northern Washington state – a place you’d think was pretty progressive and responsive to the changing needs of our society and the pressures that shape it. Liberal, progressive, intelligent Washington state.  Yet when it comes to seeking mental health assistance, or even concerns about someone who may be developing problems, I may as well be living in backwoods Mississippi.

Continue Reading

Here's four super US destinations for four unique US experiences!

DROWNED BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK CITY

The grave predictions that New York City would disappear beneath the waves of a rising ocean were graphic but didn’t take into the account that New Yorker spirit. Relocating over the years farther and farther up the Hudson River, NYC has remained a bustling, dynamic city.
But the abandoned buildings and streets that have been claimed by the sea provide a fascinating mix of adventure and historical journey. The mighty business and finance centers of Lower Manhattan still remain intact behind high protective walls, but the sea sends lonely waves through the tumbled debris of lower Staten Island and Brooklyn. Like ancient Greek ruins awash in the surf, the half-destroyed houses, stores, schools, and factories that emerge, ghost-like, at low tide provide a melancholy waterscape of beauty and loss. Boat tours down the streets turned canals let the tourist see at close hand scenes of a time long past, when this was dry land, bustling with life. (No air tours are allowed because of security reasons) It’s an experience one won’t forget.

Poll

Do you want to live long enough to see drastic climate change effects on humanity?

16%6 votes
59%22 votes
24%9 votes

| 37 votes | Vote | Results

Continue Reading

There was a recent diary here that reported our politicians act almost exclusively on behalf of the wealthy. No news there. But it goes beyond them mostly ignoring what we want or say. Even when they ask us for a response, they only hear what they want to hear.
Last evening I  got a phone call from from a survey group -- obviously political, because it was about the upcoming local elections. I grudgingly agreed to participate. The first question asked if I'd voted in the recent primaries. I said "no" and the questioner moved on to the next one:
"Concerning the (elections), would you say you are going to vote, possibly going to vote, somewhat possibly going to vote, or possibly not going to vote?"
"I'm not going to vote at all. I never plan to vote ever again."
"Yes, sir. But would you say that means .." and here he went into the whole spiel again.
"I'm not going to vote. Period."
"Sir," he replied somewhat helplessly, "that answer is not one of the listed responses."
I hung up.

Continue Reading

You sometimes wonder why people came up with fairy tales and fables. They sound so unreal because they are meant to be not entertainment, but lessons for humans, disguised as fantastic stories. Because long ago it was determined that apparently facts easily slip through many people’s minds, but odd stories stick and get attention (Compare Lehrer Report viewers' discussions numbers vs. American Idol’s, for instance).  And right now I’m seeing an unfortunate cautionary tale coming true for the vast majority of Americans.
(I’m not going to recount the story of the frog and the scorpion because frankly if you don’t know it you are uneducated. I refuse to be part of this huge American media trend of explaining over and over again the simplest things and well-known -- or what should be well-known -- information, instead of covering new ground. That is what so much of our “media” is, from news shows to magazines to entertainment to political talk shows. Pretty pathetic. Chalk up one for the scorpions)

Continue Reading

Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM PST

For Want of Leaders

by fourthcornerman

There’s nothing really wrong with the grassroots political energy of the US. There’s no end to righteous, good-meaning people. No limit on strong enduring will to seek an answer.
All we’re missing is leaders.
You read poll after poll where the majority, sometimes the overwhelming majority, of Americans want the right thing, the sane thing, and the moral thing – less guns, more educational institutions, reduced militarism, and affordable healthcare for all.  Poll after poll, with all kinds of people, everywhere. And what do our “leaders” do? They look at them, sniff, decide in their own incalculable logic on whether that means the country thinks the leaders are permitted whatever THEY want, and thus go on doing whatever their egos and power-seeking tells them to do.
“Will of the people” to them seems to translate into “only if it gets me re-elected, a better contract, a higher audience rating.”
It’s sickening, it’s treasonous to the founding principles of this country, it’s a face-slamming insult to the very definition of “democratic republic”.  The people who have been enshrined by law, popular support, monetary wealth, and civic duty to be our leaders have profaned that responsibility to whore it out for their own good and future success.

Continue Reading

Because you get fucked by them.
For some reason, the West Coast has this infatuation with “propositions”.  As near as I can tell, they are mob actions that force legislators to pass the laws they propose (let’s not even go into the Washington license tag fee fiasco). To my knowledge, no voter-endorsed proposition has ever been rejected by that state’s legislature.
The latest indecent proposal to appear in Washington state is I-1240. (Personally, I wish they’d put stylized names on these things instead of numbers – how elegant “Student School Freedom Proposition” would sound!  Is that what it really does? Probably not). This improper “prop” is about making charter schools legal in the state – whatever that means. The ads and flyers blather on about how 44 other states have started charter schools, so Washington should too. I love this argument – reminds me of what my mom would say when I’d want to do something I saw someone else do: “So if Johnnie jumped off a bridge, you would too?” Forty-four other states have cases of West Nile virus – so Washington should too!
Reading off this flyer I got today in the mail, it says the new law (notice it’s already assumed to be a law once the prop passes) will “allow up to 40 public charter schools”.  Hmmm….

Poll

Let's have a proposition that bans propositions.

66%12 votes
33%6 votes

| 18 votes | Vote | Results

Continue Reading

I mean, somebody has to be. These guys are worse than Wall Street in their monopoly over a market and capricious regulations for their "customers". They got a lock on payments to eBay which is simply "You use only PayPal or you don't get to buy or sell anything." They have a skimmed-off-the-top profit of every sale by a vendor, an expense which CANNOT be added into the price of the product, effectively making it a forced payment the vendor has to eat. They put holds on accounts randomly, for no good reason -- and they don't even give you a reason, they just do it. Even if you have a stellar account with no complaints and a 100% customer satisfaction rating from your customers. PayPal forces sellers to use them, then takes a cut of the payment just because the seller uses them. I don't know-- monopoly, restraint of trade, racketeering, whatever it is there must certainly be somebody somewhere making up a class-action against what these brigands are doing. Just tell me who is doing it and I'll add my testimony to the case.

Continue Reading

It takes FOREVER to get anything dowloaded. And I'm on Hi-speed internet! Are there THAT many add-ons, plug-ins, advertisements, youtube links, video clips and whatever parasitic glom-ons built into the basic DKos page? And forget trying to download a diary  with more than 50 comments --- holy crap, start loading it, go make dinner, then come back and it MIGHT be to where you can scroll down the page and ONLY wait 30-45 seconds for it to shift. WHAT THE HELL'S GOING ON?

Continue Reading

Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 05:01 AM PDT

I Don't Like Americans

by fourthcornerman

But then I've hardly been out of the USA so I can't tell you how shitty non-Americans are.
But one thing I know for sure: Americans have poisoned the entire world. Now the Chinese and Indians (and others) want to build, like Americans have, the same kind of environmentally-destructive, money-driven, totally now-conscious mentality that focuses on immediate pleasure, convenience and ease that puts an immense pay-back on the future.  
Cheap electricity that spawns millions of energy-draining devices from wallwarts to all-nite mall parking lights? Cheap gasoline that makes driving EVERYWHERE for any reason no matter how trivial the only way to go? Expecting somebody somewhere to pay  for our excesses in real estate overevaluation, poor health habits, building houses on flood plains and in hurricane zones, believing that corporate-paid political flunkies actually give a shit about what happens to you... JESUS  CHRIST!

Continue Reading

Tue May 17, 2011 at 09:47 AM PDT

A world of dimwits

by fourthcornerman

I don't know, maybe I'm just insane but ... Arab dictators thinking that Arabs won't be religious, spiritually ready to die for their cause, and vengeful if they are mowed down in their own streets by their own soldiers? Louisiana governor saying the worst flood in 80 years is "no problem" (at least for New Orleans)? A bunch of Republicans running around like 4-year-olds with loaded guns shooting up the US government and nobody says "Hey give me those, you brats!"? A world where the news of some old geezer screwing a hotel maid is treated like a history-shaping event, and the world's most powerful country stands behind a bunch of tin-plated despots because the big country's navy has to strut its dick in the Red Sea?
Sorry, folks, I guess I've been unplugged from your grid too long but all this shit seems like ... well, shit.  You really suck all this stuff up? Two hemophialacs getting married absorbs you?  Some big-tit bimbo falls on a national dance show and people are anxious? Hey, a dumbshit murderer gets offed for killing 3000 people, whoop-de-doo, let's have 400 TV  hours of coverage?

Continue Reading

Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 06:09 AM PDT

"Interesting times"

by fourthcornerman

As the Chinese proverb goes “May you live in interesting times.” And we are!!
After decades of stagnation, the forces of history are again stirring, erupting, sweeping through human society. One part of the world is falling, one part is rising, one part is bleeding to gain a better future.  How can you not be awed and humbled by the actions happening all over the world? And all of it is the exact same things that have happened since mankind first started recording its existence.

Continue Reading

Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 01:34 PM PST

The Iraq That Might Have Been

by fourthcornerman

The events in North Africa and the Middle East, especially in Libya, makes me wonder: what would be happening now in Iraq if we hadn’t arrogantly invaded it?

In 2003, I was one of those who believed that there was no easy way to get rid of Saddam Hussein and his regime. There was no opposition party; all the possible rebels had been gassed and murdered by Saddam’s military, no other nation in the Middle East wanted to get involved in a war with them, and Hussein certainly wasn’t old enough to die very soon of natural causes.

But war? A war started by America, as the only way to get rid of Hussein? I couldn’t buy that. There was no humanitarian crisis or oil shortage or threat to Israel great enough, in my opinion, to justify America becoming an aggressor nation.

However, rich, corrupt, power-mad immoral men like Cheney and Wolfowitz and the rest of that gang decided that war would be a perfect cover for their plan to transfer billions of dollars from the US Treasury to private interests and criminals. Expending our military hardware and erasing the lives of several thousand American soldiers helped cover up the real crime. And the devastation visited upon a modern industrialized country, reducing it to a ragged war zone with little or no security?. Well, that never entered into Cheney and company’s considerations. “So?” as Dick would grunt.

The only answer, it seemed to me, was to wait until conditions and attitudes change, and see if there was another way – without massive military intervention.

Continue Reading
You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.

RSS

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site