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’Every societal failure, we put off on cops to solve…That’s too much to ask’ ‒ Dallas police chief

We’re in a much better place than we were when I was a young man here, but we have much work to do ‒ particularly in our profession ‒ and leaders in my position need to put their careers on the line to make sure we do things right, not be so worried about keeping their job.”



The right-wing assault on society enters the discussion. They have gutted social services, particularly mental health, which bears directly on many of these mass shootings.

“Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve: Not enough mental health funding ‒ let the cops handle it. Not enough drug addiction funding, let’s give it to the cops. Here in Dallas, we got a loose dog problem. Let’s have the cops chase loose dogs. You know, schools fail, give it to the cops.


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Peruse this list from the 1800s of psychiatric offenses that could get you committed to the nut house.

Then have a look at how shrinks operate today…



A serious look at depression, and based on the memoir of a writer who had gotten a journalism scholarship to Harvard in the 80s. Of course, I only needed to know two things: naked + Christina Ricci.  I’m shallow like that, as readers will have already suspected.

So, this isn’t a sermon on the glory of Prozac, nor is it an indictment of these mind altering chemicals now handed out like candy on Halloween.  It lands somewhere in the middle.

Liz (Ricci), arrives at Harvard and proceeds to descend into madness.  With awards and a job writing articles for Rolling Stone magazine, the stress quickly sends her off the deep end.  Failing to sleep for days, she obsesses to the point where she’s dragged into a doctor by her friends.

Unable to cope with the mildest disturbances, her madness is profound and scary.  Her family is intertwined with her emotional firework displays, and her sudden mad love for a boy blows up in her face.  On the verge of suicide, her therapist prescribes Prozac, which alters her awareness sufficiently that she… why am I giving all this story away?

You’re supposed to watch the thing.  It’s a blunt, realistic drama.  The subject matter reminded me of Silver Linings Playbook, another highly recommended film.

As someone who has had experience with people on the abyss, it’s a good, solid portrayal.  Jessica Lange, as Lizzie’s overbearing mother, gives a captivating performance and shows her talents.  The characters are specific and true to life, and the conclusions…?


“If you go to mental health, you’re gonna get charged with malingering.” -Iraq veteran Ethan McCord


“One veteran suicide every 65 minutes now.”-Abby Martin




A longer article has now been published on Counterpunch:

Was the Shooter on Antidepressant Drugs?



Anti-depressants are linked to suicide, mania, violent outbursts and a host of other very serious problems.  Yet they are routinely prescribed by the millions, with FDA evidence that expected percentages of patients will experience these outbursts.

We need to ask: What is the relationship of psychiatric drugs to these spree massacres?

Was this latest shooter taking anti-depressant drugs?  Are psychiatrists sticking their heads in the sand?  I have personally asked several psychiatrists about links between spree massacre shooters and anti-depressant drugs (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.), and none of them will accept the idea that this link exists, and that what they are prescribing may cause great harm.

These important videos provide evidence in this argument:

Dr. Peter Breggin MD. Testifies Before Congress

Fox Investigation of Links Between Antidepressants and School Shootings