I want to address a point Mr. Bumblebee raised regarding the validity of psychology. In essence, Mr. Bumblebee declared that the SJW hanger-on who was the object of discussion exhibited symptoms of psychological abnormality. The guest SJW hanger-on retorted that, unless someone had training in psychology and had actually examined the SJW hanger-on who was the object of discussion, said someone's observations were without merit. Mr. Bumblebee responded to the effect that psychology is not neuroscience, that it lacks the validity of an MRI and that psychology, as practiced today, is principally about the money.
Mr. Bumblebee is largely correct. Psychology and psychiatry are not like cardiology and particle physics. Psychoanalysis does not have the reliability of an EKG or of the instrumentation at the Hadron Supercollider. That being said, medicine itself is also largely about the money today. I spent part of my active professional life in medical archives (today known by the highfalutin' title "Health Information Management.") In that time, I came to know hospital administrators. One of them told a bunch of us quite openly that the reason there is always a long wait at the ER/A&E is the exact same reason there are always too few waiters at restaurants. Doctors, like waiters, do not like it when there are too many others of their kind working the same shift, since that means less payola coming their way. No doctor will say this openly, every doctor knows this. In fact, one honest doctor, Doctor Erika Schwartz, details in one of her books that becoming a doctor is exactly like being on the high school/college football team in that interns (3rd and 4th year medical students) are hazed by residents (people with MD degrees who need extra training to practice the specialty of their choice), who in turn are hazed by attendings (medicine's version of the Mafia's "made men.") Universities crack down on hazing in sports teams, but they allow hazing in medical school to continue unabated and unchecked. So awesome is the power of those little post-nominal initials "M" and "D" that even people whose names begin with "Dean" or "President" or "Chairman" fear to cross the holders of these post-nominal initials. Doctor Schwartz, in the aforementioned book, also details how this constant, institutionalised, hazing-by-design turns medical students from people who care about other people into people who see other people in a markedly lesser light than the folks over at the Hadron Supercollider see the Higgs-Boson particle.
Here is video evidence of the mendacity of doctors as a group. The (literal) writing on the wall of the first two seconds of the following clip by the Quebec general practitioners' union (yes, in Quebec, doctors are as unionised as Jimmy Hoffa's thugs, whose strongarm tactics in holding patients hostage in exchange for more taxpayer payola they willfully engage) says "In our hospitals...we need more family doctors..."
Yet, in the following video, the exact same mob says at about 5.23 "One of the solutions is to stop forcing family doctors to work in hospitals."
These numbnuts cannot even stay consistent! No wonder, then, that Calculus and Analytic Geometry is restricted to mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering majors. If doctors cannot even keep their lies straight, Calculus and Analytic Geometry is of a complexity beyond them.
Now, that being said, while psychology, like medicine, is largely concerned with payola, it still has its uses. The thing is, like Alcoholics Anonymous, it is useful for some and not useful for others...just like certain classes of antibiotics are better suited for different types of bacteria. As well, while the general consensus of the SST that psychological/psychiatric diagnosis is not something to be done on YouTube stands to reason, there is a difference between a diagnosis (i.e. saying a patient has a certain condition/disease/injury after examination and workup) and noticing abnormal behaviour. Specifically, it is inappropriate (to the extent of running afoul of the professional licensing bodies of the jurisdiction) to diagnose someone with schizophrenia, or autism spectrum disorders or post-traumatic disorder based on YouTube evidence along. That is entirely different from noticing psychological/psychiatric pathologies which, in and off themselves, are not sufficient to render a diagnosis. For example, when the maximum leader of the boyosphere had his 6, February 2016 ass-covering press conference wherein he whinged out Oregon militia "the world is out to get me" conspiracy theories, he was wandering about the room at high speed and with constant hyperactive gesticulating. One does not have to be a full-patch psychologist or psychiatrist to say that this erratic behaviour suggests that the maximum leader of the boyosphere is manic. One cannot diagnose the maximum leader of the boyosphere with mania based on just that evidence, but can say that his behaviour is consistent with being manic.
On a different note, in my last entry, I showed how both FDR and Hitler collaborated with people with diametrically opposed worldviews when it suited their interests. Churchill did the same, although this is something you rarely hear about today. After 1919, Churchill vigourously opposed the IRA. In the 1912-1914 Rome Rule Crisis when Westminister was ready to hand Ulster over to the Vatican, however, Churchill tried to bully and wheedle (without success) Protestant leader Sir Edward Carson into surrendering. In 1945, Churchill condemned neutral Ireland for standing by during the war. In 1939-40, Churchill offered to sell out Ulster to IRA leader DeValera in exchange for the IRA's declaring war in Germany. Long story short, Churchill wanted smooth sailing for the Mainland and he was more than willing to appease the IRA to obtain this--on two separate occasions.
Now, onto what I really want to talk about today since this one has me wound up. I saw Rudy Fooliani, loudmouth ex-Mayor of New York City, blasting Beyonce Knowles for betraying police with her homage to the Black Panthers. That is extremely rich coming from Fooliani who, while he was Mayor, was never a friend of the police. As detailed in Wayne Barrett's excellent Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani And 9/11, Fooliani
-did NOTHING to fix the incompatibility between NYPD and FDNY radios in the near-decade before 9/11 he spent in office, a lapse that was the reason so many first responders died on 9/11
-put the city's Emergency Command Bunker at the WTC site, despite the partisans' clearly warning in 1993 that they would hit the site again
-spent the bulk of 9/11 hiding out in a safe space with his chosen Commissioner (and later convicted felon) Bernie Kerik, leaving the FDNY commissioner to handle the scene for himself, resulting in little NYPD-FDNY coordination...which would have helped...immensely...
I remember Fooliani coming out the night of 9/11 looking all calm and rested. That was because he spent the whole day hiding and not doing his job, which was to coordinate between the NYPD and the FDNY. Admittedly, Fooliani, on the night of 9/11, looked a lot more in control than dickless John Lindsay, who had to have Governor Nelson Rockefeller shove him aside and forcibly settle a teachers' union dispute that had gone on for months (white teachers were refusing to teach black students, which shows that racism is not confined to the South in America.) Unlike Abe Beame during the summer of '77, Fooliani, on the night of 9/11, did not look like he was in the exact same position Sonny said Michael would be if he did not get to his gun on time in the restaurant in The Godfather. But it was all a lie, like so many other things Fooliani.
Before he conned NYC suckers into voting for him, Fooliani was the US Attorney for NYC, in which capacity he busted up one chapter of a 1%er MC. Fooliani, ever a lover of the cameras, donned said chapter's colours...resulting in the national conference of said 1%er MC trying to sue Fooliani for copyright infringement, as they had been known to do for years to any outsiders who wore their logos. As Mayor, Fooliani booted the REMF commissioner Raymond "Popeye" Kelly (more on Popeye in a bit) and replaced him with Willie Bratton (currently serving a second tour as NYPD Commissioner.) Bratton did bring down crime (unfortunately, as many NYPD nostalgics suffering under Popeye's second term during the last decade were wont to forget, it was also Bratton who foisted CompState, aka FUDGESTAT, on the job), only Fooliani took all the credit...and then dumped Bratton because Fooliani, like all dictators, regards talented, thinking subordinates as a personal threat instead of an asset. To replace Bratton, Fooliani brought in the FDNY Commissioner, Safir. Fooliani tired of Safir, and then found the perfect man for the job, his own personal bodyguard, Bernie Kerik.
To show how dumb a dictator Fooliani was, let us compare this action of his to what Hitler would have done. Fooliani appointing his personal bodyguard Bernie Kerik to run the NYPD would have been like Hitler appointing his personal bodyguard, Sepp Dietrich, to run the security apparatus. Hitler, unlike Fooliani, wanted someone competent running his security and police forces, which is why he picked organisation men Himmler and Heydrich and not muscle man Dietrich. Fooliani did not have Hitler's appreciation for competence.
Then came the contract. 0,0,3,3,6. That means zero possibility of raises for the first two of the five years of the contract. Zero raises for one of the most dangerous jobs in America. That is tantamount to giving police officers the finger, but only after Fooliani grabbed all the credit for their work in bringing crime down while his ass happened to be in office. By contrast, Ed Koch--the only decent Mayor of NYC in living memory--gave police a raise. It was big of him to do this since Ed Koch, having been targeted for assassination by Uruguay's secret police while he was a congressman, had no particular reason to be well-disposed towards police in general. But that was Ed Koch for you. When one of the "New York" football teams won the Superbowl, they went up to Koch and asked him for a parade. Koch's response was "You play in New Jersey. Get them to give you a parade." In contrast, Michael Bloomturd--a poster child for why being successful in business does NOT automatically translate into being a good political executive, but more on that later--, another lover of publicity, gave the team their parade...on the exact same day as the New York primaries, sending overtime costs through the roof.
So, Rudy Fooliani coming out now "to defend the police"--when he did nothing but stab the police in the back when he was Mayor--is rich. But he is not the only one doing this.
Remember Popeye Kelly? Recently, when two NYPD MOS were murdered in retaliation for the Eric Garner grand jury outcome and the NYPD rank and file turned their backs on the pro-Garner Mayor DeBlowsio, Popeye Kelly came out and condemned DeBlowsio. When he was Commissioner the second time around, Popeye never showed anywhere near the concern for "his" cops" that he did in retirement. When a nocturnal pharmaceutical salesman named Sean Bell was killed while trying to run over NYPD MOS, Popeye Kelly declared the MOS involved guilty...before the investigation had been completed. Then, there was the murder of PO Daniel Enchautegui by Sopranos star Lilo Brancato. Robert deNiro publicly expressed support for his pal Brancato. What did Popeye Kelly's "love" for "his" police make him do back then? Absolutely nothing! In fact, it was only after a lot of rank and file NYPD MOS made repeated angry phone calls to the restaurant DeNiro owns in New York City that DeNiro realised how badly he fucked up by expressing solidarity with a cop-killer and issued a retraction. (To his great credit, the late James Gandolfini unreservedly condemned the murder of PO Enchautegui.)
Nor was Popeye Kelly the only born-again "defender of the police" following DeBlowsio's pro-Garner stance. PBA President Paddy Lynch also made a rare public denunciation of the Mayor.
An aside here. There are five unions representing NYPD Officers. The largest is the Patrolman's Benevolent Association. The second largest is the Detectives Endowment Association. Then there is the Sergeant's Benevolent Association. Then there is the Lieutenant's Benevolent Association, and, finally, there is the Captain's Endowment Association. The PBA, since it represents the lowest ranking officers, is the largest union. When it negotiates a contract, the other four unions have little choice but to follow its lead.
So, Paddy Lynch endorsing members turning their backs on DeBlowsio. Funny how, when fucking Bloomturd cut the starting salary for a patrolman--again, arguably the most dangerous job in America--to 25K, Paddy Lynch was not yelling on TV for anyone to turn their backs on Bloomturd. What exactly was Paddy Lynch doing when Bloomturd cut the starting salary to 25K? Nobody knows because nobody saw him during that time, even though he was PBA President back then too. Now, all of a sudden, because even the PBA discovered social media, Lynch wants to play supercop.
Now, does this all conflict with what I have been whinging about for ages about people being primarily motivated by interests and not by goodwill? No. Yes, Fooliani, Popeye Kelly and Paddy Lynch are most likely motivated by interest in this age of social media, which did not quite exist in the last decade, hence their Damascene volte-faces into "defenders" of "my" police. That being said, there is looking after one's own interests, and then there is looking after one's own interests while being so fucking obvious about it. After Richard Nixon left the White House, he still played a role in diplomatic affairs. The difference is, Nixon was intelligent enough to keep it out of public view. The only thing Nixon did in public was offer a few comforting words and gestures to Bill Martin Junior at his father's funeral in 1989. (Nixon was kind at funerals. He gave the eulogy at the funeral of civil rights leader Whitney Young, whose tragic loss at such a young age is one reason there is still racial strife in America. Martin Luther King was great at oratory, but very short on planning and strategy. Stokely Carmichael, Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver were great at agitation--before Cleaver turned born again Christian and Reagan supporter--but short on viable strategy. Whitney Young, on the other hand, just like Bobby Seale, understood that the true path to equality was through employment and economic integration.) Likewise, Harry Truman, LBJ and Ronald Reagan all outlived their presidencies by several years (decades in the case of Truman and Reagan.) What did you not see them do in retirement? Exactly the kind of attention-whoring Fooliani and Popeye Kelly are engaging in now. Nixon, Truman, LBJ and Reagan all looked after their own interests, but they managed to do so with a modicum of class.
Now, about why Bloomturd is a poster child for why successful businessmen SHOULD NOT become political executives. Running a business is a completely different animal than is administering a city/state/nation, or any agency/service thereof. In business, streamlining and cutting costs will get you loved by shareholders. Bloomturd brought that mentality over to the NYPD and, as I said above, cut the starting salary for what is arguably one of the most dangerous jobs in America to 25K. So, the police are under threat every day. They get abuse from their sergeants, lieutenants, captains, inspectors, deputy commissioners every day, and then go out and get abuse from the general public every day. THEN up comes Fooliani and gives them zero raises for the first two years of the contract. AND THEN up comes Bloomturd and cuts the starting salary down to 25K. Is it any fucking wonder that the best and the brightest do NOT become NYPD Officers??? Zero raises and a 25K starting salary...is it any wonder why there are so many cavemen on the job?
But that is what happens when idiot voters think that, just because someone is successful at business, the same someone will also make a good elected executive. Folks, there is a reason, the Masters' in Public Administration degree is NOT the same thing as an MBA. It is most assuredly NOT by accident. This is something you should keep in mind even if you do not care about policing/internal security issues. Thanks to declining birthrates, politicians across the spectrum, from Greece's far left Syrizia and France's socialist Hollande, to centrists like Quebec's Phillipe Couillard and British Columbia's Christy Clark, to right-of-centre politicians like the UK's David Cameron, have been compelled to make cuts in services. Do you really want to elect someone who will make cuts in services as the first resort, by choice?