Friday, April 8, 2022

In Her Words and Not Theirs; A Supreme Court Justice Speaks

      PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Sullivan and Unsplash
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These words are so powerful...[I have tried to do my] “best to stay in my lane and to reach a result that is consistent with my understanding of the law and with the obligation to rule independently without fear or favor.”  Supreme Court Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson.  
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Note: I did not hear these words myself ... I read them in an online article that I chose not to reference due to its political spin.  I do believe these are her words however ... that was credible enough.   I also found these words powerful ... while the slant in the media article tragic.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Courts, Cases, Costs and Care: What about that Care Thing?


This legal case started in 2015; that was 7 years ago.  Get this - this case is said to be heading "back to the supreme court."  I'm curious about the money spent,  the time spent,  the stress of all involved.

         Photo Credit: Eric Mclean and Unsplash.

Americans continue to give away money over terms like "Republican, Democrat, Christian" and in supposed "principled arguments" standing on some ground - to limit previously decided laws.  And then to change a word or two,  to retry cases and attempt to hair line tweak cases to find the next precedent on which to stand.
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Do you know that we keep spending money to fight over freedom - supposedly in the freest country in the world?  Has anyone considered how expensive our divisions are?
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A Christian believed that God needed help in a court room?  4 people who wanted to be married had to go to court to get the system to anti-sanction, religious freedom, sexual freedom and marital freedom laws? 
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Does any of this make any sense?
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Look I know that many things in life must be fought for.  
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But you and I remain palpably divided.  Why?  Who benefits when these divisions distract us from liking each other and us simply getting along?
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Our country has the high honor of more covid deaths in the world than any other country.   We are arguing over gender and race and education.  The number one cause for bankruptcy in the US is healthcare costs.  Homeless people need housing.   Retired people need actual healthcare.  Schools need money to teach.  We have gazillions of folks in prison for non-violent crimes.  We argue and continue to perpetuate laws rooted in racism, oppression and inequality - in a democracy where 51% supposedly is considered sufficient cause to establish anything as "legal."  Our foods are soaked in carcinogens and our water is so cloudy we can see things floating about.  The tax system is a mammoth 70,000 pages (where more lawyers are needed).
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We are not divided solely by principals.  We are divided by nearly everything we read and the talking points we grab onto.
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Nearly every article I read labels the republican or the democrat in the one up and one down (opposing and binary) arguments.  Nearly every story I read talks of the next legal implication about to unfold.
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One day,  idealism will shape reality.   The idea that you and I, as a majority, really do care - and can care - about each other will begin to sink in.   The idea that love is unconditional not conceptual - but practical - where actions to drive love first will be in the communal consciousness. One day,  any reason to justify the non- caring and the non-protection of another human being will become the rejectable - instead of the cause.
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I hope even in dismay.
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https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/kim-davis-lawsuit-violated-rights-of-same-sex-couples-ruling/

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Kids talk. Teachers teach. Laws might just make them both very very sick.

Kids, teachers and so many others are going to seek help to find a safe place to just be - and a counselor's office will quite possibly be the next best stop (in some states anyway).  But should it be?

     Photo credit: Wesley Tingey and Unsplash

Imagine a kid, 4 years old, who has two dad's ... or a kid whose aunts are married.  At school this 4 or 5 year old kid does what kids do ... starts talking about an everyday dinner event with Dad or with "aunty" at school.   And the hush that is legally mandated overtakes the 5 year old as this little kid discusses a funny moment at home last night.   Here in this moment,  a sanctioned legal policy enacts secrecy, ostracization, bullying and potentially creates a criminal if the teacher acts in any way to address the very natural and normal conversation of the child.

I have written about this topic in many different ways and a number of times, in a number of places for a number of years .... on the talkifuwant website .... in the book Psychobabblejabble, on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook (personal and professional)... and many many years ago I was interviewed in Florida regarding reparative therapy and treating children ....I've posted things in a podcast too ... all with various angles and takes looking at what  I guess is controversial.

LGBT is not a moral issue, it's not a legal issue ... it's not a political issue ... it's not a prohibitive one ...  it's not something to be protective of or about ... it's not taught, it's not contagious, it's not a fad or a phase ... it's a human thing.... it is a scientific reality - and nearly all components of LGBT (however you attempt to classify or judge) are biologically grounded - like real and hard sciences kinds of stuff.

So I'll say this ... again ... But. The. Children.

When that child just talks .... she and her entire cohort, teachers included will be faced with an actual > created < crisis.  And when the dust settles (weeks or months or even years later) allot of harmed people will seek mental health care - because the stress alone will lead them to need it.  And, to get treated ... a diagnosis must first be added to the insurance billing system (a whole other podcast) to effect care.  Because a kid just talks.

Missouri, Florida and DC are all mentioned in this article - Montana, Kentucky and others...a poll is mentioned where in one example 51% of the public support this legal criminalization... the split is palpable. 

The damage and harm and the societal and cultural trauma inflicted upon the children and the adults as these traumas will no doubt occur is a hidden iatrogenic affect of laws that prohibit talking and teaching. Trauma created by laws and courtrooms... impacting the places of learning at the most impressionable times.  

The mental health business is about to grow again ....because of laws that ban things like talking, teaching, being open,  honest and respectful....directed to one people ... lgbt.  Laws contradicting science, academia ... creating criminal teachers and soon to be secret keeping 4 year olds.

And some laws are now regulating if and how counselors might talk to or with lgbt identified youth and their parents.

Read this ... please. Think about this one little kid having a simple conversation at school.  Think about this one teacher in that moment.  Then consider the counselor's office next. 

My heart aches a bit ...

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/teachers-florida-parental-rights-in-education-dont-say-gay-bill/?ftag=YHF4eb9d17

Friday, February 25, 2022

Prejudicial trauma induced by helpers...


Florida and Texas are front runners in hurting children, parents, teachers, doctors, mental health professionals... these two States are adding to a prejudicial stress that literally is traumatizing a society. 
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One day, a little ... a very very very little bit of science will hopefully enter the threshhold of this gazillion years long trajectory of hurting people "in the name of good" - aka in the name of some religious ideaology or one up and one down judgment (the "I know for you,  what you need,  more than you do" principle).  
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Texas and Florida are among the front runners in States who are taking actions that will lead to more deaths of children and more child abuse....suicide among transgender is off the charts high (as it is in lesbian, gay and bisexual) ... child abuse and oppression and  of these same suiciding folks (lgbtq) is correlationally very high too.   
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Lawyers, child welfare professionals, doctors, parents and children themselves have rights, ethics, moral, sexual and social codes...again, just a very little bit of science can help .... to separate the mystical from the biolgical.  Without a bit of common sense, even, people are going to be killed - indirectly suicides will go up is what I mean - by these very kinds of rules.
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Fortunately, I suppose if that's even fair to say,  some folks have the power (and this is key) to resist and withstand a harmful  position - some. But many do not. Many,  especially children, do not have their own voice. Many parents grapple with finding their vouce too ... telling the righteous that maybe it is THEY who are wrong is hard for anybody.   
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So the elite take to the causes of justice - instead of sitting down with the people and having real face to face conversation.  All the while more and more children will be harmed.  These DA's are smart and brave.... but know that they have a lawyers ability to say no.  They have power.   A mandated reporter in Texas and possibly soon in Florida too (their House just passed the "don't say gay" bill) can lose their careers over this stuff.  
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Counselors,  teachers ... these ones are being asked/ordered/mandated maybe to not help those most vulnerable - and those seeking help.  
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And like many in the US who know it as experientially true ... prejudicial stress is a societal trauma ... done to itself by perpetrators and levied upon victims - in the name of the law, or God or ... whatever. 
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But this ... just this ....
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The children.
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~Kurt LaRose

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Overdose Prevention Centers Allow Drug Use?

Overdose prevention centers, where people go to safely use drugs?  This may be the turning point in practical rehabilitation by first preventing deaths.  Mind you first that the estimated weekly drug overdose numbers in the US are nearly 2,000 people a week.... think about this...285 people died today of drug overdose.   Today.   What we are doing is not working.   So why not overdose prevention centers?  
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I understand the controversy in opening overdose prevention centers in terms of "enabling."  But the reality is, abstinence only doesn't work for many (and it may be nearly impossible without gradual - years long reductionist steps with some drugs - the ones most quickly killing folks. Inpatient treatment centers cannot keep patients long enough and recidivism is very high - with low long-term success rates. 
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Across so many different data sets and populations, when people are supported in "healthier options," when care is comprehensive in multi/interdisciplinary teams, when substance use interventions are not specialty limited/targeted, when insurance does not limit services (this happens in part because insurance simply cannot cover all that is needed in drug addiction cases), when patients are able to find life satisfaction (via the life satisfaction model), and when basic needs including food, clothing, housing, water and electricity are not in the day to day crises' of dependent people  - users leave drugs and thrive.  
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I hope you will read the entire article here regarding overdose prevention centers ... and then after you've read the full article, give the last paragraph a minute or two to resonate. A drugs only,  people only,  abstinence only,  specialists only approach ... none of these are the "only anything" in finding a practical solution to the people who are dying if an overdose right now,  as I write.  
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The final paragraph of this article adds things that patients will better hear when they are no longer neglected, punished, shamed, looked down upon and morally "held accountable for their 'choice'  ... and when users learn that they can be free to live (and not die) they can begin to walk. In this story, the heart of the matter is not only overdose prevention. It is the full bio-psycho-social provision included as an 'ancillary service' in the OPC approach that is the magic. Oddly, allowing safe use, opens minds to seeing a way to live - paradoxically in OPCs where 100% of overdoses are stopped before death.  From here, lives, from the bottom up, can move to living, as more valuable than buzzing away.
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Thank you Yahoo News, for giving this story the full report!
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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Your story creates more than you know

"There's a way that sharing a struggle or a big big challenge that you've carried for years ... based on good intentions both carried and shared ... opens the way for a sharing of the reality of life ... where love can just grow stronger.  Your story,  shared achingly and lovingly created something unintended or certainly unknown until you shared it."  
-Kurt LaRose 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

When we the people are equal policies will change. A therapist offers an aggravated view on inequality

The idea that people like me are paying more in taxes than my rich democrat and my rich republican peers, fellow (albeit a corprorate fellow to which I am not) business owners and even the senators and representatives of a career (multi term) driven political and governmental employee base is not news at all.  The conversation about the tax code is cyclical and potentially a distracting void that repetitively goes no where.   Why? With 60,000 plus pages the tax "code" has a benefit hidden somewhere for almost all of us.  
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If the tax code were actually changed to what would be "fair and equal" we all become equally accountable for cleaning up this monstrosity of legalized money moving driven frankly by .... wait for it .... BANKS!  If you give the article (which is really not news, it's an editorial) a read that one liner about loans that help people avoid taxes ... that's kind of a big big deal.  And those of you who know me will not be surprised to hear me say banks are also the ones who drive what funds health insurance ... and the only people with good health insurance in the US might be politicians ... or those richer citizens who can afford to buy supplemental policies.  Let me stay on task here ... 
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A culprit in the tax code - a big big big one ... are banks.   
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While I am quite thrilled at the very open view that this author takes,  looking at the tax issue from all sides (and taking no side at all) - the big "miss" in her summary are the large non-profits - who also do not pay taxes and the mammoth language of a 60,000 page document called the tax code.  Do you know how many lawyers and accountants and bankers are needed to make that kind of money movement work and for it to also still be legal?  ALLOT!
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So we can keep looking at the rich who are cheating or give them a moral voluntary compasss to "trust" or even give them an out (like Warren Buffets 99% philanthropy donation upon death defense - uhhh to non-profits?).  We can keep talking about a supposedly misguided tax code, with unfair slants in a 60k page document that favors just about everyone with some free shit everywhere such that an entire tax code management industry exists to operate it. As it is now the hidden benefactors to the tax code are not just the non payers of taxes but it's the maddening money processors taking cuts to manage it.  Each player in the engaging tax code that frankly once distilled down hits us all unfairly (if we're open and honest and transparent about our own gains) "profits" from the shenanigans of an algorithmic code that even software giants cannot accurately comply.  
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A complaint or a solution? 
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I hope you asked that ... I really really do.   Especially the solution part.....
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We the people (when we stop calling each other stupid and bad and wrong and being passive/aggressive enemies to one another anyway) can do something. We the people can ... we can. 
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Here's the pitch and it's the best I've got:
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Let's just flat line the tax code to a one paragraph code... maybe something simple like this:

When any American deposits money into any banking instituion they shall automatically deduct from each dollar deposited (some f**king single digit percent here) to which the government of the US shall disperse to (some f**cking list of US government bank accounts where government pays its bills) such that the tax payer and the tax receiver can transparently and openly develop minimally stable cash flow estimates to care for all of its people - effective immediately.

Sincerely Kurt LaRose

Here's the "news article" or video (it's an editorial btw) to which I write my opinion ...

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/billionaires-pay-no-taxes-while-workers-get-no-raises-120116788.html