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Singaporean girl at Stanford poisons classmates

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Singaporean girl at Stanford Medical School arrested and charged with multiple felonies for poisoning her classmates water bottles.

She only targeted other Asian females.

Thank you Peter from Long Island for the link.

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March 31, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Posted in Crime, Education

Amos YeeMost awesome rant ever

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Nerdy 17-year-old kid from Singapore, Amos Yee, lets loose with an awesome rant on YouTube, Lee Kuan Yew is finally dead. Must watch!

Too bad the kid was arrested and faces three years in prison. I guess he’s right about everything he said.

I hope that some Singaporean girl will want to have sex with him now that he’s a famous criminal.

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March 30, 2015 at 11:09 pm

Posted in International

Terrorist attack? Or two cross-dressers made a wrong turn?

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What do you think?

Amy J. Thoreson, a spokeswoman for the FBI, said in a statement that authorities “do not believe [the incident] is related to terrorism.”

Then I guess it’s just the wrong-turn scenario. Oops. Maybe the victims can sue for civil right violations of their sexual orientation.

UPDATE

Yes, looks like just two cross-dressers made a wrong turn. Because the cross-dressers were also petty criminals, they will try to justify the trigger happiness on that basis. But they could have been two completely innocent cross-dressers who got shot because they made a wrong turn.

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March 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Why would Lubitz have need an Olanzapine injection?

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I found this on the internet:

The unpleasant adverse effects of antipsychotic drugs combined with patients’ disbelief of having an illness, which is common among individuals with schizophrenia, result in high rates of non-adherence to antipsychotics in the treatment of schizophrenia.

Long-acting injectable (LAI) antipsychotics are a pharmacologic strategy for treating patients with schizophrenia who relapse due to non-adherence to antipsychotic medication. Rather than the daily pill-taking required with oral antipsychotics, LAI antipsychotics are administered by injection at two to four week intervals.

Olanzapine is one of the 6 LAIs available.

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Also, I found this new story in a French newspaper (sorry for the bad Google translation):

The revelations continued to multiply on Andreas Lubitz, head of crash of the A320 Germanwings Tuesday. Many newspapers including desired to know more about the treatment that followed the copilot. According to Le Parisien this morning and several German newspapers, Andreas Lubitz was prescribed for an atypical antipsychotic olanzapine (Zyprexa) and an antidepressant agomelatine (Valdoxan). Today, psychiatrists find that undoubtedly such treatment is totally incompatible with the piloting of an aircraft (both drugs are also the subject of a cons-indication regarding driving). Furthermore, the prescription of olanzapine (which is indicated in the treatment of schizophrenia, manic episodes of some and sometimes preventing recurrences of mania) confirmed that the diagnosis made by prescribers was not that simple depression like the press let him hear the end of the week.

French newspapers obviously have better investigative journalism than English-language papers.

First time I’ve seen the word “schizophrenia,” used in a news article about Lubitz.

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March 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Andreas Lubitz red herrings

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This has gotten a lot of reporting:

“When I heard about the crash, I remembered a sentence… he said: ‘One day I’ll do something that will change the system, and then everyone will know my name and remember it’,” said the woman, a flight attendant the paper gave the pseudonym of Maria W.

It’s a red herring. Any of millions of young men around the world have bragged to some girl that they are going to do something important. It doesn’t mean anything at all. The statement is extremely vague and lacking in any specificity, and there is no other evidence that he was planning something. If he wanted to be remembered, he would have left something to remember on YouTube, Blogger, or Facebook.

The ex-girlfriend is just remembering something he said, and attaching significance to it that it never had because she is interpreting it in the light of the plane crash.

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The second red herring is an alleged obsession with the Alps (as quoted from the Daily News):

Two of Lubitz’s peers told French newspaper Le Parisien that their unstable colleague showed a strong affinity for the French Alps, which is now the scene of his shocking annihilation.
“He was passionate about the Alps, even obsessed,” said Dieter Wagner, a member of Lubitz’s gliding club.

The Alps are a really huge mountain range stretching across France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. The Alps are between Germany and Southern Europe, his normal route, so if he was going to crash the plane into a mountain, it would most likely be a mountain in the Alps.

Liking mountains is just normal “SWPL” behavior.

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March 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

Posted in News

Suicidal thoughts and schizophrenia?

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ABC News reports:

Prosecutors in Germany said today that the co-pilot of the downed Germanwings plane had been treated by a psychotherapist because of previous suicidal tendencies.

But there was no suicide note, and they also report:

The data and documents that investigators have found, Kumpa said, “don’t show any hint of being suicidical [sic] or being aggressive towards other people.

Andreas Lubitz probably had suicidal thoughts when he was first diagnosed with schizophrenia, which is not at all uncommon.

According to WebMD:

Among people diagnosed with schizophrenia, an estimated 20% to 40% attempt suicide. From 5% to 13% actually complete the act of suicide. Compared to the general population, people with schizophrenia have a more than eight-fold increased risk of suicide.

And there is also this, which sounds a lot like Andreas Lubitz

Risk Factors for Suicide in Schizophrenia Patients

People with schizophrenia are more likely to commit suicide if they are young, male, white, and never married. People are also at increased risk if they had good function before they were diagnosed with schizophrenia, developed depression after diagnosis, and have a history of alcohol or other substance abuse and past suicide attempts.

The classic suicidal patient with schizophrenia may:

• Be a male under age 30
• Have a higher IQ
• Have been a high achiever as an adolescent and young adult
• Be painfully aware of schizophrenia’s effect on his mental state

Thus it is not surprising that Lubitz was receiving anti-suicide psychotherapy, and his bout of “depression” may have been an actual bout of depression caused by his diagnosis of schizophrenia.

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March 30, 2015 at 10:14 am

Lubitz received Olanzapine injection in 2010

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According to French news (but not reported in any English-language article), the injection that Andreas Lubitz recieved in 2010 was Olanzapine.

According to Wikipedia, Olanzapine is an antipsychotic used to treat Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.

Additional information about Olanzapine:

This medicine is classified as an antipsychotic medication and is used to treat patients that suffer from delusions, hallucinations, unorganized thought and hostility. This medicine may also be prescribed to treat severe behavioral problems in children.

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March 29, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Posted in News, Psychology

Did Andreas Lubitz have photopsia?

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This is reported today:

The co-pilot suspected of crashing a passenger jet in the Alps may have been suffering from a detached retina but investigators are unsure whether his vision problems had physical or psychological causes, a German newspaper said on Sunday.

My guess here is that Andreas Lubitz was experiencing photopsia, which is a symptom of retinal detachment, but a Google search shows that it can also be a symptom of schizophrenia. Thus he probably had a retinal examination, which didn’t find anything physically wrong with his retina.

It has also occurred to me that Lubitz’ “depression” in 2008, when he was 20 years old, could have actually been his first psychotic episode caused by schizophrenia. The peak age of onset of schizophrenia in men is between the ages of 20 and 24. But this was labeled as “depression” in order to avoid stigmatizing him with a scary-sounding illness.

It appears to me that, just as the mainstream media has a conspiracy to never report anything that would cause people to be prejudiced against blacks or other minorities (but especially blacks), the mental health profession has a conspiracy to never admit anything that would stigmatize people with mental illnesses, thus the wall of silence about what sort of mental problems Lubitz was really having.

Allegedly, investigators found “antidepressants” in Lubitz’ home, but the exact drugs have not been made public. Antidepressants may be used to treat the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, or perhaps incompetent doctors misdiagnosed Lubitz, or the unnamed source that tipped off the newspapers mixed up antidepressants with antipsychotics.

It has been reported by CNN (citing a French newspaper) that “in 2010, Lubitz received injections of antipsychotic medication,” which could indicate a treatment for a psychotic episode caused by his schizophrenia.

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March 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

Posted in News, Religion

It was not depression

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Russell Saunders, the pseudonym of a medical doctor who writes for the Daily Beast, writes that he doesn’t believe that “depression” cause Lubitz to do what he did.

Whatever part of Lubitz’s psyche held the monstrous capacity for depraved indifference or outright malevolence on this scale, it cannot accurately be characterized as depression. Estimates from 2012 put the percentage of Americans suffering from a major depressive episode within the previous year at 6.9 percent, which amounts to about 16 million people. It should go without saying that the overwhelming majority of these people are recoiling from Lubitz’s decision to kill everyone on board his plane along with himself, just like people who have no mental-health diagnosis whatsoever.

Nowhere in the most recent list of criteria for a major depressive episode is there any mention of an increased capacity to harm others or disregard for the suffering of other people.

I am sticking to my original diagnosis of schizophrenia until it it is clearly demonstrated that something else was the problem.

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March 28, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Posted in News, Psychology

LENA DUNHAM OR WHITE-POWER SKINHEAD? A QUIZ

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Do the following statements refer to (a) Lena Dunham or (b) a white-power skinhead that I happen to know?

1. Posts crap on the internet that no one else wants to read (but if people happen to read it, they often get pissed off)

2. Pasty white skin

3. Body covered with offensive tattoos

4. Hates Jews

5. A body-part normally covered with hair has all of the hair shaved off

6. Weighs approximately 165 pounds

7. Likes to be the center of attention.

8. Experimented sexually with younger sister

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March 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Posted in News

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