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Latest on Andreas Lubitz

Unfortunately, there is barely any news to report. The media got bored with the story. There has been nothing reported about what exactly his doctors were treating him for. This is typical with all of these interesting stories, we never get to find out the real story.

From a New York Times article last week, this all that is said about the psychiatric care he received when he dropped out of flight school:

But he broke off his training and for several months received psychiatric care, spending at least part of that time back home in Montabaur. When he was ready to return to the flight school the next year he sent Lufthansa the email about his “episode of severe depression,” attaching medical documents, the company said.

There is nothing specific here, such as exact contents of the medical records his psychiatrists had on him. I still suspect that Lubitz actually experienced hallucinations, but the doctors called it “depression” in order to avoid stigmatizing him with schizophrenia.
And then in the period shortly before the crash:

He began to visit a series of doctors, complaining first of psychiatric problems and later of difficulties with his vision. He visited the Düsseldorf University Hospital in February and March for diagnostic testing. Doctors could determine no physiological causes for the vision difficulties, leading investigators to conclude that they may have been psychosomatic.

Investigators believe that he visited many different doctors, “well into the double digits,” in part so that none would recognize the true scope of his health problem, according to an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of German privacy laws.

Once again, there is absolutely nothing specific about what the more than ten doctors he saw actually evaluated him for. Psychosomatic vision difficulties are pretty rate, and I still think that this would be consistent with photopsia which is sometimes experienced by people with schizophrenia and might have caused him to have a retinal exam because photopsia is also a symptom of retinal detachment, as well as a symptom of migraines, and Lubitz did search for migraines on his computer.

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We also never found out about Adam Lanza’s congenital analgesia, which was the weirdest thing about that incident yet nothing the MSM reported on.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 24, 2015 at 1:28 PM

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  1. OT: more undernews chatter about De Blasio screwing up NYC. What sayeth the Lion?

    This strikes me as really stupid on De Blasio’s part because the FIRST time chaos took over, the Left could derp about “root causes/Nixon/Reagan yadda yadda” but once a Republican mayor FIXED it, that argument got completely discredited by all but the hardcore adherents.


    April 24, 2015 at 3:46 PM

  2. I agree with you, they are not telling anything about this story. We don’t get the real facts and information that counts, it means which drugs was taking, which diagnosis were made by the many doctors he visited, etc. They want this case remembered with the story newspapers created. IMHO.


    April 24, 2015 at 4:06 PM

  3. a few reasons why no one (in US) cares any more:

    1. didn’t happen in US
    2. too scary to think about
    3. no real way to make this about race or feminism


    April 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    • “3. no real way to make this about race or feminism”

      I was going to post basically the same thing. The media is obsessed with finding stories to support the Leftist Narrative.

      It’s kind of like how if you go to a museum with European art from the middle ages, most of the art has a Biblical theme.


      April 25, 2015 at 5:43 AM

    • You could make it racial if you really wanted to. The media could say something to the effect, “If this was a black/non cis-gendered/female/non-white/non-Christian person, they would never gotten the same breaks from their employer.” In fact, my dad just made that same argument!

      Lion of the Judah-sphere

      April 25, 2015 at 8:06 PM

  4. Lion, you should blog about things of interest happening in your hometown. Like this:

    Dave Pinsen

    April 24, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    • “Columbia University Bans Workers From Speaking Spanish: Sign the petition and share!”

      I’m disappointed this wasn’t tweeted in Spanish.


      April 25, 2015 at 7:02 AM

      • With the Paul Nussenger case, Doctor Oz, and Spanish speaking prole workers, a college name similar to prole online degrees (a la Concordia or something), Columbia’s reputation is dangerously close to becoming a prole university.


        April 25, 2015 at 11:42 PM

      • Thought it is really fucking ridiculous to go to a cafe and all the workers are gossiping in spanish and you want to order, and they give you that kill-whitey face because you have the audacity to want a coffee. Fuck them.


        April 25, 2015 at 11:45 PM

      • Who cares? They hire 3rd world types to do menial work anyway. Further, Columbia’s security force is mostly black. The guys patrolling the ladies dorm rooms are all minorities and so are the school’s cleaning staff. I won’t be all that shocked if they decided to turn on the White students and the over privileged White professors and well paid-comfy White administrators, as their resentment grows towards these well to do types, while they scrape by. They’ll probably take it out on the Eastern Asiatics 1st, since swarm of Asians are dotted in most Ivy League campuses.

        It’s already cognitive dissonance for much of the liberal mental institutions!


        April 26, 2015 at 1:25 PM

  5. Exactly right. Even a brief 30 second clip once and awhile following up on these high-profile stories would be nice.


    April 24, 2015 at 11:19 PM

  6. OT: Is this Clinton uranium deep corruption thing significant? “It’s in the Times!”


    April 25, 2015 at 8:47 AM

  7. OT: The Wall Street Journal Weekend section has a article about how shit summer jobs are a good thing and help build humility and character. Having worked many of these sort of jobs myself, I agree this is indeed the case, but the author doesn’t address the fact that college admissions staff and employment recruiters don’t care for either of these things, at least as demonstrated by unglamorous manual labor that is not part of some foreign service project. Since you’ve written extensively on this topic I figured you’d be interested.

    Jokah Macpherson

    April 25, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    • Why would employment recruiters care about foreign service projects unless they considered it a positive status signal and the prole labor a negative status signal.


      April 26, 2015 at 4:02 PM

  8. Every time anyone accomplishes something outstanding, they try to blame it on schizophrenia. This was just the suicide committed by the creative person.


    April 25, 2015 at 2:08 PM

  9. Here’s a story about the human mind and its workings that manages to be both fascinating and a bit creepy.
    There’s a cashier in her early 30’s named Jenny at the Major Home Improvement Retailer where I work my second job. She has a bubbly, goofy personality that’s impossible to dislike. A couple of years ago, when living in another state, she was in a near-fatal car crash caused by an extremely intoxicated driver. (Note: she was the extremely intoxicated driver). She suffered a brain injury and a broken neck. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene but were able to resuscitate her in the ambulance. She did not regain consciousness for several days and was hospitalized for a lengthy period.
    Jenny says that during this period as she lay unconscious she dreamed (or otherwise mentally encountered) some of her older relatives who had died and even spoke with them. That part’s maybe not too hard to understand. But Jenny also recalled talking with a childhood friend with whom she had gradually lost contact over the years. They had last spoke about five years earlier. What was hard to explain is that unlike the older relatives, this friend was not, you know, dead.
    Or so she thought. When Jenny regained consciousness and told her mother about what she’d experienced, she was shocked to find out that about a week before her crash, unbeknownst to her, the childhood friend had died in a separate crash.



    April 26, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    • That’s a shame. It’s truly tragic when bad things happen to nice people.

      Though it’s not surprising that she saw lots of crazy stuff. When one part of the brain is injured, the rest must compensate to pick up those functions, so it has to do lots of rewiring and repurposing, which I’m sure causes lots of mischief and visions.


      April 27, 2015 at 12:34 AM

  10. To be fair, I was bored with this story from Day 1.


    April 27, 2015 at 3:16 AM

  11. OT: ’10 Columbia Law School grad can’t find a job as a lawyer so he teaches LSAT prep (so others will go to law school and not find lawyer jobs).

    NYT, 04/26/15 – Burdened With Debt, Law School Graduates Struggle in Job Market

    Jonathan Wang has not practiced law since he graduated from Columbia Law School in 2010, but he did not plan it that way. When he entered law school, the economy was flourishing, and he had every reason to think that with a prestigious degree he was headed for a secure well-paying career. He convinced his parents, who work in Silicon Valley, that he had a plan. “I would spend three years at school in New York, then work for a big law firm and make $160,000 a year,” said Mr. Wang, 29. “And someday, I would become a partner and live the good life.”…Mr. Wang, who works in Manhattan as a tutor for the law school admissions exam, is living a life far different from the one he envisioned…

    Over all, nearly 85 percent of law graduates have taken out student loans, according to the website Law School Transparency, and 2010 law graduates accumulated debt averaging $77,364 at public law schools and $112,007 at private ones.

    Many have received financial hardship deferments or, like Mr. Shirkey, who accumulated $328,000 in student debt, including some undergraduate loans received credits for public interest work. Federal government rules, revised last year, allow student borrowers who work in nonprofit and public sector jobs to have their loans forgiven after 10 years and to pay back their college loans based on their income and expenses…

    After he graduated, Mr. Wang had a yearlong fellowship with a state court judge, but when that ended in 2011, the “market was still awful,” he said. After he was admitted to the New York State bar, he turned to tutoring and law school advising to pay his rent and loans.

    “I thought the LSAT tutoring gig was going to be a temporary thing, but five years and one bar admission renewal later, here I am,” he said. His business has greatly expanded and he makes over $100 an hour, but that is far below what he would make at a law firm. “I waffle constantly, but I’m still in the mind-set that I need to find a real job,” he said.

    E. Rekshun

    April 27, 2015 at 5:08 AM

    • On the other hand…

      NYT, 04/16/15 – Welcome to Your First Year as a Lawyer. Your Salary Is $160,000

      …In the biggest legal markets — including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington — $160,000 is the most common salary at the largest firms that reported paying first years….

      The association said 556 law offices from across the country responded to the survey. Over all, the national median first-year salary at firms of any size was $135,000. That is a rise of $10,000 since 2014, but the association said that fewer smaller firms responded this year than in previous years.

      E. Rekshun

      April 27, 2015 at 5:18 AM

      • The NYT comments thoroughly debunk the article’s figures.

        E. Rekshun

        April 27, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    • I find it hard to believe that someone who graduated from Columbia,perhaps the 4th best law school (after Harvard, Yale and Stanford) couldn’t find any job at all.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 27, 2015 at 7:11 AM

      • Yes, me too. I wonder if there’s something about the Columbia grad that’s unappealing to law firms.

        E. Rekshun

        April 27, 2015 at 11:41 AM

      • Jonathan Wang doesn’t seem like an appealing candidate to BIGLAW firms, especially in a very alpha and liberal city like NYC, where alpha NAM lawyers like Tremayne Johnson and Carlos Rodriguez seem a better fit for them. And alpha induced cities such as NYC isn’t exactly beta Asian men friendly for alpha careers and alpha social circles. Just my keen observations and insights after living in this darn place for so long. He probably thrives better out in the Golden State of California, where the general populace is not as alpha. And being in BIGLAW as a support staff, I noticed much of the lawyers in BIGLAW look better than those of Guido or ProleLaw (similar to those in prestigious careers in finance). He might not exactly fit the description of good looking to be part of BIGLAW.


        April 27, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    • “he makes over $100 an hour, but that is far below what he would make at a law firm”
      “I would spend three years at school in New York, then work for a big law firm and make $160,000 a year”
      Lol which is it?

      Copperhead Joe

      April 27, 2015 at 1:46 PM

  12. Here are the latest news from NYT, they are telling us a lot about his depression of 2009:

    It states what medicines Lubitz was taking in 2009 to recover from his depression and there are statements about his condition from his psychiatrist in 2009. It seems he had “only” reactive depression and no other conditions.

    Congrats to New York Times that is doing a very good report on this case, they are the only one!


    April 30, 2015 at 8:07 AM

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