Posts tagged mental illness

Mental hygiene warrants

Here is the creepiest bit of dystopian legal language that I have heard in the past month or so:

mental hygiene warrants


Real Time Crime Center

Keep in mind that one of the main activities of the Real Time Crime Center right now is to watch, chase down, arrest, imprison and force unwanted psychiatric treatment on people who specifically have not been accused of committing any crimes (The city [sic] is making a major push to sweep the streets of dangerous, mentally ill New Yorkers–and has even compiled a most-wanted list. … Those [mental hygiene] warrants mean that the patients are not wanted for a crime but instead are being sought because they are not getting their court-ordered treatment.)

This bit of overtly totalitarian mental health fascism has been brought to you by the New York Police Department..[1]


  1. [1]Content warning, for slurs from the headline on down, fear-mongering, ignorant scapegoating, and general police-state fascism. I apologize for the really very offensive and generally awful source article; I hate the New York Post in basically every possible way.

Friday Lazy Linking

<li><p><a href="">STANFORD Magazine: March/April 2010 &gt; Features &gt; Clelia Mosher. <cite></cite> (2011-01-12)</a>. <q>In 1973, historian Carl Degler was combing the University archives, gathering research for a book on the history of the family. Sifting through the papers of Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher, who taught in Stanford&#39;s hygiene department around the turn of the 20th century, he came across a mysteriously bound file. Degler...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Common Sense, or a functioning economy has no underclass. <cite>Marja Erwin</cite> (2011-01-12)</a>. <q>1. A government can't solve systemic unemployment through stimulus. It can create temporary boosts which *mask* systemic unemployment; it may even have significant effects depending how easily it responds to spending and how slowly the unemployment rate approaches its normal level relative to the economic system.2. A functioning economy has...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Reading Chomsky. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2011-01-12)</a>. <q>The Good (in churlish brevity) I’ve just finished reading Noam Chomsky’s Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World (it was a Christmas gift). Unsurprisingly, nearly all of it is excellent, and I highly recommend it. Chomsky lucidly explains how u.s. foreign policy is not only imperialist now but has been...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">The Taxpayers Won’t Benefit. Sheldon Richman, <cite>The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty</cite> (2010-12-15)</a>. <q>Why does everyone say the taxpayers will be winners when the banks, AIG, and GM repay their TARP and other bailout money with interest? The taxpayers won’t see a dime! I doubt if any money will even go toward reducing the debt. The only real winners will be the politicians...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">What “Undercover Boss” Could Be. Steven Horwitz, <cite>The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty</cite> (2010-12-15)</a>. <q>Recently I stumbled across the TV show Undercover Boss.  A CEO poses as a new employee at one of his firm’s factories or stores in order to see how the company really runs.  In the episode I watched, the CEO of the Johnny Rocket’s restaurant chain spent time working in...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Winner of Beth A. Hoffman Prize for Economic Writing Named. Foundation for Economic Education, <cite>The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty</cite> (2011-01-12)</a>. <q>The first annual Beth A. Hoffman Memorial Prize for Economic Writing has been awarded to Kevin A. Carson, the Foundation for Economic Education announced. Through the generosity of a FEE donor, the prize has been established to honor the memory of Beth A. Hoffman by recognizing the best article on...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">If Martin Luther King Were Alive Today, He'd Be Just Like Me. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-01-13)</a>. <q>You know all those articles that purport to say what George Orwell would believe if he were alive today, in which Orwell turns out to have had a change of heart on every significant subject where the author disagrees with him? You can do that to Martin Luther King too:...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Food:Class:Working Class. bfp, <cite>flip flopping joy</cite> (2011-01-03)</a>. <q>I’ve been wondering why food for working class people is always represented as “manly man food” that is greasy, heavy, thick food. I mean, I get the origins of working class food as thick greasy meat based food—fish and chips, for example, has enough heaviness and calories to last through...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Szasz in One Lesson. Sheldon Richman, <cite>Free Association</cite> (2011-01-13)</a>. <q>(First posted in 2006, and now amended. The relevance to the Tucson massacre is self-explanatory.)This is something I came up with some time ago to summarize a good deal of what Thomas Szasz, a great libertarian and hero of mine, has been saying for half a century.If neuroscientists discovered that...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Radio Theater. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-01-14)</a>. <q>Get ready to suspend your disbelief. One of the most resilient acts in theatrical history has returned to the D.C. stage: the We’re Going To Defund Public Broadcasting show. Every time this play gets revived, the director alters the story slightly to reflect recent events. This time the performers are...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-01-14.)</em></p></li>

Monday Lazy Linking

<li><p><a href="">Lane’s Forgotten Writings on Race. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2010-11-25)</a>. <q>Among libertarians, Rose Wilder Lane is best known as the author of the libertarian classics The Discovery of Freedom and Give Me Liberty. Outside of the libertarian movement, she is known – if at all – as the at least partial ghostwriter of her mother Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular Little...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-11-26.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, &quot;I know, I&#39;ll give up Freedom 0.&quot; Now they have two problems. Mark Pilgrim, <cite>Mark&#39;s Firehose</cite> (2010-11-24)</a>.  <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-11-26.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Protecting Your Home From Afar With a Robot. By PETER WAYNER, <cite>NYT &gt; Personal Tech</cite> (2010-11-10)</a>. <q>Wi-Fi-equipped robots can be operated remotely to protect a home. Some can even be modified to detect fire and carry an extinguisher.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-11-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">The Illegitimacy of the “Psychiatric Bible” Thomas S. Szasz M.D., <cite>The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty</cite> (2010-11-24)</a>. <q>“Mental health experts ask: Will anyone be normal?” So read the title of a July 27 Reuters report. The “experts” warned that the fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), scheduled for publication in 2013, “could mean that soon no-one will be classed as normal....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-11-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Get The TSA By The Balls. DarianW, <cite></cite> (2010-11-25)</a>. <q>I participated in a WeWontFly pamphlet distribution event at Newark Airport last night. It was organized by NJ Libertarian Party activists. Although everything went smoothly the terminal we were at was not very busy at the time of the event. TSA is engaged in a massive propaganda campaign to discredit...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-11-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Jay Stuart Snelson in OC at KHCTF. PermaKent, <cite>PermaKent Permaculture Ideas of J. Kent Hastings</cite> (2010-11-24)</a>. <q>A NEW Orange County, CA Supperclub! THE Karl Hess Community Technology Forum A PROJECT OF THE RESILIENT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION The Resilient Community Foundation (“”) is pleased to present Jay Stuart Snelson at the inaugural meeting of the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum. Mr. Snelson is a California native, UCLA graduate...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2010-11-29.)</em></p></li>