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HOTCHA! CHRISTIAN POONTANG!
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE PATHETIC, THE INSANE AND THE JUST PLAIN STOOOOPIT PEOPLE OUT THERE
You Know, In Case You Don't Know Anybody Like This...
Runaway battle tanks, six-gun-totin' kiddies, cock-fightin' cops, junk-food for babies... Nah, we don't need a national mental health care plan. Coo-coo! Coo-coo! Coo-coo! Time for our medication!
"More Americans taking drugs for mental illness"
And about time, too.
On the other hand...
' "What we generally find is there has been an increase in access to care for all populations," said Sherry Glied of Columbia University in New York, whose study appears in the journal Health Affairs. "Mental health has become much more a part of mainstream medical care," Glied said in a telephone interview. In 2006, they said 16 percent of adults 65 and older had some form of mental health diagnosis.The study found the number of children diagnosed and treated for mental health conditions by their primary care doctor doubled between 1996 and 2006.
One worrisome finding, Glied said, was that there has been little progress in access to care among people with more serious mental illness. They found treatment for older adults with mental limitations who need help dressing, eating, or bathing fell between 1996 and 2006. About 7 percent of Americans with serious mental illness wind up in jail or prison every year, the researchers said. "New policies are desperately needed to reduce the flow of people whose primary problem is a mental disorder into the criminal justice system," wrote Glied and colleague Richard Frank of Harvard Medical School. While the study shows expanded mental health coverage for people with insurance, especially for those covered in government health plans, they said the ongoing recession and swelling ranks of the uninsured will likely mean less mental health coverage for many Americans in the near future. '
"Insurance Lobby Outlines a Strategic Retreat"
FUTURE TRAFFIC STOPS: "License, registration, car insurance and health insurance, Ma'am? Ma'am, your health insurance card is not current. I'n citing you for operating a human body without mandatory no-fault health insurance, which is required by the State of ____________________________________. Y'all have a nice day, Ma'am."
' Ignagni has previously proposed guaranteeing that people who want to buy insurance can get it, and no longer charging higher or lower rates depending on health status -- a change from current industry practices. In return, the industry has asked for a government mandate that people buy insurance. '
"Some baby foods worse than junk food: survey"
I been livin' on 'em fer years. Makes me sh*t like a baby!
' The CFC survey found that 100g of Farley's Original Rusks, made by Heinz, contained 29g of sugar, more than that contained in the same weight of some chocolate digestive biscuits. Heinz Toddler's Own Mini Cheese Biscuits contained 7.3g of saturated fat per 100g, more than the 6.7g in an equal weight piece of a McDonald's quarter pounder burger with cheese. Heinz defended its Farley's rusks as an "ideal weaning food for babies from around four months." "Farley's Rusks have been enjoyed by generations of babies, and some adults too, for 120 years," it said in a statement. "Enriched with vitamins and minerals, the unique Farley's Rusk recipe has remained virtually unchanged." '
"Bank robber, 13, could get 21 years in US jail"
Defining "at-risk youth," and then victimizing one. Shame on the judge.
' A judge in the juvenile court, noting the premeditation and the "extremely aggressive" manner in which Denote Moore, 13, pointed an unloaded handgun at several bank tellers last month, ordered his case be moved to adult court. The teen told police he had run away from home a month earlier and was stealing to get money for "clothing and stuff." The judge, noting Moore was on probation and failed to comply with counseling and missed several appointments with his probation officer, found the boy to be a poor candidate to work with officials further. An estimated 200,000 juveniles are tried, sentenced or incarcerated as adults every year in the United States, according to the Campaign for Youth Justice. An average of 7,500 juveniles are incarcerated in adult jails at any given time and 40 states allow youths charged as adults to be held in adult jails while they wait for their case to be heard. '
"Former police officer gets 150-day term"
But this corrupt, dog-killing cop deserves a break?
' Former Honolulu police officer Glenn Miram was sentenced yesterday to 150 days in federal prison — to be served on 50 consecutive weekends — for his role in helping an illegal cockfighting operation avoid police raids. Miram was motivated by a "misguided dislike of his supervisor" in HPD's gambling detail, according to Nakakuni. "What he did was wrong and a crime," the prosecutor said. "It's quite sad," she continued. "I wish he had handled it in a different way." '
"Georgia says it halts army mutiny to disrupt NATO"
Move along, move along. Nothing to see here. Just a battalion of tanks in revolt.
' Details of what officials described as a daylong standoff at a tank battalion headquarters near the capital were shrouded in uncertainty. The reported mutiny deepened roiling political tension in a nation at the heart of persistent discord between Moscow and the West. In a televised address, Saakashvili said the mutiny was an isolated case and the situation nationwide was under control. '.
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