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If you are a veteran in need, dial 800-273-8255, and press 1.

It's International Men's Day, which is a time I like to reflect on the positive things about masculinity, being a man, and having men in our lives. I'd like to hear all kinds of perspectives, with this additional challenge: say it with honesty and without snark. Dig deep and tell us what you appreciate about men and masculinity!

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Thank you, veterans, for your sacrifices and service.

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This is what schizophrenia can look like.

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The title is click-baity and misleading ("early intervention " isn't new or revolutionary - and not at all "miraculous"; it's just poorly funded in the US). But there are some absolute gems in here for understanding why the American mental health system sucks and ends up leaving people with Serious Mental Illness out in the cold. These two quotes in particular make me grind my teeth:

Right now, for every dollar that the federal government spends on medical research through the National Institutes of Health, 15 cents goes to HIV/ AIDS, 10 cents goes to cancer, 2 cents go to heart disease and less than one penny goes to all mental illnesses combined.

_But private insurers in the U.S. aren’t equipped to handle serious psychiatric illness and would just as soon avoid having to do so. They hand mental health care off to “carve-out” firms that tend to push cheap, simple treatments like medications while skimping on labor-intensive but more effective treatments like therapy and support, even when those methods can save more money over time. And even though insurers are supposed to cover all mental health services that are “medically necessary,” the companies have a great deal of leeway over what qualifies. Services that many researchers now believe are crucial, like assistance with staying in school or holding down a job, may not be eligible for reimbursement. “When you bill for things, you have to have a code for everything,” says Perkins, the UNC psychiatrist. “You can’t really do that for something like vocational services.”_

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Nerds, please consider checking this out.

1. To be clear, this is not mine. I'm sharing it because I think it is an important intersection of stuff.

2. I have not been able to hear back from my source on this yet. I'm not going to take it down, as I don't have info one way or the other. But, as of now, use your best judgment on whether you want to participate.

3. I'm disabling reshares in the event it turns out to be bad stuff to limit potential damage.


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Tomlin broke off to go inside the store and buy a soda. The clerk wrapped it in a paper bag and handed him a straw. Back outside, as the conversation wound down, one of the officers called the men over. He asked one of Tomlin’s friends if he was carrying anything he shouldn’t; he frisked him. Then he turned to Tomlin, who was holding his bagged soda and straw. ‘‘He thought it was a beer,’’ Tomlin guesses. ‘‘He opens the bag up, it was a soda. He says, ‘What you got in the other hand?’ I says, ‘I got a straw that I’m about to use for the soda.’ ’’ The officer asked Tomlin if he had anything on him that he shouldn’t. ‘‘I says, ‘No, you can check me, I don’t have nothing on me.’ He checks me. He’s going all through my socks and everything.’’ The next thing Tomlin knew, he says, he was getting handcuffed. ‘‘I said, ‘Officer, what am I getting locked up for?’ He says, ‘Drug paraphernalia.’ I says, ‘Drug paraphernalia?’ He opens up his hand and shows me the straw.’’

The same principle as in #Ferguson  and many other places in the USA - harass and fine people on the flimsiest pretexts in order to generate revenue. And this is done most frequently against the poor (which often means ethnic minorities) because they are the least likely to be able to afford legal recourse to such harassment.

Yes, that means that in many places the police are effectively a hostile, occupying army. The military hardware they have been getting in the last few years is a nice touch, too.

(Via +Joseph Teller)
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