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Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments.

But executions are, in fact, brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should we. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf.

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— U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, in a dissent filed Monday in the Arizona death penalty case of Joseph Rudolph Wood III. Wood’s attorneys described his execution, which took place Wednesday, as botched; it began at 1:52 p.m. and he wasn’t declared dead until 3:49.

approachingsignificance:

Well prove to me I’m not gonna die alone.
Unstitch that shit I’ve sewn,
To close up the hole that tore through my skin. 


Highlights of Changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders

psychhealth:

Schizophrenia

  • Elimination of the special attribution of bizarre delusions and Schneiderian first-rank auditory hallucinations (e.g., two or more voices conversing) —> two Criterion A symptoms now required for any diagnosis of schizophrenia
  • Addition of a requirement in Criterion A that the individual must have at least one of these three symptoms: delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech.

Schizophrenia Subtypes

  • The DSM-IV subtypes of schizophrenia (i.e., paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, undifferentiated, and residual types) are eliminated (whaaaaaaaaaaat) 
  • New dimensional approach to rating severity for the core symptoms of schizophrenia (well at least that’s a step in the right direction, I think)

Schizoaffective Disorder

  • Requirement that a major mood episode be present for a majority of the disorder’s total duration after Criterion A has been met —> disorder now a longitudinal vs. cross-sectional diagnosis, making it more comparable to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc. 

Delusional Disorder

  • Criterion A for delusional disorder no longer has the requirement that the delusions must be nonbizarre

Catatonia

  • The same criteria are used to diagnose catatonia whether the context is a psychotic, bipolar, depressive, or other medical disorder, or an unidentified medical condition, and all contexts require three catatonic symptoms (from a total of 12 characteristic symptoms)
  • May be diagnosed as a specifier for depressive, bipolar, and psychotic disorders; as a separate diagnosis in the context of another medical condition; or as an other specified diagnosis.


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The intended victim, a 43-year-old man who has not been named, says his wife tried to lure him into bed and encouraged him to perform oral sex on her. His suspicions were aroused when he noticed an unusual odour emanating from her private parts and, fearing she was unwell, took her to hospital, Brazil’s Tvi24 reports. Medical tests revealed she had doused her vagina with enough of the unspecified toxin to kill both her husband and herself.

Confronted with the test results the woman reportedly confessed to her crime. It is believed she hatched the bizarre plot after asking her husband for a divorce, a request he now seems rather more likely to acquiesce to. Tvi24 says the woman has received medical treatment and sources claim her husband plans to sue her for attempted murder.

I can’t. 

Why was she not charged with attempted murder?


rnicrophone:

bombing:

cop: who the hell ordered all these pizzas

me: you said i got one phone call

image

This is actually a pretty great story. I’ll bet you the cops ate the pizzas. 


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Hello! How was Athens? May I ask why you went there?

Hello!

Athens was fantastic. I really enjoyed the city and the surrounding areas. Greece is a great place to visit. My girlfriend has always wanted to go to Greece, so we started saving a while back and decided to go for it. 


eviscerator:

Internal Decapitation
Instant death, right? Wrong. This phenomenon actually occurs more frequently than you’d expect after cases of trauma, with many people surviving. In fact after a car accident, a woman spent 1 year diagnosed with whiplash before someone finally did an X-ray and realised what the crap was going on. It went on for so long that the bones in her spine began to deteriorate and her neck collapsed to the point of her chin resting onto her clavicle - this then lead to sores and infection. This however is a rather unfortunate scenario; in most instances it’s caught right after the accident and reattached immediately, with both kids and adults having survived it. But still, eeeesh!So how does it happen?
This nasty scenario occurs when the atlanto-occipital joint is dislocated (this a synovial joint which attaches the skull to the spine - you can see a clear detachment of these in the image). Most documented cases of it occurred during road traffic accidents, either as a driver or pedestrian. There have also been some reported cases during childbirth. All of these survivors have of course been very lucky to not have suffered any accompanying spinal cord/nerve damage because that it a pretty sure ticket outta here.
Another example of internal decapitation worth mentioning is hanging. I’d hope to not survive in that instance because you end up asphyxiating instead. Nasty!

eviscerator:

Internal Decapitation

Instant death, right? Wrong. This phenomenon actually occurs more frequently than you’d expect after cases of trauma, with many people surviving. In fact after a car accident, a woman spent 1 year diagnosed with whiplash before someone finally did an X-ray and realised what the crap was going on. It went on for so long that the bones in her spine began to deteriorate and her neck collapsed to the point of her chin resting onto her clavicle - this then lead to sores and infection. This however is a rather unfortunate scenario; in most instances it’s caught right after the accident and reattached immediately, with both kids and adults having survived it. But still, eeeesh!

So how does it happen?

This nasty scenario occurs when the atlanto-occipital joint is dislocated (this a synovial joint which attaches the skull to the spine - you can see a clear detachment of these in the image). Most documented cases of it occurred during road traffic accidents, either as a driver or pedestrian. There have also been some reported cases during childbirth. All of these survivors have of course been very lucky to not have suffered any accompanying spinal cord/nerve damage because that it a pretty sure ticket outta here.

Another example of internal decapitation worth mentioning is hanging. I’d hope to not survive in that instance because you end up asphyxiating instead. Nasty!


"I do not forget that my voice is but one voice, my experience a mere drop in the sea, my knowledge no greater than the visual field in a microscope."
— Carl Jung

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Made it back to the States a few days ago, but I’ve been stuck in a post-vacation decompression stage.

Why can’t I live on the beach with a drink in my hand?

Ugh, so much work to catch up on. 


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Headed out of the country for a while, so posting will be limited.

NYC - Paris - Milan - Athens

See everyone when I get back!



"I feel like I have become the voice that responds to phrases like, “Most people will make a full recovery,” with a swift, “But even if they don’t, they still have skills and talents and value, and we shouldn’t waste that.”"

ether927:

Incredible photos from the operating room taken by Max Aguilera-Hellweg in his book The Sacred Heart, An Atlas Of The Body Seen Through Invasive Surgery, 1997, Bulfinch Press, Little Brown & Company, New York  

https://www.behance.net/gallery/10516739/an-atlas-of-the-body