- 12th April
- 18th October
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- 27th February
- 26th January
- 14th December
This fascinating video, “Booked for Safekeeping,” was a featured selection at my local San Francisco video store, Four Star Video. It’s a 1960 film to train New Orleans police in how to reasonably and humanely deal with mentally ill individuals, severely intellectually challenged people, and those suffering from dementia.
I’m a bit uncomfortable with the word “humanely” in this context. It seems to me that when we talk about being humane towards X, what we mean pragmatically is that we’re such jolly chaps that we’re going to elevate X to nearly the status of a person and temporarily treat them as if they had the kinds of interests we’d be morally bound to respect if they actually were a person. Usually we are “humane” towards animals.
Instead of dealing with mentally ill individuals humanely, how about we deal with them respectfully?
(Source: Boing Boing)
- 14th October
- 30th August
I’ve heard lots of people assert that people who have moved here should learn the local language. To my knowledge I have not yet heard that assertion in Iroquois or Cherokee or Lenape or Navajo or…
- 9th August
This gives whole new meaning to the word ‘unprecedented.’ — Mike McCabe, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, on the unprecedented variety of organizations seeking the recall of some state lawmakers
No, Mike, that is precisely the existing meaning of the word ‘unprecedented’.
(Source: The New York Times)
- 17th June