Open Thread: Late-Month Check In, January 2017

(by chris the cynic)

Kind of entirely forgot this was a thing, hence it not being closer to the middle of the month.

What have you been doing of late?  How are you?  Are you still alive?  So forth.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]


8 thoughts on “Open Thread: Late-Month Check In, January 2017

  1. depizan77 January 24, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Everything politics is panic attack inducing at the moment. As far as I can tell, we (in the US, but possibly not limited to that) are just utterly, cosmically fucked. All I can do to maintain the ability to function is just ignore it all. Which really won’t solve anything, but it will keep me employed. (It’s difficult to remain employed if you lose control of your anxiety disorder.)

    Otherwise, my first semester of on line IT classes has started and, despite leaving the first week’s assignments to the last minute and not getting the books until yesterday, it’s going all right. We’ll see if I manage to do the rest of the weeks a little more sensibly. (Or if I get utterly eaten by brain mynocks. Which is possible given my first paragraph.)

    So, yeah, that’s my life at present.

  2. christhecynic January 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I’m definitely in a state of “No one tell me political news for the next four years.”

    I’m having trouble with the whole “eat, sleep, hydrate” thing.

    I’m writing about a half demon and a half angel looking for the quarter human relative they share (half sister and half niece) so they can help protect her (and her mother who is half angel’s half sister) from the people who want to make her Antichrist 2.0. Half demon was Antichrist 1.0 and totally failed to do the whole evil thing.

    I’m playing Rise of the Tomb Raider, a game where problems can be solved by shooting them, blowing them up, or shooting them while blowing them up. It does give one a wonderful escape from reality when problems are so easy to fix. Though, the game is kind of a let down.

    It’s fine in itself, but the first game was about female protagonist saving her girlfriend from an evil cult and soul sucking ancestor (ancestor of girlfriend, not protagonist.) This game still has female protagonist, but girlfriend is removed (explanation is in tie in comic because FUCK YOU, that’s why) and instead she’s trying to work through her daddy issues while attempting to stem the damage her investigations led to. (Granted it was because people stole her results, but still.)

    There is stuff that I want to get done. I am not getting it done.

    The judge tossed out DHHS’ original reason for destroying my sister’s life, at least with respect to her newborn, but now DHHS is saying, based on a 20 minute session that happened years ago, that Cody (sister’s boyfriend; baby’s father) is incurably insane and thus cannot be allowed near kids.

    Well, his baby and the 3.75 year old he’s been a father to. Totes ok for him to be around other kids. He could hang out at playgrounds and hand out candy while looking as creepy as possible for all they care. So long as he isn’t near the children that need him, they’re happy.

    Why was this determination made based on some random years old one time session that wasn’t even full length? They refuse to give him an evaluation to see if he is actually mentally fit, and pressured him (in a lawyerless meeting) into handing over the keys to all of his medical records ever on the false implication that it would speed up his reunification with the child and infant.

    The 20 minute session was the only thing they found in all of his medical records that could be presented in a negative light.

    And stuff.

    Sorry I don’t have uplifting stuff to share.

  3. Firedrake January 24, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    UK politics have much the same general effect as US politics, except the axe hasn’t fallen yet: our government is forcing the country to commit economic and cultural suicide, and the opposition is going along with it, all in the name of pleasing a mob much of which is already feeling regret about kicking things off.

  4. depizan77 January 24, 2017 at 6:55 pm


    “Incurably insane”??? What century are these people living in? (Not that a more sensible diagnosis would help.) Frankly, these DHHS people shouldn’t be allowed around children. Or anyone else.

  5. christhecynic January 24, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Everything about what’s been happening is a case of people who shouldn’t be allowed to have their job doing horrible things.

    DHHS is keeping things in a state of “really, really fucked up” but what kicked it off was a cop who should never have been allowed to have a badge, much less a gun or a taser.

    Back on the DHHS people, a lot of it seems to be the impulse to dig deeper. If the final analysis is that Cody can’t be trusted around children then no one will really care about the various missteps made in the process of keeping the innocent little children safe. Who would argue that keeping children safe was a bad thing?

    If the final analysis is that the whole thing has been bullshit, then there are a lot of questions they’re going to have to answer about how they handled the case.

  6. depizan77 January 24, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    People and organizations need to be able to say “whoops, we fucked up.” Trying to ruin peoples lives in order to avoid admitting that is, frankly, evil.

  7. lonespark42 January 25, 2017 at 10:07 am

    AND FAMILIES BEING BROKEN UP (fuck even typing these warnings is triggery OMG…)

    If it works the way these things normally work (ha!) he should be able to get one or more new evaluations and provide evidence of receiving treatment and they should move forward at their glacial pace while blaming everyone but themselves. If he has excellent personal reasons for not doing that, then probably they have full power to keep fucking everyone over.

    If the excellent personal reasons have to do with insurance/finances/access, maybe some kind of charity or crowdfunding help can be done?

    If it’s something more like “I was abused by the medical industrial complex/Things resembling treatments “traditional Western medicine” signs off on don’t help and/or make it worse” then holy fucking shit I don’t even know.

    Maybe consider moving to a different state? (I think I would recommend that to my former self…)

  8. christhecynic January 25, 2017 at 11:24 am

    My sister still hasn’t authorized me to go fully public, so I don’t know how she’d feel about a crowd funding thing. Though if we limit it to, this person who just lost his insurance needs to get a mental evaluation to get his baby back, maybe she’ll go for it.

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