Mentally Ill Inmates in a Crazy Prison System

May 25, 2015

Originally posted on Kids in the system:

In March 2007, the nonprofit Disability Law Center sued the state of Massachusetts over its treatment of hundreds of mentally ill inmates. Prisoners with emotional problems who are unruly in some way are kept in 23 hour solitary confinement, which, according to a November 10 Boston Globe article, has “led to self-mutilations, swallowing of razor blades, and numerous suicides.”

In response to these grave concerns the Patrick administration, in an out-of-court negotiation, proposed building special treatment units for mentally disturbed inmates. Now, that proposal is off the table; citing the budget crisis, those units will not be built. So it’s back to court in an effort to force the state to give its incarcerated citizens their constitutional protection against “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Massachusetts isn’t alone in facing the problem of caring for mentally ill inmates. Every state has had to confront this growing trend which started in the…

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From Jane Stillwater–No one messes with Grandma Zombies!

April 18, 2015

Linda Shelton:

We need truth commission like in S Africa to expose corrupt courts stealing elderly and disabled estates

Originally posted on MaryGSykes.com:

If only we can get the grandma zombies to protect our elders from probate and locked down nursing homes?

Any film student want to write a plot for that one?

Zombie grandmas:  How to make the most of getting old
      About three years ago, I made the big mistake of looking too closely into my bathroom mirror.  Yuck!  All I could see was wrinkles and gray hair.  But wait — I was never supposed to have actually gotten this old.  This was never supposed to have happened!  But it did — at least to my body if not my mind.
     “So,” I said to myself, “what the freak can I do with OLD?”  I know!  I’ll become an actor!  And so I did.
  

Fortunately, there are several film schools in my city where student directors are always looking for talent to use…

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Weight loss in a sensible way that is heart healthy

March 30, 2015

As a retired physician, I generally have not endorsed any weight loss programs in the past.  I always try to teach people to understand that their biggest enemy are the advertisers and food processors.  I suggested that they should avoid margarine, use only small amounts of good fats like Olive Oil and butter, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, limit to 1/4 of your meal or less white foods like bread, pasta, ice cream, cookies, cakes, and other baked goods, boycott soda pop and drink tea or modest amounts of coffee with limited amount of sugar, drink water flavored with a little lemon, mint, or a piece of fruit, drink fruit juice only if diluted a lot, only drink modest amounts of whole or 2% milk if at all, eat more beans and less red meat, more fish and less hormone and antibiotic loaded chicken, more of an American Indian (First People’s) or Mediterranian diet and excercise modestly, especially every few hours for a few minutes if sitting all day long.

I have not been overweight and I have never dieted to lose weight.  I however now endorse one diet program that is very inexpensive, starts with a great simple video, and is compatible with my philosophy about food. Here it is and its called “Beyond Diet”:  link  It says that it costs $47 for a one-time fee without credit card monthly fees.

You could probable do this diet yourself by going to a bookstore and buying a book about Dean Ornish diet for a healthy heart, or a book about a vegan diet that is followed by Bill Clinton and the  new president of the American Academy of Cardiology, Dr. Kim WIlliams – my former classmate, who went on a vegan diet and reversed his own heart disease, as well as study methods of eating a plant-based diet low in fats and refined carbohydrates, with moderate walking-based exercise, weekly group meetings to build social support, and daily hour-long stress reduction exercises including stretching, breathing, meditation, and progressive relaxation.  Yoga is great.

These are my suggestions – and I am not getting paid by anyone to suggest this, nor do I know anyone associated with “Beyond Diet”.

How to help a mom with a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit

March 30, 2015

A new mother is driven by hormones and natural bonding instincts to be with their baby. However, if the baby is premature or miserably ill and in the intensive care unit, mothers can’t stay 24/7 and suffer tremendous stress.  How should friends and family help?  This article explains it well.  Remember, their need goes on for weeks to months. Be there for them – it will help both the baby and the mother. The mother’s milk will have less stress hormones and be of better quality if she is more relaxed and properly nourished. Help is always needed. Read the article here.

Youth employment & minimum wage rules – minimum wage does not prevent summer jobs

March 29, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

This is directly quoted from the U.S. Government Dept. of Labor

Check out this quick and easy way to find answers to frequently asked questions about young workers.

For more information see the government “toolkit” for details: http://www.youthrules.dol.gov/support/toolkit/index.htm

What is the minimum age for work?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets 14 as the minimum age for most non-agricultural work. However, at any age, youth may deliver newspapers; perform in radio, television, movie, or theatrical productions; work in businesses owned by their parents (except in mining, manufacturing or hazardous jobs); and perform babysitting or perform minor chores around a private home. Also, at any age, youth may be employed as homeworkers to gather evergreens and make evergreen wreaths.

Different age requirements apply to the employment of youth in agriculture.

Many states have enacted child labor laws, some of which may have a minimum age for employment which is higher than the FLSA. Where both the FLSA and state child labor laws apply, the higher minimum standard must be obeyed.

What hours can youth work?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the minimum age for employment in non-agricultural employment is 14. Hours worked by 14 and 15-year-olds are limited to:

  • Non-school hours;
  • 3 hours in a school day;
  • 18 hours in a school week;
  • 8 hours on a non-school day;
  • 40 hours on a non-school week; and
  • The hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (except from June 1 through Labor Day, when evening hours are extended to 9 p.m.)

Youth 14 and 15 years old enrolled in an approved Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP) may be employed for up to 23 hours in school weeks and 3 hours on school days (including during school hours).

The FLSA does not limit the number of hours or times of day for workers 16 years and older.

Many states have enacted child labor laws as well. In situations where both the FLSA child labor provisions and state child labor laws apply, the higher minimum standard must be obeyed.

Must young workers be paid the minimum wage?

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. However, a youth minimum wage of $4.25 per hour applies to employees under the age of 20 during their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with an employer. After 90 days, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay the full federal minimum wage.

Other programs that allow for payment of less than the full federal minimum wage apply to workers with disabilities,full-time students, and student-learners employed pursuant to sub-minimum wage certificates. These programs are not limited to the employment of young workers.

Do young workers need a work permit?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require that youth get work permits or working papers to get a job. Somestates do require work permits prior to getting a job. School counselors may be able to advise if a work permit is needed before getting a job.

What kinds of work can youth perform?

Regulations governing youth employment in non-agricultural jobs differ somewhat from those pertaining to agricultural employment. In non-agricultural work, the permissible jobs, by age, are as follows:

  • Workers 18 years or older may perform any job, whether hazardous or not;
  • Workers 16 and 17 years old may perform any jobs not deemed hazardous; and
  • Workers 14 and 15 years old may work outside school hours in certain specified jobs.

Fourteen is the minimum age for most non-agricultural work. However, at any age, youth may deliver newspapers; perform in radio, television, movie, or theatrical productions; work in businesses owned by their parents (except in mining, manufacturing, or on hazardous jobs); perform babysitting or perform minor chores around a private home. Also, at any age, youth may be employed as homeworkers to gather evergreens and make evergreen wreaths.

Different age requirements apply to the employment of youth in agriculture.

A reprint of Ken Ditkowsky’s article on the PPJ–the word of Ditkowsky and Denison and Amu is going Viral

March 27, 2015

Linda Shelton:

Abuse of elderly with court appointees stealing their estates continues unabated in IL

Originally posted on MaryGSykes.com:

and cannot be stopped on the internet, which is free and open and democratic, despite the protests, the shameful conduct of attorneys and judges acting badly and trying to stop those that speak out against harm to the elderly and disabled!

Before we are distracted or otherwise side tracked in our struggle to defeat the corrupt and venal political and judicial officials who are conducting a war on the elderly and the disabled I want to thank every person who has joined he battle on the side of the elderly, disabled, and families thereof.   By persistence and by joining hands piece by piece the word is getting out and law enforcement is enforcing the law and protecting the Constitution.   Yes, the gains are small to date, but, a search of the internet has revealed that the word is getting out.
Mr. Jerome Larkin and his cronies may lack…

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Should a Guardian ad Litem Facilitate Mediation? My Experiences with GAL & Mediation

March 27, 2015

Linda Shelton:

Guardian ad litem abuses in divorce remain systemic problem throughout U. S.

Originally posted on Family Court Injustice:

Should a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) be allowed to mediate between parties, assisting in coming to agreements about custody and parenting time, and facilitating communication? The Minnesota Rules of Guardian ad Litem Procedure say no. However, Guardians often assume the responsibility of mediator, or facilitate back and forth communication between parties, voluntarily. Judges also frequently call Guardians to be present during mediation, which often results in the Guardian performing mediation or influencing the process.

 Let’s start the discussion…What are YOUR thoughts on the role of a Guardian ad Litem? Should they perform mediation? And what should happen if a GAL violates the rules, and acts outside of their duties? Post your thoughts and experiences (use anon name to protect your identity) in the comments below!

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In 2008, Hennepin County 4th Judicial District, Guardian ad Litem, Jamie L. Manning facilitated a mediation between my abusive ex…

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From Ken Ditkowsky — what is the difference between Student Farkhunda and the ARDC..apparently not much

March 27, 2015

Linda Shelton:

Civil rights systemically abused in IL courts

Originally posted on MaryGSykes.com:

From: kenneth ditkowsky
Sent: Mar 26, 2015 4:40 PM
To: “J. Ditkowsky” , “JoAnne M. Denison” , Tim NASGA , Probate Sharks , Nasga Us , Matt Senator Kirk , Eric Holder , “FBI- ( (” , Chicago FBI , BILL DITKOWSKY , “ComplaintAdmin ADA (CRT)” , Janet Phelan , Chicago Tribune , SUNTIMES , Ginny Johnson , Bev Cooper , FOX News Network LLC , Diane Nash , Cook County States Attorney , Scott Evans , Fiduciary Watch , “Y. ACLU” , ISBA Main Discussion Group , Glenda Martinez , Edward Carter , Illinois ARDC , Barbara Stone , Cook Sheriff , “Mr. Lanre Amu — Honest Atty Unfairly Persecuted By ARDC” , “tips@cbschicago.com”
Subject: IT IS AMAZING –

I was thumbing through the Sun-times and I ran across the following article, to wit:

Deadly blasphemy laws must be abolished

Posted: 03/26/2015, 02:37pm | Junaid M. Afeef
An…

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In Chicago, what does a nursing home do when it’s understaffed? Break out the chemical restraints.

March 27, 2015

Linda Shelton:

Elderly abuse in Chicago area nursing homes systemic by over drugging

Originally posted on MaryGSykes.com:

Shamefully, in South Holland, this news story was recently reported:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/03/19/source-assisted-living-facility-tied-to-three-deaths-might-have-been-understaffed/

Dorothy Byrd, age 98 died of an overdose of chemical restraints:

Paris said it’s his understanding the nurse used painkillers to sedate seven seniors at Holland Home. Six fell ill and were rushed to hospitals. Byrd died the next day. Rundin and Krynicki died about a month later. The other three residents who were hospitalized on February 3 have now recovered.

According to Paris, Byrd was taking hydrocodone for back pain, but not at the levels found in her body when she died, and she was not prescribed any morphine, which also was found in her system in toxic levels.

Finally someone is noticing that nursing homes chemically restrain residents as desired.

Finally, a coroner is doing tox screens on the elderly instead of saying “oh well, she was old, wasn’t she”.

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United the Arab World wins; Divided they fall. Jordan stands as hopeful leader.

February 5, 2015

The arab world divided by clans, religious clashes between Sunni and Shiah Muslims, stressed by huge numbers of refugees, with incredible instability in countries with failing governments, with staggering income inequality and pockets of poverty, with strict difference in roles of women and men, must unite to stand or fall if they continue to remain divided, now is faced with one of the deadliest, most gruesome, and unacceptable situations in decades – the unholy and despicable Islamic State.

I condemn the atrocities against children, citizens in the Arab World, and captives – especially the recent burning of a Jordanian pilot – may his soul rest in peace and may God (Allah) bring mercy and comfort to those who have suffered and are suffering.

Jordan is a monarchy that respects the historical, religious, and cultural issues, and therefore should be supported by all and emulated by others. May God (Allah), as well as the words of the prophets bring wisdom and strength to his majesty King Abdullah II.

They still however, have not solved the problems of poverty and refugees, nor the religious differences. This Associated Press article explains this a bit – click here.

I urge King Abdullah II to stand as a leader of the Arab world by:

1) educating and explaining the clan system, its importance, and its necessity to the west, as well as the differences between Sunni and Shiah Muslims;

2) bring conferences between the Shiah and Sunni clans, as well as the Kurds and other minority religious groups, so that they can unite to fight the barbaric Islamic State and crush it;

3) bring conferences to unite about how to stamp out poverty, give their populations a better life and help the refugees;

4) bring conferences to unite about how best to elevate their societies through cooperation over science, resources, education, environmental issues, health issues, etc.; and

5) explain how he has moved his country slowly and respectfully toward greater democratic reforms, which are molded to and respectful of his culture, religion, and clan system.

In this way, the Arab World will be more peaceful, more prosperous, and more of a leader to the rest of the world.


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