Why Keep Going?

Like a recurrent toothache, I keep going back to this question.  No matter how delighted I may be at the moment, my thoughts never venture far from this question.  
Why keep going?  Why, when it sucks or rather it becomes meaningless to move on or do anything?   When your mind reaches this point, you do one of two things–give up or become desperate.

Is that when you become radicalized? When the past is filled with darkness and the future has no light.

Seems like life is a waste for some. Why even bother to endure so much pain only to end up dead or an expert at enduring pain?  Guess it’s one of those cruel jokes called life. 

To end on a positive note, most people not like me don’t feel this way.  They keep fighting and never ever give up.  Is it the fight that keeps them going? Or do they eventually see light? 

Should Police Officers Be First Responders For 911 Medical Calls

Mental Illness vs Terrorism

These days medical problems are  morphing into “national security” risks.

Muslims with mental illness, who commit violent acts, are diagnosed as ‘terrorists’ and their mental illness ignored. Black people with mental illness, who are a threat to themselves, maybe suicide, are now being killed by first responder cops who feel threatened by their color and illness.

So as more medical problems are misdiagnosed as national security risks, negative health outcomes increase.

What do we physicians do to honor the oath of doing no harm? By permitting first responders to harm mentally ill patients, we abandon our oath and add to poor outcomes and the mounting expense of healthcare.

Aren’t we the gatekeepers of healthcare? Shouldn’t we intervene when harm is done by those who are supposed to transport and help keep our patients healthy?

{I believe} There are no official statistics on the number of deaths or injuries caused by first responders.

Given the current environment, where cops ‘shoot to kill’ suicidal patients and those with flare ups of their mental illness, isn’t it time we track such?

If the medical community remains silent and blind to these egregious deviations in the standard of care, we will herald in a new era of medicine where harm is normal. A situation where medical error is the number one leading cause of death instead of a close third.

Lack of responsible oversight or statistics on LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) encounters with patients experiencing flare ups, or severe mental illness, has put patients at risk for death and worsening of their mental and physical ailments.

Simple interventions can go a long way. Straightforward respectful communication, on the part of first responders, can go a long way to averting bad outcomes.

Unfortunately, in most cases with bad outcomes, communication is poor. Attempts to get family members or friends involved, to de-escalate the situation, are now rarely sought.

Why? Is it better to just kill these patients who are in need of help?

Cops are first responders in the healthcare delivery system and as such should attempt to do no harm at all cost.  They chose to be police officers and are paid well for the service they are hired to perform.

Has the principle of mental illness care changed such that death by first responders is a more cost effective mode? Has imprisonment become a more secure environment for patients with mental illness? Where have all the State mental hospitals gone?

These are all problematic questions. We have a rise in mental and physical illnesses with poorer medical outcomes. And are we planning to exclude these patients from government statistics to make our health outcomes sound better than they actually are?

Misdiagnosing those with severe mental illness as terrorists, or threats to police security, leads to an escalation in problems. More power and money spent on law enforcement and less on effective treatment that could improve health outcomes.

Over 55 cents of each dollar goes to the DoD instead of money spent to better understand and treat people with mental illness humanely. We could target effective approaches to treat and de-escalate flare-ups so common in patients with severe mental illness.

Much debate has gone into First and Second Amendment rights. Let’s now face in earnest the reality around us.  A reality for which we have no metric or indicator to guide us when police officers administer inappropriate first responder care. A reality that unnecessarily mislabels patients and does harm when patients are treated as criminals.

I leave the reader with this last question: Should Police Officers be first responders for 911  medical calls?

Leave me your answer in the comments…



ISIS induced Fear, What Do They Want?


Reflections: ISIS and Fear OR We LISTEN……

Isis: leaders gather in Paris as UK edges towards military action


There was “no time to lose” in dealing with the threat from Isis. “Iraq‘s combat against terrorism is also ours,” he said.

Daesh leaders are working at setting up a state and do not deny the existence of terrorist volunteers from European countries who may or may not have dual nationality … it goes beyond what we experienced before with al-Qaida,” he said. “These criminals are experts at the brainwashing of young people in these regions. They control and prepare them for terrorist actions. They use modern technology to spread propaganda and terror through the internet and social media networks.

“Iraq is here today to show its will to stand up against this terrorism enemy that makes no distinction between Iraqis. We must sent a strong message to the orphaned mothers who have lost their children that we stand beside our people.”

More than 40 countries have signed up to a US-led plan, but not all are willing to offer Iraq direct military support. Arab participation in military action would give a wider sense of legitimacy to the campaign. No Arab state has publicly promised to participate in military action but it is believed several have in private, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the latter of which recently bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya from bases in Egypt.

ISIS induced fear, what is it?

Troubling times, a maze of confusion, plenty of blame but so few solutions.   Isis-induced fear triggering our reaction as media propoganda,  a spectrum of others with unclear motives incite the masses down a familiar path.   Once again  “WMD”s , once again fear reigns.  

Ironic that the man who stood against the grain in Congress and said “No, ” even removed Americans from Iraq,  will through folly do as Bush did.   

ISIS popped up out of nowhere.  Seems to me there is mental illness  OR a severe cry for help from Sunnis oppressed.   

Today,  I looked up the meaning of Isis and was quite surprised….Failure to Listen may lead down the path of WMDs and there were none in Iraq after we accused and invaded without evidence.

Once again fear reigns, Lets Kill Them!    We have already… ISIS is the outcome of unnecessary wars waged by Americans against  Iraq.

Do not let fear prevent negotiation.

At home, entire groups of Americans live in terror.

Police culture   is very interesting… FEAR deployed to control and render Americans helpless, stressed, distracted and apathetic.   The complication is rising mental illness, addiction and violence, exactly what we see today and that is spreading rapidly and indiscriminately.

 …After 911,  we pulled together but  haste and anger pushed us to war.  The international community even allies are no longer by our side.   And after years of war in Iraq and Afghan we are broke.     Guantamano and racial profiling  compound embers of  fear with burst of flames spreading rapidly . 

ISIS is what you get  when people  are forced to watch rentless oppression…remember survivors of the WMD Iraq wars with Shock and AWE…(I was not awed yet I watched)…who lost family and friends…they are humans just like we are…More information before getting involved, especially since black people are ensnared in polices of  slavery.  Our government and traditional media are one, USA is no better and even worse than ISIS.

I fear our government more than I fear ISIS and that was not always the case.   Sadly, structural racism fell on President Obama’s lap, please do not ignore the connection with ISIS.  

An opportunity to create new systems based on the community.   Technology that integrate with priorities of community as voiced by the people and not the government or one percent.     …The Anti-Corruption Database will provide patterns of behaviors along with context.



Editor’s Note: Thank You From Me To YOU

 Thank You From Me To YOU

Yesterday, I was a child delivering the multimedia online news and opinion paper: Justice in America!

From my list of contacts, I delivered Justice in America to fellow Activists and Advocates of human rights and social justice.

The response was immediately amazing and downright awesome. I was more than pleased and humbled; my fears of being a pest were for naught and simply a reflection of my state of mind, not reality.

My gratitude to all who read the news stories in  Justice in America,  visited Failure to Listen and Retweeted.  Thank You!

Can I ask another favor?  If you like, become a subscriber of both.    😀

Enjoy the day!








The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

-Martin Luther King Jr.


Every time we remember to say thank you, we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.

-Sarah Ban Breathnach













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Albert Einstein: Quotes To Understand Life

Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.

-Albert Einstein


The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

-Albert Einstein


The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.

-Albert Einstein


Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.

-Albert Einstein


The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

-Albert Einstein


Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

-Albert Einstein


There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

-Albert Einstein


3D print of Albert Eintein using: 3D printed head using ABS filament created in FDM printer.
3D print of Albert Eintein using 3D printed head from ABS filament created in FDM printer.

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There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everythingis a miracle. Albert Einstein




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Massachusetts Patietns Bill of Rights

Massachusetts Patietns Bill of Rights

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