Saturday, March 31, 2018

Professional gaslighting?

I ponder sometimes how prevalent institutionalized gaslighting is among public mental health services.  It would be to the benefit of these organizations to convince as many people as they can that they are all crazy, and need to come back for services.  At the same time it would also be beneficial to make the people coming back be as easy to deal with, and treat as possible.  So what is to stop doctors from convincing their patients that they are crazy so that they can keep them coming back.  Keep collecting money from the state, and keep collecting a paycheck without actually having to do any real work.

I know that this is apt to be an unpopular position to hold. and that there are a lot of people that are in actual need of help for whom access to public mental health services are a life saver, literally, (I am sure I can find a book that explains this).

However, I also am well aware of the nature of humans, greed, and the general disrespect for humanity that my fellow sociopaths have.  If I was a psychologist I could see how this would be a tempting practice, and I know a lot of people who seem like they are treated with a disproportionately large amount of treatment for the scope of their problems.  They are convinced that they are far more abnormal than they actually are.  Psychological gas lighting.....

Hmmm, makes you think.

A quick update from the outsiders world

What a long strange trip its been.  My life is nothing when it isn't weird, if I do not have some form a surreal activity going on I just fall into a general state of moroseness, however, when thing occur that make life at least moderately interesting, or unpredictable at a minimum, then everything seems to get better.

It has at least gotten to a state of moderate unpredictability, does any of it make any sense?  No, absolutely not.  But moderate unpredictability.  The squirrels are content for the moment. 

I am impatiently awaiting the arrival of spring.  We were supposed to get a snowstorm, but it went south of us, April Fools!  I guess just to the south they did get a foot of snow.  I am guessing that all of the near misses that we got this year will be followed up next year, or the year after with a series of hits.

There is a painting that has been staring at me waiting for me to finish it for a while.  It is cold and lousy today, and other than a trip to Menard's there is not a whole lot I need to accomplish today in the world.  It is too cold and windy to go out and do any work in the yard, there may be enough sunlight to make the greenhouse pleasant for a while, but I am really questionable on whether that is a reality or not.

I have, once again, ditched the Facebook.  I just got sick of it, it is such a negative influence on life, and such an absurd waste of time.  Get rid of Facebook, subscribe to a blog!

I have been trying to figure out how to free up some railings and what-not on the boat so I can re-seat them before summer arrives, or more accurately, enough ice goes away that I can chuck the boat in the water.  I am rally looking forward to the summer and being able to get working on things.  There are so many things that I wan to get cleaned up, situated, generally arranged.  I want to be able to finally spend a night on the boat and sleep with the gentle rocking, and lapping of waves on the hull.

This all falls under those life goal things that I have had for a long time, and have never been able to achieve.  The intentions include doing a lot more painting, and doing a lot more writing.  So there may be a burst of activity in the coming months as the boat gets put together and I have time to spend time finding out who I am, and who I want to be.  You would think that I would have figured out these aspects of my life years ago, but what can I say, I am a slow bloomer.

Oh well, I think it is about time to get moving and make my shopping run to Menards.  I want to get the stuff I need to get some more work done in the greenhouse, and possibly some goodies for working on the boat, painters tape, some brushes for spar varnish, maybe even some paint thinner which serves many purposes in my life!

Oh well, off to go get cleaned up and on my way, I shall return!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Papua New Guinea Earthquake 2/25/2018

Large earthquakes are not focused on a point, they are actually a shear zone that lets go and shifts.  The 2/25/2018 Papua New Guinea earthquake just happened to have a very well defined shear zone when you looked at the aftershocks.
 The large red dot in the center is the primary earthquake the other dots are earthquakes sorted by depth, yellow <15km
Orange 15km-25km
dk. orange 25km-35km
Red >35km

Not sure why the primary is Red, should be Orange, unless the downloaded list had the depth wrong.  The main thing is that if you look at the earthquakes they are all concentrated in one well defined area.  On top of that the depth of the earthquakes slope downward towards the Northeast.

This is even better defined when you look at only the larger earthquakes, which are going to have more precise depth calculations.  The yellow dots are mostly to the SW, and the Red are mostly to the NE. 

March 9th Aurora

I live near a city that generally precludes my ability to see things like the aurora because of light pollution.  On Friday night I took advantage of not having to be up for work in the morning and took a drive up Highway 4 past Island Lake so that I could be someplace without all of the light pollution and actually get to see the aurora.  Turns out there are a lot more stars there too.

 That red blur in the distance?  That is taillights from a passing car.  Very soon it went out around a corner and disappeared.
 Since it was dark and still I was able to jack the exposure time up to 15 seconds.  As a result even though it was very dark as the moon was not up yet, you can see the white of the snow in the ditches.  The aurora was visible but dim on the horizon at this point.
 I look up to the west and saw Orion staring at me so I aimed the camera in that general direction and took a shot.  Using a 10mm lens you really don't have to aim much past "in that general direction" any way.
 Anotherquick shot with all the stars.
 Airplane flying over head, it is surprising how much of a trail they leave as they cruise silently along up in the sky.
I drove a few miles down the road and thought about pulling off, thankfully thought better of it because it was not plowed.  The sign is lit up in the taillights of the truck as I was near a curve and wanted to announce my presence.

One last shot with the road lit up in the taillights.  One interesting observation that I did not think of until this morning is that with all of the cars driving north, I never saw a car driving south the entire time I was out there.

I am thinking about what kind of a rig I could use for driving about and doing photography.  This summer the rig is going to be a 32 foot sailboat, but once the boat goes up on the cradle in the fall I am going to have to figure something out that is a more comfortable cruise than the truck.

Don't get me wrong, the truck is awesome as a daily driver and a go out and haul heavy things vehicle, but it is small and the heat is not overwhelming.  It gets heat, eventually, is the best you can say about it.  Also it does lack room that would be handy for hauling about photography equipment, for instance hauling a tripod fills it, and I would never be able to haul my telescope.

I will think about this more in the fall.  I have plenty of time to find the perfect vehicle, thinking a small import SUV.

In other thoughts when I was driving a long I noticed, and sadly did not take a picture of it to show as an example that the light pollution from Duluth was brighter than the aurora until I got about 30 miles out of town.  Even from Island Lake, which is a good distance out of Duluth, it was far brighter looking south than it was looking north.  We really need to do something about the number of lights we have needlessly aiming straight up in the air making it impossible for anyone to see anything in the sky.