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Name: Peggy
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Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
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From today's LA Times...a psychiatrist's view of Trump.

Because of Donald Trump’s unusual public conduct, legions of armchair analysts have wondered aloud about his mental health. A former dean of Harvard Medical School tweeted that Trump “defines” narcissistic personality disorder. New York Times columnist David Brooks has said the GOP nominee “appears haunted by multiple personality disorders.” Entrepreneur Mark Cuban was cruder, calling Trump “batshit crazy.” Trump’s coauthor for “The Art of the Deal,” Tony Schwartz, labeled him a “sociopath.” Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker found Trump’s behavior reminiscent of a brain injury.

As a psychiatrist, I have frequently encountered questions about Trump’s mental status in my daily life. A new neighbor asked me what I thought of him. A medical student wondered, would I diagnose him with a mental illness? On a recent phone call, my mother was more specific: —“Is he a narcissist or what?!”
The lessons I learned in kindergarten — not in medical school and years of psychiatric practice — are what tell me that Trump is unfit for the job.

I’m not supposed to answer that question. To underline that point, the American Psychiatric Assn. issued a statement this month reminding its physician members, myself included, to avoid psychoanalyzing the presidential candidates.

That ethical standard has been in place for decades. In 1964, thousands of psychiatrists, in response to a magazine survey, openly questioned then-GOP nominee Barry Goldwater’s fitness for White House duty. Several psychiatrists offered specific diagnoses. The fact that so many psychiatrists were willing to casually diagnose a person they'd never met embarrassed the profession and led to the codification of the so-called Goldwater Rule — no professional opinions on people we have not personally examined.

The rest at the link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-goldenberg-trump-mental-health-20160823-snap-story.html

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Aug 23, 2016, 03:01 PM (4 replies)

A California Meet-Up!

DFW and his beautiful wife are in California for a few days, and so we all got together for dinner tonight at a nice local restaurant. We had a great time, lots of intelligent conversation and many stories from him and his wife!

Here we are, from left to right: Lionel Mandrake, DFW's wife, DFW and me, CaliforniaPeggy!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Aug 7, 2016, 11:18 PM (40 replies)

Some things never change...the cartoon below dates back to 2005...

Note the initial on the cuff.

But it could just as well refer to Trump........since he would certainly finish shredding our Constitution if we were so unlucky to have him as our President.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Jul 31, 2016, 05:45 PM (1 replies)

Sun on Fire

There is a big fire north of LA.......Santa Clarita. It's about 25-30 miles north of where I live. But the smoke is everywhere.......

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jul 23, 2016, 11:31 PM (6 replies)

My husband and I went down to Long Beach to see the Aquarium of the Pacific today...

Here's some of the better photos:






Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Jul 22, 2016, 08:03 PM (16 replies)

Tonight's moon:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jul 16, 2016, 10:42 PM (8 replies)

My newest bumper sticker:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jul 2, 2016, 03:54 PM (43 replies)

EU Referendum results via The Guardian:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:51 PM (18 replies)

Well, I did an experimental photo shoot tonight...

Let me know what you think, good or bad!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Jun 17, 2016, 11:38 PM (21 replies)

From Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet June 8, 2016

Sanders Supporters Need to Grieve, But Have Achieved Much and Still Have Big Role in Philly

A longtime party activist says reach out, show respect and continue.

As anybody who has suffered a loss knows, there needs to be a grieving and healing process before moving on.

This certainly applies to Bernie Sanders supporters. Despite Sanders' pledge Tuesday night to press on to next week’s final 2016 primary in Washington DC, the national progressive movement that formed around him is now feeling a different kind of burn. Hillary Clinton clinched the nomination, with more votes, more pledged delegates and more superdelegates willing to ratify popular vote results from their states than Sanders. Ouch.

Although Clinton is the nominee, that doesn't mean Sanders has no significant role to play at the Democratic National Convention or after, longtime Democrats say. They point out that this is especially true considering his supporters, as Sanders has said many times, skew young and represent the party's and the country’s future.

“I understand the political grieving process,” said Deb Kozikowski, Massachusetts Democratic Party vice chair, who has been a vocal critic of the Democratic National Committee, including chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “The thing to do is to find your way to get through and don’t lose your desire for making things better… I know the feeling. Keep in mind, Michael Dukakis was my friend… If you don’t think that hurt, I was devastated… You find something that gets you through the grieving process.”

Kozikowski and other party insiders contacted Wednesday said there is plenty for the Clinton and Sanders teams to be doing, even if the Clinton team is ebullient and Sanders team disconsolate. She tellingly added, “I don’t think the party is reaching out in any appropriate way at the state or national level. I’m not sure they know how. The bottom line is respect. The bottom line is appreciation for their interest in politics. They are not jaded old political hacks. They are disheartened now. Give a little space. Be kind.”

All of it at the link: http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/sanders-supporters-need-grieve-have-achieved-much-and-still-have-big-role-philly
Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jun 11, 2016, 06:33 PM (6 replies)
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