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Stop blaming mental illness for violent crimes

"Whenever a violent crime occurs, one thing that happens with depressing inevitability is the accusation that the perpetrator was mentally ill."

"In fairness, you can see where this comes from: a savage machete attack, say, or a seemingly random burst of deadly gunfire on a city street are clearly not the behaviour of someone “thinking straight”. And often, once the reports start pouring in, inevitably the past or present mental health of the perpetrator becomes a talking point. After all, if there’s any record they’ve sought help in the past, it must have been something to do with that, yes?"

"No. As countless people have pointed out over the years, the link between mental illness and violent crimes, no matter what they are, has never been clear, no matter how many people assume it to be “obvious”. It’s a frighteningly complex issue that would be impossible to do justice to in a single blogpost, but here are just a few things to consider."

Good evening! Clear and 54 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. The dew point is 44 degrees. Went down to the library for a bit and now are preparing for bed. 

I am increasingly using my smartphone for all purposes that I once used my laptop for with the Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse making it quite possible to do all those things. Beats lugging around that heavy, power hogging laptop around everywhere. That said for programming, video work, and map making, my smartphone lacks the power and screen-size but for most other purposes it’s is ore then sufficent and uses a fraction of the weight and power.

Mercury is dropping quickly on this clear night but ultimately it won’t get that cold for early October. Tonight will be clear, with a low of 44 degrees at 6am. Typical for tonight. Calm wind. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 57 degrees. The record low of 29 occurred back in 1945.

Tonight will have a with 97% illuminated.The moon will set tonight at 5:24 am. The Hunter Moon is on Thursday night with a chance of showers. The sun will rise at 6:54 am with the first light at 6:26 am, which is one minute and 7 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 22 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 52 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 73 degrees at 3pm. Eight degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 50 at 11am. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Anoer really nice for sure. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 72 degrees. The record high of 83 was set in 1967. There was a dusting of snow in 1974.

Saturday starts my West Virigina trip. The weekend looks like it will start out nicely but I’m a bit concerned with the second half of the weekend into Monday. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 71. Maximum dew point of 53 at 8pm. Sunday, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Maximum dew point of 60 at 4pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 63 degrees.

Climate wise, Northern West Virigina has temperatures similiar to Albany. I think it’s been warm there too, so I’m a bit worried about the color, but I’m sure it will be good in places. Other concerns I have is how much rain we might get, and making sure to downshift early on the hills, so I don’t cook the brakes excessively. Thoe big wheels can make the brakes get hot and glaze a bit, so I need to be careful. But in the mean time, I’ve done it before and I have relatively new brakes, so things should be fine.

I haven’t packed anything yet, but I have a pretty good idea on my planned route. I posted my plans last weekend, they have remained mostly the same, although I’m now leaning towards spending more time in Northern West Virigina camping, especially if I have good cell service. There just is a lot to see and enjoy.

In four weeks on October 30 the sun will be setting at 5:49 pm, which is 43 minutes and 54 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, drizzle, mist, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 60 and 43 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 54 and 36 degrees. The record high of 80 degrees was set back in 1946.

Looking ahead, Election Day 2017 is in 5 weeks, Average High is 40 is in 6 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 57 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 161 weeks.

(4) Sand Castle Holds Up A Car!

"Dirt is probably the cheapest and simplest construction material out there, but it's not very strong compared to other choices. Luckily geotechnical engineers have developed a way to strengthen earthen materials with almost no additional effort - Mechanically Stabilized Earth (aka MSE or Reinforced Soil). If you look closely, you'll see MSE walls are everywhere. Thanks for watching, and let me know what you think!"

Vulture Capitalists Circle Above Puerto Rico Prey

"Puerto Rico is devastated. Two hurricanes plunged the island into darkness and despair. Crops perish in the fields. The landscape of ruined buildings and towns resemble Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped on it. Over three million people are desperate for food, water, electricity and shelter. "

"After a slow start, the Trump Administration is now speeding up the flow of supplies to the island. A top US general has been given command of the relief efforts. And, like so many others, Yarimar Bonilla watches with a broken heart as her native Puerto Rico struggles. This noted social anthropologist – a scholar on Caribbean societies — says the hurricanes have made an already bad fiscal and economic crisis worse, and she sees darker times ahead unless major changes are made in the structure of power and in Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States.'