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Rehab doesn’t work

In culture on September 24, 2010 at 20:25

…… or at least not when people are forced to undergo it.

Lindsay Lohan got yet another stay in prison today. When was it she did the crime? 2-3-4 years ago?

The case should be finished in the court system years ago. It is kept alive by the court system. Basically one thing is wrong with the entire handling:

Rehab doesn’t work before people acknowledge that they have a problem!

If I sad as Judge in a case where I had to sentence a drunk driver, the first one I would call would be the guy from IRS. A fine need to be income based to hurt. And people who drives drunk shall be hurt. They have a lethal weapon in control. A car can kill. Second depending of severity I would give them some community service or jail.

I prefer sentencing people community service for such a serious offense. The Danish Television has visited one of our prisons where they have followed people around. One day in prison cost DKK 900. For this amount they spend their time getting high. It is waste of the tax-payers money.

I want to scare people from ever doing such a crime. I would get every court to adopt a certain stretch of road and send the offenders out there clearing trenches or picking up trash under a sign ordering people to drive slowly and show a message “Crime does not pay”.

Then what about the possible addiction?

My answer is: It is not a matter of concern for the court. It is a private matter.

People have this illness for a number of reasons and for some odd reason they can very seldom be treated by a certified doctor like people with all other kind of illnesses. They are often offered a treatment option run by some former addict trying to heal people based on their own experiences or some religious preacher trying to step into the place of this greater power, people should look and most important at all – pay for.

Here in Denmark the bill is often ending up by us taxpayers. What are getting for that kind of money? The results are mixed and a single treatment can very easy end up costing DKK 60,000.

We have program on Television called Operation X where they use hidden camera and expose various forms of fraud. They exposed that some part of the rehab business was all about getting money out of the system. The other television Station did show that most of the rehab businesses in Denmark were driven by religion. It was all about harvesting some poor addicts so they replaced their addiction with a prayer for the church and the wallet of the priest.

Everybody is an expert of drug rehabilitation because there no requirements made by our state for the people running such businesses.

What about trying to find the source of the addiction and then cure it?

Take Lindsay Lohan which we now so to say may call an addict. The problem with her is that the court should be able to detain both her and both her parents and force them to work things out. Her Lindsay herself it is a question about her being in the wrong business.

She was a child star and many parents make the mistake to aid their children’s career by taking them to a doctor who will give them either heart medication so they can deal with stress under an exam or give them medication against ADHD so they can concentrate themselves about school work or another assignment. It is a so widespread form of child abuse that there should have been laws against parents pushing their children to outlive what the parents believe is their potential.

It doesn’t matter if the parents are aided by producers or by an educational consultant. It is basically the same form of child abuse.

You just have to ask yourself. What does it take mentally to stand naked in front of the camera and pretend to be a one of the most famous porn stars? Lindsay is the only possible option for that role but what are the costs for her?

I believe that she should choose another career. She should stop listening to all those people talking about rehab and how good she can make it if she comes clean.

She will be clean once she moves out of Hollywood and start to work in another line of business where the public eye doesn’t care what she is doing 24/7.

Some of her friends have written a note about how she doesn’t need jail. Fact is that they are correct to some extent. The case is a joke. On October 22 the judge should say: “Give me your license, you have a permanent ban on driving and you are off probation. Don’t show your face in my court room anymore.

Of course the judge could consider rehab, but then it should be based on that she can show that every rehab program is as bad as those she has attended already. They are a scam. They lure people for money. They should be shut down if they accept people against their will.

The most important news in the world right now

In culture on July 31, 2010 at 06:15

I have seen that Lindsay has been ordered right from jail to a rehab facility when she is being released. She will have no time so see her family before she will go to the next enclosed environment. Of course the standard is higher. She will have the possibility to have her own clothes on. What the justice system is doing with her is properly the most awful you can do to a human being:

They are trying to instill behaviors and beliefs that is not Lindsay’s.

It is a point where the United States of America shows the world that they are not a civilized society.

If you search on the Internet you can find cases where so-called therapeutic boarding schools and wilderness programs are ordered to enforce treatment as different as religious viewpoints, alcohol use, political viewpoints, drug use and being homosexual.

Lindsay has maintained a lifestyle suited for an actress of our time. She has been going out partying as many teenagers and at Karrebaeksminde in Denmark even younger people down to age 12 with alcohol. Some might claim that she is an adult and should act like an adult. It is correct that she is an adult but she has never been allowed to be a child. From day one has “Daddy Dearest” forced his offspring to be the income for his family. At some point he was cut off and now he is paying back by trying every mean to destroy Lindsay’s life. Because Lindsay’s childhood was stolen from her she is now living like a teenager attending parties and in general enjoying her life.

Most people find that there is no reason to cure Lindsay’s addiction. She has done a terrible crime, which we in Denmark punish by taking away the option to drive. Driving a car is not a right. It is granted to you in exchange for you to live a restricted life out of concern for the safety of others. You cannot party your entire life and then drive. The BAC level in Denmark is so low (0.5) because we built the bridge to Sweden that you have to think all the time about what you are eating and drinking. I used to like a certain brand of chocolate with alcohol inside it (“Blomme in Madeira”). I have given up 20-30 pieces of this chocolate every day because I want to drive my car. It is a sacrifice so I can drive.

Lindsay’s mistake is that she didn’t choose to avoid driving while using her talent as an actress. She committed an offense and she should be punished. She got a very poor plea deal. I don’t know what kind of amateur who stood by her in the court but of course she should not have accepted a punishment which included alcohol education classes. She should have taken the stand and said that she was sorry that she had broken the law and have had asked for extended prison time instead of a shorter probation period. She should have accepted that she is not suited to drive a car.

Instead of having her career back she is now going to be destroyed if she takes the treatment seriously. She cannot sell her movies outside the United States if she is not there to promote it. Second there have been so many cases where parents have forced their child to receive treatment for the causes listed above. The result is increased amount of suicide among those who graduates the programs. Statistically forced treatment is a killer.

Her ordeal has been widely covered in Denmark and it did have consequences. For the very first time people are questioning if we should continue our war in Afghanistan. The debate whether to stay and fight did start when Lohan got her sentence in Revels court. The sentence did show us that both sides in the conflict are ready to impose a lifestyle on people which would make them impossible to live a normal life. Not even doing something simple as attend a high school in Denmark would be possible for them. When no one of the parties in the war represent our way of life, then it is clear that we have no business taking part in the conflict. Thank you Judge Revel. I know that there are families who want to have their relatives back from the war and you gave them an argument.

But what about other news, do you not have some news in Denmark which could be more important?

No, the only ongoing news-stories are about a politician named Thorning who is caught lying about the number of days her husband has been in Denmark. It is not important news. Her husband has been paying tax in another country so nothing has been saved for the family. The story itself is a try to remove the focus from a rather ridiculous case.

This is the old story about our foreign minister Lene Espersen has been attacked because she is on holiday all the time and has missed a number of meetings with foreign representatives. But the point is that Denmark has outgrown the need to meet with other countries. Our culture is so advanced that we cannot use time on affairs outside Denmark unless it is about sending some of our more aggressive citizens out to shoot ali-babas as they are called. It is not only Espersen who have cut down on meetings with foreigners. Our Prime-minister Rasmussen sent a replacement to a meeting with 80 ambassadors because he had a private matter to attend to. The former Prime-minister – also named Rasmussen – did not want to host a class schooling ambassadors in our advanced culture when the cartoon war went on.

We have accepted that we cannot teach the world and we cannot learn something from the rest of the world because they just are not on our level. Take an exchange student. There is no way an exchange student can get credits from a U.S high school transferred back to Denmark. It is a wasted year academically because the schools over there miss the social process which is the social aspect when teaching young people to be productive adults entirely. They simply have no Friday bars in their high schools as we do. It seems impossible to understand but it is the truth. I have seen it with my own eyes.

The two Danish news stories which would have been in the back of the newspapers if there have been more important things going on in the world. That’s why Lindsays ordeal means so much for us.

Punishing DUI

In International justice on July 25, 2010 at 06:48

The poor inmates in the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in California are tired of Lindsay Lohan according to People Magazine. Due to obvious security reasons she is isolated from the general prison population and the other inmates in her block is put inside their cells when she is moved around. General guidelines about visitation do also not apply because the staff has to see to the relative’s security also.

I don’t know what Judge Marsha Revel was thinking about when she gave Lohan the order to enter a prison system very close to a collapse. The burden Lohan inflicts on the system will result in the suffering of the other inmates.

In fact the punishment was wrong from the very start. Lohan is an addict. She should have realized that long time ago. Her attorney should have realized that when she made the plea bargain resulting in Lohan taking some classes she had no business attending in the first place. Basically when you deal with addicts only one rule apply: Does the addict want to change?

It is very clear that Lohan doesn’t. It doesn’t mean that she should not be punished. DUI is a serious business. People die every year due to drunken drivers. Others may suffer for the rest of their lives. For my part there is not a single day where I am not reminded of the drunken driver who rear-ended my car when I was waiting for the green light some years ago. He didn’t see me. While he got his car to drive off leaving me trying to get my family out of the car with the doors jammed while I was hurting a lot another driver followed the fool and instructed the police where to find him. The fool was unable to stand on his own feet due to his drunkenness.

I don’t know what kind of punishment he got. I haven’t followed up on the case because I had to look after my family where two members beside me suffer from illnesses (not related to DUI-incident). General Denmark punishes people driving drunk very hard. The fine is a month’s pay based on reports from the IRS. There is prison time involved and the drivers license is gone. Only IF THEY CHOOSE to take the alcohol education classes they can retake their license once the suspended time lasting 6 months or more is over. It is their choice. Having known a lot of addicts I would rather see 99 percent of them choosing not to take the classes instead of letting them taking them just for fun so they can drive and endanger us moving around in the traffic again.

There is nothing wrong with drinking a lot and choose not to drive a car. But there is a lot wrong not being honest with yourself. Some say that the only difference between general drunk people and addicts is that the addicts attend meetings. I would say that the drunken ones in many cases are the people who knows themselves best.

This week a well-known actor named Kiefer Sutherland visited Denmark. A local Danish magazine was in town with him. He drank what equals 24 beers during the night in town. I know that he had been arrested twice and I hope that he has realized that he never shall drive a car again. Only if he continues to be without a drivers license I will respect him.

Back to the Lohan case. What kind of punishment would I have given her if I was in the shoes of Judge Revel?

I would have given her a fine based on the income she had at the time. It would have hurt. I would have ordered her to use a Saturday ever week for at least 3 months picking up trash along the highways. She did hurt the society and the safety of the highways by her actions. She should give something back related to the roads. Finally I would have taken her drivers license and issued an order that she could have it back IF she choose to take the classes. I would have put a number on the classes. If she started and then stayed away it would be her loss. It should be her choice.

I believe that Lohan is a good actress who has to pay a price so she can act. I believe that she was pushed into the business because her family needed an income. I believe that if she had been allowed to choose her line of work on her own like many other kids, we would not have seen her near a stage. I believe that her family got her addicted because they wanted the money and now she is caught up in the mess. She likes the money and has realized that she can choose between working and doing her mixture of prescription medication and alcohol or she can retire from the business and do something else where she can live without medication and alcohol.

Her case is not rare. I know a lot of people who are addicts because they were forced to live a life they are not comfortable with. They were general underachievers being pushed into situations they cannot handle. I have a perfect good advice to parents: If your child is an underachiever then let your children underachieve!. You do not want your child to pay the price Lohan is paying!

I feel for the other inmates who are suffering because Judge Revel punished them indirectly by putting Lohan in their jail. I feel for Lohan because she didn’t get the right consequences of her actions. I feel for the people using the roads in California because they have to live in a society where people drink and drive.

Now my neck hurts again and I have to stop writing.

Don’t drink and drive!!!

The state will control the upbringing of Danish children

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2010 at 14:03

After a week of illness I am back and this time my essay is about the Danish state which is working to take over the job of parenting.

Of course most would state that it is already the case when more than 80 percent of all children aged below 5 are in daycare.

However this time they want to endanger our teenagers.

Every year about 4 people aged between 15 and 29 die when they drink too much. While it is a pleasant death for the individual who is spared a life without early retirement, of course it is a tragedy for the relatives. So we must conclude that 1 out of 1,250,000 people die from alcohol poisoning in a society where you legally can buy alcohol once you have turned 16.

But our politicians want to raise the age limit to 18. I find that is a problem.

First the survey they base their conclusion on is not covering the age group they want to protect. It doesn’t show whether the persons who die from alcohol poisoning is an adult or a minor. When they allegedly come to the conclusion that teenagers under 18 need a certain level of protection from ordinary method of socializing and refers to a survey which gives no basis for introducing any kind of restriction on alcohol purchase. 25 deaths are tragic, but we are talking 25 deaths over 7 years out of a population of 5,000,000 people. I could name at least 25 things that kill a larger number of Danes than alcohol poisoning.

Second we must remember that we are at war. The Danish Institute for finer Cuisine wrote a blog-entry about how the risk of shoot shootings are minimized in Danish High Schools. There have been some focus of bullying in high schools and right now they have a high profile case in the United States where a student named Phoebe Prince was bullied to deaths. Students were arrested. One kid is death. Several will have their lives destroyed regardless if they are found guilty or not. All that is not necessary. Instead they could have established Friday bars in the high schools. First those bars make the student attend school. Truancy is minimized. Second bullying is minimized because a beer makes the student socialize. Finally our soldiers returning from Afghanistan tell us that suicide bombers don’t drink so the students can remove themselves from a potential dangerous situation when they spot a sober student.

Finally I am worried about the number of drivers who are putting us all at risk when they choose to drive under influence. Today this number is low compared with the United States. Even taken into consideration that we have not an adult BAC level but the lower level of 0.5 due to the Oresund Bridge which have meant that an increased number of drivers with a low tolerance towards alcohol have entered the Danish roads so the BAC level had to be lowered even when it damaged the human resource work in our firms. But the reason why we have few cases of DUI is that new drivers are well aware of the risk of alcohol in relationship with driving. They know in advance how alcohol affects their bodies.

I fear that a combined introduction of alcohol and a driver license will increase the number of DUI cases because they have to learn about both things at the same time.

I believe that they should consider either to lower the age limit to 15 or removing it. The families give their children alcohol in relationship with the confirmation as they have done for at least 200 years. By having an age limit they tell the parents not to discuss alcohol consumption because it is a state matter. Then the teenagers will go out without any adult guidance to make their own experiences and properly also mistakes.

I see this step taken by our government to be a step on a road towards to a society where the state takes over the children from the minute they are born. No birthdays etc. with the parents. The child is removed from the care of the family.

I hope that this development can be reversed so Denmark can be a country of free people once again.

Week 9, xenophobia, prisoners abroad and social heritage

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2009 at 23:13

No news as it was the case last week due to the honeymoon.

But according to the blog The forgotten Danes another Dane fell victim to the relaxed laws in Florida as he was sentenced to 6 years in jail for a DUI-related killing. In Denmark the message is clear: Don’t drink and drive. Rather than waiting for people to be killed the sentence for DUI without person-related injury is properly the most strictest in the world. A full month pay based on reports from the IRS is the fine for a DUI-offender even when it is the first time. Second we had to lower the limit to 0.5 instead of the normal 0.8 when the Oresund bridge opened because even skin milk can make people from Sweden act drunk. We have an old saying: If you want to assist a person from Sweden in Elsinore, please carry him down to the ferry so he can go home and nurse his hangover.

But in Florida the fines are jokes. Only when you kill a person the hammer falls hard on you. The Dane got what equals a life sentence. At age 38 he will be too old to return to other than a life on welfare. He cannot rebuilt his life at such a high age, but that is the consequence of visiting a place where people are entrapped to commit a crime they would not have committed if they had remained in a civilized country.

I have read some of the stories published on The forgotten Danes. One thing seems to be common. The Danes are naive and they have been set up to easily. Just take the story about a Dane going down to solve a problem with a former employee being involved in a tax-case. Of course they forget that criminals are closely connected with the government in countries located in Africa.

Back to the DUI case in Florida. Did he get a trial or was he lured into a deal as a young Danish boy was in California some 10 years back. I found this case which is listed on a homepage over Danes who have been exposed of xenophobia. He got 8 years for just an ordinary high speed accident, when he tried to escape an attacking Mexican youth gang. He was deported after 4 years and when his mother protested this, she was set up in some kind of financial scheme.

A general good idea is to not visit Florida as a tourist and use your hard-earned taxdollars in a place which obivious is filled with people with an intense hate against Danes.

The last thing which shocked me was that experts are prepared to introduce payment for attending universities. Just weeks ago the fact that people can attend universities for free, was one of the good things noticed by Oprah in her show about Denmark.

I understand why they properly will go for that. The social heritage should be accepted. In most cases students attending universities are children from families who have some academically experience themselves. Children with a heritage coming from the working class are seldom seen attending higher education unless they are from other Nordic countries where an international agreement secures them possibility to study in Denmark on a kind of free pass so they don’t have to present good grades. Today Denmark is in fact paying for the education of the staff to the health care industry in all Nordic countries.

During the last 10 years families have entered Denmark and let their children choose education at a higher level where we as Danes were expecting that they should enter. It has resulted in social unrest and students can get rewards if they report a fellow student who have copied some of the books but it is noenough. This aread calls for some kind of intervention so we can maintain a secure social structure.

I hope that week 10 can be a little more positive.

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