Experts in autocracies have pointed out that it is, unfortunately, easy to slip into normalizing the tyrant, hence it is important to hang on to outrage. These incidents which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them will, I hope, help with that. Even though there are many more which I can’t include. As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as “unceasing,” “grudging,” and “vengeful destruction.”
Now, I don’t want to be picking on Canada to start here. In fact, I have to doubt whether, if this had happened in the US, the family could have gotten anywhere near as quick action as this gentleman’s family did. But it is horrifying nonetheless.
Georges Karam, 89, a resident in the Garry A. Armstrong long term care home for the last two years or so, kept suffering unexplained injuries, which concerned the family. So his grandson, an attorney, obtained permission to install a video monitor camera in his room. it was not a secret; besides being perfectly obvious and installed openly, the staff of the home was notified of it. And then the video in this story was captured.
I admit I haven’t watched it. The screen captures were more than enough for me. And I won’t embed it, for that reason, and for copyright reasons (it is the property of DNG Nassrallah Law Offices.) And I haven’t used a screen capture here, but instead, a picture from a happier occasion. But those who have seen the video say that it shows the support worker, Jie Xiao, yanking Mr. Karam back and forth while removing his diaper. Mr. Karam, apparently agitated, is seen taking “a couple of swipes” at Xiao while the diaper is being changed.
A third swipe, which came near Xiao’s face, apparently moved Xiao to grab one of Mr. Karam’s arm with his right hand, while, with his gloved left hand, he began to punch Mr. Karam’s face. The sound of the fist making contact with the face is clearly audible. “Gloved,” of course, refers to a disposable medical glove, not a padded glove which might protect a patient’s face.
Eleven punches were recorded in a period of 28 seconds.
Karam’s grandson, Daniel Nassrallah, an Ottawa lawyer who set up the camera, said he couldn’t believe what he was seeing when he first viewed the video just after 10 p.m. on the day of the assault. Nassrallah had set up the camera — which is about the size of a baseball, lights up in the dark and had wires running from it — on the wall so he could watch the video remotely over the internet.
“I literally stood up and fell down, my legs gave way because I didn’t know how to respond to this,” he said.
“We have a camera on him, and even that doesn’t deter him. To me, that’s mind blowing.”
Incidentally, Xiao has been arraigned and entered a guilty plea.
(In the States, our battle over healthcare in general has screened the fact that a rule change adopted in October 2016 designed to prevent Medicare and Medicaid residence providers from requiring agreement to arbitration as a condition of admission, which was being contested in court, has now been dropped by the current regime and will not go into effect.)
Megaera, I’m sure that the families of long-term-care residents in city-run homes (of whom there are about 700 in Ottowa) would appreciate any help you can give them. Not to mention the roughly 6,800 who are in homes not run by the city, and the 3,500 more on waiting lists.
Meanwhile, in Florida, someone (probably several someones, and I’d go out on a limb and guess they wear a lot of sheets) is out to get the president of the Alachua County chapter of the NAACP.
The head of a Florida chapter of the NAACP found a Confederate flag on her lawn after receiving a series of late-night death threats from callers claiming ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
Evelyn Foxx woke up Monday morning to go for a walk with her friend, and found the flag lying outside in front of her home, reported The Gainesville Sun.
The 66-year-old Foxx, chapter president of the Alachua County NAACP, and her friend at first thought it was an American flag and walked over to pick it up — but they called police after realizing it was a Confederate battle flag.
While a piece of cloth may seem tame next to guns and bombs and even ropes, we should consider this in the context of the phone calls she has been receiving since November – in fact, since the election. They usually come around one or two in the morning, and the callers say they are members of the KKK – and the calls are death threats.
I’d call the police too. And the FBI, which she also did. But I’m not sure I’d have much faith in them, in Florida, even if my BFF was married to a County Commissioner, as is the case with Ms. Foxx. Commissioner Robert Hutchinson ised his Facebook page to call attention to the incident and to state, “There should be no doubt about the Confederate battle flag’s usage as a symbol of divisiveness, bigotry, and hatred, or that racists live among us who still cling nostalgically to their culture of tyranny and intimidation.”
Tisiphone, Please help. Let us know what you need from us.
Living as we are under a regime such that many of us say at least daily, “How the he** did we get HERE?”, it may help to pay a bit of attention to others who are asking more specific questions designed to elicit essentially the same information. Such a one is Ernest A. Canning, who writes for The BRAD BLOG, and one of whose articles has been picked up by truthout. The title of the article is “What Will It Take for Americans to Understand the Basics of Election Integrity?” Seems to me a darned good question.
Here’s a brief list:
1. ALL electronically stored and/or processed data are vulnerable to malicious cyber intrusions.
2. Vulnerability is not confined to external hackers. Election insider manipulation is a separate vulnerability.
3. Paper registration forms, poll books, and hand marked paper ballots are not vulnerable to electronic manipulation.
4. The only way to ensure a transparent and verifiable count is to deploy hand-marked paper ballots, publicly hand counted.
5. The core issue of election integrity is not fraud, but whether election officials have complied with procedures designed to ensure integrity.
He goes on to discuss some court cases in disputed elections, and how, in his opinion, the court have not just been looking at the evidence wrongly, but have been looking at the wrong kind of evidence. I won’t go into detail on this, except to say in passing that it helps no one to discuss what went wrong with a candidate’s platform or personability and how a different plank, or a different candidate, might have changed the result, when the fact is we really don’t even know the result.
As a former election judge (poll worker) who has actually counted paper ballots (including once a judge of absentee votes – that was interesting), and a resident of a state which now has all mail balloting, I would point out that all-mail balloting IS done with paper ballots which are hand marked. They present custody issues, but so do ballots which are voted at a polling place, and all mail ballots are IMO superior from a privacy standpoint.
Alecto, you have been familiar with elections since the ballots were ὄστρακα. Please hang around to be helping those who want elections fair and with large participation, and hauling off to Hades those who want the opposite.
The Furies and I will be back.
Cross posted to Care2 at http://www.care2.com/news/member/101612212/4060701