We’ve been talking about the placebo effect in my statistics class and something the narrator said in this video made me do a double-take. He said that placebos don’t have to be pills; they could be lotions, medical procedures, or even just buttons we can push (suggesting that the “close door” button on the elevator or the crosswalk buttons at protected street crossings are actually not triggering anything but rather giving you a false sense of control over your environment).
The Rome News-Tribune reports that the State of Georgia has entered into a settlement agreement with the United States of America over civil rights violations alleged by the United States involving people with developmental disabilities being kept in state mental hospitals.
According to the RN-T article and the language of the actual settlement agreement, the United States filed suit in federal court against the State of Georgia for locking up people with developmental disabilities in State hospitals who could have been appropriately served in community-based settings, thereby curtailing their personal freedoms and, thus, infringing upon their civil rights.
This isn’t the only such case filed against a Southern State. The Justice Department has filed a similar action against the State of Arkansas for practically identical allegations. Once again, it’s looking like the Deep South is a hotbed of civil rights violations.