We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Friday, April 27. 2007
Borrowed without permission from a piece on our excellent economy, by Dr. Sanity:
I found Dr. Helen's discussion of the psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Friedman, who stated in the New York Times that he made politically-correct referrals, a good one, but I was confused by Dr. Friedman's premises.
Psychiatry is not all about empathy. In fact, empathy is just one of many tools in ye olde toolbox. When patients ask for a certain gender, age, color, etc. for a referral, I like to explore why. Usually it is a "resistance," ie based on the idea that someone might go easy on them and not challenge what needs to be challenged.
All shrinks have seen people who search until they find someone who will "support" them rather than shake up their world and challenge their inner problems. Kindly, one would hope, but also aggressively, because life is short. For example, a black patient might chose a black psychiatrist because "he would better understand my life." Nonsense. He just maybe might understand your surface outer life, but we deal with inner life. That is our special expertise.
I have been known to say "What you are saying sounds full of shit," and it has been quite helpful - and truly "empathic" - because it was true.
Empathy is just a tool for speaking the truth.
Depth psychotherapy for character flaws is about the doctor doing battle with a series of resistances. When one is cut down, the next resistance in line pops up. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a high-falutin' game of Whack-A-Mole.
I will never forget one consultation I did with a fancy, somewhat condescending middle-aged WASP lady, to assess her appropriateness for psychoanalysis. She mentioned that, if possible, she would prefer a Jewish analyst. Why? "I guess maybe because I wouldn't worry about what I said to a Jew." There was Resistance #1 handed to me on a platter: shame about what she might say or reveal. Thus she told me that shame was one of her surface resistances - part of the easy work before the subtler transference resistances kick in.
Neo-neo commented on Dr. Helen's piece, and said that she knew therapists who would not treat a Republican. In my opinion, such a "therapist" is a fraud and not prepared to help anyone, because they are clearly so caught up in their own self that they do not welcome the adventure of trying to enter another person's mental world.
Can you imagine a surgeon caring more about your politics than about your appendix? There is a little thing called the Hippocratic Oath.
The consequences of messing up are, well, uncomfortable. Watch it.
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The 2006 Campus Outrage Awards are out.
At Pajamas. I have never cooked with White Truffle, but my favorite use of Black Truffle is to shave a bit on top of a plate of Woodcock ravioli.
And speaking of Fungi, here's a 20-foot mushroom. I didn't know that fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants.
Canada's FLICK OFF campaign, to tell people to turn their lights off. Nobody noticed how those letters appear when written in that curvy neon-style.
Anyway, it's an absurd idea which should leave Canadians feeling like telling their idiot bureaucrats to FLICK OFF.
Story is at Dust My Broom.
I believe that a far more effective approach to the alarming crisis of global warmening would be federal regulation, or banning, of beans. If Canada really cares, they will do it. They could call it FART OFF.
Have you noticed, lately, to what extent talk radio relies on blogs for subject matter? Quite remarkable.
This is truly nuts. Is it not difficult enough to live in reality without hallucinogens?
May 1 will be a sad day in Caracas. NY Sun
Can we have an honest debate on immigration before Bush and the Dems push through their own plan? Blue Crab. As I recall, the last time there was "immigration reform" there was no debate either.
Judge is shocked - shocked. Doesn't everyone know how common these frauds are?
What career has the highest job satisfaction? Bird of Paradise
Why do 90% of blacks vote Dem? The Politics of Fear. A quote from the piece at Am. Thinker:
The real cost of SARBOX. It has been a disaster, with financial needs running to London and elsewhere to escape. Luskin. A cure that is worse than the disease. Very damaging to New York City, in particular.
A revealing quote about the French Left from Segolene, from a collection of them at My Vast RW Conspiracy:
Same story, different takes on it. Done with Mirrors. These kinds of chasms cannot be bridged because they are not about reason.
Narcissists cannot apologize, or be grateful. Why? Dr X
The Global War Against Baby Girls. Evangelical Outpost. Very disturbing.
Depressed yet? Viking on the coming train wreck of entitlements.
Photo: Diane Lane, for Ex-Donkey ex-blogger
Thursday, April 26. 2007
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"Benign" Authoritarian Populism. Many in America would like to take the same path as Britain's, but not us at Maggie's Farm: we do not believe in the virtue of government. In fact, we believe that governments tend to serve their own purposes, like any other organizations filled with ambitious people who want steady work without heavy lifting.
A quote from "The Virtue of Freedom" by our hero, Dr. Ted Dalrymple, in New English Journal:
Read the whole thing.
Image: Tony Blair at the beach.
Read it and weep. It surely applies to the US also. BBC News.
Pit Bull encounters porcupine. I bet that hurts. This is a job for general anesthesia.
Dick Cheney's inner self revealed by mysterious halo. Althouse. Do we like and admire Dick? Yes we do.
A lost world of Britain located under the North Sea. Very cool.
Ex NYT Public Editor rips Times' coverage of Duke. Ace. Harvard Liberal Marvin Kalb skewers media coverage of 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War. Also at Ace. Bruce Kesler discusses Kalb's comments at Dem Project.
Reynaldo Bigone faces trial. Who? He was one of the bad guys.
More on the hedgies supporting Dems. Sister Todjah. Are most of these guys Dems, or are they hedging?
Hackers Are Us is in trouble. So is a young Mellon.
"Stop this awful totalitarian EU legislation." Brussels Journal.
Hey, Brits: It's your tax money:
WalMart getting into the medical care business. Interesting. Doctors made in China?
DEBKAfile: Will AQ intervene in the French elections? (Always take DEBKA with a grain of salt.)
Tehran ripping down satellite dishes. Link for story with photo below at Freeborn John. Keep 'em poor and stupid: it's the only way.
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
Henry David Thoreau
Wednesday, April 25. 2007
Image: Alexis de Toqueville
A wonderful review of some very funky 19th C. American architectural styles, at Sippican Cottage. Scroll down. Or look at the log cabins too. Good fun.
Keep 'em comin', Mr. S. Cottage: it's a free eddication for me. But what would you call that French Quarter architecture we posted below? "Caribbean Whorehouse"?
Post-Kelo, has there been any real eminent domain reform? Chequerboard says no.
Quoted in Thompson in The Right Kind of Prejudice:
Darn right. Treat me special - or else! Well, I guess I do hold doors for ladies, but I do not slam them in men's faces unless it is warranted.
Mindcrime. Three Danish lawmakers arrested for criticizing veils. Glad I don't live in Denmark - I'd be arrested because I am only in favor of the legally-enforced veiling, or paper-bagging, of the grossly unattractive. Veiling pretty women is a shame, and a crime against male humanity. Come and get me, Danish coppers - but bring an army with you. The photo of the Moslem lady on the right explains why I feel this way, for Danes who don't get it. (Quit pushing that button - doing so sends a direct link from you to the Danish Police Thought Crime Unit.)
An excellent point from Rhymes with Right: The NYT opposes corporate political advocacy. What about them? They're a corporation too.
Blue Crab explains to Yale: Theater is imaginary. Just in case you thought it was real. Now, TV is real, of course.
Everyone who wanted to has posted this already. Can you stand it? Kentucky Fried Hillary, #2, on YouTube. I can't believe that I feel embarassed for her, but I do.
Everything about bees, CCD, killer African bees, and the bee "crisis." Classical Values
A guy walked into a bar, sat down, and ordered a beer. As he sipped the beer and lit up a smoke, he heard a soothing voice say, "Nice tie." Looking around, he noticed that the bar was empty, except for himself and the bartender at the end of the bar.
A few sips later, the voice said, "Beautiful shirt." At this, the man called the bartender over. "Hey, I must be losing my mind," he told the bartender.
"I keep hearing these voices saying nice things, and there's not a soul in here but us." "It's the peanuts," answered the bartender.
"Say what?" replied the man in disbelief. "You heard me," said the barkeep, "It's the peanuts. They're complimentary."
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The end of High School sports? You can make a case that kids should do their sports outside of school, but why is that any different from doing their chess, theater, dance, or music outside of school? Fortunately, such things are local choices.
An elegy to mudered England: View from the Right
Self-anointed Greenie Laurie David tore up her Martha's Vineyard natural vegetation to put in sod. Without a permit. Driscoll. These people are phonies.
The hedgies are lining up with Obama. The truth is finally emerging: Dems do not like Hillary, and so Obama is eating her lunch. They may like her socialism, but they do not like or trust her. Also, Obama states his plan for terrorism: pay the tribute.
Moscow's billionaires. They have their own neighborhood.
Would you go to a fat doctor?
Are eating disorders a spiritual disease? CSM
A developing scandal: Academics on boards of banks that want student loans. $600,000/year? Whoa. That's a nice income supplement for a Dean.
People are trying to save the South China Tiger. Only 100 left.
How come we can build walls in Baghdad, but not to protect our own borders? Linknzona
Adding to blogroll under Economy and Economics: Hedge Fund.net. Interesting site.
The murder capital of the US. A quote from a piece by Gelinas in City Journal:
Read the whole thing.
"The people of Nebraska are for free silver, and I am for free silver. I will look up the arguments later."
William Jennings Bryan, as quoted by Betsy
Boat designer Skip Etchells, who lived in Connecticut during most of his career, is best known for the International Etchells. That sailboat is no comfortable day-sailer, but a sleek, knife-like racing boat which unfortunately was never chosen as an Olympic class, but which has been a racing sailboat of choice for many of the best skippers in the word.
Etchells are still going strong after Skip's death.