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Friday, June 24. 2016
In public, we cover ourselves up literally and metaphorically. We put our best foot forward, if sober. The only real exception is at the beach where everybody wears highly-exposing underwear and our flaws are out there for all the world to see.
My topic is shame, whether about our physical or our psychological beings. Most of the time, shame is not neurotic but a healthy human response to exposure of our flaws, imperfections, and general instinct for privacy. We all have all sorts of dirty laundry. We are all on some spectrum between shame-paralyzed and shameless. The extremes are problems.
What sorts of things are often on many peoples' shame/privacy lists?
Physical self must be exposed sometimes: physical exams, weight, strength, physique, dentist(!), beach, sexual encounters, excretory fuinctions
Psychological exposure: Our private thoughts, fears, fantasies, mental flaws and weaknesses. Sometimes we will cautiously expose these to close friends or to shrinks.
Other personal attributes: Money, personal habits and home, rotten behavior, political views, failures, public performances, job status, childrens' difficulties, etc.
Intimacy means showing aspects of our unadorned selves to somebody else. It is not something to be done lightly because our private selves are not necessarily appealing to others (note the expression "TMI").We know that better than anybody, hence shame.
Caveat: Sociopaths are quite good at faux intimacy for purposes of ingratiation and manipulation.
When has that approach ever worked in the world? Now, the US like Europe offers government benefits to new (including illegal) immigrants. Is that a good idea? It has never been tried in the US in the past, and immigrants did very well over time.
From 1925 to 1965 the US permitted essentially no immigration. The people had decided, and the politicians had agreed, that we had enough of them. The country thrived.
Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Dies
I'll post a couple of my favorites later
Martin Armstrong Rages "The EU Is Nothing Without Britain!"
Brexit vote shows there is more to man than homo economicus. Proud of my ancestral homeland today.
The European Union: Government By Deception
Europe’s Brexit greeting: Sorry and good riddance
"Now It's Our Turn" - Geert Wilders Calls For A Dutch Referendum
How to Wrestle with a Difficult Decision: Advice from Sergeant Alvin C. York
Much of interest in his Mondo Bizarro
Literally by the Thought Police
Anti-Semitic Incidents on American College Campuses Nearly Doubled
Bathroom Debate Complicates Mexican Town’s Acceptance of a Third Gender
Climate scientist Peter Stott is still trying to connect extreme weather to climate
Scientists do not try to show something.
Economics of cotton subsidies
The least affordable place to live in America is… Brooklyn!
New Rule Requires Doctors To Treat Trans Patients As Their Pretend Sex - The consequences of a doctor’s decision not to treat a patient acting like the opposite sex now range from loss of federal funding to civil lawsuits to potential criminal investigation.
So Doc puts the dude in the stirrups - and does what with the speculum? Can insanity be required by law?
The Middle Class is Shrinking Because Many People are Getting Richer
I think household wealth is a better measure of prosperity than household income
Republicans Have a Shot at Replacing Obamacare
America’s Majority-Minority Future Approaches
Protesting against Due Process? Evil
Clinton Foundation shuns veterans groups for foreign causes that allow less transparency
Ex-Clinton official got Boeing bucks while pushing Iran nuke pact – before $25B jet deal
Six Diseases Return To US as Migration Advocates Celebrate ‘World Refugee Day’
Obama’s disintegrating strategy - The president’s willful ignorance helps Islamic State fight its ideological war
Anti-money laundering body seen keeping Iran on blacklist: officials
They don't need our money
Elliott Abrams: Obama’s Hypocrisy Highlighted in Push to Undermine Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (INTERVIEW)
Wasting their money
Brits vote to leave the Borg. Elites horrified, peasants pleased. Regular folks like Nigel. Farage's life's work comes to fruition with stunning Brexit vote as he lauds a 'new dawn' for Britain outside the EU and calls for new bank holiday to mark UK's 'Independence Day.'
Have a whiskey on us, Nigel.
Thursday, June 23. 2016
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:23 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Are the leaders of our academic institutions complicit in the current student-led challenge to free speech and free expression on college campuses? Jonathan R. Cole thinks so.
You will have to take it on faith (or not) that I have very little racism in me. I find almost all individuals interesting and I can learn about life from anybody.
It seems tragic to me. Why is it?
He is always wonderful, but I am convinced anyway. Watch it for the pleasure of seeing a quick-witted fellow at work.
Related, the EU is governance by despotic midgets. Government by enlightened elites without the input of the peasants.
How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians
For More Children, Puberty Signs Start at 8
I blame climate change
A Scientist, A Sprinter, And A Sumo Wrestler Attempt To Cross A Human-Sized Cockroach Trap (video)
Reporter goes to shop to buy gun - gets rejected
Unfair “Fair Housing" - The new Obama administration policy to “deconcentrate” poverty is a threat to communities.
Butler won her award for writing:
Mostly other black people
Scott Adams: Why Gun Control Can’t Be Solved in the USA
Honor and politics
No Fly, No Buy' Means No Freedom: New at Reason - If the government can take away our natural rights to travel and self-defense, can other fundamental rights be far behind?
TV Reporters Laugh At Hillary For Avoiding Questions
Anatomy of the terror threat: Files show hundreds of US plots, refugee connection
Afghan War Rules Leave U.S. Troops Wondering When It’s OK to Shoot
Wednesday, June 22. 2016
It is still a mystery to me why any "progressive education" is needed. The article covers all of the bases.
The EU is a Dictatorship that Britain Should Leave
Tomorrow is your first chance in recent history to repel German tyranny without needing an army to do it. Vote for independence, sovereignty, self-determination: Vote "Leave"!
It's your last chance. You can always rejoin if you want to.
Yale may actually be close to caving on course work which is just too darned white
Dear Americans: Please come to Paris
Families Struggle to Afford College
Jews are the new ruling elite in the US
French work fewest hours in EU
Cruel summer for newspapers - Publishers see their businesses circling the drain in rapidly decaying orbit
Dem Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: If you buy an AR-15, obviously you’re “buying it do bad things”
Report: 4,948,000 illegals eligible for amnesty, 716,000 in battleground states
Obama administration begins redistributing poor inner-city families to suburbs.
How the feds try to micromanage small business
Heather Mac Donald’s The War on Cops
Sotomayor is the court loon
The press has not done its job: 3 ways the media has failed our democracy in covering the election
Also VDH: The Trump Nuclear Bomb
Donald's Donor Problem
Clinton goes 200 days without a press conference
New Marine Corps physical standards spell bad news for women in combat directive
Brexit Countdown - Making Britain Great Again?
No, it's not a request for donations.
What the heck is this tree seen in bloom on a walk with Mrs. BD and pup last weekend? Small tree growing on a riverbank, and last year's seed pods still hung on it looking like vanilla beans. Large almost grape-looking leaves.
Tuesday, June 21. 2016
How the buffalo (bison, to your foreigners) survived to become the US national mammal:
Well, the bison ecological niche was replaced by herds of semi-domestic cattle but sheesh - I thought people were the national mammal.
Don't try this if you live in Euroland. You could be prosecuted, shot, or bombed. God bless America where at least you can't be prosecuted.
Nobody knows all of the laws and regs. Remember, Three Felonies A Day
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:40 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Agit-prop. Without faux hate, there would be very little for the anti-hate haters to do.
He does a good job explaining the appeal of the AR-15 - its versatility. Or, as some say, it's not a gun - it's a gadget.
Why extremely rare events keep happening all the time
Father’s Day in the Ghetto
Overcoming The Fear Of Death - A physician confronts his own mortality.
Researchers fail, once again, to find educational gains from public spending on preschool.
From 2006, The Howard Zinn Fabrication Show
How the Democrats Are Disarming Us By suppressing the truth.
David Brooks @NYT: We must let the terrorists in or they will kill us
Root cause of Orlando massacre? “White Supremacy, Patriarchy, Capitalism’ Among Reasons
The Insidious Power of the Media Disinformation Campaign for Hillary Clinton
Cues From Kerry: Dissent Is No Longer the Highest Form of Patriotism
The Imperialism of Western Guilt - Bernard Lewis is the rare Western intellectual who doesn’t view non-Western peoples as too inept to make their own mistakes, let alone pay for them.
Monday, June 20. 2016
I think that the press and most of the politicians do not know the difference between an AR-15 and an AK-47. More likely, they don't care because incremental gun-grabbing is one of their missions. Thus any new regulation is a step towards the goal of citizen disarmament.
Apparently CT can outlaw some semiautomatic firearms. I have semi-automatic shotguns which I am certain will not fall under regulations - yet. The magazine is internal, so there is no visible clip. To comply with game laws, I have plugs in them to limit me to 3 cartridges (or bullets, as we term them).
Besides being black and ugly, I do not get the functional appeal of the highly-popular AR-15. It is not particularly powerful or useful at long distances. I think it is good fun at the range or close-in game hunting but there are better firearms for that. There is no accounting for taste, and the best thing to do is to pick a firearm for your use and to get good with it.
I think it might be the clips that the grabbers are using, in this case.
Should Employers Be Prohibited from Asking Applicants About College Credentials? From the article:
New research suggests that fish are smarter and more sentient than we ever knew
The FDA's Foolish War on Salt - The 'voluntary' crackdown lacks scientific support
Scientists claim wood fired pizza is bad, saying baking it is ‘damaging to the urban environment’
Fact-Checking Snopes: Website’s Political ‘Fact-Checker’ Is Just A Failed Liberal Blogger
It is quite a story about "How we wrecked Pomona"
Democrat Lawmakers Hold Meeting to Discuss Right Wing Terrorism
"Partial Transcript" Of Orlando 911 Calls Will Have References To Islamic Terrorism Removed
Why Liberals Support Muslims Who Hate Everything They Stand For
Why they hate me: From President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Senate Democrats and the media, there is nothing out of bounds when it comes to what a progressive liberal can accuse a Republican of doing.
Falsehoods Fly Over the AR-15 - Automatic rifle? Wrong. Assault weapon? Wrong again. The truth about the firearm liberals love to hate.
Lone Wolves? Known Wolves? What's the Difference?
NRA Hits Hillary Clinton in Powerful Ad after Orlando ISIS Massacre: “Stop Talking!” Your Words Expose Your Ignorance
Trump the Entrepreneur
How The DNC—And Media—Conned Us Into Clinton
Textbooks at Canadian Islamic Schools: Kill the Gays
British Sniper Takes Out Two ISIS Bombers With One Shot
From ferrets to fish...New EU laws that are ruining Britain
Is Europe doomed by migrants?
Make EU migrants 'wait THREE years for benefits', say Britons
SWEDEN: Up to 70% of ‘Child’ Migrants Are Actually Adults
Three Islamic Terrorists Disguised as Migrants Arrested at Austrian Refugee Center
"We shall not take anyone in´Hungary tells EU it´s full and it doesn´t ´need´ immigration
Enforcing 'God's Commandments': Heightened Mass Executions in Iran
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