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APA Guide on Working with Men and Boys: Good or Bad?

Man Glitter
I do think there is value to psychology and its use to help people. However, the fact is, as a science psychology is very limited. Some people go to the extreme and call it worthless. That of course just shows their own ignorance of the subject. It is very useful. However, it is also very prone to being turned from a science into a philosophy. I don't think this is the fault of the science of psyc...
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Being your “Authentic” Self – According to Dolly Parton

Find out who you are and do it on purpose
There's a concept that is one I dislike greatly. It's the idea of "the authentic self" or the "true self". I dislike the notion because it is a lie. I'm not sure why the lie exists. Perhaps it's a means by which people can excuse the behavior in themselves they don't like. "I don't know why I did that, that's really not me." Well - yes it is. Each moment of each day you are you. The real you, the ...
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Victim Shaming and Situational Awareness are not the Same

Shame on You
We're told "don't blame the victim" and for the most part I agree with that. No one really asks to be robbed or burglarized or assaulted. Where I do have an issue with that phrase is when someone tries to understand how the victim might not have become a victim in the first place they get accused of "victim shaming" or "blaming the victim". I don't think we are doing that when we dissect a scenari...
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Are Criminals Worthy of Your Charity?

The good Samaritan
I recently had a good discussion on one of the libertarian pages I frequent. Their post was about Alyssa Milano, the actress, giving charity to illegal immigrants while firefighters had their homes burn down while protecting others. I commented, "The two are unrelated. Also, as I understand the libertarian position, charity is a personal activity that the individual decides on. Not saying she's ma...
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Giant Puppets Roam the Streets

Giant Minotaur Puppet
This is one of several giant puppets that have been created. I marvel at them. Each limb is controlled by its own puppeteer. In this case the thing is so huge and mechanical that one might call that person a driver instead of a puppeteer. However, in the true sense that's what they are, puppeteers moving around a giant puppet in order to tell a story. Puppets have endured as human story telling de...
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Sue’s Favorite Sword: YouTube Video

Ancient Sword
I'm not sure why really but swords have always fascinated me. I have a nice collection of them and I've trained in their use. I've studied fencing, Asian martial arts sword use, and the use of a broad sword as well. The swords in the below video show signs that they were owned by different people. Each person put their own unique design on the sword but left some of the old design as well. They we...
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Feminism has taken women back to the stone age

Kardashian of Venus
I very much enjoy reading and listening to Camille Paglia (because of her rapid fire talking I rather read than listen). She's insightful and has a firm understanding of history at a fundamentally human level (if that makes sense). She likens the trend of photos taken from behind a woman (a la Kylie Jenner and her kin) to the ancient stone age fertility totems like the Venus of Willendorf. You kno...
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Pride and Kisses

kisses for rent
I'm not quite sure what to make of this article. The author tells the story of when she was abroad teaching English. She couldn't make the rent and each month the landlord's boyfriend would come around and give her the extra cash in exchange for being allowed to make out with her. No sex, but lots of kisses and probing tongues. "I never took my clothes off, never touched him with my hands. He w...
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Some Thoughts about Truth

The truth is like a lion
We are locked in an ancient war. The war between force and liberty. Rather than face the fear that comes with liberty, rather than put in the work that is required to be free with responsibly, one side of that war writes a play in which each person has their part written for them. Actors who refuse the role or try to ad lib don't get to quit the play, they get forced into performing. The actors o...
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The Poor Don’t Deserve Anything

Socialism chokes liberty
“The only chance we have to restore this country, that is peaceful, is this convention,” said Jim Moyer, a Convention of States supporter." The convention he's talking about is a constitutional convention aimed at changing the US Constitution to prevent the country from becoming socialist in nature. To platypus like me that sounds reasonable. It sounds reasonable that we wouldn't want to take away...
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Young people need a rite of passage

Wrong challenge
As you can see by the photo this young man has suffered burns. His name is Kyland Clark and he's 15 years old. What you can't tell from the photo is that it was his friend who caused the burns. It was done as part of the newest "challenge". For those of you who aren't aware a "challenge" on the Internet is nothing new. Some of them are harmless, like the ice bucket challenge which is simply to ...
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Freedom of Association and Segregation – A Nightmare of Freedom?

Colored Only NO Whites Allowed
Whenever I point out things companies do I usually preface it with "they have a right to because it's a private company". I don't say this as a means to excuse what they have done. In fact, I get frustrated when people brush off the actions by saying that. Just because it's a private company and they have the right to do something doesn't meant it's a good idea and it doesn't mean we have to like ...
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The Post Tower of Babel World: A Hope and a Warning

All sorts of languages
This idea has come to me many times. The idea that English is becoming a universal language. That's not an exact truth of course but you will find many people who know English as a second language. Reasons why abound. Commerce, colonialism, science, all played their part. Movies, music, and comic books too. I like to think that it is the incredible flexibility of the language. I love English to ho...
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Meat Isn’t Murder – A Steak is not a Jew

PETA compares eating meat to Nazis killing the Jews
If you don't want to eat meat, that's up to you. I know a couple of people who don't for medical reasons on the advice of a nutritionist. I know a couple of people who don't because they think it's wrong. Though oddly enough they eat fish somehow not thinking that's meat. I don't personally know any vegans or anyone who doesn't eat meat because they think it is unrighteous. This screen shot...
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James Gunn Gets Fired for His Sexual Orientation?

I remember my first NAMBLA meeting. It was the first time I felt ok being who I am.
Director James Gunn has been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy III for some tweets he made about 10 years ago, a few a little sooner. They were dug up by a conservative group who released them as a means to expose the hypocrisy of Hollywood. Then the Internet got involved and dug up many more. We've talked a few times about the "MeToo" movement and this seems like part of it. My general take on...
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