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Disney’s Skin Color Problem

The other day I posted about the casting of the live action Little Mermaid movie. My comment was about the red hair. Others commented about race. It does seem that there is a strange standard when it comes to casting. It's okay to replace an entire male cast with females or a character that has been (the little mermaid) that has been white in the most famous iteration of the story which came out i...
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The Bible Is Homophobic?

Well...of course the bible is actually anti-LGBTQ. The book is clear on the subject of homosexuality and feminine men. Though many do ignore those inconvenient parts of the book it does indeed stand strongly against this behavior. Of course, note how I say "against this behavior" because it is the behavior that's at issue when it comes to Christianity. A view that these behaviors is okay is new...
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Conservation vs Environmentalism

Bindi Irwin
As you know I'm a conservationist not an environmentalist. I've given some hints as to what that means to me but never really spelled it out. The way I think of conservation is connected with the idea of the "tragedy of the commons". Resources that are shared are often misused. People have a natural tendency to look out for themselves. This is perfectly understandable. People may be embarrassed ...
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To the Left Trump Deescalated America

Trump for the people
The silly article linked below is just quotes from people who were at Trump's campaign announcement. That wonderful Wanka-esque ride down the escalator. Is it a "deescalator" when you go down? But I digress. In all the worthlessness of this article I did find one quote that I think typifies both the hatred of Trump and the success of Trump. "Carter Wiseman, former architecture critic for New Yo...
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What About Africa?

The below linked article states that climate change is destroying Africa and killing millions of Africans via drought and famine. This is nothing new. Drought and famine have been problems across parts of Africa for my entire life. I will agree with one thing this article states, don't expect to hear about it on the nightly news. Not anymore. When I was young I would frequently see stories and c...
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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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