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Lady Antebellum – The Baby and the Bathwater

"Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended," the band members of Lady A said in a statement to CBS News." She wants money to let them use the name she has been using. They say they have been using it for years. So has she. Does it come down to who has used it longest? (Thanks to Larry for the link). Painful Iron...
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Racism Exists Because People Won’t Let it Die

A girl holds up a sign saying justice for floyd with his face on it
I had a conversation about racism the other day that was quite eye opening for me. I will get to that, and another story, in a moment. Systematic or institutional racism does not exist. A conclusion like this should be logical. It certainly isn't the first time it has been put forth but like so many things that become "true" people cling to the idea. When people try to explain their objections t...
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Masked Men – Why America Dislikes Them

Masked Men
The other day I went to a grocery store. Standing by the carts was a young woman wearing the uniform of the store and a black mask. For a brief moment I found myself alerted. That is when I realized (and I should have sooner) why Americans have such a problem wearing masks and seeing others wear masks. Masks you see - are for bad guys. Sure, we have a pantheon of super-heroes and the Lone Ranger w...
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Religion is Better than You Think it is: Even if you Already Love it

Vikings
I've talked quite a bit about religion on here and its importance. I often say that even for people who don't believe in a god religion still holds an important function. Humans need meaning and connection with something they consider to be "bigger" than themselves. What religion is depends on the context we're using to discuss it. It isn't wrong to say something like, "Islam is a religion" becaus...
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Your Offense IS NOT Real and I Don’t Care

Are you being served.
When people are honestly offended I do care. I care about people and if they are upset that does matter to me. Even if their offense is something unintended I try to make it right. However, we all know that some people work really hard to be offended or they are offended at something outside of the norm. When that's the case I believe their offense is something I just don't care about. What...
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Prison Reform: Good People Doing Bad Things

reformed
There are people who believe "once a criminal always a criminal". I don't agree with them. I don't have wide-eyed fantasies about reform and repentance either, but I do know that people who commit crimes do so for a variety of reasons and least among those reasons is because they are bad people. There are a lot of good people out there doing bad things. I have a hunch that many of you have famil...
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Your Dreams are Stupid – and Other Wisdom

Your dreams are stupid
Here's another quote from Epictetus. I like it because it explains pretty well how I see life. That can be summed up as, "things - are". "When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it. It is not the things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance. Things and people are not what we wish them to be nor are they what they seem to be. They are wh...
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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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