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Religious Conservatives Argue Adam And Eve Would Never Have Been Banished From Eden If They’d Had Guns (theonion.com)

HOUSTON—In what they described as scriptural evidence of the right to bear arms, leading figures among the religious right gathered Wednesday to issue a statement arguing that Adam and Eve would never have been banished from the Garden of Eden if they had owned guns. “Just imagine: If Adam and Eve had carried firearms and stood their ground against God, they would have been able to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge in peace, and He could never have forced them to leave paradise,” said Pastor Hugh Peters of Houston’s Second Baptist Church, explaining how the entire course of human history would have been altered for the better if the first man and woman had taken the simple precaution of keeping a semiautomatic weapon at the ready for use during emergencies. “God was trespassing on their property, pure and simple. He had absolutely no right to force them from their home. Had Eve been able to open-carry a handgun, maybe tying it to her hip with a vine or something, God would have known to back off. This is one of the Bible’s most important lessons.” Peters later issued an appeal to Jewish conservatives, insisting the Israelites would never have had to flee Egypt if Moses had simply been issued a sidearm with which to kill the pharaoh.

Butterfly Under Immense Pressure Not To Fuck Up Timeline With Misplaced Wing Flap

MANAUS, BRAZIL—Paralyzed by the infinite possibilities involved in moving from his branch, a Menelaus blue morpho butterfly admitted Tuesday that he was uncomfortably aware of the potential to irrevocably damage our timeline with a single misplaced beat of his wings. “I’d really like to flit over to the fern, but the pressure on me is insane—one extra flap of my wings and, six months from now, some Cambodian village is destroyed in a typhoon,” said the three-week-old Morpho menelaus, whose debilitating fear of accidentally creating a chain of events irrevocably leading to ISIS ruling humanity while volcano ash blots out the sky has nearly destroyed his ability to make decisions. “To make matters worse, that fern is above a little freshwater rivulet, and if I dislodge even the tiniest leaf and it disrupts the flow of water to the sea, we could be looking at a global flu pandemic within a decade. On the other hand, if I don’t flap over there, unchecked airflow and hydrodynamic patterns might result in a rogue wave crashing ashore in Rio de Janeiro next week. I just hate this fucking job.” The butterfly eventually chose to play it safe and alight on a nearby fallen log where it was promptly crushed by a time traveler’s boot.

Your Horoscopes — Week Of March 12, 2019

Pisces | Feb. 19 to March 20

There’s just something about women you find completely irresistible. Probably their reproductive organs.

Aries | March 21 to April 19

Your life is about to get a whole lot easier. Unfortunately, the same thing can’t be said for your live-in nurse.

Taurus | April 20 to May 20

Pain will be yours this week when that man from Nantucket finally hears all the terrible things you’ve been writing about him.

Gemini | May 21 to June 20

The stars foretell of a mad prophet rising in the moon’s next cycle. They hope this somehow helps you with your life.

Cancer | June 21 to July 22

The kinds of changes that await you this week can be readily found within the pages of most high school chemistry books.

Leo | July 23 to Aug. 22

You will once again lie to your dentist about brushing three times a day, flossing regularly, and not sleeping with his wife at the nearby motel every other Tuesday.

Virgo | Aug. 23 to Sept. 22

Humiliation will be yours this week when astronomers discover four large satellites orbiting around you.

Libra | Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

Sure, smoking won’t make you look cool, but at least it’ll give you an excuse for being so incredibly lame.

Scorpio | Oct. 23 to Nov. 21

Don’t waste time developing a healthy body image, as your body will look a hell of a lot different starting Thursday.

Sagittarius | Nov. 22 to Dec. 21

An attempt at composing the perfect love sonnet will fail time and again this week when you fall for a girl named Orange.

Capricorn | Dec. 22 to Jan. 19

Curiosity will kill the cat this week, though the microwave, duct tape, and Tupperware container will be mostly to blame.

Aquarius | Jan. 20 to Feb. 18

Like a river that has, due to a number of environmental changes, begun to run dry, so too will your life become strained and hard to parse.

In praise of conflict | Jonathan Marks


TED
Published on May 8, 2017

Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good — or so we’re told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry. An important, timely reminder that common good and common ground are not the same thing.

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Fascism & Violence | Under The Skin with Russell Brand, Henry Giroux & Brad Evans


Russell Brand
Published on Mar 3, 2019

Today’s guests are Henry Giroux a Professor with specialisation in Critical Pedagogy at McMaster university in Ontario, Canada and Brad Evans a Professor of Political Violence & Aesthetics at the University of Bath, UK.
Today we discuss power, corruption, revolution and new systems. This is a proper academic episode, you’re gonna learn. Brad & Henry are brilliant thinkers and brilliant educators.

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SUNDAY NIGHT TRANSLATION GROUP – 3/10/19

Translators:  Melissa Goodnight, Richard Branam, Mike Zonta, Hanz Bolen, Alex Gambeau

SENSE TESTIMONY:  Insufficient skill and lack of dominion causes poor quality and state of limbo
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5th Step Conclusions:

1)  Truth is limitless, limbo-less skill, super-vision, the only doing, and all that is done.

2)  One Infinite Consciousness Beingness, is adeptly knowing the fully effective and successful authority, that commands control and asserts mastery, thus assuring the caliber of excellence, is always settled and resolved.

3)  The i AM I is thoroughly done to perfection in Design and Intelligence, that is the Mastery of all skill is the Soul Spirited Knowledge and Wisdom.

4)  Elegant Truth is boundless authority and agreement doing all there is with skillful quality, besides which there is none else.

5)  To come.

Famed Stanford Prison Experiment was a fraud, scientist says

By Tamar Lapin (NYPost.com)

One of the most famous–and controversial– psychology studies ever conducted is a fraud, a scientist claims in a new report.

Not only was the Stanford Prison Experiment a sham, but it’s mastermind, Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo, pushed participants towards the results he wanted, Dr. Ben Blum claims in a report published on Medium last week.

The 1971 experiment pitted young male volunteers against each other – with some assigned to act as guards and the others as inmates in a mock prison. As the experiment began, the fake guards immediately took to their roles, instituting authoritarian measures and torturing the inmates, who passively took the abuse.

The study was supposed to last two weeks but guards were reportedly so cruel, it had to be stopped after six days.

The study made a cynical conclusion about human nature: those who are put in positions of power will naturally abuse their authority.

And people placed in situations where they are powerless, would become submissive or even crazy.

Since then, the experiment has been the subject of books, TV-show episodes, documentaries and feature films.

Blum’s expose — based on previously unpublished recordings of Zimbardo, a Stanford psychology professor, and interviews with the participants — offers evidence that the “guards” were coached to be cruel.

One of the men who acted as an inmate told Blum he enjoyed the experiment because he knew the guards couldn’t actually hurt him.

“There were no repercussions. We knew [the guards] couldn’t hurt us, they couldn’t hit us. They were white college kids just like us, so it was a very safe situation,” said Douglas Korpi, who was 22-years-old when he acted as an inmate in the study.

In a recorded clip of the experiment, Korpi was seen locked in a dark closet, naked under a thin white smock, screaming “I’m burning up inside!” and kicking furiously at the door.

But the Berkeley grad now admits the whole thing was fake.

“Anybody who is a clinician would know that I was faking,” he said. “If you listen to the tape, it’s not subtle. I’m not that good at acting. I mean, I think I do a fairly good job, but I’m more hysterical than psychotic.”

One guards told Blum he pretended to be a sadist for kicks.

“I took it as a kind of improv exercise,” Dave Eshelman said. “I believed that I was doing what the researchers wanted me to do… I’d never been to the South but I used a southern accent.”

Zimbardo has admitted that he was an active participant in the study, meaning he had influence over the results. At one point, he handed the “guards” batons, which could have implied to them that using physical force was okay. Yet, he maintained that their behaviors arose organically.

The study has long been subject to scrutiny — it was never published in a mainstream journal or subjected to peer review – but it is still widely taught in schools.

Blum’s report has spurred professors to call for the experiment to be scrapped from textbooks.

“Psychologists: please read this. We must stop celebrating this work. It’s anti-scientific. Get it out of textbooks,” tweeted UC-Davis psychology professor Simine Vazire.

“It’s also irresponsible in many other ways (socially, politically),” she added. “I’m embarrassed that my field treated this work and this man as heroic.”

7 Things About Sex and Love That Sigmund Freud Nailed

In honor of Freud’s birthday, let’s celebrate his important discoveries.

Posted May 04, 2018 (psychologytoday.com)

by Sue Kolod, Ph.D.

In honor of Freud’s birthday (May 6), we present seven important discoveries Freud made about love and sex.

Freud put sex on the map. He realized that even babies have erotic feelings and that all parts of the body can be erotic. Freud knew that love, sex, fantasies, and even ambivalence are on our minds consciously AND unconsciously.

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If we’re being honest, Sigmund Freud got some things wrong. He didn’t understand female sexuality very well and made a big mistake when he asserted that the clitoral orgasm was unimportant except as a precursor of the more important, vaginal orgasm.  BUT he did get several very important things right! Here are 7 of his most important discoveries about love and sex:

1) Sexuality is Everyone’s Weakness – and Strength: Sex is a prime motivator and common denominator for all of us. Even or perhaps especially, the most prudent, puritanical-appearing individuals struggle greatly against their sexual appetites and expression.  For evidence one need only look to the many scandals that have rocked the Vatican and fundamentalist churches. Freud observed this struggle in men and women in Victorian Vienna. But our sexuality defines us in healthy and altogether essential ways, too.  If you don’t believe your Freudian therapist, just ask Samantha Jones from HBO’s Sex and the City.

2) Every Part of the Body is Erotic: Freud knew that human beings were sexual beings right from the start.  He took his inspiration from the baby nursing at the mother’s breast to illustrate the example of a more mature sexuality, saying, “No one who has seen a baby sinking back satiated from the breast and falling asleep with flushed cheeks and a blissful smile can escape the reflection that this picture persists as a prototype of the expression of sexual satisfaction later in life.”  He knew, too, that sexual excitation is not restricted to genitalia, as pleasure is achieved through erotic attachment to any area of the body. Even today many people have great difficulty accepting this idea.

3) Homosexuality is Not A Mental Illness: ​He noted that gay people are often distinguished by especially high intellectual development and ethical culture. In 1930, he signed a public statement to repeal a law that criminalized homosexuality. And in his famous letter to a mother wishing to cure her son of homosexuality, Freud wrote that, “Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation; it cannot be classified as an illness”. This was in 1935.

4) All Love Relationships Contain Ambivalent Feelings: Among Freud’s various discoveries was the ambivalence involved in all close and intimate relationships. While we may consciously feel genuine and realistic loving towards a spouse, partner, parent, or child, things are never exactly what they seem to be.  In the world of the unconscious, beneath even the most loving and caring involvement are feelings, fantasies, and ideas that are negative, hateful, and destructive.   Freud recognized that this mixture of love and hate in close relationships is part of human nature and not necessarily pathologic.

5) We Learn to Love from our Early Relationships with Parents and Caregivers: Our early relationships with parents and caregivers help us to form a “love map” that persists throughout our lives. This is sometimes referred to as “transference”. Freud pointed out that when we find a love object we are actually “re-finding” it. Hence the often recognized phenomenon of individuals who select partners that remind them of their mother/father. We’ve all seen it.

6) Our Loved One Becomes a Part of Ourselves: Freud described something amazing: We incorporate aspects of those we love into ourselves. Their characteristics, beliefs, feelings, and attitudes become part of our psyche. He called this process “internalization”. Expressions like “my spouse is my better half” or “I am searching for my soul mate” contain Freud’s conception of the depth of connection between people who love each other.

7) Fantasy is an Important Factor in Sexual Excitement: In our sexual fantasies we often conjure up all kinds of strange and “perverse” scenarios which add to sexual excitement and hopefully lead to climatic pleasure.  This is quite normal and it doesn’t mean that we actually want to engage in such scenarios (or maybe we do).

So, on Freud’s birthday, let’s celebrate his important discoveries which still have a profound impact on how we think about love and sex.

Susan Kolod, Ph.D., is Chair of the Committee on Public Information and editor of the blog Psychoanalysis Unplugged at the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is supervising and training analyst, faculty, and co-editor of the blog Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Action at the William Alanson White Institute. Dr. Kolod has a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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