Dead Wild Roses: Why Does He Do That? – Lundy Bancroft – On Freud and Incest

Ever find a spot where you could pinpoint where something went wrong and broke-shit on such a massive scale that the damage is still being undone? See Freud on incest…   “THERAPISTS AND EVALUATORS We need to take a large step back in time for a moment, to the early part of Freud’s era, when ...

Dead Wild Roses: Want to Change Society – Learn About the Default Effect – Musa Al-Gharbi

  Another hurdle for those who wish to change society. “Social scientists spend a lot of time and effort criticizing, deconstructing and otherwise problematizing various systems, institutions, ideologies and policies. However, it is much less common for researchers to develop alternative social arrangements that could be plausibly implemented in the “real world.” And it is ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Martin Kenney comments on Canada’s continuing role in “snow washing” offshore tax evasion. The Conference Board of Canada examines the massive gap between what Canada should receive in public revenues, and what’s actually taken in to keep our society functioning. And Kamal Ahmed highlights how employers are ...

Scripturient: The meaning of dreams

Jack Kerouac woke up most mornings in the 1950s and scribbled into a bedside notebook what he could remember of his dreams. Characters from his novels interacted with fantasies and real life events. The result was eventually published in 1961 as his Book of Dreams; 184 pages of mostly spontaneous or stream-of-consciousness writing, as this ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Goodbye, Politics, Re-Spun! Hello, WePivot.net!

“Politics, Re-Spun” is now WePivot.net! but why, you scream in horror! next month is the 14th anniversary of Politics, Re-Spun…it’s time for a reframing/rebranding/pivot to something more…betterer, or more bigly, if you will. 14 years ago, in the twisted Orwellian months after 9/11 where words did not mean what words are, it was important to ...

Scripturient: The bucket list, kicked

Nowadays the “bucket list” concept has become a wildly popular cultural meme, thanks to the movie of the same name. Subsequent marketing of the idea to millennials has proven a successful means to derive them of their income, with which they seem eager to part. I don’t like the concept. The list, I mean, not ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

I so hope you had a wonderful Indigenous Peoples’ Day yesterday! In “America” there is a movement to replace the systemically racist Columbus Day. It’s spreading briskly; soon it may reach the 100th Monkey and spread across Turtle Island. In Canada, we had Thanksgiving Day, for all the cornucopia reasons you can think of. But ...

Politics, Re-Spun: East Vancouver Racism

Yesterday morning I took this picture of racist graffiti on a bus shelter ad on Kingsway at Kilarney. “No Muslims” scrawled with no irony when you read the actual ad. This is NOT my Canada, NOT my East Van! July 1, 2010 A Fine Collection of Canada Day Racism (1) July 15, 2013 Fearing Kate ...

Dead Wild Roses: Your Brain Makes You A Sucker – Cognitive Biases We All Share

Don’t feel bad about this, we are all in the same boat when it comes to making bad decisions or being unduly influenced.  The science behind advertising and persuasion has come a long ways, and knowing how they manipulate you and the rest of the public is valuable knowledge.  James Garvey lists three of the ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Seven Tips for Feminist Men

I know already. You’re a feminist. And a man. But I’m not going to pat you on the back for that because we need to do better. We may think we’ve already earned all the male-feminist scout badges. We may subscribe to the male-feminist version of the doctors’ maxim ‘first, do no harm.’ But that’s ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think – Scientific American

The great divide between our beliefs, our ideals, and reality Source: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think – Scientific American   I don’t normally post anything on my blog other than my own original articles and essays, but sometimes a rare article or video is just too important to pass up, and needs ...

Politics, Re-Spun: We Must Completely Obliterate the BC Liberal Party

The provincial government has told the Vancouver School Board it will not fund any more seismic upgrades unless it agrees to close schools. Source: Some parents fuming over BC Ministry of Education decision – NEWS 1130 What kind of premier threatens to withhold seismic upgrading funds until the school board closes schools? What kind of ...

Politics, Re-Spun: We Must Completely Obliterate the BC Liberal Party

The provincial government has told the Vancouver School Board it will not fund any more seismic upgrades unless it agrees to close schools. Source: Some parents fuming over BC Ministry of Education decision – NEWS 1130 What kind of premier threatens to withhold seismic upgrading funds until the school board closes schools? What kind of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – John O’Farrell argues that a basic income provides a needed starting point for innovation and entrepreneurship by people who don’t enjoy the advantage of inherited wealth: But in fact it is the current situation that prevents initiative and holds back entrepreneurs. Anyone who ever invented or created anything ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how people generally have a better idea about the facts underlying our political choices than they suggest in response to an ordinary poll – and how we can make better decisions by looking to the root causes of that distinction. For further reading…– The studies referred to in the article are here (pdf) ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Paul Krugman discusses the connection between concentrated wealth and extreme anti-social political behaviour: Wealth can be bad for your soul. That’s not just a hoary piece of folk wisdom; it’s a conclusion from serious social science, confirmed by statistical analysis and experiment. The affluent are, on average, less ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – George Monbiot discusses the inherent conflict between consumption and conservation: We can persuade ourselves that we are living on thin air, floating through a weightless economy, as gullible futurologists predicted in the 1990s. But it’s an illusion, created by the irrational accounting of our environmental impacts. This illusion ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lest We Forget: Reflections On Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, and the Current Corporate Assault on Freedom and Democracy Around the World

The 21st century was the most violent and murderous period in human history to date. And with our current direction, the 21st century may well surpass it in violence and war. Have we forgotten the lessons of the past, or have we yet to learn them? Worse yet, not only has war not ended, but ...

Dead Wild Roses: John Bowlby – A Secure Base – Five Therapeutic Tasks

      To be honest, I could excerpt most of Bowlby’s book.  It is that good.  However, little things like time and copyright concerns limit me to providing some of the highlights of attachment theory and how big a change it was from traditional psychoanalysis. “The first is to provide the patient with a secure base ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Will Ferrell does a mock music video of gangster rap – and it’s a scathingly hilarious critique of the genre

A musical commentary, followed by social and political analysis, followed by hilarious spoof rap videos, and more This is scathingly funny. Will Ferrell does a mock music video of macho gangster rap. Man, how I despise that music. As Rage Against the Machine said, “So-called rap’s a fraud.” Worse, most of it is disgustingly offensive, ...

Death By Trolley: Friends don’t let friends study Psychology

In this video I encourage people considering pursuing an education in Psychology at any formal level – bachelors, research Masters/PhD, or Clinical Masters/PhD – to research and reconsider what they are considering. My relevant experience includes having an Hon. B.Sc. in Psychology Research and Cognitive Science, having been an MS/PhD student in Cognitive Psychology, having ...

Death By Trolley: Friends don’t let friends study Psychology

In this video I encourage people considering pursuing an education in Psychology at any formal level – bachelors, research Masters/PhD, or Clinical Masters/PhD – to research and reconsider what they are considering. My relevant experience includes having an Hon. B.Sc. in Psychology Research and Cognitive Science, having been an MS/PhD student in Cognitive Psychology, having ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: A few thoughts on empathy in human beings, and other living creatures

Empathy is natural in human beings, as Jeremy Rifkin has pointed out – and with strong backing by recent scientific findings. Some human beings have more and some less; and some are sociopaths – roughly 1% (and usually, the ones who gravitate to positions of wealth and power, unsurprisingly) – who have a near total ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Ashley Madison Is Not Nearly So Black and White

The Ashley Madison hack is bad news for cheaters—and just as terrible for everyone else – By Harris O’Malley It’s like the royal family: glamorize them so we can bash them down to earth. A bit of a mindfuck. If Ashley Madison were a straight infidelity website among heterosexual couples in a world of simple ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Why Are Harper and Kenney Such Liars?

Chronic Liar. We all know Stephen Harper is fond of lying. During the debate this month there were a myriad of drinking games around the country for whenever one of the other leaders called him a liar. Here’s one clever analysis of his tendency to LIE TO US TO GET US TO GIVE HIM MORE ...