A Conflicted Society – the Dreamer, Part #2

My family was always involved peripherally or otherwise, in psychology. My mother was a great reader, we always had copies of “Psycho-cybernetics,” “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and such around the house, “I’m OK, You’re OK” – self-help...

A Conflicted Society – the Dreamer, Part #1

          I’m not special. I’m no genius (no shit, Sherlock!), nobody would describe me as ‘brilliant’ or ‘visionary’ - quite the opposite. I mean, I don’t expect I’ll be noticed or remembered for my ideas. I may never achieve my first big dream, of...

A Conflicted Society – Police Brutality

       Violence is a problem, right? No? Depends? Depends on who’s doing it and why, the ends justify the means, greater good and whatnot? Wait a minute, I need to start again. An attitude like that will get you nowhere.             Deep breath,...

The Irony of Deterrents, Part #3

‘Law and Order’ types – Republicans, Conservatives – and punishing parents, these folks who advocate for deterrents and punishments, they like to say how they’re fixing things, how they’re “modifying behaviour” and setting children and criminals...

The Islamic State Just Doesn't Get It.

Well, it seems those damned Muslims in Iraq and Syria are misbehaving again. And they’re getting worse! WTF is the matter with those people? We’ve already bombed the crap out of them at least twice, and still they insist on their revelatory...

Psychiatric Medications - submitted for your approval

I'd have to guess that medication for mental and emotional issues indicates victory on the part of the "Nature" (over Nurture) crowd, which suggests a denial of the power of human interactions to cause our problems. Which, ironically, goes to a denial...

THOSE Kinds of Parents

Everything is fine.    I mean if we just keep doing what we’re doing, everything will be fine. Everything will be fine sometime very soon . . . well it would be, if it weren’t for those people. I mean you and I, we were taught respect, we know...