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The proper way to fight back is with quiet morals, not with faux Twitter outrage (or campus riots)

My mother held some kind of wooden stick.  I was 15 and had done the Wrong Thing again, which encapsulated all the definitions–including “I’m tired and you’re a teenager and I’m angry and I get to do this, I’m your … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and American hate

For some reason, America keeps getting the presidents it deserves. The other day I was reminded of how powerless some people feel.  And for some, when they experience a little power (especially social power) they just stomp the hell out … Continue reading

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Lazarus, or, the curse of being The Boy Who Lived

The most unrealistic part of the Harry Potter books was Ron and Hermione. Your friends finally warned you.  If you don’t stop, we can’t be friends. They say that we fear abandonment and loneliness among all social terrors.  Whoever they … Continue reading

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Peter and the wolf: why it’s always Peter’s fault (part 2)

Bet you didn’t know even a wolf can face-palm. “I won’t hear any arguments, no matter how foolish you think you job this week is,” Mother said as she sorted her prized gourds. Peter sat heavily on a bag of … Continue reading

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Peter and the wolf: Two versions of that particular horror story (part 1)

Wait, did we approve the wrong resume for this job?  Whatever, let HR handle it.  I’m not gonna stick my neck out. Version one:  Winter is coming Everyone knew.  Surely wolves would flood to the countryside as food became scarce … Continue reading

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Learned helplessness: why your new abuser wants you to remain a permanent victim

I don’t get personal on this blog, but this one hits close to home. Your parents hit you.  Maybe they called it “spanking.”  Your dad essentially forced you into a house-wife or else mindset.  Your mom punished you by making … Continue reading

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“Mom, the Smith family made Billy a genetically perfect child, and I’m really mad I’m not like him.”

Because the Matrix has you, Bloomberg News let you know that soon you may be able to buy that expensive new life accessory you’ve always wanted:  a genetically modified designer baby. “You’re altering the genome of an unborn child, someone … Continue reading

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NPR and CBS drink diet soda, get fat, kill their own brain cells.

That video uses the same sleight of hand that other media outlets used about a different study, below.  My headline:  Diet soda doesn’t work, fat people hardest hit! NPR headline:  Diet Soda: Fewer Calories In The Glass May Mean More … Continue reading

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“The Truman Show” should have ended a lot sooner, but Truman didn’t want it to.

You may know and love “The Truman Show” as much as I have over the years, but it’s only recently I realized something was dead wrong with this Wikipedia plot summary: The film chronicles the life of a man who … Continue reading

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