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Collateral Damage. That’s how Timothy McVeigh referred to the children killed and maimed in the Oklahoma Bombing in 1995. Some of these grown adult survivors now probably have PTSD that can be traced back to this incident in their childhoods.

Children in war zones are also collateral damage: being traumatized and suffering from PTSD from witnessing things that no person should ever experience. The fortunate ones and their families can leave and take their chances as refugees. Europe is the destination of hundreds of thousands of traumatized persons fleeing war zones and oppressive regimes. Going back home, for many of them, is not an option.

What do you do if you can’t leave? Sucking it up and getting strung out seems to be a common (the only?) way. Shit is cheaper than food and pain medications, if they are available. Watch the video.

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Marrying robots, killing with drones, and making empty selfies

Rollo May, Blaise Pascal, Søren Kierkegaard…The Defiant Power of the Human Spirit (Frankl). It is SO REFRESHING to encounter another existentialist on this side of the Pond. The Positivist mindset has its place in physical science, but for unpacking la condition humaine (the human Dasein [being in the world]) these elements cannot be measured or analyzed. Rather they constitute the emotions and feelings that are innate within each one of us, of which further dissection and reduction would be absurd.

Desultory Heroics

by Edward Curtin

Source: Intrepid Report

Today everything has become a spectacle, including writing. My title probably caught your eye, as it was intended. But now I would like to tell you a personal story about a man whose brilliant work foreshadowed and dissected the issues of my title before it existed. In this he was prophetic, and it is why his work is so important. He always insisted that true artists were able to uncover society’s conflicts before they emerged consciously. Though a psychologist by profession, he was in this sense an artist as well.

His name, Rollo May, has disappeared from public discourse in this era of biological psychology and psychiatry. This great American thinker and writer was the man who introduced existential psychology to the United States. And though he died twenty-one years ago, his prescient voice begs to be heard in our current conditions.

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Notice of Claim of Copyright Infringement.

I am starting to get these notices, again. When I set up my iPad in Swedish after returning from Sweden last year, I got a bunch of these Copyright Infringement notices. An attorney told me to ignore them. A computer geek I know said that Internet security types were harassing me for running my iPad i svenska i Amerika. The FBI may have even monitored my traffic for awhile. I reported this stuff to the Swedish Consul. There is so much bogus crap on the Web you really don’t know what IS going on.

Comcast has blocked me from downloading ANYTHING from Sweden. has no problems with me doing this. Last Christmas SVT Play/Gudstjänst (Swedish TV) had a wonderful Yule program från Hillsong Church i Stockholm. Via Yahoo I was able to share it with my friends here in the States.

One part of me is greatly offended that I have been profiled as an Internet pirate uploading US porn to most likely Sweden. (Sweden was NOT a signatory to a major 21st century international Copyright agreement.) The other side of me chuckles thinking that doing things on the Internet in Swedish causes so much trouble for the cyber police.

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24 okt. 2015 kl. 22:21 skrev Comcast Customer Security Assurance <csa-noreply>:

Notice of Action under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Abuse Incident Number: NA0000188775522
Report Date/Time: 2015-10-22T23:19:20Z

SALEM, OR, 973053000

Dear Comcast High-Speed Internet Subscriber:

Comcast has received a notification by a copyright owner, or its authorized agent, reporting an alleged infringement of one or more copyrighted works made on or over Comcast’s High-Speed Internet service (the ‘Service’). The copyright owner has identified the Internet Protocol (‘IP’) address associated with your Service account at the time as the source of the infringing works. The works identified by the copyright owner in its notification are listed below. Comcast reminds you that use of the Service (or any part of the Service) in any manner that constitutes an infringement of any copyrighted work is a violation of Comcast’s Acceptable Use Policy and may result in the suspension or termination of your Service account.

If you have any questions regarding this notice, you may direct them to Comcast in one of the following formats:

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Copyright work(s) identified in the notification of claimed infringement:

Infringing Work: Tight Sweaty Pussy
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Infringement Date: 2015-10-22T23:19:20Z
Infringement Type: Movie
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Tell the truth about spina bifida – Bruner – 2004 – Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology – Wiley Online Library

One of my Facebook friends told me about this article. As with children born with Disorders of Sexual Development, there is the necessity for doctors to be able to explain to frightened parents what they MAY expect if the child is born. In this way the parents can provide informed consent and not just be at the mercy of someone with his or her prejudices or biases.

Medical Science is, like other sciences, an attempt to describe phenomena using statistical analyses of controlled studies. And with increased knowledge, technology, surgical practices, etc. these controlled studies continue and the results are published in peer-approved journals.

Predicting the future is a statistical numbers game. But each one of us is a separate person whose final prognosis is really uncertain. To terminate a pregnancy is not like betting on a horse race. There are those human emotions and feelings science disregards since they can’t be calibrated or measured. In the end, the final decision must be pure agony for those who have to make it.

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You’re still here — Living after suicide | Amy Biancolli | TEDxAlbany

This is a difficult post. Feelings of shame well up within me as I write this. People don’t like to hear about suicide–even though it happens all around us. For those of us who are LGBTIQ, we have all thought about doing it. And most of us have probably tried doing it at least once. Statistics about this social disease will always be questionable. Who wants to tell the loving friends they may still have that he/she tried to leave them in this way?

Four of my family members, the last one my father, betrayed me by killing themselves. I fear constantly that I am hardwired to do the same. On my suicide prevention plan with my therapist I want to die a natural death when the time comes. But as Amy Biancolli said: Suicide is irrational. After it happens, wishing you had seen the warning signs won’t do any good. Wanting to do it is irrational. And rejecting the love you so desperately need in your life by doing it is the most irrational thing of all.

In a moment of despair, reaching out to God with my tears, He told me: “I have work for you to do here. Then, I will take you home.”

Tomorrow WILL be a good day.

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The Gender Equality Paradox – “Brainwash” 1 of 7 (English subtitles)

This YouTube video I found on evolutiontheorist, a blog I follow. As children grow they indicate stereotypical interest in either male gender or female gender things. The question as to whether this is a biological or a cultural thing is still begging to be answered. Each one of us who approaches this conundrum, even though we know we must “bracket” our biases, prejudices, and assumptions, secretly hopes the final answer to this question is what we secretly hope it will be. And the reasons we hope this way and not another way is another question that begs an answer within each one of us.

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Transgender Roberta Westerberg’s review of The Transgender Studies Reader 2

Amazon liked my review of the Transgender Studies Reader 2. Actually I have read both volumes (100 articles) and there were no overlaps in material. Transgender Studies is still a developing field in academia and patiently reading both volumes is worth the effort for those training to work with transgender persons. Caitlyn Jenner is living her take on being transgender. And she would agree that the journey before us is not to copy her, but to become what we feel in our own hearts we should be. Yea!

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