Category: History & Culture

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The pushback starts

To say it’s now hitting the fan is the understatement. Two quite important developments:

1. Previous no-Trumpers are now onboard and are scathing about the left’s tactics this time round;

2. Women in particular are coming out all over the country condemning what the left has been doing to K’s wife and children – they have zero ethics, zero decency, they’ve lost so much support, the Dems over the latest events.

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Freedom – that vital precondition

This follows on from this post. Consider this statement:

I don’t see how freedom of speech can be reconciled with religion.

Agreed, it can’t … not with the generic notion of “religion”. But with Christianity on the other hand, it is a vital precondition and interwoven with it. More on that further down.

Now consider this one:

Democracy as the alternative to 1984? Democracy has delivered 1984.

This is the cleverness of legerdemain. Whose legerdemain? Those originally posing that idea without context, whereas those putting it about may just be innocently parroting the indefensible, with great fervour.

Words are a giveaway and words can destroy, they can also prevent debate when two sides have opposing definitions of what those words mean, they’re not even on the same page to begin with.… More here ...

Air France flight 4590

1. We call it just Concord, what was the company name?
2. Which cruise ship were the passengers eventually headed for?
3. What nationality were the vast majority of passengers?
4. How many crew and passengers were onboard [to the nearest five]?
5. What caused the crash?
6. Who noticed the flames first?
7. There’d been many other incidents with Concorde – main reason? here ...

The Rosenhan Experiment and other issues

From a comment at Maggies:

In 1973, a study named “On Being Sane in Insane Places” shocked psychologists and psychiatrists all around the world.

Quite a few things in the psychotic world shocked at that time, including MK Ultra and the psycho old boy network [posts passim]. Seemed to be the year for it.

Afterwards, the group visited 12 different clinics under different phony names with the same complaints – auditory hallucinations. They applied to many sorts of clinics and hospitals to see whether the quality of the facility matters; from rural hospitals to universities or private clinics.

All the pseudopatients pretending to hear supernatural voices claimed that they had been hearing words like “empty,” “hollow,” and “thud,” which were chosen intentionally by Rosenhan since these words might sound like the signs of an existential crisis. After the doctors diagnosed 7 of them with schizophrenia and 1 with manic-depressive psychosis, they were all hospitalized.

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Will it never end?

The tweets, the memes, the jokes, the discussion – let’s get them done with and out of the way now, which is more than can be said for the actual circus. Let’s go:

Evidence coming through – the reason she may have forgotten the details:… More here ...