November 1, 2014 11:55 AM "Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder" By Andrew Stuttaford Just when you think that the misery that climate change is bringing in its wake can get no worse, there is this. Grist reports: …From depression to substance abuse to suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder, growing bodies of research in the relatively new field of psychology of global warming suggest that climate change will take a pretty heavy toll on the human psyche as storms become more destructive and droughts more prolonged. For your everyday environmentalist, the emotional stress suffered by a rapidly changing Earth can result in some...
Americans have always expected national television broadcasters to steer clear of degrading epithets. On April 14, 2009, CNN's Anderson Cooper established a new low in television journalism when he labeled millions of Americans in the Tea Party movement with a vulgar sexual term. Other mainstream media journalists and personalities gleefully followed suit. There was no outcry from the "anti-hate community." Many liberals do not merely tolerate contumelies against conservatives, but they delight in them. In the years after World War II, psychologists (many of whom were European Jews who had escaped Nazism) intensively studied how fascist and authoritarian states could...
A new, conservative friend cracks up when she hears my phone message. As a therapist, I'm required to state, "If this is a psychiatric emergency, please call 911." Roaring with laughter, she says, "Robin, the whole country is having a psychiatric emergency!" And she's right, because people running this country are off: off balance, off-world, off-putting, off their meds. Gallows humor, a knot in your stomach when Obama speaks, poor sleep. Your body is telling you that something is wrong. Even out here, things are starting to feel spooky. While it's always weird central in Berkeley, now there's a malaise...
Like that scent I couldn't get out of the cranberry futon in college no matter how much I shellacked it with Febreeze, Joe the Plumber keeps offending my senses when I least expect it. This time it's the gays. In a pander-y interview with Christianity Today (a known bastion of progressive thinking) Joe takes bigotry to heights Fred Phelps could appreciate. The horror: "People don't understand the dictionary--it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual." Somehow, Joe, I don't think Noah Webster had gays in mind as he pieced together his great lexicographical work. No, the term was corrupted by...
In a bid to marginalize criticism of the massive expansion of government emerging from the Obama Administration, professors at Harvard’s “Third Conference on Law and Mind Sciences” presented evidence for what they dubbed “anti-socialist personality disorder.” In one paper titled “The Palliative Function of Ideology,” Ph.D. candidate Jaime Napier from NYU postulated that the self-reported higher levels of personal happiness of conservatives was, in itself, a sign of serious mental illness. “In a world wallowing in poverty and oppression, angst and neurosis are the healthy responses,” Napier wrote. “Liberals manifest a robust magnitude of both angst and neurotic tendencies in...
CanWest News Services [Transcribed from print version] National Post, page A11 Steamy sex? Dream on, liberals By Chris Lackner OTTAWA * If you’ve recently dreamed about sex with a stranger, flying or the dead coming back to life, chances are you’re probably a liberal rather than a conservative. A dream researcher from John F. Kennedy University near San Francisco has discovered fundamental differences between the dream worlds of people who identify themselves as ideologically left- or right-wing. Among his findings, Kelly Bulkeley discovered liberals are more restless sleepers and have a higher number of bizarre, surreal dreams, including fantasy settings...
BOSS BLOWS UP AFTER 4TH STRAIGHT LOSS BY GEORGE KING April 18, 2005 -- BALTIMORE - One dozen games into the season George Steinbrenner has had it with his high-priced and underachieving Yankees. Shortly after yesterday's 8-4 loss to the Orioles in front of a sun-splashed Camden Yards crowd of 47,883 that stretched the Yankees' losing streak to four, The Boss cried uncle. "Enough is enough," Steinbrenner said in a statement. "I am bitterly disappointed, as I am sure all Yankee fans are, by the lack of performance by our team. http://www.nypost.com/sports/sports.shtml
<p>Normally healthy and vigorous, Deborah Dashow Ruth of Kensington has developed a case of shingles, her ulcer is acting up, and her head has been throbbing since the United States invaded Iraq a week ago.</p>
<p>Meanwhile, San Ramon advice-line nurse Jan Howe has been deluged with calls from people stressed out by current events. And the staff at the adolescent psychiatric unit at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco is seeing an upsurge in calls and requests for admission.</p>
<p>Juneau A bill to ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving got a chilly hearing Monday in a Capitol committee meeting.</p>
<p>None of the half-dozen people who testified before the House Judiciary Committee endorsed the measure. Instead, wireless phone providers and citizens questioned the effect of the proposed law on safety and whether the government should regulate what happens inside a vehicle.</p>
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