Browsing All posts tagged under »Society«

Stop the Pussification of America

November 14, 2016


Parents:  let your kids find their own way in childhood. Let them be disappointed.  Make them strong and confident by letting them do things, not by telling them they are special snowflakes.  The real threat to America is not Trump; it’s the past several decades of helicopter parenting that turns out 20-year-old spoiled, fearful children. […]

Gay Marriage and Petty Bureaucrats: Power vs. Responsibility

July 6, 2015


One might think that the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide would signal an end to the matter of gay marriage. But no, now we have low-level judges and county clerks standing in the way, refusing to issue marriage licenses because they believe that their personal religious beliefs and their consciences trump the highest […]

Bristol Palin, Pregnant Again, Doesn’t Want Any Lectures. Good. Neither Do We.

June 26, 2015


If ever there were an argument that we should all butt out of each others’ reproductive business, this is it.   Time for a quick Friday rant: Bristol Palin is pregnant out of wedlock for the second time. “Bristol Palin announces second pregnancy, schadenfreude-tinged pile-on begins,” trumpets the Los Angeles Times. I’m not into the […]

How to Boost Clothing Sales: Block Cell Signals in the Fitting Rooms

June 1, 2015


How much revenue is lost to the Selfish Selfie? The other day, I enjoyed a rare stroke of good fortune in the jeans department: my size, the elusive 6P, was in stock! Still, jeans are something you really need to try on before buying, so I grabbed a pair and headed to the fitting rooms. […]

A Wasted Organ Transplant: Why Patients’ Social History and Potential SHOULD Matter

May 11, 2015


If you were faced with 100 dying people, and could only save 79 of them, how would you choose? Back in 2012, 15-year-old Anthony Stokes was denied a lifesaving heart transplant. Doctors ruled him a bad candidate because of a “history of noncompliance,” meaning he was unlikely to follow doctors’ orders concerning medications and follow-up […]

Why Are Our 30s the Best Years of Our Lives?

May 9, 2014


I think it all comes down to the assumption that at that age, you are assumed to be worthy of respect. Catherine Rampell, 29 years old and writing for the Washington Post, ponders a somewhat non-scientific survey of centenarians and 65-year-olds. Both groups were asked which stage of their lives they recalled most fondly; the […]

Let Kids Be Kids: Go Play Outside!

January 20, 2014


The most important skills that children everywhere must learn in order to live happy, productive, moral lives are skills that cannot be taught in school. Such skills cannot be taught at all. They are learned and practised by children in play. – Peter Gray Okay, raise your hand if you grew up in the 1950s, […]

The Common Denominator in Mass Murders Isn’t Guns. It’s Psycho-Social Isolation and Hostility.

December 27, 2013


The question isn’t how to lock up all the guns.  The question is how to get people to come forward with their misgivings, and act on that.   After every Columbine, every Newtown, every Aurora or Virginia Tech, there is the outcry over guns.  Pundits and politicians debate limiting magazine capacity, or banning semiautomatic weapons… […]

A Timely Pick-Me-Up

April 22, 2013


As we gradually gain perspective on the Boston bombing, Lauriate Roly examines the emotional impact such events have on people everywhere. By Lauriate Roly Sometimes things going on around me can really knock me flat. I mean things that I simply can’t do anything about. Like wars, or terrible earthquakes happening somewhere on the planet, […]

It’s Official: “Terrorist” is the Most Inappropriately Over-Used Word in American English

January 25, 2013


Time to retire this useless and harmful word ter-ror-ism, noun \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm\  :   the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. —ter·ror·ist   adjective or noun —ter·ror·is·tic   adjective The word “terrorist” has a definition, but how we apply it has always been a little fuzzy.  Scholars and professionals might argue the finer distinctions among […]

Briana Baran, 1959 -2012: Some Souls Burn More Brightly

October 19, 2012


Some souls just burn more brightly than others; they are more there than most.  Intense.  Briana Baran was one such soul.  I never met her, never heard her voice, never saw her picture.  I only knew her through an internet forum, where I would eagerly seek out her avatar.  But oh, how brightly she burned! […]