Deconstructing the Antagonists

Several dozen news outlets have by now reported on the man who, along with his partner, was ejected from a Jetblue flight, after spotting Ivanka Trump in the cabin and very publicly taking her to task over her father’s general atrociousness (here and here, in the hopeful event you’ve had better things to do). Continue reading

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Gordon Klingenschmitt: American Gays Are Like ISIS, Metaphorically Throw Christians Off Rooftops

This is a good one.

The sheer, barefaced egregiousness of the man’s blatant self-victimisation had my jaw hitting the lino.

I would ordinarily be tempted to call him delusional, or perhaps call what he’s doing confabulation, but I suspect he knows exactly what he is doing, and that is speaking to others’ ignorance, and making an appeal to those who suffer from selectively amnesiac bigotry. Continue reading

Here are 5 reasons to suspect Jesus never existed

Gearing up for Christmas? Setting out your Nativity? Well guess what?

For any interested in the question of the historicity of Jesus, some useful introductory articles are appearing around now, probably not by chance, in the source below by psychologist Valerie Tarico (also here on WordPress), and here by writer and blogger, Philip Perry of the Internet forum, Big Think.

Before anyone shouts “appeal to authority!”, Tarico makes clear in a postscript that she is not an expert in this area, and is inclined to “defer to the preponderance of relevant experts while keeping in mind that paradigm shifts do occur”. I haven’t been able to determine what Perry’s claim to expertise in this area is, but as he is aggregating existing research rather than making any outright or novel claims, I’m choosing to turn a blind eye, as it were.

The points summarised here – as well as the names of the various experts cited – are simply helpful starting-blocks for further reading into the matter of Jesus of Nazareth, be he mythologised history, or historicised mythology.

Source: Here are 5 reasons to suspect Jesus never existed

Jefferson’s Bane: 2016’s Final Victim

David Bowie. Alan Rickman. Prince. Anton Yelchin. Harper Lee. Muhammad Ali. Gene Wilder. Leonard Cohen. A.A. Gill. And many, many more.

You’ve been busy haven’t you, 2016? You macabre, sadistic, star-stealing little prick of a year, hmmm?

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The Persistent Pain of Family Estrangement

 

The subject article that appeared in the online edition of Psychology Today really resonated with me, so if you’ve been following any of my blog posts at all, you can probably empathise with the almost desperate alacrity with which I jumped at the chance to write a bit about something other than farcically dysfunctional politicking (#ThanksObama). The added bonus, of course, was that so (too) many people come from similarly unpleasant backgrounds, so in addition to the evident cathartic aspect, the simple fact of sharing one’s experiences and insights can at the very least foster a sense of solidarity, and at best, help someone else gain a different perspective, and perhaps even some food for thought or techniques for self-help. Continue reading