Shrinkwrapped has an excellent post synthesizing some of the most significant recent findings of neuroscience with our evolving understanding of the self and treatment. Many of us have been excited by profound developments in other fields over the past few years because of their relevance to psychoanalysis, object relations and especially self-psychology. Our field is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary in a very constructive way, with evolutionary biology and psychology, anthropology, zoology, linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, psychoanalysis and for me, philosophy and religion (e.g., here and here) as part of the package.
It is difficult to go through a day without encountering some new bit of research that provokes a great deal of thought -- this post over at neurophilosopher's site being a good example, leading me to think about some of the very same matters discussed by Shrinkwrapped in his post.
Glenn Greenwald digs into the archives to pull up some unhinged Orwellian nut-think that was, sadly, characteristic of the arguments presented by many war supporters seduced by autoerotic reasoning. If you don't think that John Warner's comments on Larry King aren't chilling, then I don't know what you would find chilling.
Howard Kurtz's column in WaPo discusses Fox News' participation in spreading a false story about Barack Obama's early education in a radical Islamic school. Not content to engage in a transparent attempt to damage only Obama's candidacy with a lie, Fox needed to spread the damage by compounding the deceit with a second bogus story.
Without offering any substantiation for the claim, sanctimonious Fox News blowhard John Gibson linked the false story to Hillary Clinton's campaign, decrying it as the kind of politics people are tired of. Apparently, he doesn't believe people are so tired of such unethical behavior that they will turn-off Fox News.
The rumor first appeared in Insight, a Sun Myung Moon owned conservative magazine.
I have no interest in seeing Hillary Clinton elected. My gut tells me that she is more about power than she is about anything else. And, I am not the only one who suspects that much of the exuberance for Obama comes from white democrats who feel morally sanctified by supporting his candidacy and, dare I say, black supporters who feel vindicated by his candidacy.
This latter group needs no vindication and, personally, I believe it would be a marker of progress on race for us to elect a black president as it was when Republican presidents appointed a black chairman of the joint chiefs and two black secretaries of state in succession. I don't believe that all of Obama's support is based upon race as a sanctifying or vindicating agent, but I suspect that these motives are far too influential among many of his most ecstatic supporters.
Obama may be a fine candidate, even the best candidate, but he is still largely unknown to me and to many of his most enthusiastic supporters.
As for John Gibson, the word filthy comes to mind.
We can reasonably suspect that there is far more to this story from the Times of London than meets the eye, but I'm struck by the notion that a "silent" girl who emerged from the "jungle" 18 years after her disappearance was quickly seduced by the DVD collection owned by the people who claim to be her family. I don't know which is the greater surprise to me -- that she was seduced by DVDs or that a family residing in the 'jungles' of northeastern Cambodia has a television, a DVD player and a DVD collection. Apparently, she's skipping right past fire and the wheel and going straight for season 5 of 24.
Quote Of The Day: The Left Does Bin Laden's Dirty Work Here at Home
"The war is being lost not on the streets of Baghdad but right here in America. It is the cultural left that is doing Bin Laden's work for him. There is no way that Bin Laden could persuade America to give up on the war on terror and get out of Iraq and the Middle East. Fortunately for Bin Laden he has a whole political movement in the United States that is dedicated to exactly this objective." — Dinesh D'Souza
Once again, the right suggests that to oppose Bush or oppose the war makes one a 'dirty" ally of a terrorist. Dick Cheney passes on RWN's more direct rehash of 'they're unpatriotic,' and instead draws a bead (duck!) on the heart of our affliction— democracy.
"That is part and parcel of the underlying fundamental strategy that our adversaries believe afflicts the United States," Cheney said in an interview on Fox news.
"They are convinced that the current debate in the Congress, that the election campaign last fall, all of that is evidence that they're right when they say the United States doesn't have the stomach for the fight in this war against terror," he said.