Rock buffoon Ted Nugent waves what looks like automatic weapons in the air and tells Arnold and Obama to "suck on these" and tells Hillary Clinton to "ride these."
It's all vaudeville, but you can bet that if it was Hollywood buffoon Alec Baldwin waving those weapons, telling John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney to suck on these, Sean Hannity would be demanding Baldwin's immediate arrest and Bill O'Reilly would call for a boycott of advertisers who sponsor 30 Rock.
Original video shot by Kevin Caroll at the Feather Falls Indian Casino in Oroville, California on 8-22-07.
"I don’t mean to sound like a curmudgeon about this subject. Playing games delivered by the computer or game player can be damn captivating and entertaining, and can have very useful learning dimensions. But I do strongly believe that a parent should understand that as with any serious, rewarded activity, a child spending hours each day playing video games on their PDA or game player or computer pays a price for it, and is changing in their interests and personality and socialization in ways that are not in every way positive for their intellectual and social development."
The NY Times reported on a story dating back to the end of 2002 when Northwestern's psychology department chair, J. Michael Bailey, published The Man Who Would Be Queen. I haven't read the book and my local Border's was sold out, so I've ordered a copy. My comments below are offered tentatively, based upon what I've picked up in the past few years in the press. After I' read the book, I'll repost on any of the material details I may have gotten wrong.
From what I've gathered through a number of articles in the local press, Bailey argued that there are two types of male-born transgendered persons. The first type, which includes most males who seek gender reassignment surgery, are men who have felt like girls and women for most or all of their lives. They are typically more feminine in manner and seek sexual reassignment early in life. Bailey contends that a second, much smaller group, identify as heterosexual males for most of their adult lives. Quite often, these men marry, raise families and are even regarded by their peers as very masculine men.
Bailey says that this smaller subset of transgendered persons find the idea of having their own female genitals sexually exciting, a phenomenon sometimes referred to as autogynephilia. According to Bailey, autogynephilia distinguishes the motivation of these later-in-life transgendered men from the larger group of male-born transgendered persons who have always identified as women.
Bailey has suggested that autogynephilia represents a reparative effort to address narcissistic injury by making the object of erotic love part of oneself. That may sound wacky to some people, but I have seen heterosexual men who report this experience as a sexual fantasy that seems to appear during prolonged periods of narcissistic deflation, only to disappear entirely during periods when they are more narcissistically intact and stable. I have no idea if Bailey is right about autogynephilia applying to the motivation of a significant number of transgendered persons, but I have little doubt about his formulation being rooted in psychological phenomena that real people report.
"If a girl is not purified, she will just go hook up with men. This protects women's honor. Otherwise it will become just like America here and girls will go with guys," said Asma Said, a 16-year-old secondary school student.
"Those who say it doesn't happen are lying 100 percent. There is not one person here not circumcised, and it will continue."
She like many of the schoolgirls in Maghagha who spoke to Reuters said they supported the practice, even if they were frightened of having it done.
The only girl who spoke against the practice was shouted down by her classmates until she conceded that genital cutting was a necessity.
"No one can get married without it," said the girl.
Another classmate, 15-year-old Nesma Radi, chimed in: "Egypt lives in peace and security because there is circumcision."
Maybe all those Shia and Sunni murderers would settle down if they could just be certain that they've mutilated every last little girl in the Middle East.
Vaughan at Mind Hacks discusses a Time Magazine report on the introduction of behavior detection officers at U.S. airports to identify potential terrorists. According to the Time piece, officers will rely, in part, upon analysis of facial expressions and micro-expressions.
Psychologist Paul Ekman has been researching facial expression for over four decades. Ekman coined the term "duper's delight" to refer to facial expressions that betray psychopathic pleasure taken in duping others.
Several months ago, a video of George Bush telling George Stephanopoulos "we have never been stay the course" circulated widely on the internet. I thought it would be interesting to watch that video again with the notion of duper's delight in mind. There is no question that Bush's statement was an impulsive lie. That was documented endlessly at the time. What is of interest to me about this video is the micro-smirk suggesting that he experienced pleasure in telling that lie.
An active older life of reading and scholarship does not prevent many of the neurological losses associated with aging, according to Dr. Merzenich:
We have actually conducted controlled trials, which we’ll soon report, that shall show that one hour of intense scholarly work/day has zero impact on your brain fitness, as measured by indices of a) memory; b) thinking; or c) processing speed. Cognitive psychologists have been slow to realize that practicing remembering does not contribute significantly to its enduring improvement. The reason: All of that ‘memory practice’ is exercising brain machinery that is more fundamentally defective, in how it encodes, and in neurological terms represents those things that you are trying to deliver to memory, or recollect from it. Fixing THAT requires a substantially different class of exercises that focus on improving representational fidelity, processing speed, and the modulatory processes that amplify memory encoding and that vivify retrieved memories. -- Dr. Merzenich