The Vatican has appointed the archbishop of Seattle, J. Peter Sartain, to lead the crackdown on American nuns. He'll have his hands full because he also faces a growing rebellion at the parish level over his efforts to repeal same-sex marriage:
I took a look at the Wikipedia entry for American Bandstand. I didn't know that at one point during the early years it was airing for 90 minutes every weekday. That's a lot of time for kids to watch celebrities lipsync for a group of high school kids dancing.
That was such a different time. No internet, no iPhone, no Adderall, only 2-8 broadcast channels on TV and no schedules filled and organized by adult overseers. If Back To The Future was remade today, it would be a story about Marty McFly climbing the walls without all of the environmental supports for the hypomanic, new normal.
The comptroller for the City of Dixon, Illinois (Ronald Reagan's hometown) is accused of diverting $30 million of local funds for her own use over the past six years. That's a lot of money for one person to steal, especially in a municipality with a population of 15,000. That's equivalent to $2,000 stolen from every man, woman and child in Dixon.
I'm trying to imagine how this began and what her thinking was over the last six years, that is, assuming she's actually guilty. It certainly seems that detection would be inevitable with a theft of that size.
She's accused of using the money to pay off debts, buy property and purchase a horse farm. I imagine it began with getting herself out of debt, but what then? Did she think: that was really easy, might as well take some more? How much fear of detection did she experience? Did her actions weigh on her conscience and, if so, how did she deal with that?
Despite some ongoing controversy about the construct validity of Myers Briggs Type Indicator, my impression is that the MBTI is more popular than ever. I believe there are several reasons for its popularity.
First, the Myers-Briggs is widely available for use in non-clinical settings. It can be administered and interpreted without the supervision, scoring or interpretation of a psychologist. The administration is relatively quick and scoring is simple. There is even a self-scoring form of the test (Form M). Interpretative narratives for each of the 16 possible MBTI profiles are available and easy to understand. The narratives range from general and brief, to more extensive. Additional scores and reports can be generated for particular concerns such as relationships or career.
Jon at Brain, Mind and other things posted a brief discussion of the Myers Briggs Sensing and Intuitive functions. He's an INFP. Most recently, on Form M, I'm an INFJ with three of the four functions (IF&J) in the Slight range and N in the Clear range. That's the same as my past results with the old Form F.
There is a similar typology test on-line here. I can't vouch for its reliability as a parallel form of the Myers Briggs, but my on-line results were the same as my results on both the old MBTI Form F and the newer Form M. If you take the on-line version, you'll get a four letter profile. Just type the four letters (without spaces in between) into the Google search box and you'll find an assortment of narrative descriptions of your type.
Is it my imagination, or do clinicians say empathic while people outside our field almost always say empathetic? I would be surprised to hear one of my psychology colleagues use the word empathetic. In fact, I'm so accustomed to the word empathic, that I automatically take notice when someone uses the word empathetic. I can't help it; I always notice.
Both are real words and they have the same meaning.
A Suffolk County jury on Saturday night found a black man guilty of manslaughter for shooting of an unarmed white teenager outside the man’s house last year, ending a racially charged trial.
The jury began deliberating on Wednesday, and on Friday indicated that it was deadlocked and racked with discord. But late Saturday night, it delivered its verdict: The man, John H. White, 54, was guilty of the second-degree manslaughter charge that prosecutors had sought, and of criminal possession of a weapon. Mr. White was allowed to remain free until sentencing, when he will face a maximum term of 5 to 15 years in prison.
Mr. White was convicted of shooting Daniel Cicciaro, 17, point-blank in the face on Aug. 9, 2006. Daniel and several friends had left a party and showed up Mr. White’s house just after 11 p.m. to challenge his son Aaron, then 19, to a fight, and had used threats, profanities and racial epithets. Mr. White awoke and grabbed a loaded Beretta pistol he kept in the garage of his house in Miller Place, a predominantly white hamlet on Long Island.
“We are elated and relieved and feel that Daniel has been vindicated and that justice has been served,” said Gregg Sarra, a longtime friend of the Cicciaro family and Daniel’s godfather."
Former NY governor David Patterson commuted the imprisoned Mr. White's sentence exactly three years later.
I have no opinion on guilt or innocence in the White case or the Zimmerman case; I'm merely presenting this for the consideration of those who feel certain it would all be different if Trayvon was white and Zimmerman was was black.