If you lie frequently, you will start to have this problem

by John Anderer There’s an old saying that goes “live by the sword, die by the sword.” Well, according to a fascinating new study just released by the University of Waterloo, people who make lies, deception, and exaggeration a daily activity are far more likely than the rest of us to believe a lie themselves. Perhaps the adage should go: “live by the lie, fall for the lie.” Deception comes in many forms. Some people can’t help but flat out make things up, while others may just have a penchant for exaggeration. We’ve all encountered people cut from this cloth; every … Continue reading If you lie frequently, you will start to have this problem

It’s Time To Cancel “Dr. Phil”

Dr. Do Nothing The popular daytime TV show seems to exploit the vulnerable people coming on the program for help. by Scaachi KoulBuzz In mid-February, Dr. Phil aired an episode about a 56-year-old woman named JoLynn with an alcohol addiction. But unlike other shows — or even an old Oprah episode — she isn’t coiffed or remotely prepared for the interview. She’s very clearly intoxicated, disheveled, and isn’t wearing any shoes. She rambles and at one point, starts to walk away from her chair. When Phil McGraw (more commonly known as Dr. Phil) asks her repeatedly where she’s going, she looks like a lost child. … Continue reading It’s Time To Cancel “Dr. Phil”

Is it time to decriminalize prostitution? Two New York bills answer yes in unique ways

One bill hopes to repeal the crime of selling sex and expand social services; the other would legalize the entire sex trade. by KEVIN DICKINSON Today in the majority of the United States, it is a crime to sell sex, buy it, or promote its sale.The Sex Trade Survivors Justice & Equality Act would decriminalize prostitution in New York state while maintaining punitive measures against buyers and pimps.Opponents suggest this law would only push the illegal sex trade further underground and seek full decriminalization for everyone involved. Although incorrectly labeled the world’s oldest profession, prostitution has been on the minds of … Continue reading Is it time to decriminalize prostitution? Two New York bills answer yes in unique ways

Gulf slave society

The glittering city-states of the Persian Gulf fit the classicist Moses Finley’s criteria of genuine slave societies by Bernard Freamon, adjunct professor at New York University School of Law and emeritus professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. He is the organiser of a website on the Islamic law on slavery, ijma-on-slavery.org. His most recent book is Possessed by the Right Hand: The Problem of Slavery in Islamic Law and Muslim Cultures (2019). He lives in New York City. Edited by Sam Haselby The six city-states on the Arab side of the Persian Gulf, each formerly a sleepy, pristine fishing village, are now … Continue reading Gulf slave society

MEET THE NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS – AMERICANS GET FOOLED AGAIN

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project Waking Times Today, in what resembles a scene more akin to that of North Korea than the land of the free, the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden will be sworn into office. Likely pleasing those in attendance, Trump put his name on a short list of former presidents and announced he will not be in attendance for the ceremonial transfer of power — which will take place behind several tons of razor wire, 20,000 armed National Guard troops, concrete barricades, boarded up businesses, and ten foot tall fences. When speaking on … Continue reading MEET THE NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS – AMERICANS GET FOOLED AGAIN

Why “don’t take it so personally” is the ultimate gaslighting insult – according to psychology experts

Posted by Anna Brech The phrase “don’t take it so personally” might sound innocent enough, and is often used with the best of intentions, but it’s also used by gaslighters as a classic way of asserting control and spreading self-doubt in relationships. Whether it’s a partner during an argument or your mum simply trying to help, the phrase “don’t take it so personally” is bandied about an awful lot in life. In some cases, we can all be guilty of overreacting – no-one likes perceived criticism, after all. It’s hard not to be defensive. But it’s also worth bearing in mind that this is a classic tactic that gaslighters reach for in their mission to … Continue reading Why “don’t take it so personally” is the ultimate gaslighting insult – according to psychology experts

What Trump and His Mob Taught the World About America

The allure of democracy was the nation’s best asset abroad, but the president squandered it by inciting political violence. by Anne Applebaum – Staff writer at The Atlantic We have promoted democracy in our movies and books. We speak of democracy in our speeches and lectures. We even sing about democracy, from sea to shining sea, in our national songs. We have entire government bureaus devoted to thinking about how we can help other countries become and remain democratic. We fund institutions that do the same. And yet by far the most important weapon that the United States of America has … Continue reading What Trump and His Mob Taught the World About America

The three faces of racism

Inadvertent, habitual, explicit Why are black people stopped by police more than white people? Is it simply the actions of an explicitly  racist contingent? Or is there something more nuanced at play? Cognitive dissonance is at the heart of this insidious prejudice. By Berit Brogaard and Dimitria Gatzia.  Imagine that Max claims to be a committed environmentalist but continues to consume animal products. Since animal agriculture is one of the main causes of climate change, you may be inclined to think of him as a hypocrite. A hypocrite, after all, is someone who professes to hold beliefs one does not … Continue reading The three faces of racism

Why do smart people lie about alien encounters?

An Israeli Defense Minister joins a cadre of politically respectable people with specious claims of meeting E.T. By MATTHEW ROZSA – KEITH A. SPENCER Astronomers, astrophysicists, and nonprofits like the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute have been scouring the skies for signs of intelligent life for decades, and have thus far come up blank. Every year, thousands of stories of supposed alien abduction or interstellar communication emerge from citizens around the world, though just about all of them are dismissed by the scientific community outright for lack of evidence. Yet while most stories of alien abduction emerge from those who are either mentally ill or desirous of … Continue reading Why do smart people lie about alien encounters?

FOOD LINES GROW MILES LONG AS POLITICIANS BREAK RULES TO DINE AT FANCY RESTAURANTS, TAKE VACATIONS

Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project Waking Times When the politicians on taxpayer funded salaries sit around and discuss which businesses to keep open and which businesses to shut down, they never consider limiting their salaries or cutting their funding. They simply force people out of business and offer nothing in return. In states that do offer some relief to shuttered businesses, the programs fall far short of the mark for small business owners, enrich already large corporations, or, like we reported out of California, puts millions in the pockets of murders, rapists, and child traffickers — some of whom are on death … Continue reading FOOD LINES GROW MILES LONG AS POLITICIANS BREAK RULES TO DINE AT FANCY RESTAURANTS, TAKE VACATIONS