Lies and honest mistakes

Richard V Reeves is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he directs the Future of the Middle Class Initiative and co-directs the Center on Children and Families. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, National Affairs, and The New York Times, among others. His latest book is Dream Hoarders (2017). He lives in Washington, DC. Edited byNigel Warburton The other day, I told a friend that Knoxville is the capital of Tennessee. Five seconds and a blur of fingers later, he said: ‘No, it’s Nashville.’ My statement was obviously not true. But since I sincerely believed in the accuracy of what I was … Continue reading Lies and honest mistakes

ONE NATION UNDER GREED: THE PROFIT INCENTIVES DRIVING THE AMERICAN POLICE STATE

John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead, TRI Waking Times “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” ― Frédéric Bastiat, French economist If there is an absolute maxim by which the American government seems to operate, it is that the taxpayer always gets ripped off. Not only are Americans forced to “spend more on state, municipal, and federal taxes than the annual financial burdens of food, clothing, and housing combined,” but we’re … Continue reading ONE NATION UNDER GREED: THE PROFIT INCENTIVES DRIVING THE AMERICAN POLICE STATE

See the horrifying place where your old clothes go to die

A landfill in Ghana is the final resting place for many of our fast fashion purchases. When author Maxine Bedat visited, it was literally on fire. BY MAXINE BEDAT One August day I found myself on top of one of the most impressive mountains I’ve seen. I’d scaled it with very little equipment, in the same Nike sneakers I wear on the treadmill. There were no harnesses, no guides, and no resupply stations along the way. In fact, it only took about 20 minutes to get to the summit, despite frequent picture breaks. At the top, I looked out into … Continue reading See the horrifying place where your old clothes go to die

THE AGE OF FEAR: A GRADUATION MESSAGE FOR TERRIFYING TIMES

by John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead, Guests Waking Times “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”—Hermann Goering, Nazi leader With all that is crashing down upon us, from government-manipulated crises to the blowback arising from a society that has repeatedly prized technological expedience and mass-marketed values over self-ownership and individual sovereignty, those coming of age … Continue reading THE AGE OF FEAR: A GRADUATION MESSAGE FOR TERRIFYING TIMES

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