Anxiety disorders, PTSD, and OCD linked to inflammatory dysregulation, study finds…


Date: December 16, 2018

01) Anxiety disorders, PTSD, and OCD linked to inflammatory dysregulation, study finds

“Post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders are all positively associated with high levels of inflammation markers in the blood, according to new research published in the journal Depression & Anxiety.

“Broadly, my research program examines the ways that emotions and physiology influence and relate to one another — that is, when someone experiences negative emotions (e.g., sadness, anxiety, anger) frequently and/or intensely what does that do to their physical health?” said study author Megan E. Renna of Columbia University.

“There has been a well-established link between chronic illness and anxiety in the literature over the years. But, it still has been unclear as to what processes, both psychologically and physically, contribute to this association, so I wanted to examine if inflammation may be one of these processes among people with anxiety, traumatic stress, and obsessive-compulsive related disorders.”


TED Radio Hour: What Does Everyday Courage Look Like?…

Date: December 16, 2018

01) What Does Everyday Courage Look Like?

“Margaret Heffernan talks about the danger of “willful blindness” and praises ordinary people who are willing to speak up. She tells the story of Gayla Benefield, who uncovered an awful secret about her hometown and spoke up even when it was hard.

About Margaret Heffernan

The former CEO of five businesses, Margaret Heffernan explores topics like conflict avoidance and selective blindness — things that lead managers and organizations astray. In her book Willful Blindness, Margaret Heffernan examines why businesses and the people who run them often ignore the obvious — with consequences as dire as the global financial crisis and Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster.

Heffernan began her career in television production, building a track record at the BBC before going on to run the film and television producer trade association IPPA. In the U.S., Heffernan became a serial entrepreneur and CEO in the wild early days of Web business and was named one of the Internet’s Top 100 by Silicon Alley Reporter in 1999.”

How to Build an Earthen Oven…


Date: December 16, 2018

01) How to Build an Earthen Oven

“In this video we show you how to build an earthen oven. Wood-fired earthen ovens are easily documented all the way back the ancient Romans. Likewise, they are easily documented in archaeological evidence and first-hand accounts from the 18th Century. We show you how easy it is to build one.”


Anti-SJW Cringe Compilation – Volume 2…

Date: December 13, 2018

01) Anti-SJW Cringe Compilation – Volume 2

My goodness!…Shoe0nHead…Andy Warski…Stephen Molyneux…Armored Skeptic, even…

At least two of these people, I have absolutely nothing good to say about…I consider them to be cancer on the internet…and the human species, as a whole…One of them gives me an ill feeling…the other has done interesting stuff on YouTube, but a lot of people have really come to hate this person…and I’ve not paid enough attention to get all the “whys”.

…Then there is Milo…what to say about him?…What goes around, comes around…He wants to retreat from good stances, and attach himself to whatever current platform will have him?…fine…But that’s a turbulent, bridge burning path…I hope he has enough quality friends to burn through, going down that road…When he reaches the end, it’s going to get real ugly.

I largely had to share this, since I just happened across it…only a few days after sharing the Shoe0nHead diatribe.

…After spreading false information, and taking cheap stabs at MAPs…it’s interesting to watch her call Leslie Jones a gorilla…

…She’s just a “sweetheart all around”, isn’t she?

Truth be told…Ghost Busters 2016 is a good, funny movie…with one or two scenes, that probably should have ended up on the cutting room floor…But I’m glad I went to see it.

Leslie did not deserve any of that ugly crap…

Thing about “pretty girls” like Shoe0nHead…

…They can have the most aesthetically pleasing look in the world…but if they’re ugly on the inside…they’re just plain ugly…

…Surface shallow looks will never cover up, nor compensate for, that type of ugly…

…It’s the worst type of ugly there is.

Maryanne Wolf: Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound…

Date: December 12, 2018

01) Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound

Thanks to Pete Pimpernel!

“When the reading brain skims texts, we don’t have time to grasp complexity, to understand another’s feelings or to perceive beauty. We need a new literacy for the digital age…

Look around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the new pacifier for babies and toddlers. Younger school-aged children read stories on smartphones; older boys don’t read at all, but hunch over video games. Parents and other passengers read on Kindles or skim a flotilla of email and news feeds. Unbeknownst to most of us, an invisible, game-changing transformation links everyone in this picture: the neuronal circuit that underlies the brain’s ability to read is subtly, rapidly changing – a change with implications for everyone from the pre-reading toddler to the expert adult.

As work in neurosciences indicates, the acquisition of literacy necessitated a new circuit in our species’ brain more than 6,000 years ago. That circuit evolved from a very simple mechanism for decoding basic information, like the number of goats in one’s herd, to the present, highly elaborated reading brain. My research depicts how the present reading brain enables the development of some of our most important intellectual and affective processes: internalized knowledge, analogical reasoning, and inference; perspective-taking and empathy; critical analysis and the generation of insight. Research surfacing in many parts of the world now cautions that each of these essential “deep reading” processes may be under threat as we move into digital-based modes of reading.

Increasing reports from educators and from researchers in psychology and the humanities bear this out. English literature scholar and teacher Mark Edmundson describes how many college students actively avoid the classic literature of the 19th and 20th centuries because they no longer have the patience to read longer, denser, more difficult texts. We should be less concerned with students’ “cognitive impatience,” however, than by what may underlie it: the potential inability of large numbers of students to read with a level of critical analysis sufficient to comprehend the complexity of thought and argument found in more demanding texts, whether in literature and science in college, or in wills, contracts and the deliberately confusing public referendum questions citizens encounter in the voting booth.”

Woman jailed for carrying out determined stalking campaign before staging own kidnap…

Date: December 12, 2018

01) Woman jailed for carrying out determined stalking campaign before staging own kidnap

“Jessica Nordquist – described as ‘intelligent, resourceful and well educated’ – launched a terrifying campaign against her ex-boyfriend. Nordquist, an American citizen, waged an extreme hate campaign after her brief relationship with Mark Weeks ended.

She sent messages to his clients accusing him of rape, and set up a fake account for him so she could send out a ‘confession’ email to make it appear he was owning up. The relentless campaign also saw her set up at least 20 fake Instagram accounts and post similar claims online. In April she faked her own kidnap and said her abductors had assaulted and raped her – but she was discovered safe and well in Scotland by police.”