The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a new policy statement about how to support children and teens who identify as transgender or who fall under an umbrella they call “gender diverse.” Continue reading
Ford has been “inundated with vulgar email and social media messages,” reports the Times, including death threats. Citing “a person close to” Ford who also wishes to remain anonymous, they report that the harassment has been so severe she has had to move herself and her children out of their home, and is arranging for “private security.”
Most people consider rape and murder to be the most serious violent crimes that one individual can commit. As a result, attempting rape or attempting murder are also very serious offenses. When someone is seriously accused of attempting or executing either of these crimes, it’s a big deal. Continue reading
I don’t usually line-for-line debunk misleading posts on social media. It’s not the purpose for this blog, and would take far too much time and energy. But, I saw an incredibly inaccurate post slamming Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape. More below. Continue reading
But what if the source of this polarization has little do with where people actually fall on the issues, or what people actually believe in? What if people are simply polarized by political labels like “liberal” and “conservative” and what they imagine their opponents to be like more than they are by disagreements over issues like taxes, abortion, and immigration?
That news wouldn’t surprise anybody who’s spent time battling it out in a news outlet’s comment section, and it’s the firm conclusion of new research by Lilliana Mason, a professor at the University of Maryland. Continue reading
Poverty affects a lot:
This might suggest something even deeper than the idea that poverty’s stress interferes with our ability to make good decisions. The inescapability of poverty weighs so heavily on the author that s/he abandons long-term planning entirely, because the short-term needs are so great and the long-term gains so implausible. The train is just not coming. What if the psychology of poverty, which can appear so irrational to those not in poverty, is actually “the most rational response to a world of chaos and unpredictable outcomes,” he wrote.