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Author Robert Jay Lifton says people are starting to acknowledge global warming: AMERICANS appear to be undergoing a significant psychological shift in our relation to global warming. I call this shift a climate “swerve,” borrowing the term used recently by the Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt to describe a major historical change in consciousness that […]

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I am so happy that I was born when I was, and got to go off on my adventures: A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing […]

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People don’t act the way with their friends the way they do with everyone else. Neither do criminals. People are complicated.

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Pessimism

I’m gonna live forever!

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Shitfaced

I think it’s time someone did an intervention with Sarah Palin over her little drinking problem:

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I don’t normally get into the Fox News insanity, because it’s so self-evidently insane, right? But every once in a while, I like to remind people of the kind of anti-human propaganda that’s getting spooned into the open yearning brains of their regular viewers: Fox News’ morning program questioned a Texas official about providing emergency […]

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This trend toward punitive attacks on mothering styles has a lot to do with lost ground in women’s rights, to the point where a female parent’s decisions are open to criticism and criminal charges from everyone else: I grew up in the ’70s, when we kids were expected to entertain ourselves, which meant, largely, that […]

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Yadda, yadda, yadda, blah blah blah. Yes, this stay at home mom regrets that she shot herself in the foot financially, and now that’s she’s divorced, she’s really struggling to find work. But what I wish she’d said is that money issues aside, mothering is not enough. It just isn’t. I’ll use the example closest […]

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Very, very sad that things are at the point where he was moved to do this: A 79-year-old retired minister in Texas killed himself via self-immolation in an effort to protest what he described as lingering racism in his childhood home — his final effort in a career marked by social activism, the Dallas Morning […]

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