Subculture – 12-1-16

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We’re heading toward the end of the week, so yes, there will be talk about porn and sex, but in a scientific and legal sense, respectively. Also, have you been getting dizzy lately from news coverage that has anything to do with conservative women and Trump? Yes? You’re not alone, and I’ll be delving into some of the verbal and mental gymnastics women have been engaging in for months. No, it’s not pretty! If there’s time, there will be talk about depression, and treatment options – that may or may not get a little angry. Of course, there will be a tune of the day, too.

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Subculture – 11-30-16

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So, there’s that crazy abortion regulation going on in Texas, and the backlash is already starting. Yes, it is amusing, really! In other “women’s” news, apparently at least one member of the psychiatric community thinks that people don’t feel enough when it comes to dealing with online interactions with people, particularly on dating sites. (No, I’m not making this up!) You just have to hear about this one! Remember I mentioned in passing the fact that Saudi Arabia should really rethink how they treat women? Apparently there’s a very powerful man who agrees with me, at least a little! All that plus a science challenge from NASA, and the tune of the day!

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Tune of the Day – Soothing – Laura Marling

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While this video isn’t quite NSFW, it certainly is “interesting,” especially for anyone who gets into latex on ladies. As for the song itself, well… take a listen:

I don’t know about you, but I think that with “Soothing,” Laura Marling comes very close to a James Bond style theme. It’s a bit simplistic, but it’s only lacking in a full orchestra. The ambiance is definitely there.

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Subculture – 11-29-16

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Have a good holiday? Hope so! Take a break from the shopping, and listen to some talk on sex, media mistakes on domestic violence, and abortion regulations. Also, it’s Louisa May Alcott’s birthday! (Have to talk about that, especially since the Google Doodle of the day is all about her.) Yes, there will also be some talk about politics, and of course, a tune of the day!

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SubCulture – 11-17-16

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Let’s talk literature, and literary awards. Even if you’re not into books, you will find this interesting. Then there is interesting news on the sexual harassment front, celebrity style. How about a little talk about politically driven donations? Throw in some drugs, and rock n’ roll to round things out. Also, some entertainment news from the small screen, and a little commentary from someone who left TV a while ago. Finally, yes there will be even more music – beyond the stuff that’s in the news, of course!

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Stop Blaming One Person for Bullying

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Seriously, it has gotten out of control out there. Yes, it’s true that Donald Trump has managed to bring out the worst in many people, but the fact remains that those people are the ones who actively made the choice to behave like they have. No, it’s not appropriate to blame anyone except the bad actors themselves. While there may be an increase in bullying and other bad behaviors now, blaming a single person for it is only making the problem worse.

A large part of the problem today is that there is always someone around to blame for one’s shortcomings, or flat out evil actions. The fact that it has become socially acceptable for people to lay blame for their actions on social movements, politicians, public figures or the dog in the backyard who’s speaking for Satan is the real problem. Another problem is the misguided notion that there is always a peaceful solution to bullying. Oddly enough, we’re heading into the season when we will undoubtedly be shown an example of when there is no peaceful solution – ad nauseum.

Yes, sometimes a bully needs a dose of his own medicine. But, we’ve moved to a point where “zero tolerance” policies in schools have removed that option from consideration. Bluntly, if you really want to blame anything for the proliferation of bullying, look no further than the idiotic notion that bullies and their victims should be punished equally for violence in school. Please, stop.

Before the age of video surveillance in schools, this policy saved school administrators from having to actually think about it, and try to figure out who started a fight in school. If everyone is guilty, that means that the bullies were given free range in the schools. Most kids wouldn’t fight back, because they didn’t want to get in trouble, too. It’s better to just take the beating, and not get a bad mark on the “permanent record.”

Now, there is no excuse. Videos typically can show anyone who started the violence. But, we still have the policy that kids should not stand up for themselves, ever. And now you’re wondering why bullies are out there all over the place?!? Our school policies that leave administrators protected from lawsuits (and thinking) created this, not Trump. Our society’s fascination with trying to make everyone get along created this. That’s not how any of this works.

This is not suggesting that Trump shouldn’t be held accountable for his own reprehensible behavior. He should. But, please stop letting anyone else use him as a scapegoat for their own bad actions. Seriously, attorneys across the country are drooling over this – defense against criminal charges and cause for civil damages, all wrapped up in the man who managed to get himself into the White House. Now they’re going to have a field day, too.

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Subculture – 11-16-16

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We have a couple updates on stories from yesterday, but after that, we’ll be talking slavery – more importantly, where it might still be on the books. Also, remember that women’s wage gap thing the Milo kept saying didn’t exist? Well….. the feminists might be right about this one, at least in one sector, and no, a lot of people won’t like admitting it. You’ll love this one! We’ll find out which Obama Administration official has apparently been living under a rock somewhere, or at least hasn’t been paying attention to quite a lot in the past year or so. There’s someone living in Pittsburgh who apparently deserves the “worst parent of the millennium” award. This one might lead to a tirade about birth control – you know, preventing this kind of thing. Of course, there will be music, but today it’s really uplifting, because of the artist.

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