What Will It Take For Trump to Get His Due?

by Andrew Levine CounterPunch edited by O Society April 20, 2019 It is hard to recall now but before the 2016 election, blatant contempt for the rule of law and other longstanding (small-r) republican values, public displays of stupidity, extreme character flaws, and irrefutable evidence of psychological instability could wreck a presidential campaign; and it … Continue reading What Will It Take For Trump to Get His Due?

Russophobia: WMD (Weapon of Mass Deception)

by Jean Ranc Strategic Culture edited by O Society April 13, 2019 Resume: Russophobia, as psycho-social-political pathology, is diagnosed as a disorder in The West since before the 1000-year-old Roman-Orthodox religious schism and most recently manifested with a vengeance in the course of the 2013-14 with Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance by the US … Continue reading Russophobia: WMD (Weapon of Mass Deception)

Elmer Gantry and the Global Rise of the Christian Right

If Donald Trump goes to church regularly, he’s kept it a pretty good secret. by John Feeley Foreign Policy in Focus edited by O Society He and his wife have made sure to alert the press on the few times he does attend services, for instance on Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day. Otherwise, the president … Continue reading Elmer Gantry and the Global Rise of the Christian Right

Psychiatry’s Incurable Hubris

The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it. by Gary Greenburg Atlantic edited by O Society April 8, 2019 JULIEN PACAUD Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness BY ANNE HARRINGTON NORTON   In 1886, Clark Bell, the editor of the journal of the … Continue reading Psychiatry’s Incurable Hubris

Authority and its Irrelevance

by O Society March 31, 2019 In response to several readers' questions and assertions: A story being in the New York Times is a reason to believe it. So is a story being on Fox News. That’s a reason to believe it. Because your mom or dad said it is a reason to believe it. … Continue reading Authority and its Irrelevance

Sex, Empathy, Jealousy: How Emotions And Behavior Of Other Primates Mirror Our Own

A chimpanzee hugs her newborn at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands, in 2010. Over the course of his long career, primatologist Frans de Waal has become convinced that primates and other animals express emotions similar to human emotions. AFP/Getty Images by Terry Gross Fresh Air Mar 19, 2019 edited by O Society When Frans de Waal … Continue reading Sex, Empathy, Jealousy: How Emotions And Behavior Of Other Primates Mirror Our Own