Fox News is Having a Cult Effect on Viewers

Some of us have wondered about this for awhile.  When we see a Fox News segment, it can be reminiscent of one of the Reverend Jerry Falwell’s sermons.  It doesn’t stand up to critical thinking, but it has the right appeal to people who regard it as a comfort zone. Comfort zones can be addictive.  Invariably, you must give up something for that comfort, too.  Sacrificing something in the real world is necessary to keep the comfort consistent. According to an article by Luke O’Neil on The Intelligencer page on New York Magazine’s website, some Fox News viewers have given up more than their critical thinking skills.  Some … Continue reading Fox News is Having a Cult Effect on Viewers

The Drug War on Human Beings

(Disclosure:  I am not a mental health professional.  The statements in this blog post are based on observation and personal experience.) At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to a New York Times opinion piece by Andrea J. Ritchie, describing the nightmare some women are subjected to in the War on Drugs.  These women are often singled out by race, and whether or not any of the individuals in question are guilty of drug offenses this harassment is a national disgrace. Please read all of the statements in Ms. Ritchie’s column carefully.  There are different “reasons” for these injustices, … Continue reading The Drug War on Human Beings

Cameron Douglas Released From Prison

Disclosure: This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. Most of us know decent people who have abused drugs. Some of those people have done inexcusable things when they’re under the influence or desperate for a fix, though.  Relationships are ruined, and in the most extreme situations someone gets killed. That said, I hope our society in general will seek answers other than prison. We can’t excuse a parent who allows a dealer to rape his or her child, and that probably happens more often than we hear. In those cases, the child can’t feel … Continue reading Cameron Douglas Released From Prison