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Autocracy: Rules for Survival | by Masha Gessen | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
"One of the falsehoods in the Clinton speech was the implied equivalency between civil resistance and insurgency. This is an autocrat’s favorite con, the explanation for the violent suppression of peaceful protests the world over."

Rule #1: Believe the autocrat.
Rule #2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule #3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule #4: Be outraged.
Rule #5: Don’t make compromises.
Rule #6: Remember the future.
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november 2016 by cluebucket
At Mercy Multiplied, troubled young women come to believe their mental-health counselors speak for God.
"Today, the sixth step in Alcorn’s seven-step counseling model is called Freedom From Oppression—but before 2009, it was called “Demonic Oppression,” according to three former residents. Mercy changed the name shortly after administrators at Mercy-branded facilities in Australia were found to have stolen residents’ welfare checks and local papers reported that employees at these homes were practicing exorcisms."
"Mercy put this disclaimer on its website: “Mercy Ministries does not practice Recovered Memory Therapy.” This past October, when the organization rebranded itself as Mercy Multiplied, the disclaimer disappeared."

Christian crooks ugh
mercy_ministries  mercy_multiplied  healthcare  mental_health  clinic  counseling  nancy_alcorn  christy_singleton  fake  2016  2010s  2000s  christianity  abuse  religion  evangelical  corruption  america  australia  prayer  brainwashing  jennifer_miller  1990s  therapy  survival  license  medicine  donation 
may 2016 by cluebucket
The Weight Of James Arthur Baldwin
"One didn’t need to worship him, or desire to emulate him, to know this and respect him for it. And yet, for me, there had always been something slightly off-putting about him — the strangely accented, ponderous way he spoke in the interviews I watched; the lofty, “theatrical” way in which he appeared in “Good Citizens,” an essay by Joan Didion, as the bored, above-it-all figure that white people revered because he could stay collected. What I resented about Baldwin wasn’t even his fault."
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march 2016 by cluebucket
Suicide and the Economy - Elizabeth MacBride - The Atlantic
"My family had not only refused to speak of Roy, they rewrote the story of his death. Within hours, they closed ranks. A second cousin, a local policeman, told the newspaper Roy was subject to fainting spells. His mother said he died of a heart attack in a parking garage; according to another family story, he’d fallen in front of a train. Eventually, the lie became the truth. I flipped through the journals his mother wrote in 1950s. She mentioned Roy once, when a passerby reminded her of him. Then she went back later and whited out his name."
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september 2013 by cluebucket
Could You Survive on Fast-Food Wages? Try Our Calculator | Mother Jones
"The average fast-food employee works less than 25 hours a week. To make a living wage in District of Columbia at current median wages, s/he would have to work 61 hours a week."
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august 2013 by cluebucket
| on turning 39 and the qualia of consciousness/ problem of war
"People think of PTSD as something men get from war, but it is also a thing women get from living as women which is also war. And it would be easier and more political if all the events of living as a woman which threatened my survival were merely socially constructed, but some of it was just so biological. Then the biological met the political. The social and the political and the biological met the economic. It sometimes met the legal, sometimes the bill collectors. There was the violent and the violent was always a result of the romantic. The romantic felt biological, and often resulted in the reproductive. The reproductive is war and against-war.
"It’s yet another error in perception of the affluent that those with social protection can look at those who have, at times lacked it, and imagine that weakness is in the bleeder, not those who have never bled."
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august 2012 by cluebucket
Book review: ‘The Social Conquest of Earth,’ by Edward O. Wilson - The Washington Post
“Our ancestors were one of only two dozen or so animal lines ever to evolve eusociality, the next major level of biological organization above the organismic,” Wilson writes. “There, group members across two or more generations stay together, cooperate, care for the young, and divide labor in a way favoring reproduction of some individuals over that in others.”
“A good first step for the liberation of humanity from the oppressive forms of tribalism would be to repudiate, respectfully, the claims of those in power who claim they speak for God, are a special representative of God, or have exclusive knowledge of God’s divine will,” he advises, and he includes in that group purveyors of “dogmatic political ideologies based on unchallengeable precepts, left and right.” Rounding out this view, he adds: “Their leaders may mean well. But humanity has suffered enough from grossly inaccurate history told by mistaken prophets.”
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april 2012 by cluebucket

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