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Agreed. Spot on analysis.

Reminds me of a conversation I have a couple of times yearly with one or more of my eighth grade students(usually a girl). Generally goes like this:

Me: Hey (student), I’m noticing that since you came in today you seem really upset. What’s up with that?

Student: Jesus Mr. K, That bitch, Brittany(any suburban girl name works) told my friends I was a total slut and gave beejers for money.

Me: Well why are you mad?. Are you a slut?

Student: stunned pause.. No way! Of course not!

Me: Is it worth getting upset over something that isn’t true? How would Brittany feel if you didn’t give a second thought about the garbage she was talking?

Student: I hadn’t thought about it that way yet. Screw her. Later.

katakowsj  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Stem Cell banking is Pointless and Companies Involved are Full of Lies

My wife and I had the procedure. Both procedures took about ten minutes, left almost no scar and a spot that was slightly sore for a bit more than a day.

You seem upset. Have you had a bad experience with this type of thing?

katakowsj  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘Culture wars’ are fought by tiny minority – UK study

As a middle school teacher, the math of it all reminds me of what I teams to see in so many classrooms. Two or three highly active and vociferous students can really steer the agenda of any classroom. The great deal of kids are there to get a decent education, or show up because Mom and Dad say so, and have little interest in following or pushing back at the kids that arrive with a hard line agenda.

Nice connection. It’s easy to armchair quarterback the world when you’ve got no skin in the game. There’s a seductive power in being a critic. Especially one free of consequences. It can be empowering to be flexing their mental muscle by tearing others down. Is it an indicator of a person that is seeking power? I’m tending to think so. The bigger the critic the less self-confidence the critic owns.

I think of Donald Trump. Word has it he’s got some very big “I can make you happy this time, Daddy” issues that haunt him daily. I’ve gotta think that if we could have gotten him some very good counseling starting in 2016 the world would be a much healthier place today.

This also reminds me of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s “Skin in the Game - Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life”. I read it several years ago, but I’m thinking of reading it again. Seems very timely.

katakowsj  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions

Hunger games?

katakowsj  ·  43 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Not a Normal Election

True. They’ve had some good reason. My guess is Captain COVID is pretty certain of his demise and messing with any non-Trumpers is his way of getting as many jollies as possible before he leaves Pennsylvania Avenue.