Category Archives: Thursday posts

Self-management in the face of depression

I am extremely depressed this morning.  This may be a “monthly.”  I find myself hyper-self-critical; ready to take anything someone may say the wrong way; ready to snap.

I’m dealing with various issues in various places that may help explain it, but as opposed to engaging in excuses or blame, I need to deal with what is.

I was in Dunkin’ Donuts at 9:00 and chose to check the library schedule for this week; to chart out what days I would go to the library and what other days I would go to church.

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8 Major Problems with Drug Treatment in Prison

“It’s a proven fact that prison doesn’t do anything for drug addiction — nothing. Then when they come back they’re recidivists. If you say prison is for punishment, fine. But if you say it’s so people don’t come back then you’ve got to do something so they don’t come back.”

8 Major Problems with Drug Treatment in Prison

Originally posted 2015-12-03.

Headlines about race

Beginning as of the earliest link below, I have, and plan to continue to, attempted in good faith to copy every single headline that appears in my Yahoo! News feed pertinent attitudes toward race.

My hypothesis was that, overwhelmingly, it is only the attitudes of white people towards race, that are studied and reported.  The data here below speak for themselves.

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“Seeing red” is real. But how does it happen?

The scientific reason your world brightens up when you do

This study affirms some common observations about color perceptions and emotional states. When one is enraged, the color red appears more vivid in one’s perceptions; when depressed, the color blue. When one feels elated, all colors appear brighter, and in times of severe depression color perception can all but disappear; the world looks black and white.  Or, perhaps, bleak and white.

The study attempts, and IMO fails, to attribute these things to the activity of neurotransmitters such as dopamine.  But there is no finding of direct action by such neurotransmitters on the color-perceiving apparatus of the visual cortex.

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Bible contradictions #08: Is God love and light?

1 John 1:5:

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.

1 John 4:8:

Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

The author of John appears not to have been aware of Isaiah 45:5-7:
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Bible contradictions #07: What caused the Babylonian exile?

According to 2 Kings 24:3, the Babylonian Exile was God’s punishment upon the nation for the sins of Manasseh.  In the thinking of ancient times, the righteousness or sin of a king was attributed also to the nation as a whole.  See also 2 Kings 21:10-15 and 2 Kings 23:26-27.

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