Originally posted on Posse.: There is an endless supply of people who are ready and willing to inform us about what we are doing wrong, and how we can alter our behaviour so we can get ahead and inject magic…
Great Blog by Scott Williams. I can totally relate and so can my special-needs students!
From my office window I can just read the bumper sticker on the back of one of my colleagues cars. It is a quote from Laurel Thatcher Ullrich, “well-behaved women seldom make history”. There may be wisdom on that Honda. History is replete with this magical tale – the misunderstood hero who, against all odds, finds true love/kills the dragon/beats the English/champions a lost cause/stands up against oppression, etc. etc. etc.
People who had never heard of Enigma or advanced mathematics now love Alan Turing because of The Imitation Game and it’s sympathetic re-creation of a maltreated genius with bonus Asperger’s diagnosis. Who among us cannot weep with the downtrodden, the marginalized and the underrated; especially if they happen to be as pretty as Benedict Cumberbatch? Everyone loves a Cinderella ending, or a sad clown, or a misunderstood genius.
David and Goliath. How To Train Your Dragon 1 and 2. Brave. Frozen. The Santa Clause…
A Braucherei Activation Elixir is an herbal, water, and alcohol formula created by the magickal practitioner. The elixir can be sprayed on objects, tools, and craft items in an effort to enhance the overall power of the working. Think of the elixir as an energy drink for things, an herbal zap to awaken the item. The Activation Elixir should not to be ingested and is for spraying or sprinkling only on inanimate objects. The elixir can be a part of the blessing and consecration process, or it used further on in the working. When the elixir is used is entirely up to the practitioner. You can spray the Activation Elixir on poppets, candles, petitions, ritual tools, sachets, arts and craft projects…its use is almost unlimited!
Making the Activation Elixir is very easy and takes only a few…
Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog: Intellectual Property Theft – a growing problem that hurts everyone in this writing business By Susan M. Toy Recently, I’ve become aware of the increasing amount of Intellectual Property (IP)…
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Gas lighting is written about in Women Who Love Psychopaths: Inside the Relationships of Inevitable Harm. J. Reid Meloy writes about it in The Psychology ofStalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives. The term “gas light” comes from the 1944 movie Gaslight, in which a gold-digger sweeps a woman off her feet, marries her, then deliberately sets about making his new wife and other people doubt her sanity.
Gas lighting is a form of psychological warfare that is deliberate and progressive in nature. Gas lighters first start with subtle psychological warfare to diminish the victims self-confidence, to upset their sense of reality, and to make them doubt themselves. They want to break the victim down a bit before engaging in more direct attacks, so the victim is in a weakened state and will be less likely to figure out what is going on and take action to protect themselves.
Nurse Kaci Hickox was released from her enforced quarantine in Newark New Jersey after retaining a lawyer to start action on a civil rights lawsuit. She was released despite the fact that it has not yet been 21 days since she was exposed to the Ebola virus while helping stricken patients in West African. This is also irregardless of the fact that New York and New Jersey have mandated a quarantine period for all those arriving in the country from West Africa. Although Ms. Hickox has tested negative twice for the virus, there is still a possibility that Ebola indeed resides in her body and is not yet detectable. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
Hopefully, Nurse Hickox has not caught Ebola from her patients, for her sake and the sake of others. The two Texas nurses have been very blessed to be cleared of the virus that they caught while treating Eric Duncan. However, Ebola still has a very high mortality rate, even with treatment. It also appears that young adults have a better chance of surviving than small children and older people. So, the question remains, is Ms. Hickox being whiny and selfish by refusing to follow the quarantine and playing it safe? Or should she be permitted to make her own choice regarding a situation that could possibly have dire consequences for others? We have already had several exposed medical workers take a chance by traveling on public transportation. Why? Why will these giving and kind health workers not stay put after they have been exposed to a horrible deadly virus? Why take the chance? Are their personal liberties and desires more important than the health of others?
As much as I believe in civil rights, the public health and safety needs to be put first when it comes to such a deadly disease. We need to err on the side of caution and any health worker, who I am sure cares about the safety others should be readily willing to cooperate for the common good. Quarantine is a minor inconvenience compared to the possible devastation that can could be caused if Hickox turns out to have Ebola a week from now. It may or may not be caught through casual contact. But, I personally would not take the chance of sickening anyone else if there was even a remote possibility that I had a deadly disease. I just don’t think I am special enough to be an exception. Maybe Nurse Hickox thinks she is though.
Nobody is lured by anyone through initial criticism and abuse. If a psychopath undermined your self-confidence on the first date, you’d quickly dispatch him on his way. Relationships with psychopaths are about utility and power. The psychopath will use you for whatever purpose he wants–sex, money, a mask of normalcy–and keep you in your place by getting you to focus on your weaknesses and pouncing on your insecurities. However, no relationship with a psychopath starts that way. On the contrary, once they set their eyes on you as their main target (their “prize”), psychopaths typically engage in whirlwind romances. They can’t get enough of you.They want to see you and make love to you all the time.They flatter you constantly. They tell you that no woman they’ve ever been with is as smart, as beautiful, as classy as you are. You are the one true love of…