ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Self-Encouragement But Not Self-Punishment

Jack Bragen
Thursday October 09, 2014 - 10:09:00 PM

Most people in general and not just those with mental illness are hard on ourselves, and often think we should be doing better or doing more—especially in relation to work, but also concerning other obligations. This is a form of guilt which can make us work harder or, surprisingly, can cause people to avoid tasks altogether. -more-

THE PUBLIC EYE: It’s Still the Economy, Stupid!

Bob Burnett
Friday October 10, 2014 - 09:57:00 AM

A month before the November 4th mid-term elections, the competition for control of the Senate is neck-and-neck. The improving US economy hasn’t increased Democratic prospects. What explains this? -more-

New: DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE:Shanghai Cooperation Organization:
“Let A Thousand Poles Bloom”

Conn Hallinan
Monday September 29, 2014 - 09:21:00 AM

At the very moment that the Americans and their allies are trying to squeeze Russia and Iran with a combination of economic sanctions and political isolation, alternative poles of power are emerging that soon may present a serious challenge to the U.S. dominated world that emerged from the end of the Cold War. -more-

ECLECTIC RANT: Time to End the Abuse and Exploitation of Animals

Ralph E. Stone
Thursday October 09, 2014 - 10:16:00 PM
Tommy is the subject of a NonHuman Rights Project lawsuit.

An article in The New York Times Magazine (July 6) "Zoo Animals And Their Discontents" by Alex Halberstadt, raised this question: do animals think and feel? A number of scientific studies has shown that animals are far closer to us than recently believed. In fact, the Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness in Human and Nonhuman Animals, signed by a group of leading animal researchers, asserts that mammals, birds and other creatures posses consciousness and, in all likelihood, emotions and self-awareness. -more-