I gave the following advice to one of my children, who’s now 18 and itching to get a tattoo because some of his friends and others he admires have them and he attributes coolness and other intangible qualities to tattoos.
“Tattoos are a quick and effective means of changing your external appearance, decorating yourself with symbols to enhance your social standing or remind yourself of certain human/non-human relationships or ideas. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this and many people enjoy their tattoos with few or no regrets.
I have one major concern with the easy availability of tattoos – the widespread practice of young people, who often lack the life experience to understand the long term consequences of their actions and the patience to wait out their impulses, getting tattoos as a means of quickly changing who they are, making easy but long lasting changes to their external appearance rather than doing the long and difficult work of changing themselves.”
I’m not sure whether my thoughts helped my son think more deeply about why he wants a tattoo. So far, he hasn’t gotten one. I hope if/when he does, he does so after having reflected on what he hopes to gain by it.
Limbaugh, Carlson et al. are not conservatives. They’re far right propagandists, whose goal is to inflame fear and hatred in their audience and get/keep that audience addicted to their propaganda. It’s journalistic malpractice to call them conservative.
This BBC article covers the decoy effect, explaining how our brains are susceptible to a “trick” that sales and marketing people use to get us to make the choices they want, often to increase their profit.
Racist Donald Trump has been a racist his entire life and he used that racism to help him win the 2016 election. A cowardly press has avoided calling Trump racist directly, but hopefully that will change given how openly Trump is now attacking non-whites.
When Trump attacked Elijah Cummings and his district in Baltimore, MD, characterizing Cummings and his district the same way Nazis characterized Jews to dehumanize them, Victor Blackwell spoke brilliantly in response. Here’s that video.
Daniel Miessler has written a thought provoking essay on the disappearance of the middle class and the collapse of society into a small wealthy class and a very large and poor underclass. There’s a link on the page to listen to this on audio.
“Never Again isn’t just about remembering how the Holocaust ended. It’s also about how it started, with a gradual process of legal exclusion and state-sponsored dehumanization that led eventually to the deaths of my grandpa’s family and so many millions of others,” Rugenberg, whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust, said at the protests in Providence last week.
The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea brilliantly tells the story of a woman who discovered evidence that her father was deeply involved in suppressing non-white votes and was behind the citizenship census question. Her multifaceted story lays bare the evil of the modern GOP.