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October 12, 2016

JW Reporters

All Along the Watchtower…

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     1. DISASTER HITTING JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES.  The Governing Body board of the Watchtower organization over JWs long taught before all JWs who lived in the 1914 Generation died, the End would bring Jehovah God’s kingdom with paradise on earth where physically & mentally ill JWs would be healed & live forever.  By 2014 the Body had to teach that an Overlap Generation would. Many disappointed JWs went slack. In 2015 the Body had a Return To Jehovah campaign and 2016 Loyalty conventions with doomsday films and a talk saying loyal JWs should shun inactive JWs. Ghana’s JWs did not clap, elders quietly began helping others exit.  WT  reprimanded Nigerian elders for giving foes access to jw.org.  The foes sent documents to the Australian Royal Commission (ARC) investigating the WT policy of hiding pedophiles etc (1Cor 6:9-11) among JWs etc. Families quietly quit in Latin America & worldwide; grew their own independent Bible study groups in their homes teaching paradise kingdom blessings. Child custody judges disliked WT films inducing some to anxiety-panic attacks etc; on TV after the convention Adrian Karibian climbed Sydey Harbour Bridge to proclaim the End is about to hit.  The Body hustled for more money to weather the storm. For example they put ATMs in conventions, pushed JWs to make monthly auto bank withdrawls, used internet-fed JW TV to urge more donations, made cheaper, shorter, less quality literature, urged literature be downloaded more, laid off thousands of “Bethelite” staffers, dumped traveling City & District Overseers, compacted congregations, sold some halls & branches in nations including Spain’s newly built complex, sold the Brooklyn buildings sources says from $1 billion to $2 billion possibly 2 mostly to Jared Kushner (in-law of Donald Trump), built a paradise setting new headquarters near Warwick, NY on land that had had nickle contamination etc.  By 2016 two UK commissions were investigating WT in the UK over child abuse & charity fraud.  Germany also has begun a commission.

    2. THEY had JWs start shifting from doorstep preaching more to cart literature work.  Older long-loyal anointed (essentially born-agains hoping to go to heaven) in Brooklyn including Ted Jaracz’s widow called it a mistake at a private meeting so the Body told them to pack & leave though many had no family to return to as those had died; “concerned” younger Bethelites sent the Body word to find the older ones living arrangements or the story could get into the papers. The Body then helped them but word went to metro NYC congregations so that one JW TV talk at the end alluded to it indirectly and claimed if still alive GB members Barr and Jaracz would have backed the Body’s many changes. Barr did not like WTs drift. Jaracz’s support is doubtful; his dissenting widow died in 2015. Protests in & out of WT grow at Memorials of the Last Supper where only anointed JWs can partake. Elders at an Atlanta were told crowd in on “Jesus is God” protesters; the next day line up to block the view of them. See youtube, silentlambs.org, jwfacts.org & sixscreensofthewatchtower.

    3. FOES pointed out (youtube) JW TV showed Sam Herd with an expensive rolex watch, Gerritt Losch’s gem rings etc, so cameras have panned closer to faces to avoid JWs seeing those.  The Warwick compound includes an infirmary, underground parking lot, some hidden bunkers, copper roof shielding against RF surveillance. The Body want to approve more blood substitutes possibly after the 2 UK investigations.  Wealthy JWs tied to the No Blood Industry make donations, want to expand the business. The anti-transfusions blood policy has likely blocked millions from becoming JWs. In 2015 the Australian Royal Commission aired child abuse hearings with the Body’s Geoffrey Jackson saying we don’t shun or do corporal punishment.  His use of Theocratic Warfare verbal tactics was based on “we don’t shun but those shunned do it to themselves” & “parents choose the discipline.” Still, the ARC declared 77 deficiencies. The Body rejected the ARC’s suggestion of letting women attend Judicial Committees when female victims are questioned by all males including “repentent” pedophiles etc per 1Cor 6:9-11. Jackson gave scriptures against but the ARC senior counsel Angus Stewart countered with others. ARC is still exhibiting the normally secret Shepherd The Flock manual on its site where JW sisters worldwide can read it. More commission hearings will spark more news, legal actions or laws. Canada may get a commission. Marci Hamilton wants Congress to investigate or legislate to make all groups protect kids to stay tax exempt. 

    4. BODY member Anthony Morris & other American speakers in 2015-16 went to London, Warsaw etc, & said Gog of Magog (governments) are causing Great Tribulation possibly to scare JWs to do more, bluff commission officials to back off, fearing a Jonestown type suicide. Elders have noted that Body to BOE letters have said have lists of loyal ones to hide in safe places. Many JWs have to-go bags ready, etc. WT anti-gay leafletting in Devon & Cornwall in the UK upset the LGBT group Stonewall in 2016 yet Bethelites allege Body member Sanderson is a Non-Practicing Gay. Losch & others got on the Body after telling parents of molested kids to “wait on Jehovah.” We don’t need Body members alleged pedophiles etc to believe in paradise etc. It soils Jehovah’s image when those let local pedophile elders and like ilk (1Cor 6:9-11) night stalk, spy on other JWs, phone & noise harass, key apostates cars. Google search for example youtube video “NEWS 5 INVESTIGATES: Sex offender going door-to-door” about perp Wayne Ivery in Colorado Springs. Please mail copies to JWs & others in the public. 

    A.) DID you know Raymond Franz while on the Governing Body of the Watchtower (WT) organization over Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) wrote Crisis Of Conscience & In Search Of Christian Freedom.  He learned all archaeologists agreed Jerusalem was destroyed in 587 BC instead of 607 BC but the Body refused to accept that since it meant their teaching Christ had returned invisibly in 1914 was wrong.  In the Jan 1, 1972 WT  magazine (p. 32) they made the Bedroom Law if a man had sex with another man or animal, his wife could not scripturally divorce him as there was no joining with another flesh to conceive.  They reversed it eventually; then when elders in a California congregation reported a couple for privately having literature & photos of non-missionary type sex, the Body ruled they must be disfellowshipped (shunned cruelly). WT magazines (Dec 1, 1972, Nov 15, 1974) banned married JW couples from non-missionary sex. The WT of Feb 15, 1978, reversed the Bedroom Law but the March 15, 1983 issue banned as “unnatural” oral intimacy including by JWs otherwise unable; also warned oral sex disqualifies male JWs from becoming elders, can lead to expulsion. The Bedroom Laws are rarely mentioned even among JWs to the Public or those talked into new Bible studies. Likely few to nobody would ever become a JW if the degree of invasiveness were known.

    B.) FOR DECADES the Body banned JWs from alternative service in place of fighting. The Body once came within a vote of changing that; long after he was off the Body they changed & published it in the WT of May 1, 1996 but gave no apology to the many JWs who had had to serve prison time or their families. JWs in Malawi were attacked, raped, had homes and crops burnt in 1964, 1967, 1972, 1975 since the Body ruled they must not buy a cheap card saying they supported Malawi’s sole political party though Christ at Matthew 5:41 & Paul at Romans 13:7 said render what is due to governments.  Simultaneously they let Mexican JWs pay money to military officers to obtain cards saying untruthfully they had served in the military. Weak logic or racism? While preaching in kingdom halls against the UN, WT affiliated as an NGO 1991 to 2001; later claimed it was just to keep a UN library card.    

    C.) WT BRANCH heads at Athens in 1986 spied on 100+ exJWs who kept reading & discussing the Bible in homes. On April 6, 1987 some 50 met at the home of Nick & Eftihia Bozartzis.  Nick spotted two watching the house, one a JW he knew. As he approached they fled.  That Apr 9 the house-church group was to meet at Voula Kalokerinou home but instead decided to celebrate the Memorial on April 11. She spotted 5 men in a car across from her house the next 2 evenings; on the 11th an unknown car & van with back window papered except for a circle in the center. Men in the car went to talk to men in the van several times. A friend went to see what was going on and the car sped away but through the van’s circle he saw video camera equipment used by elder Nikolas Antoniou & branch elder Dimetre Zerdes. Others from her house & a policeman from the nearby Italian Embassy came.  The Bethelites had driven to a park to unload equipment; were arrested for invasion of privacy.  They lied to a D.A. named Kontaxis they were only there to film a relative of Zerdes.  In reality his cousin Eftihia Bozartzis had disassociated from WT or JWs 2 years before, meaning he had nothing to do with her so was lying.  The D.A. denounced the trampling on “human rights.”  Confiscated film showed Christian ExJWs entering the house church meeting, Bozartzis not even in the film. Later WT’s Awake! magazine blasted the Greek Orthodox Church for having a stadium to cancel a WT assembly possibly to make word about Watchtower reps being convicted of criminal conduct seem less believable to other JWs if they ever heard of it.

  D.) HE REMINDED all awakening JWs & ExJWs that Acts 5:27-29 says “Obedience to God comes before obedience to men” including Governing Body men. Christianity is a “way of life” which include “sacred services” like day & night acts of kindness, parents raising happy children to do right, husbands keeping marriage honorable and working whole-souled as to God, wives known for “hospitality, kindness and neighborliness, all looking after orphans, widows & others in need.  Franz also noted Christ said he is present when even “two or three” Christians gather.  Though WT says JWs must believe & all things the Body says, Paul says “be united in the same mind and the same purpose,” but not to be totally uniform like robots, also true unity is when Christians are free to have some different views (Romans 14) yet be united by Love which is the only “perfect bond of union.” (Col 3:14)  The Bible says follow the Lamb (Christ), obey God not Watchtower men.  Apostolic authority today is not from successors of apostles or other men but the scriptures the apostles wrote to help us. Raymond Franz died in 2010 but noted Christian ExJWs can as needed fellowship while staying loyal to God in their homes; there are friendly churches of similar beliefs like some Adventist groups, some independent Baptist churches etc.  The internet, Facebook, free international phone conferences etc also offer new ways to meet via the internet. Groups showing real love grow.  Nobody needs WT to preach kingdom blessings, show loving-kindness. In 2016 WT was battered by its many past failed prophecies, governments investigating the hiding & sheltering of pedophiles etc.  Freeminds.org, sixscreensofthewatchtower, silentlambs.org, jwfacts.com. Get copies to JWs & others please.

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Studying Science

Sea Kelp at Windansea

Sea Kelp at Windansea

I am interested in a few things that are in my local micro-environment:

  1. uses for sea kelp washed ashore, and scientific research on enviro benefits for manipulation or recycling
  2. ditto for the brown stuff that is sort of like sea mulch (can I use it as mulch in my garden?)
  3. what to do with the sandbox sand on my patio, illegal to put on beach? affect? effect?
  4. the benefits of THC slow extraction from fat cells
  5. psychoactive/metaphysical space, disassociation, symbolic modeling and therapy
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Wifely Subjection—Mental Health Issues in Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower Women

Wifely Subjection: Mental Health Issues in Jehovah’s Witness Women

Kaynor J. Weishaupt, M.S., M.F.C.C.
San Rafael, California
Michael D. Stensland
Athens, Ohio

Abstract

The Watchtower Society, commonly referred to as Jehovah’s Witnesses, exerts a great deal of control over the everyday life of its members. Women, in particular, suffer from psychological stresses in this high-control environment, as it is also a culture where patriarchal attitudes limit women’s personal power and predominate in their relationships with men. A group of women responded to a questionnaire about their experiences during membership in the Watchtower Society and after leaving. The results indicate that while in the Watchtower Society, women experience a higher degree of mental health problems than they do after they leave the group. They also report experiencing more egalitarian attitudes in their relationships with men after exiting the group.

Little research has been done focusing on the experience of women in “high-control” or cultic groups, despite the fact that women make up a large proportion of the membership of such groups. The type of group referred to here as high-control is defined by the degree of control and restriction the group exercises over the everyday life of its membership. Such a group can be focused on religion, politics, militarism, psychotherapy, meditation, commercialism, or simply a “special” leader (Tobias & Lalich, 1994). A high-control group differs from other groups in that individual behavior is excessively limited by rules and regulations, access to information is restricted or managed (especially information critical of the group), pressure is high to conform in thought and behavior to group norms, and members must put the group’s interests before their own. The leadership in this type of group is absolute and considered infallible; outsiders are generally viewed as dangerous or evil; and members leaving the group are generally punished or shunned. While all members of such groups pay a psychological price (as well as reap certain psychological dividends, such as a sense of belonging and purpose), women often face particular difficulties in groups that are patriarchally based.

This article explores the relationship between women and the high-control social climate of the Watchtower Society (WTS), commonly referred to as Jehovah’s Witnesses. The article reviews literature bearing on the Watchtower Society’s control practices and patriarchal organizational structure, analyzes psychological implications of WTS’s social climate, and reports on the results of a survey of 20 female former members of the Watchtower Society. The survey explored three areas: (1) the degree of patriarchal versus egalitarian attitudes subjects felt existed while they were members of WTS compared to what they experienced after having left the group, (2) subjects’ perceived psychological distress while in the group and after exiting, and (3) subjects’ perceptions of the degree to which the group controlled everyday life and isolated members from outsiders. The latter area included a comparison group of women from other religious backgrounds.

The Watchtower Society as a High-Control Group
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WATER retention rates — RE-legions

Come Out of Her My People

The “De-Churching” of America

The number of Americans claiming no religious affiliation has quadrupled since 1990. Yet what religion had the lowest retention rate of any? Perhaps shockingly the Atheist “retention rate” was the lowest among the 20 separate categories in the study.

Still, in 2005 only 17 percent of Americans attended a religious service Sunday morning.

According to a study by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), “those who grow up in an atheist household are least likely to maintain their beliefs about religion as adults.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses have the next lowest retention rate at 37 percent. Continue reading

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Daughters

I couldn’t have been any crueler if I tried. I struck for the jugular—

“Try pretending everything that happens to me is going to happen to your daughters in their lives.

Imagine men screaming in your daughter’s face, striking your daughter’s spirits with demeaning words—’delusional!’

Imagine your daughters paying for your sins.”

Words Hurt

I don’t know what breaks the cycle of violence. I’ve never met a man who wasn’t already harmed by another woman. It seems the passage into manhood is marked in our culture by the breaking of a boy’s heart by a woman.

Domestic Violence is not the result of stress, anger or the use of drugs or alcohol, but the learned behavior that one person uses to control another.

I was abused by my husband in my first marriage, and every man I know carries emotional wounds which mirror the bruises which never came to my own skin.

I’ve not been friends with women in my life. I can’t speak to what women do to cause the men I have loved to be so damaged.

I simply wonder, when will it stop?

If you don’t have “daughters”—if you can’t understand “what it feels like for a girl”, then consider what “if I were a boy”?

I know a girl
She puts the color inside of my world
But she’s just like a maze
Where all of the walls are continually changed
And I’ve done all I can
To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
Now I’m starting to see
Maybe it’s got nothing to do with me

Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Oh, you see that skin?
It’s the same she’s been standing in
Since the day she saw him walking away
Now she’s left
Cleaning up the mess he made

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Boys, you can break
You’ll find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
But boys would be gone without the warmth from
A womans good, good heart

On behalf of every man
Looking out for every girl
You are the guide and the weight of her world

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Girls can wear jeans
And cut their hair short
Wear shirts and boots
‘Cause it’s OK to be a boy

But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading
‘Cause you think that being a girl is degrading

But secretly you’d love to know what it’s like
—Wouldn’t you?—
What it feels like for a girl

Silky smooth
Lips as sweet as candy, baby
Tight blue jeans
Skin that shows in patches

Strong inside—but you don’t know it

“Good little girls they never show it”

“When you open up your mouth to speak
Could you be a little weak?”

Do you know what it feels like for a girl?
Do you know what it feels like in this world—for a girl?

Hair that twirls on finger tips so gently, baby
Hands that rest on jutting hips repenting

Hurt that’s not supposed to show
And tears that fall when no one knows
When you’re trying hard to be your best
Could you be a little less

Do you know what it feels like for a girl
Do you know what it feels like in this world
What it feels like for a girl

Strong inside but you don’t know it
Good little girls they never show it
When you open up your mouth to speak
Could you be a little weak

Do you know what it feels like for a girl?
Do you know what it feels like in this world—for a girl?

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ANONYMOUS and Watchtower Serial Pedophiles of San Diego

Anonymous

This post is prompted tonight by my personal experience with…

“not bringing reproach upon Jehovah’s organization”.

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses

have no idea there are 24,000+ pedophiles who have hidden among the silent lambs

in their congregations…

San Diego ABC 10 News reported obtaining video of admitted child molester Jehovah’s Witness Gonzalo Campos.

“I did abuse him,” said Campos in the video. “I touched his private parts.

Testimony of Gonzalo Campos

Accused JW pedophile confession on camera released by San Diego ABC 10 News.  

Team 10 asked if Zalkin believed it’s widely known that there are sexual abuse problems inside Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“No, no and it needs to be brought to the public’s attention,” Zalkin said. “They have been operating in secrecy and at will for decades.”

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Gender Violence Issues—and a Few Good Men [TED Talk]

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called “women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

Jackson Katz asks a very important question that gets at the root of why sexual abuse, rape and domestic abuse remain a problem: What’s going on with men? Continue reading

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The Art of Intrapreneurship, according to @GuyKawasaki

See also Keirsey Temperament II Sorter and Strengths Finder.

“The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer. He can visualize something, and when visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.” Robert L. Schwartz

Guy Kawasaki‘s real-world list of what you have to do to succeed as an intrapreneur. Continue reading

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A Song for My Friends

My friends are going through a rough time right now; this psalm is for them, speaking first to their oppressors who seek to destroy their family and home, then in turn to my friends with words of wisdom — selah — from Spurgeon’s Treasury of David.

Why do you boast of mischief, mighty man?
God’s loving kindness endures continually.

Your tongue plots destruction,
like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

You love evil more than good,
lying rather than speaking the truth.

Selah

You love all devouring words,
you deceitful tongue.

God will likewise destroy you forever.
He will take you up, and pluck you out of your tent,
and root you out of the land of the living.

Selah

The righteous also will see it, and fear,
and laugh at him, saying,

“Behold, this is the man who didn’t make God his strength,
but trusted in the abundance of his riches,
and strengthened himself in his wickedness.”

But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in God’s house.
I trust in God’s loving kindness forever and ever.

I will give you thanks forever, because you have done it.
I will hope in your name, for it is good,
in the presence of your holy ones.

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity.
There is no one who does good.

God looks down from heaven on the children of men,
to see if there are any who understood,
who seek after God.

Every one of them has gone back.
They have become filthy together.
There is no one who does good, no, not one.

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and don’t call on God?

There they were in great fear, where no fear was,
for God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you.
You have put them to shame,
because God has rejected them.

Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When God brings back his people from captivity,
then Jacob shall rejoice,
and Israel shall be glad.

Save me, God, by your name.
Vindicate me in your might.

Hear my prayer, God.
Listen to the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen up against me.
Violent men have sought after my soul.
They haven’t set God before them.

Selah

Behold, God is my helper.
The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.

He will repay the evil to my enemies.
Destroy them in your truth.

With a free will offering, I will sacrifice to you.
I will give thanks to your name, Yehowah, for it is good.

For he has delivered me out of all trouble.
My eye has seen triumph over my enemies.

I am your Witness, June 19th, 9am.

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Christian = Love

America's Most Wanted Pedophile former Watchtower's Jehovah's Witness Frederick McLean

America’s Most Wanted Pedophile former Watchtower’s Jehovah’s Witness Frederick McLean

A Pedophile’s Paradise Fredrick McLean, a former member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization, is wanted for sexual assaults on multiple children entrusted to his care over a 20 year period.

Frederick McLean, 57, was charged in San Diego Superior Court in January of 2005 of four counts of child molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. Investigations into the assaults found that McLean lures his victims into trusting him, and then uses that trust to molest and manipulate his victims. Investigators have identi ed numerous victims and believe McLean may be seeking new victims. McLean has been described as being very intelligent and methodical; planning everything he does to the smallest detail. He may have over $100,000 in cash at his disposal. McLean may have changed his appearance to aid in his  ight from justice. Investigators say McLean is considered armed and dangerous.

Is Frederick McLean hiding in your spiritual paradise?
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

www.baxleyglass.com

StrengthsFinder 2.0 Report

for Angela Baxley Glass

(Gallup 2011)

  • Futuristic: inspire others with their visions of the future…
  • Strategic: given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
  • Activator: can make things happen by turning thoughts into action—they are often impatient.
  • Maximizer: focuses on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence; seeks to transform strong into superb.
  • Individualization: intrigued with the unique qualities of each person; has a gift for how people who are different can work together productively.

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A thousand years, if not for this…

O [redacted], You have searched me And know me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You sift my path and my lying down,
And know well all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But see, O [redacted], You know it all!
You have closed me in, behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me –
Knowledge too wondrous for me,
It is high, I am unable to reach it.
Where would I go from Your Spirit?
Or where would I flee from Your face?
If I go up into the heavens, You are there;
If I make my bed in the grave, see, You are there.
I take the wings of the morning,
I dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
There, too, Your hand would lead me,
And Your right hand hold me.
If I say, “Darkness shall cover me,”
Then night would be light to me;
Even darkness is not dark for You,
But night shines as the day –
As is darkness, so is light.
For You, You possessed my kidneys,
You have covered me in my mother’s womb.
I give thanks to You,
For I am awesomely and wondrously made!
Wondrous are Your works, And my being knows it well.
My bones was not concealed from You,
When I was shaped in a hidden place,
Knit together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body.
And in Your book all of them were written,
The days they were formed,
While none was among them.
And how precious are Your thoughts to me, O El!
How great has been the sum of them!
If I should count them,
They would be more than the sand;
When I wake up, I am still with You.
Oh, that You would slay the wrong, O Eloah!
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed!
They speak against You wickedly.
Bring Your enemies to naught!
O [redacted], do I not hate them, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
With a complete hatred I hate them;
They have become my enemies.
Search me, O El, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my thoughts;
And see if an idolatrous way is in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
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Pedophilia: A Letter to my Mother in Support of Candace Conti

I compiled all this because my heart ached realizing how you’d judged Candace, and her mother—whose name is Kathleen Conti—”it was her mother’s responsibility”. You judged but you did not know the facts.

Candace Conti

Candace Conti

You raised me to think of Candace as my sister. My heart goes out to my sister. Looking at her face she even reminds me of my own sisters.

I don’t know if Candace is in association with the Watchtower any more. I imagine not. It doesn’t matter, to me she is my sister. I pray for her, in hopes that her belief in our heavenly father was not tied to the Watchtower as mine was. I hope she knows that the actions of those “imperfect men” do not represent that of her Father. I hope that if they disfellowshipped her, like others I know have been for going to the authorities and/or media, that she knows that this is not her Father rebuking her, but a corporation who is protecting their ass—er—assets. Short sighted, they are concerned with man, rather than God. Continue reading

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Does Cannabis Boost Creativity?

Santa Cruz student explores her imagination and cultivates creative thought with the help of her favorite herb. Credit: David Jay Brown.

Does Cannabis Boost Creativity?

New scientific studies suggest that getting high on marijuana can genuinely make you more creative.

Curran and Morgan are currently testing the effects of cannabis use on creativity in 400 subjects, and are then using neuroimaging technology to observe the neurobiological changes in the participants that are associated with creativity, while they are under the influence of cannabis.

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Lost in the Sauce

In a piece of research called Lost in the Sauce, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UC Santa Barbara describe plying their volunteers with vodka and cranberry juice. What they found was that these volunteers saw more solutions to word puzzles — and they saw them faster. The less fortunate, sober, volunteers, subjected to a placebo, were more focused but not as creative.

Moreover, those who’d had consumed alcohol monitored their own thinking less. As we all know, this has a downside – you’re less inhibited and have less cognitive processing capacity when you drink – but the upside is that your mind, free to wander, may see more connections, associations and possibilities. Freed of discipline constraint, your brain won’t notice more but it will notice different things. It too is less inhibited.

F.Scott Fitzgerald and his drinking buddies might have been able to tell you this – but they couldn’t have told you why. What neauroscientists now believe is that creative thinking isn’t linear. It isn’t focused and many great ideas come from the intersection of observations and knowledge that might not, at first, appear to be connected. So although daydreaming is usually something you’re told not to do, it’s heavily implicated in creative thinking. And drinking alcohol frees your mind up to wander around.

This probably doesn’t mean that Mad Men cocktail habits are due to make a comeback. But it does reinforce what many of us have already observed: That our best thinking often comes when we look away from a problem and when we start to relax. Many people have great ideas driving home, in the shower and in their sleep. What’s critical is that you allow yourself time to be doing very little. So switch off the TV, the iPod and now your laptop. Go pour yourself a drink and breathe.

Lost in the Sauce The Effects of Alcohol on Mind Wandering?

Study: Want to be creative? A drink may help!

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Culture, Psychology

unexpected benefits of not being able to focus.

They recruited 60 undergrads, half of whom were diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). So these kids had real difficulty focusing and sticking to any one activity. All the students were then given a variety of creativity tests (including the Creative Achievement Questionnaire, originally developed by Shelley Carson at Harvard) and, surprisingly, the ADHD students generally got higher scores. When White asked, “Who among you has won a big part in a play, an art prize, a science prize?” — who has been recognized for his or her achievements out there in the real world — again it was the ADHD students who had done better.

Minds that break free, that are compelled to wander, can sometimes achieve more than those of us who are more inhibited, more orderly, the study suggests. Or, as Jonah chose to put it, there are “unexpected benefits of not being able to focus.”

Read more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/11/18/142467882/leonardos-to-do-list

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Psychology

The Benefits Of Not Focusing

The Benefits Of Not Focusing

“We live in an age that worships attention,” says my friend (and Radiolab colleague) Jonah Lehrer. “When we need to work, we force ourselves to concentrate. This approach can also inhibit the imagination. Sometimes, it helps to consider irrelevant information, to eavesdrop on all the stray associations unfolding in the far reaches of the brain.”

That ability to let go, float free, does seem like an essential part of a creative mind, not just in giant ones.

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Banksy
Psychology, Religion

Tangled Fainter

On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM, Angela M. Baxley wrote:

Here’s the deal. Right now, I’m not the same adorable loving resilient girl I used to be, as much as you’d wish it so.

My life is nothing like what it used to be.

There are no simple answers that you can offer and just make it better—as much as you and I would like that to be. And trust me, I would love that to be the case.

When I met you, I offended you immediately because I saw in you my father.

Perhaps it’s at that point that I should have stepped away, realizing that we have different needs for this relationship. Continue reading

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Neuroscience, Psychology

A First Rate Madness

Everyone Needs Therapy

Sometimes in this business you are called upon to treat a madman, or a madwoman, someone seemingly psychotic, talking way over your head, out there, but still oriented times three (person, place, time).   You sense genius. You feel that this person is smarter than you are, or at least as smart.

You recognize, right away, undeniable talent and intellect. He is a song-writer, a one-hit wonder. She is an artist. He is a poet; she directs a television show. He is a computer programmer; she is a doctor. And you’re humble. You go home and think, why in the world see me?

But you know why.  The patient needs your particular genius, because his madness is getting in the way. Others are complaining, complaining so loudly, you can hear them and they’re not in the room, not even in the building.  You suspect mental illness.

And it usually is.  Nassir Ghaemi, author of A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, is of the opinion that it isn’t always so bad.  Indeed, some creative people have a hyperthymic temperament.  They rarely need therapy, not unless no one else will listen to them.  It is not a disorder.

— therapydoc is at gmaildotcom
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Neuroscience, Psychology

Obama too Sane to be Kennedy

Sky Dancers: Obama too Sane to be Kennedy

“Many people who experience traumas [like terrorism or war] don’t develop PTSD or other illnesses. So the question is, what keeps those people from getting sick? What creates resilience?

The psychological research suggests that personality is a major factor.

Resilience seems to be associated with mild manic symptoms, but you can’t develop resilience unless you’ve already experienced trauma.

Many of these leaders faced adversity in their childhood and adulthood, and that seemed to make them better able to handle crises. It’s like a vaccine.

You get exposed to a little bit of a bacteria then you can handle major infections and I think trauma and resilience and hyperthymic personality seem to follow a similar path.”

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Ancestry, Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget, Neuroscience, Psychology

Think You Got What It Takes? Leadership, “Madness,” and Empathic Power

Ghandi + Karma

 

Think You Got What It Takes?

Leadership, “Madness,” and Empathic Power : Mockingbird

What makes the great ones?

Ask almost anyone anywhere, and you’ll get the same response: some form of personal exertion, “determination” or “perseverance” or “vision”.

Ask almost anyone, and you’ll receive a response rooted in the individual’s uncompromising leadership–they’ll speak of the necessary qualities which brought him/her to helm in a time when he/she was most needed.

Others might go so far as to say that this kind of leadership sits within us all, but is only activated when one realizes it, believes in oneself, and confidently makes the strides towards achievement.

This mythology speaks for presidents as much as social activists or stadium rockers. It is the “I will” and not the “Can I?” that brings one beyond one’s constraints…

be infectious.

here’s to the crazy ones. Continue reading

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Neuroscience, Psychology

Being Sane in Insane Places

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”—J. Krishnamurti

In July 2011, I spent a total of nine days in the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital. Being sane in an insane place is much harder than you might think, but then again maybe you don’t think I’m sane.*

I know how the caged bird sings, she sings with resonation found only on the super slick floors that only an insane asylum can afford where she sings “Crazy“.

“How do we know precisely what constitutes “normality” or mental illness? Conventional wisdom suggests that specially trained professionals have the ability to make reasonably accurate diagnoses. What is—or is not—“normal” may have much to do with the labels that are applied to people in particular settings.”

The Rosenhan Experiment

The Rosenhan experiment was a famous experiment into the validity of psychiatric diagnosis conducted by psychologist David Rosenhan in 1973. It was published in the journal Science under the title “On Being Sane in Insane Places.” Rosenhan DL (January 1973). The study is considered an important and influential criticism of psychiatric diagnosis. Lauren Slater later revisits the experiment and publishes her findings in Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century (2004).

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Neuroscience, Psychology

Boing Boing’s Field guide to the Hypomanic Personality

There’s something very American about an over-the-top personality running the White House staff – Psychology Today

In keeping with his hypomanic temperament, Emanuel doesn’t need much sleep and he can’t stay still. “He’s like a shark that always has to keep moving or he dies,” says John Lapp, who worked for Emanuel. And, like Clinton, Emanuel is highly creative, not least because his hyperkinetic mind can’t stop generating ideas. “He’s an idea machine,” Sabato says.
— Field guide to the hypomanic personality – Boing Boing

 

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Culture, Neuroscience, Psychology, Technology,

People and Projects

Welcome to the new people. If you don’t know why you’re here. Don’t worry, it’ll come. The door is open. If you were to ask Loxie she’d tell you we’re all stars. Want to know more? Come visit us. Does an open door make you hesitate? Oh no! Don’t worry, someone will hold your hand, if you want to come in.

You see, we’re here because we need each other to reach our dreams. Continue reading

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Psychology

Keirsey Temperament Report for Angela Baxley

Keirsey Temperament Report for Angela Baxley

Artisan

Artisans are the temperament with a natural ability to excel in any of the arts, not only the fine arts such as painting and sculpting, or the performing arts such as music, theater, and dance, but also the athletic, military, political, mechanical, and industrial arts, as well as the “art of the deal” in business.

Artisans are most at home in the real world of solid objects that can be made and manipulated, and of real-life events that can be experienced in the here and now. Artisans have exceptionally keen senses, and love working with their hands. They seem right at home with tools, instruments, and vehicles of all kinds, and their actions are usually aimed at getting them where they want to go, and as quickly as possible. Thus Artisans will strike off boldly down roads that others might consider risky or impossible, doing whatever it takes, rules or no rules, to accomplish their goals. This devil-may-care attitude also gives the Artisans a winning way with people, and they are often irresistibly charming with family, friends, and co-workers.

Artisans want to be where the action is; they seek out adventure and show a constant hunger for pleasure and stimulation. They believe that variety is the spice of life, and that doing things that aren’t fun or exciting is a waste of time. Artisans are impulsive, adaptable, competitive, and believe the next throw of the dice will be the lucky one. They can also be generous to a fault, always ready to share with their friends from the bounty of life. Above all, Artisans need to be free to do what they wish, when they wish. They resist being tied or bound or confined or obligated; they would rather not wait, or save, or store, or live for tomorrow. In the Artisan view, today must be enjoyed, for tomorrow may never come.

There are many Artisans, perhaps 30 to 35 percent of the population, which is good, because they create much of the beauty, grace, fun, and excitement the rest of us enjoy in life.

Artisans at Work

Artisans seek to make an impact upon the organizations where they work and upon society at large. Their alertness to current realities, the joy they take in variation, and their tendency to follow their instincts to ‘what works’ make them good troubleshooters and negotiators, talented performers and craftspeople and excellent leaders in all kinds of emergencies and chaotic situations.

Even at work, your motto could be, “Let me entertain you. Let me make you smile.” In fact, bringing playfulness to situations can be one of your greatest contributions on the job. In your ideal job, you have the opportunity to apply your talent for performing and improvising communications so that they appeal to the individuals or groups of people in your environment. Because of your gift for words, your ideal position might include tasks that allow you to apply your communications talent for the good of the organization.

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Psychology

Truth or Psychology?

I’ve always wondered, “Am I really first, or is this just using psychology to make me push the button”?

Alfred App features this fabulous button…

…and I have to tell you, the risk was worth the reward! Hells yeah, I pushed it!

Then there is arguably the world’s button foremost “is it for real, or is it just psychology” button, the LOST countdown button.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP1pzm9GGQo&NR=1;rel=0

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Psychology

A Beginners Cheat Sheet to Psychology

Psychology

  • The scientific study of mind and behavior
  • Social/Behavioral sciences
  • Principles are based on research
  • Psychology has its foundations in philosophy and biology
  • For tips on how to study and other information about the field of psychology, visit http://www.psychwww.com
  • Psychology is a behavioral science
  • Because it is a science, all of the principles of psychology are supported by someone’s (or several people’s) research. Continue reading
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Laws of Lasting Love: Written by Paul Pearsall, Ph.D.*

During my 25 years as a therapist, I have seen hundreds of people disappointed
over unfulfilling relationships. I have seen passion turn to poison. I
have grieved with patients for the love they lost or never found.
"We seemed to love so much, but now it’s gone," one woman lamented
to me. "Why do I feel so lonely every night even when he is right there
beside me? Why can’t a relationship be more than this?"
It can. I was once invited to the 60th anniversary celebration of a remarkable
couple. I asked the husband, Peter, if he ever felt lonely and wondered where
the love between him and Lita had gone. Peter laughed and said, "If you
wonder where your love went, you forgot that you are the one who makes it.
Love is not out there; it’s in there between Lita and me."
I know we can love deeply, tenderly and lastingly. I have seen such love,
and I have felt such love myself. Here are the laws I have discovered for such
lasting and loving relationships:

Put time where love is. A fulfilling relationship begins when two people make
time together their No. 1 priority. If we hope to find love, we must first
find time for loving.
Unfortunately, current psychology rests on the model of the independent
ego. To make a lasting relationship we have to overcome self-centeredness.
We must
go beyond what psychologist Abraham Maslow called "self-actualization" to "us-actualization." We
have to learn to put time where love is. Many couples have experienced
a tragic moment that taught them to value their time together.
In crisis, become as one. Just after a couple left my office
one evening, I heard what sounded like a gun-shot. I looked out the window
and saw the couple
backing toward their car, and the shadow of a large figure near a street
light. Clinging together, they couple kept backing away. The figure quickened
his
pace toward them. The couple joined hands and ran to their car. As I dialed
security, the figure came closer, and I saw it was one of our guards. I later
discovered that the "shot" was a noise that had nothing
to do with my couple, but they didn’t know that. Like herd animals, they had
reacted to danger by coming together, in a "couple caution circle." Threatened,
they had become one.
Take a loving look. How we see our partners often depends more on how we
are than how they are. The loved-ones in a relationship are not audience,
but participant
observers in each other’s lives. Author Judith Viorat once wrote, "Infatuation
is when you think he’s as gorgeous as Robert Redford, as pure as Solzhenitsyn,
as funny as Woody Allen, as athletic as Jimmy Connors, and as smart as Albert
Einstein. Love is when you realize he’s as gorgeous as Woody Allen, as smart
as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Solzhenitsyn, as athletic as Albert Einstein,
and nothing like Robert Redford in any category–but you’ll take him
anyway." This law of lasting love instructs us to look with instead
of for love.
Try another perspective. This law illustrates how some people spend their
relationships struggling to change a partner’s mind. People in lasting-love
relationships begin with the premise that there are many realities. They
learn to accept different points of view. When a couple breaks free of
their one-reality
trap, their problems are solved. The lasting relationship is never sure
of the seperate "selves" that
make it up. But it has complete confidence that the relationship will grow
in a never-ending process of learning.
Look out for No. 2. There is a power healing energy that emanates from loving.
Lasting love can learn to sense it, send it and make it grow. We are energized
by love if we put our energy into loving. Bad energy springs from conflicts
that arise when two egos collide. When I watch couples argue with each other,
I want to shout: "Grow up, stop fighting, start loving!" It is better
to learn how to love than how to fight. Don’t try to win in your relationship,
win for your relationship.

Relationship is designed primarily for giving rather than taking. It is meant
to be a permanent union of two unselfish people. As one person told me, "The
old saying was look out for No. 1. But we’ve learned to look out for No. 2.
If you fight for yourself, only you can win. When you fight for your relationship,
you both win."
* Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Wayne State University School of Medicine
and former Director of Professional Education at The Kinsey Institute for Research
in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

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