What if Everything We’ve Been Told About Depression is Wrong?

Tales from the Conspiratum

Johann Hari

In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 14 years, calls for a new approach

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‘Drugs are having a positive effect for some people – but they clearly can’t be the main solution for the majority of us.’

In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered about depression – one that was quickly swept aside, because its implications were too inconvenient, and too explosive. American psychiatrists had produced a book that would lay out, in detail, all the symptoms of different mental illnesses, so they could be identified and treated in the same way across the United States. It was called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. In the latest edition, they laid out nine symptoms that a patient has to show to be diagnosed with depression – like, for example, decreased interest in…

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Telling stories about work abuse

Minding the Workplace

Lots of folks have shared their workplace bullying stories with Massachusetts legislators

The #MeToo movement challenging sexual harassment and assault has been built on the stories of (mostly) women who have courageously shared their experiences in a public way. Some have gone into considerable detail, others have not. Some have named their harassers or abusers, others have not. Regardless of the choices they have made about what and how much to disclose, the stories themselves are driving this movement and empowering those who have faced identical or similar types of abuse.

Just as our understanding of workplace bullying and mobbing has been informed by the dynamics of sexual harassment and other forms of mistreatment, we can learn from movements such as #MeToo about how to confront all types of abuse at work. The concept of storytelling is at the heart of this. Although facts and figures about workplace bullying are…

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A Game of Destroying People

Psychopath Resistance

Psychopaths blame their victims for what happened and have no concern about the consequences.

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The mocking and controlling behavior of the psychopathic mind is motivated by a sense of entitlement and a claim for submission. It’s a power trip. The submission brings them feelings of excitement and superiority. They enjoy what they consider to be a game of destroying people. It’s amusing to them.


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Don’t miss this excellent article:

A Game of Destroying People

Evil people are often busy building for themselves various fronts for disguise to further their ambitions. “They are likely to exert themselves more than most in their enduring effort to obtain and maintain an image of high respectability.” Evil does not reveal itself as the bad. Evil will very rarely expose itself to public light. It must hide. And it almost always hides under the pretext of something virtuous.

In fact, rather than hiding in the shadows dressed…

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Globalisation and Crime – Unit 4

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Globalisation and the global criminal economy

  • Globalisation is the increasing interconnectedness of societies, so that what happens in one locality is shaped by distant events and vice versa. It may also be referred to as a global village.
  • Held et al suggests that there is a globalisation of crime – an increasing interconnectedness of crime across national borders. The same process that has brought about the globalisation of legitimate activities has also brought about the spread of transnational organised crime.

Manuel Castells

  • As a result of globalisation, Manuel Castells argues that there is now a global criminal economy worth over £1 trillion per annum. This takes a number of forms;
    • The smuggling of illegal immigrants, for example, the Chinese Triads make an estimated $2.5 billion annually
    • Trafficking in women and children, often linked to prostitution or slavery. Up to half a million people are trafficked…

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US lawmakers are redistributing income from the poor to the rich, according to massive new study

The Secular Jurist

Back in 1980, the bottom 50 percent of wage-earners in the United States earned about 21 percent of all income in the country — nearly twice as much as the share of income (11 percent) earned by the top 1 percent of Americans.

But today, according to a massive new study on global inequality, those numbers have nearly reversed: The bottom 50 percent take in only 13 percent of the income pie, while the top 1 percent grab over 20 percent of the country’s income.

Since 1980, in other words, the U.S. economy has transferred eight points of national income from the bottom 50 percent to the top 1 percent.

That trend is even more remarkable when you set it against comparable numbers for wealthy nations in Western Europe. There, the bottom 50 percent earn nearly 22 percent of the income in those economies, while the top 1 percent take in just over…

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A Must Read Article

Class Warfare Blog

The NY Times occasionally does us a service and they have by publishing “The Tax Bill Shows the G.O.P.’s Contempt for Democracy” by Will Wilkinson.

Mr. Wilkinson not only makes his point but shows where their anti-democratic thinking comes from. Here is a taste:

The hostility to redistributive democracy at the ideological center of the American right has made standard policies of successful modern welfare states, happily embraced by Europe’s conservative parties, seem beyond the moral pale for many Republicans. The outsize stakes seem to justify dubious tactics — bunking down with racists, aggressive gerrymandering, inventing paper-thin pretexts for voting rules that disproportionately hurt Democrats — to prevent majorities from voting themselves a bigger slice of the pie.

But the idea that there is an inherent tension between democracy and the integrity of property rights is wildly misguided. The liberal-democratic state is a relatively recent historical innovation, and…

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Questions Arise About Swatting Prank That Ended In Death

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

There was a swatting incident on December 30, 2017 in Wichita, Kansas.  I’ve been reporting on it on my other blog.  Some of you might already know that my other blog deals solely with cyber abuse, whether harassment, stalking, swatting, threats, spoofing, or combinations.

Today after reading some articles and comments on Twitter about the most recent swatting incident, I asked myself if there is anything I could have done to make information more available; to inform the public that spill-over of internet harassment into the personal lives of target victims is dangerous.  However, as with other issues, people don’t seem to take an interest unless major media reports it first or unless it happens to them.  Then too, I’m only a drop of water in a vast ocean.

Swatting is a prank where someone makes a call to a police department with a false story of a happening…

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Today’s Students–Slavery by Debt

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An excellent essay by Ellen Brown via Dandelion Salad on how the powers that be retain control over us mere mortals by turning our attempts at advancement by way of educational attainment into yet another opportunity for them to make even more profit at our expense. How much college debt do you suppose the Trumps of this world are ever faced with? Add in credit card debt, mortgage financing and other forms of debt and we can see why trying to get ahead without hereditary wealth is so difficult and why “equal opportunity” is often a cruel hoax in this society. – RJC

via Today’s Students–Slavery by Debt by Ellen Brown

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