Legalize it! All of it! Don't celebrate that marijuana is legal in more and more places even without the guise of medical use. It's not enough and this isn't just a question of our civil liberties. Sure, "it's my body... Continue Reading →
Recently, I've run into and had to deal with a couple of addicts. I think of them now because no one lies more than an addict. An acquaintance of mine is going through a terrible time and I've tried to... Continue Reading →
I watched this video in the middle of the night (couldn't sleep again). If you don't watch TYT, it's a great place to get US and international news from a leftist perspective. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OodpUmYk3MY Sacha Baron Cohen RIPS FacebookThe Young Turks... Continue Reading →
When Ellen Degeneres is sitting next to George W. Bush, we should consider all the evil we accept in our society. How we laugh at the war criminals when they are on late night talk shows, or talk about how charming and funny they are. The people that were tortured, the people that are dead, the people that sill live in prison or in constant fear for their lives are not laughing.
The beauty of secularism was that it was tolerant; it could accept a plurality of people and belief systems. This new brand secularism is as orthodox and stringent as religion used to be (at least in how it had been represented).
I understand that there is a certain appeal to living in a 'secular' society, and I also understand why someone might feel uncomfortable at the sight of the hijab. I think that discomfort is misguided but comes from an honest and decent place. To ask someone to stop wearing the hijab is akin to asking them to stop being a woman, and just be a human. That's just not who we are. To be human is to believe in things that don't exist, to make our lives mean something more than they do, and to actualize our collective imaginations. Anything less is precisely inhuman.
Mental illness has long been a sanitized issue. When we discuss mental health, we discuss it in a way that does not deviate from the dominant ideological practices of our time. I want to discuss mental illness in a way that gives dignity and power back to those who suffer from it and expose the social norms and practices that work to make mental illness worse.
I'm mentally ill. I was harassed at work and then things just got out of control. I'm depressed, filled with anxiety, traumatized and have lost any sense of self. In the wreckage, I lost some people who were really important... Continue Reading →
I was psychologically and sexually harassed at my former work place. They treated me like a peon, protected the people who attacked me and did everything they could to "build a case against me" while they acted in various prohibited... Continue Reading →
I, like many people, have been following the democratic primaries with some hope of having real change. I might not be American but I know what having a generational figure like Bernie Sanders on the world stage might do for... Continue Reading →