Narcissism, Impulsivity, Poor Attention Span, Paranoia

July 25, 2017


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After the Australian Broadcasting Company’s big exposé on the abuse suffered by women within Christian church communities, church leaders are finally making some noise about taking meaningful action. Julia Baird and Hayley Gleeson report:

The Anglican Primate of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, said he supported an unequivocal apology expressed this week by an Anglican priest to victims of domestic abuse in the Church. “I’m hoping that there will be some words of apology to people who have experienced domestic violence and any failure from the Church at our General Synod, coming up in September,” the Archbishop said…

As Father Daryl McCullough said in a Facebook post, “If you are one of my parishioners, know that I will listen, I will believe you and I will not dismiss you.” 

There’s a lot more hubbub over KPFA’s cancellation of Richard Dawkins’ event as more media outlets pick up the story. There are a lot of big names writing in support of Dawkins, and you can see a lot of those messages here. Hemant Mehta described the problem well:

If KPFA and other so-called progressives think [Dawkins is] wrong, they should hear him out and respond in kind. Refusing to hear what he has to say — especially in this situation, when he was going to talk about the beauty of science, for goodness’ sake — is the coward’s way out. 

David Gorski focuses attention on the physicians who are enabling Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop’s snake oil peddling, and how they are “punching down” at their critics, looking for easy targets to attack. 

Ken Ham sells the Ark Encounter to himself, and then buys it back from himself again

In a letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register, Robert Cook reminds everyone that, hey, Congress is trying to sneak a knife in the back to the Johnson Amendment:

Without the Johnson Amendment, churches would become black holes for a flood of dark money that can’t be tracked. Why give a penny to a super-PAC when rich donors could achieve the same thing passing their money through a church — tax-free, anonymous and untraceable? Super-PACS as we know them today would cease to exist overnight.

Amanda Kooser at CNET explains that the recent UFO sightings over Cornwall were all part of a publicity stunt by the Eden Project, a bunch of greenhouses with exotic plants.

Australia has new vaccination laws, with big fines for preschools and daycare centers admitting unvaccinated kids, and no religious exemptions for parents. And they’re working.

There’s yet another article with more reasons as to why climate change will get worse more quickly than previously thought. At this point, I’m ready for the Earth to melt into a liquid state sometime next week. 

Snopes is in need of financial support, so leave it to overtly-fake-news site The Onion (via the A.V. Club) to make the call to help the site that debunks fake news.  

Buffalo Spree reports on some controversy around the restoration of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, which some actually think is haunted. Who do you check in with about that? Joe Nickell, of course.

Michele Bachmann says of Donald Trump…you know what? Never mind. It’s just not worth it. 

Quote of the Day:

“The Goldwater Rule” is the ethical guideline that says mental health professionals should not diagnose public figures they haven’t actually dealt with personally. According to STAT, the American Psychoanalytic Association is relaxing that rule, because of you know who:

The impetus for the email was “belief in the value of psychoanalytic knowledge in explaining human behavior,” said psychoanalytic association past president Dr. Prudence Gourguechon, a psychiatrist in Chicago. “We don’t want to prohibit our members from using their knowledge responsibly.”

That responsibility is especially great today, she told STAT, “since Trump’s behavior is so different from anything we’ve seen before” in a commander in chief. 

An increasing number of psychologists and psychiatrists have denounced the restriction as a “gag rule” and flouted it, with some arguing they have a “duty to warn” the public about what they see as Trump’s narcissism, impulsivity, poor attention span, paranoia, and other traits that, they believe, impair his ability to lead. 

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