The New Republican Alma Mater

This was inspired by a conversation one of my friends had with some inconsiderate neo-con. I removed the surname and replaced it with the anonymous pronoun ‘we’ not just to protect the identity of the bully, but because his words seem to embody the spirit of the 21st century Republican platform.

I don’t know who originally drew this elephant, but it wasn’t me. I just put it to good use.

 

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5 Amazing Things Invented by Donald Duck!

So there you have it: Duck Tales is a verifiable force for awesome in the world! Where can I get my paws on some Carl Barks comics!?!

5 Amazing Things Invented by Donald Duck!

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The List Update

Added another “The List” to the forum. Enjoy.

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Tetris in Hospitals?

Can Playing the Computer Game “Tetris” Reduce the Build-Up of Flashbacks for Trauma?

Video games don’t exactly have a reputation for being good for you, but this study from a few years back suggests that they can be used to help people cope with trauma. If victims of car accidents, war, rape, or other patients who received or witnessed serious injury play a few games of Tetris shortly after their trip to the ER they might be less likely to be haunted by uncontrollable flashbacks of those nightmarish events.

After exposure to the same viewing of a film depicting real-life violence, the people who played Tetris afterwards reportedly had less flashbacks in the following week but were able to recall the events with just as much accuracy as the control group. The theory is that the increased visual stimulation and concentration on spatial tasks provided by video games effectively dulls the traumatizing imagery by competing for the same mental space. They did not forget or suppress details of the event; they simply stored them in a way that wasn’t emotionally overwhelming.

As much as I love Tetris I found this experiment a little disturbing. It’s not that I want to rob anyone of a coping strategy. If something fucked-up happens by all means keep a copy of Tetris around. That’s not what I have a problem with. It’s something buried deeper in the soil of American psychology.

It’s the way that they created a label called ‘PTSD’ to pathologize a natural response to the horrors of a modern dysfunctional and artificial society. Instead of trying to get rid of these terrible things we busy ourselves finding more and more ways to manipulate each other into adapting to, accepting, or making excuses for things like rape, war, and car accidents. Is it too late to forge a more human world? Is our global self-destruction so addictive that rather than give up our inhuman institutions we would rather keep them and edit out the last of our humanity? The only thing that seems to me to be more unsettling than the mere prevalence of violence in modern civilization is our acceptance of it.

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Duck Tales! Woo Ooo!

If you know me at all you’ve probly already seen this, but if not allow me to present to you the juxtaposition of 2 thigns that make life worth living: The Disney animated cartoon Duck Tales, and the band Rancid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivlg0Gux3cs

Also, allow me to introduce you to the wonderfully talented June Foray who you may or may not know as the voice of ‘Magica De Spell’ and ‘Ma Beagle’ from Duck Tales, but also ‘Rocky the Squirrel’ from Rocky and Bullwinkle, ‘Granny’ from Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny cartoons, ‘Grammi’ from the Gummi Bears, almost every cartoon witch ever cast, as well as a host of special appearances on other shows and even theme park rides!

Talent like this doesn’t come along very often, folks. Check her out!

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