Weekend Edition: 3-27

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Stop Invoking ‘The Founding Fathers’ in Political Debates (“To do so is to suggest that your views are unequivocally American and therefore correct, which couldn’t be more wrong.”)

Nonbookish Linkage

Can religion give you PTSD? “Sex addiction” isn’t really an addiction but a byproduct of conservative religiosity The uses […]

Loco Lawsuits: Quit Creating Fantasies

Appealing to consumer emotion is part and parcel of advertising in America. Even back in 1962, Don Draper was saying, “You, feeling something — that’s what sells.” But some television ads can create adverse reactions. That seems to have been the case when a Michigan man sued Anheuser-Busch in 1991.

Richard Overton claimed that some […]

When psychiatry came to the Hundred Acre Wood

Twenty years ago five Canadian specialists in pediatric neurodevelopment explored Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. They discovered “Seriously Troubled Individuals,” many meeting the criteria for significant mental disorders.

Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, and friends first appeared in stories by A.A. Milne in the late 1920s. In 1961, five years after Milne’s death, Walt […]

Weekend Edition: 3-20

Interesting Straightforward Reading in the Interweb Tubez

The Covid Queen of South Dakota (“‘I choose to rely on science and data and facts,’ said Noem, despite disregarding the actual science and data.”)

Nonbookish Linkage

John Thune is becoming a legend The year the y-axis broke What conspiracy theorists don’t believe Could time travel ever work? […]

Dark theories about TV cartoons

Twenty-first century America feels saturated with fringe theories, even though they have a long history. These theories start for any number of reasons, such as to explain or make sense of perceived inconsistencies in events or other matters. They need not deal with major events, almost anything will do. Even television cartoons prompt conspiracy theories