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    I started this last night, 50 pages approximately in and I'm hooked

    "In a time of suspicion and accusation, to be a woman is the greatest risk of all...Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir.When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.
    As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the north-west, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Soon the two women's lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood's stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other."

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    I read "The Dream of the Moving Statue" which seemed great, only it was incomprehensible, like maybe... Si-PoLR? I liked the guy a lot but it took so much effort to understand.

    I read "Wide Sargasso Sea" and found it underwhelming. I read "If I Had Your Face" and enjoyed it although it left me with a lot of lingering bad emotions. I'm so excited to start this biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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    Finished The Queen of Nothing by Holly Back, but it renewed my fairy obsession. I’m so sad the series is over

    Today I started “The Cyber Effect: A pioneering cyberpsychologist explains how human behavior changes online” by Mary Aiken.

    And I put on hold House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig because it sounds awesome, and hopefully by the time I finish the cyber effect, I’ll get it.
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    house of salt and sorrows was way better than I was expecting...dark, moody, gothic, and creepy as hell. I wasn’t expecting such a thing from a ya book.

    now onto ‘the hazel wood’
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    Good book! - Catchy title as usual. I am almost finished reading. I like his criticism of Freud. Jung is like "I give full credit to Freud's achievements, but honestly, he was an idiot". (slightly exaggerated). No but there's great stuff in this book.

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    A true sense-perception certainly exists, but it always looks as though objects were not so much forcing their way into the subject in their own right as that the subject were seeing things quite differently, or saw quite other things than the rest of mankind. As a matter of fact, the subject perceives the same things as everybody else, only, he never stops at the purely objective effect, but concerns himself with the subjective perception released by the objective stimulus.
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    Any self-respecting citizen of a democratic country needs to read this book. Literally everything written here (by Postman, in the 1980's) is directly applicable to the ongoing 'fake news' crisis happening across the world.

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    Postman argues that the transition from a literate culture to a visual media culture has drastically degraded and simplified intellectual discourse. By commodifying news as infotainment and soundbites, political discourse now lacks the necessary rigour and is trivialized to the point of absurdity. Not just television, but visual media, as a whole, is similarly unexpressive and cannot hold the same depth of information as the printed word.

    Postman writes that, during its formation, the United States quite possibly had the highest concentration of literate individuals anywhere in the world. Thomas Paine's Common Sense (a 49 page "pamphlet") was widely read, even by the poor. It surprised no one that Paine was a barely-educated commoner who could write prose with same level of sophistication as Voltaire or Burke. People had longer attention spans, and political debates, like one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, could last seven hours!

    Understandably, he's quite pessimistic about the future of democracy under modern conditions.



    When asked to define democracy, people will normally mumble something about freedom. My personal view is that this is insufficient. In fact, the literal meaning of democracy means 'rule by the people'. A ruler who does whatever he wants, as in the case of watching television instead of reading, is a bad ruler. The freedom to indulge every decadent impulse is the freedom you give to animals, little children, and tyrants, not, ideally, to someone with influence, through the voting franchise, over the state of other people's lives and liberties.

    Low effective literacy and political ignorance is the natural state of affairs in some oriental despotism like Qing China or the Ottoman Empire, not in that would-be distillation of enlightenment ideals known as the United States.
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    Ironic, I know, but here's Postman discussing his book on TV.



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    Democracy is probably under a greater threat from financial inequality, because money equals power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Strange View Post
    Democracy is probably under a greater threat from financial inequality, because money equals power.
    That too.

    Equality is a necessary precondition of liberty.

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    For anyone looking to learn about social conservatism, I recommend “The Abolition of Britain” by Peter Hitchens. He touches on a number of issues, like the sexual revolution, the rise in crime, abortion, the decline in educational standards due to less selective schooling, the decline of religion, etc. He’s profoundly more articulate than Jordan Peterson, whose fame is a mystery to me, and who can barely string together an important idea that doesn’t eventually descend into abstruse psychoanalysis.

    I am not socially conservative, and there are many issues (perhaps most) where I don't find any common ground with Peter Hitchens. But he has done some excellent journalism and is very sincere in his reporting and in the beliefs he espouses. He was one of a handful of journalists to report the fact that the Syrian rebels (which the West has been supporting) are heavily made up of jihadists. It's a frightening aspect of the war that religious minorities like Christians have aligned themselves with the regime out of fear of genocide.

    I have a lot of time for people who are sincere and uncompromising, even adversarial, in stating their opinions, and who don’t respond to censure, even when their opinions differ fundamentally from my own.

    On some issues, I do agree with him. He’s an advocate for technical / trade schools; these aren’t just a gateway to the middle class, they also teach important skills that are criminally shrugged-off by leftists (who tend to favour more liberal education). I did a little bit of vocational training at a local trade school and met with perfectly reasonable people who had no further educational aspirations. University really isn't for everyone, and many non-university occupations (like lathe operator / fisherman / social media influencer) are perfectly honourable professions. As a person of the left, I believe that there is room for everyone at the banquet of victory—we don't all have to be sitting in the same chair.


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    ^ There’s also his other book, "The War We Never Fought", about Marijuana's effective decriminalisation in the British legal system.

    A word of warning: he delves deeply into the minutiae of British law enforcement. I found these sections tedious because I’m not British and don’t live there. It’s bad enough that my own country’s politics are boring and predictable—which is why I have the time and resources to learn about less prosperous countries.

    What I find more interesting is his other claim, which is that psychosis attributable to Marijuana is mainly responsible for mass shootings and terrorism. There is indeed a small body of evidence, with studies correlating Marijuana usage and the increased likelihood of mental illnesses like schizophrenia. If very hard evidence emerges at some point, it would set the stage for a hitherto unforeseen clash between 1st amendment and 2nd amendment factions (to use the convenient American terminology). Whose liberty we choose to restrict—and the fact that liberties can be mutually exclusive—may well be a hot-button political issue some years or decades from now.

    It is worth noting that studying multi-variable behavioural and biological systems is notoriously complicated. I'm not qualified to talk about this stuff, so I'll just leave it at that.


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    A true sense-perception certainly exists, but it always looks as though objects were not so much forcing their way into the subject in their own right as that the subject were seeing things quite differently, or saw quite other things than the rest of mankind. As a matter of fact, the subject perceives the same things as everybody else, only, he never stops at the purely objective effect, but concerns himself with the subjective perception released by the objective stimulus.
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    I did enjoy the story more than I anticipated - and it seems that I'm not alone:
    "This graphic novel compiles all four of the miniseries issues into one book, along with a couple of creator notes and a sketch gallery. You have almost no chance of being disappointed if you have ever enjoyed a sword and sorcery story. If you are a Conan fan, that percentage is closer to zero. It is the quintessential Howard tale brought to life by an amazing group on individuals who work miracles on the printed page. I can think of no higher recommendation than Robert E. Howard himself couldn’t have finished it any better! By Crom, go buy this!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by xerxe View Post
    There is indeed a small body of evidence, with studies correlating Marijuana usage and the increased likelihood of mental illnesses like schizophrenia.
    Just from anecdotal evidence of people who live in the hood here it seems very likely that marijuana use is associated with mental illnesses. It might have something to do with the fashion here of mixing weed with tobacco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leckysupport View Post
    Just from anecdotal evidence of people who live in the hood here it seems very likely that marijuana use is associated with mental illnesses. It might have something to do with the fashion here of mixing weed with tobacco.
    Anecdotally, have you noticed a link between marijuana use and violence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xerxe View Post
    Anecdotally, have you noticed a link between marijuana use and violence?
    Well I see a lot of people who smoke heavily with severe mental illnesses from poor backgrounds making bad decisions, a lot of which lead to violence.
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    im actually halfway thru the book rn and its really good
    (the protaganists are a couple 80 yr olds trying to fend off giant worms)
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