Category Archives: Politics and Society

Articles about society, people, and politics.

Key events of the 21st century – Homework quiz

Future POV on the 21st century:

John’s mom: name two key events of the 21st century?

John: oh, the 21st… was that when they invented telepathy or teleportation? I always confuse those two…

Mom: neither… population reached its peak and fossil fuels were depleted.

John: fossils?

Mom: fuels…

John: what does fossil mean?

Mom: I think, like dinosaurs…?

John: they had dinosaurs in the 21st century?

Mom: I think it was a bit earlier…

John: like the 20th?

Mom: something like that…

Panic as Political Motivation

I am amazed watching right-wing extremists solving political problems.

It seems to me, it all starts with some kind of invented panic.

(I call it the “Ragnarök-on-Thursday-mentality… you know, next week: race wars and mass rapes… get a gun, this week!)

Once the perception that “the house is burning down” has taken root, any and all measures seem logical and legitimate.

After all, we’re in a panic. Catastrophe has struck. It’s the end of the world as we know it!

And the world has been ending this way at least since the 30ies…

I wonder if there’s a pill for that. A diagnose? A letter combination?

Spare the Rod, Spare the Kid

Twenty-eight years after the complete ban on the physical punishment of children in Finland: trends and psychosocial concomitants.

The decline in physical punishment was associated with a similar decline in the number of murdered children. Respondents who had been exposed to higher amounts of physical punishment than average scored significantly higher on alcohol abuse, depression, mental health problems, and schizotypal personality.

Do your kids a favor. Don’t beat them up…

What if it was your kid?

Have you ever heard someone say, “what if it was your child?” in a discussion about the death penalty?

Let’s examine that sentiment…

As a parent it’s your moral duty to protect your child’s life, right?

What if your child committed a crime that would result in a death penalty, and you knew where the only witness lived? Is it now your moral duty to silence that witness permanently?

Would it, on the other hand, be moral if you killed that witness if you child only risked a long prison sentence?