New Book: Why Mommies Matter

What would you do to enhance your baby’s mental and emotional well-being?

Erica Komisar, a New York psychoanalyst, says she is in the business of making people uncomfortable. She succeeded brilliantly with the publication of her new book — which has made a lot of people not just uncomfortable, but downright angry.

Mommies and Emotionally Healthy Babies

The book is titled Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters. Komisar wrote it after noticing a disturbing trend: A huge increase in the number of kids being diagnosed at an earlier age with mental disorders and emotional problems.

Full Article: The Stream

FBI Requests Information From Senate About the Sale of Baby Body Parts – Planned Parenthood?

The FBI has asked the Senate for unredacted documents it obtained from abortion providers, signaling agents may be investigating whether Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers illegally sold fetal tissue and body parts, according to sources familiar with the document request.

The request was made in recent days, the sources said, to the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), last December referred Planned Parenthood and several other abortion providers to the FBI for investigation after a lengthy probe into the transfers of fetal tissue.

Full Article: The Hill

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Tom Sizemore Kicked Off Movie Set for Allegedly Molesting an 11 Year Old Girl

During the filming of Born Killers in 2003 Tom Sizemore was accused of inappropriately touching a girl. When this was reported he was sent home for the day. According to actress Robyn Adamson:

“At one point her eyes got just huge, like she could’ve vomited.” Afterwards, she said the young girl “had trouble taking direction.”

The following day casting director Catrine McGregor said the she got a call from the 11 Year Old Girl’s agent, informing her that the girl had told her mother she had been inappropriately touched.

Don’t forget, Sizemore has a history of violence, drug abuse, and possible sex addition.

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Lagerfeld sparks fury over migrants Holocaust comments

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has sparked outrage by evoking the Holocaust as he attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for opening the country’s borders to migrants.

“One cannot — even if there are decades between them — kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place,” he told a French television show.

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Sutherland Springs opens memorial to church shooting victims

Surviving members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, worshiped with hundreds of supporters Sunday during their first service since last week’s mass shooting. Pastor Frank Pomeroy, who was out of town during the Nov. 5 attack, delivered a heart-wrenching message under a large white tent set up on a nearby baseball field. “Rather than choose darkness as that young man did that day, we choose life. I know everyone who gave their life that day. Some of whom were my best friends, and my daughter,” Pomeroy said, his voice cracking as he paused to wipe tears from his eyes. “I guarantee they are dancing with Jesus today.” Pomeroy’s 14-year-old daughter Annabelle was one of the 26 people killed in the rampage. On Sunday evening, survivors entered the church for the first time since the shooting. After investigators finished their work at the site, crews filled bullet holes, replaced shattered windows, and painted every surface a brilliant white. Folding chairs with each victim’s name printed in gold across the front stood where each body fell. The memorial will remain open to the public during the week. Pomeroy has said he wants to demolish the structure and build a new church at another site.

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Ray Kurzweil on Turing Tests, Brain Extenders, and AI Ethics

Ray Kurzweil, who currently runs a group at Google writing automatic responses to your emails in cooperation with the Gmail team, recently talked with WIRED Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson at the Council on Foreign Relations. Here’s an edited transcript of that conversation.

Nicholas Thompson: Let’s begin with you explaining the law of accelerating returns, which is one of the fundamental ideas underpinning your writing and your work.

Ray Kurzweil: Halfway through the Human Genome Project, 1 percent of the genome had been collected after seven years. So mainstream critics said, “I told you this wasn’t gonna work. You’re at seven years, 1 percent; it’s going to take 700 years just like we said.” My reaction at the time was: “Wow we finished 1 percent? We’re almost done.” Because 1 percent is only seven doublings from 100 percent. It had been doubling every year. Indeed, that continued. The project was finished seven years later. That’s continued since the end of the genome project—that first genome cost a billion dollars and we’re now down to $1,000.

Full Script: Wired Magazine

The George Takei sexual assault story just keeps getting worse

Over the weekend, George Takei denied former model Scott Brunton’s claims that the Star Trek actor had sexually assaulted him. This was after Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter that in 1981, Takei invited him over to his home following a night out, where he undressed and groped Brunton while he was inebriated and in and out of consciousness. Takei later tweeted that while he was taking the allegations seriously, he was also categorically denying them. “Those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful,”

But, as has been the case with these disclosures, there are already new, disturbing wrinkles. The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets have picked up on resurfaced audio from an October 2017 interview with Howard Stern, in which Takei did admit that he had grabbed the crotches of men he saw as “kind of skittish, or maybe, um, uh, afraid, and you’re trying to persuade.” Stern and Takei had been discussing the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment allegations, with the actor bemoaning the lack of consequences for Donald Trump, who managed to win the 2016 presidential election despite having bragged on air about sexually assaulting women.

Full Article: AV Club

Something is wrong on the internet

Warning: The original author says that portions of this article maybe offensive. Read with caution.

As someone who grew up on the internet, I credit it as one of the most important influences on who I am today. I had a computer with internet access in my bedroom from the age of 13. It gave me access to a lot of things which were totally inappropriate for a young teenager, but it was OK. The culture, politics, and interpersonal relationships which I consider to be central to my identity were shaped by the internet, in ways that I have always considered to be beneficial to me personally. I have always been a critical proponent of the internet and everything it has brought, and broadly considered it to be emancipatory and beneficial. I state this at the outset because thinking through the implications of the problem I am going to describe troubles my own assumptions and prejudices in significant ways.

One of the thus-far hypothetical questions I ask myself frequently is how I would feel about my own children having the same kind of access to the internet today. And I find the question increasingly difficult to answer. I understand that this is a natural evolution of attitudes which happens with age, and at some point this question might be a lot less hypothetical. I don’t want to be a hypocrite about it. I would want my kids to have the same opportunities to explore and grow and express themselves as I did. I would like them to have that choice. And this belief broadens into attitudes about the role of the internet in public life as whole.

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