public domain. mp3. will rogers. bankers.

from the pub­lic domain review an 1924 record­ing of will rogers will rogers talks to the bankers

tran­script found at pol­i­tics in the zeros

Loan sharks and inter­est hounds — I have addressed every form of orga­nized graft in the United States, except­ing Con­gress, so it’s nat­u­rally a plea­sure for me to appear before the biggest. You are with­out a doubt the most dis­gust­ingly rich audi­ence I ever talked to, with the pos­si­ble excep­tion of the boot­leg­gers’ union, Local No. 1, com­bined with the enforce­ment officers.

Now, I under­stand that you hold this con­ven­tion every year to announce what the annual gyp will be. I have often won­dered where the depos­i­tors hold their con­ven­tion. I had an account in the bank once, and the banker, he asked me to with­draw it. He said I had used up more red ink than the account was worth.

I see where your con­ven­tion was opened by a prayer, you had to send out­side your ranks to get some­body that knew how to pray. You should have had one cred­i­tor there; he’d have shown you how to pray. I noticed in the prayer the cler­gy­man announced to the Almighty that the bankers were here. Well, it wasn’t exactly an announce­ment. It was more in the nature of a warn­ing. He didn’t tell the devil, as he fig­ured he knew where you all were all the time any­how.
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leaders. military. narcissism.

I rec­om­mend we start by mak­ing it much harder for offi­cers to earn rib­bons and eas­ier for the enlisted.

nar­cis­sism and toxic leaders

The Army recently released a study report­ing that 80 per­cent of the officers and NCOs polled had observed toxic lead­ers in action and that 20 per­cent had worked for a toxic leader. This prob­lem is not new. Within the past few years, the Army has relieved two brigade com­man­ders and a gen­eral for alleged toxic — and arguably nar­cis­sis­tic and abu­sive — behav­ior. A divi­sion com­man­der who served in Bagh­dad dur­ing Oper­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom was “asked” to retire fol­low­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion of his lead­er­ship style and toxic com­mand cli­mate. Toxic lead­ers have been around for years and will con­tinue to serve in all branches of our mil­i­tary. The Navy has recently relieved a num­ber of com­man­ders owing to toxic behav­ior and unhealthy com­mand climates.

Because nar­cis­sism is a crit­i­cal and large part of the toxic lead­er­ship par­a­digm, the Army should begin to con­sider look­ing at it — its pros and cons— and devel­op­ing meth­ods to enhance its pos­i­tive attrib­utes and raise aware­ness of its neg­a­tive ones. By defi­ni­tion, nar­cis­sis­tic lead­ers have “an inflated sense of self-​importance and an extreme pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with them­selves.” Their total focus, either con­sciously or uncon­ciously, is on them­selves, their suc­cess, their career, and their ego. Every­thing is about them.


A com­man­der is about to take a new unit on its first win­ter train­ing exer­cise, a 110-​mile deploy­ment with lim­ited vehi­cles and key equip­ment to keep peo­ple warm. At the last in progress review before the exer­cise, he spends the entire time talk­ing about his fish­ing and hunt­ing exploits while numer­ous sol­diers stand in below zero tem­per­a­ture for hours wait­ing for trans­porta­tion and warm­ing facil­i­ties. The com­man­der com­mu­ni­cated a total dis­re­gard for sol­diers’ wel­fare and a lack of self aware­ness, demon­strat­ing a clear sign of narcissism.

A brigade com­man­der takes full credit for a risky train­ing exer­cise in front of the com­mand­ing gen­eral, even though months before the event the brigade com­man­der had told his oper­a­tions officer that the idea for the train­ing event was the stu­pid­est idea he had ever heard.

science. infections. soaps.

from sci­en­tific amer­i­can blogs

sci­en­tists dis­cover that antimi­cro­bial wipes and soaps may be mak­ing you and soci­ety sick by rob dunn

… the most com­pre­hen­sive study of the effec­tive­ness of antibi­otic and non-​antibiotic soaps in the U.S., led by Elaine Lar­son at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity (with Aiello as a coau­thor), found that while for healthy hand wash­ers there was no dif­fer­ence between the effects of the two, for chron­i­cally sick patients (those with asthma and dia­betes, for exam­ple) antibi­otic soaps were actu­ally asso­ci­ated with increases in the fre­quen­cies of fevers, runny noses and coughs. In other words, antibi­otic soaps appeared to have made those patients sicker. Let me say that again: Most peo­ple who use antibi­otic soap are no health­ier than those who use nor­mal soap. AND those indi­vid­u­als who are chron­i­cally sick and use antibi­otic soap appear to get SICKER.

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mental health. recovery movement. history.

from recov­ery in reach an intro­duc­tion to the his­tory of the recov­ery movement

In 1881, researchers at Mass­a­chu­setts’ Worces­ter Asy­lum for the Insane learned about recov­ery when they sur­veyed 1,157 peo­ple who had been dis­charged dat­ing back to 1840. Of the patients who were dis­charged as “recov­ered,” 58 per­cent remained well for the remain­der of their lives. The idea of recov­ery in the United States is also closely con­nected to the recov­ery move­ment in the sub­stance abuse field, par­tic­u­larly with Alco­holics Anony­mous, which began in the 1930s as a fel­low­ship of peo­ple focused on sobriety.

The nor­mal process of recov­ery was often stilted in the United States through­out the 1940s and 1950s as state hos­pi­tals sought more to con­fine patients than to help them recover. Even through­out the years of dein­sti­tu­tion­al­iza­tion that began in the 1970s, peo­ple with men­tal health dis­or­ders were fre­quently told that they would likely get worse and even lose their jobs and their friends. Despite these false­hoods, peo­ple with men­tal health dis­or­ders have con­tin­ued to believe in them­selves and in one another and to help one another recover.

fine art. painting. elizabeth stanhope-​forbes.

Eliz­a­beth Adela Stan­hope Forbes, Will-o’-the-Wisp, ca. 1900; On loan from the Wil­helmina and Wal­lace Hol­la­day Collection

from the national museum of women in the arts a pro­file of eliz­a­beth adela stanhope

An estab­lished pro­fes­sional artist by 1885, she set­tled in New­lyn, Eng­land, where she met and mar­ried the painter Stan­hope Alexan­der Forbes. Together they opened the New­lyn Art School in 1899, teach­ing artists to paint from nature. Despite being a cofounder of the school, she strug­gled against the per­cep­tion that women should not work out­side of the home unchaperoned.

In addi­tion to work­ing in water­color, pas­tel, oil paint­ing, and etch­ing, Forbes also wrote poetry and authored and illus­trated a children’s book, King Arthur’s Wood (1904). She exhib­ited in Lon­don at the Royal Acad­emy of Arts and the Royal Insti­tute of Painters in Water­colours. Addi­tion­ally, she won awards includ­ing an 1891 medal for paint­ing at the Paris Inter­na­tional Exhi­bi­tion and an 1893 gold medal in oil paint­ing at the World’s Columbian Expo­si­tion in Chicago.

violence. domestic. guns.

leslie mor­gan steiner: why domes­tic vio­lence vic­tims don’t leave

from what we aren’t talk­ing about when we talk about gun con­trol by mon­ica j. casper

Find­ings from the National Vio­lence Against Women (NVAW) Sur­vey doc­u­ment that inti­mate part­ner vio­lence in the U.S. is per­va­sive; that women are far more likely to be vic­tims than men; that women expe­ri­ence more injuries than men; and that vio­lence against women is fre­quently accom­pa­nied by emo­tional abuse and con­trol­ling behav­ior. At least 25% of women in the U.S. have expe­ri­enced some form of domes­tic vio­lence in their life­times, and the num­bers are prob­a­bly higher given how infre­quently abuse is reported. The U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice esti­mates that up to six mil­lion women per year are phys­i­cally abused by an inti­mate part­ner. Approx­i­mately 19.5% of fam­ily vio­lence cases involve a weapon.

disease. awareness. cervical cancer.

at PLOS Every­one arti­cle about cer­vi­cal health aware­ness month by raquel iglesias

…researchers explored the preva­lence of HPV in the DNA of males with infected female sex­ual part­ners. The authors found that HPV was preva­lent in 86% of the male par­tic­i­pants sur­veyed. These men had the same high risk viral type as the infected women, sup­port­ing the impor­tance of aware­ness in men to pro­tect them­selves and their part­ners. This area of inves­ti­ga­tion is impor­tant in expand­ing our knowl­edge of trans­mis­sion of the virus and the risk of cer­vi­cal can­cer development.

echidnas. reproduction. male.

from neu­rotic phys­i­ol­ogy fri­day weird sci­ence echidna ejac­u­la­tion is a lit­tle one-​sided by scicurious

… Echid­nas are monotremes, mam­mals that lay eggs. Instead of sep­a­rate anal and uri­nary (and repro­duc­tive) tracts, like we have, the echidna just has one all pur­pose hole, the cloaca, through which poop and urine go out, eggs come out, and sperm goes in. They also don’t have teeth as adults. The cloaca and the egg lay­ing (and lack of teeth) are traits that are more sim­i­lar to birds or rep­tiles, but these guys are mam­mals. They have hair or fur, and nurse their young (though they don’t have NIPPLES, milk is released through their skin, which is pretty wild). All monotremes are native to Aus­tralia (where all the weird­est things live) and New Guinea.

Due to that whole “lays eggs and has a cloaca” thing, research on echidna repro­duc­tion has usu­ally focused on the females and that whole egg-​laying bit. But it turns out the males have their own spe­cial features.