Studies back Pozner’s observations up. Conspiracy theorists often feel that they have no control over their lives in the grand scheme of things, but their theories at least assure them that there is a grand scheme. The people secretly running the world may be evil, but at least there’s someone in charge, and we aren’t randomly hurtling through space until we all die. Their lives matter. Now remember that picture of Noah in Pakistan? How could a supposed vast international conspiracy be so sloppy? Hoaxers thought the government did it on purpose to taunt them. That’s their mindset: In a world where parents sometimes see their children murdered, the conspiracy theorists are really the ones in the middle of the story. It’s all about them.

“For some people,” says Pozner, “that helps them cope with how uncertain and fragile life really is.” Sandy Hook was, after all, an especially powerful reminder of life’s fragility. So while we might stereotype hoaxers as lonely basement dwellers, Pozner noted that a lot are parents with kids who can’t process the idea that what happened to Pozner could happen to them. “They don’t want to believe that someone could look a six-year-old child in the eyes and pump bullets into their face. No matter how fantastical the theory might be, it’s easier to accept than that reality.” It’s almost enough to make you sympathize with hoaxers, except for the part where they sent a grieving father death threats for three straight years.

6 Horrifying Realities Of Dealing With Sandy Hook ‘Truthers’

מחר מדליקים נר ראשון, הזדמנות להעלות כאן תמונה שלא תתואר. היא צולמה ב-1931בעיר קייל, מעט לפני עליית המפלגה הנאצית לשלטון. החנוכיה נמצאת בביתו של הרב עקיבא ברוך פוזנר, מול בית המפלגה הנאצית. רחל, אשתו של הרב, צילמה את התמונה וכתבה מאחוריה: דגלם מבקש את מות יהודה, אבל יהודה תשרוד והאור שלנו יגבר על דגלם. באמת תמונה מרגשת. הלוואי ויהיה חג חנוכה שמח.

Tomorrow we light the first candle of Hanukkah, and it’s an opportunity to upload an indescribable picture. It was taken in 1931 in the city of Kiel, Germany, shortly before the rise of the Nazi regime. The Hannukkiah is in the home of Rabbi Akiva Baruch Pozner, in front of the Kiel Nazi HQ. Rachel, the Rabbi’s wife, took the picture and wrote on its back “Their flag seeks the death of Jewish kind, but Jewish kind will survive and our light will overcome their flag.” A moving image, truly. I wish you all a happy hanukkah.

bbabycakesss-blog  asked:

You obviously don't watch the biggest loser because when contestants are injured, they do not have to work out as hard as the other contestants. They do smaller workouts that suit them and their injuries.

You do understand that reality shows aren’t actually showing what’s really happening, right? They’re edited up the fuckzoo. They also have gag contracts with their contestants which threaten the full force of a thousand fiery lawyers if they ever even THINK about the truth of what happened to them, much less publicize it afterwards.

The people who come out and talk about what happened to them on reality shows are almost always in danger of losing everything. Most come out anonymously for that reason. And most of them say the same thing: this shit is staged, the outcome was fixed at least to a certain point, they prey on emotions and edit it for the cameras to make people look like assholes or dramatic weirdos, and on and on. 

So yeah. You’ve been duped. You and a million others.

EDIT: maggiemunkee has a great comment: 

maggiemunkee said: I’m hoping you can publish this comment. For anyone wanting a complete rundown on reality tv, pick up Reality Bites Back by Jenn Pozner. She puts some complex topics into easy-to-digest bits.

Here’s the link to Pozner’s book.


From mother, Veronique Pozner:

The sky is crying, and the flags are at half-mast. It is a sad, sad day. But it is also your day, Noah, my little man. I will miss your forceful and purposeful little steps stomping through our house. I will miss your perpetual smile, the twinkle in your dark blue eyes, framed by eyelashes that would be the envy of any lady in this room.

Most of all, I will miss your visions of your future. You wanted to be a doctor, a soldier, a taco factory manager. It was your favorite food, and no doubt you wanted to ensure that the world kept producing tacos.

You were a little boy whose life force had all the gravitational pull of a celestial body. You were light and love, mischief and pranks. You adored your family with every fiber of your 6-year-old being. We are all of us elevated in our humanity by having known you. A little maverick, who didn’t always want to do his schoolwork or clean up his toys, when practicing his ninja moves or Super Mario on the Wii seemed far more important.

Noah, you will not pass through this way again. I can only believe that you were planted on Earth to bloom in heaven. Take flight, my boy. Soar. You now have the wings you always wanted. Go to that peaceful valley that we will all one day come to know. I will join you someday. Not today. I still have lots of mommy love to give to Danielle, Michael, Sophia and Arielle.

Until then, your melody will linger in our hearts forever. Momma loves you, little man.

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Сегодня я был в Санкт-Петербургской Академической Филармонии имени Д.Д. Шостаковича на презентации книги Владимира Познера - ПРОЩАНИЕ С ИЛЛЮЗИЯМИ. Потрясающий вечер! Мне удалось подписать творение у самого автора. Книгу я уже начал читать и влюбился в неё с первых строк.

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Gendered proscriptions are acute during this stage: A mechanic who doesn’t feel comfortable in ruffles or frills is called “butch” and made to don “girlie” clothing and cosmetics. A professor on a casual campus who enjoys comfortable sandals because heels “hurt: is told she has no choice but "to start wearing actual footwear.” A lesbian biker is forced to trade in her motorcycle jacket for a dress.

Jennifer Pozner on What Not To Wear from Reality Bites Back

Gah! This is one of my biggest issues with What Not To Wear, which in its inchoate, British incarnation at least allowed women (and men) some semblance of personal style. Hey Stacy and Clinton, there are women who don’t “don frilly dresses,” or don’t want to “feel feminine” and are still stylish. Or not. And that’s okay.

effieandhaymitch5eva  asked:

Мне нравится ваш блог! Я англичанка но сейчас я в России три месяца потому, что я учу русский и Немецкий и это мой год за границей. Я очень интересуюсь советским союзом. Можете ли вы рекомендовать книги по предмету советского союза? Спасибо больше и извините за ошибки. Учу русский около двух лет :)

Hi @effieandhaymitch5eva! Great job on your Russian! Here are a few of my favourite non-fiction books:

1. Намедни - a sort of encyclopedy of Soviet Union, by decade (there’s a book for each decade). An amazing collection of books, I have them all!

2. Подстрочник: Жизнь Лилианны Лунгиной - the story of one Lilianna Lungina, a Jewish girl in the Soviet Union. This book had a huge impact on me. A must read.

3. Прощание с иллюзиями - memoirs of the one and only Vladimir Pozner, and a true masterpiece in my opinion. Deep, thoughtful, touching. 

4. Окнами на Сретенку - a memoir that takes us through the war and post-war life in Moscow, with all its difficulties. Maybe less of a literary masterpiece, but a very interesting read with a great detail to everyday life. Check out the whole series - Memoria by Corpus Publishing. A great collection of biographies! 

5. Антисоветский роман (Stalin’s Children) by Owen Matthews, an incredible love story of an Oxford graduate and a Soviet girl as told by their son. Originally published in English.

I’ll be happy if you find these recs helpful. I added links to OZON.ru which is the biggest Russian online book store. Happy reading!!


What not to do when covering a woman running for president.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

Jennifer Pozner, Kat Lazo, Zerlina Maxwell, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay join Jay Smooth to discuss a few no-nos for the media this campaign season. Pozner sums it up:

Look, this matters. By focusing on personal, gendered, irrelevant details about women politicians, this conditions the American public to think that woman are ladies first [and] leaders only a distant second. Media play a serious role in keeping half the population out of the political talent pool.