complex social problems

Empath/ Witchy Self- Care

This is going to be a list to help with self-care for empaths but it can be used for witches in general, I’ll be listing many tips. Some may work for you, others may not- feel free to alter them to fit you. The biggest strategy for empaths would be to have layers of wards and intentions around them and on them as a means of protecting themselves from energies that are not wanted and amplifying energies that are wanted/ needed.

Safe guarding your environment.

You can use sigils placed above doors, by your bed, and other places to promote health, good sleep, to keep away spirits, to ward against specific energies, etc. Whatever you need.

Smoke cleanse or cleanse with bells. Use a bell with a ring that inspires happiness or positivism in you. Make sure to get corners and dark spaces- they collect pockets of energy like more open spaces don’t.

Keep your spaces clean and organized- this gives less of a chance of ‘energy cobwebs’ and begets an overall peaceful energy.

Set your bed clothes and blankets with specific intentions or wards. Ideas for this include: anti nightmares, deep sleep, overall comfort, or encompassing love.

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The Tony Stark-wannabe's train

Mr. Musk’s stirring up a storm by saying he’s got “verbal approval” to start building some of his hyperloop vacuum train. Guess Jared over at that Office of American Innovation decided it would be a fun way to look like he’s doing something important.

I tend to look at Elon’s hyperloop as the Silicon Valley nerd’s equivalent of Trump’s border wall: preposterously ambitious, more interesting for how it shines a light on an underlying ideology than for any practical functionality, would cost more than anyone who wants to build it will estimate, and totally unsurprisingly won’t actually solve a complex social, technological, and economic problem with a single infrastructural intervention.

But hey, it fits with the times. Big exciting futuristic infrastructure projects! Just don’t mind the decaying highways, crumbling bridges, the ancient pipes, the oil-spills and poisoned wells and the drying, thirsty aquifers. The future will be innovative, disruptive; just don’t expect us to fix your lead plumbing, or even give you the real scoop about how much it’s leaching into your tap water.

we all need to stop reducing complex, nuanced social and political problems into simplistic, one dimensional sound bites that fit nicely into our respective worldviews because.. the world is fucking complicated.. its messy… good people do bad things… bad people do good things… things that are good for some are bad for others and vice versa… nothing is cut and dry… but so often we reduce our understanding of the world from complex and layered to simplistic and naive

this reductionism that’s so popular with online discourse literally helps no one, because how do you help shape a world of which your understanding is flawed, distorted, incomplete, biased.. 

not everyone has to fit squarely into ‘friend or foe’.. the world doesn’t work like that.. and honestly this dualistic mindset we have in the west is going to send us back to the stone age or get us all killed…

Bet You Can’t Guess Bernie’s Stance On The War On Drugs

Each year thousands of Americans are given prison sentences for victimless drug crimes. Not to downplay the adverse side effects associated with drug abuse, but prison time is no solution to such a complex social problem. We need comprehensive drug law reform which will both reduce the cost associated with the wrongfully imprisoned and the cost of fighting “the war on drugs”. Bernie Sanders has long advocated for that change. It may not be one of his major campaign issues, but he has consistently advocated for a change which would benefit all of society. Bernie Sanders realizes we need to treat drug abuse as a public health issue and giving people the help they need, instead of throwing them in prison with rapists and violent criminals. Especially given the incredibly high recidivism rates in the United States. Bernie Sanders has always fought for a better America and if elected would continue to do so. Bernie Sanders 2016!

Are you ever so overwhelmed by the thought of going out to socialize that you just stay home instead? And then once you stay home, you’re bummed out at yourself for not leaving the house in the first place? Is your typical party maneuver to hang out in the corner pretending to text someone? Is the slow march of time a crippling experience that can only be made bearable by drinking alcohol and seeking out progressively more dangerous experiences?

Oh. Whew. Us too!

Seems that anxiety and depression are taking a bigger stranglehold of our culture and there are actually some statistics to back that up. Suicides are at a 30 year high, drinking is at a 25 year high, rates of depression are up 800 percent over 70 years and prescriptions for antidepressants were up 400 percent between 1988 and 2011. That’s some grim shit. But we have a theory as to why this may be happening.

Around some 200,000ish years ago, the human brain stopped evolving, but our culture hasn’t. Rigorous jobs, ever-expanding social networks, complex societal problems have all made our lives more convoluted, but our brains were only designed to handle things like, “where’s the fire?” and, “hey, there are some deer over there.” Evolution has left us hanging and we don’t know how to cope.

THIS WEEK: For a multi-tiered deep-dive into this subject, Jack O'Brien is first joined by Cracked executive editor Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to discuss the increasing role of anxiety in our population. Later, Jono Zalay, the world’s foremost comedian with a PhD in neuroscience, joins the conversation to talk about the role of drugs in this equation and some of the scientific reasons for why our brain needs anxiety.

The Evolutionary Case for Religion and Schizophrenia

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