Sunday, December 9, 2012

Accidentally Deleted Blog Comments

Sorry everyone, but I accidentally deleted all of the comments on my blog posts while trying to delete a spam comment using my phone (damn it!). I was able to recover a few of them via email, but sadly, the majority are gone. Thank you all for responding to my ramblings on here...I appreciated hearing your input! Hopefully I can get a new start...

Friday, November 2, 2012

Shopping Distortion

A very interesting look at how we shop (or are tricked into shopping) through spatial analysis.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Depression and Stress in Modern Populations

When it comes to psychological health effects on the body, one significant area of study concerns stress and depression.  There have been various evolutionary perspectives on the reason for this adaptation.  The influence of culture has a wide range of impact from diagnosis of depressive symptoms to meeting cultural expectations set aside by a particular society.  In many ways, modern society and the influence of capitalism contributes to nationwide increases in depression and stress.  Balancing work with familial demands, as noted by a large portion of women in industrialized areas, can cause a great deal of stress which, in return, increases the risks for heart disease and other illnesses.  It has been suggested that the adaptation for depression and stress evolved out of ways to conserve energy, elicit investment from mates, and signal against aggressors that one does not pose a threat.  Depressive moods evolutionarily seek to elicit social support from others, thus benefiting the individual.  The problem is that environments have changed due to industrialism and, consequently, depression and stress have only amplified.
          Also significant are the studies involving stress and depression in relation to lower income individuals.  These effects are notably higher in these individuals due to the increasing demands in order to make a living.  In many cases, both depression and stress, when significant enough, become biologically linked to diseases anywhere from cardiovascular disease to susceptibility to the common cold.  Furthermore, as racial inequality affects Western nations, it can be noted that individuals of specific races are more likely to have lower income, and therefore more stress, rates of disease, and less access to medical care.  It is difficult to determine whether these symptoms of depression and stress are seen to this extent in other societies or previous ones.  However, modern industrialization has continuously seemed to provide more links to susceptibility to disease than in those of other societies.  Nowadays, clinical depression and prolonged periods of stress are highly affecting human populations which adversely affect health in significant and life-threatening ways.  As sociality is key for human beings to survive, studies note that people are now more isolated caused by increased urbanization, mobility, and demographic changes.  There is certainly less face-to-face contact now than ever befor.  Such social isolation is already a key factor in causing depression itself, let alone the physiological genetic components that have accumulated over time.
          Now, contemporary western society also rewards those who allocate a significant portion of their efforts to one area of life, such as education or work instead of in small groups of people devoting their work to a shared goal among kin, as seen in hunter-gatherer populations.  Significantly enough, hunter-gatherers knew no such thing as “relative poverty,” an increasing notion in contemporary society and a large contributor to depression.  Studies on this effect have been carried out for decades, yet the problem has intensified today, particularly with current political crusades against healthcare and job creation and their overall desire for commoditization of human life.  A number of studies also show that those who report depression or stress are much more likely to develop coronary heart disease, cancer, and even diabetes.  The important take-home message here is that the particular (especially GOP) politics of living in a skewed income hierarchy are simply unacceptable.  These people can think they can get away with riding the backs of the nation for their own luxury, but the environment in which we live is not going to sustain itself.  These crooks will find out about their “Darwinism” excuses the hard way when there’s no resources left on earth.  What a pity it will be for them.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The He-Man Woman-Haters Club

Just a thought,

It is NOT unknown, despite popular GOP belief, that the current politics attempting to destroy women's health, options, and rights are completely misogynist and discriminatory acts of propaganda.  Saying that there is no war on women is like saying paying zero dollars in taxes will create infinite amounts of money.  But then again, thoughts like that still fall into the realm of Conservative politics...but who am I kidding, I'm just a liberal slut, right...?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sickening and Untrue

I just read this horrible piece on the death of Trayvon Martin...

"Blacks commit 80 percent of all shootings in the city — as reported by the victims of and witnesses to those shootings — though they are but 23 percent of the population; whites commit 1.4 percent of all shootings, though they are 35 percent of the population. Add Hispanic shootings to the black tally, and you account for 98 percent of all of the city’s gun violence. In New York, as in big cities across the country, the face of violence is overwhelmingly black and Hispanic."

And to conclude, MacDonald seeks to prove her point by using racial stereotyping. 

"...perhaps some small part of the energy devoted to securing it could be redirected towards stigmatizing black criminals and revalorizing the role of fathers in families."

I have much to say about this, for lack of a better word, bullshit, but I will spare you for the time being.  For the record, rates of incarceration have nothing to do with innocence.  There are a number of proven studies on racial profiling in the police system and made up race statistics on the apparent "danger" of people of color to society.  To say that "black people are more dangerous" is nothing but ignorant race-baiting.  Second, poverty is a factor, and who is more likely to get the short end of the stick? 

Monday, January 16, 2012


This is Voldemort...from Harry Potter... *Sigh*