How to Handle Other Peoples Anger Like a Pro

Dealing with other peoples anger can be challenging, confusing, and sometimes terrifying especially if its someone were close to like a spouse, parent, or co-worker.In this article, Im going to teach you how to think about and handle other peoples anger like a professional psychologist would.Armed with some insider information about how anger really works and a handful of effective tips for dealing with it, not only will you be better at managing other peoples anger but youll feel more confident doing it.

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1. Validate the anger, put boundaries on the aggression.The first thing to understand about anger is that its fundamentally different than aggression.

Anger is the emotion we feel when we believe weve been wronged. Aggression, on the other hand, is the act of expressing our anger, mostly in terms of what we do and say.Most of us arent afraid of other peoples anger; were afraid of their aggression of what their anger might lead to:Insults, sarcasm, put-downs, shouting, and other forms of aggressive speech.

Physical acts of aggression from slamming doors to physical abuse or shunning. The stress, loneliness, anxiety, guilt, awkwardness, or any number of painful feelings that often follow from a major fight or confrontation.This distinction between anger and aggression is critical because we need to handle each very differently.

Unfortunately, our instincts for how to do this tend to be dead wrong. Instinctively, we tend to get defensive in the face of anger and say (or think) things like:Why do you have to get so angry every time I bring up my parents?You need to calm down and listen to what Im actually saying.

If you werent so angry, we could handle things like a mature adult instead of acting like a child.The common theme is that youre being critical of their anger, of their emotional experience. The problem is, anger isnt really the problem.

None of us have direct control over how we feel emotionally. And to be criticized or judged for something we dont really have control over feels terrible. This why high-anger situations tend to quickly devolve into unproductive shouting matches.

We pour fuel on the fire when we criticize or judge people for their emotional experience of anger.Then, to make matters worse, we dont really deal with the other persons aggression in a smart, consistent way. What I mean by that is, we are generally not good at being assertive about setting and enforcing boundaries on aggressive behavior including the effective use of consequences.

When your spouse, for example, gets angry and ends up shouting and berating you, whats the consequence? Most people respond to aggression in two standard ways:They get aggressive back. They shout back, they point out the other persons mistakes, dredge up past wrongs, etc.

Unfortunately, this only justifies the other persons anger in their mind and reinforces it and the aggression making it more likely to happen in the future.They ignore it or give in. Because were afraid of future or increased anger and aggression, we dont establish clear lines about what we will and wont tolerate when it comes to aggression.

And even if we do, we dont enforce them. Instead, we give in, tolerate, sometimes even take responsibility for other peoples aggressions all in an understandable attempt to keep the peace. The problem is, this too ends up reinforcing the aggression, making it more likely to happen in the long-term because the other person learns that its okay and that they can get away with it.

In short, our default tendency is to be harsh with other peoples anger and either be overly accommodating or equal harsh with their aggression. The solution is to flip your strategy. When confronted with an angry partner or co-worker, for example, you want to validate their anger and put firm but respectful boundaries on their aggression and be willing to follow through with consequences!

For example, suppose your spouse starts getting really defensive when you ask them to help out more with cleaning around the house. They start criticizing you for not doing more, explaining how they do all the hard work, and how selfish it is of you to even ask that.How might you respond?

First, start by validating their anger and frustration. You might say something like:It seems like youre feeling angry, maybe because it sounds like Im criticizing you. I really do appreciate everything you do and maybe I should have lead with that.

Im just struggling with the housework and thought we could talk about different ways to keep things cleaned up. This makes it less likely that they spiral into defensiveness, which isnt in anyones best interest. Often, just this little move alone will help dramatically.

But suppose simple validation doesnt work, and they respond with something like:This is bullshit! Youre just trying to get me do do your work for you. Youve always been lazy.

This is aggression that needs to have firm boundaries put on it.Heres how to get started:Be clear about what constitutes aggression that youre not willing to tolerate. Take some time to write down the types of aggressive speech and behavior you want to put boundaries on.

Next, determine how youre going to respond if that aggression comes up. For example: If my spouse starts criticizing me, Im going to ask them once to stop. If they dont, Im going to leave the conversation.

Anticipate tough emotions when enforcing boundaries. Understand that enforcing your boundaries and the consequences of other peoples aggression isnt going to be easy. You may feel guilty, like youre responsible for fixing the issue.

You may feel worried worried that theyll stay angry and do something stupid. In any case, dont let yourself be caught of guard by this emotional friction to enforcing your boundaries.In a calm moment, share your plan with the person whos anger and aggression are an issue.

For example, take a few minutes one Sunday afternoon and explain to your spouse that the way they express their anger and get aggressive really bothers you. And that from now on, heres how its going to be handled.Of course, if someone elses aggression is so extreme that youre in danger, you should seek professional assistance or simply call the police.

If you see a therapist or counselor, they can be a resource for helping you make a plan moving forward. Your primary care physician can as well. There are also many independent resources like The Hotline for helping people in abusive or dangerous domestic situations.

Here are the takeaways:Instead of criticizing peoples anger, learn to validate it. Let them know that you understand that theyre angry and that its okay for them to feel that way. Many, many anger issues will resolve with that simple step.

Set and enforce clear boundaries on peoples aggression. Avoid meeting their aggression with your own aggression or rolling over and accepting responsibility for it. Make a clear plan for managing their aggression and steel yourself to follow through on it.

In the case of abuse, always seek professional help. 2. Look for the function of their anger.

From the earliest ages, most of us are taught to view painful or difficult emotions like diseases foreign invaders out to harm us that should be quickly eliminated or at least ignored.Just think about your own childhood: How often were you told to cheer up, calm down, put on a happy face, go to your room until youre not so angry anymore? Unintentionally, comments like these communicate that how we feel is bad, and by extension, that were bad for having them.

Were taught to treat emotions as problems to be solved or avoided. What were not not is how to listen to our emotions. Few of us learn that rather than giving in to or avoiding how we feel, theres a third option: you can calmly listen to them, consider what theyre saying, and then make an informed choice about how to proceed.

The best way to think about emotions is like lights on your cars dashboard: Sometimes theyre a little uncomfortable (low fuel!), but often theyre trying to communicate something to us. Learning to see the function of emotion what theyre doing is a key part of emotional intelligence generally.

And it can be especially helpful when confronted with other peoples anger.See, what most people dont realize is that anger is actually a positive emotion. We think of it as bad or negative because people who are angry often end up doing negative things.

But if you really think about it, the feeling of anger itself is actually pleasurable. Its inflating and ego-boosting:Behind every assessment of youre dumb is an implication of Im smart. Behind every judgment of thats wrong is an implication of I know whats right.

Once you understand that anger actually feels good, you can start to see why people so easily get angry and stay angry Because it feels good! At least in the moment.A very common function of anger that most people dont realize is that it alleviates and distracts from other difficult emotions like sadness, fear, or shame.

Its a defense mechanism. Many people have learned that they can quickly alleviate their fear or sadness or any other painful emotion by framing the situation in terms of someone else doing something wrong. Consequently, they feel right and justified, which temporarily distracts from their more painful feelings.

This is why people are so judgmental.Suppose you ask your co-worker to fix something in a presentation youre working on together and they snap back at you with: Well, Ive had to fix plenty of your mistakes! Theres anger functioning to alleviate some feelings of embarrassment, for example, at their mistake.

Once you learn to look for the function of other peoples anger, it makes it easier to separate yourself from it and stay detached. When you can see that your husband getting angry and rude is a defense mechanism (however primitive!) for dealing with his own insecurity, it makes it easier to confidently stand your ground.

Furthermore, understanding the function of someones anger makes it easier to acknowledge and validate their anger like we discussed in number 1 above. The next time you find yourself confronted with someone else anger, ask yourself: What function could their anger be serving? What does being angry (a pleasurable emotion) help them achieve or do or think?

3. Avoid speculative self-talk.We humans are meaning-making machines.

Were also storytelling machines.We crave the security and comfort that comes from believing things have an inherent purpose and order to them. And we often impose our own purpose and order on things by telling stories.

Think of a time when you performed poorly at something, maybe getting a C on a test in school or a poor performance review. Chances are, you almost immediately started telling yourself a story about why it had happened:I knew I should have studied for those extra three hours instead of going out with friends.My managers just overly critical.

Shes always picking on me and singling me out. In both cases, we tell a story as a way of making sense of whats happening.Now, sometimes this storytelling is pretty objective and aimed at truly understanding something better.

But more often than not, the stories we tell are motivated not by the truth about things but by wanting to feel better:Telling ourselves that if we had studied more we would have gotten a better grade makes us feel in control. Blaming your manager makes you feel less guilty about the fact that youve been slacking off lately at work.At time, we can harness our self-talk and storytelling powers for good, but often they simply happen out of instinct or the desire to feel good and bolster our egos.

And if left unchecked, these habits of self-talk can wreak havoc on our emotional lives and our relationships. When it comes to anger and dealing with other peoples anger, a lot of people make a bad situation worse because of their automatic habit of spinning stories about what the other persons anger means.Heres an example:Suppose your wife yells at you the minute you step through the door because youre half an hour late and now shes late for a meeting.

Almost instantaneously, your thoughts and self-talk start spinning a tale about what her anger means:God, why does she have to be so angry all the time. She should relax, its not the big a deal certainly not worth getting all bent out of shape over. She really should go see a therapist and get these anger issues under control.

First of all, theres a lot of potential assumptions and inaccuracies in this story:Really, shes angry ALL THE TIME?Its not a big deal to you, but have you really considered all the reasons why it might actually be a pretty big deal to her?Because she yells at you that means she has anger issues?

Do you even know what anger issues means other than that you feel like she gets angry too much?Second, this storytelling is self-serving. The fact that these stories youre telling make you look like the good guy and her look like the bad guy are going to make you feel better.

And the fact that it makes you feel better is a major conflict of interest when it comes to being objective. Maybe all these stories about her anger are really just serving to deflect attention away from your own guilt over not paying attention to the time?The point is, its very easy to start telling ourselves stories in our head about other peoples anger and what it means.

And usually these stories arent super objective, in large part because they tend to be self-serving.Once youve built up a story in your head about why their anger isnt justified, youre much more likely to act in a way that invalidates their anger, puts them on the defensive, and escalates the conflict.Instead, one of the best things you can do when confronted with someone elses anger is to avoid any speculation about their anger initially.

Rather than theorizing about their anger based on assumptions and self-serving instincts, try to be a bit more factual. One option is to try to understand the function of their anger as we discussed in number 2 above.Another option is to simply catalogue the facts of the situation: What happened exactly?

Does what they say match up with my experience? Am I feeling afraid, sad, guilty, or any other strong emotion? If so, whats that about?

Theres power in stories. And when based on gut reactions and the desire to protect our own egos, these stories can end up doing more harm than good.Try to be aware of your default self-talk scripts in the face of other peoples anger.

And then ask yourself: How realistic is this? And even better, Is this line of thinking really helpful to the situation?4.

Create an anger plan. If youre anything like me or the dozens of clients I work with each week, anger tends to show up in patterns. That is, there are certain predictable situations, times, events, and triggers where anger arrives.

Heres a quick example any couple can probably relate to: Have you ever tried to have a really important, serious, high-stakes conversation in bed at 11:30 pm after a long day? If so, you know the inevitable truth that they never go well. Often they lead to fights and arguments, hurt feelings, and poor sleep.

The point is, even though we occasionally get totally caught off guard by other peoples anger, it usually happens it pretty predictable circumstances. Which means, if you know what to look for, you can anticipate these high-risk anger situations and have a solid plan for how to handle it. In hindsight, maybe 11:30 pm is not the best time to have an important conversationCreating an anger plan means having a prepared strategy for handling common anger situations, either for yourself or ideally one thats agreed upon by the other person too.

For example, a client of mine was telling me about how he and his wife always tend to get into fights whenever the topic of his parents come up. He told me that his parents can be quite judgmental and even mean sometimes to his wife and that shes understandably sensitive about any kind of interactions with them. So when it comes to planning holiday get-togethers, for example, they often end up angry and fighting about how much time they should or shouldnt spend with his parents.

As I asked more about the situation, I started to notice another pattern that my client hadnt really been aware of: They almost always discussed plans for doing things with his parents spontaneously.Hed get an email from his mom about Thanksgiving dinner, for instance, and then immediately ask his wife what she wanted to do for Thanksgiving. His wife would instinctively get a bit stressed and on edge at getting ambushed by the topic.

My client would then interpret her stress as anger, and he would get defensive. And before they knew it, they were in a full-blown fight. I suggested that maybe a big part of the problem was the spontaneous and reactive nature of their discussions about his parents.

We tried a little exercise: The next time something having to do with his parents came up, he was going to wait at least an hour before bringing it up with his wife. Then, when he did bring it up, it was simply to mention it and ask his wife if there was a good time they could talk about it in the next few days. This had the benefit of giving his wife some time to mull things over on her own so she could approach the conversation a little bit more prepared.

Sure enough, my client reported back that this little game plan had worked surprisingly well. And over the course of the next year or so, the number of angry conflicts they had went down dramatically. I like this story because its a good example of the benefits of having a plan for anger.

Much of the time, anger-filled situations go from difficult but manageable to a disaster because we approach them reactively. Instead, if we can find ways to anticipate them and then have a ready-made plan for how to deal with them well, our odds of success go way up. Of course, this isnt always possible.

Sometimes someone elses anger really does just come out of the blue.But much of the time, there are strong patterns to anger. If we can understand these patterns we can anticipate them.

If we can anticipate them, we can make a plan for them. And if we have a plan, were much more likely to handle them well.5.

Master the art of differential reinforcement. Differential Reinforcement sounds super technical and weird, but its actually a pretty straightforward concept and extremely useful tool when it comes to managing other peoples anger.Heres how it works:Reinforcement is a basic psychological concept that says that our behaviors are influenced by what follows them.

Specifically, if a behavior is followed by a pleasant experience, the chances of that behavior happening again are increased. But if that behavior is followed by an unpleasant experience, the chances of that behavior happening again are decreased.For example, suppose your manager has a habit of sending a passive-aggressive email anytime youre a few minutes late to clock in at work.

This is annoying to you, understandably.If youd like his behavior to stop or at least decrease in frequency you should think about the reinforcers: What are the things that happen after the email gets sent that make it more or less likely that the behavior will happen in the future?In this case, maybe you tend to reply to the email with an apology explaining why you were running late and assuring your manager that it wont happen again.

On the one hand, this seems like a smart move because you imagine your manager will be less angry if you give a reason for your tardiness. And many managers might appreciate this, take it as a sign that you do care about your work and arent just slacking off. And as a result, give you some leeway in the future meaning their annoying emails would lessen.

However, people are different. You could also imagine a manager whos power hungry and really relishes in the fact that he is in charge of others at work. Which means your email back to him might be causing him to feel an even more inflated sense of power and superiority which he likes feeling!

From a reinforcement perspective, your apologetic emails might actually be making future passive-aggressive emails more likely! And if thats the case, it could be that simply not responding to the emails helps decrease their frequency in the future because he doesnt get as much out of it.The art of differential reinforcement is about learning to see what really motivates people and their behavior.

And once you understand how to be smart (and creative) about how you respond to their behavior both the kind you want more of and the kind you want less of good things happen.Lets apply this to another example:I had a client who was having a lot of conflict with his wife over laundry. Specifically, my clients wife had the habit of leaving dirty close on the floor of the closet for a day or two before putting them in the hamper.

This bothered my client. And even though hed brought it up a few times with his wife, nothing had changed. As a result, they were constantly getting into small tiffs about the laundry, and it was actually taking a small but not insignificant toll on their relationship.

So I suggested that my client do a little differential reinforcement, which consisted of two parts:Positively reinforcing the behavior he wanted more of (her putting her clothes in the hamper). Abstaining from reinforcing the behavior he wanted less of (leaving clothes on the floor).Heres how it worked:Occasionally, my clients wife would eventually put her laundry in the hamper.

Instead of criticizing her for taking forever to do it, he went out of his way to tell her in a genuine way that he really appreciated it, gave her a big hug, and left it at that. Whenever my clients wife did leave clothes on the floor, he said nothing and tried his best to not even express non-verbally that he was upset about it. Furthermore, he didnt put them away for her something he had been in the habit of doing (because he hated having clothes on the closet floor), but which had actually been reinforcing the very habit he disliked.

Over the course of a few weeks (which, admittedly, were tough for my client) things started shifting. The frequency with which his wife put her clothes away immediately increased. My clients tolerance for clothes on the floor increased and didnt bother him quite so much.

And most importantly, they had fewer tiffs and fights, which meant the quality of their relationship improved visibly. If youre struggling with someone elses anger, you can often use differential reinforcement to your advantage:Identify the behavior youd like to change usually some form of aggression.Look carefully at what happens immediately after that behavior and then ask yourself: Is this making it more or less likely that the behavior will happen again in the future?

Is this a positive or negative thing for the other person?Almost always, aggressive or frustrating behavior is followed by something that reinforces it and makes it more likely to happen again. Often its counterintuitive, and often its something you the recipient is doing unintentionally.

Giving the angry person attention (reinfocring) by trying to show them the truth about the situation, for example.If you are doing something that may be reinforcing the behavior, stop. Try an experiment where you simply do nothing in the face of the problem behavior for a week or month and see what happens.

If there are occasional examples of the other person responding well to conflict or anger instead of with aggression, go out of your way to reinforce that alternative behavior positively.Differential reinforcement isnt a cure-all. But in certain situations it can be a game-changer.

In any case, its a helpful way to think more carefully about the patterns of anger and aggression in your life.All Your Need to KnowDealing with other peoples anger can be a challenging and sometimes frightening prospect. And while we ultimately dont have a whole lot of control over other people including their emotions or behavior there are a few constructive things we can all learn to do better in the face of other peoples anger:Validate the anger, put boundaries on the aggression.

Look for the function of their anger. Avoid speculative self-talk. Create an anger plan.

Master the art of differential reinforcement RELATED QUESTION I didn't get Google Glass Explorer Edition. Is trying to learn Glass dev without the hardware a futile effort? No, you can still learn the fundamentals of Glass development without the hardware.

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Our Journey to a Smarter Wigan
Our Journey to a Smarter Wigan
Written by Alison McKenzie-Folan, Chief Executive, Wigan CouncilEarlier this year we launched the Deal 2030, which sets out ten key priorities for our city, Wigan. This strategy was published following a Big Listening exercise we undertook with our residents, where more than 6,000 people gave their ideas. Those ideas, which included making our borough more digitally friendly, have been pulled together into this one strategy. One of those priorities is Confidently digital. This priority sets out how we will harness the power digital has to improve peoples opportunities and prepare for the future. This means changing the way we operate as a council and using digital to transform the borough. From this we have developed our digital strategy which looks at this ambition in greater detail and is divided into three elements: Digital People, Digital Place, Digital Council.Digital people asks how we can help equip people with the digital skills for the future. This means working closely with schools to upskill our teachers and provide professional digital leadership skills to ensure they have the right tools to deliver cutting edge digital learning. One of the projects were rolling out in schools, and to the wider population, including our staff is iDEA. Our d igital inclusion strategy has been designed to break down the barriers that impact disproportionately on the most vulnerable groups in our community. Working with libraries and our Digital Taskforce partners we will aim to unite people, organisations and communities with a shared vision of digital inclusion for all. How can we make the borough a more digital place? This is the theme of our second digital strategy strand and perhaps the most challenging and ambitious. We want Wigan to become the first choice for digital business by reimagining our economic strategy to create a vision based around connecting residents to new emerging digital skills and attracting businesses to unlock new local employment opportunities.To support our ambition for a Digital Place, we and our partners are working alongside the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on an Initiative and led procurement programme which aims to increase penetration of full fibre within Greater Manchester improving our Wi-Fi connectivity offer throughout the borough and making it a more attractive place to work, live and visit. We are also following the progress of 5G with a very keen eye as this an exciting development which will further support our aspirations for the borough.We recognise the opportunities of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things to help redesign the way in which we deliver services and as such we are currently exploring ways in which we can adopt these technologies in areas such as Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing as well as how we interact with our residents on a day to day basis. Were currently working on our smart homes projects which will use data to reduce energy consumption in our social housing, which will not only be good for our residents finances but will have important environmental benefits too. In July 2016 Pokemon Go, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game, was launched. By September the game had been downloaded over 500 million times worldwide and become the fastest game to make over $500 million in revenue. Using the mobile device, GPS to locate, capture, battle and train virtual creatures, the game got people out of the house and moving around. Forbes Magazine said that Pokemon Go is the worlds most important game, because of its broader impacts on society through its health benefits. Like Nintendo, we want to explore how smartphone games and apps can encourage a greater footfall to our town centres, thus having a positive impact on our local businesses and on the health of our residents. One tool that were currently looking at is Beat the Street which has been implemented very successfully by a handful of local authorities. This walking points-based scheme is designed to get you walking to collect points for your team. In Swindon 31,000 people took part last year.How can we become a more Digital Council? We already do so much work with our communities and theyre a great asset. Were working with them at the moment to design a one stop fully integrated digital platform for residents with accessibility at the heart of design, this will include access to GP services, something that through our Big Listening Project was raised.We recognise the power digital has to improve the potential and growth of our borough and to transform the way we deliver services. We also know it has wider benefits, helping to address some of our biggest health issues. Weve already embedded the digital agenda in everything we do and will continue to push the bar to ensure we get the best possible outcomes for our residents.Read More of The Deal 2030More thought leadershipOriginally published at on November 12, 2019 RELATED QUESTION I didn't get Google Glass Explorer Edition. Is trying to learn Glass dev without the hardware a futile effort? No, you can still learn the fundamentals of Glass development without the hardware. 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The Battle of Ideas That Must Be Fought Against Radical Islam and ISIS
The Battle of Ideas That Must Be Fought Against Radical Islam and ISIS
Over the past few months, as it has found itself under increasing military pressure in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, Daesh has opened up a new front in Europe and North America. The call the organisation has put out to its supporters and sympathisers in the West to strike wherever and whenever they can in response to its mounting setbacks and defeats on the battlefield is being listened to and put into practise with deadly effect. And this is without factoring in the prospect of Daesh militants from Europe whove travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State being sent back to carry out prepared and planned attacks in the coming weeks and months. The support Daesh has succeeded in attracting and cultivating in the West in recent years is confirmation of the emergence of a radical Islamic Ummah, one distinct from its traditional and mainstream counterpart which feeds on the alienation, marginalisation and social exclusion that is the lived experience of millions of young Muslims in the West.Ironically, though, those responsible for the attacks that have recently taken place in Paris, Brussels, and Nice are the product of the very Western cultural values they rejected in the process of crossing the psychological Rubicon that lies between the aforementioned anger, alienation, and social exclusion, and the willingness to engage in random acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. Those values, by way of a reminder, include a propensity for unleashing indiscriminate violence on an industrial scale Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya under the rubric of democracy and humanitarian intervention. The indiscriminate violence part has been imbibed by radical Islam, while the democracy and humanitarian parts have been rejected.Though Daesh is on the way to being crushed in Iraq and Syria, the long term struggle that also must be won amounts to a battle of ideas, based on the unalterable truth that an idea can only be defeated by another idea; one that is better, more attractive and compelling. As such, we cannot avoid the socioeconomic consequences of neoliberalism and the way that minority communities, such as Muslim communities throughout Europe and the West, have seen their access to full participation in the economic and social life of the societies in which they are located blocked or severely circumscribed. In a BBC report on the riots that erupted in the suburbs of Paris and other French cities in 2005, suburbs populated by the countrys large Muslim community, Henri Astler describes how radicals are able to tap into the alienation felt by many ghetto youths, before going on to quote a youth worker by the name of Farid Khelifi, who tells him, They [Muslim youth] have no jobs, no future. They do not know who they are. They are told they are French but they are not given the same rights as the French. Necessarily some become radicals.A rejection of the West and its values under such conditions is inevitable, with the attenuation of the left as a counter-hegemonic alternative to the status quo on the basis of class also playing a role in allowing the politics of identity race, religion, etc. to fill the space left behind when it comes to channeling the anger and, with it, militancy of young men who find within radical Islam the camaraderie, purpose, and self esteem denied them as outsiders at the banquet of Western democracy.This battle of ideas can only be won in the context of a struggle against neoliberalism and its replacement by something approximating to capitalism with a human face, which some might be bold enough to describe as socialism. It can also only be won when the West finally accepts that the Middle East and North Africa do not constitute one giant chessboard upon which its governments, peoples, and societies can be moved around like its pieces in service to their own economic and strategic objectives. For it is imperialism not terrorism that poses the real threat to humanity, with terrorism its inevitable symptom. The chaos and carnage that has engulfed the Middle East and North Africa in recent years is a monster of the Wests creation, one with historical precedent in rise of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970s on the back of the mass bombing of the country by the United States. It is an historical precedent that disproves the causal link applied by apologists for Western intervention between Islam and terrorism. In 2016 what we discern is a circular relationship between the industrial violence unleashed in the name of democracy across MENA and its bastard child otherwise known as Salafist-jihadism.It is why we can say without fear of contradiction that we have met the enemy and he is us. And it is why we can also say that winning the battle of ideas between the idea of radical Islam and the idea of a modernity which rests upon an economic system that serves humanity rather than is served by humanity, winning this battle is crucial in the interests not only of this generation but in the interests of generations to come Muslim and non-Muslim alike. End. RELATED QUESTION I didn't get Google Glass Explorer Edition. Is trying to learn Glass dev without the hardware a futile effort? No, you can still learn the fundamentals of Glass development without the hardware. 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John Wights Coronavirus Digest #2
John Wights Coronavirus Digest #2
In this edition:Donald Trumps Caligula moment, the mad scientist , and Keir Starmers tieFor four years between 37 and 41 CE the Roman Empire was ruled by one Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. He is known both to history and infamy as Caligula, an emperor whose wanton cruelty, barbarity, caprice, sadism and perversity is immediately suggestive of a grotesquely disordered mind. Among his more outlandish ideas was his plan to make his horse a consul in other words a high official within his retinue of officials and advisers. Caligula, somewhat inevitably, was assassinated, hacked to pieces by his own Praetorian Guard in his own palace.History repeats itself, Marx famously opined, the first as tragedy, then as farce. In the personage of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, tragedy and farce are both present. The tragedy was his election in 2016, which marked the nadir of this grand experiment in placing democratic lipstick on the pig of a state then empire forged in genocide, ethnic cleansing and human slavery. It was a victory for anti-intellectualism and mass ignorance, of which both prevail in large parts of this ill-starred land. They say that you cant blame a mushroom for growing the dark, which is true, and the intellectual and cultural darkness in which millions of Americans exist is evidenced in a gun culture that connotes societal madness, along with a hatred and fear of the other that blows out of the water any vestige of social cohesion. Within Trump we have embodied the Trail of Tears, the overseers whip, the Klu Klux Klan, the Pinkerton detectives sent to crush the Homestead strike, along with too many others to mention during the US Labor Wars of the late 19th and early 20th century. Within him, too, is embodied the police batons of Jim Crow, the slum landlordism of urban America, the electric chair and the gas chamber.In other words, Donald Trump is the land of the free with its mask removed. His daily press briefings have also left no doubt that he, like Caligula, carries all of the symptoms of a disordered mind. His assertion that disinfectant could be injected or ingested as a potential cure for Covid-19, as his advisers looked on with the po-faces of shuffling courtiers, was a moment of peak insanity and crack-pottery, even for him. We can only hope, metaphorically speaking, that the Praetorian Guards in Washington are now astir. This having been said, we in Britain, we are obliged not to forget, have our own problems with disordered minds in our midst. With a clutch of fanatical ideologues at the helm, led by a prime minister whose practiced buffoonery and nuttiness has quite literally got more people killed in this past month than can be put down to events, we find ourselves cursed with the worst possible government upon whose lap has landed the worst possible crisis.Learning as we just have that Boris Johnsons brain the other-wordly and decidedly dangerous has been sitting in on meetings of the governments top scientific advisory panel should be grounds for public alarm. Firstly, it confirms that the medical and scientific advice that the country has been receiving has been politicised, and thereby compromised, throughout. Secondly, Cummings is a man who eclipses every Bond villain ever created in the sinister stakes, a malign character whose approach to politics is that of a mad scientist conducting mad experiments in a laboratory of the damned.But have no fear, because Keir is here, what with his constructive opposition, forensic questions, and the functioning opposition to the government hes leading. Indeed our centrist/Blairite chorus was in full orgasmic voice in response to this trusty knight of the realms debut at Prime Ministers Questions.It didnt exactly hurt that facing him at the despatch box was a political pygmy in the shape of Dominic Raab. It likewise didnt hurt that the newly elected leader of the opposition enjoys the full-throated support of the entire media class all the way from Guardianista liberal to Thatcher-loving right. Call me old fashioned, but when a former Tory chancellor such as Gideon Osborne the man who injected the country with the anti-people poison of austerity endorses the leader of the Labour Party, its a party headed at warp speed for perdition.When it comes to the comparing of Keir Starmer and Dominic Raab at what was the first PMQs both men conducted, one is reminded of the sage words of Gore Vidal:One does not bring a measuring rod to Lilliput.End.Thanks for taking the time to read my work. If you enjoy my writing and would like to read more, please consider making a donation in order to help fund my efforts. You can do so here. You can also grab a copy of my book This Boxing Game: A Journey in Beautiful Brutality from all major booksellers RELATED QUESTION I didn't get Google Glass Explorer Edition. Is trying to learn Glass dev without the hardware a futile effort? No, you can still learn the fundamentals of Glass development without the hardware. 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Thrift Store Wigs, Absolutely No Heart: the Brittany Murphy Story
Thrift Store Wigs, Absolutely No Heart: the Brittany Murphy Story
by Marie LodiLifetime has recently been focusing on biopics instead of their usual awesomely bad cyberseduction-forbidden-priest-romance fare. Last year, they released The Anna Nicole Story; despite a decent cast (Adam Goldberg, Cary Elwes) and this shot of Martin Landau as J. Howard Marshall, the film fell flat. So far, this year well see The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Movie, an unauthorized Aaliyah flick to look forward to (or fear), and a Whitney Houston movie directed by none other than Angela Bassett. Lifetimes latest release, The Brittany Murphy Story, seemed like it came out of nowhere. And it did; The Brittany Murphy Story was shot in just two weeks, with the lead actress having only two days to prepare for the role. If I was going to sum up my review in one sentence, that sentence would be: this movie was a depressing three-ring circus with lots of thrift store wigs and not much heart. It begins with Brittany (Amanda Fuller), wearing bad wig #1, as a teenager living in New Jersey. She convinces her mother Sharon (Sherilyn Fenn, in bad wig #2 ) to move to Los Angeles with the hopes of starting her acting career. Soon Brittany is booking commercials and appearing on the show Drexells Class. She wins the pivotal role of new girl Tai in Clueless, the role that introduced most of us to Brittany.On set, Brittany overhears a crew member saying cruel things about her weight and laments that she is not a pretty tall blonde, like her co-star Alicia Silverstone, played by Karynn Moore (whose wig might actually be the most frightening of all). Later, Brittany starts wearing her hair straight and dyes it blonde, transforming herself into the Hollywood starlet she always wanted to be. Thats when her trouble begins. Brittany becomes a darling of the paparazzi and eventually Simon Monjack, a paparazzi who nonetheless, warns Brittany that the paparazzi are not your friends! After a failed, but lovingly goofy, relationship with Ashton Kutcher, Simon eventually becomes Brittanys husband.After their wedding, Brittanys career goes into a downward spiral. She is fired from two movies, battles drug addiction rumors, and becomes paranoid that people are after her, when she hears what she thinks are gunshots in her neighborhood. She becomes severely ill but refuses to see a doctor. On December 20, 2009, Brittany dies in her home. Her death is explained in the credits to be caused by pneumonia and anemia. Six months later, Simon died from the same causes.Brittany and her mother were quite close, and the movie portrays them as having a dynamic more codependent than a normal mother-daughter relationship. At the time of her death, Brittany, Sharon, and Simon were all living together in that same house. Lets not forget the weird photo that Sharon and Simon took after Brittanys death. Sharon reportedly sold many of Brittanys personal belongings including her passport. Lifetime has not revealed who their sources were for the film, so its curious where they received the info for Brittanys private life. Amanda Fuller, best known for Last Man Standing, was cast as Brittany, despite bearing no resemblance whatsoever to the late actress. She may have had Brittanys trademark giggle down, but much of her vocal performance remained in the thick New Jersey accent Brittany used during her performance as Tai, which was odd since Brittany didnt use that accent in real life. The best performance might actually go to Ashton Kutchers (Adam Hagenbuch) trucker hat, which had the words This Is My Trucker Hat emblazoned on it (to prevent theft, Im sure. ) It had its big closeup during a scene where Ashton placed it on top of a lampshade after a wild night of partying symbolizing their impending breakup due to lifestyle differences: Ashton liked to party; Brittany liked to stay at home and hang out with mom.Brittanys father, Angelo Bertolotti, is setting Twitter ablaze with his anger. Hes pissed that Lifetime chose to make this cacadooky movie about his daughter and wants justice for her mysterious death. Last year, Bertolotti sent Britneys hair and tissues to a company for testing, and a report showed that there were ten different metals present in Brittanys system at the time of her death. Even with this new information, the Los Angeles Coroner has no plans to exhume Brittanys body for further investigation. Theres even a petition to open the case. Brittanys story is tragically filled with so many question marks. Perhaps thats one reason why this biopic leaves a bitter taste and a sad feeling, far from the guilty pleasure giddiness a Lifetime Original Movie usually provides.I fondly remember watching an episode of MTVs Diary years ago that showed Brittany as a ball of positive energy. She drank a shit-ton of Mountain Dew and was stoked on her new house (she had bought it from Britney Spears) and the fancy hotel rooms she was staying in. Brittany seemed like a down-to-earth person who counted Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers as one of her favorite beauty products. After she died, I went straight to the drugstore and bought a Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker in a tribute.Maybe instead of watching The Brittany Murphy Story, honor her by streaming Clueless, Uptown Girls, and Little Black Book, and these videos that show Brittany as she should be remembered: a bubbly woman with an infectious laugh, boundless talent, and who could really belt out a tune.Marie Lodi is the president of a pizza club in LA. She is also a staff writer and the resident style advice columnist at Rookie. Richard Simmons once said she moved like a stripper. Read more of her stuff at and follow her everywhere @agentlover. RELATED QUESTION I didn't get Google Glass Explorer Edition. Is trying to learn Glass dev without the hardware a futile effort? No, you can still learn the fundamentals of Glass development without the hardware. There are three main approaches for accomplishing this: 1) Visit the Mirror API documentation, get into the playground, and start hashing up some code. 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Colin Kaepernicks Stand Against Racial Injustice in the Land of the Free
Colin Kaepernicks Stand Against Racial Injustice in the Land of the Free
Founding Father and slave owner Thomas Jeffersons mantra that, When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty, is today exemplified in the stance taken by NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, with his refusal to stand for the US national anthem prior to the San Francisco 49ers recent preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. As Kaepernick told the press afterwards, I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."Kaepernicks stand is with the growing number of victims of police brutality in America, specifically blacks whove been gunned down by law enforcement officers in controversial circumstances, and over the lack of prosecutions when it comes to the officers involved. It is a controversy and national scandal which confirms that when it comes to law enforcement and justice, there are two Americas. There is the land of opportunity that is the domain of most white people, otherwise known as the American Dream, and there is the American Nightmare which is the lived experience of black and brown people, predominately located in the countrys sprawling inner cities.Malcolm X put it thus: No, Im not an American. Im one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of the 22 million black people who are the victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So, Im not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a flag-saluter, or a flag-waver no, not I. Im speaking as a victim of this American system. And I see America through the eyes of the victim. I dont see any American dream; I see an American nightmare.Predictably, the 28-year old quarterback has been hit with a tsunami of criticism over his stance, demonised as unpatriotic and a disgrace to the NFL. His critics have taken particular umbridge over the fact Kaepernick recently signed a six-year $114 million contract with the 49ers, thereby inferring that being rich and not having a social conscience are two sides of the same coin. Indeed Kaepernick, who is of mixed race parentage, is deserving of even more respect given his wealth, as the people hes taking a stand with victims of police brutality are overwhelmingly poor or from low income communities.If there is one thing white America hates it is having its mask of democracy and liberty removed to reveal the true face of a nation that was established upon the genocide of the indigenous population, prior to being built on the whipped and gnarled backs of millions of slaves. It is a country that still today exists at the negation of people of colour, disproportionately making up the ranks of the astounding 47 million of US citizens living in poverty in the second decade of the 21st century. Regardless of the long and courageous struggle of the Civil Rights Movement, regardless of the raft of laws passed against racial discrimination, and regardless of a constitution that enshrines the principle that, all men are created equal, in 2018 America has yet to come to terms with the racism and inequality that lie at the heart of its culture and cultural values.You only have to consider the rise and popularity of Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, to understand the extent of the recrudescence of bigotry and prejudice in the land of the free almost to the point where you could be forgiven for thinking the pro-slavery Confederacy that won the countrys 186165 civil war. Colin Kaepernick is not the only high profile voice thats been raised against the ongoing injustice being suffered by black people and people of colour in America recently. Beyonce has also attracted criticism for taking the same stand during her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York with her depiction of a police shooting. In taking the public position they have, Kaepernick and Beyonce are standing on the shoulders of other black American athletes and performers whove refused to look the other way in a society in which they have succeeded in achieving financial and professional success. In so doing they have earned something far more valuable than any contract, endorsement, or paycheque; they have earned a place in history.Paul Robeson, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, John Carlos their names live on as a reminder that only live fish can swim against the tide, and that it is upon those with the courage to say no to injustice, to refuse to go along to get along, that justice and freedom depends.To those who insist that every Americas should respect the national anthem and the flag it reveres, here again we see the disjunction between the myth of America and its ugly truth. The Star Spangled Banner was written by a man, Francis Scott Key, whod tasted defeat in the US War of Independence at the hands of former slaves fighting on the side of the British against the future of slavery and oppression that awaited them and their families in the event that the men such as he prevailed.Keys disdain for black soldiers, Colonial Marines, who dared take up arms to fight for their freedom from slavery and racial oppression, is laid out in a verse of the Star Spangled Banner that nowadays is never sung or at least certainly not in public.No refuge could save the hireling and slaveFrom the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth waveOer the land of the free and the home of the brave. Colin Kaepernick courage reminds us of the timeless wisdom embodied in the words of South Africas Archbishop Desmond Tutu, If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.More than neutral, the quarterbacks critics are the kind of people Oscar Wilde had in mind when he described patriotism as the virtue of the vicious.End RELATED QUESTION I didn't get Google Glass Explorer Edition. Is trying to learn Glass dev without the hardware a futile effort? No, you can still learn the fundamentals of Glass development without the hardware. There are three main approaches for accomplishing this: 1) Visit the Mirror API documentation, get into the playground, and start hashing up some code. Download the PHP, Java, and Python library, whichever you're most comfortable with. Familiarize yourself with the jargon and converntions (timeline, bundles, menus, etc). 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The Myth That Labours 1983 Manifesto Was too Left Wing
The Myth That Labours 1983 Manifesto Was too Left Wing
One of the most enduring and longstanding myths of British politics is that Labour lost the 1983 general election because it was too left wing, fighting the election on a manifesto that ensured it was unelectable. In words that have become engraved in the nations history, Labours Gerald Kaufman described the 83 Labour manifesto as the longest suicide note in history, which is how it is still regarded over three decades on.It is a myth that has been doing the rounds in the context of Labour Shadow Chancellors John McDonnell pledge not only to renationalise the railways, Royal Mail, and energy and water companies as part of an electoral platform of anti austerity, wealth redistribution, and a state role in the countrys economic life. Taken together, it is a platform that has succeeded in exciting and energising millions up and down the country who had become accustomed to a Labour Party that had surrendered to right wing nostrums on the economy, welfare, and foreign policy.In 1983 Labour put forward a manifesto that drew inspiration and direct lineage from the transformational programme of the 1945 Labour government, the most ambitious of any Labour government ever. Back then, despite the parlous state of an economy exhausted after the Second World War, Labour came to power committed to governing in the interests of a working class that had been accustomed to unemployment and poverty with little if any succour from the state prior to the war. The subsequent rolling out of the welfare state, NHS, and a commitment to full employment laid the foundations of the most sustained period of economic stability and prosperity in the nations history. With the harnessing of state investment, planning, and intervention in the economy, it was a radical departure from the laissez faire policies that had led to the Depression of the 1930s, condemning millions of working families to penury and destitution.By the time of the 1983 general election working class families and communities had suffered the consequences of four years of Thatcherism. The country was mired in recession with unemployment at a record 3.2 million, as Thatcher set about decimating the nations industrial base in favour of turning a deregulated banking and financial sector into the motor of the economy, in the process ensuring the transferance of wealth from the poor to the rich on a grand scale.The result was a spike in inequality, crime, and public spending on welfare as tax cuts added further downward pressure on public funds. In this context, Labour pledged to embark on a programme of investment in industry, eduation, council housing, jobs, and the NHS. Along with an increase in child benefit and pensions and the renationalisation of those state assets that had already been sold off and privatised under the Tories, it offered a progressive alternative.It would be mostly funded by an increase in government borrowing rather than tax increases, on the argument that borrowing to invest in the economy is more productive than borrowing to pay for an over-inflated welfare budget, given the record rate of unemployment that obtained under Thatchers government. The scourge of poverty wages would also be tackled through the strengthening of the Equal Pay Act in consultation and cooperation with the unions. Currency controls would be re-introduced in order to counter currency speculation, thereby guaranteeing the stability of sterling and interest rates.Rather than focus on reducing the budget deficit, a priority would be placed on tackling the nations trade deficit, which under Thatcher had regressed to the point where Britain, once the workshop of the world, had become a net importer for the first time in its history, a direct result of the destruction of the countrys industrial base. Labours plan of placing controls on imports and bolstering exports via investment in industry and manufacturing was designed to reverse this trend, creating jobs in the process. The expansion of democracy was also planned, especially at the local level, which had suffered under the governments policy of reducing the role and power of local government in its determination to railroad through its structural adjustment of the economy with minimal opposition.On defence unilateral nuclear disarmament was a bold initiative designed to tackle the scourge of weapons of mass destruction on the understanding their use could never be countenanced and were a crushing waste of public funds that could be better spent and invested. The objective of the governments foreign policy would be based onthe urgent need to restore dtente and dialogue between the states and the peoples of the world. We will actively pursue dialogue with the Soviet Union and China, and will urge the American government to do so. We will work consistently for peace and disarmament, and devote all our efforts to pulling the world back from the nuclear abyss. Labour will dedicate some of the resources currently wasted on armaments to projects designed to promote both security and human development.An essential difference between the Labour and the Tory approach is that we have a foreign policy that will help liberate the peoples of the world from oppression, want and fear. We seek to find ways in which social and political progress can be achieved and to identify the role that Britain can play in this process. So why, given the aforementioned, did Labour lose the 1983 election?There are two key reasons: i) the bounce in personal popularity enjoyed by Margaret Thatcher in the aftermath of the Falklands War the previous year, and ii) the split in Labours vote by the breakaway SDP faction.Mention must also be made of the campaign of demonisation that was carried out in the pages of the right wing popular press against Labour leader Michael Foot, who was treated disgracefully and venomously by a tabloid press that had fallen behind Thatcher and extended itself in fanning the flames of the reaction and jingoism that had swept the land on the back of the Falklands War. Here it is worth noting that Labour intended to place controls on press ownership, understanding the danger posed to democracy by the concentration of newspaper ownership in the hands of a few rich media barons, thus inviting their enmity. In an era when social media and the Internet was a distant dream, this aspect of British society was key in shaping public attitudes and opinionTaken in the round, the 1983 Labour Party manifesto offered a truly progressive, redistributive, intelligent, and eminently realisable alternative to the cruel and desolate reality of Tory Britain. Defeat in 1983 not only meant another four years of Thatcher, it set in train the process of turning Labour into the Tory-lite party it became RELATED QUESTION I didn't get Google Glass Explorer Edition. Is trying to learn Glass dev without the hardware a futile effort? No, you can still learn the fundamentals of Glass development without the hardware. There are three main approaches for accomplishing this: 1) Visit the Mirror API documentation, get into the playground, and start hashing up some code. Download the PHP, Java, and Python library, whichever you're most comfortable with. 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How to Make a Dent and Have a Successful Career in the New Era of Work
How to Make a Dent and Have a Successful Career in the New Era of Work
The days of cog-in-the-machine employment is coming to an end. As the information economy grows and develops, people who can do more than shift a lever or press a button on a production line are more important than ever.But, what is it exactly that we need people, in this new era of work, to do? And, how can we create a culture and environment that facilitates and supports their work and produces the results todays businesses need?I wont bore you with a long winded, wanky, geo-politico-eco-historical exploration of the needs of modern businesses. If youre reading this Im sure you already have some ideas.I will instead state, quite simply, this:We need leaders who can work collaboratively and creatively to solve complex problems.Ill say that again. Todays organisations need leaders who can work collaboratively and creatively to solve complex problems. And, herein lies our dilemma. The way we run organisations and the way we manage people does not support or create the right environment for this type of person, let alone a whole team of them, to operate with the autonomy or freedom required to be effective.So what can you do? How can you become the type of person we need to work and manage in a modern organisation?Start here:Do something you enjoyYou are likely to spend more time working throughout your lifetime than doing any other activity. You may as well spend it doing something youre good at and love doing. Universities and colleges offer more degrees than at any other time. Online courses are easily accessible and many are free or cheap. Theres no reason to settle for a career doing something boring or that you feel indifferent about. There are also more opportunities than at any time in our history to start your own business and be successful. Dont limit yourself to the rat race. A credit card with a few hundred dollors and a good idea is all you need to start an independent business with a good chance of being successful if you do it right.Work toward something you care aboutThere is plenty of evidence that shows that when we are alienated from the outcomes of our work, we become unhappy. There is also plenty of research that shows that when we work towards a high level goal in an area we care about, we become happier. Ill let you do the math.Lead from behindYou will work for morons, idiots, know-it-alls, know-nothings and lazy jerks for the majority of your career. Dont let them stop you. Dont let them kill your spirit. Your boss will micro-manage, get in the way and just generally slow progress on a regular basis. Your job is to convince them that they have more to gain by leaving you alone to do your work.Create and support the right environmentIf youre a manager: hire the right people with the right skills, set the goals and the strategy, support them, give them the time and materials they need and then, get out of the way.Todays organisations need leaders who can work collaboratively and creatively to solve complex problems. Be that person. Be that type of leader. Dont settle for a generic, uninspired career. Youll be happier and more successful for it RELATED QUESTION I didn't get Google Glass Explorer Edition. Is trying to learn Glass dev without the hardware a futile effort? No, you can still learn the fundamentals of Glass development without the hardware. There are three main approaches for accomplishing this: 1) Visit the Mirror API documentation, get into the playground, and start hashing up some code. Download the PHP, Java, and Python library, whichever you're most comfortable with. Familiarize yourself with the jargon and converntions (timeline, bundles, menus, etc). Read the support documentation (second link below) to see how the Glass hardware actually functions. Build some apps to this specification. Soon enough, you will find a friend with hardware to t
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