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American Government Pays Protection to Muslim Pirates

It all starts with the Barbary corsairs (another word for what we would call a pirate or privateer)…  ————— Quick terminology lesson: Pirate: generally considered to not be affiliated with any nation, or displaying any strong national predilection, or distinction, between attacking one nation’s ships over another’s Privateer: generally “licensed” by a governing official to lay […]

Homage to my Hips by Lucille Clifton

these hips are big hips. they need space to move around in. they don’t fit into little petty places. these hips are free hips. they don’t like to be held back. these hips have never been enslaved, they go where they want to go they do what they want to do. these hips are mighty […]

Community Property/Separate Property Law and Its Implications (California) Part: 2

…cont’d Practical Application of the Law: While filing taxes as married- separate rather than jointly can effectively solve the problem in some states, it will not reduce spousal liability in a community law state, such as California. California is 100% spousal liability, meaning that any and all liability that your spouse might owe, can and […]

Community Property/Separate Property Law and Its Implications (California) Part: 1

In the state of California, community property is any asset acquired, or income earned, by a married person while living with a spouse. Separate property is defined as anything acquired by a spouse before the marriage, during the marriage by gift, devise, or bequest, and after the parties separate. However separate property is not always […]

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense of self, and unstable emotions. Many diagnosed with this disorder experience an extreme fear of abandonment and a feeling of emptiness, which can result in frequent dangerous behavior and self-harm. Symptoms (such as splitting) may be […]

Splitting (Psychology)

Splitting (or thinking in terms of “black and white”, as it is commonly called) is the failure in a person’s thinking to bring together the dichotomy of both positive and negative qualities of the self and others into a cohesive, realistic whole. An individual with this type of perspective tends to think in extremes (i.e., an individual’s actions […]

Kuru: The Cannibal’s Disease

Kuru is an incurable degenerative neurological disorder endemic to tribal regions of Papua New Guinea. It is a type of transmissible “spongiform encephalopathy”, caused by the consumption of a prion found in humans. Kuru causes brain and nervous system changes similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Similar diseases appear in cows as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or […]