Friday, January 07, 2005

PPD Disorder

More info on this tragic disorder and its causes here. Thanks WSJ.

By the way, if anyone is looking to hire an entry level Market Researcher/Statistician/quant analyst, I'm your girl!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Defending the Right for a change

I was responding to a post on Cabal and I thought I might as well post it here. Digby posted a link to this article criticizing the Christian Right for not responding to the Tsunami disaster. And while I am SO SICK of people politicizing this disaster, I'm going to post a rebuttal to it here, because even though I'm not a fan of the Christian Right, I think that this article is so ridiculously biased it hurts.

Just a little background on the purposes of some of the organizations that are mentioned in the article. The AFA according to their website: "represents and stands for traditional family values, focusing primarily on the influence of television and other media – including pornography – on our society"

The Christian coalition describes itself this way : "The Christian Coalition of America offers people of faith the vehicle to be actively involved in shaping their government - from the County Courthouse to the halls of Congress."

Mr Falwell's website describes its purpose as "to promote traditional family values and battle the liberals who would attempt to destroy those godly principles. We still hold to the four main tenets of the original Moral Majority as it was established in 1979: 1) pro-family, 2) pro-life, 3) pro-defense and, 4)pro-Israel." (I feel sick to my stomach after reading this...)

And Move On says that it is: "working to bring ordinary people back into politics. With a system that today revolves around big money and big media, most citizens are left out."

Also, neither the NAACP nor the ACLU have mentions of the Tsunami disaster on their websites

NONE of these organizations are humanitarian organizations. Therefore it would be going against their "Mission Statement" or whatever you want to call it to be pushing for donations for a disaster. So I do not think we can criticize them for not encouraging donations etc. Some companies like Google, Amazon and eBay have posted places to donate on their website, but the only links I found on news sites were as ads not as links within their websites.

So I think the fundamental issue with this whole argument is assuming that the Christian Right are the ONLY people not doing anything. A lot of people are doing things through the appropriate channels, but we cannot turn every business and website in the US into a donation machine. (As cool as that would be) It probably wouldn't be great for the economy, people still need to live there lives.

I wish I could see what these websites posted after 9/11, I would expect a similar response. Although since some of these organizations are so called "religious" organizations I am surprised to see no prayers or condolences listed, even my work has a post on their website for the families of the victims etc. ::shrugs::

(Funny side note, my spell check tried to replace Fallwell with Valuless heheheh)

Monday, January 03, 2005

Now I know why boys don't like me

from an article in the washington post :
  • Some course materials cited in Waxman's report present as scientific fact notions about a man's need for "admiration" and "sexual fulfillment" compared with a woman's need for "financial support." One book in the "Choosing Best" series tells the story of a knight who married a village maiden instead of the princess because the princess offered so many tips on slaying the local dragon. "Moral of the story," notes the popular text: "Occasional suggestions and assistance may be alright, but too much of it will lessen a man's confidence or even turn him away from his princess."

I am now enlightened as to why it took me so long to get a boyfriend. I was always beign helpful and intelligent, when really I should have been supportive and stupid. I am HORRIFIED. I hope the writer of this article misinterpreted it. Maybe "Slaying the local dragon" is some kind of metaphore for something else and maybe he likes his girls cherry. Who knows. But I am disgusted. I mean even if it IS true, that's not the kind of thing you should be TEACHING people. Certainly there has to be an element of restraint when giving advice. (something I am notoriously bad at) But...... that knight must have had a really really tiny dick.

Poor Little Rich Girls

Today the Advice goddess has come through for me again, linking to this FABULOUS! blog post by some girl who is so much funnier than me it's unfair. The post is about this lovely article which tells the story of a girls desperate search for an apartment in NYC. ......which her parents are paying for.

And this brings me to the plight of many young girls who are blessed with parents who have money. I have found that there are many mental problems that these girls must conquor before being able to live a real and fulfilling life.

The first and most serious of these issues is called SRGS. SRGS is a very serious affliction. It frequently affects work and school for these young girls. It can also result in social problems. SRGS (Spoiled Rich Girl Syndrome) usually affects the younger daughters of affluent parents. These girls develop a variety of behaviors to avoid doing any actual work. In some girls (whose are psychologists) it is frequently mistaken for ADD or ADHD. These girls will usually confirm this by exhibiting behaviors like, loving horses for a week and spending all of their time on them, and then switching to something new like boys, or expensive cars. Also sometimes this syndrome can lead to drug use as a young adult.

SRGS (Spoiled Rich Girl Syndrome)
Symptoms: Similar to ADHD or ADD, inability to complete schoolwork on time if at all. Inability to uphold commitments. Frequent changes of interests from one expensive hobby to the next. Sometimes leads to drug use as a young adult.

Treatment: The best treatment for this syndrome is a regular doses of Vitamin D (Discipline) and positive attention at a young age. However if not administered regularly before puberty attempts at post pubescent Vitiman D administration can result in complications. After Puberty their are several experimental treatments but none have proven to be 100% effective

PPD (Poor Parenting Disorder)
Both girls and boys can suffer from PPD and it is not restricted to children whose families have higher incomes.

Symptoms: Early inability to distinguish between Parents and an ATM Machine. Attempts at careers for which they are poorly suited (singing, acting etc) usually funded by Parents. Unemployment and depression as a young adult as child adapts to "real world."

Treatment: Preventative treatments are best administered in early childhood. Restricting of funds to weekly allowance, payment for chores are some examples. This disease can be treated Post Puberty by limiting the availability of funds from Parents and encouraging the child to get a part time job.

These are just 2 of the many tragic emotional disorders suffered by children of rich parents. I'd post more, but no one is reading this anyway.