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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
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Little 12 year-old boy commits suicide after years of bullying

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Dec 6, 2014, 06:05 AM (0 replies)

Did you know that in the 1970's UCLA ran "The Feminine Boy project" An aversion therapy and

behaviorist program to change effeminate boys into masculine boys with the belief that it would prevent homosexuality?

Therapy to change 'feminine' boy created a troubled man, family says

By Scott Bronstein and Jessi Joseph, CNN

Wanting a 'normal life'

The study, later published in an academic journal, concludes that after therapy, "Kraig's" feminine behavior was gone and he became "indistinguishable from any other boy."

At one table Kirk could choose between what were considered masculine toys like plastic guns and handcuffs, and what were meant to be feminine toys like dolls and a play crib. At the other table, Kirk could choose between boys' clothing and a toy electric razor or items like dress-up jewelry and a wig.

According to the case study, Kaytee Murphy was told to ignore her son when he played with feminine toys and compliment him when he played with masculine toys.

"They pretty much told him he wasn't right the way that he was, but they never really explained it to him what the issue was. They did it through play," Maris said.

At home, the punishment for feminine behavior would become more severe. The therapists instructed Kirk's parents to use poker chips as a system of rewards and punishments.

According to Rekers' case study, blue chips were given for masculine behavior and would bring rewards, such as candy. But the red chips, given for effeminate behavior, resulted in "physical punishment by spanking from the father."


This is truly a chilling article. I should mention the boy in this story who was sent to this UCLA program committed suicide in his at the age of 38.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 08:51 PM (16 replies)



Published on Robert Reich's Facebook page:

As former editors and writers for The New Republic, we write to express our dismay and sorrow at its destruction in all but name.

From its founding in 1914, The New Republic has been the flagship and forum of American liberalism. Its reporting and commentary on politics, society, and arts and letters have nurtured a broad liberal spirit in our national life.

The magazine’s present owner and managers claim they are giving it new relevance while remaining true to its century-old mission. Instead, they seem determined to strip it of the intellectual, literary, and political commitments that have been its essence and meaning. Their pronouncements suggest that they hold those commitments in contempt.

The New Republic cannot be merely a “brand.” It has never been and cannot be a “media company” that markets “content.” Its essays, criticism, reportage, and poetry are not “product.” It is not, or not primarily, a business. It is a voice, even a cause. It has lasted through numerous transformations of the “media landscape”—transformations that, far from rendering its work obsolete, have made that work ever more valuable.

The New Republic is a kind of public trust. That is something all its previous owners and publishers understood and respected. The legacy has now been trashed, the trust violated.

It is a sad irony that at this perilous moment, with a reactionary variant of conservatism in the ascendancy, liberalism’s central journal should be scuttled with flagrant and frivolous abandon. The promise of American life has been dealt a lamentable blow.

Peter Beinart (Editor)
Sidney Blumenthal (Senior editor)
Jonathan Chait (Senior editor)
David Grann (Senior editor)
David Greenberg (Acting editor)
Hendrik Hertzberg (Editor)
Ann Hulbert (Senior editor)
Robert Kuttner (Economics editor)
Robert B. Reich (Contributing editor)
Jeffrey Rosen (Legal editor)
Peter Scoblic (Executive editor)
Evan Smith (Deputy editor)
Joan Stapleton Tooley (Publisher)
Paul Starr (Contributing editor)
Ronald Steel (Contributing editor)
Andrew Sullivan (Editor)
Margaret Talbot (Deputy editor)
Dorothy Wickenden (Executive editor)
Sean Wilentz (Contributing editor)
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 06:42 PM (24 replies)

A Random Act of Pasta - video

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 08:16 AM (3 replies)

Take this short 20 question quiz about childhood autism

Autism has no cure, and doctors aren't sure about the cause. But therapies are improving and experts know a lot more about the disease than they did just 25 years ago. Take our quiz and learn more about autism spectrum disorder.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 07:16 AM (0 replies)

Robert Reich: How a Wealthy California Town Makes Sure No Poor Kids Attend Its 'Public' School

A California school district hired a private detective to build a case against a 7-year-old Latina

On the basis of that investigation they determined that Vivian’s legal residence is her grandmother’s home in Bay Point, California. They’ve given the seven-year-old until December 5th to leave the Orinda elementary school.

Never mind that Vivian and her mother live during the workweek at the Orinda home where Vivian’s mother is a nanny, that Vivian has her own bedroom in that home with her clothing and toys and even her own bathroom, that she and her mother stock their own shelves in the refrigerator and kitchen cupboard of that Orinda home, or that Vivian attends church with her mother in Orinda and takes gym and youth theater classes at the Orinda community center.

Orinda doesn’t want to pay for any kids who don’t belong there. Harold Frieman, Orinda’s district attorney, says the district has to be “preserving the resources of the district for all the students.”

.Such schools are “public” in name only. Tuition payments are buried inside high home prices, extra taxes, parental donations, and small armies of parental volunteers.

These parents are intent on policing the boundaries, lest a child whose parents haven’t paid the “tuition” reap the same advantages as their own child. Hell hath no fury like an upscale parent who thinks another kid is getting an unfair advantage by sneaking in under the fence.


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:05 PM (108 replies)

Jon Stewart on Ferguson, Fox, Race and White Privilege

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Nov 26, 2014, 01:50 PM (13 replies)

Video: Loving Owner Makes Full Thanksgiving Spread for His Dogs!

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Nov 26, 2014, 06:31 AM (36 replies)

Rosie King: "How autism freed me to be myself" -- from "TED TALLKS"

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Nov 25, 2014, 11:31 AM (7 replies)

Imagine the shock and horror of finding this note left for you by your 15-year-old

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Nov 24, 2014, 12:33 PM (4 replies)
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