Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Toxic Masculinity

Are mass shootings  temper tantrums of low self-esteem, sexually frustrated males rather than a result of religious or political ideology ? This article makes a good case for it.  Check out the “conversation” on the original page for some thought-provoking counterpoints.

The weaponised loser

Mass shootings have one thing in common: toxic masculinity. Where does it come from and what can be done to stop it?

Stephen T Asma | aeon | 27 June, 2016

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July 9, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, evolutionary psychology, psychology, sociology, terrorism | , , , , , | Leave a comment

7 Myths of Terrorism

Excellent article by Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine:

The Seven Myths of Terrorism

Michael Shermer | June 2016 | Skeptic

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June 17, 2016 Posted by | terrorism | , | Leave a comment

The Oily Americans

Oldie, but a gives a good idea of how the United States meddled in the Middle East.  Things haven’t changed, have they?

From Time magazine, Monday, May. 19, 2003:

The Oily Americans

By Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele

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September 30, 2009 Posted by | history, politics, terrorism | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Linking population growth and violence

Young, alive but not very heaven

Jan 31st 2008
From The Economist print edition

Quick tempers come with quick population growth

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February 22, 2008 Posted by | anthropology, economics, politics, terrorism | Leave a comment

The origin of the word “terrorist”

From the New York Times:

Bush’s Dangerous Liaisons

Very interesting…

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October 29, 2007 Posted by | history, politics, terrorism | , , , , | 2 Comments