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Monday, April 4, 2011
Gauguin's Two Tahitian Women came under attack during a Rite of Spring-style riot Friday in Washington's National Gallery. As it happens, this was a one-woman riot, but it did not lack for conviction. Shreiking "This is evil!" a woman lunged at the painting, pummelling it with her fists. Luckily a clear plastic cover protected the picture from the onslaught. The woman was "tackled" by a social worker from the Bronx amid screams and shouts, according to an onlooker. A spokeswoman from the museum said the 1899 work appeared to be unharmed, though a closer inspection will be conducted today, according to the Washington Post. The painting, on loan from the Metropolitan Museum in New York, depicts two native women carrying fruit and flowers with their breasts bared.
Read original story in Washington Post | Monday, April 4, 2011
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Beverly Hills Child Psychiatrist Busted for Lewd Facebook Photos
Monday, February 21, 2011
Click on this link to read a Washington Post article (2-21-11) about the Mexican government's protest over the video game, "Call of Juarez: The Cartel." The game is set in a border town that has been beset by drug gang violence. Are such locations "fair game" as sets for violent video-games, or have the makers of the game erred in setting it in a real life location? Do they lack compassion for the already-suffering residents of the town?
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Do you secretly want to punch slow-walking people in the back of the head? You're not alone according to Facebook, which hosts a dawdling-pedestrian-haters group with 15,000 members. Now, science is confirming what experience has long shown: Slow walkers can prompt unparalleled, out-of-control anger. Researchers are calling it pedestrian aggressiveness syndrome, or "sidewalk rage" for short, reports the Wall Street Journal. At its worst, sidewalk rage can lead to a psychiatric condition called "intermittent explosive disorder," aka punching people in the back of the head. Researchers have come to recognize the signs of a ragey walker – muttering, bumping into people, invading personal space, and giving people the evil eye. The next step is to figure out what makes people so apoplectic, and "what that experience is like," said a scientist at Colorado State University who studies anger and road rage. Researchers believe that anger arises when walkers perceive others to be breaking the rules of the sidewalk: If you're slow, stay on the right; don't block the escalator; move to the side to take a picture. When the rules of civility are broken, beware the rager's wrath.Scientists recommend imagining the person blocking your path is lost or confused, rather than intent on ruining your day.
Read original story in The Wall Street Journal | Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 (from Slate, 2-15=11)