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Snake in the Brain

The human brain is pretty amazing. We have the capacity to write beautiful sonatas, engineer skyscrapers, and achieve flight. In such higher level thinking we must be conceptual and rely on an extensive network of pre-existing neural pathways, their beginnings started with our first breath. Whether our cleverness is about natural born talents or acquired knowledge, the finer achievements in human history are a product of thoughts that went way beyond finding food, heat, water, security, reproduction and sex. The part of the brain that impels us to meet those most basic needs – voluntary or involuntary – is called the “reptilian brain”. As sophisticated as our higher level deliberations may be, our reptilian brains are always in charge. One reason why media, campaigns, and messaging in general – especially Republican created- works on us is because it speaks to our reptilian brain. Democrats tend to appeal to higher level thinking and lose the battle for the mind.

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Viagra and “State Rape” – Sex and Violence Still Sell

We cannot keep our collective minds off of other people’s private parts. It is strange that on the one principle both parties can agree on – a government respecting an individual’s personal privacy – yet, Republicans do want to legislate those private parts and Democrats can’t help but react. We’ve had some one-upsmanship going on in the Ohio State Legislature, and some comic relief that isn’t funny at all.

Gary Trudeau, the cartoonist for the long running comic strip, Doonesbury, has made a statement around the systematic push of the Republican party to make birth control less accessible and abortions seekers subject to unnecessary violations. He sums up the situation pretty well:

“Ninety-nine percent of American women have or will use contraception during their lifetimes. To see these healthcare rights systematically undermined in state after state by the party of ‘limited government’ is appalling.  In Texas, the sonograms are the least of it. The legislature has also defunded women’s health clinics all over the state, leaving 300,000 women without the contraceptive services that prevent abortions in the first place. Insanity.”

In Trudeau’s strip that will run in his syndicated slot this week (published today), he pushed the envelope as to what to call the latest Republican approved procedures during the already painful process of making a decision about an abortion. The U.K. Guardian article describes it: Continue reading

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