Archive | September 7, 2020

Gaslighting

A new video and infographic: What is gaslighting?

 

I do not know the author of this post…but it is worth sharing.
-Sheila Tolley-

 

Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse aimed at controlling a person by altering reality to the point where the person will doubt their sanity.
 
The term “gaslighting” comes from a 1930’s play called Gas Light. The main character in the play tries to drive his wife crazy by gradually dimming the gas-powered lights in their home. When she notices the lights dimming, her husband not only denies that the lights are dimming, he convinces her that she is imagining it to the point where she questions her sanity. We are living in a perpetual state of gaslighting. The reality that we are being told by the media is at complete odds with what we are seeing with our own two eyes.  When we question the false reality that we are being presented, or we claim that what we see is not actual reality, we are vilified as racist or bigots or just plain crazy. You’re not racist. You’re not crazy.
You’re being gaslighted.

New York State has twice as many deaths from Covid-19 than any other state, and New York has accounted for one-fifth of all Covid-19 deaths, but we are told that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has handled the pandemic better than any other governor. But, if we support policies of Governors whose states had only a fraction of the infections and deaths as New York, we’re called anti-science and want people to die. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?
No, you’re being gaslighted.
 
We see mobs of people looting stores, smashing windows, setting cars on fire, and burning down buildings, but we are told that these demonstrations are peaceful protests. When we call this destruction of our cities, riots, we are called racists. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?
No, you’re being gaslighted.
 
We see the major problem destroying many inner-cities is crime; murder, gang violence, drug dealing, drive-by shootings, armed robbery, but we are told that it is not crime, but the police that are the problem in the inner-cities. We are told we must defund the police and remove law enforcement from crime-riddled cities to make them safer. But if we advocate for more policing in cities overrun by crime, we are accused of being white supremacists and racists. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?
No, you’re being gaslighted.
 
The United States of America accepts more immigrants than any other country in the world. The vast majority of the immigrants are “people of color”, and these immigrants are enjoying the freedom and economic opportunity not available to them in their country of origin, but we are told that the United States is the most racist and oppressive country on the planet, and if we disagree, we are called racist and xenophobic. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?
No, you’re being gaslighted.
 
Capitalist countries are the most prosperous countries in the world. The standard of living is the highest in capitalist countries. We see more poor people move up the economic ladder to the middle and even the wealthy class through their effort and ability in capitalist countries than any other economic system in the world, but we are told capitalism is an oppressive system designed to keep people down. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?
No, you’re being gaslighted.
 
Communist countries killed over 100 million people in the 20th century. Communist countries strip their citizens of basic human rights, dictate every aspect of their lives, treat their citizens like slaves, and drive their economies into the ground, but we are told that Communism is the fairest, most equitable, most free and most prosperous economic system in the world. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?
No, you’re being gaslighted.
 
The most egregious example of gaslighting is the concept of “white fragility”. You spend your life trying to be a good person, trying to treat people fairly and with respect. You disavow racism and bigotry in all its forms. You judge people solely on the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. You don’t discriminate based on race or ethnicity. But you are told you are a racist, not because of something you did or said, but solely because of the color of your skin. You know instinctively that charging someone with racism because of their skin color is itself racist. You know that you are not racist, so you defend yourself and your character, but you are told that your defense of yourself is proof of your racism. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy?
No, you’re being gaslighted.
 
Gaslighting has become one of the most pervasive and destructive tactics in American politics. It is the exact opposite of what our political system was meant to be.

It deals in lies and psychological coercion, and not the truth and intellectual discourse. If you ever ask yourself if you’re crazy, you are not. Crazy people aren’t sane enough to ask themselves if they’re crazy.

So, trust yourself, believe what’s in your heart. We must trust our eyes over what we are told. Never listen to the people who tell you that you are crazy, because you are not, you’re being gaslighted. 

How to Help Yourself With Gaslighting – PartnerHope

ON MY DERBYBOX…What? No Mint Julep

TB8590-Kentucky Derby Silks Black Tissue Box
WRITTEN BY: SHEILA TOLLEY

You know Lois Lion as the author of the daily edition of The Sphinx on Tolley’s Topics. She is also a world-renowned horse whisperer. She goes out every year to explain the game plan for the annual Kentucky Derby to the horses. The horses usually have no back-talk for Lois Lion. She runs along to Place Her Bets and they finish just as she demands. This year she had to deliver some bad news and they were not happy horses.

She had to tell them that this year there would be No hats, no people, no Mint Juleps, no fun.”

The horses went berserk. All chimed in like a bunch of angry Mr. Ed’s. “That is a bunch of horse (bleep)! No people in the stands to make noise for us, that sucks! Where are all the pretty women in the pretty hats? The drunk women always give me Mint Juleps after the derby, why should I even try to win? Do you think we care about those damn roses, we want pretty women in pretty hats to bring us Mint Juleps in horse sized Highball Glasses and Silver Julep cups!”

What a day for poor Lois Lion. She promised the horses that she would deliver on all their demands.

She did change the winner from  Tiz the Law to  Authentic.

Now at least one thing would be AUTHENTIC in the Fastest Two Minutes In Sports, The running of The Kentucky Derby 2020.

Then Lois Lion relaxed with a Mint Julep in a horse sized Highball Glass. Her last comment before she  passed out  took a nap was “next year I may be one of the jockeys.”

 

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THE SPHINX—LABOR DAY

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No hats, no people, no Mint Juleps, no fun.

https://www.liquor.com/recipes/mint-julep/

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Facebook and Zuckerberg are busy Dung Beetles.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/zuckerberg-pours-250-million-group-funding-voting-drives-wisconsin

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Here is what people who support the Constitution are up against.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/author-looting-npr-interview

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/09/05/watch-trump-campaigns-new-ad-demolishes-biden-supporters-n2575715

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https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2020/09/04/gov-kristi-noem-extends-offer-to-salon-owner-smeared-by-pelosi-n2575653

https://justthenews.com/

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The Working Editor:  Could you explain what Labor Day is about, LL ?

You Have Nothing To Lose But Your Chains Cat:  That’s a Communist saying.  Here is a little of the origin of Labor Day.

https://www.farmersalmanac.com/labor-day-weather-forecast

https://www.almanac.com/fact/labor-day-always-the-first-monday-in-holiday

TWE:  That is a lot of information, YHNTLBYCC.  Is there anything else ? 

Just be careful of alcohol and other drugs.  Remember, Osama bin Laden died for your safety.  For our new readers he was a terrorist, the same as the people who riot and loot.   Buckle Up.

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a10318921/history-of-labor-day/

https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/top-ten-labor-day-songs/

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Milky Way over St Michael’s Mount
Image Credit: Simon R. Hudson

Explanation: Where do land and sky converge? On every horizon — but in this case the path on the ground leads to St Michael’s Mount (Cornish: Karrek Loos yn Koos), a small historic island in Cornwall, England. The Mount is usually surrounded by shallow water, but at low tide is spanned by a human-constructed causeway. The path on the sky, actually the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, also appears to lead to St Michael’s Mount, but really lies far in the distance. The red nebula in the Milky Way, just above the castle, is the Lagoon Nebula, while bright Jupiter shines to the left, and a luminous meteor flashes to the right. The foreground and background images of this featured composite were taken on the same July night and from the same location. Although meteors are fleeting and the Milky Way disk shifts in the night as the Earth turns, Jupiter will remain prominent in the sunset sky into December.

Tomorrow’s picture: unexpected black holes collide