Friday

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Rhoda Hahn (Psychiatrist) gives expert video advice on: What are the signs of narcissistic personality disorder?; What are the causes of narcissistic personality disorder?; What are the treatments for narcissistic personality disorder? and more...


What is "narcissistic personality disorder"?

Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by patients with, who display grandiosity, envy and an inability to have empathy or, you know, put themselves in another person's shoes. You know, be able to imagine what another person might feel like. Despite all of their crowing about themselves and always tooting their own horn, the underlying dynamic of narcissistic personality disorder is someone with very poor self-esteem. So the person that the narcissist is trying to convince how wonderful they are isn't necessarily all the rest of us. It's them.


What are the signs of narcissistic personality disorder?

A person with narcissistic personality disorder is an individual who will display an over-inflated sense of themselves, and their accomplishments, and they will be completely floored when other people don't see them in that same light. They have a constant need for admiration ... need constant admiration; it all needs to be positive, all the time. They will feel that they are incredibly special and they can only interact with other people who are equally special. People with narcissistic personality disorder will only get into social settings if they feel like they will gain from them. ... Now, while people with narcissistic personality disorder are off and running around tooting their own horn, I think one of the reasons that they have so much social dysfunction, and why other people tend to dislike them intensely, is not so much because they're constantly bragging about themselves (although in fact it is irritating), but because I think implied in all of that bragging about themselves is a very thinly veiled devaluation of whatever it is you're doing. So, it's not only, 'I'm so great,' but there is an implied 'and you're not' which tends to upset people, and make you not very popular. ..                   

                                                             

What are the dangers of narcissistic personality disorder?

The danger of narcissistic personality disorder is basically having everyone that you come into contact with hate your guts. It's very difficult to like these individuals. As I mentioned before, one of the problems is that despite the fact they are always tooting their own horn, which gets tiresome in and of itself, is that there is a very thinly veiled evaluation of you. It's "I'm so great and you're not," which people get pretty angry about. I think that people with narcissistic personality disorder are often very exploitive and will take advantage of you if they think they can get something out of it. ...

from http://www.videojug.com/interview/narcissistic-personality-disorder

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This explains recent events and so many obnoxious people whom I have met.

Tuesday

Sunday

Jesus' post-death re-appearing trick

Jesus did whole lot of appearing and disappearing (sort of like a magic act) after his death till he finally flew through the sky like Superman to heaven somewhere out in the blue. (Luke 24:1-51, Mark 16:9-19, John 20:26, Acts 1:2-3, 9 )

Before he ascended Jesus supposedly appeared to:

- Mary Magdalene, early Sunday morning. (Mark 16:9; John 20:10-18).
- The women returning from the tomb. (Matthew 28:9-10).
-  Two disciples on the road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:13-32; Mark 16:12-13).
- Peter in Jerusalem. (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5).
- His disciples and other followers, and also a second time to the two men from Emmaus, in a locked room in Jerusalem. The apostle Thomas wasn't there at that time. (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-23).
- His disciples behind locked doors, and this time Thomas was present. (John 20:24-29).
- Seven of his disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. (John 21:1-24).
- 500 believers at one time. (1 Corinthians 15:6).
- James. (1 Corinthians 15:7).
- Eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee. (Matt. 28:18-20).
- Disciples along the road to Bethany, on the Mount of Olives. (Luke 24:50-53).

What was Jesus doing when he wasn't appearing? He had not yet "ascended" and flown through the sky like Superman to sit at the right hand of God in heaven. ("Beam me up, Scotty!")  Where did he get his clothes from as his grave clothes were found in the burial cave (John 20:5)? How could his clothes pass through walls? Did Jesus eat and sleep during this time? Did he go to the toilet? Did he bathe? Who did his washing? Was he walking around like the Invisible Man?

So many questions. So few answers.

Saturday

Hell - infinite punishment for finite sins.

All finite humans have finite lifespans in which they do finite acts. The Christian notion of sin is a finite act. Hell, however, is infinite punishment for finite sins. No finite sin warrants an infinite punishment.

Wednesday

The failed AUSCAS Logo Competition

At an AUSCAS Committee Meeting on 14 March 2012 I asked Meg Wallace what I should tell people who asked me about the failed AUSCAS international Logo Competition for which her husband and academic, Max Wallace, was Publicity Officer. She told me, "The truth." I am therefore telling the truth here.

At the same Committee meeting, in which former President Ralph Seccombe presented a motion for a special meeting to close AUSCAS, I asked Ralph Seccombe if they were planning to start up a new similar group. He stated "not immediately". Apparantly "not immediately" meant waiting 9 days after the vote to close AUSCAS (10th April 2012). At that time (19th April 2012) AUSCAS was rebirthed on Facebook. (See information below.)

The application for the cancelling of the original AUSCAS as an incorporated association was accepted by NSW Fair Trading. It became effective as of 8th June 2012 as announced in the NSW Government Gazette.


What was AUSCAS?  It was Australians United for the Separation of Church and State with the following Aims and Objectives.


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Aims & Objectives
Preamble
We, the members of Australians United for the Separation of Church and State, view Section 116 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia,
Commonwealth not to legislate in respect of religion
The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth
as the basis of our efforts to secure a secular state, in which all governments within the Commonwealth neither favour nor disfavour any belief system, thus providing an environment in which all beliefs, religious or otherwise, can co-exist. It is our goal to ensure that Section 116 is recognised and observed both legally and in practice throughout the Commonwealth as meaning strict separation of church and state.


Accordingly we neither favour nor disfavour any belief system.
Aims & Objectives
As per Section 3 of the AUSCAS Constitution:
3. Aims and Objectives
(a) To promote secularism, meaning the equality of institutions—religious and non-religious—in the state of Australia, to be advanced by the separation of religious institutions from the state
(b) To promote human rights, including free speech and the avoidance of discrimination in state-funded activities
(c) In particular, to insist that neither the state nor any emanation of the state express any religious beliefs or preferences or engage in or fund or otherwise support religious activities or practice
(d) To support the right of children to free, secular education
(e) To advance the above aims by appropriate means including:
- holding meetings, seminars and conferences
- publishing articles
- disseminating information and opinion including via internet or broadcast
- sponsorship via donations and prizes
- responding to enquiries from the public and the media
(f) To foster links with similar organisations in Australia and abroad
From http://auscas.org.au/about/aims-objectives


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The AUSCAS Logo Competition was found at http://auscas.org.au/events/2012-logo-competition 
—— DESIGN OUR LOGO ——
——— and WIN ! ———
AUSCAS is kicking off 2012 by holding a competition!


We’re calling on all you creative designer types with a leaning toward fairness
for all Australians, to create a new logo for our organisation.




The WINNER of our competition gets copies of both of these enlightening books…

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The Purple Economy by Max Wallace



Realising Secularism: Australia and New Zealand
…each signed personally by the author, Max Wallace…
—– PLUS —–
Lifetime Membership to AUSCAS !


ALL OTHER APPROVED ENTRIES EARN
A FREE YEARS’ MEMBERSHIP
(to 30th July, 2013).
But hurry! Entries close Saturday, 10th March, 2012.
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(After the 10th April 2012 all links to AUSCAS will be removed as AUSCAS folded by a vote of 9 to 3 on that date.)

The new AUSCAS logo was supposed to be on a banner at the Global Atheist Convention, Melbourne, beginning 13th April 2012 at a table set aside for AUSCAS and shared with another organistion.

Former AUSCAS Publicity Officer, Max Wallace, repeatedly told AUSCAS that he was co-writing Leslie Cannold's address at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne and that she would be mentioning AUSCAS in this address several times. He also told AUSCAS that this should gain many members for AUSCAS. It is mentioned in Leslie Cannold's overheads on page 19. I quote: "What can we do? Today • Like Australian United for Separation of Church & State" (Found in Separating Church & State - A Call to Action! document at  http://cannold.com/articles/article/separating-church-state-a-call-to-action/ )

Backing this up a comment on http://www.youngausskeptics.com/2012/04/diary-of-a-gac-attendee-ch-3/

I quote from that site: "Lesley Cannold educated us with a comparative history of the united states against Australia, and how we fare with the separation of church and state. Not as great. ... Here are the ways suggested to help out LIKE Australians United for Separation of Church and State on Facebook."

Again information about this at http://thatsmyphilosophy.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/global-atheist-convention-saturday-14-april-part-one/

I quote: "Some things that WE can do immediately, says Leslie is: Go to Facebook and ‘Like’ Australians United for Separation of Church and State."

The membership of AUSCAS, a year after its formation, was 23 people. Max Wallace's Australia New Zealand Secular Association (ANZSA) seems to have been formed as an organistaion to publish Max's two self-published books and apparently consisted of one person, Max Wallace, the Director. According to hs profile on
http://freethoughtalliance.org.au/resources/speakers/ Max Wallace completed a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Sociology at the University of Waikato. There is no mention of a PhD.  His book "The Purple Economy" and  http://www.humanist.org.nz/seminar/conf08.html and http://www.iheu.org/fr/the-purple-economy-supernatural-charities-tax-and-the-state mention that Max Wallace has a PhD. http://www.nzarh.org.nz/council.htm states that Max's PhD is from Macquarie University.

The former AUSCAS Publicity Officer, Max Wallace, failed to get a single entry for the international Logo Competition. He told AUSCAS Committeee members that he thought merely having the competition mentioned on the webpage and blog was sufficient. When it was apparent that the AUSCAS Logo Competition was going to fail Max & Meg Wallace decided that they would design a logo themselves as it could be "easily done on the back of a napkin".  Though told that a logo was an icon or symbol they instead came up with a nameplate of "AU" plagiarised from the logo of the American's United For the Separation of Church and state (found at http://www.au.org/ ) The black font contained a 7 pointed red star that looked similar to the NAB logo on the "A" (without the two parallel black stripes on the far right point - see http://www.nab.com.au/ ) and the Southern Cross from the New Zealand flag on the letter "U" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_New_Zealand ).

After being confronted with the failure of the AUSCAS Logo Competition Max Wallace resigned from the AUSCAS Committee.  There was a special meeting that dissolved AUSCAS held on 10 April 2012 that was approved by Max Wallace, his wife Meg and the President of AUSCAS, Ralph Seccombe.  Ralph Seccombe wrote:" I consider that AUSCAS, which was founded with Max and Meg, two leaders in the field of the separation of church and state, has lost much of its raison d’ĂȘtre with their intention to resign from leadership positions."

Quite strange. It was never explicitly mentioned that Max and Meg Wallace were central to AUSCAS. Max and Meg Wallace are not mentioned in the AUSCAS Constitution, Aims or Objectives.

According to http://www.editorsnsw.com/esd/ae1000558.htm Ralph Seccombe has BA (Hons) Melbourne and Cambridge" and "Experience: Production and editing of documents for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the United Nations, Lifeline and magazines."

There was talk by one of the ex-members of AUSCAS  that they were starting a new and similar group "by invitation only".   This seems to be what they have done while AUSCAS was being officially shut down. See the new Facebook AUSCAS group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/AUSCAS/#!/groups/AUSCAS/  As of 25th April 2012 29 people are in this group. Some of the first people were added on Thursday 19th April 2012 by former AUSCAS President Ralph Seccombe. The page states:

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"Who we are


auscas@ymail.com (that's ymail with a y)


PO Box 554 Milsons Point NSW 1565

Australians United for Separation of Church and State–AUSCAS™–aims:
(a) To promote secularism, meaning the equality of institutions—religious and non-religious—in the state of Australia, to be advanced by the separation of religious institutions from the state
(b) To promote human rights, including free speech and the avoidance of discrimination in state-funded activities
(c) In particular, to insist that neither the state nor any emanation of the state express any religious beliefs or preferences or engage in or fund or otherwise support religious activities or practice
(d) To support the right of children to free, secular education

AUSCAS neither favours nor disfavours any belief system.

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Max Wallace's ANZSA address is PO Box 554 Milsons Point NSW 1565.  The creator of the Facebook group is Ralph Seccombe. The Administrators of this Facebook page are Meg Wallace and Ralph Seccombe.

At the AUSCAS special meeting of  Tuesday 10th April 2012, Meg Wallace stated that there had been "serious personal attack" on Max Wallace but that legal action was "deferred".

It has come to my notice that words from my personal emails have been sent to third parties, without my knowledge and without my consent, which have spoilt my good reputation, which made people want to avoid me and which hurts me in my work and profession.  Legal action is deferred.


Meg Wallace (seated) and Max Wallace.

GUNS & DEATH RATE USA / AUSTRALIA

No-one requires a firearm in a city except law enforcement. Australia has strict gun laws and as a result a dramatically smaller death rate death-rate per 100,000 population in one year from guns than the USA.

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Number of Deaths Due to Injury by Firearms per 100,000 Population, 2008

Total USA = 10.3

from http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=113&cat=2

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By 2002/03, Australia's rate of 0.27 firearm-related homicides per 100,000 population had dropped to one-fifteenth that of the United States.

from http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=1502

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The Australian report has more to say .....

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The risk of dying by gunshot has halved since Australia destroyed 700,000 privately owned firearms, according to a new study published today in the international research journal, Injury Prevention.

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"From 1996 to 2003, the total number of gun deaths each year fell from 521 to 289, suggesting that the removal of more than 700,000 guns was associated with a faster declining rate of gun suicide and gun homicide," said Adjunct Associate Professor Philip Alpers, also from the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. "This was a milestone public health and safety issue, driven by an overwhelming swing in public opinion, and promptly delivered by governments."

After 112 people were shot dead in 11 mass shootings* in a decade, Australia collected and destroyed categories of firearms designed to kill many people quickly. ...

"On top of that, and despite the new gun laws not being designed to reduce gun suicide, domestic shootings, and the much less common 'stranger danger' individual gun homicides, firearm fatalities in the three largest categories - total firearm deaths, firearm homicides and firearm suicides - all at least doubled their previous rates of decline following the revised firearm legislation."

While the rates per 100,000 of total firearm deaths, firearm suicides and firearm homicides were already reducing by an average of 3 per cent each year until 1996, these average rates of decline doubled to 6 per centeach year (total gun death), and more than doubled to 7.4 per cent(gun suicide) and 7.5 per centeach year (gun homicide) following the introduction of new gun laws.

By 2002/03, Australia's rate of 0.27 firearm-related homicides per 100,000 population had dropped to one-fifteenth that of the United States.

The authors conclude that "The Australian example provides evidence that removing large numbers of firearms from a community can be associated with a sudden and on-going decline in mass shootings, and accelerating declines in total firearm-related deaths, firearm homicides and firearm suicides."

from http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=1502