Posts Tagged ‘V. Thomas Mawhinney Ph.D.’

America’s Teens At Risk

March 25, 2023

Teenage Mental Health.

A Fox News report (ref) on 3/14/23 indicated that the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (A 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey) reported that 57% of U.S. teen girls “felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021.” This was double that measure for boys and the highest level reported in over a decade.

Furthermore: “While all teens reported increasing mental health challenges, experiences of violence, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, girls faired worse than boys across nearly all measures”. More than 40% of high school teens said they were “so sad or hopeless that they could not engage in their normal activities for at least two weeks.”

Of Teen students who identified “as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning, 52% had recently suffered poor mental health” and 22% had attempted suicide in the past.

A “stark increase in harmful experiences among teen girls” was noted.
Almost 18% “experienced sexual violence in the past year”, an increase of 20% since 2017. Nearly 30% of girls “had seriously considered about attempting suicide”, an increase of close to 60% from a decade ago. Almost 15% said they were forced to have sex, an increase of 27% since 2019.

This news, that was also reported by other more liberal sources should be terrifying to all Americans. These traumas and resulting psychological problems are very difficult to treat and recover from.

These teens are destined to be America’s future parents and leaders in little more than 10 short.

Vote accordingly!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 3/25/22

What Do You Suggest About Drugs Addiction and the Homeless?!

March 4, 2023

The following is a very powerful article about drug addiction among the homeless in San Francisco.

What would you do about it if you were King or Queen?! VTM, 3/4/23

The Guardian

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The corner of Turk and Jones Streets in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco in February. Photograph: Balazs Gardi/The Guardian

Unhoused and unequal: a California crisisHomelessness

The daily battle to keep people alive as fentanyl ravages San Francisco’s Tenderloin

Street teams focused on harm reduction offer Narcan, meals and other support to those experiencing homelessness and addiction

Erin McCormick in San Francisco with photographs by Balazs GardiSat 23 Apr 2022 06.00 EDT

It’s 9am in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district and sleeping bodies line the sidewalks as Felanie Castro sets out on her route in Glide Foundation’s harm reduction van.

Along Ellis Street, hungry people queue up for the Glide’s daily breakfast of buns, hard-boiled eggs and plastic-wrapped muffins. Down the block, a fire department truck, part of a city response team, awaits the day’s first drug overdose call.

Dez Martinez, an advocate for the unhoused, at the former location of Dream Camp that she founded and managed, providing a safe haven to 32 street family members. Dream Camp was cleared off by the City of Fresno in February 2022.

This neighborhood and the adjoining South of Market (SoMa) district have become ground zero in an opioid overdose crisis that is killing thousands of California residents, including many experiencing homelessness. In the past two years, more than 1,300 people have died of overdoses in San Francisco, a rise driven by the emergence of fentanyl, a super-potent synthetic opioid that’s 50 times stronger than heroin. Nearly half of those deaths have occurred in these two hard-hit neighborhoods alone.

Castro and Glide’s harm reduction team are fighting one front in the battle to keep people alive.

Glide Foundation, the parent organization of San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church, has been advocating for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised communities since the 1960s. Today Glide runs dozens of programs, including support for those struggling with homelessness and addiction. Armed with supplies such as clean syringes, glass pipes, alcohol wipes and bottles of water, their team aims to give people the health tools to make drug use as safe as possible, while working to build the trust that drug users may need to eventually seek help.

Among the most powerful tools in their arsenal are nasal spray bottles of Narcan, each containing 4mg of the life-saving opioid-reversal drug naloxone. Castro says she has already reversed 50 overdoses using Narcan, in the Tenderloin and around the city.

But she can’t save everyone alone. As part of a broader harm reduction strategy, providers are offering Narcan at clinics, meal programs and homeless drop-in centers and distributing it directly into the hands of drug users and anyone living around them, increasing the chances someone can act.

“The idea is to have Narcan available everywhere,” said Laura Guzman, a senior director at the National Harm Reduction Coalition.

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Left: The Tenderloin neighborhood. Right: Felanie Castro in front of Glide Foundation. Photograph: Balazs Gardi/The Guardian

As the Glide outreach van pulls up to a collection of tarps and tents under the shadows of a freeway overpass that morning, Castro and her partner, Rizzy Spoer, call out to the occupants, who appear to be sleeping inside.

“Hi, sorry to bother you. We’re from Glide. We have harm reduction supplies and basic needs stuff. Do you need anything?”

A bearded young man in a baseball cap comes out and asks if he can have some “longs” and some “shorts”, referring to two different sizes of syringes.

Castro loads a paper bag with the supplies and offers some water. Then she calls to the soft-spoken young man as he turns to go back to the tent: “And also, do you have any Narcan in there?” The man gratefully takes a single-dose Narcan dispenser wrapped in foil packaging.

A historic neighborhood faces new crises

The Tenderloin, a historic neighborhood in the heart of San Francisco’s downtown, comprises roughly 50 square blocks, most built just after the 1906 earthquake. During the 20th century its gently sloping streets and residential hotels developed a reputation as the city’s seedy underbelly, known for drug dealing, sex work and vice.

Today the Tenderloin is grappling with the interlocking crises of homelessness, poverty and addiction. It’s home to hundreds of people trying to survive without housing, many living just steps from glitzy high-rise apartments, luxury brand shops, and the headquarters of tech companies such as Twitter and Uber.

The city supervisor Matt Haney, who represents and lives in the district, describes it as a place of last resort for people who have fallen through the social safety net.

“The Tenderloin is a place where people who have been pushed out, stepped on and who are struggling can find a home and refuge,” he said. “That’s a powerful and beautiful thing. It also brings with it a lot of need.”https://interactive.guim.co.uk/uploader/embed/2022/04/archive-zip/giv-6562roHGIyIJEGMK/

In recent years, new forces have intensified those challenges. One is the rise of fentanyl, now the substance of choice for many illicit drug users in San Francisco. Another is soaring rents and a statewide housing crisis that experts say has pushed even more people on to the streets.

Resolving the situation has become one of the city’s most divisive issues. Facing mounting pressure to act, San Francisco’s mayor, London Breed, declared a “state of emergency” in the Tenderloin in December 2021 – promising a crackdown on drug dealers, more interventions for users and cleaner streets.

The declaration reignited a debate at the heart of drug addiction treatment: should users be given “tough love” and urged to abstain from drug use? Or should the city make drug use safer and help people rebuild their lives at their own pace?

Opinions range, with some in favor of the abstinence-based approach, a philosophy often associated with America’s “war on drugs” era, and some who want the city to use a firmer hand to clear the Tenderloin of visible drug use and encampments.

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People in the Downtown Streets program, which assists people who have experienced homelessness, clean the Tenderloin in March.
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Ramona De La Torres, a worker with the San Francisco Drug Users Union, a harm reduction organization that distributes syringes and other supplies to make drug use safer.

In contrast, harm reduction advocates say widely accepted scientific evidence shows this strategy is ineffective at reducing addiction in the long term. In addition to placing people in supportive housing, they believe the city should open supervised spaces for people to use drugs, so they can receive prompt medical attention in the case of an overdose. Slowly building relationships, they say, helps people get into treatment and ultimately heal.

“Harm reduction is sort of the flip side of criminalizing drug use,” said Glide Foundation’s CEO, Karen Hanrahan. “We practice harm reduction to save lives and to reduce disease, but also because it builds relationships with people who we can then wrap our arms around and help them through a continuum of other services that they need.”

Harm reduction started as an underground movement distributing clean needles to drug users during the Aids epidemic of the 1980s, said Dr Daniel Ciccarone, a professor specializing in addiction medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The mantra, at a time “when injection drug users and men who had sex with men were not only ignored, but were vilified”, says Ciccarone, “was meeting people where they’re at – not judging them, not disciplining them, not telling them what they needed to do.”

Those principles now form much of what we think of as drug treatment, he said, from the use of medicines like methadone and buprenorphine to help wean people from opioids, to the counseling that helps people rebuild their sense of dignity. And for the first time, harm reduction became part of federal policy when the Biden administration included it as a pillar of its plan to stem national overdose deaths.

“It started scrappy; it started low-budget and it started underground,” said Ciccarone, who worked with street activists in the 1980s trying to stop the spread of Aids. “It has grown to become legitimate, accepted, funded and politically approved.”

‘I’m scared to death of fentanyl’

Proponents of harm reduction are putting their methods up against one of the greatest tests yet as fentanyl floods the US drug market.

In California, the number of fatalities attributed to fentanyl jumped by more than 2,100% in five years. In San Francisco, overdose deaths hit a new high of 711 during the first year of the pandemic, with those experiencing homelessness facing some of the highest mortality rates.

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A man smokes fentanyl in the Tenderloin.

According to Alex Kral, who has been interviewing opioid users for decades as part of his work with the non-profit research institute RTI International, many heroin users have switched over to fentanyl – which is being both injected and smoked – because it’s a cheaper and quicker high. But the drug’s extreme potency means that even longtime opioid users can quickly go into a breath-stopping overdose.

That’s made distributing Narcan even more urgent. While there’s no silver bullet for the crisis, experts say many more would be dying without it.

For example, in 2021, after climbing precipitously for three years, the number of overdose deaths in the city decreased slightly to 650, a period that coincided with Narcan resuscitations ramping up significantly – from 4,300 in 2020 to 8,200 in 2021.

Several months ago, Laurie Rudner, a former Tenderloin resident, saw for herself just how fast fentanyl can take someone out.

A friend was sitting in front of her in a wheelchair when he took a hit of the drug. Almost instantly, she saw the drink he was holding drop out of his hand. Fortunately, Rudner had been given some Narcan. She pulled it out of her bag, and she and another friend rushed to their fallen companion and squirted the Narcan up his nose.

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Arlen Fernandez, a Gulf war veteran, in the Tenderloin. Fernandez recently got housing with help from the city. Photograph: Balazs Gardi/The Guardian
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Mike Brodeur has been struggling with opioid addiction since his teens. He worked in a demanding position as a towing company manager for many years but is now unhoused and feels like there’s no help available for him. Photograph: Balazs Gardi/The Guardian

An ambulance arrived quickly and administered several more doses of the antidote and, pretty soon, Rudner’s friend was breathing again and on his way to the hospital.

“The main problem right now is fentanyl,” said Rudner. “There have been like two deaths a day.”

While the drug is killing everyone from Hollywood celebrities to high school teenagers, it has posed a particular threat to people experiencing homelessness, driving a doubling of deaths among this group during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a UCSF study.

One big difference between the late 1990s and now, said Kral, is that back then only about 30% of all injection drug users surveyed considered themselves homeless. Today, the figure is 75% to 80%.

He believes the difference is that much of the cheap, marginal housing – like $20-a-night hotels, warehouse spaces and abandoned buildings – has disappeared and been replaced by high-rise condominium buildings fetching top dollar from tech industry employees.

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Laurie Rudner in the Tenderloin. ‘The main problem right now is fentanyl,’ she said. Photograph: Balazs Gardi/The Guardian

“People no longer have places to be,” he said.

Reginald Dillard Sr, 65, says what he sees happening on the streets now terrifies him. Born in San Francisco, he has lived in the Bay Area his whole life. After his family lost their West Oakland home in the 2008 housing crash, Dillard said, “I did a few too many drugs and I ended up on the sidewalk.”

Dillard spent years living on the streets in the Tenderloin before he got help from a city caseworker and, four years ago, moved into a subsidized one-room apartment in an old Tenderloin hotel. Now he surveys the street scene around Glide from a distance, looking sharp in a white and blue windbreaker, jeans and a baseball cap.

“I’m scared to death of fentanyl,” he said. “It don’t take but a match head’s worth of that stuff to put you out for good.”

Twenty-nine-year-old Eletise Niumata has experienced those dangers first hand. Sitting in a wheelchair a few blocks from Glide, she places pink fentanyl powder on a square of tin foil and holds a lighter underneath, inhaling the rising fumes through a straw-like tube.

Left: Reginald Dillard Sr in a hat. Right: high rises
Left: Reginald Dillard Sr in the Tenderloin. Right: Luxury housing in high-rises sprouting on the edge of the Tenderloin. Photograph: Balazs Gardi/The Guardian

Between puffs, Niumata explains that her name means “electricity” in her ancestral homeland of Samoa, a place she visited twice while growing up in San Francisco. In recent years, both she and her younger sister have faced homelessness. She’s been trying to get into housing, but hasn’t managed to yet.

Niumata says she’s overdosed and been revived by naloxone two or three times. With Narcan, “everybody can help out. If you need some, probably somebody has it.”

Harm reduction on the frontlines

Recently, the city opened a “linkage center” in the Tenderloin, providing a place for those without housing to get respite and hook up with services such as treatment and housing referrals. The center offers hot meals, restrooms and showers – and people are allowed to use drugs in a fenced outdoor area, a decision that not everyone agrees with.

Since the linkage center opened in January, 35 drug overdoses have been caught and reversed with Narcan, according to a statement from the city’s health department.

Finding housing for people who visit the center has been a much slower process. The city’s website shows that as of 10 April, the linkage center has received 28,984 visits and provided 1,220 referrals to services, yet the city’s housing data for the project show only 99 people have gotten housing, with another 71 placed on a priority list. The linkage center made an additional 366 placements into temporary shelter beds.

In Glide’s outreach van, Felanie Castro is trying to make a difference one visit a time.

The van comes equipped to provide testing for Covid-19, HIV, hepatitis C and a variety of sexually transmitted diseases. The team also passes out lots of bottled water, feminine supplies, snacks, and self-heating meal kits, in varieties like “rotini and kielbasa sausage in a spicy sauce”.

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Naaman Harris, left, and his friend Myrin. Harris moved to the Tenderloin from the east coast recently. He heard it was an easier place to live without housing. Photograph: Balazs Gardi/The Guardian

Smoking supplies, including tin foil, straws and glass pipes, are increasingly in demand. Distributing the materials has raised controversy at the federal level – after conservatives erroneously charged that federal money was going to be used to pass out “crack pipes”.

But no federal funding goes to glass pipes, and Castro dismisses criticism that her work encourages drug use. “We’re not just here to give out stuff,” she said. “Everything we do out here is public health. We want to lower the barriers to getting help. That’s my job: lowering the barriers to physical health or mental health.”

Once a week, a doctor from the city of San Francisco’s street medicine team rides along in the harm reduction van and offers medical services to anyone who wants them. The mobile doctors are even able to start people on drug-assisted treatment, a method favored by harm reduction specialists, that can help them get off opioids without the excruciating withdrawal symptoms.

Frank Vaccari, who now lives in a residence hotel in the Tenderloin, credits the earliest form of medication-assisted treatment available in the United States, methadone, with getting him off heroin and off the streets more than two decades ago.

“I couldn’t get off cold turkey,” he said “When I tried, it was horrible. You couldn’t eat. You couldn’t sleep. You’re throwing up. Your eyes are ready to pop out of your skull. The physical effects go on for weeks. Then there’s the mental effects.”

Frank Vaccari at the lobby of the Alexander Residence, a building that provides affordable housing.
Frank Vaccari at the lobby of the Alexander Residence, a building that provides affordable housing. Photograph: Balazs Gardi/The Guardian

Vaccari, 63, goes to the methadone clinic three days a week to pick up his treatment, which comes in the form of a pink syrup, which he said “tastes nasty, but works real good” to stave off withdrawals.

Many other people he knows have died of overdoses. In January, Vaccari found his younger brother dead of a fentanyl overdose in his own apartment.

As Vaccari steps out on to the Tenderloin’s Eddy Street in his purple pajama pants to give his chihuahua, Cleo, a quick walk, he credits the harm reduction philosophy for keeping him alive.

“Methadone saved my life,” Vaccari said. “I would have been dead years ago.”

  • This article was amended on 23 April 2022 to clarify the affiliation between

Stopping the Wreck #6

March 2, 2023

Stopping The Wreck: Professor’s Research Builds A Case That We’re Losing The Battle To Save American Society

By Bob Caylor of the News Sentinel, Fort Wayne In., November 17, 1994

This is the continuation of this newspaper series explaining my research and data-based conclusion that America’s culture and society was in decline. It is now in a very steep decline.

In the first paragraph below, the author reports that, when he interviewed me, I was tentative about my conclusions and had not published any papers. Since that time I published three articles in professional journals and am now working to finish a book, The book has a working title of “The Psychology of America’s Decline: Reversing the Down-Fall”.

There is nothing tentative about my position on our American cataclysm in 2023.

V. Thomas Mawhinney Ph.D.3/2/23

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Part Six

THE CLOSING WINDOW

The time for change is growing short. Our opportunities to avert disaster are being frittered away every day. Mawhinney can’t foresee and won’t guess how long it could be until our burdens overwhelm resources. He even hedges on his own theory; he won’t call it anything more than “tentative” or “provisional”, and he hasn’t published any papers on it yet.

But he is willing to say the key to surviving is to manage our own cultural evolution in a way that no other culture ever has. We need to learn to measure our own cultural health by keeping tabs on crime rates, birth rates, and marriage and divorce statistics, among other indexes.

The media and government need to dwell on these statistics the way they now dwell on economic indicators.

And finally, society as a whole will have to figure out how to encourage behavior that helps it survive.

“With regard to our own culture, we must work swiftly. Critical….indicators, imperfect though they may be, strongly suggest that time is not on our side,” he wrote in the draft of one paper.

And he can’t even guarantee that it isn’t too late already. “We must work diligently, though the full benefits of our own labor may have to await the emergence of…cultures which are yet to live”.


This is the end of this 1994 article.

I hope these article have stimulated your thinking with the goal of improving America’s chances of surviving long and well into the future. This in an increasingly hostile and dangerous world. In a democracy, more accurately a Constitutional Republic, the voters get exactly what they deserve. We deserve better than America’s failure. Please: VOTE ACCORDINGLY AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!

Stopping the Wreck: Part 5

February 26, 2023

Stopping The Wreck: Professor’s Research Builds A Case That We’re Losing The Battle To Save American Society

The following is a reblog from 2/13/13. It is an article about my research into America’s Decline. As I re-read it, I have a greater sense of foreboding than ever. Tom

P.S. Mr. Caylor is a better writer than I can ever hope to be!

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By Bob Caylor of the News Sentinel, Fort Wayne In., November 17, 1994

This is the continuation of the newspaper article explaining my research and theories on America’s decline.

Part Five

Entropy

Now you see what he sees: Children comprise an ever-smaller part of our population. That means the foundation of society a generation from now also will be a smaller portion of the population.

Meanwhile, the elderly are increasing faster than any other part of the population. Today’s children are to become tomorrow’s working population, helping to support a larger number of retired people.

So much depends on this proportionately smaller group of kids, yet enormous numbers of them are living with unprecedented stresses: high rates of divorce among their parents. The pervasive availability of drugs, an increasingly violent world, both in reality and fiction; and widespread physical and sexual abuse, just to name a few.

What’s this country coming to? To answer that question, Mawhinney borrows a concept from physics: entropy.

Entropy is the amount of energy no longer available in a system to do work. It’s used more loosely, by everyone from science-fiction writers to creationists, to refer to the tendency of systems to run down: machines breaking down; stars dimming, cooling and winking out; living things aging and dying.

As Mawhinney uses the term “entropy” it means the amount of energy not available to maintain a social and cultural organization.

Maintaining such organizations, from individual families all the way up to nations, takes a tremendous amount of energy. On the other hand, neglecting them and letting them run down is quite easy.

Put another way, screwing up your kids doesn’t take nearly as much energy as raising them well. As more screwed-up kids grow up, they burden one layer of institutions after another: schools, public welfare agencies, charities, hospitals, police departments and prisons, for example.

As these institutions struggle under increased case loads and greater demand for their services, more people in need suffer. Schools must spend more of their energy catering to dull-witted or disruptive children. Charities are spread thinner. Social workers can’t do as much individual counseling as they’d like. Hospitals have to raise prices for paying patients to treat the indigent. And so on.

Beginning in their teen-age years, these children–neglected or abused themselves–start bearing or fathering children. Those children, in turn, start out life with the odds raised against them. And the cycle feeds on itself.

Sure, a lot of people are raising fairly healthy, bright, secure children while this is happening. But a greater share of their energy is being consumed by the widening wedge of the population that is maladjusted in one way or another.

Maybe their energies are tapped directly–if they’re teachers, police officers, for example. Or maybe this decay in society only drains them indirectly, because they pay more of their taxes or their charitable donations to treat it, or because they’re scared to go out at night, or because they leave a well paying job to live in an Idaho cabin and get away from the whole mess.

Mawhinney’s vision is this: At some point, the stress of trying to cope with an increasingly large share of dysfunctional people could cause the collapse of our culture and our society.

We might all finally see the urgency of change, and we could throw everything we have at the effort, but it will be too little, too late.

The species would no doubt survive. Some other culture, social organization and government would replace the one we know. But Mawhinney doesn’t see any reason to believe that what would replace a wrecked America would be better.

In the next, part six, the focus is upon the “closing window” of opportunity to save America.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/13/13

Foreign Crime Cartels Flood America!

January 19, 2023

The infiltration of crime Cartels from Mexico, and elsewhere, is shown in the map of America below.

These cartels are working in cooperation with our own indigenous gangs to traffic drugs, sex slaves, guns and extortion schemes throughout America.

The news today reported a cartel-style slaughter of an entire family in a small town in Texas. Five members of that family were executed in their homes, including a 16 yr. old mother and her infant; shot through their heads.

This horrifying news was principally caused by the progressive/Marxist Obama and Biden Administrations. They have, with full intent, skillfully set about the task of destroying America’s Constitutional Republic.

Among many other damaging strategies, they opened our borders to the world and purposefully neutralized our border patrol agencies. As a result Americans are being raped, pillaged and killed as never before; and this is just the beginning.

It is said that “all politics are local”, and in fact they are.

Most Americans have not yet been exposed to the depravity that is rapidly saturating our land. Only when they are, will we unite in our willingness to do whatever it takes to save this great nation.

From all I can tell; if not now…by then, it will be way too late.

When I first saw this map on Fox News today I was struck numbed and dumbfounded.

The map is not as clear as I wish, but you can easily see the blanket of dots representing America’s open border growing infestation with foreign criminal cartels.

Tom Mawhinney, 1/19/23

American History in Cartoons #1

January 14, 2023

Please take them seriously!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 1/14/23

B. F. Skinner: Why America’s Decline

December 6, 2022

The following long quote is from one of the greatest Psychologist of the 20th century, and perhaps of all time. This is the stunning truth about the problems that face all humanity. As a professor, I read this warning to nearly all of the students taking my classes for over 30 years. It has a prominent place in the book I am writing entitled: The Psychology of America’s Decline: And How To Reverse It.

I have not blogged in many days, I am too busy working on this book. I may not get it finished and published before I am finished. We shall see about that!

Regarding the past and present quality of our environment and the quality of life for all, Skinner wrote the following (p. 5) in his 1971 book entitled Beyond Freedom and Dignity, published by Alfred A Knopf.

I quote the following.

In trying to solve the terrifying problems that face us in the world today, we naturally turn to the things we do best. We play from strength, and our strength is science and technology. To contain a population explosion we look for better methods of birth control. Threatened by a nuclear holocaust, we build bigger deterrent forces and anti-ballistic-missile systems. We try to stave off world famine with new foods and better ways of growing them. Improved sanitation and medicine will, we hope, control disease, better housing and transportation will solve the problems of the ghettos, and new ways of reducing or disposing of waste will stop the pollution of the environment. We can point to remarkable achievements in all these fields, and it is not surprising that we should try to extend them. But things grow steadily worse, and it is disheartening to find that technology itself is increasingly at fault. Sanitation and medicine have made the problems of population more acute, war has acquired a new horror with the invention of nuclear weapons, and the affluent pursuit of happiness is largely responsible for pollution. As Darlington has said, ‘Every new source from which man has increased his power on the earth has been used to diminish the prospects of his successors. All his progress has been made at the expense of damage to his environment which he cannot repair and could not foresee.’
Whether or not he could have foreseen the damage, man must repair it or all is lost. And he can do so if he will recognize the nature of the difficulty. The application of the physical and biological sciences alone will not solve our problems because the solutions lie in another field. Better contraceptives will control population only if people use them. New weapons may offset new defenses and vice versa, but a nuclear holocaust can be prevented only if the conditions under which nations make war can be changed. New methods of agriculture and medicine will not help if they are not practiced, and housing is a matter not only of buildings and cities but of how people live. Overcrowding can be corrected only by inducing people not to crowd, and the environment will continue to deteriorate until polluting practices are abandoned.
In short, we need to make vast changes in human behavior, and we cannot make them with the help of nothing more than physics or biology, no matter how hard we try.

End of Quote

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The truth is that the solutions to our social and political problems lay in the wise use of well known scientifically validated psychological laws and principles that influence the quality of human behavior.

In America people vote for representatives who promise to make rules about rewarding and punishing (i.e., strengthening and weakening) the behavior patterns of America’s countless citizens, and other inhabitants. This now includes millions of unvetted individuals who illegally flood across our borders.

Skinner names nearly every environmental and behavioral problem that is now killing record numbers of our population, destroying the quality of our lives, and weakening our ability to survive as an effectively self-regulating nation. A nation capable of defend its self against powerful forces now in the process of destroying our Constitutional Republic by attacking it and us all from outside and from within.

In our Constitutional Republic increasing numbers of our people have long been voting for governmental rules, laws, and regulations that are destroying their own home land’s way of life. If only they knew enough about the laws and principles of psychology that influencing the quality of our own populations behaviors, they would understand that they are voting for the self-destruction of America as well as their own, and their loved one’s safety, security, and prosperity.

It is essential that voters understand the psychological laws and principles that increase good prosocial behaviors and decrease bad antisocial behaviors among our citizens; and then vote accordingly!

The basic laws and principles must be taught to all future voters in America’s private and public schools.

12/6/22

V. Thomas Mawhinney Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology and a Practicing Psychologist.

Root Causes of American Misery

September 21, 2022

This says much of it. But not all.

Remember, in a democracy (and a Representative Republic like ours), THE PEOPLE GET EXACTLY WHAT THEY DESERVE!

Selfishness and immediate gratification do have their immediate rewarding consequences.

But now you see the delayed punishing consequences…you dummies’. Was it worth it?!

Call it the tyranny of delayed consequences! Next time, don’t be a sucker.

Thanks to the Patriot Post Cartoons.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 9/21/22

legalizing Recreational Marijuana: Another Nail in America’s Coffin

August 4, 2022

All levels of government will make money off the legalization of recreational marijuana. Enough of the younger voting public wants it legalized, so upward mobile politicians will support its legalization and secure more power from doing so. It is a perfect storm of greed and hedonism.

This dynamic appears to be operational in many nations around the world.

Please do a computer search on this topic. The predominance of support and listings of the benefits of legalizing marijuana greatly outnumber the articles about the problems with doing so.

I encourage you to read about the benefits there.

Here you will read about the many problems that I judge will underlay, and far outweigh, the supposed untested benefits.

All of this, and too much more in America: The land of the too free.

Do not confuse freedom with licentiousness and chaos. See Below.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 8/4/22

Invitation to Guest Bloggers!

July 16, 2022

I am presently editing a manuscript that I hope will be published as a book. Therefore, my blog rate has declined somewhat. I will still continue to make postings, but finishing my manuscript will be time-consuming work.

Recently, I have kept my blog-site active by augmenting my own postings with a number of excellent and thought-provoking entries sent to my comments section. I am confident that that many of my own readers would also enjoy reading my guest blogger’s works.

I enjoy featuring guest bloggers on my web-site and invite you to send me any thoughtful writings on any topic, in my comments section, that I might consider posting on my blog’s main page.

Not all comments sent to my comments section can be republished. Also, any comments that are personal to me, and you don’t want republished, just note “do not republish“. Then, as always, only those who visit my comments section will see them.

Blessings to you and your loved ones, Tom Mawhinney, 7/16/22


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