Be Like Water and Fill Your Own Cup: Dojo Syndrome, Disability, and the Martial Arts

During my stint of dojo training I was quick to become aware of the disparity between the physical force of a truly violent offender and that of a dojo uke 受け. In the dojo, training in violence was accented with the friendly understanding that a technique not be carried out with the utmost force achievable, so … Continue reading Be Like Water and Fill Your Own Cup: Dojo Syndrome, Disability, and the Martial Arts

The Spook Protocol and Its relation to ‘Democracy’

It is well-known that security agencies of the world rely on a system of classification and secrecy in keeping the details of their operations out of the public sphere. Each year, millions of pages of documents are edited with a redaction protocol, classified as 'secret', and withheld from our gaze to prevent the unprivileged from … Continue reading The Spook Protocol and Its relation to ‘Democracy’

Everyone Wants Their Piece of the Pie: Mental Disorders and the Pharmaceutical Industry

With all the new diagnoses available to clinicians using the DSM-5 to categorize the behavioral "abnormalities" of their patients, I had to ask the almost cliche question: "What the fuck is normal?"   The way I see it, whenever we are addressing the human brain, we are talking to the origins of consciousness...an elusive, amorphous … Continue reading Everyone Wants Their Piece of the Pie: Mental Disorders and the Pharmaceutical Industry