Why (else) not to Botox

All in the Mind 17/5/2011 Radio 4:

"To read someone else’s emotion your own face needs to minutely mimic their facial expressions. When the brain gets feedback from the face it gets information on what that person is feeling. Botox, which paralyses those muscles reduces the ability to understand emotion."

Eek, so not only are the botoxed hiding their emotions, they can’t understand other people’s so well either. Plenty of scope for a downward spiral here.

…Er can’t see how I reply to a reply, 1-365 said 

"That’s fascinating, scary and when you think about it not at all surprising. Think about the process when someone smiles at you, you smile back and THEN you feel happy too!"

yes,  worse than I thought, the botoxed can’t feel??? At least spreading it down to eight year olds has raised some eyebrows (for those of us who can move them that is) ‘Botox Mom’ Loses Custody of Her 8-Year-Old Daughter

election blues

Oh well given the double whammy of royal wedding and bogeyman assassination the rightwing were bound to do well.

Baffled by disenchanted liberals who presumably don’t like the way their leaders have sucked up to the tories deciding to vote tory instead. 

And the socialist republic of Sheffield has got a labour council again.

Stop tilting at windmills

'Turbine plan is terrifying for us'

Ordinary people next to main roads, under flight paths, with neighbours partying till 3am or harassed by barking dogs can only marvel at the sensitivities of those aristocrats of nimbyism the wind turbine objectors. Like the princess detecting a pea through nine mattresses they are terror struck and made ill by the sound or the mere sight of these, even at what seems a huge distance to us.

Where do they get that sense of entitlement to control their entire landscape? Is it just being very rich?

I quite like the look of wind turbines, they have the beauty common to all well designed functional objects.

And that’s it really, functional. We need power, and even more we need a planet we can survive on.  Be grateful you don’t live next to a nuclear power plant.

Driven Wild

This hilarious spoof of Wonders of the Universe by Brian Cox  reminded me of a post from my previous blog (A collaborative ecopsychology blog, there’s some good stuff there, sadly no longer updated but still archived)

Remember how nature programs used to be? A  cloud forest, gorillas appear from the mist to hushed a reverent voice over, maybe a small solitary Attenborough giving the awesome exotic landscape a human scale.

Remember the first time you switched on the TV to beautiful scenery, no people, mountains reach down to a sparkling clear lake - what’s that SUV doing? Oh no it’s a car advert. Find beautiful virgin landscape and be the first to wreck it.

And now in a curious clarksonification all nature / science programs include long sequences of the presenter fourwheeling, flying, helicoptering his way to the remote spot he’s going to describe for you. Even a series on the solar system, while mercifully not demanding personal space flights, had him jetting round the world to show us an interesting rock formation that reminds him of Ganymede.more

lies, damned lies, polls and the media

Gary Younge in the Guardian

"You can tell a great deal about a nation’s anxieties and aspirations by the discrepancy between reality and popular perception. Polls last year showed that in the US 61% think the country spends too much on foreign aid. This makes sense once you understand that the average American is under the illusion that 25% of the federal budget goes on foreign aid (the real figure is 1%).

Similarly, a Mori poll in Britain in 2002 revealed that more than a third of the country thought there were too many immigrants. Little wonder. The mean estimate was that immigrants comprise 23% of the country; the actual number was about 4%.”

I remember the labour party getting rid of Clause 4. (nationalisation) but not the exact figures, a poll showed something like 75% of people were against it but only 25% knew what it was.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if all poll questions of opinion had to be paired with a question of knowledge like the above? And it was a requirement not to publicise one without the other

Endangered Species: Save future generations of women and girls from hating their own bodies.


Thirty-five years ago, Susie Orbach was shocked by how many women hated their bodies – but now that almost seems like a golden age.

She is involved in a major summit in London next week:on  the extent to which women in the western world, and increasingly elsewhere, are becoming divorced from their own bodies, judging them and adapting them and mutilating them in a kind of epidemic of self-hatred.

"what was considered really psychopathological when I started to work is now the norm". You mean anorexia? "I don’t think anorexia is the norm but being hysterical about eating, eating only on the weekend, throwing up, hating your body, not ever feeling you can be relaxed in it, looking at yourself from the outside – those kinds of things would have been a pathological category. Whereas, actually, I think if you take any class of girls, sadly that’s where an awful lot of their energy is going."

She has said, arrestingly, in the past, that many of the girls she sees as patients are so consumed by controlling and managing their body image that they are “much more involved in a production of the self than in living. There are so many young women who tip over into being a facsimile: they don’t really inhabit their lives or their bodies.”