David and Goliath – Caravaggio, 1599
1. Customs broker here. Every day hundreds of thousands of containers and air shipments arrive into United States territory. The volume of customs entries entered every day is staggering. When we get licensed to be a customs broker we are trained and tested not just on knowledge, but ethics. We even take a pledge to partner with CBP to uphold the law, and cooperate with them should we come across anything suspicious. Why so much emphasis on this?
Customs can’t actually screen everything coming in. I’m oversimplifying but CBP basically works on the honor system. You file an entry saying what the shipment is, and they just take your word for it and release it. This happens hundreds of thousands of times a day. Maybe at best customs can screen 3-7% of what’s coming in, the rest of just waived through….
The lobotomy was designed to cut tissue connecting the prefrontal cortex to the thalamus. Since transorbital lobotomies are not guided or visualized if any way, they’re basically cutting blind into brain tissue.
It should be obvious why a tiny slip could have drastically different outcomes for differing patients. They’re slicing the brain, and can’t see where they’re slicing.
Rosemary Kennedy, sister of John F Kennedy, pictured in 1938. In 1941, aged 23, her father forced her to undergo a lobotomy, due to her mood swings, seizures and intellectual disability. This procedure rendered her permanently incapacitated and unable to speak, and the truth was kept secret for decades.
In her early young adult years, Rosemary Kennedy experienced seizures and violent mood swings. In response to these issues, her father arranged a prefrontal lobotomy for her in 1941 when she was 23 years of age; the procedure left her permanently incapacitated and rendered her unable to speak intelligibly.
Joseph Kennedy decided that Rosemary should have a lobotomy; however, he did not inform his wife of this decision until after the procedure was completed. The procedure took place in November 1941. James W. Watts, who carried out the procedure with Walter Freeman (both of George Washington University School of Medicine), described the procedure to author Ronald Kessler as follows:
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You aren’t in love. You aren’t infatuated. Your ego is damaged.
When people use us, then toss us to the side, that desire to win them over isn’t because we really want to be with them. It isn’t even really a desire for them. It’s a desire to prove our worth. When someone rejects you after using you, your ego and sense of pride is damaged, because they were able to play your emotions for them to their advantage, and get what they wanted, or what they think they wanted.
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