Warning - prepare to be angry.

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    Feb 21, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    http://www.npr.org/2012/01/13/145099739/threats-and-lies-and-who-im-supposed-to-be

    Well, at least that was my reaction to this. Listening to stories like this can really put other people's lives into perspective.

    I would embed the audio if I knew how.
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    Feb 21, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
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    Feb 21, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
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    Feb 21, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    I am not angry, I am sad for Nathan that he grew up in such a hostile enviroment. I am sad that his mother knew nothing better.

    I am glad I didn't grow up in such an enviroment, and glad that I can give safe harbor to the teenagers I encounter at work from the abuse and bullying that can happen. I am estatic that for the rest of my students I can teach them to respect peoples lives that are different from their own.
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    Feb 21, 2012 6:20 AM GMT
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    Feb 21, 2012 9:40 AM GMT
    What an insufferable, fucking, self-righteous bitch mom! I have never heard of such a sorry excuse for a parent. She ranks well below the druggy moms and the absentee dads. What a great guy is her son to have survived her, and what a perfect revenge to have memorialized it on StoryCorps for centuries of historians to mine for an example of degradation of motherhood by its practitioners.
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    Feb 21, 2012 3:06 PM GMT
    Sulla saidWhat an insufferable, fucking, self-righteous bitch mom! I have never heard of such a sorry excuse for a parent. She ranks well below the druggy moms and the absentee dads. What a great guy is her son to have survived her, and what a perfect revenge to have memorialized it on StoryCorps for centuries of historians to mine for an example of degradation of motherhood by its practitioners.


    Sulla, I think you are correct on your assessment of the so-called mom, of course. But I don't think this is a case of exacting revenge upon the mother's death at all.

    Possibly the mother is still alive as there was no indication that she wasn't when he archived his horrible experience, although, admittedly, I had to recheck that as yours was my initial impression too. The story says that he confronted his mother just two years ago and is now astranged from his family. It does not say anything about her being dead.

    By the guy's voice and the words he uses to express himself, vengence does not seem his character though of course everyone is capable of it. I believe his action to archive his experience was not motivated by hurting others but by relieving some of his own pain and, altruistically, to show the world what it does to us because, figuratively speaking, this world has put a shotgun up to our head.

    This guy desperately needs for his mother to understand that she thought and acted terribly wrongly. Since hurting her now would not end his suffering, but rather it would increase it, I don't believe that was his motivation. I think this guy just wants peace. And I think his mother is compounding her sin by not relenting to what is right.

    I also think that if NPR was doing its job, it would have at least reported that it attempted to interview the mother and archive that American experience too, which might be a little vengeful on my part.
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    Feb 21, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    Strangely it didnt make me mad. I was just pleased that the guy was 33 years old and survived the abuse with enough strength to come out.
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    Feb 21, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    More sad than angering.
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    Feb 21, 2012 4:51 PM GMT
    It is actually quite sad.

    That a mother could do that to her own child?
    and they dont want gays to adopt? HA!

    at least gays aren't taking their kids out in the woods and putting a gun to their head demanding they be straight.

    Honestly tho, for a mother to do that to her child- it really shows that the mother has issues, like mental issues. No sane person could realistically do that to another person. The mother is probably insane in some way.
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    Feb 21, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    Just goes on show to what a terrible mother she was. I hope she dies alone and in lot of pain.