Richard Jackson

About Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson moved to Australia from Northern Ireland. He likes it here but detests that parking meters often don't supply change.

Richard Jackson’s weekly long reads cover BIID (Body Integrity Identity Disorder), music, defence lawyer Judy Clarke and those who police political correctness.


What it’s like to crave amputation – Alexa Tsoulis-Reay (New York Magazine)

This is a thorough interview with 71-year-old Californian man, who suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID). Basically, he has the intense feeling that his left leg should not be there and he therefore craves amputating it. People have been so consumed by this desire that they have actually voluntarily had their leg amputated. The interviewee discusses the origin of his feelings, the times he has come close to doing a DIY removal and what the feelings illicit in him. It kind of reminds me of gender dysphoria and makes me incredibly sympathetic, since it must be awful to just feel that you are innately wrong. Maybe I suffer from something similar to BIID, ’cause I just feel like I’m handsome and toned and not a fat fuck – an attempt at levity, don’t get offended.


Defending those accused of unthinkable crimes: The cases of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Jared Loughner, Whitney Bulger and others demand a special breed of lawyer – Scott Helman (The Boston Globe)

Defending the indefensible. Defence lawyers always get a bad rap by the media and public, like they love defending rapists and murders. They know what they are doing, and it often affects them emotionally. They just do it because it is their sworn duty and belief that everyone deserves a defence. The focus on the piece is on Judy Clarke, considered to be one of America’s top criminal defenders. She defended Jared Lee Loughner, responsible for the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizonia in which he shot US representative Gabrielle Giffords while she was greeting constituents. Fortunately she survived, but 6 people died, including 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green. Clarke is now defending Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who along with his brother Tamerlan, now deceased, allegedly conducted the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013, killing four and injuring more than 260 people.

What could make her do this, and help these people?


Not a very PC thing to say: How the language police are perverting liberalism – Jonathan Chait (New York Magazine)

The main thrust of the article is that “the more radical members of the left attempt to regulate political discourse by defining opposing views as bigoted and illegitimate.” The author Jonathan Chait has already received blowback. See here and here.


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Take a sad song and make it better – Steve McPherson

Really great narrative non-fiction about music and how it’s associated with events. Take a read…and a listen. gets it right again.

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