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Coming Clean

Just finished a memoir about hoarding, Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller. Remarkable that she grew up in the chaos of her father's mental illness, in filth & fleas, yet still loved her parents staunchly, protectively, sweetly.

Could her dad help it? Alcoholics stop drinking, gamblers stop lighting their money on fire. An interesting take on this is The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg, a NYT business reporter. His research is neurological, individual, corporate and personal.

And what about dj Dave Herman. Sickening arrest for arranging to have sex with a 7-year-old, whose pimping "mother" turned out to be a cop (duh). Was he lying to himself or does he really believe that 6 is the perfect age to "start her being loved that way" and that he finds girls that age "incredibly sexy, soft, and their innocence is also a huge turn-on for me.” His first question was if the mother was sexually active with her daughter, which kind of shows you how out of touch with any sort of reality & morality he is. Can he help it or does he not realize there's anything wrong?

Update: A friend of a friend said:
I supervised the sex offender unit for New York State Division of Parole in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Pedophiles do think their behavior is normal and feel they are offering their victims love. They need constant and strict supervision and treatment and even then there is no guarantee that they will not offend again. The saddest part of the story is that most were themselves abused as children.
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