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MSM Rehabilitates Psychopathy: Psychopathic traits: What successful presidents have in common

Political partisans delight in labeling opposition leaders as malign or even psychopathic - but it turns out that U.S. presidents with high levels of certain psychopathic traits may actually do better on the job, no matter what their party affiliation, according to new research.

The study, which was based on presidential performance ratings and personality assessments by hundreds of historians and biographers in several different surveys, found that one psychopathic characteristic in particular was linked to success in presidency: fearless dominance.

"An easy way to think about it is as a combination of physical and social fearlessness," says Scott Lilienfeld, lead author of the study and professor of psychology at Emory University. "People high in boldness don't have a lot of apprehension about either physical or social things that would scare the rest of us."

He adds, "It's often a kind of resilience because you don't show lot of anxiety or frustration in the face of everyday life challenges." While that sounds like a necessity for dealing with the daily crises that face the White House, from hurricanes to threats from rogue nuclear nations, the same trait in psychopaths is also associated with callousness, indifference to negative consequences and impulsive antisocial behavior.

Comment: There seems to be a move by the media to rehabilitate psychopathy by presenting it as a spectrum. This obscures the issue of genetic psychopaths. Yes, it's true that there is a spectrum of psychopathic traits that are shared to one extent or another by those who have been psychologically damaged by living in a society dominated by genetic psychopaths, but that is a far different thing than what Andrew Lobaczewski calls "essential psychopathy" in Political Ponerology.

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Iran Renews Call for Immediate Ceasefire in Syria

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Hossein Amir Abdollahian
Iran sees immediate ceasefire in Syria as a significant step towards restoring peace in the Arab country, a senior Iranian diplomat reiterated on Friday.

"We consider an immediate ceasefire in Syria as a significant step in helping (the restoration of) peace for the Syrian people," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said.

Amir Abdollahian further noted that that by waging a terrorist war in Syria , the US-Zionist axis pursues several objectives among which is to break the resistance front against the Zionist regime and disappoint the Arab revolutionary nations' hope to restore their rights.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Debunked: 6 lies that Biotech and Big Food are telling voters

Monsanto and the rest of the Biotech and Big Food gang have been pounding the California airwaves with nearly $36 million worth of boldface lies and twisted truths.

Since Oct. 1, Monsanto and the rest of the Biotech and Big Food gang have been pounding the California airwaves with nearly $36 million worth of boldface lies and twisted truths.

Their goal? Misinform and confuse California voters into believing they'd be better off not knowing what pesticide-makers are hiding in their foods, than they would be if food manufacturers had to label genetically modified foods.

The ads are having an impact. After enjoying a 26-point lead for the past six months, the YES on 37 campaign has dropped 19 points in the polls.

But the YES team is fighting back, calling out the lies. And the liars. They've already forced the opposition to pull its first TV ad and re-shoot it after exposing the ad's dubious spokesperson, Henry Miller, for misrepresenting himself and Stanford University.

Former head of Israel's spy agency Mossad Meir Dagan seeks liver transplant in Belarus after European and U.S. surgeons 'refuse to treat him'

Meir Dagan, the former head of Israel's spy agency Mossad, has been forced to seek a liver transplant in Belarus, Europe's most autocratic state, after European and American surgeons reportedly refused to treat him. He is said to be in critical condition.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus' hardline ruler, leaked details of the highly-secret medical operation late yesterday, revealing the patient's identity only as a former head of Mossad. Israeli media worked out that the patient was Meir Dagan, 67, who stepped down as head of the spy agency last year.

Portraying himself as the Israeli's last hope, Mr Lukashenko, who has funneled his country's resources into shoring up the country's dictatorship, said that he agreed to take in the high-profile patient after America, Sweden and Germany refused. "No one wanted to conduct this operation on a former head of the Mossad," Israeli media quoted him as saying at a news conference.

Comment: To learn more about the Mossad read By Way of Deception: The Making of a Mossad officer by Victor Ostrovsky


FBI foils FBI terror plot against New York Fed

It's October and it's election time, which can only mean one thing... we need to remind the people WHY THEY NEED US!
The FBI on Wednesday arrested a Bangladeshi man in a sting operation on charges he attempted to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank with what he believed was a 1,000-pound (450-kg) bomb, federal authorities said.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

The FBI said the public was not in danger because the explosives provided to Nafis were never in working condition and the suspect was closely monitored by the undercover agent - highlighting a script law enforcement has employed several times this year in similar cases, including one in Washington and another in Ohio.


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Billy Graham website admits scrubbing 'Mormons' from 'cult' list after endorsing Romney

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The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed on Tuesday that it had removed all references to Mormonism as a "cult" from its website after their founder announced his support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The New Civil Rights Movement first noticed last week that "Mormons" had disappeared from the list of groups that were considered cults shortly following Graham's promise to Romney that that he would "do all I can to help you."

"A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith," the website reportedly said prior to last week. "It is very important that we recognize cults and avoid any involvement with them. Cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect."

"Some of these groups are Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists, Scientologists, and others," the site warned.
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Green Party candidate: Police handcuffed me to a chair for eight hours

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein
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Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein
Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein said Wednesday police handcuffed her to a chair during her eight-hour imprisonment following her arrest outside the second presidential debate.

"For most of the time it was just [running mate] Cheri Honkala and myself," Stein told Democracy Now anchor Amy Goodman. "Yet they felt the need to keep us in tight plastic restraints tightly secured to metal chairs."

Stein and Honkala were arrested Tuesday while sitting in the street to protest their exclusion from this year's presidential debates between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. They tried to enter the debate hall at the host site, Hofstra University, but were denied access because they lacked the necessary credentials.

During her arrest, Stein criticized the group that organized the event, the Commission on Presidential Debates, which was put together as a joint effort by Democrats and Republicans to administer the debates after the League of Women Voters stepped out of that role in 1987.
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The last days of America? 25 signs of extreme social decay

Social Decay
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Are we on the verge of societal collapse? Many of the greatest empires throughout world history were not conquered by outside forces. Rather, they crumbled inwardly as extreme social decay set in.

There have been many that have compared the last days of the Roman Empire to what America is going through right now. In the decades following World War II, the United States was the most powerful and the most prosperous nation on the entire planet, but now things are rapidly changing.

There are literally thousands of signs that our society is collapsing all around us. All you have to do to see this is turn on a television or pick up a newspaper. I spend a lot of time discussing our nightmarish economic and political headaches in this column, but the truth is that our problems go much deeper than that.

Even if a major miracle happened and we got the "right person" into the White House, the Federal Reserve was shut down, our 16 trillion dollar national debt was paid off, our trade deficit went to zero, a solution was found for the quadrillion dollar derivatives bubble and the "too big to fail" banks were broken up, we would still be facing a national crisis of unprecedented magnitude.

The cold, hard reality of the matter is that America has become an absolute cesspool of filth and corruption, and the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is rapidly disappearing. Until we get our hearts right, there is not much hope for the future of this once great nation.

So are these the last days of America? The following are 25 signs of extreme social decay....

Western terrorists in Libya massacred 70 of Gaddafi's family and friends

Libyan terrorists, mercenaries paid by MI6, Mossad and the CIA, bringing 'peace and democracy' to Libya
Militia forces from the Libyan city of Misrata executed dozens of detainees following the capture and death of Muammar Gaddafi a year ago this week, according to a new report from the group Human Rights Watch.

Almost 70 members of the former Libyan dictator's convoy were abused and executed after Gaddafi's own capture and death in the city of Sirte last October, the human rights group alleges.

The report - Death of a Dictator: Bloody Vengeance in Sirte - details Gaddafi's final hours and includes evidence that appears to prove captured pro-Gaddafi fighters caught attempting to leave the city, including Gaddafi's son Mutassim, were murdered.

Comment: Oh, so now they're militia forces?! First they were "al Qeada" (when they attacked us), then "Libyan rebels" (when we needed them for something we wanted), now "militias" (when they don't behave as we expect them to). Language for propaganda purposes sure is useful!

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Pseudo-science: Seeking a Chief Executive with the right stuff? Look for a touch of psychopathy

Two psychopaths, no real choice between them
An Emory University psychologist recounts why "fearless dominance," a personality trait used to screen for psychopaths, may be a quality to consider in our next chief executive

During the candidate debates this month, one of the questions that television viewers will ask themselves is whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney has the right stuff - Does either man appear "presidential"? The two will communicate their answers, not just by anticipating and parrying their opponent's critiques or demonstrating a grasp of policy and sensitivity to voter needs, but also via subtle gesturing before the camera and, perhaps most of all, through an unflinching coolness under pressure.

Questions about presidential caliber will not end after the debates or even the election is over. Off camera, the mix of personal attributes that makes someone fit for executive stewardship of an entire nation has always come under the intense scrutiny of historians - and more recently psychologists. The search for the ineffable quality that makes for greatness has in recent years led to an examination of a personality characteristic that is more closely associated in the public mind with an inmate at a federal penitentiary than an occupant of the White House.

Comment: Taking one specific subset of psychopathy traits and applying them to all previous US presidents on the eve of presidential elections is tantamount to political propaganda intended to make it seem that having psychopaths for presidents is ok. It's not ok, it's extremely dangerous for the health of the nation. In addition, JFK and Carter do not belong on the same scale as Obama, Romney and the Bushes. You can do things that are psychopathic, but you cannot be 'a bit psychopathic'. A person either is or is not a psychopath. Psychopaths are fundamentally different from normal people; this isn't a matter of slightly different blends of personality traits - it's a matter of being human or being a total reaction machine. It is, of course, often extremely difficult to tell one from the other, but once you are able to see the difference and apply it to leaders or other famous people in world history, this fundamental difference becomes as clear as night and day.

The absurdity of this 'study' is shown by the fact that JFK, far and away America's most conscientious president in the past 100 years, came out second in this 'psychopathy test', while George W Bush, who is very probably a psychopath, came in at number 10:

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