Society's Child


Are you being controlled without your knowledge?


Still from the film "They Live".
As celebrated thinker Edward de Bono notes: 'If everyone is going in the same direction, then anyone who is going in a different direction is "wrong". The other direction might be better - but it is still wrong.'

Such is the powerful pull of social conformity. People cannot be fully trusted to say and do what they think is right if others around them are all expressing an opposite opinion. This is because the pull towards social conformity, whether conscious or unconscious, is just too strong. The danger here is that in such environments a person is more likely to give away their personal responsibility than act upon it. A group more generally exhibits a lack of responsibility on the part of its members since each person thinks that the overall responsibility can be shared. Since there is no individual blame to be accrued, a person tends to relinquish their own personal responsibility.

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Who is making your decisions?

Suggestions to help stay mindful in the seemingly overwhelming onslaught of information:
Éiriú Eolas stress/meditaion program
Mindfulness, Living in the Now, and the Last Hour of Life: A Grudge Match between Humanity and Death - Who Wins?

Also airing later today at 2pm and afterwards available for download is The Truth Perspective - Propaganda & cognitive bias - The battle for your mind

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'Abolish Columbus Day': 8 cities in the U.S. adopt Indigenous Peoples' Day

Following a growing trend, the city council of Albuquerque, New Mexico has voted six to three to recognize October 12th - typically known to most as "Columbus Day" within the USA - as Indigenous Peoples' day in a new proclamation. Albuquerque has the highest concentration of Indigenous people in New Mexico.

In the past two months, eight cities got rid of Columbus Day in favor of adopting Indigenous Peoples' Day. Three of those cities adopted Indigenous Peoples' Day this week.

Comment: Columbus Day? True Legacy: Cruelty and Slavery


California: Assisted suicide bill passes

Activists are seen rallying in support of physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill at the Capitol in Sacramento, California, Sept. 24, 2015.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act on Monday morning, making California the 5th state to legalize assisted suicide.

While assisted suicide is and has been a fairly common practice around the world, it has remained the subject of much debate in the United States for well over 100 years. It was not until 1994, when Oregon passed the Oregon Death With Dignity Act, that a state officially legalized the practice under certain conditions. Oregon remained alone in its initiative until 2008, when Washington passed its own Death With Dignity Act ─ modeled around Oregon's bill from 14 years prior.

Until recently, Vermont and Montana were the only other two states following in these footsteps ─ though the ruling in Montana is unique in that it requires court approval.


New light on the CIA's cover up of the JFK assassination


Even if you have to wait over 50 years, eventually the truth will out...

Suspicions that the CIA covered up JFK's murder have finally been confirmed, according to an explosive Politico report out this week. Fifty-two years after the President's death, declassified documents show that the CIA were in communication with alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before JFK's murder in 1963, and they were monitoring his mail since 1959.

Not only that but John McCone, who was Chief of the CIA at the time, allegedly hid evidence from the Warren commission, set up by Lyndon Johnson to investigate JFK's assassination. The spymaster and other senior CIA officials are accused of withholding 'incendiary' information from the commission and therefore perverting the course of justice. The CIA has admitted this.

Comment: This appears to be another level of "damage control". One wonders, of course, why the CIA feels the need, at this particular moment in time, to deflect conspiracy accusations against itself? For much more on the JFK assassination and its implications, read this sprawling exclusive series.


Once again: Another school shooting to keep Russia and Syria out of mainstream news

There was another school shooting today and it's taking top billing as the top news story of the day on all major networks. All press resources are apparently being directed to North Arizona University where one student is dead and three others are injured after a freshman opened fire on a group of students.

While this is being reported on with all the drama and caliber of a mass shooting like, say, the Oregon shooting, if you actually read the story, you'll find out it isn't the same at all.

Two groups of students got into a fight that escalated to this shooting. One of the groups involved Delta Chi Fraternity members. One guy had a gun. The suspect did not leave the scene and was promptly arrested without further incident according to USA Today. This is nothing like the traditional mass shooting that the media usually pounces on.

In fact, worse shooting altercation stories come out of Chicago on any given weekend.

So why is the media pushing this one as top story in America as if it's another Columbine, Aurora, or Sandy Hook?

Probably to keep what's going on with Russia and Syria out of the headlines.

Comment: There have been far too many mass shootings in the US over the years, and it's getting harder to believe the meme of the lone crazy gunman. In fact, it appears that these tragedies may be staged by a psychopathic government to distract the population from any real news that might provoke an end to their despotic rule.

Another mass shooting just in time to distract US from Putin's truth-telling


Survey: One third of vegetarians eat meat when they drink alcohol

The survey found 69 per cent of so-called veggies said they kept their meat eating a secret from friends and family
A third of so-called vegetarians eat meat when they are under the influence of alcohol, a survey has found.

One in three have also said they eat meat every time they were drunk on a night out with kebab meat and beef burgers being the most common.

Around 39 per cent said they ate kebab meat when they were under the influence, while 34 per cent said they opted for beef burgers.

Twenty-seven per cent of 'vegetarians' said they ate bacon, with 19 per cent devouring fried chicken and 14 per cent eating pork sausages.

It's important for friends of these 'vegetarians' to support them when drunk and urge them not to eat meat

But 69 per cent of vegetarians said they did not tell anyone after they had eaten meat.

The survey was conducted by Voucher Codes Pro, a money saving website, which questioned 1,789 people in the UK who were vegetarians.

Comment: People often become vegetarians for noble reasons, but the truth is far different from what is promulgated by Agri-business and the vegetarian community. Read or listen to the SOTT editor's interview with Lierre Keith, the author of The Vegetarian Myth:

SOTT Talk Radio: Dissecting the Vegetarian Myth - Interview with Lierre Keith


British government is lying about true scale of child poverty - Scottish justice secretary

The British government is "sweeping the issue of child poverty under the carpet," Scottish Justice Secretary Alex Neil has warned. He said the impending cut to tax credits will be "devastating" to working families.

Neil made the remarks as new figures revealed more youngsters in Scotland are living in "material deprivation," meaning they are unable to afford basic items. Neil blamed Conservative policies for the rise, accounting for 14 percent of Scottish children according to the Child Poverty Strategy report for Scotland.

The figure has risen to 140,000 this year, the report notes. This followed an rise of 20,000 to 130,000 in 2013/14. "Over recent years, while relative child poverty has been falling, child low income and material deprivation has been increasing," the report said. "While incomes for families with children have been increasing, this has not been reflected in improvements in living standards for all children."

The report also found the number of children living in relative poverty, before housing costs, is down 19 percent on the previous year. But when housing is factored in, the proportion of children in relative poverty remains at 22 percent. Neil said the results are "unacceptable" and called for further devolution from Westminster so the Scottish government can tackle the problem.

"Although the report shows progress being made in some areas, any child living in poverty is unacceptable," he said. "The UK government is gearing up for devastating cuts to tax credits which will hit thousands of low-income working families next year. "It is also planning changes to the definition of poverty to exclude working poor households. The Scottish government rejects this approach.

Comment: The psychopathic elite have created these conditions and we allowed them to prevail. To free ourselves from their clutches, we have to overcome our greatest obstacle: psychopathy.

'Let them eat cake': Poorest UK families to bear the brunt of the government's newest austerity measures

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Unbelievable: Indian man beheads wife, walks down street with her head in his hand

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Man casually walking along the street with a woman's blood-stained head in one hand and an axe in the other sounds like stuff out of a horror movie... but it's what locals saw in an Indian city on Friday.

Passers-by in the streets of an Indian city were shocked to see a man walking with the chopped-off head of his wife in his hand. In the other hand he was holding the axe he allegedly used to behead his spouse.

Comment: This man cannot be considered a normal human. A nonhuman living among us.


Ranking the peasantry: China introduces 'citizen scores'

Unless you have a serf score of 700 or higher
The following is extraordinarily creepy and disturbing. It's also extremely clever, from a jackbooted, fascist thug perspective. When massive censorship itself isn't enough...

TechDirt reports:
China's plan to control the hearts, minds and internet connections of its citizens continues unimpeded. That's the great thing about authoritarian regimes: rollout of mandatory programs is usually only a problem of logistics, not opposition.

The Chinese government has mandated a rating system for all of its connected citizens. It looks like a credit rating but goes much deeper than just tying a measurement of financial risk to a number. It's a way of defining who someone in terms of the government's desires and aims. And its desires aren't all that honorable.

Comment: What happens if your score is low? Will you be forced into a camp?

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And another... Texas Southern University on lockdown after at least 1 shot on campus

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Texas Southern University in Houston is on lockdown, following reports of at least one person shot at a student housing complex. It is the second shooting at a US university today.

This is also the second shooting at TSU this week. On Wednesday evening a 25-year-old male was shot in the abdomen. The shooter in that incident was identified as Darios Tramain Crayton Scott.

Friday's shooting took place around 11:30 local time at the Courtyard Apartments complex, local media reported. There are conflicting reports of one or two victims.

TSU is a historically black college in the heart of Houston with an enrollment of around 10,000 students.

Comment: Another school shooting: 1 dead, wounded in Northern Arizona University shooting - suspect in custoday