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Another pilot passes out: United Airlines co-pilot loses consciousness during flight to San Francisco

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A United Airlines co-pilot lost consciousness on a Houston-to-San Francisco flight Tuesday morning, according to a travel industry news website.

eTurboNews Group reported the United flight 1614 was diverted to Albuquerque International Sunport after the co-pilot lost consciousness mid-flight.

Word of the incident comes a day after an American Airlines pilot died during a flight from Phoenix to Boston. The co-pilot on the flight landed the plane safely in Syracuse, N.Y.

Comment: Pilot dies in mid-flight with 147 passengers, American Airlines


The city where residents have been taking mentally ill people into their homes for hundreds of years


Geel residents have been taking people with mental illnesses into their homes for centuries Mike Jau
Geel has a unique model of psychiatric care dating back to the 14th Century

"Half of Geel is crazy, and the rest is half crazy," runs a joke often told about the Belgian city of Geel.

On the surface, it may seem unremarkable with its pretty market square and river views, surrounded by the Antwerp countryside.

But wandering around its plazas and cafes, visitors may notice that some of the residents seem slightly "eccentric", and with good reason.

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'ISIS is not Islam' - Russian university fights extremism with anti-terror textbook

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A university in Russia's Urals region has published 3,000 copies of a book detailing the deceits used by Islamic State and describing the dangers that await the possible recruits to the terrorist group. The work targets young people, Muslim clerics and civil servants in Russia.

"Without any exaggeration, the whole world is now fighting with the Islamic State. Their principles are inhumane and destructive for the very foundations of humanity. As we study Islam and Orthodox Chistianity on the Theology Department of our university we can expertly explain the processes that are now taking place in the world," the chancellor of the Urals State Mining University said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.

"The Russian President is now allocating a lot of his attention to the explanations over the issue. Our country is setting an example on how to correctly oppose extremists. These are the reasons behind our 'ISIS is not Islam' book," the rector said.

He also explained that the professors started to pay special attention to anti-ISIS propaganda after one of the university's students, 19-year old Varvara Karaulova left Russia for Turkey this summer in the hope of marrying an ISIS fighter she had met online. The girl was detained by Turkish law enforcement officers and returned to Russia, but the case gained a lot of attention in the media.


Peru: Civil liberties suspended, state of emergency declared following mining protests

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The Peruvian government has declared a 30-day state of emergency following four deaths at a protest of the Chinese-owned Las Bambas mine project. The emergency status includes a startling suspension of civil liberties on Peruvians.

Latin Post reports:
After four people were killed amid anti-mining protests, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared a 30-day state of emergency in the Apurímac region on Tuesday [Sept 29].

Suspending civil liberties and authorizing military patrols, the government announced that extra troops would be sent to Apurímac "to restore internal peace."

The four protesters were shot dead during confrontations with the police. Aside from the deaths, 14 protesters were injured in demonstrations against a $7.4 billion copper mine project.


Activists airdrop flyers onto NSA base appealing to conscience of agents to quit their jobs

On Friday, a drone-like device dropped flyers over a key NSA intelligence facility that advised employees to quit their jobs on ethical grounds. The effort is the most recent attempt by privacy advocates to chip away at the power of the surveillance state using direct action campaigns.

Peng!, a tactical media and activist group, used a remote-controlled plane to drop flyers over a U.S. military base in Germany that serves as the NSA's European hub of signals intelligence known as the Dagger Complex. The flyers were designed by Intelexit, the specific campaign Peng! launched to encourage security agency employees to quit their jobs. A video posted to Youtube shows footage from the remote-controlled plane intercut with panoramic shots of the flying overhead.

Comment: In a career that is fraught with paranoia, secrecy, revolving doors, corruption, malfeasance, and law-breaking by any other description, dropping out and even whistle blowing requires an incredible amount of courage and fortitude. But it would probably do us well to remember that most many of the individuals who sign on to these jobs do so precisely because they fit in with the pathological culture of control, and lack the conscience to stand up to it to begin with.

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California mayor detained at airport by DHS, forced to give up electronics and passwords

Stockton, California Mayor Anthony R. Silva attended a recent mayor's conference in China, but his return trip took a bit longer than usual. At the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this week, agents with the Department of Homeland Security detained Silva and confiscated his personal cell phone among other electronics. According to comments from the mayor, that may not even be the most alarming part.

"Unfortunately, they were not willing or able to produce a search warrant or any court documents suggesting they had a legal right to take my property," Silva told SFGate. "In addition, they were persistent about requiring my passwords for all devices."

The mayor's attorney, Mark Reichel, told SFGate that Silva was not allowed to leave the airport without forfeiting his passwords. Reichel was not present for Silva's interaction with the DHS agents, either. The mayor was told he had "no right for a lawyer to be present" and that being a US citizen did not "entitle me to rights that I probably thought," according to the paper.


Donut shop employee writes Black Lives Matter on cop's coffee cup, sets off local media storm

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A police officer in Providence, Rhode Island, received a coffee at Dunkin' Donuts with the message, "#blacklivesmatter" written on the cup, referring to the national movement highlighting police brutality towards people of color

An employee at Dunkin' Donuts on Atwells Avenue in Providence "was immediately rude, and didn't appear to want to serve him in Uniform," according to Providence police officer William O'Donnell, who wrote of the incident involving a fellow officer in a private Facebook post.

The incident occured on Friday. The local police union ‒ Providence Police Patrolman and Providence Fraternal Order of Police ‒ held an emergency meeting on Sunday, according to, and released a statement "condemning the employee and the Black Lives Matter movement."

The statement went on: "Providence FOP #3 finds this action to be unacceptable and discouraging... The negativity displayed by the #Blacklivesmatter organization towards Police across this nation is creating a hostile environment that is not resolving any problems or issues, but making it worse for our communities."

Comment: This may not have been the most strategic action by a person concerned with police brutality, but it isn't hard to understand their motive:

Alarm Clock

Understanding the sickness of the American psyche

There is a deep sickness beginning to take hold of the American psyche that threatens to undermine the already shaken stability of the lives of everyone in this country.

It appears that America is coming apart at the seams. Routine school shootings, the reemergence of overt racism, anti-government paranoia on the rise, exaggerated threats of germs and terrorists lurking around every corner, government indifference to the hollowing out of the middle class, military tactics employed by officers of the peace—signs of societal disintegration are everywhere. And now we have witnessed the murder of two journalists on live TV and must endure the relentless exploitative media coverage that inevitably follows. While it is true that there always will be social unrest and all manner of cultural crises, the current state of affairs strikes many as beyond the ordinary—and I must cautiously cast my vote in agreement.

Is the sky falling? Maybe, maybe not, but there is a deep sickness beginning to take hold of the American psyche that threatens to undermine the principles that have long held the democratic experiment together. Although there are a variety of legitimate perspectives concerning this dilemma, I will propose my analysis of the psychiatric state of the American mind, an analysis that is largely colored by my vantage point as a holistic physician with a conventional medical educational background.

Comment: This very complex issue begins with each individual doing their best to take personal responsibility in seeing reality as it is. This starts with the very disturbing realization that there are those amongst us who don't think the way that we do or have the best interests of society at heart. Learning all we can about psychopathy and their antisocial tactics may help the general public to stop being at war with each other and understand who the real enemy is.


The worst environmental disaster in American history only cost BP $21 billion?

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Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010.
The US government and BP have finalized a $20.8 billion deal to settle the energy giant's 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP plans to stretch its payment, described as the "biggest in US history," over 15 years.

"This resolution is strong and fitting," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said. "BP is receiving the punishment it deserves while also providing critical compensation to the damage to the Gulf region."

The final agreement comes more than three months after the deal was first announced in July, but still needs to be approved by a federal court.

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Book 2

Ridiculous hysteria: Ohio court upholds school suspension of black child accused of staring at white girl

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An Ohio court has upheld the suspension of a 12-year-old black boy for staring at a white girl at school in what he called a "staring contest," Fox 19 is reporting.

The unidentified student was suspended from a private Catholic school, St. Gabriel Consolidated, in September of last year after school officials say he "intimidated" his classmate.

According to the boy, he and the girl were engaged in a staring contest and that she was giggling the whole time.

Court documents state that the girl said she "felt fearful," leading the school to suspend the boy despite the fact that he wrote an apology saying he meant no harm.

"I never knew she was scared because she was laughing," he wrote. "I understand I done the wrong thing that will never happen again. I will start to think before I do so I am not in this situation."

According to his parents, they filed suit to have the suspension removed from his record.

"The perception is he intimidated her," said his mother, Candice Tolbert. "My son stared at a girl who was engaged in a staring game. She giggled the entire time."

According to Tolbert, the same girl was involved in an incident at the school that was much worse, yet led to no repercussions.

"The same girl that accused my son of this act of perception of intimidation, aggressively poured milk on someone else's lunch. When she did that there was no penalties for that. She received nothing for that," she explained.

Comment: Pathocracy:
The first phase of macrosocial disease, i.e. social hysterization, is the opening through which pathocracy manifests. Such a period of societal spiritual crisis is associated with the exhausting of the ideational, moral, and religious values heretofore nourishing the society in question. Individuals and groups grow increasingly self-serving, and the links of moral duty and social networks loosen. People become concerned with trifling things, ignoring more important issues such as commitment to the future, or involvement in public matters.

The most characteristic feature of such a period is widespread hysteria, like that of the quarter century in Europe preceding WWI. "Happy" times of peace are necessarily dependant on social injustice, and children of the privileged class learn early to repress ideas that they and their families are benefiting from the injustice of others. Such unconscious defense mechanisms cause these individuals to disparage the values of those whose work they exploit. These processes lead to an hysterical state of inhibited logic and reasoning. This rigidity of thought then gets passed on to the next generation to an even greater degree.

The hysterical patterns finally get passed from the ruling class to the less privileged classes. This characteristic contempt for factual criticism, for normal thought patterns and nations, obviates the need for media censorship. A pathologically hypersensitive censor lives within each citizen. This has been repeatedly demonstrated by the American media in relation to the omissions and distortions of the Kean-Zelikow 911 Commission Report, the propaganda leading to the Iraq war, the death toll of Iraqi citizens, the reality in Palestine.

"When three "egos" govern - egoism, egotism, and egocentrism - the feeling of social links and responsibility toward others disappear, and the society in question splinters into groups ever more hostile to each other. When a hysterical environment stops differentiating the opinions of limited, not-quite-normal people from those of normal, reasonable persons, this opens the door for activation of the pathological factors of a various nature to enter in." (Lobaczewski, 17)