Society's Child


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.

Comment: Mother of all gushers - BP Oil Disaster in Gulf of Mexico - A Timeline

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)


Migrant Germany: A state of siege and the mood is changing

Refugees queue at the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs as they wait for their registration in Berlin.
Merkel was cheered when she opened the floodgates to migrants. Now, with gangs of men roaming the streets and young German women being told to cover up, the mood's changing...
  • Thousands of economic migrants are posing as refugees to reach Europe
  • David Cameron said this week that Europe must send failed asylum claimants back to their countries
  • Demands for Germany's 'open doors and windows' policy to be scrapped
  • Women said rape and child abuse were rife in Giessen's refugee camp
On the busy shopping street in Giessen, a German university town twinned with Winchester, migrant Atif Zahoor tucks into a chicken dish with his brother and cousin at the curry restaurant Chillie To Go. They have left good jobs back in Karachi, Pakistan, and now want to be Europeans.

In late July the three slipped into Germany with their wives and children, using illegal documents. They live together in a five-bedroom house, rented for them by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, a 40-minute drive away from Giessen, which is home to the biggest migrants' camp in the country. 'We paid a trafficking agent for false visas to fly here to Germany,' says 34-year-old Atif. 'We claimed asylum and came to Giessen camp with other migrants. Three weeks ago, because we had families, they gave us a proper home.'

Atif is well-dressed and speaks perfect English. He used to be a transport manager at Karachi airport and is from a well-to-do family. Between mouthfuls of curry, he adds: 'But there is violence between political gangs in Karachi. Lots of people are leaving for Europe. The trafficker decided that Germany was the place for us because it is welcoming refugees.'

Yet the raw truth is that Atif is not fleeing war or persecution. He is one of thousands of economic migrants getting into Germany as the EU's immigration crisis grows bigger each day.
This week, David Cameron said Europe must send failed asylum claimants back to their own countries, while European Council president Donald Tusk has warned that millions more migrants are on their way and 'the policy of open doors and windows' must be scrapped.
They are tough words, but it's action that is needed. As Jens Spahn, a deputy finance minister in Chancellor Merkel's government, said this week: 'Not everyone can stay in Germany, or in Europe. If people are coming for poverty reasons... we have to send them back.'

Comment: There will always be those who take advantage of a terrible situation for their own gain. On a micro level, it is the economic migrants pretending to be refugees to con the system. On a macro level, it is the US, Israel and NATO pretending to fight the war on terrorism they initiated and for which they are grossly responsible. It is a sad, sad day when the innocent have to pay with fear, violation and death for the iniquities, ideologies and pathological agendas of the few.


Feudal America: How student loan debt is turning us into serfs

The Medieval era is well-known for being littered with feudal societies, ruled by royalty and served by serfs who kept the system running with back-breaking labor. Contrary to popular opinion though, the serfs weren't exactly what we would call 'slaves.' They definitely had more rights and opportunities than many of their ancestors from the Roman Empire, and they weren't owned by other people.

Instead, they were merely 'tied down.' They often didn't have the freedom to move about, not because there were walls and watch towers keeping them penned up, but because they were beholden to the land. They had to pay part of their income if they wanted to stay on that land, and if they wanted any kind of protection.

Comment: The student loan debt problem is atrocious. For more see:

Life Preserver

Preparation is key: Sink or swim - observations from the South Carolina flood

As the flood waters began to rise in South Carolina, so did the level of awareness that the vast majority of South Carolinians were wholly unprepared for such a disaster.

As the flood crisis got under way, South Carolina saw its major cities inundated with so much water that city centers were unnavigable without a boat, coastal areas saw houses collapse, and both city and rural areas saw roads wash out completely. With dams bursting and bridges washing away, local governments, citizens, and emergency management personnel clearly had their hands full. Most of them, to their credit, did their jobs well enough with the resources they had, despite the violation of rights by some local administrations.

Still, we can learn at least three lessons from the recent flooding in South Carolina.
  1. A very small minority of people are equipped to deal with an emergency in a competent fashion.
  2. A slightly larger number of people attempt to be prepared but fall short if the emergency persists.
  3. The vast majority of people are wholly unprepared for even a slight disturbance in their usual routine or living conditions.

Comment: Preparation really is key! Considering the following: Signs of Change: Extreme weather and environmental upheaval in September 2015 and how being informed and aware could save your life:
Michael Snyder is very well known for his blogs 'End of the American Dream' and 'The Economic Collapse' and from the sheer number of other sites that republish his articles.

Michael is also the author of the book Get Prepared Now: Why a Great Crisis is Coming and How You Can Survive It, which he wrote with Barbara Fix, and the novel The Beginning of the End, a mystery thriller set in the near future, both of which are available on Amazon. He also has a new DVD called "Economic Collapse, World War III & The Death of America", which is available on

Eye 2

Woman sues cops after video emerges of cops punching her in face during arrest over seatbelt violation

A woman in Carlsbad, California is suing police after an officer punched her in the face while arresting her over an alleged seatbelt violation.

The New York Daily News reported on a police brutality suit brought by 40-year-old Cindy Hahn, who was arrested and beaten in 2013 as her two children, ages 7 and 11, watched.

According to Hahn's complaint, on July 31, 2013, she and her children were leaving a birthday party when they came upon a vehicle which was unoccupied with its alarm blaring.

Police cruisers with their lights flashing surrounded the vehicle, but officers were allowing the alarm to blare. When Hahn — whose father is a police officer — asked an officer on duty why police weren't shutting off the car alarm, the officer — identified in court documents as Officer Kenyatte Valentine — reportedly told her to mind her "own fucking business."

Comment: Not only should the officer be fired and charged with assault, but any other officer who didn't stop him should be penalized by his superiors for allowing the illegal action to occur.

Star of David

Israel to legalize five West Bank outposts with settlers who committed violence against Palestinians

Masked Jewish settlers, background, and Palestinians, foreground, hurl stones during clashes in the West Bank.
Plan revealed in response to Yesh Din petition to evacuate illegal outpost of Adei Ad, east of Shilo, built on private land and home to residents involved in violent acts against Palestinians — Israel intends to authorize a bloc of five West Bank outposts east of Shilo that covers six square kilometers and includes hundreds of illegal structures. The state submitted the announcement to the High Court of Justice in response a petition filed last year by the human rights group Yesh Din and the owners of the lands in question.

The petition calls for immediate evacuation of the Adei Ad outpost because it was built without any building permits on private lands, and because outpost residents have been involved in violent acts threatening local security.
Regarding claims of violence by outpost residents toward Palestinian residents, the state asserted that 36 cases were opened in 2014 in the Shilo area and the adjacent Habladim outpost for illegal political acts including attacks and causing property damage. The cases led to 11 indictments against 19 individuals. In 2015, 16 cases were opened, only two of which have led to indictments.
In its response filed Tuesday to the High Court, the state announced its intention to authorize all the Shilo region outposts. To this end, work is being carried out to verify the borders of state lands in the area referred to as "Blue line team," as a preliminary stage for authorizing the outposts.

Comment: Why not. Israel doesn't consider violence against Palestinians as a crime, nor usurping another country's property illegal.

According to Yesh Din:
These acts of violence are not isolated incidents, not are they simply acts of hate or anger. Rather this brand of violence is part of a sophisticated, wider strategy designed to assert territorial domination over Palestinians in the West Bank.
'No go zones': In one manifestation of settler violence, Palestinians often face armed settlers in areas surrounding settlements and outposts, who create effective "no go zones" which often include private Palestinian land. This ensures that the land is virtually abandoned by its fearful owners.

'Price tag' campaign: In recent years, settlers have launched their "price tag" campaign against State, in which they retaliate during attempts to dismantle outposts by carrying out violent attacks on nearby Palestinian villages, forcing authorities to divert personnel to those areas.
According to international humanitarian law, as the occupying power in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Israel is charged with ensuring the security and safety of the residents of the OPT. Israel has neglected this obligation for decades. The IDF and police are neither prepared nor willing to provide the necessary protection to Palestinians attacked by violent settlers. Law enforcement agencies display repeated failure to conduct proper investigations of these incidents. When convictions are made, Israeli citizens involved in such violent acts are handed light sentences.

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Police State policies in view during South Carolina flood

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As the flood waters began to rise in South Carolina, so did the level of awareness that the vast majority of South Carolinians were wholly unprepared for such a disaster. But local governments have also proven themselves unprepared, poorly prioritized, and inept at dealing with the destruction left by a historic amount of rainfall over the Palmetto state.

As the flood crisis got under way, South Carolina saw its major cities inundated with so much water that city centers were unnavigable without a boat, coastal areas saw houses collapse, and both city and rural areas saw roads wash out completely. With dams bursting and bridges washing away, local governments, citizens, and emergency management personnel clearly had their hands full. Most of them, to their credit, did their jobs well enough with the resources they had.

However, as has now become typical, local governments immediately began racing the flood waters to see which could become the greatest threat to the people of South Carolina.

Comment: Authoritarian bureaucratic types seem to have a penchant for over-reacting - but little ability to exercise foresight and wisdom before problems get escalated.

For more on the event itself see:

Catastrophic flash flooding forecast for South Carolina, National Guard deployed

At least eight dead in 'historic' flash flooding in South Carolina, US


Woman found dead 24 hours after she sat down in Hong Kong McDonald's; unaware customers just ate...

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Customers at the Ping Shek Estate McDonald's in Kowloon Bay came and went for 24 hours before an employee realised the woman was unconscious and called police.
Social welfare groups have raised concerns about the lack of support for people living on the fringes of society

Police are trying to confirm the identity of a homeless woman who was found dead in a 24-hour McDonald's outlet at a public housing estate in Kowloon Bay yesterday morning.

The case has raised concern among social welfare groups about the lack of support for people living on the fringes of society.

The woman, aged around 50 to 60 years, was found slumped over her table in a quiet corner, 24 hours after she entered the restaurant at Ping Shek Estate, while other customers were unaware what had happened.

She was 1.6 metres tall, with short black hair and wearing black-rimmed glasses. She was dressed in a gray long-sleeved overcoat, white t-shirt and black trousers, and wore slippers. Although she had a bag and a wallet on her, she had no identification documents.

It is believed she was a street-sleeper who regularly spent her nights in McDonald's.

At around 8:30am yesterday, a McDonald's employee called police after finding the woman unconscious and cold at her table. She was confirmed dead at the scene.

According to police, there was nothing suspicious about her death upon initial investigation.

Arrow Down

Fourth turning: Crisis of trust - Part 3

Comment: It is hard to find a more damning outline of what is happening in the United States economic and financial systems than what is outlined in the article.The picture above alone speaks volumes about where things are heading. At some point the relative stability being maintained is going to crack and with it the facade of economic recovery built on lies and manipulation. It is sure to get bumpy when things come to a head, so if possible prepare now both mentally and materially.

Also, continue to a comment at the end of the article for thoughts on the possible connection of the Strauss - Howe generational theory and Fourth Turnings to psychopathy and what role Vladimir Putin may play in what may turn out to be a Fourth Turning of the whole world.

In Part 1 of this article I discussed the catalyst spark which ignited this Fourth Turning and the seemingly delayed regeneracy. In Part 2 I pondered possible Grey Champion prophet generation leaders who could arise during the regeneracy. In Part 3 I will focus on the economic channel of distress which is likely to be the primary driving force in the next phase of this Crisis.

There are very few people left on this earth who lived through the last Fourth Turning (1929 - 1946). The passing of older generations is a key component in the recurring cycles which propel the world through the seemingly chaotic episodes that paint portraits on the canvas of history. The current alignment of generations is driving this Crisis and will continue to give impetus to the future direction of this Fourth Turning. The alignment during a Fourth Turning is always the same: Old Artists (Silent) die, Prophets (Boomers) enter elderhood, Nomads (Gen X) enter midlife, Heroes (Millennials) enter young adulthood—and a new generation of child Artists (Gen Y) is born. This is an era in which America's institutional life is torn down and rebuilt from the ground up—always in response to a perceived threat to the nation's very survival.

For those who understand the theory, there is the potential for impatience and anticipating dire circumstances before the mood of the country turns in response to the 2nd or 3rd perilous incident after the initial catalyst. Neil Howe anticipates the climax of this Crisis arriving in the 2022 to 2025 time frame, with the final resolution happening between 2026 and 2029. Any acceleration in these time frames would likely be catastrophic, bloody, and possibly tragic for mankind. As presented by Strauss and Howe, this Crisis will continue to be driven by the core elements of debt, civic decay, and global disorder, with the volcanic eruption traveling along channels of distress and aggravating problems ignored, neglected, or denied for the last thirty years. Let's examine the channels of distress which will surely sway the direction of this Crisis.

Comment: Strauss - Howe generational theory and Fourth Turnings is interesting to consider in light of the research done on the role of psychopathology in driving the ups and downs societies and the world has experienced. A specific excerpt from Political Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes) by Andrew M. Lobaczewski helps explain the mechanism behind what Strauss and Howe uncovered with their generational theory and cycling in society:
From time immemorial, man has dreamed of a life in which his efforts to accumulate benefits can be punctuated by rest during which time he enjoys those benefits. He learned how to domesticate animals in order to accumulate more benefits, and when that no longer met his needs, he learned to enslave other human beings simply because he was more powerful and could do it.

Dreams of a happy life of 'more accumulated benefits' to be enjoyed, and more leisure time in which to enjoy them, thus gave rise to force over others, a force which depraves the mind of its user. That is why man's dreams of happiness have not come true throughout history: the hedonistic view of 'happiness' contains the seeds of misery. Hedonism, the pursuit of the accumulation of benefits for the sole purpose of self-enjoyment, feeds the eternal cycle where good times lead to bad times.

During good times, people lose sight of the need for thinking, introspection, knowledge of others, and an understanding of life. When things are 'good,' people ask themselves whether it is worth it to ponder human nature and flaws in the personality (one's own, or that of another). In good times, entire generations can grow up with no understanding of the creative meaning of suffering since they have never experienced it themselves. When all the joys of life are there for the taking, mental effort to understand science and the laws of nature - to acquire knowledge that may not be directly related to accumulating stuff - seems like pointless labor. Being 'healthy minded,' and positive - a good sport with never a discouraging word - is seen as a good thing, and anyone who predicts dire consequences as the result of such insouciance is labeled a wet-blanket or a killjoy.

Perception of the truth about reality, especially a real understanding of human nature in all its ranges and permutations, ceases to be a virtue to be acquired. Thoughtful doubters are 'meddlers' who can't leave well enough alone. 'Don't fix it if it ain't broke.' This attitude leads to an impoverishment of psychological knowledge including the capacity to differentiate the properties of human nature and personality, and the ability to mold healthy minds creatively.

The cult of power thus supplants the mental and moral values so essential for maintaining peace by peaceful means. A nation's enrichment or involution as regards its psychological world-view could be considered an indicator of whether its future be good or bad.

During good times, the search for the meaning of life, the truth of our reality, becomes uncomfortable because it reveals inconvenient factors. Unconscious elimination of data which are, or appear to be, inexpedient, begins to be habitual, a custom accepted by entire societies. The result is that any thought processes based on such truncated information cannot bring correct conclusions. This then leads to substitution of convenient lies to the self to replace uncomfortable truths thereby approaching the boundaries of phenomena which should be viewed as psychopathological.
In such a situation as described above, in 'good times' where the majority of people lose the ability or caring to correctly weigh situations and the psychology of others objectively, the stage is set for psychopaths to infiltrate and degrade society. When this is allowed to happen, society degrades until a crisis point where normal people are then forced to learn the hard way a correct psychological world view. With this new psychological world view, the stage is set for drastic changes to be made, psychopaths to be removed from power and for the cycle as described with generational theory to start anew.

What also needs to be considered is the possibility of the entire world experiencing a Fourth Turning. The world in the last 60 years has become interconnected and interdependent like never before in recorded history. Perhaps when the crisis phase truly hits it will be a fully worldwide phenomenon. In part 2 of the series (linked above), the author describes who in the United States might be the 'Grey Champion' to lead the United States during the upcoming crisis. If the crisis is seen as worldwide and as a worldwide phenomenon due to the world being interconnected, perhaps one individual will play the role of 'Grey Champion' for the entire world. If you are following recent news, then only one name sticks out as a possibility - Vladimir Putin. As we write, it looks as though Russia and Putin are set to change the face of the Middle East. Putin has used truth and logic to justify the recent actions in Syria and accomplish what looks to be the beginning stages of a sea change in the worldwide public's perception of reality.