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Cultural insanity: Ponerized Western consumer culture is creating a demoralized man in psycho-spiritual crisis

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Western consumer culture is creating a psycho-spiritual crisis that leaves us disoriented and bereft of purpose. How can we treat our sick culture and make ourselves well?

Our descent into the Age of Depression seems unstoppable. Three decades ago, the average age for the first onset of depression was 30. Today it is 14. Researchers such as Stephen Izard at Duke University point out that the rate of depression in Western industrialized societies is doubling with each successive generational cohort. At this pace, over 50 per cent of our younger generation, aged 18-29, will succumb to it by middle age. Extrapolating one generation further, we arrive at the dire conclusion that virtually everyone will fall prey to depression.

By contrast to many traditional cultures that lack depression entirely, or even a word for it, Western consumer culture is certainly depression-prone. But depression is so much a part of our vocabulary that the word itself has come to describe mental states that should be understood differently. In fact, when people with a diagnosis of depression are examined more closely, the majority do not actually fit that diagnosis. In the largest study of its kind, Ramin Mojtabai of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health sampled over 5,600 cases and found that only 38 per cent of them met the criteria for depression.

Contributing to the confusion is the equally insidious epidemic of demoralization that also afflicts modern culture. Since it shares some symptoms with depression, demoralization tends to be mislabelled and treated as if it were depression. A major reason for the poor 28-per-cent success rate of anti-depressant drugs is that a high percentage of 'depression' cases are actually demoralization, a condition unresponsive to drugs.

Quenelle

Bombshell: Turkish opposition MP releases 422 pages proving Turkish collusion with Daesh

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These 422 pages of classified documents contain blood-chilling information regarding terrorist activities in Turkey.

These documents classified as 'secret' material, contain huge amounts of information regarding the activities of Daesh militants in Kilis and Gaziantep.

They also show that all the crossings of thousands of terrorists at the Turkish-Syrian border were known to the Turkish authorities, and despite that, they did not take any action.

Erdem, commenting on this information, said that in Kilis, Gaziantep and across Turkey dangerous processes are taking place to which the government turns a blind eye. "I am speaking here as a deputy, whose duty is to control what is happening. The documents that I present to you, is a living proof of what kind of dirty games the AKP government is involved in."

Comment: Erdem sent the docs to RT, who are currently reviewing them. Meanwhile, Sputnik received this exclusive: Daesh Terrorists Secretly Treated at Turkish Hospital:
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Four wounded Daesh fighters have been treated at the Ersin Arslan regional hospital, located in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, an unnamed source told Sputnik. They were admitted on May 5, the medical worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added.One of them, named Bagur Ferhad, is an Afghan national born in 1993, the source said."I examined Daesh fighters. They had gunshot wounds. None of them received life-threatening injuries," the medical worker detailed.

Earlier, Turkish forces opened fire when a group of foreign fighters tried to cross into Syria near Oğuzeli, a city in the Gaziantep province. Three militants were killed, 11 were injured. Four of them were brought to the Ersin Arslan regional hospital. No record of their stay has been made."I think that the hospital's authorities don't want the public to find out that these people received medical treatment here. Doctors and health workers working here don't want to treat Daesh fighters. Some of the doctors come from Kilis, a town that is daily shelled from Syrian territories under Daesh control," the source explained.



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Jon Stewart on 'demagogue' Trump, the Washington 'cesspool' and the media's complete failure to challenge government

Jon Stewart speaks frankly in this interview about the ridiculous sensitivity of Donald Trump, the complete lack of government competence on a number of issues, and the media's failure to hold the government accountable for its total disinterest in helping the people they purportedly represent. He is interviewed by David Axelrod, who was the chief strategist for Barack Obama during his presidential run in 2008 and his 'Senior Strategist' in 2012, for his podcast, The Axe Files.

It's pretty clear from the interview that Stewart - speaking in front of a 1,000 or so University of Chicago undergraduates - realizes that the US system is completely broken and corrupt, while Axelrod still believes (naively or disingenuously) that the US government can still function as its supposed to and make a positive difference in Americans' lives.


Stormtrooper

Insider report forecasts multi-billion-dollar profits from global riot 'contagion': Elites poised for global chaos?

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Shiny suits, coming to a town near you soon (unless they're already there): Riot gear on sale at the 2015 Milipol security expo in Paris
Forecasts of relentless civil unrest in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia seen as massive 'investment opportunity'

The next five years will see the international market for 'riot control systems' boom to a value of more than $5 billion at an annual growth rate of 5%, according to a new report by a global business intelligence firm.

The report forecasts a dramatic rise in civil unrest across the world, including in North America and Europe, driven by an increase in Ferguson-style incidents and "extremist attacks."

The Middle East, North Africa and Asia-Pacific regions will also experience a persistent rise in conflicts.

This increasing trend in instability promises billions of dollars of profits for global defence firms, concludes the report, published last month by Infiniti Research Ltd., a market intelligence firm whose clients include Fortune 500 companies.

Comment: Not included in this picture is the potential for mass infrastructural damage, mass death, and mass migration resulting from the increasingly extreme weather and environmental chaos in general.

They do seem to have some idea of what's in store on that front, but in the end, the Powers That Be will be blindsided by seeing only what they want to see...




Георгиевская ленточка

Worldwide 'Immortal Regiment' marches pay tribute to Second World War heroes

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Local residents carry portraits of their ancestors and participants in World War Two as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in St. Petersburg, May 9.
The "Immortal regiment" movement has spread from Russia to cities worldwide, with thousands of people in 42 countries across the globe already marching or getting ready to march in commemoration of their loved ones who fought in World War Two.

The marches, which are taking place from May 7 through May 9, are an act of admiration and remembrance of all those who showed bravery during perhaps the most terrifying time in our recent history. They serve to show that each person who died or suffered in World War II was someone's family, someone's loved one.

Since its inception in 2007, the Immortal Regiment initiative has been met with unprecedented support, and by 2015 it had received national status. Last year it was held in seven other countries in post-Soviet space and Europe for the first time. This year's map of the Regiment movement, however, is unprecedented.

Comment: The Reds' victory banner was also held high in Syria, where Russian and Syrian forces marched side-by-side:
Russia's Khmeimim airbase in Syria has held its own parade commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany. Both Russian and Syrian servicemen participated in a celebratory march on the airfield which was followed by a procession of military vehicles.

The proceedings began with flag-bearers entering the field carrying the Victory Banner, a symbol marking fascism's defeat. The commander of the Russian operation in the country, Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov, then officialy opened the parade, with its Russian participants performing the country's national anthem.




Books

Victory Day: American narrative of World War II 'falsifies history'

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As Russia celebrates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany 71 years ago, Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear talks with historian Peter Kuznick about the West's habit of downplaying the USSR's role in World War II and the United States' part in sparking the Cold War that followed.

"The Americans and the Soviet have such different memories of World War II," Kuznich, a professor at American University, told Loud & Clear's Brian Becker. "Americans see it in the triumphalist sense. The Good War, the victory against fascism. But the American sacrifice was relatively minimal compared to the Soviet sacrifice."

"The Soviets lost 27 million people in World War II. Everybody was affected. All families lost people and they all suffered immensely during the war."

Pirates

Pentagon plan: Convert Daesh caliphate into US-backed Syrian rebel redoubt


US Special Forces are recruiting and equipping Sunni Arab fighters to capture Raqqa, the capital of ISIS’s caliphate. Once captured, the territory will likely remain in the hands of the US surrogates and almost certainly won’t be returned to the legitimate Syrian government. Instead, it will form the core of a US-puppet regime in Syria.

Comment: The scenario Gowans describes in this article is definitely plausible. It accounts for much of the U.S.'s 'strategy' in Syria today, and some of its more perplexing talking points. Whether or not it will actually happen is a different story. Syria and her allies are likely clued in to what's really going on, and doing everything in their power to prevent it. We'll just have to wait and see.


Washington is preparing to mount a campaign to transfer control of Syrian territory currently held by ISIS to rebels who operate under US influence, forming a rebel redoubt from which US proxies can continue to wage war on Damascus, and establishing the foundation of a US puppet state in Syria.

A key to US strategy is the artificial division of the conflict into a part to be resolved by military means, involving ISIS, and a part to be resolved through a political settlement, involving all other rebel formations. Nusra Front, the exception, is to be ignored, and rebranded. As Al-Qaeda's Syria franchise, it can hardly be embraced openly by the United States, though there is evidence of its being equipped covertly by the CIA.


Comment: And according to Lavrov, the Americans even tried to get it included in the latest Aleppo ceasefire!


Bad Guys

The storm of lies surrounding Syria's humanitarian crisis: Aleppo Is Burning campaign calls for Syria no-fly zone


The latest slick propaganda campaign from the RealityCreators, sourced from one man's bedroom in Coventry, UK, also known as "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights"

"I would like to point out something, if you open the trending section in Facebook you will see that Aleppo, Syria is trending. They say the Syrian government is continuing air-strikes on Aleppo. The funny thing is we dont see or hear any planes." ~ Marianne R Bedoun, Aleppo


The following photo was taken from Soros funded ANA Press director, Deiaa Dughmoch's Facebook page. Translated as Aleppo citizens searching the skies for war-planes. According to Marianne Bedoun, they might be there some time.

Marianne was immediately targeted by hate speech from the followers of mainstream media and the US NATO governed propaganda outlets who are controlling the Aleppo narrative. This from one UK based Facebook responder:
"Its about hiding the truth that Assad is massacring the Syrian people to keep himself in power and the US and NATO are backing him up rather than engaging in any Wahhabi terrorist support operation. Its really quite racist to call those defending their homes and lives NATO backed terrorists but I guess you are so deep in this shit you cant see." ~ Dick Gregory. [Juggler, also available for childrens parties]
Marianne responded from inside Aleppo:
You are right I am so deep in this I cant exit because I am a Syrian living in Aleppo. And please tell me where did you get your facts? Your brain-washing western media? I am telling you what I see every minute. Racist? We are the ones defending our homes against their brutal ways...hell cannons, hand-made missiles etc every day since day one"

Comment: The propaganda war has raged intensely since the battle of Aleppo began, but those peddling the most nonsense about the evils of the Assad government are the exact same parties heavily invested in regime change in Syria and plunging the Middle East into chaos. Sadly, the short memories of the idiots parroting the propaganda do not allow them to remember the lies we were told about Iraq, Libya and the countless other interventions or CIA proxy wars which ended in disaster for the countries being 'liberated'.


Cloud Lightning

The catastrophic events that have a high probability of leading to an American 'apocalypse'

Is the strongest and most powerful nation on the planet headed for an apocalypse which will bring it to its knees? We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and apocalyptic themes have become very common in books, movies, television shows and video games. It is almost as if there is an unconscious understanding on a societal level that something very big and very bad is coming, even if the vast majority of the population cannot specifically identify what that is going to be. Last week, the Global Challenges Foundation released a new report entitled "Global Catastrophic Risks 2016" in which they discussed various apocalyptic events that they believe could wipe out more than 10 percent of the population of our planet, and they warned that these types of events "are more likely than we intuitively think"...
Sebastian Farquhar, director at the Global Priorities Project, told the Press Association: "There are some things that are on the horizon, things that probably won't happen in any one year but could happen, which could completely reshape our world and do so in a really devastating and disastrous way.

"History teaches us that many of these things are more likely than we intuitively think. Many of these risks are changing and growing as technologies change and grow and reshape our world. But there are also things we can do about the risks."

Comment: Do not be surprised if some of these probable developments occur in quick succession, or even more or less simultaneously. It's a good time now to prepare for them.


Eye 1

NATO-linked think tanks control Europe's reaction to refugee crisis

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A flood of uncontrolled war refugees from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and other Islamic countries destabilized by Washington's 'Arab Spring' Color Revolutions, has created the greatest social dislocation across the EU from Germany to Sweden to Croatia since the end of World War II. By now it has become clear to most that something quite sinister is afoot, something which threatens to destroy the social fabric of the very core of European civilization. What few realize is that the entire drama is being orchestrated, not by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or by faceless EU bureaucrats of the Brussels EU Commission. It is being orchestrated by a cabal of NATO-linked think tanks.

Last October 8, 2015 amid the great stream of hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding into Germany from Syria, Tunisia, Libya and other lands, a newly self-confident German Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed on a popular German TV program, "I have a plan." She took the occasion to take a sharp dig at coalition partner, Bavarian CSU head, Horst Seehofer, a staunch critic of Merkel's open arms refugee position since spring 2015 that saw more than one million refugees enter Germany last year alone.

Since that point, with iron-hard resolve, the German Chancellor has defended the criminal Erdogan regime in Turkey, an essential partner in her "plan."

Comment: The Empire of Chaos' role in the refugee crisis continues to come into the light. With this article we can see who exactly is funding and promoting the preposterous deals between Erdogan and Europe, thus further strong-arming and destabilizing the EU. For more on the deal itself, check out: The EU-Turkey Refugee Deal & Other Strange Tales