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Bizarro Earth

Six Percent Psychopaths

Psychopaths rule our world
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Were people consciously aware something was about to change in a very bad way just before Lenin and Trotsky appeared on the scene in Petrograd in the Spring of 1917? Did the German people realize accepting the 'hope' of Hitler would result in something so hideous and evil that tens of millions of people would die and a permanent blood stain would appear on the history of Germany? What was life like months or years before the Armenians suffered genocide at the hands of the Turks, did they know that government imposed gun control was really disarmament before extermination? How about the Chinese before the tyrant Mao,or the North Koreans before the Kim Jung Il family infestation, did these people know what was coming, but didn't know what they could do?

Most of written history is written on pages of blood - peaceful times of happiness, love and the recession of trauma doesn't survive the filter of condensed history.

I think today, right now, is another one of those moments just before something very bad is about to happen. And, this time, we have the proclivity of written historical records for storing bad news to learn potentially lifesaving, culture rescuing information before we slip into the blood and carnage of insanity.

Blackbox

Explosive Jackie O tapes reveal how she believed Johnson killed JFK

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© UnknownIn the tapes, Jackie allegedly blames President Lyndon Johnson for the death of JFK, who took over the post from her husband after his assassination
Jackie Onassis believed that Lyndon B Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband John F Kennedy, 'explosive' recordings are set to reveal.

The secret tapes will show that the former first lady felt that her husband's successor was at the heart of the plot to murder him.

She became convinced that the then vice president, along with businessmen in the South, had orchestrated the Dallas shooting, with gunman Lee Harvey Oswald - long claimed to have been a lone assassin - merely part of a much larger conspiracy.

Texas-born Mr Johnson, who served as the state's governor and senator, completed Mr Kennedy's term and went on to be elected president in his own right.

Attention

Syrian Government Forces Attack Houleh and Deir Ezzor

Syrian demonstration
© Shaam New Network/EPASyrian students demonstrate after news of further government crackdowns emerged.
Syrian activists say at least four killed in military raids on town in Homs province and eastern city

Syrian security forces have attacked a central town and parts of an eastern city, killing at least four people in renewed fighting, activists said.

The developments came as President Bashar al-Assad's government struggled to crush a five-month long uprising.

Attention

Financial crisis: Full Force of US Downgrade is Felt Around the World

Wall Street sign
© Lucas Jackson/ReutersRecent events have changed the US as an unassailable economic superpower.
US decline leaves China tipped as next economic superpower while pressure on US bonds is set to affect eurozone crisis

When India joined China in criticising America's chaotic handling of its hefty debts this weekend, describing the challenges facing the White House as "grave", it was the clearest indicator yet that the old order had been swept away.

Until recently the United States was the unassailable economic superpower, and the prospect of the White House being bossed about by the bond markets - let alone by Beijing or New Delhi - was unthinkable.

Arrow Down

Israeli Shares Fall 7% After U.S. Downgrade, Local Protests

Tel Aviv brokers
© ReutersSunday retreat is steepest intraday fall since the global economic crisis erupted in 2008
Tel Aviv stocks plunged across the board on Sunday, losing more than 7% in reaction to America's loss of its perfect credit rating late last week and a sharp selloff in world markets Thursday. The Sunday retreat was the steepest intraday fall since the global economic crisis erupted in 2008.

An opening loss exceeding 5% triggered circuit-breakers, causing a series of brief suspensions in trading. But stocks started off almost six percent in the red and by the close, blue chips had lost more than 7%.

Not a single large-cap stock escaped the rout, which had household investors pulling a billion shekels out of mutual funds on Sunday. Sunday's session was marked by sharp drops in stocks associated with Nochi Dankner's IDB group of holding companies and a pullback in oil and gas exploration stocks and biomed shares.

Star of David

Academic Claims Israeli School Textbooks Contain Bias

African migrants in Israeli school
© Ariel Schalit/APChildren of African migrants play inside the Bialik-Rogozin school in Tel Aviv, Israel, in February 2011. Pupils at the school have survived genocide, war and famine. But they were all smiles after learning that a documentary about their plight then eventual safety and asylum in Israel, Strangers No More, had won an Oscar. An Israeli academic is claiming that Israeli schools are racist.
Nurit Peled-Elhanan of Hebrew University says textbooks depict Palestinians as 'terrorists, refugees and primitive farmers'

Nurit Peled-Elhanan, an Israeli academic, mother and political radical, summons up an image of rows of Jewish schoolchildren, bent over their books, learning about their neighbours, the Palestinians. But, she says, they are never referred to as Palestinians unless the context is terrorism.

They are called Arabs. "The Arab with a camel, in an Ali Baba dress. They describe them as vile and deviant and criminal, people who don't pay taxes, people who live off the state, people who don't want to develop," she says. "The only representation is as refugees, primitive farmers and terrorists. You never see a Palestinian child or doctor or teacher or engineer or modern farmer."

Peled-Elhanan, a professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has studied the content of Israeli school books for the past five years, and her account, Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education, is to be published in the UK this month. She describes what she found as racism - but, more than that, a racism that prepares young Israelis for their compulsory military service.

"People don't really know what their children are reading in textbooks," she said. "One question that bothers many people is how do you explain the cruel behaviour of Israeli soldiers towards Palestinians, an indifference to human suffering, the inflicting of suffering. People ask how can these nice Jewish boys and girls become monsters once they put on a uniform. I think the major reason for that is education. So I wanted to see how school books represent Palestinians."

Star of David

Palestine: The Wrong Struggle

Israeli Wall Aparthied
© ActivestillsThe real victims of the state's housing policies are Arabs.
Nearly three weeks ago angry young residents of Tel Aviv took to the streets to protest soaring housing prices. The protests have rapidly reached different sectors of the Israeli society. The Israeli media has propagated the event as a glorious democratic manifestation, while Western media rushed to compare it to the people revolutions in neighboring Arab countries.

Yet it must be recalled that by far the Tel Aviv protests are taking place within the Zionist consensus. For many Arab citizens, the protests are widely seen as a bourgeois distributional conflict over Zionist colonial spoils. No wonder the protests are directed against high housing prices per se rather than against the founding policies and fundamental causes behind the crisis.

We should remember that the real victims of the state's housing policies are not the middle-class Jewish Israelis longing for the exclusive and luxurious privileges offered by the Tel Aviv center. They are the poor Arab residents of Jaffa who have been pushed out of the city by decades of ethnic gentrification, urban exclusion and alienation.

In the meantime, the Israeli media reports the event as if the Arab population, the real victims of the state's economic policies, does not exist. The real narrative- the dispossession, the disempowerment, the unrelenting daily grind of injustice and discrimination, and the daily violation of human rights and dignity - does not fit into the format of the Israeli media's agenda.

Crusader

France: Deviations of MIVILUDES: Raid of 70 policemen on a biodynamism centre

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© REUTERS/Robert PrattaPresident of MIVILUDES Georges Fenech
One more case of misuse attempt of the law on the abuse of weakness

On 22 February 2011, on the initiative of MIVILUDES (Inter-Ministerial Mission Monitoring and Fighting against Sectarian Deviations), 70 policemen assisted by the CAIMADES (department of six persons inside the police specialized in sectarian deviations) invested the 'Centre for teaching biodynamism' in Nyons (Drôme region) and interrupted a training program for people lacking self-confidence. Four persons were put in custody, including the director of the Centre, a former 53-year old physiotherapist. The Centre had been created in 2007. They were suspected of 'potentially sectarian activity' and of 'overcharging training sessions' (500 EUR per week).

The raid was triggered by a local anti-sect movement.

While the neighbors considered the people running the Center 'quiet and discreet', the secretary general of MIVILUDES, Hervé Mashi declared that according to information collected in 2009, the founder of the Center seemed to exert mental control on the trainees and to abuse their weakness.

Bad Guys

US: Infamous Abu Ghraib Guard who Brutally Tortured Prisoners Released From Prison

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© UnknownCharles Graner was released from prison on Saturday
A U.S. military guard known as a ringleader in the physical abuse and sexual humiliation of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison was released Saturday after serving more than six years in a Kansas military prison barracks, a U.S. Army spokesperson said.

Charles Graner, 42, was released from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after serving six-and-a-half years of his 10 year sentence, said U.S. Army spokeswoman Rebecca Steed.

Graner, a former U.S. Army reservist was credited with good conduct. He served his prison term as a private, with no salary and was to be dishonorably discharged after the release.

Footprints

Flashback Unbelievable: Indiana Court Overturns Right to Resist Illegal Entry

Remember the Revolutionary War? One of the many reasons it happened was because British soldiers, under British rule, were allowed to search and seize colonists' homes using broad warrants, and American colonists had virtually no right to resistance. When the so-called 'writs of assistance' were challenged in a 1754 court, a Boston lawyer named James Otis represented the colonists pro bono, and gave a speech that a then-25-year-old John Adams later called 'the spark in which originated the American Revolution." In 1791, the Fourth Amendment, protecting citizens against unlawful search and seizure, was added to the Constitution, but the concept of privacy in one's home actually dated back to a 1604 common law.

Which is to say the Indiana Supreme Court's new ruling is archaic by at least 400 years, and undermines one of the most important aspects of the Bill of Rights. The Chicago Tribune:

truth is no defence
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People have no right to resist if police officers illegally enter their home, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in a decision that overturns centuries of common law.