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Novorossiyan video testimony: Prisoners tortured in Ukrainian captivity, forced to run through mine fields, branded with swastikas

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The video below, courtesy of Kazzura on YouTube, shows the testimony of Stankevich Stanislav Nikolayevich, captured on August 24 by the Ukrainian National Guard and recently released (presumably as part of the Minsk-initiated prisoner exchange). He tells of being captured and tortured, showing the wounds his captors burnt onto his body, including a Nazi swastika on his buttocks and lower back. He also tells of Ukrainian troops keeping captured 'separatists' (civilians and militia, men and women) chained in pits, and sending prisoners they didn't like through mine fields, shooting their rifles to spur them on, killing them.

What Ukraine is seeing isn't just the resurgence of fascism. It is the process of ponerization; the creation of a pathocracy, where psychopaths achieve positions of power, creating a system where more psychopaths are free to express their true nature at all levels of society. Particularly in armed conflict, this means things like what you can see described in the video above: torture, sadism, murder, debasement. The process of a total 'rebuilding' of worldview is described in detail in Dr. Andrew Lobaczewski's book on the subject: Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes.


Stark contrast: Washington elites vs. normal Americans

© Reuters / Molly Riley
Private motor yachts are docked at Gangplank Marina in Washington (highly befitting moniker as that is where most of our rulers belong)
With Americans expressing some of the lowest opinions of the three branches of government ever recorded, it turns out that Washington at the same time does not hold the American electorate in high esteem, two academics discovered.

In an effort to gauge the similarities and differences between Washington bureaucrats and the American public at large, Jennifer Bachner and Benjamin Ginsberg, professors at Johns Hopkins University, conducted an exhaustive survey of 850 Federal employees, Hill staffers, contractors, consultants, lobbyists and think tankers, the Washington Post reported.

The results varied enough to suggest that Americans are from Venus and Washington bureaucrats are from Mars.

"The elements of difference we have identified between the rulers and the ruled - demographic, experiential, partisan and ideological - give us some reason to suspect that the two groups may not perceive the political world in the same way," the authors write. "Taken together, these elements could well create a substantial cognitive and perceptual gulf between official and quasi-official Washington on the one hand and the American public on the other."

Comment: The above is quite an understatement! The elite rulers ARE different - the majority are psychopaths, and as such have no conception of the world inhabited by normal human beings.


Ebola update: Bodies of missing health workers, journalists found in Guinea; patients turning to black market for survivors blood

Africa - Officials in Guinea searching for a team of health workers and journalists who went missing while trying to raise awareness of Ebola have found several bodies. A spokesman for Guinea's government said the bodies included those of three journalists in the team. They went missing after being attacked on Tuesday in a village near the southern city of Nzerekore. More than 2,600 people have now died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It is the world's worst outbreak of the deadly disease, with officials warning that more than 20,000 people could ultimately be infected. The three doctors and three journalists disappeared after being pelted with stones by residents when they arrived in the village of Wome - near where the Ebola outbreak was first recorded. One of the journalists managed to escape and told reporters that she could hear the villagers looking for them while she was hiding. A government delegation, led by the health minister, had been dispatched to the region but they were unable to reach the village by road because a main bridge had been blocked.

Comment: The virus has been mutating quickly, and blood transfusions from survivors may be unlikely to provide immunity. It would be far more practical to improve one's diet so as to help the immune system fight off disease pathogens. For more on ways to prepare see:

Pestilence, the Great Plague, and the Tobacco Cure

Natural treatments for Ebola virus exist, research suggests

Natural allopathic treatment modalities for Ebola virus

Black Cat

Ebola health team of eight brutally killed in Guinea as suspicion reigns among locals

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The bodies of eight people - including three journalists - were found in Guinea after an Ebola health team came under attack two days ago, officials said. Meanwhile, the UN plans to deploy a special mission to fight the virus in the worst-hit countries.

The group, which included three doctors and three journalists, is said to have been attacked near Nzerekore, a city near Guinea's southern tip. With the Ebola death toll now topping 2,600, the team was sent to the area to help raise awareness about the virus. They had been missing since Tuesday.

The six were found dead on Thursday. The identities of the other two bodies are currently unknown.

Government spokesman Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters that the workers and journalists were brutally beaten to death.

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Scots reject independence in historic vote

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Edinburgh - Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent Thursday against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.

A majority of voters did not embrace Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond's impassioned plea to launch a new state, choosing instead the security offered by remaining in the United Kingdom.

"We have chosen unity over division," Alistair Darling, head of the No campaign, said early Friday in Glasgow. "Today is a momentous day for Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole."

Salmond conceded defeat, saying "we know it is a majority for the No campaign," and called on Scots to accept the results of the vote.

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Florida cops storm barber shop to inspect licenses and sanitation

© Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel
The Strictly Skillz barbershop in Orlando.
Orlando - Deputies and state regulators aggressively raided Orlando-area barbershops, roughing up innocent staff and handcuffing them on the floor in an effort to check if the barbers had acquired government permission to legally cut hair.

A series of these raids has recently come to light, one of which is making its way through the litigation process in the federal court system. This was the raid of the Strictly Skills barbershop in Pine Hills, Florida, in which government agents warrantlessly stormed in the establishment with as many as 25 customers and 6 staff members present.


Hackers target RT.com with massive DDoS attack

© Reuters / David McNew
RT.com has been hit with the most powerful DDoS attack in the website's history, which reached 10 Gbps in strength. No group has claimed responsibility. RT has experienced cyber assaults in the past, prompted by its reporting on Manning and WikiLeaks.

The Wednesday attack was successfully deflected, but resulted in a temporary slowdown of the site.

"Thanks to the website's reliable technical protection, RT.com was unavailable just for a few minutes, even though the DDoS attack has continued," RT's press service said in a statement.

The attack was identified as a UDP-flood type, and reached 10 gigabits per second.

Hackers have previously targeted RT with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, to prevent it from reporting on various controversial issues, such as the Chelsea Manning trial and WikiLeaks.

DDoS attacks bring websites down by fabricating internet traffic and overwhelming a site's hosting service.

One of the most powerful attacks on RT was recorded on February 18, 2013, when the website was unavailable for about 6 hours.

RT was also temporarily disabled for just under five hours in June 2013. Hacker group AntiLeaks, which opposes Julian Assange's WikiLeaks project, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The cyber assault coincided with RT's reporting on the trial of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning and massive anti-government protests in Turkey. Uninterrupted coverage continued on RT's Twitter page.

In August 2012, the same group claimed responsibility for a massive DDoS attack which knocked out RT's English and Spanish websites for hours worldwide.


Grandfather shoots and kills daughter, 6 grandchildren in Florida murder-suicide

A grandfather shot his daughter and her six children in Bell, Florida on Thursday. The local Sheriff's Office said the incident was an apparent murder-suicide. The children ranged from three months to 10 years in age.

The shooter was identified as Don Charles Spirit, grandfather, who shot his daughter and six of his grandchildren before taking his won life, Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office confirmed during a press-conference.

The incident took place at the Spirit's home in a small town of Bell.

The children's age varied from 3 months to 10 years of age. The mother of the kids was identified as Sarah Spirit, according to Action News.
Children ages 3mo to about 10 years old. Grandfather shot his daughter and her 6 children. #BellShooting pic.twitter.com/zvgb0YHD5g

- Hailey Holloway (@HHollowayNews) September 19, 2014
Police received a call about the shooting around 4 p.m. local time, Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page.

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Psychopath: Doctor sentenced to life in prison after admitting to intentionally misdiagnosing cancer and ordering unneeded chemotherapy

Dr. Farid Fata
A Michigan doctor faces life in prison after he admitted to intentionally misdiagnosing patients with cancer and recommending unnecessary chemotherapy to dying patients.

Dr. Farid Fata pleaded guilty Tuesday to 13 counts of health care fraud, two counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, reported the Detroit Free Press.

The crimes were part of a moneymaking scheme, he said.

"It is my choice," Fata told the court. "I knew that it was medically unnecessary."

Prosecutors plan to seek life in prison for the 49-year-old married father of three, saying the case was "the most egregious" health care fraud their office had ever seen.

"In this case, we had Dr. Fata administering chemotherapy to people who didn't need it, essentially putting poison into their bodies and telling them that they had cancer when they didn't have cancer," said U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade. "The idea that a doctor would lie to a patient just to make money is shocking."

Fata made about $35 million as part of a Medicare fraud scheme through his practices in suburban Detroit.


America's natural politics: Populism - what it is & what it isn't

My father, W.F. "High" Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn't know it. Didn't know the word, much less the history or anything about populism's democratic ethos. My father was not philosophical, but he had a phrase that he used to express the gist of his political beliefs: "Everybody does better when everybody does better."

Before the populists of the late 1800s gave its instinctive rebelliousness a name, it had long been established as a defining trait of our national character: The 1776 rebellion was not only against King George III's government but against the corporate tyranny of such British monopolists as the East India Trading Company.

The establishment certainly doesn't celebrate the populist spirit, and our educational system avoids bothering students with our vibrant, human story of constant battles, big and small, mounted by "little people" against ... well, against the establishment. The Keepers of the Corporate Order take care to avoid even a suggestion that there is an important political pattern - a historic continuum - that connects Thomas Paine's radical democracy writings in the late 1700s to Shays' Rebellion in 1786, to strikes by mill women and carpenters in the early 1800s, to Jefferson's 1825 warning about the rising aristocracy of banks and corporations "riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman," to the launching of the women's suffrage movement at Seneca Falls in 1848, to the maverick Texans who outlawed banks in their 1845 state constitution, to the bloody and ultimately successful grassroots struggle for the abolition of slavery, and to the populist movement itself, plus the myriad rebellions that followed right into our present day.

Comment: Principles of the New Populism (the Oligarchy's Nightmare):