Welcome to Sott.net
Sat, 17 Apr 2021
The World for People who Think

Society's Child
Map

Bizarro Earth

Woman gets set on fire and has 'KKK' written on her car


A Louisiana woman was the victim of a horrific attack during which she was reportedly set on fire and had her car defiled with the letters "KKK," police reported Monday.

Blue Planet

Voting, Cognitive Dissonance and Fear of the Unknown

"One phenomenon all ponerogenic groups and associations have in common is the fact that their members lose (or have already lost) the capacity to perceive pathological individuals as such, interpreting their behavior in fascinated, heroic, or melodramatic ways. When the habits of subconscious selection and substitution of thought-data spread to the macrosocial level, a society tends to develop contempt for factual criticism and to humiliate anyone sounding an alarm."

- Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology
Stockholm Syndrome
The presidential elections in the US are coming up soon. Many people argue for their chosen candidate to vote for. As usual it is Republicans vs. Democrats. Romney vs. Obama. I've written before about the futility of engaging in this circus side show that is designed to give the illusion of choice and simply re-enforces the prison without bars where people get distracted by the shadows on the wall in a global Stockholm Syndrome. It doesn't speak much for a "shift in consciousness" or "global awakening", especially if many self-proclaimed "spiritual" and "aware" folks still ignore the facts and are driven by identification and wishful thinking, participating in a system that is deeply ponerized.

Che Guevara

What if we adopted a system where the banks did not create our money?

Image

Union Interest-Bearing Note, 1864: To finance the Civil War, the Union authorized the first issue of paper money by the government since the Continentals. These 'demand notes' were printed for about a year in $5, $10, and $20 denominations, redeemable in coins on demand, and green in color — (which is where the phrase "greenbacks" comes from). About $10 million in notes were issued. These notes, and all paper money issued since 1861, are still valid and redeemable in current cash at face value. No interest was charged and, most importantly, private banking institutions were out of the loop.
What if there was a financial system that would eliminate the need for the federal government to go into debt, that would eliminate the need for the Federal Reserve, that would end the practice of fractional reserve banking and that would dethrone the big banks? Would you be in favor of such a system? A surprising new IMF research paper entitled "The Chicago Plan Revisited" by Jaromir Benes and Michael Kumhof is making waves in economic circles all over the globe. The paper suggests that the world would be much better off if we adopted a system where the banks did not create our money. So instead of a system where more money is only created when more debt is created, we would have a system of debt-free money that is created directly by national governments. There have been others that have suggested such a system before, but to have an IMF research paper actually recommend that such a system be adopted is a very big deal. At the moment, the world is experiencing the biggest debt crisis in human history, and this proposal is being described as a "radical solution" that could potentially remedy some of our largest financial problems. Unfortunately, apologists for the current system are already viciously attacking this new IMF paper, and of course the big banks would throw a major fit if such a system was ever to be seriously contemplated. That is why it is imperative that we educate people about how money really works. Our current system is in the process of collapsing and we desperately need to transition to a new one.

One of the fundamental problems with our current financial system is that it is based on debt. Just take a look at the United States. The way our system works today, the vast majority of all money is "created" either when we borrow money or the government borrows money. Therefore, the creation of more money creates more debt. Under such a system, it should not be surprising that the total amount of debt in the United States is more than 30 times larger than it was just 40 years ago.

Comment: A great educational resource on banking systems and banking reform is Web of Debt by Ellen Brown of the Public Banking Institute


Handcuffs

Scientists Are the New Witches: Italy jails six seismologists for failing to predict earthquake

italy earthquake
© AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi
Italy, the country that earlier this year declared it a fineable offense to tell a man he has no balls, convicted seven seismologists of manslaughter on Monday, for failing to adequately assess the risk of a 2009 Earthquake that ended up killing 309 people.

The scientists were sentenced to six years in prison.

According to the BBC, prosecutors argued that the defendants "gave a falsely reassuring statement" before the 6.3 earthquake occurred on April 6, 2009. That statement came from a meeting held in the city of L'Aquila on March 31, in which the seismologists declared it "improbable" (though not impossible) that a major earthquake would strike the town.

The meeting was held in an effort to quell public panic inspired by a researcher from Italy's National Insitute of Nuclear Physics, who claimed to have deduced that a major earthquake would occur on March 29. (NewScientist reports that that man, Giampaolo Giuliani, "drove around the town with a megaphone encouraging people to evacuate.")

Pistol

'Armed, naked and irrational' woman walking through woods talking about the 'Antichrist' moments before she was gunned down by off-duty police officers

Inga Swanson
© Unknown
Naked: Inga Swanson was shot dead by two off-duty police officers on Saturday after she confronted them at a party in Hernando County, Florida
  • Inga Swanson, 42, is said to have approached the off-duty officers acting strangely before returning a short while later 'armed, naked and irrational'
  • Her boyfriend said gun she was carrying was antique that doesn't fire
  • Two men report talking to naked Swanson 15 minutes before she was killed
The naked woman who was shot dead by two off-duty police officers on Saturday after a confrontation was spotted wandering aimlessly around a nearby wood moments before.

Inga Swanson, 42, is said to have approached Tampa police officer William Mechler, 26, and Hernando County sheriff's detective Rocky Howard, 31, acting strangely before returning a short while later 'armed, naked and irrational'.

One or both of the officers then opened fire, killing Swanson, according to police. She died at the scene around 1.15pm.

Now two men have come forward saying they saw her naked in the woods just before she was shot, pulling over to ask if she was OK before taking pictures of her.

Al Eylward and Robert Collins spoke to Bay News 9.

Roses

George McGovern: He never sold his soul

Image
© Mr.Fish
In the summer of 1972, when I was 15, I persuaded my parents to let me ride my bike down to the local George McGovern headquarters every morning to work on his campaign. McGovern, who died early Sunday morning in South Dakota at the age of 90, embodied the core values I had been taught to cherish. My father, a World War II veteran like McGovern, had taken my younger sister and me to protests in support of the civil rights movement and against the Vietnam War. He taught us to stand up for human decency and honesty, no matter the cost. He told us that the definitions of business and politics, the categories of winners and losers, of the powerful and the powerless, of the rich and the poor, are meaningless if the price for admission requires that you sell your soul. And he told us something that the whole country, many years later, now knows: that George McGovern was a good man.

McGovern, even before he ran for president, held heroic stature for us. In 1970 he attached to a military procurement bill the McGovern-Hatfield Amendment, which would have required, through a cutoff of funding, a withdrawal of all American forces from Indochina. The amendment did not pass, although the majority of Americans supported it. McGovern denounced on the Senate floor the politicians who, by refusing to support the amendment, prolonged the war. We instantly understood the words he spoke. They were the words of a preacher.

Arrow Down

Child sacrificed for 'hidden treasure'

In a shocking incident reflecting prevalence of superstitions, a 10-year-old child was allegedly sacrificed in Uttar Pradesh's Raebareli district by some people, in their bid to trace a 'hidden treasure' to become rich.

The child, Aman Kumar went missing from his house at Jamunapur village in the district on October 6. He had gone to see Ramlila but never returned home. His body was recovered from a ditch outside the village a few days ago.

There were injury marks all over the body. A red colour cloth, incense sticks and other articles were found near the body. It prompted police to suspect sacrifice after an exorcism attempt. On Saturday, police claim to crack the mystery and arrested three persons, including a woman, all residents of the same village.

During interrogation, they revealed that they had been told about a hidden treasure in their house by a tantrik - an exorcist. "We were told that if we sacrificed a child, we would be able to find the treasure," they said.

The arrested said they had lured Aman to their house on October 6 night. They tied him with rope and gagged him so that he could not shout for help. He was allegedly strangled during the ritual. They dumped the body in a ditch. Police recovered Aman's hair from the house. The killers kept digging for the elusive 'hidden treasure' after murdering the child but could not find.

Incidents of sacrifice keep happening in the state, especially in the rural areas, though the urban areas are no exceptions.

Arrow Down

Parents fear sick kids will cost them their jobs

Sick Child
© Shutterstock
Sick child.
Missing work to take care of sick kids is a significant challenge to the work-life balance of parents. In fact, it poses such a challenge that 1 in 3 parents say they are concerned about losing their jobs or pay when they have to stay home to take care of their sick children, new research has found.

"The results of this poll clearly indicate that illnesses that lead to exclusions from child care are a substantial problem for working parents," said Andrew Hashikawa, a clinical lecturer in pediatric emergency medicine at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., which conducted the research."Improving employee benefits related to paid sick leave appears to be important for many parents."

The researchers found that almost half of parents say they had to miss work in the last year to take care of their sick children, while one-quarter of parents say they had to miss three or more days. An additional 31 percent of parents say they don't have enough paid sick time to cover the days needed to take care of ailing children.

Bulb

How Psychologists Subvert Democratic Movements

Image
By the 1980s, as a clinical psychology graduate student, it had become apparent to me that the psychology profession was increasingly about meeting the needs of the "power structure" to maintain the status quo so as to gain social position, prestige, and other rewards for psychologists.

Academic psychology in the 1970s was by no means perfect. There was a dominating force of manipulative, control-freak behaviorists who appeared to get their rocks off conditioning people as if they were rats in a maze. However, there was also a significant force of people such as Erich Fromm who believed that an authoritarian and undemocratic society results in alienation and that this was a source of emotional problems. Fromm was concerned about mental health professionals helping people to adjust to a society with no thought to how dehumanizing that society had become. Back then, Fromm was not a marginalized figure; his ideas were taken seriously. He had bestsellers and had appeared on national television.

However, by the time I received my PhD in 1985 - from an American Psychological Association-approved clinical psychology program - people with ideas such as Fromm's were at the far margins. By then, the focus was on the competition as to what treatment could get patients back on the assembly line quickest. The competition winners that emerged - owing much more to public relations than science - were cognitive-behavioral therapy in psychology and biochemical psychiatry. By the mid-1980s, psychiatry was beginning to become annexed by pharmaceutical companies and forming what we now have - a "psychiatric-pharmaceutical industrial complex." Increasingly marginalized was the idea that treatment that consisted of manipulating and medicating alienated people to adjust to this crazy rat race and thus maintain the status quo was a political act - a problematic one for people who cared about democracy.

Heart - Black

Lawmakers in Japan 'indignant' at alleged U.S. rape

Image
© Agence France-Presse/Yoshikazu Tsuno
Around half of the 47,000 US military personnel based in Japan are stationed in Okinawa
Tokyo - Local lawmakers in Okinawa passed a resolution Monday expressing "overwhelming indignation" at the alleged rape of a Japanese woman by two US servicemen, as temperatures rose over the large US presence.

The resolution, passed unanimously by the island chain's assembly, said US military top brass were not doing enough to control their thousands of personnel.

"Yet another incident has taken place. In fact, the severity of the incidents is intensifying," it said. "With overwhelming indignation, we must question the present efforts of the US Forces to prevent such incidents from happening."

The arrest last week of two 23-year-old sailors for the alleged rape of a local woman worsened already strained ties between the large US military contingent and their reluctant island hosts.

The resolution said more than 5,700 crimes had been committed by US military personnel, their family members or employees in the 40 years since the small tropical island chain was handed back to Japan in 1972.

Figures from the Okinawa prefectural police show the percentage of crimes committed by this group has fallen from a high in 1973 of 6.9 percent of all crimes to 0.8 percent in 2011.