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Police State Roundup: History and current events indicate the police are a danger to themselves and the public

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In a pathocracy, all leadership positions (not to mention directors of police units, and special services police personnel) must be filled by individuals with corresponding psychological deviations, which are inherited as a rule. However, such people constitute a very small percentage of the population and this makes them more valuable to the pathocrats. Their intellectual level or professional skills cannot be taken into account, since people representing superior abilities are even harder to find. - Andrew Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology
In a nutshell, that's the reason the police are incompetent and dangerous. What Lobaczewski argues here is that any position of power will ultimately be filled with someone with a personality disorder. The problem is that the number of people lacking a conscience are pretty slim, and the ones who are actually competent are even rarer, so you can't pick ones that are qualified to do the job correctly. This inevitably leaves you with a bunch of morons who have have killed off their conscience, never had one to begin with, or only apply it selectively. With that in mind, one can now understand why the police are behaving like a gang of criminals.

As an interesting aside, it's likely been this way all along. Police today are the offspring of slave hunters and union busters. When they became the norm in the early 20th century, their primary purpose was to maintain order in the streets, allowing commerce to continue unimpeded by any uppity protesters. Even before that, the first police departments were founded on the basis of hunting down escaped slaves and returning them to their owners.
The institution of slavery and the control of minorities, however, were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing. Slave patrols and Night Watches, which later became modern police departments, were both designed to control the behaviors of minorities. - Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D, A Brief History of Slavery and the Origins of American Policing

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Behind the Headlines: Whose Side is Erdogan on? Understanding Geopolitics and Human Nature

Things seem to be heating up towards a final denouement in the phony 5 year-long Syrian "civil war". Turkey recently "invaded" Syria, officially to remove the scourge of Daesh from the Turkish border and, more specifically, to contain the Kurds and their aspirations for a "Kurdistan". The US is, again officially, ok with these moves by Turkey but, oddly, US troops, several hundred (or likely thousand) of them are 'embedded' with the Kurds and the "Syrian Democratic Forces".

Meanwhile, Russia has remained largely silent on these recent developments, and instead has been focusing on the "peace process".

What's really going on? Join us today and find out, as we reveal the rather prosaic (if at times disturbing) realpolitik behind the flowery narratives.

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Turkey intervenes in Syria with US support: The end for Kurdish autonomy or independence?

Fierce fighting broke out in Hasakah, in northeast Syria last week, pitting the Syrian government's National Defense Forces (NDF) against US-backed Kurdish YPG and Asayish security forces. Control of the city is divided between the Syrian government and the Kurds, and after a relatively peaceful relationship, the question has to be asked: what incited the clashes?

The Syrian army reported a ceasefire violation on 16 August of the YPG firing mortars at their positions. The Governor of Hasakah, Mohammad Za'al al-Ala, said that Kurdish forces blocked the Hasakah-Qamishli road last week and prevented the military, police and security forces from joining other forces. An apparent ceasefire agreement has been struck, although it reads more as a capitulation by the Syrian government and NDF forces. The YPG had earlier called for Syrian government forces to leave the city, which this agreement insists upon. The map below, showing the encirclement of loyalist/NDF forces suggests this may be a wise strategic withdrawal.
The ceasefire came into effect at 2pm on Tuesday, following Kurdish YPG efforts to capture the government-held areas of the city. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the YPG is now in control of nearly all of Hasakah.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Greatest Hits: Timely topics revisited

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On this episode of the Health and Wellness Show we give updates on some of our favorite previously covered topics. Supplements are back in the news but not in a good way. The FDA is cracking down and guess who will benefit? The UK is experiencing a resurgence in diseases that were common in the Victorian age. Why? Does it have anything to do with diet? Speaking of diet, we revisited our old friend gluten (it can make you crazy, you know) and re-explored the wonders of the ketogenic diet in case you forgot. We rounded out the show with the virus psy-op of the year: Zika.

Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment on pet allergies.

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Behind the Headlines: Yemen resists, Turkey rebels, and the weather goes wild

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The Saudi war on Yemen has been raging for a year and half. But fierce resistance from the Houthis and increasing awareness of Saudi atrocities may hint toward the future course of the war. Recently the Houthis and Saleh have formed an alliance and plan to form a new government. Meanwhile, Americans say they are pulling out of the Saudi war effort, leaving the Saudis to bear the brunt of bad PR.

Turkey continues its eastern realignment, getting closer to Russia and Iran, with hints of a change of view toward Syria. Everyone is freaking out about Incirlik airbase's U.S. nukes, and Russia and Turkey are both hinting that the Russians may be permitted to use the airbase in their Syrian campaign.

Meanwhile, George Soros is drowning in hacked emails, and Louisiana is drowning in water as extreme weather events come fast and hard.

Join us Sunday as we take a look at these recent developments.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Pain, pain, go away

Overdoses from opioid abuse has hit an all-time high. In 2014, more than 47,000 people died from a drug overdose. Heroin use jumped 63% in an 11 year span. Prescription drugs like Vicodin and Percocet cause 17,000 deaths per year. Why are so many Americans turning to drugs and why are they in so much pain? On this episode of The Health and Wellness Show we spoke about the hidden hands involved in the rise of drug use and abuse in the US and why pain management is such big business. We also spoke about chronic pain and it's causes, traditional and not-so traditional methods of treatment as well as drug-free alternatives.

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The boy in the ambulance: US State Dept-funded groups behind latest 'iconic image' designed to demonize Russia and encourage further bloodshed in Syria


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Things have not been going well for the US government's (and friends') 5-year-long attempt to use proxy terror forces to overthrow the Assad government. The first death-knell came last September when the Russian air force entered the fray to great effect (and applause from all sensible people). The shoot-down of the Russia bomber in November by some NATO fifth-columnist was the Empire's response to the Russian intervention and was designed to destroy Turkish-Russian relations, making Russia's air war against Washington's terrorists more difficult. But Erdogan and Co. were disinclined to 'take one for the team' in that way (especially since Turkey was never really allowed to be part of the team) and eventually conceded to Russian demands for a public apology over the shoot-down and restitution to the families.

Faced with such an insolent and uncooperative reality, the State Department pulled out what they thought was their trump card: an old-fashioned coup d'etat in Turkey in mid-July. But that back-fired in a spectacular way, and now looks set to achieve exactly the opposite of what the Empire wanted: hard-wired (or piped) ties between not just Russia and Turkey, but Iran and China too.

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Behind the Headlines: War on Syria ending? Erdogan-Putin peace deal

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Erdogan's recent meeting with Putin in St Petersburg means the US-led 5-year-long effort to oust President Assad in Syria is all but over. Western leaders will, however, be the last to realize this. This week on Behind the Headlines we're discussing the bloody siege of Aleppo, the last major Syrian city where Western-backed terrorists are holding out.

Elsewhere on the West-East battlefront this week, Kiev forces were prevented from committing terror attacks in Crimea, 11 coordinated bombings at tourist sites in Thailand left 4 dead and dozens injured, and US-UK efforts to 'stir the pot' in the South China Sea has cast a spotlight on the anti-drugs policies of new Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte.

Extreme weather events this week saw yet another 'one-in-1,000-year flooding event', this time in Louisiana; a devastating flash-flood hitting Skopje, Macedonia; and a month's worth of rainfall in 24 hours swamping parts of Mexico.

All this and more coming up later today on Behind the Headlines - from 12 noon US Eastern, 6pm Central European.

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Evil Rays

Western corporate media 'disappears' over 1.5 million Syrians and 4,000 doctors

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The bombs you don't hear about: "rebel" terrorists target civilians and hospitals in west Aleppo with crudely fashioned "hell cannons" and gas canister bombs.
As the Syrian Arab Army and Syrian government make more significant advances in restoring security to northern Syria's Aleppo and its population, war-propagandizing human rights groups posing as neutral, and Western media (and Gulf counterparts like Al Jazeera) churn out recycled and debunked accusations anew.

According to these compromised US government and Soros-funded NGOs and much of the corporate media, there is only one "last" pediatrician and a scarce number of doctors left in Aleppo. They are, of course, referring solely to the terrorist-occupied regions of Aleppo (eastern and some northern quarters) and even then ignore the reality that the Syrian government continues to pay the salaries of doctors in terrorist-occupied areas, including eastern Aleppo.

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Clinton's war hawks ready to pounce

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As the clock ticks down to the US presidential election in November, it also ticks down on an opportunity to end the five-year war in Syria which has cost over 300,000 lives and displaced half of Syria's population. As the Syrian Army and its allies completed the encirclement of Aleppo, opening up humanitarian corridors in partnership with Russia to afford civilians and "rebels" — provided they laid down their arms — the opportunity to leave safely and be provided with humanitarian assistance, we could be forgiven for believing we can see the end of this abhorrent war on the horizon. However in recent days, the Jaysh al-Fateh coalition, heavily featuring the rebranded and very well equipped Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, led counter attacks which breached the siege lines, although they have failed to as yet open up secure routes for new supplies, fighters and weapons, as well as to launch further counter attacks.

Meanwhile, the polls fluctuate on who is the favourite between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to become the next US president, and we can't yet confidently predict who will be the Commander in Chief presiding over the Syrian conflict and therefore what policy changes may occur. The wild fluctuations see Clinton ahead by a massive 15 points, 48 to 33 percent, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll, yet less than 48 hours later a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll has Clinton holding a narrow 42-39 percent lead. Clinton's infatuation with war causes huge consternation, not least over what she may bring to the table on the war in Syria.

One thing is clear: Clinton is the favourite, and we should all prepare for what awaits us with Clinton as the leader of the "free world." Clinton has a readymade band of neocon war hawks waiting in the wings, not hard to find in a US political establishment dominated by neocons with a thirst for war and conquest. This cabal jockeying for position in her prospective administration does not bode well for the Syrian conflict, or for relations with Russia. Let's examine some of the candidates and their boastful record of war mongering and Russophobia.