Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year Of Mental Health


Let's Bring In A People-Based New Year:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427390.100-free-yourself-from-oppression-by-technology.html?full=true&print=true

I believe that autonomy, competence, relatedness and critical thinking are the best ways to establish a balanced approach to technology, and so enhance our well-being.

Science!:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091207164850.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%
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Scrambled connections between the part of the brain that processes fear and emotion and other brain regions could be the hallmark of a common anxiety disorder, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The findings could help researchers identify biological differences between types of anxiety disorders as well as such disorders as depression.

Monday, December 28, 2009

We Need You Now

A speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4377.htm

WAR is a racket. It always has been

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Nothing Funny Here

Make A Joke About This, Stewart:

http://www.inteldaily.com/news/173/ARTICLE/13219/2009-12-25.html

The U.S. spends more for war annually than all state governments combined spend for the health, education, welfare, and safety of 308 million Americans

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, China,
From the gun-boats in the river,
Ten-inch shells for Christmas gifts,
And peace on earth forever.

Merry Christmas, India,
To Gandhi in his cell,
From righteous Christian England,
Ring out, bright Christmas bell!

Ring Merry Christmas, Africa,
From Cairo to the Cape!
Ring Hallehuiah! Praise the Lord!
(For murder and for rape.)

Ring Merry Christmas, Haiti!
(And drown the voodoo drums—
We'll rob you to the Christian hymns
Until the next Christ comes.)

Ring Merry Christmas, Cuba!
(While Yankee domination
Keeps a nice fat president
In a little half-starved nation.)

And to you down-and-outers,
("Due to economic laws")
Oh, eat, drink, and be merry
With a bread-line Santa Claus—

While all the world hails Christmas,
While all the church bells sway!
While, better still, the Christian guns
Proclaim this joyous day!

While holy steel that makes us strong
Spits forth a mighty Yuletide song:
SHOOT Merry Christmas everywhere!
Let Merry Christmas GAS the air!

Langston Hughes, "Merry Christmas": Published in New Masses (Dec. 1930), p. 4.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas In The Trenches


John McCuthcheon Talks About and Plays Classic Song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9coPzDx6tA&feature=player_embedded

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Message

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akm3nYN8aG8 TRT 4:39


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It All Comes Home


Might Mention This Over Christmas Dinner:
http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_clive_bo_070921_department_of_vetera.htm
64 kg of uranium were used in the Hiroshima bomb. The U.S. Iraq Nuclear Holocaust represents far more than fourteen thousand Hiroshima’s.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bony Fingers

Work Your Fingers To The Bone, What Do You Get?
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/12/18/world/AP-EU-Poland-Auschwitz-Sign-Stolen.html?_r=1
The Nazis' infamous iron sign declaring ''Arbeit Macht Frei'' -- German for ''Work Sets You Free'' -- was stolen Friday from the entrance of the former Auschwitz death camp, Polish police said.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bertram Called It

Throw Off The Mental Chains:
http://noworldsystem.com/2009/12/14/the-scientific-manipulation-of-our-reality/
"The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated” in other-words the public will not be allowed to know how it’s beliefs and opinions were scientifically manipulated by the government to think a certain way. “Ordinary men and women will be expected to be docile, industrious, punctual, thoughtless, and contented."

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Poisened Minds of Society

Scotch?:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/scotland/6818966/Recession-sees-antidepressant-use-soar.html

The recession has seen the volume of antidepressants being prescribed soar to record levels, with one in ten Scots taking the drugs every day... The Scottish Conservatives said more than a third of all GP appointments are made because Scots are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression.


Another Drug Abuse:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/dec/13/heart-attack-chemical-cocaine-users
Nearly half of all cocaine users are testing positive for a potentially fatal chemical caused by mixing the drug with alcohol.

Starting Them Young:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/12/health/12medicaid.html?_r=1&hp
New federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts, the data shows.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Turn The Damned Thing Off

Furthermore, let us not forget the role of media in terms of mind pollution. Based on their perception of their own interests, the media define one of their major roles as a kind of "spin doctor" whose responsibility is to diagnose the state of mind of the people in general, and the social institutions in particular.

Consequently, they carry out this mission by taking the pulse and temperature of the nation in order to inform it of its present condition - "a self fulfilling prophesy" as it were. The rationale for all of the work is that the media are providing society with what it want and needs. Eventually this so-called service takes on a life of its own both for the spin doctors and their patients. The people learn to need and feed upon this manufactured entertainment as it were real. The result for consumers becomes a prepackaged construction of their own reality. The more they need this merchandise, the more they believe it, ad the more they believe it, the more they need it. In the final analysis a socially patterned defective media addiction sets in and the people are hooked, booked, and cooked.

Manufacturing Social Distress: Psychopathy in Everyday Life pg.167
-Robert W. Reiber
1997, Plenum Press, NY

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Matrix News

Here It Comes, The Future That Is:
http://io9.com/5423338/a-device-that-lets-you-type-with-your-mind
It's just a matter of time before this technology filters down from medical to elective, and we can all live out our cyberpunk dreams of plugging our brains directly into a computer.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Q of D

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world.
The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself.

Therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable men.
- George Bernard Shaw

Friday, December 11, 2009

Louis Weighs In

“The worst fault in our civilization here,” said Lingg, “is that it is not complex enough. It holds up one prize before all of us – riches. But many of us do not wealth: we want small competency without care or fear. We ought to be able to get that as employees in some department of State. That would remove us from the competition, and tend to increase the wages of those who live in the whirl of competition. Some of us, too, are born students, want to give ourselves to the study of this, that, or another science; there ought to be chemical laboratories in every street; physical laboratories in every town with posts attached at small pay for those who would give their lives to the advancement of knowledge; studios, too, for artists; State-aided theaters. Life must be made rich by making it more complex. By not reserving whole fields of industry to the State, by giving everything to the individual we are driving all men into this mad race for riches: hence suffering, misery, discontent, the ill-health of the whole organism. The brain and heart have their own rights, and should not be forced to serve the belly. We can turn flowers into manure.”


The BOMB, pg 88

Frank Harris

first published 1909


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's Joe's Birthday!

An interviewer once ended his talk with Karl Marx by asking, "What is?" and Marx responded, "Struggle."

Happy Birthday To A Guy Who Knew How To Get Things Done:

http://marxistleninist.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/celebrate-the-130th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-comrade-stalin/

I want to get so far away, so quickly, from Marxism I'm afraid my Joe Lapchicks' are going to have a blow out. Strive and Struggle for a new hell on earth - sign me up!

If Marxs' message as reported above was simply "Struggle", man, I feel sorry for Marxists. They have to be the most bitter, disillusioned, disappointed, frustrated human beings around. Struggle brings pain. Pain brings stagnation. Incapacitation leads to depression. Then a sad, lonely death.

This so-called Socialism being promoted by the well-fed lefties is nothing more than centralized controlled capitalism. Why don't they ever call for abolition of the Federal Reserve, the root of all evil? They must be content with the exchange system as it stands, they just want to run it. "Meet the New Boss same as the Old Boss", as Townsend says.

I have seen too much false hope delivered by Trotskyites. They always fail in rallying people because they cynically don't have much of a care for those they express to represent and lead. Democracy is only smoke and mirrors to fool the liberals. Workers are cogs in the machine and when the new machine is built those workers will be placed in the same spot. No more leisure time, nothing special about it. Socialist cops will kick the crap out of you as well, or better, than the ones we have today.

Lovestoneites took over the AFL-CIO and stripped any essence of fight for the American worker. Settling for crumbs from the elites' table is all they are good for, or maybe squashing any dissent on the jobsite on behalf of the employer. All under the deceitful guise of "trade unionism". Staffers of these organizations are like hoodwinked Masons, never knowing what the game really is.

It's not the Revolution I fear, it's the counter-revolution. Health Care For All will be replaced by fear of survival. The pension crisis will be solved by supra-accelerated attrition. Food will be harvested by slave labor (slave labor being the instance communism and capitalism have in common). The one train will run on time. The oligarchs will still run the show and have a Party while doing it.

What exactly are Marxists struggling for? More struggle? I have to find another way or my mental health will deteriorate more than it has. I have to learn to deal with the pathological sickness of this society on a day to day basis and stop struggling for some perceived better future for all; all dreams and all false. I have to be released from struggle in order to find peace while carrying a deep concern for my loved ones around me, and with what is left, for those in the circle outside them. It's time for some redesign of collective thought because the old templates of organization in the working class have been co-opted and corrupted. The power is not in the myth of the Party, working class power is in our minds and our willingness to change the deeply held ideology of capitalism/competition/consumerism that is destroying our lives.

Uncle Joe ain't no role model.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pres. BlackBush Says "Spend"

United States of the Abused:
http://counterpunch.org/levine12042009.html
Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not “set them free” but instead further demoralize them?

Western Pathology at Work:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/07/people-unable-cope-modern-life-study
Millions of people are unhappy, lonely and unable to cope with profound changes in the workplace, relationships and family life, according to a major study.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Social Distress Continues

Tis the times plague, when madmen lead the blind.
- Shakespeare, King Lear, IV.i

Apathy IS Active:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/04/nato-pledges-7000-troops-afghanistan
... the Nato figures would be achieved "only by accounting tricks". He wrote: "The Europeans have repeatedly revealed their aversion to combat."

Voice In The Wilderness:
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/03-13
"The war is a threat to our national security. We'll spend over one $100 billion next year to bomb a nation of poor people while we reenergize the Taliban, destabilize Pakistan, deplete our army and put more of our soldiers' lives on the line. Meanwhile, back here in the USA, 15 million people are out of work. People are losing their jobs, their health care, their savings, their investments, and their retirement security. $13 trillion in bailouts for Wall Street, trillions for war; when are we going to start taking care of things here at home?"

30,000 More? What The Hell For?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/6747195/Afghanistan-more-than-300-US-soldiers-killed-this-year.html

The latest death pushed to the number of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan so far this year to 301, according to the icasualties.org website.




Sunday, December 6, 2009

World Can't Wait

Wouldn't Hurt:
http://clicktomeditate.com/

Meditation Reduces Stress in College Students (Psychcentral) Transcendental Meditation Helped Heart Disease Patients Lower Cardiac Disease Risks by 50 Percent (Science Daily) Brief Training in Meditation Eases Pain (WebMD) Secrets of How Meditation Works (Scientific American) Mindfulness Meditation + Neuroscience = Healthier Relationships (Psychology Today) Meditation May Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients (Medicine Net) Can Stress-Reducing Transcendental Meditation Help CHD Patients Prevent Future Heart Attacks? (Medical News Today) Brief Training In Meditation May Help Manage Pain, Study Shows (Sciencedaily) How Mindfulness Can Make for Better Doctors (New York Times) Workplace Yoga And Meditation Can Lower Feelings Of Stress (Sciencedaily) Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop (NY Times) The Claim: Stress Can Make Allergies Worse (NY Times) 'Mindfulness' meditation being used in hospitals and schools (USA Today) Congressman: Add meditation to healthcare bill (briefingroom.thehill.com) Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed (Forbes) Insomnia With Short Sleep Duration Is A Risk Factor For Diabetes (Sciencedaily) Insomnia With Objective Short Sleep Duration In Men Is Associated With Increased Mortality (Sciencedaily) Teaching the Mind to Treat Insomnia (medicinenet.com) Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as a treatment for chronic depression (National Institute of Health) Meditate Your Way To Better Bladder Health (Medical News Today) Mindfulness training busts stress (CNN) Meditation and bigger brains (Reuters) New research reveals how meditation changes the brain (Scientific American)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Life Ain't Easy

NEED HELP:
http://www.livescience.com/health/080115-stress-kills.html
Growing evidence shows that our sensitivity to stress as adults is already “tuned,” so to speak, in infancy, according to the review article. Specifically, the amount of stress encountered in early life sensitizes an organism to a certain level of adversity; high levels of early life stress may result in hypersensitivity to stress later, as well as to adult depression.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Not Minding What Happens


J. Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher, spoke and traveled almost continuously all over the world for more than fifty years attempting to convey through words - which are content - that which is beyond words, beyond content. At one of his talks in the later part of his life, he surprised his audience by asking, "Do you want to know my secret?" Everyone became alert. Many people in the audience had been coming to listen to him for twenty or thirty years and still failed to grasp the essence of his teaching. Finally, after all these years, the master would give them the key to understanding. "This is my secret," he said. "I don't mind what happens."

He did not elaborate, and so I suspect most of his audience were even more perplexed than before. The implications of this simple statement, however, are profound.

A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose pg 198
- Eckhart Tolle

Friday, November 27, 2009

Family Warmth in America

Holiday Madness Begins:
http://us.mg4.mail.yahoo.com/dc/launch?.gx=0&.rand=3iv40vg6sc1k3
Three women and a child in bed were shot to death during a family Thanksgiving gathering in South Florida and a male relative was being sought early Friday

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/11/woman-shot-to-death-on-west-side.html
Cops: Man kills newly wed wife, then himself

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-poisoned-mom-27nov27,0,3745877.story
An 18-year-old Lindenhurst man has been charged with trying to poison his mother by pouring antifreeze into a coffee maker

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-addison-four-27-nov27,0,4950807.story
Thomas Mangiantini left a "somewhat distraught" note that offers a clue to why he fatally shot his wife and two sons before killing himself in their Addison home, police said Thursday.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Are You Ready?

Worth-A-Read Essay:
http://www.richardccook.com/2009/11/25/the-secret-history-of-our-time-the-pope-and-satan-war-and-the-anti-christ-revelations-and-the-last-days/
So what exactly lies ahead and when will it happen? Well, I am not a prophet and have no specific predictions to offer. But it seems obvious that it makes no sense to look to the larger society or to a government under the control of the criminally insane for assistance. It is time for people to help themselves, and, since I began to study these things 40 years ago, it has meant to me the formation of groups that can develop their skills enough to be self-sufficient.

Monday, November 23, 2009

I'm Just Saying...

"How would you work with rude people?"

I was actually asked that in a job interview once. I answered, "I'd kill them with kindness." They seemed to like the response because I got the job. I realize now they were protecting their payroll jerks.

If I ever got that question again, I'd answer, "I wouldn't. I'm not working in a hostile workplace. I suppose I'd give the person a chance, everyone has a bad day, but the second time I'd make a written report to HR, the steward, whoever, and not deal with him (and it's always a him it seems) or her again. I will do all in my power to be respectful and kind to my coworkers. I demand the same."

I wouldn't get the job.

Employers have too much time invested in their jerky workforce. It's just too easy to control a "team" when all are bickering and lashing out at each other. A group respectful of each others talents and limitations working together doesn't need management. The Boss doesn't care about your morale. He (and its almost always a he) would rather see you beholden and miserable. Then you jump when snapped at. That's a good worker. It's even better when the jerky workers police themselves.

When someone is complaining about not being appreciated, it's not about being appreciated. Listen, the person isn't liking the process of creativity. Everything is difficult getting to the final product. There is no cooperation, no helpfulness, no friendliness in the drudgery towards the final product. Nothing to lift your spirit to get through another day. People and their rotten attitudes and petty power plays aren't worth it. That goes for all inter-personal relationships.

This rotten system demands miserable people to man its stations. To groom new miserable people to replace them with a new turbo-charged misery. This gives the blamers at the top all the excuses they need to secure their jobs. Happiness, contentment and satisfaction is the last thing wanted as it is unmanageable, as you can't talk sense to young lovers. Your job demands misery and internalized the better. Die at your desk, they will say good things about you.

I hear from everyone I meet how they hate their jobs, then the next sentence is justification on how they have to put up with "the bullshit". These conflicting emotions is what is leading to unwanted stress, heart attacks, strokes, bad life style choices all leading to bad health. First work gets you sick, now the modern employer doesn't even feel a need to offer the care to fix you. People are lined around the block to receive the misery offered and they are so happy to get it.

Striving for a better world begins in your own mind; being brutally honest with yourself and the conditions around you, your internal emotions and appraisal of the people you are with. I suppose working through the problems is possible to change the people around you with your kindness, but how much of a supply do you have when your kindness is considered a weakness to be taken advantage of? Getting off on the right foot in your relationships is what drives the experience and keeping the high ground. It is difficult not be dragged into the muck.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Where's My Lapel Pin?

http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2009/11/20/lou-dobbs-us-troops-out-now/

Recently unemployed Lou Dobbs made a statement of Bringing All The Troops Home Now. This includes American soliders in Germany, Korea, Italy and elsewhere, along with the obvious ones in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will gain more traction for the antiwar movement in 48 hours than the bickering left wing has mobilized in 6 years.

His reactionary, populist persona will do more harm in the long run, as I can only imagine what Dobbs' next step will be to do with these returning soldiers. Line them up shoulder to shoulder from San Diego to Juarez? Or use them to hunt down America's perceived enemies, you know, the ones with the puppets and bucket drums. His minions will cheer when these people are rolled over by the Freedom Tank.

How is it after six years, opposition to an unpopular war is still being whispered to in sectarian circles of old, failed, petty Marxists? Why are mothers and fathers still proudly handing off their sons and daughters to the military killing machine? What is it about a blowhard television personality that has more influence than your family, friends or neighbors? Who cares?

Meanwhile, the working class will continue to be bogged down in thinking of personal likes and dislikes, celebrity gossip, competition for the sake of it, workplace ass kissing and backstabbing, racism they don't admit to, instant gratification of drugs and alcohol, appeasing the bullies, and being mislead at every turn.

I'd like to find a working class hero. I guess I'm handed Mr. Dobbs.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Dis-Organizing Once Again

Don't Look For Liberation Here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/business/19labor.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=%22unite%20here%22&st=cse
“I wanted to change conditions at my workplace,” Maria said. “I was ready to fight for respect for workers. But this entire thing felt like a total lack of respect. I quit the union because I felt this was psychological abuse.”

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Help Stop The Madness

Please Watch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsrMzfhdmkU
TRT 10:47

What Kind Of Parent? What Kind Of Cop?:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-nw-thu-tasernov19,0,3112429.story
A police officer in a small Arkansas town used a stun gun on an unruly 10-year-old girl after he said her mother gave him permission to do so.

This Only Counts Present Day Soldiers:
http://rense.com/general88/record.htm
US Army Suicides Set Another Yearly Record

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In A World Of Pain

Stress Management:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6581495/Meditation-cuts-risk-of-heart-attack-by-half.html
Meditation is good for the body as well as the mind, scientists have discovered, as the practice significantly reduces the risk of a heart attack for people with heart disease.


I'm tired.
Exhaustion from despair.
Seeing absurdities.
False hope abounds.
I'm tired.

I'm so tired.
Struggle is pain.
Work is drudgery.
Fun is ridicule.
I'm so tired.

I'm so very tired.
Food is poisen.
Friends are users.
Peace is gone.
I'm so very tired.

I rest.
Close my eyes.
Listen to my breath.
Seperate my thoughts.
I rest.

I continue to rest.
Allow the mind to process.
Let the images come and go.
Judge the value.
I continue to rest.

I rest when I open my eyes.
I see more clearly.
I focus more intently.
I listen with compassion.
I rest everyday.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mean Cats On Acid

Every Job Fits This Description:
http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/108148/stressful-jobs-that-pay-badly?mod=career-salary_negotiation
Stressful Jobs That Pay Badly

Pages upon pages of advice. Is there a problem here?
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=how+to+relieve+stress+at+work&fr=fp-today-na&fr2=mktg

Wear Blue Tinted Glasses:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/6578256/Blue-lights-installed-in-Tokyo-train-stations-to-stop-suicides.html
Japanese rail operators have installed blue lights at stations across the capital in a bid to deter passengers from killing themselves by jumping in front of trains


The American worker is bored to tears. Toiling in gossip-y little hell holes they turn on each other for entertainment.

The idealized vision of the "worker" still exists in some people's minds. People to take over the means of production and be the building blocks of a new society is their vision. It's sad, really, because the ones in America doing the heavy lifting are browbeaten, scared, spineless and conditioned to be a slave. They don't share the same vision and aren't going to sacrifice a thing for their betterment. This extreme miscalculation of the body leave the left-wing self-appointed leaders of the spontaneous revolution bitter, broken and frustrated.

They are still touting the picket line as a useful tactic. They still spend time printing fliers to hand out at the plant gate, except there are no plant gates anymore. Or spending an inordinate amount of time typing diatribes and manifestos to spam list serves and e-mailboxes, all totally unreadable. The solutions offered by these so-called revolutionaries seem like another, worse hell than the one we are in now, the slave mentality doesn't change, the machine needs cogs.

Good hearted people enter this quagmire and their spirits get crushed. The victories declared to be won are hollow, the crass manipulation of workers continues and they have to return to the fellow workers they are fighting for and be considered foolish. Along the line they discover there are no labor laws for protection, the organizations existing to protect them are simple rackets, and this world doesn't care for people who care. It's lonely and they don't fit in.

I spent the day watching television yesterday, all day. I saw several different commercials selling medication to treat depression. I saw an add stating 1 in 6 Americans suffer mental illness. Of course, throughout the football games, Cialis and Viagra ads for erectile dysfunction along with large RAM pick up trucks were for sale. This country is terribly mentally ill and we treat it as a means to profit.

The "workers" of this country are not going to advance in a uniformed cause until the "workers" of this country openly deal with their own mental problems. The mis-leaders of their organizations, instead of joining with management to terrorize their members by considering them numbers and threatening layoffs better recognize the humanity they are responsible for. It is not a business, a labor union is a force for social good. They should be holding classes on stress management, relaxation techniques, drug and alcohol counseling and showing a growing concern for their members' mental health. Teach people how to work together with interpersonal relationship seminars. Show them how to be compassionate to offset the greed that drives them now. Build a worker with the best qualities of humanity. Only then will the idealized Worker show forth.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Could've Been Me

The System Should Be Investigated For Manslaughter:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-suicidenov15,0,2044092.story?page=1
Police quickly blocked the street and began interviewing witnesses. At the Red Roof Inn, employees identified the man as a maintenance worker who had been employed there for just a few months.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fight Back

At What Level Does The Corruption Stop?
http://blacksungazette.com/?p=1262
For anyone seeking evidence that the American working class is still a highly militant force- and that their “unions” are little more than a management organization of the bosses- the struggle at Ford provides an excellent case study.

Go Go Go:
http://counterpunch.org/lummis11132009.html
But if Obama made no promises to Okinawa, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) did. In its recent campaign, one of its public promises was to put an end to the plan to build a new US Marine Corps heliport on the sea off the town of Henoko, in the northern part of Okinawa’s main island.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Heroes In The News

Thousands More Like Him Needed:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1226829/Soldier-faces-10-years-jail-desertion-highlighting-great-wrongs-perpetrated-Afghanistan.html
A soldier facing charges of desertion for refusing to return to Afghanistan has been arrested and charged with five further offences after joining an anti-war demonstration.

Must Get This News From Britain:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/11/cancer-new-york-rescuers
A spate of recent deaths of New York police and fire officers who took part in the emergency operation at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks has heightened fears that it could be the start of a delayed epidemic of cancer-related illness.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

To Be Helped, Not Honored

Soldiers Shooting Soldiers? Never Happens:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/30794989/the_fort_carson_murder_spree/1
For the past several years, David Foy, a psychology professor at Pepperdine University, has been engaged in a study on the "spiritual consequence" of participating in war. Until now, surprisingly, very few researchers have examined how war affects a soldier's sense of morality or tried to quantify it. What Foy and his colleagues have found is that specific kinds of wartime experiences — notably the unintentional killing of civilians and the failure to save others from being killed — can cause "moral injury" to a soldier, as well as psychological trauma. The complex manifestations of PTSD — jumpiness, rage, sadness — are compounded by what Foy calls "changes in one's ability to perceive themselves as capable of acting in a morally appropriate way." Men who return from combat, he says, often see themselves as "damaged goods."

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Extremely Sick Society

I Admit To Knowing The Feeling:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/os-shooting-reported-downtown-orlando-20091106,0,7958763.story
As Rodriguez was led to a police cruiser, a reporter shouted, "Why did you do it?"The 40-year-old draftsman offered only a cryptic response."Because they left me to rot," he said.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Gambling In Casablanca?

Soldiers Kill. They Are Not Too Picky:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/1106/p02s10-usmi.html
"This is an isolated and tragic case, and we're obviously in the process of obtaining more information as the events unfold," said Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Eric Butterbaugh.

Just Like In Iraq:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0%2C2933%2C572305%2C00.html?test=latestnews
"We have a terrible, tragic situation here," said Cone. "Soldiers, family members and the civilians that work here are absolutely devastated."

I'm A Human Being Over Here!:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_fort_hood_shooting_suspect
A cousin, Nader Hasan, told The New York Times that after counseling soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, Hasan knew war firsthand.
"He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," Nader Hasan said. "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there."



Anyone tapping into EWS on a semi-regular basis saw this one coming. On one hand joining the military is defined in this culture as a "career choice" and on the other a slaughter by a stressed out officer is called an "isolated incident". No, it's a workplace murder scene not unlike the dozens that have happened in this country this year alone.

This government creates a huge, soulless killing machine staffed with brainwashed cogs, and is surprised when springs pop? The media spin is right on top of it explaining how the shooter must have been insane. I disagree. I say he is the sane one, screaming as loud as he can, trained as he was, pointing out the insanity surrounding him. He wasn't a cog, he was a human being and he was touched deeply by the human beings with PTSD that refused to be cogs and were deeply regretful of their actions overseas. He soaked it up and exploded. I did the same thing with the working people I was with, only weaponless.

It would be interesting to see just who he shot. Many times workplace shooters know exactly who gets the justice bullet. Were the fallen all "innocents"? I would conjecture they were not. They were trained killers going to do their job in a far off land. While I can have sympathy for their surviving families, would they have the same for the families of the Iraqis they killed? They are trained not to, unless of course, the humanity inside them hasn't been eliminated and it returns in the nightmare that is PTSD. Either way, those now dead soldiers were dead before they left for deployment. They joined the military to die, spiritually or physically.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sha Na Na Sha Na Na Na Na

Obviously Needs More Time To Skateboard:
http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-self-stabbing-110309,0,7284683.story
- Some might call in sick. Others might claim their car broke down. But a Denver man is facing charges for allegedly stabbing himself because he didn't want to go to work.

Take Over the World With This Mob?:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-a-third-of-u-s-youth-too-fat-sickly-to-serve-in-the-military-most-of-the-rest-are-too-dumb-or-have-used-too-many-drugs.html
More than a third of American youth of military age are unfit for service, mainly because they are too fat or sickly, the Army Times reports, quoting the latest Pentagon figures.
Most of the rest are too dumb or have used too many drugs to qualify, the study shows.
The report says 35% of the 31 million Americans aged 17 to 24 are unqualified because of physical and medical issues. “The major component of this is obesity,” Curt Gilroy, the Pentagon’s director of accessions, tells the Times. “We have an obesity crisis in the country. There’s no question about it.” He also said young people, by and large, can’t do push-ups.
“And they can’t do pull-ups,” Gilroy says. ” And they can’t run
.”

Modern Corporate Employment Policy:
http://www.henrymakow.com/feminism_is_key_to_making_of_a.html
Willie Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. He was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to teach his methods to slave owners there. The term "lynching" is derived from his last name. He advised slave owners to foster division, "fear, envy and distrust for control." Pit young versus old, light skinned versus dark skinned and most importantly, male versus female.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I Want My Cigarettes. Now.

Be The Solution, Not The Problem:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/science/03tier.html?em
“Office gossip can be a form of reputational warfare,” Dr. Hallett says. “It’s like informal gossip, but it’s richer and more elaborate. There are more layers to it because people practice indirectness and avoidance. People are more cautious because they know they can lose not just a friendship but a job.”


I belong to the working class. I might as well be in the psyche ward at Bellevue.

The great efforts of this century was to "organize" workers. Acronym groups appear to lead us to the promise land, only the first stop is the slaughterhouse. Union leaders that make 500% more than their constituents shouldn't be trusted or followed. If upon reflection, the individual paying his or her dues on a regular basis, would analyze such a situation with objectivity not one worker would join such an organization. But once they are in, they can never leave or their pension will be stolen and their health care terminated. The AFL-CIO job trust is the Hotel California of the working class.

This unfairness is perpetrated by popular culture and the hyper-competitiveness that is capitalism. We are trained with bogus myths at a very young age that never seem to leave our consciousness no matter how the world appears. Every coloring book page that goes on the refrigerator is a priceless Van Gogh. Sports revels in the "best", solidly reinforcing gender stereotypes and rewarding brute force to get there. You are better than the next guy... then you join the workforce with these attitudes only to discover you are a replaceable cog in the machine and are reminded daily of it. This causes the internal value system to rebel, only it rebels internally not at the system causing such disconnect. Television tells us everyday we live in the greatest county in the world. Your bursting anger must be your fault.

Look around your workplace. If statistics are correct, one-fifth of your co-workers are on a psychotropic drug to battle anxiety or depression. They have decided with their AMA MD's (the greatest drug pushers in the world) that this is what they need to get through their day, only thing is most of their day is work. This is what they need to go to work. Everyday at the job site is another episode of McMurphy in the Cuckoo's Nest for me.

Want to organize a group of workers to get justice? Here's my suggestion. Look around society and see what organizations have survived and how they do it. A group of people with mental issues meets weekly because what they believe is outrageous and doesn't fit into the "normal" thinking of society. They testify, break down in frustration, and receive support from the others in their sect. They hold hands and sing songs together. They sit down and break bread together. All in a secure regular location known for its tolerance and love of people. No one is turned away or deemed unworthy. All people are taken in for the goodness within and none considered crazy no matter what.

This is the model for success as is shown by the Christian Right and its twisted power has risen exponentially in this country with these tactics. Unions or solidarity worker groups will never succeed until they take on the issue of mental illness within their recruits. Capitalism wants us all crazy. Doing that sends us to cults and prescription drugs or anything to validate us or to stop the madness within. Inequality, injustice, economic pain are all symptoms of this mental illness because we accept the conditions most readily as appropriate. There are not alternatives in action to point to. It's easy to shut down thinking and become a cog than take the responsibity of your birth and be a human being. This is what capitalistic society demands of you.

The result of 30 years of labor organizing I have witnessed has produced many frustrated Don Quixotes tilting at windmills, damaging their family lives and physical health. Marching so far ahead of the parade they can't hear the brass band. Their idealism is to be admired, if only their self-righteousness doesn't spoil you on them first. They are truly the sane ones until lack of support from capitalistic induced insane fellow workers grinds their spirit down to a fine dust to be blown into the winds of history.

"Enough is enough" is the chant these days. I hear it as cry of mental anguish.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Dipped My Toe In

I Can Feel Her Pain:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_britain_beefeater
At issue is the alleged bullying of a contemporary trailblazer: Moira Cameron, the first woman to serve as yeoman warder at the Tower, which dates back to the 11th century.



Regular employment almost got me. The allurement of working a job on the ground floor of exciting opportunities was offset by sleepless nights and no health care offered by the employer.

The man who was offering me this paycheck was well accomplished in his field. He has written books and practiced his trade for over thirty years. He is at the top of his game and, most likely, a multi-millionaire. He made all his decisions based on the paperwork in front of him and wouldn't think of making a move without all the t's crossed and i's dotted - except when it came to his employees. Then all inquiries about employment conditions were shuffled off with a, "Don't worry. I'll take care of you.", which may or may not be true. I didn't stick around long enough to find out.

The stress in his office was palpable. The staff was afraid and often browbeaten by him. (I didn't see it personally, but observing his megalomaniac habits it doesn't seem far fetched to me). They were all beholden to him in more ways than simply working for him. He knew how to manage his business but he sure didn't know how to manage people. They were simply to be used and their labor was demeaned and unappreciated. Talked a good game of respect, but didn't show it. All field personnel were considered "janitors", as if that is a derogatory term.

I simply am not ready to join the wage-slave world, although work doesn't scare me or wanting to do something constructive isn't in my plans. I demand to be appreciated and understood as a struggling laborer. I will not be constantly reminded of how I didn't measure up and how overpaid I am. My attitude is great entering these situations and horrible with ill health soon after I begin. I refuse to blame myself totally for work place problems when the environment is hostile, mean spirited and simply about profit for one arrogant individual. I'll use my own talents to create my own world, thank you very much.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Illusion and Too Real

Like A Slow Train Around The Bend:
http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/1116/opinions-great-depression-economy-on-my-mind.html
The only remaining option is to have the Fed create new money out of thin air. This is inflation. Higher prices lead to a devalued dollar and a lower standard of living for Americans.

For Once I Agree With The Pope:
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/137270/Vatican-condemns-dangerous-Halloween
Last year an estimated 60,000 black cats were kidnapped and killed in rituals in Italy

We Are On Our 9th Bob Dylan, as it is:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/the-kim-jongil-that-clinton-met-was-a-fake-says-academic-1812286.html
Japanese professor claims communist dictator has been replaced after dying in 2003

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Maybe It Will Keep You Out Of The Camps

The Teabagger Socialist-Free Purity Pledge

I, ________________________________, do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a socialism-free society and heretofore pledge my word
that I shall strictly adhere to the following:

I will complain about the destruction of 1st Amendment Rights in this
country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 1st Amendment Rights.

I will complain about the destruction of my 2nd Amendment Rights in
this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my
2ndAmendment rights by legally but brazenly brandishing unconcealed
firearms in public.

I will foreswear the time-honored principles of fairness, decency, and
respect by screaming unintelligible platitudes regarding tyranny,
Nazi-ism, and socialism at public town halls.

Also.I pledge to eliminate all government intervention in my life.

I will abstain from the use of and participation in any socialist goods andservices including but not limited to the following:
* Social Security*
Medicare/Medicaid*
State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)*
Police, Fire, and Emergency Services*
US Postal Service*
Roads and Highways*
Air Travel (regulated by the socialist FAA)*
The US Railway System*
Public Subways and Metro Systems*
Public Bus and Lightrail Systems*
Rest Areas on Highways* Sidewalks*
All Government-Funded Local/State Projects (e.g., see Iowa2009federal senateappropriations--
http://grassley.senate.gov/issues/upload/Master-Approps-73109.pdf)*
Public Water and Sewer Services (goodbye socialist toilet, shower,dishwasher, kitchen sink, outdoor hose!)*
Public and State Universities and Colleges*
Public Primary and Secondary Schools*
Sesame Street*
Publicly Funded Anti-Drug Use Education for Children*
Public Museums*
Libraries*
Public Parks and Beaches*
State and National Parks*
Public Zoos*
Unemployment Insurance*
Municipal Garbage and Recycling Services*
Treatment at Any Hospital or Clinic That Ever Received Funding From
Local, State or Federal Government (pretty much all of them)*
Medical Services and Medications That Were Created or Derived FromAny Government Grant or* Research Funding (again, pretty much all of them)*
Socialist Byproducts of Government Investment Such as Duct Tape and Velcro (Nazi-NASA Inventions)*
Use of the Internets, email, and networked computers, as the DoD'sARPANET was the basis for subsequent computer networking*
Foodstuffs, Meats, Produce and Crops That Were Grown With, Fed With,Raised With or That Contain Inputs From Crops Grown With GovernmentSubsidies*
Clothing Made from Crops (e.g. cotton) That Were Grown With or ThatContain Inputs From Government Subsidies*
If a veteran of the government-run socialist US military, I will forego my VA benefits and insist on paying for my own medical care
I will not tour socialist government buildings like the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

I pledge to never take myself, my family, or my children on a tour of
the following types of socialist locations, including but not limited to:*
Smithsonian Museums
such as the Air and Space Museum or Museum ofAmerican History*
The socialist Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments*
The government-operated Statue of Liberty*
The Grand Canyon*
The socialist World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials*
The government-run socialist-propaganda location known as ArlingtonNational Cemetery*
All other public-funded socialist sites, whether it be in my state
or in Washington, DC
I will urge my Member of Congress and Senators to forego their
government salary and government-provided healthcare.
I will oppose and condemn the government-funded and therefore
socialist military of the United States of America.
I will boycott the products of socialist defense contractors such as
GE, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics,Raytheon,
Humana, FedEx, General Motors, Honeywell, and hundreds of
others that are paid by our socialist government to produce goods for
our socialist army.
I will protest socialist security departments such as the Pentagon,
FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, TSA, Department of Justice
and their socialist employees.
Upon reaching eligible retirement age, I will tear up my socialist
Social Security checks.
Upon reaching age 65, I will forego Medicare and pay for my own
private health insurance until I die.

SWORN ON A BIBLE AND SIGNED THIS DAY OF ____________ IN THE YEAR ______________.

__________________________

___________________________
Signed Printed Name/Town and State

Sunday, October 25, 2009

No Pig Juices For Me

Wouldn't Use It Exclusively, But I'm Not Vaccinating:
http://www.richardccook.com/2009/10/23/swine-flu-is-meditation-the-best-medication/
The materialistic outlook has even taken over the practice of psychiatric medicine. If a person is depressed, disturbed, anxious, or unhappy, don’t look at the possible causes in that person’s outlook, environment, diet, habits, addictions, or value system. Just give them an anti-depressent or even an anti-psychotic. Never mind that these drugs may just suppress symptoms or even reduce the person to almost a vegetative state. On the surface, at least, they seem to be “getting better” or at least causing less trouble!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hometown, USA

Please Help Stop This Insanity:
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/oct2009/suic-o20.shtml
A National Guard soldier home on a 15-day leave from the war in Afghanistan committed suicide in a Muncie, Indiana, movie theater October 12.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

News Roundup

Insert Head Into Ass:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/17/david-hare-decade-9-11
Every period throws up its own favoured means of mass distraction, but you're going to have to pull every history book off the shelf to find a distraction quite as nothing-to-do-with-anything as the US invasion of Iraq.

Direct Action Gets The Goods:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6342115/Free-coats-hoax-sparks-riot-in-US-clothing-store.html
An American woman has sparked a riot at a shop selling winter coats after she pulled up outside in a limousine and announced that she had won the lottery and would pay for everyone's purchases.

I Love These People More And More:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6875642.ece
Japan will withdraw its naval ships from their support role in the war in Afghanistan, in the first concrete sign of the new government’s willingness to say no to the United States.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Warfare as a "job" = STRESS

Absurdistan:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6865359.ece
American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Nobel Peace Poop

15 years of Federal monitorship helps clean up the union:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2009/10/05/2009-10-05_secret_den_of_vice.html?print=1&page=all#ixzz0TOHwUh9N
Federal agents seized the drugs, said to include quantities of the highly addictive prescription painkiller OxyContin, and a stun gun while executing a search warrant Sept. 24, a union spokesman confirmed.


Friday night, Oct. 2, 2009

In what should have been a packed house, Cindy Sheehan spoke to less than 15 people at the Overland Community Center Friday night. The St. Louis anti-war movement, including IOW, Peace Economy Project, UFPJ, VFP, AFSC and others, refused to mobilize it's members to welcome this woman. Cindy has worked tirelessly for the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, Somalia and elsewhere.

Cindy gave an excellent talk and was inspiring as well as energizing. In the past, these same local “anti-war” groups couldn't get enough of Cindy.Why now the lack of welcome from the St. Louis Peace Movement? Why did these same organizations which hosted an all-day seminar grading President Obama's first 100 days, giving him passing grades, choose not to recognize our sister, Gold Star Mother and outspoken peace activist? They were most certainly notified in advance, and there weren't any conflicting events.The answer? Cindy Sheehan is not a member of the Democratic Party. This is the same party that gave us the wars in Korea, Vietnam, eight dead ly years of sanctions against the people of Iraq, war in the Balkans, the escalation of death/destruction in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and possibly Iran and Somalia. Remember it was a Democrat who authorized the only use in history, of atomic weapons.

Instead, Cindy ran for the U.S. Senate CA. on the Peace and Freedom Party's ticket. Friday night, Cindy was asked what person she admired most. Cindy's answer was, "Cynthia McKinney". As we all know, Ms. McKinney, a former Congresswoman from Grorgia, was driven out of office by pro-war Democrats, the DNC and the AIPAC lobby. After Hurricane Katrina displaced thousands of working class people in New Orleans, Cynthia McKinney unhesitatingly went to help. When the Free Gaza Movement sent cargo ships to Palestine to break the genocidal blockade of Gaza by Israel, Cynthia McKinney answered the call!But we also know that Cynthia McKinney ran for President on the Green Party ticket. She is no longer a member of the Democratic Party---having learned the lesson first-hand that standing up for principles cannot and will not be tolerated by corporate and imperial interests. The history of the Democratic Party is a history of betrayal and heartbreak for the working class, people of color, and those who sincerely want to implement a “progressive agenda” in America.

Anti-War acti vists need to support each other despite political differences.But the political differences themselves answer the questions posed at the beginning of this letter. Cindy Sheehan supported Ms. McKinney for President rather than Barak Obama. Mr. Obama's pro war stance made it impossible for Cindy to give him any support. As the war drums grow louder from the Pentagon and the White House, the peace movement appears to be stagnant. Rather than depending on the majority of American people opposed to the ongoing wars, the Peace Movement appealed to elected officials (Democratic Party). The Guantanamo Death and Torture Camp remains open as do all of the secret prisons used around the world in the West's war on Islam (war on terror). The attack on civil liberties continuation of the USA PATRIOT ACT, warrant-less surveillance, indefinite detentions, the failure to recognize the World Court... nothing has changed.

As the Obama Administration continues to threaten the Islamic Republic of Iran for developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes, we come ever closer to more destruction. This, at a time we need construction of our infrastructure and manufacturing to put people back to work. Don't leave it to the Democratic Party prostitutes to bring our troops home. Sobukwe Shakura of the All African People's Revolutionary Party said it best at a panel discussion in Atlanta on Sept. 24th: "President Obama leads a racist imperialist system whose failure is obvious and cannot be reformed. It can only survive with the exploitation of people here and rape of people abroad. The conditions of our people have not changed.

Timothy Kaminski
Islamic International Movement

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

International Labor News #3

Great (???) Britian:

http://counterpunch.org/milne09302009.html

The walkouts were all illegal. Under British anti-union laws, introduced by the Thatcher government and retained by New Labor, solidarity action is banned.

Monday, October 5, 2009

For Your Listening Pleasure

Celebrate The Change Of Seasons
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=157281
Chet Baker (trumpet) Paul Desmond (alto Saxomophone) Ron Carter (contrabass) Hubert Laws (flute) Bob James (electric piano) Steve Gadd (drums) Autumn Leaves TRT 7:04

Friday, October 2, 2009

O Is For Angst

One Winner, The Rest, Losers:
http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/87670/index.php
Moreover, a recent Chicago Tribune poll found that more Chicagoans opposed the bid than supported it – 47% to 45% – and a whopping 84% oppose using any public money to support the games.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

French Fried Spirit

Welcome to Survivor Island:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/why-are-so-many-france-telecom-workers-dying-1795171.html
Some employees defend their company and suggest that publicity about a "suicide epidemic" has been generated by trades unions in an attempt to de-rail the company's restructuring programme. "These people should try working in a computer start-up company," said Michel, a France Telecom employee since 1998.

"France Telecom is idyllic by comparison. To suggest that the work conditions incite people to commit suicide verges on the indecent. Hundreds of thousands of people on the dole would love to have such jobs."

You're Next

ROBOCOPS COME TO PITTSBURGH

…and bring the latest weaponry with them

by Mike Ferner
September 28, 2009

No longer the stuff of disturbing futuristic fantasies, an arsenal of “crowd control munitions,” including one that reportedly made its debut in the U.S., was deployed with a massive, overpowering police presence in Pittsburgh during last week’s G-20 protests.

Nearly 200 arrests were made and civil liberties groups charged the many thousands of police (transported on Port Authority buses displaying “PITTSBURGH WELCOMES THE WORLD”), from as far away as Arizona and Florida with overreacting…and they had plenty of weaponry with which to do it.

Bean bags fired from shotguns,
CS (tear) gas, OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray, flash-bang grenades, batons and, according to local news reports, for the first time on the streets of America , the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD).

Mounted in the turret of an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), I saw the LRAD in action twice in the area of 25th, Penn and Liberty Streets of Lawrenceville, an old Pittsburgh neighborhood. Blasting a shrill, piercing noise like a high-pitched police siren on steroids, it quickly swept streets and sidewalks of pedestrians, merchants, journalists, and drove residents into their homes, but in neither case were any demonstrators present. The APC, oversized and sinister for a city street, together with lines of police in full riot gear looking like darkly threatening Michelin Men, made for a scene out of a movie you didn’t want to be in.

As intimidating as this massive show of armed force and technology was, the good burghers of Pittsburgh and their fellow citizens in the Land of the Brave and Home of the Free ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Tear gas and pepper spray are nothing to sniff at and, indeed,
have proven fatal a surprising number of times, but they have now become the old standbys compared to the list below that’s already at or coming soon to a police station or National Guard headquarters near you. Proving that “what goes around, comes around,” some of the new Property Protection Devices were developed by a network of federally-funded, university-based research institutes like one in Pittsburgh itself, Penn State ’s Institute for Non-Lethal Defense Technologies.

· Raytheon Corp.'s
Active Denial System, designed for crowd control in combat zones, uses an energy beam to induce an intolerable heating sensation, like a hot iron placed on the skin. It is effective beyond the range of small arms, in excess of 400 meters. Company officials have been advised they could expand the market by selling a smaller, tripod-mounted version for police forces.

· M5
Modular Crowd Control Munition, with a range of 30 meters "is similar in operation to a claymore mine, but it delivers...a strong, nonpenetrating blow to the body with multiple sub-munitions (600 rubber balls)."

·
Long Range Acoustic Device or "The Scream," is a powerful megaphone the size of a satellite dish that can emit sound "50 times greater than the human threshold for pain" at close range, causing permanent hearing damage. The L.A. Times wrote U.S. Marines in Iraq used it in 2004. It can deliver recorded warnings in Arabic and, on command, emit a piercing tone..."[For] most people, even if they plug their ears, [the device] will produce the equivalent of an instant migraine," says Woody Norris, chairman of American Technology Corp., the San Diego firm that produces the weapon. "It will knock [some people] on their knees." CBS News reported in 2005 that the Israeli Army first used the device in the field to break up a protest against Israel's separation wall. "Protesters covered their ears and grabbed their heads, overcome by dizziness and nausea, after the vehicle-mounted device began sending out bursts of audible, but not loud, sound at intervals of about 10 seconds...A military official said the device emits a special frequency that targets the inner ear."

· In
"Non-lethal Technologies: An Overview," Lewer and Davison describe a lengthy catalog of new weaponry including the "Directed Stick Radiator," a hand-held system based on the same technology as The Scream. "It fires high intensity ‘sonic bullets' or pulses of sound between 125-150db for a second or two. Such a weapon could, when fully developed, have the capacity to knock people off their feet."

· The Penn State facility is testing a "
Distributed Sound and Light Array Debilitator" a.k.a. the "puke ray." The colors and rhythm of light are absorbed by the retina and disorient the brain, blinding the victim for several seconds. In conjunction with disturbing sounds it can make the person stumble or feel nauseated. Foreign Policy in Focus reports that the Department of Homeland Security, with $1 million invested for testing the device, hopes to see it "in the hands of thousands of policemen, border agents and National Guardsmen" by 2010.

· Spider silk is cited in the University of Bradford ’s
Non-Lethal Weapons Research Project, Report #4 (pg. 20) as an up-and-comer. “A research collaboration between the University of New Hampshire and the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center is looking into the use of spider silk as a non-lethal ‘entanglement’ material for disabling people. They have developed a method for producing recombinant spider silk protein using E. coli and are trying to develop methods to produce large quantities of these fibres.”

·
New Scientist reports that the (I'm not making this up) Inertial Capacitive Incapacitator (ICI), developed by the Physical Optics Corporation of Torrance , California , uses a thin-film storage device charged during manufacture that only discharges when it strikes the target. It can be incorporated into a ring-shaped aerofoil and fired from a standard grenade launcher at low velocity, while still maintaining a flat trajectory for maximum accuracy.

· Aiming beyond Tasers, the
Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, (FY 2009 budget: $1B) the domestic equivalent of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), plans to develop wireless weapons effective over greater distances, such as in an auditorium or sports stadium, or on a city street. One such device, the Piezer, uses piezoelectric crystals that produce voltage when they are compressed. A 12-gauge shotgun fires the crystals, stunning the target with an electric shock on impact. Lynntech of College Station, Texas, is developing a projectile Taser that can be fired from a shotgun or 40-mm grenade launcher to increase greatly the weapon's current range of seven meters.

·
"Off the Rocker and On the Floor: Continued Development of Biochemical Incapacitating Weapons," a report by the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre revealed that in 1992, the National Institute of Justice contracted with Lawrence Livermore National Lab to review clinical anesthetics for use by special ops military forces and police. LLNL concluded the best option was an opioid, like fentanyl, effective at very low doses compared to morphine. Combined with a patch soaked in DMSO (dimethylsufoxide, a solvent) and fired from an air rifle, fentanyl could be delivered to the skin even through light clothing. Another recommended application for the drug was mixed with fine powder and dispersed as smoke.

· After upgrades, the infamous "Puff the Magic Dragon" gunship from the Vietnam War is now the AC-130.
"Non-Lethal Weaponry: Applications to AC-130 Gunships," observes that "With the increasing involvement of US military in operations other than war..." the AC-130 "would provide commanders a full range of non-lethal weaponry from an airborne platform which was not previously available to them." The paper concludes in part that "As the use of non-lethal weapons increases and it becomes valid and acceptable, more options will become available."

· Prozac and Zoloft are two of over 100 pharmaceuticals identified by the Penn State College of Medicine and the university's Applied Research Lab for further study as "non-lethal calmatives." These Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), noted the
Penn State study, "...are found to be highly effective for numerous behavioral disturbances encountered in situations where a deployment of a non-lethal technique must be considered. This class of pharmaceutical agents also continues to be under intense development by the pharmaceutical industry...New compounds under development (WO 09500194) are being designed with a faster onset of action. Drug development is continuing at a rapid rate in this area due to the large market for the treatment of depression (15 million individuals in North America)...It is likely that an SSRI agent can be identified in the near future that will feature a rapid rate of onset."

In Pittsburgh last week, an enormously expensive show of police and weaponry, intended for “security” of the G20 delegates, simultaneously shut workers out of downtown jobs for two days, forced gasping students and residents back into their dormitories and homes, and turned journalists’ press passes into quaint, obsolete reminders of a bygone time.

Most significant of all, however, was what Witold Walczak, legal director of the Pennsylvania ACLU, told the Associated Press: “It's not just intimidation, it's disruption and in some cases outright prevention of peaceful protesters being able to get their message out.”

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Mike Ferner is a writer from Ohio and President of
Veterans For Peace.

Monday, September 28, 2009

I Don't Like Mondays

Nothing Unusual Here, Move Along:
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/24083
... it's no coincidence that a brand new crime of desperation appeared with the Reagan Revolution: the worker who "goes postal." The first massacres began in the mid-late 1980s, and the shootings have repeated with such regularity that it seems we've got to the point where we almost accept them as part of the landscape, as if they're inevitable and they've always been with us, and always will.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Could Be In Slovenia

Proud To Be An American:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVgOl3cETb4
"We're Number 37" - Paul Hipp TRT 3min

Monday, September 21, 2009

...hmmm, very interesting...

This Is Getting Stickier Than Flypaper:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_Awareness_Network
In December 1997, 60 Minutes profiled the new management of the Cult Awareness Network, in a piece hosted by Lesley Stahl, entitled: "CAN: The Cult Awareness Network". 60 Minutes referred to the (Old) Cult Awareness Network as a comprehensive resource, stating it was "for 20 years the nation's best-known resource for information and advice about groups it considered dangerous. " The current influence by the Church of Scientology was investigated, and Stahl commented in a voice-over: "Now, when you call looking for information about a cult, chances are the person you're talking to is a Scientologist