When 20 children and 8 adults were murdered in the tiny Connecticut community of Sandy Hook we, like most other people, were shocked and horrified at what appeared to be a series of senseless acts of brutality.
Correction and update to Niall Bradley’s exposé on the Sandy Hook school massacre: it seems even clearer at this point that certain persons knew things they shouldn’t have, in advance of the horrific event…
I read this article on the drugging of soldiers recently and realized that the men they are writing about represent a few tiny drops in the ocean of suffering that we as a society have created through war and the aftermath, through inhuman designs and inhuman acts.
Something very unusual was seen in the early morning sky all over the southwestern US on Thursday 13th September 2012. The US Army claimed it was “testing a missile”, but their story is not convincing, to say the least…
Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has had many of his articles published by in the mainstream press over the past 15 years. Over the past few weeks however, all mainstream press outlets (including the supposedly ‘liberal’ ones) that were contacted with a view to publishing this particular piece refused to do so, for unspecified reasons.
Among the many comments we have read and received on the alleged death of Gaddafi, the one most often repeated goes something like this: ‘Gaddafi was a brutal dictator who deserved what he got’. The widely-held belief (at least in Western nations) that Gaddafi was a ‘brutal dictator’ is the result of over 30 years of (primarily) US, British and French propaganda against the former Libyan leader. The reasons for this long-running propaganda campaign are many, but chief among them is the fact that Gaddafi was not only fiercely independent as regards his native land, but he persistently sought to bring financial independence to other African nations.
For those of you who don’t know the back-story: while Sott.net is a web-site with editors and contributors spread across the globe, our physical ‘headquarters’ are in the South of France, near Toulouse.
In an ideal society, those chosen to represent and lead the people would be chosen because they had shown ‘leadership qualities’ – honesty, integrity, intelligence (both emotional and intellectual) and, most importantly, a paternal or maternal protective instinct towards others. In short, leaders would be those that could effectively lead the society in a way that secured the best interests of all. Ideal leaders would certainly not be ‘war-like’ but rather peace-makers. So why don’t we have societies like this around the world today? Does power really corrupt? Is it inevitable that any human being elevated to a leadership role will succumb to the lure of power and control over others and ultimately turn bad and against the people? Do we conclude therefore that the very idea that one or a few should lead the many is simply a bad one?
The fallout from the Gulf oil spill will affect millions in the region and beyond. Sadly it is just one of many sources of extreme chemical toxicity that contributes to the sea of toxins in which we all now swim. Learning about how to cope and even protect ourselves and our families from the toxic storm is critical in these times. Here Gabriela Segura, M.D. summarizes the cutting-edge research into environmental and chemical stress. Its application is generating sublime results for many. These are things that we can all immediately apply to our lives. It is never too late!
Israel today is a nation and society marked by a paranoid personality disorder writ large. For most Jews, Israel must always ‘walk alone’ because Jews are specially chosen by god. In a supreme act of personal disempowerment, they have given up any say in their own future or the future of their nation by submitting to the dictates of a religious text of dubious origin that simultaneously glorifies and condemns them. The cry of ‘anti-Semitism’ serves to buffer Israel and the Jews from all criticism because criticism of Israel or the Jews is understood as simply the fulfilment of biblical prophecy that the world will turn against the Jews and Israel. It is hard to think of a better example of pathological thinking or a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I couldn’t bring myself to join in the excitement around the Wikileaks documents. My apathy turned more towards cynicism when I got wind of Assange’s personal story. “On the run” moving location every two days to stay one step ahead of the hounds of hell that were assumed to be on his heels. Forced to mail his cell phone to another country, he finally makes it to a safe haven, in London of all places, and into a ‘bunker’ in the UK Guardian building where his story will be transformed into revolutionary news-bites by editors from the New York Times. Very intriguing. Heck, it could be made into a movie starring Matt Damon as ‘Jason Bourne’. In fact, I think that’s where this story really belongs. After all, in such movies, the hero can easily outwit the powers that be who want him dead. In real life however, if the organistations that supposedly have most to lose from the leaking of the Wikileaks documents wanted the anemic Assange dead, he would have expired, from natural causes of course, long ago.
The flotilla that set sail for Gaza from Greece, Turkey and Ireland late May was the latest, biggest attempt to break the siege of Gaza and sound the alarm over Israel’s impending genocide of Palestinians. The successful ventures in 2008 came to a halt when the Israeli Navy rammed the Dignity on the eve of Operation Cast Lead. The boat barely made it to port in Lebanon. Aboard were Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire and Green Party US Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney, along with Members of the European Parliament and volunteers. If Israel had no compunction about murdering such dignitaries in international waters, what chance the next sea attempt to break the siege of Gaza wouldn’t meet a similarly violent fate?
Until the publication of Hervey Cleckley’s landmark book The Mask of Sanity in 1941 (along with its subsequent editions), there wasn’t much agreement on what exactly psychopathy is. The term had come to describe individuals whose emotional life and social behavior were abnormal, but whose intellectual capacities were undisturbed. In contrast to psychotics whose grip on reality is clearly disturbed, as in paranoid schizophrenia, psychopaths are completely sane. They have a firm grip on reality, can carry on a conversation, and often appear more normal than normal. But at the same time, while talking to you about the weather or the economy, they may be deciding the best way to con you out of your life savings or perhaps get you to a secluded location where they can rape or murder you.
Beginning immediately after World War II and continuing in the decades after the imposition of Soviet dictatorship on the countries of Eastern Europe, a group of scientists – primarily Polish, Czech, and Hungarian – secretly collaborated on a scientific study of the nature of totalitarianism. Blocked by the State Security Services from contact with the West, their work remained secret, even while American researchers like Hervey Cleckley and Gustave Gilbert were struggling with the same questions.1 The last known living member of this group, a Polish psychologist and expert on psychopathy named Andrzej Łobaczewski (1921-2007), would eventually name their new science – a synthesis of psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and historical studies – “ponerology”, a term he borrowed from the priests of the Benedictine Abbey in the historic Polish village of Tyniec. Derived from poneros in New Testament Greek, the word suggests an inborn evil with a corrupting influence, a fitting description of psychopathy and its social effects.
There was this boy I sent to the ‘lectric chair at Huntsville Hill here a while back. My arrest and my testimony. He killt a fourteen-year-old girl. Papers said it was a crime of passion but he told me there wasn’t any passion to it. Told me that he’d been planning to kill somebody for [...]
Like any good novelist, Orwell tells a story and he makes it real. For that sheltered portion of humankind who have had the fortune of growing up without the threat of being arrested and tortured for daring to disagree with their inept leaders, the book provides a vicarious experience without which we are left vulnerable to a disease we know nothing about. But while the creation of a literary world can teach us many things, it cannot provide a way out. For that we need accurate knowledge.
Israel’s colonization of Palestine is relentless. It’s become a pivotal issue in countries’ relations with Israel, but only to the extent that non-Israelis lip-synch their disapproval at press conferences while surrendering their conscience behind closed doors. This curious ability of a tiny nation to bring tremendous pressure to bear upon the world’s leaders exemplifies the psychopath’s ability to subvert the will of others to do its bidding, only it’s happening on a macro-social scale.
If it has been difficult for American leaders to influence the country’s foreign policy since the military-industrial complex wrested control from the state office after the Second World War, it has proven impossible to do so since the US sealed its Faustian bargain with Israel on 9/11. The US Empire is damned if it does cut the flow of money and arms to Israel and damned if it doesn’t. The truth about 9/11 is going to emerge one way or another. How the momentum is managed will determine who is left without a chair when the music finally grinds to halt. While it’s broadly in both the US and Israeli governments interests to keep a lid on the truth by distracting the US population any which way it can, there appears to be a game of hide and seek taking place through the media to prepare the ground and cast one or the other in the role of villain. This was in evidence these past few weeks as ’9/11 Truth’ hit the mainstream like never before.