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An Ignorant Savage Discusses PTSD

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No one is celebrating weakness and depression. Sources please? Here, Michael Savage and his buddies look for a discreet spot to help him enhance his bravery with the Dildo of Courage and Destiny.


It’s getting old. Another chicken hawk who has never served in the military, never had his friend’s brains splattered all over his face, never carried his severed arm off in a terrified stupor praying to God it can be reattached somehow, who never killed a man is suddenly an expert on trauma and the meaning of courage and honor. 1

Soldiers with PTSD are no less capable of killing than they were before. They are in fact, more lethal because they no longer fear death. They seek it out. Cowardice has nothing to do with this.15  

Michael Savage boasts about how he was raised. It leaves little to be admired, as it clearly implies he was raised in a barn, and likely conceived there.2

SAVAGE: I am so sick and tired of everyone with their complaints about PTSD, depression. Everyone wants their hand held, and a check — a government check. What are you, the only generation that had PTSD? The only generation that’s depressed? I’m sick of it. I can’t take the celebration of weakness and depression.3

See, I was raised a little differently. I was raised to fight weakness. I was raised to fight pain. I was raised to fight depression. Not to give into it. Not to cave into it and cry like a little baby in bed.4 “Boo-hoo-hoo. Boo-hoo-hoo.” Everyone has depression in their life. Everyone has sickness and sadness and disease.5 And loss of relatives. And loss of career. Everyone has depression in their life. But if the whole nation is told, “boo-hoo-hoo, come and get a medication, come and get treatment, talk about mental illness.” 6 You know what you wind up with? You wind up with Obama in the White House and liars in every phase of the government.7 That’s what you wind up with. It’s a weak, sick, nation. A weak, sick, broken nation. And you need men like me to save the country. You need men to stand up and say stop crying like a baby over everything. Stand up already. Stop telling me how sick you are and sad you are. Talk about the good things in your life.

When have you last heard that? Oh, everyone’s holding their hand. “Oh, welcome to Good Morning America, sir. You almost committed suicide, how interesting. Please tell us your story.” Maybe a young child who’s on the edge can commit suicide.8 What a country. No wonder we’re being laughed at around the world. No wonder ISIS can defeat our military. Take a look at that. Take a look at that, why people aren’t even getting married anymore to have children. They don’t even have the guts to raise a child. The men are so weak, and so narcissistic, all they want to do is have fun. Bunch of losers.9 Just go have a brewski and look at the 49ers, you idiot, you. They won’t even get married, won’t have a child, it takes too much of a man to do that. What a country. You’re not a man, you’re a dog. A dog raises babies better than most American men do.10

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This is the masturbatory self-righteousness you could expect from Westboro Baptist Church, so why not just drop any pretense of honor and go picket [Williams'] grave? Public shaming has never served as a suicide deterrent. It is an accelerant.13

More people die from suicide in America, every year, than from car accidents. It is the second leading cause of death in people aged 24-35. And we’re supposed to believe the deprecation and scorn of some bigoted talk show host could actually save lives because you need men like him “to stand up and say stop crying like a baby over everything”? The fact of the matter is we have men like that and always have, we have a festering surplus and they have never been helpful. In fact, they are the largest part of the problem.11

But let us talk about weakness. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, weaker than a man who judges the courage and integrity of men who have made the sacrifice and actually served their country, when they chose not to.12 Also, heaping scorn and derision on Robin Williams, who just committed suicide, only hurts the people who loved him most, and serves no practical or moral interest. This is the masturbatory self-righteousness you could expect from Westboro Baptist Church, so why not just drop any pretense of honor and go picket his grave? PUBLIC SHAMING AND SCORN HAS NEVER SERVED AS A SUICIDE DETERRENT, IT IS AN ACCELERANT.13

The role of the “fight-or-flight” stress hormone, cortisol, in actually damaging the brain in those with PTSD, for example the hippocampus, amyglada, synapses and dendrites makes it a physiological condition to be dealt with medically. Dr. Savage, who got his doctorate from the same cereal box as Dr. Dre,14 is describing an emotional state requiring little more than a half-time pep talk, and there is something he totally fails to understand:

Soldiers with PTSD are no less capable of killing than they were before.15 They are in fact, more lethal because they no longer fear death. They seek it out. Cowardice has nothing to do with this. Moreover, ever hear of murder-suicides? This is no laughing matter.

Treatment is important not only to treat the depressive aspect, but also the rage and impulsive aspects of the condition.

As Savage describes how he was raised, he unwittingly admits the hallmarks of abusive parenting. He was told he was weak as a child. He was told he could not feel pain or cry. He was told not to cave in to depression, or he would not be validated or accepted as a son. He was essentially told he could not be human, an impossible task, so he never felt validated and it manifests itself by the abusive and prejudicial way he treats others. We are all told not to be weak and to be strong, to not feel pain or cry, but few of us risk being invalidated if we fail at the impossible. It is clear that the way Savage was told had a lasting effect on his life because his career as a far-right talk show host is based on invalidating the lives of others. This is learned behavior, inculcated as a child, and you can bet he learned it from his daddy, the “tough guy.”

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Cognitive impairment in clinical depression can be scientifically quantified. Here, an imbalance of key neurotransmitters are affecting areas of the brain associated with memory and reasoning. It is why the survival instinct we take for granted can become a death instinct, where our every thought and action is drawn towards self-termination.

I sincerely believe Savage was raised by abusive parents incapable of showing any true affection or warmth, had an upbringing that left him with no self-esteem to speak of so to redeem himself, he abuses and belittles others to give himself a false sense of superiority. It doesn’t work, despite the momentary gratification of this base impulse, because he has never addressed the root of the problem. He does not respect himself, therefore he cannot respect others.

I sincerely believe Savage was raised by abusive parents incapable of showing any true affection or warmth, had an upbringing that left him with no self-esteem to speak of so to redeem himself, he abuses and belittles others en masse to give himself a false sense of superiority.

In addition to this, this entire statement is a lie and a study in slack-jawed stupidity. Herein, itemized, every painfully feeble argument in his thesis:

  • What are you, the only generation that had PTSD?” Yes, we have always had PTSD with every generation in human history. But what we do know now is that it has always produced suicides. We just know more about them now.
  • “I can’t take the celebration of weakness and depression.” No one is celebrating weakness and depression. Not on planet Earth. Sources please?
  • “Everyone has sickness and sadness and disease.” This is true, and in this statement Savage invalidates everything else he’s said by inadvertently admitting PTSD and clinical depression are a real sickness. There is, however, a difference between sadness and depression. Clinical depression is a debilitating condition marked by cognitive impairment, memory loss, by a biochemical imbalance, and in some cases actual brain damage. It can last for years. Sadness is a temporary and common part of the human experience that has no adverse effects on thinking or memory. Dr. Savage can’t tell the difference between the two, because Dr. Savage has a cognitive malady of his own. He is retarded.
  • And you need men like me to save the country.” We don’t need men like Savage to play doctor. (That’s my job. Ask his wife.) We don’t need men like Savage at all, because they aren’t men, they’re children with unresolved issues; intellectually and emotionally stunted. Death and killing is a game to them.
  • “‘Oh, welcome to Good Morning America, sir. You almost committed suicide, how interesting. Please tell us your story.’ Maybe a young child who’s on the edge can commit suicide.” Savage argues that the very act of discussing mental illness can drive a young child to suicide. Now, between 15 and 24, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death. The only way we know if kids are suicidal is if they talk about it. Savage expects parents and loved ones to appeal to mind reading to prevent such an outcome, when there are many times we only get one warning before the suicide takes place. How does one get talked out of suicide if they are forbidden to talk about it?
  • You wind up with Obama in the White House and liars in every phase of the government.” Hundreds of  scientific studies have determined, conclusively, that Obama is not linked to PTSD or depression unless you are a white supremacist, found his election to the presidency traumatic and a black man in the White House makes you suicidal.
  • “Boo-hoo-hoo, come and get a medication, come and get treatment, talk about mental illness.”We don’t need men like Savage because it’s this type of ignorance, and hate, that encourages suicides more than anything else. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. He is deliberately trying to keep troops from seeking life-saving treatment for a universally recognized condition. What are his motives? Patriotism?
  • “The men are so weak, and so narcissistic, all they want to do is have fun.” Narcissism is marked by grandiosity, an exaggerated sense of self-worth and entitlement and a complete lack of empathy for others. That’s Savage, who believes you need men like him to “save the country.”
  •  “A dog raises babies better than most American men do.” In referring to men as dogs, he equates humans and canines to the extent their behavior can be compared objectively. Also, dogs raise puppies, not babies. He may, however, be describing the bitch that raised him.16

Our self-described national savior advises us to talk about the good things in our lives, and I would agree. One good thing that comes to mind right now is that I am not Dr. Savage, and that my parents loved me.17

PTSD & Parkinson’s Disease: Longer Version

How cortisol can affect the hippocampus, amyglada,damage neurons, synapses and dendrites, etc. The link between emotional trauma and Parkinson’s.

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PTSD in World War I. In the fight or flight response the adrenal glands secrete cortisol, also called the “stress hormone.” High levels have been associated with damage to the amygdala and other areas of the brain. Here we see trauma’s impact on the nervous system after sustained cortisol levels in veterans and the possible link between epigenetic inheritance of Parkinson’s Disease as explained in the top video with Rhawn Joseph.

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There are an estimated 308,402 veterans currently being treated for PTSD in the United States.

Source: BrainMind.com PTSD & Parkinson’s Disease: Hallucinations, Memory, Flashbacks, Amygdala, Hippocampus, Hypothalamus, Stress, by Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D.

NOTES

1 To be honest neither have I but if our troops say it affects them, I tend to believe them.

2 Anderson, S. M., Lepper, M. R., & Ross, L. (1980). Perseverance of Bestiality in Public Discourse: The role of stupid motherfuckers in the persistence of discredited information. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 39, 1037-1049.

Cassell, P. G. (1996). Michael Savage Can Go Fuck Himself. Northwestern University Law Review, 90, 1084-1124.

Ekman, P. (1992). Abusive Parenting and False Memories: Michael Savage Celebrates His Abuse as Child. “Daddy faked his orgasms by spitting on my back.” 239-250. New York: W. W. Norton.

Eysenck, H. J. (1964). The Book of Duh. London: Routledge.

Kassin, S. M., & Wrightsman, L. S. (1985). Discouraging Life-saving Treatment in Veterans. The Psychology of Reckless Self-infatuation and that Pig-shit Golem Michael Savage. (pp. 67-94). Beverly Hills: Sage.

Inbau, F. E., Reid, J. E., & Buckley, J. P. (2013). No link between PTSD, Clinical Depression and Obama You Fucking Morons. (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.

Kassin, S. M., & Sukel, H. (1997). Encouraging Silence and Suicide in children, why Michael Savage is Disqualified for Life. Law and Human Behavior, 21(1), 27-46.

Inbau, F. E., & Reid, J. E. (1992). A Study in Narcissism: Michael Savage’s Tips on Masturbating to Ceiling Mirror. (1st ed.). Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.

10 Loftus, E. F. (1979). Raised in a Kennel, Michael Savage Prefers Canine Rearing to Human. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Loftus, E. F., & Ketcham, K. (1994).

11 Reeves, John (2012) A Festering Surplus: Exponential Stupidity and Talk Radio. London: Routledge.

12 Blowme, Haywood U. (1992).”Chicken Hawks: From Cheney to Michael Savage, the True Meaning of Cowardice, False Bravado, and Men Whose Only Redeeming Feature is that They Will Soon Die” New York: W. W. Norton.

13 This should be obvious.

14 Captain Crunch.

15 “War is Hell, and the Hell Rubs Off: PTSD contributes to violence. Pretending it doesn’t is no way to support the troops.”  David J. Morris, Slate, April 17, 2014

16 Gudjonsson, G. H., & MacKeith, J. A. C. (1990). Canine Rearing of Children and the the Case of Michael Savage. Medicine, Science, and the Law, 30, 329-335.

17 Savage, Michael. An Autobiography. “I Was Sold to Bedouins for Beer Money, Learned How to Belly Dance and Fellate Camels.” 2005 Putnam and Sons.

 


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The Strange Intolerance of Religion to Discourage Bravery

images“As it seems in foreign nations that the church is the most ennobling influence, each and every branch and activity of each and every church, must, one way or another, be discredited. Religion must become unfashionable by demonstrating broadly, through psychopolitical indoctrination, that the soul is non-existent, and that Man is an animal. The lying mechanisms of Christianity lead men to foolishly brave deeds. By teaching them that there is a life hereafter, the liability of courageous acts, while living, is thus lessened. The liability of any act must be markedly increased if a populace is to be obedient. Thus, there must be no standing belief in the church, and the power of the church must be denied at every hand…

Religion must be made synonymous with neurosis and psychosis. People who are deeply religious would be less and less held responsible for their own sanity, and should more and more be relegated to the ministrations of psychopolitical operatives.”

In short, the argument was that in discouraging the belief in God, man would be more obedient to a totalitarian government as he would have nothing to die for.

So guess who wrote this? And would it surprise you in came in a brainwashing manual from one of history’s most insidious men, an associate of Satanist Aleister Crowley, whom even the latter found dishonorable and warned his acolytes to stay away from?

More soon…


Cheney Threatens Americans

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Dick Cheney on his torture fetish. Ostensibly, it saved American lives. In truth, it gave us the false confessions needed to sell the “War on Terror.”

Here’s a prophecy for war criminal and FNC soothsayer Dick Cheney. In fact, it’s a promise: the next terrorist attack, even if not a false flag, will be blamed on the neocons. Maybe he can’t see that because he only surrounds himself with the sadists and bigots on FOX and Friends. Cheney says the next attack will be worse than 9-11, forgetting he had advance knowledge there too, and allowed it to happen. He actually believes Republicans will let him forget that. (FNC will, it’s rumored, eventually replace the “Friends” with more cost-effective Pirates of the Caribbean-style animatronics to boost the intelligence and basic cognition level of the hosts. It’s hoped this will curtail the ad lib bursts of staggering imbecility that’s become comedy gold for The Daily Show.)

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In the war against Iraq, now acknowledged universally as a war fought under false pretense, false “terrorist”confessions were essential to maintain the cover story. There is nothing better than torture to obtain such confessions.

Who’s waiting for the next false flag? Military? Check. Secret Service? Check. Intelligence agencies? Check. Media? Check. At least 60 million Americans who question the official 9-11 story and know about Building 7? Check. None of these factors were in play the day after 9-11. So yes, it will be worse the next time, if there is one. It will be worse for Cheney.

Instant Terrorist: Just Add Water

It should also be noted that torture is mostly used for false confessions and in some cases, psychological conditioning, or trauma-based brainwashing the CIA was quite familiar with since the 1950s (see document at end of article). In the war against Iraq, now acknowledged universally as a war fought under false pretense, false confessions were essential to maintain the cover story. There is nothing better than torture to obtain such confessions. That is why it is a favored means of policing and suppression of political dissent in third world countries. The torture employed by the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” was not new. Water-boarding has medieval origins dating back to the Inquisition.

Favored test for guilt at Salem Witch Trials was another form of water torture.

Favored test for guilt at Salem Witch Trials was another form of water torture. To make them stop, the victims admitted they were witches. They would have said they were terrorists, too.

Torture is a Pavlovian stimulus-response mechanism where subjects, knowing they will be water-boarded merely by the sound of footsteps approaching a cell door, become conditioned to say what the torturer wants them to say because their primary drive is to avoid pain, so they will lie if they have no intelligence to offer. In the Salem witchcraft trials, it’s why we had tortured “witches” claim they saw neighbors flying around on brooms and cavorting with the devil. That’s what the “investigators’ wanted to hear, and why we heard some very contradictory and impossible stories regarding the facts around 9-11 and Bin Laden. The aim was “terrorist confessions” and they got them. That’s why the CIA destroyed the interrogation tapes. In a court of law, those tapes would have been their most important evidence. However, because they involved torture, they would have been inadmissible, and proof of a wider conspiracy to justify the “War on Terror” on the basis of false confessions. The destruction of those interrogation tapes, however, only ensured no one could see any of those confessions as valid, anything less than a war crime, and a tacit admission of Cheney’s guilt. No agency would destroy evidence that exonerates it. To quote L. Ron Hubbard, in a disturbing Scientology brainwashing manual that parallels a CIA study on mind control:

The mechanisms of stimulus-response are easily understood. The body takes pictures of every action in the environment around an individual. When the environment includes brutality, terror, shock, and other such activities, the mental picture gained contains in itself all the ingredients of the environment. It the individual, himself, was injured during that moment, the injury, itself, will re-manifest when called upon to respond by an exterior command source.

As an example of this, if an individual is beaten, and is told during the entirety of the beating that he must obey certain officials, he will, in the future, feel the beginnings of the pain the moment he begins to disobey. The installed pain itself reacts as a policeman, for the experience of the individual demonstrates to him that he cannot combat, and will receive pain from, certain officials.

As Rob Jones writes at History of of Forensic Psychology:

One particular study, conducted by Kassin and Wrightsman in 1985 looked at the three different type of confessions they found associated with false declarations of guilt. They were voluntary, coerced or coerced-internalized.

  • Voluntary- This type of confession is made without any pressure from the outside. The person willingly and knowingly confesses to a crime.
  • Coerced- This type of confession is made only to escape an interrogation that the person may see as aversive, avoid harm, or to get a benefit that was promised
  • Coerced-internalized- People who make the confession actually come to believe they have committed the crime (Kassin and Wrightsman, 1985)

Every single confession obtained from Bush and Cheney’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” falls into “Coerced” and “Coerced-internalized” false confession criteria. As such, the veracity of those confessions can all be challenged whether or not the victims were citizens. If confessions were not obtained through proven interrogation methods, it needs to be established why torture was chosen instead, and why  anyone would wage a war based on interrogation methods that are not only notoriously unreliable, but war crimes.

Tortured suspects will lie and likely implicate more innocents, themselves and others, if only to escape more pain. To call those who practice torture interrogators maligns the latter by association, and is no part of their craft. Here’s what happens when torture, or “enhanced interrogation techniques,” are used to extract the “truth” from our soldiers, according to Richard P. Conti in the The Journal of Credibility Assessment and Witness Psychology:

Coerced-Compliant False Confessions

Coerced-compliant confessions occur when suspects confess, despite the knowledge of their innocence, due to extreme methods of police interrogations (Gudjonsson, 1991, 1992; Gudjonsson & MacKeith, 1990; Kassin, 1997; Kassin & Wrightsman, 1985; Wrightsman & Kassin, 1993). Numerous false-confessions that were elicited through the use of torture, threats, and promises were presumed to be of this type, as in the Salem witchcraft confessions in the 17th century (Kassin & Wrightsman, 1985; Wrightsman & Kassin, 1993). The best known classic example of a coerced-compliant false confession is the case of Brown v. Mississippi (1936).

“Brainwashing,” a technique commonly used on POWs falls under the category of coerced-compliant false confession. Almost forty years ago, during the Korean War, reports by the North Koreans stated that a number of captured American military men had confessed to a number of treasonable acts and expressions of disloyalty to the U. S. (Bem, 1966; Wrightsman & Kassin, 1993). Hunter (1960) examined the brainwashing methods used by the communists during the Korean War. The prisoners would attend communist in doctrination lectures, for a minimum of four hours, at least once per day. During these lectures, the prisoners would be forced to make a confession and express the communist point of view in his own words. The rationale behind forcing the prisoners to confess was to have it become second nature for them and become a part of their mentality. As Hunter (1960) points out:

Each time a U.N. soldier stood up and used the words “I confess,” his Red masters were confident that in the back of his mind a tiny trace at least of this intrinsic content of the world would filter down, even if only subconsciously. Each time he repeated it, they were certain a little more of this content was being rubbed onto his mentality. The communists actually heard him saying each time, in their double talk, “I submit,” getting himself accustomed to the thought. (p. 238)

Similar confessions were made by some of the American POWs in the Vietnam War. During the first week of the Persian Gulf War in 1991, American TV viewers saw the grim and swollen faces of captured American airmen, and as reported by Fleming and Scott (1991), “each of the pilots identified himself and delivered a short speech deploring their government’s involvement in Operation Desert Storm” (p. 127).

In short, the Bush administration was counting on the fact that they could get tortured prisoners to say anything.

Here is the interrogation protocol that should have been used and was refined over decades, because it works. It makes no mention of torture:

US Army Course IT0601- Interrogation Course Questioning Techniques

WAR IN THE GULF  P.O.W.

WAR IN THE GULF: P.O.W.’s; Iraqi Use of Captured Airmen: Old Tactics

By ELAINE SCIOLINO, Special to The New York Times Published: January 25, 1991

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Photo: Iraq’s treatment of captured allied pilots, experts say, is reminiscent of its abuse of prisoners in the war with Iran. Lieut. Jeffrey N. Zaun of the Navy was shown being questioned on Iraqi television. (Iraqi television via CNN)

“Iraq’s parading of captured pilots in front of television cameras, their faces bruised and their statements apparently made under coercion, and its threat to use them as human shields is reminiscent of the Iraqi treatment of Iranian prisoners during the Iran-Iraq war.”

During the long border war, Iranian soldiers, including teen-agers, were routinely interviewed on Iraqi television, presented to foreign journalists and prodded into proclaiming the wisdom of Iraq’s President, Saddam Hussein, and the inhumanity of the Iranian Government. The Iraqis also paraded the soldiers through the streets of Baghdad and retrained them as soldiers to fight Iran.

In a film often shown to visitors during that conflict, Mr. Hussein appeared with 20 Iranian child-prisoners, lecturing them on the war effort as one of his daughters gave each of them a carnation.

“When the war ends,” he told them, “come back and enjoy our country’s hospitality.”

Mistreatment of P.O.W’s

“P.O.W.’s were used in precisely the same way during the war,” Shaul Bakhash, an Iranian historian and expert on the Iran-Iraq war, said of this week’s prisoner displays. “What we are seeing is vintage Saddam.”

The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross documented widespread mistreament of Iranian P.O.W.’s in violation of the Geneva Conventions, including beatings, torture, deprivation of food and water, inadequate medical care and their use as propaganda tools. Although the Baghdad Government’s treatment of the Iranians improved over time, human-rights analysts are concerned that Iraq’s abuse of P.O.W.’s in the past will be repeated in the current war.
“The Iraqis’ handling of Iranian P.O.W.’s suggests that they will be entirely ruthless with the captured pilots and do whatever they think will promote their own interest, without any regard for the Geneva Conventions,” said David Korn, a retired Foreign Serivce officer and author of the Middle East Watch study, “Human Rights in Iraq.”

The Iraqis’ treatment of Iranian prisoners throughout the war received little attention in the West. American officials acknowledged that the abuses were largely ignored for two reasons: Iran was also brutalizing Iraqi prisoners of war and Iraq’s geopolitical and commercial importance vastly outweighed concern about human-rights abuses.

Geneva Convention Violations

But now, the television footage of the allied pilots has drawn international condemnation of Iraq for violating the Geneva Conventions and calls for Mr. Hussein and his aides to be tried for war crimes.

The allied pilots are not the only P.O.W.’s held in Iraq. Iran and Iraq still hold the other’s soldiers, despite the fact that the Iran-Iraq war ended in a cease-fire in the summer of 1988.

The fact that Iraq still holds Iranian P.O.W.’s suggests that Baghdad may try to use allied pilots as bargaining chips in an eventual settlement of the war.

“OK, it was torture. So let’s make torture sound neat!”

After 9-11, the New York Times refused to use the word torture when referring to interrogations, but they knew quite well what it meant, having written about Saddam Hussein doing the same thing to captured airmen in 1991. Then, however, they recognized torture as a violation of the Geneva Convention, and called for Hussein to be tried for war crimes. The New York Times, like all of the corporate media, bought into the argument that terrorists could not be considered POWs, and therefore had no rights to be respected. Hussein used the same argument to justify his tactics when torturing Americans, however, and if we believe Bush then we believe the statements made under coercion by our POWs were genuine confessions of love for Hussein and an honest outrage at our conduct in the war. Hussein, presumably, did them the service of simply beating the truth out of them, something for which they could be grateful. Even if the POWs vs. Terrorist gambit were anything but a delusional and obscene excuse for sadism and barbarity, it doesn’t explain how torture could bring reliable information or how it was strong enough to justify a war if the confessions were coerced.

Their oligarchs didn’t spend their money buying away your vote and basic human rights, be it the right to drinking water, the Bill of Rights itself, or habeus corpus, and ours did. So which is the greater known and demonstrable threat to Americans? Russians may not be accountable to our rule of law, but neither is Wall Street. Which threat, then, demands immediate redress and has the possibility of success?

The kind of people we are dealing with are simply on another planet. If you want to see what “affluenza” really is, in its most offensive form, look no further than the people in this audience. We’re talking about people that are so detached from any sense of reality, honor, or dignity that they can actually joke about not finding weapons of mass destruction, which was the entire premise for the war in Iraq. We’re dealing with a media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, who can go on Australian television, with a straight face, and argue that human activity doesn’t affect the environment. We are, in a very real and sobering sense, dealing with psychopaths. It isn’t just Bush or Cheney or Murdoch, either, it’s the “elites” in the audience who find this travesty so funny that are the greatest threat to America right now, as they have succumbed to an infectious psychopathy born of elitist privilege that was no different than the people, the power and money, behind Hitler.

This is self-evident. When Sen. Bernie Sanders asked Federal Reserve  Chair Janet Yellen whether or not we lived in a democracy or oligarchy, that is, a small group of people having control of our country; what do you think she answered?  Hint: she didn’t say democracy. Now, what is argued by the media to be a greater threat than ISIS, Russia, has oligarchs too. The problem is, their oligarchs aren’t trying to take away our votes and basic civil rights, and our oligarchs– bankers and oil men–  are and have succeeded. So which is the greater known and demonstrable threat to Americans? Russians may not be accountable to our rule of law, but neither are our oligarchs. Which threat, then, demands immediate redress and has the possibility of success?

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President Obama announced 22 vets kill themselves each day. That’s 8,030 a year since 2001 and multiplied by 13 that’s 104,390.

One look at this dinner and the first thing that came to mind is “Over one million Iraqis died for nothing, and over 100,000 US soldiers died in battle and PTSD-related suicides since that war began, and you find this funny? You know we’re filming this, right? I mean, seriously, you know that right?” If that latter number sounds high, remember when President Obama announced 22 vets kill themselves each day?

Insane Roman emperor Caligula attacks the god of the sea, Poseidon, the precursor to Bush's "War on Terror," which is a war on an emotion the media itself generates daily.

Insane Roman emperor Caligula attacks the god of the sea, Poseidon, the precursor to Bush’s “War on Terror,” a war on an emotion– fear– the media itself generates daily. They’ve already won the War on Happiness so maybe they wanted something more challenging?

That’s 8,030 a year since 2001 and  multiplied by 13 that’s 104,390. Now add in combat deaths and wounded: 57,614. Total is 162,004 casualties in this bat-shit crazy “War on Terror” that is no different than when Caligula ordered his legions to march to the beach and attack the god of the sea, Poseidon (launching spears into the ocean to kill a sea god is about as moronic as launching a military campaign against an emotion).

One of over 104,390 army suicides from our "War on Terror," psychologist Alyssa Peterson, who killed herself rather than participate in torture.

One of over 104,390 army suicides from our “War on Terror,” psychologist Alyssa Peterson, who killed herself rather than participate in torture.

Of course 162,004 casualties is an estimate, since many suicides go unreported and under-counted. It is serious, enough, however, that it has had a devastating effect on our troop numbers, so we’re actually recruiting undocumented soldiers now.

Now, in the face of an ebola pandemic, we are dealing with neocons that gave us the anthrax plot and tried to blame the Muslims. It is an ebola threat which one way or another, they will also try to blame on Muslims too. Look for it on FOX.

Incidentally, neocons and neoliberals are interchangeable terms as both are slaves to Wall Street and proponents of indefinite war and income inequality.

Here we have a CIA analysis of how torture is used to brainwash  an enemy or subject:

CIA Brainwashing from a Psychological Perspective highlights use of torture, which can easily make you believe you did things you didn’t do, which is critical for false confessions (coerced-internalized confessions).

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We didn’t just “torture some folks.” We tortured some to death.

So this is why internationally, Bush and Cheney are recognized as war criminals, and have been convicted of war crimes. Just because our media won’t cover it doesn’t mean it isn’t true, as it has always wagged the dog. What their silence does suggest is a bipartisan complicity so deep the Democrats dare not blame Bush or Cheney in war crimes investigations. The Democrats, after all, are cancerous with neo-liberal hawks, such as Hillary Clinton, who spent much of her time in the State Dept. lobbying for defense contractors like Boeing. You also have Joe Biden masturbating to Bush’s New World Order agenda on Air Force campuses and speeches, and not even ambiguously at that. He specifically mentions “New World Order.” On the Republican end, they gave us this “War on Terror” and are still trying to sell it, so they are no alternative and in many ways are much, much worse because the Koch Brothers and company, without hyperbole, deliberately recruited morons to run for office to promote an anti-science oil dependency.

The unfortunate truth is this: this problem cannot be resolved at the ballot box. Only boycotts and mass, concerted strikes in all sectors of industry and other forms of peaceful civil disobedience can hope to make an impact.

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During the Bush administration a concerted effort was made by the corporate media to condition Americans into ignoring the fact that torture is a violation of the Geneva Convention; to believe torture is wrong when other countries do it but not when we do it. To this end we had television and radio personalities  infest the airwaves in a pro-torture black psy-op campaign [the promulgated falsification being that torture is not a war crime]. On FOX you could always count on Bill O’Reilly and men who Henry Rollins, with comparative euphemism, referred to as “over-fed, Baby Huey, coward bitch motherfuckers” like Sean Hannity to promote the use of torture by calling it an “enhanced interrogation technique.”

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