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Foxes and Reptiles: Psychopathy and the Financial Meltdown

  • Many of the thought patterns and animal spirits driving economic events are generated by psychopaths and situational pyshopaths, and to prevent another such economic catastrophe we must take this into account as we design regulations, checks and balances.
  • Psychpaths Among Us

Jonathan Zap, Reality Sandwich

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The present financial meltdown  may only be the latest example of the incalculable harm done to civilization, and countless individual lives, by psychopaths, a subspecies of Homo sapiens.  The purpose of this essay is twofold. First, I will provide a brief tour of the psychopath subspecies so that you understand who they are and how they operate. You probably already know psychopaths, and it is overwhelmingly likely that at some point in your life a psychopath that you encounter personally will try to harm you. Second, I will draw the correlative between psychopathy and the present financial meltdown and provide a suggestion of a relatively simple change that could decrease the likelihood of the sort of abuses that could lead to future meltdowns.

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Psychpaths Among Us,  Robert Hercz, hare.org
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Dr. Robert Hare claims there are 300,000 psychopaths in Canada, but that only a tiny fraction are violent offenders like Paul Bernardo and Clifford Olsen. Who are the rest? Take a look around

 

The World War on Democracy

  • The historic corollary of a perpetual war state, this is not fascism, not yet, but neither is it democracy in any recognisable form, regardless of the placebo politics that will consume the news until November.
  • The circumscribed task of journalism on both sides of the Atlantic is to create the pretence of political choice where there is none.

John Pilger, Global Research

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

Lisette Talate died the other day. I remember a wiry, fiercely intelligent woman who masked her grief with a determination that was a presence. She was the embodiment of people’s resistance to the war on democracy. I first glimpsed her in a 1950s Colonial Office film about the Chagos islanders, a tiny creole nation living midway between Africa and Asia in the Indian Ocean. The camera panned across thriving villages, a church, a school, a hospital, set in a phenomenon of natural beauty and peace. Lisette remembers the producer saying to her and her teenage friends, "Keep smiling girls!"

Sitting in her kitchen in Mauritius many years later, she said, "I didn’t have to be told to smile. I was a happy child, because my roots were deep in the islands, my paradise. My great-grandmother was born there; I made six children there. That’s why they couldn’t legally throw us out of our own homes; they had to terrify us into leaving or force us out. At first, they tried to starve us. The food ships stopped arriving [then] they spread rumours we would be bombed, then they turned on our dogs."

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Socialist Response to the State of the Union

  • Job creation has been and will continue to be the most obvious way that Obama has sold out working people throughout America.

  • Obama’s State of the Union - Too Little Too Late
  • The Misadventure of Ron Paul



Stewart Alexander, Socialist Webzine

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Billy Wharton

The phrase that came to mind immediately upon hearing President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech is “too little, too late.” After spending the last few years coddling the banks and the richest 1%, Obama has the nerve to now call for “economic fairness.” To him, this means tweaking payroll taxes and making a rhetorical call to reverse the Bush tax cuts for the rich. For working people in America real fairness means the right to a job, a guarantee of healthcare for all and an end to the Military Industrial Complex. Obama won’t deliver this. That’s why I am running for President against him.


Job creation has been and will continue to be the most obvious way that Obama has sold out working people throughout America. These decisions were made early on in his administration when he made the conscious decision to pour billions of dollars into the Banks that had funded his campaign instead of using those funds to create an emergency employment program to put people back to work. The result is that Americans have experienced nearly three consecutive years of more than 9% unemployment and nearly double that when those workers who given up looking for jobs are counted. This has meant real human suffering for millions of people.

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The Misadventure of Ron Paul, Billy Wharton, Socialist Magazine

  • He constantly issues the call for a “strong national defense” which translates into a well-funded military. As he stated directly in a recent interview, “My Plan to Restore America does not cut one penny of defense.”
  • Ron Paul is the most pro-corporate politicians in the Presidential race.
  • Females who file sexual harassment suits are, according to Paul, oppressing others.
  • Ron Paul's Useful Idiots on the Left


 

Propaganda and Coercion

"The possible attainment of full humanness–the transformation of the species from Homo sapiens to Homo humanus–rests upon our recovery of the lost world of fellow feeling, the source of all human connection." --Ashley Montagu, The Dehumanization of Man

S. Brian Willson

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One hot sunny morning in April 1969 I found myself in a small Vietnamese village that had just been bombed. I was looking at more than a hundred strewn bodies of mostly young women and children, many dead, others dying. What on earth was going on here? These people were 10,000 miles from my farming community in upstate New York. They probably never traveled more than 20 miles from this village.

In one startling, shocking moment I realized I had been shamefully brainwashed. I was overcome by what seemed a simple truth, a truth that soon became irreversible knowledge, that a huge lie had been perpetrated upon me. No, not just upon me, but on my entire nation, at least the vast majority of whom believed in the war and were paying taxes to finance this incredible effort, allegedly protecting our national security by destroying another people’s aspirations for independence. I staggered at how preposterous and racist this war was. I gagged, then vomited, as I witnessed the horrible scene of carnage while understanding that these people had been savagely murdered and maimed for a nearly incomprehensible lie that I had so easily believed in.

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The Truth About SOPA

  • How the Corporate Lobby's Argument Doesn't Add Up
  • A case for facts, statistics, and common sense. Let's be #OPEN about it.

Joe Sestak, Huffington Post

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A case for facts, statistics, and common sense. Let's be #OPEN about it.

Across the internet today (Jan 18), you'll see some of your favorite websites "blacked out" in protest of something called SOPA -- the Stop Online Piracy Act. However, don't be fooled by its seemingly straightforward title: SOPA is one of the greatest challenges to a free and open web that we've ever faced. Ultimately, it's a right step, but in the wrong direction. SOPA's original intention was to protect intellectual property created by American artists, yet the result is something much different: an unfair restriction on many American websites, like YouTube and Reddit, that we've come to love.

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