Politics: July 2004
7/19/04 Politics. Are countries sometimes run by persons with diseased brains?
A world renowned American neurologist says our leaders and senior politicians should be forced to have regular check ups to detect signs of mental instability.
James F. Toole, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Cerebrovascular Research Centre at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, suggests that if it's good enough for airline pilots and other professionals to undergo regular competency tests, then so should our politicians, whose decisions can literally affect millions of people. - abc
There are people alive in positions of power today who justify assassinations as self defense. This is insane. People crazy with fear may condone murder. What is worse, they will often attempt to infect normal individuals with this diseased fearful thinking.
My fellow Americans, don't EVER give up the concept that a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. There are NO exceptions, NO special circumstances of heightened alert when you can suspend this fundamental precept of our democracy.
WHY? Because, people are sometimes framed for crimes. Things are not always as they seem on the surface. Don't be stupid. Let each case be evaluated carefully. Let all of the evidence be heard fairly in a court of law. This is our way. Killing someone because you fear they MIGHT kill you someday is not "pro-active targeting for self defense," it is crazy pre-meditated murder.
I say this is diseased thinking and I mean it. There are, "neurological abnormalities ( abnormal anatomy or chemical activity ) mainly in the frontal lobe of the brain" (Sabbatini, 1998). of persons with this disorder. The diseased area, not surprisingly, is also related to fear conditioning. Read up on psychopathic thinking and stay sane.
Is our country (and others) being run by Psychopaths?
Well, ask yourself this: Is GW Bush "insincere, arrogant, insensitive, remorseless, shallow, impatient, erratic, unreliable, unfocused, parasitic, dramatic, unethical and bullying" ?? Hmm.. No, I wouldn't call him unfocused. More like hell-bent, but the others fit.
"Dr. Robert Hare ... defined psychopathy for modern scientists with an exhaustive questionnaire called the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R). Introduced in 1980 it has become an internationally recognized tool for identifying psychopaths."
Yes, there really are psychopaths in real life, not just in the movies. Let's demand regular mandatory mental health testing for all senior politicians.
7/13/04 Politics. Red Cross Suspects U.S. Hides Detainees "Terror suspects reported by the FBI as captured have never turned up in detention centers, and the United States has failed to reply to agency demands for a list of everyone it's holding, said Antonella Notari, spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross. ... White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Tuesday he was 'looking further into' the Red Cross concerns." Fishy.
Fishyier: American Internet Service Provider Knowing Hosts Terror Sites "In addition to hosting messages from terrorists, Hosting Anime sites have been used to provide gruesome pictures of the beheadings of engineer Paul Johnson and South Korean translator Kim Sun-Il.
Despite this, a special agent in the Phoenix FBI office said his agency's investigations have led him to conclude that Hosting Anime site operators are not involved in the murders in any way and that the agency is looking toward the Middle East.
When asked by a reporter why the owners of Hosting Anime are repeatedly going out of their way to provide a cluttered trail of false contact information, the agent refused to answer.
(The FBI agent) told a reporter that he really couldn't say anything other than that the reporter was going down the wrong trail by looking for additional information about the web site operators.
7/1/04 Politics. (whr) Here is a list of unanswered questions about 9/11. When I have time I hope to listen to all of the commission hearings to see if any these are answered. Example:
47. Where did the photos of all 19 hijackers come from?
48. How were all hijackers identified just 2 days after the attack?
49. Why did all 19 names not appear on the passenger list 2 days after the hijacker list was released?
50. Why do none of the names appear on the passenger lists UA and AA gave to CNN?
... 53. What about the supposed hijackers who are still alive? (BBC)
If the named terrorists were not really on the planes, was naming them a conspiracy to frame Arabs? Some think so. I wouldn't go that far yet, but this stuff does leave me puzzled. Were these questions about the hikackers asked and answered by the commission?
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