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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 01:39:49 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 05.13.08 1. Palestine 5.13 10am 2. Rwanda/Erlinder 5.13 5pm 3. Congo/salon 5.13 6:30pm 4. RNC 5.13 7pm 5. 3CD Greens/CTV 5.13 9:30pm 6. YAWR on Fox Ch9 5.13 10pm 7. Blue/green jobs 5.14 12noon 8. ESideHeritagePk 5.14 6pm 9. Organic lawn 5.14 6pm 10. Vets for peace 5.14 6:30pm RedWing MN 11. Amnesty Intl 5.14 7:30pm 12. Mary Tillman 5.14 7:30pm 13. Clinton Callahan - Beware the psychopath, my son 14. Gary Leupp - Why all of our efforts won't stop an attack on Iran 15. Martha Rosenberg - Inside egg factory farm chambers of horrors --------1 of 15-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine 5.13 10am Tuesday, 5/13, 10 am, Palestinian Melkite archbishop and long-time peace activist Elias Chacour gives chapel service address at Luther Seminary, St Paul. http://www.pilgrimsofibillin.org or Joan at 608-241-9281. --------2 of 15-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Rwanda/Erlinder 5.13 5pm Beloved St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN 15) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts in St. Paul on Tuesdays at 5pm, after DemocracyNow!, midnight and Wednesday mornings at 10am. All households with basic cable may watch. Tues, 5/13, 5pm & midnight and Wed, 5/14, 10am "Behind the Scenes at the Hotel Rwanda" Interview of William Mitchell College of Law prof. Peter Erlinder, atty for the defense at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Hosted by Karen Redleaf. --------3 of 15-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Congo/salon 5.13 6:30pm This Tuesday, May 13, the salon will have Chingwell Mutombu as our guest. Chingwell's parents were both Congolese citizens, but Chingwell, herself, was born in Iowa. She has started a non-profit microfinance organization called First Step Initiative that brings the women (especially the women) in the Democratic Republic of Congo the help they need to break the cycle of poverty. The following week we will be discussion the book everyone is reading, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------4 of 15-------- From: rnc08 [at] riseup.net Subject: RNC 5.13 7pm How can different forms of protest co-exist for an effective response to the RNC in September? Perspectives on Protesting: Diversity of Tactics at the RNC Come join a discussion of past experiences, concerns and plans for how to make the RNC demonstrations powerful. The discussion will be facilitated by the Anti-War Committee and the RNC Welcoming Committee and include audience members and panelists from a variety of community organizations. TUES, 5/13 @ 7pm @ Waite House, 2529 13th Ave S, Mpls. Free, open to all. Childcare provided. --------5 of 15-------- From: alforgreens [at] comcast.net Subject: 3CD Greens/CTV 5.13 9:30pm 3rd Congressional District Green Party Show aired on Southwest Cable TV- Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins Channel 15 - 30 min show For the month of May - Tuesdays at 9:30 PM and Fridays at 5:30 PM This month features Ken Pentel gubernatorial candidate for the Green Party 2006. He was the keynote speaker at the Fergus Falls Earth Day event on April 22. Only the first half hour of his talk will be shown. --------6 of 15-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: YAWR on Fox Ch9 5.13 10pm Hello Youth Against War & Racism supporters, Tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 10pm, our local channel 9 Fox investigative team has put together a piece on local military recruiters' lies. They sent in under-cover reporters into the recruiters stations, and interviewed YAWR activists and supporters to get our side of the story. They also followed our school board campaign and victory. We're not sure what all will be included in the 10pm investigative report, but tune in and find out. www.myspace.com/yawrMN <http://www.myspace.com/yawrMN> --------7 of 15-------- From: Joan Vanhala <joan [at] metrostability.org> Subject: Blue/green jobs 5.14 12noon Wednesday, May 14: Blue/Green Jobs The Blue/Green jobs movement brings together labor and environmental leadership to focus on job-creating solutions to global warming, green economic development and environmental policies. Our panel of speakers includes: Bernie Hesse, Director of Special Projects for UFCW Local 789 Joshua Low, Blue Green Alliance Associate Regional Representative at the Sierra Club Cara Letofsky, Policy Aide to Mayor R.T. Rybak All roundtables are from noon to 1:30 pm at the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability office, Suite 200, 2525 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Roundtable events are free but an RSVP is required and space is limited. Joan Vanhala Coalition Organizer Alliance for Metropolitan Stability 2525 E Franklin Avenue, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55406 612-332-4471 joan [at] metrostability.org --------8 of 15-------- From: RJFKramer [at] aol.com Subject: ESide Heritage Pk 5.14 6pm Eastside Heritage Park Located north of Phalen Boulevard and between Payne Avenue and Arcade Street, Saint Paul's newest park now has a name: Eastside Heritage Park. The name was selected from dozens of community submissions. The vast majority of suggestions referenced individuals, families, settlers, businesses, or geologic attributes of the area. Eastside Heritage Park pays tribute to all of these themes and anticipates our future. Noted architect, Dewey Thorbeck has schematic designs for this beautiful park and trailhead and you are invited to view the plans at an open house on: Wednesday, May 14th 6 PM John A. Johnson Elementary School 740 York Avenue (just west of Arcade Street) Saint Paul' Eastside Mayor Chris Coleman, City Councilmember Dan Bostrom, and City Council President Kathy Lantry will join representatives from the design team and local advisory group for a brief program at 6:30 PM. Eastside Heritage Park will surely become a highly valued landmark and public space for the Eastside. Come celebrate this important occasion. A key component of the Park will be an interpretive display that highlights selected stories from the Eastside's rich history. We need your help to recommend, filter, and prioritize elements and themes that will appear in the interpretative display. What should people learn about when they come to Eastside Heritage Park? What should they know about the Eastside's geologic history, original inhabitants, immigrant history, local heroes, industries, fortunes and misfortunes? What important, interesting, curious, humorous, tragic, inspirational tales should be told? Please submit your suggestions to ParkName [at] ci.stpaul.mn.us by Friday, May 16, and don't forget to join us at the Open House. Jim Brewer, Landscape Architect Saint Paul Division of Parks and Recreation 300 City Hall Annex 25 West 4th Street Saint Paul, MN 55102 --------9 of 15-------- From: Do It Green! Minnesota <Do_It_Green_Minnesota [at] mail.vresp.com> Subject: Organic lawn 5.14 6pm Natural Landscaping and Lawn Care with Organic Bob Wed, May 14th 6-8pm Do It Green! Resource Center located inside Twin Cities Green (2405 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls) Lawn care does not just mean spraying toxic chemicals and cutting the grass with a gas-guzzling mower. You can have your lawn and green it too! This presentation by local lawn expert Organic Bob (aka Botany Bob) will introduce you to natural landscaping, native plants, organic lawn care and more. --------10 of 15-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Vets for peace 5.14 RedWing MN 5.14 6:30pm Wednesday, 5/14, 6:30 pm, Red Wing Vets for Peace meet to plan 7/12 Pigstock retreat, 8/31 RNC march and goals for next year, home of John and Marybess Goeppinger, 1008 W 3rd St, Red Wing. FFI: Bill at habedank [at] charter.net --------11 of 15-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 5.14 7:30pm AIUSA Group 640 (Saint Paul) meets Wednesday, May 14th, at 7:30 p.m. Mad Hatter Teahouse, 943 West 7th Street, Saint Paul. --------12 of 15-------- From: david unowsky <david.unowsky [at] gmail.com> Subject: Mary Tillman 5.14 7:30pm Mary Tillman speaks at Magers and Quinn 7:30pm Wednesday, May 14. MAGERS AND QUINN PRESS RELEASE : For Immediate Distribution : Mary Tillman discusses her heart-rending book Boots On The Ground By Dusk: My Tribute To Pat Tillman, 7:30pm Wednesday, May 14 at Magers And Quinn Booksellers. Pat Tillman was seen by many as an American hero. A star college football player turned pro, he walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract after the 9/11 attacks, choosing to enlist in the U.S. Army. He graduated from their elite Ranger school and was deployed to Iraq in 2003. On April 22, 2004, Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan. The administration and the Pentagon immediately portrayed his death as the result of a dramatic gun battle with the enemy, and Pat was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and a promotion in recognition of his bravery. But as would later emerge, Army officials were all along hiding the truth: Pat was killed by his fellow Rangers. The Tillmans discovered this fact five weeks after Pat's death, and six separate investigations have since been launched, largely due to the family's passionate insistence. But even now, the true circumstances remain murky and fraught with contradictions. Here is Mary Tillman's story, as she describes her attempts to uncover the truth about what happened to Pat and why the government went to such great lengths to keep the circumstances secret. In the process, she paints an indelible portrait of her son, a man of remarkable character who followed a set of guiding principles that ultimately led him to Afghanistan and, in death, into the hearts and minds of people all over the world. Publisher contact: Beth.Tarson [at] rodale.com For further information, contact: David Unowsky 612/822-4611 davidu [at] magersandquinn.com www.magersandquinn.com MAGERS AND QUINN BOOKSELLERS 3038 HENNEPIN AVENUE SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS MN 55408 612-822-4611 --------13 of 15-------- Beware the Psychopath, My Son by Clinton Callahan / May 12th, 2008 Dissident Voice [An extremely interesting article. It holds that most of the people at the top, everywhere and for thousands of years, are conscienceless psychopaths. This seems to me correct. It says psychopaths are superb manipulators of ordinary feeling people, which also seems correct; they are way better at it than ordinary people such as myself will ever be. It says we will not advance to a higher more humane civilization until many of us learn that 1) scum rises to the top, and almost nothing else does, 2) that the scum causes all of the great evils (eg wars), and 3) that in addition to doing good, we have to fight evil by systematically (as second-nature I would add) getting them out of and keeping them out of power. I add that a much more economicially equalitatian society would keep the psychopaths small enough that we could be strong enough to fight them, in the way our immune system fights disease. After you've read and absorbed article below, apply it to the following article by Gary Leupp "Why all of our efforts won't stop an attack on Iran" and see how well it fits. Psychopaths, here and in Israel and elsewhere, are in the saddle; good luck stopping them whenever they decide they want something; evil unleashed. Will we get wise in time? Have we any levers left to push that the top psychopaths have not already captured and removed from our grasp? What future does the world and humanity have if we don't change this, and fast? And then apply it to the last article, by Martha Rosenberg "Inside egg factory farm chambers of horrors". Psychopaths/capitalists/evil running amok. -ed] Beware the Psychopath, My Son by Clinton Callahan / May 12th, 2008 Dissident Voice The following is largely extracted from two articles: Twilight of the Psychopaths, by Dr. Kevin Barrett and The Trick of the Psychopath's Trade by Silvia Cattori. Both articles are recommended. Both articles reference the book Political Ponerology: A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes, by Andrzej Lobaczewski. Cattori's article is longer and includes an interview with the book's editors, Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Henry See. I make the effort to share this information because it gives me, at last, a plausible answer to a long-unanswered question: Why, no matter how much intelligent goodwill exists in the world, is there so much war, suffering and injustice? It doesn't seem to matter what creative plan, ideology, religion, or philosophy great minds come up with, nothing seems to improve our lot. Since the dawn of civilization, this pattern repeats itself over and over again. The answer is that civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been built on slavery and mass murder. Psychopaths have played a disproportionate role in the development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie, kill, cheat, steal, torture, manipulate, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse, in order to establish their own sense of security through domination. The inventor of civilization - the first tribal chieftain who successfully brainwashed an army of controlled mass murderers - was almost certainly a genetic psychopath. Since that momentous discovery, psychopaths have enjoyed a significant advantage over non-psychopaths in the struggle for power in civilizational hierarchies - especially military hierarchies. Behind the apparent insanity of contemporary history, is the actual insanity of psychopaths fighting to preserve their disproportionate power. And as their power grows ever-more-threatened, the psychopaths grow ever-more-desperate. We are witnessing the apotheosis of the overworld - the overlapping criminal syndicates that lurk above ordinary society and law just as the underworld lurks below it. During the past fifty years, psychopaths have gained almost absolute control of all the branches of government. You can notice this if you observe carefully that no matter what illegal thing a modern politician does, no one will really take him to task. All of the so called scandals that have come up, any one of which would have taken down an authentic administration, are just farces played out for the public, to distract them, to make them think that the democracy is still working. One of the main factors to consider in terms of how a society can be taken over by a group of pathological deviants is that the psychopaths' only limitation is the participation of susceptible individuals within that given society. Lobaczewski gives an average figure for the most active deviants of approximately 6% of a given population. (1% essential psychopaths and up to 5% other psychopathies and characteropathies.) The essential psychopath is at the center of the web. The others form the first tier of the psychopath's control system. The next tier of such a system is composed of individuals who were born normal, but are either already warped by long-term exposure to psychopathic material via familial or social influences, or who, through psychic weakness have chosen to meet the demands of psychopathy for their own selfish ends. Numerically, according to Lobaczewski, this group is about 12% of a given population under normal conditions. So approximately 18% of any given population is active in the creation and imposition of a Pathocracy. The 6% group constitutes the Pathocratic nobility and the 12% group forms the new bourgeoisie, whose economic situation is the most advantageous. When you understand the true nature of psychopathic influence, that it is conscienceless, emotionless, selfish, cold and calculating, and devoid of any moral or ethical standards, you are horrified, but at the same time everything suddenly begins to makes sense. Our society is ever more soulless because the people who lead it and who set the example are soulless - they literally have no conscience. In his book Political Oenology, Andrej Lobaczewski explains that clinical psychopaths enjoy advantages even in non-violent competitions to climb the ranks of social hierarchies. Because they can lie without remorse (and without the telltale physiological stress that is measured by lie detector tests), psychopaths can always say whatever is necessary to get what they want. In court, for example, psychopaths can tell extreme bald-faced lies in a plausible manner, while their sane opponents are handicapped by an emotional predisposition to remain within hailing distance of the truth. Too often, the judge or jury imagines that the truth must be somewhere in the middle, and then issues decisions that benefit the psychopath. As with judges and juries, so too with those charged with decisions concerning who to promote and who not to promote in corporate, military and governmental hierarchies. The result is that all hierarchies inevitably become top-heavy with psychopaths. Since psychopaths have no limitations on what they can or will do to get to the top, the ones in charge are generally pathological. It is not power that corrupts, it is that corrupt individuals seek power. How can we distinguish between psychopaths and healthy people? What is the portrait of a true psychopath? Such a dangerous question has almost never been successfully asked. The reason is because we mistakenly confuse healthy for normal. Human psychological diversity is the health of our race. There is no normal because healthy humans continuously evolve beyond all normalizing standards. The terrorism of searching through hierarchies for anyone deviating from normal is no different from witch hunts or Inquisitions. You must remember that hierarchies thrive on such low dramas, torturing victims until they confess to evil beliefs. Not so long ago the church and state ongoingly acquired significant income and property through witch hunts and Inquisitions. This continued for over two hundred and fifty years. Ten generations of Europeans understood pogrom as normal life. Let us not return to that nightmare. Testing for normal is guaranteed to backfire in our face. There is no normal. But there is conscience. We have very little empirical evidence to support the idea that true psychopathy is the result of an abused childhood, and much empirical evidence to support that it is genetic. The neurobiological model offers us the greatest hope of being able to identify even the most devious psychopath. Other recent studies lead to similar results and conclusions: that psychopaths have great difficulty processing verbal and nonverbal affective (emotional) material, that they tend to confuse the emotional significance of events, and most importantly, that these deficits show up in brain scans! A missing internal connection between the feeling heart and the thinking brain is detectable. Psychopaths are incapable of authentic deep emotions. In fact, when Robert Hare, a Canadian psychologist who spent his career studying psychopathy, did brain scans on psychopaths while showing them two sets of words, one set of neutral words with no emotional associations and a second set with emotionally charged words, while different areas of the brain lit up in the non-psychopathic control group, in the psychopaths, both sets were processed in the same area of the brain, the area that deals with language. They did not have an emotional reaction until they intellectually concluded that it would be better if they had one, and then they whipped up an emotional response just for show. The simplest, clearest and truest portrait of the psychopath is given in the titles of three seminal works on the subject: Without Conscience by Robert Hare, The Mask of Sanity by Hervey Cleckley, and Snakes in Suits by Robert Hare and Paul Babiak. A psychopath is exactly that: conscienceless. The most important thing to remember is that this lack of conscience is hidden from view behind a mask of normality that is often so convincing that even experts are deceived. As a result, psychopaths become the Snakes in Suits that control our world. Psychopaths lack a sense of remorse or empathy with others. They can be extremely charming and are experts at using talk to charm and hypnotize their prey. They are also irresponsible. Nothing is ever their fault; someone else or the world at large is always to blame for all of their problems or their mistakes. Martha Stout, in her book The Sociopath Next Door, identifies what she calls the pity ploy. Psychopaths use pity to manipulate. They convince you to give them one more chance, and to not tell anyone about what they have done. So another trait - and a very important one - is their ability to control the flow of information. They also seem to have little real conception of past or future, living entirely for their immediate needs and desires. Because of the barren quality of their inner life, they are often seeking new thrills, anything from feeling the power of manipulating others to engaging in illegal activities simply for the rush of adrenaline. Another trait of the psychopath is what Lobaczewski calls their special psychological knowledge of normal people. They have studied us. They know us better than we know ourselves. They are experts in knowing how to push our buttons, to use our emotions against us. But beyond that, they even seem to have some sort of hypnotic power over us. When we begin to get caught up in the web of the psychopath, our ability to think deteriorates, gets muddied. They seem to cast some sort of spell over us. It is only later when we are no longer in their presence, out of their spell, that the clarity of thought returns and we find ourselves wondering how it was that we were unable to respond or counter what they were doing. Psychopaths learn to recognize each other in a crowd as early as childhood, and they develop an awareness of the existence of other individuals similar to themselves. They also become conscious of being of a different world from the majority of other people surrounding them. They view us from a certain distance. Think about the ramifications of this statement: Psychopaths are, to some extent, self-aware as a group even in childhood! Recognizing their fundamental difference from the rest of humanity, their allegiance would be to others of their kind, that is, to other psychopaths. Their own twisted sense of honor compels them to cheat and revile non-psychopaths and their values. In contradiction to the ideals of normal people, psychopaths feel breaking promises and agreements is normal behavior. Not only do they covet possessions and power and feel they have the right to them just because they exist and can take them, but they gain special pleasure in usurping and taking from others; what they can plagiarize, swindle, and extort are fruits far sweeter than those they can earn through honest labor. They also learn very early how their personalities can have traumatizing effects on the personalities of non-psychopaths, and how to take advantage of this root of terror for purposes of achieving their goals. So now, imagine how human beings who are totally in the dark about the presence of psychopaths can be easily deceived and manipulated by these individuals, gaining power in different countries, pretending to be loyal to the local populations while at the same time playing up obvious and easily discernible physical differences between groups (such as race, skin color, religion, etc). Psychologically normal humans would be set against one another on the basis of unimportant differences (think of Rwanda 1994, think of Israelis and Palestinians) while the deviants in power, with a fundamental difference from the rest of us, a lack of conscience, an inability to feel for another human being, reaped the benefits and pulled the strings. We are seeing the final desperate power-grab or endgame (Alex Jones) of brutal, cunning gangs of CIA drug-runners and President-killers; money-laundering international bankers and their hit-men - economic and otherwise; corrupt military contractors and gung-ho generals; corporate predators and their political enablers; brainwashers and mind-rapists euphemistically known as psy-ops and PR specialists - in short, the whole crew of certifiable psychopaths running our so-called civilization. And they are running scared. Why does the Pathocracy fear it is losing control? Because it is threatened by the spread of knowledge. The greatest fear of any psychopath is of being found out. Psychopaths go through life knowing that they are completely different from other people. Deep down they know something is missing in them. They quickly learn to hide their lack of empathy, while carefully studying others' emotions so as to mimic normalcy while cold-bloodedly manipulating the normals. Today, thanks to new information technologies, we are on the brink of unmasking the psychopaths and building a civilization of, by and for the healthy human being - a civilization without war, a civilization based on truth, a civilization in which the saintly few rather than the diabolical few would gravitate to positions of power. We already have the knowledge necessary to diagnose psychopathic personalities and keep them out of power. We have the knowledge necessary to dismantle the institutions in which psychopaths especially flourish - militaries, intelligence agencies, large corporations, and secret societies. We simply need to disseminate this knowledge, and the will to use it, as widely and as quickly as possible. Until the knowledge and awareness of pathological human beings is given the attention it deserves and becomes part of the general knowledge of all human beings, there is no way that things can be changed in any way that is effective and long-lasting. If half the people agitating for truth or stopping the war or saving the earth would focus their efforts, time and money on exposing psychopathy, we might get somewhere. One might ask if the weak point of our society has been our tolerance of psychopathic behavior? Our disbelief that someone could seem like an intelligent leader and still be acting deceptively on their own behalf without conscience? Or is it merely ignorance? If the general voting public is not aware that there exists a category of people we sometimes perceive as almost human, who look like us, who work with us, who are found in every race, every culture, speaking every language, but who are lacking conscience, how can the general public take care to block them from taking over the hierarchies? General ignorance of psychopathology may prove to be the downfall of civilization. We stand by like grazing sheep as political/corporate elites throw armies of our innocent sons and daughters against fabricated enemies as a way of generating trillions in profits, vying against each other for pathological hegemony. Nearly everyone who has been part of an organization working for social change has probably seen the same dynamic play out: The good and sincere work of many can be destroyed by the actions of one person. That doesn't bode well for bringing some sort of justice to the planet! In fact, if psychopaths dominate political hierarchies, is it any wonder that peaceful demonstrations have zero impact on the outcome of political decisions? Perhaps it is time to choose something other than massive, distant hierarchies as a way of governing ourselves? So many efforts to provide essays, research reports, exposes and books to leaders so they might take the new information to heart and change their behavior have come to naught. For example, in the final paragraph of his revised edition of the book, The Party's Over, Richard Heinberg writes: I still believe that if the people of the world can be helped to understand the situation we are in, the options available, and the consequences of the path we are currently on, then it is at least possible that they can be persuaded to undertake the considerable effort and sacrifice that will be entailed in a peaceful transition to a sustainable, locally based, decentralized, low-energy, resource-conserving social regime. But inspired leadership will be required. And that is the just-murdered fantasy. There are no inspired leaders anymore. And in hierarchical structures there can't be. Assuming that you can elect men or women to office who will see reason and the light of day, and who will change and learn and grow, make compassionate decisions and take conscientious actions' is a foolish, childish dream. Continuing to dream it simply plays into psychopathic agendas. Only when the 75% of humanity with a healthy conscience come to understand that we have a natural predator, a group of people who live amongst us, viewing us as powerless victims to be freely fed upon for achieving their inhuman ends, only then will we take the fierce and immediate actions needed to defend what is preciously human. Psychological deviants have to be removed from any position of power over people of conscience, period. People must be made aware that such individuals exist and must learn how to spot them and their manipulations. The hard part is that one must also struggle against those tendencies to mercy and kindness in oneself in order not to become prey. The real problem is that the knowledge of psychopathy and how psychopaths rule the world has been effectively hidden. People do not have the adequate, nuanced knowledge they need to really make a change from the bottom up. Again and again, throughout history it has been meet the new boss, same as the old boss. If there is any work that is deserving of full time efforts and devotion for the sake of helping humanity in this present dark time, it is the study of psychopathy and the propagation of this information as far and wide and fast as possible. There are only two things that can bring a psychopath under submission: 1. A bigger psychopath. 2. The non-violent, absolute refusal to submit to psychopathic controls no matter the consequences (non-violent noncompliance). Let us choose path 2! If individuals simply sat down and refused to lift a hand to further one single aim of the psychopathic agenda, if people refused to pay taxes, if soldiers refused to fight, if government workers and corporate drones and prison guards refused to go to work, if doctors refused to treat psychopathic elites and their families, the whole system would grind to a screeching halt. True change happens in the moment that a person becomes aware of psychopathy in all its chilling details. From this new awareness, the world looks different, and entirely new actions can be taken. Distinguishing between human and psychopathic qualities begins the foundation of responsibility upon which we have a real chance to create sustainable culture. Clinton Callahan, originator of Possibility Management, author of Radiant Joy Brilliant Love, founder of Callahan Academy, empowers responsible creative leadership through authentic personal development. Read other articles by Clinton, or visit Clinton's website. This article was posted on Monday, May 12th, 2008 at 5:00 am and is filed under Book Review, Military/Militarism, Psychology/Psychiatry, Revolution. --------14 of 15-------- The Limits of Exposure Why All of Our Efforts Won't Stop an Attack on Iran By GARY LEUPP CounterPunch May 12, 2008 May 9. I read tonight a brief article by Philip Giraldi posted on the American Conservative website: "War with Iran Might Be Closer than You Think". "There is considerable speculation," writes the former CIA officer, "and buzz in Washington today suggesting that the National Security Council has agreed in principle to proceed with plans to attack an Iranian al-Qods [Revolutionary Guards]-run camp that is believed to be training Iraqi militants. The camp that will be targeted is one of several located near Tehran". Giraldi provides details. He reports that the meeting came as "the direct result" of Hizbollah advances in Lebanon in recent days. (Recall that the U.S. State Department lists the Shiite organization Hizbollah as "terrorist" and as a tool of both Iran and Baathist Syria. In fact it is probably the country's largest and most popular political party and has built significant ties with some Christian and Sunni groups. Hizbollah's rapid seizure of the Muslim sections of Beirut, accomplished with little resistance, may have been deliberately provoked by the U.S.-backed quasi-government of Lebanon when the latter shut down the party's private communications network.) Defense Secretary Robert Gates, according to Giraldi, was the only senior official present urging delay. That suggests that the military is not enthusiastic about a widened war in Southwest Asia, but that the other regular members of the NSC (Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley as well as President Bush and Vice President Cheney) are willing to provoke just that. They will do what they do with the solid backing of Congress, the presidential candidates, and the mainstream press which if history is our guide will for a time shape shockingly malleable public opinion. Yes, I fear that we (most of us) will be fooled again. The Congress has passed near-unanimous resolutions against Iran, endorsing the administration's unprecedented designation of a component of a nation's military as a "terrorist organization". House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be on board the program. Recall how after the Democratic victory two years ago she capitulated to AIPAC by stripping from a military spending bill the requirement that Bush seek Congressional approval before attacking Iran. (That was after she'd pointedly declared that Bush-Cheney impeachment hearings were "off the table". And after Rep. John Conyers, head of the House Judiciary Committee and sometimes maverick, bitterly disappointed those pinning their hopes on him by going along with the Democratic leadership's line. And after the Democrats had made it clear they weren't serious about ending the war they'd been elected to end - showing us how very well the democratic system works in this country.) John McCain, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton (all of whom agree that an attack on Iran is "on the table") will publicly approve. The media will call upon the same "military analysts"/military industry consultants who have been disseminating Pentagon propaganda for pay since 2002 to explain why the attack is justified and necessary. The main talking-point has been decided: "Iran is killing American soldiers in Iraq". Public opinion polls will show the public divided, but a majority in support of the action because, regardless of their feelings about the war in Iraq, they want to "support our troops" and after all, Iran was asking for it by interfering in Iraq and attacking us. All the "exposure" that so many journalists and academics have tried to provide for years will have failed to prevent another illegal attack on a sovereign nation based on lies and bound to produce more outrage against the U.S. throughout the world. A cruise missile strike on an alleged training camp site won't end there. It will be designed to provoke an Iranian response and legitimate further U.S. attacks, not only on Iran but Syria and Lebanon, probably in coordination with Israel. Some in Israel badly want the U.S. to behead all their main enemies in the region before their good friend George Bush leaves the White House. If that means regional chaos - clashes between Iranian and U.S. forces, the fall of the Maliki puppet regime in Baghdad (which actually is friendly with Tehran and says it's playing a positive role in Iraq), the collapse of Shiite cooperation with the U.S. occupation, Iran-Iraq border clashes, U.S. forays into Iranian territory, the closing of ranks in fractious Iran against the imperialist assault on their country - so be it! If it means renewed war in Lebanon including Israeli invasion, an Iranian shift from supporting U.S. puppet Karzai to Iran's longtime enemy the Taliban in Afghanistan, active Syrian support for Sunni forces in Iraq, the disintegration of the fragile Sunni-"Coalition" alliance against al-Qaeda in western Iraq as the region descends into a Shiite-Sunni war - so be it! If it means the use of nuclear weapons against Iran to try to cow its leaders and people into accepting a U.S.-Israeli blueprint for the region - so be it! If it means the unthinkable in the U.S. - a return to the draft - so be it! All of this will at least have prevented the "nuclear holocaust" that the neocons, Cheney and Bush have been insisting the Iranians plan to inflict on the Jewish state unless they are stopped now. (No matter that all the U.S. intelligence agencies in their National Intelligence Estimate on Iran published late last year agreed that Iran does not now have a nuclear weapons program. And no matter that the Ahmadinejad quote about "wiping Israel off the map" has been exposed as a lie by Juan Cole and others.) If Benjamin Netanyahu is Israeli prime minister at the time of the planned attack on Iran, a time of apocalyptic confusion might be the perfect opportunity to empty the West Bank of its Palestinians. This NSC agreement "in principle" to attack Iran is an agreement to risk all these ramifications, confident that the press and politicians will cooperate. * * * * * So often in recent months I've started to write a column exposing some recent lie (or at least some report pertaining to Iran or Syria that strikes me as obvious neocon-generated disinformation) only to give up midway through. Not because of writer's block, fatigue, or even the thought that "Someone else has already written this, or someone like Alex Cockburn or Justin Raimondo or Scott Ritter or Gordon Prather will in the next day or so". It's more a matter of despairing at how much exposure can accomplish. A friend of mine was saying last month, "People are 'exposured' out. They're 'Chomskyed' out". He was speaking about young antiwar activists mainly, but his point was that people who know what's going on are eager to act on the knowledge. To paraphrase Marx, the point is not to expose the world, or have it further exposed to you, but to change it. The readership of sites like Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, and Antiwar.com know the main points. They know that Dick Cheney, the most powerful vice president in history (and the most secrecy-obsessed among powerful figures in U.S. history), has made his office the hub of a cabal of neocons hell-bent of effecting "regime change" throughout Southwest Asia by the end of Bush's second term. They know that the Office of Special Plans fabricated "intelligence" to terrify the masses and gain support for the invasion of Iraq. They know that U.S. intelligence has actually concluded that Iran has no nuclear weapons program, and that the UN's IAEA scientists have found no evidence for one. But they also know that Cheney insists that he knows there's one, just as the neocons such as Norman Podhoretz and Michael Ledeen know there's one. Just as top Israeli officials know there's one as they demand U.S. action against Iran. They know there's a huge anti-Iran propaganda campaign underway very similar to the one that preceded the lie campaign leading up to the Iraq War now in its disastrous sixth year. They know that the U.S. is funding terrorist groups to carry out attacks in Iran. They know that the administration's allegations about a Syrian nuclear program are highly dubious. They know that there are conflicts between the traditional intelligence community and the neocons, and that the latter draw upon a coherent (Straussian) philosophy that justifies the "noble lie" in order to induce the foolish masses to support what the "wise" - who must conceal their real objectives - want them to support. They distrust anything the administration says about Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan. Yes, they're "Chomskyed out". Maybe we need to shift the focus of exposure a bit. From the particular to the general. From nasty individuals to nasty institutions. From the symptoms to the system. What's worse? Cheney and his attorney David Addington crafting a document in November 2001, bypassing routine staff review before receiving Bush's signature, which denied "foreign terrorist" suspects in the U.S. access to any courts and allowing for their indefinite detention? (This was exposed by Barton Gellman and Jo Becker in the Washington Post last summer.) Or the failure of the elected officials in Congress to even start impeachment proceedings against Cheney and Bush? What's worse? John Yoo writing up his torture memos in 2002 as a Justice Department employee, as eventually exposed in the mainstream press? Or the decision of the trustees of the University of California, Berkeley to hire him as a law professor in 2003? What's worse? Judith Miller's willingness to funnel disinformation to the American people through her NYT articles before and after the Iraq invasion? Or the Time's willingness to publish them, and now those of her sometimes co-author Michael Gordon, cheerleading the coming Iran attack? The Congress, the Justice Department, academia, and the press are all complicit in imperialist war and attacks on the Constitution. Does this mean the system isn't working, or that it's working all too well? Is the system supposed to expose itself, through congressional hearings, investigative reporting, war crimes trials? Or is it, serving the small minority it's designed to serve, supposed to simply tolerate exposure (in the name of freedom of the press) while saturating citizens with propaganda? (If the exposure ever gets widely enough disseminated, and threatens to undermine its objectives, it can always "kill the messenger" - or at least accuse the writer of undermining national security, abetting terrorism, etc.) Voting for "antiwar" Democrats two years ago didn't end the war. Even millions in the streets, peacefully demonstrating as the system encourages, didn't prevent the assault on Iraq over five years ago. Now there's no feasible political recourse to stop an attack on Iran. And little time to mobilize mass demonstrations against it. It will come as a thief in the night, presented to the American people as a fait accompli. As the Bush-Cheney cowboys ride off into the sunset, smirkin' and grinnin' and slapping each other's backs, the people will start to pay. A character in Bertolt Brecht's The Beggar's Opera asks what's worse - robbing a bank, or owning a bank? The system itself, that is to say, is the criminal product of wrongly acquired wealth, much of it obtained through imperialist war. Exposure alone, no matter how voluminous, eloquent and persuasive, will not change it. Gary Leupp is Professor of History at Tufts University, and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion. He is the author of Servants, Shophands and Laborers in in the Cities of Tokugawa Japan; Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan; and Interracial Intimacy in Japan: Western Men and Japanese Women, 1543-1900. He is also a contributor to CounterPunch's merciless chronicle of the wars on Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia, Imperial Crusades. He can be reached at: gleupp [at] granite.tufts.edu --------15 of 15-------- Inside the Egg Factory Farmer Ernie's Chamber of Horrors By MARTHA ROSENBERG CounterPunch May 12, 2008 The Boy Scouts of America Greater Yosemite Council commended his leadership in transforming "a small family farm model to the current computer driven egg-producing company." The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors inducted him into the Agriculture Hall of Fame. But according to an undercover video aired on TV stations this week including CNN the avuncular, civic-minded Ernie Gemperle operates a chamber of horrors for the two million chickens caged on his Turlock, CA-based Gemperle Enterprises farms. The video, which includes workers gassing and stomping sick hens and carcasses pulled from live hen cages, was shot over a two month period earlier this year at Gemperle Enterprises egg farms in Delhi and Hilmar, CA by an unidentified, undercover investigator hired to repair cages and machines at the sites. It was circulated by Chicago-based Mercy for Animals (MFA) a non-profit group credited with exposing abuses at the Raeford, NC-based turkey processor, House of Raeford in 2007 and Croton, OH-based Ohio Fresh Eggs in 2004. Following a Sacramento press conference at which California State Sen. Carole Migden said, "I am horrified to see that farmers and workers would treat animals with such disregard," Monrovia-based Trader Joe's announced an "indefinite" ban of NuCal Foods, Inc. which distributes Gemperle eggs. Ripons, CA-based NuCal Foods is the largest distributor of shell eggs in the western United States, also supplying Raley's, SaveMart Supermarkets and the U.S. Department of Defense at over 200 commissaries, says Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals. Raley's spokeswoman Nicole Townsend told the Associated Press the chain plans to continue to carry all eggs from NuCal, but "does not condone any acts of cruelty to animals," - as if there's no correlation. The video shows what amount to the entire life cycle of the modern caged laying hen from stuffing of the newly arrived pullets into file drawer sized cages to retrieving them months later for the kill cart gas chamber when they're "spent," barely recognizable as birds or being alive. "There are multiple shots of moribund chickens with ailments ranging from broken limbs to abscessed cloacae to illness so severe the birds are unable to open their eyes or stand," commented Santa Rosa veterinarian Dr. Christi Camlbor after viewing the video. "The presence of animals in such poor conditions without any apparent method to detect them or provide them with an instant death is extremely concerning." "It is unclear why personnel depicted in this video chose to subject birds to obvious pain and suffering when other means are available," says Dr. Sara Shields, an animal behavior scientist and industry consultant. "Stepping on a bird or twisting her neck is absolutely NOT an acceptable method for killing a chicken. However, both of these methods are shown in the video. The hens were undoubtedly in acute pain and continued to suffer a protracted, slow death, as the video clearly shows they are not dead when left." In fact sadistic killing games were a regular part of work at Gemperle Enterprises according to the MFA investigator. "Think I can kill it in just one hit?" he records in his diary a coworker with a six foot piece of PVC pipe asked him upon seeing a loose chicken on February 23, 2008. When caught red-handed, factory farmers often charge investigators with permitting or facilitating animal cruelty by not going to authorities. But twice in the past two years a different humane group, Farm Sanctuary, submitted similar videos to Merced County law enforcement authorities who did not investigate, bring charges or even respond to allegations. "We are obviously not going to launch a prosecution based on unsubstantiated video," District Attorney Larry Morse III told the Modesto Bee after the MFA expose. "If we have evidence of mistreatment of animals, it should be investigated by the Sheriff's Department, and if found to be legitimate, then should be forwarded to our office." Nor can Gemperle Enterprises fall back on the standard the-tape-is-inauthentic defense because the video includes external and internal building markers and even images of Company president Steve Gemperle inside the sheds, says MFA. (So much for the we-didn't-know defense.) And, when given a chance to prove MFA's video false by letting Sacramento KCRA 3 camera crews into the egg barns, Ernie Gemperle declined - on camera. Working on an Ohio angle to the story, reporter Tom Brockman with NBC 4 in Columbus, OH encountered a similar news camera embargo at Ohio Fresh Eggs in Croton. "We were told making those arrangements usually take days for reasons like they must have enough biohazard suits on hand," he said. Not surprisingly, industry officials don't want to discuss the video in light of the fact that Gemperle Enterprises held a "humane" certification from United Egg Producers, the trade group representing 85% of U.S. egg producers. Oops. "It's been very difficult to get anyone involved in the egg industry to watch the video and comment," disclosed reporter Dan Noyes with ABC 7's I-Team. "Not the state Department of Food and Agriculture, the poultry experts at UC Davis, and not even the county extension agents who work with the farms. We had to go all the way to the University of Maryland to speak with an expert in the Avian and Animal Sciences Department." Looking more like Jack Kevorkian than Farmer Jones, Ernie Gemperle told KCRA 3 reporters when the video broke it constituted an "invasion of privacy" and the birds are well cared for and treated "better every year." He defended the gassing seen on the video as how you dispose of "sick birds," sick apparently meaning "spent" and "unprofitable" since they are all gassed. Martha Rosenberg is staff cartoonist on the Evanston Roundtable. She can be reached at mrosenberg [at] evmark.org ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney
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