21 May 2013

Centralization and Sociopathology

Charles Hugh Smith: Concentrated power and wealth are intrinsically sociopathological by their very nature.

I have long spoken of the dangers inherent to centralization of power and the extreme concentrations of wealth centralization inevitably creates.
Longtime contributor C.D. recently highlighted another danger of centralization:sociopaths/psychopaths excel in organizations that centralize power, and their ability to flatter, browbeat and manipulate others greases their climb to the top.

In effect, centralization is tailor-made for sociopaths gaining power. Sociopaths seek power over others, and centralization gives them the perfect avenue to control over millions or even entire nations.

Even worse (from the view of non-sociopaths), their perverse abilities are tailor-made for excelling in office and national politics via ruthless elimination of rivals and enemies and grandiose appeals to national greatness, ideological purity, etc.

As C.D. points out, the ultimate protection against sociopathology is to minimize the power held in any one agency, organization or institution:

‘Guantanamo guards shot my client 5 times for no reason’

RT: Over 100 Guantanamo prisoners continue their hunger strike in protest against unlawful – and as it turns out, violent – detention. RT met with the lawyer of inmate Moath al Alawi, who has been shot by guards, denied medical treatment and force-fed.
A reported 103 of Guantanamo’s 166 prisoners are participating in the hunger strike, which has lasted for more than 100 days.

Over the weekend, hacktivist group Anonymous marked the 100th day of the protest with “twitterstorms, email bombs and fax bombs” aimed at drawing worldwide attention to the hunger strikers. The US Military responded to ‘Operation Guantanamo’ by restricting wireless internet access at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Down is New Up, Up is New Down - Max Keiser with Sandeep Jaitly

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert examine whether the markets are soaring or crashing but find it impossible to determine as long standing data patterns have broken down.

"The whole banking system is a scam!" - Godfrey Bloom MEP

European Parliament, Strasbourg, 21 May 2013
• Speaker: Godfrey Bloom MEP, UKIP (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group

Nigel Farage: I hope taxpayers all over Europe listen to this...

europarl: Speech transcript:
"Thank you. Well there is a great degree of unity here this morning, with a common enemy - rich people, successful companies evading tax, which of course is a problem.
Avoiding tax, which is not illegal, but it gives this whole chamber this morning a high moral tone.

GREECE: Still searching for glimmers of hope in a hopeless situation.

The good news is, some people think the bad news is good news
We may be drowning, but the water’s lovely and warm
The Slog: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is now so deluded on the subject of a Greek recovery, there is a kind of developing sangfroid humour in the media coverage of his descent into what is either madness or carefully choreographed, slow-motion can-kicking. In this sort of atmosphere, it is truly astonishing just how much awful news can look good as things go from bad to worse than even the biggest Job expected. Greece has reached the stage in May 2013 where even Job has no comfort to offer: but somehow, the EC and its allies in the Athens government can spot a Phoenix rising from the coldest cinder.
Good news, the recovery will begin in 2014, and by 2016 unemployment will be only 21%.

Why Strategic Relocation?

Alex Jones: In the new documentary film Strategic Relocation, Alex Jones and Joel Skousen present an in-depth discussion about the original book along with other important preparedness strategies. The Strategic Relocation DVD & Book Special provides the most comprehensive and current information about how to prepare for the upcoming collapse.

Time-Lapse Video Of 2-Mile Wide Oklahoma Tornado

Turkish court tries apartheid Israeli regime military officials in absentia

Press TV: The third hearing of the Mavi Marmara trial was held at Caglayan Courthouse in Istanbul on Sunday. The passengers of the flotilla as well as relatives and lawyers of the slain activists from 37 different countries attended the trial. There are 490 victims in the case, including flotilla passengers and relatives of the martyrs. The defendants who are tried as "fugitive suspects" include former Israeli Military Chief of General Staff Gen. Gavriel Ashkenazi, Naval Forces commander Vice Adm. Eliezer Marom, Israel's military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin and Air Forces Intelligence head Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi.

The gold bear market is disinformation that is helping elites acquire the gold

Paul Craig Roberts: You know that gold bear market that the financial press keeps touting? The one George Soros keeps proclaiming? Well, it is not there. The gold bear market is disinformation that is helping elites acquire the gold.
Certainly, Soros himself doesn’t believe it, as the 13-F release issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 15 proves. George Soros has significantly increased his gold holding by purchasing $25.2 million of call options on the GDXJ Junior Gold Miners Index.
In addition the Soros Fund maintains a $32 million stake in individual mines; added 1.1 million shares of GDX (a gold miners ETF) to its holdings which now stand at 2,666,000 shares valued at $70,400,000; has 1,100,000 shares in GDXJ valued at $11,506,000; and 530,000 shares in the GLD gold fund valued at $69,467,000. [values as of May 17]
The 13-F release shows the Soros Fund with $239,200,000 in gold investments. If this is bearish sentiment, what would it take to be bullish?
The misinformation that Soros had sold his gold holdings came from misinterpreting the reason Soros’ holdings in the GLD gold trust declined. Soros did not sell the shares; he redeemed the paper claims for physical gold. Watching the gold ETFs, such as GLD, being looted by banksters, Soros cashed in some of his own paper gold for the real stuff.

**pigs are everywhere special** BBC Sucks O Cocks News + FTSE all time high? On back of austerity bankers clean up

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Bankster 'Sir' Mervyn King: stop 'demonising' the banksters

Sir Mervyn King, the outgoing head of the private Bank of England, has called for an end of bankster bashing saying it’s wrong to “demonise individualsfor the failure of the financial system success of usury.