Friday, March 27, 2015

Greek FinMin Varoufakis Among 10 World Thinkers 2015

By Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is among the World Thinkers 2015. In a online voting poll conducted by the Prospect Magazine, Varoufakis comes second after French economist Thomas Picketty, whose book Capital in the Twenty-First Century had sold a remarkable 1.5m copies worldwide in several languages.
Several of the other thinkers in the top 10 are Yanis Varoufakis, Naomi Klein, Paul Krugman and Russell Brand as well as philosopher Juergen Habermas.
The magazine writes on Yanis Varoufakis:

“Syriza’s victory in January’s Greek general election was in no small part due to the efforts of Yanis Varoufakis, now installed as Finance Minister. Varoufakis, who holds a PhD in game theory from the University of Essex, and calls himself an “accidental economist,” first set out an alternative to German-imposed austerity in 2010. The restructuring of Greece’s debt that Varoufakis has been trying to sell to other eurozone leaders has its origins in those proposals. Whether Varoufakis succeeds in persuading Angela Merkel of its merits remains to be seen. The portents, however, are not auspicious—some European leaders are said to be tiring of Varoufakis’s habit of saying one thing in negotiations in Brussels and another to audiences at home.”

Alison Saunders, Radical Feminist And Director Of UK Public Prosecutions, Should Resign – PLEASE Sign This Petition

By Mike Buchanan: We’re not normally fans of petitions – men simply aren’t inclined to make a ‘contribution’ to a petition, even if it takes only seconds to sign – but this is one we can wholeheartedly support, and we warmly thank N for bringing it to our attention.

It’s a petition seeking the resignation of Alison Saunders, the odious radical feminist Director of Public Prosecutions, and there are only four days left to sign it. Please join me in signing it. Now. Thank you.

US Government Report Finds DEA Agents Had “Sex Parties” With Prostitutes Hired By Drug Cartels

Although some of the DEA agents participating in these parties denied it, the information in the case file suggested they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds. A foreign officer also alleged providing protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties, the report said. The foreign officers further alleged that in addition to soliciting prostitutes, three DEA SSAs [special agents] in particular were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members.
* A deputy U.S. Marshal “entered into a romantic relationship” with a fugitive’s spouse and would not break off the relationship for more than a year, even after being told by supervisors to end it.
* An ATF “Director of Industry Operations” had “solicited consensual sex with anonymous partners and modified a hotel room door to facilitate sexual play.” The ATF employee even disabled a hotel’s fire detection system, and when caught by the hotel, said he had done it before.
– From the Politico article: DEA Agents Had ‘Sex Parties’ with Prostitutes, Watchdog Says
By Michael Krieger: There’s no agency in government more vehemently opposed to ending the immoral and counterproductive “war on drugs” than the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Now we know why.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Therapy And Male Baby Ritual Genital Mutilation (Circumcision) Grief

"Currently I am collecting information from men who have experienced difficulty coping with their circumcision grief and have sought professional help from psychiatrists, psychotherapists etc. Preliminary findings are that often therapists treat such grieving men flippantly and dismissively."
By Genital cutting societies such as that of North America deny that male circumcision is a human rights violation and that men in particular suffer physically and psychologically from the procedure, and this is often reflected in therapist attitudes. As more male teenagers and adults find out from the Internet that they have lost out sexually and enter a circumcision grief process, there is a greater need for therapists to be educated that this grief is very real and should be accepted and treated seriously. (The author knows cases of attempted and actual suicide as a result of circumcision grief.)
While some therapists are empathetic and appreciate why the man is upset, more typically men report being called “nuts” or “crazy,” the therapist joking about their own son’s circumcision, “some men are happy” [so you should be too], “you cannot say lack of an orgasm is due to circumcision,” “piercing ears is just as damaging,” “some girls prefer it” or “you should be grateful” and that circumcision prevents STIs and cancer [which is unproven]. Surprisingly some therapists thought it was “just a psychological problem and not a physical one” and that “the foreskin is not a part of the penis.’

Another Oligarch Preaches To The Peasants - Charlie Munger Says “Prepare For Harder World”

By Michael Krieger: While several exceptionally wealthy and successful people have admirably come out and spoken passionately of the broken nature of financial markets and the political system, as well as the threat this poses to society in general (think Paul Tudor Jones and Nick Hanauer), there have been several examples of oligarchs coming out and conversely demonstrating their complete disconnect from reality, as well as a disdain for the masses within a framework of incredible arrogance.
The latest example comes from Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s right hand man, who tends to demonstrate an incredible capacity for verbal diarrhea. Recall his commentary on gold: “gold is a great thing to sew onto your garments if you’re a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939.”  
Moving along, Mr. Munger provided some typically insensitive commentary at an event yesterday in Los Angeles. Bloomberg reports that:

Charles Munger, who became a billionaire while helping Warren Buffett build Berkshire Hathaway Inc., predicted it’s going to get tougher for consumers to maintain their standard of living in coming decades. “We should all be prepared for adjusting to a world that is harder,” Munger, 91, said Wednesday at an event in Los Angeles, in response to a question about the increase in the size of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet since the 2008 financial crisis.

Debtism vs Capitalsm - Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert with Daniel Hassan

Warning against trusting bureaucrats bearing false economy as shocking austerity and ‘bed blocking costs more than is allegedly saved'. In the second half, Max interviews Daniel Hassan of the Robin Hood Minor Asset Management hedge fund which rides the wave of trading whales with the best performance record. Having outperformed the S&P index since its inception, all profits have gone to groups expanding the commons and the public domain.

V For Varoufakis

Dear Greeks, the time has come: we surrender! Take all our money, you may also take Helene Fischer, but please, keep this financial Hercules off us. We could only just bear with Costa Cordalis so this is clearly way too much!

What Does It Mean To Be Jewish?

"I'm so glad I left being Jewish. Don't you wish every Jew did?" Brother Nathanael

Germanwings Co-Pilot "Deliberately Destroyed" Airplane, Identified As 28-Year Old German Citizen

In one of the most chilling segments of this morning's press conference describing what was found on the cockpit voice recorder, screams were heard from passengers and crew as the realisation of what was about to happen struck them all. Prosecutor Brice Robin's findings state that when the German Captain left the cockpit - following what appeared to be - the 28-year-old German co-pilot (who was alive to the end) refused to re-open the door and began an "intentional", "controlled", and "steady" descent as he "seems to have sought to destroy the plane." Nothing indicates that this was a terrorist incident.

As The NY Times reports:
“At this moment, in light of investigation, the interpretation we can give at this time is that the co-pilot through voluntary abstention refused to open the door of the cockpit to the commander, and activated the button that commands the loss of altitude,” the prosecutor, Brice Robin, said.

A Little Blood In The Mix Never Hurt A Revolution

By : I was young, but I remember seeing America burn in the late 1960’s. I watched the television screen, wide-eyed and fearful as plumes of smoke rose from Detroit and Watts. It was much closer to home than that, too. In 1967 here in Houston a deadly riot broke out at Texas Southern University (TSU). After a story broke that a young black boy had been killed by a white Houston police officer the violence erupted quickly. The Houston Press described it as follows:

Angry students gathered, more police arrived. Rocks and bottles were thrown. A shot rang out, wounding an officer in the thigh, and within minutes, a full-blown riot erupted. Over the next hours, HPD shot 3,000 rounds of shotgun and carbine fire into the building, and received return fire. Five hundred officers eventually stormed Lanier Hall, the men’s dormitory, from which the first shot supposedly came. When the smoke cleared, one police officer was dead, one student and two officers were wounded, and 488 students were arrested.
Time reported one police officer as saying, “It looked like the Alamo.[1]””
Similar tragedies were erupting nationwide, all with one thing in common: damage to primarily black assets. TSU is a predominately black university. It was pretty much the same everywhere else. Whether at the hands of black rioters or police responders (often both), it was black businesses, homes, institutions and people that bore the brunt of the destruction.

Lithuanians Under Police State Attack and the world under Washington’s attack

'Washington is the greatest evil that the world has ever faced. There is no good in 
Washington, Only total evil.'
By Paul Craig Roberts: According to news reports and to this appeal by Kristoferis Voishka the pro-American government installed in Lithuania is persecuting Lithuanians who dissent from the anti-Russian propaganda that is driving Washington’s NATO puppets to war with Russia. Unlike their puppet government, Lithuanians understand that war with Russia means that Lithuania on the front line will be utterly destroyed, a result that would not bother Washington in the least, just as Washington is undisturbed when its forces obliterate weddings, funerals, and children’s soccer games.
What is Lithuania? To Washington it is a nothing.
Kristoferis Voiska runs an alternative Internet news site in LIthuania. Not long ago he interviewed me, and the interview appeared in both LIthuanian newspapers and on his Internet news program in video form. I found him to be sincere and well informed. I advised him that interviewing me would bring trouble for him, and he already was aware of that.
As I have said so many times, Americans are the worst informed people on the planet.