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How Police Officers’ Military Uniforms Affect Their Mental State

New scientific research suggests the effect of militarized dress on cops is more profound than imagined. Here's why

by Geordie McRuer

In the weeks since Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, protesters have faced down a police force so militarized that it has made international headlines. Images coming out of Ferguson show police stationed atop military-style vehicles with assault rifles aimed at civilians. Journalists have been arrested while doing their job. Police have used tear gas, rubber bullets, wooden bullets, flash bombs, sound bombs and smoke bombs on unarmed civilians.

We entrust police offices with enormous power. Accordingly, we expect them to show more restraint, patience and care than other citizens. The images coming out of Ferguson depict failure on each front.

Part of the problem may be the way the police are dressed. As the saying goes, “the clothes make the man.” In Ferguson, the men who work as police dress like soldiers. Dressing police in camouflage is certainly ridiculous (John Oliver recently quipped, “If they want to blend in with their surroundings, they should be dressed like a dollar store”), but recent psychological research now indicates that the effect of militarized dress may be much more insidious.

31 votes

The big picture explained...

This video gives an excellent depiction of the larger geopolitical issues at play in the world, and explains the real motivations behind U.S. foreign policy.

"The Geopolitics of WWIII"

4 votes

Wash Post Page One Monday: Rand Paul Distancing Himself From Libertarian, Tea Party Past... Developing...

On the front page of Drudge now.

By David A. Fahrenthold | September 14, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul wanted to eliminate aid to Israel. Now he doesn’t. He wanted to scrap the Medicare system. Now he’s not sure.

He didn’t like the idea of a border fence — it was expensive, and it reminded him of the Berlin Wall. Now he wants two fences, one behind the other.

And what about same-sex marriage? Paul’s position — such marriages are morally wrong, but Republicans should stop obsessing about them — seems so muddled that an Iowa pastor recently confronted him in frustration.

22 votes

Ron Paul: Israel Created Hamas


http://youtu.be/Yb3vF6Vcjr0

We can learn a little something from this speech.

23 votes

Comcast Tells Customers to Stop Using Tor Browser

Embattled Comcast has another complaint about customer service to add to its growing list. The cable and Internet provider has been telling customers that their service will be terminated if they don’t stop using the Tor web browser. According to a report by Deep.Dot.Web, multiple accounts of Comcast customer service crossing into monitoring customer activity online have been reported to them.

33 votes

I'm not going back to jail! (how, why lessons learned | Adam Kokesh


http://youtu.be/uF3UmmJt-pA

Adam recaps the story of his shotgun video, SWAT raid, jail time, and this final court episode. The lessons learned are far more important.

14 votes

‘US Failure to Look Into Saudi Role in 9/11 Has Helped ISIS’

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has been aided by the continuing failure of the US Government to investigate the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks and its support of jihadi movements such as al-Qaeda in the years since, says former Senator Bob Graham, the co-chairman of the official inquiry into 9/11.

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"SABOTAGE" - World Premiere | Truth Music Video

My music and message is dedicated to truth and hope in a world of doubt and fear. I appreciate any and all who have the guts to think for themselves and do what they can to empower others to do the same. Free people do not need anyone's permission to live and be the amazing people we are. We should thrive, not just survive.

How we got here is just as important as where we are now. We live in a world of constant fear and endless wars. The new music video, "Sabotage" exposes the police state, war on terror and many more important topics.


http://youtu.be/wgQV9kj2Le0

17 votes

"Moderate" Syrian Rebels Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS; Iraq Defies US

First it was the 'broad coalition' that appeared a little narrower than President Obama explained to the world last week. Today, 2 more crucial aspects of the 'strategy' appear to be faltering. Despite the promise of $500 million to train "moderate" Syrian terrorist/rebels to fight ISIS, GlobalPost reports Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed a non-aggression pact for the first time.

18 votes

Mock nuclear explosion drill being conducted next week in Nebraska

From KOTA ABC news:

"Regional West Medical Center is participating in a 21 – agency emergency disaster next week.

The scenario?

A nuclear explosion near Interstate 80.

The hospital will help decontaminate victims, treat injuries, and make sure everything is reported correctly....."

http://www.kotatv.com/news/nebraska-news/mock-nuclear-explos...

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Let's play Jeopardy! Answer and Question Posted

Answer: Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur, and Lyndon Johnson.

Question: Which VPs who were older than the Presidents they served under, who then later became Presidents?

What's the point here??? No VP who has been older than the President has ever become President unless the President dies in office. This is interesting because Biden is 19 years older than Obama and Cheney is 5 years older than Bush (also Lieberman is 6 years older than Gore). The older VP picks of elections 2000 and later go against the previous trend of picking younger VP's.

I have some ideas about why this is happening but would like your ideas first.

12 votes

Buchanan: What Makes Us Think We Can Succeed in Syria Where We Failed in Iraq?

The Forever War

Patrick J. Buchanan

Friday - September 12, 2014

The strategy that President Obama laid out Wednesday night to “degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL,” is incoherent, inconsistent and, ultimately, non-credible.

A year ago, Obama and John Kerry were straining at the leash to launch air strikes on Syrian President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in “killing his own people.”