SteveLendmanBlog: Lunatics Run the Washington Asylum

american-hegemony-world-mapI just love this rant. Because it is so true!

Never in world his­tory has one nation threat­ened humanity’s sur­vival like Amer­ica. Wars with­out end rage.

Against invented ene­mies. New ones fol­low with dis­turb­ing reg­u­lar­ity. Peace is pure fantasy.”

via Steve­Lend­man­Blog: Lunatics Run the Wash­ing­ton Asy­lum.

SFTF E07: The Drunkard Diaries (DD) 02: Sex Pt. I

Part I of a 3– or 4-part ram­ble. Stick with it if you can.….

Letters to Michael #3a

MichaelI received your let­ter Thurs­day after­noon and imme­di­ately knew I would not be able to get a let­ter back to you until after your sen­tenc­ing goes down Mon­day. On Sat­ur­day, yes­ter­day, my sis­ter spot­ted the arti­cle on Chris get­ting 400 years. And now I know you must go do the deal you fought against for over a  year and a half.  My sis­ter paid for the case records on my 80s case and I just picked it up at the Archives on Thurs­day and read all that mess of so long ago.

When I went to prison I dis­cov­ered that the Judge has the right to, within 90 or 120 days I believe, go over your case and pos­si­bly rec­om­mend a mod­i­fi­ca­tion, so, all those years ago, from within prison, I had writ­ten my Fresno sen­tenc­ing judge in  an effort to get him to recon­sider my sen­tence.  And I re-read that let­ter from so long ago that I had for­got­ten until now.  In it I told him how my fam­ily was going to stay together and how it seemed unfair.  How there was his­tory of oth­ers involved.  How I was going to get through this and that my fam­ily was going to stick by me while I did.  How I would get out and rebuild my fam­ily again and go on liv­ing a pro­duc­tive life.

Of course, it went into the file and  I’m not sure if the judge even read it (he is retired now and his daugh­ter runs the com­mis­sary busi­ness that ser­vices the jail!).  What was mov­ing about it, Michael, was the will I had then to fight for what was right and to over­come even that ter­ri­ble adver­sity that had been thrown on me then.

And now you, a few years younger than I was when I went into prison, have an ordeal ahead of you, yet I know you have the will to over­come it and sur­vive. And I know you will do this. So long as I am free you can always depend on me for a word (or 1,000). After I deal with Ohio,  I will let you know what is up with me. My Fed­eral attor­ney here just told me Fri­day that the case I was just con­victed on is being bun­dled up with a sim­i­lar case that just was dis­missed in Sacra­mento for imme­di­ate hear­ing by the 9th Appeals Court in San Fran­cisco (because the man in Sacto is being held in jail by motion of the Fed­eral Pros­e­cu­tors even though his case has been dis­missed pend­ing appeal).  I do not know what will hap­pen, my friend, but you’re right: I must depend on God for my sal­va­tion.  He will provide.

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

babyinaboxThe ben­e­fits of a “social safety net” are a strong peo­ple, a civ­i­lized coun­try in which to live. Here is one example:

At 75 years old, the box is now an estab­lished part of the Finnish rite of pas­sage towards moth­er­hood, unit­ing gen­er­a­tions of women.”

via BBC News — Why Finnish babies sleep in card­board boxes.

If You Question Authority, You Are Mentally Ill


After a lifetime’s per­sonal expe­ri­ence with “ther­apy,” as well as the expe­ri­ences related to me of many friends and rel­a­tives, as well as lis­ten­ing to the late Dr. Szasz, I agree that “ther­apy,” is a hit and miss propo­si­tion. Very rarely is the ther­a­pist com­pe­tent in a way that brings about change and healing.

Many ther­a­pists are noth­ing more than pill-pushers, while many oth­ers are more inter­ested in encour­ag­ing long-term ther­apy “ses­sions” as opposed to heal­ing, change, and mov­ing on (to bet­ter things).

There is a line of thought, old thought, new thought, that posits that all men­tal health issues are related to humans liv­ing in a soci­ety that pro­hibits the nor­mal human pur­suits of human liv­ing. I sub­scribe to this line of thought. Here is one of the sev­eral rea­sons why:

Every time a new issue of the DSM appears, the num­ber of men­tal dis­or­ders grows – and this growth is expo­nen­tial. A cen­tury ago there were essen­tially 7 dis­or­ders, 80 years ago there were 59, 50 years ago there were 130, and by 2010 there were 374 (77 of which were “found” in just seven years).

A promi­nent critic of this over-diagnosing (and the asso­ci­ated over-medication trend) is psy­chol­o­gist Dr. Paula Caplan. Here is an inter­view with her:

via It’s Offi­cial: If You Ques­tion Author­ity, You Are Men­tally Ill |.

The Vineyard of the Saker: Hezbollah Didn’t Do Argentine Bombing (updated)


Two things: The Vine­yard of the Saker is a solid resource on what’s hap­pen­ing in cer­tain parts of the world (Ukraine, South America).

The other thing: As detailed last week: some­thing is bad wrong with the asser­tion that bomb­ings of Jew­ish sites in Argentina in the early 90s were done by Iran or Hezbollah.

This 2008 post is rel­e­vant now after last week’s mur­der of a respected “pros­e­cu­tor” who claimed that he had some proof that Christina de Kirch­ner, the Pres­i­dent of Argentina, was cov­er­ing for Iran.

Yeah, some­thing is bad wrong with this. I mean: the mur­der; and the asser­tion of the murdered.

Here is why (from 2008):

Although nukes and Iraq have been the main focus of the Bush Administration’s pres­sure cam­paign against Iran, US offi­cials also seek to tar Iran as the world’s lead­ing spon­sor of ter­ror­ism. And Team Bush’s lat­est tac­tic is to play up a thirteen-year-old accu­sa­tion that Iran was respon­si­ble for the noto­ri­ous Buenos Aires bomb­ing that destroyed the city’s Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, known as AMIA, killing eighty-six and injur­ing 300, in 1994.

Unnamed senior Admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials told the Wall Street Jour­nal Jan­u­ary 15 that the bomb­ing in Argentina ‘serves as a model for how Tehran has used its over­seas embassies and rela­tion­ship with for­eign mil­i­tant groups, in par­tic­u­lar Hezbol­lah, to strike at its enemies.’”

via The Vine­yard of the Saker: Hezbol­lah Didn’t Do Argen­tine Bomb­ing (updated).

Vitamin D supplementation reduces need for respiratory support



I have per­son­ally noticed this effect over the past 18 months, when upping my Vit­a­min D intake up to 36,000 IU per day (or more) using liq­uid and pow­dered deliv­ery sys­tems. But that is just one of the many, many beni­fi­cial devel­op­ments from tak­ing this vit­a­min in rel­a­tively large doses. This study has more details:

Addi­tion­ally — and more per­ti­nent to this par­tic­u­lar study — proper vit­a­min D lev­els have been linked to improve­ments in lung func­tion, fur­ther rein­forc­ing the impor­tance of its supplementation.”

via Vit­a­min D sup­ple­men­ta­tion reduces need for res­pi­ra­tory sup­port, study sug­gests —