Constituents Exercise

John, having seen Jack’s blue bat, painted his bat blue.

Break that sentence into three constituent clauses, and represent each of them as a complete sentence. See you in the comments.

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Psychotherapy As a Luxury Good

Do not fall for that crap about being in therapy means you are screwed up in the head. It is not necessarily true anyway.

At any rate, a high percentage of the population meets criteria for a DSM diagnosis at any given time. Surveys in the rest of the world, including the 3rd World, show high rates of DSM diagnoses. One survey in Afghanistan had to be curtailed early because 100% of subjects were meeting criteria for DSM Major Depression.

Living under a dictatorship may cause mass mental problems. Some claim that almost everyone in North Korea meets criteria for a DSM anxiety disorder. A survey in Iraq prior to The War on the Iraqi People showed that 40% of young men, married or not, met criteria for DSM Impotence. That is, they had regular impotence problems.

Really most everyone needs psychotherapy. In places like Argentina and France, just about everyone who can afford it goes into therapy. In the US and possibly the rest of the West, high percentages of the population are on antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications. Most of them probably meet criteria for a DSM diagnosis in order to be prescribed such meds.

Another thing to consider is that for people who are deeply ill, psychotherapy doesn’t work very well. Psychotherapy works best for minor mental illnesses or what some call neuroses. However, one theory is that everyone is “neurotic” to one degree or another. I asked a clinical psychologist once if anyone was healthy. He said he didn’t think so. Over the course of his career, he had run into maybe 20,000 people to the point where he could figure them out pretty well, and he said he hadn’t met a healthy person yet.

All therapists have to go through long-term therapy as part of becoming a therapist.

Therapy is a luxury good. It is like nice cars, nice homes and fancy food. It is quite costly. Most people in the world need it, trust me! But in the rest of the world it is too much of a luxury so they don’t get it. Everyone in Hollywood is in therapy. All rich people are in therapy.

Most people, if they can afford it, get in therapy. Ultimately it is a luxury good whereby you try to work through your issues, resolve your deep-seated problems, hangups, anxieties, issues and problems and ultimately grow as a human being.I once asked a psychologist why so many therapists seem to have their stuff together so well. He answered that most of them had been working on themselves in a therapeutic sense for a long time, years to decades.

Only Westerners and wealthier people can afford such indulgences. Consider yourself lucky that you are rich enough to afford such a luxury good!

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Down with the Clown

Juggalos are parents.

Juggalos are parents.

One Baby Juggalo, coming right up.

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Hostage Crisis Somewhere in the World

Reportedly there is a hostage crisis somewhere in the world today. As I just woke up, I have no idea what is going on. Can someone update me?

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Go Russia Go!

Russia bans all GMO’s. Why is Russia always so far ahead of the West?

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The Torture Report

From Pat Lang’s column.

Honestly, I am not sure how I feel about this torture stuff. I definitely did not like it during the The War on the Iraqi People. I know we have been torturing people over at Guantanamo. The whole notion of the prisoners at Guantanamo is insane. We called them “illegal combatants” but under International Law, there is no such category. We called them that so we could keep them in there forever, never charge them, treat them terribly, abuse them and torture them.

Those men in Guantanamo are one of two things. They are either:

1. POW’s.

2. Terrorists.

They are really only terrorists if they were plotting terror attacks against US facilities, probably on the mainland. In that case they would be violating the laws covering acts committed in the US. As far as attacks on US facilities and US civilians overseas go, I do not know what laws these fall under. Certainly attacks on US troops overseas are not terror attacks. That’s ridiculous. One boy at Guantanamo was arrested for “murder” for killing a US soldier during wartime, the Afghan War. That is completely outrageous.

I believe that most of those at Guantanamo are simply POW’s. If they are POW’s, then they have to go to a POW camp and they must be treated according to the laws of war. Real simple.

If they are terrorists, then they need to be put in prison and tried under criminal law.

They don’t want to call them POW’s because then they would have had to treat them decently, so they called them “illegal combatants.” They couldn’t call them terrorists because then they would have to put them in US prisons and subject them to criminal trials. They worry that they would not have enough evidence to go to trial and also that they might be acquitted. So that they won’t have to do either of these things, they made up a fake category called “illegal combatants.”

Incredibly, the American people went along with this garbage. It’s hard to figure.

Of course they lied about torturing people. They called it enhanced interrogation techniques. They’re lying. That’s yet another lie. There’s no such thing as enhanced interrogation techniques. It’s either torture or it’s not. No if’s, and’s or but’s about it. But since we are a party to the Anti-Torture Treaty, they figured they had to lie and call their torture something other than torture. They started torturing people because of 911. They got caught with their pants down during 911, and they didn’t want it to happen again, so they started torturing people in order to stop the next 911. It’s hard to say how well it worked.

However, we do know that the CIA lied about the effectiveness of the torture program. They lied and said that the torture program helped catch Bin Laden. A dumb Hollywood movie was made about the capture of Bin Laden. In this stupid movie, the lie is again repeated that Bin Laden was captured due to CIA torture. However, investigations revealed that the CIA was lying, and instead, torture played no role in the capture of Bin Laden whatsoever.

I suppose I would leave it up to the American people. If the people want the US to torture detainees, fine, so be it. We will join the nations of torturers. At that point, we should leave the Torture Protocol Treaty.

However, if the people think we as a nation should not be torturing, then we should stop torturing people. I am getting tired of all the lying and BS. Commit to it, do it and be done with it or renounce it and don’t do it.

The US Must Purge Itself

CIA Director Brennan’s self administered auto de fe fell flat. He met with POTUS this AM and was evidently told to get his statement in line with the president’s position “or else.” The “else” is pretty clear. He could easily find himself doing the “Hagel Two Step.” As a result the gospel according to Brennan backed away from any real defense of the deeds of CIA in its tormented and torturing history since 9/11.

On the one hand, he told us that information derived from torture was, at times, useful. On the other hand he told us that it is “unknowable” if the information so derived had any real value. He said that some of the things done by CIA officials were “abhorrent” but in answer to a question was ambiguous and non-committal as to whether or not it might be necessary to do the same kind of things in the future.

Well, pilgrims, as shown in the map above the US is a signatory of the UN Convention Against Torture. This convention signature was ratified by the US Senate and for that reason has the status of US federal law.

The CIA and its Corps of Tormentors disgraced and soiled the United States as did the US Army at Abu Ghraib. Insufficient punishment was meted out to the senior army culprits at Abu Ghraib, but now there is a chance to make an example of the monstrous fools who motivated, directed and executed this renewal of the Inquisition. It should be mentioned that Cheney and Rumsfeld played a direct role in encouraging US Army intelligence to torture prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

I suggest the following as steps to be taken by the SST community:..

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Worse Than the Cold War

Yep. And 80% of the population has fallen for it. By the way, Hagel was fired because he was not a neocon. Barack Obama is for all intents and purposes now a neocon. For most of his term, people called realists were in charge and the neocons were sidelined. Then the neocons came in through the back door and took over again. The media is all cheering on the removal of Hagel in favor of a “more forceful” foreign policy, which means that most of the media is apparently run by the neocon crowd. At any rate, 100% of the Western media is now down with the neocon project. But then the media has always been part of the Neocon Project. Name one major media outlet that opposed The War on the Iraqi People. Name one. One.

Worse Than Cold War

The neocons who manipulate America’s clueless politicians have not got us into a new Cold War. It is much worse. The long rivalry with the Soviet Union was “Cold” because of MAD, Mutual Assured Destruction. Both Washington and Moscow were perfectly aware that “Hot” war meant nuclear exchanges that would destroy everybody.

The danger of outright war between the two nuclear powers is actually much greater than during the Cold War. We are now in a sort of Frozen War, because nothing the Russians say or do can have any effect.

The neocons who manufacture U.S. policy behind the scenes have invented a totally fictional story about Russian “aggression” which the President of the United States, the mass media and now the Congress have accepted and endorsed. Russian leaders have responded with honesty, truth and common sense, remaining calm despite the invective thrown at them. It has done no good whatsoever. The positions are frozen. When reason fails, force follows. Sooner or later.

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Sit on My Face!

Sit on my face protest.

LOL.

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How Many Earths Could Fit into the Sun?

The answer will literally knock your rockin’ socks off. It is so incomprehensible that it is almost impossible to even imagine how it could possibly be true in any of all possible worlds, in the best or worst of times, like so many a strange thing that this way comes.

You are wondering where the weird things are?

Answer in the comments.

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Libertarians Are Calling Me “Racist”

Boy this is really stupid.

Republicans do this all the time too. Republicans are always calling me racist, sexist, anti-Semite, homophobe. That is so weird. Except for the anti-Semitism, what is the most racist, sexist, homophobic political party in the US? The Republican Party. If you are a racist, sexist, anti-Semite or homophobe, which party do you automatically go to? The Republican Party. 100% of the hardcore racists, sexists, homophobes or anti-Semites are voting either Republican or Libertarian. None of them are voting Democratic.

Also, we get a lot of racists, sexists, homophobes and anti-Semites on this site. So far, 100% of them support either the Republican or Libertarian Party. I don’t think I have found one yet who voted Democratic.

Conservatives are always screaming that “liberals are the real racists.” Well, that’s very interesting, but why is it that 100% of the hardcore racists, sexists, homophobes and anti-Semites on this site are conservatives? How come I haven’t even met one liberal like this ever?

I suppose we can also look around in Meatspace. You almost never meet a liberal who is a hardcore racist, sexist, anti-Semite, or homophobe.

I confess I have met a few liberal anti-Semites, but they are not common. Anyway, the deeper they get into anti-Semitism the more they get friendlier with the Right, especially with White nationalists and fascists. Anti-Semitism has always been a conservative movement. It was in 1800 and it is today. There are a few Left anti-Semites, but they are not common and the rest of the movement is going to be pounding them constantly.

I have hardly met any liberal racists, but I know some who are anti-Hispanic and anti-South Indian. The Hispanics have invaded California, and the South Indians have bought up all the gas stations.

There are a few liberal true homophobes, but they are not common.

I am not sure if I have ever met a liberal who was a true sexist. I wonder if they exist.

I guess we can look around the Net too. The are many anti-Semitic sites on the Net and many others that are borderline. As a general rule, almost 100% of anti-Semitic sites are run by conservatives. Most of them support the Libertarian or Republican Parties. Anti-Semites especially like the Libertarian Party because the Republicans are “Jew-owned.”

There is a place called the Manosphere on the Net, and it is run by MRA types. It is insanely sexist. The Manosphere is 100% conservative, and they all support either the Republican or Libertarian Parties. The sexists tend to be more Libertarian than anything else.

There is also a huge HBD Sphere or even a network of White racist blogs of different types. Some are overtly Nazi, but most of them are not. It’s a big lie that all White racists are Nazis. Most of them want nothing to do with that.

Almost 100% of the HBD Sphere is run by conservatives. Most HBD’ers are Libertarians. Many of the harder-core racists are also Libertarians, but more of these types vote Republican.

I am not sure if there are homophobic blogs on the Net, but a lot of the above groups, especially the hardcore White nationalists and Nazis, are not gay friendly at all. There are quite a few anti-gay sites on the Net, but they are all run by Christian conservatives. They are very closely tied to the Republican Party.

While the theory that “liberals are the real racists/sexists/homophobes/anti-Semites” is an interesting one, it seems to have no basis in reality. Instead, nearly 100% of hardcore racists, sexists, anti-Semites and homophobes are voting Republican and Libertarian.

It does seem that the Republican and Libertarian Parties have a serious problem with bigots. While it is debatable whether the parties themselves are bigoted, there must be some reason why 100% of the bigots vote Libertarian and Republican and 0% of them vote Democratic. Obviously they think the Libertarian and Republican Parties have something to offer them in terms of their bigotry.

The Libertarians are calling this passage out as “racism.”

‘Even some of the ghetto types are ok (especially the young women) but they have this “ghettoness” about them that bothers me for some reason.

There are also some older Blacks who are not ghetto, but they are not really assimilated either. I am not sure how to describe them, but I know people who would call them “real Blacks.” Real Blacks as opposed to what these types call “White Blacks.” Honestly there is nothing really wrong with them except they are not that smart, and their culture appears somewhat degraded to me. They remind me of the sort of more traditional, well behaved, working class Blacks you might find in a lot of the South. A lot of them are very religious and have strong accents.’

That sound racist to you? Yep, I am not wild about ghetto Blacks. That makes me “racist” in Libertardian World?

That is also an accurate description of Blacks who, while they are not degenerated ghetto types, are nevertheless living in more of an “authentic Black culture” that I personally am not so wild about. That’s racist? Not being wild about less assimilated Blacks deep into Black culture is racist? Why?

The Libertardians are all calling this out as “racism:”

I have been called a liberal race realist. Liberal race realism has been described as “a dash of race realism, positive White racial identity, the leftist view of American history, anti-racism, and a base of liberalism.”

Yep that’s the definition of Liberal Race Realism. According to Libertardians, Liberal Race Realism is “racism.” What’s so racist about it? Must be that Leftist view of American history. That’s so Nazi. Must be the anti-racist stated position right there in the definition. That’s so KKK. Must be that base of liberalism. Just like Bull Connor.

So members of what are by far the biggest racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic parties in the US are calling their liberal enemies PC insults – racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semite. That is so lame.

Either that or Political Correctness is spreading like a cancer all over our blighted land, and it is even know infecting the US Right.

They are also attacking me for this and calling me “racist”:

I am not crazy about fascists or hardcore White racists, although I do have a couple of friends like that.

Yep, I sure do. What am I supposed to, get rid of everyone in my life who has some sort of repugnant, insane or idiotic viewpoint? I wouldn’t have any friends, and I would have never had a friend in my life. Sure I have a couple of racist friends, and one guy has fascist tendencies. I am pretty much of an antifa, and I am not wild about hardcore White racism, so I don’t agree, but I am a nice guy, and I am willing to overlook a lot of things in the name of friendship.

Lastly, I would like to point out that these Libertariantards remind me of nothing less than the fanatical PC Leftists and Communists I know. They are basically the same sort of kooky, abusive nutcases, and both use logical fallacy like mad and seem to be allergic to the truth. They seem to be mirror images of each other. I guess a fanatic really is fanatic at the end of the day.

They also attack me for saying that Libertariantards are the enemy. Damn right pals. You guys are Enemies of the People, and you know what happens to them. They are also my personal, deadly enemies and I will fight them with everything I have until the end. I don’t care if most Libertarians drop dead tomorrow. That’s how much I care about their lives. It would be a better country.

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