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PODCAST: Preventing the young terrorist of tomorrow – former Taliban supporter says UN has key voi ce in global debate

Proactive versus reactive response is the only way to stem the flow of impressionable young people into the ranks of jihadist and other terrorist groups. Rather than focusing on the “theology” or lack thereof of the terrorist group, the motivations of the impressionable youth drawn to these groups must be explored and understood.

The lead program in this podcast tells a common story of surrender of conscience to a greater “good” embraced irrationally and impatiently by malleable people in need of a Savior, a Leader, Someone who WILL make their lives better. All they have to do is sign on, vote, donate, or perform some other action for this to happen. If you refuse to join the crowd, bullying, targeted violence, and other tactics promoting impotence and silence can be employed to control the resistant opposition.

In American history Charles Manson and his “family” and Jim Jones and his People’s Temple/Jonestown are two infamous, poignant examples of young lives ruined or terminated by blind surrender of self to an earthly “higher power”. As with modern-day groups this surrender does not happen overnight, but is a process of greater and greater involvement where the ability to escape from the inevitable becomes more and more difficult.

This three-hour podcast has other programs about the United Nations involvement in human rights and promoting world peace. Enjoy!

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PODCAST: Preventing the young terrorist of tomorrow – former Taliban supporter says UN has key voice in global debate – http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54735

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Commentary on Previous Post: “Psychologist-led VA Response…”

June 12, 2016 Orlando became a “household word” around the world. I applaud the actions of VA staff towards all of the LGBTI veterans who have served their country honorably. While I would so much like to write the Pulse Club shooting off as an isolated incident committed by a mentally-deranged person, I know that the vitriolic and hateful rhetoric that has marked this Presidential Election Campaign Season may encourage others to inflict more hate, violence, and death upon my LGBTI sisters and brothers.

When it comes to standing with victims of hate and violence, WE ARE ALL MENTAL HEALTH. I completed 18 months of psychotherapy with the VA on June 1, 2016. To stay stable I take my medications, attend AA regularly and stay away from controlling and manipulating persons, AKA bullies. Unfortunately, one of these “toxic types” is running for President. And since he cannot change his toxic ways, he continues to attract other toxic persons to be his constituency. If he doesn’t get elected, he tells his minions, it will be because the election was “rigged”.

Good God! Hasn’t Mr. Trump overstepped the bounds of free speech yet??????? He has incited a national riot if he doesn’t, like the little boy he is, get his way. While the usual BS campaign rhetoric is to be expected, and he has gotten the benefit of the doubt many times before, this is TOO MUCH!

Our Orlando sisters and brothers deserve much more than the usual silence and hope this incident will fade away.

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Roberta A Westerberg, MA

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Psychologist Led VA Team Responding to Shootings

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Some of America’s best doctors work for VA. We would like you to meet them. After the tragic event in Orlando, a VA doctor led a team of VA employees to help the families of the victims.

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The Rise of India’s superbugs

Like it or not India’s problems are becoming our problems. The world community we live in, where we share the air we breath and the biosphere we live in, does not recognize national boundaries. Superbugs, antibiotic resistant organisms, are moving around the world and becoming an endemic health problem even in Europe and North America.

The Rise of India’s superbugs

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2016/08/rise-india-superbugs-160809094207056.html

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Melioidosis: Thailand’s unknown deadly disease

Melioidosis: Thailand’s unknown deadly disease

In this time of international migration and worldwide travel it is only a matter of time before this disease makes headlines in the US. According to this article soldiers returning from the Vietnam War brought it home and were later diagnosed with the infection. The news media at the time were more focused on “peaceniks” and the “Communist menace” than the diseases rampant in those countries our troops were bringing back with them.

The reality of antibody resistant organisms is already part of my reality. As a “colonized” person treatment has to wait until I am “infected”. Until then my mucous membranes have to coexist with this unwanted visitor.

Big Pharma, who brought us the polio vaccine, penicillin, and other lifesavers, needs to tackle this conundrum. Funding is difficult since, unlike blood pressure and chloresteral drugs, once you are “cured” you are no longer a customer. Government funding in a non-single-payer health situation gets the politicians ranting and raving about “government intrusion” and “rampant socialism”.

These organisms survive by sharing antibody-resistant DNA. They have genomes, just like we do. In the never-ending war between US and THEM, that goes back to our days as primordial slime (or before) on the seashore, we have prevailed. And we will still prevail, one way or another, despite the body count.

Al-Jazeera article
http://aje.io/jyx9

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OPEN LETTER FROM US NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS CONDEMNING DONALD TRUMP AS UNFIT TO BE PRESIDENT

There is a vetting process for landed immigration and US Supreme Court justices, but not for presidential candidates. While prominent politicians will use social media to broadcast their opinions about their allies and enemies, there is no transparent, nonpartisan process in place to determine what basic qualities a presidential or vice presidential candidate must possess in order to take on this challenge.

Mr. Trump has money and decided it would be fun to be President Trump. Knowing what to say to get votes, like enticing onlookers to buy shoddy merchandise in a carnival, is NOT what is required to be the leader of the Free World. The President, after listening to all his advisors, is THE ONE who will make the final decision as to the safety and security of the United States and its allies.

Like a little boy who can’t get his way, Mr. Trump always has something to say against those who are against him. While he may write off the signatories of this public document as “elitist” or some other nonsense, the persons who have undertaken the responsibility to write this letter know what is going on in the world and how dangerous it is to just say things to scare people or get votes.

During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when I was in the military, I remember going to bed knowing the US was going to war against the Soviet Union. The next morning I asked one of the officers if the war had started. “Not yet.” It seems President Kennedy and Nikita Kruschev got together at the last moment and made compromises to avoid war.

Those are the kind of leaders thermonuclear powers MUST HAVE so neither side unleashes planetary destruction. Not some loose cannon who has to have his way.

OPEN LETTER
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3007589/Nationalsecurityletter.pdf
Nationalsecurityletter.pdf
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