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11/09/13 01:08 from NYT > Europe
Suicides increased by 45 percent during the first four years of Greece’s financial crisis, a mental health aid group said Tuesday.
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September 7, 2013
A discredited therapy that purports to convert homosexuals to heterosexuals was repudiated again late last month. This time, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld a California law preventing licensed therapists from counseling minors to change their sexual orientation from gay to straight.
So-called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy” began at a time when professionals in medicine and psychology considered homosexuality an illness that was amenable to treatment. That ended in 1973, when homosexuality was removed from the psychiatry profession’s diagnostic manual of mental disorders. Soon all major mental health associations followed suit. A small number of therapists, however, continue to practice and advocate conversion therapy today.
The California law, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2012, says those practicing conversion therapy on a patient under 18 would be engaging in “unprofessional conduct” subject to discipline by state licensing authorities.
The State Legislature relied heavily on professional reviews of the scientific literature, which concluded that the effectiveness of conversion therapy had not been demonstrated and cited anecdotal reports of its harm, including depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, and substance abuse.
The law was quickly challenged in Federal District Court as unconstitutional by practitioners, young patients and their parents, leading to split verdicts and appeals to the federal appeals court, which upheld the ban.
The three judges, appointed by Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, concluded that the law did not violate the free-speech rights of therapists and minor patients or the fundamental rights of parents, because it did nothing to prevent licensed therapists from discussing the pros and cons of conversion therapy with their patients. The law regulates conduct, not speech, the panel reasoned, and lies well within the power of the state to prohibit practices it considers harmful to minors.
Conversion therapy has had other setbacks in recent months. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey signed a bill on Aug. 19 banning conversion therapy for minors, making New Jersey the second state to do so. In June, a Christian group that was a leading proponent of conversion therapy disbanded after 37 years, and issued an apology to gays and lesbians for the harm it had caused.
The old idea that homosexuality is an illness that can be “cured” may at last be headed for the trash heap.
Friday, September 6, 2013
"Рыбкин, Иван Петрович - 002, aka Edward Snowden! At your service, comrades!" or The Dupes Of The Year: Snowden Affair As A Mass Manipulation Campaign Planned And Organised By Russian Military Intelligence
This post was repeatedly deleted from Blogger (I do not know by whom, most likely by Russians), that is why I need to reproduce it again. Unfortunately, the latest updates appear to be lost.
The Dupes Of The Year: Snowden Affair As AMassManipulationCampaignPlanned And Organised By Russian Military Intelligence
I do have the impression thatSnowdenaffair and some events prior and subsequent to it constitute a carefully planned and executed Russian Intelligence operation, most likely by theGRU,judging by its scope, precision and aggressive bent,possibly as a retaliation for their previous failures (detection and arrests of their agents in June of 2010).
I also have the impression thatMr. Snowden is a mentally ill person: he appears to be intensely paranoid which can be viewed as a part of schizoid personality disorder, probably anorectic and probably has some psychosexual problems: "I’m famously paranoid... I was a virgin source". He also appears to be, quite obviously, grandiose, which can be viewed as a part of narcissistic personality disorder; any personality and its disorder is a complex mosaic. It is also possible that he is overtly psychotic and delusional.
I think that and his illness were cynically and probably with some prior knowledge exploited by the GRU for the purposes ofideological and informational aggression. The participation and cooperation ofChinese(and possibly other services, e.g.Iranianand of someLatin Americancountries) also appear to be quite likely. This does not exclude the importance ofthe issuesthat have been raised, although I do not see anything particularly new or extraordinary in them. America is strong enough to handle many and any problems, andwill and is doing it. This is not the point.The point isthat this whole hullabaloo looks as anact of ideological aggressioninstigated and introduced by foreign powers forunmistakably hostile purposes: to weaken the first and leading country of the world which they see as a domineering competitor. The healthy democratic process will and is taking its course and the needed amendments and corrections are and will be made. However this is not the way to start this process, under the hostile pressure from hostile "powers" (which apparently feel pretty much "depowered", if not "deflowered") which had created and used this situation for their own hostile purposes.
Mr. Snowden, in his sick,pathological grandeurand definitely tohis new employersglee and facetious satisfactiontries to directly oppose himself personally and tochallenge the Presidentof The United States to debate and discussion. Please excuse me for this strong expression but I cannot call Mr. Snowden anything else but a little sick nothing piece of shit. And other people around himwho try so hard to fan the flamesof this "affair" are in same way sick and are in the same shitty company. A good Russian word for them is "выскочка": "[a little nothing] upstart, parvenu", the one who wants or tries to jump out of his place.One of the optionsis probably just to spit on him and to ignore him and his sycophants;they are nothing morebut the cheap little nothings, trying to make some money and publicityfor themselves; they are"the useful idiots"ofanti-Americanismas an ideology, international political disease, mortal fear and rabid hatred, because they feel that America threatens them and theircriminal ways of life, whichthey want to expandunto others.
Thesnowdenchiks and their ilktry hard to dotheir snow jobs, but they themselves eventually will be drowned and buried under the mountains of theirdirty Russian snowwhich has no other way but to melt and to pass by as water under the the bridge in a new and inevitablethawand to be forgotten forever: a proper punishment for thecrime of Herostratus.
Links and References
Obama, Snowden and Putin - By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN - Published: August 13, 2013 - NYT
Snowden affair as kgb operation
Joshua Foust - Freelance Journalist
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 436
Posted – September 4, 2013
Edited by Jeffrey T. Richelson
Snowden affair as an international program of "active measures"
Snowden affair as russian military intelligence operation - GS
russian military intelligence - GS
Exclusive, Must Read!!! Part 4: Former KGB Colonel Victor Kalashnikov on the Snowden Affair, Russian Penetration of Western Countries, and the Secret History of the Second World War
"According to Kalashnikov there is “a tremendous chain of continuity across all the ideologies from Soviet to Russian,” from the time of Lenin to present day Russia under Vladimir Putin. This continuity helps explain the problems we face today.
The failure of understanding in the West is not merely academic. There is also a failure of the West’s intelligence services and politicians to understand Russia’s continued affinity with Lenin’s terrorist ideas; and this failure of understanding has profound consequences, in Kalashnikov’s view, especially illustrated by the defection to Russia of Edward Joseph Snowden, a former technical contractor for the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency.
“How was it that the plane to South America with Snowden didn’t have Snowden? Who leaked that disinformation?” asked Kalashnikov. “And Putin is making tremendous gains all the time in this situation. He is the big winner because there is now tension between the U.S. and NATO, between the U.S. and Latin America. We may speculate that’s why Mrs. Napolitano [of Homeland Security] was fired.”
I asked Kalashnikov about Snowden’s revelations that the United States is monitoring international telephone and internet traffic. He replied scornfully, “Everyone knows that all major intelligence services are monitoring phone and internet traffic. This is no secret. And making such gains out of nothing, I must confess it is a huge achievement for Moscow! Your side keeps losing, and losing. With the landing of the Bolivian plane in Austria, I must say, somebody submitted the wrong information.”
As for Snowden’s judgment or status, Kalashnikov said, “The Russians are going to exploit Snowden again and again. He seems to have no understanding as to what he is doing. Russia is not a friendly country to the United States. Presently the Russian armed forces have conducted the biggest military exercises since the collapse of the Soviet Union, involving 160,000 men, and if someone thinks it’s just a show, well, they are mistaken.”
Kalashnikov sees the present international situation as colored by Western misunderstandings. If Snowden wasconfused and disorientedenough to flee to Russia, not realizing he was running into the arms of a hostile state, the United States intelligence community proved unequal to the task of stopping him....
Moscow’s forte has been the control of countries through agent networks.
It was Moscow’s way – the Bolshevik way – to infiltrate and manipulate all important countries in a constant effort to bend their policy to fulfill Moscow’s goals. “Russian intelligence was very successful,” said Kalashnikov.
This control offers the possibility of undermining the security of any targeted nation during a military crisis or war.
According to Kalashnikov the Cold War did not end in 1991. “Putin was installed into power with a special purpose in mind,” he explained. “Putin was installed to facilitate the restoration of the Russian Empire in a new shape, not necessarily as a territorial unity, but as a more profitable formation with a near abroad and much else besides.”
Bit by bit the old empire is being reassembled. “Penetration is growing in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, and growing in Poland and Germany as well,” noted Kalashnikov. “Look, Georgia is already back, and Armenia is more Russian than Belarus. Did you know that Russian missiles tests are conducted in Kazakhstan? Ukraine is a big issue, of course, and is quite controversial. Here the method is to control certain strategic points while leaving the population alone.”
The Cold War continues and few care to notice. The Soviet Imperium is put back together, piece by piece."
Q. & A.: Edward Snowden Speaks to Peter Maass - NYT
Quotes by Snowden: "I’m famously paranoid... I was a virgin source..."
How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets - NYT
Quote: "Snowden’s revelations are now the center of Poitras’s surveillance documentary, but Poitras also finds herself in a strange, looking-glass dynamic, because she cannot avoid being a character in her own film."
Peter Maass - W
Quote: "In 2005, Forbes Magazine called Maass the "Dunce of the Week" for a New York Times Magazine cover story which predicted higher oil prices due to increased demand and decreased supply. Forbes also suggested that he had a political bias in the way he wrote the story. Maass's story indirectly led to the Simmons–Tierney bet."
Russia's American PR blitz - by Rachel Marsden
Russians infiltrate America's media - GS
Russian infiltration of American media - GS
use of mentally ill as weapons by intelligence services - GS
use of mentally ill as ideological weapons by intelligence services - GS
use of mentally ill as weapons by terrorist organisations - GS
Joint Publication 3-13.2 Military Information Support Operations December 2011
Snowden's mental illness more obvious
"Ecuadorian President Raphael Correa and Putin have figured out that Snowden’s talking crazy, especially knowing, if granted asylum, he couldn’t be trusted not to embarrass their governments. Snowden’s grandiosity, seeing himself as the world’s savior, reveals his clinical sickness, prompting foreign officials to discount his intentions and deny his asylum applications.
Anointing himself the world’s savior against government spying is laughable. Foreign leaders have seen through Snowden’s delusions and grandiosity, saying, in effect, we wouldn’t touch this guy with a 10-foot pole. What’s tragic is how the liberal news media fails to report his obvious breakdown, lending credibility to his actions, much like they do WikiLeak’s founder Aussie-born Julian Assange, currently holed up in London at the Ecuadorian embassy. What Assange and Snowden share in common is not their noble whistleblower motives but rather an attempt to blackmail governments. Putin and Correa have figured out today’s finger points at the U.S., tomorrows would be Russia or Ecauador. Traveling with WikiLeak’s activist Sarah Harrison has lent Snowden more credibility than he deserves. When you look at his public statements it’s clear that he’s gone over the deep-end.
What Snowden needs is a psychiatric evaluation, appropriate medication and to face the humane side of the American justice system, where his lawyers will allow him a defense of his outrageous behavior, including proving clear signs of mental illness."