Psychiatry and the American Soldier @JennyHatch

Someone needs to investigate the psychology (and finances) of proponents of these drugs for soldiers. It’s an irresponsible and sloppy treatment method to throw multiple psych meds at patients. Each one carries dangers, such as suicide, and violence against others.

While watching this excellent video, keep your finger on the pause button, because it contains lots of good information.

Status Quo: You’re in the Army Now

A vacation in a foreign land
Uncle Sam does the best he can
You’re in the army now
Oh, oh you’re in the army – now

Now you remember what the draft man said
Nothing to do all day but stay in bed

You’ll be the hero of the neighbourhood
Nobody knows that you left for good

Smiling faces as you wait to land
But once you get there no one gives a damn

Hand grenades flying over your head – – – – – –
Missiles flyin’ over your head if you wanna survive
Get out of bed

Shots ring out in the dead of night
The sergeant calls: “Stand up and fight!”

You got your orders standing to shoot on sight
Your finger’s on the trigger but it don’t seem right

Night is falling and you just can’t see
Is this illusion or reality

Cliff notes version: You are surrounded by profitable lies.   All the time, in all directions, for often obscure or historical or incredible or diabolical or trivial reasons, handed down from your parents, your real and virtual friends, your teachers and preachers.   Self-perpetuating, multigenerational imprinted lies living and thriving on an AI substrate of human culture, intelligence, fear and denial.  Lies pulling on your heart strings, lies burrowing into your analytical mind, lies preying on your compassion and your lack of confidence and your desire to trust and your inevitable ignorance, all very plausible and comforting and inspiring and wrong.

This is a very old business model. You’re living in the matrix, and it feeds from your highest, most sacred aspirations.   Because it is not human and it’s not motivated by human emotions.   It is a socioeconomic machine, a standing wave riding on the passage of time and a flux of multiple human generations.   How could it be otherwise?   Look at nature.  Sunshine + complexity = life.    We power the lies that we believe.

Everything you think you know about the world is suspect, especially if it affects your economic or political behavior.

No matter how cynical you are, it’s not enough.

Test starts tomorrow.    Bring your skepticism.  Calculator not allowed.

Retailers Rejecting Customers’ Cash As More Ban Paper Money

“Your cash is not wanted here”, a growing number of retailers and restaurants throughout the US and UK are telling customers. But are reasons being given by companies for the new “cashless” approach — speed, efficiency, and the safety of store employees — valid enough to require something as utterly and downright unAmerican as rejecting cash?

We think not, and unfortunately the trend of “cash not welcome here” establishments is growing, to the point that lawmakers are beginning to take note and could introduce legislation barring the practice, as Massachusetts has done already, and as the New Jersey State House could be set to do next. According to a Federal Reserve survey conducted in 2017 cited in The Wall Street Journal, cash represented 30% of all transactions in America, with 55% of those being under $10.

Regardless of Americans’ longtime preference for plastic in most transactions, many of which take place online, research by the Federal Reserve found that cash is still king in terms of Americans’ daily lives and usage, and as the study concluded further, this remains true across all income levels

But this reality is now pushing up against the new trend of the cashless restaurant, bar and retailer, and creating awkward and frustrating situations for consumers, as a new Wall Street Journal piece chronicles. In one scenario, a customer had to intervene on another’s behalf and play personal bank for a “card only” salon, even though there was plenty of cash on hand offered by the woman who couldn’t pay. Ironically, as the WSJ story notes, this created an “emergency”:…

Stop adding cancer-causing chemicals to meat, experts tell food industry

The reputation of the meat industry will sink to that of big tobacco unless it removes cancer-causing chemicals from processed products such as bacon and ham, a coalition of experts and politicians warn today.

Led by Professor Chris Elliott, the food scientist who ran the UK government’s investigation into the horse-meat scandal, and Dr Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist, the coalition claims there is a “consensus of scientific opinion” that the nitrites used to cure meats produce carcinogens called nitrosamines when ingested.

It says there is evidence that consumption of processed meats containing these chemicals results in 6,600 bowel cancer cases every year in the UK – four times the fatalities on British roads – and is campaigning for the issue to be taken as seriously as sugar levels in food….

As long as someone is talking rationally about the deliberate poisoning of the food supply, why are chickens still being fed arsenic?

which also finds its way into organic rice via chicken poop fertilizer:

It seems to me we need an overhaul of the food industry, starting with the “food science” departments at the universities where many such crazy ideas originate.

Food is food.   That’s it.  Everything else is something else.   What could be more obvious?