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Show Me Someone Who is NOT a Psychopath

Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
- from Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Scottish journalist Charles McKay (1841)

It's a matter of commonsense that the CIA recidivists are behind these rebels in the streets of Tripoli. As some experts have observed, the way they fire their assault rifles from the hip is an unmistakable evidence that they have been recruited by the intelligence agency, and/or they are disguised members of al-Qaeda. In the video embedded above, the former Deputy Speaker of the Belgian Parliament puts it in a broader perspective when he says what the Americans term "the Arab Spring" is, in fact, the beginning of the "second colonization of Africa."

Believe it or not, though, I couldn't care less whatever is underway 6,580 miles away from Tokyo. Neither do I care at all if that person named Muammar Gaddafi is a psychopath as many Americans call him. He hasn't inflicted any harm on me or my friends.

Just let me ask you something here: "Have you ever asked yourself why the hell the American people repeat the same folly over and over again, learning no lessons from their failures of nation-building in Japan, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq?" Of course you haven't, because you think you already know the answer. Then, why don't you just go ahead and implement the corrective measure you have in mind? Actually, you can't find the answer without first identifying the root problem very specifically. You may be a heretic. In fact, though, your delusion that you can know the correct answer without knowing the real question indicates you are trapped in the huge intellectual vacuum created by mainstream ideologues.

You always put the blame on a growing number of psychopaths for the crimes committed by the U.S.A. in Africa and Asia. But in order to clearly identify the issue at hand, you should first define your terminology very precisely. Previously I wrote that since conspiracies are ubiquitous these days, seeking the truth about a conspiracy without specifically defining what conspiracy you are talking about, and why, will get you nowhere. By the same token, if you name the culprits psychopaths without defining what exactly the word should mean, you will always end up in the endless shouting contest where you and your opponents are calling each other psychopaths.

Of late, the sterile climate has spilled over to this side of the Pacific. As my predominantly-American audience is becoming more and more aware that this blogger suffers a mental illness, one of you said a couple of months ago that I am a "mild" schizophrenic. I have no problem being labeled that way, except that I find the qualifier a little insulting. I even think I would have really appreciated his frankness if he had been more specific about the reason he thought I look like a nut by clearly defining the schizophrenic symptoms he saw in this blogger. That way, he might have diagnosed me as a case of psychopathy, rather than schizophrenia. According to a vague definition given by the American Psychiatric Association, psychopathy is "a more severe form of antisocial personality disorder."

In the late 1970s through '80s, American anthropologist Edward T. Hall made an extensive research into Japanese culture to find out the real reason behind the spectacular growth of the Japanese economy. He drew the conclusion that Japan's success was attributable primarily to the fact that this country is a "high-context" society where people communicate amongst each other with a high-context language. In my interpretation, an "HC" language does not require each word to be defined precisely because the sender and the receiver of a message supposedly share the same understanding even before the word is spoken. A 17-syllable Haiku piece or a short text message is still considered long enough here. The real problem facing the Japanese today, therefore, is the fact that this success factor identified by the anthropologist more than 20 years ago is now quickly turning into a failure factor.

On the contrary, English is one of the most low-context languages. But with this silly thing called Twitter sweeping through America, its people have started speaking an HC dialect of English. That is basically why they think just tweeting a word "psycho" is good enough to make a difference to their psychopathic society which still remains low context.

In my previous post, I called Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara a psycho. On second thought, however, I realized I shouldn't have used such an ill-defined word to describe a guy who is offering athletes from all over the world a big treat of contaminated food in his second bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2020. Not that I think I was too harsh with him. On the contrary, I was too complimentary to the Governor because practically every ordinary Japanese is more or less a psycho today.

As usual, I looked up the word psychopath not only in the dictionary but also in APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, WHO's International Classification of Diseases, and some other websites. It was appalling to know that none of these authoritative documents clearly define the mental illness.

Take DSM for example. Its fourth edition published in 1994 defines antisocial personality disorder like this.

A) There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three or more of the following:

1. failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;

2. deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;

3. impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead;

4. irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;

5. reckless disregard for safety of self or others;

6. consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations;

7. lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another;

B) The individual is at least age 18 years.

C) There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15 years.

D) The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.

As you may agree, this is real rubbish that indicates even among American shrinks, intellectual faculty is quickly deteriorating. If they think these criteria serve their purposes, they are psychos, too. Small wonder, in 1988, a psychiatrist wrote in the British Journal of Psychiatry that since the catch-all definition of psychopathy is little more than a moral judgement masquerading as a clinical diagnosis, it should be scrapped altogether.

Most other related websites are even more biased not only morally but also ideologically. One of them lists such names as Pol Pot, Adolf Hitler, George W. Bush, John McCain, and Joseph Stalin as "famous sufferers of psychopathy," without giving a single piece of neuroscientific evidence. There's no website that puts on its list Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta or Ben Bernanke, let alone Japanese names such as Emperor Hirohito, Hideki Tojo, Shintaro Ishihara and Naoto Kan. In short, they think anyone they hate is a psycho. This indicates that these self-styled psychiatrists can also be psychos themselves.

Admittedly, I am equally in the dark about neuroscience. So I don't have the slightest idea about what kind of abnormality of secretion of neurotransmitters such as dopamine makes you a nut. And yet, I think I would be able to come up with a more objective, religion-/ideology-free and actionable set of diagnostic criteria for psychopathy if I took into account additional attributes such as ability of abstract thinking (NOTE 1) and contextual thinking (NOTE 2), physiognomical features (NOTE 3), ideological/religious tilts, manifested goal of life, willfulness (NOTE 4) and methodology to attain it, presentability (NOTE 5), propensity toward fanaticism, sexual orientation, financial condition, etc.

NOTE 1: It's a known fact that in the U.S., psychos' IQ is on the high side. But this is not to say an idiot can't be a psycho. Actually, most Japanese psychos are idiots as is the cases with Tokyo Governor Ishihara, outgoing Prime Minister Kan and contenders for his successor Kaieda and Noda. Current Finance Minister Noda, for one, ordered early this month the Bank of Japan to step into the currency markets to stem the further depreciation of the U.S. dollar. To that end, the central bank bought the U.S. currency worth 4.5 trillion yen. As a result of the pointless intervention, Japan suffered an appraisal loss of 100 billion yen overnight.
NOTE 2: Thanks to the HC language they use in the HC environment, Japanese idiots are good at handling "multifaceted" or ill-defined issues. To be more precise, they procrastinate things until the problem defines, and then solves itself.
NOTE 3: In the mid-1960s, Ichiro Kawasaki, former Japanese Ambassador to Argentina wrote in his controversial book to the effect that the Japanese are the world's third ugliest people only next to Pygmies and Hottentots. Kawasaki stopped short of mentioning the first-rate meanness lying underneath their ugly physical appearance, but many physiognomists, including Abraham Lincoln, have argued that your face always mirrors your soul.
NOTE 4: While American psychos attempt to topple or subvert an institution they are targeting very willfully, their Japanese counterparts attain the same end primarily by "gross negligence" or inaction.
NOTE 5: In the U.S. mainstream, there are quite a few psychos who are highly educated and well mannered. But that does not mean a weird-looking and ill-mannered person can't be a psycho.

When you apply these yardsticks to your patients, you will find out that:
● their symptoms are the responses to the particular environments they are in,
● the "Mask of Sanity" they wear varies from country to country, and
● the threshold between normal and abnormal varies accordingly.

This exercise will lead you to conclude that in a terminally-ill country, such as Japan and the U.S., psychopathy is the norm. In our countries, you can't walk a block without stumbling on a psycho.

You are allowed to hate anyone, or oppose anything. But you don't have the right to call him a psycho if you can't prove it with your own diagnostic and statistical manual. Neither do you have the right to do so if you can't prove your sanity in an objective way.

Previously I wrote, "Don't seek truth outward because then you are evading inner truth." But if criticizing others without subjecting yourself to the same checklist is your favorite pastime, it's a different story. The Cretan who said all Cretans were liars couldn't prevent his rotten nation from falling apart. Likewise, you can never prevent America from recolonizing Africa, or keeping Japan pegged down as a "docile satellite" until the end of time. ·

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Show Me Someone Who is NOT a Psychopath
Authored by: Diogenes on Sunday, August 28 2011 @ 10:38 AM JST
That’s very perceptive about the “rebels” shooting from the hip. That is a technique taught to the American military since at least the Viet Nam war. It’s called “Quick Kill.” Rather than wasting time aiming with your eye, you learn to shoot from the hip and your hand/eye coordination learns to aim with great accuracy. A friend told me that it wasn’t long after practicing that he and his friends could shoot a quarter out of the air with this technique.

As far a low content communication in the U.S., with cell phone texting messages becoming more common, there is a need for abbreviating words, so if this continues, the vocabulary of the English speaking world will shrink even more than it already has.

As far as the DSM goes, I wouldn’t pay much attention to it. They’ve now gone over the edge by creating more mental illness categories so their friends in the prescription drug industry can increase sales. The latest two that I can think of off the top of my heard are: 1) oppositional defiance disorder, which would mean someone that isn’t going to take any crap from their school teacher, boss, or family member and; 2) prolonged grief disorder, where it is determined that your grieving time period is too long, thus the “patient” needs treatment i.e. a prescription drug solution. All of those old widows I saw in Spain that were wearing black would need treatment, according to this definition.
Show Me Someone Who is NOT a Psychopath
Authored by: Diogenes on Sunday, August 28 2011 @ 11:17 AM JST
Someone recently noted that the two famous writers that predicted the future, Aldous Huxley and George Orwell, were both right. Today we have the psychiatric-industrial- complex defining "normal" and all deviations will be treated with drugs or as Huxley called it, "Soma." Orwell envisioned a police state with a continuous war going on. This sums it up nicely.

"Nineteen Eighty-Four (sometimes written 1984) is a dystopian fiction written by George Orwell about a society ruled by an oligarchical dictatorship. The Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessant public mind control. Oceania is governed by a political system euphemistically called English Socialism (Ingsoc) that guarantees privileges to a small elite of party members. But they, too, are totally subordinated to the fascist state and its godlike leader Big Brother, by way of a philosophy that decries individuality and even reason as thoughtcrime and subjects the lives of the people of Oceania to a supposed collective greater good."

One can't but help see the similarities of Airstrip One with the modern Western states, not just the U.S. London, UK is supposed to have over 2 million cameras watching everywhere. Some equipped with speakers so the agents of Big Brother can order you to desist whatever crime you are deemed to be doing. My Internet provider just changed out my DSL modem to one that has a user name and password. Even the technician that was installing it could see that this change was a massive invasion of privacy. Likely, for this reason and others, I will be disconnecting from this service and use the public library once a week. The NSA is building two new facilities that when completed, will be capable of storing all communications: cell and regular phone communications, texting messages, emails, and telegraph messages. The only escape is to drop out of the system as much as possible.

Welcome to Airstrip One.
Show Me Someone Who is NOT a Psychopath
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Sunday, August 28 2011 @ 12:32 PM JST

Thanks, Diogenes.

I think more or less the same thing is happening here. The most important difference between the two rotten countries, however, is the fact that what's happening inside the U.S. is closely connected with what is happening outside of the country. The "second colonization of Africa" is an only example.

In this context, your idea of "dropping out of the system" resonates with me. But there is one thing that I fail to understand. Why on earth aren't you American people going to rise up and refuse to pay taxes to fund Washington's criminal acts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Japan and many other foreign countries? This is something each individual citizen can initiate all by himself. You have good role models such as Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Through my own experience, I know it's almost an unwinnable war. But there are times when you have to launch one.

Yu Yamamoto
Show Me Someone Who is NOT a Psychopath
Authored by: Diogenes on Sunday, August 28 2011 @ 06:55 PM JST
Why won't the American public rise up and stop paying for these murderous wars? Let me explain it as I see it.

This week, I went to town with the idea of donating my copy of "Where Did The Towers Go?" to the library. I thought I would stop off at a place where I know a guy that reads and asked if he wanted to read it before I donated it. The guy looked at the front cover, then the back cover, and then shoved it back at me with a sneer, saying: "I've read enough about this." This is a guy that has a "Viet Nam Veteran" logo on his car's license plate. So he's proud to be involved in the killing of millions of people, and displays his pride on his license plate. While he's proud to be a killer, he is actively ignoring the facts about the murder of 3,000 humans in his own country. For him, it’s 19 Arabs with box cutters that did it because George Bush said it was. Even when it has been proven that at least nine of the nineteen “hijackers” were still alive and not in the U.S., that the F.B.I. never listed the World Trade Center attacks on Osama bin Laden’s wanted poster because, as one F.B.I. agent admitted, they have “no credible evidence he was involved.” Or that fifteen of the nineteen “hijackers” were from Saudi Arabia. Why didn’t Bush bomb that hell hole? None of this matters to these walking dead. This is blatant obedience to authority. This is a society that for the most part has lost the ability to have rational thoughts. Even the most cursory examination of what happened on 9/11 or the real reasons for the Viet Nam War would expose the lies from the government.

Because the masses are essentially brainless and spineless, Congress can sign trade deals with China and export tens of millions of good paying jobs outside the country. These jobs get exported but there is little to no resistance or I should say no effective resistance. The state can openly attack a foreign country just like Hitler, using the same obvious lying excuse. Hitler: “The Czechs are holding a dagger to the throat of the Fatherland.” Or Bush people: “Saddam has weapons of mass destruction…We don’t want to wake up to a mushroom cloud, etc.” Or Congress can bail out banks, which are private businesses, with trillions of dollars and people just shrug their shoulders, while the sheriff comes to evict them from their homes. Obvious criminal theft on a staggering degree and no one gets charged, and because there are so many involved, you’d have to charge nearly everyone in the court system, the Justice Department for not prosecuting, and all of Congress. This is the sign of a defeated country, a dead country, a country that has lost all representative government. Essentially, Americans are just prisoners in a huge work camp, donating large portions of their income to pay the bosses of their prison guards.

Then there’s the myth of Americans being brave, having independent thought, and pushing the envelope. It’s all just propaganda. We get blasted with these lies in school, on television, in the newspapers, in countless movies, etc. The reality is that Americans are very meek and cowardly as individuals. If the crowd is shouting to invade Libya and kill Gadaffi, practically no one will challenge that for fear of being ostracized. This kind of sheep-like behavior is especially rampant in the small communities like where I live. The pressure to confirm to the culture here was, for the first two years, tremendous, so now I just keep to myself.

The leaders responsible for these invasions realized that the military draft that was implemented for the Viet Nam war needed to be abandoned because when you draft people to go kill or be killed, a large majority are going to revolt. Thus, the U.S. military became an all-volunteer army. Nowadays, we have the new global armies combined into NATO, so this vast army, navy, and air force is likely the largest criminal threat that has ever been massed against the world. Who needs a draft with such a massive volunteer army and all the contract mercenaries? It makes Napoleon’s army look like a Boy Scout troop. Thus, both Europeans and Americans whose citizens are murdering people in Kosovo, Serbia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, and Iraq don’t care. This doesn’t effect them personally, so they just don’t care. Again, if they were forced to think about what is being done in their name, they would get enraged for having it pushed in their faces. Denial is not a river in Egypt. The biblical commandment of “Thou shalt not kill” is as easily ignored as any of them. For these people, war news is just “news” on the telescreen, something happening to someone else. As for the few people in each country that really understand what is going on, they are impotent to effect any kind of change. They simply don’t have the numbers to back them. Even if there was a revolt in any NATO country now, the NATO military would simply invade. How can any nation stop this force? As a Chinese commentator noted recently, the lesson learned with the Libyan invasion is you’d better be well armed with WMDs or you will either have to immediately submit or face mass murder. There are no other choices.

Then there’s the fake alternative media and anti-war groups. From what I can tell over the years of investigating them, they are nearly all run by agents of the state, or private enterprise, hiding behind the curtain. Remember that on September 10, 2001, the day before the WTC attacks, Donald Rumsfeld was reporting to Congress that $2.3 trillion was missing from the Pentagon budget, and in another report from H.U.D. (Housing and Urban Development) announced that they were missing $1.2 trillion. You can buy a lot of fake opposition with that kind of money; so essentially, the country has been totally defeated from within by traitors. You can buy just about anything with $3.5 trillion dollars.

In the U.S., Europe, and likely in most countries today, Japan included, there has been a premeditated plan to control the minds of the masses. This is principally done through the public school system. Schooling is not an education. Schooling is what masses of fish do. This control of the masses concept was known for centuries but really gained traction during the last 200 years. It began after a Prussian army defeat and the generals were at a loss for the reasons their soldiers ran in the face of an enemy assault. A university professor came forward and had a solution. Let him have control of the young people of Prussia and he would turn them into obedient slaves. Later on, Hitler expressed the same sentiments in this quote from a speech in 1937.

“We still have among us old-fashioned people who are not fit for anything. They get in our way like cats and dogs. But this does not worry us. We will take away their children. We will not permit them to lapse into the old ways of thinking. We will take them away when they are ten years old and bring them up in the spirit of nationalism until they are eighteen. They shall not escape us. They will join the Party, the S.A., the SS and other formations. Later on they will do two years of military service. Who shall dare say that such a training will not produce a nation?”
Memoirs of a Revolutionist
Dwight MacDonald

To get a better idea of the effects of this schooling technique, I would recommend reading John Taylor Gatto’s two essays found here.

“The Seven Lesson School Teacher”

And “A Confederacy of Dunces: The Tyranny of Compulsory Schooling”

And finally on Gatto, this is one of many interviews he’s given over the years. I’ve read all of his books, and when someone interviews him (which you won’t see on mainstream media) I try to find a copy and download it. What he’s saying in this interview in the last couple of minutes is really a summation of one goal that “the system” is trying to accomplish—get the students to self-police themselves to be good conformists and not challenge the system or their place in it. The complete opposite of what the telescreen, the newspapers, the media including movies, tell Americans who they are. So there’s a clear sense of cognitive dissonance in people: they’re sheep but think they’re wolves.

For all these reasons I’ve mentioned, this is why I say that there will be no revolt of any kind in this country. There are now literally millions of homeless people living in tent cities that had jobs and houses. Where are they? Why don’t they organize a real challenge to those people that ruined their lives? Sun Tzu is laughing in his grave. “The acme of skill is to defeat the enemy without firing a shot.”
Show Me Someone Who is NOT a Psychopath
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Monday, August 29 2011 @ 02:32 AM JST

Dear Diogenes:

Thanks for further clarifying your way of viewing the situation there.

This may not be the right topic for a quick exchange of words on the web, yet I think Charles McKay's words are quite relevant today. He expressly said, people only recover their senses slowly, and ONE BY ONE. This means EACH ONE OF US could still initiate a real action all by himself and the only thing I can think of right now is refusal of tax payments regardless of whether I can expect my fellow countrymen to follow suit.

Thoreau spent only one night in jail because his wealthy family members paid the tax for him. My son might do the same if I were to be imprisoned, but unfortunately I won't be penalized that way unless I physically assault one of those tax collectors - which I would possibly do if I had a yakuza friend who would lend me a firearm. So the situation I'm in here is quite different from the case with Thoreau. But I still believe the same principle should prevail anytime and anywhere.

I know many folks think I'm a psycho, but I don't care too much because I know they are psychos, too. Without a resolve like mine, no one has the right to call them psychos.

Yu Yamamoto
Show Me Someone Who is NOT a Psychopath
Authored by: Diogenes on Monday, August 29 2011 @ 05:10 AM JST
There are people here that refuse to pay that portion of their taxes for the war machine. It's not a lot, but at least there's some resistance. Some persons, like myself, simply don't earn enough to have to pay taxes. I wanted to do this for years, but the penalty can include imprisonment and loss of all your property to the state. There are some that argue that if everyone did it, the state wouldn't be able to handle the crowds in prison, but we have the country run by lunatics that would find a way to imprison everyone or worse--make the few as examples in unthinkable ways.

The income tax is totally unconstitutional. The constitution clearly states that all taxes must apportioned, meaning that they must be divided equally to all citizens. The income tax law was instituted in 1913, the same year as the federal reserve act was passed. For a few years, only a few persons were required to pay this tax, but eventually, it was forced on everyone. Nearly all of the revenue goes to the federal reserve banks that illegally print the American money. It's all a sordid affair.