Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Wake up Europeans, wake up!

I know it can be seen as an insult to say wake up to someone, as it implies that the person is asleep, but I am at a loss to understand my fellow Europeans.

The papers across Europe is filled with headlines about the bloodshed in Syria and with rising calls for a humanitarian intervention. It appears that the leaders of the Western world is very concerned about humanity and human life but is that really true ?

Where was the Western world and the concern for human life :

1) When the sovereign country of Iraq was illegally attacked by a US coalition in 2003 and which killed 1.5 million Iraqis and left 4+ million as refugees ?
2) When the sovereign state of Afghanistan was attacked by a US coalition in 2001, leaving uncounted tens of thousand people dead and the country shattered?
3) When the sovereign state of Lebanon was attacked in 2006 by Israel leaving about 1200 Lebanese dead and a heavily damaged infrastructure. The US supplied clusterbombs in the very last days of the war with indiscriminate killings as a result?
4) When Gaza was attacked by Israel in December 2008, that left 1300 Palestinians dead. Illegal white phosphor bombs were used.
5) In the Post-Gaddafi Libya, where lawlessness, torture, ethnic cleansings and violence rules?

The list could go on, but the point is that the whole mainstream media that talks about the horrors of life in Syria and the need for a humanitarian intervention DID NOT object to the loss of civilian life in the above mentioned instances. Instead the actions of the aggressors were defended and excused.

The distortion of what is happening in Syria is like looking at the world through a coke bottle and pretending to see clearly. The information that is reported in the western media is coming from activists and sources with close ties to western intelligence agencies and Muslim extremists. All other sources that show a different picture on the ground are omitted. But these sources paint a very different picture of what is going on.

It should raise a little bit of suspicion when countries such as Saudi Arabia calls for regime change in Syria, when that same regime is extremely repressive towards its own population and has sent troops in to quell the popular uprising in Bahrain that is brutally put down. The US and their European Allies(and the western media) are not concerned about supporting human rights and the popular uprising in Bahrain, but has instead visited the rulers repeatedly over the last year and approved more weapon sales to the regime.
Bahrain has been ruled by the Al-Khalifa tribe since 1786, with the Prime Minister, Khalifah bin Salman al-Khalifah in power since 1971.

Yemen is another country where the popular protests are brutally put down, yet nothing is heard thereof in the Western media. It is no surprise to learn that the rulers of Yemen have the backing of the US. The recent presidential election only had one candidate and he was backed by the US. Guess who won that election? Needless to say, the US was happy about it and called it a show of democracy.

It should also raise a bit of suspicion
1) when Al-qaeda joins in the calls for regime change and actively works and receives weapons from the West.
2) when Western Governments fund, arm and train mercenaries to create havoc in Syria
3) when news about the events on the ground is exclusively from groups hostile to the Syrian government.
4) when Western forces are caught being active on the ground.

Democracy has never come about through military invasions.

Below are a few links to articles about Syria:

Syria's Bloody CIA Revolution - A Distraction?
Syria and “Conspiracy Theories”: It is a Conspiracy
Syria: Clinton Admits US On Same Side As Al Qaeda To Destabilise Assad Government
10 things you didn't know about the Syrian revolution
Terrorism and Manipulation in the Syrian 'Revolution'
Proof the Media is Lying About Syria
More media lies: Girl 'beaten by Syrian forces' story exposed
Truth about Western media's favourite Syrian 'activist' Danny Dayem
France opens negotiations with Syria to recover 18 agents
Syria Terrorists Admit France and US Are Supplying Weapons
France's secret war against Syria
Propaganda War against Syria: Journalists are being held captive by 'rebels', not Syrian national army
Syrian rebels pull out of besieged Homs, France has serious explaining to do
CIA or Mossad Snipers Caught in Syria?
Planned Regime Change in Syria

Friday, December 31, 2010

Cultures of war and the Muslim "threat "

Before going on with the reading, take a moment and answer the following question to yourself: When you think of big wars which are the top 2-3 wars that come to mind?

When mentioning war let us see what Wikipedia says about war:
War is a phenomenon of organized violent conflict,[1][2] typified by extreme aggression, societal disruption and adaptation, and high mortality.[1] There is some debate about other characteristics, but in general there is agreement that war involves at least two organized groups, is a premeditated activity at least on the part of one side, and at least one of the groups uses violence against the other.[3] The objective of warfare differs in accord with a group's role in a conflict: The goals of offensive warfare are typically the submission, assimilation or destruction of another group, while the goals of defensive warfare are simply the repulsion of the offensive force and, often, survival itself. Relative to each other, combatants in warfare are called enemies. The terms military, militant, and militarism each refer to fundamental aspects of war, i.e. the organized group, the combative individual, and the supportive ethos (respectively).

Now that you have read this bit about war, look to your answers above and notice what religion the aggressor adhered to.

Next question: When did a Muslim country last invade a country with a Judeo-Christian background? We have after all heard so much about how uncivilised the Muslims are and how blodthirsty they are, so this should be an easy question, right? And the socalled war on terror is not a Muslim terror, but a Christian war of terror, and does not qualify in the wikipedia description of war.

Yes, it was a bit of a hard question after all, so lets make it a little easier. When did a Christian country last bomb a Christian country into the stoneage?

You don't have to think back to the first or second world war, but only back to the war against Yugoslavia, that resulted in the province of Kosovo and a divided Yugoslavia. Curiously enough a war in which Western intelligencies used Mujhadeens from Afghanistan to sabotage Christian Serbian society and with the help of propaganda crush Yugoslavia, who then was a strong ally of Russia, which by the way is another predominantly Christian country. (1) See the BBC documentary on youtube called The power of nightmares.

Now to the easier questions: Mention examples of a Christian country or countries waging war against a Muslim country?

Yes, I know that was quite easy. Yet, we are meant to believe that the Muslim countries are hellbent on waging a war against Christian countries. This is something that most people in the West unfortunately believe, even intelligent ones, and one can only say that the western propaganda machine has never been more efficient than it is now. The book by L. Fletcher Prouty called The Secret Team leaves little doubt that this professionalism in massaging the world's populations has been ongoing for a very very long time. (A top book to read in the new year.) The effect of this ongoing propaganda is a hysterization of society as Laura Knight-Jadczyk explained in this article called Transmarginal Inhibition.

Though Christian countries are the aggressors, one should not underestimate the secret hand delivered by Zionism in order to make the conflicts possible and explosive. Why wage war yourself, when one can get somebody else to fight the wars for you, thereby destroying your enemies, which in the eyes of Zionism is everybody else, including Christianity. Douglas Reed's book Controversy of Zion is instructive to read in this regard.

Some will most likely point to the countless suicide bombings in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan as evidence how uncivilised the Muslims are. But wait a minute! Did you forget about False Flag operations and how Counter-intelligence works? If you are unaware of this then read the article called Suicide Bombings - A Favourite US Counter-Insurgency Tactic. From the article:

Roger Trinquier, an immensely influential French counter-insurgency expert, suggested in his book Modern Warfare: A French View of Counterinsurgency (1961) (Available online here) three simple principles of Counter Insurgency:

1. separate the guerrilla from the population that supports him;

2. occupy the zones that the guerrillas previously operated from, making them dangerous for him and turning the people against the guerrilla movement;

3. coordinate actions over a wide area and for a long enough time that the guerrilla is denied access to the population centres that could support him.

Remote controlled bombings masquerading as "suicide bombings" that are carried out by the US, British and Israeli occupation forces fit these principles very neatly. By detonating bombs on a daily basis across Iraq and Afghanistan and via the propaganda organs touting them as being the work of Iraqi/Afghani "suicide bombers" belonging to the insurgency, the occupying military hopes to achieve several goals:

cut off the widespread support base that the insurgency have amongst the Iraqis

create tensions between religious lines, especially by ascribing the faked "suicide attacks" to either Shias or Sunnis.

In other words divide and conquer.

The sheer carnage shown on TV back in the West only supports the idea that the Iraqis/Afghans can't take care of their own country without help from the occupation forces or that they are uncivilised savages. This propaganda reinforces the US government's persistent claim that it would be dangerous to pull US troops out of Iraq and for the American military grunts on the streets of Iraq it helps them to rationalise their continued presence. Either they are trying to show a lesser class of human how to become civilised, or they are doing god's work in wiping them out.

The true face of Iraqi suicide bombers. Two SAS agents dressed in full "Arab Garb" driving a car full of explosives were caught carrying out a false flag terror attack in Basra, Iraq September 20th 2005

Though being caught red-handed such as with the 2 SAS soldiers, which at the time would be considered bad publicity, it hardly does much damage as the media is compliantly eliminating such articles and instead years later uses such events for other propaganda stunts, as Joe Quinn demonstrated in this recent article called Flaming APCs! Now There's a Heart-Warming Story! Just Don't Mention The False Flag

Next time you are confronted by a person scared of the Muslim threat, then ask them a couple of questions. It might if nothing else shine light on the person's buffers.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Peter Mandelson – An example of the pussycat that toys with the mouse before killing it?

Some times there are socalled coincidences, where it is like the universe is trying to show you something. One such incidence came to me the other day, when I was reading an interview by Silvia Cattori with the editors Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Henry See of the book Political Ponerology, A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes by Andrzej Łobaczewski. In the article, the genesis and propagation of evil is well laid out and it is clearly demonstrated, how psychopaths have taken over the places of power in todays world.
The psychopath is someone without conscience , who is a master at manipulating and using others for his or hers own needs. And it is only in rare cases that they end up in jail. Many manage quite well to get into power positions by the use of one of their trademarks: the Mask of Sanity. What caught my attention was the reference to psychopaths and their lack of emotions as being like the cat that tortures the mouth before eating it. Simply, because that is what a cat does and like the cat having no conscience about the event, so too with the psychopath.
The same day I stumbled on another article which again was an interview, but this time it was an interview with Lord Mandelson done by Decca Aitkenhead in the Guardian. The title of the article was ”Peter Mandelson: I had to be the hit man”., and it describes the man  as a very powerful man, but also one with many of the hallmarks of a true psychopath, who likes to pull the strings from behind the curtain, and one who is able to outmaneuvre any opponents as he is not constrained by moral or ethical codes. Actually, the title given by another place, where I also noticed the article, was perhaps more fitting: Peter Mandelson: Preparing for Pathocracy.
The interesting thing was that Peter Mandelson in the article, in order to endear himself to the readers, says of himself:
"I don't really see myself as a big beast. More as a kindly pussycat."

Yes, like the cat that tortures the mouse before killing it. What is more, in the very next paragraph, he goes on to say:
"I think 10 years ago, and also 15 years ago, I was a very hard-nosed, uncompromising figure who was manning the barricades of change in the Labour party, and prepared to take down anything or anyone who stood in the way. I don't feel in that mode now. And secondly, I've learned from experience that you can defeat people without killing them. There aren't the life and death struggles we were engaged in in the Labour party 15 or 20 years ago. I've learned that there are different ways to take people with you. That you can disagree with people, and even defeat them, without leaving them badly bruised or destroyed."

So he has since learned that he can defeat people without killing them! That is a very telling remark, especially when you are aware that it was 15 years ago that the incumbent Labor leader John Smith suddenly died at the age of 55 of a heart attack.
It was especially eery to me as I just moments earlier had read the other article where Laura Knight-Jadczyk says:
“For many years this system has been covert because there were still people in high positions with conscience, but over time, they have all been replaced or disposed of in one way or another, and now the pathology of the system is out in the open, but nobody cares. If you look back over the history of the past fifty years or so, you will find that nearly every public figure who has died tragically was one who had conscience, concern for people, and influence enough to make waves against the pathological types.

Henry See makes it even more clear in the article, when he says:
“…psychopaths are better prepared to succeed than people of conscience because they have no ethical or moral sensitivities that will put a brake on their actions. They are quite willing to step on anyone necessary to get to the top: backstabbing, lying, spreading stories about their rivals, are fine, with never a moment lost in remorse. “

So was Peter Mandelson making a semi confession out of self satisfaction that he will never serve time for it, as he is the most powerful figure in Britain today and knowing that no evidence will ever surface? Heart attacks can be caused without leaving any traces!
The death of John Smith caused the complete takeover of the Labour party by Peter Mandelson, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and the subsequent rise of what they called New Labour. A labour party, where the name is all that is left of what it originally stood for, and one which has gutted the British society, served the elite power structure and made it  almost indistinguishable to the rule under Margaret Thatcher.

It is a classic example of the ponerization process, by which psychopathic deviants infiltrate an ideology, a party, a religion or any other organisation and turns it into a shadow of itself. We have seen how the New Labour have been employing countless spin doctors to sell their policies to the support base.
This use of language,often an inner, or esoteric language to intentionally deceive, is a trademark characteristic of the psychopathic personality or psychopathically dominated group. Lobaczewski summarises this nicely in his book Political Ponerology:
"An ideology of a secondarily ponerogenic association [secondary stage of infiltration by psychopathic individuals] is formed by gradual adaptation of the primary ideology to functions and goals other than the original formative ones. A certain kind of layering or schizophrenia of ideology takes place during the ponerization process. The outer layer closest to the original content is used for the group's propaganda purposes, especially regarding the outside world, although it can in part also be used inside with regard to disbelieving lower-echelon members. The second layer presents the elite with no problems of comprehension: it is more hermetic, generally composed by slipping a different meaning into the same names. Since identical names signify different contents depending on the layer in question, understanding this "doubletalk" requires simultaneous fluency in both languages.

Average people succumb to the first layer's suggestive insinuations for a long time before they learn to understand the second one as well. Anyone with certain psychological deviations, especially if he is wearing the mask of normality with which we are familiar [a psychopath], immediately perceives the second layer to be attractive and significant; after all, it was built by people like him. Comprehending this doubletalk is therefore a vexatious task, provoking quite understandable psychological resistance; this very duality of language, however, is a pathognomonic [specific characteristics of a disease] symptom indicating that the human union in question is touched by the ponerogenic process to an advanced degree." [ p.116]

And change is not going to happen by exchanging one person for another. We have seen and some are still in the process of waking up to seeing, what real change happened by exchanging Bush for Obama – NONE. It is necessary to recognize that this a system and knowledge of this is the first step out of the stranglehold of their rule. A rule that is slowly being implemented step by step. And we are only free of that system, when people with conscience are no longer ruled by people without conscience!
The last words goes to Lobaczewski who sums up the importance of this subject:
“Morality and humanism cannot long withstand the predations of this evil. Knowledge of its nature - and its insidious effect on both individuals and groups - is the only antidote. “

Thursday, July 9, 2009

GMO – Depopulation and Macro-social evil

“Control oil and you control the nations; control food and you control the people...”
Henry Kissinger

Coming from a farming background with generation after generation involved in growing plants and in the last few generations specifically being involved in small seed companies, I found it hard to not buy F. William Engdahl’s book from 2007 Seeds of destruction – The Hidden agenda of Genetic Manipulation. Admittedly it was lying on the shelf for close to a year, before it reached top priority on the reading list, but it actually deserved to be read much earlier. It is an excellent and well researched book that leaves little doubt to the devastating effects of GM foods and of having the worlds food production concentrated in the hands of 3 to 4 mega corporations. Corporations that again and again have shown to have little regard for humanity, though they outwardly profess otherwise.

Engdahl shows how the people behind it have had a long term strategy and through the revolving door between the US government and the corporate world, have been able to dictate US policies for decades. The aim as Engdahl has documented it, is one of world domination and population reduction of those considered by the elite to be “useless eaters.” One of the examples given in the book for population control is Brazil, where after 14 years of the Kissinger plan for population control (NSSM 200), 44% of Brazilian women between 14 and 55 had been sterilized.

Food was seen as a way to control people and thereby the world and as a consequence of a concerted effort by the elite, we have today 4 megacorporations who control the main seeds of the worlds agriculture. 8 million farmers worldwide use GMO seeds, which in developing countries is at 90%. One could easily be attempted to think that the reason for its spread is because it is as good as the GM giants claim. But unfortunately, that is far from the truth as the book plainly lays out. As Stephen Lendman writes in his review of the book:

Complicit government agencies and clever marketing schemes aid the "Gene Revolution" through "lies and damn lies" that GMO crops have higher yields and can solve world hunger problems. The evidence proves otherwise. In addition, resistant "superweeds" develop over time, crop yields drop, farmers must use greater amounts of herbicides, they're locked into high user fees, and they end up losing money. Bottom line - the case for "genetically engineered seeds for agriculture had been based on a citadel of scientific fraud and corporate lies." This information is hidden from the public, and it's too late once unwary farmers learn they've been had.

It should be noted that the GM giants have gained their market share with the help of the WTO, the IMF, the World bank, the “free trade” agreement and the US administrations, who have all been pro GM food. Engdahl details how this is done and for further reading the book by Naomi Klein called “The Shock Doctrine” can be recommended.

So instead of being free farmers, they end up becoming debts slaves, locked into legal agreements to the GM giants and the social consequences are catastrophic. As this article from March 2008 in the Guardian describes it:
In India millions are driven to despair by their inability to pay off loans of a few hundred pounds. Figures show that more than 166,000 farmers have killed themselves since 1997 - a death almost every half an hour. The farm sector is a key part of the economy, employing two-thirds of India's 1.1 billion population.

It goes without saying that suicides on such scale has large repercussions affecting all those left behind, wives, children, the extended families and the villages in which they live. In other words the whole social fabric is severely damaged. It is a true Macro-social evil.

Before going on to describe what is meant by macro-social evil and its causes, I wish to address another question that is often raised, especially in farming communities. Namely what is the evidence for the ill effects of GM, given that the GM giants say that there are none. Below are a few examples:

1. Cows ate GM maize died. The case of German farmer Gottfried Glockner's experience with GM corn as related in this recent article:
Glockner planted Bt176 event of Syngenta essentially as feed for his cows. Being a scientist, he started with 10% GM feed and gradually increased the proportion, carefully noting milk yield and any side effects. Nothing much happened in the first three years but when he increased the feed to 100% GM feed, his animals "were having gluey-white feaces and violent diarrhea" and "milk contained blood." Eventually all his seventy cows died. Prof Angelika Hilbeck of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology found from Glockner's Bt 176 corn samples Bt toxins were present "in active form and extremely stable." The cows died of high dose of toxins.

A full description can be found in the book by Engdahl.

2. A November 2004 report from the Network of Concerned Farmers in Australia concluded with respect to GM plantings of Canola that:
…there is no evidence that GMO canola crops yield more, but there is evidence they yield less. Although Monsanto claim a 40% yield increase with Roundup Ready, their best on their website for Australian trials reveal yields are 17% less than our national average. BayerCropScience trial yields are also not comparing well against non-GMO varieties. (Quote from the book by Engdahl: Seeds of destruction.)

Added to the 17% less in yields is the extra premium of about 15% that has to be paid for the GM seeds as reported in this article from January 2009

3. The case of third generation Canadian farmer, Percy Schmeiser and his battle with Monsanto:
A seed saver and seed researcher, Percy Schmeiser lost close to 50 years of his seed research as Monsanto GM seeds from neighbouring farms infected his crops. Not only did this contaminate and ruin his research and own varieties, Monsanto demanded that he pay the technology fee for having GMO seeds in his fields. Schmeiser fought back and in the ensuing legal battle, he won in the end, though his research was destroyed.

4. World class scientist looses his job after showing negative impact of GMO

This is the story of how Dr. Pusztai from the Rowett Institute in Scotland lost his job after doing a major 3 year study with regard to the effects on rats living on GM potatoes. The results were to Dr. Pusztai’s surprise not only negative, but alarming. As he presented his findings, the 68 year old researcher got a surprise of his own: He was effectively fired, forbidden to talk to members of his research team under threat of legal action, not allowed to ever speak to the press again, his papers were seized and placed under lock. This story is shocking and shows the power of the GM giants.

Looking at the internet, I discovered that the Rockefeller founded and sponsored GM organization, CGIAR, mentions the case along with other ‘anomalous’cases on their website. They actively debunk all the cases and says that the lessons for scientists is to be more responsible when speaking out. That is obviously meant to be in regard to speaking out about the negative effects of GMO as farmers are routinely exposed to GMO propaganda telling the vastly exaggerated virtues of GMO, only to discover later that it was all based on lies. Link to Pusztai’s own site is here

The information is overwhelming, regarding the negative impacts of GMO and the mafia style tactics of the GM giants. For those interested for more information , one only needs to go to one of these sites (link, link, link)and use the search function provided there.

What is not mentioned or addressed in the book by Engdahl, is the question of macro-social evil and how people who runs the corporations operate, people who deliberately set out to enrich themselves at the expense of large amounts of people with very detrimental effects. Acts which often show a complete lack of conscience. The interesting thing is that studies done in psychiatry and psychology show that there are people who are born without the faculty known as conscience. These people are known as psychopaths, but unlike common belief the majority are not in prisons, but often gravitates to positions in our society of power and authority.

It is estimated that somewhere in the order of 4-6% are psychopaths, a truly staggering number, and yet it explains the state of affairs that we find ourselves in. As Martha Stout writes:

Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.

And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.

Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.

You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience, that they seldom even guess at your condition.

In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world.

You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences will most likely remain undiscovered.

How will you live your life?

What will you do with your huge and secret advantage, and with the corresponding handicap of other people (conscience)?

The answer will depend largely on just what your desires happen to be, because people are not all the same. Even the profoundly unscrupulous are not all the same. Some people - whether they have a conscience or not - favor the ease of inertia, while others are filled with dreams and wild ambitions. Some human beings are brilliant and talented, some are dull-witted, and most, conscience or not, are somewhere in between. There are violent people and nonviolent ones, individuals who are motivated by blood lust and those who have no such appetites. [...]

Provided you are not forcibly stopped, you can do anything at all.

If you are born at the right time, with some access to family fortune, and you have a special talent for whipping up other people's hatred and sense of deprivation, you can arrange to kill large numbers of unsuspecting people. With enough money, you can accomplish this from far away, and you can sit back safely and watch in satisfaction. [...]

Crazy and frightening - and real, in about 4 percent of the population....(from her book: The Sociopath next door)

Given the ability to present a mask of sanity, these people will often in our society end up on top of the heap and will feel drawn to places of power and authority. The corporation presents an appealing job for the person with no conscience, yet the corporation does not exist in a vacuum. The corporation can exist because institutions and places of authority have been taken over by people with psychopathic traits. If the corporation would be given a psychological evaluation similar to those given to people, the character profile of the corporation would be that of a psychopath (see the Canadian documentary The Corporation).And as several researchers on psychopathy such as Dr. Robert Hare (author of “Without Conscience: The disturbing world of the psychopaths among us, and co-author of Snakes in Suits: When psychopaths go to work) and Hervey Checkley (Author of “The Mask of Sanity”) have discovered, one does not become a psychopath, but is rather born that way. In other words it is not a disease that can be cured by drugs or therapy, but where knowledge of their existence and characteristics is the best antidote.

A book that more than any other describes this process of takeover of a society AND how to recover it again is the book called Political Ponerology by Dr. Andrew Lobaczewski. It is also from that book that the term macro-social evil is borrowed. The world ponerology comes from the the greek word poneros meaning evil and thus ponerology is the study of evil. From the site where the book is on sale is written:
Political Ponerology was forged in the crucible of the very subject it studies. Scientists living under an oppressive regime decide to study it clinically, to study the founders and supporters of an evil regime to determine what common factor is at play in the rise and propagation of man's inhumanity to man.
Shocking in its clinically spare descriptions of the true nature of evil, poignant in the more literary passages where the author reveals the suffering experienced by the researchers who were contaminated or destroyed by the disease they were studying, this is a book that should be required reading by every citizen of every country that claims a moral or humanistic foundation. For it is a certainty that morality and humanism cannot long withstand the predations of Evil. Knowledge of its nature, how it creates its networks and spreads, how insidious is its guileful approach, is the only antidote.

As the author Dr. Lobaczewski, who himself suffered in communist Poland describes:
When bad times arrive and people are overwhelmed by an excess of evil, they must gather all their physical and mental strength to fight for existence and protect human reason. The search for some way out of difficulties and dangers rekindles long-buried powers or discretion. Such people have the initial tendency to rely on force in order to counteract the threat; they may, for instance, become “trigger happy” or dependent upon armies. Slowly and laboriously, however, they discover the advantages conferred by mental effort; improved understanding of psychological situations in particular, better differentiation of human characters and personalities, and finally, comprehension of one’s adversaries. During such times, virtues which former generations relegated to literary motifs regain their real and useful substance and become prized for their value. A wise person capable of furnishing sound advice is highly respected.
It seems that there have been many such “bad times” in the course of human history, and it was during such times that the great systems of ethics were developed. Unfortunately, during “good times,” nobody wants to hear about it. They want to “enjoy” things, to have pleasure and pleasant experiences, and so any literature that relates to such times is lost, forgotten, suppressed, or otherwise ignored. This leads to further debasing of the intellectual currency and opens the gap for bad times to come once again.
If a collection were to be made of all the books that describe the horrors of wars, the cruelties of revolutions, and the bloody deeds of political leaders and systems, most people would avoid such a library. In such a library, ancient works would be found alongside books by contemporary historians and reporters. The documentary evidence on German extermination and concentration camps, complete with dry statistical data, describing the well-organized “labor” of the destruction of human life, would be seen to use a properly calm language, and would provide the basis for acknowledging the nature of Evil.
The autobiography of Rudolf Hess, the commander of camps in Osweicim (Auschwitz) and Brzezinka, (Birkenau) is a classic example of how an intelligent psychopath thinks and feels.
Our library of death would include works on philosophy discussing the social and moral aspects of the genesis of Evil, while using history to partially justify the blood-drenched “solutions”.
The library would show to the alert reader a sort of evolution from primitive attitudes, that it is alright to enslave and murder vanquished peoples, to the present day moralizing which declares that such behavior is barbaric and worthy of condemnation.
However, such a library would be missing one crucial tome: there would not be a single work offering a sufficient explanation of the causes and processes whereby such historical dramas originate, of how and why human beings periodically degenerate into bloodthirsty madness.
The old questions would remain unanswered: what made this happen? Does everyone carry the seeds of crime within, or only some of us? No matter how faithful to the events, nor how psychologically accurate the books that are available may be, they cannot answer those questions nor can they fully explain the origin of Evil.
Thus, humanity is at a great disadvantage because without a fully scientific explanation of the origins of Evil, there is no possibility of the development of sufficiently effective principles for counteracting Evil.
The best literary description of a disease cannot produce an understanding of its essential etiology, and can thus furnish no principles for treatment. In the same way, descriptions of historical tragedies are incapable of elaborating effective measures for counteracting the genesis, existence, or spread of Evil.
In using natural language to discuss psychological, social and moral concepts, we find that we can only produce an approximation, which leads to a nagging suspicion of helplessness.
Our ordinary system of concepts are not invested with the necessary factual content - scientific observations about Evil - which would permit comprehension of the quality of the many factors (particularly the psychological ones) which are active before and during the birth of inhumanly cruel times.
Nevertheless, the authors of some of the books that we would find in our Library of Evil took great care to infuse their words with the proper precision as though they were hoping that someone, at some time, would use their records to explain what they, themselves, could not explain even in the best literary language.
Most human beings are horrified by such literature. Hedonistic societies have the strong tendency to encourage escape into ignorance or naive doctrines. Some people even feel contempt for the suffering of others.
It is true that, in tracking the behavioral mechanisms of the genesis of Evil, one must keep both abhorrence and fear under control, submit to a passion for science, and develop the calm outlook needed in natural history.
This book aims to take the reader by the hand into a world beyond the concepts and imaginings he has trusted and used since childhood. This is necessary due to the problems our world presently faces, things we can no longer ignore, or ignore only at the peril of all humanity. We must realize that we cannot possibly distinguish the path to nuclear catastrophe from the path to creative dedication unless we step beyond the subjective world of well-known concepts, and we must also realize that this subjective world was chosen for us by powerful forces against which our nostalgia for homey, human ideas about warmth and safety is no match.
Moral evil and psychobiological evil are interlinked via so many causal relationships and mutual influences that they can only be separated by means of abstraction. However, the ability to distinguish them qualitatively protects us from moralizing interpretations that so easily can poison the human mind in an insidious way.
Macro-social phenomena of Evil, which constitute the most important object of this book, appear to be subjected to the same laws of nature operating within human beings on individual or small-group levels. The role of persons with various psychological defects and anomalies of a clinically low level appear to be a perennial characteristic of such phenomena.
In the macro-social phenomenon where Evil runs rampant, “Pathocracy,” a certain hereditary anomaly isolated as “essential psychopathy” is catalytically and causatively essential for the genesis and survival of such a State.[…]

That our society has been taken over by the corporations and is governed by a pathocracy is obvious for anyone with eyes to see or rather willing to see and as Lobaczewski wrote as qouted in the blog from where the above was extracted:

We can only conquer this huge, contagious social cancer if we comprehend its essence and its etiological causes.

The book Political Ponerology is a great companion book to William Engdahl’s book Seeds of Destruction.

A fuller review that is done in three parts by Stephen Lendman of the book Seeds of Destruction can be found here 1, 2, 3.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Lawsuit threatens Free Speech on the Internet

A couple of days ago, someone commented on my previous article, that one of the people mentioned in that article, Eric Pepin, was suing the owners of an alternative news site. So the last couple of days I have been looking at what this suit was about and to my horror I discovered that it was in regards to a public forum and what people had commented on.

It caught my attention as this could have wide ramifications for the freedom of speech and the ability to discuss things on forums on the internet. It also could place severe restrictions on alternative news sites and bloggers such as yours truly, to question and bring to light the behaviours, policies or actions of organisations, corporations and our "elected" officials.

The suit is aimed at the owners of Sott.net for discussing publicly available articles that are available in newspapers and on the internet. Yes, for discussing publicly available articles! The implications are staggering as it could put thousands of bloggers and alternative news sites out of business. Bloggers and sites, some of whom do a great job at investigative journalism, which is pretty much a thing of the past in the bought corporate media.

Without these bloggers, alternative news sites and forums where will you go to find out about what is happening? Where will you go to find like minded people and others to discuss things that matters or are of concern to you?

The thing that Eric Pepin is suing Sott for is for damage to his reputation! Yes, a man who confesses to have sex with most of his staff of 11 young males and whom the judge of the court case called manipulative and controlling, is suing for damage to his reputation. The question naturally arises what reputation is this man talking about? The reputation of being manipulative and controlling, in which case he should sue the judge or is he concerned about the reputation of having sex with most of his male staff? In the latter case he should sue himself. If he feels that damage is done to his own institute, which he calls "Higher Balance Institute", then his own behaviour would be the key source for this damage.

It has made me wonder why he is suing Sott and not the newspapers or the internet search engines, where everything can be found out about this man, if you care to search. And it is not as though he has hired a backyard lawyer keen on trying his or her luck. No, he has hired one of the biggest law firms on the West Coast: Bullivant, Houser, Bailey PC. Now the question that comes to my inquisitive mind is, whether he is acting alone or whether some other force representing the ‘matrix control system’, is supporting this from behind the scenes.

In looking further at the site in question, Sott I discovered that they are also being heavily censored by Google. What is it about Sott that causes the system to try and close them down? I don't know, but from what I have seen and read there over the last few days, it is a site that sincerely tries to get to the truth of things and does a lot of research on a wide range of topics.

Asking questions is what should be encouraged and any attempt to clamper down on the freedom of speech should be vehemently fought by all who cherish it. We have seen quite a bit of noise from the powers that be, that they wish to control the flow of information. Of course under the excuse of national security. I could easily say about this case that it doesn’t concern me, as I am not the one being sued, but if that is the attitude we as bloggers and internet sleuths have, then there will be no one to stand up for us when they try to close us down.

As pastor Martin Niemoeller said in 1943:

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

So I close this post with the press release of the law suit that came out yesterday, and a rallying cry for every blogger and person who loves free speech to spread this news release and to support the accused in this case. This is one case where we need to stand together, shoulder to shoulder with those who are being targeted, sott.net and make our voices heard!

Free Speech On Internet Under Threat
International lawsuit filed in Oregon threatens Internet forums and bloggers.
SOTT.net - March 11, 2008

(PRNewsChannel) / Toulouse, France - First Amendment rights and free speech on the Internet are under threat as Internet news web site Signs of the Times (SOTT.net) today announced that its founder, Laura Knight-Jadczyk, a resident of France, is being sued in an Oregon court by 'Higher Balance Institute' (HBI), owned by Eric Pepin and based in Oregon.

HBI markets metaphysical products and claims to sell "the world's most advanced sixth sense meditation" program and a dietary supplement, "Magneurol6-S," that is guaranteed to make the consumer an "instant telepath." Pepin claims that users of his "psychic pill" find that "extended wireless phone use can cause discomfort." Consequently, they suggest "limiting the use of cell phones."

SOTT.net is an international, user driven alternative news site with volunteer editorial staffing around the globe. Quantum Future Group, Inc.(QFG), a California non-profit created by mathematician-physicist, Arkadiusz Jadczyk and Laura Knight-Jadczyk to fund independent researchers engaged in collecting social and historical data for mathematical systems analysis, is also named in the suit as defendant despite the fact that QFG does not own SOTT.net, nor does it have any controlling interest in the site.

HBI alleges in the suit filed by Bullivant Houser Bailey, PC, Portland, that the operators of SOTT.net "published false and defamatory statements" regarding HBI and Eric Pepin on the SOTT Web site forum. Pepin is seeking approximately $4.5 million in damages.

The suit stems from information posted on the SOTT.net forums [1] where globally based forum participants uncovered and reposted public-domain information and newspaper records showing that Pepin had recently faced numerous sexual abuse charges in an Oregon court involving a child and former employee of HBI. A grand jury found enough evidence to indict Pepin who admitted in court to having sexual relations with his employees. According to The Oregonian newspaper[2] Judge Steven L. Price, who presided over the case, stated that it was "probable that the conduct alleged in all counts occurred," but that the absence of a date stamp on a video proving that the events occurred while the complainant was still a minor meant that the allegations could not be proven 'beyond a reasonable doubt'. Judge Price was therefore obligated to acquit.

In response to the HBI suit, Laura Knight-Jadczyk, founder of SOTT.net and named as a defendant, said "This is an attack on freedom of speech, plain and simple. The issues SOTT.net are concerned with - the pathology of power and conspiracies among those in power - are specifically targeted in the suit. A victory for Pepin, considering the international nature of this suit, would therefore set a dangerous precedent in US courts and carry serious implications for Internet freedom of speech and ultimately civil liberties everywhere."

SOTT.net is requesting that all those with an interest in safeguarding Internet freedom of speech make an effort to ensure that this information reaches the widest audience possible.

For more information visit SOTT.net:

[1] http://www.sott.net/signs/forum/viewtopic.php?id=1360&p=1

[2] http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2007/05/leader_of_washington_county_in.html

About SOTT.net: Founded in 2002, Signs of The Times (SOTT.net) is an alternative news research resource and news analysis site.

Media contact: sott@sott.net http://www.sott.net

This press release was issued by PRNewsChannel.com. For more information, please visit http://www.prnewschannel.com

Source: SOTT.net

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Homeopathic Money System

You might well ask what on earth does homeopathy have to do with the monetary system. Though it is tongue in cheek, there is something that is very similar as I will show and which caught my attention as I read an article of yet another financial institution that was collapsing. But first it might be appropriate to define what homeopathy is.

Though homeopathy comes from the two Greek words which means similar suffering, it is not this aspect that is of interest, but rather the idea behind homeopathy, which rests on the premise of treating sick persons with extremely diluted agents that - in undiluted doses - are deemed to produce similar symptoms in a healthy individual.

The banking system long time ago caught on to the benefit of diluting substances and the enormous profits that could be made by diluting the real value of money. They created the fractional reserve system, whereby they only have to have 10% of the deposited money in safe keeping at any one time. This means that they can lend out the 90% of the money and charge interest on it. But it doesn't stop there as bank A can lend the 90% to bank B, who can lend out 90% of 90% or 81% of the original amount and so on and so on until there is hardly anything left of the original. This is all good in times when confidence in the system is high(apart from the fact that it is still stealing as the bank earns money from money it doesn't have), but a sudden jolt to the system causing people to go to the bank to withdraw their savings all at once can quickly cause previously financial giants to collapse. (This little animation video explains it well and in simple terms.)

A couple of weeks ago one could read in the Guardian:
UK: Panic selling shuts £2bn fund

One of Britain's biggest property funds was forced to shut its doors to withdrawals yesterday after the slump in commercial prices triggered panic selling by small investors.

The move prompted fears of a Northern Rock-style run on billions of pounds invested in once high-flying funds which many savers have seen as a safe haven for their pensions.

Scottish Equitable said yesterday that 129,000 small investors in its £2bn property fund will not be able to access their money for up to a year, although payments relating to regular income already being paid, retirements and death claims will not be affected.

It said the fund, invested in London office blocks and shopping centres across Britain, no longer had sufficient cash reserves to meet demands from investors wanting to withdraw their money. Its "buffer fund" was down to 1% of its total assets, instead of the usual 10-15%.

Yes, the "buffer fund had only 1% in it instead of the required amount of 10%, as it is so tempting for the sharks in the more aggressive investment funds to increase the risks as the profit and the glory is so tantalizing. On top of it the fund managers themselves don't actually risk anything as recent obscene bonus payments have demonstrated:
Wall St execs collect $US33b bonuses

The Wall Street gurus who presided over the subprime mortgage crisis currently shredding global sharemarkets have awarded themselves bonuses totalling $US33.2 billion ($38 billion).

For anyone who have followed the news the above example is not an isolated incident. It is the standard practice of doing banking and high finance and goes to show that no checks and balances were put in place after the Enron collapse. The psychopathic minded people employed in Enron just moved elsewhere in the monetary system, that attracts such people. Predators who like to be where the action is and where psychopathic qualities such as high risk taking and impulsiveness, comes to the fore especially when said individuals operate without conscience and thus feel nothing for the victims if it all turns ugly. This is not to say that all the leading people in the finance sector are psychopaths, but as Hare and Babiak show in their book "Snakes in suits", the lure of glory, power and prestige which is abundant in this area attracts a disproportionate number of them.

Just the other day a French person with money in the French bank Society Generale told me that she felt assured as she believed that her money in the bank was backed by gold. But no, that is not so and hasn't been for a long time. The last gold standard collapsed in the 1971, when Nixon stopped the ability to convert dollars to gold.

In recent times there has been a greater and greater demand for gold, but what do the bankers do when the demand is greater than actual gold available and when the wish is to keep gold prices down? Well, they create ETF (Exchanged Traded Funds) gold. This means that instead of getting physical gold in your hand, you get a piece of paper saying that you have that much gold in the "bank". It is virtual gold and you will only realise that when crunch time comes and everybody goes with their pieces of paper to demand it be exchanged for real physical gold. That is when the scam will be exposed, but by then it will be too late.

Richard Greene explains it in this article:

The gold and silver ETFs were created by such financial giants as JP Morgan and Barclay's Bank that also serve as custodians and sub-custodians. These are the very firms that have been involved in the process of short selling gold and silver in huge quantities. That they would be involved in creating the ETFs had to be considered as most unlikely unless they had nefarious purposes.

What I mean by that is that when the gold and silver ETFs first came out the investment demand for gold and silver was just in the initial phases of taking off. The bullion banks and financial powers that have been involved in suppressing the prices of gold and silver needed an outlet to satisfy this additional demand for gold and silver when there was clearly no actual gold and silver to fulfill this additional demand.

Most do not like to recognize that the business model of the US is fast approaching what could be called Fascism, particularly since that word is immediately associated with World War II Italy and all the ugliness of the Axis powers. However, when one looks at the definition of what fascism is, it becomes clear that many of our Government's decisions benefit the large corporations more than the people the government is supposed to be serving. In return, these corporations return all their support in both monetary contributions and affirmations of policy through such means as the media which is largely controlled by the same money powers. Look no further for evidence in some of the examples that have arisen with the outbreak of the unconstitutionally un-declared war on Iraq. Instead of the military providing services by use of its own personnel for things such as laundry and meals, big corporation's line up for their part of the money pile. A perfect example is Halliburton which handles laundry for the soldiers at an outrageous fee of $99 per bundle, and this in a country where such a service would be a tiny fraction of such a fee.

Based on the surrounding circumstances you would have to be naïve if you believe that the gold and silver ETFs were created so that investors would have an easy way to get exposure to gold and silver without the burdens of taking delivery and finding a secure and safe location to store it.

The system of homeopathy of treating people for diseases works well, but when this system of dilution is carried over to the financial system it is a recipe for disaster. The virtual world of money is in the process of meeting reality, and it ain't looking good!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sexual predators in the religious scene

A story in the news a few days ago brought an ugly reality to show its face again. It was yet another story of a sexual predator, who walked free from court with just a token sentence. This time it was the story of archbishop Earl Paulk from an Atlanta megachurch:

Archbishop pleads guilty to perjury
ATLANTA (AP) - Court officials say the 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge he lied under oath. Cobb County Superior Court Judge Frank Cox said Archbishop Earl Paulk of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church was sentenced to 10 years probation and a $1,000 fine for the felony charge.

Paulk turned himself in to authorities Tuesday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest the previous day. The charges stem from a deposition Paulk gave as part of a civil lawsuit against him, his brother Don and the church by a former church employee who says she was coerced into an affair.

In a 2006 deposition for the lawsuit, the archbishop said under oath that the only woman he had ever had sex with outside of his marriage was former church worker Mona Brewer.

But the results of a court-ordered paternity test revealed in October that Paulk is the biological father of his brother's son, D.E. Paulk, who is now head pastor at the church. As part of Brewer's lawsuit, eight women have given sworn depositions that they were coerced into sexual relationships with Earl Paulk.

Paulk's attorney, Joel Pugh, said he had been working with Cobb County District Attorney Pat Head for weeks on negotiating a deal.

"It was a fair and just resolution of the case for a man who has lived his whole life and done wonderful things but made a mistake," Pugh said. "He's ready to move on."

Pugh had said earlier the warrant came as a surprise to the Paulk family.
The warrant was the result of a months-long probe by Head and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Head called the sentence "certainly adequate" for Paulk, who had never been charged criminally before.

"There are a lot of allegations about things he has done over the past 15 or 20 years," Head said. "In trying to determine what is a fair sentence, I can't look at what he's been alleged to have done in other counties."

Paulk's home and church are in DeKalb County, but the deposition he gave was in an attorney's office in Cobb County.

Cox said the sentence was not unusual for someone like Paulk, who has no prior record and whose health is "frail."

Paulk has been in bad health for the last couple of years after a battle with cancer, limiting his activity with the independent charismatic church he and his brother founded in 1960.

At its peak in the early 1990s, the Cathedral at Chapel Hill claimed about 10,000 members and 24 pastors and was a media powerhouse. The church was able to build a Bible college, two schools, a worldwide TV ministry and a $12 million sanctuary the size of a fortress in Decatur outside Atlanta.

Today membership is down to about 1,500, the church has 18 pastors, most of them volunteers, and the Bible College and TV ministry have shuttered — a downturn blamed largely on complaints about the sexual scandals.

Anne Simpkinson writes in an article named Soul Betrayal - Sexual abuse by spiritual leaders from 1996:
Sometimes what psychologists call a personality disorder compels a person to exploit, manipulate, and hurt those in their spiritual care. While publicly charming, ebullient, devoted, hard-working, and inspiring, this leader proves himself cunning, slick, seductive, and cruel in private. Involved in multiple, simultaneous relationships, he can sweet-talk his victims into compliance -- "Our love is special and holy" -- or bully them into submission.

Sounds very much like the description of the common psychopath.
Robert Hare is the foremost expert today on psychopathy and the author of several books on the subject. He defines psychopathy as follows:
Psychopathy is a personality disorder described by the personality traits and behaviors that form the basis of this book [Snakes in Suit]. Psychopaths are without conscience and incapable of empathy, guilt, or loyalty to anyone but themselves.

These are some of the common traits of psychopathy:
lack of remorse or empathy
shallow emotions
low frustration tolerance
episodic relationships
parasitic lifestyle
persistent violation of social norms

Simkinson continues:
United Church of Christ minister Marie Fortune, in her book Is Nothing Sacred?, details the havoc and pain wreaked on individual women and the congregation by the sexual misconduct of one of the church's pastors. Fortune notes that sexual predators go to great lengths to choose women whose current circumstances might make them vulnerable: for instance, the death of a parent, a divorce, problems with children, or an illness. The situation that sends Fortune "over the edge" is one in which a congregant approaches a minister for help in dealing with childhood sexual abuse. Often that confidence is seen by the minister as a "green light" to seduce the person. One clergyman whom Fortune heard about told his victim that the way to heal from childhood sexual abuse was to re-enact the experiences with him. "I am amazed at the creativity that perpetrators have," Fortune says, "the manipulation of theology and scripture and ritual, the moral rationalization they bring to bear: `No, there is nothing wrong with this because God's love for you is flowing through me, and this is a holy kiss.'"

Because of the innocence and vulnerability of the victims, perhaps the most heinous crime perpetrated by sexual predators is the abuse of children. Trust, innocence, and sense of self all shatter, leaving behind shards of fear, shame, distrust, and self-loathing.

The spiritual scene provides a fertile ground for sexual predators to prey, as trust and complete faith is often given to if not demanded by the various religions leaders. A cartoon on the internet illustrates this well:

This idea is being supported and promoted widely amongst the followers of the various religions, namely that the priest, guru, satsang giver or “enlightened” leader is God’s representative, a divine incarnation or god himself here on earth and who is often seen as the means to get closer to god, or get enlightened or healed. But this idea is also what makes people vulnerable to predators who have seen this to be a fertile feeding ground for their parasitic life style. One of the problems lies in the issue of belief, as it is a poor substitute for knowledge. Anna Salter writes in her book Predators, pedophiles, rapists and other sex offenders:

One molester, who was himself a minister, said:
"I considered church people easy to fool…they have a trust that comes from being Christians…They tend to be better folks all around. And they seem to want to believe in the good that exists in all people. ..I think they want to believe in people. And because of that, you can easily convince, with or without convincing words."

…The growing crisis in the Catholic Church just underlines the fact that offenders can recognize ideal settings for child molesters even if the rest of us can’t. In truth, a deeply religious and trusting group of people, plus the requirement of celibacy (an ideal cover for any man who has no sexual interest in adults), plus a hierarchy that doesn’t report complaints to the police and simply moves the offender on to new and fresh territory with new potential victims, is the ideal setting for pedophiles. Even without such extreme conditions, however interviews with offenders have convinced me that people in general are just plain easy to fool. What makes fooling us so easy is not the worst in us, it is often the best. As one rapist said:

”Because people want to believe in something. They want to hope. And they want to believe. They want to , there’s something inside of people that makes them want to believe the best in things and the best in others. Because the alternative is not very nice.”

True enough. The alternative is not very nice.(emphasis added)

A quick browse through google will show that this is by no means limited to the Christian faith:

Sogyal Rinpoche:
Best-selling Buddhist author accused of sexual abuse
Sathya Sai Baba:
Major exposure of alleged sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba
Swami Rama:
Sexual predator at the Himalayan International Institute
Jewish Survivors of Spiritual Abuse
Bail set for Rabbi in sex abuse case
Baltimore roiled by abuse charge against late Rabbi
Midwood Rabbi faces kiddie sex charges
Archbishop Robert Sanchez shielded pedophile priests
Abused alterboys sue church for millions
Sexual abuse and manipulation

In the New Age movement, the situation is no different. Here the movement with seekers desperate for enlightenment is a fertile ground for sexual predators, who are keen on bestowing special initiations to innocent followers all in the name of destroying the ego, fast tracking the goal of enlightenment or any other paramoralistic reason to force themselves on their followers.

A recent case (original link) comes to mind, that has disturbing signs of fitting this description, but where the accused person is acquitted:

Institute leader acquitted of sex charges
HOLLY DANKS - HILLSBORO -- A Washington County Circuit judge called the leader of a metaphysical Internet sales company manipulative and controlling and his testimony unbelievable, even as he acquitted him Wednesday of charges that he had sex with an underage boy.

Judge Steven L. Price, after a five-day trial without a jury, found Eric James Pepin, 40, not guilty of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

Also acquitted of third-degree sexual abuse and using a child in a pornographic display was Jamison Dwight Priebe, 21, who has worked for Pepin's Higher Balance Institute since he was 18.

"Everybody has stood by me who knows me," Pepin said Wednesday after hugging supporters. "They had faith in me, prayed for me. I told them I wouldn't let them down. I did nothing of what was alleged. I've been nothing but honorable and impeccable."

However, Price said it was "probable that the conduct alleged in all counts occurred," but he wasn't convinced beyond a reasonable doubt. "There's a lack of strong corroboration," such as a date-stamp on a videotape of the sexual encounter, the judge said.

The accuser testified Pepin had him take off his shirt the first day they met at Pepin's Beaverton home in April 2004.

"He was going to try and fix my energy and he needed me to trust him," the accuser said. Pepin touched the teen's "chakra points" on his heart, head and lower abdomen.

"Eric asked me to tell him everything I had done in my life that I was ashamed about," the teen added.

Asking the person to tell everything they have done, which they are ashamed about, gives the perpetrator the upper hand in knowing all the vulnerable spots to then mine for personal use later. Hare and Babiak write in “Snakes in Suits” about what they call the assessment phase:

The chance to con or manipulate others is a primary motivator for someone with a psychopathic personality disorder; psychopaths like to play games with people. They often are on the lookout for individuals to swindle or scam, and this first phase of the psychopathic approach involves identifying and assessing targets or prey. Some psychopaths are opportunistic, aggressive predators who will take advantage of almost anyone they meet, while others are more patient, waiting for the perfect, innocent victim to cross their path. In each case, the psychopath is constantly sizing up the potential usefulness of an individual as a source of money, power, sex, or influence.

Back to the article:

The accuser said Pepin asked him how old he was the first day they met and that he told him the truth.

"He said students had to be 18 because he didn't like parents fussing around," the accuser said.

Maybe the reason was that he didn’t like parents, who being more streetwise would be able to see through the manipulations and the sexual predation that was going on.

But within days the two were having sex, including a three-way encounter with Priebe, the youth testified. Pepin called it "crossing the abyss," the accuser said, "surrendering yourself to your teacher, your master."

All in the name of spiritual advancement and dropping the ego.

Pepin testified he is gay and has had sexual relationships with most of his 11 employees, but not before they were 18. Pepin said he gave his accuser a job, even though the teen was a poor worker, and continued to be intimate with him and give him money after he was fired, to help him out.

Though the court case was principally about whether the person was 18 years of age, it seems evident that the accused used his position to prey on young and innocent people for personal sexual satisfaction. By accusing the victim, the accused cleverly turns it around, so that the reader will start to doubt his own reason and will start to think that maybe the victim was in the wrong all along. Even if he was a poor worker, that does not make it legitimate to force sex on the young man. The facts on the ground, namely of having had sex with most of his staff, who by the sounds are mostly just over 18 years of age, does not add credibility to the alleged perpetrator. Even if the victim was 18 years of age, it has disturbing signs of predation.

Stephen A. Houze, Pepin's private defense attorney, called the accuser a liar more than 100 times in his closing argument and noted that Pepin was "the perfect patsy" because society wants to believe the worst of a gay man. Houze said the accuser brought the charges because he wanted to shake down Pepin.

Calling a young victim a liar is a common way to discredit accusations, especially as the perpetrators and their defending lawyers often are respected people of the community.
This has been seen time and again and Anna Salter in her book Predators, pedophiles, rapists and other sex offenders gives many examples to illustrate this point.

Pepin's Higher Balance Institute, now on Northwest Saltzman Road in Cedar Mill, reached an annual high of $2 million in Internet sales of meditation CDs, tapes and books before his arrest in July.

Pepin touts himself as a psychic and "remote viewer" who has found lost submarines and missing people, and says he created the "psychic pill" Magneurol6-S that enhances brain function, heals nerve damage, heightens paranormal experiences and relieves stress for $79 a bottle.

Unfortunately too many people fall over backwards in awe of someone claiming to be a psychic or to be able to remote view.

Andrew Erwin, deputy district attorney, called Higher Balance nothing more than a sex cult run by a "snake oil" salesman who preys on the troubled.

The accuser had nothing to gain by going to police and turned down $250,000 from Pepin to drop the sex charges, Erwin said.

"I'm disappointed," Erwin said of the verdicts. "The judge wants proof beyond all doubt and that's too high a standard."

To be willing to pay $250,000 in order for the victim to drop the charges shows just how keen the accused was in not getting to court.

In most cases the perpetrator gets away with it due to lack of evidence or because they are trusted more than a young victim. In this case the judge said that he found Eric Pepin “manipulative and controlling and his testimony unbelievable”, but “he wasn't convinced beyond a reasonable doubt.” And thus he was acquitted.

It is rare to hear a judge say such strong words about an acquitted, and though he was acquitted of underage sex which was the charge, his behavior does appear to be parasitic and manipulative and one of preying on young gullible men, as he didn’t dispute the fact of having sex with the young man, but only that he was 18 years of age at the time.

So what does one do?
Well, thinking that it is not happening where we live is not supported by the facts. Gavin de Becker, the author of The Gift of Fear sites statistics that show that in the US there is one child molester per square mile. Robert Hare says that the prevalence of psychopaths are such "that most of us will come across at least one psychopath during a typical day." So it is a reality that we would do well to understand and come to terms with as it is unlikely to go away.

In the introduction to her book mentioned above Anna Salter gives this sound advice:
This is not a book with a complete and comfortable answers. It will not finish with a checklist for identifying a sex offender: Just add up the points, and you too can spot your neighborhood pedophile or rapist. But if I do my job right, reading this book will make it harder for sex offenders to get access to you or your children. It will make it harder because knowing how they think and act and operate is the best protection that we have. Indeed, it is the only protection that is possible.

Yes, it is necessary to take the pink colored glasses off and stare reality in the face. It might not be pretty what we see, but it is real and acknowledging and understanding the reality in which we live is the best protection we can have. Ignorance is not bliss despite it appearing to be a dominant feature of Western society.