A couple of months ago, the intertubes and airwaves were full of news and speculation about why Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed an airliner full of passengers and the rest of the crew in the French Alps. At that time, news sites and blogs were full of the latest leaked bits of information (or rumors) about his mental state- from his history of depression to whether he was prescribed anti-psychotic drugs for symptoms of psychosis.
As many of you know, there was no shortage of theories about what drove Andreas Lubitz to do what he did on Mar 24, 2015. Some proposed he was ideologically motivated, while others confidentially gave a post-mortem diagnosis of schizophrenia. A few blamed high-functioning autism or relationship problems with women, while others blamed working conditions and precarity of his chosen career. Perhaps the only point most people seemed to agree on was that he should not have deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 and killed 149 others with him.
A few months before this event, a film called American Sniper was released in the USA. It quickly became very profitable and has since made over 500 million dollars. It is no secret that this film, like every Hollywood films, distorted historical facts to portray a certain pro-white and pro-american delusion.. I mean “version” of the actual events. But that is best left for another post. The relevant point of the Chris Kyle story, as far as this post is concerned, is that he had 165 confirmed kills in Iraq. To put it another way- he deliberately killed 165 Iraqis, including women and children.
Now Chris Kyle’s number is not especially high. Snipers like Simo Häyhä (505-542 kills) and even women snipers such as Lyudmila Pavlichenko (309 kills) have killed more than that now dead idiot from Texas. But most snipers in the 20th century did so in wars where their country was being invaded or they were fighting a war against another uniformed army. However every american sniper since WW2 did so in support of the invasion of some country that posed no threat to the USA, let alone had invaded it. They also largely killed semi-regular troops, militia or civilians who were just defending their country or just happened to look “dangerous”.
By now, you might have noticed that the number of people killed by Andreas Lubitz (149 + himself) and Chris Kyle (~ 165) are roughly similar.
But why do most people want to believe that Andreas Lubitz was mentally ill while Chris Kyle was a “war hero”? If you look at it rationally, Andreas Lubitz killed 149 people who he barely knew and had no personal animosity against. Chris Kyle also killed ~ 165 people (one by one) who he almost certainly did not know and had no personal animosity against. Also what was Chris Kyle doing in Iraq anyway? And this brings us to the difference in what motivated both men. Andreas Lubitz probably just wanted to attain some degree of posthumous fame (or infamy) otherwise he could have killed just himself. Chris Kyle killed for money, bragging rights, fame and more money after retiring from the army. Sure, he did it under the guise of performing his “duty”, “patriotism” and other similar bullshit reasons.
Yet most people think that Andreas Lubitz was mentally ill for killing 149 people along with himself. Curiously, they also believe that Chris Kyle was a sane, selfless and humane “war hero” who was defending them from “bad people” inspite of the fact that nobody from Iraq posed any real threat to them. They also forget or gloss over the fact that USA was the real aggressor in that war and Iraqis were merely defending themselves from the aggressor.
If the extent of disconnection from (or willful ignorance of) reality correlates with the severity of mental illness, the average person in USA and Chris Kyle would be seen as far more mentally ill than Andreas Lubitz.
What do you think? Comments?
Here are links to some interesting news articles that I came across today. They are also about the ever-expanding saga of sexual abuse and molestation scandal in the Duggar family.
Just when it seemed the details of Josh Duggar’s admitted sexual assault couldn’t get worse, the story has become more horrifying. On Wednesday, InTouch magazine — which first broke the story of abuse in the “19 Kids & Counting” family last month — released additional police reports indicating that Duggar told his father, Jim Bob, on three separate occasions that he had sexually abused his sisters as well as a family friend. Then Jim Bob and his wife, Michelle, waited more than a year to contact the authorities.
The new report, which is less redacted than initial documents, confirms that Duggar was 15 years old when he first molested his five-year-old sister. He also admitted seven separate instances of abuse to his father before he or any of his sisters was taken for professional counseling; InTouch notes that it remains unclear whether Jim Bob and Michelle brought their children for counseling of their own volition, or if intervention was mandated once law enforcement officials did become involved in the sexual assault allegations.
19 Kids and Counting stars Jill and Jessa Duggar, ages 24 and 22, would have been 11 and 10 when their older brother Josh molested them in 2002. They confirmed they were among the victims when they joined their parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, Wednesday for an interview with Fox’s Megyn Kelly. Us Weekly confirmed the girls were part of the interview, which airs at 9 p.m. central. It had previously been reported that four of the girls Josh Duggar touched were his sisters, and that his oldest sister, Jana, was not a victim. The fifth girl was reportedly a family friend.
Earlier in the day, Fox was advertising the Kelly File interview as just a sit-down with Jim Bob and Michelle. Kelly promised to ask for “a first-person account of what Josh did, who was involved, what the parents did about it, how they satisfied themselves that it had been resolved, what they did to help the victims, and to answer some of the harder questions about whether they behaved hypocritically,” but she also told People that “what Josh did” wouldn’t include any details of the molestation because “I’ve been told I’m not going to get answers there.”
The parents confirmed publicly for the first time that their firstborn son — who had previously apologized for unspecified “wrongdoing” as a teenager — had molested multiple young girls. The Duggars, who star in TLC’s popular reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” spoke about the multiple incidents of molestation that occurred in their Arkansas home. According to Jim Bob and Michelle, the victims included four of their daughters, along with a family babysitter.
Kelly also asked the Duggars about their troubled son’s first interview with law enforcement. Josh gave a full account of his actions to the officer, Jim Bob Duggar said Wednesday. The conversation between Jim Bob, his son, a witness and an Arkansas State Trooper did not directly result in any further law enforcement action against Josh Duggar. Instead, the teenager received a “stern” talking-to from the officer. That officer was Joseph Hutchens, now serving a decades-long prison sentence for child pornography. “We had no idea what that officer was going through,” Jim Bob said.
At one point, Kelly asked Michelle Duggar about a robocall she made that,Kelly said,”suggested transgender people might want to go into the bathrooms of girls, locker rooms of girls, and that they may be child molesters.” “I think that protecting young girls and not allowing young men and men in general to go into a girls’ locker room is just common sense,” Duggar said. “But this is different, because you injected child molestation into it,” Kelly said.
What do you think? Comments?
Here are links to two interesting news articles that I came across today. They are both about the virtually bottomless appetite for government sanctioned “legal surveillance” in the USA. See kids.. there is really not that much of a difference between totalitarian nation states and their supposedly democratic counterparts.
Scores of low-flying planes circling American cities are part of a civilian air force operated by the FBI and obscured behind fictitious companies, The Associated Press has learned. The AP traced at least 50 aircraft back to the FBI, and identified more than 100 flights in 11 states over a 30-day period since late April, orbiting both major cities and rural areas. At least 115 planes, including 90 Cessna aircraft, were mentioned in a federal budget document from 2009. For decades, the planes have provided support to FBI surveillance operations on the ground. But now the aircraft are equipped with high-tech cameras, and in rare circumstances, technology capable of tracking thousands of cellphones, raising questions about how these surveillance flights affect Americans’ privacy.
The FBI says the planes are not equipped or used for bulk collection activities or mass surveillance. The surveillance equipment is used for ongoing investigations, the FBI says, generally without a judge’s approval. The FBI confirmed for the first time the wide-scale use of the aircraft, which the AP traced to at least 13 fake companies, such as FVX Research, KQM Aviation, NBR Aviation and PXW Services. “The FBI’s aviation program is not secret,” spokesman Christopher Allen said in a statement. “Specific aircraft and their capabilities are protected for operational security purposes.” The front companies are used to protect the safety of the pilots, the agency said. That setup also shields the identity of the aircraft so that suspects on the ground don’t know they’re being followed.
The FBI is not the only federal law enforcement agency to take such measures. The Drug Enforcement Administration has its own planes, also registered to fake companies, according to a 2011 Justice Department inspector general report. At the time, the DEA had 92 aircraft in its fleet. And since 2007, the U.S. Marshals Service has operated an aerial surveillance program with its own fleet equipped with technology that can capture data from thousands of cellphones, the Wall Street Journal reported last year. In the FBI’s case, one of its fake companies shares a post office box with the Justice Department, creating a link between the companies and the FBI through publicly available Federal Aviation Administration records
If you have a telephone number that has ever been called by an inmate in a federal prison, registered a change of address with the Postal Service, rented a car from Avis, used a corporate or Sears credit card, applied for nonprofit status with the IRS, or obtained non-driver’s legal identification from a private company, they have you on file. They are not who you think they are. They are not the NSA or the CIA. They are the National Security Analysis Center (NSAC), an obscure element of the Justice Department that has grown from its creation in 2008 into a sprawling 400-person, $150 million-a-year multi-agency organization employing almost 300 analysts, the majority of whom are corporate contractors.
NSAC formally expanded the focus of the Task Force beyond just foreign terrorists. The internal data mart expanded in 2008 to support proactive work to identify potential counterintelligence and nuclear-proliferation threats via advanced analysis of financial, communication, and travel records. Both the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have conducted investigations and obtained documents on FTTTF and the FBI’s data-collection efforts. That work, and additional documents obtained by Phase Zero, paint a picture of a massive, overlooked domestic intelligence operation with a mission that goes far beyond catching foreign terrorists.
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