* The Right Stuff .. Cynthia McKinney
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* 18 Feb: The Right Stuff: The Lie of Human Empathy. Dazed: I was the leader of America’s deadliest neo-Nazi gang: Christian Picciolini spent his teen years at the helm of a US white supremacist group. Now, he runs Life After Hate – a charity dedicated to shining a light on ‘basic human goodness’, via Raw Story. Now This: I hated other people because I hated myself. Upworthy: A former neo-Nazi skinhead decided to change and is now trying to stop the spread of hate. Al Jazeera: Former Undercover CIA Officer Amaryllis Fox Talks War and Peace. WSWS: In Russia, reality sinks in after Flynn ouster. Russia Insider: American Political Dialogue Lacks All Sincerity, and Violence Is Already Filling the Void. Streetwise Prof: Putin Is So Smart That He Outsmarted Himself–You Should Have Listened to Me, Vlad. Hotep Nation: What is this Hotep and Alt-Right alliance?.
* EoP v WiP Psych: Documents: 1C. EoP NTE GMA Potus: EcoFootprint. EoP v WiP NWO Neg: EoP Summary of WiP History; 12 Feb: Judges Gorsuch, Hardiman & Donnelly; 14 Feb: David Petraeus .. Amb Mikhail Petrakov; 19 Jan: Marco Rubio & Rex Tillerson: EoP RH Factual Reality & War Criminal Questions. EoP MC: Trump Endgame: EoP or WiP Potus.
* IG: 17-01-23_eopmc_summary; 17-02-17_bobharward-nsa-shitsandwich; 15-05-29_tmcveigh-featherculture.
* Tygae: EoP Leg Sub / EoP NWO SCO / EoP v WiP Psych: EoP v Nobel, EoP PoW Sub, EoP Cop21, EoP WT, EoP NTE GMA POTUS, EoP Axis MilNec Evac, US v TJ McVeigh, EoP RH FR, EoP v WiP NWO Neg.
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EoP MILED Clerk: 19 Feb 2017: 00:41 hrs: @nowthisnews @cpicciolini @lifeafterhate @dominiquesisley @SarahBurris @matuso_david @terenzanim @USEmbassySK
» Retweet of: EoP MILED Clerk: 19 Feb 2017: 00:23 hrs: @AdamaSelene @ThaRightStuff EoP comment at http://eop-v-wip.tygae.org.za/2017/02/18-feb-the-right-stuff/ @DutchAltRight @drumpfshit360 @whitereddit @IDFrabbi
EoP MILED Clerk: 19 Feb 2017: 02:12 hrs: @WSWSMedia Waiting 4 Trump to decide: US EoP or WiP Future. Someday US will have to fight Russia – G Patton. If WiP: 12 Feb: Judges Gorsuch, Hardiman & Donnelly.
EoP MILED Clerk: 19 Feb 2017: 02:38 hrs: @JVjett @NoMoreElitists @ThielsChristian @LiberalRipper @reagangalpal FYI Re McMaster & Petraeus http://eop-v-wip.tygae.org.za/2017/02/14-feb-david-petraeus/ @POTUS @Reince.
Deplorable Deangelo: 19 Feb 2017: 03:46 hrs: That’s quite a list…. Its also pretty interesting – Very Interesting –
» Retweet: EoP MILED Clerk: 19 Feb 2017: 02:38 hrs: @JVjett @NoMoreElitists @ThielsChristian @LiberalRipper @reagangalpal FYI Re McMaster & Petraeus http://eop-v-wip.tygae.org.za/2017/02/14-feb-david-petraeus/ @POTUS @Reince
Moscow Russia: 18 Feb 2017: 16:06 hrs: Russia Insider: American Political Dialogue Lacks All Sincerity, and Violence Is Already Filling the Void.
EoP MILED Clerk: 19 Feb 2017: 03:34 hrs: @rileywaggaman @RussiaInsider @CBausman @AsifMalik30 Copy of EoP comment at http://eop-v-wip.tygae.org.za/2017/02/18-feb-the-right-stuff/ @guardian @JillAbramson @MoscowRRussia
Alexander Stubb: 17 Feb 2017: 20:47 hrs: I wonder why my US friends in business are no longer going on about CEOs running government better than politicians.
Alvar Palm: 18 Feb 2017: 19:54 hrs: And I wonder why my colleagues in academia are suddenly less eager to claim that there’s no objektive truth.
Streetwise Professor: 18 Feb 2017: 22:29 hrs: Streetwise Prof: Putin Is So Smart That He Outsmarted Himself–You Should Have Listened to Me, Vlad
EoP MILED Clerk: 20 Feb 2017: 00:36 hrs: @GMWhiteAmerica @VibeHi @handymayhem EoP Re @HotepNation @RichardBSpencer alliance – http://eop-v-wip.tygae.org.za/2017/02/18-feb-the-right-stuff/ CC @RonFinleyHQ @DanaPittard
EoP MILED Clerk: 20 Feb 2017: 12:52 hrs: @hotep @BlckPwrNation @HotepAmir @HotepRapBrown @VinnieVagabond @YungRockyBoa @LeKushite @BrolyKogan @TheEightFour FYI. TC @cynthiamckinney
» Retweet of: EoP MILED Clerk: 20 Feb 2017: 00:36 hrs: @GMWhiteAmerica @VibeHi @handymayhem EoP Re @HotepNation @RichardBSpencer alliance – http://eop-v-wip.tygae.org.za/2017/02/18-feb-the-right-stuff/ CC @RonFinleyHQ @DanaPittard
The Right Stuff: The Lie of Human Empathy: Comment; Russia Insider: American Political Dialogue Lacks All Sincerity, and Violence Is Already Filling the Void: Comment; What is this Hotep and Alt Right Alliance: Hotep Nation: Hotep Nation: Comment; Attack the System: Comment; Uncle Hotep: Comment; Ali Shakur: Comment.
In the Ecology of Peace culture’s perspective there are individuals from all races and religions, ideologies and classes capable of becoming and being sincere truthseekers and problem solvers, and there are individuals of all races and religions, ideologies and classes who will insist on being and remaining Masonic War is Peace parasite leeches, takers, looters and rapists of planet earth.
Masonic War is Peace is about consciously or unconsciously identifying the root cause of the problem, and applying STRATINT to deliberately perpetuate the problem indefinitely so as to socio-politically and financially parastically profit of the misery resulting from the problem. The tap has been left on, the bath is overflowing. Masonic War is Peace profiteers argue about what colour mops to use; who is mopping; who is hiring chinks or japs or coolies or kikes to do the mopping, blah blah.
Ecology of Peace identifies the root cause of any problem and applies STRATINT skills to eliminate the root cause of the problem. EoP considers ‘the right to breed and consume with total disregard for ecological carrying capacity limits clauses’ – aka policy — of the Masonic War is Peace international law social contract; as the root cause of the majority of socio-economic and political problems resulting from resource depletion and resource wars: including among others: climate change, food shortages, food inflation, cost of living increases, urban sprawl, traffic jams, toxic waste, pollution, peak oil, peak water, peak food, peak population, species extinction, loss of biodiversity, peak resources, climate change, terrorism, feminism, nazism, Islamism, capitalism, communism, militarization of police, etc. Ecology of Peace STRATINT advisors simply point out the tap is causing the bath to overflow; and find out who is willing to cooperate to turn off the tap.
Ecology of Peace culture’s legal definition of the difference between an Eco-Innocent and a Breeding/Consumption Scarcity Combatant; can be found at: EoP NTE GMA Potus: EcoFootprint; and EoP v WiP NWO Neg: 19 Jan: Marco Rubio & Rex Tillerson: EoP RH Factual Reality & War Criminal Questions.
Ecology of Peace perspective on ethics, can be found at EoP Summary of WiP History.
Responsibility Decision-making: Culture Change requires conversation we have not had before.
If we’re focused on de-radicalisation only, that is just a band-aid. The wound will still fester and spread. If we balance intervention with prevention, just like we did with, say, polio (treat the sick AND inoculate the population so they don’t get sick) we have a chance. But unless equal opportunity truly exists in America, which it currently does not for people of colour as well as some isolated and poverty-stricken whites, this same interview, with the same answers, can be written almost verbatim 20 years for now.
— Christian Picciolini: Dazed: I was the leader of America’s deadliest neo-Nazi gang: Christian Picciolini spent his teen years at the helm of a US white supremacist group. Now, he runs Life After Hate – a charity dedicated to shining a light on ‘basic human goodness’.
It is true that when the European Union and World economy collapses; perhaps together; perhaps subsequent to each other by a few years [Meltdown]; the socio-economic conditions shall result in the rise of either Masonic ‘left: communist’ or ‘right: national socialist’ wing War is Peace populist extremist political parties. Irrespective of whether the extremist populist party in any particular nation is ‘left’ or ‘right’; that Masonic War is Peace populist extremist party shall need to engage in culling of the populace; to reduce the nations populace to levels closer to ecological carrying capacity limits. Both left and right wing Masonic War is Peace extremist populists shall have their respective ‘racial, cultural or religious trash’ [Soviet Story] whom they shall cull from their national genepool; whether via Stalinist Ukraine like famine; or Siberian concentration camps [Soviet Story]; or Nazi-like concentration camps [Jesuit Nazi Final Solution]; or American version Fema camps; or simply quickly and brutally Hutu-Tutsi style [Hutu-Tutsi]. There shall be mass culling. The decision-making about whom should and should not be culled; will not be based upon any racial, cultural, religious impartial ‘rule of culling law’ principle; but on the emotional hatred zeal of those in power; against perceived racial, religious or cultural group enemies; with no consideration whether individuals within that racial, religious or cultural group are guilty of the crimes; that some of their fellow racial, religious or cultural members are perceived to be guilty of by the respective Masonic Right/Left Extremist elite.
“Left right or right wing Capitalist WiP economic and population growth destroys the environment decreasing the nation’s resources. Left or Right wing Communist or National Socialist WiP economic and population growth destroys the environment decreasing the nation’s resources. The only difference is that Left or Right wing Capitalist growth does it faster and with greater economic inequality. When nations choose to follow a Masonic capitalist, communist, socialist, libertarian, Stalinist, nazi ‘right to breed/consume above ecological carrying capacity limits’ economic growth or population growth plan; they are buying a ticket on the Titanic. Whether they purchase a Left or Right Wing Neo Conservative/Liberal capitalist first-class or Left or Right wing Extremist Marxist/Nazi communist/national socialist third class steerage Titanic ticket is irrelevant. They are purchasing a ticket on the Titanic where the end sinking of the WiP capitalist/communist titanic economy; and mass covert or overt culling of ‘racial trash’ result is the same.” – amended quote of Albert Bartlett; Arithmetic, Population and Energy.
“The teachings of Marx and Engels were carefully studied by Lenin; the man who established the first Marxist country on Earth. One year after Lenin’s death in 1924, the New York Times published a small article, which at the time went almost unnoticed: “Hitlerite Riot In Berlin: Bear Glasses Fly When Speaker Compares Hitler and Lenin. It was about some newly established party in Germany. Berlin, Nov 27: The National Socialist-Labor Party, of which Adolph Hitler is patron and father, persists in believing Lenin and Hitler can be compared or contrasted in a party meeting. Two weeks ago an attempted discussion of this subject led to one death, sixty injuries and GBP 3,000 damages to beer glasses, tables, chairs, windows and chandeliers in Chemnitz. Last night Dr Goebels tried the experiment in Berlin and only police intervention prevented a repetition of the Chemnitz affair. On Dr. Goebels assertion that Lenin was the greatest man, second only to Hitler, and that the difference between communism and the Hitler faith were very slight, a faction war opened with whizzing beer glasses.” Amazing. A Future Nazi propaganda minister Goebels was openly declaring that the difference between Lenin’s communism and the Hitler faith was very slight.” — The Soviet Story.
Sincere EoP or WiP Fraud: Never Had Before Democratization Discussion?:
Put differently: A ‘democratization discussion that you have never had before about economic problems’ is an excellent idea; IF your discussion is focused on brutal honestly (a) confronting and addressing the root Masonic War is Peace ‘right to breed and consume with total disregard for ecological carrying capacity limits’ causes of – ecological overshoot resource depletion tipping points and resource conflict – which are manifesting as their overpopulation and consumption socio-economic and psycho-political problems; and (b) implementing a fair, honourable and transparent deindustrialization and depopulation policy; based upon impartial easily verifiable factors that clearly delineate which individuals; irrespective of race, religion, class or culture; should be eliminated from the national genepool; when, where, how many; how and by whom.
If your ‘democratization discussion that you have never had before about economic problems’ does not include discussion of the root overpopulation and consumption causes of those socio-economic problems; your ‘democratization’ discussion is not ‘a new discussion that has never been had before’. It shall just be another ‘Its not about the Nail’ Masonic War is Peace pretend we give a fuck about problem solving; while doing fuck all about solving the root causes of our socio-economic problems; instead aggravating the root causes so we can parasitically socio-politically ego Mindfuck profit from them.
If the nail-problem you are hammering is to abolish the Masonic War is Peace social contract and replace it with an Ecology of Peace social contract; then that nail is simultaneously addressing a multitude of ecological overshoot problems: whether crime and violence, unemployment and poverty, food shortages, inflation, political instability, loss of political freedoms, conformist political correctness, vanishing species, garbage and pollution, urban sprawl, traffic jams, toxic waste, resource depletion, etc. Put simply the nail is in the bulls eye target zone, and each hammer strike, sends problem solving solution ripples to each of all of these problems; whereas if you focus your nail-problem hammering in War is Peace ‘racial, ideological, cultural, religious, economic etc’ symptom zones; each hammer strike is pointless; because in the absence of addressing the root cause of the problem: Masonic War is Peace ‘right to breed/consume with total disregard for ecological carrying capacity limits’ social contract; the particular problem you are focused on is only going to get worse; as the tap of overpopulation / overconsumption-ecological overshoot resource scarcity grows and grows and grows.
“…an organization cannot have a conservation policy without having a population policy….the sanity test — in which the candidate, confronted with an overflowing sink, is classified according to whether he reaches for the faucet or the mop.” — Daniel B. Luten; as quoted by William Milton Cooper in Behold a Pale Horse.
Culture Change to EoP Honour Ecofootprint Shrinking Lifeboat Ethics:
In Garrett Hardin’s: Living on a Lifeboat and Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor; the basic access to resources leadership decision was ‘nations resource lifeboat is not full yet, whom of those drowning in the water; should we give the opportunity to get into our national lifeboat; and whom should we just allow to drown’.
In US Army’s Lifeboat Ethics while not explicitly stated in the course material; that – in terms of ecological overshoot resource depletion tipping points and resource conflict – all nations on Earth’s resource lifeboats are not only full; but shrinking so now the decision is not ‘whom to let in’ but ‘whom should be removed from the lifeboat aka national genepool; how should they be removed; how many should be removed; by whom and when should they be removed’?
Ecology of Peace culture’s simple egologically literate –– Culture Change to EoP Honour Ecofootprint Shrinking Lifeboat Ethics: ‘whom should be removed from the planetary lifeboat genepool; how should they be removed; how many should be removed; by whom and when should they be removed’? –– conversation suggestions to EoP Axis nations to cooperate  to implement a new Ecology of Peace social contract based economic order; to address the massive impending planetary social conflict problems resulting from climate change, peak food, peak water, peak oil, including how and where to bury 6 billion people on the path to a responsible freedom low tech agrarian sustainable future; including an ecological carrying capacity based definition of among others ‘sustainability’ can be found in: Near Term Extinction Green Morning America US President [PDF]: 05 Dec 2016 submission to Federal Election Commission: Hamilton Electors [PDF]
 EoP ADR: Ego and Ecological Literacy.  EoP NWO SCO: 26 Jan: Tall Ships & Culture Change to EoP Honour Ecofootprint Shrinking Lifeboat Ethics?  EoP NWO SCO: 25 Jan: US Army Reserve Command Ft Bragg NC: Leaders Shrinking Lifeboat Course Activity creates biases awareness.  The Community Solution: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.  Real News: Paul Jay’s Reality Asserts Itself: Who Makes US Foreign Policy interview of Lawrence Wilkerson; particularly the predatory capitalism part.  Tompkins Conservation: The Next Economy: Transitions from Globalization to Eco-Localism.
— EoP NOW SCO: 25 Jan: USAR Ft Bragg NC: Leaders Shrinking Lifeboat Course Activity creates biases awareness; 12 Feb: Diem25: EoP Simple Root Cause Problem Solving Recommendation; EoP v WiP NWO Neg: 07 Dec: Real Donald Trump .. The Hill.
Do you sincerely want a change in Masonic War is Peace – pretend we give a fuck about economic inequality; psycho-social resource conflict conformity pressures; climate change, food shortages, food inflation, cost of living increases, urban sprawl, traffic jams, toxic waste, pollution, peak oil, peak water, peak food, peak population, species extinction, loss of biodiversity, peak resources, corporate and political corruption; nation states standing army or dissident guerrilla army ‘terrorism’ resource war military aggression, etc; while doing sweet fuck all about the root ‘right to breed and consume with total disregard for ecological carrying capacity limits’ international law social contract clauses – culture?
— EoP v WiP NWO Neg: 25 Jan: USAR Ft Bragg … Werner Erhard.
Cultural Conspiracy — Sexology & Killology — Denial and Repression.
Lt Col Dave Grossman
“William Manchester, author and U.S. Marine veteran of World War II, felt remorse and shame after his close-range personal killing of a Japanese soldier. “I can remember,” he wrote, “whispering foolishly, ‘I’m sorry’ and then just throwing up … I threw up all over myself. It was a betrayal of what I’d been taught since a child.” Other combat veterans tell of the emotional responses associated with a close-range kill that echo Manchester’s horror. The media’s depiction of violence tries to tell us that men can easily throw off the moral inhibitions of a lifetime — and whatever other instinctive restraint exists — and kill casually and guiltlessly in combat. The men who have killed, and who will talk about it, tell a different tale.”
— Lt Col Dave Grossman, On Killing
“And then a shell lands behind us, and another over to the side, and by this time we’re scurrying and the sarge and I and another guy wind up behind a wall. The sergeant said it was an .88 and then he said, “S and s some more.” I asked him if he was hit and he sort of smiled and said no, he had just pissed his pants. He always pissed them, he said, just when things started and then he was okay. He wasn’t making any apologies either, and then I realized something wasn’t quite right with me, either. There was something warm down there and it seemed to be running down my leg. I felt, and it wasn’t blood. It was piss. I told the sarge, I said, “Sarge, I’ve pissed too,” or something like that and he grinned and said, “Welcome to the war.” ”
— World War II veteran; quoted in Barry Broadfoot, Six Year War, 1939-1945
“To understand the intensity of the body’s physiological response to the stress of combat we must understand the mobilization of resources caused by the body’s sympathetic nervous system, and then we must understand the impact of the body’s parasympathetic backlash response.
The sympathetic nervous system mobilizes and directs the body’s energy resources for action. The parasympathetic system is responsible for the body’s digestive and recuperative processes.
Usually these two systems sustain a general balance between their demands upon the body’s resources, but during extremely stressful circumstances the fight-or-flight response kicks in and the sympathetic nervous system mobilizes all available energy for survival. In combat this very often results in nonessential activities such as digestion, bladder control, and sphincter control being completely shut down. This process is so intense that soldiers very often suffer stress diarrhea, and it is not at all uncommon for them to urinate and defecate in their pants as the body literally “blows its ballast” in an attempt to provide all the energy resources required to ensure its survival.”
— Lt Col Dave Grossman, On Killing
Killing requires training because there is a built-in aversion to killing one’s own kind. I can best illustrate this from drawing on my own work in studying killing in the military.
We all know that you can’t have an argument or a discussion with a frightened or angry human being. Vasoconstriction, the narrowing of the blood vessels, has literally closed down the forebrain–that great gob of gray matter that makes you a human being and distinguishes you from a dog. When those neurons close down, the midbrain takes over and your thought processes and reflexes are indistinguishable from your dog’s. If you’ve worked with animals, you have some understanding in the realm of midbrain responses.
Within the midbrain there is a powerful, God-given resistance to killing your own kind. Every species, with a few exceptions, has a hardwired resistance to killing its own kind in territorial and mating battles. When animals with antlers and horns fight one another, they head butt in a harmless fashion. But when they fight any other species, they go to the side to gut and gore. Piranhas will turn their fangs on anything, but they fight one another with flicks of the tail. Rattlesnakes will bite anything, but they wrestle one another. Almost every species has this hardwired resistance to killing its own kind.
During World War II, US Army Brig. Gen. S. L. A. Marshall had a team of researchers study what soldiers did in battle. For the first time in history, they asked individual soldiers what they did in battle. They discovered that only 15 to 20 percent of the individual riflemen could bring themselves to fire at an exposed enemy soldier.
That is the reality of the battlefield. Only a small percentage of soldiers are able and willing to participate. Men are willing to die, they are willing to sacrifice themselves for their nation; but they are not willing to kill. It is a phenomenal insight into human nature; but when the military became aware of that, they systematically went about the process of trying to fix this “problem.” From the military perspective, a 15 percent firing rate among riflemen is like a 15 percent literacy rate among librarians. And fix it the military did. By the Korean War, around 55 percent of the soldiers were willing to fire to kill. And by Vietnam, the rate rose to over 90 percent.
— Lt. Col Dave Grossman; Trained to Kill
An examination of the psychological effects of combat must begin by acknowledging that there are some positive aspects to combat. Throughout recorded history these positive aspects have been emphasized and exaggerated in order to protect the self-image of combatants, or honor the memory of the fallen and rationalize their deaths, to aggrandize and glorify political leaders and military commanders, and to manipulate populations into supporting war and sending their sons to their deaths. But the fact that these positive aspects have been manipulated and exploited does not deny their existence. There is a reason for the powerful attraction of combat over the centuries, and there is no value in going from the dysfunctional extreme of glorifying war to the equally dysfunctional extreme of denying its attraction.
The ability to recognize and confront danger, the powerful group bonding that occurs in times of stress, the awe-inspiring spectacle of a nation focused and aligned to achieve a single aim, selfless dedication to abstract concepts and goals, and the ability to overcome the powerful imperatives of the survival instinct and willingly die for others: these common aspects of war represent both important survival traits and a potentially positive comment on basic human nature. But if war does have a capacity for reflecting some usually hidden, positive aspects of humanity, it irrefutably does so at a great and tragic cost.
One obvious and tragic price of war is the toll of death and destruction. But there is an additional cost, a psychological cost borne by the survivors of combat, and a full understanding of this cost has been too long repressed by a legacy of self-deception and intentional misrepresentation. After peeling away this “legacy of lies” that has perpetuated and glorified warfare there is no escaping the conclusion that combat, and the killing that lies at the heart of combat, is an extraordinarily traumatic and psychologically costly endeavor that profoundly impacts all who participate in it.
[…] A Cultural Conspiracy
It is essential to acknowledge that good ends have been and will continue to be accomplished through combat. Many democracies owe their very existence to successful combat. .. And around the world the price of civilization is paid every day by military units on peacekeeping operations and domestic police forces who are forced to engage in close combat. There have been and will continue to be times and places where combat is unavoidable, but when a society requires its police and armed forces to participate in combat it is essential to fully comprehend the magnitude of the inevitable psychological toll.
It is often said that “All’s fair in love and war,” and this expression provides a valuable insight into the human psyche, since these twin, taboo fields of sexuality and aggression represent the two realms in which most individuals will consistently deceive both themselves and others. Our psychological and societal inability to confront the truth about the effects of combat is the foundation for the cultural conspiracy of repression, a deception and denial that has helped to perpetuate and propagate war throughout recorded history.
In the field of developmental psychology a mature adult is sometimes defined as someone who has attained a degree of insight and self-control in the two areas of sexuality and aggression. This is also a useful definition of maturity in civilizations. Thus two important and reassuring trends in recent years have been the development of the science of human sexuality, which has been termed “sexology,” and a parallel development of the science of human aggression, which D. Grossman has termed “killology.” There is universal consensus that continued research in this previously taboo realm of human aggression is vital to the future development, and perhaps to the very existence, of our civilization.
– Lt. Col Dave Grossman; Psychological Effects of Combat
— EoP v WiP Psych: Documents: 1C