Military suicides: Psychiatry’s greatest secret experiment


April 22, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Prior to World War I, nearly all psychiatrists worked in mental institutions, where they dealt with the committed and insane. But they were really just caretakers; they didn’t cure anyone. In fact, in those institutions, the “inmates” were very often subjected to cruel and inhumane psychiatric experimentation, and much of it was inflicted upon them to keep them quiet, not make them better.

When the Great War broke out, psychiatry made its first foray into the military. For example, in Germany, soldiers who were unwilling to return to the hellish trench warfare at the front were subjected to what was called the “Kaufman Cure.” It was anything but a cure, however; it was a procedure that involved shooting painful electrical currents through the soldier’s body while a practitioner intoned hypnotic suggestions. Its victims rightly deemed it a form of torture, but the Kaufman Cure was widely seen as successful by psychiatrists because it did indeed induce terrified soldiers to return to the front lines, and in a rush.

‘We must aim to make psychiatry permeate all of society’

By the time World War II began, psychiatrists had forged established paths into the militaries of many nations. And it was through the military that psychiatrists finally achieved newfound status as “medical doctors.” But influence over the psychology of the military was just a small fraction of what psychiatrists had planned.

On June 18, 1940, Brig. Gen. J. R. Rees, a psychiatrist, stood before the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Mental Hygiene to outline psychiatry’s ambitions for the future:

“We must aim to make it [psychiatry] permeate every educational activity in our national life… Public life, politics and industry should all of them be within our sphere of influence.”

In order to reach that objective, he said, psychiatrists would need to find the perfect proving ground: One with an unlimited budget that could continue to grow; one with an endless supply of human resources, where every order is obeyed and no questions are asked; and one where any collateral damage could be hidden as “classified.”

As an Army general, Rees knew exactly where this proving ground could be, and he even said so himself: “The Army and the other fighting services form rather unique experimental groups since they are complete communities and it is possible to arrange experiments in a way that would be very difficult in civilian life.”

It was as shrewd as it was bold, especially when it was being sold under the guise of “help.” So the infiltration by the psychiatric community into the military continued, unabated. By 1943, psychiatry had penetrated so deeply into the American military that the U.S. Navy’s top psychiatrist, Rear Adm. Francis Braceland, boasted, “Psychiatry now has a place in every step of the Navy man’s career from his induction to his eventual separation from the service.”

In 1945, prior to the war’s end, the chief military psychiatrist, Brig. Gen. William Menninger, authored a manual that listed all of the mental problems he believed soldiers could have. But none of his conclusions were based on any scientific tests or results; there were no blood tests or X-rays to verify any of his claims, nor was there anything observable under a microscope.

They were just his opinions.

High rates of prescriptions, high rates of suicides

Few in the military psychiatric community seemed to mind, however, because the Menninger manual provided a veneer of legitimacy to the field — something they needed in order to diagnose and “treat” ever more service members.

The manual become so widely used that it later became the foundation for psychiatry’s “bible,” the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM. And today, the book lists an astounding 374 mental “disorders” within its nearly 1,000 pages — and it still is no more scientific than Menniger’s initial small manual.

Fast-forward to today.

The U.S. military has been experiencing its highest-ever suicide rates for the past several years, and finally, a new documentary film lays bare not only the history behind psychiatry’s infiltration of the military but also the dangerous and deadly effects of that infiltration, particularly in the form of increasing rates of psychotropic drug-induced suicide, which the Pentagon has labeled an “epidemic.”

The film, The Hidden Enemy: Inside Psychiatry’s Covert Agenda, produced by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), details psychiatry’s rise in the military, including the sinister conspiracy to use men and women in uniform as nothing more than guinea pigs.

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Why your fingerprints may not be unique

By Sarah Knapton

Assumption that everyone has a unique fingerprint from which they can be identified through a computer database is flawed, says Home Office expert Mike Silverman

Fingerprint evidence linking criminals to crime scenes has played a fundamental role in convictions in Britain since the first forensic laboratory was set up in Scotland Yard in 1901.

But the basic assumption that everyone has a unique fingerprint from which they can be quickly identified through a computer database is flawed, an expert has claimed.

Mike Silverman, who introduced the first automated fingerprint detection system to the Metropolitan Police, claims that human error, partial prints and false positives mean that fingerprints evidence is not as reliable as is widely believed.

Nobody has yet proved that fingerprints are unique and families can share elements of the same pattern.

And there are other problems, such as scanning fingerprints of the elderly as their skin loses elasticity and in rare conditions leaves some people with smooth, featureless fingertips.

Mr Silverman, who was the Home Office’s first Forensic Science Regulator, said: “Essentially you can’t prove that no two fingerprints are the same. It’s improbable, but so is winning the lottery, and people do that every week.

“No two fingerprints are ever exactly alike in every detail, even two impressions recorded immediately after each other from the same finger.

“It requires an expert examiner to determine whether a print taken from crime scene and one taken from a subject are likely to have originated from the same finger.”

However there are numerous cases in which innocent people have been wrongly singled out by means of fingerprint evidence.

In 2004, Brandon Mayfield, was wrongly linked to the Madrid train bombings by FBI fingerprint experts in the United States.

Shirley McKie, a Scottish police officer, was wrongly accused of having been at a murder scene in 1997 after a print supposedly matching hers was found near the body.

“What both cases clearly demonstrate is that, despite the way fingerprint evidence is portrayed in the media, all comparisons ultimately involve some human element and, as a result, they are vulnerable to human error,” said Mr Silverman who has recently published his memoirs ‘Written in Blood’ and now works as a private forensic consultant.


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If It’s Possible, It Happened

By Amir Alexander

‘Our Mathematical Universe’: A Case for Alternate Realities

Zooming through a Stockholm intersection on his bicycle one morning, 18-year-old Max Tegmark never saw the truck that hit him. The blast of a horn, the screech of tires and a sickening thud followed in quick succession, extinguishing a young life filled with promise.

It never happened, of course. As the adult Dr. Tegmark, now 46, relates in the opening pages of this provocative new book, young Max swerved at the last instant and continued on to school — and an academic career that eventually took him to the faculty of M.I.T. and the top ranks of the world’s cosmologists.

But wait: That fatal accident did happen, Dr. Tegmark writes. Yes, he came through unscathed that day, but he was also killed, and he was severely injured, and slightly injured. He endured every possible outcome, happy and unhappy, that can befall a bicyclist who encounters a speeding truck.

All of these happened, he argues, because everything that can happen does happen — in at least one of an infinite number of universes.

If you find this far-fetched, you are hardly alone. The idea of parallel universes, in which events diverge from those in our own reality, is usually the domain of science fiction. But Dr. Tegmark is a scientist, not a novelist, and he makes a powerful case, leading us step by logical step from well-established mainstream science into ever stranger territory.

Each step along the way seems entirely reasonable, so that by the time we arrive at Dr. Tegmark’s “multiverse,” in which all that can be is, we are left to wonder: Can this be right? And if not, where did we go wrong?

He starts the journey in the ancient world, when Greek scholars used brilliantly creative geometrical methods to estimate the circumference of the earth, the size of the moon and the distance to the sun. From there he moves through the discoveries that established the universe as it is known to scientists today: our solar system, the Milky Way, the innumerable galaxies all racing away from one another as the universe expands and expands. He argues that there is no reason to think the Big Bang was a unique event, so one should assume countless other universes. This is science writing at its best — dynamic, dramatic and accessible.

But then things get stranger. Dr. Tegmark narrows his focus to the building blocks of matter, the elementary particles governed by the laws of quantum mechanics. The position of a particle at a given time is described by its “wavefunction,” but this provides only a probable distribution of locations, not an absolutely determined one.

The classic Copenhagen interpretation, devised by Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in the 1920s, resolved this problem by positing that the wavefunction “collapses” into a specific location when a measurement is made. But Dr. Tegmark rejects this as an improvised and implausible solution. The wavefunction never collapses, he argues, and all its different values continue to exist side by side.

What all this means is that the universe is constantly splitting into more and more realities, in each of which the particle is in one of its possible locations.

Nor is this splitting limited to the microscopic scale of quantum physics. Since we are made of elementary particles, our actions, thoughts and feelings ultimately depend on their position, and our world, too, is constantly splitting into all its possibilities.

Dr. Tegmark’s ultimate reality is one in which anything that is mathematically possible actually exists, but there is nothing that is not mathematical. Our reality, in other words, is not just described by mathematics, it is mathematics.


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One of America’s Most Famous Architects Was a Nazi Propagandist

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That would be Philip Johnson, who once said “[t]he people with money to build today are corporations – they are our popes and Medicis.” Matt Novak details Johnson’s fascist beliefs, his Nazi sympathizing and hatred for Jews, whom he described as “a different breed of humanity, flitting about like locusts,” at Gizmodo:

American architect Philip Johnson designed some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century. Johnson, who died in 2005, has long been hailed as one of the greats. But there’s one fact about the man that many people in the architecture community don’t like to talk about: Johnson was a fascist who openly supported Adolf Hitler and the Nazis for nearly a decade.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair opening, so special attention is being paid to one of Johnson’s most beloved buildings: the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows. It’s open today for the first time in nearly 27 years, and there’s a line around the block just to get in to see the crumbling structure.

The debate over whether to restore the site rages on. But one thing almost never mentioned when discussing this structure or his architecture in general is that Philip Johnson was a terrible, hateful human being. And he wasn’t just some casual Nazi sympathizer whispering, “maybe Hitler has some good ideas” in shadowy bars, either. He actively campaigned for Nazi causes in the U.S. and around the world.

Johnson visited Germany in the 1930s at the invitation of the government’s Propaganda Ministry. He wrote numerous articles for far right publications. He started a fascist organization called the Gray Shirts in the United States. He was with the Nazis when they invaded Poland and wrote about how it wasn’t as bad as the American press was making it out to be. He was an ardent supporter of the notoriously anti-semitic Father Coughlin. And he was so in the tank for the Nazis that the FBI even suspected him of being a spy.

“You simply could not fail to be caught up in the excitement of it,” Johnson would tell aninterviewer about attending a 1932 Hitler rally in Potsdam, Germany. “…by the marching songs, by the crescendo and climax of the whole thing, as Hitler came on at last to harangue the crowd.”

Johnson embraced nearly everything Hitler stood for…


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The computer that plays GOD: Scientists design simulator that predicts the fate of all life on Earth

This graphic shows the number of creatures in a certain area, with a higher number shown in red. It reveals that the oceans hold more creatures than on land, and their numbers are affected by the changing seasons
 . Madingley model captures the growth, migration, and lives of creatures
. It could address environmental issues such as hunting and habitat loss
. Software is open-source to encourage more scientists to get involved
. But some ecologists believe nature is too complex to model in this way

By Ellie Zolfagharifard

Dubbed the Madingley model, the simulation captures the growth, migration and lives of creatures as their food chain.

Ecologists have spent the past two years developing the simulation which uses real data on changes in, for instance, animal migration.

They hope it will eventually lead to something known as ‘General Ecosystem Models’, or Gems, to capture the entire structure and function of any ecosystem in the world.


The Madingley modelcaptures the broad structure and function of ecosystems around the world.

It does this by simulating processes – including feeding, reproduction and death – that drive the distribution of creatures.

Ecologists and biologists have spent the past two years developing the open source simulation, which uses real data on carbon flows as a starting point.

From the relationship between the mass of individual organisms and how long they live, to the distribution of biomass across Earth, the model’s outputs are broadly consistent with current understanding of ecosystems.

The Madingley model could radically improve understanding of the biosphere and help inform policy decisions about biodiversity and conservation…

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The wages of fear: The harrowing plight of the ship breakers of Bangladesh – one of the most dangerous jobs in the world


. Arduous and dangerous job employs 200,000 Bangladeshis and is notorious for injuries to and deaths of workers
. There are around 80 yards along an eight-mile stretch of the coast of Bangladesh

By Sam Webb

The sad beauty of these incredible images cast a light on the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh, where workers face death and injury from accidents and environmental hazards for just a few dollars a a day.

Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard is the largest of its type in the world. Around 80 active ship breaking yards line an eight-mile stretch of the coast, employing more than 200,000 Bangladeshis and accounting for half of all the steel in Bangladesh.

Ship breaking is the dismantling of ships for scrap recycling. Most ships have a lifespan of a 25-30 years before there is so much wear that repair becomes uneconomical, but the rising cost to insure and maintain aging vessels can make even younger vessels unprofitable to operate.

Swarms of laborers from the poorest parts of Bangladesh use acetylene torches and their hands to slice the carcass into pieces. These are hauled off the beach by teams of loaders, then melted down.
Fishermen place their nets at low tide in front of the ship-breaking yards in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Today Chittagong is partially soaked with oil and toxic mud. File picture
Ship breaking allows materials from the ship, especially steel, to be recycled. Equipment, fuel and chemicals on board the vessel can also be reused.

Peter Gwin, writing for National Geographic, visited the region to see it first hand. He described the guards, razor wire-topped fences and signs prohibiting photography there, installed following scrutiny in the ship breaker’s operations after a spate of deaths…

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Brazil passes ‘internet constitution’ ahead of global conference on web future

Reuters / Thomas Peter

Ahead of a two-day Net Mundial international conference in Sao Paulo on the future of the Internet, Brazil’s Senate has unanimously adopted a bill which guarantees online privacy of Brazilian users and enshrines equal access to the global network.

The bill known as the “Internet constitution” was first introduced in the wake of the NSA spying scandal and is now expected to be signed into law by President Dilma Rousseff – one of the primary targets of the US intelligence apparatus, as leaks by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden revealed.

Rousseff plans to present the law on Wednesday at a global Internet conference.

The bill promotes freedom of information, making service providers not liable for content published by their users, but instead forcing the companies to obey court orders to remove any offensive material.

The principle of neutrality, calling on providers to grant equal access to service without charging higher rates for greater bandwidth use is also promoted. The legislation also limits the gathering and use of metadata on Internet users in Brazil.

Approval of the Senate was assured after the government dropped a provision in the legislature requiring Internet companies such as Twitter and Facebook to store data on Brazilian users at home.

The final version bill states that companies collecting data on Brazilian accounts must obey Brazilian data protection laws even if the data is collected and stored on servers abroad…






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Americans outraged by US back-pedaling of GMO’s labeling

Americans outraged by US back-pedaling of GMO's labeling

A GMO labeling battle continues in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products appose big companies. It is widely known that despite the fact some agrochemical giants have recently taken timid steps toward being more upfront with consumers, the United States, unlike some 60 other countries, lacks a legal requirement to label GMOs.

A recent New York Times poll found that 93 percent of Americans want GMO food to be labeled.

Still, in the US, where almost all soy, sugar beet, corn and canola crops are genetically engineered, bills requiring labeling for GMO foods were introduced in 26 states last year.

But only Maine and Connecticut approved such measures and have yet to implement them.

Alaska adopted a law in 2005 requiring labeling of genetically engineered salmon, whose safety for human consumption is still being studied by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Elsewhere the measures have been defeated, notably in the state of Washington, where voters narrowly rejected GMO labeling. Other proposals are being stored in legislative committees.

But supporters of GMO labeling of food insist they are unfazed and determined to shore up more support.

“We expect even more states this year to join the battle, particularly Oregon and Colorado,” Colin O’Neil of the Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit organization that opposes GMO foods, said.

While one bill in Vermont was likely to pass this month, two senators were working on federal legislation.

The labeling of genetically engineered foods is “an issue that exploded last year at the state level” due to consumer pressure…

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Nanoparticles Present In Cosmetics, Sunscreens, Clothing Can Damage DNA: Study

Nanoparticles Present In Cosmetics, Sunscreens, Clothing Can Damage DNA: Study

A wide range of consumer products contain certain nanoparticles that can harm our DNA, according to a new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard School of Publich Heath.

Manufacturers use nanoparticles to improve texture, kill microbes, or enhance shelf life, etc., in consumer products such as cosmetics, sunscreens and clothing.

The researchers looked at five types of engineered, industrially-used nanoparticles – silver, zinc oxide, iron oxide, cerium oxide, and silicon dioxide. These nanoparticles produce free radicals, called reactive oxygen species, that can alter DNA.

The zinc oxide nanoparticles often found in sunscreen to block ultraviolet rays, and the nanoscale silver used in toys, toothpaste, clothing and other products for its antimicrobial properties were found doing substantial DNA damage.

But what is the consequence of this DNA damage? While it may not necessarily kill a cell, the researchers say it can lead to cancerous mutations if the damage is not repaired.

On the other hand, silicon dioxide, a common additive found food and drugs, had little adverse impact on DNA. Iron oxide and cerium oxide also showed low genotoxicity.

The researchers tested the effects of nanoparticles on human blood cells lymphoblastoids and Chinese hamster ovary cells.

While more studies are necessary to see how much exposure to metal oxide nanoparticles is unsafe, children and fetuses could be at greater risk as their cells divide more often, making them more vulnerable to DNA damage.

The most common points of entry for engineered nanoparticles are the skin, lungs and stomach. One of the areas of greatest concern is occupational exposure to nanoparticles, the researchers say.

The study was led by biological-engineering professor Bevin Engelward and associate professor Philip Demokritou, director of HSPH’s Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology.

While several studies have shown that these engineered nanoparticles can be toxic to cells, researchers say that few studies have looked for the ability of nanoparticles to damage DNA.

They are also studying the effects of other engineered nanoparticles that can become airborne and enter the lungs, such as the metal oxides used in printer and photocopier toner.

The study, published recently in the journal ACS Nano, employed a high-speed screening approach that uses microfabrication technology to process samples at a faster rate and larger scale than before. The researchers hope this approach will assist in designing safer forms of nanoparticles.

Perhaps their hopes are well-founded, as it has been recently demonstrated in Philip Demokritou’s lab that applying a nanothin coating of amorphous silica to zinc oxide particles can mitigate their harmful impact on DNA.


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Food-analyzing app tells you how fat you’re about to get

by Michael Trei Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Credit: SRI Ventures

With obesity rates reaching scary levels, we really need a better way to let people know just how much food they are about to eat. There have been a few photo-based calorie counting apps like Meal Snap for a while, but this new development from SRI Ventures aims to make that process much more accurate.

The new app is being developed under the code name Project Ceres and will attempt to correct some of the weaknesses in earlier similar apps. Using a large database of recognized food products, the app will be able to see not only that you’re about to chow down on a burger, but can tell when it’s a Burger King Double Whopper with cheese. Portion size has always been a tough job when photo analyzing food, so the SRI app will let you upload multiple pictures so it can get a better view of your plate. It even learns your habits and can recognize locations, so it will know when you’re stopping off at Ben & Jerry’s for a triple scoop sundae.

Norman Winarski From SRI admits that the system will never be foolproof, and it can’t tell when you’ve hidden a mound of bacon bits under that healthy looking green spinach at the salad bar, but it can give you a range of calories that can hopefully convince you to back off before you overindulge.

SRI Ventures is the company that developed the Siri personal assistant software before Apple bought it from them, so they’re not exactly newbies when it comes to creating apps that can reason intelligently. At this point they’re not sure when the technology will appear in a form we can all use, but SRI says they hope it is within a year. In the meantime, I’ll try to stick to my New Year’s resolution to cut back on bacon. Mmm, bacon.





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