Our Strange Attraction to Self-Destructive Behaviors, Choices and Incentives

 Our Strange Attraction to Self-Destructive Behaviors, Choices and Incentives

Charles Hugh Smith returned to RogueMoneyRadio for an 04/16/2018 program. The following is his latest article reproduced here with the author's permission and links to the original at his Of Two Minds site. -- JWS

Self-destruction isn't a bug, it's a feature of our socio-economic system.

The gravitational pull of self-destructive behaviors, choices and incentives is scale-invariant, meaning that we can discern the strange attraction to self-destruction in the entire scale of human experience, from individuals to families to groups to entire societies.

The proliferation of self-destructive behaviors, choices and incentives in our socio-economic system is profoundly troubling. Exhibit 1 is the opioid epidemic (charts in the original story). How did we reach this level of individual and social self-destruction?

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America's Future Is On The New Silk Road with China

America's Future Is On The New Silk Road with China

Sunday's thorough indictment of the FBI by New York judge and former prosecutor Jeanine Pirro was needed, and completely accurate as far as she went. America does not need, and should not have, such a Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Since its creation under Anglophile President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt in 1908, at British instigation, the role of the FBI has been to delude Americans as to who their adversaries and enemies were, not to fight crime.

Its first job was to tar and feather "Russian and Eastern European reds"; then to arrest, exile, or kill American leaders who did not believe in 1915 that the United States should go to war with Germany. Then it was East European "reds" again, and dossiers to blackmail Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy (as well as JFK's brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy) against detente with Russia; harassment, surveillance, arrests and murders to destroy the Civil Rights movement. And then the post-J.Edgar Hoover "modern era" of making serial murderers into FBI informants and protected witnesses, including protecting the Saudi accessories before-and-after-the-fact to the 9/11 attacks. [Above WH photo of Xi and Trump by: Andrea Hanks)

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Rogue420 Interview - Dr. Michele Ross - IMPACT Network 10/29/2017

Rogue420 Interview - Dr. Michele Ross - IMPACT Network 10/29/2017

Producer CJ interviews Dr. Michele Ross of IMPACT Network. Dr. Michele Ross is Founder and Executive Director of the Denver-based cannabis research and education 501c3 nonprofit. CJ and Michele discuss medicinal cannabis, the endo cannabinoid system, why cannabis works for so many health conditions and how an individual can begin utilizing medical cannabis.

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New Vaccine Breakthrough in War Against Opiods Addictions

New Vaccine Breakthrough in War Against Opiods Addictions

Last week featured grim reports regarding a silent mass killer of Americans, one that has been mushrooming since 9/11 opened up a flood of cheap opiates from Afghanistan. According to National Public Radio an estimated 1.5 million Americans of working age are out of the workforce due to opiod addictions. "According to Princeton economist Alan Krueger, 47 percent of prime-age men not in the labor force used pain medication — and two-thirds of that subgroup used prescription drugs." The same outlet reported several months ago that U.S. life expectancy, already among the lowest of so-called developed nations, has dropped in no small part due to middle aged and especially rural whites fatally overdosing on painkillers

While these developments are, as with the explosion in alcoholism and drug addiction in 1990s Russia, driven in part by grim economic prospects in many American communities, synthetic opiods like fentanyl have flooded North America with unprecedented, if often lethal potency at a cheap price. A new vaccine currently in trials, as The Sirius Report's London Paul writes, could offer hope for treatment and drastically reducing the hellish withdrawals addicts feel when they try to break free from these drugs. -- JWS

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U.S. Situation Dire: New Silk Road Is the Way Up and Out!

U.S. Situation Dire: New Silk Road Is the Way Up and Out!

This week saw the former intelligence chiefs James Clapper and John Brennan repeat their attacks on the Trump presidency. Clapper, who infamously perjured himself in Senate testimony regarding NSA mass surveillance, declared to CNN that Trump is unfit for the office. Supposedly internal memos from John Brennan, the CIA director who helped cobble together a falsified intelligence assessment (half of which consisted of four year old gripes about Russia Today) based on the fake premise of Russian security services hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC), were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Legacy media outlets like Buzzfeed promoted Brennan's complaint that many members of Congress didn't take his and others fabrication of Russian hacking in support of Trump's election seriously -- omitting Brennan's well earned reputation in Washington as a liar who got caught spying on the U.S. Senate's report concerning CIA torture.

In addition to this pompous claptrap from Clapper and Brennan, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) declared Trump would likely face a GOP primary challenger in 2020. The infighting between the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who failed to do budge Obamacare in cynical violation of every GOP platform promise, spilled into the papers. Most disheartening for Trump's America First and conservatarian base, the President committed to remaining in Afghanistan on an indeterminate timetable, after years of condemning the waste of American blood and treasure in that country.

Even though Trump started with the intent to Drain the Swamp, Washington appears to be drowning this Administration. An economic crash looms, perhaps hastened by a manufactured government shut down that the legacy media will inevitably blame on Trump and not the bipartisan do-nothing Congress. -- JWS

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