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Retired Florida cop punches old lady in the face over a parking spot, Florida woman accused of shoplifting and masturbating in front of teen on way to jail, why are there so many wild crime stories in Florida? The hidden costs of drug prohibition, nearly half of Americans have a close family member that has been incarcerated, the normalization of jail, 61% of Americans want weed to be legalized, New Zealanders have surrendered 37 out of 1.2 million private firearms since the Mosque shooting, Russia investigation concluded, Italy bans unvaccinated children from schools, artificial meat: UK scientists growing ‘bacon’ in labs, killing some chickens, housing a prisoner in California now costs more than a year at Harvard, how the National Enquirer got Bezos’ texts: it paid $200,000 to his lover’s brother.

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By Luke Kemp
19 February 2019

Studying the demise of historic civilisations can tell us how much risk we face today, says collapse expert Luke Kemp. Worryingly, the signs are worsening.

Great civilisations are not murdered. Instead, they take their own lives.

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This article is part of a new BBC Future series about the long view of humanity, which aims to stand back from the daily news cycle and widen the lens of our current place in time. Modern society is suffering from “temporal exhaustion”, the sociologist Elise Boulding once said. “If one is mentally out of breath all the time from dealing with the present, there is no energy left for imagining the future,” she wrote.

That’s why the Deep Civilisation season will explore what really matters in the broader arc of human history and what it means for us and our descendants.

So concluded the historian Arnold Toynbee in his 12-volume magnum opus A Study of History. It was an exploration of the rise and fall of 28 different civilisations. More…

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Actor Justin Smollet fakes racist attack on himself, Ohio nail shop called ‘Hand Jobs Nail & Spa’ under fire for its controversial name, Supreme Court rules against excessive fines/fees/forfeiture, Houston police chief ends no-knock raids after shootout, Trump launches global gay rights initiative, Trump administration wanted to sell nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia, the leftward drift of the Democratic Party, the leftward drift of the west in general, Democrats becoming less white, more educated, more liberal, Tulsi Gabbard explains why war is bad to clueless hacks on “The View”, how a one million person tribe in Indonesia keeps their dead relatives at home feeding and cuddling their bodies, 11 year old shoots home intruder says invader was “crying like a baby”, Lincoln County now a 2nd amendment sanctuary city, California lawmakers propose state wide tax on sugary drinks, the rise of DIY podcasts, some airlines have cameras in their seat-back screens, Zuckerberg forgetting about Facebook’s Portal doesn’t want ‘a camera in everyone’s living room’, Zuckerberg quite possibly the worst billionaire in the United States, Zuckerberg quite possibly non human, Jussie Smollett just wanted more money, Payless ShoeSource closing all 2,100 U.S. stores, R.I.P. Sears, California considers doing away with speed limits on two highways, speed limits are dangerous.

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Kid with the last name Trump falls asleep during Trump speech, American anarchist murdered in Acapulco, Cody Wilson indicted on multiple charges, person upset by Virginia governor’s abortion stance tipped off about racist photo, veterinarian stitched bags of heroin into the bodies of puppies to use them as drug mules, drug dogs, Black Panthers in prison after 46 years, the New Black Panthers are racist assholes, man in Smokies dies of meth, bear eats man in Smokies who died of meth, man kills bear in Smokies who ate man who died of meth, Colorado woman dies after two kidneys mistakenly removed, incompetent doctors, fake doctors, weird doctors, 8 children taken to hospital after eating weed gummy bears, anti-weed book pushes “reefer madness” hysteria, frozen cat covered in ice revived after being found in snowbank, cryogenics and weird rich people, one school district’s security upgrade includes facial recognition to track IDs and AR-15s, school in China, schools in England introduce a new subject: “mindfulness,” wtf is mindfulness, German town votes no to street addresses, new study says smoking weed is associated with higher sperm count, El Paso zoo will feed animals cockroaches named after your ex on Valentine’s Day, “living alone can be deadly” – if you’re not rich, of course.

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Burgerville employees organize first fast food labor union, scientists in Israel may have found a cure for cancer, obese woman who advocated plus size positivity dies from heart attack at 49, Leslie Van Houten makes parole again, police ask criminals not to commit crimes because it’s too cold, feds end investigation into Vegas shooting-no motive found, police make 10 million arrests a year but that doesn’t mean they are solving crimes, neighbors of slain couple who shot 4 cops dispute police story, cop who shot fellow officer was drinking on duty, public dissection was a gruesome spectacle, the French have managed to preserve their intellectual book culture, the personal toll of whistle blowing, prisons are quietly building databases of incarcerated people’s voice prints, SF proposal would ban government use of facial recognition in the city, self-driving cars will “cruise” to avoid paying to park.
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The condition of internet freedom 6 years after the death of Aaron Schwartz, divided about immigration because we speak different languages, Vilfredo Pareto, South Carolina town now a Juggalo free zone, Juggalos VS facial recognition software, wearing a mask in public, Illinois thinks it is now taxing lap dances, tourists relax on the beach in Acapulco among bullet ridden bodies, 7 Star Trek series to be on the air by 2020, how anarchists respond to the government “shutdown,” what’s causing the rise of hoarding disorder, U.S. now says all online gambling is illegal, U.S. proposes to allow drone operation at night over people, hackers broke into an SEC database and made millions from inside information, against federal identification numbers, Costco is opening a $440 million chicken farm to escape America’s chicken monopoly, Florida man drives golf cart drunk barks like a dog and gives deputies the middle finger, getting tasered by Reno 911.

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Government shutdown highlights issues that 78% of workers live paycheck to paycheck, research shows affluent Americans barely recognize US income gap, lawsuit by families of Sandy Hook victims against Alex Jones advances, Alex Jones IS the crisis actor, man accused of killing brother with a sword, lizard people, schizophrenia on drugs, new congressional marijuana bill is numbered HR 420, Portland bar sues bartender for $115,000 for drinking on the job, people like to talk to strangers, repeated radio signals are coming from galaxy 1.5 billion light years away, cancer in America is way down for the wealthy, people older than 65 share the most fake news, Attack the System mentioned in “Anarchism in 2018” podcast by The Brilliant, not being recognized by the Church.

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12.30.18

Syria/Afghan troop withdrawal, Congress strengthens police state in order to wage war on sex workers, moral panics, study finds police officers arrested 1100 times per year, the possibility of future left/right violence, Casey Anthony gets her own reality show, Casey Anthony 4 President, cat owners more likely to be into BDSM than other people, House passes bill banning eating dogs and cats, the sacred dog, Zimbabwe’s health minister says Chinese condoms too small, Amazon’s Alexa suggests murder in AI experiment, the possibility of artificial intelligence reaching a level of self awareness, the world through the eyes of Americans, the impact homelessness and the opioid crisis are having on SF streets, the Dollar Store backlash has begun, London Metropolitan Police deploy facial recognition tech with a 100% failure rate, innocent New York man billed $4,600 for police rectal probe, Fukushima’s surfers riding on radioactive waves, unmanned grocery delivery is underway in Arizona, autonomous advertisement is coming, Happy New Year from AttacktheSystem.com.

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12.10.18

Sex robot creator is ready to make a baby with his machine, PETA says to stop using anti-animal language, the white supremacy-milk connection, the yellow vest riots in France, 95% of speed cameras in French region destroyed during riots, James Fields convicted of 1st degree murder for Charlottesville killing, Chinese scientists and gene edited babies, exorcisms are gaining popularity in the US, Satanic sculpture installed at Illinois Statehouse, missing Emirati princess planned escape for seven years, Israeli software helped Saudis spy on Khashoggi lawsuit says, Australia’s vague anti-encryption law sets a dangerous new precedent, Facebook and mass stupidity.

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12.02.18

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at 94, the ruling classes live longer, suicide rates at a 50 year peak, life expectancy declines, senior citizens replacing teenagers as fastfood workers, the rise of the inter-generational household, ballot initiative for decriminalization of magic mushrooms may be on Oregon ballot in 2020, the Senate’s Yemen vote is a historic first, Rand Paul works to block aid to Israel and gets attacked by Zionist groups, Marc Lamont Hill calls for a “free Palestine” and gets fired from CNN.

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11.11.18

Mass shooting in California, Thousand Oaks was ranked third safest city in America, “we don’t know how to stop mass shootings,” overnight celebrity, midterm elections, how great the U.S. economy is doing, the Antifa at Tucker Carlson’s home, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she can’t afford to move to DC before job in Congress starts, Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over name change, dueling culture, gangsters and librarians, all U.S. National Parks free to enter on Sunday, Bring Your Own Knife, surgery students losing dexterity to stitch patients, kids’ apps are crammed with ads, government workers, cryptocurrency millionaire wants to build a utopia in Nevada, thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips under their skin, cashless world.

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Keith & R.J. talk about PC culture and tribalism in America.

Articles discussed:

Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape by Stephen Hawkins, Daniel Yudkin, Miriam Juan-Torres, Tim Dixon

Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture by Yascha Mounk

The Threat of Tribalism by Amy Chua

Voluntary Tribalism: Why Not? by Nicky Reid

Rand Paul Warns of ‘Assassination’ Peril‘ by Gregg Re

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The bizarre Supermicro motherboard situation, scholars have fake papers published in academic journals, scam artistry in supposed scholarship, exchange of words between Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, risky selfies killed 269 people in 6 years, car crashes killed 37,133 people in the US in 2017, self-driving car accidents, dead pedestrians, guy says he’s “ready to kill” if Kavanaugh is not confirmed, town in Bosnia bans all politicians, US unemployment rate falls to a 49 year low at 3.7 percent, 8 year-old-girl pulls 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden, Florida man tried to buy 8-year-old girl from mother at Walmart for $200,000, People of Walmart.

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Keith & R.J. cover the news of the week

Cody Wilson catches teen sex assault case, the State loves sexual assault, why US radicalism failed, Florida neighbors horrified by nudist family doing yard work, Florida deputies say woman stole marijuana that washed up on the beach, Ernie and Bert are not gay, college students struggle to vote because they don’t know where to buy stamps, Maine restaurant gets lobsters high on pot before killing them, a parrot returns to British owners speaking Spanish 4 years after disappearing, Inside Edition crew robbed while reporting on Bay Area crime, Senate approves $674 billion defense budget, Democrats control elite colleges, Judge Napolitano says Kavanaugh is an enemy of the 4th Amendment, Christian zealot beheads girlfriend because she refused to repent, being stabbed in the back, 2018’s “Happiest States” in America.

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Keith & R.J. on the news of the week

Topics include:

Crooked cop pimps, border patrol serial killer, off-duty female cop shooter, U.S. Brazilian-like economy is booming, pot shop clerk fights off robbers with a bong, British MP wants to “fight hate,” former boxer Oscar De La Hoya wants to be president of the United States, successful psychopaths, self-mutilation, the future of electoral politics, the permanent power elite, Las Vegas professor shoots himself in the arm to protest Trump, self-immolation, Congress sneaking through $38B to Israel, Trump and Israel, secession talk in California, death count in Puerto Rico, “one million water bottles” in Puerto Rico, never trust a government during an emergency evacuation, author of “how to murder your husband” charged with murdering her husband, transgender group says gulags were very compassionate institutions, Tim Allen is “kind of an anarchist,” Anne Hathaway is kind of dead inside.

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Keith & R.J. cover the news of the week

Topics include:

North America’s first sex doll brothel, animal brothels, the incel movement, other strange sexual disorders, transgendered prisoners, transgendered athletes, Spencer Sunshine’s lists, mass murderer gives speech about cyberbullying, Trump says he fell asleep during mass murderer’s speech, the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times, open sword carry legal in Texas, most weapons bans really are ridiculous, Infowars banned from Twitter, Marco Rubio hallway confrontation with Alex Jones, Alex Jones is mainstream, whorephobic Senator Kamala Harris is kind of a whore, mentally ill daycare provider hanged toddler, Rainbow Bright care facilities trafficked workers, article about Anarchism appears in Teen Vogue Magazine, Antifa’s black clad dress code, the Nazi Party’s SS uniforms, 15-year-old Swedish girl is cutting class to fight climate change, how high school kids can attack the system, China in Africa, China in China, Indian Americans run half of US motels, tribal access to 0-interest capital, American cutthroat culture.

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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

―Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Struggle” statue, Kalemegdan

 

When I was on blackout status at the treatment facility in Las Vegas, thinking I was special and therefore deserved and expected the CAs to keep an eye on my car for me, I was forced to take a loss and didn’t find out about it until it was too late. During that time I wasn’t allowed to receive any visitors for the first 45 days – except for my sponsor – an older recovering alcoholic from Texas who walks with a cane and talks about Death during breakfast; and who was diagnosed with a wicked case of malignant spinal cord tumors some years ago. Surgical strategies were successful at removing the tumors from his spine but the operation left him with permanent disabilities that wiped out any chance of walking again. The old man literally had to shit in a pan for the first 6 months and couldn’t go to sleep without going through an entire process of crawling and “transferring” into bed. After nearly 2 years of assisted shitting solutions, he was able to move one leg just enough to smash around on a cane. He continued gaining movement until he was able to shit in peace again, and then, started showering on his own. Before anyone knew it, he was somehow driving again. Then, the tumors came back. He had to go for a second surgery and although the doctors were successful at removing the tumors from his spine again, the surgery took him back to the start.

All the way back to the pan.

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Keith & R.J. cover the news of the week

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Mass shootings and rare risk/overreactions in America, shooting statistics, gang culture and burned bodies, murder clearance USA, American tourists stabbed in Amsterdam, NC cop put on leave for 3 Percenter tattoo, military defection, pregnant lady who killed intruder in justified killing now faces gun charge, law & order second amendment clowns, decapitation, Florida is so screwed up, drive-thru drug dealers, completely stupid people, Israel threatens Iran and Syria with nuclear weapons, racist gorilla statue removed from playground, PETA wanted roadside memorial for lobsters killed in a truck crash, Red State calls Antifa a domestic terrorist organization, left/right street fights in the US, NRA & ACLU file joint brief against Governor of New York, left/right populism in Italy, a town in Mexico overthrew their local government, police in West Virginia took $10000 from pregnant woman and husband, don’t carry large amounts of cash on you, don’t carry large amounts of money loaded on prepaid cash cards.

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Keith & R.J. cover the news of the week

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McCain finally dies, guns and oil with Israel and Saudi Arabia, Jill Stein VS everybody, people actually read the National Enquirer, media gone tribal, atheist mega churches, underground assemblies, having something to belong to, Yemen retaliates against Saudi Arabia, another desecrated statue, blood accusation, big breasts, more and more non-professional types are reporting to CPS, when we were kids, nearly half the population is poor, educated conspiracy theorists, Silicon Valley is weird, bottled water anxiety, Aryan aliens.

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Keith & R.J. cover the news of the week

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Back in business, what Jeremy Corbyn is doing, the Alex Jones situation, unstoppable tech giants, the super super-rich, Nobody for 2018, the Satanist statue in Little Rock, Wal Mart is a crazy place, people living out of their cars, people living out of storage units, Malcolm Forbes was actually kind of interesting, California is deteriorating into a feudal society of inherited land wealth, all creatures are testing new survival tactics on a vast scale, fish are soulless creatures with no feelings that even vegetarians don’t care about, Asians and homeless people are secretly eating dogs, cops took 80-year-old woman named Delores to jail, more of the same cop bullshit, Florida candidate’s apology for fake college diploma means nothing to us, most real college diplomas mean nothing to us.

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1CBDB358-F736-4AC7-A8BE-4F9E8B6DFEF1Most research shows that we live in a far more peaceful time than previous periods in human history. It’s a complicated topic with a lot of incomplete data for a massively huge period of examination, but the current conventional wisdom follows from Dr. Pinker’s study of the long decline in violence, “The Better Angels of Our Nature.” I agree with Pinker’s specific argument that violence has declined generally, and Pinker does save for a break from the typical 10 o’clock news run about how you might get stabbed to death by some Sureños while walking to your car at night.

Interestingly, Pinker’s research identifies the rise of the modern State as one of the main reasons for the overall decline in violence. He sees the State as a gift of peace to the “species’ existence” because it centralizes the previous packs of punishers into a monopoly on violence where punishment becomes central management controlled by a super centralized State.

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By James S Romm

Why Seneca’s advice for living centered on dying.

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The Death of Seneca, by Manuel Domínguez Sánchez, 1871. Prado Museum

Recent experiments have shown that psilocybin, a compound found in hallucinogenic mushrooms, can greatly reduce the fear of death in terminal cancer patients. The drug imparts “an understanding that in the largest frame, everything is fine,” said pharmacologist Richard Griffiths in a 2016 interview. Test subjects reported a sense of “the interconnectedness of all people and things, the awareness that we are all in this together.” Some claimed to have undergone a mock death during their psychedelic experience, to have “stared directly at death…in a kind of dress rehearsal,” as Michael Pollan wrote in a New Yorker account of these experiments. The encounter was felt to be not morbid or terrifying, but liberating and affirmative.

“In the largest frame, everything is fine.” That sounds very much like the message Lucius Annaeus Seneca preached to Roman readers of the mid-first century, relying on Stoic philosophy, rather than an organic hallucinogen, as a way to glimpse that truth. “The interconnectedness of all things” was also one of his principal themes, as was the idea that one must rehearse for death throughout one’s life—for life, properly understood, is really only a journey toward death; we are dying every day, from the day we are born. In his works of ethical thought, Seneca spoke to his addressees, and through them to humankind generally, about the need to accept death, even to the point of ending one’s own life, with a candor nearly unparalleled in his time or ours.

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