How We Arrived At The Era Of Post-Truth Politics

Dishonesty in politics is nothing new; but the manner in which some politicians now lie, and the havoc they may wreak by doing so, are worrying.

Post-truth politics is advancing in many parts of the world. In Europe the best example is Poland’s ultranationalist ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS). Among other strange stories, it peddles lurid tales about Poland’s post-communist leaders plotting with the communist regime to rule the country together. In Turkey the protests at Gezi Park in 2013 and a recent attempted coup have given rise to all kinds of conspiracy theories, some touted by government officials: the first was financed by Lufthansa, a German airline (to stop Turkey from building a new airport which would divert flights from Germany), the second was orchestrated by the CIA.
READ MORE: http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21706498-dishonesty-politics-noth...

Cape Kiwanda pedestal: Watch Idiots Deliberately Destroy Natural Landmark

Oregon State Police and Parks officials watched the viral video showing the toppling of a popular sandstone pedestal at Cape Kiwanda earlier this week, and the agencies said Monday they would "review the incident immediately" and decide how to respond to the apparent vandalism.

That response could include park citations of at least $435, according to state parks spokesman Chris Havel. The State Police will handle whether any criminal charges will be filed.

"Rules prohibit visitors from destroying natural features intentionally," Havel said
READ MORE: http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2016/09/cape_kiwanda_pedestal_...

Why Are There So Many Psychopaths in Positions of Power?

A 2010 study that examined a sample of 203 individuals from different companies’ management development programs revealed something interesting. It was found that about 3% of business managers scored in the psychopath range while the incidence of psychopathy in the general population is approximately 1%. So why are there so many psychopaths in senior management positions? A more recent study, published in 2014 in the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, shed new light on the behavior of psychopaths, which could explain this phenomenon.

During an experiment, a group of people were given a standard test of psychopathy. At the same time, the participants were shown a series of pictures aimed to test their levels of empathy. For this purpose, the researchers measured their galvanic skin response to examine their emotional reaction to the shown pictures.
READ MORE: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=138978

Police Officer Deals With a Belligerent Drunk Caught on Body Cam, Idiot Wants Footage Removed From the Internet

In this footage, Sgt. Eric Kannberg deals calmly with a belligerent drunk, Cory Counts, using de-escalation techniques even after Counts gets physical. After Kannberg gets a push from Counts and it comes time to haul him to the drunk tank, Kannberg decides not to pursue through a crowd, instead stalking him at a distance until a safe opportunity presents itself.
STORY: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/22/amusing-drunk-caught-on-bodyca.html?utm...

US Justice Dept Announces it Will End Use of For-Profit Prisons — Prison Stocks Plummet

In a stunning turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it will no longer use private prisons to incarcerate federal prisoners, deeming the notorious for-profit facilities both less safe and less effective in providing correctional services than those operated by the government.

“They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explained in today’s announcement.
READ MORE: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/justice-dept-ends-private-prisons/

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The Ugly Truth About Millennials

Today I asked my followers how would they describe Millennials and this is what I got:
“lazy”, “thin-skinned”, “spoiled”, “selfish”, “undisciplined”, “self-absorbed”, ”fragile”, “oblivious”, etc.

...and I can agree on this. This generation is really what you call it. But there was one description that is the most accurate.
“Raised by neglectful, over-compensating for inadequacy, self-serving parents.”
READ MORE: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-15/ugly-truth-about-millennials

In the Shade of the Coconut Tree

..... two-thirds of information passed between humans is gossip about other humans. You can see this on the major television networks, rarely is there anything substantive said, but rather it is a festival of gossip – he said this, she said that, he did this and so on. It fits perfectly with the human characteristics of hierarchy and tribalism Facebook and Twitter owe their success to these human priorities.
READ MORE: http://megacancer.com/2016/08/03/in-the-shade-of-the-coconut-tree/

Rubbishing Pauline Hanson: the Campaign Continues

A virus of populism, as it has come to be called, has rattled established classes across the countries of Europe, the United States, and, to a lesser extent, Australia. The latter case remains striking for the return of the reactionary Pauline Hanson to office last month in the July 2 elections. Much of this was the subject of the documentary Pauline Hanson: Please Explain!, which aired on the SBS network on July 31.

There she was, always targeted for being that whine from the provinces, a provincial red head and owner of a fish and chip shop in Ipswich, Queensland. She became the target for a class-based compendium of denigration, suggesting the extent she threatened to undermine the voting base of the major parties.
READ MORE: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1608/S00006/rubbishing-pauline-hanson-t...

Chinese Authorities Demolish Tibet's Biggest Buddhist Instituition "Larung Gar"

Chinese authorities started demolishing Tibet's biggest Buddhist Instituition "Larung Gar" at Serthar County, Eastern Tibet, with an excuse that they are in process of renovating and also to reduce the number of unregistered monastics.

Chinese workers are demolishing nearly 100 to 250 houses in a day. The monastic leaders have instructed monks and lay practitioners not to protest or resist. With many dwellings already flattened to ground, the number of people affected is rising steadily. In the past six days, an estimated 600 dwellings have been torn down, with no sign that this will stop any time soon,” a local source told Radio Free Asia.

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