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Asymmetric Solutions goes to Facebook to talk about their Ferguson work »

This has been very controversial—especially since this company has assisted in operations in war torn nations in the Middle East. Some felt uncomfortable with their newfound role in Ferguson. Addrressing those concerns, someone authored a lengthy response on the company’s Facebook page, which in part says this:

We were not hired to work for the state, for the police, to work as peacekeepers, mercenaries, cops for hire, etc. We have done similar personal bodyguard and high risk logistics work with journalists who are interested in reporting from hostile areas all over the world.

We normally do not comment on this side of our work. At suggestion of our client who felt our position was unique, our public message was one of frustration that someone who would typically call upon us to escort them to Baghdad, Kabul, etc. would feel the need to ask us to take them into a suburb of St. Louis, our own wonderful city. It is tragic that things have degenerated to this point. The metro area is our home and we believe the coverage of St. Louis and this incident by major media is fueling the issue unnecessarily for their own benefit.

And this:

We strongly support The US Constitution and have sworn an oath to it. The First Amendment Rights to assemble and speak and print are not limited to only pretty, popular, or mainstream opinions. They are among the most sacred things that are to be protected by Government. A free society is not always a convenient or easy society.

It’s not likely they strange public statement will end worries about them.. 

'SNL' Political Secrets Revealed: Hillary's "Entitlement," the Sketch Obama Killed and the Show's "Karl Rove" »

The 2002 Saturday Night LIVE book has been updated.. and information is now becoming public about the new contents..

This is appearing in the Hollywood REPORTER, and it’s a fascinating tale of the inner workings of the program..

Saturday Night LIVE is an institution.. I personally think the show has lost its zeal and luster over the last few seasons, and the comedy appears to be toned down to appeal to a safer audience as opposed to the risky humor that made the show a hit to begin with.

But according to this story in the HR, there’s much much more than meets the eye behind the scenes..

Interesting read..

Supernatural 'Jinn' Seen as Cause of Mental Illness Among Muslims »

This could be a symptom of a culture widely believing in paranormal phenomenon.. Muslims, it’s reported in this study, believe that the supernatural Jinn are attributing to their mental illnesses when they have them. Scientists and astute psychologists obviously say that the Jinn, since they aren’t real, cannot be doing this and culturally Muslims have simply been conditioned by their religious backgrounds to perceive the Jinn as being the reason for their problems.

Of course, if the Jinn were real, that would throw off the findings..

Nonetheless, here’s a money quote and conclusion of why certain cultures are haunted by certain entities:

Across societies, beliefs in the supernatural as well as other aspects of culture may influence how mental disorders manifest, the study said. Previous research has found that people with schizophrenia may experience different delusions depending on their cultures. For example, fears about technology and surveillance play a large part in the delusions of people with schizophrenia in the United States. Meanwhile, in Japan, which has an honor-oriented culture, patients’ delusions more commonly involve fears about public humiliation.

In a recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, U.S. patients with schizophrenia reported hallucinations that involved hearing voices with a negative tone, whereas in Ghana and India, patients reported voices with a generally positive tone.

However, culture is not the only factor that influences psychiatric patients. Blom and his colleagues previously treated a young Muslim patient who had schizophrenia, and who, contrary to the doctors’ expectations, didn’t attribute his hallucinations to jinn. Instead, the patient had searched the Internet for cases similar to his experience, and had concluded that he was a werewolf.

"He could not be persuaded to accept any other explanation," Blom wrote in an article describing the case that was published in March in the journal History of Psychiatry.

All in the mind..
The Jinn aren’t real. Just keep telling yourself that..


Tremors and tension in Nevada.. an odd earthquake swarm developing

This is a story worth paying close attention to.. If you look at the map, check the city of New Orleans.. this forecast is being made for August 28 2014. The same date as another famous hurricane hit, Katrina in 2005. Could this be a repeat? The path looks frighteningly the same.. The factors are obvious subject to change, and a hurricane may not necessarily strike in the same fashion —or strength. But this map encourages negative thoughts about the near future in that area..
Here is another forecast map from the Canadian run..

Again.. the map would portend to show a potential direct eye-wall strike on or near the city of New Orleans..
It would be a definite hope and prayer that these maps unfold as false hits.   Best place to go for amateur coverage of INVEST 96L here..

This is a story worth paying close attention to.. If you look at the map, check the city of New Orleans.. this forecast is being made for August 28 2014. The same date as another famous hurricane hit, Katrina in 2005. Could this be a repeat? The path looks frighteningly the same.. The factors are obvious subject to change, and a hurricane may not necessarily strike in the same fashion —or strength. But this map encourages negative thoughts about the near future in that area..

Here is another forecast map from the Canadian run..

Again.. the map would portend to show a potential direct eye-wall strike on or near the city of New Orleans..

It would be a definite hope and prayer that these maps unfold as false hits.   Best place to go for amateur coverage of INVEST 96L here..

Hospital: California patient may have been exposed to Ebola »

The CDC is going to be testing blood samples..

And more:

"In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease," according to the statement. "This includes isolation of the patient in a specially equipped negative pressure room and the use of personal protective equipment by trained staff, coordinated with infectious disease specialists."

The patient is in isolation. But news of him is not.. fear and intrigue in California today.

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