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More evidence of schizophrenia

NY Times says that Andreas Lubitz had unspecified vision problems.

To point out what should hopefully be obvious, having problems seeing doesn’t cause someone to intentionally commit mass-murder.

However, impaired eye movements and tracking of moving objects is a symptom of schizophrenia.

The NY Times has previously reported that Lubitz was being treated for a “psychiatric condition” and it’s believed that the sick leave notes are related to that.

So I think that the evidence so far backs up my initial theory of schizophrenia.

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At rfi English edition:

The German publication quoted an unidentified high-ranking investigator as saying that “the 27-year-old has been treated by several neurologists and psychiatrists.”

Sounds like a more serious mental illness than just some minor depression.

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Ex-girlfriend speaks out:

She told the newspaper she was in a relationship with Andreas Lubitz in 2014. The newspaper didn’t name the woman but referred to her using a pseudonym, Maria W., in an article published Saturday.

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Maria told Bild that Lubitz said he was receiving psychiatric treatment but didn’t speak about his illness. She said she was afraid of him.

“He would suddenly freak out in conversations and yell at me,” she told Bild. “At night he would wake up screaming ‘we are crashing’ because he had nightmares. He could be good at hiding what was really going on inside him.”

Sounds consistent with schizophrenia.

This comment on reddit shows a link between schizophrenia and nightmares:

Last year once my symptoms of schizophrenia started, I began to get very vivid nightmares.

The website states: “People with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder often report having nightmares.”

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March 28, 2015 at 11:27 AM

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Martese Johnson incident

I finally watched the video of this incident. Unfortunately, the video does not show how it started, but we do see Johnson being very belligerent, dropping a lot of f-bombs, and then cursing out the cops for being “racist.” Johnson undoubtedly has a huge chip on his shoulder about being black.

I do believe that Johnson would have avoided the situation if he had followed the advice in Dale Carson’s book, which instructs you to always treat cops as if they have absolute authority, keep your hands away from them, never raise your voice in anger at them, etc. You may not like the police state we live in, but it’s practical advice to avoid arrest, or to avoid changing a minor misdemeanor into a felony “assault” on a police officer.

This does not mean that the Virginia ABC cops are not fascist *ss****s. Evidence suggests that they are. There’s the story, which I never heard about until this week, about the three white girls who were subject to extremely harsh treatment by seven undercover ABC officers because they were observed carrying stuff out of a supermarket into their car: stuff which was just bottled water and not anything alcoholic.

I do think that in the past, cops saw physical action against arrestees as a last resort rather than a first resort. (Of course, back then, after giving the person ample opportunity to cooperate, they would beat him up as extra-judicial punishment for resisting arrest. But the old system was probably fairer than the system we have today where everyone is physically taken down as a first resort.)

I think that the Pumpkin Festival riots are an example of the current culture of police over-escalation. Did they really need to bring in SWAT teams to break up a few rowdy frat parties?

My conclusion here is that Johnson got treated the way he did because he really did act more belligerent to the ABC officers than the typical white student, even though it’s probably a valid supposition (although based on skimpy evidence) that the ABC officers didn’t have to get physical with him so quickly.

I predict this story will last a long time, because the mainstream media just LOVES a story that “proves” the Truth of the meta-narrative that cops are “racist” against blacks. Unfortunately, this MSM obsession is teaching all blacks in America to hate the police and to blame whitey for all of their problems. For every black person beaten up by a white cop, there are vastly larger numbers of black people beaten up by other black people who are not members of law enforcement. It’s not the cops who make ghetto neighborhoods unsafe.

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March 27, 2015 at 2:18 PM

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Latest on Lubitz

Fox News:

University Hospital Dusseldorf acknowledged treating Lubitz but dismissed as “incorrect” media reports that it was for depression. The facility refused to say what Lubitz was being treated for, citing patient confidentiality.

Was he being treated for something psychiatric other than depression?

Only a mental illness would cause him to intentionally shut the pilot out of the cockpit and intentionally crash the plane. Not mono or the flu or a heart condition.

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March 27, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Posted in News

More evidence of schizophrenia

The co-pilot is said to have been “laconic” when the pilot walked out of the cockpit to use the toilet (per Reuters):

Robin said the conversation between the two pilots before the captain left the cockpit started normally but that Lubitz’s replies became “laconic” as they started readying what would have been the normal descent to the airport of Duesseldorf.

Alogia is one of the symptoms of schizophrenia according to this web page.

This is further evidence that the co-pilot was having a psychotic episode caused by schizophrenia.

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March 26, 2015 at 4:16 PM

Posted in News

Remember what Obama said in September about Yemen?

Back in September, Obama said that Yemen was a success:

This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.

Also, it appears that Obama thought that the Shi’ite Houthis could be “partners” despite their anti-American slogans. All part of Obama’s new cozy-up-with-Iran Middle East strategy. The Saudi Arabians and the current government of Egypt are both pissed off at Obama. Although to credit Obama, only Obama has been able to usher in a new era of cooperation between Israel and Arab nations. Saudi Arabia and Egypt now see Israel as having saner foreign policy than Obama. Netanyahu, el-Sisi, and King Salman all share hatred for Obama.

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March 26, 2015 at 11:19 AM

Posted in International

My latest Germanwings theory

The co-pilot had schizophrenia.

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Schizophrenia usually first strikes men in their early to mid twenties (late twenties for women). The pilot, who was 28, is a little older than the peak onset for men, but still at a plausible age for onset, and he may have been showing signs of schizophrenia which will come out in the near future.

As a reminder, schizophrenia is the inability to distinguish hallucinations and delusions from reality, and the hallucinations and delusions are often paranoid in nature.

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Later onset of schizophrenia (as is the case here with the co-pilot who is a few years past the age of peak onset) is more often of the paranoid variety, so the reason the co-pilot wouldn’t let the pilot back into the cockpit may be attributed to the co-pilot believing that the pilot was out to get him.

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March 26, 2015 at 9:10 AM

Posted in News

A comment on the internet

I saw the following comment on the internet:

Number of lives saved by reinforced cockpits preventing terrorists from getting into the cockpit: 0

Number of lives lost by reinforced cockpits preventing pilots from getting into the cockpit: 144

That 144 number might actually be higher because no one knows what happened on MH370 but it’s assumed that one of the pilots maliciously took over control of the plane. Perhaps, also in that incident, the other pilot was locked out of the cockpit.

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March 26, 2015 at 7:22 AM

Posted in News

Definitely weird!

I said it sounded weird. Some people mocked me.

One of the pilots being locked out of the cockpit, that’s weird!

There’s been a lot of weird aviation stuff since that Malaysian airplane flew off to God knows where.

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According to a comment on the internet (which means it could be totally bogus):

On the A320 there is a switch in the cockpit that has 3 settings, unlocked, normal, and locked. Unlocked is fully unlocked. Normal requires the person on the outside to put in a code, locked means you aren’t getting in without the switch being moved. The pilot on the outside couldn’t have gotten out with the switch being out of the locked setting, so it means that it was changed after he left.

If true, this sounds like an intentional suicide.

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March 25, 2015 at 11:47 PM

Posted in News

Racism in Florida

The Fort Lauderdale police department discovered four “racist” officers. Interestingly, two of the men have Hispanic names (Alvarez and Sousa). Can Hispanics be racist? (Besides George Zimmerman? Is there a trend here of racist Hispanics from Florida?)

The investigation began after one of the officer’s fiancées tipped off his superiors that “her would-be husband constantly expressed his racist views toward black people.”

There’s a lesson there about not becoming engaged to the sort of woman who would torpedo your career. Or maybe the lesson is that you shouldn’t discuss race with your significant other if you hold racist views.

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March 25, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

Only the rich can afford to work

From today’s NY Times:

This summer, the cost of a Dream Careers internship in London is $9,499, including housing, résumé polishing and excursions, but not airfare or visas.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 25, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Posted in Labor Markets

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