Countdown 2 Armegeddon

Written by Gary Whittaker


'Tisrepparttar season to be jolly! Why? Simple. King George II, owing his re-election in large part torepparttar 132259 American Christian Right Wing, will certainly not defoulrepparttar 132260 regions surroundingrepparttar 132261 holy land by launching any more full-scale attacks, in this, a time of celebration forrepparttar 132262 birth of baby Jesus. While "peace to all, and goodwill towards man" is a little too much to ask for right now, we can expect that no major military offensives will be planned until at least January 30th. That isrepparttar 132263 day whenrepparttar 132264 people of Iraq will haverepparttar 132265 privilege of choosing which of their leaders will haverepparttar 132266 honor of bending over for american business interests before falling over after having been assasinated. Make no mistake about it. No good will come of Iraq's first election. The Iraqi's have long since stopped seeingrepparttar 132267 Americans as liberators. Too many stories of shootings on sacred ground, refusal of medical care forrepparttar 132268 wounded, and of course, unlawful confinement (ex: Guantanamo Bay). The Americans have long outstayed their welcome on Iraqi soil. Reading betweenrepparttar 132269 lines in Bush's latest address (CNN Article), he is clearly setting up his military strategy for 2005. Warning Syria and Iran to stay out of Iraq, would be like telling a child not to look for their presents, but showing them where you hid it. Both countries are now openly supportingrepparttar 132270 various revolutionary parties in Iraq, so a collision course is inevitable. I can only imaginerepparttar 132271 Iranians, who had to live with a decade of war with Iraq who were sponsored atrepparttar 132272 time byrepparttar 132273 Americans. They finally have a chance to strike back at their real enemy! This, my friends, is only one example of American foreign policy that will eventually lead torepparttar 132274 demise ofrepparttar 132275 American Empire. Sooner or later, all cultures fade away, andrepparttar 132276 Americans will be undone by their blatant disregard for others. Live byrepparttar 132277 sword, die byrepparttar 132278 sword. Americans have used other countries as weapons for decades, yet are shocked when their planes are hijacked. I am in no way condoning any terrorist actions, only pointing out thatrepparttar 132279 Americans are no better thanrepparttar 132280 people they claim to be liberating today.

The Narcissist and His Friends

Written by Sam Vaknin


"Who'srepparttar fairest of them all?" asksrepparttar 132257 Bad Queen inrepparttar 132258 fairy tale. Having providedrepparttar 132259 wrong answer,repparttar 132260 mirror is smashed to smithereens. Not a bad allegory for howrepparttar 132261 narcissist treats his "friends".

Literature helps us grasprepparttar 132262 intricate interactions betweenrepparttar 132263 narcissist and members of his social circle.

Both Sherlock Holmes and Hercules Poirot,repparttar 132264 world's most renowned fiction detectives, are quintessential narcissists. Both are also schizoids they have few friends and are largely confined to their homes, engaged in solitary activities. Both have fatuous, sluggish, and anodyne sidekicks who slavishly cater to their whims and needs and provide them with an adulating gallery Holmes' Dr. Watson and Poirot's poor Hastings.

Both Holmes and Poirot assiduously avoidrepparttar 132265 "competition" equally sharp minds who seek their company for a fertilising intellectual exchange among equals. They feel threatened byrepparttar 132266 potential need to admit to ignorance and confess to error. Both gumshoes are self-sufficient and consider themselves peerless.

The Watsons and Hastings of this world providerepparttar 132267 narcissist with an obsequious, unthreatening, audience and withrepparttar 132268 kind of unconditional and unthinking obedience that confirms to him his omnipotence. They are sufficiently vacuous to makerepparttar 132269 narcissist look sharp and omniscient but not so asinine as to be instantly discernible as such. They arerepparttar 132270 perfect backdrop, never likely to attain centre stage and overshadow their master.

Moreover, both Holmes and Poirot sadistically and often publicly taunt and humiliate their Sancho Panzas, explicitly chastising them for being dim-witted. Narcissism and sadism are psychodynamic cousins and both Watson and Hastings are perfect victims of abuse: docile, understanding, malignantly optimistic, self-deluding, and idolising.

Narcissists can't empathise or love and, therefore, have no friends. The narcissist is one track minded. He is interested in securing Narcissistic Supply from Narcissistic Supply Sources. He is not interested in people as such. He is incapable of empathising, is a solipsist, and recognises only himself as human. Torepparttar 132271 narcissist, all others are three dimensional cartoons, tools and instruments inrepparttar 132272 tedious and Sisyphean task of generating and consuming Narcissistic Supply.

The narcissist over-values people (when they are judged to be potential sources of such supply), uses them, devalues them (when no longer able to supply him) and discards them nonchalantly. This behaviour pattern tends to alienate and to distance people.

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