One Day's Insane Journey Into
the Insane Depths of
the Insane Human Condition


Item/excerpts below are from the December 4, 2008 Los Angeles Times. 'front page' of the paper -WORLD news, in particular. They are listed here as representative of world problems facing us today, but typical also -'substantively', of problems right down to our neighborhoods and our very personal interrelationships -not peculiar in any way in the history of man so far, in other words, except for time and place. -And they keep resurfacing then, in different ways -regardless of how well we 'resolve' them, because we have yet to understand how bound we are by institutionalization ignorantly conjured into existence.

-And the problem then is that our 'many scientists who do know better' are too comfortably 'busy' in their various institutionalizations to get together and push government into saner inevitability.

[Try today's 'World' insanities too!]

December 4, 2008 Los Angeles Times
Zimbabwe's deadly diamond fever
By Robyn Dixon
The rich Marange diamond field draws illegal miners as well as regime thugs who will gun them down.

GM may pull plug on Saturn
By Ken Bensinger
The brand was created to compete with efficient imports but has never shown a profit, making it vulnerable as automakers struggle.

County faulted in death at King-Harbor
By Garrett Therolf
The life of Edith Rodriguez could have been saved by proper treatment, a sealed report says. She died May 9, 2007.

Jewish settlers in West Bank fear an Israeli withdrawal
By Ashraf Khalil
As many politicians call for giving up most of the territory, residents are divided on whether to resist by violent means.

Schools become latest targets in violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez

By Ken Ellingwood
Anonymous threats warn of unspecified harm if teachers don't hand over their year-end bonuses.

Nations sign cluster-bomb ban, U.S. and Russia refuse
Associated Press | 3:17 PM PST
An Afghan teenager who lost both legs in a cluster bomb explosion helped persuade his country to change its stance and join nearly 100 nations in signing a treaty today banning the disputed weapons.

Mexico gets U.S. drug aid
Associated Press
The U.S. released the first part of a $400-million aid package Wednesday to help Mexico's police and soldiers fight drug cartels.

Zimbabwe villagers face starvation
By Robyn Dixon
Crop failure and economic collapse have left the nation without food. Millions survive on nothing but wild fruit. 'Children are dying out in the bush,' one foreign doctor says.

India and Pakistan talk tough
By Laura King and Mark Magnier
The rivals emphasize their right to defend themselves as tension over the Mumbai terrorist attacks grows and leads trickle in.

In Colombia, paramilitary groups still spreading terror
By Chris Kraul
The new gangs, like rebels and drug traffickers, force people from their homes and farms, taking an enormous human toll. Displacement is accelerating in the southwest state of Nariņo.

Italian investigators dismantle alleged terrorist cell
By Sebastian Rotella and Maria De Cristofaro
Anti-terrorism police arrest two Moroccan immigrants suspected of involvement in a plot to bomb police stations, a military base and other targets north of Milan.

Iraq bombs kill 14; 'Chemical Ali' gets second death sentence
Times Wire Services
Bombings Tuesday killed 14 Iraqis, including a child hit by a blast outside his primary school in the northern city of Mosul, police said.

India pressures Pakistan to act on terrorism
By Mark Magnier and Laura King
Becoming more sure that militants based in Pakistan carried out the Mumbai attacks, India calls on its neighbor and rival to hand over 20 terrorism suspects and cooperate fully in the investigation.

Blasts kill at least 15 cadets at Baghdad police academy
By Tina Susman
The twin bombings are among several attacks across Iraq that leave as many as 36 dead, including two attackers.

Tijuana drug violence unabated

By Richard Marosi
Despite a recent military offensive, at least 38 people have been killed in the city's drug wars since Saturday, nine of them decapitated.

World Briefing
Pakistan: Militants hit NATO supplies
Brazil: Pledge to reduce Amazon clearing
Guatemala: 17 killed in spat
China: 294,000 infants ill from melamine
The Netherlands: 'Magic' mushrooms banned

Report sees long-term problems for troops who suffer traumatic brain injuries
By Jia-Rui Chong | 8:16 AM PST
Even mild brain injuries appear to be associated with problems such as seizures, aggression and dementia reminiscent of Alzheimer's disease, according to the Institute of Medicine report.

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