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March 29, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi as a Clinical Case.

I assume I'm not alone in finding absurd and
unacceptable
that a man mentally ill could
access
to official charges and full power at
the head
of a state.

I
've been searching in vain the net for a serious clinical study on Gaddafi's case.

All I could find for the moment, about the Libyan leader, appeared yesterday in
this Ben Carey's article on
the New York Times
['C.I.A. Profiling Delves Into the Minds of Global Leaders': Diplomats, military strategists and even presidents
draw on psychological assessments of hostile
leaders prepared by analysts at the C.I.A. and the Department
of Defense].

Carey points out an interesting link to *Dr. Jerrold Post's
article, "Qaddafi Under Siege, A political psychologist
assesses Libya's mercurial leader"
, on
the Foreign Policy
magazine.
*[Dr. Jerrold Post, is a psychiatrist who directs the political psychology program at George Washington
University and founded the C.I.A. branch that does behavioral analysis].

Ben Carey kindly confirmed me this is currently the only profile available to the public
on the
net.

...
"While this is not a definitive clinical diagnosis, Qaddafi can best be characterized as having
a borderline personality. The "borderline" often swings from intense anger to euphoria.
Under his often "normal" facade, he is quite insecure and sensitive to slight.
His reality testing is episodically faulty. While most of the time Qaddafi is "above the border"
and in touch with reality, when under stress he can dip below it and his perceptions can be
distorted and his judgment faulty. And right now, he is under the most stress he has been
under since taking over the leadership of Libya. Thus, the quotes elaborated above probably
accurately reflect his true beliefs. He does sincerely cling to the idea that his people all love
him.

Qaddafi's strong anti-authority bent and his tendency to identify with the underdog can be
traced back to his childhood. He was born in a tent in the desert to a Bedouin family in 1942.
When Qaddafi was 10 years old, Gamal Abdel Nasser took over the reins of Egypt at the
head of the Free Officers Movement, which made a deep and lasting impression on the
young Qaddafi. He initially attended a Muslim school, where he was recognized as being
very bright, and was sent to Tripoli to continue his education, but was teased by the children
of the cosmopolitan elite for his coarse manners, leaving him with a bitter resentment of the
establishment."

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How could we prevent, from now on and in any country,
a madman to access official charges and full powers?

Qaddafi's bloated ego makes me fear the worst.

He says himself he isn't a 'normal person', that's for sure:
mythomaniacs are not ordinary persons indeed.

His arrogance toward the forces opposing to his will
dictates his conduct since the beginning of the revolt until
the current paroxysm,
punctuated with lies, unfair means and a total lack of scruples.
I'm afraid he will never surrender and that
his victims won't have a revenge because
they are not going to see him one day before any judge.
Then what?

- Suicide? Considered from our point of view, this would be an 'honourable' way out
(and a good one to get rid of him),
but a man with such a high opinion of himself does
not commit suicide.
Besides, this would be too great a loss to his supporters and for
Libya
..!
- Death? Perhaps - if he fails his latest challenge, his final showdown... but then a
glorious death
, a martyrdom, according to a scenario carefully staged by his sick brain.
By the way, the 72 houri are already awaiting him!


So, what's next?
. . .
More on the personality and mischief of this 'monsieur' [UPDATES]
- Portrait of the young Gaddafi [DailyMail]
- Shocking pictures of Gaddafi's brutality against his own people [DailyMail]
- Gaddafi paid millions to polish his global image [CNN]
. . .

March 28, 2011

Spiders' stunning response to Pakistan flooding


[Russel Watkins - UK Department for Intl Development]
"Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to
recede,
many trees have become cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh
have never
seen this phenonemon before - but they also report that there are now less
mosquitos than
they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is
around."


[Russel Watkins - UK Department for Intl Development]
"Vast tracts of land in Pakistan's Sindh province are still submerged under water, 6 months
on from the extreme monsoon rainfall that forced more than 20 million people from their
homes."
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March 27, 2011

Huge Spiders for Sale on PPG !?


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The Goliath birdeater tarantula*, Theraphosa blondi [Latin America], is one of the biggest
spiders in the world,
say the size of a dinner plate. They don't like being handled and like
all spiders, they can
bite and its hairs can provoque allergic reaction. However, short of
allergic reactions, a Goliath bite feels like a couple of bee stings,
but there may be more
pain than the average bee sting.
Most Goliaths will demonstrate
rather aggressively when disturbed. They will put on quite
a show, even hissing sometimes.

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* How to take care of your Tarantula pet : HERE

March 18, 2011

Will the UN resolution stop a MadDog's race?

So, the UN Security Council has resolved tonight to implement a no-fly zone
over Libya and "all necessary measures" to protect civilians.
Five nations out of ten abstained but didn't vetoed the Council's decision.


Al Jazeera reported today who's contributing what for the UN military intervention
in Libya:
- France and the US will be cooperating in those missions.
- Britain says it will be mobilising Tornado and Typhoon fighter jets, as well as two
frigates
currently in the Mediterreanean.

- Italy says it is ready to offer the use of several airbases.
- Norway says it is prepared to take part in the operation.
- Denmark is awaiting parliamentary approval to mobilise F-16 fighter jets to take part.
- Poland says it is prepared to offer logistical support, but no military strike force.
- Canada will contribute the use of six CF-18 fighter jets and a navy frigate currently
in the Mediterranean.


Each of the contributing nations [AJ says] has their own codename for enforcing UN Security Council
resolution 1973:
Odyssey Dawn, the US military operation, Ellamy, the UK military effort, Mobile, the
Canadian component and
Harmattan, the French military operation.


After the statements of France, UK, United States and Arab countries, Obama's speech,
late this evening, was
a last warning to Colonel Gaddafi
...
[Here is an excerpt from AJ]
"Muammar Gaddafi has a choice. The resolution that passed lays out very clear conditions
that must be met. The United States, the United Kingdom, France and Arab states agree
that a ceasefire must be implemented immediately. That means all attacks against civilians
must stop. Gaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi, pull them back from
Ajdabiyah, Misurata and Az Zawiyah, and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all
areas. Humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach the people of Libya.
These terms are not subject to negotiation. If Gaddafi does not comply with the resolution,
the international community will impose
consequences: the resolution will be enforced
through military action.
"

... yet, if Gaddafi has responded by calling a ceasefire ... he doesn't respect it.
He's still trying to gain time
.
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March 10, 2011

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[ on Mar 10, 2011]
NATO secretary-general Angers Fogh Rasmussen has announced that NATO will be increasing the presence
of its maritime assets in the central Mediterranean.

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