It’s Still All About the Money: Learned Helplessness and Greed (Part 3)

The Sunday Times, 18 December 2014 by Peter Brooks
The Sunday Times, 18 December 2014 by Peter Brooks

Mitchell Jessen and Associates In 2005, Mitchell Jessen and Associates was formed, with offices in Spokane and Reston, Virginia and included five additional shareholders, four of them from the military’s SERE program. David Ayers, Randall Spivey, James Sporleder, Roger Aldrich,

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It’s Still All About the Money: Learned Helplessness and Greed (Part 2)

The Sunday Times, 18 December 2014 by Peter Brooks
The Sunday Times, 18 December 2014 by Peter Brooks

Psychological Warfare Psychology has had a place in the military for decades, so it is not particularly surprising that a psychological theory developed to help us understand and treat depression was used in a military context. One area in which

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It’s Still All About the Money: Learned Helplessness and Greed (Part 1)

The Sunday Times, 18 December 2014 by Peter Brooks
The Sunday Times, 18 December 2014 by Peter Brooks

The recently published Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has received considerable attention in the media, for good reason.  The report provides details on interrogation techniques used on

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College Bowl Charade 2014-5

Clorox Bowl
An Unannounced Future Bowl Game

      On December 20th, five action-packed, thrill-a-minute excitement college football games were played, and you probably missed it. Believe it or not, the 2014 New Orleans, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Famous Idaho Potato, and Camellia Bowls are all history. But

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Musings on Christmas Trees

Aluminum Christmas Tree
Fully Equipped 1969 Alumininum Christmas Tree With Optional Color Wheel

I never really understood Christmas trees.  I know the long history of having a decorated tree prominently displayed inside a home at Christmas time.  For many, the Christmas tree is a powerful symbol of a season that evokes pleasant feelings,

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