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This is an interesting thought about the personality of people who join militias like Occupy Oregon (unofficial title). Very rarely are the veterans who join up suffering from PTSD. At least not as a primary cause of their sociopathy but it may be exacerbating a pre-existing condition of antisocial behavior. Many of the people at Malheur were in fact not veterans at all.
Often, members report that the rigid organizational structure and discipline of the military was a stabilizing influence on them. They were frequently in trouble with the law for petty crimes and minor but illegal violence before and after their service. And as mentioned in the shared article, that impulsiveness is often the reason why they are separated from military service.
Military service offers membership in a cohesive group of protagonists pitting their efforts against a clearly defined antagonist. That appeals to and is even required by certain personality types in order to function. That same personality type is also drawn to right-wing militias that have set themselves up as a unified group fighting against the tyrannical regime that runs our democratic republic. Okay, disclosure, I don't see it but obviously some do.
So a potential solution to countering these groups is to give their members the same sort of membership in a structured group in conflict against an antagonist which, in literary terms, can be anything from an environment to a difficult goal. As Earth effectively has no more frontiers a potential long term goal is to use members of groups like this as first colonists settling other planets. In the mean time they can be organized into military-like groups and set to work to benefit society, for example, to join a platoon of workers to install sewers and clean water systems in developing countries.
 
Duane Ehmer, one of the last holdouts at Malheur, was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

He was also a militiaman.

This is not a coincidence.

The modern world provides few opportunities for mythic struggles between good and evil. There are no dragons to slay: the majority of the problems we're left with are solvable only by intense focus and difficult choices. But not everyone is well-suited to picking the threads in the giant, terrible knots which we originally tied with good intentions.

If you look through the backgrounds of the militiamen, you'll find a history of petty crime. Impulsive misdemeanors; small acts of violence; stubbornness in the face of official sanction. The same sort of thing you'll see in a particular sort of soldier or police officer: people who can hold their life together with intense discipline, so long as an outlet for their violence is available, but whose life before and after their service is an erratic disaster. I knew a lot of these men when I was working with the homeless.

We sometimes blame this on PTSD. But listen to their own narratives about their lives, and you'll find that they often credit the military for holding their lives together in the face of their own violent impulsivity. Their need for structure, and their desire to channel their impulses toward a useful purpose, isn't a sign of deep, underlying sociopathy: it's an attempt to avoid becoming the person they fear becoming.

To many of these men (and they are almost all men) in the militia movement, their delusions are not the cause of their problem. They are a defective solution to their problem. They long for an apocalyptic civil war, or nuclear holocaust, or the disintegration of the economic order because they are unsuited for an order in which problems cannot be solved by shooting at them.

Having known a lot of these men, I feel a certain amount of sympathy for their position: in a different time, they might have been the impulsive do-gooders whom they imagine themselves to be. But they are often dangerous. They fill the ranks of every authoritarian movement worldwide: they're the petty criminals who became Brownshirts; the Jordanian video-store clerk who founded AQI; the marginal, unemployed Arab twenty-somethings who joined ISIS and al-Qaida.

There is no general solution, other than to reduce the world to the terrifying place where they belong. 
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It's amazing what you find when you actually study an ancient culture's artifacts. Rather than just assume that they had to have been categorically inferior just because they're older.
 
Ancient Babylonians Tracked Planets with Pure Geometry

A recently deciphered Babylonian tablet proves that Babylonians used advanced geometric calculations to track the movements of Jupiter and other planets. The tablet, more than 2000-years old, proves that Babylonians had developed pure geometry long before it is usually thought to have been born, in the Middle Ages.

#BlindMeWithScience #Geometry #Astronomy
Ancient cuneiform tablets show the Babylonians used advanced geometry to track Jupiter as it moved across the night sky.
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+ERB's next video needs to be B.o.B. versus NdGT.
 
Question: Is there anyone out there who is really concerned with rapper B.O.B.'s Twitter rants about how the Earth is really flat? (No, seriously)

Answer: No. However, Neil Tyson's reply to B.O.B.'s diss track (seriously; rap battles of theoretical physics) is pretty epic. And ample demonstration of why he is awesome.
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Some big news from Oregon that you'll actually want to read about.  
Construction workers have unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State University football field.
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Basically, there's no way the Earth can be flat.  Because the math wouldn't work out.  
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It's a lie, a damn lie, and a statistic. So expect to hear it at every stop along the campaign trail.
 
Ted Cruz's claim that "ObamaCare" is nation's 'biggest job-killer' analyzed.

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Surprisingly true. I can't wait to see what the grand unified theory is going to look like. Newtonian physics handles things quite well for reasonable masses and velocities. Einstein's relativity takes over when things get big and fast. And we know Einstein was right because his equations simplify back down to Newton's when the mass and velocity drop. But understanding what happens when velocity is irrelevant, mass is negligible, and neither can be known at the same time; all we've got now is throwing out everything we thought we knew and sifting through the weird stuff that's left.
 
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For many reasons, I've decided to reduce how much food I waste.  I compost almost all of my kitchen scraps which then becomes soil to grow more vegetables in the garden.  I am also using more of everything, like getting a week's worth of meals from a single...
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You thought you were done when you sorted out Heartbleed?  Well, here's a new one.  A lot of systems will actually not be vulnerable to this because they've offloaded the SSL to another service which has already made changes.  Mostly as responses to Heartbleed and Logjam. 
So anyway, updates to OpenSSL are out now.  Developers need to check their software and libraries to call the latest versions.  Server administrators also need to check versions running on their systems.  End users update their client software and hope their devs and SAs are doing their jobs.  
OpenSSL maintainers release update that fixes key-recovery bug. Patch now.
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