“via prison van, bus or “conair” plane”
I recently met a Federal Marshall who is a “Conair” pilot. The most abusive, sociopathic, soulless dude I have ever personally met in my life, and that is not hyperbole.
I am so afraid for John if that happens to him.
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post The Biggest Progressive Victory of 2014 So Far Was Against Obama, Not With Him
I keep seeing left-leaning bloggers refer to Obama’s dropping of chained CPI as a “victory”. Since when is: “I was going to beat up on your Grandma, but I’m not going to, at least not next year” a “victory”. Bollucks to that soulless freak of a man.
raisedbywolves commented on the diary post Charles Lane is Wrong on NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership by Dean Baker.
Although it’s appropriate to say that power corrupts, it is probably more accurate and fitting to say that the corrupt seek power, and the totally corrupt seek absolute power. You are right that finding “good” people is difficult, because most “good” people don’t want to put up with the absolute corruption that now defines US [...]
I think now is a good time to refresh our memories on exactly what that means to be an authoritarian (hint – they are dangerous to freedom, justice, truth):
Authoritarians (As defined by Bob Altemeyer): http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/
1. Poor logic and reasoning skills
2. Poor integration of ideas and beliefs (beliefs come from different sources but don’t fit together)
3. Double standards (heavy use of rationalization to justify conflicting opinions)
4. Hypocritical (want standards for themselves and their beliefs that are different from “others”)
5. Poor self-awareness (tendency to overestimate own abilities and strengths, can’t answer the question of why they did something)
6. Ethnocentric (the belief of “in” groups and “out” groups based on their personal belief system)
7. Dogmatic – unjustified certainty, opinions not able to be backed up with facts but they don’t care
1. Authoritarian Submission
5. Lack of Critical Thinking
6. “Our Biggest Problem Is…” (hyperbole)
7. Compartmentalized Thinking
9. Empowerment in Groups
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post Group Condemns APA’s Ethics Decision on Former Guantanamo Psychologist
From what I understand, the APA is a failed institution. Besides their collusion and obfuscation on their involvement in torture issues, they are basically bought and paid for big BigPharma. Their newest diagnostic manual (DSM-V) has gotten big raspberries from all around for its lack of scientific rigor or peer review.
But perhaps the APAs biggest failure is that they are completely ignoring monumental shifts in US mental and psychological functioning. When politicians, media figures and business leaders openly exhibit delusional, pathological and even psychotic behaviors in public – and the APA has nothing to say about it – then they are as sick as the people they should be figuring out how to treat.
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post Tom Perkins Doubles Down On Comparing Occupy Wall Street To Nazis
I’ll just keep repeating this until people begin to realize that they are dealing with: the number one indicator you are dealing with a sociopath is their claim to be the victim when they clearly are not (Stout, “The Sociopath Next Door”).
Mr. Wilentz doesn’t sound so much like an historian as he does an authoritarian.
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post Uwe Reinhardt’s Truly Ridiculous Argument Against Single-Payer in the United States
What a nonsensical statement. I work in healthcare, and Medicare has the very solid reputation of driving prices to rock-bottom levels. It’s common that Medicare pays less than actual cost, so vendors can lose money providing Medicare services. And I’ve never heard of Medicare getting or demanding kickbacks, ever. In fact, there’s a big problem with unscrupulous vendors who perpetrate Medicare fraud, but it’s not Medicare that’s corrupt, it’s the for-profit vendors (Governor of Florida, as one example).
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post Photos And Staff Emails Disprove Governor Chris Christie’s ‘Bridgegate’ Statements
Just conjecture on my part, but if you state that someone has a formal mental disorder (Narcissistic Personality Disorder/NPD), that could fall under the slander/libel definition, i.e., of claiming someone has a “loathesome disease”. Christie does, easily, meet the definition of NPD, of course, but it is probably not something national journalists want to deal with.
It’s epically unfortunate that the APA has usurped what is actually a set of profound character flaws and claimed it as a mental disorder. Having a horrible character should have never been re-written as a disorder, but it has, and we’re stuck with it, to our detriment and danger. It’s even more unfortunate because disorders of the character are not treatable in adults, so the APA basically ignores the whole spectrum of character disorders. Now that one in ten teenagers has NPD (per NIMH – which completely distances itself from the APA), double the rate of their parents, triple the rate of the their grandparents, and there are no treatment and no formal defenses for ‘normal’ people, we are in deep kimchi.
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post Yes, U.S. Private Insurance Companies are the Problem
Healthcare should not be a for-profit industry, period. I’m not saying that they can’t make money, but they should not be Wall Street entities, which are shareholder-driven. The goal of good healthcare is an effective, humanistic, cooperative effort – which is cross-ways with the goals and tactics of profit-seeking.
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post After Record Year Boeing Forces Workers To Kill Pensions
In most situations I have worked in (as an employee, consultant, and working manager) most managers I have worked for are either narcissistically sociopathic or just cowardly and void of any useful skills except being political and weasely.
If managers in the US were evaluated by their *employees*, rather than *their* managers, 80% of them would be out on their keester.
If you like the hand (hang) drum, check out these artists:
Manu Delago – used in some pieces/somewhat experimental
I’ve never heard anyone talk about the Obamacare website in comparison to the Medicare Part D (drug plan for seniors) website that already existed. But then, most of the discussion wasn’t reality-based at the time. It was either snowflakes and puppy noses on the left, or sheer evil (and full of lies) on the right.
Anyway, the Medicare Part D website is a nightmare. I’m an IT professional, and I had to get help from my mom’s nursing home to wade through it because the language was so confusing and in the end, you had almost no ability to truly compare plans. And that’s just for pharmaceuticals, folks.
Lots of people on the left said that this was a good step in the right direction, when it’s actually further entrenching a very bad system (capitalism) on a system that should be non-profit and with as few sociopaths running it as possible.
But in the end, the left may be right. Obamacare implementation may be so bad (and I am just waiting for the stories that people go bankrupt WITH Obamacare) that everyone says “chuck it”, is tired of believing anything that Obama and BigMedicine/Insurance/Pharma says – and moves towards Medicare for all (or something close).
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post Wall Street Threatening To Withhold Donations After Pope’s Critique
I’ll keep repeating this until it sinks in:
When asked what the number one sign of a sociopath is, Martha Stout, the author of “The Sociopath Next Door” says that it is someone who plays the victim, when they are clearly not the victim.
The very rich are, most of them, sociopaths – without empathy, without social conscience, without reason, without the ability to feel guilt and shame. Remember that.
Let me share something about bullies that you need to know. Bullies don’t like it when someone stands up to them, but they do respect it, if begrudgingly. What bullies really loathe is a feckless wimp who sucks up to them.
Obama has been a feckless, bully-pleasing wimp since he was editor of the Law Review at Harvard. Back then, he let the right-wing bullies have a much bigger voice in the Review than before. And the people on his staff noticed that he wasn’t there much, that he didn’t work very hard. In other words, he got the title and then didn’t do much with it except suck up and ingratiate himself to the bullies.
Same song, present time. He’s too narcissistic to realize that his appeasement of the bullying right has brought him nothing but scorn on BOTH sides.
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post US Medical Professionals Were Involved in the Design & Administration of Torture
Thanks for your dedication to this matter:
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post AIG CEO: Anger Over Bonuses ‘Just As Bad’ As Lynchings In Deep South
According to the author of “The Sociopath Next Door”, the number one sign that you are dealing with a sociopath is their false sense of persecution or victimization. The sooner we realize that what makes these people “special” is their total lack of humanity, the better for all the rest of us.
raisedbywolves commented on the blog post NSA Sends Letter to Its ‘Extended’ Family to Reassure Them That They Will ‘Weather’ This ‘Storm’
According to the author of “The Sociopath Next Door”, the number-one indicator that someone is a sociopath is their “martyr” mentality. They insist that they are the “real” victim – all the while by their actions they are the predator.
Sociopathy is so normalized in our society, there is probably no rational way out.
raisedbywolves commented on the diary post Richard Posner Explains SEC Refusal to Act in Lehman Brothers Case by masaccio.
I have to assume that Little Posner actually *likes* the picture of himself on wiki – you know, the one that makes him look like a serial killer… Yikes!
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