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Why Don’t the Corrupt Players On Wall Street and In D.C. Show Remorse for Their Destructive Actions…And Why Don’t We Stop Them?

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Scandal After Scandal, Lie Upon Lie ... What's Going On?

Many bankers, regulators and politicians have been caught in lie after lie and scandal after scandal.

Why haven't they been shamed by all of the disclosures about their behavior, and chastised by the destruction their actions are causing?

Why do we keep falling for the same shenanigans over and over?

We'll answer each of these questions one at a time.

Many of the People Running Wall Street and D.C. Are - LITERALLY - Psycopaths

According to psychologists and sociologists - many on Wall Street and D.C. are not like you and me. They are literally psychopaths.

Reuters reported Tuesday:

In a survey of 500 senior executives in the United States and the UK, 26 percent of respondents said they had observed or had firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing in the workplace, while 24 percent said they believed financial services professionals may need to engage in unethical or illegal conduct to be successful.

 

Sixteen percent of respondents said they would commit insider trading if they could get away with it, according to Labaton Sucharow. And 30 percent said their compensation plans created pressure to compromise ethical standards or violate the law.

A number of commentators think the numbers are low, because of self-reporting. For example, Richard Eskow writes:

I discussed the survey with a few other people familiar with the banking industry, and they had the same reaction I did: If anything, those numbers sound low. That makes sense. Admitting your criminal inclinations to a total stranger isn't as easy as telling a them your favorite color or what kind of music you like.

As we've repeatedly noted, .

The March/April issues of CFA Magazine notes that the rates of psychopaths in Wall Street is much higher than the general population, and reports:

These "financial psychopaths" generally lack empathy and interest in what other people feel or think. At the same time, they display an abundance of charm, charisma, intelligence, credentials, an unparalleled capacity for lying, fabrication, and manipulation, and a drive for thrill seeking.

 

A financial psychopath can present as a perfect well-rounded job candidate, CEO, manager, co-worker, and team member because their destructive characteristics are practically invisible. They flourish in fast-paced industries and are experts in taking advantage of company systems and processes as well as exploiting communication weaknesses and promoting interpersonal conflicts.

Bloomberg notes:

The “corporate psychopaths” at the helm of our financial institutions are to blame [for the financial crisis].

 

Clive R. Boddy, most recently a professor at the Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University, says psychopaths are the 1 percent of “people who, perhaps due to physical factors to do with abnormal brain connectivity and chemistry” lack a “conscience, have few emotions and display an inability to have any feelings, sympathy or empathy for other people.”

 

As a result, Boddy argues in a recent issue of the Journal of Business Ethics, such people are “extraordinarily cold, much more calculating and ruthless towards others than most people are and therefore a menace to the companies they work for and to society.”

 

How do people with such obvious personality flaws make it to the top of seemingly successful corporations? Boddy says psychopaths take advantage of the “relative chaotic nature of the modern corporation,” including “rapid change, constant renewal” and high turnover of “key personnel.” Such circumstances allow them to ascend through a combination of “charm” and “charisma,” which makes “their behaviour invisible” and “makes them appear normal and even to be ideal leaders.”

 

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They “largely caused the crisis” because their “single- minded pursuit of their own self-enrichment and self- aggrandizement to the exclusion of all other considerations has led to an abandonment of the old-fashioned concept of noblesse oblige, equality, fairness, or of any real notion of corporate social responsibility.”

 

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He says the unnamed “they” seem “to be unaffected” by the corporate collapses they cause. These psychopaths “present themselves as glibly unbothered by the chaos around them, unconcerned about those who have lost their jobs, savings and investments, and as lacking any regrets about what they have done. They cheerfully lie about their involvement in events, are very convincing in blaming others for what has happened and have no doubts about their own worth and value. They are happy to walk away from the economic disaster that they have managed to bring about, with huge payoffs and with new roles advising governments how to prevent such economic disasters.”

The Independent reports:

Mr Boddy is not alone. In Jon Ronson’s widely acclaimed book The Psychopath Test, Professor Robert Hare [the world's leading expert on psychopathy] told the author: “I should have spent some time inside the Stock Exchange as well. Serial killer psychopaths ruin families. Corporate and political and religious psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies.”

 

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A senior UK investment banker and I [were] discussing the most successful banking types we know and what makes them tick. I argue that they often conform to the characteristics displayed by social psychopaths. To my surprise, my friend agrees.

 

He then makes an astonishing confession: “At one major investment bank for which I worked, we used psychometric testing to recruit social psychopaths because their characteristics exactly suited them to senior corporate finance roles.”

Here was one of the biggest investment banks in the world seeking psychopaths as recruits.

 

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A 2,200-page report by Anton Valukas, the Chicago-based lawyer hired by a US court to investigate Lehman’s failure … revealed systemic chicanery within the bank; he described management failures and a destructive, internal culture of reckless risk-taking worthy of any psychopath.

 

So why wasn’t Mr Fuld spotted and stopped? I’ve concluded it’s the good old question of nature and nurture but with a new interpretation. As I see it, in its search for never-ending growth, the financial services sector has actively sought out monsters with natures like Mr Fuld and nurtured them with bonuses and praise.

 

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Take Sir Fred Goodwin of RBS, for example. Before he racked up a corporate loss of £24.1bn, the highest in UK history, he was idolised by the City. In recognition of his work in ruthlessly cutting costs at Clydesdale Bank he got the nickname “Fred the Shred”, and he played that for all it was worth. He was later described as “a corporate Attila”, a title of which any psychopath would be proud.

We've previously observed that researchers have found that the brains of psychopaths have a dopamine abnormality which creates a drive for rewards at any cost, and causes them to ignore risks.

As PhysOrg writes:

Abnormalities in how the [brain] processes dopamine have been found in individuals with psychopathic traits and may be linked to violent, criminal behavior.

 

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The brains of psychopaths appear to be wired to keep seeking a reward at any cost, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. The research uncovers the role of the brain’s reward system in psychopathy and opens a new area of study for understanding what drives these individuals.

 

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The results were published March 14, 2010, in .

 

“Psychopaths are often thought of as cold-blooded criminals who take what they want without thinking about consequences,” Joshua Buckholtz, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology and lead author of the new study, said. “We found that a hyper-reactive dopamine reward system may be the foundation for some of the most problematic behaviors associated with psychopathy, such as violent crime, recidivism and substance abuse.”

 

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To examine the relationship between dopamine and psychopathy, the researchers used positron emission tomography, or PET, imaging of the brain to measure dopamine release, in concert with a functional magnetic imaging, or fMRI, probe of the brain’s reward system.

 

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The researchers found in those individuals with elevated psychopathic traits the dopamine reward area of the brain ... was much more active while they were anticipating the monetary reward than in the other volunteers.

Experts also tell us that many politicians also share traits with serial killers. Specifically, the Los Angeles Times noted in 2009:

Using his law enforcement experience and data drawn from the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit, Jim Kouri has collected a series of personality traits common to a couple of professions.

 

Kouri, who’s a vice president of the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, has assembled traits such as superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of others.

 

These traits, Kouri points out in his analysis, are common to psychopathic serial killers.

 

But — and here’s the part that may spark some controversy and defensive discussion — these traits are also common to American politicians. (Maybe you already suspected.)

 

Yup. Violent homicide aside, our elected officials often show many of the exact same character traits as criminal nut-jobs, who run from police but not for office.

 

Kouri notes that these criminals are psychologically capable of committing their dirty deeds free of any concern for social, moral or legal consequences and with absolutely no remorse.

 

“This allows them to do what they want, whenever they want,” he wrote. “Ironically, these same traits exist in men and women who are drawn to high-profile and powerful positions in society including political officeholders.”

 

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”While many political leaders will deny the assessment regarding their similarities with serial killers and other career criminals, it is part of a psychopathic profile that may be used in assessing the behaviors of many officials and lawmakers at all levels of government.”

We will therefore remain disempowered if we assume that the super-elites are “like us”.

(Indeed, contrary to common American stereotypes - and while wealth does not necessarily indicate whether someone is a good or a bad person - studies show that the super-wealthy tend to be less empathic and more likely to cheat than those with more modest wealth.)

Unless we learn to spot “wolves in sheep’s clothing”, we will continue to fall prey to their scams.

Unless We Remove the Psychopaths from Power, They Will Cause More and More Destruction

The inmates are still running the asylum.

Anyone who knows Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein or the other Wall Street “leaders” can tell you that they haven’t changed a bit since 2008. They are not repentent for their role in the financial crisis. They don’t feel bad that the taxpayers have had to bail them out again and again … and that they have used that money to enrich themselves and stick it to the little guy.

As the Independent notes:

Mr Ronson reports: “Justice departments and parole boards all over the world have accepted Hare’s contention that psychopaths are quite simply incurable and everyone should concentrate their energies instead on learning how to root them out.”

 

But, far from being rooted out, they are still in place and often in positions of even greater power.

 

As Mr Boddy warns: “The very same corporate psychopaths, who probably caused the crisis by their self-seeking greed and avarice, are now advising governments on how to get out of the crisis. Further, if the corporate psychopaths theory of the global financial crisis is correct, then we are now far from the end of the crisis. Indeed, it is only the end of the beginning.”

I’ve been saying the same thing since 2008:

Ralph Waldo Emerson said:

“Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.”

Its like a thief who has been arrested 5 times for burglary. Even though he says all the right things to the judge at sentencing, the judge is still going to throw the book at him.

 

If the thief is appointed to head a government commission on corruption, do you think people will have confidence in the commission or its proposed actions?

 

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[Those in power] may be saying nice things about fixing the economy, shoring up the financial system and helping American citizens, but people don’t believe them anymore. They’ve been proven liars one too many times.

 

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The only thing that can restore confidence in the economy and the financial system is to replace the whole lot of them (tar and feather them) with honest leaders who will do what’s best for the people.

 

Forget the “toxic debt” that the talking heads keep referring to. The only way to restore confidence is to get rid of the “toxic leaders” who caused the mess.

I noted in October:

The main demand of the Egyptian protesters was that Hosni Mubarak and his cronies leave power.

 

Why should the demands of the American protesters be held to a higher standard?

 

As former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson notes, the American finance industry has effectively captured our government in a “quiet coup”, a state of affairs that is at the center of many emerging-market crises, and that recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform.

 

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The U.S. has become a kleptocracy, an oligarchy, a banana republic, a socialist or fascist state … which acts without the consent of the governed. There is a malignant symbiotic relationship between the governmental leaders and their cronies, which makes a handful rich at the public trough (in the same way that the Mubarak family raked in between U.S. $40 and $70 billion dollars through bribes and cronyism).

 

Remember, Mubarak pretended that he was going to offer concessions or negotiate several times. But the protesters would have none of it. They demanded Mubarak leave.

 

The same government despots (Bernanke and the rest of the knuckleheads at the Fed, Geithner, and various other Goldman alums and proteges of Robert Rubin) and the same Wall Street manipulators (Blankfein, Dimon, etc.) are still on their thrones causing mischief. Nothing will change while these guys are still in charge.

 

Why can’t Americans – like the Egyptians – demand that the bums be thrown out?

 

While America’s protesters don’t need to give any list of official demands (see this, this and this), breaking up the unholy alliance which is destroying our country and removing vampires from both government and Wall Street who are most responsible for blocking reform is a perfectly good demand all by itself. As Gordon Duff – senior editor at Veterans Today – says, it’s “time for regime change” in the U.S.

Why Don't We Stop Them?

We've previously noted:

Biologists and sociologists tell us that our brains evolved in small groups or tribes.

 

As one example of how profoundly the small-group environment affected our brains, Daily Galaxy points out:

Research shows that one of the most powerful ways to stimulate more buying is celebrity endorsement. Neurologists at Erasmus University in Rotterdam report that our ability to weigh desirability and value doesn’t function normally if an item is endorsed by a well-known face. This lights up the brain’s dorsal claudate nucleus, which is involved in trust and learning. Areas linked to longer-term memory storage also fire up. Our minds overidentify with celebrities because we evolved in small tribes. If you knew someone, then they knew you. If you didn’t attack each other, you were probably pals.

 

Our minds still work this way, giving us the idea that the celebs we keep seeing are our acquaintances. And we want to be like them, because we’ve evolved to hate being out of the in-crowd. Brain scans show that social rejection activates brain areas that generate physical pain, probably because in prehistory tribal exclusion was tantamount to a death sentence. And scans by the National Institute of Mental Health show that when we feel socially inferior, two brain regions become more active: the insula and the ventral striatum. The insula is involved with the gut-sinking sensation you get when you feel that small. The ventral striatum is linked to motivation and reward.

In small groups, we knew everyone extremely well. No one could really fool us about what type of person they were, because we had grown up interacting with them for our whole lives.

 

If a tribe member dressed up and pretended he was from another tribe, we would see it in a heart-beat. It would be like seeing your father in a costume: you would recognize him pretty quickly, wouldn’t you.

 

As the celebrity example shows, our brains can easily be fooled by people in our large modern society when we incorrectly ascribe to them the role of being someone we should trust.

 

The opposite is true as well. The parts of our brain that are hard-wired to quickly recognize “outside enemies” can be fooled in our huge modern society, when it is really people we know dressed up like the “other team”.

 

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Our brains assume that we can tell truth from fiction, because they evolved in very small groups where we knew everyone extremely well, and usually could see for ourselves what was true.

 

On the other side of the coin, a tribal leader who talked a good game but constantly stole from and abused his group would immediately be kicked out or killed. No matter how nicely he talked, the members of the tribe would immediately see what he was doing.

 

But in a country of hundreds of millions of people, where the political class is shielded from the rest of the country, people don’t really know what our leaders are doing with most of the time. We only see them for a couple of minutes when they are giving speeches, or appearing in photo ops, or being interviewed. It is therefore much easier for a wolf in sheep’s clothing to succeed than in a small group setting.

 

Indeed, sociopaths would have been discovered very quickly in a small group. But in huge societies like our’s, they can rise to positions of power and influence.

 

As with the celebrity endorsement example, our brains are running programs which were developed for an environment (a small group) we no longer live in, and so lead us astray.

 

Like the blind spot in our rear view mirror, we have to learn to compensate and adapt for our imperfections, or we may get clobbered.

Bloomberg notes that this dynamic has played out on Wall Street as well:

Until the last third of the 20th century, he writes, companies were mostly stable and slow to change. Lifetime employment was a reasonable expectation and people rose through the ranks.

 

This stable environment meant corporate psychopaths “would be noticeable and identifiable as undesirable managers because of their selfish egotistical personalities and other ethical defects.”

 

For Wall Street — a rapidly changing and highly dynamic corporate environment if there ever was one, especially when the firms transformed themselves from private partnerships into public companies with quarterly reporting requirements — the trouble started when these charmers made their way to corner offices of important financial institutions.

 

Then, according to Boddy’s “Corporate Psychopaths Theory of the Global Financial Crisis,” these men were “able to influence the moral climate of the whole organization” to wield “considerable power.”

People are also wired to believe our leaders’ big statements, even if they are ridiculous:

As Adolph Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf:

All this was inspired by the principle–which is quite true in itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.

Similarly, Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, wrote:

The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.

Science has now helped to explain why the big lie is effective.

 

As I’ve previously pointed out in another context:

Psychologists and sociologists show us that people will rationalize what their leaders are doing, even when it makes no sense ….

Sociologists from four major research institutions investigated why so many Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11, years after it became obvious that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

 

The researchers found, as described in an article in the journal Sociological Inquiry (and re-printed by Newsweek):

  • Many Americans felt an urgent need to seek justification for a war already in progress
  • *** “We refer to this as ‘inferred justification, because for these voters, the sheer fact that we were engaged in war led to a post-hoc search for a justification for that war.
  • “People were basically making up justifications for the fact that we were at war”
  • “They wanted to believe in the link [between 9/11 and Iraq] because it helped them make sense of a current reality. So voters’ ability to develop elaborate rationalizations based on faulty information, whether we think that is good or bad for democratic practice, does at least demonstrate an impressive form of creativity.

***  The big lie appears to be as effective in financial [matters] as in military warfare.

Psychiatrist Peter Zafirides, M.D sent me an excellent article explaining why good people defend bad systems:

From the bust of the housing bubble and mortgage meltdown to Bernie Madoff and Jerry Sandusky, to political candidates and campaigns, it seems not a week goes by before another story of corruption and scandal breaks. And very predictably, the following questions always seem to follow:

 

“How could they get away with this?”

 

- or -

 

“Why didn’t someone say or do anything about it?”

 

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Why do we stick up for a system or institution we live in—a government, company, or marriage—even when anyone else can see it is failing miserably? Why do we resist change even when the system is corrupt or unjust? A new article in Current Directions in Psychological Science, reveals the conditions under which we’re motivated to defend the status quo—a psychological process called “system justification.”

 

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People are motivated to defend the status quo [especially when there is an external threat, people are dependent on the system, there is no escape or people feel little control over their lives].

We Can Choose to Reclaim Our Power

The good news is that we can grow up and evolve.

While our brains have many built-in hardwired ways of thinking and processing information, they are also amazingly “plastic“. We can learn and evolve and overcome our hardwiring – or at least compensate for our blind spots.

We are not condemned to being led astray by Madison Avenue advertisers and ruthless dictators and scientific frauds and fundamentalists.

We can choose to grow up as a species and reclaim our power to decide our own future.

As Dr. Zafirides writes:

The research on our [default psychological blind spots] should not be overwhelming or demoralizing. If anything it can really help to enlighten those who are frustrated when people don’t rise up in what would seem their own best interests. The awareness of this psychological tendency in all of us is the first step in trying to minimize its impact. Awareness is critical if one hopes to meaningfully change systems.

 

According to Dr. Kay, “If you want to understand how to get social change to happen, you need to understand the conditions that make people resist change and what makes them open to acknowledging that change might be a necessity.” This is true whether the change one desires is individual or societal.

 

But do not despair! Whether on an individual or societal level, change absolutely happen. Awareness and knowledge is the first part of the process.

 

Never give up the fight.

 

Never doubt how truly powerful you are.

 

 


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Sun, 07/15/2012 - 17:48 | Link to Comment antisatan
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ok cmon folks yer killin me.   not like this is rocket science or anything.  this is all because these satanic globalist commie prick edomite stooges are all following an AGENDA of intentional economic collapse, death and destruction, and transfer of wealth.  they somehow think that because they have sworn oaths to satan that they will be spared and given some of the spoils.   i got news for them: they have signed their own suicidal death warrants and will become casualties of the very agenda they have cursed the world with.

stupid kills.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 15:33 | Link to Comment cpzimmon
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Not a mention here about our old pal, John Maynord Keynes.

http://www.keynesatharvard.org/index.html

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 15:23 | Link to Comment Winston Smith 2009
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If you want a stereotypical composite of these scumbags, watch the excellent film "American Psycho."

Portion of a review:

"Christian Bale is razor sharp as the blank corporate drone, a preening tiger in designer suits whose speaking voice is part salesman, part self-help guru, and completely artificial. Carrying himself with the poised confidence of a male model, he spends his days in a numbing world of status-symbol one-upmanship and soul-sapping small talk, but breaks out at night with smirking explosions of homicide, accomplished with the fastidious care of a hopeless obsessive. The film's approach to this mayhem is simultaneously shocking and discreet; even Bateman's outrageous naked charge with a chainsaw is most notable for the impossibly polished and gleaming instrument of death. Harron's film is a hilarious, cheerfully insidious hall of mirrors all pointed inward, slowly cracking as the portrait becomes increasingly grotesque and insane."

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:24 | Link to Comment goforgin
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Why? Because whites have been brainwashed and conditioned to accept that RICH people by graces of g.o.d and their hard work are indeed blessed and can do no wrong. Another words they are no different than radical and fanatical Muslims, they believe in fairy tales.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:52 | Link to Comment Salt
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A perfect example of shameless narcistic behavior -

 

Anthony Weiner’s not shrinking from elected office.

The disgraced former congressman — who’s sitting on a $4.5 million campaign war chest — is mulling a bid for citywide office next year and “seriously considering” a mayoral run, multiple sources told The Post.

The cocky pol is also open to the post of public advocate as a backup plan, said sources, who described the Queens Democrat as “desperate” to get back into politics.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/re_erection_campaign_Gppuedd8V87J5NCU...

 


Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:40 | Link to Comment Savyindallas
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1. We need to get rid of the reliance on the mainstream media-the Minsistry of Truth- We Need to smash the Orwellian matrix! The internet is the answer. You shall know the truth  and the truth shall set you free. Pull the plug on the matrix -smash the matrix -Before Agent Smith and his Agents  smash us.

2.  Old folks need to die off -too many morons willing to sell out this country to the wolves and Banksters as long as their social security is not touched. These fuckers are too old, lazy and set in their ways to make any effort at all to find out the truth. May these pod people die in their pods-in the comfort of the matrix --very soon -before we smash it.

 

 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:18 | Link to Comment realitybiter
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Capital Punishment is the only solution.

 

These folks could not give a shit less about doing a couple years time or paying BILLIONS in fines.  They do, however, care about losing life.

 

Take it.

 

The ninnies in this world are those weak, pussilanimous piles of "nice" shit that somehow believe everyone can be reformed and you just need to love.  That notion doesn't do anything, but amuse the psychoes that gang rapes us constantly.

 

Think about it.  If you are a psyschopath you don't care about anyone, but yourself.  Screw over an old pensioner?  Fuck 'em.  Screw over your partner?  Fuck 'em.  God?  WHo gives a shit?

 

They are rabid dogs.  They need a bullet.  Grow a pair and deliver it.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 15:10 | Link to Comment bshirley1968
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Where do we sign up to be delivery boys?

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:00 | Link to Comment petolo
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Were it only so easy. Psychopaths replacing Psychopaths is a poor barter. Where will thr children play?

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:19 | Link to Comment realitybiter
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oooops!  CAPITOL

ironic, since they commit capitAL punishment.....;)

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:22 | Link to Comment John Law Lives
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"Why Don’t the Corrupt Players On Wall Street and In D.C. Show Remorse for Their Destructive Actions..."

That's what psychopaths do.

 

"And Why Don’t We Stop Them?"

Crony capitalism at its finest.

 

 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 10:17 | Link to Comment bshirley1968
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What a bunch of CRAP!  Psychopath is just a fancy word for "spoiled-rotten-titty-baby" who need their ass busted.

Quit trying to make this some genetic/biological phenomenon.  People have to be told "NO!" now and then and when they don't listen, they should get a spanking.

That is why we are a country of laws and not the rule of man.  BUT......laws are meaningless without consequences.  If there is no punishment, who gives a rat's ass about the law?  Punishment DOES deter crime.

So why don't we have any punishment?  The reason is two fold. One is because nobody likes to give it and give it in a just manner.  We don't like punishment because we see ourselves sitting in the seat of the condemned, knowing that could be us one day. The other is because the people responsible for the punishment have been bought off.

When the "referee" has lost his ability to be fair and impartial (for whatever reason), then the fight is meaningless and will turn into a lawless brawl.

Without law there is no liberty.  We are becoming more and more lawless everyday.  Obama makes decisions as if he were some king, Congress makes laws that facilitate crime and slavery, the Supreme Court panders to the media and socialist agenda, ignoring the Constitution.  It won't be long now and we will crumble into chaos, and a "great" leader will step up and by means similar to every other totalitarian regime in history, will put an iron boot on the people's back and he will determine what is right and wrong, who is friend or foe, mostly based on support or lack for his regime.  Kind of like the bastard we have in there now.  We just haven't crossed the military line yet.

Last thing.  The reason we are suffering from so many "psychos" in our day, is because we have reared several generations with the idea that they are their own god.  They determine what is right and wrong based on popular opinion, they are never to be told no, they can be anything, do anything, accomplish all their dreams, AND it is their right!  If the law is against your dream, we will change the law to fit your dream.  If what you want hurts others and you can get away with it .....you are a genius.  People need to quit creating these little monster and start bustin' some ass.  A one year old spoiled brat can be kind of cute, but when he gets to be 35 you have a real monster on your hands.  Sooner or later EVERYONE needs an ass woopin'.  Sooner or later EVERYONE will get theirs.  SOONER is always better.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:20 | Link to Comment jim249
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It is obvious that you have never dealt with a Psychopath. They don't give a rats ass about you, me, their wives , kids, parents, no one! You confront one of these people and all you wil get is excuses and laughter. These people are going to win in the end.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 15:09 | Link to Comment bshirley1968
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Go read Revelation chapter 21.  They don't "win" in the end.  They are going to get what they deserve.  I would like for them to get there "......sooner is always better than later."

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 09:58 | Link to Comment GoingLoonie
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There is no difference between the lack of action / encouragement of lack of no action taken by Joe Paterno and that taken by Tim Geitner in the Libor Fraud.  I know nothing about psychopaths or sociopaths except that in my 60 year + life everytime I have confronted people for doing the wrong thing, doing nothing or lack of vision, (Remember no one in the financial community "saw it coming.") they have fit the description of a psycopath or sociopath.  Finally, I would say in each case the battle is not in catching these "wrong doers", but in convincing others of their evil intent.  Again, I would suggest that a law requiring a mandatory criminal felony sentence for any public official (elected or appointed) or public corporate official caught lying to the public would solve this problem.  Think- Tobacco Industry, Gas & Oil Industries, Benake, Geitner, etc.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 10:17 | Link to Comment geno-econ
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Law proposal would never pass Congress ,unless an amendment was attached to proposed Bill absolving Congress, Corp. Executives, etc. etc.  Problem is individuals and groups protects their butts , idiology, territory or social/economic status which is the bases of Tribalism.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 09:55 | Link to Comment geno-econ
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In essence we are witnessing a modern, sophisticated return to Tribalism sprinkled with religious and ethnic connotations, but largely driven by corrupt financial and economic behavior as a  result of a flawed global economic model favoring wealth creation overseas based on saving and wealth destruction in developing nations besed on consumerism and fiat creation.  GW raised the wrong question of "Why don't we stop them ?"   Question  is "How do we change the system within existing framework or introduce entirely new concepts of government?"  For instance, if Congress is root cause of problem , give Pres. more authority , but only one term to accomplish goals . Lots more ideas out there regarding trade , commerce and regulatory enforcement.  Last resort not pleasant and counterproductive as we see in Middle East

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 09:43 | Link to Comment bigkahuna
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There is a book out on understanding these types. It cannot be over emphasised that most people have absolutely NO understanding of just how messed up in the head and how evil these people truly are. Their god is themself and there is absolutely nothing outside of that. Their mannor of thinking is completely alien to the 99 percent who are not sociopathic. The one thing this book will help out with is identification of these jackasses, because they try their best to hide, but there are tell tale mannorisms and personality traits.

 

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_7/178-9213633-5253242?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the+sociopath+next+door&sprefix=the+soc%2Cstripbooks%2C235

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 09:24 | Link to Comment Widowmaker
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The answer to the question involving remorse is simple - trust busting incorporation.

Corporations have no feelings, conscience, ethics, morals, and are completely lawless to their "host country."

Everything "nice" has to be policy or procedure (scripted).  Most read like financial stand-up comedy and are one big fucking joke.

Politics is no exception, super PAC's have incorporated the political process and removed it from the hands of people into the hands with money.

The Roberts Supreme Court has shamed and disenfranchised the entire republic back to 1787.  He should fucking stay in Malta.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 09:14 | Link to Comment Holden Caulfield
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We will not have liberty nor will the world be safe untill 9/11 is re-investegated with subpoena powers.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 05:10 | Link to Comment Tall Tom
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Why we do not stop them???

 

We enjoy our enslavement too much. Then when things go to Hell in a handbasket we get to point our fingers at them and tell everyone what a psychopathic monster that they are.

 

We do not take personal responsibility for our apathy. We do not want freedom but enslavement.

 

We just get what we deserve.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 07:48 | Link to Comment A82EBA
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..nail on the head Tom..economically ignorant masses are volunteers, not victims..and IQs below 100 will perpetuate the cycles for all of us

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 03:28 | Link to Comment Troy Ounce
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There is another theory which is that in time pluche turn into velcro.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 02:07 | Link to Comment Rodin
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Do we have the definition of Psychopath right? By defenition psychopaths are not functional enought to be in high positions. I think these people are corrupt or evil but not psychopaths

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 10:38 | Link to Comment squib
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Right over your head, in one ear out the other you
stupid, useful idiot dumb fuk.

It is partly because of sheep like you that socio/psychopaths
fool so many.

Go back to Jersey Shore.

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 23:54 | Link to Comment formerfedanalyst
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Greshams Law applies to both money and people. 

In evaluating error, systems, fragility, and potential solutions - it is also valuable to keep Copernicus and Gresham in mind.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:50 | Link to Comment GoingLoonie
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Application of Greshams Law to people is an interesting concept. And I must admit, based on my life experiences, it does appear to be true.

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 23:08 | Link to Comment illyia
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While this is an excellent entry, I must object to the "abnormal" description of brains/dopamine etc. These things run on a scale. One could find "abnormality" in anyone of some aspect and degree.

While testing may deliver a probability of action, only transparency of activity will shed light on criminal conduct.

That can be done without pre-crime. Just transparency of actions in those of leadership would likely do the trick. Eh?

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 22:48 | Link to Comment TheObsoleteMan
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Why don't they show remorse? For the same reason a rapist does'nt show any remorse toward their victims. These people are true SOCIOPATHS. Look up the definition, it fits them to a tee. These people can't be reformed or rehabituated. They really believe they are entitled to your money, just like most politicans do.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 00:32 | Link to Comment SafelyGraze
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You can self-test on the "Mach Scale"

http://wps.ablongman.com/ab_devito_intrprsnl_11/43/11050/2828991.cw/cont...

"How Machiavellian Are You?"

 

 

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 22:57 | Link to Comment Mr. Fix
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   Criminals have successfully taken over every level of government. 

 there is absolutely no law left in the United States.

 Even on the state and local level,

    immorality and lawlessness has become epic.

 Only a complete revolt will change things now,

 there is no legal recourse. 

  It

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 22:14 | Link to Comment smiler03
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I find it interesting that here on ZH there are many commenters who openly admit that they don't give a shit about anybody else.

Most of it no doubt is due to the "normal" American attitude of "it's up to everybody to look after themselves" and "fuck you" if you don't. Some of it though is, I'm quite sure, due to the prevalence of succesful pyschopaths. 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 06:19 | Link to Comment RECISION
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You mean... they have taught us how to behave and what it means to be successful?

I'm shocked

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 22:00 | Link to Comment hoolege06
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I am a religious person I guess you could say.  I am familiar with the book of Revelations and what was predicted about our time 2000+ years ago.  There are many who "worship the beast" in a sense and seek after money, power, and position.  We have lost our way from being founded and based on true and eternal principles and have adapted and adopted the principles of "I deserve mine!" or "This is MY money!"  Either way, we are in effect worshipping the beast.  I have asked myself this question and I know the answer for me, now each of us must as ourselves the same question, "Was my purpose in being born at this time, in the place I am at, merely a coincidence?" and another "Is it really my sole purpous in this life to earn money and amass wealth?"  

I may be trying to be too deep here...but I believe that is the root of the problem.  Here's a great depiction of what I am talking about http://jhooley.com/therion/.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:26 | Link to Comment SubjectivObject
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I suggest we are here to enhance awareness (look at evolution as moving through degrees of material organization, into non material organization (e.g.: ego, perception, abstraction, understanding, etc.).  And, perhaps, toward the Deity of, or lack thereof, your preferrence. 

I suggest our birth has not a significant context of coincidence associated with it.  The present we are born into is the current random context that results from the string of prior randon contexts knocking around over time.  The present is, primarilly, the medium we have to work within.   Consider the Bible as allegory first, and literal interpretation as .... well, 37th or something.  Most of what composes the next evolutionary step for the human entity is not in the realm of words.  Follow your "heart", but spend your life challenging the "heart" to see and tell the objective truth about oneself, i.e, establish what is subjective and act on it.

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 22:26 | Link to Comment smiler03
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I totally disagree. "Christians" (not exclusively) often use their religious beliefs to "forgive" themselves and others for behaviour as extreme as serial killing or financial fraud whereas a non-religious person is governed my intrinsic moral behaviour and can't just "forgive and forget" the shits in society.

We non believers don't have irrational beliefs in a collection of stories assembled by a group of control freaks from thousands of years ago. We can also "stand back" and watch religious people totally dismiss other religions as junk because only they follow "the only true religion". The religion in fact that they were brainwashed into from birth but cannot accept that they might just be living in cloud cuckoo land.

 

 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 07:38 | Link to Comment Pope Clement
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Amen Brother ++, coincidentally Amen of course refers back to the old primal god Amen Ra (BTW comparitive mythologists have positively identified who and what Amen was) which gives a hint to the language and cultural programming that inhibits rational thinking. Sanity seems to be related to learning and nurturing the linguistic tools for deprogramming oneself and the chance to make further discoveries on the nature of the great mystery in which we are immersed in....

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 21:54 | Link to Comment Henry Hub
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I wonder if we are missing something when we discuss psychopaths & sociopaths. They have been a part of human society for a long time and there must be a reason. In the small tribal societies we have developed from, maybe there were times when the psychopath was needed for the survival of the tribe.
Think of recent history, in the Civil War General Grant and Sherman were able to send thousands of men to the death without a second thought. True Psychopaths! Or there was General Patton in WWII.
The psychopaths & sociopaths need to be controlled in our society, but they may still have a place. So, come on folks, hug a psychopath today!

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:08 | Link to Comment GoingLoonie
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Henry, the military does not reward the psychopath and such a man is seldom a military leader.  That is why the military usually takes over from either corrupt rulers or eccentric religious rulers.  As a result both the corrupt and eccentric religious leaders usually develop a first move of blocking such a move by destroying the military.  This can be accomplished by destroying the military with long protracted wars (See Iran after the Shaw, or US in Iraq / Afganistan.), or, by disassembly of their organization or simply outlawing their return to the country as the Roman Empire did.  

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 23:07 | Link to Comment Henry Hub
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And some times the military takes over from honest, duly elected governments at the behest of rich plutocratic psychopaths!

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 08:33 | Link to Comment Fiat Money
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"in the Civil War General Grant and Sherman were able to send thousands of men to the death without a second thought."

  HOGWASH.    No one ever accuses Lee  (Confederate Gen. Robt E Lee) of "sending thousands of men to their deaths without a second thought"  when he lost over 7,000 men in the infamous Picket's Charge at Gettysburg.   

  In fact,  General Sherman was BELOVED by his men (as "Uncle Billy")  precisely for being SO CONCERNED WITH THEIR WELFARE and SO ADEPT at MINIMIZING THEIR LOSSES.    His loss as the Battle of Chickisaw Bluffs was because he hadn't realized (been informed) that the other prong of the attack on Vicksburg (by Grant) had been called off, when Confed Calvary  Generals ____ ____ and Nathan Bedford Forest had attacked Grant's railroad supply lines in Mississippi, forcing Grant to withdraw, but he was unable to inform Sherman - who made his attacks against an enemy who knew he was coming, and were able to concentrate their forces against him. 

  Indeed, General Grant too, was always concerned with the welfare of his troops - both Grant and Sherman led from the front, and their uniforms were so unostentatious that many visitors mistook them for common soldiers.   Grant simply realized that TO WIN THE WAR (and END IT!) you HAD TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY ARMIES - a course of action that would inevitably create casualties.   Grant's great "butchery" losses were at Cold Harbor - where the Union had a SPLIT COMMAND,  General Meade was in charge of the attack, while Grant was with another wing of the army miles away.    In the event, it was Lee on the other side,  and he had learned the lesson from his defeat at Gettysburg/Picket's Charge well:  if your infantry & artillery are hidden behind even an improvised defensive line, they can BLAST the enemy troops approaching from across open fields.   By 1864 (as opposed to 1862), soldiers in both armies were expert with shovels - the were very adept at digging in, to protect most of their bodies from enemy fire, while the attacking soldiers had to walk across hundreds of yards of open field with their entire bodies exposed. 

   IF you want a general who would RUTHLESSLY PUSH HIS MEN, regardless of losses or their exhaustion,  look at 'sainted' Confed General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.  He was killed (by his own pickets) on the 1st night of the Battle of Chancellorsville, while reconnoitering a small road, in the dark, that he hoped to use to launch a night attack against the Yankees.  His tired men had already marched 20 hours that day, AND then fought a brutal, 4 hour running battle,  but he wanted to PUSH THEM even more.    Asking exhausted troops to fight a night battle (when you can't seen friend from enemy) was foolish, and his own skittish pickets had no idea that the horsemen, looming out from enemy lines in the dark, was their own hyper-aggressive general.  

  But thanks for the text-book example of Neo-Confederate revisionism, "the South was good, the Yankees blood-thirsty killers"...

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 22:55 | Link to Comment Henry Hub
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I won't contest you knowledge of the Civil War and I wasn't attempting to a "good South / bad North" kind of thing. I could have easily used the generals in WWI to make my point. Basically, I was attempting to explore why psychopaths exist and have existed in society for a long time.

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 20:39 | Link to Comment razorthin
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Because we are emasculated, fluoridated, zombie debt-slaves, George.

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 20:04 | Link to Comment Fiat Money
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"Why Don’t the Corrupt Players On Wall Street and In D.C. Show Remorse for Their Destructive Actions…And Why Don’t We Stop Them?"

Excellent question, GW, and thanks so much for your excellent previous "Psychopaths Caused the Financial Crisis … And They Will Do It Again and Again Unless They Are Removed From Power"  article.  

  I've got the answer to your question... but you're not going to like it.    But let me address the answer in a roundabout way:    We Americans have NEGLECTED to FOCUS ON THE NATURE of "PATHOLOGICAL" or "Pychopathic" behavior for decades - unless we are scapegoating some out-of-favor dictator (e.g. Saddam) or going back over the crimes of the Nazis.    However, the institution of SLAVERY has ALWAYS been with us (humans) - even today (due to our huge human population, there are more slaves "in servitude" today, than at any time in world history!)  and slavery of course has ALWAYS  *required*   a PATHOLOGICAL, PSYCHOPATHIC DISREGARD for the health and welfare of slaves, to the benefit of the 'owners.' 

     It won't win you any popularity points to point out that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and indeed 12 of the First 15 U.S. presidents engaged in this psychopathic behavior.     And  as "FAIR" or compassionate as they may or may not have been (Washington is known to have had a reputation as a severe taskmaster among his slaves) - merely by participating in the instiution of slavery, they were COMPLICIT in the MURDERS, TORTURES, RAPES, and especially the APPLIED TERRORISM that were part & parcel of the institution.  

     btw, the book, "To Hell or Barbados" discusses WHITE SLAVERY - in the New World! - in the 17th century, in particular Irish slaves sold to British plantation owners in Barbados, a system of "indentured servants" and outright slaves that included English, Scots, and Welsh slaves as well as the conquered & despised-by-English Irish.  According to the author, overseers were so proficient with their whips, that they could decapitate a victim with a single stroke... and such severe punishments as flogging (torture), humiliation, degredation, rape, and disfigurement were routine on the plantations.   (Elsewhere, in South America, it is reported that sugar plantations were so harsh that there was a 30% mortality - on average, every slave would die within 3 years! - but profits from the "white gold" were so high, that as we know, slavery accelerated and continue to grow until the mid-19th century;  and,  even,  in to the 20th century in Leopold II's "Belgian Free Congo," Stalin's gulags, and Hitler's concentration camps, etc.) 

 So what does "the holy bible" have to say about slavery?   IT SUPPORTS the institution! 

Ephesians 6:5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect...

 and the "old testament" is even worse,  " Except for murder, slavery has got to be one of the most immoral things a person can do.  Yet slavery is rampant throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments.  The Bible clearly approves of slavery in many passages, and it goes so far as to tell how to obtain slaves, how hard you can beat them, and when you can have sex with the female slaves."    http://www.evilbible.com/Slavery.htm 

  Well,  there's your answer, GW.   Under the evil alliance of the Neo-Cons & Neo-Confederates who have HIJACKED America,  we are reverting to "bible morality"  (sic).    See author Michael Lind, a Texas religious historian, for his insights in to how the above mentioned alliance has reverted America back into a clone of the British slave owning elites of the 17th-19th centuries (as it was in the ante-bellum Civil War era)  in his "Confederate Century," "Southernomics" and "Armeggedon" chapters, http://books.google.com/books?id=F9b2YAxwJj4C&printsec=frontcover#v=onep...

    and see his more recent on-line article for a correction of  which of the two above mentioned parties (contrary to the title and theme of his book!)  is REALLY driving the serial financial, police-state, and war atrocities on to Americans and the world...  http://www.antiwar.com/orig/lind1.html

 

 

 

 

 

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"Kouri, who’s a vice president of the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, has assembled traits such as superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of others."

 

 Barack Obama 

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 18:57 | Link to Comment Money 4 Nothing
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Their ordered to steal. Real simple, because nobody is doing a purp walk yet.  

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 02:22 | Link to Comment bunnyswanson
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"Ordered to steal."  GW Bush set the tone - make it acceptable as the leader to open the flood gates and allow the wolves into the hen house. 

But there may be fear and intimidation in many instances. 

I've even considered the politicians are being drugged at some level.  It is not unconceivable that there is something in the water or food - Kosher kitchen I am told, but that only confirms to me that those giving the orders have infiltrated every level of govt via strategic maneuvers that have taken decades to put into place.

When this began, I entertained that 12/22/2012 must be the end of the world as I observed the looting taking place on such a grande scale (9-11, missing trillions, the media's twists and turns of the truth).

How long before the flogging begins?  When food becomes an issue.

Have you ever been very hungry and had no access to food or money?  Panic sets in, you begin to actually pace the floor.  Then  you sell your Lladro for next to nothing.

I imagine if there are offspring in the home, hunger will send the people into the streets en masse - I see DHS/riot police has prepared for the day Americans say:  "We have had enough."

http://www.elusivetruth.com/tag/bill-clinton-glass-steagall/ 

This PBS Front Line Episode explains how Bill Clinton and the repeal of Glass Steagall has led to this destructive casino we call Wall Street.

 

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 18:23 | Link to Comment Bansters-in-my-...
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