No half measures

One of the guys who created the CIA torture program says that waterboarding a prisoner, who has been held in jail for 13 years and never charged with a crime, over 80 times, only “verged” on breaking the law. Gee, I’d hate to see what ACTUALLY breaking the law looks like.

Imagine what kind of person you have to be to get paid $80 million to design a torture program.

Do you think Trump is a psychopath?

As part of World Psychopath Day, we’re taking a poll on how many people think Donald Trump might be a psychopath.

Of course, this doesn’t suggest he *is* clinically diagnosed as a psychopath, it’s just a measure of public opinion.

And don’t forget to buy a copy of my new book The Psychopath Epidemic, out now!

Boeing Goes Boing

Who gets fired after running a company whose products lead to the death of 346 people and still walks away a $62 million payout?

This guy does.

Talk about getting bounced.

I would argue that this kind of corporate behaviour is an example of a potentially psychopathic corporate culture. It is rewarding the wrong kind of people and the wrong kind of decisions. And yet it is all too common.

Most ordinary people would be too embarrassed to accept a $62 million payout under any circumstances, let alone circumstances like this. It’s not like this guy cured fucking cancer.

Psychopaths In The Military

What’s worse than your garden variety white collar psychopath? A psychopath trained and armed with the most sophisticated killing tools devised by humans. This Seal Team 7 platoon leader’s colleagues have accused him of being a psychopath:

In the leaked video interviews, SEAL Team 7 members described seeing Gallagher targeting civilians, including a 12-year-old child, and fatally stabbing a wounded captive with a hunting knife.

Despite the complaints of his own team members, a military jury acquitted him of murder and he got to meet Trump.

America Doesn’t Give A Fuck About Democracy

The current situation between Iraq and the US is quite revealing. In 2003, when the US illegally invaded Iraq, it initially pretended it was doing so to protect the world from Saddam Hussein’s WMD. When it became clear that he never had any WMD (as many Iraq analysts had already been saying before the invasion), the US pivoted to argue they were invading to remove Saddam and bring the gift of democracy to the Iraqi people.

Now we see the democratically-elected government of Iraq requesting the US remove all of its troops from their country – and the US is flatly refusing. We can infer from this that the US has no respect for democracy, or the government of Iraq or the Iraqi people or, by extension, any other government or people whose interests are in disagreement with those of the United States.

In essence, the US is forcing its military presence upon the Iraqi people – again. I’m pretty sure that’s tantamount to a declaration of war. But this time, there is no Saddam, no WMD mirage. The US’ interests are laid bare. They want a military presence in the world’s third oil-producing nations and they don’t give a flying fuck what the Iraq people think about it. And they don’t give a flying fuck about democracy, either. That’s always been a ruse.

Do you know what kind of person doesn’t care about the rights of others? Psychopaths.

When the government of a country doesn’t care about the rights of others, it is a psychopathic government.

Protecting Whistleblowers

In the book I praise whistleblowers who are prepared to expose the psychopathic behaviours of their employers and colleagues, knowingly putting themselves at risk – physically, emotionally and financially.

Actively working to spread misinformation about climate change is psychopathic behaviour. This News Corp employee deserves praise and respect and I would love to find a way where society can rally to support people like her.

And, of course, it’s difficult for most of us to understand why more News Corp employees don’t speak out about their employer’s support for climate denialism. I actually quote statistics in the book comparing News Corp’s coverage of climate issues to other Australian papers.

A 2013 study of major Australian newspapers by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at the University of Technology in Sydney found that one-third of articles in 2011 and 2012 did not accept the consensus of climate scientists. The study found that Australia’s two most prominent newspapers by circulation, the Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun (both, unsurprisingly, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation), published articles that were skeptical about anthropogenic climate change more than 60 percent of the time.

The Psychopath Epidemic, page 188

What we need to understand, however, is that people who work at places like News Corp have gone through several filters. They had to get through a hiring filter to work there. Then, if they don’t fit into the culture one they have a job, eg if they question too many things, or can’t accept the dominant culture, they either get filtered out (eg fired) or they filter themselves out (eg resign, like the woman in the above story did). The only people left are those that believe… or don’t care.