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Sociopaths, psychopaths

Are incapable of perceiving their own wrongdoings.

They are manifesting anosognosia. They are cognitively, neurologically damaged to the point of not being able to recognize and admit to the errors they make.

(Including spelling errors in tweets, as some very astute person pointed out in another reply somewhere.)

They also thrive on criminal behavior, which they perceive as normal, because they are sociopaths and psychopaths.

Their brains are wired differently.

It is completely ridiculous to expect moral behavior from them in any form, because they are not capable of understanding or producing it.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Jan 30, 2019, 01:56 PM (0 replies)

You may need this. I know I did.


Check your volume settings before playing the video.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 02:47 AM (8 replies)

Characteristics of the Sociopath

I am starting this thread as a reference.

Beware of These 15 Characteristics of a Sociopath



According to the American Psychiatric Association's
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, a sociopath is defined as a person with "a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood."

Sociopathic tendencies include certain key traits like selfishness, superficial charm and a feeling of immense pride in themselves, to name a few. Sociopaths are not born with these tendencies though, they develop these tendencies as a result of several environmental factors that they face in their childhood or early adolescence. Though sociopath characteristics begin at an early age, they go unnoticed for a long time, under the assumption that the child will grow up and learn on his own. Sometimes, sociopaths are referred to as psychopaths because the behavior projected in both cases is more or less the same. But these terms are not synonymous. While sociopathy comes about as a result of environmental factors, psychopathy is an innate phenomenon.


No guilt or remorse.

Whether it's a murder, robbery, lie, or any other criminal act, sociopaths feel no guilt whatsoever. They live in an amoral world of their own where they can never empathize with others and neither do they feel guilt for blaming others. They are known to be compulsive liars and they lie to an extent where room for guilt gets occupied by self-made reality. They often believe that the pain inflicted on the other person is deserved by them. Many criminal sociopaths are often seen giving such explanations for when their crime is caught.


Other Common Characteristics

1. Early behavior problems which are referred to as juvenile delinquency.

2. Indulging in crime of slander.

3. Exhibiting promiscuous behavior and infidelity, often tagged as being incapable of love.

4. Having an entrepreneurial criminal mindset.

5. Being authoritarian, dominating and secretive.

6. Showing cheap goal-setting tendencies - like enslavement of victims.

Dealing with a sociopath can be very difficult on several levels. First, it takes a considerable amount of time to recognize sociopathic tendencies in a person, by which time one has already had to go through varied levels of anguish. Second, treatment for this disorder is nearly impossible because a sociopath does not believe that he has a problem. He has no conscience and therefore he does not understand the difference between right and wrong and neither does he care about the consequences of his actions. What further adds to the difficulty in treatment is that he is a compulsive liar and can thus lie during treatment sessions, thus rendering them pointless to a great extent because his improvement can never be calculated accurately. It has therefore been agreed that the most effective way to deal with a sociopath is to keep away from them in whatever way is possible.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Jan 28, 2019, 04:34 PM (5 replies)

Steve Martin Nails Roger Stone on SNL: 'Pardon Me!' Cold Open

Steve Martin Nails Roger Stone on SNL: ‘Pardon Me!’

Video at the link.



Steve Martin Nails Roger Stone on SNL: ‘Pardon Me!’
Matt Wilstein
01.26.19 11:55 PM ET
After Roger Stone emerged from his federal indictment hearing and flashed Nixon’s double peace signs to the press on Friday, it seemed inevitable that he would end up on this week’s Saturday Night Live. But who would play him? SNL veteran Steve Martin took the lead in my informal Twitter poll, and like magic, there he was Saturday night.

“I’m like if those shorts with the little whales come to life,” Saturday Night Live’s Tucker Carlson (Alex Moffat) said by way of introduction during this week’s cold open. “Our top story tonight, President Trump's heroic end to the shutdown. It took him 35 days, but he was finally able to get no wall.”

Over the course of the sketch, the Fox News host chatted with Cecily’s Strong’s Judge Jeanine Pirro—asked “How are you?” she replied, “A lot.”—and the consistently brilliant Kate McKinnon as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who was asked about why he said he couldn’t “understand” why furloughed workers had to get food at homeless shelters instead of taking out loans.

“Right, well, that was silly of me,” McKinnon’s Ross said. “I simply meant there are other ways of getting money. They could have liquidated some of their stocks, or sold one of their paintings. Even if they sold a lesser Picasso, it's still going to get you through a week or two of yacht maintenance.”

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Jan 27, 2019, 01:07 AM (2 replies)

Errors in Ads or Tweets aka

The Art of the Erroneous Conclusion

As much as the DU grammar and spelling police are feared and revered, there's something about grammar and spelling in advertising (or tweeting) that's often overlooked. It was intentional.

It is a common technique to use errors built into the design of an ad for the purpose of attracting attention. Trickery in advertising is a long standing, very effective technique. The use of agrammatical statements and misspelled words does not just call attention to the ad. It also sparks controversy which leads to expanded curiosity and widens the audience for the ad.

I recently attended a business marketing class that directly addressed this practice. The instructor gave a variety of examples of how to use language errors, spelling errors and a variety of incongruencies, to attract attention to ads.

So, keep pointing out those errors. Whether by design or not, the talk expands the reach of the message. Meanwhile also know, it's possible that you may be a pawn in a game you weren't meant to win and can never fix, because it was intentional.

Here are a few articles that address the phenomenon of the erroneous conclusion.


♡ lmsp






Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Jan 17, 2019, 01:05 AM (0 replies)

What happens in your brain when you pay attention?

What happens in your brain when you pay attention?

Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar at TED2017




Paying close attention to something: Not that easy, is it? It's because our attention is pulled in so many different directions at a time, and it's in fact pretty impressive if you can stay focused.

Many people think that attention is all about what we are focusing on, but it's also about what information our brain is trying to filter out.

There are two ways you direct your attention. First, there's overt attention. In overt attention, you move your eyes towards something in order to pay attention to it. Then there's covert attention. In covert attention, you pay attention to something, but without moving your eyes. Think of driving for a second. Your overt attention, your direction of the eyes, are in front, but that's your covert attention which is constantly scanning the surrounding area, where you don't actually look at them.

I'm a computational neuroscientist, and I work on cognitive brain-machine interfaces, or bringing together the brain and the computer. I love brain patterns. Brain patterns are important for us because based on them we can build models for the computers, and based on these models computers can recognize how well our brain functions. And if it doesn't function well, then these computers themselves can be used as assistive devices for therapies. But that also means something, because choosing the wrong patterns will give us the wrong models and therefore the wrong therapies. Right? In case of attention, the fact that we can shift our attention not only by our eyes but also by thinking -- that makes covert attention an interesting model for computers.

So I wanted to know what are the brainwave patterns when you look overtly or when you look covertly. I set up an experiment for that. In this experiment there are two flickering squares, one of them flickering at a slower rate than the other one. Depending on which of these flickers you are paying attention to, certain parts of your brain will start resonating in the same rate as that flickering rate. So by analyzing your brain signals, we can track where exactly you are watching or you are paying attention to.

So to see what happens in your brain when you pay overt attention, I asked people to look directly in one of the squares and pay attention to it. In this case, not surprisingly, we saw that these flickering squares appeared in their brain signals which was coming from the back of their head, which is responsible for the processing of your visual information. But I was really interested to see what happens in your brain when you pay covert attention. So this time I asked people to look in the middle of the screen and without moving their eyes, to pay attention to either of these squares. When we did that, we saw that both of these flickering rates appeared in their brain signals, but interestingly, only one of them, which was paid attention to, had stronger signals, so there was something in the brain which was handling this information so that thing in the brain was basically the activation of the frontal area. The front part of your brain is responsible for higher cognitive functions as a human. The frontal part, it seems that it works as a filter trying to let information come in only from the right flicker that you are paying attention to and trying to inhibit the information coming from the ignored one.

Snip, more at the link.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:53 PM (2 replies)


I personally would like to see us return to a more matriarchal, goddess focused, society. Me dreaming again.

Have you read
Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians

From the Inside Flap

Why Were the Teachings of the Original Christians Brutally Suppressed by the Roman Church?

- Because they portray Jesus and Mary Magdalene as mythic figures based on the Pagan Godman and Goddess
- Because they show that the gospel story is a spiritual allegory encapsulating a profound philosophy that leads to mythical enlightenment
- Because they have the power to turn the world inside out and transform life into an exploration of consciousness
Drawing on modern scholarship, the authors of the international bestseller The Jesus Mysteries decode the secret teachings of the original Christians for the first time in almost two millennia and theorize about who the original Christians really were and what they actually taught. In addition, the book explores the many myths of Jesus and the Goddess and unlocks the lost secret teachings of Christian mysticism, which promise happiness and immortality to those who attain the state of Gnosis, or enlightenment. This daring and controversial book recovers the ancient wisdom of the original Christians and demonstrates its relevance to us today.

About the Author
Timothy Freke (left) has a degree in philosophy, is the author of more than twenty books, and is an authority on world spirituality.

Peter Gandy (right) has an M.A. in classical civilization, specializing in the ancient mystery religions. They have coauthored three previous publications: The Jesus Mysteries, The Complete Guide to World Mysticism, and Hermetica.

For more information on the authors, their books, lectures, and seminars, visit their website: www.jesusmysteries.demon.co.uk
Here's another resource which supports the notion that a society that is focused on patriarchal supremacy is doomed to failure.

Sex and World Peace

From Amazon Books: Sex and World Peace unsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, demonstrating that the security of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and its incidence of conflict and war.

The authors compare micro-level gender violence and macro-level state peacefulness in global settings, supporting their findings with detailed analyses and color maps. Harnessing an immense amount of data, they call attention to discrepancies between national laws protecting women and the enforcement of those laws, and they note the adverse effects on state security of abnormal sex ratios favoring males, the practice of polygamy, and inequitable realities in family law, among other gendered aggressions.

The authors find that the treatment of women informs human interaction at all levels of society. Their research challenges conventional definitions of security and democracy and shows that the treatment of gender, played out on the world stage, informs the true clash of civilizations. In terms of resolving these injustices, the authors examine top-down and bottom-up approaches to healing wounds of violence against women, as well as ways to rectify inequalities in family law and the lack of parity in decision-making councils. Emphasizing the importance of an R2PW, or state responsibility to protect women, they mount a solid campaign against women's systemic insecurity, which effectively unravels the security of all.
Sex And World Peace: How The Treatment Of Women Affects Development And Security
Kate Diamond


What we have discovered is that the very best predictor of how insecure and unstable a nation is not its level of democracy, it’s not its level of wealth, it’s not what ‘Huntington civilization’ it belongs to, but is in fact best predicted by the level of violence against women in the society,” said Valerie Hudson, co-author of Sex and World Peace, at an April 26 book launch at the Wilson Center. [Video Below]


Of course there's always more at the link.
Direct answer from me to your query would be: society is fluid, just like gender. The laws of diminishing returns are more powerful than we think. As the worlds people are forced into migration by hunger and other predicaments, which are directly related to climate change, societal formations will morph and reflect the changes in the many populations that will be forced to work together for survival.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Jan 15, 2019, 04:07 PM (2 replies)

Coast Guard Retirees Among Those Struggling To Make Ends Meet Amid Shutdown

Retired members of the United States Coast Guard may not receive their monthly retirement checks if the government shutdown drags on, the Department of Homeland Security tells On Point.

The veterans are the latest group of people suffering the impact as the shutdown drags on. From roughly 800,000 federal workers facing pay freezes, to millions of Americans anticipating food stamp interruptions, the effects are piling up. National parks in disarray, more TSA workers calling out sick and a potential delay in tax refunds are also on the horizon.

On Monday's On Point hour about how the government shutdown is affecting day-to-day life for Americans, we shared a story from Coast Guard retiree Anthony Sederstrom, of Goose Creek, South Carolina, who brought this issue to our attention via email.

"The stress, worry, and utter nonsense of this shutdown is beginning to affect citizens of this country in many unseen ways," he wrote. "I am a 26-year veteran of the Coast Guard and although I received my retirement pay on the first of the year, February's pay is in question."

More at the link.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Jan 13, 2019, 10:52 PM (7 replies)

The Surprising Health Benefits of Drumming

The Surprising Health Benefits of Drumming
It can curb depression, improve immunity and even fight Parkinson's
By Deborah Quilter
October 19, 2016

Robert Lawrence Friedman, author of The Healing Power of the Drum, describes seeking solace from drumming as a child when he was bullied by a local gang in his Queens, N.Y., neighborhood. “[Drumming] would get out my anger, frustration and sadness,” he recalls. When he later became a psychotherapist, Friedman wondered whether drumming would help other people the way it helped him.

He started teaching drumming at a health spa, and found that after the workshop was over, no one wanted to leave the circle. Participants felt simultaneously energized and relaxed.

The gift of the drum circle is we all gather together to connect on a deep level. We feel each other's joys and challenges.

— Sally Bonkrude, music therapist

Friedman later branched out to teaching in corporate venues. During one session, he told people to feel free to move if they wanted to dance. A senior executive in his late 60s or early 70s leapt up and started galloping around the conference room to the beat. The exec later declared that he was free of back pain for the first time in years. In a follow-up phone call with Friedman months later, he said the pain was still gone.

Drumming When There Are No Words
After the terrible mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., Friedman led a healing drum circle for the citizens of that community. He recalled feeling very blessed to offer people a way to release some of their emotions in a way that didn’t require them to find the right words.

What inspires Friedman most is how even despondent and unhappy people can find joy through drumming. “They arrive apathetic, or in a negative state, and leave the drumming programs uplifted and filled with life,” he says.

Sally Bonkrude, a board-certified music therapist who has worked with people of all ages to help them overcome physical and emotional problems, echoes that idea.

“You’re speaking through rhythm, she says. “You are repeating someone’s pattern, saying ‘I heard you.’”

Bonkrude points out an additional motivation for would-be drummers: It’s a great way to make new friends and build community.

“The gift of the drum circle is we all gather together to connect on a deep level. We feel each other’s joys and challenges,” Bonkrude said. If you pick up another drummer’s riff, it helps them feel heard. “You listen in another way,” she explained. “Sometimes things are hard to say, but you can play and be validated. If it’s too emotional, you could play it.”

Impressive Research on Drumming
A mounting body of evidence points to the health benefits of drumming — from immunity to community:

Many senior centers and hospitals use drumming as a way of improving health.
A study of cancer patients who participated in a clinical trial showed that their immune systems were enhanced.
Drumming was found to reduce anxiety and significantly lower blood pressure.
Scientists who studied the effects of drumming in two groups (one drummed, the other didn’t) found that drumming reduced depression and anxiety and improved social resilience over six- and 10-week timespans. In addition, it also helped people reduce inflammation and improve their immune systems.

How Drumming Can Help
According to Friedman, people with Alzheimer’s disease were able to stay focused for up to 30 minutes of drumming. In his book, Friedman also describes cases in which a doctor used drumming to help patients with Parkinson’s disease. One patient improved his gait by listening to a metronome, which enabled him to maintain a steady walking rhythm. Another, who previously froze when he came to a curb, was able to step forward by listening to African drum rhythms through headphones.

Drumming helps another important group: Burnout was reduced among long-term care workers who engaged in a group drumming and keyboard accompaniment.

Can’t drum? Maybe you have arthritis or repetitive strain injury, so drumming would not be appropriate for you. Dr. Christiane Northrup maintains that just listening to drumming has the same effect as drumming itself.


By Deborah Quilter
Deborah Quilter is an ergonomics expert, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, a yoga therapist and the founder of the Balance Project at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She is also the author of Repetitive Strain Injury: A Computer User's Guide and The Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book.

More at the link.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Jan 13, 2019, 06:42 PM (5 replies)

The Dictator's Playbook PBS Series

Kim Il Sung
Episode 1 | 54m 12s

Witness Kim Il Sung's transformation from guerrilla fighter to brutal dictator of North Korea. How did he build the most controlled society on earth and launch a dictatorship that has lasted for three generations?

Aired: 01/09/19

Expires: 02/06/19

Rating: TV-PG



Very pertinent to today. Highly recommended.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Jan 10, 2019, 04:57 PM (7 replies)
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