Gerry Canavan

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Wednesday Links: Breaking Bad, Divine Justice, Fake Vaccines, and More

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* Just got an email alert from CNN: there appear to have been another set of terror attacks in Mumbai. Very sad news.

* Drug trials in Africa show two AIDS prevention drugs are apparently successful in preventing the spread of the disease.

* And the inevitable dark reflection of the previous link: The headline reads, “CIA used a fake vaccination campaign in hunt for Bin Laden.”

* Justice is sweet: News Corp. has lost $7B in the last four days, shareholders are furious, and Lautenberg is joining the call for DOJ and SEC investigations into Murdoch’s empire.

* ThinkProgress: Meet The Indonesian Workers Who Make Your Nikes.

* Reduce the deficit by stopping building pointless superweapons we can never use.

* Premature victory lap watch: Obama for America raked in $86 million for the last quarter, crushing the GOP. The bulk of the money came from small donors.

* Chuck Klosterman: Why AMC’s Breaking Bad beats Mad MenThe Sopranos, and The Wire.

* And RSA Animate explains why there’s no empathy in Heaven, or in Utopia:

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  1. I’ve been studying psychopathy lately, and I’ve been observing anti-social pd forums online, and one of the things about psychopathy is that they have an amazing ability to get empathic people to go along with them. What doesn’t normally think about questions like, “What if there were someone who spent all their time and energy figuring out how to achieve utterly selfish goals and to get others to help them in those goals?” because, like Rifkin says, our impulse is to belong (I know that more of my energy is devoted toward that than anything else). But those kinds of people can wreak havoc (cf. Rupert Murdoch). So there’s a down side to empathy.

    Alex

    July 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  2. That should read “One doesn’t normally think about questions like…”

    Alex

    July 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    • I really do like that question, however. Very well put. You have to admire the energy that could be used on a positive goal. They could then get together and create something wonderful.

      Mary Dicerni

      July 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm

  3. alex: isn’t that also kind of arendt’s argument in ‘totalitarianism’? that loneliness produces a desire to belong, hence empathy, that leads people to go along w/ totalitarianism?

    Lindsey

    July 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

  4. It’s more compelling to me as an argument after reading actual discussions among sociopaths.

    Alex

    July 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    • I know a few, and the psychopaths always find the right words to convince victims that they have been abused and are victims themselves, always blaming someone who does not exist anymore. They cry very well when it is needed for the cause. Their victims who help them by giving them money or services, or friendship are made to feel powerful and helpful, and needed. I think the feeling of being needed is so strong, and gives them the feeling of power.. being the top banana, and do not realize for a long time they were taken. The psychopath will never feel that they did anything wrong, just keep looking for more helpful people, and they do recognize them from afar. There is a pattern they see in their victims, and know they will be empathetic. You are so right, but better find friend to empathize with by joining a group that cares about you too. You will know a friend by how much they care about how you are feeling about something, and are empathetic to you. Believe me the bad ones are everywhere, but the good ones are too.
      Good research on your part.

      Mary Dicerni

      July 15, 2011 at 2:27 am

  5. Alex, Is there a place to see or hear more than one psychopath at a time ? I would really like to hear how they behave together. fighting for the place of more needs. interesting !.

    Mary Dicerni

    July 15, 2011 at 2:30 am


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