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April 6, 2011

Is it Cotard Delusion?

Filed under: Uncategorized — DoNP @ 8:46 pm

Cotard Delusion is defined as thinking of oneself as dead or the inverse, thinking one is immortal. In either case, it is a severe mental disorder usually associated with severe anxiety and stress. I guess if you already think of yourself as dead…maybe you ought to be.

March 10, 2011

Saudi unrest (cont.)

Filed under: Uncategorized — DoNP @ 5:08 pm
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Like Rip Van Winkle the people of the middle east have finally woken up to the notion that absolute power corrupts absolutely. The UN sanctioned Libya for firing in it’s revolutionaries. If it’s good enough for Libya does it work for the Saudis? Does it matter the type if bullet?

When communism fell all of the western world celebrated it’s demise. Yet, while oppressive middle east monarchies and despots fall the west seems to be holding it’s collective breath. Clearly, oil is the mitigator of all attendant evils. So long as we have cheap gas for the Hummer, so what if the average Egyptian has never owned a car.

History will remember this moment and your children will know it just as you now think of Nazism and the fascism that lead to World War 2. The form of rule in the middle east is an anachronism and would have fallen decades ago if not for the sea of oil under its feet. Perhaps the Mayan calendar was intended only for those civilizations in existence when the calendar was set, although it seems unlikely the Saudis may make it to 12/12/12.

Saudi unrest unleashed

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And so the Dow tumbles 200+ points in the news that Saudi police fired rubber bullets at a gathering of some 200 protesters.

March 4, 2011

The media thinks we’re stupid. Are we?

Filed under: Uncategorized — DoNP @ 10:45 am

Today, CNN reported the following:  “The economy gained 192,000 jobs in the month, roughly in line with economists’ forecast of 190,000 jobs. Businesses added 222,000 jobs — their best hiring month since last April — while state and local governments cut 30,000 jobs.”

Just yesterday, CNN reported: “There were 368,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended Feb. 26, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was down 20,000 from the week before, and the lowest since May 2008.”

You don’t need an HP12C to figure out that, if you combine these two data, the economy shed a net 176,000 jobs last month.  Yet, both headlines read as “Good” new.  In the first case CNN said, “UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS AGAIN”  In yesterday’s story the headline read: “JOBLESS CLAIMS FALL TO NEARLY 3-YEAR LOW”

The media has become an establishment tool, spewing the news they want us to hear in the way they want us to hear it.  By misleading us this way, consumer confidence rises on a false premise that everything is getting better.  The rising confidence will get consumers spending more which fuels the economy.  The savings rate in the U.S. is at its highest point in 10 years and it’s expected to continue upward as more boomers near retirement.  Boomers have seen their financial futures on the brink and are voraciously saving (and not spending) to avoid the disaster of the past three years.  But savings don’t help big business, they don’t even help the banks.  Banks want billion-dollar deals with major borrowers, investors and arbitrageurs.  In fact, the credit default swaps and other sketchy Wall Street innovations that lead to the taxpayer bailouts were designed to convert cash reserves, like the cash in bank savings accounts, into fungible securities that Wall Street could sell to investors and trade amongst themselves…remember Lehman Brothers?  Savings are for wimps.  Go buy a new car and a big screen TV and a new house.  That’s what Wall Street and the government wants.

The moral of this story is:  Don’t believe everything you read. And… if you want to know how scary Wall Street really is watch the recent Oscar-winning documentary, “Inside Job.”

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/savings/personal-savings-rate-could-soar-1.aspx

February 13, 2011

Egypt, Slavery and Lindsey Lohan

Filed under: Politics and The Economy — DoNP @ 12:35 am

Hosni Mubarek’s 30 year run as Egypt’s dictator fell this week because the people of Egypt finally figured out that they were being duped. While Mubarek and his corrupt cronies fed off the backs of the Egyptian people, their leaders, like in many Arab countries, focused the people on religious fundamentalism. Like the Saudi sheiks and the ayatollahs in Iran, the people of the Arab world are being held down by their governments through a public policy of returning their people to their fundamental Islamic roots.  Remember, the 911 hijackers were led by an Egyptian and 15 of the attackers were Saudi.  Both country’s governments are outwardly friendly to the U.S., but the people of those countries consider all Westerner’s and especially Americans infidels.   By distracting the people with religious reformation and denouncing western values, their governments keep the people distracted from what is really going on around them: oil sheiks getting richer, the ayatollahs more powerful and the dictators more oppressive.

Similar is what happened here in American during the 18th century when Christian fundamentalists were hired by the slave owners to bring Jesus to the slaves (the first Great Awakening). Christianity’s promise of a perfect afterlife, so long as you behaved well in this life, served to keep the oppressed “in line.” Enlightened whites and free blacks brought slavery down by revolting against it (the second Great Awakening), not unlike what just happened in Egypt.

Enter, Lindsey Lohan. Watching the news the other day, I was struck by the obsessive coverage of her misadventures with the law, drugs, larceny and her choice of wardrobe for a court appearance. Lohan is just one in a series of obsessions with anti-news. Anti-news is that genre of information that just takes up space. When commercial time on CNN costs over $10K per second, one has to wonder why so many of those valuable seconds are utterly wasted on Ms. Lohan.  Maybe it’s so you become addicted to this salacious anti-news, which in turn keeps you from having to hear about real news. Obama and Congress live for anti-news. They design their campaigns and appearances around anti-news, mudslinging commercials and character assassinations punctuated by the mere sound-bite of actual information.

Are we being fed this steady diet of anti-news to distract us from the real news: social security’s insolvency, a deficit that can only be paid-off by our children’s children’s children, 1 out of 10 people who want to work but can’t find it, small business lending that continues to decline in spite of the banks’ return to solvency (a solvency we the taxpayer paid for)?  The list goes on and on.  Did you know that Obama is considering disbanding Fannie May and Freddie Mac?  Do you know what they do?  Do you know what it means?  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2011/02/how_the_administration_will_ge.html?referrer=emaillink

While we watch Dr. Drew convince once D-list celebrities to give up the pipe and booze, or Nancy Grace rail about Tot-Mom and what she ate for breakfast, or watch the discombobulated lives of teen moms, real shit is going on out there.  Get a clue people.  Until we wake up and get involved in the real news we are just wasting time wallowing in the trials and tribulations of Lindsey Lohan.  Watch how CNN now cites Us Weekly or TMZ as sources of the news they’re sputtering.  Seriously???  I even heard them attribute a story to Perez Hilton.  That would be like the New York Times citing The National Enquirer.

One day, soon I hope, the American people will take their country back, just like the Egyptians did this past week.  One day, I hope for our sake and for Ms. Lohan, that we stop caring about her problems and start focusing on our own.  Tick, tock people.  Tick, tock.

February 4, 2011

Narcissistic Supply – Keeping the Delusion Alive

Filed under: Uncategorized — DoNP @ 10:14 pm

We all like positive reinforcement from people around us.  The narcissist extracts reinforcement much like an alcoholic extracts pleasure from drink.  It is his “high.”   His whole behavior is formulated to extract attention from others, good or bad, so long as the attention is focused on him.  His lifestyle, work, accessories, even his mate or companions exist to satisfy his boundless need for admiration and attention.  His self-worth is measured by the attention he receives.  He may be habitually late or keep others waiting simply to satisfy his need to grab attention from those he has inconvenienced.  He’ll gravitate toward people he admires and try to attach himself to them professionally to falsely elevate his own perceived professional standing.

But the false self is everything the narcissist is not, omniscient, omnipotent, rich, influential, well-connected, generous, loved or admired.  From his business partners or employees he demands constant attention and feedback, affirmation, admiration, approval, fear, respect and gratitude.  Should this demand for attention not be met the narcissist will resort to extortion through threats and intimidation.

To the narcissist attention and notoriety matter more than accomplishment.  His false-self can be a complete fabrication so long as someone believes him.  To the narcissist form is truly more important than substance.

January 16, 2011

Corporate Narcissism

Filed under: Uncategorized — DoNP @ 5:06 pm

Corporate narcissism occurs when a narcissist becomes the leader (CEO) or a member of the senior management team and gathers an adequate mix of codependents around him to support his narcissistic behavior: “narcissistic leadership is about reproduced copies, not about originals.” This leads almost inevitably to a deterioration in the organization’s performance. “The narcissistic leader prefers the sparkle and glamour of well-orchestrated illusions to the tedium and method of real accomplishment.” Narcissists profess company loyalty but are only really committed to their own agendas, thus organizational decisions are founded on the narcissist’s own interests rather than the interests of the organization as a whole, the various stakeholders, or the society in which the organization operates. As a result, “a certain kind of charismatic leader can run a financially successful company on thoroughly unhealthy principles for a time. But… the chickens always come home to roost.”

Psychoanalysts have suggested that “one of the ways of differentiating a good-enough organisation from one that is pathological is through its ability to exclude narcissistic characters from key posts.”

Malignant Nacissism

The malignant narcissist differs from narcissistic personality disorder in that the malignant narcissist derives higher levels of psychological gratification from accomplishments over time (thus worsening the disorder). Because the malignant narcissist becomes more involved in this psychological gratification, they are apt to develop the antisocial, the paranoid, and the schizoid personality disorders. The term malignant is added to the term narcissist to indicate that individuals with this disorder tend to worsen in their impulse controls and desires over time.

January 6, 2011

Pseudologica Phantastica

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Pseudologica Phantastica may present itself as false memory syndrome where the sufferer believe that fictitious events have taken place when in fact they are complete fabrications. The sufferer may also believe that he has achieved a super-human level of altruism or love when in fact he is despised by the people around him.

January 4, 2011

“Jumping the Shark”

Filed under: Uncategorized — DoNP @ 8:37 pm

What do desperate people do?  Desperate things.  Jumping the shark is an idiom used to denote the point where a story spins off into absurd or unlikely characterizations. These changes are often the result of desperate efforts to revive something that has moved to a point of decline or inevitable end.  Jumping the Shark is a desperate attempt to hold on to a turd by its clean end.  People with Narcissistic Personality Disorder will find someone else to blame when they realize that the end they’re holding is still a turd…“but I told YOU to clean that end and then hand it to me!”

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Filed under: Uncategorized — DoNP @ 8:50 am

Symptoms

By Mayo Clinic staff

Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.

Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:

  • Believing that you’re better than others
  • Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
  • Exaggerating your achievements or talents
  • Expecting constant praise and admiration
  • Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
  • Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
  • Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
  • Taking advantage of others
  • Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
  • Being jealous of others
  • Believing that others are jealous of you
  • Trouble keeping healthy relationships
  • Setting unrealistic goals
  • Being easily hurt and rejected
  • Having a fragile self-esteem
  • Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional

Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence or strong self-esteem, it’s not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence and self-esteem into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal. In contrast, people who have healthy confidence and self-esteem don’t value themselves more than they value others.

When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may have a sense of entitlement. And when you don’t receive the special treatment to which you feel entitled, you may become very impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything — the best car, athletic club, medical care or social circles, for instance.

But underneath all this behavior often lies a fragile self-esteem. You have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have a sense of secret shame and humiliation. And in order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better.

When to see a doctor
When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may not want to think that anything could be wrong — doing so wouldn’t fit with your self-image of power and perfection. But by definition, narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of your life, such as relationships, work, school or your financial affairs. You may be generally unhappy and confused by a mix of seemingly contradictory emotions. Others may not enjoy being around you, and you may find your relationships unfulfilling.

 

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