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Executive coach's observations: 'Finance is an amoral world, bordering on the immoral'

A psychologist compares the 'twisted minds' of some executives to those of paedophiles he has tried to treat in the past
This blog suffers from an inevitable selection bias, as it can only feature those people in finance who agree to be interviewed. Hence, a second category of interviews with people who come into close contact with the kind of bankers who are unlikely to talk to me. Such as this elegantly dressed man in his early 40s. A psychologist by training, he has been working as an 'executive coach' for the past few years. He orders a coffee, then a glass of red wine.
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'Those CEOs and managing directors at banks with their millions? They deserve our pity, really.'
"In two decades as a psychologist I have encountered perhaps half a dozen people in whom I could not detect at least something positive, if only a sliver. The psychopaths are a really rare breed. But they seduce the rest.

"I am sure your readers are familiar with psychological research comparing the personality traits of prison populations with those of successful managers. It found remarkable similarities; they are narcissistic, egocentric, manipulative ... The research has been replicated over at least 12 different populations and the findings are consistent. Criminals and CEOs are remarkably similar.

"We're moving slightly beyond my field of expertise but a question I often ask myself is: who are the owners of those major banks and corporations who figured out that if they want to make so much money, they need to get a psychopath in who will then turn the entire organisation into a ruthless money-making soul-destroying machine? That's pretty clever, isn't it? To find a psychopath to do that for you?

Attention

'Al-Qaida' gunman takes hostages in Toulouse bank

Man is reported to have fired shot while holding up to four people in French city.

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Elite police officers arrive at the bank, where a man is holding four people hostage.
A gunman claiming links to al-Qaida was holding four employees of a bank hostage in southern France on Wednesday, not far from the former home of drive-by killer Mohamed Merah, who shot seven people dead in March, including three Jewish schoolchildren.

Police were called to the CIC bank in an eastern suburb of Toulouse after the alarm was raised around 11am local time. Police, who immediately blocked roads and surrounded the bank, said the gunman had fired at least one shot shortly before midday.

Police have made contact with the gunman, who claims to have explosives and has demanded to speak to officers from Raid, the elite special forces police brigade based in Paris. A bomb disposal team is now at the scene.

Comment: Merah was not a murderer but one of the several people that was used by psychopaths in power for political purposes. For the real story of what happened surrounding the Merah case and why the elder Merah has every right to be outraged, see these articles:
Sott Focus: Toulouse Attacks: The Official Story of the Death of Mohamed Merah is a Lie
Sott Focus: Sarkozy The American's 9/11: Mohamed Merah: 'Liquidated' French Intelligence Asset
Sarkozy's Coup d'État: Mohamed Merah was French Intelligence Asset


Alarm Clock

Pathology Once Again Excused as Art in the Fashion World

A fashion magazine's editors think we need to look beyond the injuries and start seeing "beauty" in a maimed female face?

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Treating women like dirt is hardly a new tactic for the fashion industry, with its long history of objectifying the female body, idealizing physically impossible beauty types and glamorizing violence against women. Bulgaria-based 12 magazine, however, has hit a new low with an inexplicable photo spread in its latest issue titled, "Victim of Beauty" [TRIGGER WARNING].

The six images are all close-up portraits of young, attractive white models sporting various gruesome injuries: one boasts a black eye, another a slit throat and a third sports a split lip and a bruised neck. Scrolling through this montage of burns, bruises and gashes, it's easy to forget you're looking at a "fashion" photo shoot; the images more closely resemble police files of horrendous domestic violence.

Comment: For many years now, some in creative fields have purposely obsfucated their own pathological worldview from the general public by labeling what they produce as "art". Those with empathy see no beauty in mutilation yet often are unwittingly infected by the psychopathic views of those in charge. In short, they are under the influence of ponerization and thus have accepted what is abnormal for normal. For more information on psychopathy and ponerology, see these Sott links:

Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes

Psychopaths Among Us

What is a psychopath?


Info

Woman Accused of Groping TSA Agent


  • Fort Myers - A lot of people get peeved about TSA pat downs. But a Bonita Springs woman is accused of groping an agent at Southwest Florida International Airport and it's all on tape!

    It happened on her way to Cleveland, Ohio. Airline passenger Carol Price says while going through security to catch her flight, a TSA agent groped her.

    In response, the video shows Price put down her carry-on bags, turn to a TSA supervisor and grab her - allegedly without permission - to show the supervisor what Price says she went through.

    "It was a customer complaint of an extremely inappropriate search," said Price's defense attorney John Mills.

    Mills says another TSA agent first groped Price's genitals and breasts.

    "She did not touch the supervisor as intrusively as she was touched," Mills said.

    Heart - Black

    Obsessed Boyfriend Stabbed Ex-Girlfriend 50 Times in Seven Minute Horror Attack at Spanish Apartment after She Ended Their Relationship

    Alan Daulby
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    Killer: Alan Daulby knifed his ex-partner Avril Flanagan 53 times after she ended their relationship in 2009
    • Alan Daulby stabbed former partner 53 times after she dumped him
    • He wrapped her body in a plastic sheet and fled the police
    • Killer was caught after 200km police chase across Spain
    A jilted stalker who stabbed his ex-girlfriend more than 50 times faced 20 years in jail today after being convicted of murder.

    Alan Daulby killed blonde Irish bar worker Avril Flanagan, 20, after she ended their relationship by knifing her in the head, neck, chest, arms and legs with a kitchen knife.

    Daulby, 26, subjected his former partner to seven minutes of agony before meticulously cleaning up the murder scene in his apartment on Spain's Costa Brava and going on the run.

    He had phoned her so many times in the week leading up to the killing after the break-up that Avril had broken her phone SIM card to stop taking his calls.

    Toys

    Man Arrested for Trying to Have Sex with Teddy Bear for the Fourth Time

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    Charles Marshall
    A Cincinnati man by the name of Charles Marshall has been accused of attempting to have sex with a teddy bear for the fourth time.

    While at a health clinic, Marshall, 28, was reported as masturbating in an alleyway with a teddy bear and he was subsequently arrested.

    According to The Smoking Gun, Marshall was booked for disorderly conduct after the incident.

    Boat

    Collision Looming between US and China Over Iran Oil

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    The US decision last week to leave China off a list of seven additional countries exempt from US sanctions on Iran has led to questions about how the US and China will resolve the issue before the end-of-June deadline.

    The Obama administration has said talks are still ongoing with China, while Beijing has underlined that it may not endanger its interests for the sake of the US aspirations.

    Under the new sanctions, foreign financial institutions doing business with Iran's central bank for the purpose of energy purchases stand to be barred from US financial markets. India, Japan and South Korea which are the main customers of Iranian crude were all granted exemptions.

    China, however, is Iran's largest buyer of crude, receiving 22% of Iran's exports in the first half of 2011. China Petrochemical Corp., known as Sinopec Group, and Zhuhai Zhenrong Co., are the two main importers, and attention has focused on Sinopec, which imported about 280,000 barrels a day of crude oil and condensate into China in 2011. China has repeatedly said its oil imports from Iran aren't in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions and that it doesn't recognize unilateral sanctions.

    Chess

    Japan's Parliament Passes Law to Insure Iran Oil




    Japan's lower house of parliament has endorsed a bill which authorizes the Japanese government to insure shipments of Iranian crude oil imports, in an attempt to counter US-led EU insurance bans against Iran,
    Press TV reports.
    The lower house of Japan's parliament which is mostly comprised of opposition lawmakers passed the bill on Friday to enable Tokyo to provide USD 7.6 billion insurance cover for every tanker importing Iranian crude, instead of seeking such cover from the EU.

    USA

    Fascism! Apple store refuses to sell ipad to a woman because she's Iranian

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    An Alpharetta woman and one of her friends say the Apple Store turned them away after they heard them speaking Farsi.

    One was trying to buy an iPad, the other an iPhone. When they were heard speaking the foreign language, they said the sales representative refused to sell them anything.

    Apple says it's simply following U.S. policy.

    "Very hurtful, very embarrassing. I actually walked out in tears," Sahar Sabet said about the experience.

    Sabet is a U.S. citizen. Like most 19-year-olds, the University of Georgia student is never far from her iPhone.

    So she was surprised Thursday when an employee at the Apple Store inside North Pointe Mall in Alpharetta refused to sell an iPad to her and her uncle after overhearing them speaking Farsi.

    "When we said 'Farsi, I'm from Iran,' he said, 'I just can't sell this to you. Our countries have bad relations,'" Sabet said.

    Comment: A sad indication of the success of the main-stream media in spreading fear and racial division.


    Passport

    Julian Assange seeking asylum in Ecuadorian embassy in London

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    Julian Assange has asked for asylum at Ecuador's embassy in London.
    WikiLeaks founder walked into the embassy and asked for asylum under the United Nations human rights declaration

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has sought political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

    He walked into the embassy in Knightsbridge, London on Tuesday afternoon and asked for asylum under the United Nations human rights declaration.

    A statement issued on behalf of the embassy said: "This afternoon Mr Julian Assange arrived at the Ecuadorian embassy seeking political asylum from the Ecuadorian government.

    "As a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights, with an obligation to review all applications for asylum, we have immediately passed his application on to the relevant department in Quito.

    "While the department assesses Mr Assange's application, Mr Assange will remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorian government.