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Comment: Re:The trick... (Score 1) 245

Just make sure the organization's objectives are aligned with the interests of the leader.

Most organisations (I spell UK) have some sort of collective purpose otherwise they wouldn't be organisations. Inherently opposed to the selfish objectives of the psychopath.

CEOs get their bonus by raising the stock price.

Often temporarily, only for it to tank right after they deploy their golden parachute. Or even before, they design it to work either way. This bonus idea was invented in the 70s. Even some business professors have started to notice it hasn't always worked out.

why do they keep voting for them?

Successful psychopaths are charming and good liars. People want to believe it will be different this time. Only psychopaths get to stand. Psychopaths know to tell people what they want to hear. Most people, it seems, cannot easily spot a psychopath. If they realised their candidate was a psycho they (mostly) wouldn't vote for them. I hope.

Comment: Re:The trick... (Score 4, Insightful) 245

Psychopaths are able to look at the situation dispassionately, and make better utilitarian decisions, that bring the most benefit to the most people.

Perhaps, but what they actually tend to do is look at the situation dispassionately and make utilitarian decisions that bring the most benefit to themselves.
I think you'll find that that subtle distinction is why most people are wary of psychopaths.

Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 1) 128

by smugfunt (#49496577) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

I've actually seen plans where cut wood is dumped to the bottom of the ocean

What a great idea! We could weight it down with gold or uranium or something.

Or we could build furniture, houses or other long lasting useful stuff out of the good timber and use the charcoal made with the rest to improve the soil.

Comment: China's Web Junkies (Score 1) 91

by smugfunt (#49412677) Attached to: Outside Beijing, a Military-style Bootcamp For "Internet Addiction"

There is a fine documentary on this subject called "China's Web Junkies".
All the young lads (they are all midteens) are put in these boot camps by their parents at great expense. They are not government re-education camps, there is no political angle to these kid's problems. Nor are they hackers of any kind.
The main point to realise is that they are not addicted to the internet as such but to online gaming in particular. And they really do seem to be addicts. Their bragging about regularly playing for 24 or 36 hours straight might seem to be exaggerated but when some of them escape during the film they are quickly recaptured... at the nearest internet cafe.

Comment: Re:This brought to you by the same people (Score 1) 305

by smugfunt (#49032659) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

Aspartame... ant killer

How do you kill ants with aspartame? I was unable to persuade them to eat it.

Thalidomide... give the go ahead to reintroduce it...

IIRC only one isomer of thalidomide does bad things.

The resurgence of poliomyelitis... Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS, Motor Neurone Disease, Post Polio Residual Paralysis... actually caused by the live polio vaccine

Well, everyone with those very rare diseases certainly had the vaccine. But so did everyone without those diseases, except the ones with polio.

Comment: Re:Odd choices of Heinlein stories to make into mo (Score 1) 254

by smugfunt (#48767791) Attached to: Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

I have read practically everything by Heinlein and "I Will Fear No Evil" is without doubt the worst load of crap he ever wrote, and he wrote a lot of crap towards the end. In fact, after "Stranger" only "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" and "Friday" are worth bothering with. To be fair, he was ill when he wrote it and the publisher wouldn't wait for him to recover enough to fix it up. OTOH it may not have been salvageable. The premise has already been used in at least one movie anyway.

Comment: Re:lets pump the brakes here and analyze. (Score 2) 165

The US didn't create Israel, the British and French did.

The Balfour Declaration notwithstanding, the foundation of Israel was contrary to Britsh foreign policy at the time, hence this.

The perfect example of this is Rwanda where the Tutsi's were put in control under British rule and then subjugated the larger Hutu population.

Belgian, not British.

Since the start of the cold war the US has interfered in nations world wide

This makes for interesting reading: US foreign jaunts

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