Books on psychopathy written by top researchers in the field
Robert D. Hare, Ph.D., is the author of Without Conscience, the Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us, and the creator of the standard tool for diagnosing psychopathy. He is an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, and president of Darkstone Research Group, a forensic research and consulting firm. He has won numerous awards for his research, lectures widely on psychopathy, and consults with law enforcement organizations, including the FBI.
Without Conscience has a chapter called White-Collar Psychopaths, which begins to explore the issue of psychopaths in positions of power. Dr. Hare also wrote Snakes in Suits with Dr. Paul Babiak. This book is a story about how a psychopath made his way to the upper echelons of a corporation through manipulation and betrayal.
Kent Kiehl, Ph.D., is the author of the Psychopath Whisperer, the Science of Those Without Conscience. He is also the Executive Science Officer and Director, Mobile Imaging Core and Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience, Professor of Translational Neuroscience at The Mind Research Network, and Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Law at the University of New Mexico. See his website, http://www.psychopathwhisperer.com/
This book describes recent research into brain anomalies of psychopaths.
Most recent research
Article from Dr. Kent Kiehl, summarizing his (and others’ ) research titled, A cognitive neuroscience perspective on psychopathy: Evidence for paralimbic system dysfunction, published on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website: see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2765815/
An informative blog on psychopaths in power
The following video from PBS discusses how we can select the genes of unborn babies.
Unemployment – the real story
Economic indicators are being manipulated to create a rosy view of the economy. Take unemployment, for example: the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows unemployment at 5.1% for August, 2015. I was on unemployment earlier this year, and I was shocked to find that we only get six months’ worth of unemployment payments. I can tell you that it was tough trying to find a job, even with 1.5 master’s degrees and almost 30 years of experience in my field. I was lucky, one of my former employers was willing to take me back. But if people are falling off the end after six months, they are no longer counted in the unemployment stats. Instead of looking at the unemployment rate, look at the labor force participation rate (below).
The country’s labor force participation rate – which measures the share of Americans at least 16 years old who are either employed or actively looking for work is at a 38-year low, 62.6 percent as of Jul 16, 2015 Chart shows labor participation rate 2005 – 2015. See http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000
Other indications of economic/dollar decline
The Dow Jones average has been bumping along 18,000 for a good part of the past couple of years. Thanks to quantitative easing, corporations get 0-1% interest rates, which they plow into their own stocks, which serve to prop up the stock price. In the chart below, the margin debt is clearly catching up with stock price.Stock market supported by margin debt. Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/stock-market-margin-debt-2015-5
There are a few places to look for economic indicators that are more truthful, though. Here are a few that I’m watching:
Money velocity, or the amount of money in circulation shows a decline in money changing hands. Source: https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M2V
Wal-Mart stock price chart, past year. Stock price dropping precipitously. See https://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE%3AWMT&ei=TvbtVaDuOYWoigKfhbaoAQ
Movie box office sales 1990 to 9-7-15. See http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/
China has the hubris to replace the petro dollar with the petro yuan. When Saddam Hussein tried to sell Iraq’s oil in Euros, the U.S. went to war. See https://www.rt.com/business/314732-china-oil-contracts-dollar-yuan/