Links for 22nd November 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Addicted To Being Good? The Psychopathology of Heroism

    "People whom we consider to be heroes (or X-altruists, as I am referring to them here), while among some of the most admired individuals, they possess many of the same traits as the sociopath. However, there is a fundamental difference in the motivation behind their actions that distinguish them from their nasty cohorts. Incidentally, that one difference is vitally important in determining if someone turns out to be the comic book hero or more like his archenemy.

    X-altruists are compelled to good, even when doing so makes no sense and brings harm upon them. The cannot tolerate injustice, and go to extreme lengths to help those who have been wronged, regardless of their personal relationship to them. Now, I am not speaking of the guy who helps an old lady cross the street. I am speaking of the guy who throws himself in front of a speeding bus to push the old lady out of the way, killing himself in the process."

    Tagged with: humanpsychologypsychopathologyheroismsociopathyaltruismmotivation

  2. Activists repeatedly stopped and searched as police officers ‘mark’ cars

    "The two anti-war campaigners were not the only law-abiding protesters being monitored on the roads. Officers have been told they can place "markers" against the vehicles of anyone who attends demonstrations using the national ANPR data centre in Hendon, north London, which stores information on car journeys for up to five years.

    Senior officers have been instructed to "fully and strategically exploit" the database, which allows police to mark vehicles with potentially useful inform-ation such as drink-driving convictions." Good grief. Insert depressing Orwell reference here.

    Tagged with: uksurveillanceterrorismpolicedomesticparanoiavehicletrackingdatabase

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