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#360568 - 12/09/11 10:56 PM On bankers and psychopaths.
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An interesting read, this.
Not a very encouraging article though given what we have not done to those who cheated so much.
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#360660 - 12/11/11 12:15 PM Re: On bankers and psychopaths. [Re: fredk]
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Thanks for sharing, Fred. There definitely is a disconnect. Hence nothing is going to change.

Give a man a gun, and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob the world.
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#360726 - 12/12/11 10:16 AM Re: On bankers and psychopaths. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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I know lots of people who have been "given" guns.
(Like my "blue" Baretta 9mm w/ 15R clip. Happy Birthday! Bang! Bang!)

I know of no one who has been given a bank. One must buy, inherit, take over with hostility, nationalize, or usurp a bank. Or, one can "borrow" lots of other peoples' money to start one.

And aren't $uper $uce$$ful people sociopaths, rather than psychopaths? I'm sure they can be both.
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#360732 - 12/12/11 10:54 AM Re: On bankers and psychopaths. [Re: fredk]
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Originally Posted By: fredk
An interesting read, this.
Not a very encouraging article though given what we have not done to those who cheated so much.


I heard someone say many years ago long before the financial meltdown, that in order to be a somewhat "successful" CEO of any corporation of an consequence, one must be a type of sociopath or psychopath, in other words, one with little or no conscience to be able to handle the difficult times when perhaps hundreds or even thousands of people might have to lose their jobs as a result of downsizing in order to maintain the viability of that corporation AND in the case of a public company, satisfy the shareholders.

I doubt that there are many of us that could live(and sleep at night) with the idea that our decision had perhaps just destroyed the lives of many people, of course, most of whom we will never see or meet.

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#360737 - 12/12/11 11:00 AM Re: On bankers and psychopaths. [Re: casey01]
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Loc: Quebec, Canada
it much the same as CEO's for whom workers = machinery; use them to the max and then discard them for new ones that are more efficient and cost less.
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#360739 - 12/12/11 11:05 AM Re: On bankers and psychopaths. [Re: J. B.]
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I think most CEOs could sleep at night knowing that they HAVE to let 500 people go to preserve the viability of the company, therefore saving the other thousands of employees their jobs.

I think what's different these days is the too many CEOs are willing to let 500 people go, not to SAVE the company, but simply to make higher and ever higher profits for the top people in the company.
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#360742 - 12/12/11 11:12 AM Re: On bankers and psychopaths. [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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is capitalism better than feudalism ?
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#360747 - 12/12/11 11:25 AM Re: On bankers and psychopaths. [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Being in and around the art world for a couple of decades, I have met and know many immensely wealthy people. Then, I worked in deveopment for a non-profit and met more of the same people. They come from all professions; medicine, the arts, science, law, business, or inheritance.

With few exceptions, everyone of them has done things for gain that made me cringe. I dated a multi-millionaire for a year and a half. His response to my horrors was always the same, "It's only business."

Sorry. There's no such thing. Were you dealing with a person? Yes? Then it's PERSONAL, asswipe!
Of course, it's become a much larger problem now that someone with $250 million, running for Prez, believes that corporations are people, too. He forgot to mention that they are also the wealthiest of sociopaths and that's exactly how they got that much money.

Harumpf!
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#360752 - 12/12/11 11:37 AM Re: On bankers and psychopaths. [Re: BobKay]
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Registered: 10/05/06
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Loc: PEI, Canada
The best example of this that I can think of was a news magazine type show a few years ago (I can't remember which one) that was investigating the airline industry when it first started having large scale financial difficulties.

They interviewed the CEO (or similar title) of one of Japan's largest airlines. Late in the interview, they pointed out to him the difference in salary that he took vs. the extra digits salaries of an American counterpart for a major airline.

He laughed. When asked if he himself would ever expect to take a salary of this size to run his airline, his response was something along the line of "No. I would not insult the workers in my company by taking a salary of this size."
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#360753 - 12/12/11 11:38 AM Re: On bankers and psychopaths. [Re: BobKay]
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Registered: 06/23/07
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Originally Posted By: BobKay
Being in and around the art world for a couple of decades, I have met and know many immensely wealthy people.


Speaking of the highly lucrative arts world smile , have you ever seen the movie "Exit Through the Gift Shop", Bob? It's really good. I think you would enjoy it.
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