July 3rd, 2007

Mai

Which Sci-Fi Group Am I?

So cool...

You scored as Serenity (Firefly), You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

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Serenity (Firefly)

81%

Moya (Farscape)

75%

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

69%

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

69%

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

69%

Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

63%

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

63%

Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

56%

FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

50%

SG-1 (Stargate)

50%

Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

50%

Enterprise D (Star Trek)

50%

Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

38%

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
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Red Guy

Why is Sociopathy Sexy???

I recently wrote about the lovely Olivia d'Abo who had a repeated role on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as a sociopathic criminal. She is one of the few people who managed to go toe-to-toe with Detective Goren. In jest I said, "It's official. A sociopath can be sexy."

A live journal friend added the comment, "Most sociopaths actually exude a charm and sexuality that draws people into them, they are commonly extremely intelligent (genius intelligence) and 'charming.' A sociopath can definitely be sexy."

This got me wondering (once again) about the nature of the sociopathic mind. I've written about the "honest villain" and the sociopath does not seem to be this person. I found an article at http://faculty.ncwc.edu/TOCONNOR/428/428lect16.htm that does an excellent job of dissecting various sorts of social maladjustment. The article has these attributes associated with the sociopath are: Exaggerated sexuality; Excessive boasting; Risk taking; Inability to resist temptation. These seem sexy. The sociopath is also credited with: Antagonistic, deprecating attitude toward the opposite sex; Lack of interest in bonding with a mate. These are NOT sexy, or perhaps they are if one considers the "bad boy" and "bad girl" archetypes. Very interesting associations that seem to support the original LJ comments.

Do check out the original article. This is a really good clinical examination of Antisocial Personality, Sociopathy and Psychopathy behavior.
Goren Guilty

What a Surprise!

I have to post my derision for the pardon of Lewis "Scooter" Libby. He has been released from his sixty month sentence, only serving probation and paying a fine.

For his part President Bush has been credited with the following remarks:
President Bush said he had until now refrained from intervening in the case, waiting instead for the appeals process to take its course.

"But with the denial of bail being upheld and incarceration imminent, I believe it is now important to react to that decision," he said.

"I respect the jury's verdict," President Bush said. "But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr Libby is excessive," Mr Bush said.

However, he said, Libby's remaining punishments - the probation period and fine - were "harsh" and would leave his reputation "forever damaged".
It would be a miscarriage of justice for Lewis Libby to have so many influential associations and still go to jail. Besides... look at how traumatic prison time was on Paris Hilton. How fair would it be to impose such a psychic toil on a person who was merely serving the highest good of his country? Libby's good name has been preserved, his reputation not damaged, by Bush's compassionate non-partisan act.

(GAG)
Cat - Noir

Empathy Gulfs and Cosmic Evils

What is Evil? People attribute everything from bad manners to murder to this apparent opposite of Good. Most of us experience only the mild forms of Evil. These discomforts still exist against all voiced desires otherwise. Why?

I’ve pondered these little evils. Online they include the cold shoulder and the pointed word. The targets are diverse, but there is a common thread amongst these victims of minor evils. The shared trait is that of separation; differences between the peoples leading to harsh treatment.

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The gulfs between people promote a lack of understanding and empathy. Tolstoy’s fable has evils originating from hunger, ill temper, transitional love and fear. The Evil of the fable is not an entity. It is instead a condition perpetrated by differences in people’s lives and perceptions. The remedy to evil lies somewhere between closing these differences and accepting the cosmic prevalence of Evil. Acknowledged and recognized, the differences may be purposely decreased between all of us. Those who actively promote differences can be marginalized. All those who wish to embrace a life more free of intentional evils will live with awareness, forgiving themselves for those differences that continue to exist.