Tuesday, July 20, 2010

BP Is Criminally Insane

The psychopath is one of the most fascinating and distressing problems of human experience. For the most part, a psychopath never remains attached to anyone or anything. They live a "predatory" lifestyle. They feel little or no regret, and little or no remorse - except when they are caught. They need relationships, but see people as obstacles to overcome and be eliminated. If not, they see people in terms of how they can be used. They use people for stimulation, to build their self-esteem and they invariably value people in terms of their material value. ~ Psychopathic Personality
If you look at it clinically, British Petroleum fits the description of a psychopath. The story about BP faking photographs is just another symptom, compulsive lying. BP published a photo of their oil spill command center but the original photo didn't look busy enough so they photoshopped it. When people spotted the lie BP released "the original" photo only that the metadata seems to show that the original photo dates from 2001 and may not be of the Deepwater Horizon spill at all.

The thing that makes this all such a psychotic act is that they didn't need to lie. If they don't have a command center or if all the monitors are actually showing porn, just don't release a photo at all. No one would have missed it. But, no, they have so show they are engaged, although they are not, by faking photographs. And when they are caught lying they blame someone else (the photographer, although as Americablog points out, no professional would be that sloppy).

If British Petroleum were a person we would know what to do. We would demand it be lock in prison for multiple life terms. BP has killed repeatedly (11 at Deepwater Horizon, an additional 15 in Texas City), they only show remorse for being caught, they value people only for how they can be used for profit. If BP were an individual we would recognize it immediately as a psychopathic mass murderer. We would lock it away forever as an incurable monster.

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