Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gathering the Tribes of Darkness Part II – The Disordered

by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

Sam Vaknin, Ph.D., is an admitted psychopath who makes a tidy living through his site. His book, “Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited,” is sold on his site ( Sam offers consultations and provides a media kit.

The behavioral strategy followed by the disordered is laid out in “The Corporate Psychopath,” by the FBI on their site. This is outlined as beginning “by creating a mask, known as a psychopathic fiction, in the minds of those targeted.” The mask is the disguise the psychopath uses to operate.

Disordered individuals, lacking empathy, work diligently to simulate emotions. They must persuade their potential victims they are trust-worthy. Training classes in these skills are given by other psychopaths.

Their numbers are large enough, 1% according to experts at the University of Chicago, to make it more than likely any normal person will encounter multiple disordered individuals during their lives.

It is also large enough for those who identify themselves as disordered to seek associations with their kind. These associations founded, in self-interest, for instance, share information and resources.

Psychopaths of all kinds, are predators who routinely lie to get what they want. The FBI site credits them with, “superficial charm and grandiose sense of self make them likable on first meeting. Their ability to impress others with entertaining and captivating stories about their lives and accomplishments can result in instant rapport.”

The Disordered come in all kinds, at all levels of intelligence, race, gender, and income.

Resources on the web include such sites as Psychic Vampire (, or Tribes of Darkness. This site numbers the community participating in their forum as 5000 and defines a psychic Vampire as “a person, Who by reason of a condition of their spirit, needs to obtain vital energy from outside sources.” The site makes no judgements on what is done, merely asking for donations to off-set the cost of information.

The following instructions for stealing energy from others from their Resources page.

Focus on a donor from across the room.. Reach out with your mind, envision a long tendril extending from your subtle body to the donors.. Attach your tendril so that it penetrates, if it does not the first time...Try again.. Now envision your tendril is hollow, and suck in the energy like a vortex , using your will....As you inhale, draw in the energy.”

Who do you know who might be a psivampire?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Economic Melt Down - Praying for Psychopaths

by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster 
Father Teo is a former Catholic priest who started a ministry to Hispanics after founding, and running, a high school in Bolivia in the 70s. Several years ago he started another ministry, assisted by members of his congregation. This ministry is a prayer outreach to psychopaths, individuals who are characterized by lack of empathy, compassion and conscience. 
To date, the group has managed to alleviate the lack of empathy and conscience in one young woman after two years. Since experts in the condition hold out no hope for change this is really quite amazing. 
Psychopathy was once thought to be a psychological condition. This is untrue. According to neuroscience the issue centers in the amygdala, a portion of the brain. It is not working correctly and so causing the problem. 
An article in Scientific American by neuroscientists Kent A. Kiehl and Joshua W. Buckholtz states, “They lie and manipulate yet feel no compunction or regrets—in fact, they don’t feel particularly deeply about anything at all.” The article sets the cost to us for just those psychopaths who are engage in criminal behavior to be between 200 – 400 billion dollars in a year. 
Psychopathy was also believed to occur only in criminals. This has now changed. 
The projected cost of psychopathy shifts dramatically when the arena is not just crime, but the larger economy. Clive R. Boddy, a British academic propagated the theory the present financial crisis was caused by “corporate psychopaths” at the helm of financial institutions in a recent issue of Journal of Business Ethics citing lack of “conscience, have few emotions and display an inability to have any feelings, sympathy or empathy for other people.” 
This certainly would explain how Cadawalder, Wickersham & Taft, the law firm who did the registration for the first securitized derivative could have ignored what is now being recognized as a blatant fraud. ARTICLE 
How many kinds of psychopaths are there? Have they always been with us? Think charismatic, narcissistic, people who use lies and manipulation to get what they want. 
Father Teo's group also works with individuals displaying these characteristics who appear to suck the life energy out of others. This raises the question of whether energy vampirism is actually a psychic form of psychopathy. 
Some have asked if psychopaths and energy vampires are, in fact, the demons we read about in the Bible since their behavior is strikingly similar when described.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

What Ashtabula County Needs – To Remember the Alamo!

by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

Leon said, “Keep taxes low, providing the best services possible while building jobs and business.” That is what government is supposed to do.

Leon went on to tell me an interlocal agreement is a contract between government agencies that work to provide services to the public, such as parks and bus systems. He used them while serving three terms as mayor of a town in Texas and ask how these worked for him during his tenure. Leon is a descendant of Erastus Smith, who first cried, “Remember the Alamo!”

I called him because I discovered that Ashtabula is outsourcing services to other governmental entities, for instance Lake County, according to Janice Switzer, in charge of Ashtabula's COMMUNITY SERVICES AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT. Janice announced at a recent meeting, "I am not a planner, I use Lake County to plan.  I am an administrator."
If Lake County is planning and handling the work why does Ashtabula need an administrator? Couldn't the Commissioners do that?

Leon said these local agreements are a fine way to lower costs. What, I asked, would you think if they did not lower costs? There was a pause and he asked why, then, they were using them? Getting the most bang for the buck makes it possible to do more that needs doing.

Keeping it local provides the most jobs and best supports business.

Leon said it makes perfect sense to use interlocal agreements to lower the cost of services to better serve the people, this being what government is supposed to do. Cooperating locally helps make this possible. This also requires people skills, and patience.

When Leon was mayor he helped establish a non profit, BARK, Bosque Animal Rescue Kennels. They found ways to increase the number of cats and dogs adopted into good homes with a facility planned to provide vet services and recreation facilities used by the whole county. To see the kitty or pup is to love them. Leon contacted Doris Day, who provided pointers. BARK is now celebrating its tenth birthday.

While he was mayor Leon brought together all the county towns to provide better ambulance services and re-engineer the infrastructure for drinking water used by folks locally, keeping the cost low. They built a pipeline themselves. It is a very small county, but they got a lot done while Leon was mayor of Clifton, Texas and editor of their local paper.

A lovely gift arrived to be added to this article from a dear friend.