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Bos Mutus
12-11-2015, 10:32 PM
Came across this somewhere...

Online trolls really ARE horrible people: Researchers find they are narcissistic, machiavellian, psychopathic and sadistic

Online trolls have serious personality issues such as Machiavellianism, one of the biggest studies into trolling has found. Researchers say that online commenters display traits that are Narcissistic, psychopathic, and sadistic and the worse the problems, the longer the person spent online. They found the most common trait was to exhibit sadistic behavior.

Respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles,' the team at the University of Manitoba said. Their research was, conducted by Erin Buckels and two colleagues.They define online trolling as 'the practice of behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the Internet
with no apparent instrumental purpose.'

The researchers say: 'Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures,' they said.

They said the trolls displayed what is known as the 'Dark Tetrad' of personality in two tests developed.

'Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores.


12-13-2015, 02:24 AM
Obama confidant’s spine-chilling proposal


Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama’s closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama’s head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for “overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs.” In 2008, while at Harvard Law School,Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-“independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists.

12-13-2015, 02:39 AM
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