Stephen and Eric Paddock: My Thoughts

When I watch Eric Paddock speak in the video above, I do not see a man who is lying about having knowledge of what his brother was going to do. I see a man who is obviously in shock, who hasn’t digested what happened and a man who cannot make reasonable sense of the inconsistencies of his brother’s actions.

What you see in this video is a lot of frustration and bewilderment. He doesn’t have the answers. He doesn’t see his brother the way the rest of the world does–as an evil killer. He tells you that the Stephen who did this is not the guy he knew.

He is clearly thinking off the top of his head, and rambling as his thoughts come to him.

Does that mean he is saying all he knows about his brother? Of course not.  No one would.

It’s clear from media reports that investigators are trying to figure out a motive with Stephen and they are still perplexed.

What would cause a man like this to snap?

I’ve given it some thought and I can come up with some things for consideration and some things that can be ruled out:

  1. Was it for a blaze of glory? To go out in a way no one would forget?  I don’t think so. That would be ego-driven and ego-driven people would want to make sure people know why they did it. He would have likely left something behind saying so or told someone. He doesn’t seem to have left that.
  2. Could he have lost everything at the casino that night or recently?  Not likely. Law enforcement is saying he had rented hotel rooms in Chicago and Boston–where he might have considered doing this months before. He also wired his girlfriend $100K to Asia.
  3. Could he have instantaneously snapped?  Not likely. This wasn’t a quick decision. It required methodical planning to be accomplished, and he considered other locations months before.
  4. Could he have suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness?  Yes.  This holds the strongest potential. His girlfriend was quoted in one article I read saying that she found him on his bed crying and screaming, “Oh my god”.  I don’t know if it was once or more than once, but he may have heard voices.  According to Eric, Stephen was an intelligent person, and he may have been smart enough to hide his illness from others and kept it private. This is a potential.  He may have never wanted to reveal he heard voices, or had dark devious thoughts, especially knowing his dad’s history (bank robber on the FBI’s most wanted list, listed as a diagnosed psychopath). To let that out would have probably horrified him and yet it might have been something he couldn’t contain in the end.

We also know he didn’t care who his victims were because he shot random people, and he had rented hotel rooms near other big venues. He also didn’t care that it was a casino (at first at least) as he considered other venues.  He clearly wanted to lash out people in some style of hatred or revenge or delusion.

Eric says Stephen was a wealthy man, and speaks of him as being an eccentric (not his words–those are mine) and a loner.  He also said Stephen basically worked in casinos and that’s how he made his money.  When you put all of that together, I do get an image in my head.

I see Stephen as a man who didn’t conform to societal standards.  He likely went to the casinos dressed very casual, very unassuming. Stephen was Stephen, take him or leave him.  If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, you know it’s a “showy” place, a place of image, importance, and status–all stuff Stephen likely didn’t care about. It’s a very judgemental place. Money came easy to Stephen, and while he had it, I don’t think it was his everything, if you will.

Big shots, who probably weren’t really “big” in the financial sense — the typical Vegas crowd, probably saw him as a misfit looser and probably weren’t too kind to him.  Little did they know his financial status.  And this, over time, may have just infuriated the crap out of him.  Repeatedly.

Society is very harsh on judgements of status and wealth.  If he was constantly picking up on put downs, being treated less-than, ignored and possibly insulted more frequently than not, over and over, combined with mental illness–that could cause someone to devise a plan to “make people pay”.  And Las Vegas ended up being the ultimate location where all the fake, false, bragging “players”, if you will, would be.  The players that ate away at his soul, if you will. Who chomped so callously and cold in their ignorance (his thinking).

Mass killers often have a vendetta against society as a whole for wronging them. It’s not uncommon.

We also can’t rule out an illness (like a tumor mentioned by Eric) or a drug that induced some psychotic effect on him, if he was taking any medications.  They all needed to be explored.  So many potentials but pieces should come together over time to paint a picture.

Ironically, most people who are wealthy do not have a reason to “show it off”. They know they have it. Those who show it off are usually the poor ones, hoping to impress you. The guy who really has it–he has no need to impress anyone. He knows he has it. Braggarts are big red flags wanting to be what they are not.

Just wanted to share my thoughts!

Las Vegas Shooting: Perpetrator’s Brother

We are going through some very tough days in the U.S. with this deadly mass shooting. It’s hard to wrap your brain around. I think Jimmy Kimmel gave an excellent speech on Monday night. If you didn’t see it, you can see it here.

Being emotional and dealing with this, people will read people differently. Emotions will skew our ability to see things clearly. We may see something when something isn’t there, or we may miss it when it is there. Be careful you don’t fall victim to your own emotional influence. Take notice.

I am sure when people watch the brother of shooter speak out, people will see it very different.

When you watch Eric Paddock, the brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, speak the day after his brother went on that rampage, what do you see? I suspect we will have a broad array of responses.

What are your cognitive biases? Do you know?

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If you’ve followed me for a while, or attended one of my classes, one of the concepts I talk about that affects your ability to spot deception and even understand other people is your emotional biases.

Essentially, what you like or dislike can affect your ability to clearly see the truth.   Scientists have studied emotional “bias” and know these biases have powerful effects on us.

As an example, if you dislike people who you think are politically opposite then you, then you may incorrectly judge a person, because you are biased before you even consider what they have to say.  You may take something they do as a kind gesture and think they were being underhanded.  In the same way you may not trust them when they are completely honest.  This is what biases can do to us.

As humans, we have many biases that can affect our lives.  I ran into an article that mapped them all out in a graphic, and it was quite stunning to see.

Are you familiar with the:

  • Fading-effect bias
  • Less-is-better effect
  • Ambiguity bias
  • Decoy effect
  • Suffix effect

Me, neither!  It appears there are dozens and dozens and dozens of cognitive biases that affect us as humans.  Who knew there were so many?

Here is a real cool info-graphic that has mapped them all out for you: Check it out.

What are your biases? Do you know?

The more you know and understand, the better you will be at making good solid decisions!

Jimmy Kimmel: Must Watch

This is a must watch clip of the Jimmy Kimmel show.

Jimmy Kimmel calls Bill Cassidy a liar, and rightfully so.  Do watch until the end — his last skit sums it up perfectly.

It’s ridiculous our elected officials think the public is this stupid.

I’m glad people with influence are standing up and calling a spade a spade, and a liar a liar!  It’s about time.  It’s the only way to get away from a politically correct “sick” society which has rejected the truth and reality for way to long!

We need to speak the truth.

Thank you, Jimmy!  Thank you!!

Steve Bannon: My Thoughts

Here are some quick thoughts I had about Steve Bannon watching his 60 Minute interview:

  1.  I do believe Bannon doesn’t care about the GOP or the democrats.  That’s the truth.  I’ve been saying that to my readers on FB for months about Trump. Both only care about their own self-serving interests.
  2. Trump and Bannon share a LOT in common in how they approach life, but aren’t always on the same page with their ideas, beliefs, etc. Bannon has his own ideas, Trump follows everyone who makes him feel good. Bannon knows this.
  3. Bannon knows how to play Trump for his gain.
  4. I do believe Bannon wants to support Trump outside the White House for various reasons:
    •   He is not a guy who conforms and the White House was too much pressure
    •   He went crazy watching Trump swim around aimlessly. He feels he has more power to influence his agenda by leaving
    •   Bannon knows if he plays Trump right, he will have Trumps ear and he craves that power — hence the loyalty statement
  5.  Bannon convinces himself that his beliefs and feelings are correct, regardless of fact, much like Trump. I call it delusional.
  6.  He knows how to say a few things to get people’s ear and then twist them around to get what he wants. He’s good at manipulation.
  7.  When Bannon says he and Trump are street fighters, what Bannon means is that they don’t play fair, they don’t care about ethics, they will play you to the death match to win–these two don’t back down, don’t have fear and know how to push people to their limit to win. They care about what they want and nothing else.  Both men would have no problem taking you for all you have. If you’re that dumb, they would reason and tell you that it’s YOUR PROBLEM, no theirs.

Final word?  Chilling.