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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This week, the co-author of Donald Trump's autobiography said in The New Yorker that if he were writing The Art of the Deal today, it would be a very different book with a very different title: The Sociopath.

To title a person's life story with that label is a serious accusation, and one worth considering. The stakes are high. Tony Schwartz, the writer of the best-selling book, said that he "genuinely believe[s] that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization." In that light, Schwartz said he feels "deep remorse" at having "put lipstick on a pig."

That seemed to me to be something of a contradiction to the charge of sociopathy, as pigs have been found to show signs of empathy. If you call a pig by name, it will come and play with you, reciprocating affection like a dog. So which is it, pig or sociopath? read more


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Members of the California delegation at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland have fallen sick with the norovirus, a highly contagious stomach bug that causes diarrhea and vomiting. read more


Sunday, May 08, 2016

A 40-year-old man with dark hair and an accent was flying from Philadelphia to Syracuse when the woman next to him began acting strangely. She passed a note to the flight attendant and abruptly left her seat. Shortly thereafter, the man then was taken off the plane and questioned. The woman had reported him after thinking the notes he was writing, which took a form she didn't recognize, might be a terrorist code. Upon being questioned and told of the suspicions, Guido Menzio revealed that he wasn't writing Arabic or another language. He was doing math. Menzio, an Italian working as an economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was working on a differential equation for a paper he was presenting. read more


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