Daily Gnuz

Here’s the Gnuz, not going to ask you to enjoy, it’s pretty damn dismal.

Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever: what we know
H/T Vox
But, but Rick Perry says the climate change dialog is “secondary”.
How about the climate change dialog being upgraded to ‘primary’?


Trump rescinding DACA program
H/T The Hill
Keep paring away all that non-lily-whiteness, prezidunce, you’re going to destroy the Republican party as you kick the can to the Congress they control.

He Can’t Even Fake It
The term is ‘sociopath’. A person so devoid of empathy, they fail epically when they even attempt it.
Salient quote…
In addition to the basic body language he keeps saying things like “Have a Good Time!” to people stranded in a shelter. Or, ‘it’s going great‘ to people who’ve just lost everything. Or, look at this huge turnout to people who … well, you get the idea. When it comes to acting human or compassionate it’s like the part of his brain governing that species of behavior has been removed. It’s like watching a person who has profound social awkwardness in a meet and greet situation at a cocktail party. It’s painful. But again, with Trump it’s not social awkwardness. It’s a basic, seemingly fundamental inability not only to experience but even to fake the experience of empathy or human concern.

RUCerious @ TPZoo
Openish thread for what’s left of today

25 thoughts on “Daily Gnuz

  1. FWIW, I think the proper term for Trump is “psychopath,” rather than sociopath. Quoting myself:

    “So, taking the last as first (something Donald Trump will never do), I have long favored the word “sociopath” to characterize Trump, but this is a linguistic fight I cannot win, and so I will surrender to standard usage within the psychiatric profession and commit to calling Trump a psychopath. There is some significant overlap with these concepts. Quoting from Scott Bonn in Psychology Today, these can include:

    — A disregard for laws and social mores
    — A disregard for the rights of others
    — A failure to feel remorse or guilt
    — A tendency to display violent behavior

    Dr. Bonn goes on to note that the two differ in that the sociopath is often poorly educated, living on the fringes of society, tending toward the disorganized, and unable to form any kind of stable personal attachments. Sociopaths will often be unable to keep a steady job, or live in any one place for very long. Psychopaths, however, while incapable of empathy, can nevertheless be charming and highly manipulative. They will often be well educated with steady jobs. Quoting again from Bonn, “Intelligent psychopaths make excellent white-collar criminals and “con artists” (my emphasis) due to their calm and charismatic natures.” While late night, histrionic twitter storms do not speak well for anything like a “cool” or “calculating” mind, given these criteria, it seems fairly clear that Donald Trump is a psychopath, not a sociopath.”

    • I concur with your escalation of the re-labeling. Funny that the term con-artist comes up. A person who ‘con;vinces others to invest money in a project, then siphons that money off in the guise of pay and perks, then declares bankruptcy, stiffing said investors can be branded a con artist.
      Looks like a whole bunch of voters also got conned.

    • I think one can also add to the psychopathic ‘qualities’ list something like “deeply embedded but totally irrational hatred.” That helps define our Oval Office resident psychopath, afaic.

  2. A rare piece of good news in re Harvey:

    My daughter and her (immigrant from Mexico!) husband live in suburban Houston, north of Bush airport. They were in Hawaii celebrating their tenth anniversary when Harvey struck, and were delayed in their return by almost a week because of Harvey and cancelled flights. They finally got back on Sunday, having flown to San Francisco and then to Dallas, then driven back to Houston by her hubby’s brother. When they got home, the only flood damage was to their pickup truck they had left at the airport the day they flew to Honolulu. Their house was untouched (other homes less than a mile away were flooded and horribly damaged); their business shop also had remained dry, no damage. As she put it, “we were SO LUCKY!”.

    So, even with Num Dong Don in the Oval Office, there can still be, on occasion, some really good news!

    Hoping that those in the path of Irma can be equally lucky.

    • Glad here to hear of your family’s good fortune.
      If Irma hits the east coast at it’s current intensity, tens of thousands could be out of a hone, an thousands could perish.
      But we don’t want Rick Perry to be inconvenienced by the truth about climate change.

      • When some science voices spoke of Harvey’s untoward and record rain how it related to climate change, EPA shithead Pruitt criticized them for “politicizing” the Harvey issue.

        Ain’t nothin more disgustingly despicable these days than most any Num Dong Don (Republican) cabinet appointee. Each and all, they make the basement of an outhouse look pure in comparison.

  3. Irma is drawing attention from Harvey here in Florida, but I’m concerned for our west coast zoosters with all the fires out there. Zooey and Cats-R-Flyfishing, check in please and Jane and Wayne, where y’all at?

    • We’re in NY, pachy. Just getting a normal thunderstorm here – scaring the bejesus out of our cats. Unfortunately, we have our first ceiling leak, and it’s in part of the house where the roof was in better shape than the rest of the house. 😦

      • Here at the foot of the CO Front Range, visibility has been reduced, the last few days, from ‘unlimited’ to a couple of miles, thanks to the smoke from the burning west There are no serious fires in Colorado (thankfully), but we’ve been unusually wet this summer from lots of rain. Hopefully that pattern will continue. We live only about 7 miles from the San Isabel N.F., and it would make for great tinder if we were to dry out like Montana has.

        • Trump declared a state of emergency for selfish reasons, not humanitarian.
          He has huge investments in Palm Beach and those stand a chance of being destroyed.

    • Heard an analyst crowing how smart Drumpf is to put it on Congress’ plate. That way when they fail, he can ride in on the white horse…Only problem is…what would he be able to do that was more Constitutional that DACA? Methinks the analyst was a bootlicking fake news lackey.

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