Below, I've paraphrased pieces of a NY Times book review, a biography. As you read the bullet points below, start considering the person in the bio they're talking about:
* He's regarded by many as a self-obsessed "clown" with [an] "impulsive style."
* He's often described as an egomaniac who "only loves himself," a narcissist with a taste for self-dramatization.
* He has a "characteristic fondness for superlatives."
* His manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control, even his sanity.
* He's got a "keen eye for the strengths and weaknesses of other people” and an ability to “instantaneously analyze and exploit situations."
* He uses the latest technology to spread his message.
* A former colleague wrote that he "was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth."
* His writings have been described as a "swamp of lies, distortions, innuendoes, half-truths and real facts."
* He's an effective orator and actor, adept at assuming various masks and feeding off the energy of his audiences.
* He "adapts the content of his speeches to suit the tastes of his lower-middle-class, nationalist-conservative, ethnic-chauvinist and anti-Semitic listeners."
* He peppers his speeches with coarse phrases and put-downs of hecklers.
* He foments chaos by playing to crowds’ fears and resentments.
* He offers himself as the visionary leader who could restore law and order.
* He promises "to lead [his country] to a new era of national greatness,” though he's typically vague about his actual plans.
* He often harks back to a golden age for his country, "[painting] the present day in hues that are all the darker. Everywhere you looked now, there's only decline and decay."
* His repertoire of topics, is limited, and reading his speeches, "it seems amazing that he attracted larger and larger audiences" with "repeated mantra-like phrases" consisting largely of "accusations, vows of revenge and promises for the future."
* He virtually wrote the modern playbook on demagoguery, arguing that propaganda must appeal to the emotions — not the reasoning powers — of the crowd.
* He benefitted from a variety "of crises that he was able to exploit cleverly and unscrupulously." In addition to economic woes and unemployment, there's been an "erosion of the political center" and a growing resentment of the elites.
* The unwillingness of existing political parties to compromise had contributed to a perception of government dysfunction, and the belief of his supporters that the country needed "a man of iron" who could shake things up.
* His ascension has been aided and abetted by the naïveté of domestic adversaries who failed to appreciate his ruthlessness and tenacity, and by foreign statesmen who believed they could control his aggression.
* Some critics underestimate the man and his popularity, while others dismiss him as a celebrity, a repellent but fascinating "evening’s entertainment."
Know who they're talking about? Here's the book review so you can see if you're correct: http://nyti.ms/2d7K3o5
"A demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator."
-- Stephen Hawking, describing Donald Trump
"For a so-called genius, this was an epic fail. If Professor Hawking wants to do some damage, maybe he should try talking in English next time."
-- Corey Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager
"Trump bad man. Real bad man."
-- Stephen Hawking, later that day
(H/T to my boss at Google and http://www.newyorker.com/borowitz-report/stephen-hawking-angers-trump-supporters-with-baffling-array-of-long-words)
- Open SoftWare Company, Dartmouth, LLCOpen Software, Consulting, Real Estate Reporting, present
- Compass BankSVP, CIO
- American International GroupVP
- HoneywellSr. Marketing rep
- Birmingham Southern CollegeBusiness
- Salisbury School
Django | The Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines
Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.
Once Again, Its Sweden (Sweden!) Showing the Way | The Big Picture
Over these past few years of watching Banks collapse, get bailed out, and then falter again, I have had a consistent take on the matter: The
4 Major Secular Bear Markets, 1900-2011 | The Big Picture
Dow Jones Industrial Average 1900- present (log scale, monthly) Click for ginormous chart Source: Monthly Chart Portfolio, Merrill Lynch Mar
Elizabeth Warren Blasts Karl Rove-Linked Crossroads GPS Ad As 'Factually...
Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren struck back at former Bush White House senior adviser Karl Rove Thursday, after an ad by the
The Big Lie of the Financial Crisis | The Big Picture
> My Sunday Business Washington Post column is out. This morning, we look at The Big Lie and the Financial Crisis. The print and online v
How Search Works - The Story – Inside Search – Google
Search starts with the web. It's made up of over 30 trillion individual pages and it's constantly growing. Google navigates the web by crawl
Storing SURF,SIFT, ORB keypoints using OpenCV in Python – Blog – isotope...
I was playing with some image recognition techniques in python / OpenCV the other day and couldn't really find an easy way to store and retr
Networked Society ‘On the Brink’ | The Big Picture
In On The Brink we discuss the past, present and future of connectivity with a mix of people including David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK