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Are We All Nuts? Nope, Just Some of Us

Are We All Nuts? Nope, Just Some of Us

According to an article in Quartz a new study performed by SMU ranked the 48 contiguous states by their level of psychopathy. (Click on the link for the list of states.) I’m happy to report that Texas is ranked as #19. It could have been worse. Connecticut is #1 followed by California. And West Virginia is 48!

According to Wikipedia psychopathy is defined by three distinct characteristics:

  • Boldness. Low fear including stress-tolerance, toleration of unfamiliarity and danger, and high self-confidence and social assertiveness. The PCL-R measures this relatively poorly and mainly through Facet 1 of Factor 1. Similar to PPI Fearless dominance. May correspond to differences in the amygdala and other neurological systems associated with fear.
  • Disinhibition. Poor impulse control including problems with planning and foresight, lacking affect and urge control, demand for immediate gratification, and poor behavioral restraints. Similar to PCL-R Factor 2 and PPI Impulsive antisociality. May correspond to impairments in frontal lobe systems that are involved in such control.
  • Meanness. Lacking empathy and close attachments with others, defiance of authority. The PCL-R in general is related to this but in particular some elements in Factor 1. Similar to PPI but also includes elements of subscales in Impulsive antisociality.

There’s a Wikihow article on how to identify a psychopath in case you’re wondering.

 

 

Was King Arthur Real?

Was King Arthur Real?

The story of King Arthur has fascinated people for centuries. I think it has everything, power, romance, magic, and tragedy.

Tintagel Castle has been associated with the legend of King Arthur, ever since Geoffrey of Monmouth helped popularize the myth of the king in his Historia Regnum Britanniae written in the 12th century.

Archaeologists recently discovered an inscription of Latin and Christian symbols at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, England. The discovery suggests that a royal court like King Arthur’s existed at that site.

From English Heritage:

Inscribed writing from the early Middle Ages rarely survives so this new discovery is particularly unusual. The 1300 year-old letters, words and symbols appear to be the work of someone practising writing a text. They indicate that this person was familiar with both the informal style of writing used for documents and the formal script used in the illuminated Gospel books of the period. This lends further weight to the theory that Tintagel was a royal site with a literate Christian culture, and a network of connections stretching from Atlantic Europe to the eastern Mediterranean.

What if King Arthur and his court really existed? Stranger things have happened.

A Reminder of Service

A Reminder of Service

I’m thinking that you might have seen this before, but I believe in what this young man is doing so much that I’m publicizing it on my site.

First of all, the Returning the Favor micro edition is on Mike Rowe’s Facebook page.

Here’s the link.

Thank You For Your Service

The Returning the Favor team heads down to Davidson, NC to thank Dan Berei, a U.S Army veteran who started Combat Flags, an operation inspired by Americas combat soldiers and the struggle they continue to endure.

Posted by Returning The Favor on Monday, January 29, 2018

He has just been selected as a 2018 recipient of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) USA’s Ten Outstanding Young Americans award.

Here’s his website: https://www.combatflags.com/collections/all-products

Some of the proceeds of each item go to the Stop Soldier Suicide organization.

(I’ve already ordered a Navy flag, but I really want a Combat flag. They go really fast.)