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In Game Theory, as in life, the golden rule doesn't apply to abusive relationships

or dictators: If you treat your abuser well, it only encourages them to keep abusing you.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma and the "Virtues" of Tit for Tat
What does research in game theory say about tit for tat vs. the golden rule?


https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evolution-the-self/201607/the-prisoner-s-dilemma-and-the-virtues-tit-tat

It's funny you say this, because I was just thinking,

if one of the perpetrators of the Holocaust got trapped inside a gas chamber by mistake and perished, I wouldn't feel any sympathy for him.

I'm leaning towards Trump having Covid, but I don't discount this idea entirely because

Trump's mindset is such that he is always looking for a way out of a jam, and he is currently losing badly.

But there's a lot of circumstantial evidence that this is for real. It is also not in character for Trump to show weakness, and for him, falling victim to COVID is hugely embarrassing.

Let's see if anyone in the Biden side of the debate audience contracts COVID. That would put an end to needless speculation.

I think we need to stop assuming Hope Hicks was the vector just because

she tested positive one day before Trump. Trump exhibited mild symptoms on Wednesday.

There's something missing from this story. What were the test results for Trump over the last 8 days? Did he get tested every day?

There are a lot of questions. (No I don't subscribe to the "Trump deliberately tried to infect Joe" theory, but he could have taken an absurdly dangerous risk, thinking he could get through the debate after a positive test).

"Mary Trump is trying to sell her book... She simply has her opinion."

It's sad to see Mary Trump's contribution marginalized and superficialized in this way. Of the twenty-odd books I've read about Trump and this administration, since its release it is the first one I recommend to people specifically interested in the "WHY" of Trump.

Yes, it's her opinion, but given her background in psychology and deeply personal proximity to this subject, it is worth a lot more than just anyone's opinion. It is also poignant and well written, and shorter, more affecting, less technical and less speculative than something like The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump or Dangerous Charisma or Steven Hassan's (excellent) The Cult of Trump.

Glad she did. David Cay Johnston does speak about this.

And these stories are from January if anyone wants to dig deeper:

Russian Government Bank Deposited $500 Million into Deutsche Bank Subsidiary as it Lent to Trump

https://forensicnews.net/2020/01/21/russian-government-bank-deposited-500-million-into-deutsche-bank-subsidiary-as-it-lent-to-trump/

Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten By Russian State-Owned Bank, Whistleblower Told FBI

https://forensicnews.net/2020/01/03/trump-deutsche-bank-loans-underwritten-by-russian-state-owned-bank-whistleblower-told-fbi/

I'm dying to know too.

Are these the Deutsche Bank loans underwritten by a Russian state bank (VTB Bank)??

Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten By Russian State-Owned Bank, Whistleblower Told FBI

https://forensicnews.net/2020/01/03/trump-deutsche-bank-loans-underwritten-by-russian-state-owned-bank-whistleblower-told-fbi/

From a month ago:

Don Jr. fears members of the Trump family will be prosecuted after father loses election: report
"He’s like, ‘We’re losing, dude, and we’re going to get really hurt when we lose'"


https://www.salon.com/2020/08/24/don-jr-fears-members-of-the-trump-family-will-be-prosecuted-after-father-loses-election-report_partner/

So interesting. Alexander (and Forbes) have estimated Trump's net worth

at $2.5 B, but it's unclear if that is a current or prior estimate. In "Disloyal", Michael Cohen estimates Trump's net worth at slightly under 2 B, but says Trump's net worth came under extreme stress in 2015/16/17, making it worth potentially less. Trump properties, Cohen claims, suffered heavy losses during that period.

Kicking. Excellent thread.

DUers have been passing around this article. I was only able to skim

it, and I'm not a lawyer, and I'm not positive it relates directly to your question, but it is indirectly about this issue. It seemed reassuring:

Supreme Court’s “faithless electors” decision validates case for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact


https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2020/07/14/supreme-courts-faithless-electors-decision-validates-case-for-the-national-popular-vote-interstate-compact/
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