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Professor Defines Modern Dictators
Shout Bits News ^ | 04/01/2010 | Shout Bits

Posted on 04/01/2010 6:43:23 AM PDT by Shout Bits

April 1, Birmingham, AL: A new software tool from the University of Alabama may help resolve the lingering confusion as to who is a dictator. Prof. Ted Snydman was inspired to develop his Automated Dictator Detector software (ADD) when he heard actor Sean Penn emphatically state that Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was not in fact a dictator.

“I had always thought of Chavez as a dictator, and I wondered how Mr. Penn came to his conclusions,” said the political science professor. “That is why I developed the ADD, to objectively determine who is a dictator.” . . .

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: chavez; penn

1 posted on 04/01/2010 6:43:24 AM PDT by Shout Bits
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Very humorous. Good stuff...


2 posted on 04/01/2010 6:48:28 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Shout Bits

That’s funny.


3 posted on 04/01/2010 6:48:38 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Shout Bits

“Among Dr. Snydman’s other favorite dictators, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi scored especially high. “Interestingly, Gaddafi scored even higher on the ADD scale when we set the software for a female subject,” the researcher added.”

I can think of another limp wristed effete tyrant who would score high as a female dictator.


4 posted on 04/01/2010 6:48:51 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (What is a slave, but someone robbed of his labor to sustain the idle?)
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To: Shout Bits

Clever and cute! Odd, though, about the glaring omission of Obama. I guess he’s too skinny to be a true dictator...


5 posted on 04/01/2010 6:51:04 AM PDT by TXBlair (Good luck to my Baylor Lady Bears!!)
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To: TXBlair
Re the "omission of Obama" --there MAY be the slightest whiff of suggestion in the last paragraph. See what you think...

Signs of leaders in danger of slipping into dictators include: an ideological bent that makes the leader think he knows better than the majority of his people, a sense that the leader can run private institutions better under government control, repeatedly referring to new laws and regulations as “gifts” to his people, and a tendency to paint his political enemies as violent threats to his party’s safety.

6 posted on 04/01/2010 6:58:59 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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Snydman is far too charitable. Nobody else would even notice that Sean Penn has an opinion—let alone give a hoot what it is.


7 posted on 04/01/2010 7:02:24 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Goneril and Regan are running the U.S., and they're doing their best to silence Cordelia.)
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