Sunday, September 17, 2017

Friends from Asbury Park, New Jersey have beaten Safety Pat, autistic savant, in debate chess.


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I'm a pretty good debater.


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I beat my Dad, a wealthy attorney, as a-ten-year old boy in a little debate once. I had a globe. I asked, "What's the biggest country in the world?"

He said, "Russia."

I said, "Nope."

He kept saying the same.

I said, "Wrong."

He said, "China?" (Then I had him doubting himself. Ha!)

He gave up. "What's the biggest country in the world?"

I said, "The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)," which is what that huge mass over Asia and Europe said on my spinning orb. This was the name of the Soviet Union.

Dad said, "Well, son, I was right after all. Russia is another name for the Soviet Union. They're the same."

Well now I realize I won that debate. The USSR encompassed many other lands in addition to Russia.

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Anyhow, today I play "debate chess" with neurotypicals and I tell them I'm a savant, Safety Pat the Proud Autistic Silly Whistleblower Clown.

I let them win, or else they do win often. I tell them they mated my king. I love the sport.















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