Fibber Wednesday

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To be perfectly honest, this seems to be a prime time for lies, mistruths and pants on fire. We have to navigate fake news constantly, while dodging conspiracy theorists, antivaxxers and misleading anti-abortion activists on social media. Last week, the Washington Post calculated that Donald Trump had told his 10,000th lie while in office. Theresa May, meanwhile, clearly didn’t believe former defence secretary Gavin Williamson’s protestations that he wasn’t responsible for the National Security Council leak, hence Williamson’s extreme step of swearing on his children’s lives that he wasn’t guilty.

And what about the rest of us? How many of our #livingmybestlife Instagram posts are, to put it charitably, putting a positive spin on things?

Are we living in an age where lies are acceptable? Robert Feldman, professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts and author of The Liar in Your Life, says he thinks we are. “I do feel that it’s become more acceptable to lie. Presidents – even ones you don’t like – are role models, and if you see someone with high prestige who constantly lies and gets away with it, as seems to be the case, it’s providing a model of what’s acceptable. I used to talk about Bill Clinton as the president who made lying acceptable and yet what happened was, he got away with it.”

Emine Saner @ THE GUARDIAN

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21 Responses to Fibber Wednesday

  1. Micki says:

    Seattle blocks ICE flights at Boeing Field

    Moe than one way to “try” to shut ’em down!

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  2. Micki says:

    Shall we just get it over with? Climate change may take awhile longer on the Doomsday Clock…perhaps John Bolton wants to beat the clock with another war.

    Gareth Porter is a noted independent investigative journalist and author of the book Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. He said today: “Donald Trump’s key advisers are looking for an excuse for an air attack on Iran, and they have now taken a big step closer to their publicly announced objective. Pompeo and Bolton both threatened war with Iran last September over a few mortar shells landing in the vicinity of … the U.S. Embassy and a consulate in Iraq, blaming Iran-backed militias that are fighting ISIS. Now they have broadened the rationale for war to include any attack on an ally’s interests — after consultations with the Israelis last month.” Earlier this year, Porter wrote the piece “The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran.”

    Paul Pillar was an analyst at the CIA for 28 years. He is now a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown. On Tuesday, LobeLog published his piece “Bolton’s War.”

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  3. Micki says:

    I just posted this comment at a NYT article pertaining to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign…TNYT comments section is “experiencing technical difficulties” so I have actually seen it there yet, though it’s been approved.

    IMO, poll numbers at this point are meaningless.

    Perhaps, with attention focused on the failings (real or imagined) of Joe Biden and others in the crowded Democratic field for the 2020 nomination, Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) will nail the nomination.

    Inslee has chosen climate change his signature issue. He’s convinced that voters will be persuaded by his work on climate change — in context with a laundry list of his progressive achievements.

    I think Inslee can beat the Democratic field (and Trump!). Inslee has a solidly liberal record, one that could conceivably attract voters on the left of the party. That part of the field is crowded, but none of them are solidly focused on climate change. One thing Inslee has going for him that others don’t is — he actually has a list of tangible accomplishments! How novel! He’s got executive bona fides. Washington State – in great measure because of Inslee’s policies — has a record of economic growth, based on progressive policies.

    Yes, basing a presidential campaign on climate change is a dicey gambit. But, it just may work! He’ll be the last one standing because the media are too busy finding fault with his competitors with the top poll numbers.

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  4. Den says:

    Being a liar has gained more credence of late. A vast number of people I meet lie their asses off for no apparent reason when the truth would serve them better. In my opinion the worst liars are politicians and car dealers with religious leaders coming in next.

    Funny part about us humans, we all know when we lie, it is a choice, like when getting pulled over for speeding by a cop we will lie our asses off to get out of a ticket, sometimes it works but not always.

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    • Micki says:

      Maybe some people are natural born liars? Maybe they don’t KNOW when they are lying?

      Or maybe telling the truth, for them, is giving up control?

      Or, as Al Gore’s book/presentation title, “An Inconvenient Truth” — habitual liars find the truth is “inconvenient” because it doesn’t conform to their narrative.

      Some people will lie ’til the cows come home, but they believe they are telling the truth. They have lost (if they ever had) their ability to distinguish fact from their fiction.

      When we were teenagers, one of my sister’s dated a boy that constantly lied — whoppers! Most of his lies seemed to be told to inflate his importance, his ego…it was so weird. HIs “stories” were so outrageous that any ordinary person could see right through his LIES.

      Very strange.

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      • Den says:

        There will be no lies told here on DWF or else severe retribution will commence upon your lying soul!
        So sez Den

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    Additive manufacturing is the latest industrial upset. Possibly a third of imports from Asia can be made less expensively here.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    US anti-vax poster child contracts chickenpox.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    Nuevo Vallarta closed indefinitely due to kitchen issues. So once again at the Pizza Hut.

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  8. Den says:

    Wanted: Boyfriend without reservations regarding personal quirks:

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  9. David B. Benson says:

    Another arson. That makes 3 in as many years.

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  10. David B. Benson says:

    Won’t always render. 😦

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  11. Carol says:

    So, what is the House going to do when their subpoenas are ignored? Nothing? Send the marshals to arrest people, toss them in the slammer? If from Trump on down they just continue to say no to everything, what can they do about it? How will they make Barr, or Trump etc. comply with orders?

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  12. David B. Benson says:

    Undigested comments.

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  13. David B. Benson says:

    Am I cut off here?

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