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Dealing with lies and liars

The best defense against known lies, empty rhetoric, and pure nonsense is to refuse to report it unless and until it is actually newsworthy. This president and his people  are maliciously taking advantage of media bias towards reporting tweets, statements from those in orbit of a POTUS, and 'both sides'.

I would suggest not acting as a megaphone for known BS is more important than these traditions. We all should pass BS artists by without remark, or dismiss them openly as blathering dastards whose words are not worth repeating.

Vox has just published a piece covering DJ Trump's tendency to use BS to "crowd out" the truth with multiple 'alternative' stories. I think they are right. But at this point, something more than reporting and analysing the BS needs to be done to address it.

Most journalists have an admirable penchant for refusing to report unconfirmed stories or things they know to be false. They should apply it to the Donald John Trump administration.


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-Calling a person a 'front runner' before votes are counted is just plain wrong.  Calling one a front-runner after some votes are counted is slightly misleading.  The race isn't about who the media thinks is ahead, and it is only indirectly about who gets the most votes.  What really matters is accruing the most delegates.  In the race for a major party's nomination for POTUS, the guy with the most delegates-who-will-actually-vote-for-him-at-their-national-convention is ahead. If no delegates have been awarded, there isn't really a front-runner, no matter what polls might say.

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Pointless Ruminations on the Absurd

The world around us is in no way required to conform to our expectations, beliefs, or desires. Rather, it is all but guaranteed to disappoint us, at least once or twice a lifetime. The loftier (or more deeply felt) our ideals, the more this may be true.

When we accept this incongruity and are keenly aware of it, but cannot change our thinking, absurdity steps in. The world no longer quite makes sense. It is untethered from rational or moral concerns, adrift in a bizarre joke told by no one.
Desire for normative order is often irrational and misplaced. Placing ethical constraints on amoral matters makes no sense. Yet these appear (sometimes, seemingly) inescapable conclusions. Hence the sensation of absurdity.

We can apply these incongruous demands to anything and anyone. But this is not a universal philosophy. It is a philosophy of the self, a diagnosis.

Well now.

I think I'm going to try to revive my online writing habits, outside of Facebook.

And what have I been thinking or feeling in the interim, across the last couple years or so? Well, I'm glad you asked.

In part, this.