Surrounding every conflict are rumors, innuendo, and error — and that’s not even considering deliberate disinformation along the lines of what we’re now seeing in the Ukraine conflict. Putin is a past master at this; leading up to the war were so many denials that it was going to happen, announcements of withdrawal, and so on that, for many of us, the waters were effectively muddied. And Zelensky himself is a consummate performer, a trained and experienced actor playing the greatest role of all time.
So what’s real, and what’s not? What’s worth worrying about and what’s worth forgetting? Above all: What’s about to happen?
Obviously there’s no government “Freedom To Breathe Agency”. It’s a private group out to sell cards, which unless you’re very lucky will not help you one bit. You would be ill-advised to rely on one of these to evade arrest.
But you didn’t need anyone to tell you that. You already knew it.
That’s why we’ll discuss other things, such as whether having a legitimate medical condition is enough to get you out of wearing a mask (more…)
Since their recent semi-acquisition by communications giant Univision, “The Onion” has begun putting out some surprisingly reasonable stuff in their Politics section. The present edition features a useful infographic entitled “How To Stay Politically Active After The Election”, and there’s another interesting piece on Justice Ginsburg’s plans for the winter break.
…OK; I admit it. My headline is a complete fabrication. I made it up. Much like The Onion did this.
This is how clickbait works: You see something that’s shocking; you say to yourself, “This can’t possibly be true!” And then you click on it, and someone makes money from their sponsors.
(News alert: I don’t actually have any sponsors. Too bad, too; I could use the money.) (more…)
The longer I spend talking to people about the upcoming presidential elections, the more I’m convinced that Mencken was right: The American people know what they want, and deserve to get it — good and hard. (more…)