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By telling so many lies, & so many that are mean-spirited, Trump is violating some of the most

fundamental norms of human social interaction and deceny. Many of the rest of us, in turn, have abandoned a norm of our own - we no longer give Trump the benefit of the doubt that we usually give so readily. - Bella DePaulo

Excellent overlooked opinion piece from last month's (12/10/2018) Washington Post

I study liars. I’ve never seen one like President Trump.

The college students in our research told an average of two lies a day, and the community members told one. A more recent study of the lies 1,000 U. S. adults told in the previous 24 hours found that people told an average of 1.65 lies per day; the authors noted that 60 percent of the participants said they told no lies at all, while the top 5 percent of liars told nearly half of all the falsehoods in the study.

In Trump’s first 298 days in office, however, he made 1,628 false or misleading claims or flip-flops, by The Post’s tally. That’s about six per day, far higher than the average rate in our studies. And of course, reporters have access to only a subset of Trump’s false statements — the ones he makes publicly — so unless he never stretches the truth in private, his actual rate of lying is almost certainly higher.

That rate has been accelerating. Starting in early October, The Post’s tracking showed that Trump told a remarkable nine lies a day, outpacing even the biggest liars in our research.

But the flood of deceit isn’t the most surprising finding about Trump.

Much more at:

Conan O'Brien finds Dr. Ronny Jackson's tv ad


Without the Boy Scouts, Band-Aids might not have stuck around

Sales of Band-Aids were flagging until Johnson & Johnson made an ingenious marketing move.
In the 1920s, the company began distributing, for free, an unlimited supply of Band-Aids to Boy Scout troops across the country, according to this lesson from TED-Ed. Band-Aids also were included in the custom first-aid kits Johnson & Johnson produced for the Boy Scouts of America. The kits were designed to help Boy Scouts earn merit badges like First Aid. The original 1925 “Boy Scout First-Aid Packet” contained a triangular bandage for a sling, a compress and two safety pins. It came in a simple cardboard container.

In 1926, Johnson & Johnson and the BSA asked silent film cowboy Fred Thomson to show Scouts how to use the kits. He bandaged the leg of his horse, Silver King, for the demo. A few years later, Johnson & Johnson debuted an upgraded BSA first-aid kit in a tin box. Inside, Scouts found burn and antibiotic creams, first-aid instructions, and several kinds of bandages, including Band-Aids.

The collaboration with the BSA proved fruitful. Johnson & Johnson effectively made Band-Aids a default part of every Scout’s camping gear — a tradition that continues today in many packs, troops, ships and crews.

“This was the beginning of marketing to children and families that helped familiarize the public with the Johnson & Johnson name and their new product,” according to this article in Smithsonian magazine.

More at:


I demand to see his long-form girth certificate!

"He saw a dazed woman put out in the cold by a Baltimore hospital. He started filming."

The man hurried up the Baltimore sidewalk with a camera in his hand as four black-clad hospital security guards walked toward him, then past him. One of them was pushing an empty wheelchair.

“So wait, y’all just going to leave this lady out here with no clothes on?” said Imamu Baraka, referring to a dazed woman wearing only a thin hospital gown and socks whom they had left alone at a bus stop Tuesday night in mid-30s temperatures. Her face appeared bloody, her eyes empty.

It was the latest incident of “patient dumping,” which has sparked outrage around the country — and one that, according to an expert, probably violated a 1986 federal law that mandates hospitals release those in their care into a safe environment.

“This kind of behavior is, I think, both illegal and I’m sure immoral,” said Arthur L. Caplan, founding head of the division of medical ethics at the New York University School of Medicine. “You don’t just throw someone out into the street who is impaired and may have injuries. You try to get them to the best place possible, and that’s not the bench in front of the hospital.”

Whole Washington Post article and video here:


Got a good book on comics for Christmas

The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains by Jon Morris

Morris runs (ran) the website: Gone and Forgotten about obscure comic book characters. Now he's turned his work into two books. The aforementioned one and Regrettable Superheroes

Villains contains such characters as Brickbat, a batman-like bad guy with a green sport coat instead of a cape who used poisonous bricks to kill his enemies

and Bloor, the Dictator of Uranus!

Morris's blog: http://gone-and-forgotten.blogspot.com/

Only in America?

I love this headline: "Arpaio is a bad candidate with a bad message at a bad time"

From the Washington Post:


The last time Joe Arpaio ran for office, he was trounced.

This was 2016, when Arpaio was looking to be reelected as sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., after having served in that position for six four-year terms. During that tenure, he gained national fame for what might charitably be described as his tough stance on immigration. Less charitably, his efforts have been described as abusive and racist. After he was subject to a variety of investigations and lawsuits, voters in the county apparently reached their fill of Arpaio and sent him packing.

This is not the last time he was in the news, of course. After being ordered to curtail his department’s racial-profiling practices and refusing to do so, Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court. That conviction led to a pardon from longtime ally President Trump in August, setting the stage for an unexpected announcement from Arpaio on Tuesday: He’s going to run for Senate.

People run for the U.S. Senate for a lot of reasons. It keeps them in the news, if they’re into that sort of thing, which Arpaio is. It allows them to raise money, which, in turn, allows them to tour the state on someone else’s dime. It also can lead them to serving in the Senate. Those are listed in the descending order of what Arpaio is likely to get out of his bid.

I require more excerpts from Fire and Fury! Post them here!

C'mon, I know many of you are sitting around reading it. Let's have more excerpts! More! More!

Bill Maher 25 Things You Didnt Know About Me List for Melania Trump

1. In Slovenia, I was a catalog model, which is what you call a model you order out of the catalog.

2. I’m the only First Lady to ever wear sunglasses to a hurricane.

5. I spent two years in a vault at Deutsche Bank when Donald defaulted on a loan.

7. I hope I inspire little girls everywhere to marry for money.

10. I once played Scrabble against Eric and the final score was 3 to 2.

17. My Secret Service code name is “That Poor, Poor Woman.”

18. I copied this list from Michelle Obama.

25. If I could tell my younger self just one thing it would be this: if you catch a leprechaun and he gives you a wish, be more specific.

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