February, 2019 archive
At Psychology Today Blogs, Stanton E. Samenow argues that there is no such thing as a “compulsive liar,” that is, someone who lies because he can’t help him- or herself. He suggests that what others may see as compulsion because it happens so frequently may, in fact, be convenience.
He cites an example (emphasis added):
A sixteen-year old was referred to me for evaluation and possible treatment. His parents had a number of problems with him. But most frustrating was his incessant lying. They wanted to believe their own son, as most parents do, but discovered they could not trust what he said. Then they started to doubt nearly everything he said. Knowing that people generally function on the basis of trust, this teenager took advantage of that awareness. He explained, “I lie because it’s so easy to do it and get away with it.”
Remind you of anyone in the news Follow the link for more.
The stupid. It burns.
At the confluence of Pokemon, prejudice, and stupid, some good news.
Will Bunch considers Michael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee and extracts the essence:
Follow the link for his reasoning.
I gather that Michael Cohen’s testimony was quite the show, but I did not watch. As I’ve mentioned before, “read about it tomorrow” is my M. O.
Nevertheless, I agree with Elie Mystal. There was nothing of substance in it that anyone who has been paying attention did not already know, though there were a few new details and documents, and, no, it’s not going to sway the Trumpettes and may not even penetrate their Fox News bubble.
Shaun Mullen watched and has the blow-by-blow.
In Psychology Today, Gordon Waldman takes a look a bit of research that might account for some persons’ susceptibility to falsehoods presented as news.
Signe comments on Amazon’s attempt to foist cashless stores on Philadelphia.
I see persons using cards and, these days, phones, for all sorts of tiny purchases, as tiny as a cup of coffee or a pack of gum.
I always wonder how the heck they keep track of them.
One of the nice things about living in a condo is that campaign signs are prohibited.
Shorter Nicholas Kristoff: The play’s the thing wherein to catch the conscience of the king.
Shaun Mullen brings us up to date.
I note that Shaun’s analyses have been quite en point so far. (Me, I stay out of the prediction business. Later: Hell, it’s all I can do to keep up with what’s already happened.)
David discusses the difference between “voter fraud,” a Republican con, and “election fraud, a Republican strategy.
He notes that Republicans greet the latter with the sound of silence. (Warning: Promo at the end.)