Too Venal for Words category archive
Arizona Congressperson Debbie Lesko takes a discriminating view. Here’s a snippet from the article by the Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts:
Today, it’s the remarkably compassionate Rep. Debbie Lesko, who apparently believes it’s just fine if undocumented workers want to pick the lettuce in her caesar salad and trim the bushes in her Glendale yard.
Just don’t put those “very good workers” in line to be vaccinated against a potentially fatal virus that has disproportionately attacked Latinos and other minority populations.
Looking at this and the previous post, one is tempted to conclude that cruelty and callousness are Republican Family Values.
After drawing a distinction between misinformation and disinformation, Aditi Subramaniam offers some reasons as to why we are susceptible to misinformation (think the clickbait headlines that Snopes is so fond of debunking) and some techniques for dealing with it.
She starts by telling a story of her own trip down the rabbit hole of a clickbait headline (follow the link below to see what she discovered about said headline and its tenuous connection to facts, as well as for some hints to help avoid falling down your own rabbit holes). Here’s a bit of her article.
The headline also illustrates the importance of wording in communication. In linguistics, the term “implicature” describes what a sentence is used to mean, or what it implies, rather than what it says literally. Scheming politicians, marketing professionals, lawyers, and even con men of various kinds use implicature and “weasel wording” to say something while meaning something else – allowing them to shirk responsibility for their words.
A federal judge considers the criteria for clemency from the current federal executive.
“It’s not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals,” senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview Monday.
Details at the link