New Year’s resolutions.

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We ought to have learned from the Judith Miller episode. Not only do governments lie, they won’t hesitate to burn news agencies. In a desperate moment, they’ll use any sucker they can find to get a point across.

I have no problem believing that Vladimir Putin tried to influence the American election. He’s gangster-spook-scum of the lowest order and capable of anything. And Donald Trump, too, was swine enough during the campaign to publicly hope the Russians would disclose Hillary Clinton’s emails. So a lot of this is very believable.

But we’ve been burned before in stories like this, to disastrous effect. Which makes it surprising we’re not trying harder to avoid getting fooled again. Matt Taibbi. Rolling Stone

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Billionaire hedge-fund manager Kenneth Griffin is putting his two newly purchased properties at Faena House in Miami Beach back on the market for a total of $73 million.

Mr. Griffin is listing the units separately. The penthouse, which encompasses the top floor of the building, will be listed for $55 million. It has five bedrooms and measures about 8,270 square feet. In addition to a roughly 2,700-square-foot roof deck with its own pool, the penthouse has a wraparound terrace measuring about 7,300 square feet.

The second unit, which is directly under the penthouse and encompasses half of the 15th floor, will be listed for $18 million. It has three bedrooms and measures about 4,240 square feet. The unit also has a terrace measuring about 2,720 square feet.

Mr. Griffin bought the properties in the fall of 2015 for a total of $60 million. He went into contract on the units in 2014, before the building was completed.

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Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker said that despite the fact Trump often makes “questionable” and “challengeable” statements, he’s instructed his staff to keep their social media postings straight laced in order to maintain the trust of the readers.

Asked by host Chuck Todd whether he’d be willing to call out a falsehood as a “lie” like some other news outlets have done, Baker demurred, saying it was up to the newspaper to just present the set of facts and let the reader determine how to classify a statement.

“I’d be careful about using the word, ‘lie.’ ‘Lie’ implies much more than just saying something that’s false. It implies a deliberate intent to mislead,” Baker said, noting that when Trump claimed “thousands” of Muslims were celebrating on rooftops in New Jersey on 9/11, the Journal investigated and reported that they found no evidence of a claim. Politico

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Bears/Vikings. #NoDAPL

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7 Replies to “New Year’s resolutions.”

  1. Fred there is so much going on that does not pass the smell test I don’t know what to make of it just that nothing that happens should suprise us.

  2. “We ought to have learned from the Judith Miller episode. Not only do governments lie, they won’t hesitate to burn news agencies. In a desperate moment, they’ll use any sucker they can find to get a point across.” WHY CAN’T PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THIS????

  3. In answer to the question, “Why can’t people understand this”? I think it’s because people haven’t learned to think and read critically. Funny, there was a group of us who were talking about this very question tonight!! Look at those who believed in every word of Hitler and they vowed they would follow him to the gates of hell…..and they did.
    Just look at how Trump manipulated people when he could say lies and they believed him…..look how he stretched the truth and they believed him….and remember how he was say something ridiculous and when someone would call him out, he’d say he was “kidding” or that he “really didn’t mean that”. He’s a very dangerous man!

  4. Locally, 2017 is the exit year for a landmark, third generation family business, that has been providing Chicago residents with some of the freshest, finest seafoods in town, for over 80 years. The business, Isaacson and Stein Fish Company, will very soon be moving to the suburbs. An insider tells me that it was a Rahm thing that ended up causing the move. The insider tells me that other area businesses have pulled up stakes and also have left town.

  5. As you said in an earlier post, ” I will be ready to resist again. I’m not too old for that.” And Sharon commented, “RESIST!”
    None of us are too young or too old for some New Year’s ReVolutions.
    Back to the ’60s in our 60’s.

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