“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Linky Friday: Truth and Lies
[Tr1] Telling the truth in reviews? This company wants to use blockchain tech to reward accurate reviews with tokens.
[Tr2] He probably got off easy, considering: Chinese Professor fired for telling the truth about the communist party in that country.
[Tr3] “Truth Isn’t Truth”: Giuliani’s dubious play on words was far from the first time the phrase has been used as a defense.
[Tr4] The true story of Paul Manafort’s now-infamous $15k ostrich jacket.
[Tr5] Can rap lyrics really be a “punishable true threat?” According to a new ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, yes.
[Tr6] I’m still in the skeptical category, but if blockchain is going to become more than just “too good to be true,” it will probably start small like this article suggests.
[Tr7] The true cost of the Afghan war, or at least this piece’s version of it.
[Tr8] “A materials scientist’s dream come true,” manipulating individual dislocations directly on the atomic scale.
[Tr9] Ukraine wasn’t just invaded, it’s also been the testbed for cyber warfare by the Russians, and we should pay attention to what they are practicing. The true story of Notpetya: a Russian cyberweapon that escaped and did $10B in worldwide damage
[Li1] Want to find some lies? Trying dating sites, especially dating apps, and you will find plenty.
[Li2] This might come up again in the next few weeks: ““The president has disgraced his office.… He has lied to his aides. He has lied to the American people,” Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a 1998 memo to his colleagues. “I’m strongly opposed to giving [him] any ‘break’…unless he either resigns or…issues a public apology.”
[Li3] About sums it up: “Venezuela’s latest economic wheeze: a currency backed by a cryptocurrency backed by petroleum. To put it bluntly: it’s a scam on top of another scam”
[Li4] Turns out those little lies in advertising actually hurt customer loyalty in the long run.
[Li5] The figure at the center of one the biggest frauds in modern science is still a mystery, even after his death.
[Li6] How the lying on CV’s breaks down differently between men and women.
[Li7] Fascinating interview with author Paul Willetts who wrote a book on the biggest fraud of the jazz age.
[Li8] At some point you would think people would learn not to lie about their credentials; Florida legislative candidate drops out after lying about college degree.
[Gr2] Using the terminology of “Autism spectrum” inherently means there is area’s we don’t fully understand, and as a parent those gaps can be terrifying.
[Gr3] The old crime of “peeping tom” has gone hi-tech with phones making voyeur and “upskirt” pictures and video far too easy. It happened to this woman, and she’s doing something about this gray area of the law.
[Gr4] This was new terminology; “Gray-sexual” as a type of asexual identification.
[Gr5] Speaking of sexuality and gray areas, how should seniors with dementia approach-and be treated-when it comes to them wanting physical intimacy?
[Gr6] This is from our Aussie friends but the question is universal in business: the grey area of employee or contractor?
[Gr7] Dockless electric scooters are everywhere in LA, and until now have worked in a gray area of the law, but very black and white “cease and desist” letters from the city might bring that to a halt.
[Gr8] The answer is no, but people will keep asking the question: “Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet’s Misinformation Problem?
[Co1] Reality Winner sentenced to 63 months as part of plea deal.
[Co2] President Trump and Stormy Daniels got the headlines from the Michael Cohen guilty plea, but it was this tidbit that brought the IRS’s and prosecutors attention: “Mr. Cohen’s troubles increased in May, when Evgeny “Gene” Freidman, a New York City taxi mogul who managed taxi medallions owned by Mr. Cohen and his relatives, pleaded guilty to state criminal tax fraud and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their probe of Mr. Cohen.”
[Co3] “”I wanted Paul Manafort to be innocent, but he wasn’t,” said Juror Paula Duncan, who kept her MAGA hat in her car, doesn’t like the Mueller investigation, found Manafort guilty anyway, and notably was not the holdout that caused the 10 counts to be declared a mistrial. “”It was so frustrating,” Duncan said. “She just couldn’t explain to us why she had reasonable doubt. We could provide her with the information but she wouldn’t change her votes.”
[Co4] Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife plead not guilty after being indicted, and were released on bail with this interesting note: “Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Halpern told the judge that while the government considers the allegations “to be extremely serious,” the pair have shown no signs of being a flight risk during the investigation. He said the couple also didn’t have any substantial assets and were “living paycheck to paycheck.”
[Co5] The Mollie Tibbetts murder has turned into a political fight, but the details of suspect –
Cristhian Bahena Rivera- approaching her, admitting to her being in his trunk, and leading investigators to her body are pretty damning. The largest question remains unanswered: why?
Por una Cabeza – Carlos Gardel (Tango, as seen in True Lies and Scent of a Women)