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Brian Barcus
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In the near total absence of responsible journalism the market for fake news thrives.
The other effect, besides making it difficult to distinguish "fake news" from the notionally real, is that the media have taught us to assume that media-reported racist and anti-Islamic hate crimes are usually hoaxes for political gain.



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I am amazed we haven't seen this sort of class action lawsuit long before now. It may be the only way to make corporations take security seriously.

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While cleaning up after dinner it occurred to me that there are lots of people who've skipped a family meal to protest our constitutional transfer of power from one chief executive to another. Rather than appreciate the miracle of two centuries of government controlled by the governed they want to subvert the system that has made us one of the most envied nations in the history of humanity. They show no faith in the Constitution that provides checks and balances to limit the power of any individual. Our next president may, or may not be a worthy leader. I hope he does rise to the challenge but if he doesn't, we have many procedures to limit his ability to do lasting harm.

Protest all you want just so long as it is peaceful. Be ready to watch for bad decisions and use your votes to counteract them if necessary. But until such a time comes, celebrate what we have and recognize the resilience of our system of government to survive and be mostly good. If the horrors those protestors predict come to pass, be glad we have an armed citizenry who can stand as the last line of defense against the worst outcome. But be realistic, the odds of that being necessary are extremely low. A year from now you are most likely to see a mix of good and bad decisions that will both be heavily tempered by the real power of the entrenched bureaucracy.

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