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Jason Morrison
Googler on the Search Quality Team and a bit of a geek.
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Today a learned what a "blue lie" is: a psychologist’s term for falsehoods, told on behalf of a group, that can actually strengthen the bonds among the members of that group.

Donald Trump tells lies. His deceptions and misleading statements are easy to unmask. In the latest example—after hundreds of well-documented lies—FBI director James Comey told Congress this week that there is “no information that supports” Trump’s claim that President Obama tapped his phone.

But Trump’s political path presents a paradox. Far from slowing his momentum, his deceit seemed only to strengthen his support through the primary and national election. Now, every time a lie is exposed, his support among Republicans doesn’t seem to waver very much. In the wake of the Comey revelations, his average approval rating held at 40 percent.

This has led many people to ask themselves: How does the former reality-TV star get away with it? How can he tell so many lies and still win support from many Americans?


If we see Trump’s lies not as failures of character but rather as weapons of war, then we can come to see why his supporters might see him as an effective leader. From this perspective, lying is a feature, not a bug, of Trump’s campaign and presidency.

h/t +Robert Cooper

At the Computer History Museum today, looking at an exhibit next to where a tour group was going through.
Tour guide: "... So about 4 billion people have text messaging. There's 6 billion people in the world, so that's 2 out of every 3 people on the planet."
Athena, to me: "Did he just say 6 billion people?"
Me: "I think so, I wasn't really listening."
Athena: "Isn't​ it 7 billion? There's 7 billion people in the world."
Me: "Yeah, that's right."
Athena: "Then why did he say 6 billion?"
Me: "I don't know, he just made a mistake."
Athena: "But how can he do that? How can he tell people the wrong information, IN A MUSEUM?"

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Athena drew a picture of herself in the future: lead singer for a pop band.

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Finn is rummaging around in the reusable shopping bags.
Me: "What are you doing buddy?"
Finn picks up a bag: "My captain."
Me: "Your captain?"
Finn: "Don't covet my captain, daddy."
Me: "Did you just say 'don't covet my captain'?"
Finn: "Don't covet my captain, daddy."

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Not looking forward to another housing crash and more rounds of bank bailouts. Here in California, things have recovered. In my home state of Ohio they still have not. 

Finn grabs a blanket and heads toward the couch.
Me: "Tired, buddy?"
Finn: "I have an appetite to lay down."

I'm using that phrase from now on.

Driving Finn to daycare yesterday, listening to the radio.
Finn: "What's this band?"
Me: "I don't know, buddy."
Finn: "Daddy, what's this band name?"
Me: "I don't know the name of this band, that's a good question."
Finn: "It's good question music?"
Me: "No, I'm not saying that's the name of the band, I'm saying that I don't know the name so that's a perfectly legitimate question."
Finn: "It's the good question band."

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Some people ask, "who watches the watchmen?". I ask, "who tows the tow truck?"

The answer is "another, bigger tow truck."
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