Russia -- OK, not the actual Russian government but a private troll farm company located in Russia -- bought $100,000 worth of political ads on Facebook designed to change the outcome of the 2016 election. Except that only a small fraction of those ads were political. Also except that the small fraction was divvied up between pro-Hillary Clinton and pro-Donald Trump ads. And especially except that $100,000 in Facebook ads can't affect the outcome of a $6.8 billion election.
People born in the 1960s may be the last human beings who will get to live out their full actuarial life expectancies.
"Climate change now represents a near- to mid-term existential threat" to humanity, warns a recent policy paper by an Australian think tank. Civilization, scientists say, could collapse by 2050. Some people may survive. Not many.
How you respond to an attack defines you. Keep your cool, remain civil, and others will respect the way you handle yourself, even if they disagree with you. Lower yourself to your assailant's level and -- at best -- spectators will dismiss your dispute as a he-said-she-said between two jerks.
"In ten years or so, we'll leak the truth," the Dead Kennedys sang. "But by then it's only so much paper."
There ought to be a law.
America has lots of leftists. Forty percent of voters say that they would prefer to live in a socialist country than a capitalist one.
Nothing, leading Democrats say, matters more than beating Donald Trump. 2020, they argue, is the most important election of our lifetimes (OK, they always say that).
In 1991, demographers Neil Howe and William Strauss published their awkwardly titled tome "13th Gen," about Generation X -- the Americans born between 1961 and 1981. If Xers had paid attention, they would have committed suicide.
Earlier this year, Portuguese cartoonist António Moreira Antunes drew one of the most controversial political cartoons in history. His cartoon about U.S.-Israeli relations sparked so much controversy that The New York Times, whose international edition published it in April, decided to fire its two staff cartoonists, neither of whom had anything to do with it. Then the Times permanently banned all editorial cartooning.
The political left, center and right do share something in common in today's polarized America: We're all in denial.