This is our cat as was in a photo taken this day 2008 with a new Canon DSLR. I think you can see she was as inscrutable, more likely tolerantly bored, as she’d ever been in the last fifteen years. Can you see in her face that she knew enough about deception to be able to catch unwary garden birds?
Facts taken out of context can be misleading. Spurious correlations can be misdirecting. Some argue that sometimes intentional deception is required in order to produce informative and valid research findings.
Here’s a deceptive map reading exercise for you today, cut and pasted from The Week:
USA Today notes that over a roughly seven-month period starting in mid-March – a week after Donald Trump declared a national emergency – America’s 614 billionaires ‘grew their net worth by a collective $931 billion’.
It’s pretty hard to fathom how so many profited so outrageously from pandemic. First thoughts I had were about moral turpitude, the violation of moral standards. The real question for America is could anyone have predicted that some 600 individuals could have gained nearly a trillion dollars in seven months during an unprecedented pandemic and economic catastrophe?
All I can add is that psychologists have been known to distinguish between deceptions by either commission or omission.
Catholic clergy call their lies mental reservations. Politicians have other phrases. Your challenge is to decide whether justice or truth should prevail.
Some might say that justice is becoming a tool of the rich, either by commission or omission. I hope humanity is better than that.
I hope you can enjoy wherever this journal took you.