View RSS Feed

Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Facts Versus Myths

    by , 12-14-2018 at 07:12 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Facts Versus Myths

    Once again today, I encountered someone who was unwilling to accept facts as facts and opined that facts were opinions, and that their "facts" were opinions. This is the kind of thinking that states as fact that someone turned water into wine, or some other absurdity was actually done. Such things also show up in politics, and I expect that ignorance of history together with a desire that certain things are the bases for culture lead people to decide to ...

    Updated 12-14-2018 at 08:41 PM by PeterL

    Categories
    Uncategorized
  2. Marketing Lies

    by , 06-30-2018 at 03:35 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Beyond fake news and other forms of lying we find marketing puffery:
    “The FTC stated in 1984 that puffery does not warrant enforcement action by the Commission. In its FTC Policy Statement on Deception, the Commission stated: "The Commission generally will not pursue cases involving obviously exaggerated or puffing representations, i.e., those that the ordinary consumers do not take seriously." e.g., "The Finest Fried Chicken in the World.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puffery ...
  3. Persistence of Lies

    by , 07-05-2017 at 02:26 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes.

    So who really did say it? Benham's Book of Quotations credits the line to Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), a celebrated English fundamentalist Baptist preacher and the author of "John Ploughman's Talk; or, Plain Advice for Plain People." His exact words were: "A lie travels round the world, while Truth is putting on her boots."
    http://www.nytimes.com/1996/06/02/we...the-twain.html ...

    Updated 07-07-2017 at 08:34 AM by PeterL

    Categories
    Uncategorized