Earth Day. April 22. I remember the first one, way back in 1970, when I was working for an environmental regulatory authority (my one stint working for the government). Now the celebration is held around the world (some 193 countries and growing).
Every single morning, the very last thing I do in the bathroom is grab my two inhalers. Shake them (1,2,3…all the way to 15). Exhale slowly, and then inhale slowly through my mouth (1,2,3,… up to 10), depress the button on 2 , and then exhaling through my nose. Repeat the process for the other inhaler.
So, I was driving home from a business trip and got caught in a snow squall. Which, except for a very brief flurry session (which left my trees covered in white- but the streets and sidewalks clean as a whistle), it had been the only snow I’ve seen this winter. (Our temperatures have actually been in the 60s and 70s- in February and now also in March!)
This fake news phenomenon (this is the third and final installment of our current discussion; here are one and two) is related to the majority of folks’ inability to deal with cognitive dissonance. The stress we feel when we are confronted with data that is (diametrically or less so) opposed to the strongly held beliefs and ideas that we harbor internally. As such, we are more willing to accept fake news that doesn’t confront our beliefs- even if we suspect the “facts” have been uttered by Kelly Ann Conway (as in “alternative facts”).