Friday, December 29, 2017, 8:00am

5TtRT: a Trump interview, media distrust, Tyler Haire, megadisasters & social media.

New Year's Eve

Well, 2018 is right around the corner. My celebrations will likely include watching a movie and maybe splitting a beer or something with Jim. Wooo! 🎉

2017 has been a year of extremes – terrible things done by the Trump administration and wonderful efforts put forth by the resistance. We’ve had some victories, and some losses. Celebrate the wins, shake off the defeats. Have fun this weekend. Party. Relax. We’re back to work on Tuesday, though.

5 Things to Read Today (12/29/17)

New York Times: Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The Times
“Yeah. Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion. And even these committees that have been set up. If you look at what’s going on — and in fact, what it’s done is, it’s really angered the base and made the base stronger. My base is stronger than it’s ever been. Great congressmen, in particular, some of the congressmen have been unbelievable in pointing out what a witch hunt the whole thing is. So, I think it’s been proven that there is no collusion.”

(The question was, “You’re O.K. with me recording, right?”)

Washington Post: Polls show Americans distrust the media. But talk to them, and it’s a very different story.
“By the end of my journey, I had interviewed 35 people and chatted with dozens of others. I found very little of what I feared most. And I discovered that some stereotypes about the way heartland Americans view the media don’t quite hold up.”

ProPublica: ‘What Are We Going to Do About Tyler?’
“‘It is therefore ordered and adjudged,’ [Judge] Gregory wrote on April 23, 2013, ‘that the defendant Tyler Douglas Haire be given a mental evaluation at the earliest possible date.’ Tyler’s evaluation would not happen for three and a half years.”

Vox: Megadisasters devastated America this year. They’re going to get worse.
“2017 is about to become the most expensive disaster year in US history, costing nearly $400 billion in damages. How did that happen?”

Washington Post: There’s still little evidence that Russia’s 2016 social media efforts did much of anything
“All of that, though, requires setting aside what we actually know about the Russian activity on Facebook and Twitter: It was often modest, heavily dissociated from the campaign itself and minute in the context of election social media efforts.”

(It’s been my experience that people tend to overestimate the impact of social media, but time will tell, I guess.)

Daily Cute: Even penguins get the rips.

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