It seems that we keep coming back to the same issues, the same challenges and the same problems. Equity, dignity, respect, awareness, participation and worthiness to name a few. This week's list is an exploration of these themes. There's a dispatch from The Land of Seemingly Obvious Things, a reminder that our sense of self worth must be freed from our politics, that ignoring hate and allowing it to fester has consequences and that respect and equity, not more or harder bootstrap pulling, are the tools that carve a path to greater success.
Finally, there's a how-to on spotting fake news. If someone had told me on the first day I started at FactCheck.org 10 years ago that I would be sending this out to a readership in 2016, I'd have cried. But here we are.
Democracy will not be preserved by a ragtag team of journalists burning the midnight oil or a new executive editor at Facebook. It won't be saved by a group of protesters standing arm in arm in the street. It will be sustained by a populace that is curious but skeptical (not cynical) and willing to be informed and act on difficult facts rather than easy fictions.