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We are seeing the first detailed evidence of the tampering that went on during the 2016 campaign for U.S. President.  This is a whole new category of "nasty" that allows people without scruples to feed false information into the mix without any transparency.  In this article, the NY Times lays out a host of Facebook and Twitter advertising that was purchased (estimated at $100,000 in paid advertising) but sources were never  revealed - as you might expect.

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As it was published on 2/15
DonMc

From: http://jacksonville.com/editorials/2017-02-14/wednesday-s-editorial-ethi...

Posted February 14, 2017 06:21 pm
By
Times-Union editorial board

Wednesday’s editorial: An ethics refresher for city officials

Members of Jacksonville’s boards and commissions recently received an ethics refresher course from Carla Miller, the city...

cmiller

City Ethics was in its infancy stage in the early 2000's when I got a letter in the mail. (Yes, an actual handwritten letter.)   "Do you need any help with research?" asked Rob.  "Yes", was the immediate answer and the beginning of a wonderful partnership and friendship with Rob. His first project was the compilation of municipal ethics codes with the view towards synthesizing them into a Model Code.  Not too many people could confront doing such an enormous project, but...

Robert Wechsler
After ten years of blogging and book and model code writing, having completed my book on local lobbying oversight and accomplished my writing goals at City Ethics, I have decided to bring an end to my work on local government ethics in my role as Director of Research.

My greatest regrets are:

1. There appears to be no one to continue my work. No young person has shown...
Robert Wechsler
A front-page article in Monday's New York Times quotes Prayuth Chan-ocha, the general who currently rules Thailand, and who declared a net worth of $4 million (nearly half in cash) on an annual army salary of $40,000, as saying in a televised speech, "Do not judge people based on your perceptions."

This seems laughable but, unfortunately, it is not. Every day in the United States hundreds, if not thousands, of local government officials say that some situation only presents...

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