Editor's note

It may feel like a new buzzword, but it was 13 years ago that US TV host Stephen Colbert coined the term “truthiness”. In the years since the word, which captures the slippery world inhabited by those unencumbered by facts, has become increasingly apt, or even inadequate.

As Julianne Schultz writes, the problems are not limited to the US. It is time, she argues, to turn up the level of civilisation.

And there are still a handful of tickets available for our end of year reader event in Melbourne on Wednesday. Come and join Michelle Grattan and Misha Ketchell In Conversation discussing the year in politics. Tickets are $20 and nearly sold out. We’re delighted to also be launching our annual Yearbook at the event.

Can’t make it Melbourne? We’re also running events in Perth, Canberra and Brisbane (sorry, rest of Australia – hopefully next year!), or you can buy a copy of the 2018 Yearbook here.

James Whitmore

Deputy Editor: Arts + Culture

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Donald and Melania Trump in Paris last week. According to the Washington Post, the president has made 6,420 false or misleading comments in 649 days. Ian Langsdon/EPA

Friday essay: turning up the level of civilisation

Julianne Schultz, Griffith University

US president Donald Trump's industrial scale deception has dangerous implications everywhere. What then, can we do to foster a more civilised society?

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  • Despite new findings, the jury is still out on whether omega-3 supplements reduce heart attacks

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    A new study has found one type of concentrated fish oil supplement reduces the risk of heart attacks and stroke among people with heart disease. But these findings apply to a certain group of people.

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