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One thing that keeps coming up in contemporary American polling data is how, once race is taken into account, the correlation between age and partisan affiliation is either non-existent or even the inverse of what has tended to be the case over the last several decades. From the enormous–albeit not scientifically collected– survey database, two-way partisan affiliation among non-Hispanic whites by age and by sex:

The gender gap is becoming a chasm.

Whether the inversion of the relationship between age and partisan affiliation benefits Republicans or Democrats more is difficult to tell. Not surprisingly in light of this shift, Democrats have now become the party of big corporate money (or at least the senior partner in the Uniparty), consistently and significantly out-raising Republicans (see 2008, 2012, and 2016) for more than a decade now.

On the other hand, though it’s more difficult to quantify, the creative energy–especially the subversive counterculture energy–is increasingly coming from the right.

Someone like Andrew Yang could reverse this trend–a trend that president Trump retarded after candidate Trump accelerated it–but it’s hard to see the senescent former senator from Delaware doing so.

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[edit: The original graphic has been replaced with the one below on account of my error in initially using “anti-gay” instead of “homophobia”. Thanks to German_Reader for the correction.]

The number of articles in The New York Times over the last decade containing at least one instance of selected phrases with an anti- prefix:

A couple of technical notes: In many cases, eloquent variation on the part of the writers means that adding synonyms together to get a total figure would have resulted in inflated figures due to a lot of double-counting. To avoid this, I used the variant that returned the highest number of articles for each term (ie “anti-Semitic” returned more articles than “anti-Jewish”, “misogyny” more than “anti-woman” or “anti-female”, “anti-male” more than “misandry”, etc). Searches are not case sensitive, either–that’s a little OCD poking through on my part.

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One oft-ignored aspect on the abortion front of the culture war is how the culturally dominant pro-choice position is driven primarily by white leftists. The sentiments of black and Hispanic Democrats are closer to those of white independents and even white Republicans (29.3% support, combined with independents in the graph below) than they are to white Democrats even while it is often asserted by those white leftists that poor non-whites will suffer the most from restrictions on abortion. It’s almost as though those white Democrats don’t want the kind of people living in Alabama who would have to come to another state to get an abortion coming to that other state, especially if that other state is the state they live in:

Abortion is an issue that, after surveying all the other contours of the two-dimensional American political spectrum, a space alien would expect to be opposed by the leftists and supported by conservatives. The former tend to favor a perpetual increase in the number of beings entitled to the protections insinuated by an elementary understanding of the concept of human rights. Scientific advances have made more pregnancies viable, at an earlier point in those pregnancies, than ever before. A child conceived through rape or incest is still a child, one whose disadvantages begin at negative nine months of age and so one who the space alien would presume to be entitled to special protections above and beyond those accorded to others.

Having articulated as much, it should come as little surprise that I expect the right to gain ground on the issue in the future. The embrace of abortion is a holdover from the progressivism of a century ago–the progressivism that, abortion excepted, horrifies today’s progressives even more than it does today’s conservatives. It is out of step with the contemporary moral paradigm propelling the marginalized, people of color ascendancy.

For the white left to embrace things like embryo selection and eventually fetal genetic engineering while simultaneously trying to maintain that it is systemic oppression rather than genetics that explains disparities in life outcomes will be, to put it mildly, tricky.

Parenthetically, it is funny that despite the vitriol directed towards white men in Alabama, white men are modestly more pro-choice (45.7%) than white women (44.0%), Hispanic men (36.4%), Hispanic women (31.1%), black men (40.6%), and black women (41.8%) are.

GSS variables used: ABANY, RACECEN1(1)(2)(4-10), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), SEX, YEAR(2000-2018), PARTYID(0-1)(2-7)

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There is some evidence that support for Trump appears to be stronger among younger blacks than among older ones. To the extent that is true, though, it does not appear to be carrying over to the GOP more broadly. From, self-identified partisan affiliation among American blacks, by age, in a two-option format (Republican or Democrat):

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[edit: The first comment made by a specific handle will have to be manually approved. I’m in the process of setting up regular commenters with the auto-approval funciton. If I missed you, please leave a comment and I’ll get you added in.

For the purposes of these comment sections, dehumanizing language is anything that refers to a broad group of humans as something other than human based on immutable characteristics of said group (ie “vermin”, “parasites”, etc). Describing particular actions as parasitical is fine so long as accompanying evidence is presented, but blanket absolute statements that are obviously untrue (ie “all members of group X are parasitical”) is not. The intention is for these comment sections to be thought-provoking and idea-generating. There are other places on the internet that are cathartic for those who find spewing vulgarity to be cathartic, but this is not such a place.]

I’ve instituted comment moderation. Known commenters who don’t violate the forum rules–no personal identifying information, no dehumanizing language, no racial slurs, no spamming–will be set up for auto-approval. Violations will result in loss of auto-approval status. Anonymous comments will always require manual approval prior to being displayed, so use a handle!

I’m playing around with the programming on the backend so please be patient as this rank amateur works it out.

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Utilizing the database once again, the percentages of self-selected participants who politically identify as Libertarians, by state:

State %Libertarian
1) Georgia 8.9
2) Alabama 8.1
3) Mississippi 7.6
4) Louisiana 7.6
5) Nevada 7.2
6) New Hampshire 7.2
7) Tennessee 7.1
8) Texas 7.0
9) Arkansas 7.0
10) Oklahoma 6.9
11) South Carolina 6.7
12) Indiana 6.6
13) Ohio 6.5
14) Idaho 6.5
15) Kansas 6.5
16) Arizona 6.3
17) Alaska 6.3
18) Florida 6.3
19) Virginia 6.3
20) Kentucky 6.2
21) Colorado 6.2
22) North Carolina 6.2
23) Missouri 6.0
24) Hawaii 5.9
25) Wyoming 5.8
26) Montana 5.8
27) New Mexico 5.8
28) Illinois 5.8
29) Pennsylvania 5.8
30) Michigan 5.7
31) Maryland 5.7
32) Minnesota 5.7
33) Utah 5.7
34) California 5.5
35) North Dakota 5.5
36) Rhode Island 5.5
37) New Jersey 5.4
38) Washington 5.4
39) Nebraska 5.3
40) Connecticut 5.3
41) West Virginia 5.3
42) Iowa 5.3
43) Wisconsin 5.2
44) Maine 5.2
45) Delaware 5.1
46) South Dakota 5.1
47) New York 4.9
48) Vermont 4.7
49) Massachusetts 4.7
50) Oregon 4.5
51) District of Columbia 2.9

The Mises Institute, at the eastern end of Alabama near the Georgia border, looks to be the American epicenter. More generally, the South is the region of the country where identification is strongest. I find this a little surprising given the heavy military presence in the region, the relatively low percentage of non-Hispanic whites in southern states, and the general impression that big-L Libertarianism is increasingly becoming low-tax progressivism, more Bill Weld and less Hans Hermann Hoppe.

On the other hand, Libertarianism is the only political philosophy that treats the idea of political dissolution seriously, something that has had a historically strong appeal in the South from the mid-19th century onward.

Note that the database shows 6.8% of Americans identifying as Libertarian at the national level. That’s about double the amount of support the party gets in actual presidential elections. Some of this discrepancy is due to the poll’s self-selection bias–white men are more likely than other groups to take surveys like this and also more likely than other groups to be Libertarian–and some of it is probably due to “this election being the most important election EVER so I must go for the lesser of two evils and vote for [Republican]/[Democrat] this time!”

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Tapping the database again, the following graph shows two-way partisan affiliation among those in the US under the age of 18, by race and by sex:

The smallest sample comes from American Indians, but even it is a respectable 902. Quantity isn’t a problem. As mentioned previously, though, quality could be.

The gender gap is huge. Minor males split 61.6%-38.4% for the GOP while minor females split an almost mirror 39.6%-60.4% for Democrats. Whites and males, and especially white males, are overrepresented in the survey results (recall the respondent pool is self-selected and self-identified), so while at first blush this may appear to suggest that the generational cohort is evenly split along partisan lines, the real result is something more like Republican support in the low forties and Democrat support in the high fifties, something like 43%-57% in the Democrats’ favor.

The survey has three distinct categories for “Asian”, “Indian”, and “American Indian”. Epicanthic eyefolds, dots, and feathers, I respectively–and respectfully!–assume. To avoid the confusion of using the word “Indian” for two different racial categories in the graph, “subcontinental” is used instead.

Among adults in the database, the stronger Democrat skew among South Asians than among East Asians is present as well, very similar to the results presented above for those under the age of 18. East Asians break about 2-to-1 Democrat while South Asians do so at a rate of 4-to-1.

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Presenting the subsequent data feels like the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s survey results all over again. Recall that the massive nationwide survey of high school students showed Donald Trump cleaning Hillary Clinton’s clock among Gen Zers.

Maybe minors just ape their parents and then discover themselves in their twenties. Or American colleges and universities really are effective at molding their formerly patriarchal, privilege-dripping charges into heavily indebted, good little cultural Marxists by the time they graduate or drop out.

On that account it is worth noting that in the survey, white males under the age of 18 are significantly more Republican than white males aged 18-29 are (67% to 53% in a two-way split, respectively). I’ll evaluate other demographic angles in the near future but this initial comparison suggests the strong Republican lean among teenagers isn’t merely due to the site’s potentially conservative bent. That said, the survey results were not scientifically collected. The site relies on self-selection and volunteered self-identification. The samples are huge, though, so it’s worth a gander.

The following graph and table show the two-way partisan distribution among white males under the age of 18, by state:

State GOP%
1) North Dakota 82.4
2) Georgia 76.8
3) Utah 76.3
4) Alabama 76.0
5) Louisiana 75.9
6) South Carolina 75.7
7) Oklahoma 75.1
8) Texas 74.9
9) Mississippi 73.9
10) Arkansas 73.6
11) Florida 71.9
12) Arizona 71.4
13) Wyoming 71.4
14) Nevada 69.3
15) Missouri 69.1
16) Kansas 69.0
17) Iowa 68.9
18) South Dakota 68.5
19) Ohio 68.5
20) North Carolina 68.2
21) Indiana 68.2
22) Kentucky 68.0
23) West Virginia 67.8
24) Tennessee 67.4
25) Idaho 67.3
26) Pennsylvania 66.7
27) Delaware 667
28) Michigan 66.5
29) Illinois 66.3
30) Virginia 66.3
31) New Jersey 66.2
32) Nebraska 65.5
33) Montana 65.4
34) New Hampshire 64.9
35) Wisconsin 64.9
36) Maine 63.3
37) Minnesota 62.9
38) Colorado 62.6
39) Maryland 62.3
40) California 61.8
41) New Mexico 61.6
42) New York 61.5
43) Connecticut 60.9
44) Oregon 59.7
45) Hawaii 59.4
46) Massachusetts 58.5
47) Alaska 58.3
48) Washington 57.6
49) Rhode Island 55.0
50) Vermont 53.5
51) District of Columbia 27.8

The results resemble the outcome of the actual 2016 presidential election, albeit shifted 20 points in the GOP’s favor. Republican support is strongest in the South, relatively middling in the Midwest, and weakest in the Northeast and on the West Coast.

And who says there is no future for white men in the modern Democrat party? Hello, has no one ever heard of the nation’s capital?!

My thanks to commenter Oblivionrecurs for the heads up.

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[Edit: There was initially an error in the data showing the white-black difference in perceived net harmony on account of my sloppiness. I sincerely apologize for the error and have corrected it. Thanks to FKA Max for catching it.]

The graph below was created using data from a recent Pew Research report entitled Race in America 2019. Pew asked respondents how each of the four largest Census-designated demographic groups in the US are perceived to get along with members of each of the others.

‘Net harmony’ is calculated by taking the percentage of respondents who say the two groups in question get along either “very well” or “pretty well” and subtracting from it the percentages who say the two groups in question get along “not too well” or “not well at all”. The graph shows the magnitude of differences in perceived net harmony for each demographic pairing. The group listed at the top of the bar (and colored on the left half of it) is the group of the two under consideration that expresses a higher level of perceived net harmony while the group listed at the bottom of the bar (and colored along the right half of it) along the x-axis is the group that expresses lower perceived net harmony. Thus the first bar shows that whites perceive relations between whites and blacks to be much better than blacks perceive relations between whites and black to be, etc:


Positive Diff Negative
White 32 Black
White 32 Hispanic
Black 28 Hispanic
Black 20 Asian
White 12 Asian
Hispanic 6 Asian

For all three pairings whites are involved in, whites show up at the top of the bars. In other words, whites perceive intergroup relations between themselves and others to be better than said others do across the board. The opposite is the case for Asians, who perceive intergroup relations between themselves and others to be worse than said others do. Everyone loves Asians and loves to hate whites!

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The following graph was created using data from a recent Pew Research report entitled Race in America 2019. Pew asked respondents how each of the four largest Census-designated demographic groups in the US are perceived to get along with members of each of the others.

‘Net harmony’ is calculated by taking the percentage of respondents who say the two groups in question get along either “very well” or “pretty well” and subtracting from it the percentages who say the two groups in question get along “not too well” or “not well at all”. The first three bars show how white respondents feel whites get along with blacks, whites get along with Hispanics, and whites get along with Asians, respectively. The next set of three bars show how black respondents feel blacks get along with whites, Hispanics, and Asians, etc:

The glass-half-full interpretation is that, corporate media and lunatics on social media aside, most people think their own group gets along relatively well with other groups. The only exception to net positive perceived intergroup harmony is in the way blacks view the state of their relationship with whites.

Though blacks express perceived disharmony in their relationship with whites, they think relations are good with Asians and great with Hispanics. Yet again we see no evidence for the faux idea that blacks and Hispanics are at each other’s throats. Blacks are more opposed to immigration restrictionism than any other groups–including Jews and Hispanics–are.

Whites think relations between themselves and members of each other group are better than members of each of those other groups think their relations with whites are. Hajnal hope springs eternal.

Taking respondents from both sides into account, the perceived relationship between whites and Asians is by far the strongest of all the group-to-group pairings. The relationship between whites and blacks, in contrast, is weakest. Arctic alliance, perhaps. Old stock American alliance, though? It looks about as unlikely now as it has at any (every?) other point in the nation’s history.

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Steve Sailer reviewing David Frye’s book Walls:

Frye retells the history of the world up through 1453 as a conflict between the barbaric warriors of the wasteland and the civilized wall-builders:

How important have walls been in the history of civilization? Few civilized peoples have ever lived outside them.

I wondered if that deep historical understanding might manage to manifest itself in contemporary popular nerd culture.

It does. There are five colors in the M:TG universe. The colors’ predominate attributes and the antithesis of those attributes pithily characterized (heading clockwise from noon; white, blue, black, red, green):

The number of creature cards printed since the game’s inception with the “defender” ability–that is, in the vernacular, the distribution of walls–by color:

This distribution corresponds quite well to the game’s civilization-to-barbarism spectrum. White and blue are civilizational colors, red and black barbaric ones, with green somewhere in between (though elves excepted green is modestly closer to barbarism than civilization). Enthusiasts will quibble about whether white or blue should be furthest towards the civilizational end and about whether red or black should be furthest towards the barbaric end, but directionally the relationship between walls and civilization is clear in both the real world and in the world of planeswalkers.

A description of the white/blue guild:

With the Azorius, you have the law on your side. The proud armada of white and blue fliers contained in the “Azorius Ascendant” deck will soar over the battlefield right into your opponent’s face. Meanwhile, your opponent’s attackers will be bogged down in your defensive web. Winning should be a mere formality.

And a description of the red/black guild:

The Cult of Rakdos is the most dangerous and reckless guild in all of Ravnica. With the “Rakdos Bloodsport” deck, you’ll need to adopt some of that mentality yourself. The guild’s mechanic—hellbent—rewards you for having no cards in your hand, a behavior that makes “careful” players cringe. But you must trust in the minions of Rakdos, throwing caution to the wind!

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The following map and table show the number of articles in The New York Times mentioning each of the fifty states and Washington, D.C., per 10,000 people in population, over the last decade:

State Mentions
Vermont 133.1
Alaska 104.0
New York 103.6
Washington, D.C. 76.9
Maine 65.3
New Hampshire 65.2
Delaware 63.1
Wyoming 57.1
Montana 53.4
Connecticut 51.3
Iowa 48.7
Hawaii 48.4
Kansas 46.8
North Dakota 45.3
Rhode Island 42.9
New Jersey 35.6
Utah 31.6
Massachusetts 31.6
Nevada 30.9
West Virginia 30.8
Mississippi 29.6
Kentucky 29.3
South Dakota 28.7
Minnesota 27.2
Colorado 26.5
Arizona 26.4
New Mexico 25.9
Virginia 25.8
Oklahoma 25.6
Nebraska 24.8
Idaho 23.3
South Carolina 22.8
Oregon 22.2
Wisconsin 22.1
Alabama 21.9
Louisiana 20.9
Arkansas 20.8
Ohio 20.1
Michigan 19.3
Maryland 18.9
Florida 17.3
California 16.6
Pennsylvania 16.5
Indiana 16.4
Tennessee 16.2
Georgia 14.4
Washington 14.1
Texas 13.8
North Carolina 13.6
Missouri 12.8
Illinois 9.9

This approach is approximate. There are false positives (ie, an article mentioning the USS Arizona that has nothing to do with the southwestern state) and false negatives (ie, the paper misspelling a state). New York and Washington were particularly tricky. From “New York” I backed out all returns for “New York Times” and “New Yorker” strings. For Washington, I searched for “Washington” and “[City]”, where “[City]” consisted of the twenty most populous cities in the state. For the imperial capital, I used “Washington, D.C.” instead of “District of Columbia”, as the former returned more results. For “Virginia”, I backed out returns for “West Virginia”, an approach that removes articles mentioning both states from Virginia’s total count. Despite an unearned bonus from articles about the country bordering the Black Sea, the American southern state still comes in near the bottom of the list.

A couple of broad trends stand out. The first is an expected regional bias, with the northeast overrepresented. The other is that states with smaller populations loom relatively larger. The correlation between a state’s total population and its per capita mentions is an inverse .30. This appears to largely be on account of political articles, especially those discussing national results, mentioning several or even all fifty states in them. This ‘benefits’ sparsely populated states like Alaska and ‘harms’ populous states like California.

I plan on doing a global version of the same soon. It shouldn’t suffer from the same problem of electoral skew.

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The “far-right” has received four times as much attention from The New York Times as the “far-left” has since the beginning of 2010:

Strange given that–according to the conventional two-dimensional political spectrum–the left has moved further left than the political right has moved right over the last few decades:

It’s a real head scratcher!

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From the beginning of 2010 through the end of April of 2019, the number of articles in The New York Times containing at least one mention of countries deemed subjectively among the world’s most important by this writer:

France topping the charts is a bit surprising. The arts, maybe? [edit: Britain comes out on top–I’d initially naively tried “Great Britain” and “United Kingdom” and found both to have fewer returns than “England” and so used the latter for the place before realizing the retrospectively obvious. The graph and table have been updated accordingly]. Israel arguably gets some amount of ‘undue’ coverage given its size and location, but it’s not nearly as predominant as “ZOG“-types probably assume to be the case. Saudi Arabia seems to get too little. Given that Mexico and Canada border the US, they might be expected to merit more ink than they do. Overall, though, the distribution looks pretty reasonable.

Country Mentions
Britain 75,486
France 73,877
China 67,241
Germany 52,703
Russia 49,441
Italy 40,573
Japan 38,272
Mexico 34,674
Spain 31,857
Canada 29,822
Israel 26,890
Australia 25,826
India 25,350
Iraq 23,113
Syria 21,960
South Africa 21,418
Afghanistan 20,975
Iran 20,601
Turkey 18,303
Brazil 16,958
Egypt 14,512
North Korea 12,018
Sweden 11,674
Cuba 10,307
Libya 8,598
Saudi Arabia 8,580
Austria 7,205
Hungary 5,341
Venezuela 5,005
Turkmenistan 232
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Views on the desired legality of pornography in the US, from 2010-2018 for contemporary relevance:

Hardcore pornography is a couple of clicks away for anyone with internet access despite just 4% of the public thinking it should not be subject to legal restriction. Almost one-third of the population believes it should be outlawed completely while nearly two-thirds think it should be inaccessible to those under the age of 18.

It is interesting to contrast this with racist speech, something a majority of people (59%) believe should not be subject to legal restrictions.

While nearly everyone thinks pornography should at least be illegal for minors, the idea that this will ever translate into actual law is laughable. Putatively racist speech, on the other hand–well, our philosopher-kings know phrases like “it’s okay” are most certainly not okay. Eighteen year-olds from broken homes having all orifices penetrated simultaneously? What harm could that do to anyone?

GSS variables used: PORNLAW, RACECEN1(1)(2)(3)(4-10), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), RELIG(3)(9), SPKRAC

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Oblivionrecurs shares results from some GSS items asking respondents if blacks in the US should be able to overcome prejudice without any special favors as Irish, Italian, Jewish, and other groups have. But those shared appear to be incorrect, substantially understating agreement with the sentiment across all partisan affiliations. The exact parameters aren’t listed in the graphics presented–if he could kindly provide a source link in the comments it would be appreciated–but I see no way to slice and dice things up to come back with anything close to what is shown.

The following graph depicts the percentages of non-Hispanic whites, by partisan affiliation, who agree that blacks should overcome prejudice without any special favors just as other groups putatively have. The balance either disagree or have no opinion, so this method is understating the percentages who would agree if forced to give a binary response:

We are collectively less confident than we were a generation ago that blacks will be able to “overcome prejudice without any special favors”. East Asia must be snickering at the Occident’s messianic diversity. Many blacks have been in the US longer than the US has been an independent country and yet we not only continue to assert but do so with increasing conviction that blacks need special favors because non-blacks are so debilitatingly prejudicial against them. How can this be called a strength, as we are consistently assured diversity is?

Still, ever more Americans appear to be in favor of adding more diversity through immigration. The following graphs show the percentages of respondents, by race and by year, who have said immigration should either be increased or be reduced. The balances not shown answered that immigration levels should remain the same. Among whites:


The collapse in support for immigration restriction among blacks comes as little surprise to me as I’ve been looking closely at polling on the subject over the last several years, but it is a result that consistently surprises a lot of boomercons. In the heady days of 2015 and early 2016, many Trump supporters hoped a multiracial coalition of old stock Americans–white, black, American Indian, Hispanics with deep roots in Texas and the Southwest–could be mobilized in favor of severely curtailing immigration so the US could avoid the problems the influx of settlers into Europe was causing on the old continent. That obviously did not happen.


It is probably going to take a severe economic downturn (and accompanying currency crisis) to push public sentiment back towards restrictionism. Said downturn and crisis will simultaneously reduce the appeal of the US as a destination for the third-world. So by the time the will to resist manifests itself, it will no longer be of any use.

GSS variables used: RACECEN1(1)(2), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), YEAR, WRKWAYUP(1-2), LETIN1A(1-2)(4-5), PARTYID(0-1)(2-4)(5-6)

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Dissidents warn of an impending Orwellian dystopia, but for those not so impertinent as to conspicuously challenge the prevailing order, Huxley was probably closer to the mark. From Reuters-Ipsos polling, perceptions of some of the largest social media companies in the US (favorable/unfavorable ratings each combine “leans towards”, “somewhat”, and “very”):

Even Twitter, the most contentious of the platforms–the one that provides a direct window into the uninhibited ids of hundreds of millions–is mostly viewed favorably.

The initial intention was to break responses out demographically, but favorable sentiment so utterly dominates across categories that doing so doesn’t provide much insight.

Little wonder Google–or was it Amazon? I forget, maybe it was both–didn’t even bother sending a senior executive to partake in dog and pony show in front of Congress. The public loves the tech oligarchy. Congress on the other hand? Not so much.

As libertarians are fond of reminding us, the tech giants are private companies that provide cheap services for. Nothing wrong with voluntarist overlords, after all. So sit back and enjoy!

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Liberating or objectifying? The answer depends more on sex than on politics (or, overly generously, on constitutional interpretation). That’s probably one reason it doesn’t get talked about often in a political context:

My recommendation: Cut out the cranking. Irrespective of your particular situation, you’ll be better for it.

• Category: Culture/Society, Ideology • Tags: Polling, Pornography, Sex 
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Over the thirteen-month period from March of last year through April 20th of this year, a Twitter search returns a total of four–four!–instances of the phrase “Easter worshippers” being tweeted by users across the platform’s hundreds of millions of account holders and the billions and billions of tweets they produced. All four of the accounts are small, unverified ones–none even cross the four-digit follower threshold.

And then this. The phrase essentially didn’t exist until two days ago:

The mask is slipping. This has to be a simulation. I must be in a simulation. I AM IN A SIMULATION! Do I have to keep playing now that I’ve definitively figured it out? Who am I even talking–or typing–to, anyway? Go ahead, generate your responses, NPCs. I know the score!

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Both high–in the case of the cathedral of Notre Dame–and low, in the streets of San Francisco:

Between 2011 and 2018, San Francisco experienced a massive increase in reported incidents of human feces found on public streets.

In 2011, just over 5,500 reports were logged by the San Francisco Department of Public Works; in 2018, the number increased to more than 28,000.

That works out to a public poop incident being reported every 19 minutes, day and night. The absolute rate of public defecation must be higher, probably considerably so. What percentage of people take the time to log official complaints of particular encounters rather than merely shaking their heads as they go on their way?

Back to the conflagration:

Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” shot to the top of the Amazon bestseller list Tuesday as firefighters damped down the embers of the blaze which ravaged the ancient cathedral.

The original French version of the gothic novel, “Notre-Dame de Paris”, became the fastest selling book in France and is also a number one bestseller worldwide in English in two sub-categories of historical fiction.

The Disney animated movie version of the story also rocketed into the top 10 of family films.

Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. We’ll finally collectively realize what a precious thing we’ve lost when all we see in every direction is rubble.