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Forget fraud, Indiana Jack points out the potential ramifications of many incorrectly completed mail-in ballots being disqualified. This presumably at a higher rate than in-person voting which enjoys a comparative lack of distractions, an automated ballot review, and poll workers to assist voters:
A minimum of 35% and a maximum of 65% of Democrats say the GOP-controlled Senate should've considered Merrick Garland in 2016 but that the GOP-controlled Senate should not consider Amy Coney Barrett now. A minimum of 17% and a maximum of 40% of Republicans say the Senate was correct in not considering Obama's nominee but... Read More
It seems Harry Reid's chickens are coming home to roost: The alacritous president is ready to go: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death was surely less of a shock to Washington insiders than it was to those of us in the provinces--and it isn't all that shocking to us. The late Justice was a decade older than... Read More
From DanHessinMD, the L(ink)OTW: Cutting to the chase, the working conclusion is that low relative humidity of indoor air is a big contributor in increasing the severity of the disease. This conceivably explains why cases remain high but reported mortality is much lower than was the case a few months ago. I've little to add... Read More
About 70% of young adults enroll in college after high school. One in three end up dropping out without attaining a degree. About half of zoomers are thus on track to make it through the college grind. About one in five of them benefit beyond the credential from the experience. So anything that saps higher... Read More
DforDoom is true to his handle: There has been nothing like a massive backlash in South Africa, and the situation is far more dire there. On the other hand, the Afrikaners are facing hard repression. That's not the case in America, where things are by necessity softer. If the hundreds of millions of Americans who... Read More
It's not okay to say white lives matter: It is okay to say, again and again, that white lives don't matter: It's okay, but it's not very optical. The smart ones aren't going to utter things like that in public, let alone vociferously proclaim them ('Doctor' Gopal's teaching and research interests are "in colonial and... Read More
The following graphs show the perceived net (un)trustworthiness of some of the largest news media organizations in America, and also OAN. The values are calculated by taking twice the percentages of respondents rating an organization "very trustworthy", adding the percentages rating it "trustworthy", subtracting the percentages rating it "untrustworthy", and subtracting twice the percentages rating... Read More
A white circle of protection, that is. And they'll need the mana to use it, so let's get appropriate legislation started now: Via Tusk, Wizards of the Coast understands that the phrase "White Lives Matter" is repugnant. There's a card to deal with the cancer of human history. It remains legal and damned well better... Read More
Is there anything Wokeness won't spoil? Rhetorical: The subsequent pieces of art will all be replaced online with this: With Wokeness there can be no art,
In a recent post investigating the relationship between intelligence, theism, and political orientation, an interesting discussion broke out in the comments concerning the putative correlation between theism and optimism, and the causal nature of that alleged correlation. I wondered if such a relationship exists. Atheists on average have higher IQs, higher educational attainment, and higher... Read More
What other than Who? Whomism? could explain why 54% of Democrats say if allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trump are proven, they disqualify him from the presidency while just 30% of Democrats say the same regarding Joe Biden? A subconscious conversion of "if allegations against X are proven true" to "do you think the... Read More
In the 1880s, American babies were eight times as likely to be given a first name beginning with the letter F than they were a century later: This is fascinating. Or maybe to get with the times, I should say it's xascinating. In the inclusive spirit of our age, the three most expendable consonants in... Read More
Searching up "coronavirus cases by country" returned these three suggested news stories ahead of the links retrieved in response to the actual query: The neo-liberal establishment isn't held together by scapegoating and subverting white conservatives. That's a conspiracy theory. What are you, some kind of bigoted extremist? Remember two weeks ago when it was racist... Read More
Tom Schmidt: The pandemic presents a perfect power-grabbing opportunity for Woke Capital, and Woke Capital won't pass the opportunity up. When activity is brought to a standstill, the family-owned diner and the auto repair shop partnership have enough cash on hand to last a few weeks. Beyond that and the disruption to cash flow becomes... Read More
COTW is a twofer--sagacious eloquence from Mark G.: And not Trump the Transformative but rather Trump the Transitional from nebulafox: let’s look beyond Trump for a little while: he’s not important in the long run. What is important is the fact that the GOP is now the populist party now, whether they want to be... Read More
When the corona dust settles, there may not be a single state where a majority of public schools are not closed for an extended period of time. If a handful do end up remaining open for the duration, though, NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) comparisons between 2019 and 2021 will provide a great experiment... Read More
Zoomers too. The GSS asked in 1996 and then again in 2016 if respondents have "ever felt that you were going to have a nervous breakdown?". They may have actually experienced one or just felt on the verge of doing so. The percentages who answered in the affirmative, by sex, age range, and year surveyed:... Read More
COTW triumvirate's triumphant return begins with songbird: As we've brought up previously, there are a couple of ways the sexbot revolution could be salubrious for men. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, but hear me out. One way is by alleviating thirst. Having an abundance mentality mindset is Game 101. A successful business negotiator negotiates... Read More
The following map and table were constructed using data collected during the 2011-2012 school year, covering American PreK-12 students during that time. They show the ratio of black students to white students given out-of-school suspension at least once during the course of the year, by state (except for Hawaii): State B:W District of Columbia 12x... Read More
- If Joe Biden folds up his campaign before South Carolina, where will black voters go? The most recent Quinnipiac national poll, taken after Iowa, shows Biden's advantage among blacks down to a devastating plurality of just 27%. In second among blacks is Michael Bloomberg with 22%, followed by Sanders at 19%. How hard would... Read More
Intelligent Dasein's COTW on interests disguising themselves as principles and why this bodes poorly for the prospects of working-class (and middle-class) whites:
Supreme court justice is not blind. Like everything else in the current year, it's political. The following graph shows net favorability* of the current crop of Supreme Court justices by all Americans and also by partisan affiliation: The inverse correlation between Republican net favorability and Democrat net favorability across each of the nine justices is... Read More
Forget the consul system, the COTW is a tetrarchy this time around. Mr. Rational's succinct reworking of the concept of anarcho-tyranny: Arclight makes a pitch for self-discipline as a forgotten virtue that will be abruptly remembered when the long summer finally comes to an end: We live in an extremely decadent society, in which self... Read More
Bret Stephens writes an op/ed in the NYT sure to irritate everyone who is not, like Stephens himself, a secular Jewish neocon. Though I have no illusions about where Stephens stands, his column is a tremendous conversation starter. As such, it was immediately subject to relentless attack in corporate and social media. The contemporary meaning... Read More
Quintessentially English, I desire the shire. Call me audacious, but I know I'd toss the ring into Mt. Doom. I'd never make it to the summit today, though. Middle Earth is no longer safe for hobbits. We did more than merely allow things to get this way--we celebrated it. In the 21st century's telling, the... Read More
Most Americans think purveying fake news is part of the corporate media's stock-in-trade. The following graph shows the percentages of respondents, by selected demographics, who believe the media maintains its integrity. They answered that "mainstream media outlets" either "rarely" or "never" report "fake news". The residual percentages are those who think the media reports fake... Read More
Cynicism or staggering lack of self-awareness? Despite? Talk about missing the point. Pepe is a symbol of dissident resistance to totalitarianism. He has served that purpose in the US and now he is serving that purpose in Hong Kong.
The following graph shows the percentages of GSS respondents who participated in the survey between 2012 and 2018, by partisan affiliation and age, who favor free speech absolutism (N = 5,963): That term is a tad hyperbolic. It refers to those who say communists, atheists, homosexuals, racists, and militarists should all be allowed to speak... Read More
How rare are family units made up of an interracial gay couple with an adopted daughter of a third race? One in a million? One in ten million? My pop culture knowledge is thin, but I do recall a similar arrangement in Modern Family (sans the interracial coupling). Gay men adopting a son is potentially... Read More
The following graph and table show the number of The New York Times articles over the last decade mentioning a country at least once per 100,000 people residing in said country. Countries with fewer than one million inhabitants are excluded: Country As/100kppl 1) Israel 289.5 2) Ireland 215.7 3) Hong Kong 196.8 4) Qatar 185.0... Read More
[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... Read More
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... Read More
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!
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... Read More
I'll confess to being pleasantly surprised Disney has permitted a reboot of my favorite childhood movie. The Lion King is, as the enlightened like to put it, problematic. The kingdom is a hierarchical one--a monarchical one, more precisely--that maintains strict borders. It is safe and prosperous because of these things. When the rightful ruler is... Read More
Some nationalisms are more equal than others: For those who do not want to continue to freely create content for monetization by corporations who despise them, get off social media. For those nefarious types who want to throw sandbergs in the gears of Facebook's efforts to stamp out hate, replacing "white" with "Israeli" is a... Read More
As the kids might say, we'll just leave this right here: For contemporary relevance and to avoid racial and sexual orientation confounding, responses are restricted to non-Hispanic whites from 2000 onward who have not engaged in same-sex relations. Incels don't do too well. Celibate women, more of whom are likely to be voluntarily so (volcels?),... Read More
Revisiting a previous post on the expressed tolerance for violence as a means of achieving a better society, another interesting demographic angle I didn't cover now jumps out at me. The idea of using violence is far more popular among those with college educations than among those without one. Percentages, by age and educational attainment,... Read More
From a GSS question that was asked in 2002 and 2012, mean number of children among non-Hispanic white married couples between the ages of 35-60 by whether the husband or wife earns more: The differences are fairly modest but a victory for traditionalism is a victory for traditionalism and since I ran the numbers they... Read More
Over the last several decades, educational creep has predictably led to a decrease in the average intelligence of college graduates. Yet even after controlling for intelligence, higher educational attainment is associated with higher earnings. The following graph shows mean annual earnings by highest degree attained among five tiers of intelligence as measured by Wordsum. To... Read More
On twatter, F0RHEXET shares a table from Helmuth Nyborg: The high figures across the board immediately jump out as indicative of something being amiss. The average for Nyborg's entire white sample is 106.09, nearly half a standard deviation above the conventional white mean. Adjusting for that apparent inflation across the board, though, his results correlate... Read More
They are incorrigible. There is no reformation, only destruction of legitimacy--theirs or ours. After total Narrative Collapse, the bloodthirsty lunatics tried to rally around this: The earlier footage of Native American veteran Nathan Phillips being mocked by Trump supporters is so much worse. — Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) January 21, 2019 After over an hour of... Read More
The blood libel against the Covington kids is a great metaphor for what is happening across the Western world. After taking an hour of abuse from a group of black lunatics taunting them as "school shooters", "crackers", and "niggas", a few redskins walked into the Covington group and pounded crude sound instruments in their faces.... Read More
Joe Sobran famously quipped "in their mating and migratory habits, liberals are indistinguishable from members of the Ku Klux Klan." That observation, astute for its time, is covered in dust and growing moldy. The percentages of whites, by age, who have a non-white spouse or partner: Just 1-in-20 young white Republicans are flirting with the... Read More
What a missed opportunity. He's been called every -ist and -ism in the book during his entire congressional career yet he keeps getting reelected even when other Iowan Republicans lose, so why play by their rules? Now that he has gone full pathetic pusillanimity, he very well may not be reelected in 2020--if he even... Read More
John Derbyshire is fond of saying that if there is hope for civilization, it is to be found in the comments. The new Gillette ad--excuse me, the new short film--is a great testament to the perspicacity of the Derb's observation. A sampling: There are several comments along the same lines. I talked to my brother... Read More
Steve Sailer: The cliche isn't just raining down from above, it's miasmically rising up from below. Search volume in the US since 2004: That's quite the secular bull market. How about other Anglophone countries? First, the still largely Anglo Anglophone ones. Great Britain: Australia: Canada: Volume isn't high enough to register in
The news articles on all the putative political fallout president Trump is putatively receiving for revealing how utterly inconsequential the federal government is to the well being of middle America are pulling fast ones on their readers. Here's an example from my favorite polling outfit, Reuters-Ipsos: Yikes, that's a 14-point gap in blame for Trump... Read More