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Many people do not think the virtual playing field is an even one: A plurality of BIPOCs and of Democrats perceive social media to be fair. Pluralities of whites and of independents, and an outright majority of Republicans, see the deck stacked in favor of the left. Know thy enemy. Curiously, nearly one-in-five Republicans perceive... Read More
The following graph shows net support for former president Donald Trump being allowed back on to Facebook by the social media platform: If you come in search of optimism, find a flicker of hope in the results by age cohort. Zoomers are by this measure the generation most opposed to the corpotocracy silencing the citizenry.... Read More
He has a lot of work in front of him to stake out territory on Mars, but Elon Musk's weekly trips to the moon are becoming a regular thing. He tweets about a financial instrument, any financial instrument, and it immediately shoots up by double-digit percentages. What's going on here? A few possibilities come to... Read More
The following graph shows average perceived political biases of the major social media platforms by the public, computed by taking the percentages of each group who perceive social media as having a leftist bias and subtracting from that the percentages who perceive it having a rightist bias. Positive numbers thus indicate perceived liberal bias, negative... Read More
Ratioed hard: The company once boasting about being the free speech wing of the free speech party is now so strongly associated with biasedly suppressing human expression it makes tin pot African dictators blush. The biggest threats to human liberty no longer come from governments, they come from Woke Capital. The US government can't get... Read More
I do not think it means what you think it means: It's almost as if putting all your focus into doing well by the people who didn't elect you while neglecting those who did isn't the most effective reelection strategy in the world.
The great polymath Razib Khan put together a fairly conventional Electoral College map prediction on social media that generated a lot of commentary: In response, Razib noted: Whether he is voting at all and if so for whom is unknown, but his observation is nevertheless a perspicacious one. The following graph shows who voters expect... Read More
Section 230 protections should not apply: Twitter hides this tweet from the president's timeline with the following explanation: The word "most" would more fairly be rendered as "some"--the young, those without co-morbidities, etc--and the word "far" probably shouldn't be in there at all. But the points are all worthy of consideration. There are lots of... Read More
File this under how social media is making us miserable. Among singles who view posts about other people's relationships on social media, seeing those posts make nearly an order of magnitude as many feel worse about their own dating lives as are made to feel better about them: This isn't restricted to romantic relationships. Career,... Read More
As Elizabeth Warren goes on the rhetorical warpath against Facebook, I thought it'd be funny if she'd outraised the rest of the presidential field among Facebook employees. Alas, she has not. Just as in 2016, the tech behemoths tend towards neo-liberalism. Socialism is more acceptable than populism, though! I tried to look at the top... Read More
Put them on a screen for the whole world to glean, lighting up the night sky: The first of these accounts is a bot, the other is some retired guy with a couple hundred followers. The president clearly didn't even give over a few seconds to vetting these accounts (or any of several others on... Read More
VDare carried the previous post containing some reactions to the 2018 congressional midterms, highlighting the finding that the vast majority of Democrats think it important that fewer whites and fewer men be elected to public office: An NPC, putatively sympathetic to VDare's mission, immediately and publicly cried foul: He was of course blatantly incorrect. The... Read More
Z-Man suspects the hammer is about to drop:I think the damage may actually be contained to Gab, which is currently absorbing a coordinated deracination that will see it shuttered by tomorrow morning.Yes, our rulers will use whatever they are able to as a pretense, but silencing the unbelievers and hurling them into the void is easier... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of GSS respondents who have experienced poor mental health ("stress, depression, and problems with emotions") in the last thirty days by sex and by whether or not they use Twitter (N = 800): Steve Sailer, we have your answer if you'll allow us to modify your question a bit.... Read More
Georgia's secretary of state, Brian Kemp, just smashed the lieutenant governor, Casey Kagle, in a gubernatorial runoff election there. Kemp won by a nearly 40-point margin. The RCP average gave Kemp a far more modest 14-point edge. Kemp's the Trumpian among the two--not just implicitly, but explicitly as well. Trump endorsed him. In Kansas, the... Read More
Ted Cruz has a sharp mind and a quick wit, and he knows how to find his way to a polemical jugular:
So bye, bye MAGA dream in the sky: This is probably the beginning of the end of Trump’s presidency. The midterms are shaping up to be a bloodbath. The markets now put the odds of Democrats re-taking the House at 68%. The odds of Democrats gaining control of the Senate is 40%, an astoundingly high... Read More
Ann Coulter picked up the previous post on twatter. In her wake followed a flotilla of what Vox Day derisively refers to as "midwits". Some of the 'criticism' was cringe-inducingly terrible: But some of it was reasonable enough: Yes, following the link would've revealed that it applied to less than one-quarter of all responses, but... Read More
From the official, blue-checkmarked account of the Democrat party (red markings are my own): Jewish women comprise about 1% of the US population and 1.1% of Congress. They are members of the only female group identified here that is already proportionally--if not slightly over--represented among our national elected officials. Freudian slip, anyone? Yentas get to... Read More
An innocuous canine asks: The strategy of electing a new people who will do a better job voting than the deplorable natives is an effective one. But what about the dwindling number of non-Hispanic whites immigrating to the US? Do they even modestly negate the Democrat advantage in immigrant voters? Not really, they just dilute... Read More
The following is from a someone I went to high school with who holds some sort of outreach position in the state Democrat party. He's second-generation Afghani but, rather remarkably for a youngish POC in an official Democrat capacity, almost never has anything to say about race. It's all Old Left focus on economic and... Read More
A few things I committed to getting done without having gone through the formality of doing (until now!): - With regards to the apparently heavy Jewish overrepresentation among the recently exposed high-profile harassers and perverts, GSS results from five questions measuring attitudes and behaviors towards sexual permissiveness for males exclusively, since that's who we're after... Read More
Junior, who wields the social media rapier exceptionally well, captures why Gen Z is going to be quite problematic for the cultural commissars indeed: A theme revisited frequently here is that being on the left in The Current Year means spending all your time and energy coming up with different ways to say "that is... Read More
The previous post generated a lot of "correlation does not equal causation" responses on the ping pong ball forum. Jayman is fond of the mantra, and for good reason, but most of the people chanting it are tedious to deal with. I understand as much, and that all traits are heritable. I could've as easily... Read More
The totalitarian instinct on display: In the way of background, "The Incredible Doctor Pol" program is a reality show based in rural central Michigan that follows the professional activities in doctor Jan Pol's veterinarian office and of members of his staff as they're doing field visits. The county Pol operates in, like the state itself,... Read More
Via Steve Sailer, some cute high school girls went into Howard University, a "historically black university" wearing MAGA gear. They were verbally and (mildly) physically assaulted for the trouble. No apologies from the Trump girls were forthcoming. Instead, they fired back. Sure, their responses were of the DR3 variety ("[They] are the people who are... Read More
The Nazism and the swastika have to go. A modest suggestion for a replacement: - The Nazis mostly killed Europeans. The Crusaders mostly did not. Repelling Saracens is relevant. Conquering Celts is not. - Many of those who make up the Alt Right's prime recruitment base had grandfathers and great-grandfathers who fought the Nazis. Vanishingly... Read More
Twitter user tcjfs, who I am reliably informed is someone with enormous potential: Never one to pass up on an opportunity to share from one of the most underutilized social science tools at our disposal, allow me to report what the GSS has to say on tcjfs' observation. The theistic orientation of journalists (and authors,... Read More
Sid, detecting a switch from Hitler to Stalin as the Most Evil Person in History: That would be one hell of a rhetorical contortion for the zeitgeist to undergo if Stalin becomes the new Hitler. If it comes to pass I'll have to shelve one of my favorite normie-triggering Steve Sailer quotes: "Lenin, Stalin, and... Read More
The Derb cringes in response to Trump's ebullient praise for China's president: China can be China as far as I'm concerned. There's no country more advantageous for the US to be in the relative good graces of, and if it takes an extra application of verbal lather to get there, so be it. I certainly... Read More
Agnostic suggests breaking the major media companies up: If it can be done then by all means do so. A less herculean task, and one that would prove more popular in the nearer-term, is for Trump and his team to simply bar them from press conferences--including Sean Spicer's daily briefings--and grant members of select organizations... Read More
Or at least runner-up for the award:
Here's Ben Shapiro's silly assertion again: In obliterating it as decisively as possible, the insinuation of data cherry-picking was made. That's fair enough. Since Shapiro's statement struck me as so self-evidently false, the intention was to quickly show it as such. We won't have access to the 2016 presidential election results until the Spring of... Read More
When it comes to Israel the US, Ben Shapiro is color-blind. He explains: "Color doesn't matter. Ideology does." Hmm, let's evaluate that. How pro-life blacks and whites voted in 2012: Oops. Let's try among blacks and whites opposed to same-sex marriage: Well darn. How about blacks and whites opposed to income redistribution: Ben's not licked... Read More
James Hodgkinson's facebook page is hastily taken down (though not before a celeritous Cernovich captured and archived several of his posts). Jeremy Christian's page--he's the man who stabbed two people to death in Portland a month ago--is still up. From the New York Times: Hodgkinson shared and quoted Rachel Maddow. Christian shared and quoted Liberty... Read More
More on why Trump must use and abuse social media (beyond psychologically nut-tapping cucks and leftists every time he does so): The cable primetime viewership figure comes from adding together Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC viewers. Throwing in lesser watched networks like C-SPAN and Fox Business still doesn't even get the total close to 10... Read More
Mean number of president Trump tweets per day, by month (through the 6th of June): After a couple months of executive order flurries, Trump got bogged down in the swamp. Instead of drowning the murk dwellers, he started cozying up to them. Predictably, they stabbed him in the front, sides, and back every time he... Read More
Trump takes a lot of crap for allegedly getting all his news from cable TV shows, but that clearly wasn't the case during the primaries, as anyone who followed his Twitter feed was well aware of. He got a lot of it from other Twitter accounts. He retweeted Heartiste at least once and for awhile... Read More
Trump's facebook posts on Serbia Iraq Libya Syria: The like/love-to-angry/sad reaction ratios are 27-to-1 (216k to 8k) and 24.5-to-1 (208k to 8.5k), respectively. This is discouraging, to put it mildly. Trump's not a deep thinker, but he learns from his mistakes. He's floated trial balloons several times in the last couple of years, most famously... Read More
The 2016 iteration of the GSS is out. There are some new items that will further highlight how open borders and diversity kill libertarianism dead. They'll take some time to work through. For now, a brief miscellany of interesting tidbits: - The survey is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by the... Read More
And then there was silence. Charlatanism and virtue-signalling make perfect bedfellows. All we need to blow our opposition out is an equal playing field.
As Obama gives his farewell address leaving the party he's lead for eight years in shambles, now is as good a time as ever to point out how much more interest the Trump phenomenon garnered than the Obama one ever did. From Google Trends, search volumes over time since the beginning of 2007: Trump generated... Read More
I decided to check in on Hillary Clinton's social media feed, doing so for the purposes of trolling having fallen out of my daily routine nearly two months ago. This post, with the two leading comments from the same bot engine aside a creepy robotic head shot, is uncanny: Is there anything about this woman... Read More
It's worth remembering that the Obama administration was actively making foreign policy concessions to Ecuador in an attempt to get that country to influence the outcome of the presidential election: It's an administration just trying to do what's in its own best interests, of course:
The Coalition of the Fringes is tearing and fraying more and more by the day. In response to the public pillorying of Mike Pence, #BoycottHamilton started up. Yes, it's silly to think a status-signalling display of conspicuous consumption where the dynamic is one of artificially restricted supply designed to insure demand remains unsatisfied is vulnerable... Read More
The latest from the three daily tracking polls have Trump +1 (ABC), Trump +4 (LAT/USC), and Clinton +1 (IBD).Even with all the questionable assumptions and outright rigging that have characterized election polling this cycle, RCP averages now have Trump winning the electoral college if he can flip North Carolina (which Romney won in '12 and... Read More
Here are several smug celebrities doing things like telling Ann Coulter to "kill yourself" (43s) and comparing her to a "skeleton" (1m18s) and a horse (1m40s):
If freedom of expression is something you value, ditch your current browser and use Brave instead. Ditch Twitter and use Gab instead. Ditch Wikipedia and use Infogalactic instead.The Cathedral is being shaken to its foundations. The major media walls have already crumbled and dissidents have been running around the gatekeepers for years. Now the same... Read More