Pro-Life US High School Students Plan A Walkout, by Doug P.

The level of student activism following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, caused some on the pro-gun control side of the argument to call for the voting age to be lowered.

However … the liberal opinion of high school walkouts could do a one-eighty VERY soon, and here’s why:

The Saudis Take On Radical Islam: The crown prince charts a course toward moderation, which prevailed before the 1979 attack on Mecca.

The Saudis Take On Radical IslamThe crown prince charts a course toward moderation, which prevailed : before the 1979 attack on Mecca. By Adel Al-Toraifi. This could be big.

The year 1979 was a watershed for the Middle East. Iranian revolutionaries overthrew the shah, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, and Sunni Islamic extremists tried to take over the Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Islam’s holiest shrine. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hadn’t been born, but he is fighting the ghosts of 1979 as he dramatically reforms the kingdom.

The attempted takeover of Mecca was a defining event in my country, mainly because of what happened next. Saudi rulers, fearing Iran’s revolutionary example, decided to give more space to the Salafi clerical establishment in hope of countering the radicals. Traditional Salafi preachers are neither violent nor political, but they hold a rigid view of Islam. Their legal rulings and attempts to police morals made the kingdom increasingly intolerant, setting back the gradual opening up that had occurred in the 1960s and ’70s. …

The combination of the brotherhood’s political outlook and the rigid Salafi doctrine injected a virus into the Saudi education system. That virus allowed Osama bin Laden to recruit 15 Saudis to take part in that terrible deed on Sept. 11, 2001. We Saudis failed those young men, and that failure had global implications.

The Salafi clerics and Muslim Brotherhood imports also worked in concert as they were given unsupervised access to private donations to fund mosques and madrasas from Karachi to Cairo, where they generally favored the most conservative preachers.

The policy makers’ idea was simple: Give the political Islamists and their Salafi affiliates room to influence educational, judicial and religious affairs, and we will continue to control foreign policy, the economy, and defense. Saudi rulers were handling the hardware, while radicals rewrote the nation’s software. Saudi society, and the Muslim world, is still reeling from the effects.

There has been a policy reversal, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman:

Crown Prince Mohammed … is clear about the problem. “Political Islam, whether Sunni or Shiite, Muslim Brotherhood or jihadi Salafist, has damaged Muslim nations,” he once told me. “It also gives Islam a bad name. Therefore, it is the role of Muslim countries to face these evil ideologies and groups and to stand with our world allies in the West and East to confront them once and for all.”

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed have already ushered in some head-spinning changes. The crown prince has led the effort to roll back the powerful religious police. These self-righteous moralizers no longer have the right to stop anyone on the street or take matters into their own hands. They have been effectively marginalized.

The king and crown prince have granted women their long-awaited rights to drive and attend sports. Women are no longer required to wear headscarves. I expect to see more women appointed to senior positions in government, even at the ministerial level. Once Saudi Arabia unleashes the potential of women, there is no telling how far we can go.

Glenn Reynolds:

I can attest that when the Saudi money hit northern Nigeria, the Islam there went from a rather mellow Sufi variety to, well, Boko Haram. Even if all that happens is the Saudis stop funding and promoting radical Islam worldwide, that will be huge.

Remember, after the Soviet Union folded, all sorts of “grassroots, authentic” terrorist movements dried up along with the Soviet funding. Something similar could happen here.

An agenda behind demonising Putin

An agenda behind demonising Putin, an editorial in South Africa’s The Citizen newspaper.

It is a sad reality that in the media, once a person is identified as “bad”, then he or she is fair game for character assassination or defamation.

Information which shows that person in a good light is either ignored, downplayed or ridiculed.

We should be very careful indeed in believing everything the Western media feeds us about Russian President Vladimir Putin. …

One needs to keep an open mind on Putin and others who have been demonised. An enemy of London or Washington is not necessarily the enemy of everyone else.

Obama Admin Regulations Helped His Friends: Deep corruption

Obama Admin Regulations Helped His Friends: Deep corruption. By Ian Hatchett.

Author of “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends” Peter Schweizer discussed how regulations during the Obama administration helped the president’s friends.

Schweizer said, “Barack Obama’s best friend, a guy named Marty Nesbitt…sets up a private equity fund while his friend is the regulator-in-chief, and what he does is he invests in what he calls ‘highly-regulated industries.’ … And so, to give you one brief example, the University of Phoenix, the for-profit school, Barack Obama’s administration says, ‘We think this school is bad. We’re going to suspend the Pentagon from using GI Bill money for soldiers to go to school there.’ Well, of course, the stock price goes from $100 a share to about $3 a share. Guess who steps in to buy it? Barack Obama’s best friend Marty Nesbitt and his company Vistria investors. They come in. They buy it for pennies on the dollar. And then lo and behold, the Obama administration says ‘You know what, we think we’re going to let GI money flow again back to the University of Phoenix.’ And that pattern is repeated over and over again in other sectors of the economy. It was rampant.”

One of the ways regulators get personally rich.

hat-tip Charles

Australia: China ‘seeks to tilt our political landscape to its advantage’

Australia: China ‘seeks to tilt our political landscape to its advantage’. By Cameron Stewart.

The powerful US House Armed Services Committee in Washington has been told by Malcolm Turnbull’s former adviser how China has sought to brazenly manipulate Australian society to ‘tilt the political and strategic landscape to its advantage’.

John Garnaut, who until recently was principal adviser on international affairs for Prime Minister and Cabinet, was invited by the committee to Washington to testify. The move was a sign of the growing awareness in Washington about Chinese interference in education, business, politics and media in both Australia and the US. …

“The Chinese Communist Party manipulates incentives inside our countries in order to shape the conversation, manage perceptions and tilt the political and strategic landscape to its advantage,” Mr Garnaut told the committee. “The modus operandi is to offer privileged access, build personal rapport and reward those who deliver.” …

“Under the uncompromising leadership of President Xi Jinping, China’s activities have become too brazen and aggressive to continue to ignore,” Mr Garnaut said. “A re-evaluation is taking place in half a dozen established democracies around the world, including Australia and the United States. Many more are entering the conversation.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Greens claim Dutton has ‘racist’ views on white South African farmers

Greens claim Dutton has ‘racist’ views on white South African farmers, by Rachael Baxendale. The left cries racism and goes into big-time name calling and serious but unsubstantiated allegations:

Greens senator Nick McKim has claimed the Liberal Party “still has a White Australia policy”, accusing Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton of being “racist”, “fascist” and “regurgitating speaking points from neo-Nazis”.

Mr Dutton has sparked controversy and diplomatic tensions when he last week argued the “persecuted” farmers needed help from a “civilised country” like Australia, following disturbing reports of extreme violence, land theft and murders.

Asked whether he believed it was reasonable to suggest the Liberal Party “still has a White Australia policy”, Senator McKim stuck by his claim.

“Absolutely. It’s naked, and it’s transparent and it’s out in the open,” Senator McKim told Sky News.

“I mean basically we’ve got Peter Dutton who is regurgitating speaking points from neo-Nazi or Nazi or fundamentalist white nationalist websites around the world who are now out there bragging that they’ve captured Peter Dutton and they’re very happy that he’s repeating the speaking points that they’ve been putting on their websites,” he said.

“You’ve got Mr Dutton and others supporting him now nakedly and clearly suggesting that Australia’s immigration policy should be conducted on the basis of the colour of somebody’s skin, and it’s a simple reversion to the White Australia policy which was actually adopted by both the Labor and Liberal Parties back in the day, and I thought we’d gone past that and I think most Australians thought we’d gone past it.”

Senator McKim claimed Australia’s offshore detention policy was motivated by skin colour.

“Of course it’s got things to do with skin colour. I’ve been to Manus Island many times as you know and I can assure you there’s no white people locked up on Manus or Nauru,” he said. …

Dutton applies principle, with only a little name-calling:

Peter Dutton earlier said he was staring down fierce criticism from “crazy lefties” at the ABC as he pushes on with plans to bring white South African farmers into Australia. …

Mr Dutton said he was blind to skin colour and would continue to bring in migrants based on the national interest. …

Mr Dutton likened the latest backlash to the reaction over his comments on African gangs in Melbourne over summer. “Stick to the facts and you’re on safe grounds so all of the criticism over the last week has meant nothing to me,” he said.

Andrew Hastie:

WA Liberal MP Andrew Hastie, who first raised the issue with Mr Dutton, [told ABC radio]:“I’ve had nothing but very, very positive feedback. I have a lot of South African constituents.” …

Mr Hastie said he had heard horror stories about the violence inflicted upon white South African farmers.

The greens charge of a “white Australia policy” and immigration by skin color is egregious projection. They would do it — in fact they are doing it, only the other way around. The globalist left is bringing  non-white people into white Western countries as quickly as possible because they overwhelmingly vote left. No justification required, legal or illegal, if they’re non-white the left supports their entry. Whose being racist?

How else can the left gain power nowadays, except through identity politics and growing the non-white vote?

Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook is straight from Obama’s playbook

Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook is straight from Obama’s playbook, by Freddy Gray.

Anybody who has been paying attention knows that political campaigns have used people’s private data, harvested from Facebook, for a long time now. As businesses do to consumers, campaigns employ sophisticated ‘psychological profiling’ techniques to sway gullible parts of the electorate.

The more interesting – though less Hollywood – accusation about Cambridge Analytica is that, far from being masters of the new data universe, they are British ‘snake oil salesman’ who essentially repackaged and flogged well-established techniques to a desperate Trump campaign, as Paul Wood reported so brilliantly for The Spectator here.

The chief reveal in the Observer’s latest is confirmation of what’s been known for almost two years, which is that Cambridge Analytica may have breached the terms of Facebook’s agreement. …

The true horror, of course, is not that sinister right-wing forces can use information people share on social media to, as Wiley puts it, ‘mindfuck’ electorates. It’s that Facebook has all this powerful information in the first place. And what’s odd is that people don’t seem to mind data being plundered if the beneficiaries are the perceived good guys.

Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, for instance, used one of Facebook’s APIs (application programming interfaces) and data to target voters. It’s clever and complicated, but what it boils down to is that Obama’s data scientists were able to persuade about a million Facebook users to connect their profile to the Obama campaign website. They were then able to access the profiles of these people, which also showed who their friends were. From this they were able to construct real life social networks, which enabled them to target many, many more potential Obama voters. …

Facebook shut down that particular API function in 2014, apparently for privacy reasons – although sceptics point out that they realised outside companies could use Facebook’s API to replicate the ‘social graph’ that Facebook makes all its advertising money from.

hat-tip Nick

Digitalships and Double-Standards

Digitalships and Double-Standards, by Steven Hayward.

What Cambridge Analytica did was exactly what the Obama 2012 digital campaign did with Facebook, with the active cooperation of Facebook it would seem. No one made any fuss about that at the time.

But as I never tire of pointing out, if liberals didn’t have double-standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.

In the spring of 2013 I attended a fascinating briefing from someone — I forget the fellow’s name now — who had worked on the Obama campaign digital operation. He went through a famous Power Point presentation called “Inside the Cave” which you can still find online here (PDF file). I distinctly recall this person saying that by far the most valuable digital tool for identifying and contacting potential Obama voters was the data acquired through Facebook.

But of course that was for Obama, who Silicon Valley loved. Now that Republicans are using it too, it is suddenly a national scandal.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Fatal Error — Not Leaving Everyone the Hell Alone

Mark Zuckerberg’s Fatal Error — Not Leaving Everyone the Hell Alone, by John Nolte.

Make no mistake, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are in trouble — not just here in America, but all over the world. The Tech Tyrant has only himself to blame. Had he just left us alone, he would not be so alone or widely viewed as a monopoly with all the inherent risks in that. He would also not be a national pariah.

When you are in charge of something, be it a Girl Scout troop or one of the most powerful tech companies in the world, the only way to stay out of trouble is with simple and clear rules applied equally. By not doing this, Zuckerberg has wrapped himself ’round his own axle.

Even a billion or so Facebook users are unhappy with him. They feel trapped on a platform that offends them. Much of this resentment comes from feeling swindled. After herding us all into his monopolistic public square, Zuckerberg changed the rules.

On both the micro and macro levels, as Facebook arbitrarily singles out conservatives for suppression, censorship, and purges (not to mention left-wing “fact checks”), all while leftists doing the same remain mostly unmolested. …

Facebook’s entire problem is right there on its page of Kafka-esque “community standards.” What I mean by Kafka-esque is the opaqueness of rules that can be interpreted in so many different ways — which means there really are no rules, which means 1) you don’t know what the boundaries are, so 2) you are intimidated into not expressing yourself fully, and 3) you can be suspended or purged by Facebook without ever knowing why. …

Obviously, Zuckerberg created these rules as a means to appease the braying left, especially those in the elitist media. But what he failed to understand is that in doing so, no one is happy.

The right is disgusted because Facebook’s corporate censors are manipulating these rules to suppress, silence, and purge us.

Alternately, the easily triggered left, who interpret mere words and ideas as violence and racism, are disgusted because Facebook is not keeping its promise to enforce its “community standards,” which in their twisted minds means purging anyone to the right of Don Lemon.

The political establishment has just “discovered” the power of Facebook’s data on politics. But the data isn’t theirs! So they will take it or regulate it to suit themselves.

hat-tip Charles

Diversity Bridge Is Falling Down, My Fair Lady

Diversity Bridge Is Falling Down, My Fair Lady, by David Cole.

A state-of-the-art pedestrian bridge hailed as the inevitably wondrous result of diversity in engineering has collapsed within days of being paraded before the media. Did I say inconvenient? I should have said symbolic. …

Prior to pancaking, Diversity Bridge had been championed as “an engineering feat come to life.” One of the geniuses who accomplished this “feat” is an engineer who was hailed by President Obama in 2015 as a “champion of change”: Atorod Azizinamini, director of FIU’s Accelerated Bridge Construction Center (now renamed the Accelerated Bridge Destruction Center).

The firm that built the bridge, Munilla Construction Management (MCM), [employs] … Leonor Flores, MCM’s senior manager. On March 14, as Diversity Bridge was being installed, Flores was quoted in this breathless puff piece on the FIU website:

Twelve-year-old Michelle Flores shared a special moment with her family at FIU this past Saturday: She and her sister Gabriela joined their parents … to watch a 950-ton section of a pedestrian bridge swing into its permanent position across Southwest 8th Street. … She was excited to share her work with her family, especially Michelle, who is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school. Said Leonor: “It’s very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. We’re able to put in an artistic touch and we’re able to build, too.” …

Needless to say, the day after the collapse, damage control needed to be done, and fast. The piece on the FIU website was updated (in bloodred letters, no less) to read: “To clarify, Leonor Flores did not work on the FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge project in any capacity.” Funny, because in that very same piece the bridge is referred to as “her work.” On its Facebook page, MCM deleted tags with Flores’ name. Also deleted (but archived by me) was a March 8 post declaring: “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink. Thankful for all of our MCM women who help us overcome challenges every day and #BuildExcellence. #HappyInternationalWomensDay #WeAreMCM.

A wink? Personally, I prefer engineers who keep both eyes open while looking at challenges.

To be clear, I’m not saying that bridge design is some kind of exclusively white male endeavor. To even suggest such a thing would be ridiculous. But these days we live in a world in which “diversity” is the goal, rather than competence. Who cares if a few bridges collapse? Do we really expect leftists, who still champion communism even after it cost a hundred million lives in the previous century, to worry about six dead motorists?

Nevertheless, common sense should have dictated, finish the damn bridge before you turn it into a “take your daughter to work” PR stunt. But to the left, no engineering feat is even remotely as important as the “self-esteem” of women and nonwhites. [E.g. NASA, which cannot go anywhere any more] That is the new top priority in STEM. It should be noted that in the months prior to the bridge collapse, FIU was awarded millions of federal dollars to “diversify” its STEM classes.

Whatever brought down Diversity Bridge, the fact that the people involved in the project were turning a simple pedestrian walkway into some kind of victory lap for women in STEM has shifted the story from a mere bridge failure to a cautionary tale about what happens when “diversity” overshadows ability.

The left was prevented from pursuing “diversity” by government force, so now it applies social force:

The past 25 years have not been kind to affirmative action. Supreme Court rulings have gutted it, and even commie California outlawed its use in academia.

So now the left, aided by its salivating media lapdogs, is pursuing “diversity” the same way it’s waging its war against free speech: not through legislation, but via fear, coercion, and good old-fashioned bullying. No law can have the same impact as waking up with a horse’s head under your sheets.

Forcing a brilliant white male rocket scientist to tearily beg for forgiveness on live TV for wearing a “sexist” shirt, getting white software guys fired for writing a “sexist” memo or making a “sexist” joke, destroying the careers of distinguished academics because of “sexist” comments — make no mistake, these were warnings delivered by the Luca Brasis of the left.

Democratic, Republican voter bases are more different than ever, study finds

Democratic, Republican voter bases are more different than ever, study finds, by David Lauter.

Drop into a political gathering almost anywhere in America, and you can usually name the party just by looking: Democrats increasingly reflect the racially mixed demographics of the nation’s cities; Republicans remain overwhelmingly white, older and more rural.

That hasn’t always been true — a generation ago, the voters supporting the two parties were far more alike. …

The Democrats have changed the most, as the mix of voters who support them has grown less white, less religious, more college-educated, younger and more liberal over the past decade, according to the study by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.

Republican voters, by contrast, more closely reflect the demographics of an earlier, mostly white, Christian America. … “Republicans have not changed as the country has changed,” said Carroll Doherty, Pew’s director of political research. …

The changes among Democrats have shifted the party to the left. A decade ago, the largest group of Democrats, 44 percent, described their views as “moderate.” Today, the largest group, 46 percent, identifies as “liberal,” with 37 percent calling themselves moderate and 15 percent conservative.

Republicans have been a mostly conservative party for years and continue to be so, with about two-thirds identifying themselves as conservative, 27 percent moderate and just 4 percent liberal. …

Republicans have gained loyalty among white voters without a college degree. They now hold a bigger advantage among that group — which remains the largest demographic group in the electorate — than at any point in more than two decades. Republicans have also gained in rural areas. …

More than half of women, 56 percent, now side with the Democrats, compared with 37 percent for the Republicans, Pew found. By contrast, the partisan split has not changed much among men: 48 percent identify with the Republican Party or lean Republican, while 44 percent are Democrats or lean Democratic. …

Because minority voters of all educational levels heavily side with the Democrats — nonwhites make up nearly 40 percent of Democratic voters but only 14 percent of Republican voters — the divide by education level is most noticeable among whites.

White college graduates side with the Democrats 53 percent-42 percent. As recently as two years ago, white college graduates were evenly split. …

Almost 6 in 10 millennials side with the Democrats, a figure that rises to an eye-popping 7 in 10 among millennial women. ….

Over the long run, the generational difference could be a big problem for Republicans. For now, however, they benefit from older voters’ tendency to turn out more regularly, especially in nonpresidential elections.

One of the big questions for U.S. politics, said Doherty, “is when this generational tide starts to really impact elections.”

Mike Pompeo might be the only guy Trump trusts

Mike Pompeo might be the only guy Trump trusts, by Michael Walsh.

Pompeo’s … a rising star with an impeccable résumé (graduated first in his class at West Point, degree from Harvard Law, military vet), a no-nonsense manner and a capacity to get things done. Even better, he’s fully in synch with President Trump’s foreign-policy goals and outlook, which sees China, not Russia, as America’s principal global competitor, views the Iran nuclear deal as subject to immediate renegotiation or cancellation and is ready to go nose-to-nose with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

At State, Pompeo, who in just 14 months has helped refocus the CIA from its partisan activism under former chief John Brennan and back toward dispassionate information gathering, will pick up where Tillerson left off, continuing to streamline and downsize the bloated diplomatic ranks and bring the notoriously independent department, heavily populated with anti-Trump personnel, back under some semblance of White House control. Historically, State has always been far to the left of any given administration, even liberal ones — it sees its job as representing the world to America, instead of vice versa — and it’s long past time it was reined in.

Most important, Pompeo shares Trump’s politically incorrect vision for America’s place in the world — assertive, confident and indifferent to international opinion when it doesn’t suit America’s best interests. Like his boss, Pompeo would rather be respected, and even feared, than loved. …

Confirmation hearings for Pompeo are scheduled for next month, and they could be rocky. Already, gadfly Sen. Rand Paul has said he’ll vote against Pompeo, which means the nominee will need at least some Democratic support to win his vote in the Senate.

New World Order Targets American Freedom – Alex Newman

New World Order Targets American Freedom – Alex Newman, by Greg Hunter.

Award winning journalist Alex Newman has extensively covered the push towards a so-called New World Order by the global “Deep State.” New revelations about millions of Facebook user profiles show the battle lines start in cyberspace.

Newman says, “It’s really hard to tell where the social media firms begin and where the “Deep State” ends. . . . In all these globalist confabs . . . what you see are the leading executives of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Linked In, Amazon and Microsoft. These are the same people involved in the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and the World Government Summit. They all come and give their little speeches, and what you see, and it’s becoming clearer in the last few weeks, they are undergoing a systematic campaign to censor, to silence and to sideline conservatives, Christians, Libertarians and people who say anything that contradicts the agenda. We saw a massive purge just in the last few weeks of YouTube channels. We know Facebook has been manipulating their algorithms to censor conservatives so stuff doesn’t get trending. This is across the board on all these social media platforms.”

The most recent globalist confab was the World Government Summit in early February in the Middle East. It was mainly globalists, Islamists and atheists. Newman says, “This World Government Summit, which was the sixth one they have had, which takes place on the Arabian Peninsula . . . is all out in the open. It did not get any coverage in the American media, even though Sky News and CNN have cosponsored this event. . . .

You had the heads of all these UN agencies, the Head of the IMF, the Head of the World Bank, you had top globalists and executives from social media companies, very senior government officials and the head of the United Nations last year. So, this is very serious business.

They told us what their agenda was. They came out with an official press release and said we need to realign our institutions to get ready for the New World Order. It’s not a conspiracy anymore because a conspiracy requires secrecy, and they are in the open now. It’s not a theory, it’s a fact and you cannot argue with the facts. They just haven’t told the American people their agenda.”

There was indeed a World Government Summit in February — here is its webpage. It’s speakers were as he describes. It’s an annual event. I only found one reference to a press release, but it’s fairly anodyne and non-specific stuff about using technology, a progressive climate change policy, corporate tax reduction and a reform of labor legislation.

Maybe this is where this cast of cultural allies discuss policies and how wonderful more government is. Or maybe its just a huge holiday and confab for a bunch of wealthy people, most of whom are on the public dime. And really, how could you tell the difference? This reminds me of what Adam Smith said: “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”

Netanyahu says African migrants worse threat than jihadists

Netanyahu says African migrants worse threat than jihadists, by France 24.

“Were it not for the fence, we would be faced with… severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa,” Netanyahu’s office quoted him as telling a development conference in the southern Israel desert town of Dimona.

The interior ministry says there are currently some 42,000 African migrants in Israel, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, and the government has ordered that thousands of them must leave or face indefinite imprisonment.

They began slipping into Israel illegally in 2007 through what was then a porous border with Egypt’s lawless Sinai region.

The frontier with Israel’s Negev desert has since been given a 200-kilometre (124 mile) hi-tech fence and the influx has halted.

Netanyahu said a tide of non-Jewish immigration would threaten the very fabric of Israel.

“We are talking about a Jewish and democratic state, but how could we assure a Jewish and democratic state with 50,000 and then 100,000 and 150,000 migrants a year,” Netanyahu said.

“After a million, 1.5 million, we might as well shut up shop,” he added. “We did not close down, we built a fence.”

The open borders crowd already hate Israel.

Blogs versus Social Media

Blogs versus Social Media, by Glenn Reynolds.

I hope a lot of people will move back to blogs and away from big corporate platforms. As I wrote a while back: “I think that the old blogosphere was superior to ‘social media’ like Twitter and Facebook for a number of reasons.

First, as a loosely-coupled system, instead of the tightly-coupled systems built by retweets and shares, it was less prone to cascading failure in the form of waves of hysteria.

Second, because there was no central point of control, there was no way to ban people. And you didn’t need one, since bloggers had only the audience that deliberately chose to visit their blogs.”

Huffington Post Op-Ed Editor Brags About Using Racial, Gender Quotas In Submissions: ‘Less Than 50% White Authors (Check!)’

Huffington Post Op-Ed Editor Brags About Using Racial, Gender Quotas In Submissions: ‘Less Than 50% White Authors (Check!)’. By Ben Shapiro. The Huffington Post is one of the main progressive websites in the West, with many country-specific websites.

At no point does Angyal brag about the quality of the op-eds — it’s only the identities of those who write them that matters. …

It is somewhat interesting how arbitrary the numbers she picked are. If she wanted her op-ed page to be truly representative, why not simply mirror percentages of the population? That would mean that 3 out of every 1,000 op-ed writers would be transgender; black authors would represent 12 of every 100 op-ed writers; Asians would represent about 5; and whites would represent 64 out of every 100. But that’s not the proper racial balance, of course — that’s racist, or something. So instead, she picks numbers out of a hat, so long as that hat disadvantages white writers. …

This is discrimination. End of story. And leftists are bragging about it because identity politics matters more than either quality or common decency.