Dems, Media Keep Handing the Narrative to Trump

Dems, Media Keep Handing the Narrative to Trump, by Jon Gabriel.

There’s much to criticize about anyone, let alone a president, constantly flinging personal insults. It’s uncivil, tacky, and just not done. But, damn, if it isn’t politically effective.

What else has the political world talked about in the past week? Mueller and impeachment got 24 hours. Anyone discussing Kamala Harris? No. In fact, she’s lost her poll bump from the last debate. How about Biden? Haven’t seen him. Warren, Buttigieg, Beto? Nada.

If you’re a masochist and follow these candidates’ social media accounts, they’re trying to get attention. Oh, how they’re trying. Tulsi Gabbard just posted her Lion King workout video. But the only politician going viral lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

What’s odd is that the Democrats and the media are helping Trump to control the news cycle. If Trump’s a rageaholic, the Beltway left are his enablers.

In the middle of an ugly Pelosi vs. Squad grudge match, the Donald praised the former and insulted the latter. DC Republicans wondered why he would step into a red-on-red battle. But establishment Democrats immediately tied themselves to their socialist wing, with Pelosi going so far as to sanction a GOP get-out-the-vote photo for the ages. Their feud might be papered over today but it boils just beneath that rictus grin.

Then, Trump mocks Baltimore, which everyone knows has been a tragic mess for years. All of a sudden, Dems and journalists insist Charm City is an urban paradise rather than the setting for “The Wire.”

By Monday, the political-industrial complex was praising the nobility of antisemitic grifter Al Sharpton. After all, if Trump doesn’t like someone or something, they must be beyond reproach. …

Love or hate his methods, Trump has assured that all the media focus is on him. The ~143 Democratic candidates are utterly starved of oxygen, unable to promote their latest plan to spend your money or viralize their sweaty workout video.

It’s not Trump who rages, but the left/media:

At some level, the media must know what’s going on, but they just can’t help themselves. Trump types a few words and they launch into an emotional rage. …

Yes, all the attention Trump gets is decidedly negative. Yes, he’s being called racist, misogynist, etc., etc., nonstop by most the media, several Republicans, and every Democrat.

How’d that work out in 2016?

Germany: Boy dies after being pushed in front of train in Frankfurt

Germany: Boy dies after being pushed in front of train in Frankfurt. By the BBC.

An eight-year-old boy died and his mother was injured when a man pushed them in front of a high speed train at Frankfurt railway station in Germany.

An Eritrean man has been arrested over the attack, which happened on Monday morning.

Witnesses said the man deliberately pushed the boy and his mother on to the tracks before trying to run away. He was chased and stopped by passers-by.

The 40-year-old suspect attempted to push a third person but failed.

Frankfurt station, Inner City Express (up to 186 mph)

What a nightmare for the mother. She saw her son squished, while she lay between the tracks and the train passed over her.

Imagine a stranger pushing as many people as he can in front of a train. Why? Do we now have to be on alert for that?

How can we make society high trust again? High trust societies function so much better, and our used to be high trust. Now it’s security measures and mistrust all over the place.

Btw, Eritrea is in Africa, half Muslim and half Christian.

UPDATE:

Commuters at the station “howled” when they saw the incident and many required medical treatment after seeing the boy’s death.

‘Sex and the City’ Author Regrets Not Having Kids: I Felt ‘Truly Alone’

‘Sex and the City’ Author Regrets Not Having Kids: I Felt ‘Truly Alone’, by Paul Bios.

An author who helped usher in a new era of sexual liberation admits that not building a family made her feel “truly alone.”

Candace Bushnell’s novel, “Sex and the City,” helped spawn the wildly popular HBO series of the same name, in which a group of affluent Manhattan women experience the joys and pratfalls of sexual independence. Speaking with the Sunday Times, however, Bushnell said she regrets not having children prior to her divorce in 2012.

When I was in my 30s and 40s, I didn’t think about it,” Bushnell said, according to Fox News. “Then when I got divorced and I was in my 50s, I started to see the impact of not having children and of truly being alone. I do see that people with children have an anchor in a way that people who have no kids don’t.” …

Moving on:

Bushnell said the lives of 50-something women have changed drastically over the decades and are virtually the same as women in their 20s.

“It didn’t used to be this way. At one time, 50-something meant the beginning of retirement — working less, spending more time on your hobbies, with your friends, who like you were sliding into a more leisurely lifestyle,” said Bushnell. “In short, retirement age folks weren’t meant to do much of anything but get older and a bit heavier. They weren’t expected to exercise, start new business ventures, move to a different state, have casual sex with strangers, and start all over again. But this is exactly what the lives of a lot of 50- and 60-something women look like today, and I’m thrilled to be reflecting the rich complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen.”

Isn’t feminism wonderful?

Our society currently encourages smarter women to have careers rather than kids, so collectively we become dumber and less able to sustain our technology and our democracy, or to defend ourselves in this world. It’s not sustainable.

 

The Real Reason Why AFL Fans Booed Adam Goodes

The Real Reason Why AFL Fans Booed Adam Goodes. By Tim Wilms.

Adam Goodes began his AFL career in 1999, won two premierships and two brownlow medals with the Sydney Swans before he was ever booed. His career to that point had been exemplary with no on-field or off-field controversy.

It all began during the Indigenous Round of 2013, when Sydney played Collingwood at the MCG. Adam Goodes and the Swans put on a stellar performance defeating Collingwood by 47 points.

But in the dying moments of the game Goodes is by the boundary and can be seen pointing at a spectator who commentators quickly conclude made a racial slur at Goodes. …

The next day we learned the alleged ‘racist’ fan was a 13 year old girl who called Goodes an ‘ape’ because of his hairy appearance. But Goodes still took it as a racial slur and called her ‘the face of racism in Australia’.

Although he said to leave the girl alone and it wasn’t her fault, Goodes held her up as a form of original white sin, that white Australians are born and raised racist and this was embodied in this 13 year old girl.

Because of Goodes’ bold stand against ‘racism’, and to be fair worthy community work with the Indigenous community he was named the 2014 Australian of the Year.

But it was how Goodes behaved as Australian of the Year that began the boos from AFL fans. Because he was an Indigenous Australian of the Year Goodes was encouraged to subscribe to the black-armband view of Australian history.

First he was asked whether he believed Australia Day was Invasion Day, his answer was he could understand how some could feel sorrow at the day.

Then he was sucked into far-left filmmaker John Pilger’s propaganda film Utopia which alleges that white Australia from colonial times to even the present day has had deliberate policies designed to entrench Indigenous disadvantage.

Goodes said “Utopia has shown me how, over 225 years, the Europeans, and now the governments that run our country, have raped, killed and stolen from my people for their own benefit”.

He always referred to fellow Indigenous Australians as my people, that he was a proud Indigenous man and told white Australia to remember whose land you’re on. But Goodes had a Scottish father, so he had ancestry connected to white Australia yet did not want any association with it.

During his reign as Australian of the Year Adam Goodes supported the ‘Recognise’ campaign to have Indigenous Australians mentioned in Australia’s constitution. It’s a campaign that hasn’t come to a referendum in the current year. He also appeared in the Australian Human Rights Commission ‘Racism, It Stops with Me’ advertising campaign.

Each of Goodes’ entry into hectoring white Australia about their inherent bigotry and racism, that Australia didn’t really belong to them and our history was one of shame saw the boos grow towards the end of the 2014 season.

Conclusion:

Goodes as an Australian had reaped the benefits of modern Australian society. His talent as footballer had seen him reach the game’s most elite competition, he had won all there is to win in terms of AFL honours. His large salary was paid for fans of the game who pay to attend matches, buy merchandise and watch on television.

To shove all this opportunity back into the fans faces by getting sucked into the elites’ Aboriginal grievance industry was a grave mistake by Goodes. It wasn’t all his own fault, but he allowed himself to believe that white Australia had forever and continued to systematically shun Indigenous people. Goodes found the backlash something he could not handle. …

AFL fans are not racist, they tolerate the AFL’s social justice rounds for the most part: Indigenous Round, Multicultural Round and the LGBT pride match. But they can be pushed too far; they were by Goodes. …

The lesson from the Goodes booing saga should be this: don’t treat the AFL fans as backward and uneducated filth who it is the job of the game’s administrators and its social justice division to enlighten and educate them about the supposed wrongs of their way of life.

They were booing his political correctness, not his race.

In the Restoration Court of King Boris, the Puritans Don’t Stand a Chance…

In the Restoration Court of King Boris, the Puritans Don’t Stand a Chance… By James Delingpole.

Poople find Rees-Mogg’s almost self-parodic archaisms more charming than they do annoying, which is why “Honourable Member for the 18th Century” is a joke he often likes to use against himself. … people in this country still do love a toff. …

This is one of the things that has been so enjoyable about watching the Boris Johnson administration in action. It’s like watching Odysseus returning to Ithaca and clearing his court of all the wastrels, louts, and spendthrifts who have taken over in his absence; it’s like witnessing the Restoration of Charles II after years in which Britain had been in thrall to hatchet-faced, Christmas-and-Maypole-banning Puritans; it’s like Britain once more becoming the place we used to know and love before the social justice warriors and race-baiters and cry-bullies and diversity officers and sustainability consultants almost went and ruined everything.

Odysseus returns, and finds his wife’s suitors hanging about

Watching the new gang — Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg especially — competing in the Commons last week to see who could most wittily and imaginatively put down the Opposition, I was reminded of the good old days at the Oxford Union when Oxford was still a halfway decent university and hadn’t completely surrendered to whiny, entitled Communists.

The swagger, the confidence, the bantering good humour — where making your point is all very well, but what matters far more is the style and wit with which you do it — reminded me how much we’ve been missing in Parliament all these years as MPs with class and hinterland and oratorical skills were edged out by career-safe, virtue-signalling placemen and placewomen.

What we’re seeing happening in British politics now is very similar to what the U.S. has been experiencing under Donald Trump — only done in an English way. The bubble of pomposity has been pricked by our new God-Emperors of banter.

You could see it in the expressions of Jeremy Corbyn and his even further-left Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell as Boris Johnson crushed them with a succession of bang-on-the-nail insults: they looked hurt, dismayed, lost — as well they might. These were the expressions of men who for a brief and anomalous period in British history had persuaded themselves that they genuinely stood a chance of forming a government and remodelling the world’s fifth-largest economy on the lines of Castro’s Cuba and Chavez’s Venezuela — and who now realised that moment has gone. Forever. …

Return to what worked:

Over the years, our increasingly left-leaning culture has brainwashed us into thinking that anything that smacked of “elitism”, or tradition, or the old ruling class was undesirable and that in order to progress we must forever embrace the new.

Well, from Tony Blair onwards we’ve been given a pretty good idea what this new world looked and smelt like.

I don’t know about you — but I’m glad we’re getting the old one back.

Is Math the next to fall to the New Left?

Is Math the next to fall to the New Left? By Mark Tapson.

It’s no secret that leftist educators have utterly ruined the fields of the humanities with their Marxist wokeness, postmodern deconstructionism, and openly anti-Western bias. Now The College Fix reports that educators are increasingly imposing a social justice agenda in at least one field that you might expect would be free from any sort of ideological perspective: mathematics. …

What does math have to do with one’s “identity”? What a naïve question. For the left, everything revolves around identity – math too, because as educator José Vilson writing at QED declares, “math as a subject still centers whiteness as a marker for success,” whatever that means. He doesn’t need to elaborate because it goes without saying today that “whiteness” is a systemic evil that must be deconstructed and relegated to the dustbin of history. …

Whiteness

“Math was never neutral,” Vilson continues. “Math as a subject area is a reflection of the values and stories propagated by a given educational system’s architects.” This may come as a surprise to those who foolishly assume, as I wrote above, that the principles of math apply equally to everyone and have no racial bias. Au contraire: “math as a neutral subject is a lie,” Vilson asserts, really getting worked up now, “and the folks who perpetrate the myth lie for their comfort. Math has often centered the success of straight white men and those who believe in their schema.” He does not explain what the “schema” of straight white men is, but again, he doesn’t need to; he assumes that his audience tacitly agrees that straight white males in toto are mendacious bigots.

Vilson favorably cites Rochelle Gutierrez, another math equity activist, who argues, “On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White.” Campus Reform notes that she claims math helps perpetuate “white privilege” because the fact that our economy places a premium on math skills gives math a form of “unearned privilege” for math professors, who are disproportionately white. This inequity in skin color therefore must be the result of a devious conspiracy (schema?) on the part of “straight white males.” (Boo! Hiss!)

As has been noted many times by me and others, multiculturalism is quite simply anti-Western envy, resentment, and hatred. It seeks to delegitimize and subvert Western values, achievements, and social structures, and the strategy for that includes demonizing the bogeymen “whiteness” and “white privilege.”.

More anti-white racist dog-whistling. Not very subtle, is it?

The left going to be hopping mad then they find out that the carbon dioxide theory of global warming is just based on a technical mistake in the climate models. Not a maths error exactly, but pretty close — it involves logic.

The New Left’s Tribalism is anti-Enlightenment

The New Left’s Tribalism is anti-Enlightenment, by Victor Davis Hanson.

Take [Ayanna ] Pressley’s recent formulation of the new racism at a recent Netroots Nation conference:

If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don’t even show up because we need you to represent that voice.

In sum, Pressley just outlined the classic anti-Enlightenment mindset: we are all permanent captives of our superficial race, religion, and sexual orientation. We must at all times think, act, and speak in such tribal fashion—and do so monolithically and collectively, in adopting the party line as set down by such elites as those like Pressley herself.

Blacks who oppose affirmative action, or Muslims who recognize Israel, or “queers” whose sexual preferences are incidental, not essential to their personas are thus declared not authentic and thus not to be welcomed by Pressley into the new racialist Democratic Party.

In practical terms, Pressley assumes that whites, reportedly about 70 percent of the population, tune her logic out. That is, they should never take her own racist advice and vote en masse according to their superficial shared skin color. If they did, the 55 percent of actual voters who are white in her otherwise minority-majority congressional district might never have elected someone who, according to her own rationale, is not part of their own tribe. …

What will put an end to this new anti-enlightenment racism of the woke that is emulating the familiar overt racism of the past? It will cease only when the majority of Americans of all racial heritages are brave enough to call out those projectionists who are obsessed with constructing or promulgating racism as the purveyors of hate themselves, the sad and the pathetic dividers who seem believe they are innately and collectively superior on the basis of their superficial appearance or creed.

Ed Driscoll:

As John Podhoretz tweeted in November of 2016, “Liberals spent 40 years disaggregating [the] U.S., until finally the largest cohort in the country chose to vote as though it were an ethnic group.”

Woke racism is very old indeed.

Why the Left So Despises Donald Trump

Why the Left So Despises Donald Trump, by Conrad Black.

The Democrats are almost leaderless. The Clinton faction is discounted by the election result, the appalling fraud of the Steele Dossier, and many unsavory financial questions; President Obama remains somewhat popular but is a rather withdrawn figure. In these circumstances, the frolicsome Democratic Left has made the running, and as usually happens, the more strenuous factions of the party out of the White House have the most energy, which in these times means that the Democrats have made a seismic shift to the left.

This has been magnified by the fact that the further to the economic and foreign-policy left one is, the more repulsive Donald Trump appears. The far-left faction of the Democrats, led by congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, have with this big, very white, rigorously politically incorrect billionaire, that they believe, tactically and by uncontainable impulse, is the target of their political dreams.

Mr. Trump is the personification of every policy they hate and every human trait they despise; to them, he is a monster of ignorance, greed, bombast, bellicosity, and racist bigotry. They are like World War II movie submarine captains seeing a thousand feet ahead of their periscopes a giant enemy oil tanker, inching through still waters.

Big fat target, but is it an oil tanker?

Their hate is real, but their impression of the target is a chimerical mirage. In pursuit of him it is acceptable to say publicly “impeach the motherf***er,” to claim adequately outfitted border detention centers where illegal migrants are fed Big Macs are “concentration camps” where children are forced to drink from toilets, and to demand a green terror, unpatrolled borders, free health care for everyone, doubled income-tax rates in the high and corporate brackets, trillions of dollars for reparations to nonwhites, and legalized infanticide.

All four of them qualify as anti-Semites. As has been widely mentioned, the president is doing what he can to help make these four the best publicly known face of the Democrats. They are, to adapt other lavatory images, drinking their own bathwater, and the president will hang their insane ideas around the Democrats’ necks like a toilet seat. …

Mr. Trump is not a racist. The congresswomen’s attacks on the United States; Ms. Omar’s trivialization and quasi-justification of the 9/11 terrorist attacks; the imputation of racial and sexual bigotry to almost anyone who is not in lockstep with their absurd and nasty opinions, including their own leader, Nancy Pelosi — all are well within their rights of freedom of expression, but are politically suicidal. …

It must be added that there is a last ingredient: Mr. Trump’s refusal to make it difficult for his detractors. No serious person can still claim that Mr. Trump is a fool, given what he has achieved, before he was president and in that office. But he invites questions about his egocentricity. … This president is often gratuitously uncouth in public, and almost unrecognizable to those who know him as a congenial, courteous, and charming man and a fine raconteur. These traits are less frequently in evidence than in earlier days.

Wokeness Drives Latino Student To Trump

Wokeness Drives Latino Student To Trump, via Rod Dreher. The student says:

A couple of weeks ago we had to have a discussion circle about how students deal with mental health and what that might be like in graduate school. Sounds fairly innocuous and perhaps even useful, right? Wrong.

The moderator of my circle looks exactly like a model SJW. Not quite Trigglypuff, but pretty damn close. Sort of overweight woman, hairy arms (and face), a PhD candidate in some grievance studies field. Afflicted with all sorts of mental disorders and sure proud of it. That’s a bizarre thing, isn’t it? The people there went on and on about their various mental health issues as if they were badges to be put on girl scout sashes. One after the other, they one-upped each other. “You have depression and it sometimes affects your day? Well I have depression and I can’t even do my homework!” “Oh yeah, well I have to stay in bed for two weeks sometimes!” “Well I tried to kill myself once!” These are not trivial things and should be taken as seriously as physical injuries and treated as such. I used to have severe depression and anxiety issues, but I got through it because I realized it wasn’t a necessary condition of my existence.

Anyway, there were a few standard questions about what we do to take care of ourselves and I was feeling fine about everything. Then, on the fourth question, the moderator asked, “How do your intersecting identities affect your mental health?” A parade of rather predictable responses followed. “I’m black, so nobody expects me to succeed, which is why I fail so often.” “I’m a woman, so I often feel as if I am supposed to be in the kitchen instead of the study.” And so on. I was the last one.

I thought about it for a second and decided to take a stand (paraphrasing): “I don’t think about my intersecting identities. It simply isn’t useful. It’s more useful to think of myself as an individual and not subject myself to imaginary group pressures because that leads to pathology. I prefer to grant myself agency and allow that I have the power to determine my course regardless of these happenstance characteristics.”

The circle became visibly tense and the people next to me were physically repulsed. The moderator looked at me and sneered, “White male.” Seriously, she said that.

I was a bit taken aback. I smirked a bit (it is rather funny) and said something to the effect of, “There are words to describe people who make assumptions on the basis of skin color and gender, and they aren’t particularly nice. And I’m actually Mexican–” She interrupted me, saying, “Well, you have very light skin.” Can you imagine the nerve of this woman? Seriously, she said that.

Of course, I’m paraphrasing my own words here because I don’t remember exactly what I said. I responded, “That’s quite the observation. What you can’t tell by my skin color and gender [she assumed my gender! The nerve of some people] is that I am on the autism spectrum. What you can’t tell is that my parents divorced when I was very young, that my family lost everything in the Great Recession, that my grandparents grew up in boxcars, that my parents never finished college, that my parents were abused as children, that I have had many personal struggles. These aren’t the things you can get out of melanin and genitalia…” I went on for some time like that and we went back and forth a few more times, with other students jumping in to tell me how insensitive I was being.

The experience has stuck in my mind for quite some time. This thing really matters. When I was growing up, it was absolutely not okay to talk to people like that in any setting. Now, in a conversation about mental health, it’s suddenly okay to condemn white males simply for being white males? One of my friends, a traditional Muslim from Somalia, told me he self-censored throughout the discussion simply because he didn’t want to be condemned. Needless to say, I’m the black sheep of the group now. And that’s basically fine with me. But there is something horribly wrong if it has become okay to behave like this.

The Left is insane. The Right has its issues, but at least I’m certain they don’t want me dead. When the Revolution comes, I don’t doubt for a second that my head will be on a pike next to yours and my capitalist father’s. I’m scared to death of these people. I have God and monetary policy, but all I can really talk about is the latter. I’m no fan of Donald Trump’s, but I will be voting for him without a moment’s hesitation in 2020. In no time at all, I went from a cosmopolitan libertarian who was in the good graces of the Left to one of the deplorables because of an instance of wrongthink.

A whole generation is being raised on this racist, sexist hate. Universities are increasingly for indoctrination, not education. What sort of citizens are these people going to make? Even if it were to stop now, the damage already done to society is going to go on for decades.

Expert testimony that Google sways 2.5 to 10 million votes in a US election

Expert testimony that Google sways 2.5 to 10 million votes in a US election. By John Dunn.

Dr. Robert Epstein, prominent social psychologist, whose research shows that Google can and will swing millions of votes by the way it modifies its searches and prompts releases to Google customers.

The home run statement of Dr. Epstein, who admitted he was a Democrat, is that the rock bottom lowest effect of Google in a US election is 2.5 million votes if it uses its available tools to influence users in voter choices, with the upper effect in a range of more than 10 million votes. …

When confronted with Project Veritas tapes of Google exec commitment to the Democrat party success and willingness to organize an effort to make sure Trump was not re-elected, the Google representative was just short of speechless.

In the last US presidential election, there were about 60 million votes cast for each of Trump and Hillary. Hillary won about about 2 million more votes, with large majorities in a few big coastal cities.

So, Google’s influence is easily enough to sway an election.

Meanwhile, the Left bang on and on about Russian interference, which only amounted to 20 or so online trolls and some tens of thousands of dollars of advertising. (Hillary’s campaign spent over $1b.)

Trump Campaign Selling Out Of Straws, Expects To Raise $500K From Them By Next Week

Trump Campaign Selling Out Of Straws, Expects To Raise $500K From Them By Next Week. By Ashe Schow.

Last week, President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign began selling red plastic straws with his name on them.

“Liberal paper straws don’t work,” a description for the straws read on the Trump campaign merchandise website. The straws are available for $15 for a pack of 10. …

A campaign official told Real Clear that sales are expected to exceed $500,000 as early as next week. Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s communications director, told Real Clear that the “paper straw is universally hated.”

“People feel like they have been lectured to, and told they can’t use plastic straws, you know, the kind that actually work,” he added.

Murtaugh also told the outlet that the campaign intended to sell the straws as “a proxy” for conservatives’ annoyance with Big Government and political correctness.

The Daily Wire previously reported that the fear of plastic straws filling our oceans is based on a bogus study conducted by a 9-year-old who called straw manufacturers to ask how many they think are used. The “results” found that Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day. The results were repeated by legitimate sources who didn’t conduct their own research or dig into the “study.”

Now cities across the U.S. — including San Francisco and Washington, D.C. — are banning restaurants from providing plastic straws except to those with disabilities.

Glamour wears off as tech giants’ dirty little secrets revealed

Glamour wears off as tech giants’ dirty little secrets revealed, by Andrew White.

Even a grizzled veteran of business power plays and customer abuses can still be shocked. Rod Sims surfaced yesterday after a deep dive into the all-conquering global tech giants to say he was surprised at what he found. …

Sims’s 619-page final report into the digital platforms arrived with a metaphorical thud yesterday and the Australian Competi­tion & Consumer Commission boss is betting its 23 recommendations covering consumers, competition and the media will be far-reaching and ­reverberate not just in Canberra but around the world. …

Australia has been at the forefront of the pushback against the tech giants, with Sims commissioned 18 months ago by then treasurer Scott Morrison to ­investigate the industry …

In Australia, for every $100 spent by advertisers online — ­excluding classifieds — $47 goes to Google, $24 to Facebook and the rest of the media industry scraps over the rest. That’s a huge share of the esti­mated $9 billion market that has grown more than eightfold since 2005, much of it by taking share formerly held by traditional media.

The ACCC found more than 98 per cent of online searches on mobile devices are with Google, while Facebook had about 17 million Australians checking in for half an hour every day. …

Australia too

Shopping patterns, browsing history, location and personal data, such as the size of your family or your relationship status, are there to be collected, aggregated, sliced and diced and auctioned to the highest bidder. “The world has never before seen so much commercially sensitive and personal data collected and aggregated in just two companies,” [Treasurer Josh] Frydenberg says. “Our legislative and regulatory framework could not and did not anticipate such a new paradigm, a paradigm which poses real ­challenges for authorities the world over.” …

Meanwhile Alphabet, the parent company of Google, posted quarterly results that showed it beat brokers estimates by $US900 million ($1.3 billion). Its ­advertising revenue jumped by 16 per cent.

It was a stark reminder of just how rich and powerful the tech ­giants have become that their ­results are untouched by the extraordinary level of global attention their businesses now attract.

Commenter Terry:

I hope this leads to an end to foreign sellers being allowed to represent themselves as being in Australia while undercutting all Australian business and avoiding all consumer, import and other federal and state legal compliance which is applied to Australians online.

The Age Of Anti-Knowledge

The Age Of Anti-Knowledge, by the Z-Man.

As is always the case, the Left has the ability to create and define its opponents, because it controls the institutions. Forty years ago it created the image of a conservative as a ruthless, cold-hearted capitalist, in order to have an enemy they could more easily manipulate. …

The over-the-top science denialism we see in the prestige press is filtering down to the rest of the cult. They don’t bother with the arguments, instead preferring to repeat the catch phrases. …

What the Left is engaged in now is a full-throated rejection of observable reality on moral grounds. Angela Saini commands that you accept that Kenyan performance in distance running is an optical illusion. Cordelia Fine, says, as a women, she knows sex is a social construct, created by men. This is not an inability to grasp the material. It is a conscious desire to forbid certain knowledge, to anathematize noticing the world and the explanations for what we see.

It is popular to talk about this phenomenon in terms of Galileo. The left-wing science deniers are playing the antagonist role of the Church and the humans sciences are in the protagonist role. This is probably comforting to the empirically minded, as it suggests they will eventually triumph in the end. Not only is this a faulty reading of history, particularly the Church, it assumes that human progress is inevitable. That no matter what they do, the march of science will continue unabated.

Instead, what we are seeing could be the signal of a coming dark age. Maybe this is what it was like in 1177 BC. The slow decline in general intelligence leads to a period of anti-knowledge, where knowing how stuff works, or even being curious about it, is seen as a threat to the established order. The brakes are applied and progress is reversed until the point where the people are no longer able to operate the mechanisms of society created by their ancestors.

Commenter Max:

First it hit public policies — outcomes don’t matter, only intentions. Now, it has hit science — scientific validity doesn’t matter, only intentions. Scientific research is becoming nothing more than just more virtue signaling.

Commenter TomA:

All of the insanity described in this post is a function of our current environment in which hardship and existential threat have become extinct. The stupid are no longer purged from the gene pool by consequence of fitness selection. We now live in a society in which dependence, conformity, and whining are rewarded with more gravy.

The fall of Constantinople, the last outpost of the Roman empire, in 1453

Commenter Exile:

Today’s external accelerators are similar to those in the Bronze Age Collapse & Dark Ages – mass migrations of barbarians seeking the riches of higher civilization, with collaborators in the high castles helping to open the gates for them.

Those who experienced prior collapse events in real time did not see them as distinct events, even in hindsight. What we now see as “events” stretched over generations. Our present catabolic collapse could take longer than accelerationists might prefer. …

In much the same way that prior lost civilizations believed that their slow demise was simply the way things were, the Narrative Makers today would have us believe that their man-made demographic warfare and global financial manipulations are simply “our changing world.” However, unlike past collapse events, in the Information Age a critical mass of sufficiently educated and aware people people can call bullshit on those who are selling civilization by the pound in real time. We can start laying the foundations for what comes next before the bottom falls out. Our short-term project is to bust the current narrative and red pill that critical mass. Globohomo works best with an apathetic and uninformed population. We need platforms and we need time to get the word out. A discontented and informed population will gum up the works of Davos World & provide dissidents the social and later physical space that we need to start laying the foundations for the modern equivalent of post Information Age feudalism.