Friday, September 19, 2008

Wow! Google are getting tough on conservative blogs

Dick MacDonald had a pretty mainstream conservative blog here. Click the link and see what you get now. Dick is a man in his 70s and a former accountant so you can guess that he wasn't doing anything extreme. His main interest is social security reform. They took his blog down over copyright breaches. Email him on dickmcdonald73* (Replace the star with @, of course) to get on his mailing list. He is worth reading.


Wherein I Do My Part to Aid the Social Sciences

A good post from Ace below:

Dear Editor of Ace of Spades,

I am writing you on behalf of a research team from the Psychology Department at New York University, in the hopes that you might be able to help us with our timely and important research about the cognitive bases of electoral decision-making. We would be very grateful to you if you could possibly help us recruit politically inclined respondents to our survey by posting to your blog the link to the online survey we are conducting as part of this research...

And on and on and on.

My response:
With all due respect, why bother? I've read these studies before. You already know all the answers: Liberals vote out of rationality and hope; conservatives vote out of irrational prejudice and fear. There's no point collecting data when the conclusions have already been drafted. Thank you for your interest, but I can write your paper for you without bothering with the middleman of data collection.

Added a PS:
To make my complaint clear:

We all know that conservatives are more fond of tradition and liberals are more fond of fads and "new things." Now, we already know that. There is no reason to even collect data on it. It's a fact. It's 75% of what makes conservatives conservative and liberals liberal. But rather than framing it neutrally, you -- if you are anything like the six bazillion psychologists before you -- will say "liberals show they are more OPEN-MINDED and RECEPTIVE OF NEW IDEAS AND NEW EXPERIENCES than conservatives, who are CLOSED-MINDED and FEARFUL OF ANYTHING NEW OR DIFFERENT.

I could take the same data and give it a different spin: Conservatives are more mature and comfortable with themselves. Liberals, however, similar to juveniles, are seek out fads and transient fashions, much like teenagers "identity shop" by trying out new personae until one fits.

The thing is, the data should be reported straight. Neutrally. And if you're going to spin a value judgment on to it, there is no reason to favor the "CONSERVATIVES FEARFUL" spin over of my own "LIBERALS FADDISH AND ONLY PARTIALLY-FORMED IN THEIR ADULT PERSONAE" spin.

But I know in advance -- well, I know to a 99% certainty, based on the all of the similar studies I've read previously -- that it's going to be CONSERVATIVES FEARFUL. Why bother? Let's just skip the whole pretense of faux scientific rigor and get right to the money graf: Conservatives suck, liberals are better and smarter. And like trying out new foods and listening to "World Music."



There is no Democrat majority

Much has been made this year about how the fundamentals favor the Democrats. An unpopular Republican president, a war that has dragged on beyond the limits of public tolerance, a declining number of people identifying as Republicans and a worrisome economy all set the stage for the Democrats to reclaim the White House.

While citing these factors, Rasmussen Reports and many others have not often pointed out another fundamental-the difficulty Democrats have in attracting a majority of the popular vote.

Since 1860, the year that Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican president, only three Democrats have won the White House with a majority of the popular vote. Each of the three-Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter-were aided by extraordinary circumstances.

Roosevelt was elected during the depths of the Great Depression. Johnson was elected less than a year after he assumed the presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Carter was elected in the immediate aftermath of Watergate, a time that makes even the current challenges faced by the Republican Party seem tame by comparison.

For a while, it appeared to many that Barack Obama might be able to expand the traditional limits of Democratic appeal and break through the 50% ceiling. But despite all the polling done by Rasmussen Reports and others this season, he has not yet broken through that barrier....

Democrats are in trouble. The national security issue is one on which they are rightly not trusted and it comes to the fore in Presidential elections. The results of the Johnson and Carter administration as well as the Clinton administration give added reasons not to trust the Democrats on this issue.




Amazing China thaw: "One of the most visible signs of warming China-Taiwan ties is the presence on the island of Chinese tourists, who can now fly direct from five cities on the mainland. Most come in tour groups, seeing the sights and, in some cases, relatives. "My cousin married a Taiwanese, so she lives here," said Liu Xingxing, one of the approximately 12,000 mainlanders who have come to the island since direct flights started in July. "I wanted to visit her, and also to see my fellow countrymen." Tucking into her breakfast, Ms Liu, from Shenzhen, said that Taiwan's best selling point was its greenery and its cleanliness. "There are lots of trees and the hygiene standards are much better. But the shopping is better in Hong Kong."

Hillary Backer Donald Trump Endorses McCain: "Donald Trump, the flamboyant New York magnate, said on CNN's "Larry King Live" on Wednesday night that he is supporting Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president. Trump, never shy with his opinions, went on to say that McCain appears to be winning, and that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) should have chosen Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as his running mate. "I know John McCain, and John McCain's a great guy, a tremendous guy," Trump told King. "I've known him for a long time. And I'm with him, and I'm with him based on the fact that I have great knowledge of John McCain. Also, this is not the right time for tax increases. And Obama wants to increase your taxes drastically."

More Is Less : "Crucial Arctic sea ice this summer shrank to its second lowest level on record, continuing an alarming trend, scientists said Tuesday," the Associated Press reports from Washington. But if you read the second paragraph carefully, you see that this isn't necessarily a continuation of the "alarming trend": The ice covered 1.74 million square miles on Friday, marking a low point for this summer, according to NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. Last summer, the sea ice covered only 1.59 million square miles, the lowest since record-keeping began in 1979.. That is, there was more ice this year than last year. We won't be able to draw any conclusions for a few more years, but this latest datum is consistent with a reversal of the trend".


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1 comment:

Carl said...

It seems Google has been using any excuse, no matter how weak, to eliminate as many conservative blogs as they can...especially anti-Obama blogs. Google is controlled by folks with a liberal bent who seem to have started to come a bit unhinged. They are in the pocket of the Obama campaign IMHO.

Be careful. Your blog may be next.