Ho hum, our “liberal” media cherry-picks data to “prove” that folks move right as they grow older, particularly the New York Times’s Nate Cohn, who concluded that based merely on 2012 and 2020 Presidential elections, never mind any election that happened inbetween. “To call it superficial is to be kind,” writes David W. Moore, in what must have been painful understatement. Anyway, people don’t get “conservative” as they get older, they get civilized – imagining all that drinking you did in your 20s as evidence you were “liberal” and all those stop signs you don’t roll through anymore as evidence you’ve become “conservative” would be absurdly simple-minded. Why, it’s almost as simple-minded as imagining that Joe Biden is the liberalest liberal ever merely because he happens to be President. Seriously, though, the whole article’s pretty good; you should read it.
If you want to read something truly depressing, read Phil Jones’s account of how big tech corporations use refugees all over the world as a kind of slave labor force to power their big machines. If, like me, you think great empires always rely on slave labor (and if, like me, you think that’s an abomination unto the Lord), you won’t be surprised or pleased to see big corporations using unemployed Palestinians and folks in Ugandan and Lebanese refugee camps to (among other things) teach algorithms how to recognize cats in photos – and paying them dung pellets for it, because who are they going to complain to? Don’t let your neighbors argue that at least they’re not the Uyghurs! Pointing out slave labor somewhere to excuse slave labor somewhere else is, what’s the word I’m looking for? Oh, yeah: evil.
You may be pleased to hear that Kenya has reduced teen pregnancies by close to 40 percent over just the last four years, and you may also be pleased to learn that they’ve done that largely with more education for girls, though more punishment for rapists and molesters would also be nice. But why do I suspect American right-wingers won’t find this to be good news? Because the more teen pregnancy rates fall, the less they can complain about the immorality of (Black) folks? Because education, for them, is just an excuse to throw some white supremacist tantrum? Because they’re all about controlling other people? I kid, of course – all these reasons are true!
U.S. District Judge rules that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice can’t simply avoid providing financial information in a lawsuit just because he’s running for Senate in 2024 and the information might be used against him. They all act like they want to be public servants, but then they act like they can’t take any punches whatsoever; no one has a “right” to avoid scrutiny, let alone criticism. And I can’t even say for sure he’d be a worse public servant than Joe Manchin, the man he’d likely run against once Mr. Manchin is done pretending he’s running for President because the moment demands him. I actually typed all that without convulsing in laughter.
Finally, I wish I were more surprised to hear that Moms for Liberty book-banning types often have deep ties to groups like the Proud Boys. That’s right, “Moms” wanting to ban books are using violent thugs who call themselves “Boys” as their brownshirts, because we are cursed to live in Interesting Times! I’m not upset that one source for this article came out after they all turned on her, because we don’t learn everything through thought experiment. Note well, though, that one Moms for Liberty member who got Gender Queer banned in Fascist Florida thanked her “friend Jacob Engels, who is part of the LGB community and also a reporter” for his help; she didn’t mention he was a Proud Boy. Every time they talk about some "friend," remember that every fascist is someone’s friend.