Thursday, July 12, 2018

Persuasion Machines

Facebook documents were leaked .... The internal report crafted by Facebook executives showed the social network boasting to advertisers that by monitoring posts, interactions, and photos in real time, the network is able to track when teens feel “insecure,” “worthless,” “stressed,” “useless” and a “failure.” Why would the social network do this? The report also bragged about Facebook’s ability to micro-target ads down to “moments when young people need a confidence boost.”
Mechanized, weaponized persuasion.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


A devastating book review of a trendy “history” of early Christianity by Catherine Nixey. If you make it to the end, I heartily recommend Duffy's book, which he mentions.

It's an interesting looking blog.

The Great Stupiding Continues


Friday, July 6, 2018

More good news

This time at Marquette University.

If you click through or search and find the dissent, consider the implication of allowing religious organizations to redefine words as they choose.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Democrat Campaign Slogans

A good slogan can boost a campaign. “All the way with LBJ”, “Morning in America”. So here I present, diffidently, some ideas for the Democrats in 2018.

Punch Deplorables

Think Globally, Punch Locally

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

WLU suffering

This is fantastic news.

Update. More good news: WLU, Pimlott, and Rambukkana are being sued by Peterson.

WLU's response is hilarious.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fake Book Spreadsheet

David Bernstein points to a summary of falsehoods in Democrcay in Chains . 
I have previously blogged about point 48. A few random points of interest are the altered quote point 49, the patent falsehood 56, the blend of smear and appeal to ignorance at 14 ( even I know about the Whisky Rebellion), and the smear 37.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Lollipop Guild Is No More

The last surving Munchkin has died.

Few big stars from the 30s remain. The only ones I can think of off the top of my head are Kirk Douglas, Norman Lloyd, and of course Olivia De Havilland.

UPDATE: Baby Peggy is still alive! She was a huge star in the silents.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018



It's just a tweet, and she later corrected. But she didn't just make a false report. She claimed the false report was confirmed. That's not just a lurch at something she wants to believe,  a twitch of confirmation bias. It's fakery.

This is why Trump can call CNN fake news. Because it fakes news.