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what happened when i wore a tucker carlson t-shirt for a week in l.a.

during the two weeks i deactivated my twitter account, i was reduced to trolling people the good ol’ fashioned analog way: with t-shirts. this time my victims were the “liberal elites” in los angeles.after two twitter followers bought me tucker carlson t-shirts, i decided to test the bubble out and wore my t-shirt everywhere i went in l.a. for a week—and i made sure to make my week as #whitefeminist as i possibly could, so i went to spin class, farmer’s markets, yoga, starbucks, and organic juice bars all over town.the results were fascinating. my anecdotal evidence is far from scientific, but my findings were revealing. perhaps it’s because he lost his signature bowtie, but what struck me was that out of dozens of people that i polled, only one person recognized the image on my shirt as tucker carlson. i’d have to wear a maddow shirt in trumpland to really test the bubble theory out, but i’d hedge a guess that more people would recognize maddow in red states than people recognize tucker in blue states.according to recent ratings, tucker has the third most-watched cable news program, just behind sean hannity and maddow. hannity gets an average of 3.27 million viewers, which sounds like a lot but in actuality it’s less than 1 percent of the population of america. it’s hard to tell whether tucker’s lack of recognition is due to the bubble effect or the fact that when you actually drill down on the numbers, not many people watch cable news.a lot of people a...





the democrats' universal job plan would be a socialist disaster

comrade sanders has an old idea. sen. bernie sanders is set to announce a plan that guarantees every american “who wants or needs one” a lifetime government job paying at least $15 an hour, with health insurance and other perks. this new progressive workforce will then build glorious “projects throughout the united states” that are “aimed at addressing priorities such as infrastructure, care giving, the environment, education and other goals.”it would be one thing if the nation’s leading socialist — and perhaps the most popular democrat in the country — were the only one interested in creating a state-run workforce to “compete” with the private sector. a number of other allegedly moderate democrats and prospective presidential candidates, including kirsten gillibrand and cory booker, favor a universal job guarantee, as well. it’s rapidly becoming a mainstream idea.one imagines that a quixotic proposal like this polls quite well. i mean, who doesn’t want everyone to have a job? you don’t possess a skill-set that enables you to find productive work? you don’t want to learn a new trade? you don’t want to attain a better education? you have no interest in moving to an area where your work might be in demand? you don’t want to start your career with a lower wage even if the long-term prospects of doing so might be worthwhile? don’t worry. the government’s got an incentive-destroying job opportunity just for you.and if you’ve been fired for a...





parents fight with u.k. hospital to give oxygen to their sick toddler

as a parent there is nothing you want more than to shield your children from pain. to protect them from danger, and rescue them from anything that would seek to hurt them. alfie evans’ parents have been trying to do just that, but they’re having to fight his hospital and the courts to do it. the latter say alfie is better off dead, even though they don’t even know what’s wrong with him because the hospital refuses to diagnose him.alfie was born on may 9, 2016. he was born full term, and initially looked healthy. his parents, tom evans and kate james, describe him as an initially sleepy baby and slow to meet his developmental milestones. he soon began to experience episodes consistent with seizure activity, but doctors dismissed it as him being “lazy and a late developer.”in january 2016, the eight-month-old baby developed a chest infection and was hospitalized. the prognosis his parents were given at that time was that he would not survive, and they had him christened. he was placed on life support, then recovered from the first infection.alfie quickly got sick again, however, and began a cycle of repetitive illnesses and setbacks in alder hey, the hospital his parents took him to in order to save his life. despite numerous requests for transfers to other hospitals, his parents have not been allowed to move his care to a hospital that might be able to better care for or diagnose him. instead, alder hey has sought legal representation with the goal of turning off a...





here's how facebook decides what you can and can't post

subscribe to the federalist radio hour here. on this episode of the federalist radio hour, ben domenech interviews monika bickert, vp of global product management at facebook, about the social network’s publishing of their “internal enforcement guidelines.” they discuss the ways facebook regulates or removes content and how users often see social media companies as faceless silicon valley overlords. “we have to be very careful when we designate somebody a hate figure or some organization a hate org or a terror org,” bickert said. “we draw a real distinction between criticizing ideas or institutions or countries or religions, versus attacking people.” listen to the full interview here:





what happened when i wore a tucker carlson t-shirt for a week in l.a.

during the two weeks i deactivated my twitter account, i was reduced to trolling people the good ol’ fashioned analog way: with t-shirts. this time my victims were the “liberal elites” in los angeles.after two twitter followers bought me tucker carlson t-shirts, i decided to test the bubble out and wore my t-shirt everywhere i went in l.a. for a week—and i made sure to make my week as #whitefeminist as i possibly could, so i went to spin class, farmer’s markets, yoga, starbucks, and organic juice bars all over town.the results were fascinating. my anecdotal evidence is far from scientific, but my findings were revealing. perhaps it’s because he lost his signature bowtie, but what struck me was that out of dozens of people that i polled, only one person recognized the image on my shirt as tucker carlson. i’d have to wear a maddow shirt in trumpland to really test the bubble theory out, but i’d hedge a guess that more people would recognize maddow in red states than people recognize tucker in blue states.according to recent ratings, tucker has the third most-watched cable news program, just behind sean hannity and maddow. hannity gets an average of 3.27 million viewers, which sounds like a lot but in actuality it’s less than 1 percent of the population of america. it’s hard to tell whether tucker’s lack of recognition is due to the bubble effect or the fact that when you actually drill down on the numbers, not many people watch cable news.a lot of people a...





journos hadn't seen the comey memos until this week

the national media has been reporting on the comey memos as if they'd perused them within an inch of their lives way back in spring of 2017. there was giant, ground shaking news in washington this week. someone leaked the content, in redacted form, of former fbi director james comey’s memos. the memos are notes comey took on meetings with trump administration officials, until he was unceremoniously fired in may 2017.the memos cover the russia investigations, the steele dossier, transition politics, intel on various former administration officials of varying degrees of infamy, and of course comey’s feelings about all of it and his feelings about having feelings about all of it. it is the flowery, contemporaneously written version of one side of the dramatic he-said, he-said that is the comey-trump relationship. these memos were the basis for the special counsel appointment.as such, the memos are of great interest to everyone in national news. if you watched this week’s news in isolation, it would be abundantly clear this is the first time anyone in media had actually seen the seven memos. no wonder it’s such huge news!if you’d watched any other coverage of the trump administration over the last year, however, it’d be unclear why this is such a big deal. after all, the national media has been reporting on the comey memos as if they’d perused them within an inch of their lives way back in spring of 2017.in fact, not one person in media had so much as laid eyes ...





what you should be listening to right now: brent cowles

cowles is an artist you can enjoy while you’re driving down a country road, downing a few beers with friends on your back deck, or just hanging out on saturday afternoon.if you’ve listened to much of the coffee & markets podcasts i’ve hosted, you’ll know that i’m a huge live music fan. after a conversation the other day with our founder, ben domenech, we thought it might be fun for me to share some of my regular musical pilgrimages and let you know just what you should be listening to right now.living in austin, the live music capital of the world, and the home of two of america’s greatest music festivals: south by southwest and austin city limits, i’m neck deep in the live music scene whenever i can be. a regular trip to grab a beer with friends, a date night with my wife, or even a trip to the airport, can turn into a chance to discover new talent or see a musician you love. that’s what’s great about this town!during last month’s sxsw festival i was waiting to listen to jade bird at kutx live at the four seasons eating a breakfast taco and overheard some folks behind me talking about an artist from colorado named brent cowles. a “folk, meets southern rock, with some gospel thrown in for good measure,” kind of sound, the guy said. when i got home later that day i decided to check cowles out and see if that mix, which sounds right up my alley, was right. turns out, it was pretty damn close.cowles, the son of a colorado preacher, has been in and out of ...





'the hand of god' and 'colonial day'

this is the seventh in a series of “battlestar galactica” recaps. this year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. read the last piece, “revisiting battlestar galactica: ‘flesh and bone’ and ‘tigh me up, tigh me down'” here.spoilers ahead.although battlestar galactica is considered a space opera, the series rarely offers it as blatantly as in “the hand of god.” this episode shares a title with the original series’ finale and draws from the original series’ prophetic mythos. while paying homage to episode iv of star wars, the episode also borrows from world war ii dramas like sink the bismarck! (a personal favorite) in its use of a “big board” as a visual battle guide for the audience.in contrast, “colonial day” serves up political intrigue and an assassination plot, very loosely in the tradition of films like “the manchurian candidate” (minus the brainwashing). the cinematic visual inspiration may be “silent running,” which featured a spaceship devoted to environmental preservation. and the historical allusion is to middle east peace negotiations, in which seemingly minor moments like handshakes are the subject of political choreography.‘the hand of god’pres. roslin holds a press conference announcing the fleet’s reserve of tylium fuel has dropped to five percent, which is enough for only two more ftl jumps. she appears distracted because she is also having a vision of a dozen snakes crawling on her podium. this vision may b...





burying miscarried and stillborn babies is a policy of love, not offense

the perpetual outrage machine has found a new target: catholic hospitals that respectfully bury babies who died from stillbirths and miscarriages. instead of discarding their remains as medical waste, hospitals like seton in austin, texas, offer parents the choice to have a burial in a group grave financially covered by the hospital or a private burial at the parents’ expense.while many parents are thankful for these options to honor a time of grief and loss, others are upset about the idea of buring their miscarried baby’s body. in an article for the observer, blake norton, a texas mother who had a miscarriage at seton, expressed her unhappiness with the idea of burying deceased preterm babies. she described her experience as a “hazy nightmare” and said having to choose one of the two burial options as deeply upsetting: “the way this was done didn’t leave me with any sense of choice or empowerment or ownership over my experience, my narrative, my body. it felt incredibly violating.”it’s important to note that none of these feelings were about any part of the process for medically managing the miscarriage, or the treatment by the staff, but about seton’s policy that all people who die there should be buried. norton’s whole complaint stems from having to choose to either bury her baby privately, or to sign an acknowledgment that seton would handle the burial for her, at no cost, and list her as the child’s mother on the paperwork.her mother, donna howard,...





why i deleted my bumble app after it advertised for planned parenthood

i honestly hadn’t opened the dating app for months, so i had no intention of 'matching' with anyone, but after i saw the message, i went ahead and deleted it altogether.if you are a single person with the popular dating app bumble, you might have received a ping sunday afternoon with this message: “help us support healthy, consensual relationships! today, when you match, we donate to planned parenthood.”i honestly hadn’t opened the app for months, so i had no intention of “matching” with anyone, but after i saw the message, i went ahead and deleted it altogether. it seemed arrogant and misguided for bumble to assume that all of their users would be so excited to donate to such a controversial organization. they weren’t about to donate on my behalf so that i could “match” with some guy on long island that likes kayaking and works in finance.the audacity of bumble to use sexual assault awareness month (april) to send a message encouraging users to open the app and start swiping is bad enough. the further strike of arrogance assuming all their users would like more money donated to planned parenthood was just plain offensive.in fact, planned parenthood has recently partnered with most of the popular dating apps including grindr, okcupid, and hornet, under the guise of promoting sex education to the masses. their explanation is that the current federal government promotes causes that are devoted to “abstinence only” sex education, so they feel compelled to...





needless politics are distracting from ‘far cry 5’s’ true accomplishment

you’d be forgiven for thinking “far cry 5” was the butch “handmaid’s tale,” judging by the deluge of thinkpieces on it. as brandon morse discusses over at redstate, there’s a palpable disappointment among game journalists that the game didn’t fulfill its potential as a scorching hot take on the trump era. unfortunately, the game’s meaning has taken away from what the latest “far cry” has done so well, mainly refreshing the open-world concept.“far cry 5” shifts from the franchise’s foreign, fictional roots to a more local, fictional destination. the new iteration takes place in cult-addled hope county, montana. players control a mute junior deputy tasked with taking down eden’s gate and its leader, joseph seed. imagine a broadly drawn david koresh taking over a mountainous waco with his ever-vigilant branch davidians. fighting against seed, his family members, and his cult are a bunch of cliven bundy types replete with all manner of “assault-style weapons” and underground shelters.“far cry” veterans will feel mostly at home with this iteration. it features the familiar: gorgeous views, wild animals, outpost liberations, explosions, hallucinations (“far cry” loves hallucinations), a manic dynamism that borders on exhausting, and a big bad who never seems as menacing as intended. it offers plenty to do and an interesting map in which to do it.what “far cry 5” does best is make the open world feel less tedious. there are no towers to ...





kanye unloads on identity politics as ‘self-victimization’ and ‘slavery’

the famously eccentric rapper who once dined with president donald trump is opening up more and more about his previously cryptic political beliefs. in a batch of tweets written saturday and sunday after a long hiatus from twitter, kanye west exclaimed his support for conservative black pundit candace owens as well as his distaste for the slave “mentality” the political left currently embraces.it’s practically a given that whenever a high-profile public figure publishes any whiff of conservative opinion, the left is certain to clamor for his head (similar to west’s twitter profile picture). but west refused to cave in or apologize for his tweets:the washington post’s reporter on identity politics, eugene scott, worries west might be trying to grant owens’ worldview—which includes a firm rejection of black lives matter and all forms of victimization politics—validation among black voters. but he then dismisses such a goal as a “fringe” ploy, refusing to even consider the idea that ordinary black people might find an anti-collectivist, pro-individual-excellence position even somewhat attractive. of course, west and owens disagree.whatever the goal of the tweetstorm, west, who grew up in a strongly left-leaning household and whose earlier political sentiments included insisting george w. bush didn’t  care about black people, appears to have evolved politically. his embrace of trump in early 2017 made headline news. while the whole mainstream media jeered a...





snopes is a sneaky liar about california’s bill to ban christian lgbt talk

if you haven’t already lost significant respect for snopes as an impartial fact-checker, its analysis of a bill that bans all transactions involved in stating christian beliefs about homosexual behavior should. that bill passed 50-18 on april 19 and is being considered in the state senate. snopes’ insistence that california assembly bill 2943 would not result in the bible being banned in california is akin to snopes calling “demonstrably and clearly false” the claim that joseph stalin killed everyone around him.true, stalin did not kill “all” around him. indeed, so far as we know he never personally killed anyone. but he did have a great many people killed (estimates indicate that he was responsible for the deaths of 20 to 25 million people), sent many others to the gulag, and generally terrorized both his own country and eastern europe for decades.sure, it is virtually impossible that california will immediately attempt to ban the sale of the bible itself. not even the hard left in california has that kind of chutzpah. but citations of bible verses in the context of declaring homosexual practice and transgenderism to be morally debased could indeed get one into serious trouble with the law if it comes in the context of selling or advertising a product or service. here are the problems with snopes’s case.have you ever read a bill before?first, snopes states that since “california assembly bill 2943 does not mention the bible, christianity, or religion at all,?...





china and india's population control atrocities have sown the wind

china and india face a demographic crisis — a severe gender imbalance in their population. the washington post recently reported that men outnumber women by 70 million in these two countries. this manmade disaster is the result of population engineering driven by a combination of cultural preference, government policies, and technology.i cannot speak for india, but i know only too well how china reached this crisis point, because i almost never made it to this world due to china’s notorious one-child policy.how china started its one-child policyfor thousands of years, china didn’t have a population policy. traditional chinese culture believes that having many children is a blessing from heaven. even after communists took over china in 1949, chairman mao continued to encourage chinese women to have as many babies as possible, because more babies meant more future foot-soldiers for his communist revolution. under his rule, china’s population grew from 660 million in 1961 (after the chinese famine) to 930 million in 1976.when mao passed away in 1976, he left china in such economic shambles that china’s per capita gdp was merely $162, only slightly better than bangladesh ($142) but worse than afghanistan ($200). chinese leaders believed china’s economy couldn’t support a population any larger. by 1979, china’s population grew to 980 million and chinese leaders decided to implement the one-child policy in order to curb population growth.my own storybefore china...





the problem with social media isn't the media, it's the social

there is now widespread agreement that social media is a problem. in describing his hiring at the atlantic and abrupt firing at the behest of a twitter mob, kevin williamson concludes that the problem is how “the rage-fueled tribalism of social media, especially twitter, has infected the op-ed pages and, to some extent, the rest of journalism.”that’s a good summary of this dystopian phase of the new media. despite the promise that the internet would supercharge the propagation of new ideas, it seems to be having the opposite effect, narrowing people’s minds and crippling their ability to process new ideas and cope with ideological dissent.but what if the problem with social media isn’t the medium, but the “social” part? every social media company sells itself to us by talking about how they’re bringing the world together and helping to “build communities.” mark zuckerberg talks about this sort of thing endlessly. but what if all this community-building is the problem? what if it is just functioning as an engine of conformity, tribalism, and small-mindedness?in other words, what if the problem with the twitter mob isn’t twitter but the mob? the pr hype for social media puts a lot of emphasis on the value of getting people together in large groups. but if we observe how people actually behave in large groups, we might question the wisdom of doing so.let’s start, by way of contrast, with how people tend to behave when they acquire information on their own...





5 reasons democrats are suing over their russia collusion narrative

the democratic national committee (dnc), still trying to cope with hillary clinton’s defeat, just filed a civil suit in the southern district of new york. among the named defendants are the russian government, members of the trump campaign including the president’s son and son-in-law, and wikileaks.the complaint is 66 pages long, and contains nothing you haven’t heard from the media for the last two years, but the beginning is laugh-out-loud funny: “no one is above the law.” the complaint goes on to say that russia hacked the dnc, “then used this stolen information to advance its own interests: destabilizing the u.s. political environment, denigrating the democratic presidential nominee, and supporting the campaign of donald j. trump (‘trump’), whose policies would benefit the kremlin … in the trump campaign, russia found a willing and active partner in this effort.”the lawsuit moves on to extensively recount democrats’ conspiracy-theorist and still-unproven version of the 2016 election. readers will have heard all of this before in the mainstream press: low-level trump campaign aide george papadopoulos being contacted by a professor who somehow had ties to the kremlin, the meeting in trump tower between don jr. and russians, and trump’s praise for wikileaks on the campaign-trail, all proves of course trump and russia conspired to influence the election.the problem is that the mainstream press version of events leaves out about 80 percent of the story....





fec records indicate hillary campaign illegally laundered $84 million

the press continues to feed the dying russia collusion conspiracy theory, spending friday’s news cycle regurgitating democrat talking points from the just-filed racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations act lawsuit against the trump campaign, wikileaks, and russia.yet the mainstream media took no notice of last week’s federal court filing that exposes an $84 million money-laundering conspiracy the democratic national committee and the hillary clinton campaign executed during the 2016 presidential election in violation of federal campaign-finance law.that lawsuit, filed last week in a dc district court, summarizes the dnc-clinton conspiracy and provides detailed evidence from federal election commission (fec) filings confirming the complaint’s allegations that democrats undertook an extensive scheme to violate federal campaign limits.from bundling to money launderingdan backer, a campaign-finance lawyer and attorney-of-record in the lawsuit, explained the underlying law in an article for investor’s business daily: under federal law, “an individual donor can contribute $2,700 to any candidate, $10,000 to any state party committee, and (during the 2016 cycle) $33,400 to a national party’s main account. these groups can all get together and take a single check from a donor for the sum of those contribution limits—it’s legal because the donor cannot exceed the base limit for any one recipient. and state parties can make unlimited transfer to their national par...





what happened when i wore a tucker carlson t-shirt for a week in l.a.

during the two weeks i deactivated my twitter account, i was reduced to trolling people the good ol’ fashioned analog way: with t-shirts. this time my victims were the “liberal elites” in los angeles.after two twitter followers bought me tucker carlson t-shirts, i decided to test the bubble out and wore my t-shirt everywhere i went in l.a. for a week—and i made sure to make my week as #whitefeminist as i possibly could, so i went to spin class, farmer’s markets, yoga, starbucks, and organic juice bars all over town.the results were fascinating. my anecdotal evidence is far from scientific, but my findings were revealing. perhaps it’s because he lost his signature bowtie, but what struck me was that out of dozens of people that i polled, only one person recognized the image on my shirt as tucker carlson. i’d have to wear a maddow shirt in trumpland to really test the bubble theory out, but i’d hedge a guess that more people would recognize maddow in red states than people recognize tucker in blue states.according to recent ratings, tucker has the third most-watched cable news program, just behind sean hannity and maddow. hannity gets an average of 3.27 million viewers, which sounds like a lot but in actuality it’s less than 1 percent of the population of america. it’s hard to tell whether tucker’s lack of recognition is due to the bubble effect or the fact that when you actually drill down on the numbers, not many people watch cable news.a lot of people a...





christian publisher says google banned it over 'faith we express'

google ads has refused to do business with a christian publishing house 'because of the faith we express on our website,' said ceo bruce kintz in a facebook post today.google ads has refused to do business with a christian publishing house “because of the faith we express on our website,” said concordia publishing house ceo bruce kintz in a facebook post today.“google ads will no longer accept anything related to the cph.org domain. they stated the reason is because of the faith we express on our website,” kintz wrote. “[a cph associate] was told, as an example, that things like our bible (sic) challenge on our [vacation bible school] webpage would clearly need to come down before they could consider us for ads.”vacation bible school is an extremely popular event many churches offer as a sort of bible-themed summer day camp. cph’s 2018 vbs theme is “splash canyon,” with the slogan “discover god’s promise on life’s wild ride.” the program’s “bible challenge” that was apparently objectionable to google includes positive selections like “let us hold fast the confession of our hope . . . for he who promised is faithful. hebrews 10:23” and “god promises: ‘when you pass through the waters, i will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.’ isaiah 43:2.”cph is the publishing arm of the lutheran church-missouri synod, which has between 1.5 and 2 million american members. it is one of the conservative lutheran den...





kanye west's return to twitter is triggering the left

this week, kanye west tweeted that he loved elon musk, affirmed gender fluidity, and criticized capitalism and religion, but libs are outraged the 'yeezy' rapper is questioning some aspects of leftism.after a long hiatus, kanye west has returned to twitter, and his political opinions have left a lot of people shook.in a conversation with radio host ebro darden, kanye reportedly said he’s sick of people in calabasas living in a liberal bubble. he also reportedly told the host that he “loves donald trump,” and that he was sick of being demonized by liberals for thinking wrong thoughts.the man who once accused george w. bush of not caring about black people in the aftermath of hurricane katrina and said he was mulling over a potential presidential bid in 2015, once said he would have voted for donald trump if he had voted in the 2016 election.over the weekend, he tweeted that he loves the way right-leaning youtuber candace owens thinks and challenged his fans to question liberal political orthodoxy.on monday, he tweeted out clips of dilbert cartoonist scott adams’s videos, in which the cartoonist said that many people are beginning to break free of “prisons of the mind.”adams challenged the notion that history repeats itself, citing a political outsider’s rise to the oval office as evidence to prove that history is not cyclical.the cartoonist also said the rapper “ripped a hole in reality” by expressing support for owens.“he just freed a lot of people from...