Thursday, September 29, 2016

We Used To Do That

There's been chatter about some of the fever swamps of the internet (you know, the white supremacist types) getting their users to "manipulate" online polls. Not that I'm inclined to defend neo-Nazis (And I'm not, of course), but online polls should be manipulated. People on in the internets have been "manipulating" online polls about politics for as long as I can remember. The freepers at free republic call it "freeping" polls. The kids at Democratic Underground say to "DU this poll." Here we adopted Lou Dobbs for awhile and called it "torture Lou Dobbs" because we could get the results of his online polls, which he would announce on his show daily, to be the opposite of whatever you knew he wanted them to be. The point was to have a bit of fine while pointing out that the whole exercise was absurd.

Oonline polls are, of course, complete bullshit, and if "news" organizations wish to talk about them as being meaningful, as opposed to a game, which they have for a long time, then they get what they ask for. Random assholes on the internet aren't the ones making online polls newsworthy, it's elite news organizations. And, yes, in the past they definitely had an impact in how events like debates were covered. I've seen hosts say things like, "we thought this, but our online polls say..."

So, yes, online polls are bullshit. Stop pretending otherwise. And long before 4chan or even Eschaton World Industries, there was the Free Republic, "manipulating" every one of them. Weirdly news organizations only seem to care when they get results they don't like. Funny, that.

But Does She Have Granite Countertops?

Go against whoever happens to be Dear Leader at the moment, and face the consequences.

Morning Thread

Here are some quick hits from Echidne. It's always been a puzzlement to me that so many people don't believe writers should be paid for their work. It *is* work to keep a blog active, day after day after day and some bloggers absolutely deserve to be remunerated for their toil. Echidne  is one of those. Note the "donate" button on her blog and use it. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday Night

Tomorrow is...

Smell the Freedom

Happy Hour Thread


Sad Clown

I admit I find it hard to keep up the sense of humor about things these days. We laughed a lot during the Bush years, didn't we, my fellow pony aficionados. Trump should just make me laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh. But with Bush we could sorta pretend that people voted for him because they didn't quite see him for what he was. There's no doing that with Trump. Trump is Trump. He won't win, but a lot of people... a lot of people... are going to vote for him.

Stop Whining

While conservatives/Republicans perfected the art of complaining about media bias, it is genuinely something that Both Sides do now (I am not saying Both Sides are equally full or not full of shit in their complaints). With Trump it's different, however. Normally it's the kind of thing that various surrogates do, at least publicly, not the actual candidate. Every time Trump drops his ice cream cone he whines "not fair!!!!!" Big baby.


Judging whether this Penn Station proposal is any good is above my pay grade, but a 2020 completion date is, uh, not gonna happen.

Happy to be wrong! If so, I'll have my autonomous car take me to the governor so I can apologize to him personally for my wrongness.

Blogging is Saved!

I'll still have Xanadu to kick around.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey appeals court on Tuesday sided with the state in its plan to allow $1.15 billion of tax-exempt bonds to finance American Dream, the state's long-stalled mega-mall and entertainment complex.

The Surreal Life

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Late Night

Rock on.

Evening Thread

Happy Tiwesdæg.

Afternoon Thread

There isn't another debate tonight, is there?

So Fragile

And who will foot the bill for the bulldozers?
Developer tells NJ appeals court any delay in approving funding will kill long-stalled project

This week could prove to be a make-or-break one for the long-stalled American Dream megamall in the Meadowlands, thanks to a court ruling on the developer’s controversial $1.15 billion state-assisted finance plan that could be released at any time.

And then what will I blog about?

Pennsylvania Explained!

As Woodruff notes, it's the Kids for Cash scandal. When a judge sells kids (and, it should be noted, too many of the "wrong" type of kids. you know, the ones you can get the media to actually care about) to for profit juvenile facilities, people start to care...

That Guy

Unlike most pundits, I don't think I'm capable of knowing what most of the rest of humanity responds positively to. I do think it's important to remember that while last night probably wasn't the best Donald, it was actually the Donald that people vote for over 16 other clown car members. Meaning, he's the guy that people liked. There were definitely moments in the debate that even Republican "Very Serious People" probably thought were awful, but I thought might have actually sounded pretty good to anybody who was considering voting for him in the first place.

Donald doesn't know anything about foreign policy, or the wider world, but neither does just about anybody else who claims to who works in politics. What people on the teevee know, some of them anyway, is "foreign policy," the very narrow set of agreed upon Washington Conventional wisdom about the types of things Very Serious People are supposed to say about "foreign policy." In other words, they've memorized some arbitrary rulebook, but they've never actually tried to play the game. Or seen it played.

As for economics, once you get outside the general Republican "taxes bad regulations bad," which is nonsense that Very Serious People have agreed isn't nonsense, the economic critique from the Right, which I suppose you'd called the Right's economic populism, is genuinely gibberish. Their critiques of trade and trade deals and the Fed are complete gibberish (not that these things are above criticism, just that the criticisms from the Right usually make no sense. They aren't just wrong, they don't follow logically from one statement to the next.) Still, it sounds good to a lot of people. Your ranty drunk racist white uncle is an archetype because there are a lot of ranty drunk racist white uncles, and they all kinda sound like that.

I'd say on theater it wasn't a great night. He let That Woman get the better of him, and that's an unforgivable sin. On "substance," he gave the people what they want.

The Morning After

Shimmy anyone?

That Guy?

I'm not one of those people who is desperate to find Republicans I can feel good about. Team D isn't perfect, of course, but even those nice polite Republicans generally support horrible policies. I'm not going to like any of them. But, really.. that guy? You nominated that guy? You want that guy to be president?


Monday, September 26, 2016

More Thread


Debate Thread II

How are the zingers? The gaffes?

Debate Thread The First

I'm too old too liveblog this crap. You do it!