liberal biases

I wonder why it’s not okay to make fun of people who have an accent when they speak English in America, but it’s okay to make fun of Melania Trump’s accent. Because hey, English is not her first language either. 

Story time: The Day I Blocked my Grandmother on Facebook

Setting the scene: My grandmother is a very conservative lady who thinks sexism is over because women can vote, racism is over because we elected a black president, the gays have an agenda, the muslims are taking over, and that global warming doesn’t exist, NASA and the UN are just in cahoots with the Japanese who invented the idea for profit (???). My grandmother has a facebook and because she’s retired and has nothing better to do she likes to reblog usually completely false or misrepresented information in the form of alt-right articles/memes all day long. I unfollowed her. The problem, though, is that if I like or comment on any of my friends posts about, say, concern RE Trump’s education/environmental/healthcare policies, she feels the need to comment. When I or one of my friends give her evidence that her claims are incorrect, or her news sources unreliable, she either stops posting, or accuses us of being brainwashed by the liberal media (yes, she includes research/statistics published by NASA as “liberal media”). Fun. Over the past few days she’s been in high form with all the women’s march photos going around (they have the right to vote what more do they want?, they don’t have jobs, they hate men, they’re all there because they want abortions and handouts), so my patience was already wearing thin. Which brings us to today.

The day begins when I like a friends post about the pro-life movement perhaps being more effective if they A. advocated for scientifically accurate sexual education and B. stopped trying to shut down Planned Parenthood, because they they provide a massive amount of both education and easily accessible contraceptives. Grandma jumps in to say that PP “primarily provides abortions.” I respond with evidence to the contrary. She changes her argument. “Well abortions shouldn’t be federally funded anyway.” I provide evidence that they haven’t been for a while and that federal funds used by PP are allocated for other services, while private funding is used for abortions. “Well I don’t trust them. They’re sneaky and are probably using federal funds anyway.” Ok, grandma. 

At lunch she finds a new thread to comment on, a meme about “alternative facts” in which she claims that the liberal media is brainwashing us and there were, indeed, 1.5 million people at the inauguration. During this she somehow also condemns the middle east as being part of that brainwashing, and, strangely, PBS (a “liberal rag”) enabling it. Ok, grandma.

Shortly after lunch, she comments on two more women’s march pictures (I’ll spare you) and one NPR article about the DAPL. Here she also calls NPR a “liberal rag” and continues on the whole brainwashing thing even after multiple people provide multiple alternate sources for her that say exactly the same thing including Slate and the The Washington Post. Apparently none can be trusted because they are biased ( “liberal rags” was used yet again). Ok, grandma.

Here’s where I hit my limit. She tags me in a video by Live Action (I’m sure you know the one, heavily edited implying that Planned Parenthood was selling fetuses–you know, the video that was proven false by a federal investigation TWO YEARS AGO). I untag myself as quickly as possible and post an article on her wall about the investigation and its findings. I preface it by saying that citing Live Action is the equivalent of citing Breitbart in terms of journalistic integrity. This is what follows.

And that’s the story of how I blocked my grandmother on facebook. 

it tries not to be liberal-biased, and it does a better job than the political compass test. But it was really just a bunch of liberally-minded questions but with “is communism good?” and “should the means of production be owned by the workers?” towards the end 

America the polarized

“People think that they think like scientists,” said Professor Peter Ditto, who studies human judgment and decision making at UC Irvine. “But really they think like lawyers.”

“Scientists don’t care what the answer is: they look at the data and draw a conclusion,” said Ditto. “Lawyers know the conclusion they want to reach, then they harness a bunch of facts to support that conclusion.”

And this, said Ditto, is how we construct our political facts, whether we realize we’re doing it or not.

Anyone who watches politics knows that biases are rampant on both sides of the political spectrum; pure objectivity and politics rarely mingle. But are either conservatives or liberals more biased than the other?

“What we find is both sides are equally biased in their own direction,” Ditto said.

People are savvy at spotting bias in other people’s arguments, but they consistently fail to recognize bias in themselves.

“Everybody is calling each other out for their own sins,” said Ditto. “In psychology we call it the ‘bias blind spot.’”

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You’re not as rational as you think when it comes to politics

Now that the conventions are over, you’ve heard a lot of arguments from both sides and know that the rhetoric can get a *a little* heated.

When it comes to politics, “people think that they think like scientists,” says Peter Ditto, who studies human judgment and decision-making at UC Irvine. “But really they think like lawyers.”

“Scientists don’t care what the answer is: they look at the data and draw a conclusion. Lawyers know the conclusion they want to reach, then they harness a bunch of facts to support that conclusion.”

And this, according to Ditto, is how we construct our political facts, whether we realize we’re doing it or not.

Anyone who watches politics knows that biases are rampant on both sides of the political spectrum; pure objectivity and politics rarely mingle. But are either conservatives or liberals more biased than the other?

“What we find is both sides are equally biased in their own direction,” Ditto said.

People are savvy at spotting bias in other people’s arguments, but they consistently fail to recognize bias in themselves.

“Everybody is calling each other out for their own sins,” said Ditto. “In psychology we call it the ‘bias blind spot.’”

For example, both liberals and conservatives claim freedom as one of their core values, and both sides have similar blind spots when it comes to freedom.

“We’re happy to give freedom to people for the things that we think are morally right, and not for things we think are morally wrong,” said Ditto.

Conservatives push for economic freedom, but not freedom around things that they think are morally wrong, like gay marriage or abortions.

“Liberals show exactly the opposite pattern,” said Ditto. “They’re comfortable with freedom when it comes to sexual behavior, and less so in economic behavior.”

In the video below, Ditto explains how morals affect who we vote for:

Australia, for real though. Don’t donkey vote, you literally just saw what went down with the UK and the EU. Please be responsible, please vote, please look into what you’re voting for. Don’t donkey vote.

As Tumblr isn’t an Australian dominated website, I understand that you probably know more about the American election and government than your own but your country and what happens to it is just as important. Please do whats right.

My family on Ferguson:
  • Mom: "They're blowing it out of proportion, I saw one woman who said she was 'afraid for her four kids now', there are a lot more people to be afraid of then cops!"
  • Me: "Well no... I mean, not ALL cops are bad, but there is a history of police violence against Black America and the fact that this case shows that any cop can kill an unarmed black child and get away with it is scary especially for people in the black community."
  • Mom (and let's be honest, everyone else): "There's no evidence saying he was unarmed!"
  • Me: "...he did not have a gun."
  • Everyone: "He reached for the officer's gun and grabbed it, that's how he was shot in the hand."
  • Me: "...he wasn't even standing near the officer."
  • Everyone: "Yes he was! His hands were up because he was grabbing the officer!"
  • Brother: (says something about how tall Michael Brown was)
  • Me: "Darren Wilson is the same height..."
  • Everyone: "Yeah but he was in the car, Michael Brown was outside his window."
  • Me: "I think we're talking about two different cases here..."
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The media can sway pretty liberal — but how politically biased are other industries?

This week, political analysis firm Crowdpac released a report determining the political bias of different professions, based on campaign contribution data from individual donors dating back to the ‘80s. The resulting analysis lets us see where various industries fall on the political spectrum.

Lobbyists, agriculture, academics, tobacco and more | Follow micdotcom 

America the polarized

“People think that they think like scientists,” said Professor Peter Ditto, who studies human judgment and decision making at UC Irvine. “But really they think like lawyers.”

“Scientists don’t care what the answer is: they look at the data and draw a conclusion,” said Ditto. “Lawyers know the conclusion they want to reach, then they harness a bunch of facts to support that conclusion.”

And this, said Ditto, is how we construct our political facts, whether we realize we’re doing it or not.

Anyone who watches politics knows that biases are rampant on both sides of the political spectrum; pure objectivity and politics rarely mingle. But are either conservatives or liberals more biased than the other?

“What we find is both sides are equally biased in their own direction,” Ditto said.

People are savvy at spotting bias in other people’s arguments, but they consistently fail to recognize bias in themselves.

“Everybody is calling each other out for their own sins,” said Ditto. “In psychology we call it the ‘bias blind spot.’”

Do you remember when you came out of my mouth Luis and then out of your mouth came that fat boy of ours and then out of his mouth that bitch of daughter and then out of her mouth that stupid biased fanatic liberal dog and out of its mouth that retarded unfunny talking thing?

My Problems with Trump and his supporters

I comment occasionally or often depending on how I feel that day on posts about Trump.  I sometimes get responses but rather then getting into an argument with someone as I have no way of knowing why they think the way they do I have decided to put down all my reservations and concerns to direct them to from now on.

To start at the beginning I thought it would be fun to have him around for a little while because of his stupid statements that demonstrate an emotional response but have nothing behind them I certainly did not think he would ever be taken seriously.

This is part of the problem he has been taken seriously by at least a 3rd of our party (hard to truly tell at this point).

First my reaction to that - naive I admit to but I really never thought we had this many bigoted people in our party - I was convinced that although odds are we had some they were mostly in the liberal camp (could still be true as polling is not quite convinced they are actually polling Republicans vs Liberals - so you see I still hold out hope).  Why do I say that - he makes the most outrageous statements about peoples/groups/races etc. and although I have admitted sometimes it can be a fun emotional response in reality one should be repulsed after 1 second and actual thought about what he said and what it really means. Since Obama has made race relations worse in decades here is a man on the Republican side willing to tag along and continue these sentiments - of course I am concerned and my question is why isn’t everyone.

We just went through 7 years of a narcissist who actually does not know anything about what is going on around him so a large group of people decide to follow another one because he says he is a Republican (barring the fact that he has never stated 1 conservative statement).  So now we have a group of populists that want the same thing for another 4-8 years - how on earth could that be productive for our country.  The bigger problems as I see it is that Obama is actually idealistic (sickly so with his fascist socialist belief system) but Trump has no ideals and only believes in himself and what he can get for himself (sounds like Hillary) so I am actually afraid that he could be worse and this is one of the reasons I am concerned about the Republican party.  If he is selected and he has no real platform - ideals then what do we stand for and since we have been in a losing battle for awhile (in my opinion) this could be the death knell for our party.

We could not stand Obama’s (and continuing to this day) “Hope and Change” just for the sake of change - nothing good here.  Now we have a sizable number of people swayed by “I will make America Great” because “I am a winner”.  Yes I can see how that makes the big difference. 

Just like Obama he speaks without actually either knowing the truth/facts or just does not wish to acknowledge them.  I think in both it is more not knowing truth or facts because when you are that great you can create your own and don’t care what is true or not. Another serious concern for another 4 - 8 years of a Presidency.

And I was recently told that people that know him personally think he is really nice - a great guy.  I wonder how old that person is because that is exactly what they say about con men, many mobsters and other criminal types.  So I am looking for someone to respect and other then his poor coached children that is not something you hear at all.

Just like our current pompous President Trump does not take well to criticism  that is all we need as President - that will do well for relations everywhere.

Ok - let’s get a little more specific.

Trump exists not because of his great intellect or prowess in business but because he is good at the crony capitalist game - didn’t we used to think that was evil/bad/wrong?.  Now we are supposed to admire it?  He actually has made many poor decisions and is not looked at well within the business/investment world.  Why because he cheats and files bankruptcy so he comes out ok but because he plays the game his backers are the looser and then he makes statements about how they were bad people.  Very admirable. He has made poor investment choices his whole life - actually - Forbes did a study that showed money market funds would have yielded much higher returns then his choices - his whole career - again exactly what I want leading my country.  This is the person you want in charge of the Federal Budget?

He admits that he has achieved so much by buying politicians - oh again I say admirable.  He pals around with mafia (of course for anyone in casinos that might be a given). 

The man is a womanizer and changes arm candy on a regular basis.  Is sorry his daughter is his daughter because he would love to date her and more - sick.  You can not say your respect women and be believed when all you are interested in is looks.  Although we have had many of these in the office of President most had the class to have a real wife and just everyone else on the side but this man is more concerned with the actual physical looks of the person by his side in public and I understand that his pre-nups are quite entertaining to read as to what they are allowed to say about him during and after the marriage - so I think that brings into question any comments made by previous wives.  Again very admirable.

The man has no real understanding of the Constitution (or its limits), economics (or the fact that government should not play a role - but that goes against crony capitalism - his mantra), free market/free trade.  He is against all the things conservatives were supposed to stand for and apparently so is a % of our party because the populism has creeped in and is not necessarily personally beneficial to them individually.  Everything about Trump is personally for him - never for anyone else let alone our country.

Study some of his personal business dealings (along with those of his Father) and you will find that he has been slum lord - implications of fraud/questionable activity. - certainly losing others money for them as long as he came out ok.

He can give no specifics other then some attorneys agree with me - I think that is always the case if you have some money to throw away. 

There is no way this man can beat Hillary.  Common sense will tell you that this is a race for the Republicans to lose.  The majority of the country has become Independent as they do not wish to actually stand anywhere.  So Since I think a good percentage of those are liberal thinking people they will like Trump but when he goes head to head with Hillary he is going to look bad and his cute quips will not work then.  All the polls show he can not win - although we know that all polls have basically no meaning that this time - since he has the largest number of people against him and largest un-likability factors and his conduct will ensure that continues - even if you thought he was better then Hillary (not quite sure what logic that would be based on) he can not beat her and that is a sad statement in itself.

I will give him props for his ability to get the media - he has not had to spend much because he has gotten all this free media - and since we know that the majority is very liberal biased - maybe you should ask yourself why that is?  Is he just that good or does it work for them?  I am going to side with the fact that it works for them in the long run in getting an unpopular hack - Hillary- in the White House along with continuing to destroy the image of Republicans.

Well I could go on and obviously have - I do not keep articles at my fingertips like so many of you do (and I am always impressed) but I do read a lot and remember what I read.

Something to think about - Romney was a real businessperson with a true understanding of economics - free market - etc., but he was considered too liberal because of a health care package he did to avert a worse issue (which came into existence once he left office - and so many of you did no real research to determine actual facts regarding this issue) but now we can follows someone who has yet to spout a real conservative ideal or principle is is more liberal then most moderate liberals - please explain that to me.  I keep asking for any real conservative idea from Trump but as yet have not received an answer.

I will never vote for a Democrat but I also will not vote for Trump if he is the nominee - my respect for myself is far to great!

Thank you if you took the time to read this for allowing me to vent my very real concerns.