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Friday, April 28, 2023

Why is the RIGHT Wing (especially the media) so Wrong??


This has been a mystery to me for so long and then I heard a plausible explanation.

In simple terms it is called misdirection.  Don't look here look over there.  That's where your problem is coming from.  Them not us!

If you have a lot of money and you are afraid somebody might start wondering why?  What can you do?

Create a "media/ propaganda" enterprise to distract attention from you.  It is sort of like blaming your sister or brother for the mess you made.  If you do it right you get even wealthier while you do it.

Face it, at least 33% of the adult population, for one reason or another, think they are not getting their fair share of "the good life".

The 1% definitely don't want you looking at them ... so they give you some other group to blame. So they create and support media organizations with an agenda that equality of access and opportunity is somehow going to destroy U.S.  They promote demonizing the already disadvantaged.

What should be addressed in a democracy by policy instead gets addressed by prejudice, hatred and bias.

A most astute observer...Being both more systematically brutal than chimps and more empathic than bonobos, we are by far the most bipolar ape. Our societies are never completely peaceful, never completely competitive, never ruled by sheer selfishness, and never perfectly moral.

 — Frans de Waal (Primatologist)

1% strategy fits into the misdirection plan ---

SCOTUS and "Weaponized Wealth" $1.6 Billion ... see Jane Mayer, Prof. Brooke Harrington

More Dark Money - Jane Mayer : The Koch Brothers

Why is the #RIGHT Wing (especially the #media) so Wrong?? #GOP #1% #FOX

Why is the #MAGA Wing (especially the #media) so Wrong?? #GOP #1% #FOX 

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Congressional Gerrymandering In Wisconsin -- One view of the ANALYTICS with maps

Wisconsin has 8 congressional districts and as of now 6 Republicans and 2 Democrats (2023). 

Harvard ALARM project ...

The ALARM Project is a research team at Harvard University led by Kosuke Imai. It conducts research into redistricting sampling algorithms, best practices and workflows for redistricting analysis, and tools to visualize, explore, and understand redistricting plans. ALARM Project researchers develop redist, an open-source R package for redistricting simulation and analysis which implements state-of-the-art MCMC and SMC redistricting sampling algorithms. The package allows for the implementation of various constraints in the redistricting process such as geographic compactness and population parity requirements, and includes tools to compute various summary statistics and create useful plots.

The link takes you to some congressional maps and alternatives for Wisconsin generated in 2022.  You can see all the states, etc. and get a good overall impression.  It does not show you how state/local assembly and senate districts have been configured to give the GOP super majorities and control the state legislature even though the state is an even split republican/democrat from statewide turnout ... which is not even close to 100%.  I think I read that the April 2022 State Supreme Court Justice was just 39% voter turnout.

See Wisconsin ...  (you can see Alabama too ... follow the link)

50-State Redistricting Simulations Comprehensive project to simulate alternative congressional redistricting plans for all fifty states in the 2022 redistricting cycle. Explore the project and data »

See the link for interpretation and a legend.

Enacted Congressional Districts (per ALARM) -

Three example plans after 5000 simulations -

In Wisconsin, Democrats win about 51% of the vote in a typical statewide election. Proportionally, that would translate to 4.1 Democratic seats out of 8 total.

See the link above for interpretation.

#Congressional #Gerrymandering In #Wisconsin -- One view of the ANALYTICS with #maps

#Congressional #Gerrymandering In #Wisconsin -- One view of the ANALYTICS with #maps - the #ALARM project at HARVARD

Wisconsin has 8 congressional districts and as of now 6 Republicans and 2 Democrats (2023). Gerrymander?

#Congressional #Gerrymandering In #Wisconsin -- One view of the ANALYTICS with #maps - see #Alabama #SCOTUS 

Monday, April 17, 2023

So you wanna be a Journalist! Wisconsin to Miami! Support your local newspaper!

Starving the Watchdog - Hidden Brain - NPR - Dec. 2018 

Sarah Blaskey: Investigative Journalist / Author

SARAH BLASKEY is an investigative journalist for the Miami Herald, where she was part of the team that won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the collapse of a residential condo building in Surfside, FL. Her work has been recognized by the Scripps Howard Awards for excellence in local investigative reporting, the George Polk Award for political reporting and the Webby Awards for feature reporting. She is the lead author of “The Grifter’s Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency.” She joined the Herald in 2018.  She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

So you wanna be a #Journalist! #Wisconsin to #Miami! #MiamiHerald (2022-2023)

Starving the #Watchdog - #HiddenBrain - #NPR - Dec. 2018 So you wanna be a #Journalist! #Wisconsin to #Miami! #MiamiHerald (2022-2023) 

Sunday, April 9, 2023

SCOTUS : Thomas and Walmart in Indonesia - Must have a lot of bridges to get from one parking lot to the next in this island nation.

 I never saw the documentary where Justice Thomas declared himself a regular person who preferred to stay at RV camps or Walmart "all free to RVs" parking lots.

I have not verified but a cable news source reported that the Thomas Documentary was funded by a group funded by the Billionaire who funded a lot of the vacations?


#SCOTUS : #Thomas and #Walmart in #Indonesia - Must have a lot of bridges to get from one parking lot to the next in this island nation.