The NYT is suddenly very down on polls titled Stop the Polling Insanity

OVER the past few weeks, cable news networks and other media sites have trumpeted wild fluctuations and surprising results in polling on the presumed general-election matchup between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton.

I’m sure this has nothing to do with two consecration polls showing Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton at a time when such polling could persuade Democrat super delegates to reconsider giving the nomination Bernie Sanders instead who consistently out polls Trump.

After all the Times would’t do that to protect Hillary would they?

It’s Friday and I’m in the mood for something other than dismal “democratic socialism” news, so I was reading a link my friend sent on Kick Kennedy.

I’ve never been a fan of the Kennedys, indeed, I don’t even understand the Kennedy adoration among some, but this story combines a lot of the threads Julian Fellowes mixed in the Downton Abbey plots: Rich, charming American girl in England, dashing British upper crust men, incredibly gorgeous estate (Chatsworth, even bigger and grander than Downton’s Highclere Castle), parental opposition, looming world war.

Who could resist?

Especially since Chatsworth is where Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennet ran into my favorite Mr. Darcy, Colin Firth, as he emerged from the pond.

But I digress.

Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy was Joe and Rose Kennedy’s third child and first daughter. She was lively, bright and charming, and fell madly in love with ‘Billy’, Marquess of Hartington and heir to Chatsworth. They met in 1938 and finally married in May 1944, only to be separated in September the same year when Billy was fatally shot in the chest at the Belgian front.

She was only 25 years old.

Kick died in a plane crash three years later.

You can read Pamela Byrnes’s article, ‘Kick’ Kennedy: JFK’s forgotten sister.

It’s a fascinating story, but this is what I found very moving,

It was a symbol of how much the Devonshires still loved Kick, that they gave her a Catholic funeral and buried her at Chatsworth. Joe Sr was the only member of the Kennedy family to attend – Jack intended to, but at the last minute couldn’t face it and turned back.

Real life beats fiction every time.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog. She watched Downton Abbey for the clothes and the locations.

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Star Trek A Taste of Armageddon (1967)

There was a famous exchange between Harry Truman and Soviet Foreign Affairs Minister Vyacheslav Molotov over the Soviets refusal to carry out their agreements concerning Polish Self Determination.

He then walks into the room with Molotov and has a very, very tough conversation in which he tells Molotov that the Soviets are not carrying out their agreements on Poland. And Molotov says, “We are.” And according to Truman’s record of this, “I then explain to him in words of one syllable,” Truman said, “exactly why they were not.” Molotov apparently said, “I have never been talked to like that in my life,” and Truman said, “Carry out your agreements and you won’t be talked to like that.”

That comes to mind when I hear about the aftermath of the “Dialogue” between Facebook/Zuckerberg and Conservatives:

Dana Perino, co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” says that Facebook recognizes that it has a ‘trust problem’ with conservatives following her meeting Wednesday with the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Perino, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, was among a group of leading conservatives invited to the meeting at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., following a Gizmodo report that stories about conservative topics were prevented from appearing in Facebook’s trending module. “FOX & Friends Weekend” co-host and Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson also attended the meeting.

“They acknowledged that they have a trust problem with a significant portion of their customer base and that they were trying to figure out a way, at least a first step, to open a dialogue so that they can try to fix it in the long run,” said Perino, speaking on “The Kelly File” following the meeting.

This perfectly illustrates why said “dialogue” is useless.

Facebook doesn’t acknowledge a bias problem, the only see a “Trust” problem, thus they will hold “dialogues” in the hope of showing “progress” in the hopes that these visuals will cause conservatives to believe they are doing something.

Alas for facebook, not only is the bias problem real but as reported at The Lid , the Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin) was able to prove it by setting up a pair of “hate” sites one anti-jewish & one anti Palestinians gradually ramping up the rhetoric on both until they both called for the death of their targets. Then they reported each site to facebook.

Jeff Tells us what happened:

On the very same day as the complaints were lodged, Facebook closed the anti-Palestinian page emailing back to the “person” who complained:
“We reviewed the page you reported for containing credible threat of violence and found it violates our Community Standards.”

The page inciting violence against Jews, which used the same hate terms as the anti-Palestinian one, was not closed by Facebook. This complained received a message stating that site calling for the death of Jews was not in violation of their rules.

The only thing less surprising than this is what happened next

Only after the Israel Law Center published the video below did Facebook change its mind. “As you may have noticed, we have now taken down both those pages as we made a mistake earlier,” a Facebook spokesperson explained in an email to the Law Center.

Oh it was a “mistake”, what was that mistake? Getting caught!

If facebook actually wanted to solve their “trust” problem the solution is actually pretty simple: Stop showing bias against conservatives and conservative sites.

However I submit that Facebook given the choice between abandoning their liberal bias, or continuing a “dialogue” in the hope that conservative journalists gullible enough to believe them, or greedy enough to play along will be appeased, they’ll go with “dialogue” every time while they continue to do stuff like this:

An Emmy award-winning actress on “The Middle” and formerly “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Heaton often uses her social media pages to speak out for unborn babies. Last week, Heaton shared her support of a Washington, D.C. pregnancy resource center’s work on her Twitter page:

The post was so popular that it became a trending news story on Facebook. However, the social media site didn’t use Heaton’s words; instead, it characterized her post this way, according to Hot Air: “Patricia Heaton: Actress Shares Anti-Abortion Message, Says ‘Support Life.’” “Is there anything in that message that is ‘anti-abortion’? Absolutely not,” O’Connor wrote. “She is celebrating and honoring an organization, the Northwest Center, which cares for pregnant women and their children after they are born. … That is political bias. That is what it looks like. This is what we are talking about.”

It’s worth noting that this was done three days AFTER the Gizmodo story with the blowback already taking place.

And I suggest that the Israel Law Center’s solution to the facebook bias problem is the best one:

They allege that social media, particularly postings by Palestinians on Facebook, “is spurring on the terrorist attacks against Israelis in the past month.”

The complaint says the plaintiffs “have been living in the crosshairs of a murderous terrorist rampage carried out by killers who attack people with knives, axes, screwdrivers, cars and Molotov cocktails for no reason other than that the attacker perceives the victims to be Jewish.”

In a wave of violence this past month, 10 Israelis have been killed in shooting and knifing attacks, and more than 50 Palestinians, more than half of them assailants, have been killed as well.

“Many of these murderers were motivated to commit their heinous crimes by incitement to murder they read on Facebook – demagogues and leaders exhorting their followers to ‘slaughter the Jews,’ and offering instruction as to the best manner to do so, including even “anatomical charts showing the best places to stab a human being.”


20,000 Jews have already joined the suit and Shurat HaDin is encouraging others to sign on:

Israeli attorney, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Director of Shurat HaDin, said that “for every Israeli that is sitting now at home – there is something that can be done against terror. Join us now. This action is important in the same way as actions to increase security on the ground and its goal is to stop the terror. Today, Facebook has become a haven for terrorists: they publish their actions on their Facebook pages, garner support, receive instructions and direction to murder Jews – and all this under the sponsorship of a commercial company that has the power to stop it easily. At the time that Facebook suffices with words and tells us that it intends “to remove inciting pages” – the website is filling up more and more each moment with severe incitement and it is our task to do everything to stop this.”

This suit is going to do more to change things at Facebook than any amount of meetings and photo ops.

Update: Milo gets it as well as the give em hell Harry reference:

The problem for Facebook is: nobody’s buying it. Here’s the thing, Zuck — you’ve spent a year trying to out-do Jack Dorsey with your barking-mad progressive proclamations (America should “follow Germany’s lead on immigration,” messages in support of All Lives Matter are “deeply hurtful”).

Conservatives — by which I mean the people at home — are not dumb. They know what the political priorities of your company are, and they want to see truth and transparency or they will simply leave the platform.

Zuckerberg’s staff aren’t prone to hiding their biases, which doesn’t help public relations efforts. In April, we learned that a number of Facebook’s staff voted to ask the CEO what the company was doing to stop Donald Trump becoming President. In other words, there are people at Facebook who want the social network to influence elections, and aren’t afraid of wearing that opinion on their sleeves. And they’re most likely in the majority.

Remember their goal isn’t  to solve a bias problem their goal is to solve a trust problem without touching their bias.  If you aren’t there to lay down the law then Glenn Beck’s not withstanding you’re wasting your time.

Update 2:  This is the headline at Time

Glenn Beck: Facebook Made Us Feel More Welcome Than the Republican Party Has 

Who knew conservatism was all about “feelings” and here I was thinking it was about facts


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