July 20, 2018

Blumer’s Bandwidth Burn (072018)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 12:47 pm

Econoclast Tidbits

As of early Friday morning, several GDP forecasters were predicting annualized second-quarter GDP growth over 4 percent, including the Atlanta Federal Reserve (4.5 percent), Moody’s (4.0 percent), and Macro Advisers (5.3 percent). Moody’s is also showing a CNBC forecasters’ consensus of 4.1 percent.

California slumping? If the economy doesn’t achieve the Trump administration’s stated goals, California is on track to deserve a large share of the blame. The state, which added an average of 164,000 seasonally adjusted jobs between February and June in the six previous years, has added only 40,000 jobs in the past five months, including just 800 in June (with a loss of 2,700 jobs in the private sector).


Media Bias-Ignorance Brief

The satirists at The Onion appear to have gotten over their 2016 Republican violence fetish, and to have returned to equal opportunity skewering.

Thursday’s target (HT Twitchy) could not have been more appropriate: “CNN Anchors Speechless After Guest Goes On Long, Coherent Thought.”



Fact-check Folly

Snopes.com has evaluated the completely factual claim that San Francisco is allowing non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to register to vote, as a “mixture” of truth and falsehood:

WHAT’S TRUE — Some non-citizen San Francisco residents can register to vote in local school board elections.

WHAT’S FALSE — San Francisco is not allowing the non-citizen population at large to register to vote in all elections.

These news headlines reveal that the press has largely gotten this one right:

Fox News“Non-citizens, illegal immigrants now may register to vote in San Francisco school board elections” 

Sacramento Bee“Non-citizens legally register to vote in San Francisco school elections”

San Francisco Chronicle“Non-citizens can now vote in San Francisco school board elections”

CNN.com“Noncitizens in San Francisco can register to vote, but only for school board elections”

New York Post“San Francisco allows non-citizens to vote in school elections”

Illegal immigrants are obviously not citizens. They can register to vote in San Francisco. The fact that they can’t vote in every election doesn’t change the fact that they’re being allowed to register. As has so often been the case with “fact checkers,” Snopes wasted its time on an utterly true statement.

Snopes disingenuously based its “mixture” evaluation on a straw-man statement virtually no one is making. Their “evidence” consists of one person’s Facebook entry and a Daily Wire post headlined “San Francisco Begins Registering Illegal Aliens To Vote” which tells readers that registration only enables school board voting in its very first sentence.


Social Media Suppression Watch

The Gateway Pundit has released a study showing that major conservative sites have suffered 90-plus percent reductions in their Facebook referral traffic:

A Gateway Pundit June study of top conservative news outlets found that Facebook has eliminated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.

That can’t possibly be accidental.


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