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It is, if you approach it bad faith-rooted cynicism or pettiness.
I am under absolutely no illusion that it really does look and quack like how Blitz approached the specific aspects of the article that he mentioned, at the least.
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Or maybe, he just can’t help but needlessly hyperfixate on those aspects instead of concentrating on the meat and potatoes of the source—its own sources and verifiable facts/stats.
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Or the conclusions leads to the researched being questioned, especially if the research was done by people with no good background in the field. Could also be rigged tests if they had an answered and wanted to prove it rather than wanting to actually do scientific research.
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No, it’s a comprehensive staffing and policy plan that the Heritage Foundation has put together, basically a big wishlist of things they want Trump - or whichever Republican is next elected - to implement.
It includes a full purge of civil servants disloyal to Trump/the GOP, the criminalization of pornography, the classification of any media discussing LGBTQ people (or queer people themselves existing in public) as pornographic, abolition the Departments of Education and Homeland Security, banning “woke” education, the elimination of most labor laws and harsh pro-employer policies, and the list goes on.
It’s a 900-page doorstopper. Commune is courageously slogging through it now for our benefit.
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@Meanlucario
If those are actual suspicions of the research that Blitz had, then he has absolutely ZERO excuse to not put in any effort to _actually find out for himself if his suspicions are actually correct by combing through and analyzing the research, himself.
His suspicions of the research, his responsibility to thoroughly deep dive and actually find out if the researchers were wrong, inconsistent, or falsifiable under any of the conventionally established principles for scrutinizing research.
You’re not helping Ereiam’s case by continuing to make what ultimately amounts to hand-waiving and splitting hairs over something that’s entirely up to Blitz to actually figure out for himself instead of lazily speculating over the validity of the research, based on shallow suspicions, and then calling it day without digging into it any further.
TL;DR: if an amateur, liberal leaning commentator like LazerPig can actually put in full work into researching and analyse a topics research, itself, in good faith, then so can Blitz.
It’s my modus operandi when it comes to researching history, and it’s the modus operandi of every universally respected historian AND commentator, as well. Do better.
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an amateur, liberal leaning commentator like LazerPig
Someone that makes a living off their commentating via videos they take 1-3 months to produce, aka a professional.
then so can Blitz
Some rando on a My Little Pony’s containment politics thread dropping their thought of the hour.
ok
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I feel like I should be flattered that you hold me in such high regard as to treat me as if I’m some respected public intellectual rather than a socialist talking cartoon dragon on a website about colorful ponies.
Regardless, I was simply expressing my skepticism after reading through the research, and I don’t think it is “shallow” or “bad faith” to be wary when the research paper’s two main case studies used to claim a societal trend - that women are dooming themselves to being forever alone by failing to lower their standards, and online dating is exacerbating it - are a fictitious TV show and a semi-fictionalized autobiography about a single person’s experience.
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If those are actual suspicions of the research that Blitz had, then he has absolutely ZERO excuse to not put in any effort to _actually find out for himself if his suspicions are actually correct by combing through and analyzing the research, himself. His suspicions of the research, his responsibility to thoroughly deep dive and actually find out if the researchers were wrong, inconsistent, or falsifiable under any of the conventionally established principles for scrutinizing research.
Right.
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/me Gets out red marker. Let’s review your thesis, shall we?
Thank you for sharing your perspective. It is good that it has generated a discussion around these social issues. However, I have some concerns about using this paper as definitive proof for the claim that lower birth rates are due to women being “too picky”, and in particular to your response to people questioning the validity of the paper being used to prove this point.
The thesis you are supporting is:
“Lower birth rates in many countries around the world is an increasing problem. Part of the problem in the west may not just be the incels but the female insings, women that are involuntary single because they are too picky.” (source)
Hypothesis:
  1. Modern mating markets relegate a growing number of men and women to being involuntarily celebate.
  2. Tinder exploits women’s evolved mate preferences in a manner that drives addiction and dysfunction
  3. Incels get too much attention and culture should worry more about Insings.
Testing Method:
Reviews of two fictional case studies (one novel and one TV show)
References:
  1. “Halva Malmö består av killar som dumpat mig” by Amanda Romare. Semi-autobiographical diary style novel about a woman picking up men for sex and BDSM using Tinder. Like Don Giovanni the goal is sexual conquest that ends before a third date. She does not want a ‘dating relationship’ just sexting, some sex, and then she chooses the next candidate to attract and fuck. 2LDR: Modern libertine story but female lead.
  2. Ahlberg, U. (2023). Hon blev dumpad om och om igjen - article from an advertising tabloid.
  3. “Sigurd fåkke pult”. TV show about a male protagonist whose awkward and often unsuccessful attempts to connect with women result in comedic and embarrassing situations.
Review of paper:
The paper relies on anecdotal fallacy to prove it’s point. Using a fictional TV show and a novel as primary sources for research has significant limitations - especially given both are comedic. Fictional narratives are crafted for entertainment and may not accurately represent real-world dynamics or provide empirical evidence for societal trends. The subjective and dramatized nature of these sources means they cannot be reliably used to draw conclusions about complex issues like birth rates or the selectiveness of women in the dating pool.
Moreover, the paper does not provide robust empirical data to support the claim that declining birth rates are due to women being “too picky.” Sociodemographic phenomena such as birth rates are influenced by a multitude of factors, including economic conditions, education, access to healthcare, and cultural shifts. Simplifying this issue to women’s selectiveness overlooks these critical aspects.
Additionally, if you read the paper more thoroughly you will note that it rejects of the claim that women have more power in mating markets, instead finding the opposite. I’ll say that again for clarity and incase this is 2LDR:

2LDR: The paper’s conclusion is the exact opposite of the claim you are supporting

Thus, setting aside the method and questionable evidence used, even the paper concludes that women are not ‘too picky’ and it is men who have the power to choose or not choose.
So … given your aggressive response to anyone questioning the validity of this paper, it makes me wonder if you are going through a tough time, and the frustration they’re expressing might be rooted in personal struggles with dating and relationships.
Relationships and dating can be incredibly challenging, and it’s natural to feel frustrated when things aren’t going as you’d like.
But blaming others and focusing on broad social trends doesn’t always translate into finding happiness yourself.
If you’re finding it difficult to connect with others romantically, here are a few thoughts that might help:
• Self-Reflection: Sometimes, taking a step back to understand what we truly want in a partner and in a relationship can provide clarity. Consider what qualities are most important to you and why.
• Expanding Social Circles: Engaging in new activities or hobbies can be a great way to meet new people. This can also help you find individuals with similar interests and values.
• Communication and Openness: Building relationships often starts with open and honest communication. Being clear about your intentions and listening actively to others can foster deeper connections.
• Professional Support: If you feel overwhelmed or stuck, talking to a therapist or counselor can provide valuable insights and strategies. They can help you navigate the complexities of dating and relationships.
• Patience and Self-Care: Relationships can take time to develop. Taking care of your own well-being and being patient with the process can make a significant difference.
Remember, everyone’s journey is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. What’s most important is finding what works best for you and staying open to new possibilities.
In summary, having reviewed your paper and your response to criticism of your paper, your thesis is rejected. Please re-write with actual, non-anecdotal support and resubmit before Friday at 5. Remember: this is 50% of your grade this semester, so please do put in the effort to fix these issues and resubmit.
Remember - the onus is on you to prove your thesis, not on others to prove it for you.
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Analysis is in and to no surprise the Democrat president is the fiscally responsible one.
The deficit is similar, with Trump’s deficit being 3x that of Biden’s.
Also a reminder that Trump inherited Obama’s recovered economy while Biden inherited Trump’s crashed economy, and yet this is how both of their first terms ended with.
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Ted Liue responded to media lying about him wanting Biden to drop out by throwing shade at them for ignoring why Trump should drop out, including his appearances in the recently released Epstein files,
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STOP PROJECT 2025!
A collective of “gay furry hackers” has claimed credit for hacking into the Heritage Foundation in opposition to its right-wing political and social proposals for next year, known as Project 2025.
When you get told to stop whining about voter suppression and “just vote!” because you think a county with 5 million people and greater in landmass than the state of Rhode Island only having ONE ballot dropbox for the entire county is just a bit unreasonable.
Stuff like that technically screws over Red Voters in those areas too.
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A study by Northeastern University on the polls after Biden’s disastrous debate performance have concluded that they hurt Biden very little. If anything, the debate actually negatively affected Trump a little more than it did Biden.
What the report finds is that Biden held on to 94% of the people who said they would support him before the debate. For Trump, 86% of people who said they would support him before the debate said they would do so after the debate.

There were very minor shifts between the candidates: 1% of people who said they would vote for Biden before the debate, switched to preferring Trump, while 3% switched from Trump to Biden. Similarly, respondents who said they were unsure who they would vote for before the debate were slightly more likely to switch to preferring Biden after the debate.
The latter snippet is less useful, since they’re within the margin of error. But the bottom line is that if Trump is indeed opening up a consistent and sustained lead (I know Cook Political badly wants that to be the case for some reason), my suspicion is that the media and Democrats’ sustained freakout over Biden’s debate performance and reports hyperanalyzing noise in the polls has more to do with it than his actual debate performance.
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@BlitztheDragon
Yeah Biden didn’t have a good night. But Trump lied too much that made it even more possible to not vote for him. Both are old tho.
But the way that the Democrats are treating Biden currently is horrendous.
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