On Questions from the Political Compass

Of course, as many people pointed out, the Political Compass test is more serious than the political quiz I posted yesterday. Still, look at the statements from the first set:

I’d always support my country, whether it was right or wrong.

No one chooses his or her country of birth, so it’s foolish to be proud of it.

Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races.

These questions are very outdated, in my view. Wouldn’t everybody answer them pretty much the same nowadays? At least, among people who are literate enough to want to take the political compass test?

There is, however, a statement there that I didn’t even understand. It’s this one:

There is now a worrying fusion of information and entertainment.

What is this supposed to mean? What are the responses to this supposed to be indicative of? Has anybody figured it out?

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Dear Student!

If the only questions you ask during the first day of class are “What is the attendance policy?” and “Will we be penalized if we have many absences?”, then it’s kind of difficult not to laugh when you send me emails as to the horrible, totally unexpected chain of events that is preventing you from coming to class for the third week in a row.

Labor Day Quiz

Have a great Labor Day, everybody! To celebrate this important day, I created a little quiz to test our knowledge of important statements from famous people. Of course, anybody can easily find answers through a search engine, but what would be the fun of that? I will add the answers as people supply them.

                                           Who said the following?

1. “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.” John Adams.

2. “Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” Abraham Lincoln.

3. “The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us.” Teddy Roosevelt.

4. “Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.” Harry S. Truman.

5. “All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the conservation of the individual and the propagation of the species, is his natural right, which none can justly deprive him of: but all property superfluous to such purposes is the property of the public, who, by their laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the welfare of the public shall demand such disposition.” My sentimental favorite Benjamin Franklin.

6. “Democracy is the road to socialism.” Karl Marx.

7. “Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.” Ayn Rand.

Can you guess which of these quotes is my favorite one?

What’s your favorite month? Why?

WordPress offered me a prompt for this blogging topic. When I started thinking about the answer, I realized that there are reasons to like all the months in the year.

January – is the month when I’m getting used to all my great New Year’s gifts.

February – usually brings snow even in this snow-deprived area. And whenever there is snow, I’m happy by default.

March – with any luck, it’ still pretty cold, which is good. Spring break is in March and I always get to travel. Next March, I will probably even get as far as Europe.

April – the month when I have my birthday.

May – the academic year ends and 4-month-long spring holidays begin.

June – a month of summer freedom from all obligations except those I impose on myself.

July – another month of summer freedom.

August – a new academic year begins, which is always a very happy time.

September – we finally start getting cooler nights and, if we are very lucky, even the first yellow leaves might start appearing.

October – the real Fall comes by and I can wear my favorite clothes ever because all the best clothes are of the autumn kind.

November – there is a lot of rain, and what can be better than rain?

December – snow is even better than rain! Besides, this is the month when I scour the world for the best New Year’s gifts and recipes.

What’s your favorite month?

How to Make Your Blog Instantly Popular

I stumbled upon a great recipe for blog promotion that attracts a regular stream of readers to a blog.

It’s actually very easy. Just publish a post titled “Ron Paul Is Not a Libertarian” and observe people arrive at your blog through a Google search that is identical to this post’s title.

In general, just mentioning Ron Paul’s name helps the stats in ways that mentioning, say, Rick Perry doesn’t. I have no idea why that is but Ron Paul brings readers to a blog like no other candidate. Palin used to be a great hit magnet but those times are long gone.

Blogging is always so full of surprises.

Creeped Out

You know how you encounter something online by pure chance and then think, “God, please make it so that I never have to cross paths with this person. Or anybody like this person. And if I have to avoid leaving my house to achieve that, just tell me and that’s what I’ll gladly do”?

Here is an excerpt from a statement that made me feel this way today:

We have a dog, he’s 3, we adopted him from the shelter at 3 months old. He is a german shepard mix. . . not sure what though. . . My question is, would he fair better seeing me birth? Would he understand what is going on? And appreciate the new baby more, by being there for it?. . .

So what do you think? Do you think our dog would bond better with DD by being around, seeing me progress, and seeing the baby in the first hours after?

I just find this very disturbing.

Where Do You Stand Politically?

April at ethecofem linked to this fun quiz that determines your political stance. The questions are worded in a way that is often quite weird, but if you manage to get past that, the quiz is fun. You can find it here. (Access the quiz by pressing on the second line from the top).

And here is my diagnosis, in case people are wondering:

You want government out of people’s personal lives, but you appear to desire some continued government control over people’s economic activities. There is no political party that represents your views. The Green Party does run many candidates with similar views, but the overall Green Party platform is much more socialistic than you are. You would need a mix of Democratic, Green, and Libertarian politicians in office to get the balance of freedom and social justice you desire. The ratio between these depends on how high up your dot is on the chart.

Approximately 12% of the takers of this quiz scored in this area, 18% for all liberals outside the centrist circle.

I can’t say I’m surprised by any of this, so it means the quiz must be working at least somewhat.

Enjoy and don’t forget to share your results!