Tag: Conservatism

Education and Net Access – stamp out conservatism

I just saw this during the weekend.

So the thought occurred to me – all these militias in the U.S. They’re almost  all against the government, Jews and Black people. Why is it that they cannot connect the dots and see the corporate oligarchy/plutocracy. If they had more than two brain cells among them they’d see who the real targets were, the rich! 

I also note a lot of the militia types – they tend to side Republican even Tea Bagger. 

But I want to share something I learned about the voters in Rhode Island. Yesterday I decided to do the following query, show me all users that supplied email addresses and break it down by party affiliation, Republican or Democrat. 

Here’s the results:

Democrats with Email Addresses: 9496 43%

Republicans with Email Addresses: 2283 10%

Unaffiliated with Email Addresses: 10159 46%

Total with Email Address: 21,938

Extrapolation using percentages against unaffiliated voters

Democrat:  9496+4368 = 13864 63%

Republican: 2283+1016 = 3299 15%

Subtotal: = 17,163 with a difference of 4,775 (22%) true independent extrapolated. 

It’s the extrapolated numbers that are interesting – of the entirety of the database only 3,299 Republicans in RHode Island supplied email addresses. I really should have scraped dates of birth in that mix too. I’ve done similar analyses before and found that those over 65 tend to trend Republican and don’t have net access. 

I think net access makes a huge difference. I can’t quantify it but the fact that you have an email says you have some savvy about things. 

Now wouldn’t it be interesting if we could push net access to EVERYONE in the United States. Everyone. The young, the old and everything in between. Echo chambers like Fox News would have a pretty tough time surviving. And so too the neo-conservatives, tea baggers, Randians and other ilk of the conservative movement. 

More corroboration for an earlier post on why the south is a stinking cesspool of conservatism

You have to read this piece in the Atlantic. They basically mapped census data on high school and college graduation to the map of the U.S.

Here’s a key map of high school graduation, the darker orange indicates high rates, lighter lower rates:


Now here’s college baccalaureate rates:



Now a while ago I had posted maps of internet penetration and political voting patterns. I wrote this back in June of 2013, some six months ago but it bears comparison.

The first map is internet penetration:
ImageNow we look at the 2008 Presidential Election:


And just for fun let’s look at 2012:

ImageNow here’s the synthesis of all this. The northeast and west coast are some of the most wired areas in the country. Where I live you have oodles of wired, wireless etc. But the south, and I’m not talking way down deep south but northeast North Carolina. Wireless service absolutely falls down, and wired service is sparse. Plus education is a mess. I see the differences in my education and that of my SO’s and there’s a stark difference. Plus you always have these idiots in the south yammering on about inserting creationism into high school classes.

We need a second American revolution, one that educates and wires (or wirelesses) the south. Part of it is because large swarths of the South are also extremely impoverished. So better teaching, better school boards, and more connectivity is needed.