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This four-year-old makes more money than you!

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6053363/Meet-four-year-old-girl-52-000-Instagram-followers-gets-paid-550-post.html

OK, a little bit of an exaggeration, I am sure the majority of my readers are making more money. But if her following continues to grow, she could easily be earning six figures by the time she’s six!

And of course it’s really her parents who are doing the work and earning the money. But the lesson is that if you have a photogenic daughter, the smart thing to do is turn her into an Instagram influencer!

Teaching your kid to play the violin and ace spelling bees, that’s for certain clueless ethnic minorities who don’t understand how the economy really works.

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August 13, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Technology

Survival of Democracy requires censoring of free speech!

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Remember when liberals used to say the opposite? And this guy is a U.S. Senator.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 7, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

Is Alex Jones even more powerful now?

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Commenter “DataExplorer” writes:

If you are worried about the online popularity of a guy that peddles conspiracy theories, the last thing you should do is censure him. Now you have confirmed to all his 2.5 million subscribers that there are powerful forces trying to silence him.

I thought about this before I saw the comment. On the one hand, yes, people place more importance on speech after they think that other people don’t want you to hear it.

In the short run, Alex Jones gets a boost, but I think in the longer run, people are underestimating the power of censorship, it works very well. Alex Jones will lose his influence with his major means of distribution cut off.

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August 7, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Technology

It’s time for big tech to be regulated

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Public utilities (like electricity, telephone, etc.) are required to serve anyone who will pay them, and customers are entitled to due process before their services are turned off. Con Ed (the utility that serves New York City) can’t just turn off your electricity and gas because they don’t like your speech, and even for nonpayment they have to give you fair notice and due process rights.

When businesses were discriminating against blacks, a Democratic constituency, Democrats passed the Civil Rights Act requiring businesses to serve everyone regardless of race.

It’s time to regulate big tech the way utilities are regulated, and the way every business is regulated with respect to discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”

A new law should require that big companies like Google/YouTube, Facebook/Instagram, and Twitter are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of political viewpoint or any other type of speech (other than pornography because everyone hates pornography), and that if there is any denial of service for any reason, the user is entitled to fair notice and a hearing just like when the electric utility turns off someone’s electricity. And this includes fair access to searching and discovery. No more shadowbans and other nefarious algorithmic suppression of speech based on political orientation.

And sure, throw in “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” and throw in “sexual orientation” as well, to make the law look more fair and like something Democrats should support.

Republicans in Congress, stop being cucks to big business while they stomp all over conservatives.

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August 6, 2018 at EDT pm

Google/YouTube joins the InfoWars ban

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https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/06/technology/facebook-infowars-alex-jones/index.html

2.4 million subscribers on YouTube can no longer watch his videos.

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August 6, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

Alex Jones Infowars banned from Apple and Facebook

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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/06/apple-pulls-alex-jones-infowars-podcasts-for-hate-speech.html

The big tech monopolies’ assault on the free speech of people who don’t buy into the SJW zeitgeist continues.

Alex Jones is very prole and comes off to me as an idiot, but even idiots should be allowed free speech. And the web will become a much more boring place if all conspiracy theory type of people are banned. And it’s only a matter of time before this goes further and mainstream right-wing speech is banned.

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August 6, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Technology

Parents who pay for Fortnite coaching for their kids

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/ready-aim-hire-a-fortnite-coach-parents-enlist-videogame-tutors-for-their-children-1533046708

Ally Hicks fretted over her 10-year-old son playing the hugely popular shoot-em-up videogame “Fortnite.”

It wasn’t the violence or the amount of time she was worried about. It was the result. He wasn’t winning.
So she hired him a coach. For about $50, Ms. Hicks purchased four hours of online lessons from a player she found through a freelance labor website.

One thing I can’t help but notice is that Fortnite coaches don’t make much money. It’s a lot more profitable to be an SAT tutor than a Fortnite tutor.

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August 3, 2018 at EDT pm

It pays to be famous on Instagram

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https://www.hopperhq.com/blog/instagram-rich-list/

This is a list of how much money some top influencers get paid for a sponsored post on Instagram. It seems to be about $1000 to $3000 per million followers per post. So once you get up to a million followers, you are making a much better living as an influencer than you could working at a real value-creating job.

Travel seems to be the best-paid category to be in, where 2 million followers means getting paid $6,000 per post. That makes sense, because the audience has higher income and is looking to spend it on expensive vacations.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 3, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Technology

Princess Mae

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She’s a short plump bleach-blonde Filippina unwed teenage mom with multiple trashy tattoos, and she has over a million Instagram followers. Not only does she have a million followers, she also has an extraordinarily high engagement rate; several of her more recent posts exceed 200,000 likes. With that much engagement, she can easily make mid six figures a year hawking clothes and beauty products.

Her existence also disproves a common theme I see in the comments that American women are too “fat” to be attractive. In fact, the thick look is becoming more popular with every passing year. Soon we will hear about women dieting to gain weight so they can look more like Princess Mae! (Although they probably won’t be successful because it can be even harder for a naturally thin person to gain weight than for a naturally fat person to lose weight, plus even if there is successful weight gain, more likely than not the weight won’t get distributed to the right places.)

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July 31, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Technology

Are Nikon camera engineers self-hating Japanese?

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A Nature article about sexist and racist AI claims that Nikon cameras are racist against Asians:

Software designed to warn people using Nikon cameras when the person they are photographing seems to be blinking tends to interpret Asians as always blinking.

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July 24, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Technology

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