“More than 4,700 were removed from shelves at 30 schools across the board, and they have since been destroyed or are in the process of being recycled.”


“At the close of the 2020-21 academic year, made up 59.5% of college students, an all-time high, and men 40.5%.”

“U.S. colleges and had 1.5 million fewer students compared with five years ago, and men accounted for 71% of the decline.”

“This , which holds at both two- and four-year colleges, has been slowly widening for 40 years.”

“After six years of college, 65% of women in the U.S. who started a four-year university in 2012 received diplomas by 2018 compared with 59% of during the same period.”

“In the next few years, two women will earn a degree for every man, if the trend continues.”


“The silence of the marchers and protesters, the petitioners and kneelers, is deafening. Is too far away? Are Afghan not deserving of our sympathies? Or is the , unlike Trump, the wrong type of enemy? British have grown so used to talking about the make-believe oppression apparently experienced by privileged women with media careers and vast salaries, or the pathetic non-issue of socially inadequate young men wolf-whistling on street corners, that they are now unable to recognise real oppression when it stares them in the face. At least, that’s one explanation. The other is that activists are so fearful of being associated with any whiff of Islamophobia that they cannot bring themselves to condemn the atrocities now being confronted by Afghan women.”


🔬 Some notable exceptions to that global trend:

In the 🇺🇸 , the influence of income has vanished, and support depends solely (and strongly!) on education (highly educated ↔ leftist).

In (epitome: 🇸🇪 ) it’s the opposite: education became irrelevant, and political preference depends only on income (perhaps because they are wealthy, egalitarian countries?).

🇵🇹 hasn’t changed like the other countries: there the Right is still supported mostly by educated (and rich) voters. (NB: in the 50’s and 60’s, Portugal was a dictatorship).

🇮🇹 is the rare case where leftist parties ended up being the parties of the richest segment of the population. I wouldn’t read too much into this, though, as the political landscape there during the last decade or two has been a populist mess.

🇪🇸 is the country where education and income tell you the least about political preferences! There’s still the secular correlation “high income ↔ right wing”, but it’s very weak today. (NB: in the 50’s and 60’s, Spain was also a dictatorship).

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🌐 Globally:

Half a century ago, the Left appealed mostly to the poor and uneducated, and the Right to the rich and educated.

Nowadays, supporting leftist parties still correlates with lower income (and supporting the Right with higher income), although that link has weakened.

What’s most interesting is that correlation along the “education” axis has reversed: today, it is mostly educated people supporting the Left, and uneducated people supporting the Right.

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When I was younger, I thought that the defining distinction between and was solidarity — as in, the former necessarily has to have way more of it than the latter.

Gradually I came to realise that characterisation is problematic for three reasons:

  1. want to impose , which is an oxymoron (by definition, you can’t mandate voluntary inclinations, such as affection or desire, on people).
  2. In practice, and at least in my own country (), the Left has become pro-independence and sympathetic towards secessionists (but more solidarity would require larger unions, stronger federations — not the richest regions going their own way).
  3. Sometimes the Right puts in practice more solidarity towards certain groups or causes (eg, non-elites, non-conformists, disadvantaged people who reject the orthodoxy) than the Left itself.

I now think that the ratio personal freedom vs economic freedom better categorises Left vs. Right (cf ). I like to think of those two dimensions as “ to do what you please with your body” (food, drugs, euthanasia, suicide, sex, read, speech, thought, association, religion) and “freedom to do what you please with your property” (save, invest, buy, sell, donate, build, trade, settle).

This is not a defence of or , by the way — I do believe certain restrictions on both kinds of liberties are necessary for any society to function at all.

If, like me, you were frustrated by the @eff’s Secure Messaging Scorecard being outdated for years now, go check Mark Williams’s Secure Messaging Apps Comparison — it’s a great resource.

My only objection: I would boost (ie, , ) and fully recommend it, and penalise and discard it, based on their respective results under the section “are the and server completely ?” — I think that’s paramount!

TL;DR: use (it’s the best and most user-friendly); if not possible for whatever reason, resort to apps as 2nd best.

If I had the time, I would love to write and produce a very personal about .

I’ve been on a mission, for a few years now, to read the top twenty or so most important, most influential works of world . Fiction top ten, plus non-fiction top ten. Because the meta-ranking I use as a reference updates regularly with new rankings published and with slight improvements to the algorithm, in going through the list I’m actually getting closer to reading the top forty books.

Each (short) episode would focus on one book: I would share my review, read some passages I highlighted, and my explain why the book is (or isn’t) that important and how it affected me personally.


«Contra la concesión de a los condenados por sedición en Cataluña, en apoyo al Poder Judicial, atacado por el Gobierno Sánchez, y en defensa de la igualdad ante la ley de todos los españoles, sin excepción.

Consideramos muy graves los ataques del Gobierno y de los partidos que lo apoyan -incluidos los separatistas empeñados en destruir la Nación-, a la división de poderes y a la igualdad ante la ley, indispensables en cualquier verdadera democracia. Vemos con alarma el progresivo desmantelamiento de funciones del Estado, reducido a mero soporte de un Gobierno irresponsable y sectario que pretende suspender la Constitución por la vía de los hechos consumados.

No pensamos tolerar pasivamente la conversión del chantaje en procedimiento político “normal”, como sucedería con la concesión de indultos a golpistas condenados que han manifestado su intención expresa de reincidir, burlando expresamente los informes contrarios del Tribunal Supremo y de la Fiscalía del Estado. Esos indultos no tienen otro propósito que conservar la mayoría parlamentaria para mantenerse en La Moncloa a cualquier precio.

Rechazamos la “normalización” de la injusticia, del vaciado de la Constitución y de los ataques a la unidad de la nación española y al Estado de derecho. Por todas estas razones, creemos llegada la hora de que la sociedad civil salga a la calle a manifestar su rechazo de la deriva política antidemocrática impuesta por quienes tienen la obligación de defender la Constitución y unión de la Nación española.»


11. On profile pages, sometimes clicking the “collections” pseudo-tab “too early” does not work (it’s not a real link, stuff gets build client-side, and there’s a delay).

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