6 random things for Friday (pornhub, 2018 EPS estimates, Sowell on MLK Day)

News Story of the Day: just before the world comes to an end, you likely tell yourself that you have wasted your life: not traveling the world, playing too many video games, and, well, viewing too much porn. You promise to the heavens that if the world lives on and you survive that you will do more with your life. The world doesn’t end and you live for another few decades. What do you do then?

Well, last weekend, when a false alarm sent many Hawaiians into panic, it turns out that PornHub.com was a popular website to visit.

Here is a statement from the pornography website:

“Based on real-time, per-minute page-views, and compared to levels on the previous two Saturdays, our statisticians found a precipitous drop in traffic at 8:07am immediately after the warning was sent out. By 8:23 am, traffic was a massive -77% below that of a typical Saturday,” Pornhub said.

“Traffic began to return to normal and Hawaiians collectively breathed a sigh of relief. Those seeking further relief headed back to Pornhub where page views surged +48% above typical levels at 9:01am.”

Chart of the Day: just how big was the GOP’s corporate tax cute? Here is a chart from Bloomberg:

Illustration of the Day: if you’re female, overweight, and leftist, then the media and feminists will shout out “girl power.” However, if you’re male, overweight, and conservative or libertarian, then you can go to hell, as has been the case with President Donald Trump.

Tweet of the Day: Democrats and Republicans don’t make any sense. On one hand, they are declaring that President Trump is LITERALLY HITLER and LITERALLY JOSEF Stalin. On the other, they have voted to give the president more surveillance powers. Huh?

Quote of the Day:

To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, legendary economist Thomas Sowell wrote this in 2013:

At the core of Dr. King’s speech was his dream of a world in which people would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by “the content of their character.” Judging individuals by their individual character is at the opposite pole from judging how groups are statistically represented among employees, college students, or political figures. Yet many — if not most — of those who celebrate the “I have a dream” speech today promote the directly opposite approach of group preferences, especially those based on skin color.

What was historic about that speech was not only what was said but how powerfully its message resonated among Americans of that time across the spectrum of race, ideology, and politics. A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted in Congress for both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

To say that that was a hopeful time would be an understatement. To say that many of those hopes have since been disappointed would also be an understatement. There has been much documented racial progress since 1963. But there has also been much retrogression, of which the disintegration of the black family has been central, especially among those at the bottom of the social pyramid. Many people — especially politicians and activists — want to take credit for the economic and other advancement of blacks, even though a larger proportion of blacks rose out of poverty in the 20 years before 1960 than in the 20 years afterwards. But no one wants to take responsibility for the policies and ideologies that led to the breakup of the black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and generations of discrimination.

Many hopes were disappointed because those were unrealistic hopes to begin with. Economic and other disparities between groups have been common for centuries, in countries around the world — and many of those disparities have been, and still are, larger than the disparities between blacks and whites in America. Even when those who lagged behind have advanced, they have not always caught up, even after centuries, because others were advancing at the same time. But when blacks did not catch up with whites in America within a matter of decades, that was treated as strange — or even a sinister sign of crafty and covert racism.

Civil rights were necessary, but far from sufficient. Education and job skills are crucial, and the government cannot give you these things. All it can do is make them available. Race hustlers who blame all lags on the racism of others are among the obstacles to taking the fullest advantage of education and other opportunities. What does that say about the content of their character?

When the Civil Rights Act of 1964…. passed, it provoked no rethinking. Instead, it provoked all sorts of new demands. Judging everybody by the same standards came to be regarded in some quarters as “racist” because it precluded preferences and quotas. There are people today who talk “justice” when they really mean payback — including payback against people who were not even born when historic injustices were committed.

Video of the Day: you have likely seen the now viral video of Jordan Peterson annihilating, eviscerating, pummeling into a submission Cathy Newman of Channel 4. If you haven’t, then here is the interview (just beware that Newman continually puts words in his mouth):

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