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Friday, May 19. 2017
A book by John Hawkins: 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know
Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction
Crossing the Congo Is Truly a Journey Across Hell on Earth
Single women are out-earning men
Lone Star Lilliput - Complacent Texas taxpayers have become captives of their rent-seeking civil servants.
Student 'teach-in' claims food industry is 'built on racism'
Is it time for us all to admit what a steaming pile of hypocrisy our entire conversation on race has become?
Even Math Is Made to Serve Moonbattery
Social-Justice Math Class: ‘Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool’ - ‘Teaching Social Justice Through Secondary Mathematics’ was developed by Teach for America.
Yale Dean’s Nasty Yelp Reviews Expose Underbelly of Ivy League Elitism - The racial overtones of June Chu’s posts have garnered the most attention. Less attention has been paid to the sneering elitism.
She was just having snotty fun. I don't see what the big deal is. Campus is becoming a field of landmines and profs are right to be scared.
National Student Group Seeks To Bolster Campus Free Speech
Free speech is oppression
Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real - Which means science is broken.
OK, but worse probably in the social sciences. Generally, it is very easy to cheat in science. Biggest problem might be that negative results are almost never published.
Warmists Using Fossil Fuels Is Totally Not Hypocrisy Or Something
From von Mises: Why Businessmen Fail at Government
Dallas County Whistleblower Tapes Democrat Campaign Worker Describing Voter Fraud Schemes
Normal urban politics
David Plouffe: “Trump Must Be Destroyed”…
Commenter at Althouse:
All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome - That man in the White House is vulgar, disrespectful, self-involved, maybe even dangerous. So?
All US 50 governors sign anti-BDS statement
Venezuelan dictator: ‘We are the new Jews of the 21st century’
Intel Trump gave Russians came from Jordan, not Israel
Who cares? Trump was right to share the threat info
The President Goes to Israel
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Regarding the racism of the food industry. They put a lot of issues into one basket for that statement didn't they? Sort of a dog's breakfast of causes.
The Congo: "Heart Of Darkness" comes to mind.
ESP: Do I accept SLATE as a trustworthy source? NO, can't say as i do.
"Fossil Fuels": Sometimes ya just gotta use them.
50 Governors and the DC Mayor signed the anti-BDS statement:
Color me amazed that all the Dems signed on.
The progressives remind me of that song "You know I can't hear you, I've got beans in my ears, beans in my ears, beans in my ears…" that kids used to sing to disparage rules and regulations leveled by adults. The world is too much with them, so they ignore reality.
I laugh at those who think Trump is ineffective and won't get anything done. They are clearly NOT paying attention. He is getting things done every day, and the press is so interested in making up stories about Russia and Comey, they are missing it all.
Notice we don't hear any more freak outs about Scott Pruitt at the EPA?
Notice we don't hear a peep about Zinke in the Interior Dept.?
Notice we haven't heard ONE whit about Perry in the Dept. of Energy?
We've hardly heard anything about Dr. Carson at HUD.
And I laugh and laugh. There are policy changes, work assignments, and cuts being made that no 'important' news source is reporting on in a significant way. There are impacts being made far and wide in the federal government that will have long-lasting impressions, but I'm being told Trump is failing??
Oh, and don't forget the military. Unlike Obama who talked openly and often about what the military was doing even before they did it, we have yet to get very detailed reporting on ISIS and the progress being made there. Or any other military operation, to tell you the truth.
All actual progress is not being reported, and fake news is. Trump is accomplishing things whether the press reports it or not. And it will be obvious over time the impact those things will have on our economy and the average American citizen.
Let's let that sleeping dog lie, Miss T. The less the left is aware of what's really happening, the better.
I will let it lie, if Maggie's will. Stop posting links about how badly Trump is doing. :-P
It's true! Math is an instrument of oppression. It is the tool of an evil conspiracy of old white male heterosexual patriarchal hegemonists, who use logic, mathematics, science, classics, capitalism, democracy and testosterone to disenfranchise and impoverish the rest of the world, who are all victims of this oppression. Refuse to be a party to this oppression by not using math.
You're so right! It's even way more oppressive than that. Math was invented by the Greeks, who had all this leisure time because they had great hordes of helots doing all their work for them. The Greeks who resisted the successful and egalitarian Persian civilization. The Greeks who brought brutal war and conquest from Sicily to Turkey. Who in their folly and pride spawned the bloodthirsty Alexander who ran around the world killing everybody he could find.
Then it was stolen by the Romans who enslaved the Greeks, who for a thousand years wielded their learned Greek thralls to keep all of Europe in bloody bondage, by Roman projection of commercial and engineering prowess. A fat lot of good it did the Romans, when all the peace-loving native barbarian tribes afflicted by global climate change overthrew the Romans who refused to share their lands. Justice!
Then it was kept alive by the great Muslim civilizations, who after 600 years of suppression by the Romans, the converted Jews finally found peace and were able to preserve and advance the sciences under the benevolent wisdom of the Caliphs, from Baghdad to al-Andalus. Math and science were not used for commerce and hegemony, but as a celebration of the transcendent gifts of Allah.
Then the dirty and cruel barbarian Crusaders stole it and brought it back to Europe. With this cultural appropriation and thievery on a grand scale, the greedy Europeans in their so-called rebirth set about enslaving and colonizing the entire world. They delighted in inventing ever more nefarious and destructive devices of divers kinds. European-spawned diseases like smallpox and cholera and plague were just another means to keep the non-whites in perpetual thrall. Murder became industrialized on an unimaginable scale, and the Euros exported their evility and bloodlust to the entire world in two great wars.
It has been six hundred years of this plunder and tyranny and terror. By historical precedent, the entire world is now poised to overthrow the cruel and unjust tyranny of the cishet white Euro males who with unquenchable malice wield this unearned and stolen Ring of Power.
If there is an Arc of History, it bends toward Justice! Math and Science will soon be returned to the only Owners who have earned the right to possess it by their demonstrated nobility and benevolence. Aloha snackbar!
And don't forget the Arabs stole the idea of the Arabic numerals from the Hindus.