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Thursday, November 15. 2018
College library: Thanksgiving a '#NationalDayofMourning'
Why can't people see that the Pilgrims were immigrants fleeing oppression?
D.C. Bureaucrats Are Trying to Make Parents Get a License to Let Children Play Together
What UK Parents Are Doing About Today’s ‘Oppressive’ School System
Anonymous professors attack colleague behind ‘grievance studies’ hoax as threat to university
Men behind ‘Conceptual Penis’ hoax say academe trades respectability for ideological crusades
Humans Are Genetically Predisposed to Kill Each Other
Tourism pressures: Five places tackling too many visitors
"Scientists behind a major study that claimed the Earth's oceans are warming faster than previously thought now say their work contained inadvertent errors..."
Coldest Temperature On Earth Recorded In Antarctica
Amazon HQ2 Decision Provides Yet More Insights Into The Progressive Brain
Atlantic: Amazon’s HQ2 Will Only Worsen America’s ‘Great Divergence’ - In today’s economy, well-off people live in big cities, while everyone else gets pushed out. Bringing new Amazon offices to Virginia and New York could hasten the process.
So good jobs are a bad thing?
HOW GOOGLE AND AMAZON GOT AWAY WITH NOT BEING REGULATED
Is There a Charity “Crisis”? No—liberals would just prefer that the rich gave less and were taxed more.
Trump’s Trade Warrior - Meet Peter Navarro, the madman behind the president’s “madman theory” of global trade negotiation.
Hardball is working
It’s true that on the House side, Democratic gains were almost exclusively in the suburbs. But that’s no small thing.
Bob Woodward Is Right: The Press Is 'Emotionally Unhinged' About Trump
No blue wave, but a tsunami of hate
Arizona Illustrates the RINO Revenge
Trump to nominate Neomi Rao to replace Brett Kavanaugh on D.C. Circuit
Judge Rao and Regulating the Regulators
Trump Endorses 'First Step Act' Criminal Justice Reform Measure
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Grievance studies have always stumped me. Probably because I thought colleges were supposed to teach the various sciences and challenge their students. Where as the grievance studies are mostly phony and middle school easy so why would any serious college even get involved in them? The obvious answer is that it allows thousands of students who could never pass a college course to attend college and enrich the college coffers AND that it allows the college to enroll large numbers of the various minorities and check off that box too. Is that a good thing? It's like in the book Alice in Wonderland where everyone knows the whole thing is phony but the rule is you can't say so out loud. What is worse (could it really be worse) is that the other name for grievance studies is "hate studies" because, well because they teach hate. So it's a three'fer; the schools reap huge profits paid for by taxpayers for phoney courses that clearly do not belong in an institution of higher learning. They get to enroll minorities who aren't interested in math or science classes. And they spread hate and disinformation about whatever group TPTB decide must be discriminated against. It is a left wing wet dream.
It's a fourfer;.... Colleges can hire faculty who couldn't qualify for a pre-school teaching certificate to "teach" grievance studies courses.
College can be an extended childhood, but without those annoying parental figures, except for their money. A lot of professors are stuck in a second childhood, too, and living it through the young students.
Steve McQueen was such an appealing actor. I especially enjoyed him in "The Sand Pebbles."
The Pilgrims were colonists. I know you are trying to tweak the perpetually aggrieved here, but the distinction is fair.
It is also fair to note that they were colonists arriving in an area that had recently been depleted of its previous population by at least a third, and perhaps as much as a half. The cause of the depletion was disease, combined with the opportunistic attacks by other tribes from further inland on the weakened groups. This in turn brought diseases farther inland, weakening those tribes long before a settler came within a hundred miles of them.
Irony! The illegal aliens are colonists too and true to your model they are bring disease and crime that is depleting our tribe.
But the diseases came from European fisherfolk who traded with the indigenous peoples.
Yes, I'm sorry that wasn't clear from my comment. Columbus or no Columbus, fishermen in the North Atlantic and the Portuguese off Brazil were going to bring European diseases to the New World, with devastating consequences. Alcohol made this worse. I cannot even construct a plausible alternative history starting anywhere after 1000 AD that does not end in horrible death on every side in the New World.
It is important to understand that during the years from 1492 until around the 1940's or so that more immigrants and descendants of immigrants to the U.S. died from these diseases than did American Indians. It is a common but incorrect belief that these diseases somehow only killed Indians as though the Europeans were immune or something. Even in the late 19th century it was common for half of a families children to die from these diseases before reaching adult age. Horrible death was the norm both in Europe and the new world from these terrible diseases.
"Stereotypical and racist portrayals of Native peoples fill U.S. elementary schools"
But I thought race did not exist and was just a social construction.
I never saw racist depiction of native Americans and I am 75 years old. I would have to assume that ALL portrayal of native Americans would though be stereotypical by default as their isn't really another option.
What is true is much of the horror and negative facts about native Americans has been erased or "cleaned up" by historians. The truth would be so much more harmful to their image than mere "stereotypical" portrayals are.
College library: Thanksgiving a '#NationalDayofMourning':
Colleges filled with idiots.
Conceptual Penis: Is anyone surprised that it was published? Bafflegab Uber Alles!
Trump and The Media: "There are a hell of a lot important stories to figure out. It would be a shame if the press lets its feelings get in the way of doing its basic job." They JUST CAN'T STOP THEMSELVES.
Hating Trump: It's because he's smarter than the "allegedly smart people", and because we Deplorables like him and voted for him.
re It's because he's smarter than the "allegedly smart people", and because we Deplorables like him and voted for him.
The Left is making sure the Deplorables will never again have a say at the Federal level.
From Gateway Pundit:
SINCE ELECTION DAY: Democrats Pick Off Over a Dozen GOP House Seats and 2 Senate Seats… And They’re Going for More
by Jim Hoft November 13, 2018 1306 Comments
Democrats had a decent haul on election night but since Election Day the Democrats have had a spectacular run.
In the US Senate Democrats picked up two seats since Election Day.
In Montana Senator Jon Tester — who was behind on election day — had a huge haul overnight and won by 5 points.
** In Arizona Taliban-supporting Marxist Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner a week after votes were cast after being behind on election night
** In Florida Democrats have discovered a secret stash of 83,000 votes since election day! Senator Bill Nelson is now surprisingly only 12,000 votes down here.
In the wee hours of election night, the consensus was that Democrats had a good — though far from a great — showing. They netted the 23 seats needed to win the House, but they hadn’t hit a number much larger than that. It was pretty clear they were going to fall short in the marquee gubernatorial races in Florida and Georgia, even though they picked up seven governors’ mansions. And they looked destined to lose as many as four Senate seats to Republicans.
Since then, however, the Democrats’ performance in the midterms has looked much, much better. They appear on their way to picking up close to 40 House seats —
My guess is that this is the new normal for elections. After all, who is going to stop them?
feeblemind: In Florida Democrats have discovered a secret stash of 83,000 votes since election day!
Election observers and law enforcement say there's no wrongdoing in Broward County, despite the president's claims.
according to Sancho, who once fell asleep while counting...
Re: RINOs in Arizona - Sinema replaces Flake - or - one flake replaces another flake! McCain is the RINO that cost the Repubs the midterms by giving DJT the finger and downing health care repeal. All the Dems talked about in the midterms was not repealing the Affordable [really?] Health Care Act. It's a misnomer to describe them as "college educated" suburbanites; more accurate would be "college brainwashed and radicalized" suburbanites.
The articles—especially in the pseudoscience magazines Psychology Today—seems to believe that “wise” and “most murderous” are exclusive. Instead we should be asking how killing our own species has made us wise.