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Thursday, September 26. 2019
Re the coffee: There are only two kinds of climate here: Hot Coffee and Iced Coffee. The climate experts just don't get it. It's all good.
Universal ethical truths are at the core of Jewish High Holy Days
The Desperate Plight Behind “Darkness at Noon” - Arthur Koestler’s novel of the Moscow Trials laid bare the gulf between Communist ideals and the reality they produced.
New science shows gluten-free trend is expensive BS
It's a fad. Nutritional fads come and go. That's a result of affluence and choices.
Some bracing advice to parents of teens
Ban pointy knives
MINI AOC IS BACK! Greta and Climate Change
Local Man Uses Viral Fame To Raise $1 Million for Charity, Journalist Digs Up Offensive Tweets He Made at Age 16 - Carson King is the latest victim of a cancel culture that's out of control
9 Revelations In The Atlantic’s Essay About NYC’s Kafkaesque Schools - George Packer’s extremely long Atlantic essay contains gems of leftist cognitive dissonance, some funny, some enraging, and some heartbreaking. Here’s a list...
If the world’s ending in 12 years, why even go to college?
Has Harvard Lost Its Taste for Western Civilization?
Stanford University Drops Mandatory Diversity Program After Complaints of Personal Intrusion
Campus Hook-Up Culture and Title IX Sex Police Meet Due Process
Bernie Sanders Proposes “National Wealth Registry” In Latest Tax The Rich Proposal…
Planning a federal tax on assets
Biden Campaign Calls Trump Ad Racist and Sexist for Showing Democrats Obsessed With Impeachment
Trump turns tables on Biden amid impeachment push, claims Dems threatened Ukraine
House Republicans blast Dems' impeachment inquiry in fiery press conference
South Korea: The Country That Has Oversold Higher Education Even More Than the U.S.
By The Way, Trump Administration Just Scored Another Safe-Third-Country Agreement In Central America Today
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Re: George Packer's essay about the schools.
We read these essays all the time, of leftist parents finally figuring out what is missing from schools and how they are ruining children. The writers compensate for it with their own children, who started with genetic and cultural advantages to begin with, and when the kids get just few years older the parents forget about it and start worrying about the unfairness of the college application system, and then how colleges don't really prepare kids for the outside world.
They only care when it's their kid, during which time they are hysterical. As their child passes out of each stage, they stop caring, because they don't care about the country's institutions in general. Generosity of spirit is a political pose, adopted mainly to talk about how bad other people are.
Don't get your hopes up that they are finally getting it.
...and then once the hysteria abates, they move to a red state where the schools are still functional and promptly begin to vote the same nonsense into existence all over again. Because the former experiment just needed to be 'tweaked' a little; this time it will work spectacularly, just watch. The Liberal equivalent of Hold My Beer.
"take out a crushing mortgage on a house in a highly rated school district"
It's remarkable what urban lib-elites do to keep their kids away from leftist failures and also black people, but still stay close enough to call themselves "urban" rather than "sub-urban", which they really are.
But this weakness makes it easy to quickly shut up a coastal elite who has kids. Start grilling them about where their kids go/went to school and ask why it all went down that way. Always ends up in a tacit admission of their racism and of liberal failure in general
If they have two children past the age of eight or so, so that they can see how much is genetics that the environment doesn't affect that much, many start to inch conservative. Hard reality teaches what explanation seldom does.
This is similarly true for women who don't believe the schools are biased against boys - until their sons get into school and they see it first-hand.
None of us learn from being smart and figuring it out. We all have to have our noses rubbed in it to "get it." Human nature. It's a wonder how few repetitions it takes, actually.
Thanks for the links. Especially mini-AOC, need a laugh today.
Saw her referred to elsewhere as Scoldilocks. I'm stealing that.
Pointy knives ban: The Britishers whose ancestors fought so hard to adopt the Rule of Common Law so they could emerge from serfdom and nobility, seem destined to return to that sad condition. You would think that with so many examples of freedom fighting in their past they wouldn't forget its purpose. But their common history has been diluted by immigration, which ironically is also at the root of their problem with sharp instruments.
Not a very complimentary article re: ethical truths of Jewish Holy Days
What's most funny/sad about this article is just how thin the gruel really is. This is a "scholar"'s best effort and it's ridiculous, or insightful, to see how thin the veneer of ethics really is in modern Judaism. And (in his opinion) how strict religious tradition really doesn't vary much from the unrestrained self-indulgence that modern secular humanism allows for.
Jesus was calling out the thin veneer of Judaic ethics 2000 years ago. Nothing notable has changed about it in the intervening centuries.
She doesn't get that ethical self-improvement isn't really a universal ethical goal. It's Judeo-Christian. There are some bits of it in Greek, Hindu, and Buddhist thought* (not in Confucian, Norse, Shinto, or various animist and polytheistic traditions), though it's mostly retrofitted to those beliefs by Westerners who grew up in our Judeo-Christian-suffused societies.
*Those are more about adjusting to reality. A worthy goal but not the same thing.
re "Darkness at Noon"...another important but sadly neglected Koestler novel is "The Age of Longing", a prescient view (from 1950) of the West's loss of civilizational self-confidence. I reviewed it here:
Has Harvard lost its taste for western civ....they have a firm grip on political correctness.
Stanford diversity program dropped after "crossing the line"....time to drop the diversity promoters.
Hook up culture and sex police meet due process....oh nooooo, political correctness isn't lawful?
Re: Universal ethical truths are at the core of Jewish High Holy Days
I used to be Jewish, and let me tell you that for 99% of American Jews, the "High Holy Days" are just an annual routine. There's nothing Holy about them. First of all, most of the services are conducted in Hebrew. But nobody speaks Hebrew, so the people are just repeating meaningless phrases. In addition, these holidays don't exist as part of a larger philosophy. There's no education that puts it all in perspective. So everyone is just supposed to go through the motions of "repenting" and then get back to real life. It's a joke. And that's how all the kids see it; they aren't fooled for a minute.
You can add to that the fact that the Synagogue will only permit worshipers who can pay for the tickets; which cost thousands of dollars. It's really terrible. And that's why so many Jews have given-up on the Jewish religion. The only thing that the Rabbi's offer is politics. There is absolutely no moral guidance. So as far as I'm concerned, these people are nothing but a bunch of sanctimonious pretenders. The Jews don't teach their kids. So the kids grow-up to believe that politics is the only religion.
What's "racist" and "sexist" about Dems' impeachment frenzy?
My money's on "idiotic".
Pointy knives: OK, how about the ulu (the knife of Alaska)? Some/many don't have points (I have one with, and one without.)
There are only two kinds of climate here: Hot Coffee and Iced Coffee.
The Engineer said, "Before I die, there's two more drinks that I'd like to try."
The Conductor asked what could they be?
"A hot cup a'coffee and a cold glass a'tea"
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