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Thursday, January 23. 2020
Monty Python Star Terry Jones Dies at 77
Died of dementia
DOES CALORIE RESTRICTION SLOW AGING?
California needs to set more fires. A new study reveals the risks, regulations, and limited resources that hold back plans for prescribed blazes.
El Paso Zoo teases return of naming cockroaches after exes, feeding them to meerkats
Department of Transportation Plans To Ban Nearly All Emotional Support Animals
It's the support cockroaches that really bug me. And the support millipedes.
University of Minnesota faculty, staff to undergo LGBT pronoun training
A new language
Yale Faculty Members Say Yale Needs Political Diversity
Facial recognition’s reckoning, Fourth Amendment edition
CNN Hires CNBC’s John Harwood, Who Was Caught Colluding With the Hillary 2016 Campaign
Activists with bylines, as Insty says
Clearing a Path for New Infrastructure - The Trump administration is right to streamline the environmental-review process.
Donald at Davos: Trump teaches a lesson to the crybabies back home
The real Trump
Yeah, people who meet him say he's a sweet guy. He's just a bully for America.
The FBI Scandal
The big Trump administration mistake that led to impeachment
Trump's Impeachment Trial Will Only Make Us Hate Washington Even More. That's a bad thing, even—or especially—from a libertarian perspective.
A Tale of Two Whistleblowers: One Protected, One Not
JW Investigates if Ousted Ukraine Ambassador Ordered State Dept. to Monitor Journalists, Trump Allies
Competing against China
University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets
Everything you must know about the biggest diplomatic event in Israel’s history - Who’s coming and who’s boycotting the event? Who will be allowed to speak? Will Putin sit next to Pence? What are the leaders doing in their spare time? And what’s on the menu?
Having persecuted and purged their Jews as punishment for the rebirth of Israel, many Arabs now realize they shot themselves in the foot.
Ukraine’s Jewish president heaps praise on Israel in pre-visit interview
Trump freaks them out. Good. He's good at freaking people out.
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The Future of Journalism
"One element of Martin Gurri’s Revolt of the Public is the collapse of trust in journalism as practiced by newspapers and mass media"
Not discussed is the role of leadership's intent, as evinced by the likes of Baron and Baquet, the WP and NYT editors who have decided that all journalistic ethics must be put aside in the Trump era to serve the higher (self-defined) cause for the Resistance battle. No other such intentional moral squandering that I can think of has had such a profoundly negative impact on society's machinery.
Society's moral compass has always been deeply flawed. But having one of its acknowledged pillars, the Fourth Estate, join in the fray and the looting has been devastating in its effect on degrading modern sensibilities. The consequential loss of faith in the media will be generational at least. De-centralization is the only defensive response available to those with a sense of journalistic ethic and accountability, but it is no substitute for the institution. The proponents of Baron's/Baquet's strategies ought to be tarred as traitors and held in disgrace for what they have done to their society.
Support cockroaches? HA! You're late to that one:
Emotional support animals is the most abused pseudo-right coming in second after the more abused disabled parking permits. I do not want to sit in a restaurant with someone's dog. I don't want them on the bus or airplane with me.
Stay away from France and Germany then (unless they've changed in recent years).
Does calorie restriction reduce aging? The key sentence in the story is: "He has always been interested in the possibility of life extension by calorie restriction." In other words he went into this so-called study to prove his own bias and lo and behold he did!!! This is like asking an astrologer if astrology is real?
University of Minnesota faculty, staff to undergo LGBT pronoun training: No, no, no! EVERYONE will be required to wear badges with one's personal pronouns, so that no-one has to GUESS what they are, or remember every damned fools' p.p.s.
Kling: What is the future of journalism? Ummmmm, the trash heap?
The FBI Scandal: The FBI administrators need to be fired and barred from any other government office, federal, state, county, and city, AND stripped of their retirement pay.
Jehovah gonna getcha if you mess with his people.
This is subpar for the U of M. It's hard to believe that knuckleheads there could possibly devolve into knuckledraggers. Oh, and next time attend a real institution of higher learning.
"University of Minnesota faculty, staff to undergo LGBT pronoun training"
This sort of thing is utterly counter-intuitive in language terms and therefore probably doomed to failure in the longterm.
Pronouns substitute specific meaning with more generalized meaning: Trump and the manager of my local hardware store become he, my doctor and my cousin Mary become she, my coffee cup and that branch next to the TV room window that I'm going to have to cut down become it.
What is being done here is to attempt to enforce what I call pronames, in effect, "proper pronouns".
You might forget Stella, Barbara, Madge and Jane but you won't forget they're all she. If however, they each have personal pronouns, you're sure as hell bound to forget those too.
So the university has just placed its employees in an utterly untenable and impractical position.
The only semi-practical solution would be to avoid the minefield of personal pronouns completely and start talking like this:
"Professor Lindquist said that if we give Professor Lindquist the new equipment, Professor Lindquist will ensure Professor Lindquist keeps it locked up in Professor Lindquist's classroom."
God save us.
It is already being done. I'm a UofMinn alum ('70) and the most recent newsletter from my old department was full of the PC pronoun nonsense. I read the first paragraph from the department head and shook my head...what did I just read? I read it again and realized it was the pronoun usage. Completely unreadable. The newsletter went into the trashcan.
I hope you sent the Alumni Association a nice note explaining why you can't make any more checks out for fear of using the wrong pronouns.
This isn't about pronouns, gay rights or even being polite to each other. This is payback and vitriol and the opportunity for some of those on the left to hurt those on the right. It is payback for perceived and imagined harm that normal people have inflicted on them by being "normal" in their presence. This is pure hate.
All of you have seen enough now--you know how bad our universities have become. You know there is a huge market opportunity out there (straight, white male). When is someone gonna scratch this itch and open a private study opportunity that is only available to white men? C'mon on folks rent one of those failed retail spaces in half abandoned malls and offer classes three days a week. You could even go find an abandoned dairy farm barn--some place to hold classes for men who really can learn to do the STEM classes! You could charge 1/3 as much as the average of any public university tuition. The time has come. Four years from now when these guys hit the market the "rumor" will already be out there and people like the Barrister will know exactly how to find these job candidates. Just think of all the great teachers ( straight white males) who have no careers left and are out of work for life because of these imbeciles. The would love to staff your new business AND they can REALLY do the job--TEACH!
I applaud your effort. The problem is that you'd have to sell yourself with that "white guy college" diploma. While great bosses might value it highly, the renta-mob crowd will show up to cancel the college and eventually cancel the people who hire graduates from that college.
The Anointed Ones in the dying media will call the cancellers heroes and the cancelled Nazis.
That is how I predict it would end. Not with a bang, but with a wimper
Jews who believe the Arab invitation to return to Arab countries are foolish if they do so. In no time the Arabs would again begin to resent those Jews who returned and prospered, because once again it would become clear that Islam discourages the kind of market and economic business sense that makes Western countries successful. Let the Arab countries recognize what keeps them poor, and let them fix it or not.
People don't usually die from "dementia". They die from complications such as aspiration pneumonia (like when their brain can no longer control muscles in the mouth and throat, which is common in one form of FTD,nfvPPA variant ), or from not seeking help because of diminished capacity. Or from falls or dangerous behavior due to .. diminished capacity to reason and consider consequences.
"People don't usually die from 'dementia'."
You are quite right.
My dear late mother's dementia set in when she was in her early seventies. But it was a very bad fall and subsequent broken hip that killed her at the age of 81.
Whenever anyone tries to forcibly change the language they are engaging in deceit
Re; Unnecessary pronouns
The recent University of Rochester Alumni survey asked as Question number 3; what was my preferred pronoun? And it went on from there. The alumni outreach thing is supposed to be about common experience, not endless division. Don’t they know I have other places to give my money.