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April 09, 2018

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Burnsie

The event is “for all who are interested in economics that serve people not profits.”

In a country of starving people, that may be more accurate than they think.

David

I’ve an idea for the posters.

What?

R. Sherman

Somehow, I think Scripps will be more diligent in protecting the "platform" for the Venezuelans, than it would be for, oh say, Ben Shapiro.

John D

the deep and worldly wisdom on offer at Scripps College

"Related"

https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/venezuela

David

Philip Sharp on identitarian favouritism in contemporary classical music:

Of the numerous competitions and schemes on offer for composers in Britain, a disturbing number contain politically-driven caveats as part of their application process as a means of realising the great idée fixe of our time, ‘diversity’… A joint venture by the Centre for New Music at Sheffield and Sheffield University, offering young composers the opportunity to have their music workshopped and recorded by the Ligeti Quartet… [has a] curious ‘two ticks’ policy:

“A ‘two ticks’ policy will be in place for female composers, composers who identify as BME, transgender or non-binary, or having a disability, to automatically go through to the second stage of the selection process.”

What should be an incidental fact about someone’s person now takes precedent over their craft. Composers who happen to belong to one of these select groups are given a pat on the back and a snide helping-hand by virtue signallers of the worst kind. They are not valued for their artistic endeavours, the time and effort they have put into their work. Instead, they are trotted out by the diversity apparatchiks as means of showcasing how wonderfully compassionate, forward-thinking and fluffy they are.

There’s more.

WTP

Similar to the rapid devaluation of Venezuela’s currency to the extent that the government cannot afford to pay for money printing services, here in Central Florida we've had a commuter train service shoved down our throats at a cost of some $30 million a year (last I checked). Why can't the system pay for itself you ask? Well because SunRail ticket revenue is less than ticketing expense. SunRail’s finances would be slightly stronger if riding was free.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/sunrail/os-sunrail-fares-lose-money-20170224-story.html

David

ticket revenue doesn’t even cover the cost of selling tickets.

Wait, what? That’s... wow.

Hector Drummond, Vile Novelist

I've just opened my new agency, the Venezuelan Speakers' Agency, we're offering talks at UK Universities, colleges and high schools, at reasonable rates. We guarantee to tell your students that Venezuela is a paradise, while the UK stinks.

Clam

and, rather tellingly, the first item here.

A couple of years ago, the then minister of education admitted that the aim of the regime’s policies was “not to take the people out of poverty so they become middle class and then turn into escuálidos” (a derogatory term to denote opposition members). In other words, the government wanted grateful, dependent voters, not prosperous Venezuelans.

They know we can hear what they say out loud, right?

WTP

Oh it's been a comical disaster. The whole thing is a joke. The stupid trains are often smacking into cars at crossings (mostly because many of the crossings are not at right angles to the roads) and running over drunks and cyclists (admittedly, their fault but still). There's a web site that tracks number of days since last SunRail accident. We're currently at 35. And it's not a complex train system. It's one linear north-south run through three or four counties now. Possibly the most absurd part is it doesn't even go to the airport.

http://dayssincesunrailaccident.com/

And approved by a "Republican" "Tea Party" governor who is our only hope to rid us of one of Florida's most annoying politicians. I cringe every time there's a hurricane, not because of the storms which we all know how to deal with by now, but because at some point, ole dopey voice will come on the TV and explain to all of us dummies what wind is.

David

They know we can hear what they say out loud, right?

It does rather reveal whose interests are paramount.

David

it doesn’t even go to the airport.

A work of inscrutable genius, then.

MC

Philip Sharp on identitarian favouritism in contemporary classical music

I do think the whole 'identify as' nonsense will collapse under the weight of its own contradictions, when things like this happen more frequently - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/09/transgender-weightlifter-laurel-hubbards-eligibility-under-scrutiny

Once the first tranny mentalist (or cunning bastard) wins a women's singles tournament or similar perhaps this will stop. Or women's professional sport will.

David

I do think the whole ‘identify as’ nonsense will collapse under the weight of its own contradictions,

I’m just impressed you made it past the temperamental spam filter this time. What was it, face-paint? Magnets? A mystical amulet?

Ray

it doesn’t even go to the airport.

I'm going to go out on a limb here. Are the taxi drivers/companies substantial political contributors by any chance?

David
“You get me?”

A knife-ganger speaks. Via Holborn.

These, you’ll recall, are the kinds of creatures that we mustn’t call feral, according to several Guardian columnists.

Hopp Singg

The jet setters can take their limos to the airport. The proles can stay home and reduce their carbon footprint. All as Gaia intended.

David

Reminder: Typepad will be down for maintenance for a few hours, intermittently, on Tuesday morning, around 4am. Or 10pm Central on Monday evening, if you live in the States.

Killer Marmot

Occasionally I wander over to the Venezuela Analysis (Mark Weisbrot's site) to see if they have any misgivings about their past views.

Nope. The catastrophe in Venezuela does not phase them in the least. Still resolutely socialist. These problems are, apparently, all caused by Trump.

Weisbrot is immune to facts, logic, or even basic decency. I used to view him with amusement. Now I see him as the face of unadulterated evil, the poster boy for those who would impose untold suffering for the sake of their political theories.

Sort-Of-Mad Max

Scripps College is in California, so at least this Venezuela propaganda fest isn't happening in the United States.

What?

WTP

Are the taxi drivers/companies substantial political contributors by any chance?

I wouldn't be in a position to know, but given that the taxi guys lost their battle to keep out Uber and Lyft, my suspicions in that direction would more lie with the numerous park-and-rides now available in the area. Or maybe just the tax revenue the P&Rs generate. That's just SWAG on my part. Most likely it's just Hanlon's Razor. Idiot government at work.

Tim Newman

some 2 million collegians in the United States believe it can be okay to use violence to stop speech they don’t like.

To be fair I would too if I'd been repeatedly shown there are absolutely no consequences for doing so.

Tim Newman

Typepad will be down for maintenance for a few hours

Will you be in overalls?

David

Will you be in overalls?

Heh. Dear Lord, can you imagine?

Joan

A knife-ganger speaks.
These, you’ll recall, are the kinds of creatures that we mustn’t call feral, according to several Guardian columnists.

That animal needs putting down.

David

That animal needs putting down.

It would save countless others an awful lot of misery. And little of value would be lost.

Horace Dunn

The catastrophe in Venezuela does not phase them in the least. Still resolutely socialist. These problems are, apparently, all caused by Trump.

During the late Chavez period, before things had gone completely tits-up, though it was clear to anybody which way things were heading, I often wondered why the lefties didn't blame the USA more for what was going wrong. After all, that's always the standard lefty schtick - if something goes wrong in socialism it's "because America", obviously.

Then I realised that it was happening on Obama's watch. Dreamboat Barack couldn't possible be responsible for anything other than sweet perfection, so instead of plan-A ("because America"), the lefties were reduced to their usual plan-B to explain why socialism isn't working ("because shutup").

They must be so happy that Trump is now in power.

Mags

That animal needs putting down.

That.

David

That animal needs putting down.

Having no religious subscription, I tend not to use the word soul; but after watching the video it occurred to me that, if souls exist, then the absence of one might look and sound like that.

Rafi

A knife-ganger speaks.

But Labour's Chuka Umunna says the way to tackle knife gangs is to not use the word 'gang'. :-)

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/london-violence-guns-knife-crisis-youth-how-tackle-police-gangs-chuka-umunna-a8295886.html

David

But Labour’s Chuka Umunna says the way to tackle knife gangs is to not use the word ‘gang’.

The word that comes to mind is Voldemort.

Sam Duncan

“a new society rooted in political participation, communal economies and democracy.”

Leaving aside the fact that he doesn't actually mean the last one, what kind of absolute arse hears that and thinks, “Oh, great! Count me in!”? A whole society based on “political participation”? That's how I imagine the less salubrious districts of Hell.

“economics that serve people not profits.”

How does that work, then? If nobody profits, how are they served by it? Leftists make absolutely no sense.

“Moreover, 53% of students believe 'promoting an inclusive society' is a higher priority than protecting free speech rights.”

So excluding people from speaking is more important that including their ideas in debate. And that “promotes an inclusive society”. See what I mean? Absolute gibberish.

Daniel Ream

I do think the whole 'identify as' nonsense will collapse under the weight of its own contradictions, when things like this happen more frequently

I doubt it. Not when...

“I think our view is that it’s a little bit unfair given that she began weightlifting as a man and has that experience in weightlifting as a male, then to carry on as a woman we think is a little bit unfair and gives her an unfair advantage,” Keke said.

...they still can't just say it: he's not a woman, he's a man, and men are biologically different from women.

Spiny Norman

... it's not a complex train system. It's one linear north-south run through three or four counties now. Possibly the most absurd part is it doesn't even go to the airport.

A work of inscrutable genius, then.

Hah! A trifling annoyance compared to California Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown's glorious "Bullet Train to Nowhere", which, as far as I know, has not had one mile of track laid, yet is millions of dollars over budget already. Not to worry, Richard Blum (CA Senator Diane Feinstein's husband) has a major interest in the company receiving all these funds, so at least we know the money is going to the "correct" people.

(>_<)

David
We may have finally reached “peak SJW” — a white liberal woman whose lesbian friend killed six black children, praising this murderous psycho as an “example of marriage and parenting” worthy of emulation. And, when her praise elicits (understandable) angry reactions from black people, she says this shows “how far we still have to go in race relations.”

Robert Stacy McCain on… well, see for yourself.

WTP

A trifling annoyance compared to California

Yeah, but when you live in The Land Of Fruits And Nuts such things are to be expected. Not that FL isn't far behind insofar as the behavior of certain lower elements of its citizens are concerned. But generally not our politicians. At least not to that degree. But also, here's the real kicker...When we saw a station being installed right outside our favorite Irish pub, we thought it would be convenient when going downtown for hockey games or a night on the town to park there and take the train in and out. Sure would cost about the same as parking but less hassle and O'doh has been under road construction downtown since forever it seems. So we look into doing so only to find out that the damn train doesn't run on weekends or holidays.

Oh, and also, the stops are every 30 minutes so if you miss one you gotta wait another half hour for the next one....assuming IT is on time. Because there is also this caveat on their web site:

Arrive at the station 20 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time, as trains do not have the flexibility to wait on latecomers.
Because, yes. It's a train. But what that is really saying is because the damn things are so unreliable time-wise, in a 30-minute block of time SUNRAIL are the ones who are not sure when it will arrive, +/- 20 minutes.

And they want 30 million of our tax dollars to support it because, as said, they actually lose money printing tickets.

David

And before things get too grand round here, a cautionary tale.

Spiny Norman

But Labour's Chuka Umunna says the way to tackle knife gangs is to not use the word 'gang'. :-)

Call them "Dreamers" like the wondrously-sensitive Democratic Party does.

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("Dreamers" is the cheerful, media-adored nickname for DACA recipients - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to legalize illegal aliens brought to the US when they were minors. Unfortunately, the definition of who qualifies is absurdly broad in practice - including a large number of criminal gang members.)

Bad News Quillan

The event is “for all who are interested in economics that serve people not profits.”

It's a cookbook!

--Bad News

Darleen

Palate cleanser.

[and I want them all...]

Darleen

including a large number of criminal gang members.

Not to mention how many twenty/thirty-something 15 year olds there are.

David

[and I want them all...]

[ Eyes Darleen up and down. ]

Do you think the ballgown and tiara might be a bit much? You’re making the rest of us look scruffy.

Sam

That animal needs putting down.

With all due respect I don't think you people listened to what he had to say. Sure, it was distressing and disgusting but the truth is often so. The gangster in the video is merely the manifestation of the unintended consequences of various other peoples' choices and government policy. You can kill him and every one of his ilk only to see others (likely his "victims") instantly fill the void.

Save some of your ire for your fellow citizens who support drug, prostitution, and gambling prohibition. Save some anger for the defenders of the welfare state - a state that encourages the most vile and shiftless people to continue a hedonistic, if bare, lifestyle unimpeded by real consequence. Keep a bit of hate back for the mothers the gangster mentions that are happy to feed their children to the underbelly so long as they can afford a mani/pedi.

You rightfully despise that gangster but he is not a rabid animal. He is a rational actor operating without compunction in the world we've created.

bobby b

"He is a rational actor operating without compunction in the world we've created."

If we're going to view this solely through the lens of rationality, then we really need to kill him quickly. Only then should we move on to the factors that fostered the evil.

bobby b

The event is “for all who are interested in economics that serve people not profits.”

In a country of starving people, that may be more accurate than they think.

Posted by: Burnsie | April 09, 2018 at 11:43
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Winner.

lotocoti

You’re making the rest of us look scruffy.

Scruffy?

I thought the heko obi lent a raffish air.

pst314

“for all who are interested in economics that serve people not profits.”

Serve people? When leftists say that they want to serve people, I always think of that Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man": It's a cookbook.

David

a state that encourages the most vile and shiftless people to continue a hedonistic, if bare, lifestyle unimpeded by real consequence.

I suppose that’s the thing. If you excuse dysfunction and encourage chronic parasitism, you’ll tend to get a lot of pathologically selfish people, swollen with a mix of entitlement and resentment, and to whom others are just foodstuff.

And inevitably, the shameless, those devoid of moral sense, will multiply.

The problem, of course, is how to help those in genuine need, and deserving, without rapidly creating monsters.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, in the world of "equality", we find that all sports are "rigged" against wymxn.

Which is all to say: The games are rigged. Equality does not exist, and will never exist, in the world of sports. Until, that is, someone has the powerful genital fortitude to scrap the current understanding of what constitutes as a “sport” and designs one with the female skill-set in mind.

RTWT, the author, apparently an expert in all things sports by dint of being manager of a co-ed softball team, thinks there need to be "sports" (involving wohupeoplekind skills like "investment strategies" [WTF]) designed just for wxmyn, so that there can be sports equality - or something.

David
We are reviewing the material to ascertain if the matter should be taken further.

And yes, it’s real.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And yes, it’s real.

Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts said on Monday that the article amounted to "prejudice"...Welsh Language Commissioner Meri Huws...Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd...Welsh language campaign group Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg also voiced criticism...

The jokes, they write themselves.

Patrick Brown
identitarian favouritism in contemporary classical music

Didn't Dr Johnson say something about listening to a woman preach a sermon being like watching a dog walking on its hind legs - it's not that it's done well, you're just impressed that it's done at all.

We're still treating women in creative fields as if they're only there for novelty value. You'd think feminists would object to this.

R. Sherman

@Farnsworth

Once again, we see the frustration of Progressives at any evidence which demonstrates that humans are not fungible commodities and that there are biological differences between--note "between" and not "among"--the sexes. And assuming we find these mythical competitions where women can excel, how do we then deal with the progressive love for "my sexual identity is what I say it is and oh, BTW, can change hourly" mantra, which threatens everything Title IX created way back when?

Lord, these people are morons.

David

Dwyfor Meirionnydd... Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg

I’m sorry, you’re breaking up.

Years ago, we had a very enjoyable holiday in Wales. But God help you if you venture into the countryside and need to ask for directions.

jabrwok

designs one with the female skill-set in mind.

So beauty contests and quilting bees? Maybe bake-offs?

R. Sherman

So beauty contests and quilting bees? Maybe bake-offs?

I wonder if David's been keep up on the Scold-O-Mat maintenance? I hear there's a new "Woke-Inator" probe attachment that's available.

David

I hear there’s a new “Woke-Inator” probe attachment that’s available.

It probes like there’s no tomorrow.

R. Sherman

Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg

Fortunately, a brief dose of antibiotics will clear that right up.

Captain Nemo

More evidence identity politics is a hustle:

https://mobile.twitter.com/katvondawn/status/983386288073199617

I particularly like the "if you learned something today, then give me money" follow up tweets. The entitlement. It burns.

Governor Squid

That's not entitlement -- that's just hustle. You get one shot at a viral tweet -- better make it count!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, when lost ball peen hammers are banned, only criminals will have lost ball peen hammers.

Governor Squid

One might think that women -- being smarter, more driven, more creative, more communicative, more collaborative, more agile, and just all-around better than men -- would have developed their own competitive sports by now. And given their majority status and the fact that they control most household spending, you'd think that their sports would be wildly lucrative, relegating your average footballer to begging for scraps.

I wonder if Mr. Paulas can help us understand why this isn't so today. Does he believe that today's women lack the "genital fortitude" to make it happen? That might put a damper on his white-knight game with the softball girls...

Captain Nemo

That's not entitlement -- that's just hustle. You get one shot at a viral tweet -- better make it count!

Perhaps so, Governor Squid, but it comes off (to me anyway), as "I'm going to call you a racist, and then expect you to pay me for the privilege". As I said, it feels like entitlement.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...would have developed their own competitive sports by now.

The toxic masculinity of the patriarchy is oppressing them, of course.

MC

But Labour’s Chuka Umunna says the way to tackle knife gangs is to not use the word ‘gang’.

The word that comes to mind is Voldemort.

Voldemoron more like.

No idea why the spam filter accepted my comment yesterday, it must have been distracted.

MC

From the London gangsta video:

"Deez yoots aint got dads fam, dey look up to me"

The Left in Britain has been out to destroy the family for the past 50 years. This is what it leads to.

Hope Emerson

scrap the current understanding of what constitutes as a “sport” and designs one with the female skill-set in mind.

There's nothing stopping women inventing their own sports. And even better, they can do it without having to scrap male sports. Everyone is happy, and nobody has to butt in to anyone else's play - but where's the fun and profit in that for feminists?

Sport definitely does trade on male archetypes - athletes with Greek statue physiques, quarterbacks as field generals, the boys on our team representing our tribe. Female sports that ape those male archetypes tend not to be popular - our tribal pride isn't inspired by watching our dames beating up their dames (no matter how much the media tries to shame male sports fans into feeling it).

Many sports already cater to feminine preferences. Tennis, with its Victorian garden party origins, has always had a place for feminine grace and elegance. Women like equestrian sports. Women like sports where there are style points and judges to impress. Gymnastic flips on and off a horse? They already do that in circuses, but our friend has told us that female sport may not resemble sport as we know it.

These articles always have a ten year old offensive linewoman whose NFL dreams are crushed. Is it surprising that girls can compete with boys before the age when boys and girls are fully sexually differentiated, and then they can't compete? Is it scandalous that most girls grow out of being tomboys and become more interested in girly things?

Now that we have 20 years of the WNBA setting nothing on fire except the NBA's cash, and multiple failures of hyped-up female sport leagues, the rhetoric has changed from sisters doing it for themselves to finding ways for women to be included in male successes. An interesting recent one was the introduction of mixed relays for the 2020 Olympics. It'll be interesting to see how that's presented - for example will the order of sexes be fixed so the audience isn't presented with the speed differences on the same leg, and if so the anchor leg will probably be female, so that the highlight-reel audience is left with the intended impression.

Spiny Norman

Farnsworth,

North End Police:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6Bw4zyW1ig

We found this spoon, sir!

David

I see the spam filter is being capricious again. If anyone has trouble with comments not appearing, email me and I’ll pry them loose. It’s that or wait for me to remember to check on the filter, by which time the rest of us may well have raised families and moved on with our lives.

Spiny Norman

MC,

The Left in Britain has been out to destroy the family for the past 50 years. This is what it leads to.

It's the same in the US with the Democratic Party's urban welfare plantation system. It has succeeded beyond Lyndon Johnson's wildest dreams.

Darleen

we find that all sports are "rigged" against wymxn.

Geez... it's barely 9 am for me and I think I've read peak stupidity for the day!

Scrap away all the caricatures he engages in ... e.g.

This disparity happens when a generation of parents give boys footballs and girls Barbie dolls for the first few years
And he'd have no article at all.

Spiny Norman

Also,

And inevitably, the shameless, those devoid of moral sense, will multiply.

From the link:

Call:

Who would leave a tribute to a dead burglar outside the house he tried to rob?

...and Reply:

The so called mourners were probably thieves too. The flowers were probably stolen.

They do that here in Urban America, too. The most infamous was the Michael Brown Memorial Garbage Pile in the middle of the Ferguson, Missouri street where he was shot.

MC

Check the spam filter will ya, Dave!

David

Who would leave a tribute to a dead burglar outside the house he tried to rob?

Moral imbeciles and, specifically, people hoping to intimidate the victim of the burglary, and his wife, and his neighbours. The kind of people who declare that they will “never be ashamed” of belonging to a family of thugs and career criminals who prey on the elderly, and who boast of getting “revenge” on those they rob and assault.

I’m guessing, of course.

David

Check the spam filter will ya, Dave!

The only thing in the spam filter was your message asking me to look in the spam filter. I’m still not sure why she picks on you. Have you tried combing your hair and smartening up a bit, maybe with a suit and a clean shirt?

Or, you know, a shirt.

jabrwok

I fear not the Probe, for I am Fully Armed!

I even carry a pocket knife at all times. Beware!

MC

Have you tried combing your hair and smartening up a bit, maybe with a suit and a clean shirt?

Or, you know, a shirt.

I admit that, since I started working from home, I don't cut quite the sartorial dash I once did.

Spiny Norman

Moral imbeciles and specifically, people hoping to intimidate the victim of the burglary, and his wife, and his neighbours.

Moral imbeciles:

One member of the travelling community warned: “They won’t get over the death of one of their own and they won’t rest until they get their revenge.

“And when I say revenge, they will go armed with whatever they’ve got — guns, knives. There’s nothing they won’t do to get their own back on this pensioner.”

Such lovely people.

They can say such things with impunity because they know the police will do nothing (more likely arrest anyone threatening the thugs), and the completely disarmed people the Telegraph (???) describes as "vigilantes" can do nothing even if they wanted to.

David

I don’t cut quite the sartorial dash I once did.

What with Darleen and her Princess Tippy-Toes number, the bar’s been raised. I’m going to have to get the diadem and furs out of storage.

pst314

people hoping to intimidate the victim of the burglary, and his wife, and his neighbours.

From the linked article:

One member of the travelling community warned: “They won’t get over the death of one of their own and they won’t rest until they get their revenge.

“And when I say revenge, they will go armed with whatever they’ve got — guns, knives. There’s nothing they won’t do to get their own back on this pensioner.”

Ah, "travelers". Do any of you folks remember a heartbreaking BBC documentary propaganda piece about the plight of the poor, innocent, misunderstood "travelers"? Late 1980's or early 1990's, I think. Complete with music to tear at your heartstrings.

jabrwok

Do any of you folks remember a heartbreaking BBC documentary propaganda piece about the plight of the poor, innocent, misunderstood "travelers"?

I think I remember that. Titled Snatch wasn't it?

pst314

I have been told that there are Irish Travelers and Scottish Travelers, so after all these years I am unsure who that documentary was about.

Captain Nemo

Ah, travellers. Or Caravan Using Nomadic Twerps*, as my father calls them. About a decade or so ago some moved onto a couple of nearby playing fields, and each night they were there anti-social behaviour was the norm. One morning my father discovered that those delightful people had keyed his car during the night, for no other reason than that they could. The week they lived there felt like a month. The local council evicted them in the end, and believe me, there was much local rejoicing.

*The actual word he used may have been edited as there are ladies present.

David

Regarding so-called ‘travellers’, Julia has an extensive archive on the subject.

Darleen

SJWs as gatekeepers to medical school.

This will turn out well, donja think?

David

The burglar-shrine saga continues.

If you laugh at the photo captioned with the words “One of the family members takes a cigarette break,” you’re a terrible, terrible person.

Spiny Norman

This will turn out well, donja think?

The AAMC has also successfully advocated for changes in medical curricula. A philosophy major, Kirch likes to tell the story of his unconventional journey to becoming a psychiatrist, stressing the importance of integrating perspectives from non-medical fields into medical training. He has repeatedly expressed his desire to move medical studies "away from the accumulation of facts" and toward "a new paradigm." Whether this is scientifically sound or not, it has become the norm in many pre-med programs, which now offer "interdisciplinary" majors such as Columbia University's "Medicine, Literature and Society" track or Cornell's "Biology and Society." A number of medical schools have also revised their mission statements to better align with the AAMC's principles.

These changes might not seem worrisome at first glance. But when combined with Kirch's political statements, the reforms raise questions about what the AAMC's "new paradigm" will entail. Kirch often insists that social justice is the neglected core tenet of medical ethics; in a 2015 essay, he praised the White Coats for Black Lives movement, a medical-student organization inspired by Black Lives Matter, for "sparking dialogue rather than division" by "staging on-campus die-ins." White Coats for Black Lives lobbies, among other things, for the creation of "national medical school curricular standards" that would mandate the teaching of "structural racism" and "unconscious racial bias" in medical schools.

The Clown Quarter has invaded medical schools. Oh, I had thought I would post something snarky here, but this is just too horrifying.

Joe Ego

A retired fellow recently posted a short video decrying the arrest of the 78 year old pensioner who killed a man who'd broken into his home. This energetic fellow brandished his old cavalry saber - excuse me: sabre - and insisted he would use it for personal defense.

I am mildly shocked I haven't yet seen a story on him being arrested for threats and his sword confiscated. Maybe he doesn't live in London? Maybe UK internet crime monitors are out for tea? Maybe they don't recognize a sword being as dangerous as all those knives they're so keen to confiscate?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I fear not the Probe, for I am Fully Armed!

You mock, but evidently you never heard of the Gurkha who filed several Taliban to death after he ran out of ammo.

The Clown Quarter has invaded medical schools.

They have been there since the 1970s, they are just getting louder.

Spiny Norman

If you laugh ... you’re a terrible, terrible person.

I laughed. I sniggered, too. Chortled, even. I'm terrible beyond description.

David

I laughed.

It’s becoming a grotesque comedy.

David

In saner news.

Spiny Norman

Julia has an extensive archive on the subject.

The very first entry caught my attention:

“Apparently the staff were threatened by the main leader of the traveller group not to get them arrested or they would trash the store. The staff then emptied many of the shelves because they were walking in an out and taking what they wanted, as well as using the toilets like a washroom.
No different from US inner-city "flash mobs", then?

And no, no one here, even the police, will challenge them for fear of being called out as rayciss.

(No cop is going to try to police 40 or 50 "yoots" looting the corner store. That would only "escalate it", see?)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Is fly fishing considered a sport ?

If so, Good news everyone, equality at last.

David

The very first entry caught my attention

If you poke about over there, you’ll see just how readily the ‘travellers’ employ the language of victimhood too. They know a good ruse when they see it. And a shield from normal consequences. Which, in the case above, might entail being chased out of town with their vehicles on fire.

I think it was Theodore Dalrymple who pointed out that the indulgence of chronic freeloading doesn’t result in gratitude or civility, or anything approximating such things. The result is typically to embolden – to encourage selfishness, irresponsibility, predation and resentment, and an expectation of more indulgence, indefinitely, and regardless of the cost (and insult) to others.

Actually, any half-competent parent ought to know this.

bgates

The burglar-shrine saga continues.

I for one have never been prouder of former New Jersey governor Chris Christie. (That beanie didn't fool me for a second.)

Lancastrian Oik

Years ago, we had a very enjoyable holiday in Wales. But God help you if you venture into the countryside and need to ask for directions.

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David

Heh. I denounce us both.

Darleen

the indulgence of chronic freeloading doesn’t result in gratitude or civility, or anything approximating such things

This.

Daniel Ream

One member of the travelling community warned: “They won’t get over the death of one of their own and they won’t rest until they get their revenge.

“And when I say revenge, they will go armed with whatever they’ve got — guns, knives. There’s nothing they won’t do to get their own back on this pensioner.”

"I bring a curse, too. I bring the curse of the White Man From Town." ~ Richard Bachman, Thinner

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