News of the Week (March 18th, 2018)


News of the Week for Mar. 18th, 2018

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Obamacare: Decreasing the Surplus Population

     Remember how Obamacare (i.e. the misnamed “Affordable Care Act”) was supposed to make sure that those who needed medical attention would be able to get it? Turns out that it did the opposite and helped make the situation worse.

“Medicaid expansion under Obamacare has contributed to bloated enrollment waiting lists for disabled individuals, according to a new report. Many of those on the lists die waiting as funding goes toward coverage for thousands of able-bodied — and sometimes fraudulent — Medicaid recipients, the Foundation for Government Accountability said.

“The research focused on individuals who receive home and community-based, or HBCS, waivers. These are people with severe intellectual or mental disabilities, brain or spinal cord injuries, and other debilitating conditions.

“States can limit enrollment into the HCBS waiver program, and once the cap is reached, individuals get placed on waiting lists — where they may be waiting for years to receive care for their disabilities without being institutionalized.

“Nicholas Horton, research director for the FGA, said the funding that Medicaid expansion has funneled toward able-bodied, non-working recipients causes states to limit the number of HCBS waivers, which causes the long waits for those disabled patients.”

     This is basically becoming a nouveau version of Action T4 in effect if not in form.

Death, Rx

     The selling point of socialized medicine, much like touted for Obamacare, was a promise that you’d get life-saving treatment you’d otherwise be denied. Pro-tip: If you’re put on government waiting lists, and especially when there is no private alternative, you are not getting the life-saving treatment the government promised to you as a “right”.

     That, as with socialism in general, is a lie.

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The Ides of March

Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Beware the ides of March.

What man is that?

A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

     A little mood music:

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Happy Pi Day!

     Happy π Day everyone!

     Here is some “American Pi”:

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The New Social Justice Woke Term: Misia

     Or, to be more accurate, a new suffix, “-misia”, to replace the over used “-phobia” suffix used in terms like “trans-phobe” or “homo-phobe”.

     Where did this new linguistic wokeness come from?

     From where it always comes: Academia.

“You may be wondering why our guide uses the suffix ‘misia’ instead of the suffix ‘phobia.’ If you’ve not encountered ‘misia’ language before, you may also be wondering what it means. Well never fear! We are more than happy to explain this relatively new shift in language.

“The suffix ‘phobia’ comes from the Greek word for ‘fear of,’ and so it denotes an intense aversion to the part of the word that precedes it (e.g. arachnophobia is a fear of spiders). Words like ‘homophobia’ or ‘Islamophobia’ are pretty recognizable, and most folks understand them to mean a position or perspective that is prejudicial and discriminatory against LGBTQIA+ identities and the religion of Islam respectively.

“The problem with using ‘phobia’ terms as labels for prejudice is that there are folks who actually have phobias (real anxiety disorders in which someone experiences intense anxiety or fear that they’re unable to control—Claustraphobia, for instance). So when we use terms like ‘homophobia,’ we are equating bigotry with a mental health disorder, which does several problematic things:

  • It relies on and reinforces the harmful stigma against mental illness (see the Anti-Ableism and Anti-Sanism tabs to learn more);
  • It inaccurately attributes oppression and oppressive attitudes to fear rather than to hate and bigotry;
  • It removes the accountability of an oppressive person by implying their actions and attitudes are outside their control.

“So since labeling oppression with ‘phobia’ suffixes is harmful, many folks are exchanging them for “misia” suffixes instead. Misia (pronounced ‘miz-eeya’) comes from the Greek word for hate or hatred, so similar to how Islamophobia means “fear of Islam,” the more accurate Islamomisia means ‘hatred of Islam.’

“For these reasons, our guide will be using ‘misia’ language in place of ‘phobia’ in an effort to be as accurate, clear, and inclusive as possible.”

     That’s right, saying “homophobia” is now triggering and oppressive to the point were we must continue to reinvent the language in order not to offend anyone (aside from the Kyriarchy, of course).

     Surprisingly, they are admitting that opposition does not necessarily stem from fear. However, this also means that a “phobe” is now a “misic”, increasing their guilt for the sin of opposing “social justice”.

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What Have You Ever Conserved?

     That retort of “what have you ever conserved” oft spouted by both the Alt-Right and the more emotional Johnny-come-latelys to the root of the struggle against the Fabian Left and their Gramscian march, is an obnoxious, and usually ignorant, thing.

     Often the targets of this taunt are accused of being “soy boy beta males”, “Fredo-cons”, “cucks”, or selling out America in order to be invited to Leftist “cocktail parties”. After all, the taunters might claim, there must be a reason that the taunted aren’t running around like headless chicken demanding that we “do something NOW”. They seem to believe that the Left doesn’t actually play by any rules, and that we should fight back without restriction like the Left does… all the while not realizing that those social rules and boundaries are indeed helping to impede the Left and thus actually conserve something from the Left’s grasp.

     In other words, the “what have you conserved” type arguments are based on an incorrect premise, namely the idea the assumption that the Left and Right are on equal footing and that the Left only wins because they play dirty while the Right plays “fair” if not loses on purpose.

     The conservative movement has increasingly stood up to the broader Left more in the past 50 years than in the 50 years proceeding that. It only seems the other way around because longer ago we had more to give up in attrition. All we had 100 years ago or so was “normalcy” to appeal to and descriptive tenets that were already being rotted by the Left’s prospective goals. There was not cohesive conservative ideology let-alone organized movement. “Conservatism”, even into the ’30’s was merely a rejection of the Left’s economic command/control economy.

     Sussing out the Left’s goals and what the conservative opposition is didn’t happen until the cold war. In other words, the Left used to have unrivaled momentum and had successfully infiltrated institutions via the “Gramscian march”. Against such momentum and fundamental transformation, any resistance against the Left is equates to something conserved. Against such institutional empowerment and movement momentum, actual victories and counter transformations of society may seem like a loss because the immediate outcomes show only a slowing of the Left’s relentless drive.

     The transformation of fundamental precepts is necessary to counter the Left, and the transformation of such precepts may not show immediate reversals of any large magnitude… yet still, they are conserving. That there have been massive victories seems to escape some. Take, for example, 2nd Amendment. Less than 50 years ago almost every Constitutional lawyer in any potion of power would have told you that it wasn’t an individual right. Yet, today, the Supreme Court recognizes that it is. That didn’t happen overnight by “fighting dirty”. It happened because people took the time to change the fundamentals to the point where their argument was a fait accompli.

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A Paragon of Modern Academia: White People (& Other Undesirables) F**k Off

     A university in the Canadian city of Halifax, which has an indigenous population of 0.00%, is refusing to hire anyone who isn’t a “racially visible, Indigenous candidate” for a top position:

“Dalhousie University is restricting its search for a new senior position to racially visible and Indigenous candidates in an effort to make the institution more diverse.

“In an email to the university community, provost and vice-president academic Carolyn Watters wrote that ‘community consultation is essential to the success of the search’ for a new vice-provost student affairs.

“‘In keeping with the principles of our employment equity policy, and with an aim to increase the representation of under-represented groups at Dalhousie, this search for a new vice-provost student affairs will be restricted to racially visible persons and Aboriginal peoples at this time,’ she wrote.”

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News of the Week (March 11th, 2018)


News of the Week for Mar. 11th, 2018

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Republicans should be terrified

     In this world of hyper-partisan news vs. “fake news”, it is easy to become over confident and replace any critical thinking skills with “feelz” and assume political outcomes based on little more than faith.

     In that vein a fair warning regarding over confidence to Republicans:

“Too many Republican voters are overly optimistic about November.

“If Hillary Clinton were president, Heller and Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt, running for governor, would be shoo-ins. Republicans — angry and scared about the future — would turn out in droves. That’s what happened in 2010 and 2014.

“If you’re a Republican, remember that feeling — and realize that Democrats are having those same feelings, only in reverse. There’s a real chance November sees a Democratic tidal wave.”

     This isn’t to say that anything that happens tin November is set in stone, but only that  perhaps Republicans should be worried that the Democrats have demonstrated in both special and regular general elections demonstrated an ability to organize, coordinate, and turn-out far beyond what Republicans have demonstrated in actual elections.  That polls mostly show that the Democrats are far more likely to turn out and vote should just hammer home that the inverse of the common wisdom of the past few decades (or more) is more than just “fake news”.

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Quick Takes – Cultural Appropriation: De-appropriating Teaching; De-appropriating College; De-appropriating Yourself

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: De-Appropriate All The Things!!1!

     First, a little bit of mood music:

     Carrying on…

     The fact that there are so many more female teachers than males is considered a “nothingburger”, yet the fact that White people teach at all is considered institutional racism or something…

“DiAngelo also asked groups to answer: ‘When is the first time you had a teacher of the same race[s] as you? How often did that happen? When did you first have a teacher of a different race than you?'”

     For the record, I didn’t have any regular teacher who was (observably) European until I was nine.

     And all this came from a White professor who has become famous for hating White people.

“The white professor who quit her full-time position to tour the country, leading seminars on ‘white fragility,’ asked for whites in the room to come forward.

“About 15 people walked to the stage and each one read a quote from the projection screen that addressed their “internalized superiority,” “racial privilege” and other deficiencies as whites.

“When they finished reading, the professor told the audience to “not clap” for the white people as they returned to their seats. She announced there would be no question-and-answer session.”

     And just to make sure that Whitey doesn’t Bogart that morally pure non-Whiteness

“An Oxford college has become the first to introduce compulsory classes on “cultural appropriation” for students.

“Magdalen College will run the mandatory workshops for freshers starting from next year, where they will be taught about racism, institutional racism, cultural appropriation and implicit bias.

“The move follows a series of rows about racism and cultural appropriation at the university.”

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