It turns out that your friendly and humble author’s little ole’ blog has been subject to DDoS attacks as of late.  So far those attacks have failed, but you know how obsessive some hateful nutjobs can be.  So remember, even it this blog goes down, it won’t stay down.

     It is a reminder to always have alternate means of connecting and communicating.

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It’s Not The Funding, It’s The Pedagogy

     There is much to complain about “new” methods of teaching mathematics, regardless of if it’s under the moniker of “common core” or not. As has been noted here before, many of these methods can serve as useful shortcuts… to those who already grok the subject matter and know how to do it by more traditional “rote” methods.

     Many of these methods, however, are taught using small and simple numbers that become unwieldy once one starts getting into the thousands and exponentially after that. The “new” methods are not only more lengthy to do by hand, but involve far more rite steps—many of which are not adequately explained—than the more simple “traditional” methods.

     Case in point:

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Anti-Racist Bioethics

     The woke obsession of “Anti-Racism” is further infesting the medical field, with woke “bioethicists” now demanding that “anti-racism” should not only be a component of medical decisions, but made a priority. An article in The Handings Center Report entitled “Antiracist Activism in Clinical Ethics: What’s Stopping Us?” declared that it must be a central principle; from the abstract:

“Although justice is a central principle in clinical ethics, work that centers social justice is often marginalized in clinical ethics. In addition to institutional barriers that may be preventing clinical ethicists from becoming the activists that Meyers argues we should be, we must also recognize the barriers embedded in the field of clinical ethics itself. As clinical ethicists, we have an opportunity to support anti-racism work in particular by altering our own organizational structures to be more inclusive and reflective of the Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color we serve, enhancing clinical ethics education and training by making critical theories foundational, and decolonizing our clinical ethics consultation tools and practices.”

     Considering that this includes a belief that “the only remedy for past discrimination is present discrimination, and the only remedy to present discrimination, is future discrimination”, then it becomes clear that denying healthcare based on race might be the best case result.

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Witch-verse of the Federation

     Mastadon is one of many independent open protocol social networking sites that are capable of interacting with each other similar to e-mail, as opposed to closed social media like Twitter or Facebook. This “Fediverse” allows people to set up their own server (i.e. “instances”) with their own rules for membership, or even just for their own personal use, such that it becomes impossible to completely ban someone from this interconnected social media.

     One such “instance” is one run by and forwitches”. Unsurprisingly, the three question they ask any “witches” who are trying to join is exactly what you’d expect from practitioners of magical wokeness whose leader’s account name is “endcapitalism”

What is your favorite emoji?

What is your favorite fact about cats?

What kind of spell would you most enjoy using to end capitalism?

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Dallas Justice Now: Imagine Premier Universities Free of White People

     Segregation and racial exclusion used to be racist. Used to be… Now-a-days, it is a moral imperative to achieve “justice”, as seen by the so-called “Dallas Justice Now” which wants White parents to achieve “equity” by sacrificing the “privilege” of their children by committing to stop their children from even applying to an Ivy League or other prestigious school.

To Our White Allies:

“Talk is not enough. Commit yourself towards taking action and making sacrifices to correct centuries of injustice. Open up spaces for Black and LatinX communities by refusing to send your kids to Ivy League and US News & World Report Top 50 schools and encourage friends, neighbors, and family members to do the same. Imagine if those hundreds of thousands of spots at these institutions were occupied only by marginalized communities. Imagine the opportunities. We can achieve true equity within our lifetimes but only if white folks are willing to sacrifice their privileges.

The Dallas Justice NOW College Pledge:

“As a white person with privilege both from my whiteness and my neighborhood I recognize the need to make sacrifices for the purpose of correcting hundreds of years of murder, slavery, discrimination, and lack of educational and economic opportunities perpetrated upon people of color. I understand that access to top schools is a key component in economic and social advancement. Therefore, I commit that my children will not apply to or attend any Ivy League School or US News & World Report Top 50 School so that position at that school is available for people of color to help correct historical wrongs. If I do not have children under 18 then I will commit to encouraging my white privileged friends, neighbors, and family members with children to sign the pledge and holding them accountable until they do so.

“Have you been asked to take the pledge? Don’t be a racist hypocrite. Sign the pledge today!

“Sincerely,

“Dallas Justice NOW

Please note Dallas Justice Now will be publicly announcing the names of those who have and have not signed the pledge.

     They have even sent letters to parents in the area, including well-off suburban parents who are liberal and/or Democrats.

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News of the Week (July 25th, 2021)

 

News of the Week for July 25th, 2021


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With Animal-Human Hybrid Organs, We Are One Step Closer To Creating Catgirls

     The ability to engineer organs that bridge the gap between humans and animals, in this case pigs, opens up a world of possibilities for on demand organ transplants.

“A team of Israeli researchers have developed a hybrid organ – an organ from a pig with “human” blood vessels – that they believe could help alleviate the shortage of transplant organs.

“There have been many attempts to implant animal organs in humans but this has largely been unsuccessful, mostly due to acute rejections, explained Dr. Shahar Cohen of Beilinson Hospital, whose team developed the hybrid organ.

“The main trigger of an organ rejection is the internal lining of its blood vessels, he said. This coating is the point of contact between the transplanted organ and the recipient’s body.

“‘We looked for a way to produce an alternative coating that does not cause rejection,’ Cohen told The Jerusalem Post.

“The solution: Cohen’s team removed the coating from the pigs’ blood vessels and replaced it with a more ‘friendly’ coating to the human immune system that was engineered in the laboratory from human placenta cells, which, as far as is known, do not trigger rejection.”

     This technique could go both ways and close the gap between human and animals to the potential point of successfully engineering kemonomimi, such as catgirls or piggie girls.

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Firing Line Friday: The Question of South Africa

     In the hopes of encouraging a more civil, and illuminating, discourse, here is another episode of William F. Buckley, Jr.’s “Firing Line”.

     With the recent chaos in South Africa, let us look back on a very different South Africa as discussed by William F. Buckley, Jr. and a very, very defensive Prime Minister B. J. (Balthazar Johannes) Vorster to see what has changed, and what hasn’t.

     Until next Friday.

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Nothing Says Queer Like A Lesbian Enthusiastically Giving Fellatio

     The “T” in “LGBT” is making the “LGB” disappear by redefining homosexuality as attraction to the same “gender identity” and that lesbians who won’t give fellatio to “women” with penises are “transphobic”… and those who reject “genital preference” are to celebrated since there is nothing more “queer” than a female provide sexual pleasure to a male, amirite?

     We’ve gone from homosexuality being considered a mental illness to… homosexuality being considered a mental illness in only half a century.


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Quick Takes – Academia On White People: Original Sin Of Whiteness; Privileged Ways Of Knowing; Spirit Murderers

     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: (Not quite) Kinderheim 511.

     First, a little mood music:

     A Catholic university has declared a neworiginal sin” in the form of… the existence of White people.

“In an hour-long panel at Sacred Heart University, the term “white privilege was mentioned more than forty times and discussed from “systemic” historical, sociological, and psychological perspectives.

“During part of the Catholic university’s ‘White Privilege is the Problem: Wrestling with the Legacy of America’s “Original Sin”’” panel, seven panelists shared what white privilege is, how white privilege “perpetuates racism and racial injustice,” and what can be changed.

“‘….White privilege is systemic and made up of all those institutional advantages that white people enjoy over people of color solely because white people are white,’ said Michelle Loris, an associate dean and Catholic studies chair at SHU and moderated of the discussion.

“‘In short, white privilege assumes that white lives matter more than Black lives’ said the associate dean.”

     Race is both a “social construct” and also at the same time an almost spiritual and innate “way of knowing”. One guess which “social construct’s” innate “way of knowing” is evil.

“For white teachers to effectively engage students in learning Black history, we must question everything about the way we teach and learn in schools. Positivism—a dominant view in Western thought that confines what is “knowable” to what can be proven through the scientific method—is not the only framework with which we can make sense of history. Teachers should think critically about teaching materials and textbooks that both privilege Eurocentric content knowledge and Western ways of knowing more broadly.”

     Not only are White people, and only White people, genocidal maniacs of the more temporal and physical sense, ‘twould seem they are also using the souls of “BIPOC” to fuel their evil.

“Seattle Public Schools held a teacher-training session where it asserted that the U.S. education system is responsible for committing ‘spirit murder’ against black students.

“The school district’s critical race theory training, according to documents released Friday by City Journal contributing editor Christopher Rufo, instructed white teachers to recognize their ‘considerable power and privilege.’ A slide on ‘building community’ listed bullet points for teachers to discuss, including ‘spirit murder’—a term defined as the murder of ‘the souls of black children every day through systemic, institutionalized, anti-black, state-sanctioned violence.’

“Other slides instructed white teachers to ‘bankrupt [their] privilege,’ acknowledge their ‘thieved inheritance,’ and ‘commit to the journey’ of anti-whiteness even if their ‘lizard brain’ makes them fearful of having a conversation about racism—‘or any other kind of ‘-ism.’”

     TTFN.


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Woke Racial Guilt

     Critical Race Theory is a Critical Theory as applied to race, and an integral party of Critical Theory is the “praxis”, i.e. implementation, through action. Making some children feel guilty because of their race is a central part of implementing Critical Race Theory in order to immanentize some utopian eschaton of equity.

     Case in point: “Educator” Jennifer Harvey, who believes that “We shouldn’t worry too much about making white kids feel bad” because white kids already “get so much false messages about their goodness”, and that “White guilt has to happen. It’s a developmental need. If you BELIEVE IN EQUITY and you live in this kind of system and you’re white, you’re going to hit white guilty.”

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