News of the Week (October 1st, 2017)

 

News of the Week for Oct. 1st, 2017


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California Poised to Legally Trip Balls

     If the proponents of a proposed statewide ballot Initiative in California have their way, not only will Californians under California law be able to toke with impunity, but they will be able to trip balls on magic mushrooms

Meanwhile… In California.

“California voters could decide whether the state should decriminalize the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms by adults in 2018. A ballot measure was filed Friday with the state Attorney General’s office.

“The measure would exempt adults 21 and older from penalties of possessing, selling, transporting, or cultivating psilocybins.

“At least 365,880 valid signatures are needed to place the measure on the 2018 statewide ballot.

“Kevin Saunders, a mayoral candidate in the town of Marina, near Monterey, is behind the push.

“…

“‘It’s a natural progression from marijuana legalization,’ he said. ‘I think that we are having an opportunity to lead the discussion.'”

     A little mood music:

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Quick Takes – Institutional Privilege at Colleges: For Illegal Aliens; For Social Justice Warriors; For Woke Engineers

     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: Just give ’em a Pepsi!

     First, a little bit of mood music:

     Carrying on…

     How oppressed can you be when you are not only allowed to flaunt the law with impunity, but actually receive institutional privilege that not even citizens have?

” The University of California Board of Regents recently passed a regulation capping the number of out-of-state students permitted at UC colleges, limiting the total number to 18 percent of the student body on most campuses.

“Yet that 18 percent cap will not apply to students who are in the country illegally.

“The Board of Regents passed the regulation, known as Policy 2109, after California lawmakers threatened to withhold nearly $20 million in public funds if an out-of-state cap was not put in place. Currently out-of-state students constitute 16.5 percent of the UC student body.”

     That’s right, the University of California is discriminating against its own citizens and legal immigrants, in order to give unearned privilege to alien nationals who are not even legal residents of this country.

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Musical Interlude: Star Spangled Banner

     With all of the Sturm und drang over the National Anthem (i.e. The Star Spangled Banner), centered around the whims of elitist sports teams owners, ’tis only seems right to present Jimi Hendrix playing it:

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Canadian Physicians Empowered To Kill At Will

     We were told that euthanasia would only be by the consent of a patient who was not only terminally ill with but months to live but also was in their right mind without duress.

     Then euthanasia was extended to children, the mentally ill, and others unable to consent, which foregoed the requirement of not only desire, but outright consent, for once established as an acceptable medical procedure, doctors were free to use this “treatment”.

     Now, in Canada, a doctor can not only deny life-saving treatment for a person in their right mind who wants it, but actually have that patient, against the patient’s will and with their full mental faculties, outright executed by lethal injection:

“Tonight I am preparing to celebrate a funeral for someone (let’s call him ‘H’ to protect his privacy) who, while suffering from cancer, was admitted to hospital with an unrelated problem, a bladder infection. H’s family had him admitted to the hospital earlier in the week under the assumption that the doctors there would treat the infection and then he would be able to return home. To their shock and horror, they discovered that the attending physician had indeed made the decision NOT to treat the infection. When they demanded that he change his course of (in)action, he refused, stating that it would be better if H died of this infection now rather than let cancer take its course and kill him later. Despite their demands and pleadings, the doctor would not budge from his decision. In fact he deliberately hastened H’s end by ordering large amounts of morphine ‘to control pain’ which resulted in his losing consciousness as his lungs filled up with fluid. In less than 24 hours, H was dead.

“Let me tell you a bit about H. He was 63 years old. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters who are both currently working in universities toward their undergraduate degrees. We are not talking here about someone who was advanced in years and rapidly failing due to the exigencies of old age. We are talking about a man who was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. We are talking about a man who still held onto hope that perhaps he might defy the odds long enough to see his daughters graduate. Evidently and tragically, in the eyes of the physician tasked with providing the care needed to beat back the infection, that hope was not worth pursuing.

“Again, let me make this point abundantly clear: It was the express desire of both the patient and his spouse that the doctor treat the infection. This wish was ignored.”

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Yes, It Was Real Communism

     …or at least what inevitably happens when one tries to impose doctrinaire Marxist principles to create that fantasy utopia. Real Communism was tried, but because Communism is contrary to human nature, it inevitably fails.

     Prof. Jordan B Peterson points out the failures of Communism, and the hubris of those who think that it is possible… of only the right (i.e. themselves) person was in charge.

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News of the Week (September 24th, 2017)

 

News of the Week for Sept. 24th, 2017


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Decolonizing the Cannibal

     The concept of “decolonizing” is all the rage in the woke social justice paradise of South Africa, with the pursuit of the purge of all ideas of Western Civilization such as science, medicine, and now the taboo against cannibalism:

“A community meeting following the arrest of four Estcourt men for allegedly killing a person and eating human flesh saw hundreds of residents allegedly confess to having eaten human body parts procured from one of the accused.

“The four men, Nino Mbatha (32), Sthembiso Sithole (31), Lindokuhle Masondo (32) and Lungisani Magubane (30), appeared in the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of murder and conspiracy.

“This after one of the four men allegedly walked into the Estcourt police station on Friday, holding human body parts and confessed to being “tired of eating human flesh”. When he was questioned, he produced part of a human leg and a hand. Further investigation led police to a house in the Rensburgdrift area in Estcourt where they were met with a foul smell, and more human remains were found.

“KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said on Friday that one of the accused, also an nyanga (traditional healer), was arrested in Amangwe area where more body parts were found.

“It has been alleged that the men raped, killed and cut up the body of a woman, which they then consumed.”

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Quick Takes – Mandatory Diversity: In The College; In The Market; In The Pedagogy

     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: We can only have diversity when all dissenting views are crushed.

     First, a little bit of wisdom:

     Carrying on…

     When you conflate mere dissent from the cult of diversity with actual hate and acts of violence, you do not delegitimize the former, but legitimize the later. Vagueness then, doesn’t seem so wise…

“According to the [Pennsylvania State] university website, the report was put together by the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, a department that is dedicated to ‘fostering diversity and inclusion at Penn State and creating a climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the University’s faculty, staff, leadership, and student body.’

“The published report, however, does not define or elaborate on the term ‘negative diversity comments,’ and does not list examples of the allegedly bias-motivated incidents.

“‘One report from University Park was related to political verbal attack and harassment from community and alumni members to student,’ the report continues, later documenting another ‘political verbal attack posted on a social media site.'”

     But that’s just some crazy college, it’s not like people in the real world, right?

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De-Transing The Child

     It seems rare these days that a child is able to buck the pressure to embrace transgenderism. Thankfully, one young Australian boy was able to do so.

“An Australian boy who pleaded with his mother to allow him to make the transition into a girl has now had a change of heart two years later.

“In 2015, Patrick Mitchell, then 12, began taking oestrogen hormones in a bid to become a female after a doctor diagnosed him with gender dysphoria.

“People with the condition suffer distress as a result of a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity.

“‘You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say I’d kill to be like that’, Patrick told 60 Minutes’ Ross Coulthart.

“…

“But after growing out his hair and the hormones taking control of his body by producing breasts, the unthinkable happened.

“‘He looked me in the eye and said “I’m just not sure that I am a girl”‘, his mother revealed.

“After teachers began to call Patrick a girl, he questioned whether he had made the right decision.

“‘I began to realise I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better,’ he told Now To Love.”

     The truth of the matter is that for most young people, this really is just a phase. This is especially so when curiosity and exploration of a small child—years before puberty hits—fancies his or herself to be something they’re not.

     Alas, those who preach that “trans kids” are “born that way” and any suggestion that they don’t fully embrace their “cis-ness” is proof that they are “trans” to the point of making it illegal to suggest to them otherwise!

     Far too often, a combination of parents, schools, interest groups, and legally mandated psychological affirmation of a child’s “trans-ness” feed into this delusion, often with deadly results.

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