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How Can We Undo Postmodern Campus Indoctrination

In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries declared “post-truth” the word of the year. The definition: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Welcome to 2020, a time in which progressives are mired and muddied in a post-truth quagmire born of postmodern indoctrination.

Bunker Biden once said he chooses truth over facts, probably because his truth is contaminated with wishy-washy concoctions of “truthiness.” No wonder he gets bored by his own jabberwocky talk as he sticks his finger in the air. By contrast, facts can be inconvenient to liberal orthodoxy; in this topsy-turvy world set ablaze by malicious mobs inciting mayhem, facts matter more than oppressive opinions.

A feature of post-truth politics is the mind-numbing repetition of talking points about systemic racism, that there are inequalities in every system, and that white privilege prevails. Even when facts intrude, truth is subjugated by emotional reasoning such as “if I feel it, it must be true.” No wonder our founders were disconcerted by the prospect of mob rule — it leads to a stinky, dystopian wasteland like CHAZ in wretchedly liberal Seattle.

Rather than policy details, the post-truth ethos fosters undisciplined emotions. This is not optimal if we are to avoid crafting programs in which crafty “race-hustling poverty pimps” and big-mouthed civil rights advocates enrich themselves. Meanwhile, their poor constituents flounder in poverty, the achievement gap widens, and families disintegrate. Yep, facts matter, so let’s observe some and their import.

First, the corrupt cabal of anti-American progressives and anarchists are trying to paint the narrative of “white privilege,” and they are using a very impressionistic style. Maybe there are a few vestiges — we mostly made America, after all — but white Americans are about as benign a ruling majority as you’ll get. Compare to some of the rampant tribalism in Africa; in Uganda, for example, people are suppressed more than anywhere on the continent. By contrast, our Constitution and amendments inexorably expand the reach of the same human ideals that encourage downtrodden masses to risk life and limb seeking refuge here. America — what a country!

There really isn’t that much white privilege in the workplace, either. Wherever I look, I see huge human resource efforts to hire and promote minorities. Racism may exist in isolated pockets, but it’s hardly institutionalized; conversely, reverse discrimination masquerading as affirmative action is institutionalized. Indeed, minorities are sometimes hired because they are qualified for training, rather than simply qualified. Americans are renowned for being work martyrs, often forgoing vacation days in order to get ahead. Not much privilege there, either.

Most rich people are self-made, producing new products (including the fancy phones the rioters carry around and the internet infrastructure they take for granted), creating new markets, jobs, and wealth. As extravagantly rich as some of the tech entrepreneurs are, they are probably underpaid relative to the societal wealth they engender. Elon Musk (of Tesla, SpaceX, and Hyperloop fame), for example, probably deserves a bonus. He is not a remnant of white privilege, but a tireless worker whose ingenuity creates an abundance of wealth and transforms society. To the extent that there’s inequality, it’s often earned.

It’s not so much white privilege that creates disparities evident in the achievement gap, but the decimation of black families that pandering politicians ignore, lest they offend a constituent’s sensibilities. Many social science studies are riddled with social warrior bias and the “publish or perish” imperative. But there is little dispute that two parent households are predictive of well adjusted and successful children; for example, they are more likely to enter college. Here’s an unpopular fact: a majority of black American children grow up in single-parent households. That’s crazy, and it’s not sustainable if they are to properly partake in America’s beneficence.

Our post-truth milieu cocoons intellectually lazy social activists who engage in emotional and motivated reasoning — motivated to find any excuse to defund the police, for example. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face — if the police are defunded, it will hurt minority communities the most.

Not Biden-esque truthiness, but facts matter — while it’s tragic when Americans are shot dead by police, the number pales in comparison to the number of black homicides committed each year. By all means, reform the police where facts demand it, but reform the minority communities they serve, too. Since educational attainment is a powerful predictor of health and wealth, school choice is a good starting point. Put down the gun and pick up a book. Ultimately, the pen is mightier than the sword, wise people profess.

According to Peter Kirsanow (himself a minority) of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, black Americans are killed more frequently by police officers but far less than the data would predict, given that they are more likely to commit crimes. Kirsanow’s assertions are well founded in Department of Justice data.

Given that our (mostly) upstanding police officers experience millions of interactions with the problematic public each year, frequently coming under attack, it’s a stretch to say racism is systemic. It’s certainly not an a priori truth, something the WSJ elucidated in the article “The Myth of Systemic Police Racism.” There’s even evidence that black cops are more likely to shoot black suspects than white cops.

One can usually tell when the facts are not on someone’s side — they try to suppress free speech. The radical left is intolerant of intellectual diversity; these attack its proponents, and instigate a soul-destroying Cancel Culture where harmless creations like nice Paw Patrol are condemned. It’s unnerving to imagine the workings of warped minds that wallow in this constant outrage. They are not “woke”; they are asleep. Actually, many are mindless zombies with broken brains — and equally gnarly and disheveled, to boot.

We need free speech to approximate the truth, to undo postmodern campus indoctrination. So, while reforming the police (where appropriate), let’s also reform the radical left’s policing of our politics and culture. Then we might be able to elucidate facts over the dense din of prevailing “community agreement,” thereby thwarting the radical left’s disastrous urban policies.

Author: Noel S. Williams

Source : American Thinker : Facts Matter, Too

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Something New Spotted In The DC Sky

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What’s happening right now in DC is bizarre, to say the least, and completely creepy and un-American.

DC looks like a scene straight out of the “Hunger Games,” and it’s creeping a lot of people out, and for good reason.

This is not the “American spirit” on display – it looks like we’re installing Kim Jong Un as the new US president, and it’s not sitting well with anyone, as far as I can tell online.

Biden’s claims that Ameria would experience a “dark winter” appear to be coming true…but he left out the “communist” part.

And now, things appear to get getting even creepier.

Someone just shot a video of a new “object” in the skies over the nation’s capital.

The video claims to be a clip of an “Osprey” flying over DC.

For those of you not hip to “military machinery” lingo an Osprey is described this way online:

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing, and short takeoff and landing capabilities. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.

You can watch the video below:

Earlier today the Capitol was shut down and everyone went into complete panic mode when some smoke was seen off in the distance.

Watch:

Later reports indicate this was some fire coming from a homeless camp, for crying out loud, but you can imagine the “fear porn” the state-run media ran with.

They really want to cook up a story here that MAGA is about to attack the country and that President Trump led this so-called insurrection.

If things are really this “dangerous” then call the whole thing off and do your install in private. There’s no reason, except “political theatre” at this point, to put on this Kim Jong Un “show of force.”

It’s weird, wrong, and further dividing an already divided country.

Author : Missy Crane

Source : Wayne Dupree : [VIDEO] Something New Spotted in The DC Sky…

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Testing For NYC’s Gifted And Talented Student Program Is Deemed Unfair, Will Be Eliminated

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Most of New York City’s public schools offer a “gifted and talented” program for aspiring students. Yearly performance tests are offered to identify the kids who are overperforming in the standard disciplines. Those who qualify are entered into advanced placement programs with more demanding curricula, giving them an easier path to admission to better colleges. The programs are open to all and don’t cost anything extra, so every family has the opportunity to try to get their children in.

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Unfortunately for Gotham’s parents, the results have failed to meet the expectations of the woke crowd running the city government. Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza have repeatedly complained that the testing program is “unfair” because the students who wind up in the program “don’t reflect the diversity of the city’s population.” In other words, not enough Black and Hispanic students wind up in the advanced programs. So how does the brain trust at City Hall plan to “fix” this issue? Easy as pie. They’re going to do away with the entrance tests. (CBS New York)

A big change is coming for New York City’s “gifted and talented” programs for students.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza say the city will start phasing out the entry exam.

Critics have said the composition of the programs do not reflect the city’s diversity.

The Chancellor took to Twitter to attempt to paint some lipstick on this pig.

So you’re going to “reimagine academic and enrichment programming for our most exceptional students?” What does that even mean? You can’t really have an advanced placement program without having some way to identify the students who are truly advanced and would be able to thrive in a more challenging educational environment. Aside from placement testing, how do you propose to do that?

Mayor de Blasio has been railing against the gifted and talented programs for years, but it’s always been a bit of a sticky issue for him to try to handle. The problem is that the “lack of racial diversity” he loves to complain about doesn’t break down in the normal fashion. If it was just a case where the lion’s share of the spots in the program were going to White students, he could simply play the race card and stomp on the programs. Unfortunately for them, that’s not the case. Year after year, the majority of the seats have gone to Asian students.

The difference in results is particularly stark when you look at the scores on a per capita basis. Asians make up only 14.1 percent of the city’s population, far behind Black, Hispanic and White residents. And yet their students outperform the rest by a wide margin. So this largely deprives de Blasio of the chance to play the race card. And if he eliminates the testing program, he’s going to be cutting off one of the city’s minority populations in a massively disproportionate fashion.

Sadly for the students who will be most heavily impacted, when Democratic politicians talk about minorities, they almost always forget about Asians. In their minds, the word “minority” only applies to Black and Hispanic residents, even though both outnumber Asians across the board in all but a few localized communities.

So if you’re going to do away with the admissions testing system, how do you replace that with something that produces your desired demographic result? If it just works out to be some sort of lottery, then why have an advanced studies program at all? You’re not going to randomly pick up the most advanced students. Further, how is that fair to the children? If a kid who isn’t able to score well on the placement tests suddenly gets shoved into a significantly more advanced program, they’re almost certainly going to flounder. Then you have to either boot them back to the regular school curriculum or dumb down the advanced class to the point where they can pass. If you follow the latter route, you’ve eliminated the benefit of having a gifted and talented program in the first place.

This is simply more virtue signaling from the de Blasio administration and racial pigeonholing madness. All they’re going to do is further erode the New York City public school system and make it even harder for kids to get into college. But that’s obviously a small price to pay when you’re trying to make it look like you’re actually fighting racism, I suppose.

Author : Jazz Shaw

Source : Hotair : Testing For NYC’s “Gifted And Talented” Student Program Is Deemed Unfair, Will Be Eliminated

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Dr. Fauci Issues Another Dire Warning As Biden Vows To Lead With Science And Truth

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Just when you thought civil unrest and other concerns had taken COVID-19 out of the public eye for a while, Dr. Anthony Fauci pops up again. Because you were not sufficiently panicked over a more contagious strain of COVID-19 found in the U.K., he has some more news. On Meet the Press, he told host Chuck Todd that “more ominous” strains have emerged out of South Africa and Brazil.

What does that mean? He can’t tell you, because they are still being studied. So, without articulating the risks these strains could pose, he injects this warning into the national consciousness. That is flat-out irresponsible in a nation that has been dragged through nearly a year of conflicting information, dystopian mitigation measures that affect the mental and economic health of millions, and the personal destruction of anyone offering any dissenting view to Fauci’s.

Viruses mutate. This is not news. A significant body of research posits that viruses most often mutate to become more transmissible and less virulent. The 1918 influenza that killed millions of people still circulates today. According to researchers from Yale, we needn’t worry unnecessarily about virus mutations, even in COVID-19

It is time to reshape our conception of mutations. Mutations are not indicative of outlandish and devastating new viral characteristics. Instead, they can inform our understanding of emerging outbreaks. Any claims over the consequences of mutation demand careful experimental and epidemiological evidence. Mutation is an inevitable consequence of being a virus.

Dr. Fauci offered no reason to refer to these new strains as “ominous,” or his claim that the U.K. strain is now dominant. There has been no corresponding spike in COVID-19 deaths in states that have been open since early summer. Looking at Georgia’s data, the trend is just the opposite. Despite a higher number of positive tests than in the early days of the pandemic, the deaths with COVID-19 are about half of what they were in the spring. This could be the result of an improvement in the treatment of the virus or because of a mutation to a less virulent strain. We don’t know and won’t without in-depth study.

The new panic porn comes just as President-elect Joe Biden has announced science’s primacy in his administration. He is reportedly elevating the director of science and technology policy to a cabinet-level position:

“We’re going to lead with science and truth,” Biden said at a speech introducing his new appointees in Delaware on Saturday. “We believe in both.”

The last year has been a preview of what happens when science rules all other considerations. There has been incredible pressure to do exactly what the scientists in the federal bureaucracy prescribed. Any outside points of view were quashed by the media, research institutions, and government employees. Letting only science dictate policy has had devastating results because the scientists have narrow expertise and a few goals related to it. Here are a few highlights from a list of the deleterious effects on personal health compiled by Tom Elliot from Grabien:
Deaths increasing among those on waiting lists whose treatment were displaced by COVID-19 lockdowns
Rising suicides nationwide
Drug overdoses in the U.S. have increased by 18%, with 40 states reporting an increase in opioid-related deaths
Lockdown measures for the pandemic could result in an additional 6.3 million cases of T.B. and 1.4 million deaths
25% of Americans 18-24 have contemplated suicide during the pandemic
Delays in treatment and screening for cancer that are forecasted to lead to avoidable deaths that could rival the pandemic
Death tolls from non-COVID-19 causes such as diabetes, heart attacks, and treatable cancers on the rise

This does not even consider the economic damage caused by the closure of small businesses and the effects that may last years for children deprived of in-person learning. This is the fundamental problem with letting science from the narrow field of epidemiology almost completely govern the response to COVID-19, excluding all other concerns.

Science is the pursuit of knowledge and is rarely “settled.” It is also best accomplished outside the government, where the process is not as vulnerable to political and other pressures. Science is not a religion you have faith in. Rather, you believe in the validity and utility of the scientific method. This distinction matters, and the results will be tragic if the distinction is not made.

Author : Stacey Lennox

Source : Pj Media : Dr. Fauci Issues Another Dire Warning as Biden Vows to Lead With ‘Science and Truth’

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