Saturday, July 28, 2018

 

Woke Wars


Ben Shapiro:
Why all this effort to blame the fans for the series' troubles? Because we must never – ever, under any circumstances – blame Kathleen Kennedy. Kennedy, you see, is woke.
 More here from John Sexton:
And now we come to the Disney era and what's new this time, as Ben Shapiro points out, is we get to see a bunch of new characters killing the old ones we loved to advance a story that isn't 1/10th as compelling. I don't think people disliked Rey because she's a woman. I think they disliked her because she seemed to know everything without even trying. 

 

Because Diversity


George Leef:
For the last 25 years, a huge growth area for American higher education has been offices of "diversity and inclusion," which now provide highly paid pseudo-jobs for many thousands of administrators. At UCLA, the vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion rakes in a cool $444,000, for example.

Do we actually need any of this, however? In today’s Martin Center article, Duke University professor John Staddon argues that we don't. These make-work offices actually work at cross purposes with education. Their activities are "tangent to the university's core function, which is open and free debate in search of veritas."
Make sure you read Professor Staddon's article.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

 

Conscious BS


David French:
In fact, not only is the IAT a poor predictor of behavior, the test itself is highly unreliable. As Heather Mac Donald noted last fall in the Wall Street Journal, "A person's IAT score can vary significantly each time he takes the test, undercutting its reliability as a psychological instrument."

Again, you don't say. I've taken the test several times, and apparently my own subconscious varies between woke and bigoted depending on the time of day or the placement of the images.

Yet an immense corporate, bureaucratic, and academic industry has been constructed around the concept of "implicit" or "unconscious" bias. It’s supposed to explain why disparate racial outcomes continue in spite of the fact that measures of explicit racism continue to decrease. It's supposed to answer why police still pull the trigger and shoot unarmed black men.

It does no such thing, of course. Instead, the unconscious-bias industry is a font of bad ideas. It diminishes personal responsibility, renders well-meaning, guilt-stricken Americans vulnerable to baseless ideological re-education, and empowers a corporate and academic elite that is by this point inexcusably rebuking Americans for made-up sins. Moreover, there is something inherently ominous about a corporation (much less the government) attempting not just to correct its employees' behavior but to reform their minds.

Monday, May 21, 2018

 

#Science


John Hinderaker:
I got excited when I heard that all across the country, activists would be "marching for science" today. Promoting, no doubt, information about X and Y chromosomes and the fact that–scientifically speaking–there are only two genders.
Just kidding.

Jazz Shaw:
These shouldn't be complicated questions if we simply stick to basic and well established medical science. With the exception of a tiny fraction of the population who are born with particular genetic anomalies, there are two genders. They are determined pretty much at conception. It's also true that the state of mental health care in our country is far from ideal and a lot more could be done to treat and hopefully cure people suffering from gender dysphoria. But under the SJW redefinition of gender, the medical profession is being dragged down some dark and very unscientific pathways. 

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Monday, April 30, 2018

 

Monsters


Allahpundit:
The reason they don't want Alfie Evans to go to Italy is *because* the Italian doctors might be able to do something for him. Imagine the shaken faith among Brits in their own doctors' and courts' judgment if, after essentially sentencing a toddler to death, that sentence was shown to have been in error. The boy needs to die because it's crucially important for their judgment to be vindicated.
More here:
That's the most haunting element here, the suspicion that they wouldn't let him go to Rome not because they feared for his quality of life but because they feared for their own institutional reputations. Whether he was suffering wasn’t just debatable, it was debated: The president of the hospital in Rome that was willing to accept him stated that "a positive outcome would be difficult, but the baby’s suffering can be alleviated." If that were true, though — in particular, if the Italian doctors had improved his quality of life — his doctors in Britain would have been lambasted for having tried to condemn him unnecessarily. The question would inevitably be asked whether British medicine in its entirety has been too quick to give up in other debatable end-of-life cases. Faith in its judgment would be badly shaken.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

 

Party of Science


Dr. Paul McHugh:
What is needed now is public clamor for coherent science – biological and therapeutic science – examining the real effects of these efforts to "support" transgendering.  Although much is made of a rare "intersex" individual, no evidence supports the claim that people such as Bruce Jenner have a biological source for their transgender assumptions.  Plenty of evidence demonstrates that with him and most others, transgendering is a psychological rather than a biological matter.

In fact, gender dysphoria – the official psychiatric term for feeling oneself to be of the opposite sex – belongs in the family of similarly disordered assumptions about the body, such as anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder.  Its treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction.  The treatment should strive to correct the false, problematic nature of the assumption and to resolve the psychosocial conflicts provoking it.  With youngsters, this is best done in family therapy.

The larger issue is the meme itself.  The idea that one's sex is fluid and a matter open to choice runs unquestioned through our culture and is reflected everywhere in the media, the theater, the classroom, and in many medical clinics.  It has taken on cult-like features: its own special lingo, internet chat rooms providing slick answers to new recruits, and clubs for easy access to dresses and styles supporting the sex change.  It is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges.

But gird your loins if you would confront this matter.  Hell hath no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle.
Hat tip to Jazz Shaw.

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A Despicable Tactic


Ann Althouse:
If we give immunity from criticism to children – such as David Hogg, et al. – then adults will rely on children to do what adults want done.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

 

Red Alert!


Ed Morrissey:
It’s bad enough having one North Korea, but that country has very limited resources and its strike range is still severely limited. China, on the other hand, is the world’s most populous country and among the wealthiest. Imagine what Mao himself would have done with the material and military resources Xi now has, and especially with a more approachable partner in Moscow like Putin rather than Stalin, Khrushchev, or Brezhnev. Creating sovereign islands in international waters will be just the beginning. Xi will have the ability to re-create a form of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, by the threat of force if not force itself. North Korea is relatively easy to isolate, but with a dictatorial China bent on regional domination, isolation will be impossible.

This is a very bad development, one which should have red flags (again pardon the pun) going up at the White House and State Department. It should also remind us why we need a robust US Navy to protect and defend international trading routes as well as to remind our friends that we will not get pushed out of the Pacific. It’s time to get serious about our long-term staying power in that theater.

 

Oh, Canada...


Barkha Dutt:
How did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the world’s favorite liberal mascot — a feminist man, with movie-star good looks, a 50 percent female cabinet and a political lexicon that has replaced “mankind” with “peoplekind” (making millions swoon) — end up looking silly, diminished and desperate on his trip to India this week?
Did you read what you wrote between the dashes?

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

 

Share my delusions!


John Hinderaker:
Major elements of our society have gone mad; the problem is that they insist on taking the rest of us around the bend with them, and we don’t want to go.  This dynamic explains much of our 21st century public life, and it largely accounts for the fact that Donald Trump is our president.

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