Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 31, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

Pope Francis warned priests and nuns on Saturday not to “remain enclosed, out of fear or convenience.”

    “How can we fail to hear… the great appeal of Saint John Paul II: ‘Open the doors?’” he said at the Sanctuary of St. John Paul II in Krakow, amid criticism of Polish church leaders’ reluctance to accept migrants.
    • "Federal Racial Discipline Quotas Create Chaos In St. Paul Schools"--The Federalist. The federal government is imposing discipline quotas on public schools--i.e., that the racial makeup of students being disciplined must reflect the racial makeup of the students in the schools, irregardless of whether certain groups may be more prone to cause trouble. The theory is that racial disparity in discipline is the result of racism, and only racism. How will this pan out? Well, either white and Asian kids will be over-prosecuted, or  blacks and Hispanics will be under-prosecuted. The article describes St. Paul, Minnesota's experience over the past 6 years after it implemented such a system: 
      ... the city’s high schools have become menacing places where gangs of out-of-control teens prowl the halls, and “classroom invasions” by students settling private disputes are commonplace.

        Tumultuous brawls are a fact of life. Today, fights that “might have been between two individuals” can grow into “melees involving up to 40 or 50 people,” according to Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. Roving packs often attack individuals, and police have had to use chemical irritants to break up what they call “riots.”

          Teachers fear for their safety. In the last school year, a vicious student assault landed one in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. Another was punched repeatedly in the chest, while another required staples for a head wound. One high school has issued emergency whistles to teachers and assigned a guard to every floor. A teacher who was crushed into a shelf in a classroom invasion now instructs her students to use a “secret knock” to enter her classroom, according to City Pages.

            Anarchy also reigns at many elementary schools. A teacher caught between two fighting fifth-grade girls was knocked to the ground with a concussion. In the St. Paul Pioneer Press, former fourth-grade teacher Aaron Benner described young kids running screaming through the halls, cussing out teachers, and attacking classmates. “Safety was my number one concern, not teaching,” he wrote.
            A Venezuelan ministry last week announced Resolution No. 9855, which calls for the establishment of a 'transitory labor regime' in order to relaunch the agricultural and food sector. The decree says that the government must do what is 'necessary to achieve strategic levels of self-sufficiency,' and states that workers can be forcefully moved from their jobs to work in farm fields or elsewhere in the agricultural sector for periods of 60 days.
            Of course, under socialism, some animals are more equal than others, so don't hold your breath if you expect the privileged and wealthy to join in.
              A September 2013 FBI report found that of the 160 active shooter incidents in the U.S. between 2010 and 2013, 21 (13.1 percent) ended after unarmed citizens made the “selfless and deeply personal choices” to confront the active shooters. In each of these cases, the citizens “safely and successfully disrupted the shootings” and “likely saved the lives” of many others present.

                Another compelling reason to consider change is because future attacks are inevitable, and relying on police rescue might actually lower your own chance of survival.

                  The 2013 FBI report found that of those 160 active shooter incidents—incidents that generated 1,043 total casualties—60 percent ended before police arrived. These disturbing numbers warrant attention, especially when examined alongside CIA Director John Brennan’s recent remarks: “ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West … our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach … [and] we judge that it will intensify its global terror campaign.”

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