|Source: "Katrina's horrifying legacy: Inside a New Orleans hospital which was nearly destroyed by the hurricane and has been left to rot ever since"--Daily Mail.|
- "It Doesn’t Affect You, But It Does"--The Political Hat. Every once in a while, there is a commentary or analysis that stands out and needs to be read and re-read to be fully absorbed. I think this is one of those writings. The basic theme is that even practices that you don't believe can affect others does affect them. In explaining his reasoning, the author explains the role of conservationism in a culture:
John Donne once said that “no man is an island”. Society has evolved, does evolve, and will evolve, with the actions of each to one degree or another affecting it and being affected by it. Society isn’t some abstract idea or social construct of the conspiratorial vein. The libertarian ideal that everyone can do what they want and anything not affecting others in the strictest 1st degree will not have a depreciative or dilatory effect others, and thus society, is based upon a blind faith that the way, the truth, the light, of Randian enlightenment can not, and will not, be snuffed out a la Anthem because the choices of others does not, in the strictest 1st degree, command another.
But this is based on an overly idealistic view of mankind. It is the idealistic view that once a great evil is purged, that a true utopia will arise once properly established; it is the idealistic view shared by Communists, Progressives, and other assorted socialists.
A society where people are free to choose as they like, but where the great swath of the populace have the wisdom to choose correctly, is a rare one. It can not be constructed. It, indeed, is a result of a strange and unlikely confluence of history. America is that confluence. It can not be rebuilt ex nihilo. It can not overwrite an existing bias or set of mores. It can not be written upon a tabula rasa, as such hypothetical musings are antithetical to human reality. Despite the intentions otherwise, “their passions forge their fetters”.
It is something that must be conserved. It calls not for magicians [or] alchemists who can bring forth purity of essence from some invented and contrived trick. It calls for stewards to keep and protect our civic inheritance, and to protect society’s evolution from the hands and machinations of intelligent design by unintelligent designers.
Read the whole thing.
- "Why You Can Expect To See More Violence In Schools This Year"--The Federalist. The author contends that Federal regulations and pressure to not discriminate is causing schools to ignore egregious behavior from minority students:
“Other teachers say that this is a common practice in their schools: Students will be issued a referral for misconduct and then ‘counseled’ before being returned to class without being formally disciplined,” O’Donnell reports. Why? Two levers the federal government is pulling, both related to school districts’ discipline numbers.
First, inside the Every Student Succeeds Act, which House Speaker Paul Ryan recently sped through Congress to replace No Child Left Behind, the federal government now includes measures besides test scores—such as annual suspension and expulsion rates—in ratings that influence funds and federal probes. Schools are technically supposed to report to the federal government every disciplinary action they take, and now they have more reasons to juice the numbers.
Second, back in 2011 former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told schools that consequences for bad behavior, not the behavior itself, was to blame for the “school to prison pipeline.” In 2014 the pair issued regulations telling schools they would be liable for federal investigation if they recorded data showing black or Latino students had committed more infractions than white or Asian students.
“Schools also violate Federal law when they evenhandedly implement facially neutral policies and practices that, although not adopted with the intent to discriminate, nonetheless have an unjustified effect of discriminating against students on the basis of race,” their subordinates wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter (emphasis added).
The author goes on to report:
In response to these federal rules, states including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Minnesota, California, and Washington have declared they will remove fewer violent students from classrooms through suspensions and expulsions.Children are not stupid. They have figured out that they can terrorize their peers and authority figures and get away with it now.
Schools are replacing stricter consequences with touchy-feely therapy sessions for troubled kids, which are less of a deterrent to bad behavior and often explicitly excuse it.
- Liberals don't care about the consequences as long as they feel good about themselves: "Lawsuit: Transgender 'Girl' Twerked, Grinded Against Biological Girls In Locker Room, Leaving Them in Tears"--Daily Wire (h/t Anonymous Conservative). From the article:
According to the bombshell lawsuit, a transgender “girl" student, who participated on girls' sports teams, “twerked,” “grinded” and engaged in other sexually suggestive acts in the girls’ locker-room, leaving some of the girls in tears. After numerous ignored complaints, the lawsuit's plaintiffs say they were allowed access to other locations, including a boys’ locker-room, which the transgender “girl” also made his way into and extended his sexually suggestive behavior. The girls claim they were left with no place to go to secure their privacy in the most intimate of settings.
- "Israel has 200 nukes pointed at Iran, according to Powell emails"--New York Post. Probably the reason that Obama thought it would be "fair" for Iran to have its own nuclear weapons.
- China wants to be a major world power but, as they say, be careful what you wish for because you might get it: "China's Oil Production Tanks, Foreign Oil Dependency Nightmare Intensifies"--Forbes. From the article:
Amid troubled oil markets and a more than two-year oil price downturn that has seen oil prices plunge from $115 per barrel in the summer of 2014, to now trading in the paltry $40s range, well below the production break even point for many major producers, news came from China on Tuesday that the country’s crude oil output fell nearly 10% in August from the same period a year ago – to the lowest in more than six years.
The issue for China is that dependency on foreign sources of oil brings a myriad of its own problems, including, as the author explains: "[from] a massive transfer of wealth, to securing vital supply lines and shipping lanes to other geopolitical considerations."
- "New mosquito-borne disease detected in Haiti"--Science Daily. The article reports:
University of Florida researchers have identified a patient in Haiti with a serious mosquito-borne illness that has never before been reported in the Caribbean nation.
Known as "Mayaro virus," it is closely related to chikungunya virus and was first isolated in Trinidad in 1954. Most reported cases, however, have been confined to small outbreaks in the Amazon. Whether this case signals the start of a new outbreak in the Caribbean region is currently unknown.
- The wages of
sinsocialism: "Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive"--Breitbart. A study found that 15% of Venezuelans claim that they must feed themselves with “food waste discarded by commercial establishments,” and nearly half indicated that they had to take time off from work to find food.
- Heh: "Utah – Hispanic Activist Who Criticized Trump’s Mexican Rapist Comments Arrested for Raping Illegal Immigrant…"--The Conservative Treehouse.
- Demographics is destiny: "Japan Has A Worrying Number Of Virgins, Government Finds"--The Independent. A study found that "[a]round 42 percent of men and 44.2 percent of women admitted that they were virgins." This is just further evidence of the steady decline of the number of people in Japan that are even interested in sex (which is interesting, because I would have described Japan as hypersexualized in the late 1980's when I lived there). The article notes one "positive" point: the study also showed that the number of women returning to work after having a child rose to over 50%. I don't see that as a "positive" from a demographic perspective, as it merely underscores the number of women who, even with a child, have no desire to be a homemaker and probably will never have additional children.
- Not your typical "invasive species": "How Pablo Escobar is still terrorising Colombia 23 years after his death: Narco kingpin's runaway hippos can't stop breeding and have forced children to flee their village as beasts roam free"--Daily Mail. Yes, you read that right: "hippos," as in hippopotamus.
- "The Largest Prison Strike In U.S. History Enters Its Second Week"--The Intercept. The author reports:
The largest prison strike in U.S. history has been going on for nearly a week, but there’s a good chance you haven’t heard about it. For months, inmates at dozens of prisons across the country have been organizing through a network of smuggled cellphones, social media pages, and the support of allies on the outside. The effort culminated in a mass refusal to report to prison jobs on September 9, the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison uprising.
Oh no. Whatever shall government do if it can't buy over-priced furniture from the prison industries?
- "China facing full-blown banking crisis, world's top financial watchdog warns"--The Telegraph. "China’s total credit reached 255pc of GDP at the end of last year, a jump of 107 percentage points over eight years. This is an extremely high level for a developing economy and is still rising fast."