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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Border Patrol Agents Find 163 Illegal Aliens Wandering in Arizona Desert
[AP via Townhall] The Associated Press reports that United States Border Patrol agents have once again rescued hundreds of illegal aliens found wandering the Arizona desert after crossing the Mexican border into the country and being abandoned by human traffickers.

While the number of large-scale caravans of migrant men, women, and children entering the southern border has decreased since President Trump was elected, Border Patrol agents occasionally apprehend illegal aliens in large numbers as they did last Saturday near the Lukeville Port in Ajo, AZ.

In a statement given to Breitbart Texas, Tuscon Sector Border Patrol agents blamed "transnational crime organizations" who "exploit the vulnerability of foreign nationals with false promises of legal status and encourage dangerous border crossings, which place lives at risk" for the incident. According to the AP report, 163 men, women, and children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador were taken in by authorities for medical evaluation. The youngest of these migrants was 4 months old.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

#1  AKA 'target practice'
Posted by: Raj || 09/09/2018 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  I live in Arizona. I see two reasons for a wall, at least down by Lukeville. 1) armed and dangerous people are crossing regularly. 2) Innocent people are being exploited and sometimes dying in the summer heat. We are talking kids here also. I am a Trumplorable. But I support this not because of animus toward Mexican people. Indeed, my son in law was born and raised in Mexico City and became a US citizen by choice.
Posted by: Albemarle Gray4543 || 09/09/2018 1:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Inch by inch... step by step.. and i turned around and said !ARIZONIA! As previously covered by Rantburg - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6141069/Arizona-rancher-films-immigrants-sneaking-border-property.html

Building the case, brick by brick.
Posted by: newc || 09/09/2018 2:29 Comments || Top||

#4  So, this is how the janitor discovers those ballot boxes in his closet? Just wandering around unattended.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/09/2018 8:21 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
US Open 2018: Serena Williams accuses umpire of sexism after meltdown in final
[BBC] Serena Williams said she was not cheating in the US Open final and accused the umpire of sexism in docking her a game.

Naomi Osaka's 6-2 6-4 victory was overshadowed by Williams' extraordinary outbursts in the second set. She received a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a "liar" and a "thief".

Afterwards the American said it was "sexist" to have been penalised a game. "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief'," the 36-year-old added. "But I've seen other men call other umpires several things. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff."

The issues began when Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou made a hand gesture towards her early in the second set.
Williams denied she received coaching saying she would "never cheat to win and would rather lose" and demanded an apology from the umpire Carlos Ramos.

Mouratoglou, however, later admitted coaching.

Three games later Osaka was awarded a point when Williams was given another code violation for smashing her racquet.
Williams was furious, walking up to Ramos, shouting and pointing at him as the crowd started booing in support of the former world number one in a toxic atmosphere.

At the next change of ends Williams continued to rant, saying to Ramos: "you are a liar", "say you are sorry," and calling him a "thief" for awarding a point to Osaka.

"For me, it blows my mind," the 23-time Grand Slam champion said. "But I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal.

"I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that want to express themselves, and want to be a strong woman.

"They're going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person."

In other (more enlightened) tennis star news.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [516 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Osaka destroyed her in the first set - Serena's finished as a pro tennis player.
Posted by: Raj || 09/09/2018 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Next time don't insult the umpire and call it "fighting for women's rights".
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/09/2018 0:44 Comments || Top||

#3  The usual suspects are calling it - you guessed it - racism.
Posted by: Raj || 09/09/2018 0:49 Comments || Top||

#4  In soccer when a player, white or black, insults the referee, it's the red card. End of story.
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/09/2018 0:54 Comments || Top||

#5  I just happened to see some of that - she threw her racket down so hard it bent practically to a 90-degree angle. I was thinking 'wow... look at that!'

Time to retire and enjoy her fame.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/09/2018 1:42 Comments || Top||

#6  I watched it. Maybe the first violation didn't have to be given but it was. You need to show discipline. She broke her racket and insulted the umpire. Nothing sexist or racist about it.
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/09/2018 2:06 Comments || Top||

#7  Took the public quite a while to find who the winner was.
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/09/2018 2:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Tiger used to have an attitude.
...


Got better.
Posted by: newc || 09/09/2018 3:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Let's not forget that very recently Williams uttered her [sic] unwavering support for Colin K.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 09/09/2018 4:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Perhaps both Williams and Booker should pick another racket.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 6:35 Comments || Top||

#11  A textbook case of an outburst of narcissistic rage.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/09/2018 7:14 Comments || Top||

#12  Be interesting if Chase keeps her as ad candy/ spokeswoman.

Never liked the sisters or their asshole father
Posted by: Frank G || 09/09/2018 7:26 Comments || Top||

#13  ...I had a fair amount of respect for the Williams sisters and their accomplishments, even taking into account that they were a couple of divas. But this leads me to believe that - in the words of some fighter pilots I've known - she let her fangs get too far out in front of her.

She saw a little thing from Japan (who, by the by, had beaten her a while back) and she decided that the great Serena wasn't going to lose to this nobody. And when it didn't happen the way she wanted, she got pi$$ed and the madder she got, the dumber she got, and all the skills she had weren't going to dig her out. No sexism, no racism, nothing but a spoiled brat who didn't get what she wanted in what should have been an easy victory. And she's taking the Hilary Option(TM) - everybody else's fault but hers.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/09/2018 7:39 Comments || Top||

#14  Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
but there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/09/2018 7:50 Comments || Top||

#15  Mike #13 - Bingo!
Posted by: warthogswife || 09/09/2018 11:21 Comments || Top||

#16  Harvard admissions says" Hey, US Open, ur doin' it wrong! The black one is always favored over the Asian, even if the Asian is half black!"

Don't go away mad, Williams sisters, just go away.
Posted by: charger || 09/09/2018 11:34 Comments || Top||

#17  Hillary Williams __"She was supposed to win".

Osaka investigated for Russian collusion in 5...4...3....
Posted by: Mercutio || 09/09/2018 12:56 Comments || Top||

#18  Probably just a coincidence. Naomi Osaka's application for admission to George Mason University has been disapproved.

[Extreme sarc]
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 13:00 Comments || Top||

#19  One more steroid dose, and she will be a man.

Seriously though; 36 yo woman still playing top level tennis? I want some of that. I step on a dog bone and clock out for the day. Here she is, roiding at the ref (6-2 6-4 is not close at all) because she is a woman and her opponent is a....woman? Sexism? What?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/09/2018 13:26 Comments || Top||

#20  Her N1KE moment.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 09/09/2018 13:26 Comments || Top||

#21  Such shameful and unsportsmanlike treatment of Naomi Osaka by the U.S. Open.
Aside from Serena's heinous behavior that IMO she'll be forever remembered by from now on;

Free Republic;
"Osaka spent what should have been her victory lap in tears. It had been her childhood dream to make it to the US Open and possibly play against Williams, her idol, in the final.
Here was a young girl who pulled off one of the greatest upsets ever, who fought for every point she earned, ashamed. Naomi Osaka covered her face with her black visor & cried. The crowd booed her and Katrina Adams, chairman and president of the USTA, opened the awards ceremony by denigrating the winner and lionizing Williams — whose ego, if anything, needs piercing."
“Perhaps it’s not the finish we were looking for today,” Adams said, “but Serena, you are a champion of all champions.” Addressing the crowd, Adams added, “This mama is a role model and respected by all.”


I am truly disgusted by the behavior of the US Open's comments dissing the true winner and encouraging the fans in such a hateful display. It's NOT all about Serena's loss but to Naomi's fabulous win!
Apologies should be from all to Naomi Osaka.

First Kaepernick, now Serena Williams, wonder which Nike darling will be next
Posted by: Jan || 09/09/2018 16:08 Comments || Top||

#22  Le'Veon Bell?
Posted by: Frank G || 09/09/2018 17:34 Comments || Top||

#23  Black cannot be criticized or seen to fail now or RACISM demands the Inquisition for those who fail to honor it. We are so gripped by fear of being called something we are not but cannot fight by the other mindless sheep, that we abandon reason and common sense. We should all just accept that those that call us racist are that themselves, and ignore it! Damn O'Bama and his 8 years of smarmy bullcrap, setting us back on collision course with the entire issue
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 09/09/2018 18:06 Comments || Top||

#24  It's all been said, and so well, but there's something I still don't understand (and it doesn't help that I've watched about ten minutes of televised tennis in the past ten years): Beyond clique and claque, who the heck roots for Serena over the kid? Whatever happened to pulling for the underdog? Is this a NY thing? A tennis thing?
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/09/2018 18:55 Comments || Top||

#25  Anyone who says "sports builds character" should have to wear a shock collar.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2018 20:21 Comments || Top||

#26  What a cry baby. This seems to reflect the times. If you lose and don't get your way, throw a tantrum. We saw this behavior in the 2016
election when HRC lost. That tantrum is still on-going.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/09/2018 23:44 Comments || Top||


Woman blows off fingers after mistaking stick of dynamite for candle
[ABC] A woman in Connecticut blew her fingers off after mistaking a stick of dynamite for a candle, ABC New York station WABC reported.

The woman's home -- on Lindley Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut ‐ had lost power after a thunderstorm Thursday night, and the family came back from a trip to Home Depot empty-handed, since the store was closed, WABC reported, citing the Bridgeport Fire Marshal's Office.

The family then remembered that there was a box of what they believed to be candles in the basement that had been left by the previous resident, fire officials said.

The victim lit a quarter-stick of dynamite and suffered serious injuries to her face and loss multiple fingers in her hands.

The woman, in her 30s and the mother of two children, was transported to a local hospital after the accident.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Was this by chance Mrs Wile E. Coyote?
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/09/2018 8:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Confucius Pappy have something to say about Bridgeport. Unfortunately, Pappy not here.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/09/2018 19:00 Comments || Top||

#3  She probably grew up watching the watered down PC version of the real Looney Tunes cartoons. She didn't stand a chance because she didn't know what a stick of dynamite was. PC claims another victim.
Posted by: gorb || 09/09/2018 19:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Ummmmm... Let's correct the headline: Woman mistakes a M-80 for a candle.

Derp!
Posted by: mossomo || 09/09/2018 20:21 Comments || Top||


Boris Johnson and wife announce divorce
[ARABNEWS] Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his wife have announced that they are divorcing.

Johnson and Marina Wheeler said in a joint statement Friday that they separated "several months ago" after 25 years of marriage and have now decided to divorce.

The couple said divorce proceedings are now underway.

"As friends we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead. We will not be commenting further," the statement said.
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under:


Scotland Gin Society ads removed for claiming drink is healthier than fruit, exercise
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life,

#1  Killjoys. No sense of humor. Maybe because declining common sense quotients demand it?
Posted by: gorb || 09/09/2018 13:52 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought they drink Scotch in Scotland and gin is a Sassenach drink?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 13:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, it can make the person you are talking to more attractive!
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 09/09/2018 15:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Try and drink a fruit. You'll choke!
Posted by: Frank G || 09/09/2018 15:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Walled up at St. Giles was an anchoress,
Cantankerous, late of St. Pancras,
Whose sermons on sin,
Once we passed her some gin,
Were less rancorous, yes, even languorous.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/09/2018 18:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Drank a little Tanqueray myself last night. Enjoyed it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/09/2018 19:19 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Eilat coral reef defies expectations and regenerates after fish farming damage
[IsraelTimes] The resilience of Red Sea coral fascinates scientists, who try to understand why the marine life fares well in heat and seems immune to the bleaching which plagues other reefs.
Could it possibly be that, like so much else, the answer is more complicated than so loudly claimed?
While coral reefs around the world are getting sicker as a result of global warming, the reef in the southern Israeli port city of Eilat is thriving despite years of damage caused by intensive fish farming in the waters and global warming.

According to a Hadashot TV news report on Friday, the healthy coral marks a victory against the damage caused by humans to underwater marine life.

From 1995-2008, waste from multiple “cages” for fish farming caused massive damage to the Red Sea coral, but after environmental and diving groups petitioned the government and appropriate authorities, the cages were removed and the coral has now bounced back.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under:

#1  While coral reefs around the world are getting sicker as a result of global warming,

What a load of crap. Coral reefs have been around for millions of years and are very, very slow growth, which is then used to sell the rubes that this is proof of 'global warming', 'global cooling' or whatever's on sale this week.
Posted by: Raj || 09/09/2018 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  As a long time diver, I have seen it. High temps damage shallow reefs and then they recover, sometimes in 10 years or so. Deep reefs are protected by upwelling of cold water. It's a natural process which has been going on far longer than we have been aware of it. 70 years ago hardly anyone went scuba diving.
Posted by: Albemarle Gray4543 || 09/09/2018 1:29 Comments || Top||

#3  How well does coral grow with a mile of ice above it?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/09/2018 8:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Florida and the Bahamas are mostly coral, that used to be underwater.
Posted by: Bobby || 09/09/2018 11:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Then there is this [HT to Alexa. Finally, something interesting from Alexa.]
Great Barrier Reef Shows Signs of Recovering
Posted by: Bobby || 09/09/2018 11:19 Comments || Top||

#6  That’s marvelous, Bobby.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/09/2018 22:58 Comments || Top||


Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 300
[ARABNEWS] The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official corpse count from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey, caused panic, damage to buildings, landslides and injuries. It was centered in the northwest of the island and didn’t have the potential to cause a tsunami, Indonesia’s geological agency said.

Videos showed rubble strewn across streets and clouds of dust enveloping buildings. In northern Lombok, some people leaped from their vehicles on a traffic-jammed road while an elderly woman standing in the back of a pickup truck wailed "God is Great." An News Agency that Dare Not be Named news hound in the bustling provincial capital, Mataram, saw people injured by the quake and a hospital moving patients outside.

The aftershock caused more "trauma," said national disaster agency front man Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Wiranto, Indonesia’s top security minister, told news hounds the corpse count from Sunday’s magnitude 7.0 quake had risen to 319. The announcement came after an inter-agency meeting was called to resolve wildly different figures from various government offices.
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under:

#1  USGS
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2018 3:05 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Zimbabwe: Ministerial Team Gets Thumbs Up
[All Africa] President Mnangagwa's new Cabinet is a refreshing start to the Second Republic as it blends young brains with seasoned technocrats with capacity to revive the economy, analysts said yesterday. The Head of State and Government yesterday named a 20-member Cabinet, which saw new faces coming into Government.

Backgrounds of the team show that the new ministers were selected on the basis of competence and merit.
Time will tell.
The new Cabinet has six women.

Political analyst Mr Tafadzwa Mugwadi said the new team had the capacity to take Zim-bob-we to the Promised Land.
Or maybe make it the Breadbasket of Africa again.
"The salient feature of this Cabinet is that it is an intergenerational mix where the majority are young and technocratic brains that have been blended with experienced and competent seniors," he said.

"The decision to rest career Cabinet men and women is a strong signal that a new dispensation is upon us and real, with rejuvenated energy and vibrancy to take the country to another level. The President has assigned everyone according to their area of competence and merit and not on political considerations. The new Cabinet has raised optimism, sustained hope and created enthusiasm for Zim-bob-weans."

Confederation of Zim-bob-we Industries (CZI) president Mr Sifelani Jabangwe said the appointment of chief economist and African Development Bank vice president Professor Mthuli Ncube as Finance and Economic Development Minister was spot on.

"We believe Patrick Chinamasa (former Finance Minister) did good work but to take us to the next level, vision 2030, Prof Ncube is probably the right man," Mr Jabangwe said.

"He has the right international contacts, which will make it easy to engage and he is also a technocrat who will be vital as we craft our way into a new future."

MDC-T vice president Mr Obert Gutu said his party was happy with the new team.

"It brings a new and refreshing set-up," he said.

"If you look at the new Finance Minister, he has always been a brilliant academic, always top of his class. If we look again at Kirsty Coventry, our history making Olympian, she is young, warm and inspiring. If you take even Dr Obadiah Moyo, he managed to turn around the fortunes of Chitungwiza Central Hospital to be among the best managed medical facilities. Let us give these guys a chance. It is a refreshing start to the Second Republic."

Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats


Britain
Monkeypox outbreak fears as 50 people contacted after first ever case of deadly tropical disease recorded in UK
[SUN] MORE than 50 people have been warned they may have been exposed to monkeypox after the first case of the deadly disease was recorded in the UK.

It is believed a Nigerian naval officer travelled to the UK on a commercial fight after contracting the disease.

He stayed at a Royal Navy base in Cornwall while taking part in a training exercise before being confirmed to have the disease on Friday.

Public Health England has contacted passengers on the plane who were sat close to the man to warn they may have been exposed to the infection.

It is the first ever recorded case of monkeypox in the UK, Public Health England confirmed.

The victim was taken to hospital after he fell ill at the naval base.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 13:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Caught it off a meteorite, I reckon! /s
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 09/09/2018 14:57 Comments || Top||

#2  "Don' go near 'at house, guv. They got the pox in there!"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2018 15:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Ahh. Almost Ebola.
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/09/2018 15:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Fontaine lay in Cary's embrace,
Dismayed by his lies and disgrace,
Suspicious... but hopin'.
Her reddened eyes opened:
"Ook-ook! Hello, monkeypox face!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/09/2018 19:13 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
US Recalls Envoys from Latin American Countries for Cutting Taiwan Ties
[AnNahar] The United States on Friday recalled its envoys to three Latin American countries that recently switched diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, saying it would hold consultations with the diplomats.

The move comes after Washington accused Beijing last month of destabilizing cross-Strait relations and engaging in a campaign of "political interference" by poaching Taiwan's allies in the western hemisphere.

"The Department of State has called back the US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, the US Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes and the US Charge d'Affaires in Panama Roxanne Cabral," a statement said Friday.

"Our three chiefs of mission will meet with US government leaders to discuss ways in which the United States can support strong, independent, democratic institutions and economies throughout Central America and the Caribbean," it added.

Taiwan and China have been engaged for years in a diplomatic tug-of-war in developing countries, with economic support and other aid often used as bargaining chips for diplomatic recognition.

Beijing sees self-ruling, democratic Taiwan as part of its territory to be brought back into the fold and has not ruled out using force to do so.

Relations between Taipei and Beijing have worsened since Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016 as her government refuses to acknowledge that Taiwan is part of "one China."

El Salvador, which switched its ties in August, became the fifth diplomatic loss under Tsai's presidency and the third this year.

But while most countries have established formal relations with Beijing rather than rival Taipei in recent decades, Taiwan still has unofficial relationships with powerful countries.

Its most important unofficial ally is the US, which remains Taiwan's leading arms supplier, despite switching diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979.

Ties have warmed between the US and Taiwan in recent months, incensing Beijing.

Some analysts saw the poaching of El Salvador as an indirect slap in the face to President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's administration and a warning against further friendly overtures.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  You'd think the CheComs and ChiComs would have seen this coming.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 09/09/2018 14:51 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russians bumping satellites again to "investigate" other's craft.
[Twitter]




Click on the 92 talking about it to see the technical conversations

Previous:
Bumping in 2015
Posted by: 3dc || 09/09/2018 12:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  I understand they leave a wake.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2018 13:11 Comments || Top||

#2  OK, let's talk about this story about Luch-Olimp passing "too closely" to the French-Italian military communications satellite ATHENA-FIDUS.

Did the French try to surrender?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 13:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Intelligence satellites doing what intelligence satellites are designed to do.

I'm shocked! What next, intelligence agents that actually SPY on the other side?

/sarcasm
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 09/09/2018 13:15 Comments || Top||

#4  "knock knock anybody home?"
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/09/2018 15:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Gentlemen do not bump one another's satellites. Which brings to mind a phrase heard on NPR years ago as a Sedaris or Vowell type was subtly diminishing an innocent old cowpoke for having asked confusedly re gay guys and what they get up to, "So, do they just go off in the bushes and bump dickheads, or what?" Something like that, anyway.
Posted by: Omusoling Jinert8269 || 09/09/2018 19:27 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Harvard Prof: Merit-based admissions 'reproduce inequality'
h/t Instapundit
A Harvard University professor claims in a new academic study that merit-based admission processes at elite universities "reproduce inequality."

Harvard education professor Natasha Warikoo draws on interviews with 98 white, native-born students at Harvard, Brown University, and the University of Oxford in "What Meritocracy Means to its Winners: Admissions, Race, and Inequality," published in the journal Social Sciences.

During interviews Warikoo conducted between 2009 and 2011, these students were asked to sound-off on whether they felt their school had meritocratic admissions and if they supported affirmative action. Many answered the second question affirmatively and hailed the benefits of a diverse student body.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 13:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So inequality is because of merit and not priveledge? Good to know.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 09/09/2018 13:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Harrison Bergeron
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 13:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Interestingly, (s)he doesn't address how (s)he arrived at (her)his level of competency. Unequally on merit or equally by gender/skin tone?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 09/09/2018 14:12 Comments || Top||

#4  who volunteered to be interviewed? self-identifying SJW guilty Whites and approval-seeking toadies.

Nuff said
Posted by: Frank G || 09/09/2018 14:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Interestingly, (s)he doesn't address how (s)he arrived at (her)his level of competency. Unequally on merit or equally by gender/skin tone?

In my experience, there's considerable overlap between the sets of affirmative action beneficiaries and Dunning Kruger.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 14:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Natasha sez: "Inequality is the new smarts. And we're against both of 'em!"

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 09/09/2018 14:55 Comments || Top||

#7  How do idiots like this teach?

This "Professor" produces inequality out of his own ass.

Posted by: newc || 09/09/2018 15:39 Comments || Top||

#8  Another Harvard racist who wants to keep the filthy Asians out
Posted by: Regular joe || 09/09/2018 16:01 Comments || Top||

#9  Easily solved. Go full-on lottery for admissions and for symmetry's sake pass a law that the only "investment" university endowments are allowed to make are lottery tickets.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2018 18:59 Comments || Top||


George Mason University hosts separate orientation for black freshmen
[The College Fix] Incoming freshmen at George Mason University recently had the opportunity to attend another orientation created specifically for black students.
But, but, but.................
The event was called the "Black Freshman Orientation." Hosted by the Black Student Alliance, the additional orientation occurred on August 25 at the university. It has become an annual event there.

Incoming black freshmen at GMU did not have to attend the Black Freshman Orientation, and if they decided to attend, they still were required to go to the university’s regular orientation as well, according to the university.

As for the Black Freshman Orientation, it aimed to help new students feel welcome at the public, Virginia-based university.
Evidently free tuition, meals, and lodging were not "welcoming" enough.
"This event is dedicated for the incoming freshman who identify as black or are supporters of black people. The Black Freshman Orientation will offer ways to be involved at Mason not only with the black organizations but also mason as a whole. This event allows incoming students for an outlook on how the Black Community at Mason is like," a Welcome 2 Mason website about the event states.

On a seperate website, GMU Campus Labs, it described the event as a chance to network.

"The Black Freshman Orientation is a Black Student Alliance event that occurs annually at the beginning of the school year. This year, the Black Student Alliance will be collaborating with other on campus organizations to make the experience even more valuable and enriching for all who attend," it stated.

"This event is exclusively for the freshman class at George Mason University. At this event, the freshman class will be able to get the ins and outs of GMU, learn how to navigate the campus, as well as learn about the different resources and organizations available to them on campus," the website states.

Michael Sandler, director of strategic communications at George Mason University, told The College Fix that while the Black Student Alliance did hold this event, it was open for any student to attend.

"The university also has over 300 student organizations that sponsor a variety of events throughout the year. Many student organizations hold welcome back activities as we get close to the beginning of the fall semester. Mason’s Black Student Alliance, one of our student organizations, did sponsor a welcome event during the first week of the fall semester, which was open to all," Sandler told The Fix.

Black Student Alliance at GMU did not respond to an inquiry from The College Fix for comment.

George Mason University is not the only school to host such an event. Many universities across the nation each year host a variety of welcome back events designed especially for black students.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 07:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "This event is dedicated for the incoming freshman who identify as black or are supporters of black people.

Your applications have been approved. Please sit in the designated area near the front, adjacent the media section.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  From Jackie Robinson to a hand carry in three generations.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/09/2018 8:20 Comments || Top||

#3  "Separate but equal"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 8:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Ok now take the above text, Replace "Black' with "White". And read it again.
Better yet read it to a liberal and watch their head explode.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/09/2018 9:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Have all the water fountains and lunch counters been properly labelled?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2018 10:16 Comments || Top||

#6  If the KKK did this. Oh, wait, these are Democrats too...
Posted by: Frank G || 09/09/2018 11:50 Comments || Top||

#7  From Wiki: "Mason was born in 1725, most likely in what is now Fairfax County, Virginia. His father died when he was young, and his mother managed the family estates until he came of age. He married in 1750, built Gunston Hall, and lived the life of a country squire, supervising his lands, family, and slaves. And there it is.

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 09/09/2018 15:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Garrett Morris was not funny!
Posted by: Neville Turkeyneck3487 || 09/09/2018 16:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Suggested opening recitation:

Yo, nothin' sets n---z' hearts racin'
Like mixin' with crackas at Mason,
So get off yer asses
And skip all them classes:
Our statues is needin' defacin'!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/09/2018 20:25 Comments || Top||


Gloria Steinem: 'Abortion Is ‘Basis of Democracy'
[Breitbart] In a trailer for the new Netflix documentary based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, feminist Gloria Steinem refers to abortion as a "basis of democracy."
Chełmno, Bełżec, Sobibór, Treblinka, Auschwitz, Majdanek, and Trostenets were by some, also thought to be the "basis" of better governance.
"It’s the basis of democracy that you control your own body," Steinem says in the Reversing Roe teaser, whose release has been timed with the Senate confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

The film, whose executive producer is Eva Longoria, premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and will be released on Netflix September 13.

In September 2016, Steinem ‐ the founder of Ms.magazine ‐ also said forced childbirth is "the single biggest cause of global warming."

In a keynote address at a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood in Memphis, Tennessee, Steinem discussed what she viewed as the connections between feminism and anti-racism, and global warming and abortion.

"Why is it that the same people who are against birth control and abortion are also against sex between two women or two men?" Steinem asked her audience, reported the Memphis Flyer. She continued that those people "are against any sex that cannot end in reproduction."

"Listen, what causes climate deprivation is population," the radical feminist told Refinery29 the following year. "If we had not been systematically forcing women to have children they don’t want or can’t care for over the 500 years of patriarchy,
Five hundred?? Is she off by an order of magnitude or is she just stupid?
we wouldn’t have the climate problems that we have. That’s the fundamental cause of climate change."

In December 2016 ‐ following the election of Donald Trump ‐ Steinem also said she would send the portion of her income tax that would have gone to funding Planned Parenthood directly to the abortion business if the Trump administration stripped its taxpayer funds.

"Come and get me," she said, reported Reuters. "They come and collect eventually, but it costs them way more to go through the process."

The trailer of Reversing Roe also features a clip of former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat who was also an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate. In 2013, Davis became a media rock star when she donned a pair of pink sneakers and a urinary catheter as she filibustered a Texas bill that would ban abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Ultimately, the Texas bill was signed into law, but when Davis ‐ who became known by her critics as "Abortion Barbie" ‐ ran for governor, she flip-flopped on key issues she touted earlier, including abortion.

In its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court invented a right to abortion ‐ though none ever existed in the Constitution.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The strong feminist is not only resisting the Patriarchy by crushing their own Childs' skulls in, but proven their helpless fealty to the Patriarchy as a victim to incite and lament and chastise the Patriarchy they never wanted to be part of.

Basis is LIFE
Posted by: newc || 09/09/2018 3:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Feminism is a self correcting problem like the Shakers. In 3 generations there will be hardly any left.
Posted by: Lonzo Tingle6415 || 09/09/2018 6:23 Comments || Top||

#3  The basis of our democracy are those who are willing to give the last full measure of devotion. Note well, the disparate gender impact involved there.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/09/2018 7:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Of course. Nothing says commitment to your society like killing future citizens before they are born. But also always remember the next illegal immigrant with a < 3rd grade education is probably the next Albert Einstein or Jonas Salk.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2018 9:51 Comments || Top||

#5  She's as batty as Pelosi
Posted by: warthogswife || 09/09/2018 11:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Back seat drivers (h/t RAH)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2018 11:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Spoken by that positive role model and ex-playboy bunny!
Posted by: 3dc || 09/09/2018 12:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Well, the dead do vote for Democrats...
Posted by: charger || 09/09/2018 15:32 Comments || Top||

#9  Netflix = MSNBC for "thinkers."
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 09/09/2018 16:03 Comments || Top||

#10  Netflix = bolthole for pedowood "talent".
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/09/2018 16:07 Comments || Top||



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