[TownHall] - I doubt whether any American would defend the police treatment of George Floyd that led to his death. But many Americans are supporting some of the responses to Floyd's death -- rioting, looting, wanton property destruction, assaults on police and other kinds of mayhem by both whites and blacks.
The pretense is that police conduct stands as the root of black problems. According to the NAACP, from 1882-1968, there were 3,446 black people lynched at the hands of whites. Today, being murdered by whites or policemen should be the least of black worries. In recent times, there is an average of 9,252 black-on-black murders every year. Over the past 35 years, that translates into nearly 324,000 blacks murdered at the hands of other blacks. Only a tiny percentage of blacks are killed by police. For example, in Chicago this year, there were 414 homicides, with a total of 2,078 people shot. So far in 2020, three people have been killed by police and four were shot. Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald reports that "a police officer is 18 1/2 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer." Crime is a major problem for many black communities, but how much of it can be attributed to causes such as institutional racism, systemic racism, and white privilege?
Black people will never solve their problems as long as they keep blaming it all on racism. If you really want to make things better, you have to stop whining, get up off your butt and take responsibility for yourself.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
07/29/2020 11:29 Comments ||
When behaving in a way that will lead to success in life is disparaged as "acting white" (looking at you, Smithsonian), then what you get is a whole bunch of failure.
[Forbes] - Rising demand, floods, insect infestations, and rumors of spoiled inventories are all contributing to China’s developing food related woes.
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
China has a food problem. To a nation whose leaders are old enough to have been directly impacted by The Great Famine, the seriousness of food shortages cannot be overestimated. China’s burgeoning population, growing industrial economy, and expanding culture of consumerism are all contributing to a steady rise in demand for agricultural products.
But agricultural production, lest anyone forget, is subject to the biblical forces of floods, fire, pestilence, and a host of other variables, some of which are right now upsetting China’s delicate food stability. The world’s most populous nation will certainly not run out of food, but prices are rising and hints of tightening supplies are beginning to appear. Things may get worse before they get better.
Three headline issues are challenging China right now: floods, pestilence, and inventory problems.
Above average rainfall and rising floodwaters are not just threatening to compromise China’s gargantuan Three Gorges Dam; rain and flooding are already disrupting rice, wheat and other crop production in the provinces all along the entire Yangtze River.
Perhaps this is why China, which holds just over half of the world’s wheat inventories and is the globe’s second largest producer of wheat (behind the European Union), has already imported more wheat in the first half of 2020 than it has in the first half of any year in the past decade. In the month of June alone, China’s single month import volume of wheat from all sources was the highest in seven years.
According to the USDA, China is not only the world’ second largest corn producer (behind the United States), it will also hold a full sixty five percent of the world’s corn inventories at the end of this crop year.
...or not, as the case may be...
But last week press reports emerged citing the poor quality in some state owned corn inventories, some of which are years old. The reports coincided with two large Chinese purchases of corn from the United States, one of which was its largest purchase ever (1.76 million metric tons or 69 million bushels).
Furthermore, corn prices in China have risen to 5 year highs even though China has recently sold more than 1.4 billion bushels of corn out of state reserves, which would indicate there is a definite issue of some sort with China’s corn supply. The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service points to an unusually early and intense infestation of Fall Army Worm in June as the likely cause of China’s current corn angst.
Overall, the past few months have seen China increase its imports of pork, soybeans, soymeal, wheat, corn, sorghum and prepared/frozen foods from the United States and elsewhere. China can’t feed itself; it needs the world’s help, especially if its domestic production and inventories are compromised.
Golly. And it was only half a year ago that China was glorying in their imminent defeat of President Trump’s economic renegotiation and polishing plans for the inevitable triumph over of America’s armed forces on land and sea.
If you think bat soup is a delicacy, you must be awfully hungry. That's worse than the French trying to convince people that snails are a delicacy.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
07/29/2020 11:44 Comments ||
Well at least the French have specific breeds of snails and they feed them "clean" food. There is also a proper way to eat the snails. See ; snail fork etc.
I'm still working on a way to get rabbits to lay eggs.
People have to remember that not only has China had a problem with Covid-19, they've also had a resurgence of swine flu and bird flu in the past year. They're hurting. Sorry, I can't feel sorry for them.
Posted by: Old Patriot ||
07/29/2020 19:05 Comments ||
[NYT] - The logistics of reopening schools are daunting. Plans are full of details about which days kids will be eligible for, and pages and pages on preventing students and staffs from getting sick. What kind of limits will be placed on class sizes? What kind of cleaning? Will there be symptom checks or temperature screens? Masks for everyone or just adults?
These plans are important and necessary. But there is an issue that we aren’t talking enough about: What happens when there is a Covid-19 case in a school? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its first guidelines on this topic last week, a long-overdue step toward getting schools to take this question seriously.
The instinct, I think, is to say we are working to make sure that doesn’t happen, and of course that is the goal. But that goal is unrealistic. Even if schools are successful at ensuring there is no Covid-19 spread in schools at all, there will still be cases arising from the community. Of course, there is that - extremely uncomfortable result - on Covid-19 spreading by children from South Korea, but we can just ignore it.
When we look at data from places with open schools — Sweden, for example — they are encouraging in showing that teaching is not a high-risk job. But that means that teachers are infected at the same rate as the rest of the community. Put bluntly: If 5 percent of adults in a community have Covid-19, we expect 5 percent of school employees to have it even if they are at no greater risk. This problem is largest in places that currently have high community spread, but it is a concern virtually anywhere.
Bottom line: When schools open, there will be cases. It is necessary to have a concrete plan for what will happen when this occurs.
It is worth pausing for a moment on why there is a reluctance to discuss this. In my view, it is because those who want to open are afraid that if they acknowledge there will be cases in schools, those who oppose opening will use that to argue schools are unsafe. Indeed, there are movements in California and elsewhere saying that teachers should not return to the classroom until there are no new Covid-19 cases in the school community for 14 days. This is effectively a mandate to not open at all, possibly ever.
However, this concern should lead us to more transparency rather than less. Is it really better to trick people into opening, only to face panic and anger when there is a case? If we face the reality now, we are better able to prepare both emotionally and practically for what is inevitable.
Once you acknowledge the reality of cases in schools, it is clear that schools need a plan. The first part of this plan should recognize that schools should not open in person until cases of the virus in the surrounding areas are low. Putting a precise number on this is difficult, but at a minimum places that have locked down except for essential services should not open schools.
But for areas with low incidence, you still need a plan. And this plan needs at least two parts.
First, there needs to be what I’d call a micro plan: What happens when a single student or teacher in a classroom tests positive? Of course the affected person will need to remain home until cleared for a return to school. But what about the rest of the classroom, the rest of the floor, the rest of the school?
Whatever schools do, more middle class and upper class parents will home school, hire tutors, and form what are currently being called “pods“ to do the same with like-minded parents of similar aged children. My first step would be to call the school to get the names of some of their substitute teachers, then if that did not prove satisfactory, see if any bright university or high school students wanted to get in in the fun.
NR via Instapundit
We are in the midst of a revolution, a cultural and racial one, that seeks to refute the past, damn the present, and hijack the future. So far, however, we have only heard from one side, the revolutionaries and their enablers themselves.
Those trying to reject and then reboot America are small as a percentage of the population, but their tactics are diverse, and their frightened abettors and closet appeasers numerous. The result for now is that, as with most cultural revolutions, a tiny percentage of the population seems to be ascending, given that there is no real organized resistance other than isolated and disgusted individuals.
[Free Beacon] Tulane's Black Student Union presses administration to compensate the descendants of slaves who worked on campus grounds.
Tulane University activists are demanding that the school offer reparations to the descendants of slaves who worked on the plantation that became campus grounds nearly 200 years ago.
Before the school's establishment in 1834—created as a medical university in response to the cholera, yellow fever, and smallpox epidemics—the land was used as a plantation. The school's Black Student Union (BSU) asked administrators to identify the descendants of the enslaved people who once worked on the plantation and offer them full tuition and more, according to a list of demands posted online.
"We demand that Tulane allocates funding to track down the descendants of the enslaved people who labored at the Tulane plantation and offer them full tuition and room and board scholarships that include a living stipend each semester of attendance at Tulane," the post reads. "Tulane must first acknowledge the trauma it has inflicted on black community members. It is Tulane's responsibility to recognize their longstanding history of racism and take actionable steps to reconcile those practices."
The Black Student Union did not return a request for comment.
Was Tulane established on a plantation? There is scant information that it was. But if it was, so what? Exactly who would pay these reparations? Since Tulane is a private institution, these reparations, if paid, would have to be recovered through increased tuition. Seems like a really stupid, self-defeating idea.
In 1798, the area now known as the French Quarter was still inside the Spanish fortress wall (Spain controlled it from 1763-1803, the French prior). Some of my Mom's ancestors escaped to NO from France during the 1790's French festivities.
Area to the west (where Tulane is) was all swamp.
The French got the city back from the Spanish in 1803 and instituted slavery a few years later.
Go after the French Revolutionary National Assembly and Napoleon in particular.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
07/29/2020 13:27 Comments ||
Perhaps they could transfer to an all black school? In Nigeria. Oh, but weren't those people involved in slave trading, too?
The university was closed from 1861 to 1865 during the American Civil War. After reopening, it went through a period of financial challenges because of an extended agricultural depression in the South which affected the nation's economy. Paul Tulane, from New Jersey, owner of a prospering dry goods and clothing business, donated extensive real estate within New Orleans for the support of education. This donation led to the establishment of a Tulane Educational Fund (TEF), whose board of administrators sought to support the University of Louisiana instead of establishing a new university. In response, through the influence of former Confederate general Randall Lee Gibson, the Louisiana state legislature transferred control of the University of Louisiana to the administrators of the TEF in 1884. This act created the Tulane University of Louisiana. The university was privatized, and is one of only a few American universities to be converted from a state public institution to a private one.-Wiki
Randall Lee Gibson's paternal great-grandfather was Gideon Gibson Jr., who was likely born in the colony of South Carolina in 1731. His great-great-grandfather, Gideon Gibson, was a free man of color who was married to a white woman, and had owned land and a few slaves in Virginia (likely where he was born) and North Carolina, before migrating with other settlers to South Carolina in the 1730s. The government was worried that he might provoke a slave revolt and the colonial governor had an interview with him. Learning about his life, the governor declared him a free man with all privileges, and granted him land.--Wiki
Obvious satire as he wouldn't leave his basement without "advisors" with tasers nearby
[Babylon Bee] Yesterday, aides went down into the basement to check on Joe Biden, deliver him a protein shake, and bring him a special surprise: season 3 of Matlock on VHS. They were horrified to find he had escaped, having left only a cryptic note reading "I'M BEING HELD HOSTAGE AND THEY'RE MAKING ME RUN FOR PRESIDENT AGAINST MY WILL PLEASE SEND HELP."
As they racked their brains for where he could be, though, the TV in the kitchen was playing the Nationals game. Horrified aides turned to the television to see an elderly man in the stands wandering around the field sniffing cardboard cutout fans.
"Well, hey, there, little lady," Biden said as he sidled up next to a "pretty little thing." "Is anyone sitting here? I'm not into all that hugger-mugger social distancing hoeey, no sirree." He offered her a pretzel and some nachos, but she was pretty unresponsive. "The quiet type? Fine with me. You can just sit here and watch the game with ol' Uncle Joe, toots."
"No, Joe! Bad Joe!" said a security guard as he chased Biden around. But Biden was surprisingly limber for a 127-year-old, dodging and diving and jumping seats to sniff as many of the cutouts as possible before he would be apprehended and sent back to his basement. "I don't want to go back to the basement -- just let me have my fun!" he cried. "I feeeeel happy!!“
To prevent further incidents, aides have placed multiple cardboard cutouts throughout Biden's basement for him to sniff.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.