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  How the Left drives people to Trump
Posted by: andrew_o - Today, 04:59 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

Wokeness Drives Latino Student To Trump

Read the whole article. It's very good, but this is the part that really pressed my button:

Quote:Anyway, there were a few standard questions about what we do to take care of ourselves and I was feeling fine about everything. Then, on the fourth question, the moderator asked, “How do your intersecting identities affect your mental health?” A parade of rather predictable responses followed. “I’m black, so nobody expects me to succeed, which is why I fail so often.” “I’m a woman, so I often feel as if I am supposed to be in the kitchen instead of the study.” And so on. I was the last one.

I thought about it for a second and decided to take a stand (paraphrasing): “I don’t think about my intersecting identities. It simply isn’t useful. It’s more useful to think of myself as an individual and not subject myself to imaginary group pressures because that leads to pathology. I prefer to grant myself agency and allow that I have the power to determine my course regardless of these happenstance characteristics.”

The circle became visibly tense and the people next to me were physically repulsed. The moderator looked at me and sneered, “White male.” Seriously, she said that.

I was a bit taken aback. I smirked a bit (it is rather funny) and said something to the effect of, “There are words to describe people who make assumptions on the basis of skin color and gender, and they aren’t particularly nice. And I’m actually Mexican–” She interrupted me, saying, “Well, you have very light skin.” Can you imagine the nerve of this woman? Seriously, she said that.

Of course, I’m paraphrasing my own words here because I don’t remember exactly what I said. I responded, “That’s quite the observation. What you can’t tell by my skin color and gender [she assumed my gender! The nerve of some people] is that I am on the autism spectrum. What you can’t tell is that my parents divorced when I was very young, that my family lost everything in the Great Recession, that my grandparents grew up in boxcars, that my parents never finished college, that my parents were abused as children, that I have had many personal struggles. These aren’t the things you can get out of melanin and genitalia…” I went on for some time like that and we went back and forth a few more times, with other students jumping in to tell me how insensitive I was being.


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  If I wanted America to fail
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  Industrial scale Orwellianism
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  Thought for the day
Posted by: andrew_o - 08-22-2019, 10:38 PM - Forum: Politics - Replies (2)

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  Just too many polar bears!
Posted by: andrew_o - 08-22-2019, 09:27 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

Where's Al Gore when you need him?


Quote:There are too many polar bears in parts of Nunavut and climate change hasn't yet affected any of them, says a draft management plan from the territorial government that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking.
The proposed plan -- which is to go to public hearings in Iqaluit on Tuesday -- says that growing bear numbers are increasingly jeopardizing public safety and it's time Inuit knowledge drove management policy.
"Inuit believe there are now so many bears that public safety has become a major concern," says the document, the result of four years of study and public consultation.

"Public safety concerns, combined with the effects of polar bears on other species, suggest that in many Nunavut communities, the polar bear may have exceeded the co-existence threshold."

Polar bears killed two Inuit last summer.
The plan leans heavily on Inuit knowledge, which yields population estimates higher than those suggested by western science for almost all of the 13 included bear populations.
Scientists say only one population of bears is growing; Inuit say there are nine. Environment Canada says four populations are shrinking; Inuit say none are.
The proposed plan downplays one of the scientific community's main concerns.
"Although there is growing scientific evidence linking the impacts of climate change to reduced body condition of bears and projections of population declines, no declines have currently been attributed to climate change," it says. "(Inuit knowledge) acknowledges that polar bears are exposed to the effects of climate change, but suggests that they are adaptable."
Environment Canada's response says that's "not in alignment with scientific evidence." It cites two studies suggesting the opposite.
Andrew Derocher, a University of Alberta polar bear expert, is blunter.
"That's just plain wrong," he said. "That's been documented in many places now -- not just linked to body condition but reproductive rates and survival."
The government of Nunavut declined an interview request.
Its position is strongly supported by the 11 Inuit groups and hunters' organizations that made submissions.
"(Inuit knowledge) has not always been sufficiently incorporated by decision-makers," says a document submitted by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Inuit land-claim organization. "The disconnect between the sentiment in certain scientific communities and (Inuit knowledge) has been pronounced."
Pond Inlet wants to be able to kill any bear within a kilometre of the community without the animal being considered part of the town's quota. Rankin Inlet simply wants to lower bear populations.
In its submission, the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board expresses frustration with how polar bears are used as an icon in the fight against climate change.
"This is very frustrating for Inuit to watch ... We do not have resources to touch bases with movie actors, singers and songwriters who often narrate and provide these messages," it says.
"We know what we are doing and western science and modelling has become too dominant."
The management plan doesn't propose to increase hunting quotas immediately. It contains provisions for increased education and programs on bear safety for hunters and communities.
It does say hunting bans would no longer be automatically applied to shrinking populations and that "management objectives ... could include managing polar bears for a decrease."
Derocher doesn't dispute potentially dangerous bear-human encounters are becoming more frequent. But he, and other southern scientists, insist that's happening as climate change reduces sea ice and drives bears inland.
"They will move into communities seeking food. There's lots of attractants around northern communities."
Places where attacks have occurred are not areas with the highest bear densities, he said.
The plan reflects Nunavut's desire to control its own wildlife resources, Derocher suggested.
"They don't ask for input from southern scientists. The less input from the south is where it seems to be moving."
Derocher said the Inuit's ability to export polar bear hides -- or the ability of their hunter clients to take such items home with them -- depends on whether the rest of the world trusts the animals are being well-managed.
"If the stated goal is to have fewer polar bears, that may be the tripping point whereby polar bear management in Canada comes under renewed scrutiny."
Canada has fought off two international attempts to ban the trade of polar bear products.
The territory's wildlife management board will take what it hears at the public hearings and include it in a final document, which will go before the Nunavut cabinet for approval.


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  The slavery history they didn't teach you
Posted by: andrew_o - 08-22-2019, 09:17 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

Interesting new exhibit at a museum in the UK:

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Quote:A set of rare photographs showing African slaves being freed by the Royal Navy.

Samuel Chidwick, 74, has donated photographs taken by his father Able Seaman Joseph Chidwick, born in 1881, on board HMS Sphinx off the East African coast in about 1907.
The photographs, on display at the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth, Hants, show a sailor removing the manacle from a newly-freed slave as well as the ship’s marines escorting captured slavers.
Mr Chidwick, of Dover, Kent, said: “The pictures were taken by my father who was serving aboard HMS Sphinx while on armed patrol off the Zanzibar and Mozambique coast.
“They caught quite a few slavers and those particular slaves that are in the pictures happened while he was on watch.
“That night a dhow sailed by and the slaves were all chained together. He raised the alarm and they got them on to the ship and got the chains knocked off them.
“They then questioned them and sent a party of marines ashore to try to track the slave traders down.
“They caught two of them and I believe they were of Arabic origin.
“My father thought the slave trade was a despicable thing that was going on, the slaves were treated very badly so when they got the slavers they didn’t give them a very nice time.”
Jacquie Shaw, spokeswoman for the Royal Naval Museum, said: “The museum and the Royal Navy are delighted to announce the donation of a nationally important collection of unique photographs taken by Able Seaman Joseph John Chidwick during his service on the Persian Gulf Station where the crew of HMS Sphinx were engaged in subduing the slave trade.
“The collection comprises a fascinating and important snapshot of life on anti-slavery duties off the coast of Africa.”
The exhibition, ‘Chasing Freedom -The Royal Navy and the suppression of the Transatlantic Slave Trade’, is being held until January next year to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.
The House of Commons passed a bill in 1805 making it unlawful for any British subject to capture and transport slaves but the measure was blocked by the House of Lords and did not come into force until March 25, 1807.
Mrs Shaw said that since the exhibition opened, members of the public had brought forward several historically-important items.
She said: “As well as these amazing images, members of the public have brought many other unheard stories of the Royal Navy and the trade in enslaved Africans to the museum’s attention including the original ship’s log of the famed HMS Black Joke of the West Coast of Africa Station.”

White people didn't start slavery, but they ended it for the most part.

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Posted by: hunter - 08-21-2019, 03:27 PM - Forum: Markets, Money & Investing - No Replies

Look ahead next ten years, the discussion from this radio is something that needs to take note.


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  The left has become unbearable
Posted by: andrew_o - 08-21-2019, 07:56 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (5)

This nails it in under three minutes:

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  The Border
Posted by: andrew_o - 08-20-2019, 09:39 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

Click on the video to run it

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  Random trials in medicine
Posted by: aqua - 08-20-2019, 04:43 PM - Forum: Misc - No Replies

These people are having fun with science.


What is Evidence-Based Medicine?

"It usually refers to a reliance on randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. These are the gold standard for proving drug effectiveness.

We’re enthusiastic about such research. It reduces psychological factors such as expectations or opinions. But it can be taken to extremes. A brilliant, tongue-in-cheek article in the BMJ (Dec. 13, 2018) was titled: 
“Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma when jumping from aircraft: randomized controlled trial”
The authors introduce their mischievous article this way:

Quote:“Parachutes are routinely used to prevent death or major traumatic injury among individuals jumping from aircraft. However, evidence supporting the efficacy of parachutes is weak and guideline recommendations for their use are principally based on biological plausibility and expert opinion.

“Previous attempts to evaluate parachute use in a randomized setting have not been undertaken owing to both ethical and practical concerns. Lack of equipoise could inhibit recruitment of participants in such a trial.”
The “researchers” go on to note:
Quote:“Although decades of anecdotal experience have suggested that parachute use during jumps from aircraft can save lives, these observations are vulnerable to selection bias and confounding. Indeed, in seminal work published in the BMJ in 2003, a systematic search by Smith and Pell for randomized clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of parachutes during gravitational challenge yielded no published studies.”

These scientists had a lot of fun writing this article. You will get a chuckle too. Here is a link to the full text in the BMJ."

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