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Post-ALA Race Fatigue
[APRILHATHCOCK.WORDPRESS] I just spent the last 5 days at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago, and I am suffering serious race fatigue.
Originally posted by badanov. I'm working under the hood and blew it away accidentally. Sorry.
Race fatigue is a real physical, mental, and emotional condition that people of color experience after spending a considerable amount of time dealing with the micro- and macro-aggressions that inevitably occur when in the presence of white people. The more white people, the longer the time period, the more intense the race fatigue.

I usually come back from conferences pretty exhausted anyway. I’m an introvert, an over-achiever, and an over-joiner, so I’m always faced with having to be conscious about taking breaks, saying no, and engaging in other forms of self-care. But when you combine that with 5 days of being talked at, over, and through by folks in a profession that’s 88% white…well, let’s just say I hit my limit.

Its been 5 straight days of being tone-policed and condescended to and ‘splained to. Five days of listening to white men librarians complain about being a “minority” in this 88% white profession–where they consistently hold higher positions with higher pay–because they don’t understand the basics of systemic oppression. (They’re librarians. You’d think they’d know how to find and read a sociology reference, but whatever.) Five days of having “nice white ladies” tell you to be “civil” and “professional” when you talk about the importance of acknowledging oppression and our profession’s role in it.

Even with well-meaning white people, friends even, it’s been exhausting; the fatigue is still there. Five days of having white colleagues corner you to “hear more” about the microaggressions you’ve suffered and witnessed, not because they want to check in on your fatigue, but because they take a weird pleasure in hearing the horror stories and feeling superior to their “less woke” racial compatriots.

Five days of mounting anger and frustration that you struggle to keep below the surface because you can’t be the “angry and emotional person of color” yet again.

Don’t get me wrong, there were delightful moments of reprieve. I went to the Spectrum Scholarship 20th Anniversary celebration and met the amazing Dr. Carla Hayden–first black, first woman, first librarian–Librarian of Congress. (She’s so wonderful. We chatted about my name, which I share with the main character of her favorite children’s book.) I caught up with friends and colleagues of color and met new ones. These moments kept me going. And I did have some moments of rest with a few absolutely invaluable and genuine white allies.

But I’m tired.

Luckily, the rest of my summer will be spent going on vacation with family, steeping in time with the people who love and know me best. I’ll be getting some much needed R & R in this racial battle called life. And when I get back to it all, I’ll keep on fighting, bearing in mind the inspiring words Dr. Hayden imparted to us at the Spectrum celebration: “You gotta be in the room. You gotta be at the table. You gotta fight.”
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Librarians are an anachronism in the internet age.

My local library is where poor people go to access the internet.

Apart from young children, hardly anyone borrows books.
Posted by: phil_b || 07/17/2017 0:45 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm getting fatigued by the phrase "people of color". Or at least the nonsense that seems to tag along with it.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/17/2017 1:03 Comments || Top||

#3  My heart bleeds for poor African-Americans!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2017 4:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, when a state like Pee Aye raises its gas tax, it's microseconds before the money that was supposed to be spent on fixing roads gets re-purposed to "libraries and Pre-K..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2017 7:29 Comments || Top||

#5  It was 100 degrees Saturday.
I have race fatigue.
I ran too far.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2017 7:57 Comments || Top||

#6  check out the conference badges pic at the link
Posted by: Frank G || 07/17/2017 10:03 Comments || Top||

#7  What's a library?
Posted by: texhooey || 07/17/2017 10:44 Comments || Top||

#8  Pronoun preference:
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2017 11:03 Comments || Top||

#9  I notice that she (presuming she identifies as female...) classifies everybody by race (or rather skin color) *FIRST* and everything else is secondary.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/17/2017 13:01 Comments || Top||

#10  "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Apparently, that statement is no longer operative.

One of the great things about America is we built a country that transcended tribes, blood and soil. Call it a meta-tribe if you want. But anyone could join by putting up their hand and saying, "I believe in the Constitution and will defend it from all enemies, foreign and bureaucratic".

But the Democrats and the Left (redundancy alert!) have spent the last few decades playing identity politics where your skin color, genitals, religion or sexual preferences matter more than being an American. Sadly, they have been quite successful which leads to the social chaos and stupidity we see today. Nice work, guys!
Posted by: SteveS || 07/17/2017 18:34 Comments || Top||

Successful Cleveland Clinic caters to 'paying' patients, cash, check, or insurance
[Politico] CLEVELAND ‐ On the Cleveland Clinic’s sprawling campus one day last year, the hospital’s brain trust sat in all-white rooms and under soaring ceilings, looking down on a park outside and planning the next expansion of the $8 billion health system. A level down, in the Clinic’s expansive alumni library, staff browsed century-old texts while exhausted doctors took naps in cubbies. And in the basement, a cutting-edge biorobotics lab was simulating how humans walk using a cyborg-like meld of metallic and cadaver parts.

And about a block away -- and across the street that separates the Clinic from the surrounding Fairfax neighborhood -- a woman named Shelley Wheeler was trying to reattach the front door of her house. She’d had a break-in the night before.

Wheeler has lived in the neighborhood for almost 50 years and seen it wither; her street is dotted by vacant lots and blighted homes. Infant mortality is almost three times the national average. But she’s also warily watched as one player continues to grow: The health system with gleaming towers that are visible from her front stoop.

"Cleveland Clinic is just eating everything up that they can," she said, pointing to the 17-block stretch of land where the system has steadily expanded -- to the frustration and protests of Wheeler and her neighbors.

"At some point, Cleveland Clinic is going to come" for her land, she added. "When, we don’t know. I’m trying to save my house," Wheeler said -- before excusing herself to meet with police, investigating her break-in.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 06:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Evil bastids! Just think of the potential public housing occupancy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 7:05 Comments || Top||

#2  I went to CWRU in the late 70s. Cleveland has had the decency to mostly become a large ghost town since then, as opposed to becoming Little Detoilet. You can park down town for free all wee, as long as you move your car every six hours. If it's not a bling mobile, it will probably be left alone, too.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2017 7:10 Comments || Top||

#3  "Cleveland - at least we're not Detroit!"
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/17/2017 10:49 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
McCain's surgery may be more serious than initially thought
[NYT] The condition for which Senator John McCain had surgery on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and it may delay his return to Washington by at least a week or two, medical experts said on Sunday.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 02:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why in opinion?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2017 4:22 Comments || Top||

#2  "May be" is probably the reason. If the article said "is" instead, then it would be in none-WoT or "Politix".

That's my guess anyway
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 07/17/2017 5:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Personally, I think it's the first letter similarity.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2017 5:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Terminal eyeball headache would be too good for him...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2017 7:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Pray for sepsis.
Posted by: Harcourt Angoluting9366 || 07/17/2017 7:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Didn't take a trip to the Mayo Clinic to discover his thought process was a bit unhinged. Perhaps it can be repaired.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 7:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Lobotomy with an electric drill?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2017 7:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Lobotomy with an electric drill?
3/4" carpentry bit preferred...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2017 8:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Besoeker, he was unhinged way before this. I do hope this puts him on the sidelines and out of the Senate forever.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/17/2017 9:17 Comments || Top||

#10  Dear Senator McCain,

We wish you a speedy recovery and a long, happy retirement.

Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/17/2017 10:44 Comments || Top||

#11  Weekend at the Senate Bernie's, Part Deux.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/17/2017 10:45 Comments || Top||

#12  Uh, what I mean is you can start the retirement any time now sir. Just think, you and Harry Reid are neighbors. You two can get together, play tiddlywinks and drink lemonade every afternoon.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/17/2017 10:55 Comments || Top||

#13  2 centimeter blood cot in brain. Yeah, I think there's a problem.
Posted by: Charles || 07/17/2017 14:09 Comments || Top||

#14  I look forward to McCain's retirement.
Posted by: Crusader || 07/17/2017 15:41 Comments || Top||

#15  The guy is 80. It is time to step down and enjoy his retirement. Doing his usual Senate hijinks will get him dead. The clot is a warning. Ignore it and the grim reaper will pay a visit.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/17/2017 17:08 Comments || Top||

#16  Ignore it and the grim reaper will pay a visit.

OTOH, maybe that's the way he wants to go.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/17/2017 17:20 Comments || Top||

#17  I look forward to McCain's retirement.

I look forward to his interment.
Posted by: Hupeart Thaitch2372 || 07/17/2017 18:16 Comments || Top||

#18  Dear Senator McCain - "May heaven be your reward - and the sooner, the better."
Posted by: Glinelet Ghibelline1643 || 07/17/2017 18:16 Comments || Top||

#19  I hear they tried to implant a personality and it was rejected.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/17/2017 20:43 Comments || Top||

#20  Has anyone ever considered having a max age for political office?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/17/2017 23:57 Comments || Top||

Dan Bongino: ‘This is political INSANITY and mainstream America is tuning OUT'
[Right Scoop] Dan Bongino told the gang at Fox News that real Americans were completely tuning out the controversy over Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russians.

I’m not sure that’s the case exactly, but I do think most of his base doesn’t care. However, criminal charges aren’t a matter of Democracy.

Someone pointed out that the week before Nixon left office, people were saying that his base is still with him. What does that mean in the case of Trump? 35% of the American people?

Still, it’s all a lot of smoke and just a tiny bit of fire so far. BUT, the investigations roll on and on....
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 01:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bongino is right; we get tired of reading and hearing bullshit and lies from shills.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2017 7:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Weird thing is Obama's much worse than watergate spying on Trump gets zero mention.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/17/2017 8:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Tuned it out because of course he took a meeting to see if there was opposition research and thus an advantage. Every politician in America would have done the same except would have sent some expendable flunky.

Tuned out because nobody has suggested any opposition research was handed over, after months of being told about collusion between Trump and the Russians we see there was absolutely none.

Maybe if the media led with this months ago instead of crying wolf again, and again, folks would be a bit more concerned but I doubt it.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/17/2017 10:58 Comments || Top||

#4  I turned off Rush on Wednesday & most of Thursday because I was sick and fucking tired of hearing it. It's a huge nothingburger but the media keeps pretending it's Watergate writ large.
Posted by: Raj || 07/17/2017 11:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Can Mueller manufacture a Perjury Trial out of this nothing burger --- remember Scooter Libby?
Posted by: magpie || 07/17/2017 13:36 Comments || Top||

#6  He'll manufacture something. The Establishment will demand it.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/17/2017 16:49 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
New Research Calls Global Warming Data... 'Not a Valid Representation of Reality'
[PJ] A new report that analyzed Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data generated by NASA and the NOAA found that it's complete bunk.

The paper was peer-reviewed by some notable scientists with some pretty impressive credentials who agree with the report's conclusions. Among them:
Dr. Alan Carlin, Retired Senior Analyst and manager, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.; Author, Environmentalism Gone Mad, Stairway Press, 2015; Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; BS, Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
Dr. Harold H. Doiron, Retired VP-Engineering Analysis and Test Division, InDyne, Inc.; Ex-NASA JSC, Aerospace Consultant; B.S. Physics, University of Louisiana - Lafayette; M.S., Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston.

Dr. Theodore R. Eck, Ph.D., Economics, Michigan State University; M.A, Economics, University of Michigan; Fulbright Professor of International Economics; Former Chief Economist of Amoco Corp. and Exxon Venezuela; Advisory Board of the Gas Technology Institute and Energy Intelligence Group.

Dr. Richard A. Keen, Instructor Emeritus of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado; Ph.D., Geography/Climatology, University of Colorado; M.S., Astro-Geophysics, University of Colorado; B.A., Astronomy, Northwestern University.

Dr. Anthony R. Lupo, IPCC Expert Reviewer; Professor, Atmospheric Science, University of Missouri; Ph.D.,; Atmospheric Science, Purdue University; M.S., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University

The authors of the study, Dr. James P. Wallace III, Dr. Joseph S. D’Aleo, and Dr. Craig D. Idso, have reached some devastating conclusions:
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 08:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Only "scientists" cold fuck up reading a thermometer...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2017 8:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Peer review, what a novel concept.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/17/2017 10:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Peer review, what a novel concept.

Hmm. Interesting idea. Maybe we should add that to the methodology.
Posted by: gorb || 07/17/2017 11:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Is AlGore going to stop peddling his snake oil?
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2017 16:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Not while he is making money on it, John.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/17/2017 17:46 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Are PBS and Ken Burns about to Rewrite History Again?
[American Thinker] PBS is planning to run a new documentary series this September on the Vietnam War, produced and written by Ken Burns. Burns is a left-wing "historian" and documentary film producer with a history of having his politics shape the narrative of the story he is telling, with a number of resulting inaccuracies.

Ken Burns correctly identifies the Vietnam War as being the point at which our society split into two diametrically opposed camps. He is also correct in identifying a need for us to discuss this aspect of our history in a civil and reflective manner. The problem is that the radical political and cultural divisions of that war have created alternate perceptions of reality, if not alternate universes of discourse. The myths and propaganda of each side make rational discourse based on intellectual honesty and goodwill difficult or impossible. The smoothly impressive visual story Burns will undoubtedly deliver will likely increase that difficulty. He has done many popular works in the past, some of which have been seriously criticized for inaccuracies and significant omissions, but we welcome the chance of a balanced treatment of the full history of that conflict. We can only wait and watch closely when it goes public.

The term "Vietnam War" itself, although accepted in common parlance, would more accurately be called "The American Phase of the Second Indochina War" (1965 to 1973). The U.S. strategic objectives in Vietnam must also be accurately defined. There were two inter-related goals: 1) to counter the Soviet and Red Chinese strategy of fostering and supporting "Wars of National Liberation" (i.e., violent Communist takeovers) in third-world nations, and 2) to defend the government of the Republic of (South) Vietnam from the military aggression directed by its Communist neighbor, the Democratic Republic of (North) Vietnam.

Arguments offered by the so-called "anti-war" movement in the United States were predominantly derived from Communist propaganda. Most of them have been discredited by subsequent information, but they still influence the debate. They include the nonfactual claims that:

1) the war in South Vietnam was an indigenous civil war,

2) the U.S. effort in South Vietnam was a form of neo-colonialism, and

3) the real U.S. objective in South Vietnam was the economic exploitation of the region.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 07:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  2) the U.S. effort in South Vietnam was a form of neo-colonialism, and....

Yes, it was to become a second Indiana. Hooked on Betel Nuts, just think of the potential for 'Big Pharma.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 7:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Ken Burns will make a TV show called "Death Is A Lie" just before he dies. It will run on PBS in perpetuity...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2017 7:48 Comments || Top||

#3  I read the late Shelby Foote on matters concerning the Civil War.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 8:01 Comments || Top||

#4  US politics really split with Vietnam. Soviet money financed the peace movement and a lot of kids fearing the draft (or because that's where the chicks were) joined the movement. The effect yanked the Democrats far from the union workers and cops that they once represented.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/17/2017 10:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Soviet money financed the peace movement

Tom Hayden was not available for comment on diversion of said funds.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/17/2017 11:58 Comments || Top||

Trump-Hatred Is All About Islam
President Trump's overall approval rating may have fallen, but there's one issue on which he has the support of 60% of the American public. That's the proposed travel ban from certain Muslim-majority countries, according to a Politico-Morning Consult poll earlier this month. In fact, Trump has enjoyed the support of a plurality of all voters, Democratic as well as Republican, since he first proposed a travel ban in December 2015. Trump's boldness horrified the Establishment but probably won him the nomination; three-quarters of Republican voters in the key South Carolina primary backed the travel ban. The whole Republican leadership abhorred him (Paul Ryan in Dec. 2015 accused Trump of "violating the Constitution"). Well, Trump won and the Republican leadership lost.

It's always been about Islam--the camel in the living room, to coin a phrase. One and a quarter billion people, roughly a fifth of the world's population, cannot make the leap from tribal society into the modern world. Their anguish and rage is a source of continuous instability and an occasional threat to the security of Western countries.

Western leaders from George W. Bush to Pope Francis I struggled to avoid a clash of civilizations, praising Islam as a religion of peace. Trump, by contrast, told Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia May 21 that the onus was on them to extirpate terrorists from their countries and mosques. Trump isn't seeking civilizational war. He's giving Muslim leaders fair warning and a chance to avoid it.

That is what the whole kerfuffle is about. The Democrats' notion of intersectional victimization includes Muslims as victims of Western colonialism and "people of color" (never mind that Islam launched the bloodiest wars of conquest of which we have records and created the African slave trade). The Republican Establishment and their neo-con punditeska view the Muslim world as a giant laboratory for the export of democracy. The CIA and the rest of the Deep State made a good living selling arms from the stockpile of the late Col Qaddafi (whom the U.S. helped overthrow in 2011) to "moderate Syrian rebels" -- directly or indirectly abetting the rise of ISIS, as Gen. Mike Flynn warned in a now-celebrated 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency memo. The Europeans want a long-term accommodation with Islam as they drift slowly into demographic oblivion.

Trump humiliated his own party's Establishment. He negotiated a ceasefire in southwestern Syria with Russia and Jordan, the first positive step towards ending the butchery in that miserable country since the 2011 "Arab Spring." As he said throughout the campaign, he's willing to give Russia the chance to unite with the U.S. against barbarism--proving himself a tough and canny negotiator with the slippery Kremlin bosses.

Russia is part of the issue, but indirectly: The neo-cons thought that a democratized, pro-American Muslim world could be turned against Russia; Trump doesn't care much how the Russians govern themselves as long they help contain strategic threats to the United States. (Neither do I.) That's what "America First" means; we look at what other countries do according to what advances our interests, NOT according to what we imagine is best for them. So far, Trump has done exactly what he promised to do during the campaign, and made a certain amount of progress.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2017 05:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Outside the U.S., perhaps.

Inside the U.S., NO.

Absolutely NO, outside of the NPR-listening pseudointellectual class.

Inside our borders, Trump-hatred is about MONEY, period, stop.

100% of nonmilitary government workers are overpaid here. Add to that the various forms of welfare and you have a level of fear of loss of comfort and status that causes exactly this kind of idiocy.

Any sort of threat to the metric-free, anxiety-free government funded income stream that one out of five workers in the U.S. (and all of their immediate families who depend upon that magic check) now receive will be met with this sort of hysterical hatred. This is why Republicans who claim that someone other than Trump would not be this polarizing are either stupid or lying.

No government employee will ever understand a logical argument against his precious magic paycheck. The person delivering the message matters not.
Posted by: no mo uro || 07/17/2017 6:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Of course it's material considerations no mo uro. However give some thought to how they justify (to themselves) their bloated salaries, and their immunity from persecution when they use their position (from lowest DMV clerk to erstwhile US sec state) to augment these salaries. They justify it by their beliefs in their own moral and intellectual superiority. Part of being superior is perceiving things the dumb masses cannot.
Like the dumb masses think there is no AGW, sex is fixed by genetics, and Muslims are dangerous - proving their inherent inferiority.
I might add that most of these people are second raters who stole the top jobs from their betters - so belief in own intellectual superiority is very important.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2017 7:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Their enmity transcends Trump or Pence. It's the hatred of conservatism and the impact it may one day have on 'Choice' and the sale of baby parts. Much of this warfare in the public square comes down to Roe vs War. Just my opinion.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 8:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Both of you guys make interesting and salient points.

Yes, there are philosophical underpinnings to this. Yes, the left gives permission to below average pseudointellectuals to go about their lives believing they are genius polymaths if only they parrot the NPR, Frankfurt School party line. Yes, women - four generations and a century into their experiment with the franchise in America - have used their votes almost exclusively to create a society where there is no possibility of negative consequences to an unplanned pregnancy, to the exclusion of caring about any other policy issues.

But for Homo economicus, his/her primary motivation is income stream and the comfort and status it can purchase. In a post religious society, it is ALL that matters to them. If you removed abortion from the table, if you removed metric-free welfare, if you told them they weren't really all that smart or didn't have any secret knowledge, they'd grumble but move on. Question the magic paychecks in the slightest and they go berserk. We need a way out of the fiscal mess we're in and that is an obstacle we MUST get past.
Posted by: no mo uro || 07/17/2017 8:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Except, how many of them can even imagine their paychecks gone, no mo uro?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2017 9:33 Comments || Top||

#6  I think a gold amount of the Trump hatred can be explained by the fact that liberals convinced themselves they would have a permanent majority.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/17/2017 14:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Isn't it putting horse behind carriage, RJ? I mean, look at the Left - isn't their primary characteristic is that they hate opposition? Trump is just a symbol of opposition.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2017 15:17 Comments || Top||

#8  I mean, look at the Left - isn't their primary characteristic is that they hate opposition?

That, and anyone who'll deny them the material benefits that they expect.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/17/2017 15:54 Comments || Top||

Today's Tech Oligarchs Are Worse Than the Robber Barons.
h/t Instapundit
Yes, Jay Gould was a bad guy. But at least he helped build societal wealth. Not so our Silicon Valley overlords. And they have our politicians in their pockets.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2017 05:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One can point to universities, museums and parks that were left behind by the robber barons of yore. Today, we don't see the tech oligarchs doing the same. Instead they create charity foundations to increase their own wealth and self-aggrandizement.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2017 7:09 Comments || Top||

#2  No, the robber barons were not trying to "change the world," they were trying to get rich, no care whether steel, coal, oil and railroads made things better or worse, unless that was a selling point. Suckerpurge ain't no Henry Frick, as far as advancing the country as a whole goes...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2017 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  So, worse, as in not advancing anything that helps the common man. Yeah, they are...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2017 7:39 Comments || Top||

#4  And instapinhead is an elon musk cultist, so it's startling he would pass this article along...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2017 7:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Tech firms had once been prodigious employers of American workers. But now, many depend on either workers abroad of imported under H-1B visa program. These are essentially indentured servants whom they can hire for cheap and prevent from switching jobs. Tens of thousands of jobs in Silicon Valley, and many corporate IT departments elsewhere, rent these “technocoolies,” often replacing longstanding U.S. workers.

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 7:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Speaking of coolies, we won't address who help the Central Pacific make it to Promontory Summit, Utah. The technology of the day, travel time from Atlantic to Pacific would fall from as much as six months, down to one week. Orders of magnitude.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/17/2017 8:19 Comments || Top||

#7  After 1865, possibly as many as 700,000 able bodied men absent from the railroad building labor pool might have created something of a need.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 8:22 Comments || Top||

More On David Brooks's Sandwich Shop
h/t Instapundit
Boy, I tell you, I was steamed by the malicious reaction yesterday to the sandwich shop anecdote in David Brooks’s column yesterday. The column was about the role cultural norms play in perpetuating inequality. His point was that the educated classes, perhaps unintentionally, have set up invisible but real barriers to keeping out the working class and the poor, through cultural codes.

...Let me say point-blank: if you think the sandwich shop anecdote is about sandwich shops or David Brooks’s manners, you are completely missing the point.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2017 04:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'ma gonna bet David Brooks has never, ever et a sammich. Ever...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2017 7:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Does he have a ordering website that delivers?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2017 7:52 Comments || Top||

#3  "The bread slicing must be done just so as to keep a sharp crease"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/17/2017 10:06 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm pretty well edcuated and I like to think I know words and stuff. (Poor English grammar and spelling done on purpose)

Even then I still had to look up them fancy words only to discover what they really mean.

To reiterate: (See what I did here, I used a fancy word and I even knew what it mean!) Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.

I discovered them here fancy words meanings and blow me over, they are dumb!

Padrino - fancy word meaning "godfather" as in "a deal you cannot refuse" godfather. What this has to do with food, I have no idea!

Pomodoro - Fancy time management using a timer, again nothing to do with food, just another made-up BS word. Maybe referring to something like the timer used in fast food restaurants to time the french fries?

Soppressata - An appetizing salami made with Pig's head, tongue, belly and stomach. Yum, Yum!

Capicollo - A dry salami made from a neck muscle. Not brinned. (An unsalted salami, what a novel concept!)

Striata baguette - Basically a "sourdough texture-like french bread" The Striata (stretch) part comes from the baked bread dough tendency to stretch when torn apart. Striatum is also a striped mass of white and grey matter in the brain which controls movement and balance, maybe it's really "cervelle" or "mente"? (A meat dish made from animal brains)

(Subway Sub sandwiches has all that, minus the brain stuff, plus it's cheaper and has more stuff in it.)

Here's an interesting article that touches on this subject, with an interesting list of words and their meanings at the end.

Finally here's a Fancy Meat Primer for Those Who Didn't Study Charcuterie in High School

Hope this was helpful for y'all! :)
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 07/17/2017 11:41 Comments || Top||

#5  And maybe, just maybe the lady is not in the habit of eating deli bread sandwiches? Have you ever had a sore jaw and tackled a hard roll? Mexican food would be a lot easier to chew.
Posted by: magpie || 07/17/2017 13:31 Comments || Top||

#6  This is not simply a matter of the well-off building cultural barriers that keep others out. These barriers exist in every human society, no matter what the income level, and cannot be fully eradicated. I think what Brooks is getting at is a need to be aware of these things, and to work to lower them...But you have to want to learn. This is hard for a lot of people to do, because they feel that their own identity is at risk.

I highly doubt Mr. Dreher, or any subscriber of American Conservative has had the joy of an 'educated' offspring or sibling lecture them at the Thanksgiving table. Then again, they might be proud that the smug little bastid has jumped the "cultural barrier".

'Pajama Boy', anyone?
Posted by: Pappy || 07/17/2017 16:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Sometimes a sandwich is just a sandwich.

Brooks and Dreher are overly obsessed with status and class distinctions. There is nothing wrong with wanting success for your children. Wanting the best for your kids doesn't mean there is some kind of cabal of wealthy people who have created an educational system to freeze out others such as poor minorities. That is B.S. I'd say that just the opposite is true.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2017 17:05 Comments || Top||

#8  All these people suck.
The phrase Brooks used "...with only a high school degree" only made it more clear how much I dislike him.
And Dreher can go suck it too. He is the same as Brooks.
I can barely type this they are so annoying. I must have fixed 15 typos.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 07/17/2017 17:07 Comments || Top||

Pastors sue: Sugar in Coca-Cola causes higher BMI and obesity among entitlement class
[CBS] Two pastors from Washington, D.C., have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association saying the organizations have purposely deceived the public about sugar-sweetened beverages and their impact on health.

"The background of this lawsuit is that there's an epidemic of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a range of other degenerative diseases in the black and Latino communities, and really throughout America. For me, as a pastor, I see the toll it takes on families and children when they lose their parents much too soon," Delman Coates, the pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, in Clinton, Maryland, told CBS News.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of Coates and William Lamar, the senior pastor at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.

"It is a matter of life and death in our communities," Lamar told CBS News.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012 research showed daily regular soda and fruit drink consumption was most common among black and Hispanic Americans.

Other studies have linked drinking sugary beverages to diabetes, heart disease, and higher death rates.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 02:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No problem, at least in Chicago. There is the now the sweetened beverage tax, which should reduce consumption.

Oh, that's right, merchants must now track EBT purchases of Mountain Dew, etc., as the new tax must not be charged to those receiving "entitlements" of the "drop another kid and get a raise" kind.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 07/17/2017 8:39 Comments || Top||

#2  These people have been the targeted victims of Coca-Cola's secret formula for years.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2017 8:47 Comments || Top||

#3  A lot of people can handle drinking sugary drinks without becoming unhealthy. Similar with booze, some folks can't handle it, and in a free society they need to sort that out themselves.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/17/2017 10:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Think dindu nuffins are violent now? Wait until they can't get their fizzy sugar-caffeine fix.
Posted by: Titus Oppressor of the Lichtensteiners3701 || 07/17/2017 12:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Wait until they can't get their fizzy sugar-caffeine fix.

What are they gonna shoot up next?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2017 13:18 Comments || Top||

#6  I see these "pastors" have lost sight of their calling.
Posted by: Crusader || 07/17/2017 15:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Pastor, you can tell your flock about the evils of Coca Cola but in Meantime there is an epidemic of opioids and heroin going on.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2017 17:10 Comments || Top||

#8  They're suing Coca-Cola because that's where the money is. These SJW's aren't interested in justice or the little people they purportedly represent.
Where's my money, bitch?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/17/2017 19:45 Comments || Top||

#9  To be fair, artificial sweeteners are just as bad.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2017 20:32 Comments || Top||

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