From The Victory Girls, Kit Lange wrote:
Climate Change Will Cause More Rapes, Says Study
by Kit Lange on February 20, 2014
A new study claims that “global warming will trigger more crimes including murders and rapes over the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as $115 billion.” It’s the perfect storm for liberals, who rant about rape culture and patriarchal societies and how we should teach men not to rape because apparently in the liberal feminist world, all men are rapists by default and you have to actually train them not to rape women. Except…climate change is also so near and dear to the Left’s heart. Liberal heads are exploding somewhere as they attempt to simultaneously offer credence to the climate change study—which offers credence to their global warming bunk—and still harp on their supposed rape culture, which allows them to keep preaching the eeeevils of anyone who’s male. Maybe climate change causes rape culture. Wait, that can’t be, because rape culture is supposedly caused by society. Maybe rape culture causes global warming?
More at the link. And she also noted the trial balloon by the Federal Communications Commission to investigate how broadcast journalists are doing their jobs. Supposedly, the FCC just wants to make sure that the media are doing their jobs in news coverage, but all bureaucratic decisions are taken by people, and that means people with axes to grind. Anyone think that an FCC run by an appointee of President Obama would treat coverage decisions by Fox News more harshly than such decisions by MSNBC?
William Teach noted that the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that temperatures in the continental United States would be above normal from November through January. He then quoted Ace of Spades, who had a great point:
I don’t really think it’s terrible that government meteorologists failed to predict how tough, cold, and snowy this Global Warmening winter would be. Predicting the future, like hitting a curveball, is hard.
But, of course: I’m a bit skeptical when they move straight from one near-term failed prediction to a long-term prediction, also failed, at least for the last 17 years, and tell me “Serious You Guys you have to trust on this, the Science is Settled.”
Robert Stacey Stacy McCain wrote about a perceptive Harvard student, Sandra Y.L. Korn:
If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of ‘academic freedom’?
Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of ‘academic justice.’ When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.
Darleen Click of Protein Wisdom wrote on the same subject, as did Donald Douglas of American Power. Your Editor thinks that she’s probably gotten her 15 minutes of fame.
There is an obvious academic problem that the lovely Miss Korn has missed. In her use of the example of Richard Herrnstein’s research about heredity influence on IQ, she was protesting the results of his research, but in using an “academic justice” standard, which she defined as “When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue,” she is saying that the questions cannot even be asked. In theory, when an objective researcher forms an hypothesis and then proceeds to test it, it is possible that his research will prove the hypothesis invalid; the left would have had no complaint had Dr Herrnstein’s research reached the opposite conclusion.
Let’s suppose that a researcher formed the hypothesis, “Upon correcting for cultural biases in testing, black Americans had IQ test results which are indistinguishable from the IQ test results of white Americans.” By stating the hypothesis that way, Miss Korn would (probably) approve of the research, given that it would promote “academic justice,” but the possibility exists that the research, once done, would disprove the hypothesis.
Dr Douglas quoted Bruce Bawer’s article, “Harvard’s Rebel Without a Clue“:
Speaking of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, summer before last Ms. Korn went on a free ten-day trip to Israel courtesy of Taglit-Birthright Israel, then wrote a column savaging the “right-wing rhetoric” she was fed – by which she meant that, for example, her tour guides displayed an unapologetic pride in Israel and were honest about the systematic inculcation of anti-Semitism in Palestinian schools. While in Israel, she wrote an article lamenting that the country – which some of her family members admired half a century or so ago as “a workers’ nation, a socialist utopia” – has now “adopted capitalism with fervor,” an action which she plainly deplores. She is, indeed, no fan of capitalism. More than once, she’s ranted about the fact that many Harvard graduates get jobs in finance. In one column (reprinted by The Nation, where she was an intern) she savaged Harvard’s Office of Career Services for steering students toward Wall Street, and wondered aloud whether they do so in order “to guarantee wealthy alumni donors.” She concluded her piece by underscoring the need to “destroy…the well-paved road between the Ivy League schools and Wall Street.” When she went to England last summer to do “research” at Trinity Colllege, Cambridge, she found stuff to complain about there, too: “Why do the fellows here dine in the same hall as undergraduates but on a raised platform apart from them?”
In the wake of the 2011 Mumbai bombings, Ms. Korn was outraged – not at the terrorists, but at Subramanian Swamy, an Indian politician and Harvard economics lecturer who responded to the atrocities with an article about how “Muslims of India are being programmed by a slow reactive process to become radical and thus slide into suicide against Hindus.” Ms. Korn and some of her confederates jumped into action, agitating for Harvard to – as she put it – “discontinue its association with an offensive figure.” The action succeeded; Swamy was banished….
Who, then, is this fierce critic of American empire, this enemy of capitalism, this scourge of Wall Street? Well, as it turns out, she’s from the affluent suburb of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where she grew up in a house at 61 Darren Drive that was purchased in 1998 for $800,000. (If you check it out on Google Maps, it looks like the very image of the American dream: a peaceful paradise of large, pretty houses separated from the quiet street by broad, manicured lawns dotted with shade trees.) Her parents are Elizabeth A. Korn, a pediatric endocrinologist, and William D. Korn, whose own Harvard degrees are in economics and business administration and whose website describes him – the father of this proud 99-percenter – as follows:
Bill Korn is a veteran technology executive with more than 30 years of experience managing fast growth businesses. As Chief Financial Officer for seven companies he has raised over $250 million of capital, including debt and equity financing. Bill has completed seven acquisitions, including negotiating terms, arranging financing, performing due diligence and integrating teams. He has successfully created many successful partnerships and joint ventures.
The bio goes on for several more paragraphs, providing details of his years at IBM and other corporations and his involvement in the National Association of Corporate Directors and the New Jersey Economic Growth Council.
More at the links. But, it seems that Miss Korn is a privileged 1%er, with very well-to-do parents who can send her on trips to Israel and England. Unfortunately, it also seems as though they have pretty much wasted their money: once she is graduated with her degree in history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality, and starts sending out résumés, any human resources person who looks at those is going to file her résumé in the trash can, because she has just alerted them to the fact that she is a discrimination lawsuit waiting to happen. And if she puts down just the first of her double major, history of science, which looks reasonable enough, but they do something really radical like a Google search on her, they’ll find her biweekly articles on the Crimson, with the same result.
From Political Realities:
Arizona Bill Targets Discrimination Against Religion
By LD Jackson
Religious FreedomArizona has passed a bill that is aimed at expanding the rights of businesses to refuse service to homosexuals and others. The usual rhetoric applies. The liberals declare it will open the door to discrimination and the state’s economy will be damaged. They have even went so far as to say it will allow people to get away with criminal activity by declaring it as an expression of faith. Like I said, the usual rhetoric applies.
What can not be argued against is this. Homosexuals have declared a war on businesses that refuse them service. I’m not talking about refusing to allow them to eat in a restaurant or ride a bus. I’m talking about suing a business because the owner refused to take pictures of a same-sex marriage or cater the event. If you believe this legislation is an unnecessary preventive measure, think again. I suggest you read a couple of posts from OK Politechs, showing the undeniable fact that Christian businesses are under attack from homosexual activists.
More at the link. I said a long time ago that I believed that legal same-sex “marriage” was pretty much of a fait accompli, and that my primary concern was the the churches be protected from lawsuits for refusing to perform such “marriages.” And now we are seeing ever-greater attempts for use the power of the law to force private businesses to cater to homosexual couples who want to get married. Laws such as Arizona’s would not be necessary if homosexual activists were willing to live and let live, and not try to force people to violate their religious beliefs.
Hube gives us his list of the coolest science-fiction weapons ever. Unfortunately, he omitted the Nareda’s planetary core drill, which enabled it’s future renegade captain, Nero, to use “red matter” to create an artificial singularity in the center of the targeted planet, destroying it. Of course, he may have omitted it because the source was the 2009 Star Trek movie, which was just so awful.
It was a fairly big story recently, when the workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee rejected a unionization bid by the United Auto Workers. Karen, the Lonely Conservative, noted a similar story, which got far less attention, when workers at Novelis, in Oswego County, NY, rejected representation by the United Steelworkers.
On Truth Before Dishonor, DNW noted an obvious attempt to put lipstick on a pig.
Sister Toldjah wrote about he left’s definition of diversity. It’s very simple: the left are pro-choice on exactly one subject, and everything else Must Be Ordered.
Well, that’s it for this week!
Updated! John Hitchcock is alive, with a new article on Truth Before Dishonor!