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You’ll never guess who the BLM fundraising arm has as its vice-chair…

As the kneeling for Black Lives Matter continues at sporting events across the globe, why not let one of the BLM founders, Alicia Garza, enrich our understanding of the Marxist group some more.  Garza has repeatedly talked about how convicted cop killer and wanted domestic terrorist Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, is one of her main inspirations. Shakur assassinated a New Jersey state trooper and now lives in exile in Cuba. She was also involved in bombings and several executions of cops in New Jersey, New York and San Francisco.

It gets worse.

Susan Rosenberg, the vice-chair for the left-wing Thousand Currents group, which handles the administration of the donations made to Black Lives Matter, is a convicted terrorist who was sentenced to 58 years for weapons and explosives charges while a member of the May 19th Communist Organization. She spent 16 years in prison before President Bill Clinton commuted her sentence on his last day. Among other things, Rosenberg was suspected of helping Shakur escape from prison in 1979.

Why does the mainstream media keep portraying the BLM organization as a clean, wholesome and noble organization with good intentions when it has such reprehensible beliefs and practices utter hypocrisy when it comes to ALL black lives?

Education could change forever

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This piece isn’t so much about Trump’s plan to do the above, but a precursor to where education is probably likely to head. Going forward, skills will be more prized than some kid with a liberal arts degree in Marxist philosophy.

The education sector needs to take a long hard look at the changes heading for it.

The declining standards in education are one thing. They are morphing into ever more political campuses, encouraged by the universities themselves. Here are 10 examples.

  1. A Cambridge professor tweeted “whites they don’t matter.
  2. A Stanford law professor testified during the impeachment hearings that she crosses the road when she sees a Trump building.
  3. The University of Texas ran a MasculinUT program built around “restrictive masculinity” and tries to encourage men to drop traditional gender roles.
  4. Yale University’s Chaplain’s Office believes a $70,000pa education requires a bouncy castle and/or cookies & colouring to reduce anxiety for students.
  5. University of Manchester’s student union voted to say “applause” is not inclusive and can distress people.
  6. Cambridge University union students deemed Remembrance Day as something that glorifies war, not about respecting the dead and those who served.
  7. UTS thinks that lowering the ATAR requirements to get more girls into STEM fields makes sense.  
  8. Academia signed this open letter supporting the Extinction Rebellion which highlighted how poor the vetting processes were in trying to appear woke. The stats spoke volumes.
  9. Prof Peter Ridd won his court case for unfair dismissal against James Cook University for his challenging of the orthodoxy about the deterioration of the Great Barrier Reef.
  10. Sydney University students were being marked down by certain lecturers if students used language such as ‘mankind’, ‘workmanship’ or similar words in assignment work.

We could go on.

These much-prized institutions are hardly making a strong case for the fees they charge. We whole-heartedly agree with Bernie Sanders that education should be free. In our view if and only if this is the standard of the faculty staff. It is increasingly looking worthless against the exorbitant fees charged.

Australia makes a great case in point. It bet the farm on the surging ranks of foreign (especially Chinese) students paying exorbitant fees to get degrees from our tertiary institutions. So many thought the gravy train would never end that they expanded facilities and never made contingency plans for an exogenous shock – like coronavirus.

Downsizing of universities is inevitable. Good professors will be bid away to schools that can afford them. Many surplus-to-requirements faculty staff will be axed. With that morale will sink and internal finger-pointing will exacerbate the problem and standards will slip further.

The future of education may end up ditching $100,000s in student loans to an education business model which allows students to pick the academics they want in the fields they are interested in. We recall the MBA course taken 17 years ago. We were forced to pay $1,000s of dollars to take a course in basic economics, a subject we took 4 years to complete with distinction to attain a B Ec.

We are reminded post-GFC at the number of financial industry professionals who took up a CFA degree with the hopes of attaining a $200,000+ annual salary. Sadly, 85% of the job offers for people with that qualification were for $90,000 or less. Makes sense. Software sophistication is such that a lot of degrees have less value because AI can replace it.

Interesting that Aussie universities are planning to charge double for less useful degrees in liberal arts and less for traditional fields in economics, medicine or law. i.e. discouraging degrees that add little value in the real world.

The new model may end up looking like an educational supermarket. Someone who wants to get into marketing might want to take a course run by Prof. Michael Porter from Harvard University or someone in marine ecology could look to learn a course conducted by Prof Peter Ridd.

All we can say is that education in twenty years won’t look anything like today. Skills matter. Old systems run by faculties that push ideology over education will end up shooting themselves in the foot. The finance market has already moved to a new model where clients pay for “value” of the analyst, not the “firm”. Bring it on.

Demanding segregation at a university which scores high on diversity

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Rice University (RU) administrators are being asked to establish a racially segregated non-residential Black House specifically made for Black students and Black organizations to congregate and hold events as a way to overcome “systemic oppression and inequity.” Only Black students would have access to this building.

The group has also demanded:

  • the removal of a statue William Marsh Rice, which the university was named after because he was a slave owner.
  • comprehensive decolonization of the curriculum with mandatory lessons for all students on systemic racial inequity that is built into our global and local society and how it affects Black people today.
  • an increase in Black chefs, tenured professors, as well as other members of the Rice community. Representation plays a key role in increasing the well-being of Black students on campus.
  • That RU cuts ties with Houston PD and decrease RUPD presence on campus
    with the goal of complete abolition. i.e. defund the police.
  • to allow black students to select their roommates based on race.
  • Other demands are included in this link.

We were a bit surprised that these race activists couldn’t spell “Ku Klux Klan” properly (at the bottom of page 2).

The two most interesting statements were:

  • This list is neither comprehensive nor does it speak for all Black students as a single, unified group…Neither did we collect names of Black students who gave suggestions, nor did we list the names of those we are aware of who “adamantly support” some of these items.

If they wish to make such demands, surely a plurality of black students would make a stronger case for those changes to be accommodated or at the very least considered (which RU is already doing). With little data to work with to gauge the extent of the problem, should RU blindly make investments based purely on identity which would undoubtedly come at the expense of some other areas which were benefitting the majority of students?

  • “This list is not littered with quantitative data or studies of peer institutions. Rather, we decided to use this moment in history to give a social statement.

Since the students freely admit that they haven’t done the homework, we decided to do it for them. Luckily for RU, they are well ahead of the pack and have grounds for congratulation, not censure.

First, College Factual (CF) notes that RU scores well above average for diversity in gender, ethnicity and geographic location. CF ranks RU a Top 5% university for diversity.

Diversity

Second, the enrolled student population at Rice University is as follows. Whites are the largest cohort but not the majority:

Undergrad

Third, the faculty staff at Rice University is as follows:

faculty

In short, white faculty staff are the majority but lower than their population cohort. Compare this to around 80% in high schools in America.

According to the 2017 data, in terms of graduation rates at RU, black females complete their degrees (95.3% vs 88.9% in 2012) at a higher level than whites (94% vs 92.1% in 2012). Hispanic women have a graduation rate of 97% (vs 94.5% in 2012) and Asian women 98.9% (vs 97.9% in 2012). Native Americans had a 100% pass rate. No evidence of racial profiling by teachers.

For men in 2017, in terms of graduation rates at RU, black males complete their degrees (76.9% vs 84.2% in 2012) at a lower level than whites (89.8% vs 90.4% in 2012). Hispanic men have a graduation rate of 86.7% (vs 90.9% in 2012) and Asian men 91.8% (vs 95.7% in 2012). Why have men across all cohorts seen a lower level of pass rates?

There is little evidence that systemic racism is working against students of colour. If the students are triggered by the university’s history, removing a statue won’t change the fact that it was founded by a slave owner. No doubt these students picked RU for its curriculum and the opportunities that will flow from that, which clearly in their minds supersede its past to study there.

In summary, it is concerning to see more of this tribalism be pushed in society, especially when the evidence is so inconclusive.  The biggest lesson these kids need to learn that merit, hard work and learning from history are far more important skillsets in the real world than lodging complaints that the equal treatment the institution appears to be showing is somehow discriminatory and that only special treatment will fix it.

Cambridge Professor wants to abolish whiteness

It used to be a source of pride to say one graduated from Cambridge University.

Cambridge University’s Churchill College Professor Priyamvada Gopal’s used Twitter to say “White Lives Don’t Matter” and “abolish whiteness.

Gopal’s areas of study include gender and feminism, Marxism, critical race studies, and the politics and cultures of empire and globalization.

How does the dean tolerate the divisive radical professor?

We don’t have a problem with her free speech because her words speak for themselves. We question why the university tolerates faculty staff who bring the reputation of a prized tertiary institution into disrepute?

Even worse, she doubled down

One thing about white racists, the ones who are emailing & tweeting about my losing my job. It REALLY gets up their nose that Cambridge–which they see as theirs, their Properly White Institution–has me in its teaching ranks. Deeply triggering.

No, they care about the legacy of the institution. The university should seek to protect it regardless of the identity of the individual who made such thoughtless comments.

We shouldn’t be surprised at the deterioration in education standards. Who could forget the Stanford law professor, Pamela Karlan, who said during her testimony at the impeachment hearings that she crossed the street so she didn’t have to walk in front of Trump buildings.

When the left demand free education, we finally understand. If this is the standard, why drop a fortune on something that increasingly has no value?

Cambridge University’s reaction will be telling.

DIY tips on decolonizing our bookshelves using tax dollars

Good to see that our own Australian government-funded ABC isn’t the only network that wastes taxpayer funds on pushing cultural Marxist narratives. NPR, a US taxpayer-subsidized media network, is offering its advice on encouraging whites to “decolonize their bookshelves.

We only hope the ABC doesn’t get ideas. We may have spoken too soon. It self-flagellated over the weekend over the lack of ‘cultural diversity’ on its Insiders program, especially as it had been discussing aboriginal deaths in custody.

We just wonder that after we’ve decolonized our bookshelves, should we continue to go a step further and ensure that there is a balanced representation of genders between the bookends. Surely any skew above 51% to male authors suggests unconscious toxic masculinity which should be purged at once. Will the wife’s Mills & Boon collection be deemed as too stereotypical of modern sexual orientation? As to the kid’s books? Well, NPR has told us that Dr. Seuss can be racist.

We have concluded that from tonight we will only watch films that support social justice, feminism and self-loathing, lest let Netflix profile the previously viewed titles as a reason to call us out to publicly apologize and atone for those socially unjust sins.

After we have done our DIY bookshelf purge, how will those supposedly oppressed by a bookshelf they cannot see, benefit? At this rate, we think taking a knee in front of a book BBQ and renouncing white privilege uploaded the video to Twitter ought to do it.

Cartoon police dog is now deemed offensive

Not even kids cartoons are safe from the BLM inspired cancel culture.

Chase, the German shepherd police dog in Paw Patrol, is copping flak for being portrayed as a good cop.

Despite Chase’s sidekicks Marshall, a firefighting Dalmatian and Rubble, a bulldog construction worker helping their community every episode, they aren’t deemed worthy to radical activists.

The NY Times wrote,

As the protests against racist police violence enter their third week, the charges are mounting against fictional cops, too. Even big-hearted cartoon police dogs — or maybe especially big-hearted cartoon police dogs — are on notice. The effort to publicize police brutality also means banishing the good-cop archetype, which reigns on both television and in viral videos of the protests themselves. “Paw Patrol” seems harmless enough, and that’s the point: The movement rests on understanding that cops do plenty of harm.”

Let’s deprive kids of any innocence. Let’s get Nickelodeon to turn Chase into a speciesist who kills declawed cats every episode and picks on dogs who live in low income junkyards. Maybe put Chase down for his brutality to push justice.

Where is the pushback against the cancel culture?!? Why are media outlets folding to nonsense and putting forward all these empty apologies stating how much they “must reflect and listen“? When will they stand up and tell a small band of radical activists that they see no need to apologize for things they aren’t guilty of? Don’t they realize that they embolden these idiots to go even further every time they submit to the mob mentality?

Stop legitimizing compelled vision.

We’re coming for you. The sinister cancel culture

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It seems that no one is safe from the mob. If anyone fails to bend to the demands of social justice warriors,  sign a petition to get that individual fired. No ifs. No buts.

UCLA Andersen School of Management Professor Gordon Klein recently sent an email to one of his students concerning making accommodations in light of recent events in Minneapolis. It read:

Thanks for your suggestion in your email below that I give black students special treatment, given the tragedy in Minnesota. Do you know the names of the classmates that are black? How can I identify them since we’ve been having online classes only? Are there any students that may be of mixed parentage, such as half black-half Asian? What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half? Also, do you have any idea if any students are from Minneapolis? I assume that they probably are especially devastated as well. I am thinking that a white student from there might be possibly even more devastated by this, especially because some might think that they’re racist even if they are not. My TA is from Minneapolis, so if you don’t know, I can probably ask her. Can you guide me on how you think I should achieve a “no-harm” outcome since our sole course grade is from a final exam only? One last thing strikes me: Remember that MLK famously said that people should not be evaluated based on the “colour of their skin.” Do you think that your request would run afoul of MLK’s admonition?”

Thanks,

G. Klein

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No doubt many of the 20,700 that have signed the petition have zero to do with UCLA, the professor involved or accounting. It is a mindless action where most signatories do not bother to even read the context of what the petition is about. Faux outrage at its finest. Jump on a cause to appear woke. Ruin the life of someone they don’t even know for the sake of raking in virtue signalling points.

The cancel culture is sinister.

In accounting, the point of the subject is all about getting answers correct unlike other courses such as behavioural economics or liberal studies which rely on a certain amount of flexibility in response.

Is it fair to expect a professor wants to grade students appropriately based on the rigour of their exam work because that is a reflection on his/her reputation as an educator? Imagine if Klein was teaching cardiology? Would we as a public accept special treatment which passed a failing student? What if it was you on the operating table and that student failed the very procedure you were requiring? We guess you may not be around to complain.

Universities often offer “special consideration” to students who might have an illness or other extenuating circumstances e.g. death in the family. Why not let those students from whatever racial background who may have been impacted by Minneapolis in whatever capacity individually make the claim to the university to assist (i.e. through the correct procedure) instead of having someone make it on their behalf?

The students who identified themselves as ‘nonblack allies of their black classmates‘ told Klein their request was to get him to “exercise compassion and leniency with black students in our major.” Do these students not realise that in their attempts to stomp out racism and ramp up equality they are doing the exact thing they claim they are not?

The petition included the comment, “We, the students, refuse to support Gordon Klein any further and demand to see his employment terminated as soon as possible.

UCLA student Preet Bains, who started the petition revealed the true motive when he said that Klein “really undermines the Black Lives Matter movement.

What did the university do? It suspended the professor.

Why just Klein? If the university was consistent it should stand down any professor or lecturer who believes that students aren’t entitled to special treatment. Why hasn’t it immediately demanded each teacher openly declare their allegiance to BLM and post it to their UCLA web profile so students can start petitions to demand the sacking of those who fail to comply too?

Something tells us poor parenting might be an issue here to allow such egregious self-entitlement. Shame on the university for not standing up for ethics, for negligence in not appropriately defending one of its faculty members based on evidence and failing to advertise the correct procedure with respect to special consideration.  Instead, it has folded in front of the mob. It seems like the students are running that asylum. If they succeed with Klein, what precedent will that set?

Perhaps prospective employers should take into special consideration those students that have publicly signed the petition to fire Klein as a good indicator of their team spirit inside a workplace. The cancel culture should not operate in one direction. Shouldn’t those that seek to set the standards live by the very rules they set for everyone else?

Time we stood up to the Hyde Park Taliban

A Black Lives Matter (BLM) protester who confessed to writing Churchill “was a fascist” on the base of his statue said he did it because he believed he was a ‘confirmed racist who cared more about colonialism than black people.

To think of all those other colonialist white supremacists who sacrificed their lives in WWII to provide the very freedoms that allowed him to do it. For if the other chap had won, he wouldn’t have the luxury of boasting after defacing his plinth.

Had our vandal studied history he might have learnt that Churchill was a dreadful totalitarian having been booted out of office soon after the war. Never mind. Churchill was white and that is grounds enough to attack him.

In all seriousness, the left continues to find new ways to become ever more unhinged. They are prepared to erase history, so long is it fits their own distorted image of whatever the Ministry or Truth dictates. Instead of learning the significance of past events they want Day 1, Year zero now.

Remember when ISIL razed Palmyra in Syria to the ground in 2015? The UNESCO World Heritage site was bombed for displaying artifacts it deemed “polytheistic” or “pagan.” Palmyra contained the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. Gone.

The Taliban fired tank shells at the majestic Bamiyan Buddhist statues in 2001 before realizing explosives were required to complete the job. Destroyed. For what?

Ahh, but didn’t the Iraqis pull down Saddam Hussein’s statue? A bit different given they had been living under his brutal dictatorship for decades.

In Australia, there are now calls to remove statues of Captain Cook and Gov Phillip for their links to our colonial past. We went through this nonsense years ago when the American left were protesting confederate statues of Gen. Robert E Lee after the Charlottesville unrest.

George Floyd’s death has now rebooted the cause inviting our activists in Australia to hijack the race card being played elsewhere to legitimize their hostility and get a day out with their friends.

Sadly, too many politicians around the world are cowering to the mob. Afraid to say anything. Taking virtual knees. Closing their eyes and hoping things will pass instead of pushing back and telling these people that we need to recognize our past.

To be honest, BLM is just a new boiler plate which provides a convenient shield for these cultural Marxists to carry out their petty vendettas based on their own self loathing.

Black economist and sociologist Thomas Sowell said, “More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed. White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire, decades after blacks were freed in the United States.

Yet it doesn’t fit the narrative.

We live in a world dictated by those who wish to outdo each other in the oppression olympics. Pre-coronavirus we were living in times of unprecedented freedoms and economic prosperity. How sad that these apparatchiks want to take is straight back to the very world they tell we must reject.

Girls smarter than boys so why lower hurdles to force gender quotas?

It is kind of ironic that UTS thinks that lowering the ATAR requirements to get more girls into STEM fields makes sense. What happened to independently minded girls who want to pursue their interests as individuals rather than try to rig admissions to push ideological quotas?

Isn’t that what International Women’s Day is all about? To create equality of opportunity?

Forget that the average ATAR score for girls is 71.1, higher than boys at 67.8.

Could it be that girls and boys tend to like different things?

A Scandinavian study conducted across 470,000 subjects showed that while girls from nations that had pro gender equality policies in place qualified as well if not better than boys to do STEM, simply chose not to elect to study it. It had the exact opposite outcome of what was expected.

There is a reason why 99% of bricklayers are men and 80% of nurses are women.

Sensibly, Pymble Ladies College (PLC) principal Kate Hadwen openly said,

We don’t need it, do we, girls? No…It’s outrageous. The thinking is to try and encourage girls into STEM. But I just think that it’s absolutely saying women need help. We don’t need help. We’re great as we are, thanks very much.You have to earn your place there… I’m a believer in that.”

By all means, tell girls the virtues of what a STEM degree might bring in terms of a job and remuneration but leave it to them to pursue it if they feel it is of interest.

PLC 1 – UTS 0

Brains immature until 25yo

The BBC notes that pressure is being placed on courts to refrain from jailing people under 25yo on the basis their brains are stil immature.

BBC reported, “The Scottish Sentencing Council, which produces guidelines for all courts, has launched a 12-week public consultation…

…They say a young person’s maturity should be taken into account when assessing their blameworthiness…

…Using 25 as a threshold would bring Scotland in line with Switzerland. In the Netherlands the age threshold is 23. In Germany it is 21…

…It follows research saying imbalances in brain development explain risk-taking and emotionally driven behaviour.

Do the same rules apply to the apocalyptic predictions of a brainwashed 17yo to save the planet? Is it emotional rather than rational?