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Abolish the Police? – White Liberal vs Black perspectives

Ami Horowitz made an interesting video about the age-old problem of white liberals speaking on behalf of people that they don’t understand, much less consulted. Recall the Babylon Bee parody on this very topic just this week.

As Thomas Sowell correctly pointed out,

Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.

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.

Woman tears rioters to shreds

NY resident Desiree Barnes let rip at looters who were from out of town for trashing infrastructure in hers. She claimed as a black person she has a right to be angry but those who aren’t don’t get what their actions have already done to the community they’ve just trashed. She says the buses that transported workers uptown have stopped coming and charging stations for the homeless don’t work. If the want to help she says to “register to vote.”

Economist and social theorist, Thomas Sowell once said,

Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.

10-15 flushes & the media is still floating

Pie chart of our water use

In 2018, Congress passed the WaterSense Bill which meant that the EPA would only attach WaterSense labels to products that are 20% more water-efficient and perform as well as or better than standard models. The legislation was passed because of long-standing issues with respect to water conservation. According to a 2014 Government Accountability Report, 40 out of 50 state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions in some portion of their states over the next decade.

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Of interest on p.51 of that same GAO report was the admission that “State water managers and other experts we interviewed said maintaining the streamgage network is critical… …Specifically, 40 of 50 state water managers identified collecting data to determine the quantity of available surface water, a function that streamgages provide, as very or somewhat importantMoreover, many state water managers reported that increasing the number of streamgages to collect water quantity data would be a useful action federal agencies could take to assist states’ water management efforts. USGS works in partnership with more than 850 federal, state, tribal, and local agencies to operate and maintain the network of over 8,000 streamgages around the United States.

As the report documents in the chart above, 3,500 streamgages have been discontinued. Which begs the question, why aren’t legislators looking at getting better access to data with which to make more informed decisions?

What do you know? The GAO pointed to the following:

“In response to these data concerns, federal officials told us that insufficient funding is a primary barrier to expanding their data collection efforts. For example, an USGS official told us that the agency is committed to expanding data networks, but USGS’s ability to collect data at more locations, improve timeliness, and conduct additional analyses is severely hampered by funding constraints.

Wouldn’t it be better to bash Trump for demanding more budget cuts at the USGS (ignored by Congress by the way) instead of taking him to task for his style and manner in elucidating concerns over the efficacy of WaterSense legislation in practice?

Yet the mainstream media just couldn’t help but take everything out of context in order to mock Trump. His remarks about flushing toilets “10-15x instead of once” is now headline news. Not the president’s questions with respect to whether the newly labelled products are living up to the product claims. If the media wants to bash him, they only need to do a little digging to find plenty of factual ways of criticizing him instead of playing than man rather than the ball.

Thomas Sowell perhaps said it best with respect to government spending and efficacy,

Those who cry out that the government should ‘do something’ never even ask for data on what has actually happened when the government did something, compared to what actually happened when the government did nothing.”

EU pushes for 40% female representation on company boards

The EU in its infinite wisdom said that it wishes to mandate that company boards achieve a quota of 40% women. Even Germany considers this an overreach (even though its own goal by 2018 is 30%). This EU’s socialist charter to push for affirmative action was challenged in 1981 by Dr Thomas Sowell who completely debunked the myths put forward about the gender pay gap, discrimination and other stereotypes of minimum wage and income inequality. It is truly worth watching the 50 minutes or so of Sowell dispose of lawyer Mrs Pilpell whose weak liberal agenda gets ripped to shreds because is based on a lack of understanding and being loose with facts.

Don’t mistake the position of CM. If based on merit then have 100% female boards should they outqualify men. So assume that boards hit 40% women then what next? Should we hire a minimum percentage of LGBT, minorities, religious groups or disabled people to run companies? Since when should gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or disability be a bigger factor than capability  in running company boards? Shareholders expect one thing – returns. The Sydney Morning Herald wrote a puff piece on those boards without women on them underperforming. CM proved the hypothesis false.

CM wrote with respect to the SMH’s false assertion, “Note that the twenty companies listed in the article have the following 1yr and 3yr relative performance (i.e. vs. ASX 200). Note on an unweighted average over these 1 & 3 year periods, these chauvinistic men’s clubs outperformed the broader index by 22.7% and 89.9% respectively.”

Once again, gender ought to have nothing to do with it. Every ambitious, hard working female that has become truly successful in a man’s world never complained at any disadvantages they may or may not have had. They never played the woman card and I absolutely admire them to this day. One is a mentor some 18 years after we first met. So shouldn’t it be an insult to industrious women like her to see less hungry females given unfair advantages that weren’t earned through individual merit and effort like she had to endure to get there?

Yet such diversity programs designed to remove inherent biases in the system actually create the very discrimination it is designed to stop. All that matters is diversity of thought and if that happens to be women that provide that wisdom sign me up as a shareholder of every corporation that does so on merit. Listen to Dr Sowell – it is truly intelligent stuff. Poor Mrs Pilpell.