Stunning (and I don’t say that very often) Political Correctness Ruins Student Debate

Two high school students debated two other high school students.  The judge won:

Our heroes’ attempts at debate were met with a “slam” style reading of leftist poetry which was credited as an argument from “lived experience” by the racist judge of the debate.  The poetry was mercifully not captured on video, as our narrator Micheal Moreno explains, and things just went downhill from there.  The number of times which an ostensible “judge” should have told the opposing side to shut up and debate quickly rises beyond the practically countable.  I wound up re-winding several times trying to pick audio out from the multiple voices clamoring to get through.

The leftists, being the natural shouters, won the “dabate” after it was called off due to Moreno’s side citing Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro as sources.  The judge simply asserts without justification that people like Peterson and Shapiro, and you and me as well, dear reader, are white supremacists, haters, Nazis.  That is not a conclusion arrived at through any process — that is an axiom held by the framers of the debate, a principle which may not be challenged within the debate, under penalty of having the debate terminated and a victory awarded to those whose argument consisted of an angry poetry reading.

From the video description and comments:

This occurred at the Arizona State Invitational tournament, January 4th-6th. The debate topic was “Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on legal immigration”. Me and my partner Weston Burnett were assigned the negative position. When the affirmative ran slam poem instead, we went for framework/topicality with voters for education and fairness. They dismissed our fairness claims because we were white and had ‘causticity’. We then started recording. The cases ran are accessible at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6rfnb5apmh0…

While both my coach and principle agree that what happened was wrong, they have advised me not to post this video, – mainly out of unwarranted legal threats they have faced – but this is on my own volition and I will not be silenced. In order to speak the truth, you have to left go of the outcome. The faces have been blurred per YouTube’s privacy requirements and the recording is protected under Arizona’s one-party consent law. It does not infringe on any FERPA laws as it does not 1) directly relate to the students and 2) is not maintained by an educational institution.

UPDATE: YouTube has notified me that a privacy complaint has been filed against my video for 4:5617:47, and that it could possibly be removed in 48 hours once they review the claim. The faces were blurred and nothing in the video makes them uniquely identifiable, we have not violated any privacy policy. This is an abuse of YouTube’s complaint system and an attempt to silence us.

And the follow-up

This young man, Michael Moreno, is one to watch.  We’ll see more of him — the forces of history will not be denied.

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New Moral Panic: Knife Violence

Britain is taking strong measures against knife violence. Since they’ve already banned guns, all the bad guys are turning to knives to kill people. It’s a bit messier but it still works OK.

Knife Crime Prevention Orders would impose sanctions, including bans on using social media to stir up trouble.

The possession of knives has increased by almost a third in five years, figures released earlier this month showed.

Requirements to attend special knife awareness courses to change their thinking.

I got this story from YouTuber Vee, who helpfully suggested that Britain should ban all semi-automatic knives to make the country safer. Trigger warning: his video is hilarious so you might hurt yourself laughing. It also contains many bad words.

@haakondahl, you’ve created a monster.

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Verbal Primacy, not aka Kaiser Soze

I read much discussion about tribalism, identity politics and such.

One of the great powers of America is it recognized the power of tribes, but redefined it as a tribe of Americans, open to all who would play by the rules.

Trump is merely a counter to the Anti American tribalism being practiced where race, gender, sexual disorientation are superior to being an American.

We need to begin fighting this out verbally where we force Americanism to trump race, gender and such.

People who put race before America , Gender before America are not members of the American Tribe.

Race and Gender divisions need verbal challenges to their primacy. Every damn time.

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“The Apple-Tree, the Singing, and the Gold”

In the Hippolytus of Euripides, matters proceed as the usual unstoppable train-wreck: swiftly at times and slowly at other times; hopeful for a few moments but dreadful mostly.  Goddess makes Queen fall in love with own stepson; Queen tries to shake it off, but fails; humans and deities all clamor about, baffling progress and escalating strife; Queen starts gearing up to do something not only stupid but also evil; Chorus gets a whiff of it and just wishes to get the heck out of there.

Here is Gilbert Murray’s translation of the Chorus as they fantasize escape destinations:  a cave, a cloud, the beach, a riverbank, and then hit on the ideal place: the Garden of the Hesperides, of course.

Could I take me to some cavern for mine hiding,
In the hill-tops where the Sun scarce hath trod;
Or a cloud make the home of mine abiding,
As a bird among the bird-droves of God!
Could I wing me to my rest amid the roar
Of the deep Adriatic on the shore,

Where the waters of Eridanus are clear,
And Phaëthon’s sad sisters by his grave
Weep into the river, and each tear
Gleams, a drop of amber, in the wave.

To the Strand of the Daughters of the Sunset,
The Apple-tree, the singing, and the gold;
Where the Mariner must stay him from his onset,
And the red wave is tranquil as of old;
Yea, beyond that Pillar of the End
That Atlas guarded, would I wend;
Where a voice of living waters never ceaseth
In God’s quiet garden by the sea,
And Earth, the ancient life-giver, increaseth
Joy among the meadows, like a tree.

(The Mariner must stay him from his onset because past Gibraltar is the Atlantic Ocean, where it is rare to sail and survive.)

Men dream of place of rest and escape from strife.  Sometimes they do so to survive, as for example a prisoner in a place of death, closing his eyes for an interior playing of some Beethoven or Brahms, of which he knows every note because he performed in the symphony orchestra before his arrest.

Sometimes they do so to keep up their own courage as they act as they can within the strife to fight the bad guys. Hippolytus came up in the course of Rosemary Sutcliff’s Eagle of the Ninth trilogy of young-adult historical novels, of which I was reading the second while comfortably tucked into my electric lap robe the other day.  In The Silver Branch, Allectus has murdered Carausius, Emperor of Britain in the 290s, and usurped his throne.  Legionaries and former legionaries and their friends who disapprove of the murder form a covert network to smuggle men over to Gaul to join the ranks of Constantius there.  The leader of this network keeps an apple tree, the best little apple-tree in all Britain, in his closed courtyard, to remind him of the place, or the existence, of rest and peace.  He will not enjoy either until justice is reestablished, so he continues with his work.  He hides a couple of young soldiers in his attic and lends them his copy of Hippolytus to read, so that they can dream of the apple-tree, the singing, and the gold.

But then there are those who think of this place as an escape from responsibility.  Galsworthy, in The Apple Tree, conjured up a character who used an innocent young woman that way on a trip through the countryside.  The grander-scale utopians conceive an idea for public policy, call it good, urge everyone to support it, and care not how many bodies they have to trample in order to make their way toward it.  Every day these people are in the news.  The Garden has different guises: a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, a World Without Countries, the Family of New York.  But I doubt that the people urging their countrymen to such places truly believe the places exist.  It is more likely that most of them see human problems and react in one, or both, of two ways. Either they figure out a con game by which to profit from the strife, or they just make noise about their Garden in order to avoid their responsibility actually to try to assist the people whom they see are having trouble.  That being the case, as I think it is, it is a grave error in public discourse to cede to them a single atom of benevolent intent.

Here is Gilbert Murray (1866-1957) – bless his heart.  If you decide you need to read one of the plays, go for one of his translations, I say.  He will give you beauty.

Here is Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) who as a child invalid found her Garden of the Hesperides in the history and literature of the Classical West and of England.  She found, and she made for us, beauty and joy and hope.

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Ethiopia: Communism Destroyed the Forests. Churches Preserving Them

Church forest in EthiopiaIn the early 20th century, around 45% of Ethiopia was covered by forests.  Due to population pressure and encouraged by the Communist regime in power from 1974 through 1991, which nationalised the land and distributed it to people who cleared forests for subsistence farming, now only 5% of the land is forested.

When you see a forest in Ethiopia today, the odds are there’s a church in the middle of it.  The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in Sub-Saharan Africa, dating from A.D. 333, when Christianity was proclaimed the state religion.  For much of its history, the church was administered as a branch of the Coptic Church of Alexandria, Egypt, but became independent in 1959, with its own patriarch.

An article in the current issue of Nature, “Biodiversity thrives in Ethiopia’s church forests” describes how “[t]he church, to which more than half of Ethiopians belong, views the natural forest as a symbol of heaven on Earth, where every creature is a gift from God and needs its habitat” has preserved more than 35,000 forests surrounding its churches.

Ecologists studying the biodiversity in these oases are helping churches protect their forests from encroachment by the neighbouring population and their animals.  They’re building walls.


Ethiopia church forest wall

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And now for something completely different . . .

Except maybe to the sock.

Japanese commercials from 2018.

I guess synchronized dancing is a thing in Japan. Does this really sell soap (or whatever) there?

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It Isn’t the Cloud: It’s Somebody Else’s Computer

Google+ was launched in June 2011.  It was Google’s response to the rapid growth of Facebook and other social networks.  Just two weeks after its launch, 10 million users had joined.  By October 2013, 540 million users accessed one or more Google+ features.  People created text, images, uploaded images and media, and interacted on the network.  All of these data were stored on Google’s servers.

On October 8, 2018, Google announced that Google+ would be terminated in August 2019.   Subsequently, the shut-down date was moved up to April 2019.  This was due in part to a massive data breach discovered in the spring of 2018 which disclosed the personal data of 52.5 million users.  This was covered up by Google “due to fears of increased regulatory scrutiny”.  According to the October 2018 announcement, 90% of user sessions on Google+ lasted less than five seconds.

Here is the announcement of the shutdown sent to Google’s G Suite customers (which include mail for ratburger.org).  This will not affect ratburger.org’s mail, as we are a paying enterprise customer, not a user of the “consumer” product which is being terminated.

All data uploaded by users of Google+ will be deleted starting as early as April 2, 2019.  Users who do not export their data prior this deletion will permanently lose anything they’ve uploaded there.

There is no “cloud”.  When you hear “cloud”, think “somebody else’s computer”.  When “somebody else” decides storing your data is no longer worth doing, it’s gone.  It’s only your data if it’s in your own personal physical possession, ideally with multiple backup copies on archival media with long-term retention.

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#SOTU

Okay , it’s on.

If I could talk to The Don, I’d ask him to talk about the achievements of his administration re: employment, economic growth.

I’d ask him to de-fang the Green-deal Monsters by pointing out that since getting out of the Paris accords the US has actually exceeded  its targets for our nation.

He has t0 stress  what he has done for minorities, especially blacks.  He has to mention his soaring support among Hispanics.

Id like to see him remind people about the legal victories he has had, which the Left drops into a black hole oubliette the minute they come dowN,  lik the” travel ban”, the trans-gender soldiers.

We can count on the rebuttal by Stacey Abrahams, she who refused to concede the gubernatorial election, ,to de-legitimize any election result which did not give victory to a woman, preferably a black one.    So The Don has to  mention the reports we’ve seen lately proving massive voter fraud in Tx and Calif.   please!

And above all, do not even say  the word “shutdown”.  He can’t be considering redoing something which mnaifestly failed the first time around.  I have to say, if he were to do that again, I’d have to question his sanity, or rather, his advisors’  good faith. ( I really suspect he’s being scuttled by someone close up him, like when Melania was tricked into parroting Michelle Zero, remember that?)

Talk about  the need  for the wall. talk about walls around the world, and how well they work! You know these facts, you’ve tweeted ’em out.  Say it!!

Talk nbout the billions , appropriated by Congress, that the US has spent to build walls for other countries! 

 ….but please, do NOT talk about the Dems  personal home security.Thats a major loser. CTFO, everybody,  regardless  of political party, locks their doors at night. This is one of those situations where scale renders any analogy transparently ridiculous.

Give some serious thought to what Abrahams may say.  She is a Yale Law School graduate, and more significantly IMHO, an author  of torrid bodice-ripper romance novels!  That means she knows how to quicken the heartbeat under the gleaming, heaving bosom. Idk, y’ think maybe he should select a choice, juicy quotation from one of her books…?

President Trump, you can pull it out.  Please do!   On Tuesday night, all our hopes are  focused on you.  If you’re the guy we think you are, don’t let anybody make you say anything you don’t believe, that we dont believe.

May the words,of your mouth and the meditations of your heart, etc., etc……

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Novel Wall Funding Concept

Someone from the legacy site linked to this article. The essence of it is to offer the Mexican government a “loan” to fund the border wall with some oil fields as collateral.

…draw up the papers, call up President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, give him a 2.25 interest rate over 30 years, put a clause in there that says if he falls behind on payments we can send the Navy down to Yucatán to claim the Cantarell Oil Field in the Gulf. And that’s his collateral.

The Mexican Navy has three boats, we’ve got destroyers equipped with Tomahawk Missiles.

No way this could actually happen but, you gotta admit, it would be fun. Just imagine the MSNBCNN heads exploding at the mere mention.

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