URLs du Jour

2018-12-05

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  • I've been harping on Progressivism being a secular religion, especially evident in its attitude toward blasphemers and heretics that disagree. Another confirming data point is noted by Bre Payton in the Federalist: Apple CEO Tim Cook: It’s A ‘Sin’ To Not Ban Bad People From Tech Platform.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday night that not using one’s judgement to kick certain people off of tech platforms is a sin. While accepting the first-ever “Courage Against Hate” award from the Anti-Defamation League in New York City, Cook said that Apple is proud of exercising its judgement to kick certain people off of its platforms.

    “At Apple, we’re not afraid to say our values drive our curation decisions,” he said. “And why should we be?”

    As usual, the nice-sounding "I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person" has the understood small print: "Except you, bigot."


  • OK, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. But by now everyone should expect stories like this (from Peter Wood at the Federalist): Springfield College Attempts To Ruin Professor’s Life For Teaching About Male Writers. It's yet another example of how "it became dramatically easier to threaten and to intimidate anyone who crossed the invisible and often imaginary lines" in 21st Century Institutions of American Higher Education.

    The case of Professor Dennis Gouws at Springfield College in Massachusetts provides the best-documented instance of how this works. Gouws first came to national attention in spring 2016, when his department cancelled his popular undergraduate course, “Men in Literature,” which paralleled another offering in the English department, “Women in Literature.”

    The course on men in literature had been offered for many years and wasn’t controversial, but all at once the dean of the college, Anne Herzog, decided Gouws’s interest in teaching about men was, as we now say, problematic. Gouws had ventured onto thin ice by agreeing to co-edit a book on maleness; missing a “sexual harassment prevention” training session in 2013; and organizing a Springfield College “men’s group.” Herzog seized on a complaint from one student in “Men in Literature” to demand that he revise the course.

    There's plenty of back and forth, including some impressively nasty letters sent between Herzog and Gouws.


  • Drew Cline notes a birthday: “I, Pencil” turns 60.

    The Foundation for Economic Education is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Leonard Read’s famous essay “I, Pencil” with a series of essays about the essay that are worth reading for anyone who isn’t familiar with the groundbreaking original work.

    If you haven’t read “I, Pencil,” you must. It is a short, simple essay that makes profound points about market economics — points that are overlooked every day by millions of people whose lives are enriched by the market economy that we all take for granted.

    A click on the link above will take you to "I, Pencil".


  • Twitchy posts a tutorial on how to tweet JUST like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Sample:

    Too mean? Well, there's more at the link.


  • But in the meantime, CongressCritter-elect Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:

    As I said just the other day: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Democrat politician found to be lying by even Politifact and the WaPo must really be lying. And sure enough, Politico said: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrong on scale of Pentagon accounting errors. ("The comparison is specious." Rating: False)

    And the WaPo: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s $21 trillion mistake. (Four Pinocchios, "It’s badly flawed.")

    AOC has trumpeted her econ degree from Boston College, but they might want to see about rescinding that.

  • And finally, my own Tweet having some fun with a bit of recent PETA silliness: