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  1. Some people are advocating for college admissions lotteries. Your past academic record is irrelevant due to systemic racism. This author is making the case for maintaining our current meritocracy. But his name implies that he has a dog in this fight, or on the barbie. Author: 'Asian Americans showed that critical race theory cannot be true' (msn.com) (Full article at above link) Kenny Xu, author and president of the advocacy group Color Us United, stated "Asian Americans showed that critical race theory cannot be true." In discussing differences between Asian American and Black education achievement rates in the United States, Xu said the experiences and historical disadvantages in both communities were "of similar magnitude." "We always try to posit the worst victim narrative that we could, and you just did for Black Americans, but I could do the same for Asian Americans," said Xu, author of "An Inconvenient Minority: The Attack of Asian American Excellence and the Fight for Meritocracy." He went on to say that racial discrimination in the United States is no longer an issue for Asian and Black Americans and that "we are not living in that history today." "Asian success was kept and was discriminated against in this country, but we're living in an era where that is no longer really the case," said Xu. "And so you have to really focus on what cultural values are and how that forms the discourse. And Asian Americans prove that you really can advance and achieve the American Dream." Xu is head of Color Us United, with a mission of "advocating for a race-blind America."
  2. To judge someone based on the shade of their skin is pure ignorance.
  3. Yes, he is. Is he always right? No, like everyone else, he makes mistakes. I don't doubt his altruistic motives. His entire life speaks for itself.
  4. Risk/reward. Have you seen the numbers on unvaccinated deaths recently? Fauci isn't part of the medical monarchy. That would be executives of Big Pharma and the health insurance industry. This thinking may be behind the Chinese attitude towards "stealing tech". The best and brightest ideas need to be shared for the betterment of the world. Their quarantining the Uyghurs is not a bed idea either. They are infected with a debilitating mind virus that needs to be contained and ultimately eradicated. I'll read this later. Or not.
  5. Democrats playing politics. They are all idiots. This should be a medical question. Politics shouldn't enter into it.
  6. I believe I am correct. And there is no hyperbole whatsoever. (Except for the tranquilizer darts full of vaccine. That's a bit much. But I would still do it.)
  7. He's right. I have stated the same thing before. When it comes down to a choice between the nation's health and an individual's freedom. Fuck their freedom.
  8. Ignorant conservatives are doing more damage to this country than they can possibly understand. From conspiracy theories that undermine our democracy, to their anti-science stance that is spreading the pandemic. They are the enemy. I would use every ounce of leverage available to get them in line. Do you want a stimulus check? Sure, just provide your proof of vaccination. I would shoot them with tranquilizer darts full of vaccine. Fauci: US 'would still have polio and smallpox' with false info (msn.com) (Full article at above link) The top U.S. scientist on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci blasted commentators who sound an anti-vaccination theme on Saturday, saying America might still be battling smallpox and polio if today's kind of misinformation existed back then. The comments from the country's leading infectious disease expert reflected mounting frustration over the sharp slowdown in the Covid-19 vaccination rate in the United States, even as the disease has been surging in states with low rates. It also came days after President Joe Biden expressed his own visible frustration, saying social media that carry widely heard misinformation about vaccines are 'killing people.' Fauci was responding to a CNN interviewer who asked if he thought 'we could have defeated the measles or eradicated polio if you had Fox News, night after night, warning people about these vaccine issues that are just bunk. 'If we had had the pushback for vaccines the way we're seeing on certain media, I don't think it would've been possible at all to not only eradicate smallpox, we probably would still have smallpox, and we probably would still have polio in this country if we had the kind of false information that's being spread now,' Fauci said.
  9. The climate experts have spoken. Since I am not an expert, I'm in no position to disagree with their conclusions. Experts fear Germany’s deadly floods are a glimpse into climate future (msn.com) (Full article at above link) Germany and Belgium, as well as parts of central Europe are grappling with devastating floods from intense rainfall over the past several days. More than 125 were confirmed dead as of Friday. While scientists are still piecing together how climate change has influenced this weather event, they say it shows key characteristics of how storms will be impacted by climate change: higher amounts of rainfall falling for longer. The rainfall set new records over the Rhine River Basin in Germany, where most of the flooding occurred. Streets became navigable only by boat, homes were inundated, sinkholes opened up, and part of a castle was swept away. “It’s not so surprising because the increase of extreme events is something we’ve seen in climate model projections,” says Dieter Gerten, a climatologist at the Potsdam Institute. As rescue teams moved in to help affected citizens, European leaders used the floods to reinforce their message that action needs to be taken to curb and adapt to climate change. The World Weather Attribution Initiative studies how weather events occur as a result of human influence. Earlier this month, an international team of scientists determined that these floods would be “virtually impossible” without climate change. They run models simulating the low-pressure system in pre-industrial conditions. They then run models that factor in the effect of greenhouse gases to compare weather conditions with climate change’s influence. “This flood was bigger in size and certainly more intense because of climate change." “Weather is being changed by human beings. Unless we meet this challenge, we can expect more such events in the future.” Who tried to warn you? Say her name.
  10. There has been a major shift in diversity in advertising far beyond the statistical demographics. Not only in racial composition, but in non-binary representation.
  11. That's true. Probably more conservatives are against CRT than liberals. (Good on you guys) But I know more than a few Democrats that are against it too. I didn't like her "anti-reckoning" word.
  12. I never said anything about banning anything. I just choose to find diversions elsewhere.
  13. I don't think she cares about you, cons. Virginia PTA Official Says 'Let Them Die' About Parents Opposing Critical Race Theory (msn.com) (Full article at above link) Michelle Leete, a leader in the Virginia state Parent-Teacher Association and an official in the NAACP's Fairfax chapter, was captured on video at a Thursday rally saying "Let them die!" in reference to people who oppose critical race theory being taught in schools. She made the comments while speaking to fellow counter-protesters present during a "Stop CRT rally" outside a Fairfax County school board meeting. Many people in the crowd cheered and applauded upon hearing Leete's cry of "Let them die!" (That's not good. Are you scared?-drvoke) Asra Nomani, an education activist who helps run the watchdog group Parents Defending Education, filmed the speech and shared it on her Twitter account. Nomani was not among those who were enthusiastic about Leete's comments. "It was shocking that anyone would cheer and applaud a call to violence." "Ironically, her hateful, intolerant words are a perfect illustration of the divisive ideology of critical race theory in action," Nomani added. "In the name of tolerance, it preaches intolerance and is a betrayal of all values of humanity and decency." In the video, Leete is heard saying to the group: " Let's deny this off-key band of people that are anti-education, anti-teacher, anti-equity, anti-history, anti-racial reckoning, anti-opportunities, anti-help people, anti-diversity, anti-platform, anti-science, anti-change agent, anti-social justice, anti-healthcare, anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-children, anti-healthcare, anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-admissions policy change, anti-inclusion, anti-live-and-let live people." (You guys are against a lot of stuff.-drvoke) "Let them die," Leete said in conclusion. Fifty percent of voters in the counties who responded to the survey said they are opposed to the teaching of the theory in local public schools. Forty-two percent said they supported its teaching.
  14. I'm just saying, if people were of my attitude, the stadiums would be empty and those pituitary cases would have to get a real job (or end up in prison, which is more likely)
  15. Haven't watched in years and years. They are not going to live like kings on my dime.
  16. Watch Michael Moore's documentary Sicko. A true indictment of our reprehensible healthcare system.
  17. Flex. Ocasio-Cortez Warns Progressives Can ‘Tank’ Infrastructure Bill (msn.com) (Full article at above link) Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she and other House progressives would “tank” a bipartisan infrastructure bill unless Senate Democrats also pass a sweeping tax and spending measure to carry out priorities on climate change and social programs. “House progressives are standing up,” Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday during a virtual town hall event. “We will tank the bipartisan infrastructure bill unless we will also pass the reconciliation bill.” Ocasio-Cortez and her allies have the means to carry out that threat. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can afford to lose no more than four Democratic votes. In a concession to the progressives demands, Pelosi said the House may “realign” some of it's priorities to represent the rest of the party’s interests. Climate measures are one of the central demands of the progressives. “If Manchin and the Senate approve our reconciliation bill, we will approve their bipartisan bill,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And if they try to strip immigration reform or claw back on childcare, climate action, etc., then we’re at an impasse it’s a no go.”
  18. I never thought I would see this happen in the good ol' USA. 'Reichstag moment': Joint Chiefs chairman feared Trump was laying groundwork for coup Joint Chiefs chairman Milley feared Trump coup over election loss (dispatch.com) (Full article at above link) The highest-ranking U.S. officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and other top military leaders made informal plans to stop a coup by former President Donald Trump and his allies in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. Gen. Milley and others feared Trump might take unconstitutional actions should he lose. The top brass was so disturbed by Trump's rhetoric casting doubt on the legitimacy of the election before it was held that the leaders discussed contingency plans for how to thwart any illegal power grabs by the president. "They may try, but they're not going to fucking succeed," Milley told his officers. "You can't do this without the military. You can't do this without the CIA and the FBI. We're the guys with the guns." The alarm only increased after the election, when Trump and his allies contested the results and called on his supporters to oppose the legitimacy of the electoral process, often implying violence may be necessary. Trump denied the reports. "I'm not into coups. I never threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government. So ridiculous! Sorry to inform you, but an Election is my form of 'coup,' and if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley," Trump wrote in a statement released by his private office Thursday. “I believe deeply in the principle of an apolitical U.S. military,” Milley wrote in August 2020, responding to questions posed by two Democratic members of the House Armed Services Committee. “In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. military. I foresee no role for the U.S armed forces in this process.”
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