What’s Worse Than Guns?

Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. The death toll is higher than the peak yearly death totals from H.I.V., car crashes or gun deaths.

But God forbid anybody should suggest doing something about the porousness of the borders. Because black-tar heroin laced with fentanyl come to us from Montana, right?

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Cognitive Limitations

I probably have cognitive limitations because I honestly, sincerely don’t believe anybody in their right mind can think that the mentorship scheme described in the previous post can bring any good. I don’t believe that the scheme was hatched by intelligent folks are who are well-intentioned but misguided. They are either dimwits or evildoers. I don’t see another possibility.

More Ridiculousness in Academia

I don’t even know what to say about this:

Male, pale and stale university professors are to be given “reverse mentors” to teach them about unconscious bias, under a new Government funded scheme.

Under the project, white men in senior academic posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor.

It’s kind of funny in a very creepy sort of way. The article suggests this will be uncomfortable for the pale, stale men but imagine the discomfort of the poor female mentors.

I need a new series titled “Utter Blethering Ridiculousness” on this blog.

Entomology in Politics

This is the kind of thing I detest:

Democrats delivered groundbreaking victories for a transgender woman in Vermont, a Muslim woman in Minnesota and an African-American woman in Connecticut.

It’s 2018. It’s time to stop treating political candidates like rare bugs we are collecting whose only role is to be a new specimen for the collection. I couldn’t care less about their labels. All I need to know is what they are for. What are they proposing to do for the people?

This entomological strategy already backfired with Hillary who tried to get people to forget things they found relevant about her because she was a woman.

I read a whole article about the transgender candidate in Vermont. I also read two articles about the Muslim candidate in Minnesota. None of the pieces mentioned a single issue these candidates are for. Each gushed on and on about their usefulness as tokens.