Black Lives Matter, But Black Minds Don’t
That seems to be the gist of the contents of this column from Instapundit. It is about how Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, has no interest in helping minority kids get good schooling, because it would hurt the teacher unions. I remember when there was a slogan that a mind was a terrible thing to waste, and I think that it was supposed to refer to blacks who were deprived of a good education because of racism, but since the 1960s, lots of leftists have been happy to waste black minds. Too bad.
Global Warming? Maybe Not
This article reports that the oceans produce an unexpectedly large amount of a chemical that causes cooling and that that may be preventing global warming at the rate that the alarmists expect. There are so many factors involved in climate that it’s really best to ignore these people. Or as I have said in the past, even if I did believe in global warming, I wouldn’t believe that the science was settled.
I Support Mariam Malak
Mariam Malak is a young Egyptian woman who just finished high school with top grades, but who got nothing but zeroes on the test to see if she can enter college. See here. She was hoping to go to medical school, but believes that someone in a position of power exchanged her exam with someone else’s who offered a bribe.
I realize that others are saying they believe her, while I am only saying I support her. But it shouldn’t matter if she’s telling the truth or lying. All that should matter is that she got good grades. That should be enough to get her into college. If she screws up after that, at least she had her chance.
When I took Arabic, we learned about the Egyptian school system, which seemed insane to me. A test at the end of one’s high school years determined if one got to go to college. Just one test. And it is only offered once per year, as far as I can tell. I suspect that this system was inherited from European systems, which seem to run along similar lines. I vastly prefer America’s system, which is very forgiving of screw-ups. It allows many opportunities for people to thrive in college, while the “free” European system is free only because so many people are excluded from ever entering.
And that is why I say I support rather than believe Malak, because it really shouldn’t matter how she did on that stupid test. I support her right to go to college.
What Color Is Teal? Uh...
I don’t really know. Anyway, check out this story. It refers to an alleged episode in a Vietnam vet’s life right after he got back from Vietnam and was on the verge of committing suicide because he felt so guilty. Then he encountered a young woman wearing a teal-colored gown, who changed his life. The commenters at the site observed that this vet actually knew it was called teal and thought that was suspicious. I myself, despite having been married to an art historian for bunches of years and despite having picked up on that sort of thing, still am not sure what color teal is. So, I’m inclined to agree with the critics that the guy is a fake.