On the Backlash Against Colleges Who Cave in to Leftist Demands
We know that the University of Missouri is feeling a terrible backlash for caving in to leftist demands because lots of potential first-year students are choosing to go elsewhere. Possibly there are older students who are transferring as well. Now at DePaul there is a rumor about a major donor withdrawing a $250,000 gift (mentioned here). There were also such withdrawals from Oriel College in Britain’s Oxford after the nonsense about removing a statue of Cecil Rhodes.
Now the point here is that so far, the left hasn’t caught on to these tactics against them. Conceivably, high school seniors inclined to like what happened at the University of Missouri could go there in order to take the place of the other students who won’t be going. Likewise, when donors back out of giving money, leftist donors could step in. So far, neither of these steps have been taken, which means that both tactics are still effective for those who hate what is happening to our campuses.
Everyone’s talking about Hiroshima, but I don’t see any need to expand on the series I did several years ago: here, here, here, here, and here. Those posts were part of an admittedly failed campaign to get people to spend five days commemorating victims of Japan’s cruelty in World War II. My idea was that beginning on August 1st in any year, there would be five days in a row of these commemorations, letting leftists have August 6th to whine about Hiroshima, if anyone was still paying attention to their drivel. I still think this is a good idea.
Reader Mark Spahn links to this post about predictions of the future made at least a century ago. One of the commenters mentions that Edward Bellamy, who in 1888 wrote a socialist tract called Looking Backward that predicted things for the year 2000, had predicted that we would have public kitchens that we would go to for our meals. Thanks, but no thanks. When it’s dreadfully cold, the last thing I want to be doing is having to go out three times a day for my meals. (See here for a Sarah Hoyt essay on the topic.) I just want to remain at home where it’s warm. Even last night, I had planned on doing take-out, but it was raining hard, so I just scrounged up some stuff at home in the microwave.
By the way, I had my first dorm experience at age 37. I was too poor to live in dorms when I was in college, but when I was 37 I got accepted into an NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers. It was at Berkeley, and I stayed at a dorm called the International House. The cafeteria was on the first floor while my room was on the eighth, but at least it was in the same building. It provided three meals each day at certain hours, though on Sunday there were just two meals (if I recall correctly). At first, the idea of these ready-made meals was delightful, especially since there was plenty of choice. But I remember that after awhile, I got sick of them and would occasionally venture out to a restaurant. This meant wasting the money I had paid for the dorm meal, but going to a restaurant meant that I could go to something ethnic and experience some exotic meals, which the cafeteria rarely provided.
As far as I know, no one is talking about refectories these days.
D. B. Cooper
I’ve never paid much attention to this guy, but last night while flipping channels, I caught a portion of a documentary on him. I then looked him up on Wikipedia (see here) and was struck by this sentence:
[Pilot William] Scott, who was flying the aircraft manually because of Cooper's speed and altitude demands, later determined that his flight path was significantly farther east than initially assumed.
Huh? Wasn’t the plane being tracked on radar? Plus, the article mentions that three planes were surreptitiously following him, plus another airliner was taking the same route a few minutes behind him. How, then, could people not know the exact route the pilot flew?
Apparently, we can't really trust the pilot, so let me make a wild conjecture. There is an Agatha Christie mystery (the name of which I won’t reveal, except by email) in which all the suspects are in a conspiracy to kill the victim. Suppose all the people on the plane when Cooper jumped were in a conspiracy. Then what the crew said about noticing a sudden upward movement at 8:13, which led them to believe that that is when Cooper had jumped, can be ignored. He probably jumped at some other time. The best times would be shortly after takeoff (near Seattle) or shortly before landing (near Reno). In either case, he likely survived since the speed of the plane would have been less and the plane would have been nearer the ground (so the air would have been warmer). Plus, being near cities with airports, he could have gotten back to civilization fairly quickly.
What was this conspiracy about? Assuming Cooper was also a Northwest employee, they were all angry at Northwest. They didn’t necessarily want the money, but wanted to punish the airline for the way they were treating workers.
Ok, I like to spin theories, and I’m sure someone has thought of this before and that others more versed in the lore of this incident can shoot it down quickly. I’m just having fun.
U.S. Customs in Canada?
Since I’m on the topic of flying, let me observe that my wife just flew back from Britain via Toronto, and America apparently has personnel there to check passports since she didn’t go through customs when she got to Columbus (or else they trust the Canadians). How strange!