Tag Archives: Systemic racism

Lockdowns hit the vulnerable the hardest

My wife’s doctor’s sister is a public school teacher in a town where the school system was failing so badly that the state took it over. The town has a 30% poverty rate, and a hispanic population (mostly Puerto Rican) of 44%.

Her students who need help the most have logged on once and then disappear. She describes their homes that she saw when they did log in as ‘chaotic’.

Compare this to my grandson whose parents are on his case to make sure he’s attentive when logged in and that he does his homework.

If you wanted to set up a system for disparate impact on minorities, school lockdown couldn’t be beat.

In some circles, disparate impact is prima facie evidence of systemic racism. So is my son a racist? My grandson is certainly going to get ahead of these kids.

Strikingly, the people most likely to use the term systemic racism, are the same ones pushing for lockdowns. It’s clear that the pandemic is of little risk to grade school kids. One can argue that locking them down prevents the spread of the virus, but that the evidence that they do so is weak.

This is basically a blog about matters scientific, not social issues. But like everything else important social issues have impinged on every aspect of our lives (and this blog) like it or not.

Due to writing about not touching your mask (2), Biden’s subarachnoid hemorrhage, the New York Times as America’s Pravda, the good stuff has been pushed to the side.

Here’s what you can look forward to if things quiet down

l. How the brain controls blood flow so active neurons get what they need

2. How studies of the transition state, show that actually calculating potential energy surfaces is a myth

3. How insulin is a protein in which folding to the proper form is very close to not happening.

4. How receptor tyrosine kinases activate G Protein Coupled Receptors — a paper by Nobelist Kobilka

Reading America’s very own Pravda

Kremlinologists used to carefully look at who was in what position in the stands reviewing the annual May Day parade to understand behind the scenes power struggles and who was currently on top. Here in the States, we are more fortunate. All we need to do is read the letters to the editor on the editorial page of the New York Times. 

The letters Sunday 15 November tell it all. Usually it’s a collection of heartfelt Amens to the editorials. Just like “Home on the Range”, never is heard a discouraging word (or a letter which disagrees with the editorial stances of the Times).

Until Now.

The Times permitted several letters warning the faithful that the Times embrace of the the squad and the more extreme left hadn’t sold. Here are 3 direct quotes.

“When the masses hear “Defund the Police”,” Occupy Wall Street”, “Medicare for All” they recoil.” When was the last time you heard anyone use ‘the masses’ ?

“President Trump gave voice to voters who previously felt hopeless.”‘

“it remains obvious to this New York Times reader that your journalists and many of your readers still don’t understand President Trump’s supporters. I accept that and expect that this mistaken and condescending view (we are all “deplorables’ ) will yield gains for the GOP in 2022 and 2024.”

Just go back two weeks ago to the same section “Sunday Review” — All 15 opinion columnists in lockstep telling you not to vote for Trump. Where is that diversity of opinion we’re supposed to honor and defend?

So I think you are less likely to hear about systemic racism, the squad, reparations, global warming in the future. The Democrats may have beaten Trump, but they lost everywhere else and badly.

Here are a few of the new Republican congresswomen who took Democratic seats — Nicole Malliotakis, the daughter of a Cuban refugee. Young Kim and Michelle Park Steel, Christian Korean immigrants from California; Maria Salazar, the daughter of a Cuban refugee from Florida.

The Times is many things, but dumb is not one of them. Hence the letters.

Here’s how the Times squashed Hillary’s attempt at a comeback in May of 2017

The powers that be at the New York Times have decided that Hillary is toast

Kremlinologists used to carefully look at who was in what position in the stands reviewing the annual May Day parade to understand behind the scenes power struggles and who was currently on top. Here in the States, we are more fortunate. All we need to do is read the letters to the editor on the editorial page of the New York Times. 

Just like “Home on the Range”, never is heard a discouraging word (or a letter which disagrees with the editorial stances of the Times). 

So today (15 May 2017) 4 letters appeared concerning a column written 7 May by Frank Bruni titled “Hillary Clinton’s Absolution” — all highly critical of Hillary and Bill.

A few quotes: 

“The Clintons have been running the Democratic party like a personal fief for 25 years”. 

“But to ruminate about how Hillary would have won if only the Russians, WikiLeaks and James Comey didnot do her in — well, I have had enough of this.” 

“Frank Bruni” seems obsessed enough about Hillary Clinton’s feelings to write an opera.” 

“But it’s also her (Hillary’s) supporters in the DemocraticParty leadership who need to seek redemption for abandoning the working class voters who once formed the core constituency of their party.”

Do you think the publication of these 4 letters was unintentional?  By the purest of coincidences publication occurred the very day Hillary announced the formation of a new PAC to oppose Trump — http://fortune.com/2017/05/15/hillary-clinton-launches-political-action-committee-dedicated-to-liberal-causes/

The same day a full page article title “How Democracy Collapsed” concerning Venezuela. The word elites appears 3 times, the word socialism not at all. 

On a lighter note, the Sunday front page had an article titled “Many on the Right reject the Call for Healing” Way back at the end of the article, it was noted that thousands of Volvos and Prius’s all over the country have been vandalized for their “Resist” stickers of 4 years ago. They’re now to be found up on pickup trucks in the boonies.