Diversity is Our Strength — California Lowers its Standards Edition

I recently saw a message from the California bar to its attorney members concerning the passing score standard for the bar exam. The goodthinkers in that state have been very concerned that the pass rate (that is, the fraction of test-takers who actually pass) has been going down substantially in recent years. Accordingly, they want to lower the standards for admission to the profession.

As lawyers say, res ipsa loquitur, so I’ll simply reproduce large sections of the message below:

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The Left is Now Anti-Science

A few years ago, it was Bad to be anti-science, because evil white right-wing Republicans were skeptical of global warming and climate change.

But in [Present Year], it is now Good to be anti-science, because evil white software engineers are skeptical of hopeless social-engineering attempts to increase the number of female computer programmers.

Got that, folks?

If this isn’t a perfect example of the unprincipled, illogical, results-oriented thinking which pervades the entire contemporary Left, I don’t know what is.

 

Google’s Apparent Violation of Cal. Lab. Code § 1101 et seq.

Recently, a Google employee was outed as having published, on an internal Google employee platform, a memo titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” This memo decried the stultifying politically correct office culture that has taken hold at the internet giant, speculated Larry Summers style on the causes of the under-representation of women in technology jobs, and urged the company to do a number of things to promote a more open intellectual environment. The writer’s advice included a call to “stop alienating conservatives” and to ditch existing policies “which can incentivize illegal discrimination” and which restrict certain “programs and classes to certain genders or races.”

This memo was leaked to the public and became national news over the past few days. In the wake of the news explosion Google decided to fire the employee in question.

In doing so, Google has just earned itself a lawsuit.

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Pardon Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio was recently convicted of misdemeanor criminal contempt in connection with his immigration enforcement activities while sheriff of Maricopa County. It’s clear that prosecutors opted for the misdemeanor charge so they wouldn’t have to present the case to a Maricopa jury. It was a bench trial. They railroaded him through. This is the liberal system coming down hard on those who’d try to act outside of their approved lunatic open-borders orthodoxies.

Someone just put up a WhiteHouse.gov petition, and I think the message is concise and spot-on:

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was recently convicted in Federal Court for criminal contempt of court. This charge stems from his alleged refusal to end racial profiling practices in his department as ordered by the same federal court.

This was a purely political charge and conviction by a biased judge and we call on President Trump to immediately issue a full pardon to Sheriff Arpaio.

Click on the link and sign it today.

BART’s Adverse Inference

San Francisco Transit Agency Creates Presumption of Black Criminality.

From Fox News:

Officials from BART, the public metro system serving California’s San Francisco Bay area, have come under fire for their refusal to release crime surveillance videos, claiming such tapes will promote stereotypes and “stir up racial animosity.”

That’s a pretty funny statement for BART to make.

I mean, Not Reporting Race is definitely a “thing” in mainstream press coverage of street crime, and has been for quite some time now. See, e.g., the Houston Chronicle, back in 2005, lamely attempting to justify and deflect when caught in the act.

But rarely does an official Blue State organ so clumsily admit to the underlying facts of the matter: What other inference could one possibly draw from BART’s statement, besides the fact that by golly, crime scene videos do universally show that perpetrators of crime on the transit network are “riders of color,” to use BART’s hilariously au courant PC phrase. If BART officials saw only White folks committing crimes in those tapes, they surely wouldn’t have concluded that releasing such tapes to the public would stir up animosity towards Black people. By saying what they did, they confirmed the very thing they were trying to conceal! Own goal!

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Orwell Lives On

All learned men will remember George Orwell’s timeless essay “Politics and the English Language.” I still recall the first time I heard it, sitting in a lecture hall in Harvard almost exactly twenty years ago while a professor read parts of it aloud. It is still good writing — fresh, vivid and absolutely spot-on, seventy years after it was published. But while we remember the joy and the glory of that little piece, we must also admit that Orwell lost.

That is, his plain intent in publishing that essay was to help roll-back the use of incomprehensible, jargon-laden, double-negative, overly Latinized English diction in modern, educated contexts. But anyone who has read a modern academic paper, or attended a scholarly talk, will tell you that bad English has won. Clarity, brevity and concise expression are not at all prized — nor even much practiced — among the scholars and professors who fancy themselves the intellectual elite.

Bad writing won because it is often a feature, not a bug. Orwell understood this perfectly well. The political writing of his age was a “defense of the indefensible,” which demanded muddy expression if it was to achieve the aim of avoiding having to face the vividly brutal facts of his day — world war, totalitarianism, nuclear bombs. These days, with no world war in recent memory, bad writing serves slightly more prosaic ends in the hands of accredited and would-be intellectuals. Their theories are often some mix of obvious, oblivious, fashionable, simplistic, stupid and just plain wrong. Muddy expression makes up for these faults in so many (perverse) ways, which is why it is so popular.

If daft intellectuals wrote plainly and spoke clearly, then several bad things would happen: (1) Their theories would look less impressive to others, which would erode their prestige and social position. (2) Quite possibly, laymen off the street would be able to catch them in their foolishness and force them to give up their theories, which would be even worse. And (3), their theories would look less impressive to themselves; reading their own specialist literature would be too simple and easy, removing any sense of intense labor or that satisfied feeling of a hard day’s work which might flow from doing their jobs. To sum up: Illusions of importance; evasion of responsibility; and self-delusion — so many ego-assuaging vices can easily be accomplished through the simple use of bad English!

But back to the heart of the thing. I repeat below what is perhaps the best known passage from that entire essay. I do this because, while reading a Wikipedia article the other day, I felt a strong sharp pang of nostalgia which thrust this passage to the top of my mind.

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Leaded Law At Work in Little Rock

Nightclub shooting leaves at least 25 injured; no fatalities.

A nightclub was recently shot up in Little Rock, Arkansas. Local news sources report that 25 people were shot but nobody was killed. Based on our well established Leaded Law, which allows us to infer the demographic characteristics of a shooter or shooters simply from the killed-to-wounded ratio, we may safely assume that this shooting was conducted by one our more young Black men, possibly with gang connections.

I must also gratefully acknowledge the shout-out that noted blogger and journalist Steve Sailer recently gave to my blog when he was writing on this very topic. I have great respect for his work and his audience, and I am pleased that he shared a little of his stage with me this week.