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.
As I’ve said many times, I believe we reached the Onion Singularity years ago. The Onion singularity is kind of like the Turing Test — it’s when the average reader can no longer reliability differentiate between a serious publication and satire.
My most recent post on the subject is here.
Now, noted blogger Steve Sailer has been gathering a deplorably large basket of examples of this in action in [Present Year.] I’ve linked a few below out of amusement and gratitude.
Actually, It Does Matter …
Ya Gotta Read This One from the Atlantic on Tech’s “Rotten” White Male Core
Secretary Wins Half-Million Bucks for Having a Mental Breakdown After Being Told That “Women Take Things More Emotionally”
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.
Continue reading “Google’s Apparent Violation of Cal. Lab. Code § 1101 et seq.”
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.
As I’ve said many times, I believe we reached the Onion Singularity years ago. The Onion singularity is kind of like the Turing Test — it’s when the average reader can no longer reliability differentiate between “serious journalism” and satire.
This week brought yet another example of it.
Back in the 1970s, this (see below) was considered fun, family-friendly slapstick humor:
Continue reading “Onion Singularity — Military Edition”
While reading the British press the other day I was struck by an interesting example of the modern tendency for the Overton Window — the range of policy options that can be discussed in polite society — constantly to creep to the left while narrowing.
The substance of the matter isn’t much to write home about. It was a fairly vapid and poorly argued editorial piece in the hard-left Guardian, written by an apparently unashamed, unmarried drunken floozy, proposing a 100% inheritance tax for the express purpose of funding more welfare state programs.
Continue reading “Overton Window in Action — Death Tax Edition”
Recently, I wrote about the Grenfell Tower disaster in London, noting that the unusual severity of the fire, and its unusually high death toll, was a function of Europe’s second-rate fire safety culture — and that something similar would simply not happen in the U.S. At the time, I brought up a 2014 high-rise fire in New York as a perfect counterexample; that is, an example of a high-rise fire done right, with minimal casualties and destruction.
Today, I take notice of a recent high-rise condo fire in Honolulu which illustrates the point yet again. The funny thing is that the American press does not regard this Hawai’i incident as a particular mark of success. Three people died, several were injured, and a fair bit of damage was done to a number of condo units. I pause for my usual statement: May God have mercy on the souls of the dead, bring healing to the injured and comfort to the bereaved.
The building which burned in Hawai’i was an older building which lacked a sprinkler system; sprinklers were not required at the time the building was built and Honolulu has no law requiring retrofits. Had sprinklers been installed, the toll would have almost certainly been lower — and this is the point that all observers are stressing, disappointed with the fatal outcome in this case. Still, compared with a death toll of nearly 100 and the total loss of an entire high rise structure (the outcome in London), the recent outcome in Hawai’i is a smashing success.
As the LA Times puts it:
Continue reading “Like a House On Fire, American Edition”