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Joe Biden’s big plan is to have 100 million Americans inoculated in his first 100 days, a lightning fast pace that would get the whole county done in only 11 months, or perhaps longer due to taking time off for Black History Month, corporate-sponsored Gay Pride Parades, and other necessities.

In other news, when will we see definitive evidence out of Israel that its mass vaccination achievement are having the real world effects promised by the clinical trials? From the Financial Times:

Israel coronavirus cases soar even as it pushes on with vaccine drive

Lockdown extended amid estimates B.1.1.7 variant will account for most new infections by March

Mehul Srivastava in Tel Aviv and Clive Cookson in London 4 HOURS AGO

Coronavirus infections in Israel are soaring among those yet to be vaccinated, straining hospitals and forcing the government to extend a strict lockdown even as the country continues its breakneck vaccination drive.

Close to 2.3m Israelis — out of an adult population of just over 6m — have received their first shot of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, which provides some protection after 10 days of the jab. Just over 600,000 have received their second jabs, the government said Thursday.

But with daily new infections climbing past 10,000 this week and a record 720 deaths so far this month, hospital admissions continue to rise. …

The number of Israelis showing signs of infection dipped marginally, from 9.2 per cent of those tested to 9 per cent, this week.

But California, where vaccinations have been about an order of magnitude slower, is seeing a similar over-the-hump pattern this week.

The better way to analyze this question is not in national terms but among the vaccinated vs. the unvaccinated, or among the elderly (mostly inoculated) vs. the young (mostly not). So far, all I’ve heard along those lines is that Pfizer first dose does have a statistically noticeable effect in the third and final week after the first dose and just before the second dose, but it’s only about half as strong as the very high number reported in Pfizer’s clinical trial (a finding that helped lead to the UK’s quasi-First Doses First of prioritizing first doses over second doses)

Here’s roughly my timeline:

The lags from first dose of Pfizer vaccine are something like:
2 weeks to start reducing infections
1 week for infections to become cases
1 week for cases to become hospitalizations
2 weeks for hospitalizations to become deaths.
= 6 weeks
Israel is 4.8 weeks after first 1st dose on December 19.

So, I’m just being antsy right now. On the other hand, if we don’t have good data out of Israel by, say, Monday, February 1, then I will start to worry. Vaccines Work is a good Plan A. I’m not sure what Plan B is.

 

 

From the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks gun violence from 7500 online sources, here are my version of their stats from the last two years:

GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVE
PUBLISHED DATE: January 20, 2021 2019 2020 Chg Chg %
Total Number of GV Deaths – ALL Causes 39,525 43,465 3,940 10%
Homicide/Murder/Unintentional/DGU 15,435 19,309 3,874 25%
Suicide 24,090 24,156 66 0%
Total Number of Injuries 30,140 39,404 9,264 31%
Mass Shootings 417 612 195 47%
Mass Murders 31 20 -11 -35%
Number of Children (age 0-11) Killed 209 293 84 40%
Injured 486 696 210 43%
Number of Teens (age 12-17) Killed 778 1,068 290 37%
Injured 2,338 3,054 716 31%
Officer Involved Incident-Officer Killed or Injured Killed 71 59 -12 -17%
Injured 299 348 49 16%
Officer Involved Incident-Subject-Suspect Killed or Injured Killed 1,286 1,288 2 0%
Injured 792 941 149 19%
Defensive Use 1,595 1,432 -163 -10%
Unintentional Shooting 1,895 2,264 369 19%
Murder/Suicides Incident 632 574 -58 -9%

If you take their row of “Homicide/Murder/Unintentional/DGU (Defensive Gun Use)” and subtract out their Unintentional Shooting and Defensive Use rows, I wind up with this estimate:

iSteve estimate: 2019 2020 Chg Chg %
Homicide/Murder 11,945 15,613 3,668 31%

In early January, I looked through local newspaper accounts of 2020 in crime for 108 of the 200 largest cities and found murders in that sample (which accounted for 45% of national murders in 2019) up 38% over 2019. I figured the murder increase would be lower in smaller municipalities, so I estimated the national murder toll would be p 25-30%. So I find 31% plausible.

If this increase in gun murders turns out to be real, I expect the 2020 increase in murders of all kinds to be a few percentage points lower. But that would likely still be twice the previous biggest increases in murders since 1960: 12.7% in 1968 and 12.1% in 2015 (the first BLM era).

How much we can trust this database, I couldn’t say. But it has been around for a number of years now, and the numbers don’t look obviously implausible.

By looking at which type of shootings went up in 2020, we can get a sense of who was doing the incremental shooting.

Suicides, which tend to be a white thing, were unchanged from 2019. (Note that they get their suicide statistics from the CDC, rather than scraping them from thousands of sources like their murder statistics. I’m not sure if this number is all that complete yet, so you should probably check back in a while before citing it.)

Mass murders with four or more killed by gunshot (sometimes Columbine-like, often with white or Asian shooters) dropped from 31 to 20.

Mass shootings with four or more shot, whether killed or wounded, (like on The Wire, usually black shooters firing at somebody they want to kill in a crowd at a social event) grew 47% from 417 to 612.

Children killed were up 40%, and 12-17 year old teens killed was up 37%. I associate both, especially child shootings, with black-on-black “gunplay” in which innocent bystanders get shot.

Cops killed dropped from 71 to 59 (-17%), while cops injured grew 16%.

Suspects shot dead by cops was unchanged at 1288, but suspects wounded by cops went up 19% to 941.

Defensive use drop 10% to 1,432.

Unintentional shootings went up 19% to 2,264, perhaps because of all the new gun buyers.

Murder-suicide incidents (a generally white or Asian thing, often tied to domestic violence) dropped 9% to 574.

So, it sure sounds to me like the big growth in murders in 2020 was driven by more black shootings, typically of other blacks.

 

Any bets on how long the media’s Joe Biden Honeymoon lasts before it starts to entertain attacks on him for his lack of appropriateness over contemporary theology?

How long until Biden gets in trouble for putting up a portrait of FDR, who is best known to younger generations as the Redliner-in-Chief? His media honeymoon will be extensive, but the logic of Wokeness can’t exempt him forever.

Biden puts up a bust of an anti-immigration campaigner, who led a march at the border to shut it down to keep out Mexicans, and who organized a militia to beat up undocumented workers: Cesar Chavez.

Chavez’s extensive anti-immigrant actions (Mexicans were imported as scabs to break his United Farm Workers strikes, so he put his brother in charge of the UFW goon squad that beat up immigrants) have been memoryholed, partly because he wasn’t white and therefore must be Good and partly because nobody really cares about Latinos so nobody except ancient fogeys like Joe can remember Chavez.

But everybody still remembers FDR: for redlining, for interning the Japanese, for not stopping the Holocaust, etc. For the other stuff that Biden remembers FDR for, not so much.

On the other hand, Biden is Not Trump, so you won’t hear about his Elderly White Guy Gaffes for awhile.

Update: Biden replaced Trump’s portrait of Andrew Jackson with a portrait of a notorious anti-immigrationist proto-Malthusian:

 

From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

The Teutonic Terrorist Panic of 1917
Steve Sailer

January 20, 2021

The current threat from (or hysteria over) “domestic terrorists” is often compared to incidents in Nazi Germany. Arnold Schwarzenegger referenced Kristallnacht, while I pointed out how Hitler did not let the crisis of the 1933 attack on the Reichstag capitol go to waste, but instead exploited it to crack down on German liberties. Yet, a better analog might be the Wilson administration’s demonization of German-Americans in 1917.

Although we are constantly lectured on the crucial role of immigrants in American history, the vast contributions of Germans to American culture have been vanishingly hard to notice for the last century due to the anti-German craze unleashed during the Great War, which shoved German-Americans into becoming the least assertive of our ethnicities.

Read the whole thing there.

 

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Netflix Partners with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi for Three Projects Based on His Books (Exclusive)
9:00 AM PST 1/15/2021 by Rebecca Sun

The antiracist scholar will collaborate with film and TV vets Roger Ross Williams, Mara Brock Akil and Chris Nee for adaptations of his bestsellers ‘Stamped from the Beginning,’ ‘Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You’ and ‘Antiracist Baby.’

What will Ka-Ching Kendi’s next book be: “Stamped Baby?” “Antiracist Stamp?” “You Racist?”

Historian Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s writings on antiracism rose to mainstream prominence last summer amid a widespread social reawakening about continued racial injustice in the nation, with four of his books landing on the New York Times bestseller list.

Now Netflix is partnering with the author and academic, who is the founding director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research and one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2020, to adapt his scholarship for the screen with three different projects intended to reach audiences of different ages.

… “I hope these films crystallize Dr. Kendi’s message that ‘the only thing wrong with Black people is that they think something is wrong with Black people’ and encourage everyone to fight for a more equitable society.

There’s no message that blacks need to hear more than that they have no faults whatsoever and all their problems are somebody else’s doing.

By the way, one theory is that Kendi, who had cancer recently, is so money-grubbing so feverishly for an honorable reasons: perhaps he’s trying to pile up a huge estate for his heirs, kind of like how Anthony Burgess wrote his first five novels in one year after a doctor told him he had one year to live to leave his wife an inheritance. (Warning: not all great literary anecdotes are necessarily true.)

 

From the Washington Post news section:

Biden selects transgender doctor Rachel Levine as assistant health secretary

Biden pick for assistant secretary of health responds to multiple instances’ of transphobia

President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of health, Rachel Levine, discussed on July 28, 2020 the transphobia and harassment targeted at her.

By Samantha Schmidt, John Wagner and Teo Armus
Jan. 19, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he will nominate Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s top health official, as his assistant secretary of health. Levine, a pediatrician, would become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. …

As Pennsylvania’s secretary of health, Levine has risen to national prominence for leading the state’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic, despite repeated and ugly attacks on her gender identity.

Ugly attacks … The attacks were ugly, I tell you. In contrast, Dr. Levine is beautiful, a picture of peak physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Some people even were so hateful as to see humor in Dr. Levine being in charge of health:

But after Levine received a promotion to become Pennsylvania’s health secretary, the coronavirus pandemic raised her profile across the state and the country. As she sought to contain the virus with aggressive social distancing rules, it also made her the target of more frequent abuse.

One attack in particular made headlines and earned a scathing rebuke from the governor: a photo of a man sitting in a carnival dunk tank wearing a floral print dress and a long blond wig. The man said he was going for a Marilyn Monroe look, but organizers of the carnival fundraiser in Bloomsburg, Pa., said he resembled Levine.

“Dr. Levine? Thank you. You were a hit and raised a lot of money for the local fire companies. Wonder why so many were trying to dunk you?” the Bloomsburg Fair Association wrote in July on Facebook, adding a smiling emoji, before deleting the post.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought hate and transphobia into the spotlight through relentless comments and slurs directed at Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, who is a highly skilled, valued, and capable member of my administration and Transgender,” Wolf wrote in a statement at the time. “The derogatory incident involving the Bloomsburg Fair is the latest of these vile acts, which by extension impact Transgender people across the commonwealth and nation.”

There is no place in Joe Biden’s America for humor.

… Biden also named to his transition team Shawn Skelly, a former special assistant to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, and coordinator of the Defense Department Warfighter Senior Integration Group. Skelly was the first transgender veteran to be appointed by a U.S. president.

Ms. Shelly always knew she was a girl on the inside. That’s why she pursued a successful career as a former special assistant to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, and coordinator of the Defense Department Warfighter Senior Integration Group. What little girl doesn’t dream of someday coordinating the Defense Department Warfighter Senior Integration Group?

Seriously, one interesting aspect of Dr. Rachel Levine’s career, back when Richard Levine had a wife and fathered two kids, is Levine’s founding of the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program. Anorexia has a number of parallels to transgenderism. Did being around a bunch of supercilious upper middle class teenage girls intent on becoming beautiful by starving themselves to death drive Levine crazy?

We talk about social contagion … But, who knows, maybe there is an actual transmissible germ that drives you nuts when you look in the mirror, and it just manifests itself in different delusions?

 

From Stanford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute:

Graduate Record Examination Scores for Martin Luther King, Jr.
Author: Educational Testing Service
Date: March 6, 1951
Location: Princeton, N.J.
Genre: Report
Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. – Education

Details
King took the examination on 3 February. A table enclosed with the test report indicates that his verbal aptitude score is in the second lowest quartile and his quantitative score is in the lowest ten percent of those taking the test. In the advanced test in philosophy, King’s score (on a scale of 100) places him in the lowest third, while his other scores (on a scale of 800) are in the lowest quartile in all the subject areas except literature, where he placed in the top quartile.

Source: CSKC, INP, Coretta Scott King Collection, In Private Hands

Anybody remember how GREs were scored 70 years ago?

 

After almost three-quarters of a century of trying, Donald Trump has become the first American ever about whom zero percent have No Opinion.

 

From The New Republic:

I Went to High School With Biden’s Homeland Security Team

Timothy Noah/January 18, 2021

Washington’s new national security establishment is coming straight outta Beverly Hills.

“Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.”

—George Orwell, The Lion and the Unicorn, 1941

Future generations may well wonder how it came to pass that the federal government’s homeland security policy fell into the hands of a select group of people raised within a mere 23 neighborhoods inside the Los Angeles Basin, situated south of the Santa Monica Mountains, west of La Cienega Boulevard, north of the Santa Monica Freeway, and east of the Pacific Ocean. The area is known locally as the Westside. I grew up there myself from the age of 12—but I have no ready answer for the curious.

President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for homeland security secretary is Alejandro Mayorkas, who was one year behind me at Beverly Hills High School. Biden has also named Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall to be White House homeland security adviser. Sherwood-Randall started out one year behind me at Beverly High but skipped a year and graduated with me in 1976. Michèle Flournoy, whom Biden came very close to nominating for defense secretary, and who will probably end up performing some high-ranking national security function in his administration, was three years behind me at Beverly High. …

More recently, though, Beverly High has been drifting into a role vaguely comparable to that of the ivy-laden New England prep schools that educated the moneyed WASPs who guided foreign policy during World War II and the Cold War. A story that ended unhappily, one recalls with a wince, in the deep muddy of Vietnam. …

What the Westsiders have in common is a grounding in the culture of affluent liberalism—the kind where you are passionately liberal on social issues but only mildly so on economic ones. .

Another common characteristic the Westsiders tend to share is Jewishness. Sherwood-Randall, Miller, and Kaus are all Jewish, as am I. Mayorkas is, too, though his more widely recognized identity is Cuban-American. Breitbart was adopted into a Jewish family.

Surely, it’s also relevant that Latino immigrants pushing African-Americans out of Los Angeles has reduced the cost of servants in Beverly Hills while lowering the crime rate.

 
 

From the Washington Post opinion section:

To understand Trump’s support, we must think in terms of multiracial Whiteness

Opinion by Cristina Beltrán
Jan. 15, 2021 at 1:44 p.m. PST

Cristina Beltrán is an associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. She is the author, most recently, of “Cruelty as Citizenship: How Migrant Suffering Sustains White Democracy.”

… What are we to make of Tarrio — and, more broadly, of Latino voters inspired by Trump? And what are we to make of unmistakably White mob violence that also includes non-White participants? I call this phenomenon multiracial whiteness — the promise that they, too, can lay claim to the politics of aggression, exclusion and domination.

Before Trump, conservatives seeking to appeal to Latinos typically embraced the politics of conservative multiculturalism. Politicians such as George W. Bush reached out to Latino voters by showing a familiarity with their language and history, emphasizing the values of diversity and inclusion. Depicting Latinos as a distinct and valuable part of America’s democratic mosaic, conservative multiculturalism connected Latino culture to Republican values, emphasizing conservative approaches to faith, patriotism and the traditional family.

Trump, by contrast, knows nothing of the history of Latinos in the United States and rarely even pretends to find value in Latinos’ distinct identities. Rather than offering his non-White voters recognition, Trump has offered them multiracial whiteness.

Rooted in America’s ugly history of white supremacy, indigenous dispossession and anti-blackness, multiracial whiteness is an ideology invested in the unequal distribution of land, wealth, power and privilege — a form of hierarchy in which the standing of one section of the population is premised on the debasement of others.

Multiracial whiteness reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity — a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others.

Multiracial whiteness promises Latino Trump supporters freedom from the politics of diversity and recognition. For voters who see the very act of acknowledging one’s racial identity as itself racist, the politics of multiracial whiteness reinforces their desired approach to colorblind individualism. In the politics of multiracial whiteness, anyone can join the MAGA movement and engage in the wild freedom of unbridled rage and conspiracy theories.

I get the impression that Professor of Latinology Beltran doesn’t know much about Latin America.

 
 

Is that a wire running to an electrode attached to his scalp? Is he prepped for an electroencephalogram? Or did he just slap a Band-Aid on top of one strand of his combover?

This 1976 picture looks like a still from a 1970s paranoid thriller film like The Conversation, Three Days of the Condor, or All the President’s Men. Joe would be well-cast as the sleazy lawyer sent by the covert government agency or giant multinational corporation to warn the hero to back off. He looks like a cross between Peter Boyle, John Cazale, and Harry Dean Stanton.

But I can also tell that Joe always sees himself as the hero of his movie, the Jack Nicholson/Dustin Hoffman/Robert Redford character. Heck, in Joe’s eyes, Joe is Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

In general, the long-haired era introduced by The Beatles in 1964 when Joe was already 21 and probably losing interest in pop music was not a good one for Catholic-Americans, at least not compared to the Crosby-Sinatra Era that preceded the Sixties-Seventies.

In Biden’s defense, he was a widower with small children at the time. I presume that when he married Dr. Jill in 1977 she started to exercise a salutary influence over his grooming.

Now, with the help of a lot of plastic surgery, Joe’s aesthetic is back to that of the cocky high school football star (skinny split end subtype) he was in c. 1960.

 
 

Apparently, the ever-enterprising ADL is setting up their own version of OnlyFans, but to fight White Supremacy:

 
 

As I’ve been pointing out since the late spring, the vast death toll from COVID hasn’t deprived our future of a comparable amount of human capital because most of the victims have been past their primes. For example, from the New York Times obituary section, here is perhaps the most legendary American victim of COVID-19 yet. But his prime was around 1963:

Phil Spector, Famed Music Producer and Convicted Murderer, Dies at 81

Known for creating the ‘Wall of Sound,’ he scored hits with the Crystals, the Ronettes and the Righteous Brothers and was one of the most influential figures in popular music.

By William Grimes
Jan. 17, 2021

Phil Spector, one of the most influential and successful record producers in rock ’n’ roll, who generated a string of hits in the early 1960s defined by the lavish instrumental treatment known as the wall of sound, but who was sentenced to prison for the murder of a woman at his home, died on Saturday. He was 81.

The cause was complications of Covid-19, his daughter, Nicole Audrey Spector, said. He was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, Calif., on Dec. 31 and intubated in January, she said.

Mr. Spector had been serving a prison sentence since 2009 for the murder of Lana Clarkson, a nightclub hostess whom he had taken to his home after a night of drinking in 2003. The Los Angeles police found her slumped in a chair in the foyer, dead from a single bullet wound to the head. …

After learning the ropes as a record producer, Mr. Spector, the central figure in Tom Wolfe’s 1965 essay “The First Tycoon of Teen,” became a one-man hit factory. Between 1960 and 1965 he placed 24 records in the Top 40, many of them classics.

His 13 Top 10 singles included some of the quintessential “girl group” songs of the era: “He’s a Rebel,” “Uptown,” “Then He Kissed Me” and “Da Doo Ron Ron”by the Crystals, and “Be My Baby” and “Walking in the Rain” by the Ronettes.

For the Righteous Brothers he produced “Unchained Melody” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” a No. 1 hit that became the 20th century’s most-played song on radio and television, according to BMI.

Mr. Spector single-handedly created the image of the record producer as auteur, a creative force equal to or even greater than his artists, with an instantly identifiable aural brand.

Even the general public (e.g., me) had heard he was a dangerous loon by about 1980 when the Ramones mentioned how scary it was to record their End of the Century album with him.

 
 

This is of course the famous National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 database featured in The Bell Curve. The Department of Labor recruited a nationally representative sample of 14 to 23-year-olds to track over their lifetimes. Then in 1980, the Pentagon, having admitted their scoring norms for the AFQT military entrance test were inflated, paid the DoL to give the military test to the panel. In 1990, one of the branches of the military gave all the data to Herrnstein and Murray who made it the core of their 1994 book.

 
 

From ScreenRant:

15 Movies With No Female Characters Whatsoever

Forget passing the Bechdel Test – some films don’t even make it to the “have a woman character” part.

BY ALEX LEADBEATER
JAN 28, 2017

One of the most popular ways to measure how well-balanced a film is in terms of gender representation is the Bechdel Test. Named after Alison Bechdel, the comic artist who created it, it features three simple classifications that surprisingly few movies meet: the movie has to have (1) at least two women in it, (2) who talk to each other, (3) about something besides a man. It’s not a perfect measure, but does work as a good metric to see how cinema in general is treating female characters; in 2016, over half of the year’s highest grossing films passed the test.

However, some movies don’t even get close to passing the first hurdle; they have no women characters at all. Normally it’s in period war movies or other isolated situations where historically only men would appear, but some examples are a little more egregious. Here are fifteen of the most striking cases.

To qualify for the list, a film has to have no named or speaking female roles – extras in crowd scenes or allusions to unseen women are allowed as they (if anything) highlight a missed opportunity.

Counting down from #15 to #1:

The Thing
The Great Escape
First Blood
My Dinner With Andre
12 Angry Men
No Escape
All Is Lost
The Enemy Below
The Lord Of The Flies
Sleuth
Glengarry Glen Ross
Outpost
Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World
Billy Budd
Lawrence Of Arabia

I’d probably vote for Lawrence of Arabia as the greatest movie of all time. Women have no lines in it, although they are allowed to ululate.

The top two are fairly gay.

I tried reading Moby Dick for the first time last week, but Melville’s facetious tone didn’t do anything for me.

I’m sure if I kept at it I’d figure out a lot about Melville’s influence on 20th Century authors. But then I got to the big gay part where the innkeeper of the Spouter Inn tells Ishmael there’s no room at the inn, unless he agrees to share a bed with a harpooner. Ishmael spends many pages obsessing over his upcoming harpooner bedmate that I skipped over. The next chapter begins:

Upon waking the next morning, I found Queequeg’s arm thrown over me in the most loving and affectionate manner. You had almost thought I had been his wife.

Okaaaay …

 
 

From the Associated Press:

Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts
By TALI ARBEL
today

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the leadup to the presidential election, and expanded their efforts in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole for this material: Podcasts.

Podcasts made available by the two Big Tech companies let you tune into the world of the QAnon conspiracy theory, wallow in President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election and bask in other extremism. Accounts that have been banned on social media for election misinformation, threatening or bullying, and breaking other rules also still live on as podcasts available on the tech giants’ platforms.

 
 

From the New York Times opinion page:

Why Are So Many More Men Dying from Coronavirus?

The disproportionate toll this virus is taking on males isn’t an anomaly. When it comes to survival, men are the weaker sex.

By Sharon Moalem

Dr. Moalem is a scientist, physician, and the author of the forthcoming “The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women.”

April 2, 2020

 
 

From the Daily Mail:

Let us in Joe! Caravan of 1,000 Honduran migrants surges towards the US border in the final days of the Trump administration and asks Biden to ‘honor his commitments’ to asylum seekers when they arrive

The caravan was originally at least twice the size when it left Honduras early on Friday morning

It’s not clear what the intended final destination of the caravan is, or if they’ll be able to make it there

Donald Trump demonized Central American caravans ahead of the 2018 midterm elections and put several policies in place to prevent them from crossing into the United States, including Migrant Protection Protocols

Joe Biden has promised to reverse many of Trump’s immigration policies, including the MPP

By HOLDEN WALTER-WARNER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 19:29 EST, 16 January 2021 | UPDATED: 20:59 EST, 16 January 2021

 
 

From the New York Post:

Florida college to fire professor accused of ‘racist’ tweets
By Joshua Rhett Miller January 14, 2021 | 1:08pm

A Florida college is seeking to fire a professor whose controversial tweets — including one claiming “black privilege is real” – led to widespread calls for his termination as protests raged in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.

What got Negy in trouble back in June was retweeting one of my more eloquent tweets. From Quillette:

He also tweeted:

“If Afr. Americans as a group, had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, performing the best academically, having the highest income, committing the lowest crime, etc.), would we still be proclaiming ‘systematic racism’ exists?”

Because he has tenure, he can’t legally be fired for retweeting the Forbidden One. So they are trying to stick him with other charges.

An investigation by the University of Central Florida determined that associate psychology professor Charles Negy created a “hostile” classroom environment and tried to deter students from filing complaints, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

… Calls for Negy’s ouster came after two controversial tweets a day earlier, including one claiming “black privilege is real” and another comparing African Americans and Asian Americans.

“Sincere question: If Afr. Americans as a group, had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, performing the best academically, having the highest income, committing the lowest crime, etc.), would we still be proclaiming ‘systemic racism’ exists?”

But the outcome of UCF’s investigation was “predetermined,” an attorney for Negy told The Post.

“This pretextual, defamatory investigative report is the latest chapter in UCF’s effort to ruin Dr. Negy — a man with a distinguished 22-year teaching career — because he has become politically inconvenient,” attorney Samantha Harris said in a statement. “UCF, along with those who solicited and investigated false complaints against him, have violated his rights and defamed him, and will be held accountable in court.”

 
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