Sweden Has Disappeared

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The entire nation of Sweden seems to have disappeared.

So far as we can tell, no scientific investigation into the disappearance of Sweden has been conducted. In fact, it is among scientists that Sweden seems to have pulled off an amazing vanishing act. Politicians around the world also have lost complete contact with the country. The media is not even aware of the countries existence. However, tourists and geographers have confirmed to us that the country still exists.

Frankly, we don’t know what to believe.

To our best knowledge, Sweden is still in the United Nations and we still have diplomatic relations with them. But being an ambassador to a country that has simply vanished, must be quite an unusual posting. Embassy parties must be quite subdued.

It is not certain how this disappearance act is performed, as Sweden is a rather large country that makes quite good automobiles, trucks, heavy earth moving equipment, arms, and jet airplanes. They produce a substantial amount of pop music ranging from vintage ABBA to First Aid Kit.

Quite a number of Swedes came to the US in the late 19th century and we are told they can be found in the Dakotas. We have met them, and they are nice people. But this only confirms that Sweden did exist at one time and is not proof it exists today.

Now personally, we have been able to completely disappear in front of clerks, bureaucrats, and people at airline ticket counters, but we don’t understand how an entire country can pull this off.

It really is one of the wonders of the world.

The reason we mention this is the chart shown above. The chart shows new cases of Covid in Sweden versus Israel.

Israel has is one of the most vaccinated and face-covered countries on earth while Sweden decided to deal with the Wuhan virus by doing very little if anything.

You would think this chart would be of interest to public officials in the US who are busily re-masking school children and requiring vaccination and revaccination through coercive mandates. But it would seem that evidence is not really required in their decision-making process.

While we make no pretense of being a medical doctor, we can read a chart, and likely so can you. It would seem to us that vaccination and mask-wearing have very little to do with the number of virus cases.  If so, destroying our economy, dividing our people into bitter camps, destroying personal liberty does not seem like a fair trade-off.

Strangely, it appears there may be an inverse relationship. That is to say, the more you do the worse the medical results, and the less you do, the better the results.

It really is a shame that Sweden has disappeared. We read the other day that ABBA was coming out of retirement and was going to cut a new album. We were looking forward to that.

Behold: Diversity in Failure

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We would not for one moment diminish the seriousness of the debacle Biden has made of his “withdrawal” from Afghanistan.

When a great superpower is this badly managed, history suggests ugly and terrible things will follow. 

It is said that nature abhors a vacuum and that has always been the case in foreign policy. Weakness is always probed by our enemies and with a weak and befuddled President at the helm, you can expect all those that want to take advantage to come out swinging.

The allies we have remaining must be left wondering if they are next. It is not just the Kurds, Iraqis, but also the Taiwanese, the Koreans, the Poles, Ukrainians, Australians, and Israelis who must sit up and take notice.

NATO members, so eager to get a President that was part of “their club” back in power, must be wondering what they have done. It would seem there is a high price to be paid for Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The United States is no longer an honorable or dependable partner. Don’t have any illusions. The Democrats are running things here and may be doing so for some time. Our nation is divided badly, going bankrupt, and is run by a political party whose grasp on reality is so tenuous that it borders on mental illness.

Afghanistan will resume as a headquarters for international terrorism. That is what Jihad is all about. 

All the talk about the wonder of transgenderism will not change the character of the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, or the Taliban. The Democrats have put us all in danger.

Our adversaries must think we are crazy. And of course, they are correct.

This is a failure not of just of Creepy Joe Biden, but the Democrat Party and its progressive wing. In fact, Joe was formed, tutored, and selected for his role.

After all, it was former President Bush at the inauguration who took Congressman Jim Clyburn aside and said, “you know, you’re the savior, because if you had not nominated Joe Biden, we would not be having this transfer of power today.”

I wonder what Bush thinks of salvation right now.

The failure is now evident at the southern border, in Covid response, in control of the budget, in the forcing of Critical Race Theory, in defunding the police, in dealing with the homeless, in energy policy, the Chinese, and the disaster in Afghanistan.

The fruits of Progressivism will be bitter. It is too bad that those of us who gagged on its taste will be forced to dine with the guilty.

But there is one bright spot. Perhaps the diversity movement will get its comeuppance.

To be very clear, we think women and minorities are unquestionably capable of holding high-level jobs in the professions, in commerce, and in government. We have no problems with outreach programs to see that qualified women and minorities are recruited. But the movement to drop standards simply to stuff as many minorities as possible into positions of leadership, regardless of their talent and experience, was always going to lead to disaster.

Besides, according to Democrat progressives, there is little difference between men and women. They now designate women as so-called ‘birthing persons’, so why is all the fuss about getting ‘women’ (versus men, who may identify as women) placed into high levels of authority and leadership necessary?

If this nonsense occurs at a university or in a corporation, the ill effects of diversity may not be known for some time and the damage might be localized. But in high levels of government, it can be immediate, fatal, and dispersed.

We thought of this when we heard the truly idiotic remarks from Nancy Pelosi and now our UN Ambassador threatening the Taliban if they don’t respect women and girls. Now that we have pulled out, what leverage do we have? Why would people willing to fly airliners into buildings be intimidated by their finger-wagging?

The UN Ambassador is a good case in point. No doubt for political optics the Biden Administration looked at a black female as a twofer on the diversity scoreboard. But what kind of an idiot, male or female, could utter such nonsense as this: “We are hearing from people in Afghanistan that they are getting threats from the Taliban, and we have expressed in no uncertain terms here at the United Nations through a very strongly worded press statement from the Security Council that we expect the Taliban to respect human rights, including the rights of women and girls.”

Coming in with a close second is Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. “We have seen reports that the Taliban, contrary to their public statements and their commitments to our government, are blocking Afghans who wish to leave the country from reaching the airport.”

Both seemed shocked that unicorns and rainbows are rare in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the White House seems at odds with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs about whether travel to the airport is open or not. Confusion reigns.

So, again, just for the education of those in the State Department, you get the evacuation done BEFORE YOU PULL OUT AND LOSE ALL THE MILITARY LEVERAGE. Duh!

The number of Americans stranded seems to vary from 10,000 to 40,000, the Administration does not seem to know. Why don’t they?  Was not the condition of these Americans on their mind? More likely, they are worried whether these unfortunate countrymen are wearing masks and social distancing.

On the other hand, we suspect those Americans trapped by their own government behind enemy lines are not primarily concerned about the CIA’s diversity agenda.

In the Iran hostage crisis that broke Jimmy Carter, Islamic militants stormed our embassy to get hostages. In the Biden Administration, we have provided hostages to the enemy. It appears we may have provided some of the militants as well, as we released them from custody.

Naturally, our Vice President, another twofer for the diversity scoreboard, is silent and apparently on her way to the last country the Democrats sold out, Vietnam. That seems fitting.

The head of the Department of Defense is black and the head of National Intelligence is a woman. The National Security Advisor graduated from Yale, thus proving the sorry state of higher education. It is hard to see how this disaster does not put a spotlight on their role in all of this.

As for the entire cabinet, these are the people who have to make a decision under the 25th Amendment. If you are not familiar with the cabinet, behold the diversity. Come to think of it, the minority of white males is not much to brag about either.

Beyond that, the Democrats have produced a vast quantity of failed local minority leaders such as Lori Lightfoot, the racist Mayor of Chicago. At least Ms. Lightfoot has experience in a combat zone.

Then there is “the Squad”, an all-female tribe of mixed ancestry that seems to hate America more than the Taliban. They basically seem to control Congress.

The gay Governor of California is incompetent and so are numerous female, black and gay prosecutors and mayors.

Understand, we really don’t care what someone’s race is or their sexual preference. We care that they are competent and honorable people who are committed to the Constitution and the interests of the American people.

However, the diversity movement argues that all testing, all experience, all education or any other measures of competence are simply the product of racism and misogyny and are, therefore, invalid as a tool for selection. It logically follows, there is no rational basis for making a choice. What is left is an irrational basis.

The criteria used are solely for political optics. It becomes a quest to find the person who looks attractive to the Democrat voter base and send the correct rainbow coalition signals, rather than a search to find the most qualified and experienced person to fill the job, regardless of their race and gender or fluidity. Do you remember when Biden said he would pick a black female for Vice President, even before the search had begun? The results of such a renunciation of the importance of experience and intelligence are self-evident.

So, the unfolding disaster is not just a disaster for Democrats. It is a disaster for the whole underpinning of the diversity movement. Diversity virtue signaling will not work with rifle butts and machine-gun fire as Afghan women are quickly finding out.

Sure, it may be tragic and people will die as a result. But at least during our downfall we can look back with pride and say, our leaders may have been jerks but we achieved diversity in failure.

The Future Of Woke Investing

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“Environment, Social and Governance” is a confusing mouthful of terms, but it’s the driving force behind making American businesses compliant to the left-wing agenda. As Justin Danhof, Esq., recently noted, it’s a “wildly important topic that’s not talked about enough.”

Justin — who until recently was Director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project (FEP) and now serves as the National Center’s Executive Vice President — made that assertion during the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s online panel discussion entitled “The Future of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing.” During the discussion – which also included Jennifer J. Schulp of the Cato Institute, Andrew Stuttaford of National Review, and CEI’s Richard Morrison – panelists dove into an analysis of moves by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that might result in effective federal enforcement of ESG investor goals. More importantly, the discussion addressed whether the government can be trusted to do this oversight with objectivity – and how this might affect investments, production, and the workforce.

Noting that FEP was an early opponent of this woke stakeholder capitalism, Justin explained how the system has developed:

We peeled back the layers of the onion and wondered why so many American corporations seemed to be aligned with the political left… And we realized that liberal affinity groups – from unions to PETA to Greenpeace to actual asset managers and leftist states’ pension funds like New York and California – were all invading this space to invest in corporate America and push what are known as ESG policies.

In describing what the Biden Administration is now doing to aid the left, Justin said it is a “name and shame game” in which the SEC may require companies to report on their ESG compliance. Such metrics, he said, create a “marker” that will be used by leftist shareholder activists to shame companies not considered woke enough and to demand further compliance over time:

If you’re not on the right side of the marker, then you’re going to be shamed to move in your corporate action.

This is a contradiction of what Justin said should be the real mission of the government agency:

What the SEC standards should be and have been and should remain is material. That is, “what information is material to me as an investor in this company?” And the construct of the board of directors’ skin surface characteristics – that’s not important to me. Whether we pledge to be carbon neutral by 2035 is not important to me. But that’s what the SEC is going down the road to do.

Watch the entire CEI panel discussion.

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This article was published on August 7, 2021 and is reproduced with permission from The National Center for Public Policy Research.

‘Woka-Cola’: Ad Trolls Coke for Defending China, Giving Americans Diabetes

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Consumers’ Research, a consumer advocacy group, launched a series of advertisements Thursday calling out Coca-Cola’s “woke hypocrisy” for its reported defense of China and alleged health concerns associated with its sugary drinks.

Part of the campaign is a video advertisement satirizing a Coca-Cola commercial, which is set to music with lyrics like “Just drink Coke, the road to obesity” and “China is our labor supplier that drives our stock price even higher.” The group also created a website, “alwayswokacola.com,” to continue to expose the company.

In addition to promoting the video advertisement that will air in Atlanta and nationwide, Consumers’ Research says it plans to drive mobile billboards around Coca-Cola’s headquarters, the Coca-Cola museum, and the Georgia State Capitol for 28 days.

“Today, we are launching AlwaysWokaCola.com and the accompanying ads as a satirical reminder to Coke to focus on their consumers, not woke politicians. The company has taken its eye off the well-being of the customer,” Consumers’ Research Executive Director Will Hild said in a statement Thursday.

“Their products continue to contribute significantly to childhood obesity, they have sourced sugar from companies in China reportedly using forced labor, and they have such poor quality control that racist directives, like ‘be less white,’ are included in staff training,” Hild added.

The campaign aims to “to amplify the voice of consumers fed up with how the company is failing them and as a warning to Coke and other companies,” according to the statement.

“Any corporation who decides to distract from their misdeeds by taking radical positions on political and social issues that are unrelated to their business to garner positive praise from woke politicians and press is on notice, it’s not going to work,” Hild said.

The new advertisements are part of a seven-figure campaign Consumers’ Research is conducting to also expose American Airlines, Nike, Ticketmaster, and the MLB, according to a press release. The Consumers First Initiative aims to give consumers transparency about companies so they can decide for themselves what products to buy.

Coca-Cola was sued along with the American Beverage Association in 2017 for allegedly knowingly misleading consumers about the health effects of its drinks. Coca-Cola said at the time that the accusations were “legally and factually meritless,” according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

The plaintiffs in the case said they’ve since withdrawn the complaint, recognizing that both groups “have moved away from claiming that their products have no connection to chronic disease.”

The company also reportedly pushed back on legislation that sought to crack down on forced labor in China. Coca-Cola has been tied to sugar suppliers in Xinjiang, where China is reportedly committing a genocide against the Uighur ethnic minority group.

Coca-Cola defended, according to The New York Times, that it “strictly prohibits any type of forced labor in our supply chain” and has independent auditors monitoring its suppliers.

Meanwhile, Coca-Cola continues to make statements about political issues in the U.S. Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey earlier this year labeled a Georgia voting bill that has since been passed as “unacceptable.”

“It is a step backwards and it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity—this is frankly just a step backwards,” he said. “We have said for many decades we promote within Georgia better society and better environment and this is a step backwards and our position remains the same. This legislation is wrong.”

The company also allegedly promoted a course that encouraged people to “be less white.” The lesson was later deleted from LinkedIn.

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This article was published on July 16, 2021 and is reproduced from The Daily Signal.

New Grievance Group Formed

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A fantasy about hundreds of minority groups demanding recognition after being excluded from diversity and inclusion initiatives.

TUCSON – Hundreds of minority groups excluded from diversity and inclusion initiatives can now join the Federation of Real Minorities, or FORM.

Membership is open to anyone from an ethnocultural group that comprises less than three percent of the U.S. population and a much smaller percent of leadership positions in government, corporations, academia, and nonprofits.

A partial list of eligible groups is at the end of this article. The 555 on the list are but a fraction of all of the eligible groups.

FORM’s spokesperson is Farsheed Hooshmand, whose ancestral roots go back to the Barazani tribe in Iranian Balochistan. His parents had immigrated to Tucson when he was an infant because the climate is similar to their homeland in southern Iran.

Hooshmand looks white, considers himself to be white, and is seen as white by his Mexican-American neighbors in the barrio and by his coworkers at the University of Arizona, where he is employed in the maintenance department.

“No one of my ethnicity is a department chair at the university,” Hooshmand explained, “or is an executive on the administrative side of the university, or holds a position in the Department of Diversity and Inclusion. Worse, when students see my skin color, they have been conditioned to think I’m privileged and/or a supremacist.”

He went on to explain that when some people hear his name and learn where his family is from, they assume he is Arab or a terrorist, thus showing their profound ignorance of Persians. “My family isn’t even Muslim,” Hooshmand said. “They’re Zoroastrians whose forebears had migrated from northern Iran to southern Iran, where they were a tiny minority.”

Hooshmand hates the ayatollah and blames the U.S. for the Islamic regime taking over the country. He understands the American obsession with the legacies of slavery but bristles over America’s longstanding alliance with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which didn’t officially end slavery until 1962, or 99 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. “Do Americans even know that?” he asks.

Asked why his group is named the Federation of Real Minorities, Hooshmand explained that it is to distinguish the group from phony minority groups, especially the ones mislabeled as Asian and Hispanic.

“All ethnocultural groups in America are minorities,” Hooshmand said, “as no group is a majority of the population, including the scores of unprivileged and poor groups that are lumped together under the White category.”

Hooshmand claims that because of government labeling, some diverse groups with little in common culturally or historically are lumped together to create the impression that they are monolithic and larger in numbers than they really are. They have used this aggregation to their benefit to attain political power and to be included in diversity initiatives.

“This takes away from the original intent of civil right legislation, affirmative action, and diversity—to remedy the terrible injustices committed against African Americans and Native Americans,” said Hooshmand.

He used the example of a recent Wall Street Journal story about Asian Americans demanding more recognition and advancement in the workplace. The story was titled, “Asian-Americans Push for Visibility at Work,” authored by Te-Ping Chen.

Hooshmand became animated when talking about the story. “First, like most publications in America, the reporter is expected to write about her own race, although Asian isn’t a race or ethnicity. Second, in spite of knowing better, she writes as if all Asians are the same, regardless of marked differences in nationality, religion, ethnicity, culture, and history. Third, the so-called Asians in the story engaged in stereotypes, saying that they lag whites in promotions because they aren’t as pushy as whites.”

“It’s apparently okay to stereotype tens of millions of people under the guise of diversity,” said Hooshmand. He added, “When the phony category of Asian is broken down into its true ethnocultural subgroups, it becomes clear that some of the groups are doing very well in America, in spite of what the article purported.”

To back up his last point, Hooshmand cited a study showing that among 100 ethnic groups, East Indian Americans rank first in household income, Taiwanese Americans rank second, Filipino Americans rank fifth, Chinese Americans rank seventh, Japanese Americans rank eighth, and Singaporean Americans rank tenth. The study didn’t have the ranking for Iranian Americans, but it did for Jordanian Americans and Iraqi Americans, who rank 82nd and 98th respectively.

“Even overweight Americans are getting into the victim game and demanding to be included in diversity initiatives,” lamented Hooshmand. “With 70% of Americans being overweight, they’ll carry a lot of weight with politicians and corporate CEOs.”

He was referring to an article that appeared in Good Housekeeping about overweight Americans accusing thin people of having “thin privilege.”

When asked if FORM would lead to a further Balkanization of America, Hooshmand said, “Most certainly! But this wasn’t started by us. If small minority groups don’t organize, they’ll be steamrolled by artificially inflated ones that have political clout.”

He was asked a final question about departments of diversity and inclusion becoming overwhelmed if they are faced with the impossibility of ensuring that hundreds of minority groups are equally represented on boards of directors and in management and executive positions.

“You get the point,” he responded with a wink.

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Partial List of Ethnocultural Groups That Are Eligible to Join the Federation of Real Minorities

Askani, Bajkani, Bangulzai, Barazani, Bhurgari, Bugti, Buledi, Chandio, Darzada, Dehwar, Dodai, Dombki, Gabol, Ghazini, Jamali, Jatoi, Kalmati, Khetran, Kunara, Langhani, Lango, Lashkrani, Loharani, Lund, Marri, Mazari, Mengal, Mirali, Mugheri, Muhammad Shahi, Mullazai, Nothazai, Pitafi, Qaisrani, Rind, Sadozai, Sethwi, Shaikhzadah, Talpur, Tauki, Umrani, Yarahmadzai, Zardari, Makrani, Ayrums, Bayat, Karadaghis, Qajars, Küresünni, Qarapapaqs, Shahsevan, Terekeme, Yeraz, Afshar, Turkish Armenians, Cherkesogai, Armeno-Tats, Hayhurum Karabakhis, Bedouins, Druze, Shirazis (including Zanzibaris, Comorians and Maores), Baggara, Arab-Berbers (including Algerians, Libyans, Mauritanians, Moroccans, Sahrawis and Tunisians), Bahrainis, Sudanese, Egyptians, Iraqis (including Marsh Arabs), Jordanians, Lebanese (including Maronites), Kuwaitis, Omanis (including Dhofaris), Qataris, Saudis (including Rashaida, Hejazis, and Najdis), Syrians (including Alawites), Palestinians, Emiratis, Yemenis (including Hadhrami, Ta’izzis-Adenis, Akhdam, Sanʽani, and Tihami), Ayrums, Bayat, Karadaghis, Qajars, Küresünni, Qarapapaqs, Shahsevan, Terekeme, Yeraz, Afshar, Brabers, Chaouis, Kabyle, Sahrawi, Chenouas, Ghomaras, Houara, Jerbis, Matmatas, Mozabite, Nafusis, Rifian, Sanhaja de Srair, Shilha, Siwi, Tuaregs, Awjila, Arab-Berbers, Barda, Bhagalia, Bhilala, Bhil Gametia, Bhil Garasia, Bhil Kataria, Bhil Mama, Bhil Mavchi, Dholi Bhil, Dungri Bhil, Damor, Dungri Garasia, Mewasi Bhil, Nirdhi Bhil, Rawal Bhil, Tadvi Bhil, Vasava, Bhil Meena, Chaudhri, Kendayan, Selako, Bakati’, Sara Bakati’, Laraʼ, Bukar Sadong, Biatah, Tringgus, Jagoi, Jangkang, Kembayan, Semandang, Ribun, Nyadu’, Sanggau, Bohemians, Moravians, Silesians, Gronings, Arubans, Bonairians, Curaçaoans, Sabans, St. Maarteners, St. Eustatians, Surinamese, Mennonites, Arpitans, Burgundians, Champenois, Free Countians, Gallo, Lorrainers, Normans (including Channel Islanders), Picards, Poitevins (including Saintongeais), Barthélemoise, Saint-Martinois, French Guianese, Caldoche, Réunionese (including Zoreilles), Saint-Pierrais, Greek Cypriots, Pontic Greeks, Cappadocian Greeks, Sarakatsani, Urums, Griko, Macedonian Greeks, Anatolian Greeks, Koli, Bharwad, Khoja, Patidar, Sunni Bohra, Lohana, Vagri, Kharva, Charan, Baria, Momna, Ghanchi, Shenva, Bhambi Khalpa, Zarabes, Bhoi, Luso-Indians, Khatana, Solanki, Parihar, Tanwar, Parmar, Chandel, Chauhan, Bhadana, Bhatti, Kohli, Tomar, Panwar, Pawar, Bainsla, Bagri, Hans, Subei, Cantonese (including Taishanese, Hongkongers, Tankas, Chuanqing and Macanese), Hui, Fujianese (including Fuzhounese, Hoklo, Hui’an maidens, Putianese, and Teochew), Gaoshan Han, Gan, Hakka (including Ngái), Hebei, Hunanese, Jianghuai, Shandong, Sichuanese, Wu (including Shanghainese, Ningbonese, and Wenzhou), Han Taiwanese, A-Hmao, Gha-Mu, Xong, Pa-Hng, Kadazan, Dusun, Dumpas, Ida’an, Kwijau, Lotud, Mangka’ak, Maragang, Minokok, Orang Sungai, Rumanau, Rungus, Tambanuo, Bruneians, Kedahans, Pattani, Pahang, Musi, Palembangese, Pontianaks, Terengganuarians, Kelantanese, Perakians, Berau, Proto-Malay (including Orang Kuala, Jakun, Orang Rimba, Orang Seletar, and Temuan), Lubu, Palembangnese, Maya, Achi, Chuj, Ch’orti’, Itza, K’iche’, Q’eqchi’, Xinca, Tektitek, Huastecan, Mopan, Lacandon, Chontal, Akatek, Jakaltek, Q’anjob’al, Tzeltal, Mocho’, Tojolab’al, Mam, Ixil, Tzotzil, Poqomam, Yucatecan Maya, Motozintlecos, Awakatek, Kaqchikel, Sakapultek, Sipakapense, Uspantek, Ch’ol, Tz’utujil, along with Mestizos such as Guatemalans (including Hispanic Belizeans) and Mexicans, Khalkha, Buryats, Barga, Oirats, Kalmyks, Daur, Moghols, Hamnigan, Tsagaan, Yugur, Khatso, Bonan, Sart Kalmyks, Soyot, Sichuan Mongols, Sogwo Arig, Altai Uriankhai, Ordos, Kanja, Sogwo Arig, Mughals, Khakhas, Santa, Naimans, Dariganga, Khorchin, Kharchin, Köke Nuur, Chaharian, Jalairs, Gorlos, Sartuul, Myangad, Chulyms, Tubalar, Uzemchin, Uradian, Tumed, Baarins, Tofalar, Zakhchin, Hishigten, Dorbet, Muumyangan, Dukhan, Jalaids, Abaganar, Shor, Chantuu, Olot, Sunud, Eastern Dorbet, Aohans, Onnigud, Khoshut, Abagas, Khotons, Alasha, Khoid, Eljigin, Choros, Qaidam, Fujin, Sicilians, Waldensians, Lazians, Marchigianos, Tuscans, Umbrians, Emilian, Romagnol (including Sanmarinese), Trentinis, Ligurians (including Monégasque), Lombards, Piedmontese, Apulians, Calabrians, Neapolitans (including Abruzzans, Molisans, Basilicatans, and Campanians), Venetians, Roma (including Austrian Roma), Iberian Kale, Finnish Kale, Welsh Kale, Romanichal, Sinti, Manush, Romanisæl, Ashkali and Balkan Egyptians, Boyash, Lom, Dom (including Halebi, Lori, and Madari), Pannonian Rusyns, Lemkos, Hutsuls, Boykos, Castilians, Andalusians, Asturians (including Vaqueiros de alzada), Leonese, Cantabrians, Aragonese, Extremadurans, Mirandese, Canary Islanders (including Isleños), Criollos, Muong, Gin, Phen, Chut, Thổ, Nung, and Giáy.

 

 

Kurt Vonnegut’s Dystopia Arrives 60 Years Sooner than Imagined

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From new reports that people sent me: In the name of equity (i.e., equal outcomes by race), the Virginia Department of Education is moving to eliminate all accelerated math options prior to 11th grade, effectively keeping higher-achieving students from advancing as they usually would.

Because news coverage on the left and right is so pitifully biased, superficial, and copycat, I don’t know the veracity of the reports or if there are nuances to what the department is planning. However, it sounds plausible in today’s America, where Kurt Vonnegut’s fictional short story of 1961, “Harrison Bergeron,” is coming true, albeit 60 years sooner than he had imagined.

He described a dystopia where everyone had to be equal in talent and intelligence. Below is a summary of the plot:

In the year 2081, the 211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the Constitution dictate that all Americans are fully equal and not allowed to be smarter, better-looking, or more physically able than anyone else. The Handicapper General’s agents enforce the equality laws, forcing citizens to wear “handicaps”: masks for those who are too beautiful, loud radios [smart phones?] that disrupt thoughts inside the ears of intelligent people, and heavy weights for the strong or athletic.

One April, 14-year-old Harrison Bergeron, an intelligent, athletic, and good-looking teenager, is taken away from his parents, George and Hazel Bergeron, by the government. They are barely aware of the tragedy, as Hazel has “average” intelligence (a euphemism for stupidity), and George has a handicap radio installed by the government to regulate his above-average intelligence.

Hazel and George watch ballet on television. They comment on the dancers, who are weighed down to counteract their gracefulness and masked to hide their attractiveness. George’s thoughts are continually interrupted by the different noises emitted by his handicap radio, which piques Hazel’s curiosity and imagination regarding handicaps. Noticing his exhaustion, Hazel urges George to lie down and rest his “handicap bag”, 47 pounds of weights locked around George’s neck. She suggests taking a few of the weights out of the bag, but George resists, aware of the illegality of such an action.

On television, a news reporter struggles to read the bulletin and hands it to the ballerina wearing the most grotesque mask and heaviest weights. She begins reading in her unacceptably natural, beautiful voice, then apologizes before switching to a more unpleasant voice. Harrison’s escape from prison is announced, and a full-body photograph of Harrison is shown, indicating that he is seven feet tall and burdened by three hundred pounds of handicaps.

Major League Baseball Hits a Foul Ball

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Soon after the announcement that Major League Baseball has become an auxiliary to the Democrat Party, MLB Commissioner Manfred Pelosi announced new initiatives.

The following is an excerpt from a recent press conference held at league headquarters:

In our fight for social justice and since we adhere to the definition of social justice developed by the Democrat Party, MLB would like to make baseball more accessible to women and Blacks. To do this, we will have to make some alterations in both the rules and the traditions of the game that have been developed during the period of White Male hegemony.

Following recommendations from United Airlines, one of our corporate sponsors, and our new streaming partner, the Chinese Communist Party, we would like to make the following announcements.

As a goal over the next five years, we would like to make 50% of all new players either be Black, female, or Black female or those that identify as Black females.

Now, we know this rule might be abused by those translucent people that are not truly oppressed. Therefore, we will be using the ‘one drop rule’ utilized before in history. It is long established that this rule is the best way of determining ‘racial status’. Ergo, one drop of Caucasian blood makes a player hegemonistic and not of an oppressed class of players.

To reach the goal of equal outcomes (equity) in sports competition, in some cases we may have to change standards to get enough players. What is important for us all to know is that the social outcome of the game, not necessarily the game itself, is our primary concern. If we reach these goals, that is winning ladies and gentleman (sorry, don’t mean to be binary).

Henceforward, people of the correct gender and color will be given an opportunity to succeed. The expectation of equal treatment under the rules is an old and discarded concept. It is the achieved outcome, not equal treatment, that is important.

Baseball has been slow to change because of the rules of a previous era. We view these rules as “living”, subject to our interpretation based on the social situation that is evolving. Like we have with the U.S. Constitution, words mean what we deem them to mean.

For example, traditionally in baseball three strikes and you are you out. However, if you are a victim of white supremacy or masculine oppression, we will allow 5 strikes.

We know there will be some controversy about this, as we now know that math itself is a social construct. Therefore, the number of strikes will be determined by the batter. If she thinks she has taken 5 strikes, or 55 strikes, that will be up to the minority batter to determine. There is no right answer. The only thing correct about this is to achieve the desired social outcome.

This same math issue is present in scoring the game. Regardless of the runs scored, at the end of the game all sides will be winners and awards will be handed out to all player after all games. A ‘winner’ and ‘loser’ imply an unequal outcome, so henceforth these unfair labels are barred from the game.

Really, when you think of it, it boils down to how people feel at the end of the game, not the numerical score. A score kept in numbers is based on oppression.

Throwing overhand has always kept the number of women limited in the game. Throwing will henceforward be overhand or underhand, the preference determined by the minority player.

People who are not of color, the translucent who are male, will stay with the three strikes rule, and if a hegemonistic player is batting, he will be pitched overhand from the distance of 40 feet. Oppressed players will be pitched to from 40 feet with an underhand toss not to exceed 40 miles per hour.

The diamond will be reduced in size to accommodate those that are heavier, slower, or just more lethargic.

A Community Relations Committee will be used as the umpires, replacing the current sexists and largely male cadre. We will be defunding the umpires.

When an oppressed player strikes the ball, and if the ball is hit to a translucent hegemonistic player, the ball shall be held for a period of no less than three seconds, before a throw to a base player can be made. This will allow additional time for the player of color, a female player, or one who believes he is female, to make up for past injustice and therefore be on a more equal footing with a hegemonistic player. In the event of a dispute whether a player is safe or out, the base shall be awarded if the failure to reach base safely causes emotional trauma.

Safe and out are exclusive terms to be avoided. The terms safe and unsafe will now apply. There will be other changes in the rules as we experiment with this new game.

I know some tradition-bound fans will not like the idea of baseball changing from a game of excellence to a forum for social justice but we believe it is necessary to achieve our main goal, that is, to achieve equality of outcome and inclusivity for all members in our sports league.

Since we lost our antitrust exemption, we feel this will give our fans a chance to choose what kind of baseball they want to watch.

With the help of Coca-Cola, Nike, and the Disney corporations, we feel our organization will command a larger audience. Market studies tell us the majority of fans will do what they are told to by the media, so we have every confidence of success. Besides, our Chinese partners represent the future of the league.

For the cranky remnant that may not like these changes, we suggest you remember that all human endeavors evolve and the priority today is defined by who we are, social justice warriors, er, I mean advisors.

For those clinging to their guns, bibles, gold and baseball memories, competition among biological males of the translucent race can best be found in the forty states that seceded from the previous political union. Good luck getting over the wall.

I’m Trying to Be More Asian and Less White

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That’s what Coca-Cola wants me to do.

A diversity training program at Coca-Cola gives pointers on how to be less white. I’m going to take it to heart and try to be more Asian, in ways that I’ll describe momentarily.

First, as background, the program said that the way to be less white is to:

  • be less oppressive
  • be less arrogant
  • be less certain
  • be less defensive
  • be more humble
  • listen
  • believe
  • break with apathy
  • break with white solidarity

Breaking with solidarity will be easy for me. That’s because I’m an olive-skinned Italian and was only one of two Italians in my high school graduating class. Just about all the other students were Anglo-Saxon and from the wealthy side of the tracks.

The New York Times, the paragon of racial enlightenment and inclusivity, used to refer to Italians as swarts, because of their swarthy complexion. And Look Magazine, the CNN of its day in terms of the audience said that baseball great Joe DiMaggio was not a typical Italian because he didn’t put bear grease in his hair and reek of garlic.

Italians are just one of the hundred or so unique ethnocultural groups in the U.S. lumped together in the contrived “white” category, which encompasses different skin shades, nationalities, values, customs, socioeconomic classes, histories, and nose sizes. (The last is mentioned because my nose is my most prominent feature.)

But if Coke wants to stereotype me and other so-called whites as being genetically programmed to behave in certain ways, I’m not going to be defensive about it. In fact, I’m going to try to be non-white by being like Asians.

To start, I have to decide which of the unique nationalities and ethnocultural groups in the Asian category I should model. To consider just several of them, should I model the Han Chinese, the Japanese, the Koreans, the Malaysians, the Vietnamese, the Cambodians, the Filipinos, or the East Indians?

Selfishly, I’ll choose East Indians, because they have the highest income of all racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.—and because I love Indian food. They also have a high incidence of nuclear families, are industrious, and excel academically, especially in science, math, and computer technology. Oh, and like the Patel clan that has a lock on independent hotels and motels in the U.S., they are good at funding each other’s entrepreneurial endeavors.

Now I have to decide which caste to model. Since most Indian-Americans are from the upper-caste of India, I’ll go with that.

On second thought, maybe not.

You see, I knew an East Indian executive from the upper-caste who was aloof, arrogant, and condescending to his staff. He was a brilliant engineer and president of a division of a company where I was also an executive. The CEO asked me to counsel the executive on his management style, so I invited the executive for dinner at the restaurant of his choice, so as to be able to ease into the touchy subject in a relaxed setting. He chose an Indian restaurant, where he proceeded to treat the restaurant staff as serfs, snapping his fingers and never saying please or thank you.

If I were to follow the logic of Coke’s diversity training program, which stereotypes all whites as being the same, I’d stereotype all East Indians as being the same as the foregoing executive.

But wouldn’t that be racist?

Glossary of Racial Euphemisms

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Below are ubiquitous words parroted by the media, academia, industry, and government that doesn’t mean what you might think they mean.  Following each word is its true meaning.

Race:  A social construct that has no basis in genetics but has been used historically to divide people for political purposes and is used today for the same purposes under the guise of diversity and social justice.

Diversity:  The force-fitting of hundreds of ethnicities, religions, cultures, and nationalities into a handful of catchall racial categories, such as White, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific-Islander, and Native-American, thus erasing their individuality and uniqueness in the name of diversity.

Minorities:  All Americans except for those in the White category, because when the hundred or so ethnic minorities in the White category are lumped together, they magically become a numeric majority, even if they have little in common—as, for example, the virtually nonexistent commonality between my poor, Catholic grandparents and such uber-wealthy WASPs as Scotsman Andrew Carnegie, Baptist John D. Rockefeller, Dutchman Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Episcopalian J.P. Morgan, whose blue-blooded descendants, in turn, have virtually nothing in common with me, either socially, politically, or financially.

Inclusion:  The exclusion of whites from diversity initiatives, except for whites with Spanish surnames.

Social Justice:  Because WASPs held political and economic power for centuries and discriminated against Blacks, Mexicans, Indians, the Chinese, Mormons, Jews, Catholics, and Southern Europeans, non-WASP whites should pay for the sins of WASPs while leaving the descendants of WASPs in power in government, media, industry, and the Ivy League, where they engage in virtue-signaling about social justice and laugh at the gullibility of the masses beneath them.

Racism:  Believing that a given race is genetically inferior in some way, which, it is said, is how all whites see other races because all whites are genetically evil.

Racist:  1) An apt description of all white people because whites are the only people in 200,000 years of human history to have engaged in genocide, slavery, discrimination, and other forms of racism; 2) a word that can be used to silence those with different opinions.

Disadvantaged:  The socioeconomic status of all non-whites, including wealthy, well-educated immigrants from India’s upper caste, as well as wealthy Hispanics who come from the Spanish aristocracy of Latin America.

Advantaged:  The socioeconomic status of all whites, including descendants of sharecroppers, impoverished Appalachians, the homeless with drug and mental problems, and the residents of decrepit double-wides in deindustrialized towns.

Privileged:  See “Advantaged” above.

Humanism, Capitalism and the Enlightenment:  Moral and economic philosophies used by whites to subjugate non-whites.

Marxism:  A completely fair and just economic and political system that is an antidote to the above.

Two-Parent Families:  A bourgeois social construct formerly employed by whites to achieve socioeconomic advantages and now selfishly adopted by certain Asian groups to rise above all the other groups in household income and education.

Multiculturalism:  A belief that all cultures are superior to the white culture, including cultures that stone gays to death, treat women as property, and decapitate heretics.

Wokes:  1) Those who have been taught in college to parrot euphemisms and cliches instead of being taught history; 2) those who hate themselves for being white; and 3) those who engage in meaningless virtue-signaling.

 

It Snowed Last Night

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At 8 o’clock this morning, I made a snowman. Then at…..

8:10 – A feminist passed by and asked me why I didn’t make a snow woman.

8:15 – So, I made a snow woman.

8:17 – My feminist neighbor complained about the snow woman’s voluptuous chest saying it objectified snow women everywhere.

8:20 – The gay couple living nearby threw a hissy fit and moaned it could have been two snow men instead.

8:22 – The transgender man, women…person asked why I didn’t just make one snow person with detachable parts.

8:25 – The vegans at the end of the lane complained about the carrot nose, as veggies are food and not to decorate snow figures with.

8:28 – I was being called a racist because the snow couple is white.

8:31 – The Middle Eastern gent across the road demanded the snow woman be covered up.

8:40 – The Police arrived saying someone had been offended.

8:42 – The feminist neighbor complained again that the broomstick of the snow woman needed to be removed because it depicted women in a domestic role.

8:43 – The City Council Equality Officer arrived and threatened me with eviction.

8:45 – A TV news crew from ABC showed up. I was asked if I know the difference between snowmen and snow-women? I replied “Snowballs” and am now called a sexist.

8:47 – Fauci showed up and complained because they were too close together and did not have masks on.

9:00 – I was on the News as a suspected terrorist, racist, homophobe sensibility offender, bent on stirring up trouble during difficult weather.

9:10 – I was asked if I have any accomplices. My children were taken by social services.

9:29 – Far left protesters offended by everything marched down the street demanding for me to be arrested.

9:30 – Antifa and BLM showed up with blowtorches and melted everything down.

Moral

There is no moral to this story. It is exactly what we have become….. all caused by Snowflakes.