Readers will have to help me. I’ve been posting insane and doom-laden articles for so long they all start to look alike. I worry that I repeating links. But it may just be an acceleration in doom. Let me know if you spot duplicates.
The SAS is reportedly considering changes to its notoriously difficult entry tests to ensure women have a fair chance of making the grade.
All applicants to the special forces must complete an initial fitness test before they are considered further. The tasks, which involve various long marches over mountainous terrain while carrying heavy rucksacks, are understood to be prohibitive to women and inessential to selecting candidates with the attributes required to succeed in the SAS.
The government said it wanted to see all close combat units in the British military open to women by 2019. Last year, then-prime minister David Cameron announced he was removing a ban on women in close combat roles, upending hundreds of years of tradition.
As regular readers know, Equality and Diversity (1) always lead to mandatory quotas, (2) always result in a weakening of standards, and (3) always results in an argument the standards were never really necessary. This is the ironclad rules of progressivism and the reason any group, state, nation or military which embraces Equality and Diversity is doomed.
Want more proof? Today’s your unlucky day.
Britain’s biggest companies have been given four years to appoint one board director from an ethnic minority background as part of a package of measures outlined in a government-backed review into the lack of diversity at the top of corporate Britain.
Sir John Parker, the chairman of the mining company Anglo American, who conducted the review, said it should be a wake-up call for major companies that only 85 of the 1,050 director positions in the FTSE 100 companies were held by people from ethnic minorities.
The companies in the FTSE 100 have been told to end their all-white boardrooms by 2021 while those in the FTSE 250, the next tier of companies on the stock market, have until 2024. The target is voluntary, but companies that fail to comply will have to explain why.
Parker was first linked to the diversity campaign in 2014 when Sir Vince Cable was business secretary and set a goal to end all all-white boards by 2020.
No word on whether the same quotas will be applied to those companies who have no whites on their boards. I’ll take any comers at fifty bucks and say they will not only not be required to have a token white, but they’ll be praised (in some way) for their “diversity”.
At the University of California, Berkeley, last week, Judith Butler said that while she considers herself to be an “advocate” of the First Amendment, the articulation of socially conservative viewpoints should be banned…
Butler argues that unless we restrict speakers who reject the left’s social ideology, “We should perhaps frankly admit that we have agreed in advance to have our community sundered, racial and sexual minorities demeaned, the dignity of trans people denied, that we are, in effect, willing to be wrecked by this principle of free speech, considered more important than any other value.”
First off, note that Butler takes as a given the notion that socially conservative speech splits apart a “community.” Here we see the implicit understanding that a community is only defined by those who subscribe to the left’s righteous orthodoxy.
Not being a tenured professor, we’d hate to disagree with Butler’s conclusion, which may well be true. Injecting sanity and Reality into Berkeley would split the community apart. Some of the inmates would realize what they’ve been missing out on and would, in the spirit of Truth, try to inform other Berkeleyites. Result: pandemonium. Best to remove anybody with any association with Truth and Reality and let the inmates eat themselves. When they’re finished, we can move back in and clean the place up.