Item Big changes to grueling Special Forces course draw scrutiny (Thanks to Bill Raynor for the tip.)
For the nearly 200 candidates scrambling through Hoffman Forest at Camp Mackall, the struggle to become a Green Beret is real. But Army commanders are making sweeping changes to shorten and revamp the course. The aim is to meet evolving national security threats and to shift from a culture that weeds out struggling soldiers at every point to one that trains them to do better…
The changes that are beginning now have led to resentment among some Special Forces that the brass wants to make it easier to pass the qualification course as a way to boost lagging recruiting numbers and ensure that women will eventually qualify….
In a lengthy and anonymous 2017 email, a Green Beret instructor argued that “career-focused leaders” have eroded standards in the qualification course in order to meet graduation quotas. The email charged that allowing women to compete for special operations jobs was also responsible because commanders want to “markedly lower the standards enough to ensure that any woman attempting this path will have absolutely no issue achieving it.”
Everybody sing along with me! Diversity & Equality always leads to mandatory quotas. Absolutely always.
They also lead to a lessening of standards accompanied by flacks lying that standards have not been lowered. Equal pay for equal work!
For Jodi Dean, a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith, the word “comrade” is by no means a simple descriptor, nor is it some dusty relic of the bygone days of actually-existing state socialism. It is a perennial call to action, a challenge to accept one’s responsibility toward others who are “on the same side of a political struggle.” In her new book, Comrade: An Essay on Political Belonging (Verso), Dean argues that we are living in an era where the battle lines of a world-historical struggle — a struggle against planetary destruction, forever war, rising fascism, and a global return to feudalism — have already been drawn. And neutrality is not an option. Everyone must answer the questions: Which side are you on? And what are you going to do about it?
Whatever side she is on, I pick the opposite. The female is pictured at the top of the post.
Item Pattern Recognition Is Another Name for Racism and Sexism (video link)
“Vivek Wadhwa explains that when venture capitalists talk about pattern recognition, they’re legitimizing discrimination.”
Shut it down!
“They were circling around me, and they were pointing their fingers in my face. They’re dancing, and all of a sudden they’re punching me. They beat the crap out of me,” Sullivan, a technical director for Plaza Productions, an NBCUniversal affiliate, told the Daily News.
The group made “boo” noises as if they were ghosts, Sullivan recalled…
Police say they are looking for seven men and two women.
Yet another group of blacks attack another white for the sheer joy of it.
Well, it’s good to have hobbies.
UK doctors are to perform a surgical abortion on a woman with learning difficulties without her consent, a Court of Protection judge has ruled.
The Court of Protection in London heard how an unidentified woman in her twenties has the ‘mental capacity of a toddler’ and is believed to be 12 weeks pregnant. The judge has ordered a surgical abortion to be performed on the woman later this week, after hospital bosses urged the court to authorize the termination.
Mr Justice Williams has ruled that medics can physically restrain the vulnerable woman, if necessary, in order to administer a general anesthetic and perform the abortion.
England is adopting the more festive aspects of Aztec culture. I wonder which deity will be given the nod as the executioners plunge in the knife?
The city of Madison signed on to a statewide resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis Tuesday.
The move brings no additional programming or funding, but community leaders who run programs for youth of color and people of color in Madison say this is a good step for the city to take…
Gee said this is important not just for systemic issues and policy, but for the effects the culture the predominantly white city can have as well.
“It’s now been proven that the stress caused by the pressures of racism is a leading indicator of health disparities for African Americans,” he said. “We now know that because of stress, we, African Americans, are contracting diseases faster than our white counterparts and then dying sooner.”
Boy, whites are nothing but trouble to everyone. We should do something about them.
— zyntrax (@zyntrax) October 18, 2019
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