Social Justice Snowflakes, Social Justice, Education, The Speech Police

Teaching Assistant Dares to Show Snowflakes An Argument They Don’t Like; School Disciplines

Universities are not for education any more; they’re for indoctrination.

The article is at the link below, but for even more context check out Matt Christiansen’s video on the subject.

via Graduate Instructor Who Showed Gendered-Pronoun Debate to Class Is Basically Hitler, Says School – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Debunked, Fake News, Social Networks, Technology

Twitter Admits It Ran Interference on Podesta Email Leaks

Since I know some of you are going to just disregard this because of the source, the testimony is linked to the House page.

Before the election, we also detected and took action on activity relating to hashtags that have since been reported as manifestations of efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. For example, our automated spam detection systems helped mitigate the impact of automated Tweets promoting the #PodestaEmails hashtag, which originated with Wikileaks’ publication of thousands of emails from the Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account.

The core of the hashtag was propagated by Wikileaks, whose account sent out a series of 118 original Tweets containing variants on the hashtag #PodestaEmails referencing the daily installments of the emails released on the Wikileaks website. In the two months preceding the election, around 57,000 users posted approximately 426,000 unique Tweets containing variations of the #PodestaEmails hashtag.

Approximately one quarter (25%) of those Tweets received internal tags from our automation detection systems that hid them from searches.

As described in greater detail below, our systems detected and hid just under half (48%) of the Tweets relating to variants of another notable hashtag, #DNCLeak, which concerned the disclosure of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Do I need to draw a diagram here?  And to think, amidst all this “help” Clinton got, she still blames the Russians, and she still lost.

Twitter literally systematically hid damaging tweets.  This is no longer in the realm of theory or conspiracy tin-foil-hattery.

via Twitter Admits It Buried “Podesta Email”, DNC Tweets Ahead Of The Presidential Election | Zero Hedge

Politics

Money In Politics Is Not A Problem? Oh… Right… Democrats Won…

Political experts have cited many reasons for Democrat Ralph Northams huge win in Tuesdays elections. Credit has gone to the states changing demographics. And to high voter turnout. And to loathing for Donald Trump, which helped drive turnout. Some on the right blamed Republican Ed Gillespie not being Trumpian enough.

One explanation was conspicuous by its absence, however: money.In the closing weeks of the campaign, Northam enjoyed a 2-1 advantage in financing: He went into October with 5.7 million in his pocket, compared to Gillespies 2.5 million. By the time the polls closed, Northam had spent 32 million to Gillespies 23 million.

Northam also got a lot of help. The League of Conservation Voters spent more than 1 million to help him out. Planned Parenthoods Virginia affiliate kicked in 3 million. Environmentalist Tom Steyer threw in another 2 million, Michael Bloombergs gun control group added more than 1 million, a group affiliated with Barack Obama added 1 million more, and so on. Why hasnt this “outside money” been cited as a factor in the race—or as proof that “money buys elections”?

Getting money out of politics is a laughably stupid ambition, mainly because the people that crow the most about the magnitude of that problem are usually fine with “the right kind of money” coming in.

For example, everyone hates Koch money, but no one seems to mind Soros money.  Everyone hates “corporate” money but is fine with “union” money.  Your perspective on whether or not money should be kept out (or whose should be kept out) generally aligns with which color pompoms you carry.

Me?  I don’t give a damn; both sides are corrupt anyway.

via Money in Politics Apparently Isnt So Bad When Democrats Win – Reason.com

Big Government, Politics

Senator Settles $27k Sexual Harassment Suit With Taxpayer Money

Nice work if you can get it.  You can be a scumbag and then, when you get caught, you don’t even have to pay out of your own pocket!

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”

Documents from the complaint obtained by BuzzFeed News include four signed affidavits, three of which are notarized, from former staff members who allege that Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sex acts, contacting and transporting other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public. Four people involved with the case verified the documents are authentic.

Conyers confirmed he made the settlement in a statement Tuesday afternoon, hours after this story was published, but said that he “vehemently denied” the claims of sexual harassment at the time and continues to do so.

Rep. John Conyers speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 45th annual legislative conference, Washington, DC, September 18, 2015.

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Rep. John Conyers speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th annual legislative conference, Washington, DC, September 18, 2015.

And the documents also reveal the secret mechanism by which Congress has kept an unknown number of sexual harassment allegations secret: a grinding, closely held process that left the alleged victim feeling, she told BuzzFeed News, that she had no option other than to stay quiet and accept a settlement offered to her.

“I was basically blackballed. There was nowhere I could go,” she said in a phone interview. BuzzFeed News is withholding the woman’s name at her request because she said she fears retribution.

Last week the Washington Post reported that Congress’s Office of Compliance paid out $17 million for 264 settlements with federal employees over 20 years for various violations, including sexual harassment. The Conyers documents, however, give a glimpse into the inner workings of the office, which has for decades concealed episodes of sexual abuse by powerful political figures.

The woman who settled with Conyers launched the complaint with the Office of Compliance in 2014, alleging she was fired for refusing his sexual advances, and ended up facing a daunting process that ended with a confidentiality agreement in exchange for a settlement of more than $27,000. Her settlement, however, came from Conyers’ office budget rather than the designated fund for settlements.

via She Said A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story.

Big Government, Hypocrites, Localized

Governor Cuomo Declares MTA State Of Emergency, Skewers Trump, Then Diverts Funds Away From It

At some point the morons of New York who keep voting for this ass are going to realize they’re being played. Maybe.

To some, last week was a turning point in Andrew Cuomo’s long battle to distance himself from his ailing transit agency, the MTA. Instead of shirking off responsibilities for the collapsing subway system, or pressing for token legislation to provide him with even more power, Cuomo seized it himself, declaring a “state of emergency” in the subways and promising $1 billion to help shore up the abysmal service.

As the Daily News points out, the recent amendment to the MTA’s capital plan that its board recently passed strips $1.2 billion from the current capital plan that would have gone toward new subway cars, in addition to $37.6 million for new signals. The MTA argues that because those train cars won’t be ready until midway through the next capital plan in 2023 anyway, it shouldn’t be budgeting for their purchasing. The $37.6 million, the MTA claims, was for new signals that would have operated solely with the new trains.

Ostensibly, that freed up more than $1.2 billion to go toward the city’s crumbling subways, which vitally need new signals to increase capacity on the lines. Currently, the MTA is finishing signal work for a single line, the 7 train, and has just recently begun work on the Queens Boulevard E/F/M/R lines, but only for the sections that run through Queens and parts of midtown Manhattan. Only the L train has been given completely new signals. That $1.2 billion could, theoretically, have gone to start another signal modernization project as soon as possible. Already, the MTA has pegged $3 billion in the current capital plan for new signals, although even the transit agency itself admits it won’t get around to outfitting the entire system with those signals until 2045 (and that’s a hopeful outlook).

Instead, however, the money is going toward Cuomo’s pet projects, including his poorly conceived LaGuardia AirTrain, a third track for the Long Island Rail Road (which is desperately needed but faces stiff local resistance), subway station enhancements that won’t necessarily increase station capacity, and cashless tolls. In keeping with his longtime neglect of the subways, Cuomo has shorted the system cash that had already been allotted to it.

Source: Guess Which NY Governor Just Took $1 Billion Meant for MTA Subway Signals and Spent It Elsewhere? | Village Voice