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  • US Politics Vol. 6: A Song of Fire and Fury - The Winds of Midterms

    That Atlantic article I cited actually speaks to your sentiment.  The Washington Post polled and found out 9 out of 10 Native Americans aren't actually offended by the Redskins name.  Which apparently replicated a 2004 poll finding.

    "Among the Native Americans reached over a five-month period ending in April, more than 7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name."

    Which struck me as odd, until I read that Atlantic article and they found

    "that Whites are ever so slightly less likely than average to believe that political correctness is a problem in the country: 79 percent of them share this sentiment. Instead, it is Asians (82 percent), Hispanics (87 percent), and American Indians (88 percent) who are most likely to oppose political correctness."

    Which is very consistent with the results of the Washington Post poll.  So, who actually is getting offended at the team name, and why?

    Travis said:
    It's funny (well not "funny" funny, but... well you know), I've always seen "political correctness" as just basic "don't be a dick." You know who gets annoyed by "the oppression of political correctness?" Dicks! Just be cool and try not to step on people's feelings. I think that's a pretty reasonable standard for society, right? Also, it's not like people are being hauled off to jail for simply being assholes, so really it's just people fabricating outrage (or perhaps getting outraged) at the fact that people don't want to hang out with assholes who either just don't care about people's feelings or do so selectively (I suppose you can be sued for creating a hostile work environment and what not, but then you actually are stepping on the rights of others, and you like shouldn't do that and stuff). It's the exact same thing as the bogus "war on Christmas" and all of that nonsense. People just want to feel aggrieved about stuff so they whine on and on about how they used to have to care so much less about the impact of what they said on other people, and honestly that is probably just because the world of communication used to be smaller, or people weren't nearly as empowered as they are now to speak up so the world has become a bit more enlightened on the effects of what they say. In essence, you've always been a dick but you're just figuring it out now. 

    Carrying it to the famous example: I'm sorry that we all took it for granted for so long, but it's a dick move to call your football team The Redskins. Now, obviously they have exercised their right to do so but by doing so they invite controversy and public awareness that it's a dick thing to do. So they are left with a choice, carry that baggage or change the name. They totally control their destiny, but they can't have it both ways. Political correctness simply comes down to how you want the world to see you, and with the fast spread of information and ability for people to gather and spread messages it creates more intense pressure now. If you don't want people to call you out for being a jerk, don't be a jerk, man. I've never got what all of the fuss is about.

    Sorry it that was a little over-caffeinated, but it's been a stressful and very caffeinated type of day. I feel good now though. Yeah!

  • Making A Murderer - Season 2

    The most popular blood draw system since the 1940s is literally called the Vacutainer system - It fills by vacuum once you slide the test tube into the receptacle and the top is pierced by the needle in the receptacle. Therefore the blood drawer does not need to mess with drawing into a syringe and transferring to individual tubes. 

    LordBy said:
    I’m in for Season 2, though I reserve the right to hate it if it’s pointless.

    The possible tampering with the previous blood evidence while it was in police custody casts doubt on the DNA/blood evidence. I’ve seen justification that the vial was filled by syringe causing the hole, but that doesn’t make sense unless the vials are vacuums while empty as filling it full of blood through a sealed cap would cause the cap to pop-off under pressure otherwise.

    Documentry was certainly driving a narrative, which is part of why it was so compelling, and Avery is no Boy Scout. The workings of the system were also quite flawed and this documentary did a lot to raise the issue of systemic problems to the public’s awareness which is a good thing.

    If the cops and prosecutor believe that you’re guilty, whether for valid or invalid reasons, there are a lot of levers they can pull to make sure you’re found guilty. They have all the power if you can’t hire a good legal team to defend you and even the level of railroading that takes place with truly guilty people can be pretty alarming.

  • US Politics Vol. 6: A Song of Fire and Fury - The Winds of Midterms

    Quite a surprising article in the Atlantic about political correctness.  From what I gather in the article, the focus group participants and subjects defined political correctness, and per this article they mostly seemed to define it as having to carefully parse their words in case of unknowingly offending people and thus facing social censure.

    "According to the report, 25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an “exhausted majority.” Their members “share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.”

    Most members of the “exhausted majority,” and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.

    Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness—and it turns out race isn’t, either.

    Whites are ever so slightly less likely than average to believe that political correctness is a problem in the country: 79 percent of them share this sentiment. Instead, it is Asians (82 percent), Hispanics (87percent), and American Indians (88 percent) who are most likely to oppose political correctness. "


    "It is obvious that certain elements on the right mock instances in which political correctness goes awry in order to win the license to spew outright racial hatred. And it is understandable that, in the eyes of some progressives, this makes anybody who dares to criticize political correctness a witting tool of—or a useful idiot for—the right. But that’s not fair to the Americans who feel deeply alienated by woke culture. Indeed, while 80 percent of Americans believe that political correctness has become a problem in the country, even more, 82 percent, believe that hate speech is also a problem.

    It turns out that while progressive activists tend to think that only hate speech is a problem, and devoted conservatives tend to think that only political correctness is a problem, a clear majority of all Americans holds a more nuanced point of view: They abhor racism. But they don’t think that the way we now practice political correctness represents a promising way to overcome racial injustice."

  • 4.08 Coushatta

    Why didn't Mike take the Germans out of town for R&R if there was such concern for loose lips sinking Superlabs and Germans being obvious? 
  • Naomi Osaka US Open Finals Match

    I think the take home message from the whole thing was that the umpire, Ramos, seems to have had very little reason to inject himself into the match by calling a penalty on something that is actually common in tennis.  This is not the first time by any stretch that Serena Williams has blown up, and she just could not let it go when things kept getting worse for her; this umpire was obviously not going to let himself get shown up in front of everyone (apparently the umpires are talking about a union now because of the lack of support for the umpire from the tennis bodies).  Ramos affecting the championship match like that was a terrible idea. In a game where people commonly get thrown out for arguing, like baseball, I would always expect there to be more leeway to argue in a World Series or playoff game, for instance.  This just seemed like a weird choice on Ramos's part.
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