Culture and Higher Education, links and thinks

American colleges are onesided Democrat factories, essentially, when it comes to full time, PH.D holding professors:

“An extensive study of 8,688 tenure-track professors at 51 of the 66 top-ranked liberal arts colleges in the U.S. published by the National Association of Scholars found that the ratio of faculty members registered as Democrats compared to those registered Republican is now a stunning 10.4 to 1. If two military colleges that are technically described as “liberal arts colleges” are removed from the calculations, the ratio is 12.7 to 1.

The researcher, Mitchell Langbert, Associate Professor of Business at Brooklyn College, found that nearly 40% of the colleges in the study had zero faculty members who were registered Republican. Not a single one. Nearly 80% of the 51 colleges had so few Republican faculty members that they were statistically insignificant.”

It’s rather telling that while in the softer disciplines the ratios are upwards of 50:1, the closest ratios are in the hard sciences where reality still somewhat matters- although there it’s still about 5:1- 10:1

Canon Wars

The Return of the Canon Wars

http://sonic.net/~rteeter/grtbloom.html (Harold Bloom’s Western Canon, presented here for reference and reminder)

 

I find Jonah Goldberg increasingly disappointing these days, but this has some readable moments. https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/kanye-west-vanity-fair-hit-job-conservatives/amp/

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/forgotten-skills-millennials-others-need-know/– meanwhile, college bound or not, serious reader or not, here are some skills you want to make sure you and the kids have.

 

Snopes lies.

https://townhall.com/columnists/robertknight/2018/05/02/snopes-and-californias-totalitarian-left-n2476230

 

Cultural appropriation

http://m.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2144207/qipao-us-prom-wins-support-china-after-internet-backlash

The response of the SJW types was then to dismiss the opinions of actual Chinese people living in China because the culture was different there and they hadn’t lived the experience of Chinese Americans. Okay.  But that means the qipao is not your culture, either. And really, it doesn’t matter. The only kind of cultural appropriation I find real and objectionable is the sort where Sean King pretends to be black and Elizabeth Warren lies about being an Indian for political points.

 

Ancient grave of mass child sacrifice:  https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/2018/04/mass-child-human-animal-sacrifice-peru-chimu-science

“More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago on a wind-swept bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow of what was then the sprawling capital of the Chimú Empire.”

The children ranged from 5 to 14. Their hearts were cut from their bodies. Their killers were systematic, efficient, good at what they did, indicating some experience. This is the largest child sacrifice group known to archeology.  Incidentally, the second largest is also in South or Central America (the article says, I forget and I’m pressed for time, and I hope you’ll read it all anyway).  Very likely, this was an attempt to appease supernatural forces at a time of great crisis and catastrophe.  But 140 children.

“The children ranged from 5 to 14. Their hearts were cut from their bodies. Their killers were systematic, efficient, good at what they did, indicating some experience. This is the largest child sacrifice group known to archeology.

Of course, we sacrifice thousands every single year through the rite of abortion, which is also performed to avoid crisis and catastrophe or inconvenience.
Not all cultures deserve to survive.

 

Oh, look.  The North Pole is melting.  In 1923.

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NORTH POLE MELTING.
MANY GLACIERS VANISHED.
Is the North Pole going to melt en-
tirely? Are the Arctic regions warm-
ing up, with the prospect of a great
climatic change in that part of the
world?
Science is asking these questions
(says “Popular Science Siftings”).
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters,
and explorers who sail the seas
around Spitsbergen and the eastern
Arctic all point to a radical change
in climatic conditions, with hitherto
unheard-of high temperatures on that
part of the earth’s surface.
Problem?  Article is from 1923
Observations to that effect have
covered the last five years during
which the warmth has been steadily
increasing. In August the Norwegian
Department of Commerce sent an ex-
pedition to Spitzbergen and Bear
island under the leadership of Dr.
Adolf Hoel, professor of geology in
the University of Christiania, the
object in view being to survey and
chart areas productive of coal and
other minerals. The expedition sailed
as far north as 81 deg. 29 min. N. lati-
tude in ice free water. Such a thing,
hitherto, would have been deemed im-
possible.
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