A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

That slogan seemed to have a different meaning when I was in school back in the ’60s.

UPDATE—Trigger Warning

triggerJonathan Rauch suggests the following should be put on college admission websites and recruiting material:

“Warning: Although this university values and encourages civil expression and respectful personal behavior, you may at any moment, and without further notice, encounter ideas, expressions and images that are mistaken, upsetting, dangerous, prejudiced, insulting or deeply offensive. We call this education.”

Feminist Identity Politics

Vote for me because I’m [insert identity]!

Certainly, Hillary Clinton has said one reason to vote for her is that she’s a woman, and some on the left have committed the sin of questioning whether that is a good enough reason. As a result, we’re beginning to see some interesting pushback from feminists. Michelle Goldberg, a Sanders support by the way, has a piece over at Slate complaining about how men are explaining Hillary to her.

Of course, people of good faith are going to disagree about individual examples of sexism. What’s immensely frustrating, however, is to realize how many ostensibly enlightened men think that gender can ever be totally disaggregated from Clinton’s efforts to become the first female president. They seem to believe that their class politics exempt them from taking sexism seriously. They certainly don’t care about female leadership.

I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise; as long as feminism has existed, left-wing men have dismissed it as a bourgeois triviality. Now we know how little things have changed.

Read the whole thing. Meanwhile, I, as an unenlightened male, will keep looking forward to the American equivalent of Margaret Thatcher arriving on our political scene.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Gina McCarthy, the head of the Obama Administration’s EPA, wants to help fight global warming by reducing the efficiency of air conditioning. She wants to further restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons which are used as the working fluids in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. There are substitutes such as ammonia, but they are less efficient.

So the way to fight global warming is to reduce the efficiency of air conditioning so that even more energy will be required. We’re gonna need a whole lot of windmills to handle that.