Democratic National Committee has multiple open vacancies in the tech department, including IT Systems Administrator, Product Manager and Chief Security Officer. Madeleine Leader, the DNC Data Services Manager, sends an email to employees, asking for help filling in those vacancies – “feel free to forward on to your contacts“. Then comes a hummer: “I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, as they are already in the majority.”
“Cisgender” means not transgender in the language spoken in the DNC. The conservative media did chide the DNC for the discriminatory intent of this email, but missed the more important story. This email shows (independently of other evidence) that the Democrat Party became obscurantist to the bone. Even in its internal operations, it does not care about technical knowledge, competence, ability, skills, experience and other attributes that distinguish a good engineer/scientist/worker from a bad or fake one. This is why it still believes in the climate pseudo-science. This is why its presidential candidate failed to secure her illegal email server. And this is why the self-incriminating emails of John Podesta came to the public view on the eve of the elections. They have not been “hacked by Russia,” but by a bored student or another good citizen.
This story should be connected to a recent example of academic obscurantism. A professor at the University of Illinois wrote that “mathematics itself operates as Whiteness” – in an anthology for math teachers! The real scandal is not in what she had wrote. It is in the approval of this garbage by the university
University of Illinois interim Provost John Wilkin told Fox News that Gutierrez is an established and admired scholar who has been published in many peer-reviewed publications. (White privilege bolstered by teaching math, university professor says – Fox News, 10/24)
and in the absence of outrage from what used to be the academic community.
This Democrat Party ruled the US for eight years, and still rules many states. The harm it has inflicted on the national security, defense, education, infrastructure, and productive economy is probably beyond imagination of an average citizen, or a Trump administration member. The institutions, politically aligned or to the left from the Democrat Party, have fallen as low as it did. Academia, media, professional societies etc. are probably in need of rebuilding almost from scratch.
via Climate Realism Against Alarmism
November 3, 2017 at 06:13AM