Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Three Cords and the Truth

This is an outstanding commentary by columnist Mike Adams.

Three Cords And The Truth

Mike Adams

June 10, 2014

Readers of my recent columns are already aware that UNC-Wilmington graduates can get a gold cord for good grades, a purple one for being a homosexual, and a lavender one for just being really supportive of homosexuals. Most readers probably think this is too many graduation cords. I actually think we need one more. In fact, I think we should offer a white graduation cord for students who got their degrees without ever asserting victim status in an effort to get something they didn't really deserve.

Of course, if we ever do distribute these cords, we will have to decide exactly what "without ever asserting victim status" means. Here are my initial suggestions for defining white cord status:

1. When applying for college, the student never revealed his race or ethnicity in order to get bonus points on the SAT or any other standardized test.

2. Once admitted, the student never used disability services for the purpose of getting extra test time for some manufactured "disability" such as Attention Deficit Disorder.

3. The student never set foot in the African American Center, El Centro Hispano, or any other racially segregated victim center (unless for the purpose of asking them why they spend scarce taxpayer resources advancing racial segregation).

4. The student never filed a complaint alleging a violation of the Seahawk Respect Compact simply because she lacked the intellectual fortitude to respond to an opposing argument with a rational argument of her own.

5. The student never signed up for a class in any department ending with the word "studies."

6. The student never filed a false claim of rape or sexual harassment or spread an uncorroborated story about being racially harassed by off campus rednecks shouting epithets from inside a crowded pickup truck. (This requirement alone would disqualify at least one professor on our campus, but that's a topic best suited for a separate column).

7. The student never used the course evaluation form to punish a professor for his political beliefs even though his beliefs were never expressed in the classroom. (Nor tried to ban Chick-fil-A from campus even though the subject of gay marriage never came up when he was trying to get an extra packet of honey mustard for his waffle fries).

8. The student never changed the content of an essay in order to get a good grade in a class taught by a feminist English professor.

9. The student never pretended to share a Marxist feminist professor's views in order to impress his peers during classroom discussions, which were designed to a) indoctrinate students through peer pressure and b) prevent the Marxist professor from actually having to teach.

10. The student never asked for an exception to class rules concerning tardiness, absenteeism, or assignment due dates. In other words, the student simply accepted the rules and the consequences of his own failure to follow them.

My plan for issuing these white cords won't cost the taxpayers much money in the overall scheme of things. We'll probably need about a hundred purple cords per year for UNCW homosexuals. We'll also need a few hundred lavender cords for their die-hard supporters. But we'll only need about a dozen cords a year for students who made it all the way through college without holding themselves out to be victims. Thus, we need not be troubled by the prospect of making our graduation more expensive by having to supply these white cords in mass quantities.

Nor do we need to be concerned that the white cords might be construed as having an offensive racial connotation. Wearing a white cord is more like wearing a wedding dress than making a racial statement. It means the student's character hasn’t been soiled by trying to get something he really didn’t earn through the fruits of his own labor, no pun intended.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

The World at War - Episode 3 - France Falls

The World at War - Episode 3 - France Falls

The World at War(1973)Ep03 France Falls by waja100

For Your Listening Pleasure - Foundation!

When I was in about the 8th grade I came down with one of my many yearly bouts with bronchitis and was confined to my bed in a steam tent and bored out of my mind. I begged my mother to get me something to read and she finally went to Stock's restaurant where she grabbed a science fiction book from the pocket book rack and brought it home to me. I wasn't terribly happy. I wasn't a science fiction fan and hadn't read anything in that genre since I was in the 1st grade. There was nothing else, however, so I started to read it and by evening I had finished it. It was tremendously good. It was also the first book in a series.

When father got home from work I begged him to go down to stocks and see if they had the second one in that series. He came back with all five that completed that series and over the next few days I raced through them all reading every moment I wasn't sleeping, napping, or engaged in a struggle for air.

The series was E.E. "Doc" (Edward Elmer) Smith's Lensman series and it was as fine a science fiction series as has ever been written but you need not take my word for that. I'll explain in a minute.

Reading that series launched me into years of reading the Sci Fi masters: Smith, Ellison, Niven, Clark, Heinlein, Herbert, Anderson, Asimov.

As good, even as great, as the books by these authors were nothing touched the reading experience of reading The Lensman series ... until I discovered Asimov's Foundation Trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation.

Asimov later expanded this into a seven volume series, one more book than Smith's series.

The Foundation Trilogy was the greatest science fiction I ever read and apparently I am not alone in that assessment. The Lensman series came in second to Foundation which won the Hugo Award for the Best All Time Science Fiction story.

The series is still available to purchase and it is available as an audiobook. But if you would like to get through it quickly and be thoroughly entertained read on, McDuff.

One of my hobbies is collecting Old Time Radio from the 30s, 40's and 50s. I have over 30,000 episodes from hundreds of series.

I also collect "New Time Radio."

BBC Radio is still producing radio shows, usually serializations of books. The BBC has the finest sound studio in the world for producing radio and it dramatizations are the best the world has to offer.

Several years ago now they serialized the original three volume Foundation Series and it is now, apparently, the the public domain.

"The Foundation Trilogy consists of:

1. Foundations
2. Foundation and Empire
3. Second Foundation

The Foundation Trilogy is an epic science fiction series written over a span of forty-four years by Isaac Asimov. It consists of seven volumes that are closely linked to each other, although they can be read separately. The series is highly acclaimed, winning the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966.

The premise of the series is that mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept devised by Asimov and his editor John W. Campbell. Using the law of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale; it is error-prone for anything smaller than a planet or an empire. It works on the principle that the behavior of a mass of people is predictable if the quantity of this mass is very large (equal to the population of the galaxy). The larger the mass, the more predictable is the future. Using these techniques, Seldon foresees the fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting thirty thousand years before a second great empire arises. To shorten the period of barbarism, he creates two Foundations, small, secluded havens of art, science, and other advanced knowledge, on opposite ends of the galaxy

The focus of the trilogy is on the Foundation of the planet Terminus. The people living there are working on an all-encompassing Encyclopedia, and are unaware of Seldon's real intentions (for if they were, the variables would become too uncontrolled). The Encyclopedia serves to preserve knowledge of the physical sciences after the collapse. The Foundation's location is chosen so that it acts as the focal point for the next empire in another thousand years (rather than the projected thirty thousand). "

For your listening pleasure I present, Foundation.

(Please note: The first show in this series shows as being over 7 hours. It is not. That is the running time for the entire series. This episode is about an hour.)