Some moderate bench press work followed by light hang cleans. The sore ribs are still sore but I’m getting there.
See “How the N.Y.P.D. Is Using Post-9/11 Tools on Everyday New Yorkers”, by Ali Watkins, a news article turned political commentary turned advocacy.
The article describes the post 9/11 surveillance, facial recognition and other technologies being converted from anti terrorist surveillance to anti crime surveillance. Much similar to England, France, and oh ya, the rest of the world.
She comments New Yorkers are now subject to near constant surveillance – a burder that falls more heavily on people of color.
WHAT??? Are she suggesting the cameras can distinguish race or creed and turn themselves off when a white person walks by?
It is this type of journalism, or lack there of, that turns people off to the NY Times. Rather than being the paper of record it should be, it is viewed as a liberal woke propaganda daily.
She goes on further to cite Amnesty International’s comment that a person protesting on the public streets from Washington Square Park down to Sixth Avenue would be viewed / recorded on the NYPD’s cameras for about 80% of the time they were marching. Let’s examine that. If you ARE IN PUBLIC you DON’T HAVE PRIVACY. As such, I am missing what the complaint is here. Is she suggesting the cameras on in place to spy on people? To what end? To me, the cameras are much like radar. They are deterrents. If you know someone is watching, you are less likely to smash windows and steal merchandise, etc. Am I missing something?
She ends her piece with this quote, “But without the proper checks and balances, anything that’s good can also be used for bad reasons.”
You mean sort of like news reporting and journalism.
There was an interview with General Norman Schwartzcopf shortly before he died. He was originally hesitant to accept the role as commander in chief of the forces involved in the Desert Storm (the 1st Gulf War). Eventually, he came around and told Colin Powel he would take the job but “he would call them when it was over”. Essentially, he already lived through the nightmare that was Vietnam when the day to day minutiae of fighting a war was coming from the Whitehouse. He said all he needed was the general orders – what did they want him to do. Nothing more. He wasn’t going to run the war from a telephone cord back to Washington D.C.
When you think about it, it is a very concrete philosophy. How can some clown in a blue suit, sitting on a sofa in Washington D.C. understand what the soldier sitting in a humvee, in 122 degree heat, facing hundreds of the enemy needed to do?
More recently, during the Obama Administration, we had the full hands on mess that was Bengazi. Another example of too much hands on and not enough listening to the folks in the field.
And now, we have the absolute waste of a loss of 13 soldiers during a pull out because the day to day orders were coming from Washington D.C. by a bunch of people who never served, who had no clue as to what the ground situation was or simply didn’t believe it, had no tactical skills what so ever, had no experience in military pull outs, and (we’ll find out in years to follow) either didn’t listen to the intelligence during the daily briefings, or simply disregarded it.
Lesson: tell the military what to do in terms of your goal and then get the fuck out of the way.
Woke, anti-racist (well, they actually are racist – against whites), and critical race theory advocates are pushing, and pushing quite hard, for affinity groups.
Essentially, these are groups who gather, in assigned areas usually in a school setting, to discuss their shared experiences in a White man’s world full of oppression, social injustice, and racist culture. These are alleged to be “healing spaces” for BIPOC and Asian American students. BIPOC is a woke acronym for Black, Indigenous, People of Color. These safe spaces are for all students of color but NOT for students who identify only as White.
The woke, anti-racist, critical race theory advocates scream for diversity yet they seek to specifically divide up the student population into segregated cultural groups. Essentially, this is in violation of federal law including Brown v. the Board of Education.
These advocates scream for inclusion yet the Asian group excludes all others, the Black group excludes all others, the Hispanic group excludes all others, etc etc. Except the White group. There is no White group. The White kids are not allowed to have their own group.
These advocates scream for equity. I guess this is one of their equity goals: to have all students feel safe, warm and fuzzy as long as they are doing so within their own cultural groups. Except the White kids. They are supposed to feel left out.
Part of this advocacy centers on trying to “right” the “wrongs of the past”. But, considering a 5 year old White kindergarten child doesn’t have much of a past, I wonder why this child is being singled out to be essentially ostracized, made to feel guilty, made to feel his skin color is not equal to his class mates, made to feel like she is the cause of all of her friend’s sadness. DISGUSTING !!!!
Do White kids essentially have the “original sin” of their ancestors? How about the White kids of Irish descent whose ancestors were brutally oppressed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. How about all the Jews, Italians, Poles, etc etc – all of White skin who were made to feel inferior, left out, and rejected when they came to this country??
Affinity Groups are racist, divisive, segregational, and, frankly, criminal.