Monday Quick Takes

After celebrating US independence and enjoying the long holiday weekend, below are some items in the new from last week that you may have missed.

“Follow The Science”

Los Angeles County has decided not to “follow the science” and has urged vaccinated people to wear masks because of a new variant of the covid virus. This despite the fact that studies have shown that vaccines are still effective against the new “Delta” variant and even the Director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Rachelle Walensky said that there is no need to wear masks and that vaccinated people “are really quite protected…” from even the new variants.

Universities Increasingly Driven By Politics Rather Than Academic Qualifications

In another example of how leftist politics is increasingly driving public education, the University of North Carolina has granted tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones.  Why is that significant?  Hannah-Jones is not an academic but yet is granted status as a tenured professor at a major public university.

Hannah-Jones worked with the New York Times 1619 Project, a revisionist history initiative that has been criticized by professional historians. The project and revisionist history is part of the New York Times transition into politics and granting tenure to Hannah-Jones shows that political correct writing is more important than academic rigor in public universities. It’s a shame that tax dollars are forced from people to support such things.

Another Example of Big Social Media Caving To China And Oppression

From Reuters:  A human rights group that gained popularity on YouTube largely because of its videos exposing China’s human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslims had several of its videos removed from the platform, with YouTube citing unrelated policy violations, according to a report. 

Reuters noted that Atajurt Kazakh Human Rights, which is based in Kazakhstan, had its channel temporarily blocked by YouTube. The activist who runs the social media channel, Serikzhan Bilash, has been called a “well-known rights activist” by Human Rights Watch.

According to  the report by Reuters, twelve of Bilash’s videos were removed this year by YouTube amid an apparent campaign by groups who deny China is committing genocide to mass-report the Atajurt Kazakh Human Rights videos. The channel was completely blocked this month and only restored after inquiries from Reuters.  

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