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Local tech culture inspires future changes at George Mason University

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George Mason University’s Arlington Campus (Photo by Creative Services – George Mason University)

It’s hard not to see the changes the local tech industry is making on the Northern Virginia region.

The upcoming arrival of Amazon’s HQ2 has led to the first of many “Amazon Career Days”, gathering thousands of local applicants; Virginia Tech has announced a new $1 billion “innovation” campus just two miles from Amazon’s future location; and a 2017 piece in The Washington Post made a  strong case that the Dulles tech corridor is a strong Silicon Valley alternative in coming years.

To further ride the wave of tech-inspired changes in the region, George Mason University has announced its own changes and upgrades.

The changes include a plan for an addition to the school’s Virginia Square campus in Arlington, where the university has its sights set on creating a home for the Institute of Digital InnovAtion (IDIA), an extension of Mason’s School of Computing, as well as a home for the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, a statewide program meant to promote the collaboration of Virginia’s cybersecurity researchers. It is also moving forward on offering a new cloud computing degree for future students.

Co-working spaces for small and large companies, of which George Mason is calling “corporate innovation labs,” are part of the property’s plan to mimic other innovation districts across the United States, as well as the destruction of the 66-year-old Kann’s Department Store structure that will be replaced by a 400,000-square-foot building for students and local professionals to share.

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George Mason University is the second school to receive cash from Virginia’s Tech Talent Pipeline, an earmarking sum of money meant for schools looking to educate a new generation in hopes they will be hired by tech companies after graduation, such as Amazon. The $125 million in funding George Mason is receiving from the state will be bolstered further by private funding.

In order to better understand what developments are being solidified by the university, we spoke with Deborah Crawford, vice president for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact, about what these changes mean for future university students and tech-inspired education in the region. Highlights from our conversation are below.

Can you explain what steps GMU is currently taking to develop the tech-inspired campus in Arlington?
We will add new mixed-use facilities to our Arlington campus to enhance innovation capacity on the R-B corridor. Our work is inspired by the concept of innovation districts–geographic locations that nurture and support the growth of advanced industries through the co-location of key assets such as world-class R&D portfolios, a rich mix of corporate and public sector entities, including start-ups that might become the Amazons of the future and, most importantly, world-class talent. And Mason is in the business of producing world-class talent and R&D.

We’re working now on finalizing our plans for these new facilities to begin construction in the next few years. We’re engaged in this planning with not only our own academic stakeholders, but also some of our partners in the region because innovation place-making is a team sport. We want our corporate and public sector partners to co-locate with us, allowing innovators and creatives in those organizations to interact on a daily basis with our faculty and students.

With the development of the Institute of Digital InnovAtion as an extension of Mason’s School of computing, is the goal to have all of the tech and computer-focused students only on the Arlington campus?
No. The development of digital competencies and know-how essential to success in our increasingly digital world is a commitment we make to all of our students. And they wouldn’t all fit on our Arlington campus! In fact, the majority of our undergraduate students will remain on our Fairfax and SciTech campuses, including students majoring in tech fields like computer science, computer game design, cloud computing and so on.

Our Arlington campus innovation initiative will largely house graduate programs—M.S. and Ph.D. programs, including our tech programs, but also complementary programs already housed there such as our law, public policy, M.F.A. and M.B.A. programs.

Co-working spaces and mixed-use spaces have been mentioned for the campus’ improvements. Can you explain specifically what types of spaces you’re looking to develop in Arlington?
We know that innovation place-making requires the creation of lively pedestrian and streetscapes; we know that convening and collaboration spaces and programs are essential to bring people and organizations together to create new innovation opportunities; we know that the spaces we create should support the residents in our local communities. So maker-spaces and a variety of co-working spaces are important. Incubator and accelerator programs for small high-growth businesses are also key.

What other ideas are you taking from innovation districts across the country in order to set this campus apart?
We are thinking about the differentiated strengths we bring to the table, and how they align with those of our partners. This is a digital economy initiative, and so we know that the facilities we create will need to provide our stakeholders with access to state-of-the-art digital infrastructure, like advanced networks, shared digital test beds and direct access to both R&D and talent.

Can you talk a bit about the cloud computing degree and how the development is coming along on that?
We have been working with regional employers, including Amazon Web Services, to define our cloud computing degree requirements just as we did for our cybersecurity degree program. Both of these programs are ADVANCE pathways. They are designed specifically to articulate with programs at NOVA and other community colleges so that students interested in tech careers who begin their higher education journey in community college can complete their four-year degrees at Mason.

Why is this tech-inspired development necessary for Northern Virginia? And why is George Mason University the school that needs to be a fellow driving force?
We need to both grow and diversify our digital economy, building on a very strong base of excellence in tech already developed to support a largely federal market.  Our Arlington initiative is designed to do just that.

And at George Mason University, we are Northern Virginia’s research university, and we’ve grown up with the region’s tech industry. We’re excellent, we’re innovative, we’re committed partners and we’re here to stay. What more can I say?

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The Normalization of Pedophilia is Underway, and a California University Is Already Trying to Push It On Students

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The social justice left has been trying to normalize pedophilia for some time.

Articles would appear in places like Salon.com, which were then quietly unpublished a couple of years later. However, the BBC then picked up the torch by trying to soften people’s look at pedophiles. Not long ago, the sexualization of children continued with the push for child drag queens in a video that sexualized young boys. Young boys in drag would go on to appear in photos next to naked men, which were openly passed around Twitter with zero reaction from the network.

I could go on, but you get the idea. The sexualization of children is well underway, and now they’re trying to teach it in colleges.

According to a tweet by Alex Mazzara, a student in San Diego, the topic of pedophilia as a sexual orientation was being brought up. According to Mazzara, his class began discussing this as a topic after they were put through watching an eight-minute video from Vice News that featured a “showcasing” of “self-identified pedophiles.”

“An actual topic we discussed in class today at a State University after watching an 8 minute Vice News video showcasing self identified pedophiles. This is going to be mainstreamed,” tweeted Mazzara.

Mazzara went on to say how some of the students described pedophilia in class.

“Some people agreed that it was a sexual orientation because they “were born that way and can’t help it” others disagreed only because they feared that labeling pedophilia a sexual orientation would harm gays and lesbians because they would then be on the same level,” he responded.

Mazzara also tweeted that his tweet attracted the anger of a lot of pedophiles, who had been dominating his mentions since the tweet went out.

“I’ve had out and proud pedophiles in my mentions for 2 days now. There are entire communities of these people who promote their filth publicly. Sadly I’d predict this is going mainstream in the next 10 years,” said Mazzara.

The frightening thing is that I predict the same. With the mainstream media and colleges now attempting to push pedophilia as a “sexual orientation,” I imagine it won’t be long until people begin to openly declare themselves pedophiles and their community becomes defended as part of the LGBT community.

What is being overlooked is that our children will become more in danger than they ever were. Pedophilia is not a sexual orientation, it’s a predatory sickness. Normalizing it is to normalize rape and abuse.

While I do think pedophilia is evil, those who are pedophiles need to be studied and profiled in the same way we did with serial killers. They’re definitely sick, and their desires need to be treated as a sickness, not just another sexual preference.

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Cancel culture: Alabama dean of students out after Breitbart flags his old tweets about race

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“One of the worst arguments I hear conservatives make in defense of the right de-platforming the left is ‘we are just making the left play by their own rules,’” wrote Reason’s Robby Soave about this story. “They are no longer the left’s rules, if you are enforcing them. Then they are your rules.”

The response would be that de-platforming the left is a form of deterrence. If you want them to stop taking scalps from the right, start taking them from the left until they think better of their tactics. One problem with that logic, though, is that you’ll never deter everyone; another problem is that taking scalps in unjust circumstances could backfire by generating greater enthusiasm on the other side for even more ruthless scalp-taking. Although the stakes are obviously way lower, the conflict considerations here aren’t much different than they’d be for a group that’s trying to decide whether to engage in terrorism to advance its cause. Will you gain more for your cause or lose more by responding to violence perpetrated against you with your own violence? Will that violence frighten the enemy into suing for peace or radicalize him into committing to your destruction? As a moral matter, should you be as bad as your enemy or insist on being better and prove how cutthroat he is by the contrast with your example?

I don’t know that Media Matters, say, would mind if scalp-taking became mainstream partisan practice, to the extent that it isn’t already.

Anyway, there’s a difference between what Breitbart did to (now former) U of A dean of students Jamie Riley in this case and what Bloomberg Law did to Leif Olson earlier this week. The apparent intent was the same — get the target canceled, i.e. fired — but there’s no evidence that Breitbart misrepresented Riley’s actual views. His tweets were public statements which he chose to publish; and as a dean at a public university he’s a public official, accountable not just to his school but to the broader taxpaying public. It’s fair game to scrutinize the writings of a public official.

But no, this guy shouldn’t have been fired. At least not without reason to believe that his views had led him to be ineffective in his job.

“The [American flag emoji] flag represents a systemic history of racism for my people,” Riley wrote in the tweet. “Police are a part of that system. Is it that hard to see the correlation?”

In a separate image of a tweet in October 2017, Riley said white people have “0 opinion” on racism because white people cannot experience racism.

“I’m baffled about how the first thing white people say is, ‘That’s not racist!’ when they can’t even experience racism,” Riley wrote in the tweet. “You have 0 opinion!”

Under the previous tweet, Riley sent a hashtag that read “#missmewithyourprivilege.” Later, an image of a 2016 tweet from Riley shows him questioning the motive of making movies about slavery.

“Are movies about slavery truly about educating the unaware, or to remind Black people of our place in society,” Riley wrote.

If agreeing with the first tweet is a firing offense, every Democrat in the country as well as some Republicans should be fired tomorrow. The third tweet is … odd. If you’re so woke that you think movies like “12 Years a Slave” are actually a tool of The Man to further oppress blacks, you’re too woke. The second tweet is the one that’s a potential issue: If Riley is ignoring white students’ opinions on some subjects like race as a matter of policy, because he thinks whites can’t experience racism or whatever, that’s obviously a problem for a dean whose job is to listen to students.

But was he actually ignoring anyone? Did Alabama take five seconds to ask students how they felt about him before dropping the axe? Was there any sort of boycott threat that might have required fast action? Or was Riley simply guilty of what tens of millions of people are guilty of every day, having a dickish thought and farting it out on Twitter immediately before thinking better of it later, and no one really cared?

I’m going to share a secret here with America’s institutions, left and right: You don’t need to actually give the other side a scalp when they demand it. If the Labor Department hadn’t been so quick to appease Bloomberg Law, they would have read through Olson’s Facebook posts, realized he was being smeared, and spared themselves several days of bad press by telling Bloomberg to go away instead of firing the poor guy. If Alabama hadn’t been so quick to appease Breitbart, they would have sniffed around to see if Riley’s views on race were affecting his work. If there were reports already floating around that he was treating white students unfairly, it shouldn’t have taken some old tweets to get him fired. If there weren’t any such reports, they could have put out a statement saying “his views are his own and don’t represent the university” and left it there. As it is, I wonder if they’re going to end up in the same unfortunate place that the Labor Department ended up, with people who are outraged by the firing giving the institution more grief than it would have gotten if it had just exercised due diligence before leaping to can someone.

Like I say, it’s fair to call attention to someone’s public statements, which is what righty operatives are also doing now with reporters. And it’s also fair not to fire someone just because a political enemy claims to be offended. Exit question: If righties, who claim to despise “cancel culture,” are going to participate in it ostensibly for the purpose of getting the left to cease using the tactic, what would count as evidence that they’d ceased? Does every “watchdog” group like Media Matters need to close down? What if that happens and some lefties start freelancing scalp-taking? “We only do it because the other side does it” is a convenient excuse in some people for “I really enjoy fighting dirty but need a moral fig leaf, like self-defense, to justify it to myself.”

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GMU Science and Technology Campus sets plans for expansion

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George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university, and in the coming years, the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas will become even bigger, according to the director of administration and operations for the campus, Ron Carmichael.

The expansion will bring two new academic buildings, four-degree completion programs and housing for undergraduates, as well as a possible town center. All of the changes are part of the university’s five- to eight-year strategic goal of more than tripling the current 1,000 full-time student population to about 3,550, according to Carmichael.

“There’s space in Prince William for this project,” says Carmichael. “Most of our programs will relate to physical science, engineering, IT, and we will continue to have recreation health and tourism, too, to make it a full-service campus.”

There are currently eight buildings on the Science and Technology Campus, including three research facilities, two academic buildings, one student housing facility for graduate students, a recreation and fitness center, and a performing arts center. According to Carmichael, building additional classrooms and research labs will help attract undergraduate students to the various programs offered at this GMU campus. 

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One of the two future academic buildings, which will be a 100,000-square-foot site consisting primarily of teaching labs, is currently in the design phase, with a completion date of spring 2023. Carmichael and his team have plans to discuss the addition of a second building, titled Academic VIII, in the spring of 2020, which will include additional classrooms and teaching labs within 200,000 square feet of space. 

With more room for learning, there is an opportunity to bring four-year degree completion programs for undergraduates on campus, according to Carmichael. As of now, forensic science will be the first program to be implemented, followed by one or two others that will focus on education in a similar field. Plus, there will be space for undergraduates to live on campus by 2023, according to Carmichael. 

A critical piece of the project, according to Carmichael, is the completion of a town center, which the staff at GMU is hoping to see approved and developed within the next six to eight months.  

“If we are going to bring four-year programs on campus, then we need a hub for student amenities,” Carmichael explains. “We need coffee shops, laundry and quick-stops, all the things students depend on at a four-year campus. We might also see some active adult housing grow in the area, which would help provide more support toward the campus.”

In recent months, George Mason University started considering the addition of a state-of-the-art, specialty medical school that would admit 40 to 45 students for the starting year, if approved. Carmichael says the university is currently in the “fact-finding stage,” with plans to meet with a number of health providers in the area to gauge interest and see if the investment is worth it. 

“This would be the campus where it would happen,” says Carmichael of the Science and Technology Campus. “We should know within the next 12 months if that’s a reality or not. But it’s really just exciting to think eight years down the road, we might have a new town center, new programs and continue the high level of research we are currently involved in.”

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Poll: Over 70 Percent of Republican Students Stay Silent About Their Views Out of Fear for Their Grades

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We know that academia is filthy with hard-left leaning professors and students, and it seems like college-aged Republicans are few and far between in academia. As it turns out, they’re not uncommon, they’re just incredibly quiet due to fears that if they’ll speak out, their professors will harm their grades.

According to The College Fix, an online poll from last month showed that Republican students kept their mouths shut about their beliefs by a whopping 73 percent:

The online poll was conducted in late August exclusively for The College Fix by College Pulse, an online survey and analytics company focused on college students. Only students who self-identify as Republican or Republican-leaning were polled.

The question asked: “Have you ever withheld your political views in class for fear that your grades would suffer?” Seventy-three percent of students who identity as “strong Republican” reported that they had, while 71 percent of students who identify as “weak Republican” said yes.

Even students who identify as Republican-leaning independents indicated they’ve kept quiet: 70 percent reported they have withheld their political views to protect their grades.

This is a sad ordeal. Higher education is supposed to be where your beliefs and understanding of things are tested, that is true, but not being able to express any beliefs out of fear is horrible.

Students were asked to make comments, and some of them are stories of being singled out by their professors who acted angrily toward them or witnessed a professor fail a student for having a right-leaning paper.

“I wrote a 19 page research paper on a Christian pro-life movement. I was the only one in the class that, when presenting my paper, had a “surprise visitor” (who was the teacher’s very liberal friend) argue [with] me about their views,” wrote a student from Western Kentucky University.

“I actually got yelled at by a professor for my views on gun control. It wasn’t an argument or anything, just plain one-sided insulting,” wrote another student from Notre Dame.

“When writing papers for gen ed classes? Absolutely. I know a guy who chose to write a pro-border wall argumentative essay for our super liberal professor and the prof just wrote “this whole paper is one big fallacy” and bombed him. Me? I wrote about the evils of horse racing. Perfectly safe topic,” wrote a student from Clemson.

“In my sociology class, my professor asked us if we would give our child hormone blockers if they believed they were transgender (that was the day’s lesson). One guy said he would rather teach his daughter to love her body the way it is than change it. She [sat] straight up said “so you would be a bad parent then? What was your name again?” Then she went to type something on her computer. Not a good day for him, I’m sure,” said a student from Arizona State.

College Republican groups are catching on and becoming more popular, but would likely be much larger in size if it weren’t for the fact that many students feel it better to keep their heads down and get the necessary grades to graduate.

Students pay a lot of money to attend Universities and would rather not sacrifice the time, funds, and their future by vocalizing their “wrong-think” in front of their professors. While it’s easy to say that these students should be braver and stand up for themselves, the real attention should be focused on the professors.

Something needs to be done about this infection, and stripping government grants and funding if even one student is failed due to his or her political opinion should be just the start.

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Touring colleges with your kids this summer? Here’s what to keep in mind

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Finding the right college or university is overwhelming.

Taking multiple tours to see dorms, pass through dining halls and listen to lists of offered programs can have everyone seeing double, including you as the parent.

But new tactics have influenced college tours in a variety of ways, with some allowing students to get a 3D feel for the campus, simply by searching the web.

But what if schools are looking more deeply into who’s actually getting on campus? Could that be a determining factor on whether or not a student is accepted?

Catherine Ganley, owner and senior college consultant of Forword Consulting, and Colleen Ganjian, owner of DC College Counseling, say yes. They have helped hundreds of students in the DMV with the college transition and gave us the scoop on how students should go about touring schools they’re interested in, and being aware of the importance it may (or may not) have on their admissions. Highlights from our conversation are below.

How do you suggest students choose what schools to tour when they’re just getting started?

Ganley: I usually tell students that when they’re starting to tour different places to stop at as many universities as they can, just to get a sense of what they like. But I also find that touring is something we put a lot of pressure on for students, which makes them think it’s what they need to do. But I often tell students that I don’t care if they’ve toured the school before they apply, unless it’s a demonstrated interest school (where a college looks for prior engagement of the student in terms of enthusiasm and interaction with the school prior to applying). Rather than worry about where you’re going to tour, it’s more about what you want and where you can see yourself, and then really getting the feel of a place once you’re accepted, then you can decide.

Ganjian: I suggest taking a few Saturdays and checking out some of the colleges in your local area to get an initial sense of what their preferences might be, even if the student has no interest in those specific schools. We’re really lucky in Northern Virginia that we have so many different types of schools within a short drive! After seeing a handful in various settings, a student generally has a pretty good idea of the type of setting that might be more or less appealing to them and this can save a ton of time and hassle. I also suggest that students prioritize visiting colleges that consider demonstrated interest, which may be big contenders for early decision options. If a school does not consider demonstrated interest and it’s not necessary to visit, it might be wise to wait until the student is admitted to see if the school is a final contender.

Speaking of demonstrated interest, what is it and why is it important to be aware of?

Ganley: Demonstrated interest is like dating; there’s certain people that want to feel the love before you go on the first date. They don’t just want you to show up as a blind date. So, when you’re applying to demonstrated interest schools, they want to see how much “love” you’re giving them, even before you apply. Students need to be interacting with the emails they send (for example, clicking through links and engaging in the content), reaching out to the school about interest and definitely touring, if possible.

Ganjian: It’s really important to understand the concept as it’s a key factor in today’s college admission process. A generation ago, families approached the college visit from the perspective of the consumer; the primary purpose of the tour was to determine whether the institution was a good fit for the student. Things have changed a lot in recent years and the tables have turned. While it’s unfortunate that it’s reached this point (where schools determine a student’s perceived enthusiasm about the school and try to predict how likely a student is likely to enroll after admission), students need to show a lot of enthusiasm to ensure that they aren’t being cast aside for a lower-achieving peer that demonstrated more enthusiasm.

Since touring these schools is an important factor, what time of year should students be touring colleges?

Ganley: Get on campus when there are students, so not in the summer. If you go in early August, you’re not going to get the same feeling as when the students are moving throughout campus.

Ganjian: Definitely try to visit when students are on campus. If you can’t visit all of the schools while students are on campus, consider visiting none of the schools while students are on campus so that you can, at least, make an apples-to-apples comparison later on. There’s no way that a school you visit in the summer will be as appealing as a school you visit on a gorgeous spring day when everyone is hanging outside in the sunshine!

And in order to make the most of it, how should readers go about navigating the tour itself?

Ganley: I always start by encouraging students to wear some of their hometown or their high school T-shirts because it’s an easy way to get people to chat with you. And then we move on to what the student does and does not like initially. Sure, I want to know what the student likes, but I really want to know what they don’t like. What about this environment is not right for you? When you know why you don’t like the school, it helps to narrow down your thoughts and priorities. I also encourage parents to remind themselves that what they like as parents might not be what their 18-year-old cares about. Also, don’t judge a school by the tour guide. You might have the captain of the football team as your tour guide, and you could be more of a Dungeons and Dragons fan. The tour guide’s perspective is only one version that’s on campus, so there can still be a place for you there.

Ganjian: Most schools run multiple tours at once and ask the larger group to separate into a few different smaller groups with one tour guide assigned to each. In addition to trying to pick a tour guide that seems like they might have some similarities with the student, I highly recommend that students and parents split up for these tours and choose separate groups. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s actually a brilliant idea. They get two completely different perspectives and can compare, maximizing their time spent on campus. Better yet, they can both ask the questions they want to ask without embarrassing one another!

Any last tips that you have for students starting to tour and apply in upcoming years?
Ganley:
Remember, not every school is going to have everything you want. I don’t usually push the mentality that there is one “right fit,” or a “dream school,” for a student, because that implies the wedding dress mentality: If you don’t pick the perfect one or wait to feel that “feeling,” you’ll regret the choice. This is four years of your life, and you do have the option to change it and transfer, too. Also, make sure to pay attention to the adjectives that a school uses to describe their ideal students. You may want to consider using those words back at them to let the university know that you’re a great candidate for what they’re looking for.

Ganjian: While there is plenty of information on the internet today that students can use to learn about the school, I think taking the tour and getting the feel of the school is more about the fit—the magical moment that occurs when a student steps on campus and feels “at home.” On that note, I would also like to say that some students visit a lot of schools and never have that “aha” moment. That’s fine, not everyone knows immediately that their college of choice is their dream school. It’s sort of like searching for the perfect partner, sometimes you know on the first date and sometimes you start out as friends for a while.

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Tucker Carlson: There’s a Greater Admissions Scandal at America’s Universities, and It Involves Prominent Democrats

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You’ve most likely heard of the bribery/university enrollment controversy involving some of Hollywood’s recognizable faces (here and here). But earlier this week, FNC’s Tucker Carlson observed that the greater admissions scandal involves prominent Democrats.

Against a backdrop of Chris Cuomo working out, Tucker asked how the CNN star — who “can barely speak English” — got into Yale.

“There are nights when Cuomo emits entire paragraphs that mean nothing at all. Just pure gibberish. Like pig latin or dogs barking.”

Who’s Chris? He’s the dude who put down prayer and the prayerful (here). Additionally, he’s the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed allowance for the murder of infants just seconds before birth (here) and claimed that America “was never great” (here).

The Fox host pondered:

“Is Chris Cuomo a secret genius? Does he have some amazing talent that’s invisible on TV? Maybe he speaks flawless Urdu? Or has a deep grounding in particle physics? Or can calculate pi to the final digit?. Actually, no — Chris Cuomo can’t do any of that. It turns out that he has an even more impressive qualification: His father was the governor of New York. If you want to get into a top American college, it’s best to have a parent who’s a well-known Democratic politician. That’s the most effective credential of all.”



Tucker’s list of the politically privileged whose offspring all got into exclusive schools included the following:

Bill and Hillary Clinton
Bill de Blasio (“the incompetent mayor of New York City”)
Sen. Michael Bennet
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Sen. Bob Menendez
Sen. Chuck Schumer
Barack Obama

Subsequently, Tucker fingered the “sham” of earned access among the Democratic elite:

“How does this happen? Because our meritocracy is a sham. It’s fake. They tell you that only the most accomplished students get into these schools. They’re lying. Their friends’ kids get first dibs. Fellow members of their social circle. Kids whose families can help them down the road. The children of sympathetic politicians are an obvious priority for admissions officers. These are the same politicians who funnel many billions in tax dollars to colleges and universities every year. Letting a senator’s kid into Harvard is smart business. The quid quo pro is obvious. It’s a form of unregulated lobbying.”

Interesting point. It reminds me of a response I heard when the Tinseltown admissions story first broke — “Why didn’t they just do like all the other rich and famous parents: make a donation and bribe the school that way?”

With the more conventional method, as noted by the cable king, no one ends up in the slammer:

Remember the varsity blues scandal in California, where a group of socially-anxious soccer moms tried to game college admissions? This is far more corrupt, except nobody’s going to prison for it.”

Tucker sure knows how to get across a message.

Watch him go in the video above.

-ALEX

 

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Bernie: Let’s bail out all the student-loan debtors — including the upper class

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A lame pander reeking of flop sweat. Warren beat him to the punch on this, remember, proposing in April that a small tax on mega-millionaires could pay off most of the student debt in this country. That was back when she was crawling along at around six percent in the polls and trailing Bernie by double digits. A splashy bailout for the young and young-ish was her way of trying to show Sanders’s progressive base that there are other choices on the primary menu this year. But even in lefty-pander mode, Warren’s plan placed limits on taxpayer largesse. Only the first $50,000 of debt for each debtor would be paid off under her plan. If you’re someone who racked up truly massive loans, as one aiming for a lucrative postgrad degree in law or medicine might, then you’d have to pick up some of your own tab. That was her concession to the poor optics of handing out cash to some of the best-paid members of America’s professional class. Can’t fight a class war in which the upper class benefits as much as, or even more than, the lower class, right?

Now here comes Bernie, two months later, nervously insisting that you can do that. Warren has roughly doubled her polling since April, mostly at Sanders’s expense; she’s already passed him in more than one national poll and stands poised to pass him in the RCP average soon if trends continue. The man needs a way to remind lefties that there’s only one true socialist in this race and all the rest, including Warren, will cuck out with half measures as president. So here it is: Student-loan forgiveness for everyone, full stop, without regard to their ability to pay. Doctors, lawyers, you name it — everyone’s off scot-free. (What I said about Warren’s plan in April is even truer here: Under this proposal, the less responsible you were in incurring debt you couldn’t afford and the less willing you’ve been to sacrifice in order to repay it, the more your government will reward you.) A class-war giveaway that doesn’t account for class feels absurd, but it makes sense as a primary pander. This is Bernie showing Democratic voters that no one but no one will be as bold in handing out free sh*t as he will.

Sanders is proposing to pay for the legislation with a new tax on financial transactions, including a 0.5 percent tax on stock transactions and a 0.1 percent tax on bonds. Such a levy would curb Wall Street speculation while reducing income inequality, according to a report by the Century Foundation, a left-leaning think tank, although conservatives warn it would stunt economic growth and investment…

“The cost will march toward $3 trillion and benefit a lot of wealthy families and future high-earners,” said Brian Riedl, an analyst at the Manhattan Institute, a libertarian-leaning think tank. “Of all problems requiring a $3 trillion federal expenditure, the college costs of middle- and upper-class college graduates seem lower-priority.”

A fierce debate has raged in left-leaning policy circles as well as over whether canceling student debt offers too much help to families with higher incomes. The top 40 percent of earners would receive about two-thirds of the benefits from Warren’s plan, according to Adam Looney, a former Treasury official under President Barack Obama who is now at the Brookings Institution, a center-left think tank.

That number is likely to be higher under Sanders’s plan, given that proposals by Warren and Castro do not call for wiping clean the debt of those earning over six figures.

He also wants to make all public universities and community colleges free, because why not? As for suckers like me who already paid off their debt or the many Americans who decided to pass on college for whatever reason — including, perhaps, because they didn’t want to take on debt — I don’t know what to tell you. There are no plans in Sanders’s or Warren’s proposals to compensate those who made the mistake of managing their financial obligations prudently, but Philip Klein is probably right that that’ll change soon. Now that Bernie’s offered to pick up the tab for everyone with current debt, the only move left to out-socialist him is to offer reparations to those who don’t have debt but might have if they’d handled things differently. Expect that plan from Beto or Buttigieg in a month or two.

There’s also the small matter of the middle and even lower class, most members of which didn’t go to college, having to fund this bailout with their tax dollars. Right, right, I know — Bernie says he’s going to fund it by taxing Wall Street. But every dollar extracted from Wall Street for a student-loan bailout is a dollar that can’t be applied to one of the many, many other expensive new entitlements which the left wants to introduce during a Sanders presidency. Remember, by one estimate this guy’s health-care plan will cost $32 trillion over 10 years. The tax he’s proposing on Wall Street to pay for this student-loan thing could have helped pay for that instead. You’ll have to pick up the slack for one program or another.

Ironically, although this plan is obviously aimed at winning back some progressive votes from Warren, I think it may end up helping her expand her appeal. Warren isn’t trying to win the nomination by consolidating progressives and counting on them to outvote the rest of the party. She’s pitching herself to the center too, insisting repeatedly that she’s a capitalist to contrast her relative moderation with Bernie’s socialism. It appears to be working, with some centrist groups beginning to see her as a potential compromise nominee between Bernie and the more centrist Biden. Having Sanders go nuts with student-loan relief makes Warren’s still-nutty-but-not-as-nutty capped handout of $50,000 per debtor seem prudent and “moderate” by comparison. It might even help her with some lefty voters who, while appreciating Sanders’s ambition, won’t easily digest the criticism that Bernie’s plan will primarily benefit postgrads with higher earning potential.

As fraught and alienating as it is, the case for racial reparations seems more straightforward to me than the case for bailing out a single generation of student-loan debtors en masse. I’d understand it more if the bailout targeted only the poorest students, or if it was limited to those who encountered a gruesome labor market in the first few years after the Great Recession, but there seems to be no logical limiting principle here and no explanation for why these debtors as opposed to debtors who are 10 years older should receive relief. It’s like a conservative caricature of a left-wing redistributionist program, lifting a pot of money from Wall Street and then looking for some pretext, without much rhyme or reason, to give it to someone else.

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A Study Found 92% of Left-Wing Activists Still Live with Parents, and It’s Not Likely to Get Better

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They’re marching down the street wearing black, their faces obscured by red bandanas or possibly a Guy Fawkes mask. They’re intimidating as they create a mob and chase after you, calling you a fascist and a Nazi because you don’t share their extreme ideology. They’re marching down the street bashing in car windows and vandalizing storefronts. They’re going to do all it takes to stop fascism and hate speech.

But they have to hurry this along because they have to be home before 10:30, or else their mom will be totally pissed off.

This is a likely story according to a Berlin study, but this is not a new story. In fact, the Daily Mail published these findings back in 2017 which showed that 92 percent of leftist activists that were arrested in Berlin still live with their parents, and what’s more, a third are completely unemployed:

The figures, which were published in daily newspaper Bild revealed that 873 suspects were investigated by authorities between 2003 and 2013.

Of these 84 per cent were men, and 72 per cent were aged between 18 and 29.

More than half of the arrests were made in the Berlin districts of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte, mostly during demonstrations.

A third of them were unemployed, and 92 per cent still live with their parents.

Why am I writing on it now? Because the story is making the rounds today, and after looking into it, the story likely hasn’t changed.

According to Fox Business, millennials are still living at home two years later:

A recent analysis found that 14 million adults between the ages of 23 to 37 are living with their parents, a sign that some millennials may have financial burdens.

The analysis by ZillowOpens a New Window. determined that 21.9 percent of millennials lived with their parents, up from 12.7 percent in 2000. More millennials chose to stay with their parents in areas where the rents were high. The study surveyed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Community Survey.

While I’m not automatically assigning millennials to being leftist activists — I just barely fall within the age range myself — I will note that the age range of those living with their parents falls within the age range of those leftists in Berlin who were caught by police and got arrested for leftist radicalism in the streets.

The reasons millennials live with their parents has been evident for a long time. They owe monumental amounts of debt for a degree that is essentially useless. With everyone going for similar jobs, the jobs are all taken up rather quickly. Millennials end up living with mom and dad as they flip burgers and hope an opportunity comes along for solid employment.

Right now, the U.S.’s student collective student loan debt is around $1.5 trillion. Some companies, in order to attract younger workers as their boomers retire off, offer to help pay off the student debt.  This is all well and good, but all the boomers aren’t going to retire out all at once. Hoping you’re one of the millennial replacements is still a lottery.

Imagine you’re a millennial drowning in debt with little to no job prospects. You come home from flipping burgers to find your degree uselessly hanging on your wall. You’re fresh out of college and maybe leftist professors have planted seeds of doubt in your mind about the American system if they haven’t completely turned you against it and made you a raving lunatic. The American system isn’t exactly helping you either.

Then some politicians come along basically telling you that if you join them, they’ll completely wipe away your debt and proceed to promise you all these free things like Medicare for all. They tell you that you’ll be helping make the world a better place, which sounds great to someone who feels useless.

Maybe it started back in college, or maybe it starts online. You join some groups, you meet other people who draw you further in. One thing leads to another and you’re marching the streets chanting nonsense about the system. Maybe things get heated and soon you’re dragged into a confrontation with people who oppose your side. Things get heated and some things happen. You get arrested.

We can trace this back to the University which handed out a degree that’s worth far less than it charged and gave the students ideas that all the worst things they’ve ever heard about America are true. Society drilled it into the student’s mind, however, that without that degree the student would be worthless out of college. He or she worked hard to get that degree in hopes of a better future, only to not get one. It’s the saddest joke on millennials today.

Maybe college isn’t the best idea.

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Kyle Kashuv’s Ousting from Harvard Isn’t About Decency, It’s About Punishing Wrong-Think

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Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv was recently informed by Harvard that despite his being previously accepted, he’ll not be attending after it was discovered that he had sent private text messages that contained horrible things being said such as repeated use of the “n-word” and violent rhetoric about Jewish people, though it should be noted that Kashuv is Jewish himself.

I’ve read the things Kashuv wrote in those text messages, and I can tell you that they are indeed horrible and idiotic. They are also the texts of a child who thinks no one is listening.

Kashuv took to Twitter and acknowledged that the texts were wrong, apologized for them, and swore to be better in the future, though I personally feel that last part is redundant as Kashuv has proven himself to be a positive force in the world without question.

Kashuv goes on in his thread to describe the back and forth he had with Harvard administrators after their decision of revoking his admission. Kashuv described his remorse for those messages and detailed how he has indeed changed over the past two years, in no small part due to surviving a school shooting that left over a dozen of his peers dead.

Still, Harvard wouldn’t bite. Kashuv was apparently too filthy to touch, which is a horrific standard to set given the fact that everyone has said something in their past that they regret and are remorseful for. I can’t put this disgusting move by Harvard better than Ben Shapiro did with his commentary about it on the Daily Wire.

This move by Harvard is the worst move I’ve ever seen in academia — and it represents the establishment of a standard so insane that no one can possibly withstand it. All those who have never written an embarrassing thing privately, please step forward. Not so fast, SJWs.

Demanding perfection is an odd standard to take by Harvard given its penchant for accepting, but rest assured, this isn’t about what Kashuv said in his message. The message was simply the excuse needed for leftist activists to punish Kashuv for his right-leaning stances and pro-gun activism.

His fellow Parkland survivor David Hogg will be attending Harvard despite the fact that Hogg did not have the grades to enter. Hogg had a 1270 as his SAT score. The bottom 25 percent of Harvard students have an average of 1460. For all intents and purposes, Hogg shouldn’t be there. Many people have worked harder and scored higher than Hogg and were still rejected. However, Hogg is a high-profile left-wing activist and therefore is welcomed in.

I’m willing to bet that if we were to see every message that Hogg ever sent we’d also find a few that would be distasteful. He has a habit of making wild claims that AR-15 owners are hunting people and that the NRA is a terrorist organization. These kinds of outlandish tweets are the things he says in public, and lord only knows what he’s throwing around in private.

Either way, I wouldn’t care. Neither Kashuv or Hogg should be denied entry into Harvard based off of jokes the did or didn’t make, but instead they should get in through meritocracy. That’s not the standard Harvard is setting, however.

The messages Harvard just handed down to the public are:

  • They don’t care how hard you worked to get good grades, they’re not looking at your grades
  • Only certain types of activism are acceptable and may be the key to being admitted whether you deserve it or not
  • Off-color jokes and stupid private texts are forbidden
  • The sins of your past are unforgivable
  • Don’t be a high-profile conservative

Message received, Harvard. Nothing short of left-leaning perfection is accepted at your University. Enjoy your bubble.

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