New but not Surprising

We are anew in week in, which means a new crop of tabs. Also the cold front foretold by the weather beavers is wetting us and portends to have unpleasant temperature relations, phase changes, through much of the week. Winter, perhaps, at last?

It is also rather a series of unsurprises this morning. First, the announcement of a four year man resigning from Hudson High Shule for Wayward Children on the Hudson, formally known as the Yankee Army Military Academy. [Link] The reason: religious harassment by fellow cadets and faculty. Surprise level: nonexistent. The instrumentality of the shule denied the persistence of such but that is merely indication of the current inability of the Yankee army to accept responsibility for any error or misdeed. Also this shule is the epitome, the archetype even, in the Yankee republic, for persisting harassment. It’s fundamental to the culture and the teaching practice. And the religious aspect? Completely apparent to anyone who has had more than an hour’s contact with the ‘real’ Yankee army, not the facade projected by general officers and the inside-the-Beltway brigade.

Next, along the military-academic azimuth, I note [Link] that the campus of the Boneyard has a new veterans’ center. This was a shock if not a surprise. When I was a student at the campus, it was rebuilding and paint scraping from an occupation by anti-war protestors. ROTC students were instructed to come to the ‘Armory’, the gigantic quonset hut where registration, and ROTC drill, was conducted, and don their uniforms there lest they be thrashed by protesters in transit. I had seen anti-war protests on the campus of the Black Warrior, censored out of existence almost entirely by state and university governance and a denialist local media, but that was an endured minority expression, not what seemed an act of rebellion. So given this, I am pleased that the campus has decided to own up to its membership in the Yankee republic and quit (?) punishing its own protectors.

And lastly, a harangue fro the Yankee government secretary of agriculture that the hinterland is irrelevant and should behave itself accordingly. [Link] A lot of this sounds like political payback to the folks who pretty strongly supported the repulsian candidate, the Mutt. But a lot of it is blatant stupidity that we have learned to expect from any administration these days. My question in response is whether the attitude will be the same in ten years when the nation is producing half as much food as currently and we have people starving in the cities in droves? How politically irrelevant will agriculture be then, mr. secretary?

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