Culture and Society

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    Parsing the Politics of Obesity

    Tristan Justice of the Federalist notes the complicated politics surrounding obesity. Sweetgreen CEO Jonathan Neman was caught in controversy early this month after the salad executive linked the severity of the coronavirus pandemic with high levels of obesity. “[Seventy-eight percent] of hospitalizations due to COVID are Obese and…
    Mitch Kokai, September 23, 2021
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    Is It Censorship or Accountability?

    “Did you have a version of cancel culture when you were growing up?” he asked me. My 15-year-old son looked at me, waiting for my answer as we sat at a stoplight several weeks ago. I thought about it for a few seconds, not entirely sure there was something that resembled…
    Brooke Medina, September 22, 2021
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    Liberal Prof Takes Aim at 1619 Project

    Dan McLaughlin writes at National Review Online about criticism of the 1619 Project from the political left. Sean Wilentz is a proud liberal and sometimes a hard-edged Democratic partisan. But he is also a distinguished Princeton University historian whose academic work is broadly respected across the political spectrum.
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2021
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    Applying 9/11 Lessons to Today’s Crises

    Jonathan Lange writes at the American Thinker that average Americans today can learn lessons from Todd Beamer, one of the passengers who thwarted the hijackers of Flight 93 on 9/11. In the twenty years since, there has been so much focus on preventing more airplanes from being hijacked…
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2021
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    Woke Math Doesn’t Add Up

    Kenin Spivak writes at National Review Online about the folly of “woke” math. Math proficiency is white supremacy, proclaims Deborah Lowenberg Ball, a mathematics professor and former dean of the University of Michigan School of Education. In the latest episode of the EdFix Podcast, Ball complains that math…
    Mitch Kokai, September 17, 2021
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    The Pandemic’s Major Impact on Working Women

    Paula Rinehart writes at the Federalist about an interesting response to the COVID-19 pandemic among women. A surprising number of women are responding to lockdowns in an unanticipated way: trading their jobs for more time at home. In September 2020 alone, more than 800,000 women left the workforce.
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2021
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    White Male Progressive Reveals Much in Attack on … White Males

    Kyle Smith writes at National Review Online about a peculiar case of self-loathing on the political left. When white-male progressive journalists denounce white males as a class, I usually roll my eyes and don’t bother to dissect what they’re saying, but writer Freddie deBoer has done a superb…
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2021
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    “We have to judge medical evidence the same: whether ivermectin OR cloth masks in young kids.”

    Vinay Prasad makes that sensible suggestion in a recent Twitter thread and adds, “Both have weak evidence.” He continues:…
    Jon Guze, September 8, 2021