- University syllabi are getting larger all the time with the temptation to sometimes include the kitchen sink, and things not directly relevant to the course and the educational process. Now a call to incorporate admonitions about sexual harassment.
- This scolding of celbrities who had their nude photos hacked seems way too Victorian for my tastes.
- Besides which, the Brits have lost any remaining sense of moral high ground since the Rotherham scandal. Turns out one of the key figures trying to out the situation was to “never, ever” repeat the allegations that the perpetrators were Pakistani and was sent out for diversity training. The more one reads about this unbelievable series of events, the more questions are raised. Political correctness surely played a huge part but it is hard to escape the conclusion that money and influence also were involved. A truly civilized country would clean out any local leadership involved and put many people behind bars for a long, long time. How is it that a lot of the rapists are still walking around in the streets of the town? Let’s see how far the Brits are willing to go.
- Intrade, the prediction market for current events, was shuttered a few months back. A pity. After all the posturing, what do you think the actual odds would be on propositions such as “Darren Wilson will be shown to have suffered severe trauma to the head” or “Michael Brown will be seen to have been charging Wilson when shot”. Could be proponents of the Gentle Giant theory would put their money where their mouths are, in which case an arbitrage opportunity would likely exist. But cold hard cash is good at scouring away accreted ideological thinking. So it is probably more likely, when put through the wringer of real money, tht the Wilson side would be looking OK in a betting situation. Now I don’t know what happened, but sooner or later we will likely have answers to these questions. Meantime, there’s the odds. Any idea where you can place a bet?