Tesla Owners Wait In Half-Mile-Long Line To Charge Their Cars On Black Friday

Tesla Owners Wait In Half-Mile-Long Line To Charge Their Cars On Black Friday. By Tyler Durden. Last week in California, at Thanksgiving:

The Kettleman City Supercharger station [half way between LA and San Francisco], which boasts 40 charging stalls, was “overrun” on Black Friday, according to video and photos posted by the Daily Mail. …

Shanon Stellini was traveling through the area on November 30 and found a backlog of “around 50” Teslas waiting to charge at the station which is off Interstate 5. … One person Tweeted that they had been waiting on line for 40 minutes and was only “halfway” to the charger.

Ouch. That’s got to hurt average speed.

The scene has become more common at Superchargers around the U.S. as the cash-strapped company, which feels like it is in a perpetual state of slashing its capex, fails to keep up its infrastructure to handle the number of cars they have been selling. …

There are now around 400,000 Teslas on the roads of the U.S. and the company’s commitment to hoarding its cash by any means necessary, including not paying bills and not investing in its Supercharger network, could finally be coming back to bite its owners in pronounced fashion.

Joanne Nova:

This could’ve been Australia, if Bill Shorten had won two more seats.

Looks like Tesla owners need a back-up “baseload” type car in the garage all year to be able to enjoy those special days. There go those fuel savings.

Though they could just fly. There go those fuel savings and those emissions…

Are Facts White Nationalist?

Are Facts White Nationalist? By Ann Coulter.

A recent study by Georgetown University… funded by the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation… found that if colleges admitted students based solely on SAT scores, every single ethnic group would decline, except one: whites.

Yes, even fewer Asian students would be admitted on an SAT-only admission standard. …

Obviously, this was NOT the purpose of the study. I’m pretty sure it was supposed to ferret out some small pocket of racism that had somehow passed undenounced. But when the only race being discriminated against turned out to be whites, the study was locked in a lead casket and dropped to the bottom of the sea.

This isn’t a new phenomenon: The New York Times was writing about it 30 years ago. In the late 1980s, whites were about 62 percent of California’s high school graduates, but constituted only 45 percent of those admitted to its universities. As a university official told the Times, “Whites are the only group underrepresented.”

Today, the Times would be tracking down that official to make sure he was fired.

The lie of “white privilege” is treated as an implacable fact throughout our cultural institutions, no matter how manifestly absurd it is. …

Systematic racism:

With the same grades and scores, Puerto Ricans were 5.3 times more likely to be admitted to a top-tier law school like Yale than a white applicant. Every ethnic group except whites got a boost — African Americans, Asians, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and “Other Hispanic.” The more prestigious the law school, the stronger the preferences.

To every color in the rainbow coalition: YOU’RE NOT BLACK! Affirmative action is supposed to be for the descendants of American slaves. See? We owe them something. Nobody else. Without the legacy of slavery, affirmative action is just institutionalized anti-white racism.

By now, race discrimination against whites is de rigueur. Forget being embarrassed, this is race discrimination with attitude. And it’s all justified by the nonsensical phrase: “white privilege.”

We Are All George Zimmerman Now

We Are All George Zimmerman Now, by George Zimmerman.

Most people know my name, George Zimmerman, largely due to negative stereotypes propagated by the media as a result of the 2012 incident in Sanford, Florida, in which Trayvon Martin died.

Unfortunately, most people don’t recall the fact that I was exonerated of any wrongdoing after a thorough investigation by the Sanford Police Department in March 2012. They had interviewed dozens of witnesses, analyzed 911 calls, and examined the physical evidence of my broken nose, the lacerations on the back of my head, as well as the bruised knuckles of my assailant.

This was all backed up by eyewitness Johnathan Good who told police that he saw me screaming for help while blows were coming down on me “MMA style.” …

At the conclusion of the police investigation, Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee announced that my actions were taken in self-defense and there were no grounds for my arrest. It was not even a “stand your ground” case.

George Zimmerman after the incident

But then severe consequences followed as the left lied and used this case for political purposes:

What followed immediately was a campaign of race-based defamation and incitement against me, led by Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump. …

The damage the trial did to me and my family has been devastating. I suffered from PTSD and, as a result, acted out for a few years before finally returning to the person I was. I was kicked out of college due to threats against the staff by the New Black Panthers. I lost my career path to become an attorney, and to this day I cannot work or even circulate in public. In 2015, someone tried to kill me. The bullet missed my head by inches, and the shooter got 20 years in prison. Today I remain in hiding, as does my family due to constant threats, which appear almost daily in rap songs and social media rants. …

Since the trial, I have watched in horror as those who incited against me have divided America along racial lines. Black Lives Matter started as a result of my acquittal. BLM took its vigilante act to Ferguson, and the resulting “Ferguson Effect” led to a sharp rise in homicides in black neighborhoods. Even today, Benjamin Crump continues his false race narrative (and defames me) in his new book entitled, Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People. …

This might get interesting:

I am suing Rachel Jeantel, Brittany “Diamond” Eugene, Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Benjamin Crump, prosecutors Angela Corey, Bernie de la Rionda, John Guy, the state of Florida, the FDLE, and HarperCollins Publishing for in excess of $100 million.

Racheal Jeantel lied under oath to deprive me of my constitutional rights and send me to prison for life. The others either suborned perjury or lied under oath to hide their knowledge of the switch of the legitimate phone witness, Diamond Eugene, for Rachel Jeantel, whom they knew was an imposter. …

This lawsuit is for Officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson, whom even Eric Holder had to admit was falsely accused of shooting a man who allegedly put his hands up. This lawsuit is for the police officers in Baltimore, both black and white, who were falsely accused of harming Freddy Gray in order to justify mob violence. This lawsuit is for Brett Kavanaugh and any future Supreme Court nominees falsely accused of crimes they did not commit to prevent their nominations.

More than anything else, this lawsuit is for the America I grew up in and still believe in, an America of equal justice for all, where race hoaxes and fake witnesses have no place, an America where the content of one’s character, not race, is the basis for one’s judgement of another.

Breath-taking leftist fraud.

Trayvon Martin as the left wanted him remembered — a harmless looking 12 year old, who Obama thought could look like his son. This photo is all over the web:

By the time of the incident, five years later, he was 17 years old and 6 foot two. There are only a few photos on the web of 17 year old Trayvon.

A Deplorable Strategy Beyond 2020

A Deplorable Strategy Beyond 2020, by Angelo Codevilla.

From President Obama on down, the political, educational, media, and corporate establishment had long since taken for granted that placing the opinions, interests, tastes, and the rights of the rest of America on the same plane as their own amounts to “false equality.” They had come to regard us as lower beings. No matter whether they attributed our purported inferiority to our alleged racism, sexism, etc., or just plain stupidity, they negated the possibility of common citizenship with us. The moment that Hillary Clinton’s reference to those disinclined to vote for her as “deplorables” and “irredeemables” made this unmistakable, Donald Trump’s victory became possible.

The people who voted for Trump, many despite reservations about him, did so seeking a shield against insult and injury from above. …

Ordinary Americans in voting for Trump got a loud voice on their behalf, but no shield. Between 2016 and 2020, we have been pressed as never before to bow to the ruling class’s ever-escalating demands for conformity to its whims — such as to pretend that we join them in accepting that men can be women, and women can be men, on pain of dire social and economic consequences.

Not even the monsters depicted in Darkness At Noon, in Nineteen Eighty-Four or in Animal Farm, never mind Stalin’s Soviet Union or Mao’s China, or Hitler’s Germany, ever demanded such subrational submission. …

Since 2016, the ruling class has left no doubt that it is not merely enacting chosen policies: It is expressing its identity, an identity that has grown and solidified over more than a half century, and that it is not capable of changing.

That really does mean that restoring anything like the Founders’ United States of America is out of the question. Constitutional conservatism on behalf of a country a large part of which is absorbed in revolutionary identity; that rejects the dictionary definition of words; that rejects common citizenship, is impossible. Not even winning a bloody civil war against the ruling class could accomplish such a thing. …

That means some kind of separation.

The globalist ruling class is increasingly incompetent, untrustworthy, nasty, and selfish. They are wrecking the West.

hat-tip Charles

Harvard Bookstore: Fully Woke Leaders of Tomorrow

Harvard Bookstore: Fully Woke Leaders of Tomorrow. A friend writes:

I went to the famous Harvard bookstore today. Depressing to see the most prominent shelves occupied by best-sellers in each section: all books on identity politics, intersectional feminists of colour, lgbt+ stuff, hagiographies of St Greta, St Warren, St Ginzburg, celebration of Islamic culture and every other culture except our own, climate catastrophism, Marxist treaties on economics, black lives matter, veganism to save the world, etc.

Hard to tell whether it’s the chicken or the egg: Harvard university placing those books in more prominent positions because they are the most sought-after by the students, or in order to push the students to buy them.

‘Sorry’ rugby chiefs pay Israel Folau millions

‘Sorry’ rugby chiefs pay Israel Folau millions, by Remy Varga.

The banished Wallaby superstar, with wife Maria by his side, spoke of his happiness on Wednesday at reaching a confidential settlement with Rugby Australia, ending a $14m legal battle that has embarrassed the sporting body.

The Australian understands Rugby Australia has agreed to compensate Folau several million dollars under the terms of the settlement. ..

The code sacked the deeply ­religious Wallaby for making ­social media posts that said homosexuals, adulterers, fornicators and drunkards were going to hell.

Janet Albechtsen:

A team of the sassiest spin doctors can’t help Rugby Australia. They lost on Wednesday. Big time. …

Put it this way. Earlier this year, Israel Folau, who was sacked by RA for posting on social media his religious beliefs, said: “First and foremost I am hoping for an apology from RA and an acknowledgment that even if they disagree with my views, I should be free to peacefully express my religious beliefs without fear of retribution or exclusion.”

Folau’s solicitor, George Haros, said an apology would “come a long way to resolving the dispute”.

That was in August. Castle responded by saying RA would not apologise to Folau.

Winners are grinners

On Wednesday afternoon, following marathon mediation negotiations, RA wholeheartedly apologised to Folau. In fact, the humiliating settlement overseen by Castle saw RA “acknowledge and apologise for any hurt or harm caused” to both Israel and his wife, Maria. It reads like a mea culpa from RA for being part of the pile-on that Maria endured when she publicly supported her husband during this battle. …

Though Wednesday’s confidential settlement is a terrific win for Folau, some bigger questions remain unanswered in strict legal terms. A legal determination is still needed so that workers in this country know if they can be terminated, more or less at will, for expressing their religious beliefs under vaguely drafted, and subjectively interpreted, codes of conduct.


Democrats Spin Kamala Harris Tap-Out Into Racial Injustice Story

Democrats Spin Kamala Harris Tap-Out Into Racial Injustice Story, by Tyler Durden.

Kamala Harris’s abrupt departure from the 2020 election due to a lack of funding has already sparked a debate over race – with the logic ultimately circling around to ‘Democrats aren’t ready to nominate and elect a strong black woman.’ …

Kamala Harris

Al Sharpton

Both Cory Booker and Al Sharpton have come out in recent days, lamenting the lack of black Democratic candidates — while blaming her failure as a candidate on sexism and racism instead of her inability to appear authentic, her roiling anger underneath a thin veneer, and general lack of any plan whatsoever. …

And no, it wasn’t because Samoan-American Tulsi Gabbard dismantled Harris during an April debate, which coincided perfectly with her demise in support.

And it wasn’t a series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle penned by former California legislator Willie Brown essentially calling his old mistress an unqualified whore whose career he boosted.

Nope, according to Al Sharpton, whose Harlem-based charity pays him over $1 million per year, ‘black women are held to a different standard.’

Peter Hassoon:

Harris’s announcement means the only candidates who have qualified for the next Democratic debate are white, a fact that caused chagrin among media figures and liberal activists. …

Left-wing commentator Lauren Duca implied that Democrats have a racism problem, as evidenced by Harris’s failed campaign. “White supremacy is not just a Fox News problem, folks,” she charged. …

“It’s really fucked up that straight white male billionaires (plural) are going to qualify for the next debate while Kamala Harris is leaving the race. Like, immensely,” wrote Adam Peck, a staffer at the left-wing Center for American Progress.

David Bernstein:

What do you call a candidate pool with two women, a gay man, a jew, a half jew, and a Catholic?

If you’ve drank a certain type of Kool-Aid, you call this “not diverse” — even though there has been only one Catholic president, and no gay, Jewish, or woman presidents. The obsession with arbitrary and artificial “official” minority status may be the single worse feature of the modern chattering classes.

Mike LaChance:

Does anyone believe Michelle Obama would face any negative treatment by the media if she jumped into the race?

The media gave Harris every assistance because of her color and sex, but … white supremacy.

Oh wait, the racists on the left get even funnier:

‘Not one person of color’: Congressman scolds fellow Democrats for choosing only white impeachment witnesses, by Madison Dibble.

On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing featuring four constitutional scholars on the topic of impeachment. Rep. Al Green condemned the committee for only featuring white scholars during a speech on the House floor prior to the start of the hearings. …

What subliminal message are we sending to the world when we have experts but not one person of color? Are we saying that there are no people of color who are experts on this topic of impeachment?”

It’s pretty simple. Treat people as individuals (a moral choice), but do not be afraid of noting statistical differences between groups (that’s reality).

The left are pushing hard in the opposite directions. The new left treats people primarily as members of groups, and denies statistical differences between groups. Immoral and unreal.

China protests as US House passes Uygur bill demanding sanctions over human rights abuses in Xinjiang camps

China protests as US House passes Uygur bill demanding sanctions over human rights abuses in Xinjiang camps, by Owen Churchill.

Lawmakers voted 407 to 1 to approve the Uygur Intervention and Global Humanitarian Unified Response Act (UIGHUR Act) of 2019, which commands the US administration to identify and sanction officials deemed responsible for their involvement in the mass internment of members of ethnic minority groups in the country’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

It followed months of negotiations among lawmakers about how forceful the legislation should be.

The bill would also tighten export controls on China-bound US technology that could be used to “suppress individual privacy, freedom of movement and other basic human rights”. …

The bill passed by the House on Tuesday is more committal, ordering the US president, within four months of the legislation’s enactment, to submit to Congress a list of Chinese officials deemed responsible for, or complicit in, human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

The UIGHUR Act also demands that, on the same day, those individuals are subject to sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act, seizing their US-based assets and barring them from entry onto US soil.

Since early 2017, the Chinese government is reported to have sent some one million Uygurs and members of other largely Muslim ethnic minority groups to mass internment camps, where inmates are forcibly held and subject to political indoctrination.

Islam has long been a problem for non-Muslims, but this is not the way to deal with it.

The Moral Case for Decoupling from China

The Moral Case for Decoupling from China, by David Archibald.

In Carroll Quigley’s ‘Tragedy and Hope’ first published in 1966, he wrote that the Chinese Communist regime in the first years after its founding was “insanely aggressive.” The Chicoms reverted to type about ten years ago and went back to ‘snarl diplomacy.’ Only being poor had kept them from trying to impose their will on others.

The corporate retreat from China is proceeding as fast as factory production can be relocated. But even if China wasn’t in breach of its WTO obligations to have a free market economy and a convertible currency, didn’t steal intellectual property, and wasn’t bullying its neighbours, there is another reason why we should completely decouple from China and it is a reason that is overarching and critical to our self-worth as a civilisation. …

Dr Arthur Waldron, now a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has been studying China for over 50 years. He married a Chinese lady so his views are not those of an inherent Sinophobe.

From an interview with Dr Waldron:

China is the most evil regime the world has seen since the Third Reich, setting aside the Soviet Union. …

People are being killed so their organs can be used for transplants. Many of which go to the very elderly Chinese leadership or their children. The son of one of the recent leaders of China has had cancer and he has had many organs replaced. …

And that is one of the reasons we have to quarantine China economically.

A rationalisation for saying ‘Well yes it’s true that there is some question with what Hitler is doing with the gypsies and the Jews but Leica still makes a hell of a good camera.”

Why we should decouple from China:

In the late 1930s when it was quite evident that Hitler was persecuting and killing minorities, would you have bought any German goods, knowing that in doing so you were an enabler of that evil regime?

It is no different today. Every Chinese plastic toy or Christmas decoration plucked off the shelves at Walmart contributes to a future U.S. combat death, but beyond that there are also metaphorical vats of human organs at the back of the Walmart store that the buyer is enabling.

Thankfully killing people for their organs is repugnant to us and that needs to continue if we are to remain a good and kind civilisation. But trading with, speaking with, interacting with people who kill people for their organs debases us. …

Dr Waldron’s view is that without our trade the Chinese polity will disintegrate; their state-owned enterprises aren’t enough to sustain their economy. The Chinese people’s best chance of liberation is if we nudge things in that direction.

Russians spent $95 million to NGOs to feed “shale fear” and anti-fraking campaigns. Most of the West fell for it…

Russians spent $95 million to NGOs to feed “shale fear” and anti-fraking campaigns. Most of the West fell for it…, By Joanne Nova.

Russia makes about $300 billion in gas and oil exports each year. For a tiny tenth of a billion dollars it fed western activists and successfully stopped fracking development in the UK (and some parts of Australia apparently). It’s what you call a stupendous investment.

Matt Ridley lays out just how game changing the discovery of shale fracking could have been for the UK, and how easily the politicians and system was exploited and fell over. …

It wouldn’t have worked if the West had good media, and if schools taught students how to spot con artists, witchcraft, and fake reasoning.

Matt Ridley:

When the shale gas revolution first came along, some environmentalists welcomed it, and rightly so. …

But then the vested interests got to work. Renewable energy promoters panicked at the thought of cheap and abundant gas. Their business model was predicated on the alleged certainty that prices would rise as fossil fuels ran out, making subsidised wind and solar power look comparatively cheap. …

The Russians also lobbied behind the scenes against shale gas, worried about losing their grip on the world’s gas supplies. …

The Centre for European Studies found that the Russian government has invested $95 million in NGOs campaigning against shale gas. Russia Today television ran endless anti-fracking stories, including one that “frackers are the moral equivalent of paedophiles”.

The US Director of National Intelligence stated that “RT runs anti-fracking programming … reflective of the Russian Government’s concern about the impact of fracking and US natural gas production on the global energy market and the potential challenges to Gazprom’s profitability.” Pro-Russian politicians such as Lord Truscott (married to a Russian army colonel’s daughter) made speeches in parliament against fracking.

No scare story was too far-fetched to be taken up and amplified. Tap water would catch fire (no: though it’s a natural phenomenon in some places in America where gas naturally contaminates ground water). There would be significant gas leaks (no: there are more gas leaks from natural sources and pipelines). The water that comes out of the well is dangerously radioactive (no: it is not). Fracking uses a lot of water (a lot less than farming). And so on. The unelected quangocracy that runs these things on behalf of taxpayers, mainly in the form of the Environment Agency, appeared at times to be taking its instructions directly from Friends of the Earth. So, of course, did the BBC.

As night follows day, Tory politicians lost courage and slipped into neutrality then opposition, worrying about what posh greens might think, rather than working-class bill-payers and job-seekers.

A golden opportunity was squandered for Britain to get hold of home-grown, secure, cheap and relatively clean energy. We don’t need fossil fuels, the politicians thought, we’re going for net zero in 2050! But read the small print, chaps: the only way to have zero-emission transport and heating, so says the Committee on Climate Change, is to use lots of hydrogen. And how do they say most of the hydrogen is to be made? From gas.

Or buy it from Russia.

The left complain about a tiny amount of election interference in the US in 2016, that was in any case aimed at the left as much as the right. Shheeesh. The Russians interfered in Western politics big time from the 1940s through the 1980s, for the left. Remember McCarthy in the 1950s?

And the Russian interference continues ’til today, predominately for the green movement. Where would the Greens be without Russian help? You think a bunch of tree huggers and bird watchers have the political skills or motivation to build and finance a world wide movement that bosses governments around? Not bloody likely.

Russia’s economy is very dependent on energy exports and the price of oil. Nowadays their interference is mostly about Russia’s income.

‘See How You Like This, Bigot’

‘See How You Like This, Bigot’ By Rod Dreher.

The reader, a white male Millennial, said he was raised in a secular left environment, by liberal Boomers. Mom was an activist, dad was into the counterculture. Six marriages between them. They divorced when the reader was seven; he grew up shuttling between their homes. …

He studied education in college, and said that many of the materials they studied were preoccupied with “white privilege” and woke ideology. He didn’t think it was a problem, because it conformed to the view of the world that he’d been raised with. He ended up in the social work field, which was ideologically the same.

In college, he converted to Christianity, which radically changed some of his values. He now identifies as a conservative, though he has never voted Republican in a presidential race. He says he’s “kind of confused politically” because of all this.

He says that he’s growing increasingly angry by the relentless wokeness in popular culture. …

Dreher’s ex-leftie reader feels the anti-white racism, and takes it personally:

I certainly feel like the progressive ideology is being forced down my throat at every turn. I have unfollowed basically everyone on social media and stopped using it except for work purposes because the stuff people posted made me like them less (both on the left and right). I can’t count how many times I have heard people make flippant comments about the taint white men and the patriarchy have left on our society. I don’t feel like I can express my thoughts about any polarizing topic because I will be dismissed due to my sex and skin color. It really is maddening. In many ways I align with left social principles (care for the poor, minorities, women) but more and more I feel like to support anything on the left is to support something that sees me and people like me as the problem and therefore of less value than other human beings.

I don’t know what to do with this. I certainly don’t want to be “pro-white, pro-male” in some sort of political manner, but I do feel like the left is forcing me into a corner I don’t want to be in. …

I don’t want to watch shows and movies and feel so sensitive to what seems like a political agenda or start disliking friends who are left leaning and that I may even agree with about a lot of things! Even if they aren’t militant, I still feel threatened.

I have a friend who is letting her 8 year old present as the opposite gender. She announced it on Facebook and got showered with praise. I have said nothing. How can I? I’m just a hater and bigot, right? I have some serious concerns about all of that, but I would be wasting my breath and inviting a lot of stress into my life if I confronted that.

I’m not sure how to conclude this which is why I just ranted a little right there. I’m not completely sure why I’m even writing this to you. I’m probably going to vote for Trump in 2020, so maybe this is about that in some way. I think he is a disaster of a human being and president, but you know, he doesn’t hate me and everything I stand for. I didn’t think the left did even as recently as 2016, but I don’t know what else to think based on their rhetoric and actions.

But it’s deeper than just who I vote for. It’s permeating my whole life. I can’t even enjoy a good tv show without getting all fired up about some perceived propaganda. I say perceived because I think I’m looking for it more than I did in the past. In some ways I’m frustrated with myself even.

Dreher comments:

Boy oh boy, is this ever true. And it’s invisible to so very many on the Left, because like this reader before his religious conversion, their worldview is completely normal….

The reader’s story about how the overwhelming, increasingly militant progressivism of popular culture, and how that is replicated in the lives of many people he knows, rings true to me — as does his frustration with himself over having developed reactionary instincts out of self-defense. I think this is becoming common. …

I subscribe to The New York Times and read it daily. It’s the parish newsletter of the Church of Wokeness. If the Times was your only source of news, you would think that white male heterosexual Christians were the source of evil in the modern world. I exaggerate only slightly. ..

It ought to be possible to talk about how yes, LGBT people have to deal with some discrimination, without having to take the position that anything view less extreme than the militant activists’ opinions is “hate,” and must be suppressed. It ought to be possible to talk about the real problem of global warming without taking the idiotic Greta Thunberg view that, as she stated this past weekend in a syndicated op-ed that bore her byline, “Colonial, racist, and patriarchal systems of oppression have created and fueled it. We need to dismantle them all.” …

I don’t see an answer here, and I expect most liberal readers to deny the thing, or to admit it, but to resort to whataboutism in an effort to dismiss it. Still, it is worth talking about, because this dynamic is close to the heart of our social disintegration. You have in this letter the testimony of a young man who was raised a liberal, in a mixed-race family, and who acknowledges that the Left has some important and truthful insights to offer, and that conservatives need to hear. But he is also finding himself increasingly unwilling to hear them, because they come as part of a broader message that demonizes people like him. He has been pushed to the point where he is disinclined even to open his mind to any of this, because to do so, he feels that he has to buy the entire vicious narrative — a narrative that, in his view, is racist, sexist, and anti-religious, and, if it keeps growing, is going to make life in America for people like him unlivable.

At this rate, there soon won’t be any countries left soon where being white (or, especially, Jewish) is ok.

Transgender clinic’s bid to operate on girls under 17

Transgender clinic’s bid to operate on girls under 17, by Bernard Lane.

Australia’s biggest youth gender clinic wants to start surgery on teenage girls under the age of 17 and to lock in long-term funding increases that will survive beyond Victoria’s pro-transgender Andrews government.

In unreported evidence to the state’s mental health royal commission, clinic director Michelle Telfer from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne reveals that about two-thirds of last year’s record new referrals are girls past puberty who identify as boys, with “many” asking for “chest reconstructive surgery”.

RCH and the government have refused requests from The Australian and the opposition for basic patient data. …

In her evidence, [Dr Telfer] says: “Given the politicisation of gender diversity and of (trans) child and adolescent healthcare in particular — as seen with the Safe Schools (program) nationally and the marriage equality debate — clinicians and the (trans) community share concerns of funding sustainability with changes in governments.” …

There is global concern about the safety and ethics of trans medical treatment amid a spike in atypical teenage patients, mostly girls, diagnosed with dysphoria.

Critics say the influence of pre-existing issues — including mental health problems, autism, same-sex attraction, and family trauma — is not properly investigated by gender-focused clinics.

Dr Telfer says her hospital has the expertise to start trans mastectomies but lacks the money. …

Dr Telfer’s evidence did not mention international criticism of the 2018 RCH treatment standards, a 2011 Swedish study showing post-surgery trans adults had suicide rates 19 times above the general population, a 2015 Dutch study reporting worrying levels of uncertainty among clinicians about the safety of puberty blocker drugs that can lead on to surgery, or the trend of regretful young adult “detransitioners”.

Taxpayer money for progressive surgeons to carry out the agenda of the sexual revolutionaries. What could possibly go wrong?

PISA global educational rankings: Australian schools fail on maths, science

PISA global educational rankings: Australian schools fail on maths, science. By Rebecca Urban.

Australia has plunged in global education rankings, with the ­nation’s 15-year-olds performing at a significantly lower standard in reading, mathematics and science than a decade ago, despite government funding for schools rising by more than $20bn over that period.

The 2018 PISA results comparing the academic performance of 79 countries, released on Tuesday night, reveal Australia’s long-term declining academic achievement had continued, with average scores now at record lows across all three tested domains.

Australia’s decline in maths has been equated to the loss of more than a year’s worth of schooling since 2003 — the first year in which the subject was the emphasis of PISA testing — pulling the nation back in line with the OECD average for the first time alongside Latvia, Iceland, Portugal, Russia, Italy, New Zealand and the Slovak Republic.

Is there anything our progressive bureaucracy cannot do? They answer back in today’s Sydney Morning Herald:

When he was at boarding school in China, Nicholas Zhang, 16, would wake up at 6.30am. …

Nicholas estimates he studied maths alone for 20 hours a week in China. Since starting his exchange at Scotch College, Melbourne, at the start of this year, that has dropped to three or four hours.

The [PISA results] shows that in mathematics the average Australian student lags more than 3½ years behind their Chinese counterparts and three years behind Singapore. …

Nicholas believes year 10 students in China take their studies as seriously as year 12 students in Australia. He said teachers had more of a guiding role because class sizes are much larger in China — an average of 50 compared to 20 at Scotch College — but each teacher was “very professional and super, super fast” with questions.

Hardly explains why Australia does poorly compared to its recent past, or compared to lots of non-Confucian countries that don’t put in extreme hours. And it puts paid to the favorite of the teacher’s union, class sizes.

Is even more money the answer? Maybe not. Can’t fix a broken system by making it bigger.

This is interesting. Check out the red bars:

Lion of the Blogosphere injects some realism into the progressive fantasy swamp, after the US also put in a fairly average performance:

If you are trying to gauge the effectiveness of schools, making international comparisons without taking race into account is useless. But because the fakestream media denies the scientific truth of racial differences in IQ, you get junk articles like this.

American test scores ought to be declining because school-age white children are being replaced by lower IQ Hispanics and “other.” (Also Asians who are smarter, but the Asians are outnumbered by the Hispanics and the “other,” ….)

But actually, no country is better than the United States at training low-IQ children to score higher on tests, because of massive drilling and teaching to the test. Which is why test scores have held “stagnant” since 2000 … instead of declining.

Steve Sailer:

And every three years the one dissenting voice is usually … me. I ritually point out that each race within the U.S. (see the red bars in my graph) did pretty darn good compared to the rest of the world. (Keep in mind, though, that the U.S. usually spends more per public school student than all but a few tax havens like Luxembourg.) …

At 521, U.S. whites outscored all countries founded by whites (light blue bars) except Estonia. American whites edged Japan and South Korea by one point, which isn’t shabby. …

U.S. Hispanics at 470 outscored all Latin American countries, with Chile scoring highest at 438. …

U.S. blacks scored 436, which is higher than Malaysia, Romania, and Thailand. No truly black-run country took the test, but in past years, American blacks beat Trinidad, a part black, part Asian Indian island country with oil money.

Keep in mind that there are of course methodological problems with a global test as ambitious as this. For example, if you want to score higher, don’t round up your dumber students to take the test. There are big differences in coverage between countries. For example, in the past, Argentina would complain that they rounded up 80% of their assigned 15-year-olds while Mexico did more like 60%. (Most First World countries are above 80% in coverage).

Can we trust the Chinese numbers? Beats me.

What would happen if we broke out the Australian scores by race? PC tantrums I expect.