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  • The visibility of Olympic protests — particularly around questions of Black rights — escalated during the 1960s. This was by design. Harry Edwards, who taught sociology at San Jose State, believed that by disrupting sporting events, African American athletes could confront White America about racial inequality and discrimination.
  • Race has been at the core of all of these controversies, especially because officials have allowed White transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard from New Zealand to compete, while Jenna Prandini, who is also White, replaced Richardson after she was suspended.
  • The typical critiques of capitalists over the past decade have been that they only make incomprehensibly complicated bets on the markets, or that they take over existing companies in pointless exercises in "vulture capitalism," or that they outsource our jobs. But here are, in the case of Musk and Bezos, capitalists making very tangible products, with easily understandable — indeed, inspiring — goals, in conjunction with the U.S. government.
  • If the Biden administration and its leftist friends truly care about human suffering, the least they can do is use technology to re-open internet access in Cuba, which the government shut down during the demonstrations. Words are not enough. Cuba libre! Should be more than a slogan. It should be American policy.
  • Republican controlled legislatures are crafting more ambitious voter suppression schemes.
  • Cosmetic surgeons know that we're suffering from one too many close encounters with our video selves. That's why they are standing by to put our aesthetic insecurities to rest, forceps and scalpels primed for action.
  • Nearly half of Democrats in the five western states favor secession. In our part of the country, two in five Democrats and one in four Republicans, not to mention more than a third of independents, want to take these 11 states out of the union. The guys in the Confederate flag t-shirts (southern Republicans) favor secession by 66%.
  • We now have an evil mix of social isolation and extremist rhetoric that some use to confer an air of respectability to their delusions. The social services that keep the mentally unbalanced in check need to be strengthened — and soon.
  • A number of main threats to biodiversity are finally being recognized, at least by some folks: Climate change, habitat destruction, overexploitation of nature’s resources, air, water pesticide, etc., pollution, and, last and certainly not least for many, the introduction of invasive species. Need I add that virtually all these problems are human induced?
  • That pan across the franchise’s female heroes in “Avengers: Endgame” was a pathetic cry for approval. And now we’re getting an unwarranted "Black Widow" movie even though the character has already been written out of the franchise.
  • July 22
    People — including two U.S. presidents, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have all made statements which, at the time, they claimed were accurate and based on science, but turned out to be inaccurate.
  • July 20
    When it comes to juicing up his own supporters, the Biden speech may have been effective, but it wasn't statesmanship — or remotely truthful.
  • In the 1950s, DACOWITS suggested that married servicewomen receive basic allowance for quarters, a financial benefit given to servicemen to support their housing arrangements. The DOD ignored this recommendation because at that time most Americans believed men should be a family's primary breadwinner, and giving married servicewomen this financial benefit would imply that their husbands were incapable of taking care of them.
  • The world's second-richest person, by some counts, could have easily afforded to settle the SolarCity case out of court, as all of his fellow Tesla board members did last year. Instead, he chose to fight it. And so he spent Monday and Tuesday last week in a dreary Delaware courtroom, defending his reputation against a lawyer bent on exposing him as a self-dealing fraud, even as his fellow billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos were in various stages of adventuring to space.

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