No really, stop tickling my sides. Skeptical Science, a shill front organisation for rent-seeking environmentalists. It does matter though, imho. It matters for reasons of integrity, especially public trust in science. Who's going to believe the next big scare and impress on their politicians to do something about it when the previous 120 scares proved to be shite.
The moderators must be a bit left leaning and annoyed today. I would have at least modded you +1 funny.
6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death.
Well, technically most of the trouble is between the followers of the Abraham traditions (Jews, Muslims and Christians) who do all believe in the same guard. The differences lie in politics and technicalities. The Muslim version doesn't have as much flexibility.
What does being a good swimmer have to do with being in the Coast Guard? They use boats, precisely to avoid having to swim.
Really? Just in case you are not the only one that can't connect the dots I'll explain this.
To get in the Coast Guard they require the recruits to demonstrate a very basic level of being able to swim. This is for the safety of the crew since if there is a problem on the boat then they will have to be able to swim some distance to safety. Also, there are a lot of positions in the Coast Guard which require people to be able to swim, such as the people that have to jump in the water to save others from drowning. Those that are the strongest swimmers (if you excuse the pun) float to the top. This is a bell curve. Statistically speaking Europeans are better swimmers on the average than Africans. This has a lot to do with the large number of coastal European societies compared to Africa and natural selection setting in. If the people applying to the Coast Guard is even close to the statistical norm of the general American public then this tendency will show up in those that graduate from the Coast Guard training.
This is why it is important to have minority voices heard. They can debunk stupid shit like this, and equally as importantly make sure policies don't unintentionally screw them.
Did I say that minorities needed to be silenced? Did I say that Blacks need not apply to the Coast Guard? In fact I'm saying the opposite. All people need to be heard. No one should be discouraged from applying to the Coast Guard. What should happen though is that we should not prop up a minority out of a fear of "screwing them". If we told the Coast Guard that instead of being 5% Black (or whatever the ratio is right now) they need to match the general public and have 12% Blacks (or whatever) then what we will see are Black people winding up dead. Being at sea is dangerous if you are not a strong swimmer. If we keep out strong Caucasian swimmers to let in weaker Black swimmers then we are not helping out the Blacks, we're putting them at risk of death when it could have been avoided.
This shit is precisely why affirmative action is not applied to the uniformed services. They already have a rigorous scheme to weed out any kind of discrimination based on anything other than merit. If affirmative action is imposed then people die.
You're being too thoughtful. You're writing to someone that obviously has benefited from racist programs such as affirmative action that keep them trapped as a dependent voting block and suggest that they are not capable of meeting the same standards. The jobs they are given in the government and especially contractors tend to be menial token jobs to keep quotas where they need to be.
Meanwhile, the left side of the legislative class enables the real problems that are keeping these same minorities down with multi-generational welfare programs, poor schools, revisionist history that reinforces a perpetual state of victim-hood, and so much more. It's a huge scam and should be outlawed. Term limits now!
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