Daily Archives: July 1, 2016
An elite Manhattan school is teaching white students as young as 6 that they’re born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from “white privilege,” while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers.
Administrators at the Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side claim it’s a novel approach to fighting discrimination, and claim that several other New York private schools, such as Riverdale Country School, Brooklyn Friends School and Little Red School House, are teaching a similar thing.
What’s amusing here is that the notoriously liberal upper west side elite are forking over $50,000 a year so that their children can come home from school and berate them. These schools and their customers deserve each other.
Anshu Wahi (dot head Indian, not Elizabeth Warren Indian) is the school’s Director of Diversity & Community.
[Her] extreme diversity program is based on the premise that America is still plagued by “systemic racism,” which she claims she saw first-hand while serving as a juror hearing criminal cases in Brooklyn. She told parents she was shocked to learn that every case involved a minority defendant. In the same May 2015 meeting with parents, she cited the GI Bill as proof of “white privilege,” claiming the popular post-World War II legislation only benefited white soldiers and their heirs, when in fact, black enrollment in colleges exploded under the GI Bill.
Most recently, parents were upset with her airing a documentary film lionizing leaders of the violent Black Panthers movement. On May 31, the Bank Street School screened “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” which depicts Panthers founder and convicted cop-killer Huey Newton as a martyr.
In 2013, moreover, parents expressed outrage over an email from Wahi that seemed to sympathize with Muslim terrorists after the Boston Marathon bombings.
The April 17, 2013, message — “From Anshu, our Director of Diversity and Community: The Boston Marathon — Another Perspective” — advised students and parents to “be mindful of stereotypes and dangerous ideas” regarding “Arabs (and) Muslims.”
It linked to an article titled “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.”
The reason colleges no longer learn their students is that they don’t want their victims to figure it out
As The Donald might say, “there’s something’s going on.”
Nothing but some rental units reported as pending today, but we did get a new listing: 7 Meadow Place, in Old Greenwich, asking $7,965,423, the last numbers of which I assume were obtained by counting down from 6 and reversing the 2 and the 3 because, … well because. That would be a silly way to price a house, but then, this is a silly price, so appreciate the symmetry and move on.
Direct waterfront, excellent views (as you’ll note below), with a teardown house. While FAR would allow almost 8,000 sq.ft. to be built on this 0.57 acre lot (R-12), there are many other restrictions on property in the VE and AE zones, as well as set backs, so I wouldn’t want to opine on how large a house you can build.
As noted, it is nice land, but for $8 million, I’d expect a house.
Here’s the description as penned by the broker. It’s cruel to say it, but the prose is as silly as the price.
QUALITY GREENWICH WATERFRONT COMES DOWN TO THREE ELEMENTS: (1)VIEW; (2) SUNSET OVER THE WATER IN WINTER & SUMMER AND (3) VIEWS OF NEW YORK CITY ALL THE REST ARE POSEURS. A HOUSE CAN BE BUILT ANYWHERE, THAT IS A MINOR DETAIL. BUT IF YOU HAVE A GREAT LOCATION, IT IS UNIQUE AND A FOREVER HOME. CAN YOU SEE 100 YARDS OR CAN YOU SEE 20 MILES OVER THE WATER? A SUNDOWN OVER THE WATER IS NEVER THE SAME. SOMETIMES IT IS A BIG SHOW THAT LASTS FOR AN HOUR OR SOMETIMES IT IS A MINOR SHOW. BUT YOUR DAYLIGHT ALWAYS LASTS LONGER WHEN U FACE THE SUNDOWN. IT CHANGES ALL THE TIME, WIND, NO WIND, HIGH TIDE, LOW TIDE, WINTER ICE, SHIMMERING SUMMER LIGHT, IT IS NEVER THE SAME. AND IF YOU CAN’T SEE NYC DURING THE DAY OR HER SHINING LIGHTS AT NIGHT, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE MISSING.
So much for June contract, today saw four new July ones, three of which are in Cos Cob, where the affordable housing is
24 Sinawoy, asking $940,000. A 1924 house, 1,400 square feet, this one’s going to need a lot of work, but for what passes as entry every housing in Greenwich, it could be a charmer. And depending on how restrained its new owner are in renovation costs, they should make out in the future.
59 Valleywood Road, also in Cos Cob, asking $1.225 million. The seller paid $1.075 for it in 2004 and fixed it up nicely. Valleywood’s a good street.
21 Lia Fail, Cos Cob asking $1.495 million for just 3 of its (apron.) 6 acres. You can’t subdivide this piece, even though it’s in the Ra-1 zone, and you certainly can’t the remaining piece. I think the sellers may have made a mistake only selling the one lot, because, it may prove difficult to sell the other. They paid $2.2 for the entire parcel in 2004.
But of far more interest, to me, is the marvelous marble amphitheater on the grounds, built by the husband of the former owner, Madelyn O’Neil, in 1940. O’Neil’s husband, an architect and set designer, built it in the late 30s, employing the same masons who’d just finished building the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. and, during those Depression years, were looking for work. The amphitheater served for years as a neighborhood theatre, until the neighbors complained too much and ended it.One dubious distinction: Jane Fonda performed on the stage as a very young Greenwich Academy student. No mention of her appearing with any Viet Cong or other communists, though.
Madelyn O’Neil’s obituary is here. She, and her extended family, were an astonishing crew, in the very best way.
And leaving Cos Cob for the more mundane mid-country, but on the street with the funny name, 18 Dingletown has a contract. It’s asking $1.899, which I suppose is sort of about the right range for this perfectly nice, if boring home. It sold for $2.4 million in the crazy years – 2005, in this case), and then again during the crash – 2012, for $1.735. Those buyers; the current sellers, spruced it up a bit and put it back up for sale in 2015 at $2.295 and, a year and some price cuts later, have a buyer. One hopes they didn’t spend a lot of money on that sprucing up, because it’s not coming back.
A reader asked, so I looked it up. Looks like we saw the following numbers of contract for single family homes in May and June:
May, 2016: 108
May, 2015: 132
June, 2016: 106
June, 2015: 115
More than 100 Nobel laureates have come together to sign a letter accusing Greenpeace of “crimes against humanity” for the environmental group’s anti-scientific stand against genetically modified organisms, in particular the group’s effort to stop the use of a kind of rice aimed at eradicating vitamin A deficiency, a scourge that has killed millions in the last decade and blinded tens of millions more. The victims, according to the World Health Organization, are mostly children and pregnant mothers.
While dozens of the 107 Nobel Prize-winning signers are in fields such as physics and economics with little specific relevance to the safety of GMO foods or efforts to fight deadly global health threats, 41 of the Nobel laureates hold the distinction for their work in medicine. They represent Nobel winners from virtually every year from 1989 to 2014.
In the past, Greenpeace has blithely ignored the views of scientists, such as those convened by the National Academy of Sciences, who have repeatedly found genetically-modified food perfectly safe for humans and the environment.
Here’s the letter:
To the Leaders of Greenpeace, the United Nations and Governments around the world
The United Nations Food & Agriculture Program has noted that global production of food, feed and fiber will need approximately to double by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing global population. Organizations opposed to modern plant breeding, with Greenpeace at their lead, have repeatedly denied these facts and opposed biotechnological innovations in agriculture. They have misrepresented their risks, benefits, and impacts, and supported the criminal destruction of approved field trials and research projects.
We urge Greenpeace and its supporters to re-examine the experience of farmers and consumers worldwide with crops and foods improved through biotechnology, recognize the findings of authoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against “GMOs” in general and Golden Rice in particular.
Scientific and regulatory agencies around the world have repeatedly and consistently found crops and foods improved through biotechnology to be as safe as, if not safer than those derived from any other method of production. There has never been a single confirmed case of a negative health outcome for humans or animals from their consumption. Their environmental impacts have been shown repeatedly to be less damaging to the environment, and a boon to global biodiversity.
Greenpeace has spearheaded opposition to Golden Rice, which has the potential to reduce or eliminate much of the death and disease caused by a vitamin A deficiency (VAD), which has the greatest impact on the poorest people in Africa and Southeast Asia.
The World Health Organization estimates that 250 million people, suffer from VAD, including 40 percent of the children under five in the developing world. Based on UNICEF statistics, a total of one to two million preventable deaths occur annually as a result of VAD, because it compromises the immune system, putting babies and children at great risk. VAD itself is the leading cause of childhood blindness globally affecting 250,000 – 500,000 children each year. Half die within 12 months of losing their eyesight.
WE CALL UPON GREENPEACE to cease and desist in its campaign against Golden Rice specifically, and crops and foods improved through biotechnology in general;
WE CALL UPON GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD to reject Greenpeace’s campaign against Golden Rice specifically, and crops and foods improved through biotechnology in general; and to do everything in their power to oppose Greenpeace’s actions and accelerate the access of farmers to all the tools of modern biology, especially seeds improved through biotechnology. Opposition based on emotion and dogma contradicted by data must be stopped.
And it’s not just Vitamin A, naturally. Across the third world, rising sea levels and soil depletion are both causing widespread starvation: salt-tolerant crops could spare those people, but the anti-GM crowd is having none of it:
GM salt tolerant crops, if they existed, would be a band-aid solution to a problem that intensive and chemical agriculture has caused. The sensible answer to salination of soils is prevention by sustainable farming and water management techniques. If it’s too late for prevention, then the soil must be rebuilt by incorporating plenty of organic matter into it and planting different crops in stages according to its recovery.
This sounds very much like Miss Gore and her friend’s opposition to natural gas: let the poor people freeze whilst the proper people figure out how to come up with a Church of Gaia approved solution. That may take a few decades or so, but does that matter? The proper people will be just fine, thank you for asking.
And attention, Whole Foods shoppers: you are here today because your better forebears started genetically modifying foods 11,000 years ago.
National Academy of Science: Evolution in Agriculture: The Domestication of Wheat
When humans understand a phenomenon that occurs in nature, they often gain increased control over it or can adapt it to new uses. The domestication of wheat is a good example.
By recovering seeds from different archaeological sites and noticing changes in their characteristics over the centuries, scientists have hypothesized how wheat was altered by humans over time. About 11,000 years ago, people in the Middle East began growing plants for food rather than relying entirely on the wild plants and animals they could gather or hunt. These early farmers began saving seeds from plants with particularly favorable traits and planting those seeds in the next growing season. Through this process of “artificial selection,” they created a variety of crops with characteristics particularly suited for agriculture. For example, farmers over many generations modified the traits of wild wheat so that seeds remained on the plant when ripe and could easily be separated from their hulls. Over the next few millennia, people around the world used similar processes of evolutionary change to transform many other wild plants and animals into the crops and domesticated animals we rely on today.
In recent years, plant scientists have begun making hybrids of wheat with some of their wild relatives from the Middle East and elsewhere. Using these hybrids, they have bred wheat varieties that are increasingly resistant to droughts, heat, and pests. Most recently, molecular biologists have been identifying the genes in the DNA of plants that are responsible for their advantageous traits so that these genes can be incorporated into other crops. These advances rely on an understanding of evolution to analyze the relationships among plants and to search for the traits that can be used to improve crops.