Oberlin College and the “Culture of Theft”

No one should attend this hellhole. Student journalist: Shoplifting at Gibson’s Bakery was part of Oberlin College’s “Culture of Theft”.

Higher education.

It’s truly astounding that a college would be afraid to support a local store that was the victim of shoplifting. It is deeply depressing that students did not already know that “shoplifting was harmful.”

So how is that kids in the 21st Century don’t know that “Stealing hurts the victim?” I bet they would object if you took money from them.

“[W]e uncovered a sad truth: That the majority of shoplifting in Oberlin is carried out by students…. [because] students just felt like it” — Puts in context testimony that the college wanted a special procedure for student shoplifters and feared backing the bakery would “trigger” a negative student reaction.

Then there is the social justice insanity, in which fried chicken wasn’t served enough, and General Chao’s Chicken was served too much. (Chinese food is cultural appropriation. Or something.)

No one should want to attend Oberlin College and no parent should be willing to pay anything to send their kids their. It is worse than a joke.

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Cops Are Calling It Self-defense

But they don’t get to make the final determination. Police: Fatal shooting of woman was self-defense.

An initial investigation, Williams says, has determined the woman was shot in self-defense. The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury as a possible justifiable homicide.

No arrests have been made.

Abuse of Power in the Chicago PD?

Color me shocked. Chicago police investigating if sergeant forced transgender woman to perform sex act.

Of course this guy shouldn’t even be on the job. 20 years ago he was caught in an internal affairs sting over an illegal weapon, and recommended for firing.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges against the three officers, but Internal Affairs recommended they all be fired.

Months later, though, the Police Department handed down its punishment: 30-day suspensions for the sergeant and his partner and 15 days for the third officer.

That will only convince the bad-actors that there are no real consequences to being bad actors. And that was 20 years ago. Do you think that was the last time he did something without “following department procedures?”

I’d Call It a Crisis of Faith

But then faith isn’t too popular an outlook today. Not in New York City. NYPD officers’ suicides prompt top cop to cite ‘mental health crisis’.

The commissioner of the country’s largest police force said the department has a “crisis” on its hands after three officers killed themselves in 10 days.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill described the situation Friday as a “mental-health crisis,” and said that law enforcement as a whole “must take action.”

Sometime in the past 50 years we traded faith for “mental health.” I don’t think we’ve come out ahead.

Fitting “The Cold War” and “The Good Ole Days” Into the Same Mental Space…

Takes a bit of doing. Those “Things”.

Juvat, over at Chant du Départ, also gets extra points for a Monty Python’s Flying Circus reference.

So, There I was….*

Fairy Tales start with “Once upon a time…” War stories start with “So There I was…” At least according to Juvat.

(And yes, it is a Cold War post about “special” weapons. Do you know what went on during the Cold War?)

Privacy Is SUCH a 20th Century Concept

An online payment system owned by PayPal has security problems? Say it ain’t so! Millions of Venmo transactions scraped in warning over privacy settings.

“There’s truly no reason to have this API open to unauthenticated requests,” he told TechCrunch. “The API only exists to provide like a scrolling feed of public transactions for the home page of the app, but if that’s your goal then you should require a token with each request to verify that the user is logged in.”

You want a Modern Tech Company™ to spend time and resources on YOUR privacy? There is no privacy. (F*c*book’s lawyer said so!)

Endless War

Within Temptation is a Dutch Symphonic Metal band. They released an album in 2018, Resist, that I like quite a bit. While I knew of them before 2018, they didn’t occupy a large part of my playlists. But I really like Sharon den Adel’s singing on this album.

This song is “Endless War” by Within Temptation. It was the 2nd track on the 2018 album Resist, which was re-released in 2019 as an “Extended Deluxe” edition that included some additional mixes and instrumental versions. If YouTube trips over browser privacy settings, use the link provided.

Whatever type of music you enjoy, remember to occasionally do something to support the artists you like. If you want them to keep making music, they need to make a living, either selling music or performing live concerts or something.