Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. Last December, Jeannie Suk wrote in an online article for The New Yorker about law students asking her fellow professors at Harvard not to teach rape law—or, in one case, even use the word violate (as in “that violates the law”) lest it cause students distress.
—The Coddling of the American Mind
How times have changed. I remember when colleges tried to challenge students to think.
Are you pestered by telemarketers? They phone us both day and evening, so we almost never answer the phone directly. We let our answering machine screen our calls, and mostly the company calling doesn’t even bother to leave a message. If they do it’s easy to delete it.
Some of the Olympic swimmers might be hurt by the escapade and Brian Lochte’s lies, but there’s a good chance he won’t be.
Before the Games began, Ryan Lochte’s post-Olympics plans consisted of moving to Los Angeles to become a celebrity. “I see me being a designer,” he mused. “I see me being a model, I see me being a TV star.”
I think the author is probably right, but I don’t follow celebrities, so I may never know. Donald Trump, on the other hand….
People run for the presidency for all sorts of reasons. But Donald J. Trump may be the first to run because he sees a presidential campaign as the best way to attract attention to himself. There seems to be no other driving passion in him, certainly not the passion to govern.
One can well imagine a postelection Citizen Trump crowing that while Hillary Clinton is saddled with four years of headaches and a measly $400,000 salary, he is using the attention he got to make billions more as a media mogul.
Ford has just announced that they expect to have level four self-driving cars by 2021 instead of the previous 2025. Level four means the cars will be completely self-driving but only for a specific environment — city driving.
Living in a small town with limited shopping, we love being able to buy online. When we first came here over 40 years ago, there were two catalog stores — Sears and Montgomery Wards. We bought a lot from them, but we have a much larger selection to choose from now.