Hollywood Calling

31 08 2015

New York


This story has been out there for awhile, but it’s still worth remembering.

It might be interesting enough to turn into a movie.

Success Track

26 08 2015



Wired positively gushes over IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), saying it could fix education and tech’s diversity gap. Backed by IBM, the P-TECH program aims to prepare mainly minority kids from low-income backgrounds for careers in technology, allowing them to earn a high school diploma and a free associate degree in six years or less. That P-TECH’s six inaugural graduates completed the program in four years and were offered jobs with IBM, Wired reports, is “irrefutable proof that this solution might actually work” (others aren’t as impressed, although the President is drinking the Kool-Aid). While the program has only actually graduated six students since it was announced in 2010, Wired notes that by fall, 40 schools across the country will be designed in P-TECH’s image. IBM backs four of them, but they’ll also be run by tech giants like Microsoft and SAP, major energy companies like ConEdison, along with hospital systems, manufacturing associations, and civil engineering trade groups. They go by different names and are geared toward different career paths, but they all follow the IBM playbook.

See the original for the links, especially the one over “others aren’t as impressed.”

Translated into plain readable English, all this is IBM, MSFT, et al. sponsoring ghetto academies that shake out the zircons in the rough, give them the equivalent of junior college diplomas, then ship them off to corporate HR.  Therefore, when employee photo day comes, IBM, MSFT, et al. has some NAM faces in the photos.

How to Think About the Silicon Valley Diversity Row

14 08 2015

Cupertino, California

AAPL, racial beancounting, blah blah.

“But white dudes still run things.”

Really, I don’t think the purpose of this hysteria is to change that.  All it is is that the CSIT-STEM sector, especially in SV, was allowed to grow and progress uninhibited and unnoticed by the Eye of Soros for a long time.  But once those firms got big and profitable, then TPTB came knocking to tell them that it’s time to start paying the diversity tax, hiring a bunch of HBCU diploma Shaniquas who are the patrons of important black preachers who have megachurches or large churches and who constitute various NAACP chapters.  Even if the work is useless personnel/HR/EEOC work.

New Boss

22 07 2015



Yep, Ferguson has already seen its last white police chief.

And what’s with this Glendale, Arizona to Ferguson conveyor belt?

The Blue Philadelphians

14 07 2015



Number of African-American Cops Slowly Dwindling in Philadelphia

Slowly?  Why so slow?  Get a move on.

For several years, the number of new African-American recruits joining the Philadelphia Police Department has been declining, and now some blacks in Philly, who have recently tried and failed to join the department, are starting to wonder if the city is purposefully denying blacks entry to the department.

Probably not.  I think it’s similar to Ferguson; blacks just aren’t applying because there are safer jobs elsewhere.

In a city where 44 percent of the population is black, the city’s 6,300-officer police department is only 33 percent black, and that number is declining. This, critics say, means the Philly PD doesn’t “reflect” the community

Considering the fact that felons can’t be cops and 21 is probably is the minimum age to apply for the academy in Philly, and some other enforced standards (see below), considering how high the percentage is of black men that have felony sheets and the low median age of urban black populations, that’s really not a disparity.

In fact, according to the Daily News, the number of African-Americans in the department has been in steady decline since Mayor Michael Nutter took office and appointed Chief Charles Ramsey. This despite that both officials are themselves African-American.

So much for the race conspiracy angle.

Philadelphia NAACP President Rodney Muhammad, for instance, claimed that the “growing absence of diversity is going to produce a big cultural disconnect in this city.”

Actually, I understand Philadelphia the city proper is getting more white and less black in recent years; gentrification at work.

Muhammad went on to claim the “indigenous people of a given community” are not being served by white cops.

That’s one Pandora’s Box you don’t want to open, Sambo.

“When it comes to black and white, too many of our residents begin to feel that they’re in occupied territory rather than being the beneficiaries of what would be good community policing,” Muhammad added. “I’m afraid for our city.”

Correction:  Too many of those residents fear that the law will be enforced.

Critics of the dwindling number of black cops say that one or both of the problems may be the college requirement and the psychological test, but authorities in both the mayor’s office and the department say that these requirements won’t be changed.

Remember why there is a college requirement — That is a concession to the civil rights alphabet gang.  It used to be the main entry barrier to first responders departments was testing.  Except there hasn’t been a test developed yet which both actually measures some substantial ability or knowledge and doesn’t have a disparate impact on NAMs enough to make the Federal judiciary happy.  So what happened is that first responders have dropped testing and inserted educational requirements in its place.  It’s far from an exact replacement, because there are always ways for incompetent blacks to get college degrees.

Chief Ramsey absolutely insisted that the two requirements were a must. He noted that we shouldn’t tell high school kids that they can get good jobs without college and insisted that it would be an “embarrassment” for the city to lower qualifications just for blacks and Latinos.

Lowering the bar for NAMs is what we do.

And what’s this bit about “we shouldn’t tell high school kids that they can get good jobs without college?”  Does this mean that every young person has to have a boat load of debt tied around their ankles just to get a good job?

“Our kids are just as smart as any other group of kids, and are capable of doing the same things that anybody else is capable of doing,” Ramsey said.

Really?  Some may disagree.

Poetry in Motion

13 07 2015




The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has retained the Kwame Building Group, a leading minority contractor, to oversee the design and construction of a Community Empowerment Center on the site of a convenience store destroyed during the 2014 unrest along West Florissant Avenue.

Well, if one of Kwame’s previous projects, the Forest Park to Shrewsbury leg of the MissingLink, is any indication, it will be way late and way over budget, and someone else will have to take over the whole project just to get it done and done right.


St. Louis’s Finest

24 06 2015

Lewis Place


Found with a whole bunch of happy fun stuff.

City leaders said they hope the charges will give residents faith in the justice system.”

The charges?  Feh.  The real scandal here is that she and the other affirmative action blacks mentioned in this article were even on the SLPD.


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