The 12 O’Clock Boys

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New York Times: ‘Riding With the 12 O’Clock Boys’

A British documentary film student makes a movie about black men in Baltimore who ride around on dirt bikes on city streets, causing crashes, mayhem, and death. The filmmaker wants to understand why they do this.

Last paragraph of the article: “As you’ll see in this Op-Doc video, the 12 O’Clock Boys, as reckless as they may be, provide a sense of purpose for many of Baltimore’s marginalized youth.”

Never mind the danger, and never mind the fact that the 12 O’Clock Boys flee the scenes of their accidents. This documentary is about multicultural understanding.

If you want to watch the movie: 12 O’Clock Boys

Why don’t they ride legally? Is it cost? I don’t think so, because they can certainly afford dirt bikes and fuel.

I think the real thrill comes from the fact that their hobby is illegal, intimidating, and poses a threat to others who are not willing to risk a collision with someone doing wheelies on the street. At a legal dirt bike and ATV trail where everyone has agreed to a certain amount of risk, the thrill is gone.

New Orleans gentrifies

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New York Times: New Orleans Restaurant Scene Rises, Reflecting a Richer New Orleans

“Though the city has fewer people than it did before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, it has 70 percent more restaurants…”

No surprise, because “…the city lost many of its poor families…”

Poor families are completely irrelevant to the new restaurants. And no, those poor people would not have been employed by these chic places. White people from other states are moving to New Orleans to take jobs as bartenders and waitstaff.

“One big question is whether the city’s newfound prosperity will stick or slip away as the rebuilding activity tapers off. The city still lags in education and employment for some segments of the population, particularly black men.”

The NYT does not understand. New Orleans is two cities, and the two main segments of the population rarely intersect. Black men are irrelevant to the new restaurant scene. Even the NYT could not find diversity to include in its slideshow. In the New Orleans social and economic scene, white people and black people are in different worlds.

 

Al Sharpton condemns “knockout” attacks

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New York Post: Al Sharpton condemns ‘knockout’ attacks

The New York Post quotes Al Sharpton: “‘This kind of behavior is deplorable and must be condemned by all us,’ he said at his weekly National Action Network meeting in Harlem. ‘We would not be silent if it was the other way around. We cannot be silent or in any way reluctant to confront it when it is coming from our own community.'”

The New York Times has not yet reported on Al Sharpton condemnation of the knockout game, being too busy telling us that Police are Unsure if Random Attacks are Rising Threat or Urban Myth.

 

Another Gap

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New York Times: Pulling a More Diverse Group of Achievers Into the Advanced Placement Pool

Eventually, the Advanced Placement tests will be deemed discriminatory. The passing rate for African-American students and Hispanic students is dismal.

The article suggests that teachers will have to change their style; the old “sage on the stage” method is not appropriate for the newly diversified AP classes. Some schools offer lunch-time tutoring, after-school tutoring, and Saturday tutoring. Diversification is hard work. Simply enrolling the two forever-disadvantaged minorities into the AP classes in not sufficient; the schools have to drag them to the finish line.

Mexicans attack US Border Patrol

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Los Angeles Times: U.S. Border Patrol agents attacked by unruly crowd from Mexico

I wonder if this is a new strategy devised by Mexicans to draw attention to their plight. Maybe they are trying to goad the Border Patrol agents into using excessive force, thereby evoking sympathy from the public.

Energy company penalized for killing eagles

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BBC News: US firm Duke Energy pays out over wind farm eagle deaths

Fourteen eagles were killed in the past three years in Wyoming at wind farms owned by Duke Energy Renewables. The penalty is $1,000,000.

The company will probably stop the turbines during times of high eagle activity.

I told you so

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UK Telegraph: Slave’s love letter outlines ‘torment’ by ‘relatives who held her captive

On 21 November 2013 I wrote I wouldn’t be surprised if the slavers were desis.

From the Telegraph article: “The alleged captors, a man and a woman both aged 67, were said by police to be an Indian and a Tanzanian who came to Britain in the Sixties”

I’m assuming that the “Tanzanian” is also of Indian descent.