KS: As legislators press for a law, higher ed board considers anti-DEI policy

Source: SFGate

“State universities in Kansas would be banned from requiring prospective students, potential hires and staffers seeking promotion to disclose their views on diversity initiatives under a policy change being considered by the state’s higher education board. The Kansas Board of Regents was set to discuss the policy change during a meeting Wednesday at Fort Hays University. The proposal would revise policy language that currently emphasizes ‘multiculturism and diversity’ on campus and replace it with language barring universities from requiring statements ‘pledging allegiance to, support for or opposition to’ diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in applications for admission, hiring or promotion — without setting any penalties for violations. The proposed change comes as the state’s Democratic governor faces pressure to enshrine the anti-DEI policy in law following Republicans’ approval of a bill in the Legislature that would put the same policy into state law.” (04/17/24)


The FISA expansion turning cable installers into spies cannot stand

Source: The Hill
by Elizabeth Goitein

“Buried in a bill the House passed Friday is a provision that would create the largest expansion of government surveillance on U.S. soil since the Patriot Act. The potential for abuse of this new power, included in the House’s reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, is staggering. … Under current law, the government can compel ‘electronic communications service providers’ that have direct access to our communications, such as Verizon, AT&T, Google or Microsoft, to provide assistance — generally by turning over the communications of targets identified by the government. Under the House-passed bill, the government can compel the assistance of individuals or companies that provide any service at all, as long as they have access to the equipment (for instance, servers, routers or cell towers) on which communications are transmitted.” (04/17/24)


Our Uniquely American Drug Shortages

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“Last week, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) announced that the United States has the largest number of medicines in short supply in the history of its survey, which dates back to 2001. As of the end of March, 323 drugs were in shortage, disrupting treatment for patients and in many cases risking prolonged injury or death. The news was accompanied by the usual parade of ignorance. ‘Health care is the US’s most highly regulated, socialist industry and shortages are endemic under socialism so the pattern fits,’ mused libertarian Alex Tabarrok of George Mason University about a system where every single pharmaceutical manufacturer (save for a nascent effort in California) is private and for-profit, and pretty much every provider too (unless you believe the convenient fiction that ‘nonprofit’ hospitals are not adopting that status as a tax dodge).” (04/17/24)


Limited or Absolute Power: Warnings from Anti-Federalist Agrippa

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“The Anti-Federalist writer Agrippa powerfully expressed many of the same reservations about the Constitution as other opponents – that it would create a consolidated government leading to a loss of liberty. But unlike most others, Agrippa was also concerned with the implications a strong central government would have on the economies of the states and their people. The Agrippa letters were influential enough for Alexander Hamilton to dedicate at least one Federalist Paper, No. 11, countering these positions.” (04/17/24)


NC: High school student suspended for using term “illegal alien” in class discussion

Source: New York Post

“A 16-year-old North Carolina high school student says he was suspended just for saying ‘illegal alien’ while discussing word meaning in English class — possibly ruining his chances of landing a college sports scholarship. Christian McGhee, a student at Central Davidson High School in Lexington, received a three-day suspension last week after he used the term in English class, the Carolina Journal reported. His mother, Leah McGhee, said his teacher had given an assignment that used the word ‘alien,’ and Christian asked: ‘Like space aliens or illegal aliens without green cards?’ Another student reportedly took offense and threatened to fight Christian, so the teacher took the matter to the assistant principal, according to the Carolina Journal. Eventually, his words were determined to be offensive and disrespectful to Hispanic classmates, so he was suspended.” [editor’s note: I would call this “entrapment” – SAT] (04/17/24)


Pensions — net matters, not gross

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“People eat their capital to finance their retirements. This might be done inside a pension fund, a tax wrapper or simply directly and individually. But it is not true that a pension is simply the income made from some pot of money. It’s eating into that pot itself, that stock, over time. Therefore it is necessary that those assets — whatever they are, shares, bonds, direct assets like buildings, windmills, anything — be bought from the retiring generation by those now beginning to save themselves. Which is why much of the financial markets is indeed trading second hand pieces of paper. Because this generation of retirees needs to sell the things they invested in 30 and 50 years ago.” (04/17/24)