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June 25: White Man’s Burden?
Jun 25th, 2011 by Sam

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Guests:

Is “The Man” keeping you down? Then you must white! According to a new study conducted by researchers from Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School “shows that America has not achieved the “post-racial” society that some predicted in the wake of Barack Obama’s election, according to the authors of the study.” (aol) Many whites now believe that THEY are the ones being discriminated against. Samantha Clemens will be interviewing one of those researchers, Sam Sommers, and he’ll tell you about the shocking new revelations! Also… Our good friend John O’Brien is MAD AS HELL (at Bank of America) AND HE’S NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE! He’ll explain what he’s doing as Registrar of Essex County South. Don’t forget to listen to Samantha this and every Saturday from 10-11am on AM 1510 and www.samanthaclemens.com According to a new study conducted by researchers from Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School “shows that America has not achieved the “post-racial” society that some predicted in the wake of Barack Obama’s election, according to the authors of the study.” (aol) Many whites now believe that THEY are the ones being discriminated against. Samantha Clemens will be interviewing one of those researchers, Sam Sommers, and he’ll tell you about the shocking new revelations! Also… Our good friend John O’Brien is MAD AS HELL (at Bank of America) AND HE’S NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE! He’ll explain what he’s doing as Registrar of Essex County South. Don’t forget to listen to Samantha this and every Saturday from 10-11am on AM 1510 and www.samanthaclemens.com

May 8: The border and the stock exchange!!
May 7th, 2010 by Sam

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Topic #1: Immigration!!!

Okay, okay, okay – the white folks in AZ are scared of the drug cartels. I GET IT!!!

So why do they think that pissing off the entire Latino population is going to help? The police don’t want it either.

Why don’t they LEGALIZE and regulate the drug industry and put the cartels out of business!!!! And, for those concerned about illegal immigrants from Mexico… don’t you think these people would STAY HOME if things were better? So, why aren’t they better?

Topic #2 Stock market plummets, then shoots up again!!! What the heck happened? What does it mean? What does this mean for my retirement? The global economy? Tom Shafer is a former specialist (trader) on the New York Stock Exchange who was involved with automating the exchange. He’ll explain what happened, how it affects us, talk about the battle over regulation, and what we should expect going forward (do you like roller coasters?).

He just might share his opinions on the border issue too (if we twist his arm).

Aug 1: Crowley and Gates; Mokray on green barn-raisings
Aug 1st, 2009 by Sam

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  • I am not a racist.” says suspended Boston Police Officer after comparing Gates to a “banana-
    eating jungle monkey.” (don’t miss the last 10 minutes when Scott from the Cape sez white
    people are losing their place in society because of black people)
  • George Mokray talks about HEET, a cool new way to get your house green without costing a
    fortune.
African is the new black
Jun 19th, 2008 by Sam

Well, it’s all over for white girls. Sigh. With Michelle Obama soon to be the next first lady, with her great looks, sense of style, and great speaking ability; white women just pale in comparison. And, here it begins… Italian Vogue’s new issue features black women in all the photos, black women’s issues in all the articles. And, damn it, they look great!

Black women can wear great, bright colors that would make me look like a clown. They can wear fabulous jewelry that looks junky on me. Have you ever been in a room full of black women dressed to the nines? It’s like comparing a nice little pastel to a Picasso.

But black women have always been gorgeous. What’s new is that black women are now trendy. Just as Ellen made being a lesbian hip and cool, Michelle Obama is making being a black woman fabulous. And, it’s great! About time, I must say – the culture hasn’t been so kind to black women over the years.

However, I must confess to a little nostalgia for the good old days when medium brown hair and pale skin weren’t so, well, blah. So, we straight, white girls will just keep plugging away.  We’ll cycle through black, latina, and asian periods of coolness; let the bi-sexual girls have their day; and just patiently wait, hoping that our day will return.

Race, genetic differences, and being careful what you wish for
Nov 11th, 2007 by Sam

Before conservatives jump too far on the bandwagon that Asians are the smartest, Europeans next, and Africans the dumbest (yes, I do listen to conservative talk radio and there was quite a bit of conversation about this when James Watson of DNA fame said his bit about this a few weeks ago), I’d suggest they 1) get the science right, and 2) consider the implications.

As reported in today’s New York Times,

“Nonscientists are already beginning to stitch together highly speculative conclusions about the historically charged subject of race and intelligence from the new biological data. Last month, a blogger in Manhattan described a recently published study that linked several snippets of DNA to high I.Q. An online genetic database used by medical researchers, he told readers, showed that two of the snippets were found more often in Europeans and Asians than in Africans.

No matter that the link between I.Q. and those particular bits of DNA was unconfirmed, or that other high I.Q. snippets are more common in Africans, or that hundreds or thousands of others may also affect intelligence, or that their combined influence might be dwarfed by environmental factors.

Conducting and discussing science about racial and gender differences will always be difficult, because everyone has a dog in this fight.  Just as I don’t trust chemical companies to do the research into the environmental impact of fertilizers, or the oil and coal industries to research whether climate change is even happening, let along human-caused; I am skeptical of research conducted by men or women about gender differences, or research done by Asians, Europeans, or Africans about the relative smartness of each.

Really.  I want aliens to buzz on down, do the research, present their findings, and then get out of Dodge.

Since that is unlikely to happen, we’re stuck with doing very careful research, reporting findings in context, and keeping us all honest.

And for those white conservatives who so freely state that they think Asians are smarter, and if they feel that way, Africans shouldn’t be upset that people say they are dumber – well, when China buys all our companies and starts making us repay the debt we owe them while repeating the fact that they deserve to live better because they are smarter – well, let’s just say I suspect those same white conservatives won’t be hummin’ the same tune….

UPDATE

Speaking of keeping us honest, be sure to read Steve’s comment below where he addresses the issue of Watson’s utter failure to be honest about the science.  An excerpt:

“[Watson has] not been honest about the data already in hand, and that to me is the one failing no serious scientist can let pass. I wish he would say he’d gotten the facts wrong, and then his apologies might lead to social changes that would give them some force. So far, he’s gone down another path: he’s made his initial remarks even worse by suggesting that data on the role of childhood experience, as shaped by nature versus nurture, are not yet in, and that when they will be in, we will know that one’s DNA is indeed one’s fate. But the facts are in, and the results are just the opposite. Watson is just wrong. And what’s alarming–shocking even–is that he ought to know he’s wrong.” The Nation, November 1, 2007

These comments were made by Dr. Robert Pollack, former Dean of Columbia University and mentee of Watson.  He goes on to say:

“Under the First Amendment, you can be any kind of nut case and babble your piece. But honesty is the cornerstone of empirical inquiry…. You don’t, you simply cannot, either ignore or make up facts. Watson has trashed that precept. Watson’s fame rests on his being a consummate icon of the scientific profession. But he tanked the clearest of data. This is as inexplicable as it is inexcusable.”

Kudos  to Steve for providing this link.

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