Incubating the “Jewmerican” Elite – A New Jewish President at Harvard – No Surprise!
Today Dr. Duke introduced his audience to Lawrence Bacow, the new Jewish President of Harvard. He succeeds Drew Faust, a white woman who was married to a Jew, who in turn succeeded Lawrence Summers, a Jewish gangster who helped his fellow tribesmen loot Russia in the 1990s. Dr. Duke talked about the Jewish takeover of elite institutions like Harvard and Tulane in New Orleans, which is now 41% Jewish.
Dr. Slattery commented that test scores and grade are playing a decreasing role in admissions in the United States, and essays in which a student can signal his or her Jewish heritage or commitment to “progressive values” or “diversity” are becoming more important. He noted a student who was admitted to Stanford after having written an essay that simply repeated #BlackLivesMatter 100 times.
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This toy, with its 50 layers of plastic, is designed to replicate the YouTube unboxing video experience — because that’s just what every young kid needs, right?
If you thought Hatchimals were a waste of money last Christmas, wait till you hear about this holiday season’s top-selling toy. The “L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise” (yes, it has two ‘surprises’ in its name because we’re talking about the ‘mega limited edition’ version) is a ball that measures 32 cm (12.5 in) across and contains 50 smaller balls inside, full of tiny plastic dolls and their clothes, shoes, and accessories. Some of the balls are plastic, while others are bath bombs that release their toys in the tub.
So, basically, as Scary Mommy wrote in her humorously scathing review of the toy:
“Once all is said and done, it’s like a bunch of Polly Pockets communes exploded in your living room… [and] in addition to your living room being covered with enough plastic to clog a landfill your bathtub will be trashed too. Merry f***ing Christmas.”
Apparently the $70 L.O.L. Surprise! (I’m just going to call it that) is on many a child’s Christmas wishlist, and its manufacturer, MGA, says it’s currently the top-selling toy in the United Kingdom. There may be some disappointed kids, though, since Walmart, Target, Kmart, and Toys R Us are all sold out everywhere, but Scary Mommy says you can nab one for $700 on Amazon (phew!).
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MGA, however, may have run into a snag with a recent UK mom’s Facebook post, shared more than 7,000 times. Ciara Umar bought a L.O.L. Surprise! for her daughter and was unimpressed: “I would definately [sic] not recommend it if you don’t want to waste your money the pic on the right is all you get just pre warning yas.” Umar went into further detail with the Manchester Evening News:
“I was mortified when I saw the contents. Don’t get me wrong, she was over the moon opening them and had five baths with the bath bombs, but then just went back to her iPad. The novelty wore off within 15 minutes…It’s not even a full ball either, it’s only half a ball as the back is flat.”
Some parents are criticizing Umar, saying they’d spend the money anyways just to put a smile on their child’s face. Comments like that make me groan inside. A smile is a wonderful thing, yes, but should it come at any cost? At the the cost of wasted dollars on a crappy toy that generates absurd amounts of non-recyclable plastic? No. There comes a point at which parents are fully entitled to draw the line and say, “Sorry, kid, but your desire for instant gratification must be overridden by environmental considerations.”
Then there’s the disturbing inspiration for the L.O.L. Surprise! MGA made it because of the growing popularity of YouTube unboxing videos and wanted to recreate that addictive experience for kids. What a triumph for consumer culture! Except that some kids are watching unboxing videos of the L.O.L. Surprise! and finding their own experience significantly less exciting since they already know what’s inside. Who would’ve guessed?
Issac Larian, founder and chief executive of MGA, told Mercury News, “Frankly, we were seeing these videos everywhere and thought, why not just bring an unboxing toy to these kids?”
So, the entire purpose of this toy is to recreate the thrill of the chase, the excitement that comes with opening something new. The toy itself is not the end goal here; in fact, the plastic dolls and balls sound impressively awful. This ‘toy’ is all about training our children to be model consumers from a young age, to shop for the sake of shopping, to get them addicted to the thrill of new stuff.
I can think of a few things I’d prefer for my children this Christmas — you know, meaningful gifts, gifts with value and lasting appeal, gifts that don’t spell environmental destruction with every layer that comes off. And I do not believe I’m a bad parent for having those standards.
There is nothing wrong or unloving about using gift-giving as an opportunity to talk with kids about what’s acceptable and what is not from a consumption perspective. The more parents who leave the L.O.L. Surprise! on the shelf this holiday season, the more likely we — the people who do not wish to be defined as consumers — will have the last laugh.
The surprise appearance of Loretta Lynn at the 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday night was the perfect emotional cap to what was a pretty special evening in Nashville. The organization’s annual Medallion Ceremony took place at the Museum CMA Theater, and on this night it was Alan Jackson, Don Schlitz and the late Jerry Reed who were inducted as the 57th class for the iconic Hall of Fame.
The real headline from the night came from 1988 inductee Loretta Lynn, who had been staying out of the public since she suffered a stroke at her Tennessee home back on May 4. Her appearance at the event wasn’t announced ahead of time, and even seemed to surprise the night’s honorees, in addition to Lynn herself. The 85-year-old Lynn was reportedly assisted in walking onto the stage and up to the podium by country star George Strait and an unnamed assistant.
“I told [Alan Jackson] he was going to be one of the greatest singers in country music,” she said over the microphone. “He hasn’t let me down. … He’s the only one who could bring me here.”
Lynn’s surprise appearance was just one of many special moments at the event. Another came when Jerry Reed’s daughters took the stage to induct their late father with an emotional speech.
“Making music is what I love and it’s all I know,” Lottie Zavala said about her iconic dad. “Every dream I ever dreamed has come true and then some.”
Jamey Johnson delivered a performance of Reed’s signature classic, “East Bound and Down,” while Mary Chapin Carpenter, Charlie Worsham, Thom Schuyler and Vince Gill just to name a few, each played various songs from Don Schlitz’s equally famous catalogue. Lee Ann Womack, George Strait and Alison Krauss were on hand to play musical tribute to Jackson.
“These men came to Nashville with no earthly idea of the mark that they would make,” the Museum’s CEO Kyle Young said about this year’s class during the ceremony. “They believed in the enduring power of music.”
Congratulations to all of this year’s Country Music Hall of Fame inductees and their families.