Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Not that it is likely to find much of a friendly reception, but three Connecticut girls are filing suit against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The complaint itself is a wonder, explaining in detail things that should not need explaining to any athletics body — but these days, the insane and the politically correct have overrun virtually every field. I wish the girls every bit of success, but fear they won’t get it.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
You can safely ignore virtually all of this New York Times editorial about medicine, save for one paragraph:
But who will do it?
The health care system needs to be restructured to reflect the realities of patient care. From 1975 to 2010, the number of health care administrators increased 3,200 percent. There are now roughly 10 administrators for every doctor. If we converted even half of those salary lines to additional nurses and doctors, we might have enough clinical staff members to handle the work. Health care is about taking care of patients, not paperwork.This is the same problem besetting academia, with administrative staff growing at twice the rate of student populations. It is responsible for the staggering cost of both. And in both places, such bureaucrats must be laid off.
But who will do it?
Friday, June 7, 2019
Is there a dumber argument in favor of trans women competing against biological women than “doesn’t win every time”? Outsports seems determined to die on that hill, which is getting harder and harder for the heavily politicized trans lobby to justify to the broader public. Let’s Run has a good summary of the situation pre-transition:
Prior to joining the women’s team this season, Telfer was a mediocre DII athlete who never came close to making it to nationals in the men’s category. In 2016 and 2017, Telfer ranked 200th and 390th, respectively, among DII men in the 400 hurdles (Telfer didn’t run outdoor track in 2018 as either a man or woman). Now she’s the national champion in the event simply because she switched her gender (Telfer’s coach told us that even though she competed on the men’s team her first three years, her gender fluidity was present from her freshman year).The shabby, data-free arguments used to justify M2F trans inclusion in sports are unraveling before our eyes, in a sort of open-air experiment being performed before the whole public.
The fact that Telfer can change her gender and immediately become a national champion is proof positive as to why women’s sports needs protection. Telfer ran slightly faster in the 400 hurdles competing as a man (57.34) than as a woman (57.53), even though the men’s hurdles are six inches taller than the women’s hurdles. Yet when Telfer ran 57.34 as a man, she didn’t even score at her conference meet — she was just 10th at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2016. Now she’s the national champion.