Grind for March 9th
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
D.C. Mayor Considers Removing Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial
After the protests and riots following the death of George Floyd in police custody, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D-Washington, D.C.) brought together a commission to consider striking various alleged symbols of oppression from the nation’s capital city. The commission issued its recommendations on Tuesday and if Washington, D.C. acts upon them, Americans may see national landmarks like the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial removed completely.
“We believe strongly that all District of Columbia owned public spaces, facilities and commemorative works should only honor those individuals who exemplified those values such as equity, opportunity, and diversity that DC residents hold dear,” the committee’s chairs, Bowser advisor Beverly Perry and public library director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, wrote in a letter introducing the report.
The commission analyzed historical figures commemorated in public monuments according to eight “DC values”: accessibility, diversity, equity, livability, opportunity, prosperity, resilience, and safety. They examined whether such figures participated in slavery, supported “systemic racism,” supported the “oppression of persons of color and/or women,” was a member of “any supremacist organization,” or violated the D.C. Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on “age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin.”
If commission members so desired, they could have suggested removing monuments to almost every political figure in American life until about 30 seconds ago. After all, many Democrats now condemn the Hyde Amendment (which prohibits federal tax dollars from funding abortion) as racist, so according to the ever-more-stringent standards of wokeness, a certain Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. may find himself #canceled. Read More…
Pentagon: China Aims To Double Nuclear Arsenal In Next Decade
The Pentagon expects the Chinese military to double its store of nuclear weapons over the next decade but still remain far behind the arsenals of the United States and Russia.
The Department of Defense presented its annual report to Congress on China’s military and other security issues on Tuesday, revealing that U.S. intelligence estimates that China’s nuclear weapons stockpile is in the “low 200s.” Analysts also expect it to grow in the coming years as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sees its place in the world grow more precarious.
China does not report how large its nuclear weapons arsenal is and has refused to engage in arms control talks, arguing that its stockpile is nowhere near as large as the United States’ or Russia’s, according to The Wall Street Journal. Experts said the real surprise of the report is that the Chinese nuclear arsenal is as small as it is.
“While China is modernizing its nuclear arsenal, the biggest news is that its nuclear stockpile is smaller than has been widely assumed,” Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), told WSJ. Read more…
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