The Shen Yun Cult

Jia Tolentino writes in The New Yorker:

Part of the seeming strangeness of Shen Yun could be attributed to a latent Orientalism on the part of Western viewers—including those of us who are of Asian descent. But the real root of Shen Yun’s meme-friendly eeriness is that the ads brightly and aggressively broadcast nothing at all; this is why it’s so easy to imagine them popping up in Ebbing, Missouri, or in the extended Blade Runner universe, or on Mars. The ads have to be both ubiquitous and devoid of content so that they can convince more than a million people to pay good money to watch what is, essentially, religious-political propaganda—or, more generously, an extremely elaborate commercial for Falun Dafa’s spiritual teachings and its plight vis-à-vis the Chinese Communist regime.

Simply fascinating.

Mason for Immigrants

Petula Dvorak writes in The Washington Post:

George Mason is filled with strivers, not schemers. No one with money is struggling to get their kid into Mason. Yet it is a showcase of the American Dream, a haven for middle-class families seeking college degrees for their kids without taking out second mortgages or saddling their children with insane amounts of debt.

And this is a college for the children of immigrants, who are often the first in their families to get a degree.

I am proud to be part of the Mason Nation.

Facebook is Down

The day I decided to reactivate Facebook, it’s down. Oh well, I guess I shouldn’t log back in.

So what’s up? Neomi Rao has been confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Good for her.

I am still debating whether I should do a small website for someone who is connected to the a prominent Republican. Well, It’s all about the Benjamins, baby. Will see.

My MacBook Pro is dying. It takes forever to boot up. Microsoft Word fails to open. Adobe products take forever to open. I should hold off on upgrading to Creative Cloud until I get a new MacBook Pro. I am not looking forward to transfer everything over. I guess it is time to clean up everything.

I am reading Stormy Daniels’s memoir. I haven’t come yet. Just kidding. She has good story to tell. I’ll blurb it when I am done.

What else is there? Still stressing the fuck out about everything. I am about to head home soon for the day. This post is super random.

Bribing College Admissions

Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky write in The Washington Post:

Authorities said the crimes date back to 2011, and the defendants used “bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children’s admission” to numerous college and universities,” including Georgetown, Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and UCLA, among others.

It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.

Read What You Don’t Know

Gregory Cowles writes in The New York Times:

“Write what you know,” young writers are often told. But for readers, the corollary is pretty much the opposite: Read what you don’t know. To the extent that books grant you access to another person’s mind, they provide a sure path to new ways of seeing. And in reading as in life, the more you expose yourself to other perspectives the broader your horizons will be.

A fantastic guide to tap your inner reader.

U.S. News Ranking Leaked

The 2020 U.S. News law school rankings, which will be published next Wednesday (March 12, 2019), has been leaked. Above the Law has posted the ranking on its website. Scalia Law School has slipped four spots to 45. Hey, we still got the dough. More than you know.

Scalia Law Gets More Dough

Antonin Scalia Law School receives $50 millions from the estate of the late Judge Allison M. Rouse and Mrs. Dorothy B. Rouse. Scalia’s brand alone brought in $80 million for the school. Changing its name was a good move after all.

Anti-Vaccine Source: Facebook

Michael Brice-Saddler writes in The Washington Post:

An 18-year-old from Ohio who famously inoculated himself against his mother’s wishes in December says he attributes his mother’s anti-vaccine ideology to a single source: Facebook.

Ethan Lindenberger, a high school senior, testified Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and underscored the importance of “credible” information. In contrast, he said, the false and deep-rooted beliefs his mother held — that vaccines were dangerous — were perpetuated by social media. Specifically, he said, she turned to anti-vaccine groups on social media for evidence that supported her point of view.

The misinformation of Mark Zuckerberg.