Category Archives: Millennials

Ben Shapiro gives proggie a lesson on “potential sentience”

That was too easy…

DCG

The Die-In Caption Contest

This is the 178th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

About the pic: A “die-in” in a grocery store on June 12, 2018, National Die-in Day, to protest against the NRA and advocate gun control in honor of the “hundreds of countless lives lost to gun violence in this country each year.”

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM! :D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

What if they staged a die-in and nobody cared?

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

The moral decline of Americans

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” -Benjamin Franklin

The Left have won the culture war.

A new survey by the American Culture & Faith Institute (ACFI) found that a large majority of U.S. adults have radically redefined moral behavior related to family matters.

In March 2018, a national random (therefore, representative) sample of 1,000 adults was asked about the morality of 8 family-related behaviors. Large majorities of the public claimed that 6 of those behaviors are acceptable – either because they are “morally acceptable” or that they do not even qualify as moral issues, i.e., there is no right or wrong position related to the behavior.

The six behaviors deemed morally acceptable by many U.S. adults are:

  1. Using pills or medical devices for birth control – acceptable to 86%.
  2. Getting a divorce – acceptable to 77%.
  3. Sexual intercourse between unmarried male and female adults – acceptable to 71%.
  4. Having a baby without being married – acceptable to 69%.
  5. Intentionally looking at pornography – acceptable to 58%.
  6. Having an abortion – acceptable to about half of Americans (48%).

Only two family-related behaviors evaluated in the survey received smaller proportions of public approval:

  • Being married to more than one person at the same time (i.e., polygamy) — approved by 28%.
  • Physically or emotionally intimidating or aggressively dominating someone — approved by 23%.

Increase in Amorality

More disturbing than the increase in approval of abortion and out-of-wedlock babies is the fact that increasing numbers of Americans don’t believe those are even moral issues. Instead, they regard them as “personal” behaviors that are neither right nor wrong, to be decided according to one’s “subjective” preferences:

  • At least 15% and as much as 40% of adults do not consider behaviors such as divorce, abortion, and unmarried sexual intercourse to be moral issues. In other words, those behaviors are simply a reflection of individual preferences.
  • For the eight measures examined in the survey, an average of one-quarter of all adults (25%) said those behaviors are not moral issues. One-third or more of the public considers divorce, birth control, and having a baby outside of marriage to be amoral decisions.

While born again Christians are much more likely to embrace a more traditional, biblical moral perspective, a majority nevertheless deem 4 of the 8 behaviors to be acceptable:

  • Using birth control (87%)
  • Getting a divorce (66%)
  • Having a baby without being married (54%)
  • Sexual relations between unmarried adults (51%).

Religion and Morality:

  • Skeptics are the fastest-growing “faith” segment in America. About 20% or 1 out of 5 Americans is a religious skeptic – agnostic, atheist, or indifferent to religion.
  • 29% of Millennials are Skeptics. Even among adults who are 65 or older – a group that has been staunchly Christian for decades – 1 out of every 7 (14%) is now in the Skeptic category.
  • The moral perspectives of Skeptics are far different from those of most Americans. Overall, Skeptics believe that 6 of the 8 behaviors evaluated are acceptable, with a majority of Skeptics describing only polygamy and domination as morally unacceptable behaviors, although it is noteworthy that a large minority – more than 4 out of 10 Skeptics – deem polygamy to be an acceptable choice.
  • People of faith (Christian or otherwise) differed substantially from Skeptics regarding pornography (acceptable to 78% of Skeptics, 52% of people of faith); abortion (67% vs. 42%, respectively); sexual intercourse between unmarried adults (90% vs. 66%); and having a baby without being married (87% vs. 64%).
  • The survey also found that Protestants and Catholics have substantial differences regarding half of the behaviors evaluated. For each of those, Catholics were significantly more accepting of the behavior than were Protestants. Catholics were more likely to endorse viewing pornography, getting a divorce, sex between unmarried adults, and giving birth outside of marriage.
  • A particular segment of Christians are much less likely than any other groups to approve of 6 of the 8 behaviors assessed. They are SAGE Cons (Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Conservatives), committed Christians who are well-informed about public issues, engaged with politics, hold conservative views, and were instrumental in the election of Donald Trump — like the core readership of FOTM. Less than 1 out of 10 SAGE Cons approve of polygamy or intimidation; only 1/8 of them approve of viewing pornography or having an abortion; and about ¼ of them approve of unmarried sexual relations and having a child without marriage.

Generational Differences:

  • Millennials are most likely to accept intentionally viewing pornography (66%) and intimidating or aggressively dominating someone (32%), but are the least likely adults to accept using a birth control mechanism, although 4 out of 5 find pills or devices are acceptable.
  • Millennials and Baby Busters (aka Gen X) are most likely to accept polygamy: more than one-third of each generation group embrace having multiple marital partners.
  • Baby Boomers and their predecessors (Elders) are least accepting of intentional viewing of pornography.
  • The Elders (adults age 75 or older) are the most likely to accept birth control (91%) and divorce (84%), but the least likely to accept having a child outside of marriage (59%), aggressively intimidating or dominating someone (14%), and polygamy (13%).
  • There are no significant differences across generations related to their acceptance of abortion and sexual intercourse between unmarried adults.

Racial and Ethnic Differences:

  • White adults (89%) are more likely than Hispanic (82%) or black adults (70%) to accept the use of pills or medical devices to facilitate birth control
  • People of color are more likely than whites to embrace polygamy: 34% among Hispanics, 33% of blacks, 25% among whites.
  • Black adults are most likely to accept the physical or emotional domination of someone (35%), followed by Hispanics (29%), and whites (20%).

Ideological Differences:

Not surprisingly, political conservatives are massively different in their moral views from those who are politically liberal — a gap of 20% or more on half of the 8 items examined:

  • Abortion: approved by 68% of liberals, 50% of moderates, and 23% of conservatives.
  • Sex between unmarried adults: approved by 83% of liberals, 75% of moderates, and 50% of conservatives.
  • Having a baby without marriage: approved by 80% of liberals, 72% of moderates, and 49% of conservatives.
  • Polygamy: approved by 44% of liberals, 26% of moderates, and 16% of conservatives.
  • Pornography: approved by 68% of liberals, 61% of moderates, and 41% of conservatives.

Survey Definitions

  • Millennials: people born between 1984 and 2002.
  • Gen X/Baby Busters: people born between 1965 and 1983.
  • Baby Boomers: people born between 1946 and 1964.
  • Elders: people born before 1946.
  • Born again Christians are people who consider themselves to be Christian and believe that when they die they will go to Heaven only because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. In ACFI surveys being classified as a born again Christian is NOT based on describing oneself as “born again” and it is not based on church attendance or denominational affiliation.

~Eowyn

Parents go to court to evict 30 y.o. son from their home

You can’t make this stuff up.

After repeated efforts to evict their 30-year-old son from their home in Camillus, New York, frustrated parents Christina and Mark Rotondo are now asking for the court’s help.

The Rotondos have been informed that because their son — who refuses to pay rent or help out with chores — is a family member, they can only have him removed from the home through an ejectment proceeding.

CNYCentral reports that in filings to the Supreme Court of New York State, the couple say they’ve been trying to get their son, Michael Rotondo, to leave their home for several months by sending him five written notices:

  1. The first notice on February 2 said: “Michael, after a discussion with your Mother, we have decided you must leave this house immediately. You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be allowed to return. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision. Mark and Christina Rotondo”
  2. A second note on February 13 tells Michael he is “hereby evicted” from the couple’s home “effective immediately” and tells him he has until March 15 to move out.
  3. A third note on February 18 offers $1,100 to Michael “so you can find a place to stay,” as well as the following advice: “1) Organize the things you need for work and to manage an apartment. Note: You will need stuff at [redacted]. You must arrange the date and time through your Father so he can set it up with the tenant. 2) Sell the other things you have that have any significant value, (e.g. stereo, some tools etc.). This is especially true for any weapons you may have. You need the money and will have no place for the stuff. 3) There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one — you have to work! 4) If you want help finding a place your Mother has offered to help you.”
  4. The fourth note on March 5 reiterates the upcoming March 15 deadline to leave and says, “So far we have seen no indication that you are preparing to leave. Be aware that we will take any appropriate actions necessary to make sure you leave the house as demanded.”
  5. The fifth note on March 30, 15 days past the March 15 deadline, addresses Michael’s car that was sitting at the couple’s home.

In a response filed to the court, Michael Rotondo contends that the five written notices did not provide a reasonable amount of time for him to leave, citing Kosa v. Legg as precedent “that there is ‘Common law requirement of six-month notice to quit before tenant may be removed through ejectment action.”

In a previous response dated April 9, Michael Rotondo claims no cause was given for him to leave the home, that the attempts to remove him from the home are retaliatory, and that for the eight years he’s lived with his parents, he “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises.” Michael Rotondo’s most recent filing asked the court to dismiss his parent’s request.

At the court hearing two days ago on May 22, Judge Donald Greenwood  first implored Michael Rotondo to just move out on his own, but he refused. Rotondo refused the judge’s request that he speak directly with his parents and asked for six months more time to leave the residence, which the judge rejected. So the judge ordered him to move. According to Syracuse.com, “after half an hour of back-and-forth, primarily between the son, Michael Rotondo, and the judge, the judge had had enough.”

After the judge’s ruling, Michael Rotondo expressed outrage to the news media: “It seems to me like I should be provided 30 days or so…so I’m expecting something like that, but realistically if somehow that’s not the case, I don’t know. I do plan to appeal it… how it sounded, you know…like” he was being told to leave the residence that very day, which is “ridiculous”.

Michael Rotondo told the Daily Mail outside the courtroom that “I am just so outraged” and that he has been “taunted by conservative groups for being a ‘liberal millennial.’” He also said his parents don’t provide food or do his laundry for him.

Heavy.com quotes Psychology Today that there is a trend of American young adults “failing to launch”:

Failure-to-launch is the collective name for the difficulties so many young people today are having in assuming the self-sufficiency and responsibilities of adulthood, and it is a rapidly growing problem.

As many as 45% of young adults in New Jersey between the ages 18 and 34 now live with their parents, although some of those young adults are employed but still choose to stay with mom and dad.

Signs that a young person has the failure-to-launch syndrome include:

  • Deflecting responsibility for their actions.
  • Little motivation for activities that pertain to school and full-time work.
  • Poor work ethic.

Psychology Today thinks post-Columbine school shootings sent young people the message that the outside world is not safe.

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

Democrats are losing ground with Millennials

Millennials are the generation of Americans who are 22 to 37 years old in 2018.

According to population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. Next year, Millennials will surpass Baby Boomers as America’s largest living adult generation, their numbers swelling to 73 million as Boomers decline to 72 million.

Reuters has good news for us: Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party is waning among Millennials as we approach the crucial midterm congressional elections. Democrats have come to count on Millennials as a core constituency – and will need them to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November.

An online Reuters/Ipsos national survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows Millennials’ support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by 9% over the past two years, to 46%. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy, despite their dislike for President Trump (2 out of 3 Millennials in the survey said they dislike him).

Millennials are almost evenly split this year over the question of which party has a better plan for the economy, with 34% picking the Democrats and 32% choosing Republicans. That’s a shift from two years ago, when they said Democrats had the better plan by a 12% margin.

Columbia University political science professor Donald Green explains young voters represent an opportunity and a risk for both parties because “They’re not as wedded to one party. They’re easier to convince than, say, your 50- or 60-year-olds who don’t really change their minds very often.”

The shift away from Democrats was more pronounced among white Millennials – who accounted for two-thirds of all votes cast in that age group in 2016:

  • Two years ago, young white people favored Democrats over Republicans for Congress by a margin of 47% vs. 33%; that gap vanished by this year, with 39% supporting each party.
  • The shift was especially dramatic among young white men, who two years ago favored Democrats but now say they favor Republicans over Democrats by a margin of 46% vs. 37%.

Millennials disenchanted with Democrats

Reuters gave three examples of Millennials who have changed their minds because of evidence, giving us hope that there are Americans who still listen to reason:

  1. Terry Hood, 34, an African-American who works at a Dollar General store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and took this year’s poll, said he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but he will consider a Republican for Congress because he believes the party is making it easier to find jobs and he applauds the recent Republican-led tax cut: “It sounds strange to me to say this about the Republicans, but they’re helping with even the small things. They’re taking less taxes out of my paycheck. I notice that.”
  2. Ashley Matthias, 31, a tattoo artist in Manchester, New Hampshire, said she has not decided how she will vote but will support anyone who will make her health insurance more affordable, and that it is cheaper to pay for her doctor’s visits out-of-pocket than to buy insurance through the government-run Obamacare exchange.
  3. Ashley Reed, a white single mother of three in Concord, New Hampshire, said a teenage fascination with Democrat Barack Obama led her to support his presidency in 2008. But her politics evolved with her personal life. Now 28, Reed opposes abortion; is more supportive of gun rights; and has lost faith in social welfare programs that she now believes were misused. Reed plans to vote for a Republican for Congress this year: “As I got older, I felt that I could be my own voice.”

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States. It gathered about 65,000 responses in all during the first three months of 2018 and 2016, including 16,000 registered voters between the ages of 18 and 34 and nearly 11,000 registered white Millennial voters. The poll has a ± interval of only 1%, meaning that results may vary by about 1% in either direction.

~Eowyn

U. of Utah has a ‘cry closet’ for students

Any wonder why this young generation are called snowflakes?

cry closet

University of Utah’s Cry Closet

Ashley May reports for USA Today, April 26, 2018, that University of Utah students on the brink of tears during finals week have a space to let it all out — a “Cry Closet” in the university’s library for “stressed out students” studying for final exams to take a short 10-minute break.

The only rules are to knock before entering, only one person inside at a time, limit time inside to 10 minutes, and turn the lights out before leaving.

Nemo Miller

The Cry Closet, which was installed on Sunday, April 22, is a woodshop project by senior Nemo Miller in collaboration with Tony Miller and David Meyer. It’s lined with a black interior, and plush stuffed animals are inside.

Nemo said in a statement: “One aspect of humanity that I am currently exploring is connections and missed connections through communication. It’s been interesting to watch the response to this piece about human emotions, and I’m proud to see the power of art in action.”

After photos of the project went viral, some said the campus should have more Cry Closets and one person questioned if the closet is soundproof. Student @aJackieLarson tweeted:

“so my school installed a cry closet in the library LMFAOOOOOOOOO what is higher education”

The university said the closet’s installation, which was approved by the school, is an attempt at humor but also a “work of art meant to provoke feeling, thought & conversation, which the artist has apparently done.”

The closet will remain in the library until May 2, the end of final exams.

God help these students when they graduate and must work in the real world.

Update:

Nemo Miller’s self-description on Twitter says its preferred pronouns are “She/hers”, which suggests Miller likely is an imagined MtF “transgender”:

Ceramic Artist – Cry Closet Creator – U OF U Spring 2018 – Instagram: Nemosanartist – She/hers

~Eowyn

Sweden school bans homework and tests to “reduce stress”

Judge Judy shakes head rolls eyes

The students are happy with this decision. Duh.

Guess that’ll give them more time to enjoy their smart phones…

From Yahoo: It’s no secret that homework is stressful. But in recent decades, researchers have begun to wonder whether the anxiety it produces outweighs its benefits. A myriad of research suggests that indeed, the bad may overshadow the good. One study in particular, from Stanford University in 2014, found excessive homework not only heightens stress, but causes difficulty sleeping, and exacerbates other physical ailments such as headaches.

Given this research, it was only a matter of time before schools began experimenting with a radical solution: eliminating homework altogether. The first to make news for trying this was an elementary school in Montreal, where the principal said he wanted his young students to be “playing” after school instead of working.

But now a school in Sweden has taken it a step further: banning not only homework but tests. The high school, located in a small town called Boden, reportedly informed its students of the new policy, aimed to reduce stress, in February. “It was my idea,” Petronella Sirkka, principal of the Sturenskolan School, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The students have expressed that they are relieved, since they are under a lot of pressure during our school year.”

Sturenskolan’s homework and test ban has met mixed reviews in the town. But that hasn’t stopped Sirkka from pushing onward. “We are constantly receiving new reports that our children feel bad. And that’s because they have a very high stress level all the time,” Sirkka told SVT, the Swedish national public broadcaster. “This is our way of trying to reduce that stress.”

Sirkka said that the curriculum her students study is “very complicated” and “places extremely high demands” on them individually. Eliminating homework and tests (except for nationally required tests) is an attempt to make it “less challenging for their psychological well being” overall, according to a Sputnik News article.

Sirkka says that, since the students were away on Easter break, they haven’t been in class long enough for her to adequately judge how it’s going. But in general, she says the students are happy with the decision. For Sirkka, that’s good news. Her goal, if it goes well, is to introduce a permanent ban on homework and tests at Sturenskolan in 2019.

The anxiety that Sirkka’s solution is aimed at tackling isn’t unique to Sweden. Research shows that young Americans are more anxious than ever. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, 31.9 percent of adolescents in the U.S. now have a diagnosable anxiety disorder, compared with just 19 percent of adults. In the last decade, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports, the number of adolescents and teens admitted to a hospital for suicidal thoughts has doubled.

Although there are many contributing factors to increased anxiety among teens — threats to physical safety being one of them — the burden of homework is real. The aforementioned Stanford study, published in the Journal of Experimental Education, looked at more than 4,000 students in upper-middle-class California communities (a demographic, it should be noted, that receives more homework help than others) and found that excessive homework, along with adding stress, leads to decreased socialization with friends and family.

Studies like that one, combined with anecdotal evidence from parents, have led to a growing irritation with after-school assignments. In a book titled The Case Against Homework, authors Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish argue that there is no evidence showing actual benefits of homework among students — and a wealth of evidence proving its negative effects.

“Homework overload is compromising our parenting choices, jeopardizing our children’s health, and robbing us of precious family time,” Bennett and Kalish write. “Many ‘homework experts’ claim that one of the benefits of homework is increased parental involvement. But is it really beneficial when we constantly argue about homework or stay up late to do our kids’ assignments with them — or for them?”

Read the rest of the story here.

DCG