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Cheers and Jeers: Monday

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The Future of Humanity: A Snapshot

The annual College Mindset List—now handled by Marist College (Go, Fightin’ Red Foxes!) after spending several years at Beloit College (Go, Fightin' Buccaneers!)—is out and generating the usual gasps and titters. The annual “cultural compass that tracks the challenges and celebrates the accomplishments of each incoming college class” mines the collective mind of the college Class of 2025, meaning you whippersnappers born in 2003—the year we lost Mr. Rogers and Katherine Hepburn, and C&J made its debut on some blog. Here's a sample of their world:

Incoming students and their professors are among the first to adjust to a new reality of digital learning, which has changed the face of higher education for years to come.


Depending on where their college or university is located, students in the class of 2025 are experiencing vast differences in COVID-19 regulations on campus, leading to a disparity in educational quality.

Incoming students now live in a country where Oregon decriminalized drug use, drug possession, and low-level drug sales, as Portugal did 20 years ago. These policies have shown that using a public health approach reduces drug overdose, HIV infections, and decreases incarceration for drug-related offenses.

Incoming students live in an era where a primary threat of terrorism to Americans comes from domestic white supremacists, rather than from abroad. This is the first incoming college class in United States history to have witnessed the confederate flag displayed in the Capitol.

Incoming students were inspired by Amanda Gorman’s reading of her poem, “The Hill We Climb” at the [Biden] Presidential Inauguration to rediscover the power of poetry in their own lives, and on their own terms.

Click here for the whole list. I’ll add my usual contribution: during their lifetime the Republican party has always consisted of incompetent hacks, paranoid loons, climate-crisis deniers, and/or pathological liars supported by neo-Nazis, Christian mega-grifters, and the Ku Klux Klan. These days that one seems timeless.

And now, our feature presentation…


Cheers and Jeers for Monday, September 13, 2021

Note: The street sweepers were out in force Friday in our neighborhood. Good news: the old lady next door managed to get out of the way in time. Bad news: her walker now belongs to the ages.

By the Numbers:

Days 'til the start of Yom Kippur: 2

Days 'til the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana: 5

Portion of Mainers who will be affected by the Covid-19 vaccine mandate announced by President Biden Thursday: 1-in-3

Percent of North Carolina's middle and high school Covid clusters that have been among sports teams: 45%

Amount that racial inequality has cost the U.S. since 1990, according to a new report published in Brookings Papers on Economic Activity: $22.9 trillion

Percent chance that Justice Stephen Breyer calls the decision by five of his........

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