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Apparently, General Mills thought Buzz the Bee — the advertising mascot for Honey Nut Cheerios — could raise the consciousness of American society about the falling bee population.  But instead of a buzz of approval, General Mills got nuttin’, honey. In a Lifehacker post titled “Don’t Plant Those ‘Bee-Friendly’ Wildflowers Cheerios Is Giving Away,” writer Beth Skwarecki scolds the company. Who put a bee in her bonnet? Some obscure environmentalist wackos she discovered who tagged seeds found in the packets as “invasive species.” Planting a forget-me-not in Massachusetts, for instance, can “cause a great deal of damage,” huffed ecologist Kathryn Turner. Because they can “take up all the space” and “compete” with the “natives they encounter.” For crying out loud, we’re talking about planting wildflowers, not waterboarding polar bear cubs. But there is an invasive species we do need to uproot: toxic eco-nuts who believe they can bee all they can bee … by controlling everyone else. Cheerio.


How can offended college students counteract all the micro-aggressions, “micro-insults,” and “micro-invalidations” that come their way? Turns out, the poor snowflakes can simply utter the word “ouch.” Wisdom like that is why the University of Arizona pays its new Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence the big bucks — $214,000. As reported by The College Fix, Vice Provost Jesus Trevino developed a handbook called “Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Classroom.” In it, ua faculty are instructed to “maximize free speech in the classroom” — by telling students who utter something offensive: “Ouch.” In response to being called out, the offending student should say: “Oops.” According to the manual, “marginalized” groups to be protected include “Black/African Americans, Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanic, Asian American/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, lgbtqia+ folks, international students and employees, people with diverse religious affiliations, veterans, non-traditional students, women, first-generation college students, and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.” As ua’s student population is over 40 percent minority and over 50 percent female, this probably leaves seven people as “the oppressors.” Ouch.


It’s said that those who can’t do, teach. But in New York, those who can’t learn, teach. According to The New York Times, the state Board of Regents will no longer require teachers to pass the Academic Literacy Skills Test [alst] to become certified. Makes sense. Why should teachers have to be literate? After all, “the [literacy] test proved controversial because black and Hispanic candidates passed it at significantly lower rates than white candidates.” This despite a federal judge ruling in 2015 that the alst literacy test was not biased, “because it measured skills that were necessary for teaching.” Well, that’s out the window now. The Regents also want teachers who fail the test measuring practical skills like lesson planning to be certified anyway, based on “recommendations.” No wonder The New York Post sneers that the new state education motto should be: “Dumbing Down.”


Leave it to libs to get their panties in a twist about … yoga pants. Mediaite reports on the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, which found that plastic microfibers from yoga pants and other synthetic apparel shed during the wash cycle were discovered in the Gulf of Mexico, possibly contaminating marine life and seafood. (And you thought fiber was supposed to be good for you.) You know where the left is going with this, right? Lint me your ears. I predict they’ll demand a global environmental tax on yoga pants, and new regulations for washing machine filters. Algore may even go long on cotton. But there will be pushback; while all this dirty laundry is being aired in public, anti-yoga-pants regs won’t wash with wealthy lefties. Blue-city strongholds like Los Angeles and San Francisco boast more yoga-pants-per-square-foot than anywhere else in the world. So good luck trying to get between a housewife of Beverly Hills and her lotus position. Still, whenever libs turn on their own, it’s time to get out of the way.

To “save the earth” from global warming, a father-son duo in Siberia are deep in the weeds to create Pleistocene Park, an Ice Age paradise. Oh, and they plan to re-animate the extinct woolly mammoth. Ross Andersen, The Atlantic’s senior editor, visited eastern Siberia to meet mad Russian scientists Sergey and Nikita Zimov — who are “trying to stave off catastrophic climate change” by growing the mammoths in the lab, so herds of them can run around knocking over trees, turning the Siberian forest into grasslands. In turn, the grasslands will cause the Arctic to absorb less heat, thus slowing the thawing of the permafrost. Follow? Of course, the original mammoth-happy Ice Age ended 12,000 years ago, when the earth went through a warming cycle — with no suvs. Besides, if forests cause the earth to warm, why are climate warriors trying to save the rainforests? Hmm? Regardless, Nikita Zimov has already corralled bison, musk oxen, and wild horses into his radical geoengineering scheme, and is just awaiting the big woollies. Running the mammoth-creation project is geneticist George Church from Harvard, working with altered elephant genomes.



Artist Cass Clemmer has a mission: to “de-stigmatize” menstruation. And de-gender it. So she put plastic eyes on a tampon, called it Toni the Tampon, and sent it on “adventures,” according to The [UK] Daily Mail, to educate children. Toni has an Instagram account and coloring book featuring Toni with friends Marina the Menstrual Cup, Patrice the Pad, and Sebastian the Sponge. But don’t you dare call Toni a feminine hygiene product. No, that would be bigoted. As reported by NewsBusters, Clemmer deliberately made Toni “gender ambiguous.” In order to “affirm all menstruators.” Men-struators, get it? Liberals go on and on about “the scientific consensus” — but deny biology. Clemmer told Mashable: “I’d rather help just one genderqueer or trans menstruator feel like they were seen, than sell a thousand copies only to reinforce the boundaries society draws by gendering periods in the first place.” Send Midol.


“Gender inclusivity” was the new rage among toy makers at the annual New York City Toy Fair in February, reports Fortune. Mediaite promptly followed with an excited headline, “The World’s First Transgender Doll Is Finally Here.” Well, finally. The piece heralded a prototype of a doll modeled after 16-year-old transgender teen and YouTube celebrity, Jazz Jennings. At $100, a limited-edition run of the Jazz doll will be rolled out this year by Tonner Doll, according to The New York Times. One down, and at least 30 more types of gender-inclusive dolls to go. To all those who wonder whether the doll is anatomically correct, Jennings explains it’s “just a regular girl doll because that’s exactly what I am: a regular girl.” Um, not really. Jennings, who was “assigned male at birth,” has decided to wait until age 18 to have gender reassignment surgery. So maybe the doll package includes a detachable package.

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