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Watercooler 12/5/2016 Open Thread: Scary stuff

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Students Demand University Institute ‘Women-Only Gym Time’ Because Men are Scary.

Several student groups at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, are demanding that the school institute a policy banning men from the gym for an hour each day.

School Bans Students from Raising Their Hands to Answer Questions.

Samworth Church Academy, a high school in Nottinghamshire in the U.K., has banned its students from raising their hands to answer questions because it is unfair to students who do not raise their hands.

Public School District Suspends ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and “Huckleberry Finn’ After Parent Complains.

Accomack County Public Schools in Virginia has temporarily suspended study of the novels To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn after a parent filed a complaint that the classic literature contained “racial slurs”.

Years ago, I came up with the concept of the “stupidity inflection point.” I defined it as “the point where a person’s short-term stupidity overwhelms my long-term ability to deal with it.” More recently, we have the concept of “peak stupidity, as articulated by numerous people.” With stories like these, I do not hold out much hope for mankind, so enjoy the open thread…