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  • Yale and the Puritanism of ‘Social Justice’

    03/08/2018 11:36:36 AM PST · by DeweyCA · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3-6-18 | Walter Olson
    Answering a question about which there could hardly have been much doubt, Yale’s admissions blog said last month the university would not penalize prospective students who are suspended for joining antigun protests in the wake of the Parkland shooting. “Yale will NOT be rescinding anyone’s admission decision for participating in peaceful walkouts for this or other causes.” (Skip) The post’s author, senior assistant director of admissions Hannah Mendlowitz, makes clear that Yale considers participation in such a walkout to be a plus, rather than a subject of indifference. “For those students who come to Yale, we expect them to be...
  • Report: Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. (The South did not fare very well)

    03/08/2018 11:33:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/08/2018 | Paula Bolyard
    NeighborhoodScout, a web-based platform that, among other things, tracks crime statistics, released its annual list of the Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. for 2018. According to a press release, the list is based on a comparison of the safety of cities with 25,000 or more people nationwide, "based on the number of violent crimes (murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault) reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and the population of each city, divided by 1,000." The calculation reveals the rate of violent crimes per 1,000 residents.The most dangerous city in American, according...
  • Fisheries output to plunge unless global warming reeled in

    03/08/2018 11:23:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2018 | by Alister Doyle
    OSLO - Global fisheries output will slump by 20 percent by 2300 and by 60 percent in the worst-hit North Atlantic region if governments fail to slow long-term global warming, a U.S. team of scientists said on Thursday. Unchecked long-term warming would thaw sea ice around Antarctica and disrupt ocean currents, winds and the growth of tiny plankton, the report found. Worldwide, ever more nutrients would sink to the ocean depths, away from fish near the surface. “Marine ecosystems worldwide will be increasingly starved for nutrients,” lead author J. Keith Moore of the University of California, Irvine, told Reuters of...
  • 3-D Praying Mantis Vision Confounds Evolution

    03/08/2018 11:04:53 AM PST · by fishtank · 77 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-8-18 | Jeffrey P. Tomkins, Ph.D.
    3-D Praying Mantis Vision Confounds Evolution BY JEFFREY P. TOMKINS, PH.D. * | THURSDAY, MARCH 08, 2018 In the animal kingdom, many types of creatures use stereo vision to determine the distances between them and visible objects. In humans, each of our eyes records a slightly different version of what is observed. These two different views are then accurately merged in our brains to produce a single image—computationally using the differences between the two images to allow us to visually gauge depth and distance. This process, referred to as stereo vision, isn’t unique to humans. Animals like monkeys, dogs, bats,...
  • I Fell in Love With the Cannabis Candidate. Then I Got Burned.

    03/08/2018 11:03:22 AM PST · by PBRCat · 20 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | March 8, 2018 | Hunter Stuart
    In media interviews and on his social media pages, Wolf said he was a "former FBI agent" and "Iraq Veteran" who had also worked overseas as a "presidential envoy" with the U.S. State Department. He also claimed to be a "Professor of Human Rights" at Roosevelt University. I'm a cannabis supporter, and it was great seeing a former law enforcement guy embrace it so openly. I especially liked that Wolf spoke of the need not just to legalize it but to destigmatize it. I felt like he was someone that could represent my interests in the nation's capital as soon...
  • Laughing At The Fake Feminists [Video only]

    03/08/2018 10:26:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3-8-2018 | Pat Condell
    [Transcript] When it comes to the ongoing wave of migrant rape and sexual assault in Europe the people I feel most sorry for are the refugee-friendly Progressive feminists because, when they get raped, they won't even know who to blame without being a racist. What am I saying... of course they will. They'll blame all men as usual while telling everybody else not to generalize. I hadn't intended to talk about this subject again for a while but it’s International Women’s Day so, how can I resist? You may know that a couple of recent videos of mine have been...
  • Some of the California 'sanctuary' laws targeted by feds could be vulnerable, legal experts say

    03/08/2018 10:22:18 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 8, 2018 | Maura Dolan
    California's three new "sanctuary" laws, challenged in court this week by the Trump administration, face different hurdles and have varying vulnerabilities, legal experts said Wednesday. Law professors who read the lawsuit filed by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions generally described it as a credible challenge that presents complex legal questions that might wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court. "The arguments made by the Justice Department are not at all lightweight arguments," said Pepperdine law school professor Douglas W. Kmiec. "They are quite substantial." The federal government has wide authority over matters of immigration, and Sessions has charged that California's new...
  • Samantha Bee Wants NRA Members to Give Scientology a Shot

    03/08/2018 9:46:53 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 3/8/2018 | Tolly Wright
    In a new “PSA” for NRA members, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee urges gun owners to leave the National Rifle Association and instead join the Church of Scientology. She explained, “Who needs a rifle to defend themselves when, as an OT VII, you could blow someone away with your brain?” Still skeptical about making the transition? Bee reassured her viewers, “Is Scientology safe? Of course not! It’s bonkers, but it’s safer for the rest of us.” That being said, you might want to watch Leah Remini’s A&E docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath before you begin your journey to becoming an...
  • The STEM Glut

    03/08/2018 9:17:43 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 89 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 7, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    An increasing number of insiders say, contrary to the multitude of studies and seminars we've slogged through, that there is not a shortage of Science Technology and Engineering Majors (STEM) but a glut. "It turns out that new PhDs in science have a hard time getting a job like their mentor's: tenured faculty in a research university," John Staddon a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Duke University writes in an essay distributed by the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. "Fifty years ago, in my own area of experimental psychology, things were very different." "Postgraduates,...
  • Two Bills in Illinois General Assembly Mandates K-12 LGBTQ Contributions in American History

    03/08/2018 8:58:46 AM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 26 replies
    Concerned Women for America ^ | March 7, 2018 | CWA of Illinois
    In a brazen attempt to indoctrinate public school age children K-12 to embrace the LGBTQ lifestyle, State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) have sponsored SB 3249 and HB 5596 respectively. These bills are considered companion bills and are presently in their respective committees and gaining co-sponsors. It is unclear how soon these bills will move and build momentum so please pray and act as soon as possible.
  • Democrats must be made to pay a price for coziness with Farrakhan

    03/08/2018 8:37:04 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 3/8/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The narrative that the left has created about President Trump being a racist and the GOP as the home of David Duke can be flipped on its head and used to great electoral advantage, if only Republicans will take full advantage of the opportunity presented by revelations concerning deep ties of key Democrat officials with Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan's open and proud hatred of Jews was once again on display two weeks ago, when he delivered his "Saviours' Day" address, condemning "Satanic Jews" (again). "Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning...
  • 'Grand Theft Auto' executive, 'killology' researcher invited to Trump's video game violence talk

    03/08/2018 8:32:58 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 8, 2018
    President Trump will discuss violent video games Thursday afternoon with a diverse group of industry leaders, lawmakers, and conservative cultural critics. A list of participants was shared by the White House a few hours ahead of the 2 p.m. event, called after Trump suggested last month that violent games may lead to mass shootings, a contention unsupported by mainstream scholarship. Industry representatives include Mike Gallagher, CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, a video game trade association that preemptively circulated pushback, video-game maker ZeniMax Media CEO Robert Altman, and Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick.
  • Jeanne Ives' GOP Insurgency: Challenging an Unpopular Governor from the Right

    03/08/2018 7:43:15 AM PST · by PBRCat · 19 replies
    Illinois Times ^ | March 8, 2018 | Scott Reeder
    “Don’t you think this will be the year of the insurgent?“ Jeanne Ives said as she strolled across the lawn of the Illinois Statehouse. The state representative from Wheaton is challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner in the March 20 Republican gubernatorial primary. Rauner, who is self-funding his campaign, has more than $55 million in his war chest. Ives has raised about $3 million. Ives sees herself as leading a conservative insurrection against the governor. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that she uses military terms to describe this political fight. Ives was an Army officer and is a 1987 graduate of...
  • U.S. Civil Rights Commissioners: Obama-Era School Leniency Policy Brings ‘Fear’ and ‘Danger’

    03/08/2018 6:56:49 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/8/2018
    Two members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights say the Obama-era school leniency policy that discourages reports of threatening behavior by minority students to law enforcement is dangerous. “Many schools that have adopted lenient disciplinary policies – i.e., defining offenses down so that blacks and Hispanics aren’t suspended or expelled at significantly higher rates than whites and Asians—have seen marked increases in the number and severity of offenses,” attorney Peter Kirsanow, a Republican member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, tells Breitbart News. “St. Paul is just one example, but numerous districts across the country have reported spikes...
  • Two Miramar SWAT officers suspended for heading to Parkland massacre

    03/08/2018 6:42:25 AM PST · by ptsal · 56 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 07-Mar-2018 | Linda Trischitta
    When a gunman started shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, two Miramar SWAT team members did what comes naturally: They went to help. Now they’ve been suspended for it. The officers did not have permission to respond to the shooting at Parkland on Feb. 14, when 17 people were killed. And that created an officer safety issue and left them unaccountable for their actions, according to their police department. But their union reacted differently.
  • Ellison Says His Democratic Colleagues Never Asked Him About Farrakhan Connection: ‘No One Cares’

    03/08/2018 6:24:42 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 38 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 7, 2018 | David Rutz
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) said that none of his colleagues ever asked him about his connections with controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as he campaigned to take over as the lead sponsor of a single-payer health care bill, ripping the media for focusing on "this Farrakhan thing." Ellison, who serves as deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, has faced increased scrutiny lately over his prior membership in the Nation of Islam and his reported meetings in recent years with Farrkhan, an outspoken bigot who espouses conspiracy theories about Jews and whites. On Wednesday, Ellison received unanimous...
  • Why Trump Is So Hated by Leftists

    03/08/2018 6:23:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    American ^ | March 8, 2018 | Lloyd Marcus
    My brother expressed his disgust watching an animated TV show trashing Trump, titled Our Cartoon President. Incredibly, leftists have hijacked the airwaves and everywhere people gather to exploit as platforms to spread their vitriolic, insane hatred for Trump. Outrageously, TV coverage of the Olympics included leftist hatred for the Trump administration. Despite the shocking discovery that leftist policies probably played a role in the deaths of 17 kids in the Florida school shooting, leftists continue puppet-mastering students to blame Trump. Even Sunday worship has been hijacked by leftists to trash Trump. My brother asked the pastor of his all black...
  • Women’s March Leaders Struggle to Address Anti-Semitism Controversy

    03/08/2018 5:50:46 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 20 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 7, 2018 | Paul Crookston
    The leaders of the Women’s March are struggling to deal with the group’s ties to notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, and they are concerned about the effects on their "intersectional" movement. The leaders of the Women’s March have said the Farrakhan controversy is part of a "learning process" that has to do with understanding people’s "different experiences," BuzzFeed reported. Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, said in a speech that Jews are "the mother and father of apartheid," and declared that "when you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door." Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory attended...
  • The Rapid 'Progress' of Progressivism

    03/08/2018 5:23:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 8, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Not long ago I waited for a flight to board. The plane took off 45 minutes late. There were only two attendants to accommodate 11 passengers who had requested wheelchair assistance. Such growing efforts to ensure that the physically challenged can easily fly are certainly welcome. But when our plane landed -- late and in danger of causing many passengers to miss their connecting flights -- most of the 11 wheelchair-bound passengers left their seats unassisted and hurried out. It was almost as if newfound concerns about making connections had somehow improved their health during the flight. Two passengers had...
  • Morning Joe Panelist to Mika: Don’t “Throw Up” Thinking of Trump/Stormy Pics

    03/08/2018 5:03:11 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    That’s Mika Brzezinski in the screengrab, presumably trying not to throw up as she imagines photos of Donald Trump with Stormy Daniels. On today’s Morning Joe, panelist John Heilemann said that there was speculation that Daniels might possess “intimate” photos of herself with Trump. Heilemann vowed that “if those photographs exist, they will come out.” Said Heilemann: “Mika, I will hope, as you conjure an image of that, I’ll try to just urge you not to throw up in your mouth.” Get the rest of the story and view the video here.