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  • Bill Maher Speech at UC Berkeley Unaffected by Small Protests

    12/21/2014 7:16:04 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 12/20/2014 | Zombie
    Comedian and pundit Bill Maher is this year’s commencement speaker at the University of California-Berkeley’s winter graduation ceremony. While Maher’s original invitation to address today’s event was uncontroversial, after an on-air argument he subsequently had with Ben Affleck about the nature of Islam, campus Muslim groups at Berkeley demanded that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks retract Maher’s invitation to speak.
  • Maher to Berkeley Grads: Avoid Groupthink! Fight Climate Change!

    12/21/2014 6:32:13 AM PST · by PROCON · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Comedian Bill Maher delivered his long-anticipated and controversial speech at the University of California Berkeley winter commencement on Saturday–and it turned out to be a rather conventional liberal address. Though much debate surrounded Maher’s views on Islam, he largely avoided the subject, instead telling students to make climate change their generation’s priority. “I hope all of you here today consider the environment to be paramount among the many challenges we face.” Ironically, Maher would later tell students to think for themselves. “Be a free thinker. One reason our politics is so screwed up is that everyone has become so tribal....
  • ART PROJECT: Group calling themselves 'queer, black and people of color' claim they hung effigies

    12/16/2014 1:00:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Kieran Corcoran and Michael Zennie
    A group of artists have claimed responsibility for hanging three effigies of lynching victims around the University of California-Berkeley campus this weekend. The artists, who say they are a 'collective of queer black and (people of color) artists, posted a message on a campus bulletin board today saying that the images - which many students and faculty found deeply offices - were part of an art project. The statement said the perpetrators are from the San Francisco Bay area - but does not state whether the people behind it are students. The artists did not identify themselves, but said that...
  • Berkeley’s Vast Anarchist Conspiracy? (Robin of Berkeley)

    12/15/2014 9:27:54 AM PST · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    robinofberkeley.com ^ | 12-14-2014 | Robin
    If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’d think that Berkeley is the national hub for anarchism. You can see photos of ski-masked anarchists all over the place. Masked bandits are breaking windows, starting bonfires, and robbing and looting banks, stores, restaurants, and the like. (1)But there is one problem with this narrative. There aren’t any anarchists in Berkeley. OK, maybe there are a few UC Berkeley professors who call themselves anarchists. But while they talk the talk, they don’t walk the walk. This elite group only gets their hands dirty when they are in their leafy backyards, composting.But after...
  • Black figures hanged in effigy on UC Berkeley campus

    12/13/2014 10:23:34 PM PST · by Huntress · 40 replies
    fusion.net ^ | 12/13/14 | Unattributed
    Three cardboard cutouts of black people were reportedly found hanged in effigy from nooses on the UC Berkeley campus on Saturday morning. The incident follows a week of protests on the streets of Berkeley, California, to denounce the grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men in St. Louis and New York. Local pastor Michael McBride was the first to share the image on Twitter. One of the hanged figures, which appears to be a cardboard cutout of a lynched woman identified as Laura Nelson from 1911. The cutout includes the...
  • BERKELEY PROTESTS SHUT DOWN PETER THIEL SPEECH

    12/11/2014 11:58:19 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 11 2104 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    On Wednesday evening, in the very hall where the University of California at Berkeley had just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, demonstrators shut down a speech by billionaire tech guru--and noted libertarian--Peter Thiel. The activists who broke into Wheeler Hall were protesting the non-indictment of police officers in the deaths of black suspects Michael Brown and Eric Garner in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY for the fifth straight evening.
  • UC Berkeley Lecturer Threatened For Offering Injured Student Protesters Extra Time On Papers

    12/10/2014 7:22:38 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 16 replies
    CBS SF ^ | December 9, 2014
    BERKELEY (CBS SF) – A lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley who posted a tweet offering extra time on an assignment to students injured during anti-police brutality protests has received numerous threats, prompting her to delete her Twitter account. Kaya Oakes, an author who teaches writing at the university, tweeted Sunday, “If any of my #Berkeley students were teargassed, batoned or shot w/rubber bullets last night, you can have an extension on your essay.” Since then, Oakes and her colleagues at the university have received complaints and threats.
  • Berkeley Cancels Council Meeting Amid Protests

    12/09/2014 7:31:34 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 23 replies
    kqed.org ^ | December 9, 2014 | KQED News Staff
    Update, 4 p.m. Tuesday: The latest fallout from a series of Berkeley protests against police violence: The Berkeley City Council has canceled its Tuesday night meeting. The decision was made as activists from Occupy Oakland called for a shutdown of the meeting. A statement from Mayor Tom Bates suggested the meeting was scratched because of capacity issues:
  • Berkeley Protesters Block Themselves From Getting Home

    12/09/2014 4:25:28 PM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | december 9, 2014 | christopher agee
    The widespread demonstrations led to the arrest of about 160 individuals, some of whom pelted police with rocks as they attempted to reopen Interstate 80. In the end, it appears the protesters experienced the inconvenience they had inflicted on others, resulting in what many are calling an ironic twist. Twitchy reported a number of those who took part in the demonstration were heard complaining that they were forced to walk back to their homes due to the shutdowns their actions caused.
  • Berkeley mayor: Some protesters "cowards and thugs"

    12/09/2014 8:05:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    BERKELEY, Calif. -- Hundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night a row, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this ultra-liberal bastion protested grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. Demonstrators blocked traffic on both sides of Interstate 80 in Berkeley, while another group stood on and sat on train tracks, forcing an Amtrak train to stop Monday night. At one point, a woman in a vehicle stuck in the traffic jam caused by the I-80 blockage went into labor, and the local...
  • Berkeley protest swells to more than 1,000, closes I-80

    12/08/2014 9:15:14 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 49 replies
    SFGate ^ | Monday, December 8, 2014 | ian Ho, Evan Sernoffsky and Kale Williams
    Hundreds of protesters marched through Berkeley for hours Monday night, confronting police outside their headquarters before heading west and intermittently shutting down Interstate 80 in both directions near University Avenue. The rally, the third in as many nights, began on Telegraph Avenue near UC Berkeley around 5 p.m. as hundreds gathered to denounce police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. Now-familiar chants of “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “Out of the houses! Into the streets!” rang out as the march moved up Durant Avenue and protesters called for students to leave their dormitories and join the...
  • Bay Area Protests Turn Violent For Second Night In A Row

    12/08/2014 7:42:38 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    kenw PBS New Mexico ^ | 12-8-2014 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Protests over police killings in Missouri and New York turned violent in Berkeley, Calif., for the second night in a row as demonstrators vandalized businesses and blocked traffic on a freeway. "I did a few things that, you know, I'm not too proud of but, you know, I felt like it was all for a good cause at the time," protester Gary Leroy told KRON TV. Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police who responded with tear gas. The protests came in the wake of a grand jury's decision last week not to indict a New York police officer involved...
  • More Berkeley Protests Sunday Night: "Jesus Can't Breathe"

    12/08/2014 4:12:36 AM PST · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Demonstrators have gathered in Berkeley and Oakland, California for another night of protests against the non-indictment of police officers in the deaths of black suspects in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York.
  • More protests: Highway 24 blocked; vandalism, looting in Berkeley

    12/08/2014 12:59:30 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 66 replies
    SFGate ^ | 12-8-2014 | Kale Williams, Erin Allday and Evan Sernoffsky
    Hundreds of protesters returned to East Bay streets on Sunday for a second night of raucous demonstrations against police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. Sunday’s protest started out largely peaceful in Berkeley, but by 9 p.m. crowds had climbed past lines of California Highway Patrol officers onto Highway 24 in Oakland, where they blocked multiple lanes of eastbound traffic. Even as the crowd chanted “peaceful protest,” a group of people jumped on top of two law enforcement vehicles and kicked at the sirens, and several set small fires nearby. Police eventually moved protesters away from...
  • Hating Jews at Berkeley--End Israel Now

    12/05/2014 6:20:14 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Hating Jews at Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley’s graduate student labor union (UAW 2865) is voting on whether the State of Israel should continue to exist. No one is waiting with bated breath for the tally of a vote whose implementation would violate both California and United States law. It is one of those exercises in academic hubris laced with ignorance for which Berkeley is famous. After all, students know slightly less American history after four years at the prestigious institution than before they crossed through Sather Gate. One of the leaders of the anti-Israel movement is Lara Kiswani,...
  • Berkeley prepares new cell phone radiation safety law

    11/26/2014 3:25:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 26, 2014 | By Emilie Raguso
    The city of Berkeley is considering whether to require local retailers to give out radiation-related safety sheets to cell phone customers who make a purchase. Customers could be advised not to hold or carry the phone near the body while using the device, and directed to consult the manual to learn the “recommended separation distance” between the phone and one’s body.
  • City to vote on climate change labels at gas pumps (Berkeley CA)

    11/18/2014 10:04:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 11:56 AM EST
    The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley will decide whether to slap stickers on gas pumps warning that burning fuel contributes to global warming in a plan that’s a first of its kind in the country. […] A spokeswoman for the Western States Petroleum Association, an oil-industry lobbying group, has said the labels reflect the state’s and Berkeley’s opinions and would force “unwanted speech in violation of the First Amendment.” …
  • VIDEO: Ghosts in the Machine Berkeley (Hilarious Funeral for a Frozen Chicken at Whole Foods)

    11/17/2014 3:43:20 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 66 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 7, 2014 | Direct Action Everywhere
    VIDEO Raw footage from DxE East Bay in Berkeley last week: "Next to us is the body of a mother, who bellowed in grief as she was dragged to the kill floor."
  • Soda Tax Succeeds In Berkeley, Fizzles In San Francisco

    11/05/2014 4:30:59 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | November 5, 2014 | By Lisa Aliferis, KQED
    Voters in Berkeley, Calif., have passed the nation’s first soda tax with a resounding 75 percent of the vote. The measure aims to reduce the effects of sugar consumption on health, especially increased rates of obesity and diabetes. It will levy a penny-per-ounce tax on most sugar-sweetened beverages and is estimated to raise more than $1 million per year. Proceeds will go to the general fund; Measure D calls for the creation of a health panel to advise Berkeley’s City Council on appropriate health programs to receive funding. Campaign Co-Chair Jack Daniels called Berkeley’s win a tipping point. “I think...
  • Voters in Berkeley overwhelmingly pass nation's first 'sugar tax' raising the price of sodas

    11/05/2014 10:48:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 5, 2014 | Michael Zennie
    Berkeley, California, one of the most liberal cities in the nation, have overwhelmingly approved the nation's first 'sugar tax,' which will raise the cost of sodas and energy drinks by one penny per ounce. A similar tax in neighboring San Francisco, which would have levied two cents per ounce, failed to pass - gaining 55percent of the vote, short of the two-thirds majority needed. The Berkeley tax would raise the cost of a can of Pepsi from $1 to $1.12, but bigger fountain drinks would get hit harder. A large Coke from McDonald's would go from $2.29 to $2.61. A...
  • Berkeley Studets Protest Bill Maher for "Racist" Comments Against Islam, Start Petition to Ban Him

    10/27/2014 1:26:03 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 45 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/27/14 | Aurelius
    ...But he stumbled onto the truth a few months ago, arguing that, indeed, Islamic extremism is a problem that needs to be confronted. The cheering from the Left has stopped. Now, to punish Maher for pointing out the truth, students at UC Berkeley are looking to ban him from the campus and to prevent him from making a speech there. They have started a petition, which now has over 1,500 signatures. The petition, called, "Stop Bill Maher from speaking at UC Berkeley's December graduation," makes a number of accusations about Maher, specifically slamming him for his statements against radical Islam....
  • Berkeley students try to boot Bill Maher

    10/28/2014 1:22:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/28/2014 | By JONATHAN TOPAZ
    A student petition at University of California, Berkeley, aims to prevent Bill Maher from speaking on campus following his recent comments on Islam. The petition, which now has more than 2,200 signatures and is circulated on change.org, demands that the university revoke its invitation for the liberal comedian to speak at a December commencement ceremony. “Bill Maher is a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values UC Berkeley students and administration stand for,” the petition reads. “Bill Maher’s public statements on various religions and cultures are offensive and his dangerous rhetoric has found its way into...
  • Common Core Rulz

    10/28/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    On both coasts, grandparents are learning to apply a modern-day rule of thumb with surprising accuracy: If it looks inane, it’s probably Common Core. “The Berkeley school district's curriculum for sixth-grade math was an exact copy of the Common Core State Standards for the grade,” Marina Ratner wrote in The Wall Street Journal on August 5, 2014. “The teacher in my grandson's class went through special Common Core training courses.” “As his assigned homework and tests indicate, when teaching fractions, the teacher required that students draw pictures of everything: of 6 divided by 8, of 4 divided by 2/7, of...
  • The soda wars move to Berkeley

    10/19/2014 9:20:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 10/19/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The progressive War on Soda may have failed in New York, despite the best efforts of the Deplorable Nanny State Mayor, but this is a multi-front battle which will clearly rage on for some time. As any good battle commander will tell you, when fighting an opponent with numerical superiority, it’s best to drag them into a skirmish on your home turf. In the effort to save people from their own ignorant, evil selves, the fight to make soda more expensive – and thereby modify public behavior through tax policy – has moved to Berkeley.
  • Democrats Eyeing Marijuana as an Opiate for the Masses

    09/29/2014 8:54:51 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 24 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 28, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    As marijuana restrictions are eased throughout the nation, lawmakers from both parties are looking to the drug as a potential cash cow to shore up budget deficits and fill local and state coffers. For Democrats, however, a far more insidious pattern is developing, as recent moves by left-wing indicate they see in marijuana as a powerful tool to further control their largely poor and minority constituency with this 21st century "opiate for the masses." The city of Berkeley, CA recently moved to institute policy requiring "medicinal" marijuana outlets to allot certain amounts of their product to be distributed free to...
  • Welfare weed: Berkeley orders dispensaries to give out FREE marijuana for low-income residents

    09/07/2014 7:53:21 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | september 5, 2014 | Pedro Oliveira Jr.
    Low-income residents in a California city will soon be able to get high for free. The Berkeley City Council has passed a law requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to distribute 2 percent of their stashes to people making less than $32,000 per year or $46,000 per family. Under the new ordinance, which was approved unanimously this summer, only city residents will be eligible and they must have a prescription. 'Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine,” Councilman Darryl Moore told CBS San Francisco. The law requires that the...
  • This is a College Course?

    07/23/2014 7:34:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    Young people who want to spend their college years to undergoing radical intellectual transformations do so typically through the study of liberal arts. No other academic scheme is able to challenge the preconceived notions that young people have in quite the same way as the introspective, penetrating dialogues found in Plato’s Republic or in Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents. Only within the course listings of the liberal arts infrastructure would burgeoning humanists be able to find such prime opportunities to alter how they think, feel, and live. The study of Greek philosophy and psychology are highly valued disciplines, but what...
  • Soda tax’s last stand? Bay Area preps for showdown

    07/08/2014 9:09:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2014 10:52 AM EDT | Candice Choi
    If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don’t pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out? Sugary drinks have been under fire for years, with many blaming them for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases. Yet efforts to curb consumption by imposing taxes and other measures have failed, in part because the beverage industry has spent millions to defeat the efforts. Now, the question of whether a bottle of Dr. Pepper with 64 grams of sugar should be treated like a pack of cigarettes is being considered in San Francisco and Berkeley, with the...
  • Berkeley Requires Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

    07/03/2014 9:12:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    CBS Local 5 ^ | July 2, 2014 | Ryan Takeo
    The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients. The City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the city’s medical pot rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in Berkeley.
  • Berkeley Ponders Climate Change "Warning" at Gas Pumps

    06/19/2014 1:55:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    Driving might be hazardous to the earth's health. Warning labels posting a message that vehicle exhaust is a key source of carbon emissions may soon be affixed to gas pumps in the Bay Area -- but only in Berkeley, where leaders are mulling such a move. The Los Angeles Times reported that a pair of city environmental panels have already OK'd the warning stickers, which are directly modeled on the warnings on cigarettes. As of now, the stickers would carry the statement that the state "has determined that global warming caused by C02 emissions poses a serious threat to the...
  • Up and Away: Berkeley Freedom Allows French Photographer to Float

    05/28/2014 5:01:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, May 28 2014 | Jonathan Curiel
    The dream first happened in 1994, when Maia Flore was just 7 years old, and it continued on and off for the next nine years: An older man is pushing Flore toward the sea — pushing, pushing — and Flore, almost airborne, gets closer and closer to the water that she's deathly afraid of. It was as if Alfred Hitchcock himself were orchestrating Flore's nocturnal stirrings. In the dream, Flore would always wake up before she entered the waves. "At first, I wondered why this nightmare was coming back. Why did I have just this one nightmare?" says Flore, who's...
  • Pelosi's message to grads: Be disruptors

    05/17/2014 12:19:16 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    May 17, 2014, 02:42 pm Pelosi's message to grads: Be disruptors By Timothy Cama Lauren Schneiderman House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) encouraged graduates of the University of California Berkeley to be disruptors, using their knowledge and technology to shake up the economic system. “Being called a disruptor is a high compliment,” Pelosi said in prepared remarks Saturday. “You here at Berkeley are already disruptors in many ways.” Pelosi’s speech came nearly 50 years after students led by Mario Savio occupied a Berkeley building and launched the “free speech movement,” which sought to lift university bans on political activities. “Now,...
  • Car Smashes Into Apple Store In Berkeley; Apple Products Stolen

    05/10/2014 11:15:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, May 10, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A suspect smashed a car into an Apple store in Berkeley early Friday morning and made off with merchandise, police said. Berkeley police responded around 2:52 a.m. to a report of an alarm from the Apple store at 1823 Fourth St. and discovered a car inside the store surrounded by glass debris. Officers checked the vehicle and found it was empty, but noticed “signs of prowl” inside the business. Officers conducted a search of the business but did not find any suspects. An investigation revealed that several Apple products were stolen, including several laptops and iPhone. McDonald's Tests Seasoned French...
  • Watch: Rand Paul's Entire Speech at UC Berkeley

    03/20/2014 11:22:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/20/14 | Breitbart TV
    On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) addressed the University of California, Berkley at an event hosted by the university's Berkeley Forum...
  • Rand Paul to Berkeley: GOP is like bad Domino's Pizza

    03/19/2014 8:05:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/19/14 | mark kaiju·
    Rand Paul wowing them at Berkeley
  • UC Berkeley Hires First Wikipedian-in-Residence

    03/18/2014 5:38:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    A 24-year-old geography major is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley. His announcement can be found - where else? - but on his own Wiki page. Cal hired Gorman, according to a February announcement, to advise students and professors on the complex task of editing articles for Wikipedia, the user-generated online encyclopedia that gets 500 million monthly visitors. Until now, Wikipedians-in-residence have been assigned to cultural institutions, such as the British Museum, the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and the U.S. National Archives. In a statement, Cal calls Gorman a "hardcore Wikipedian" since his undergraduate days at Berkeley,...
  • Is ADHD a mental health crisis, or a cultural one?

    02/25/2014 4:37:30 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    Maclean's ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | Kate Lunau
    Any visitor to North Carolina and California will know that the two states have their differences. The former is a typically “red state”; California is staunchly “blue.” Each has certain geographic, ethnic and cultural peculiarities, different demographic makeup, family income levels, and more. Yet perhaps the most surprising divide, one many wouldn’t expect, is that North Carolina appears to be a hotbed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD—especially when compared to California. A child who lived in North Carolina instead of California in 2007, according to U.S. academics Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler, was 2˝ times more likely to...
  • In California, Thousands Exposed to Measles

    02/13/2014 8:51:41 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 117 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 13 20124 | By JoNel Aleccia
    Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents may have been exposed to measles last week when an unvaccinated student at the Unversity of California, Berkeley, attended classes and rode the area's BART transit system. Public health officials in Contra Costa County, outside of San Francisco, said anyone riding BART from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 during the morning or late evening commutes could have been exposed to the highly contagious respiratory virus. The young man in his 20s lives in the county and was confirmed to have measles on Wednesday. He was likely infected while traveling recently in Asia, health...
  • Vicious Muslim Supremacist Professor at Berkeley demands students tweet on “Islamophobia”

    02/08/2014 7:38:08 PM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    dcclothesline ^ | february 8, 2014 | pamela geller
    The Nazi-like march of Islamic supremacists into influential positions of power in media, politics and academia sank to a new low this week (and that bar was already conspicuously low ). Tarek Fatah received a  panicked message from a student enrolled at the University of California Berkeley, who along with 100 kids in his class is being forced to tweet on“islamophobia” as a course requirement by a notorious antisemitic, terror-supporting professor, Hatem Bazian: [The student} wrote: “I’ve been told by one of my professors I will be required, as part of my grade, to start a Twitter account and tweet weekly onIslamophobia. I can’t help but feel this is unethical. This is...
  • U.S. Secretly Shipping Weapons to Syria

    01/29/2014 11:11:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 29, 2014
    Though it’s been well documented that opposition forces in Syria are mostly run by Islamic terrorists—mainly Al Qaeda—Congress has secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as “moderate” Syrian rebel factions. The problem with this is that there are no “moderate” rebel forces in Syria, according to a number of reputable news reports, both domestic and international. In fact, the New York Times published a piece last spring that confirms Islamist rebels—including the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned force—are running the show in Syria. “The Islamist character of the opposition reflects...
  • Parents, Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Berkeleyites

    12/11/2013 10:30:40 PM PST · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    RobinofBerkeley.com ^ | 11-21-2013 | Robin of Berkeley
    There once was a popular Indian teacher named Papa G, who drew students from far and wide. People flocked to see him and hear his words of wisdom. One lucky man who was able to attend one of his retreats spoke to Papa G, with camera in hand. The visitor asked the guru what he’d like to say to the multitudes all around the world vying to come to India to see him. Papa G smiled an impish grin and said, “Stay home.” Papa G’s words remind me a bit of Dorothy, who journeyed all around Oz, only to find...
  • Student drinking at Cal taxes Berkeley paramedics

    11/14/2013 8:57:28 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    ABC 7 and Berkeleyside ^ | November 12, 2013 | Emilie Raguso
    Last week, ABC 7′s I-Team produced a troubling report about a surge in extreme drinking so far this year at UC Berkeley. According to the investigation, UC Berkeley has seen an increase in the number of students who get so drunk, often at frat parties, that they need to be taken to the hospital for care. This has, at times, put a significant burden on the city’s ambulance services, leaving other city residents waiting for care, or requiring the Berkeley Fire Department to call for help from other paramedics in the region. It also puts pressure on the hospital closest...
  • UC-Berkeley Students Ban Use of ‘Illegal Immigrant’

    11/09/2013 11:00:53 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    November 8, 2013 12:38 PM UC-Berkeley Students Ban Use of 'Illegal Immigrant' By Andrew Johnson The University of California–Berkeley student government unanimously passed a resolution banning the term “illegal immigrant” from the body’s official discourse. The resolution is the second such measure to be passed since former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano took over as president of the UC system. The Berkeley student government showed its support for the “drop the I-word” campaign, deeming the term “racially charged,” according to the College Fix. “The ‘I’ word is legally inaccurate since being out of status is a civil rather than criminal...
  • The Real Thought Leaders

    10/14/2013 7:05:27 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 10, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When you cover ersatz intellectuals day in and day out as we do here at Accuracy in Academia, it is refreshing to meet genuine scholars. About the only opportunity we get to do so is at meetings of the Philadelphia Society, a group of conservative intellectuals formed in 1964 in the wake of the defeat of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. The ladies and gentlemen who belong to the society gathered in Atlanta in October for a regional meeting. Among the many insights shared by the august line-up of speakers who addressed the gathering, here are a few highlights: “Whenever I...
  • (Berkeley, CA) High school pool shut down after water polo players start losing body hair

    10/01/2013 5:42:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2013
    The swimming pool at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, Calif., was shut down last Wednesday, after city officials said the level of chemicals in the water exceeded normal operating conditions, Berkeleyside reported. The decision was made after parents delivered a letter to the school’s principle the day before, expressing concern over the health of students on the water polo team. According to the letter, the players were displaying some disturbing symptoms, such as burning eyes, bleached hair, and even the disappearance of body hair.
  • UC may repair Bay Area mansion for its presidents

    09/17/2013 8:53:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9-14-13 | Larry Gordon
    <p>Regents consider $620,000 in seismic upgrades and other fixes to Blake House that could ultimately mean UC executives' return to living in the Contra Costa County mansion.</p> <p>Blake House, the Northern California mansion that is intended to be the official residence of the University of California system president, may be coming back to life.</p>
  • A Devastating Affirmative-Action Failure: Predictable Results from a Berkeley Case Study

    08/26/2013 7:12:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 126 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/26/2013 | Heather MacDonald
    The Los Angeles Times recently published a devastating case study in the malign effects of academic racial preferences. The University of California, Berkeley, followed the diversocrat playbook to the letter in admitting Kashawn Campbell, a South Central Los Angeles high-school senior, in 2012: It disregarded his level of academic preparation, parked him in the black dorm — the “African American Theme Program” — and provided him with a black-studies course. The results were thoroughly predictable. After his first semester, reports the Times: [Kashawn] had barely passed an introductory science course. In College Writing 1A, his essays — pockmarked with misplaced...
  • Vignette: ’68 Revolutionaries Revisited

    07/05/2013 2:03:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 5, 2013 | M. D. Aeschliman
    The illiberalism of student radicalism in the 1960s shaped the world we live in today.SDS leader Mark Rudd at a Columbia University protest, 1968It is now 45 years since that momentous year 1968, one of the turning points of contemporary world culture, if not quite of contemporary politics. Not unlike 1848–49 in Europe, 1968 was marked by events that involved student and political protests in several places. There was a dire sense of crescendo and momentum: the heightening of protest against the Vietnam War, the violent turn of the civil-rights movement, the assassination of Martin Luther King, the utopian libertinism...
  • The Daily Caller presents: The first annual College Stupidity Awards

    06/05/2013 4:34:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6-5-2013 | Robby Soave
    ItÂ’s commencement season. College seniors across the country are donning mortarboards, getting misty-eyed and preparing to face the realities of President Barack ObamaÂ’s sparkling economic recovery. The Daily Caller is a little misty-eyed, too, because college students will soon disperse from campuses for a long summer, which likely means far fewer stories about stupid and otherwise outrageous occurrences on campus. The time is right, then, to celebrate the academic year that was. Here are the 20 stupidest, most outrageous and most cringe-worthy campus moments of 2012-13. Florida Atlantic University: Worst university in AmericaWhat an embarrassing year for Florida Atlantic. The...
  • Wozniak’s email tax: Good sense or nonsense?

    03/08/2013 10:30:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Berkeleyside ^ | March 7, 2013 9:14 am | Emile Raguso
    Earlier this week, readers reacted with skepticism after Berkeley City Councilman Gordon Wozniak suggested that taxing email might be one way to raise money for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service. … But there’s a history to this idea, however outlandish as it might sound to some. The United Nations Development Program examined such a tax in its 1999 Human Development Report, Globalization With a Human Face, as a way to fund “the global communications revolution.” UNDP calculated that in 1996, such a tax would have raised $70 billion globally. The New York Times took a brief look at the concept...