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  • Academic Jargon without Kool Aid

    05/25/2017 7:38:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 25, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It turns out that we outsiders are not the only ones who have developed a jaundiced view of academic jargon. Insiders who don't like Kool Aid also find it inane. "Young people are now told that they must produce 'original' research to get into the best graduate schools—never mind that they’ve just arrived at college and barely know their way around the fields they might want to pursue," Elizabeth Corey writes in the Spring 2017 issue of Modern Age. "A technique called 'rapid prototyping,' pioneered by computer engineers, advocates quickly moving from initial idea to implementing without agonizing over perfecting...
  • How You Pay for Cal State Communism

    05/25/2017 7:30:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 24, 2017, | Cliff Kincaid
    The leader of a NASA-funded climate change project is scheduled to speak about the dangers of capitalism at an event sponsored by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), a spin-off from the old Communist Party USA. California State University, Northridge (CSUN) professor David Klein runs the NASA-funded Climate Science Program at CSUN. A mathematical physicist and professor of mathematics at CSUN, Klein also co-founded the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and sponsors the CSUN "Boycott Israel Resource Page." The CCDS currently offers a booklet, "Vietnam: From National Liberation to 21st Century Socialism,"...

    05/25/2017 7:29:39 AM PDT · by Fighting Irish · 1 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | May 23, 2017 | Staff
    Poll to remove civil war monuments from Richmond's Monument Avenue ( see url for poll)
  • Pence at Notre Dame

    05/25/2017 7:23:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 23, 2017 | Spencer Irvine
    Vice President Michael Pence, former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak at the commencement ceremony at Notre Dame instead of President Donald Trump. He became the first vice president to speak at Notre Dame's commencement, after Notre Dame decided to not invite President Trump breaking a long-held tradition since 1960 of inviting presidents to speak at the university. Pence's speech focused on freedom of speech and how Notre Dame is one academic institution that encourages dissent and differing opinions. However, during his remarks, about one hundred graduates walked out of the ceremony, where over 3,100 graduates were in attendance...
  • Roanoke (VA) man sentenced on child porn convictiond

    05/25/2017 7:19:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    Roanoke Times ^ | May 23, 2017 | Jeff Sturgeeon
    William Raywood Rhodes, 26, of Roanoke will spend 10 years in prison followed by 15 years on federal supervision for trading child pornography, a judge ruled Tuesday. The judge declined to fine Rhodes, saying she wanted to conserve what money he has for victim relief. U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Dillon said children depicted in child pornography fear that the people they meet in everyday life have seen the images. Anxiety, depression and emotional pain result, according to Dillon, who read confidential statements from children seen in the images Rhodes had. Child porn offenders owe compensation to the children if...
  • Great Moments in Fake News 'Journalism'

    05/25/2017 7:07:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | May 25, 2017 | Larry Elder
    What about President Donald Trump's complaint about "fake news"? Let's look at some examples of "Great Moments in 'Journalism'" over the last few years. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., in an appearance on ABC's Sunday morning political show hosted by George Stephanopoulos, called former Democratic Alabama Gov. George Wallace a "Republican." Ellison said, "At the same time, (in Trump) we do have the worst Republican nominee since George Wallace." Stephanopoulos either ignored or was ignorant of the fact that Wallace -- who proudly proclaimed, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" -- was a long-standing Democrat who served four terms as...
  • United in silence, honoured with applause: Britain pauses in memory of Manchester [tr]

    05/25/2017 6:50:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 25, 2017 | Keileigh Baker
    Britain fell silent this morning as a minute's silence was held across the country to remember the 22 victims of Monday's concert bombing. The silence, which fell at 11am, also marked the nation's solidarity with the 119 who were injured in the blast at the Manchester Arena following a concert, as well as others affected by the atrocity.
  • With Confederate flags gone, Civil War museum will close

    05/25/2017 6:43:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Steve Burns
    Story Highlights Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum in Henry County plans to close June 1. A Henry County commissioner requested that all Confederate flags be removed from the museum. A Henry County commissioner requested a few months ago that a local Civil War museum remove its Confederate flags. But without that symbol, the Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum announced that it can’t conduct its mission properly and will close June 1. In a Facebook post, the museum’s directors cited the request by District 2 Commissioner Dee Clemmons that all Confederate flags be removed from the museum, in addition to the...
  • Jewish community condemns ‘intolerance,’ demands UC Santa Cruz response

    05/25/2017 6:17:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 05/24/17 | Ryan Masters
    More than 130 UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, alumni, parents and donors — as well as numerous Jewish leaders — are demanding Chancellor George Blumenthal implement the UC Regents’ Statement of Principles Against Intolerance in response to recent and ongoing incidents they say actively suppress Jewish and pro-Israel students’ freedom of expression and assembly.
  • Jamie Foxx challenges America to 'Beat Shazam' [Fox Network Show: Must-Miss Television!]

    05/25/2017 6:05:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Philadelphia Tribune ^ | 5/23/17 | Kimberly Roberts
    .... Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx is now in the mix, and will make his debut as host of “Beat Shazam,” premiering at 8 p.m. Thursday on Fox. “Beat Shazam” is the new interactive game show that pits teams of two against the clock and each other as they try to identify the biggest....
  • The Silenced Majority

    05/25/2017 5:26:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 25, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    Democrats told us climate change would mean the end of snow. Although that clearly didn’t happen, the political environment sweeping college campuses may well mean the end of delicate snowflakes – the safe space-seeking crybabies so insulated from reality that the very existence of contrary worldviews causes them to need new underpants. Their future should, and probably will, mean a lot of time in their parents’ basement. In the political world there are few people as decent as Vice President Mike Pence. Whether you agree with him politically is irrelevant – he has a reputation for treating staff, fellow members...
  • Has globalism gone off the rails?

    05/25/2017 4:53:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | May 25, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The West that birthed globalization is now in an open revolt over its own offspring, from here in Eastern Europe to southern Ohio. About half of the population in Europe and the United States seems to want to go back to the world that existed before the 1980s, when local communities had more control of their own destinies and traditions. The Czech Republic, to take one example, joined the European Union in 2004. But it has not yet adopted the euro and cannot decide whether the EU wisely prevents wars of the past from being repeated or recklessly strangles freedom...
  • No “Lone Wolves,” No “Home-Grown,” No “Self-Radicalized”

    05/25/2017 4:47:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | May 25, 2017 | Mark Davis
    he post-Manchester analysis festival is under way, with all parties occupying predictable bandwidths. Conservatives are using the concert bombing as evidence of the dangers of insufficient attention to Muslim migrations, while liberals engage in posturing designed to limit the damage to their already flagging reputations on national security. As details dribbled out of yet another jihadist plying his murderous trade in Europe, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) took to CNN Tuesday with his list of concerns. Did they include beefing up American resolve to identify and root out Islamists in America? Was there a call for increased European vigilance? Not so...
  • Fewer Tears, Fewer Lies, And More Righteous Anger

    05/25/2017 4:41:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | May 25, 2017 | Kurt Schlichter
    Enough of changing your Facebook photo to the flag of the abattoir du jour, enough of the candlelight vigils, and enough of the #_____Strong hashtags. No more pleas for unity and pretending not to understand. We’re not unified, and we all understand, even if we refuse to admit it because of some bizarre suicide pact Western culture decided to join when no one was looking. Grieving doesn’t work. Hugging doesn’t work. Cowardice masquerading as enlightened passivity in the face of our enemies doesn’t work. Just ask the little girls blown apart in Manchester. Say it. Say it, damn you. Then...

    05/24/2017 11:19:34 PM PDT · by Faith · 12 replies
    MAY 25, 2017 | FAITH
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and for America: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (I John 5:14) Religion forum threads labeled “Prayer” are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Nash Farm Battlefield museum to close after commissioner requests removal of Confederate flags

    05/24/2017 7:59:47 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 45 replies
    Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum announced on Tuesday plans to close the museum, apparently after Henry County District 2 Commissioner Dee Clemmons requested they remove their Confederate flags from display at the property. The museum property, owned by Henry County, housed a large artifact collection, period clothing exhibits, and history of the Nash Farm and family from the Civil War era battles that were fought on the site. “These stories were told mainly through primary sources, sometimes secondary, but never tertiary sources. To exclude any Confederate flag would mean the historical value has been taken from our exhibits, and a...
  • New York organization planning pro-Colin Kaepernick demonstrations across the country

    05/24/2017 7:13:35 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 47 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2017 | Drew Costley
    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is visiting the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday for a potential role with the 49ers' NFC West foe. But that isn't stopping a New York-based organization from putting on a demonstration on May 24 at 5 p.m. EDT in front of the National Football headquarters in Manhattan in a show of solidarity with the quarterback.
  • SF high school students write, board OKs, sanctuary schools rule

    05/24/2017 7:03:22 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2017 | Jill Tucker
    The San Francisco school board unanimously expanded its support for students who are in the country without legal permission, emphasizing that the district will resist federal immigration enforcement efforts to the extent legally possible.
  • Patriots to sponsor LGBT ‘Gay Bowl’

    05/24/2017 6:39:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies
    MSN ^ | May 24, 2017 | Michael Colangelo
    The stick to sports crowd usually targets players or media personalities. Now they may have to say it to an entire organization. This weekend the Patriots announced they will sponsor the 2017 Gay Bowl, which is a national championship flag football built with teams from the LGBT community. This is a statement of inclusion by the Patriots, but won't get to the level of other social stands such as Colin Kaepernick.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 25 May 2017

    05/24/2017 6:02:38 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 56 replies
    Serving The Bestest Troops and Veterans In The Whole World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ FIRE SIMULATOR Airmen conduct training at the aircraft rescue firefighters training center in Salt Lake City, June 6, 2016. The facility has a simulator that allows for interior and exterior training. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. GUARD GUNNER Army Pfc. Stephen Nelson fires an M240 from a mounted gunnery turret position at Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho, VT, June...