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Philosophy (News/Activism)

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  • Constitutional Confusion at Penn/Annenberg

    09/21/2017 8:38:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Last summer the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APCC) at Penn elected to test Americans’ Constitutional awareness but may have contributed to historical misconceptions in the process. "More than half of Americans (53 percent) incorrectly think it is accurate to say that immigrants who are here illegally do not have any rights under the U.S. Constitution," the Annenberg Center claims. Yet and still, when they elaborate on that finding, they have to qualify it by using Supreme Court rulings because the original Constitution and Bill of Rights are so clearly geared towards American citizens: "The APPC survey, conducted Aug. 9-13 among...
  • Trump nails it at U.N.: Socialism sucks

    09/21/2017 6:39:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 9/21/2017 | Erik Rush
    “From the Soviet Union to Cuba, Venezuela – wherever socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish, devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with every person living under a brutal regime.” – President Donald Trump, Sept. 19 Although it’s no surprise that the establishment press and mouthy radicals are trashing the speech President Trump gave this week at the United Nations, I don’t know if the sympathies he expressed in the above quote could have...
  • Moscow unveils monument to Kalashnikov, designer of AK-47

    09/20/2017 10:30:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 9/19/2017 | Kent Thurber
    The new statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov cradling his signature AK-47 assault rifle unveiled Tuesday in Moscow commemorates one of Russia’s most renowned and reviled inventions. By some estimates, the AK-47 and its versions account for about one-fifth of the world’s firearms, the rugged and reliable weapon of choice for many armies, terror groups and drug gangs.
  • Chelsea Handler Called Stacey Dash a 'Black White Supremacist' — Her Response Is Pure Fire

    09/20/2017 8:53:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies ^ | 9/19/2017 | Jason Howerton
    Dash confirmed she, of course, does not think white people are better than black people, or vice versa. In fact, she refuses to be reduced to “existing as just a race.” “Maybe read my autobiography and about my childhood of being exposed to drugs, violence, and abuse while growing up in the Bronx,” she concluded. “Does that make me ‘black’ enough for you and anyone else who shares this judgmental and simplistic assessment of my beliefs?” Ouch.
  • There was a distinctly Stalinesque feeling to the 2017 Emmy Awards

    09/20/2017 8:23:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies ^ | 9-20-2017 | Bookworm
    Trump Derangement Syndrome at the Emmy Awards revealed that in Hollywood, as in the USSR or North Korea, it's dangerous to deviate from the party line. (A very surprised Dolly Parton, who didn't expect her Nine to Five co-stars to go all "Cultural Revolution" on her at the Emmy Awards.)I didn't watch the Emmy Awards. In fact, I haven't watched the Emmy Awards in at least 20 years.I don't watch the Emmy Awards in part because, with a very few exceptions, I don't watch television. Those exceptions are: Dancing With The Stars (I know, I know, but I do love...
  • Hooray for Carbon Dioxide! It's Helping to Feed the World's Hungry

    09/20/2017 7:15:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies ^ | 9/20/2017 | H. Sterling Burnett
    Among the greatest challenges humankind has faced throughout its history, feeding the world’s hungry ranks at or near the very top of the list. And with the world’s population expected to top nine billion between 2050 and 2100, this issue will surely become even more important in the coming decades. However, what many people may not realize is that the carbon dioxide humans have been pumping into the air since the middle of the 20th century has enriched plant growth, thereby contributing to record crop yields, which has helped to bring about the largest decline in hunger, starvation, and malnutrition...
  • Shock: CNN reporters don't understand Trump UN speech

    09/20/2017 7:08:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies ^ | 9/20/2017 | Jack Hellner
    CNN reporters couldn't understand Trump's message to the U.N. I knew that their reporters were stupid, but how would any reporter not understand his message? I believe I know why it was incoherent to them: because somehow, they believed that Obama's lead-from-behind policy was good. Trump was incoherent only to people who believe that Obama, Kerry, and Hillary did anything to make the world safer. They did make sure that Russia, Iran and N Korea got Uranium. They did allow our diplomats to get killed while they blamed a video to protect their political power. They reneged on a commitment...
  • 'American Horror Story' Takes on Gun Rights, Racism, and Gendered Naming Practices(SMH)

    09/20/2017 6:26:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 9/19/2017 | Amelia Hamilton
    The September 19th episode of American Horror Story: Cult took on such weighty issues as gun rights, racism, and cisnormative guinea pigs. The episode "Neighbors From Hell" picks up right where the last episode left off, with Ally (Sarah Paulson) having just accidentally shot and killed her wife's employee Pedro when he dropped by the house unexpectedly. In the aftermath, these weighty issues are debated in the town and in the household. Having just killed an innocent man on her front porch when she thinks she is being attacked, Ally believes she's going to be in big trouble with the...
  • On Appeasing Envy

    09/19/2017 10:51:16 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 5 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | 07/30/2013 | Henry Hazlitt
    "Any attempt to equalize wealth or income by forced redistribution must only tend to destroy wealth and income. Historically the best the would-be equalizers have ever succeeded in doing is to equalize downward. This has even been caustically described as their intention. “Your levellers,” said Samuel Johnson in the mid-eighteenth century, “wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves.” And in our own day we find even an eminent liberal like the late Mr. Justice Holmes writing: “I have no respect for the passion for equality, which seems to me merely idealizing...
  • The Left Is Now Triggered By Cotton [Wish this were satire, but no]

    09/19/2017 2:15:44 PM PDT · by fwdude · 101 replies ^ | Sept 19, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    For the left, the microaggression du jour is cotton, apparently. Last week, a woman by the name of Daniell Rider slammed Hobby Lobby in a Facebook post over an innocuous display of cotton in vases. “This décor is WRONG on SO many levels,” she wrote. "There is nothing decorative about raw cotton. A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves.” "A little sensitivity goes a long way. Please remove this décor," she added.
  • Even Hobby Lobby Cotton Is Racist These Days

    09/19/2017 8:11:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 9/19/2017 | Tom Knighton
    Leftists are probably wondering why no one takes claims of racism seriously anymore. After all, isn't being racist the worst thing someone can be? Yet, they scream "racism!" and no one blinks an eye. Why is that? Probably because everything is racist these days. Check out this complaint about Hobby Lobby: Oh boy. Is it wrong that I'm thinking about heading to Hobby Lobby in a bit to pick up some "home decor"? No, I'm not racist. I just think it's freaking hysterical that cotton is now racist. In fairness, out of the 150,000+ comments on this thread, there's not...
  • Yale Imposes Carbon Fee On Its Own Buildings

    09/19/2017 8:03:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 45 replies ^ | 9/19/2017 | David Krayden
    Yale University announced it is beginning penalize campus buildings and departments that emit too much carbon dioxide. Yale said it is the first university to implement such a carbon fee. The fee will be $40 per ton of carbon. If a building manages to reduce its carbon footprint at a rate that is greater than what the university achieves, then that building is rewarded with money from the carbon fund. If a building fails to reduce its carbon footprint, it must contribute to the carbon fund. Presumably, the money would be added or taken away from the departments that work...
  • Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions.

    09/19/2017 6:25:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2017 | By JUSTIN GILLIS
    We know. Global warming is daunting. So here’s a place to start: 17 often-asked questions with some straightforward answers. 1. Climate change? Global warming? What do we call it? Both are accurate, but they mean different things. 2. How much is the Earth heating up? Two degrees is more significant than it sounds. 3. What is the greenhouse effect? We’ve known about it for more than a century. Really. 4. How do we know humans are responsible for the increase in carbon dioxide? This one is nailed down. 5. Could natural factors be the cause of the warming? Nope. 6....

    09/18/2017 2:26:28 PM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 38 replies
    Internet ^ | 9 18 2017 | Unknown
    Son of a gun. This is the SECOND brilliant email rant on another vital subject sent me by a very bright friend today. I would be remiss if I failed to share it with you and urge you to share it with YOUR bright friends so they, too, will consider you equally bright, pleasing our modern god of egalitarianism. And what appear to be misspellings are, in fact, how our learned English cousins spell stuff This should be posted in every college and university, every courthouse, every city hall, every state house and upon every statue and memorial to our...
  • Empires End in the Dustbin of History

    09/18/2017 12:29:23 PM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 9/13/2017 | Ileana Johnson
    Empires come and go. The twilight of western civilization is not just a poetic idea, it is a painful reality. Liberals often say that they do not like to make broadly pessimistic pronouncements about the collective fate of civilization. Of course not, it might upset their blind followers who dwell in the haze of marijuana, hard-core drugs, immorality, decadence, and debauchery. Anarchists are allowed to burn down towns, while police are told to stand down. ANTI-FA and BLM, fascist and racist organizations by any description, deface statues they don’t like and beat up others whose ideas they disagree with, proclaiming...
  • School District Debates putting Founders in Memory Hole

    09/18/2017 11:32:52 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 18, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It was only a matter of time. The "Dallas Independent School District included schools named after three of America’s Founding Fathers on a list of schools that the district is exploring renaming," Peter Hasson reported in The Daily Caller yesterday, on Constitution Day. "The DISD administration has already recommended renaming four schools named after Confederate generals, including Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson."
  • Ha! Charlie Daniels steps on the hypocrisy gas with this HOT challenge to Al Gore

    09/18/2017 10:12:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 9/16/2017 | unknown
    Charlie Daniels isn’t yet convinced that the man-made climate change alarmists are fully focused on “science” and instead might have a different kind of “green” in mind: When all is said-done and the dust settles the world will find global warming is about political power not climate change Follow the money — Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) September 16, 2017 As a result, Daniels has issued the following challenge to Al Gore (that hopefully will be accepted by other jet-set celebs sounding the climate change alarm): If Al Gore will give up his big private jet I'll speak to my cows about...
  • Trump inches toward drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge for first time in 30 years(OH NOES!)

    09/18/2017 10:04:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 9/17/2017 | staff
    President Donald Trump is moving toward allowing energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for the first time in several decades, according to a report Friday from The Washington Post. Interior Department officials are modifying decades-old regulations that have traditionally prevented the agency from conducting seismic studies seen as the first step towards drilling, the report notes. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director James W. Kurth told the agency’s Alaska regional director to strike constraints on a rule that allowed exploratory drilling between 1984 and 1986, the last time drilling was allowed in the ANWR, according to a...
  • A message to UC Berkeley from MILO and the Berkeley Patriots (video only)

    09/18/2017 9:09:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies ^ | 9-18-2017 | Milo Yiannopoulos
    Milo Yiannopoulos- Berkeley “Free Speech Week,” an event organized by student group the Berkeley Patriot and underwritten by MILO Inc., will occur as scheduled, running from September 24 to September 27 on the campus of UC Berkeley, despite attempts by the university to use bureaucratic maneuvers and strategic media leaks to disrupt the event and dissuade headline speakers from attending. The paperwork was filed on deadline, and MILO, Inc. transferred the required $65,758.76 to UC Berkeley to arrive at 8 AM ET Monday. Nevertheless, the University has not yet indicated it will grant access to Wheeler and Zellerbach. This move...
  • NABEEL QURESHI (1983-2017)

    09/18/2017 9:06:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 9/16/17 | Justin Taylor
    On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Nabeel Qureshi, age 34, entered into the joy of his master, Jesus Christ, after enduring a yearlong battle with cancer. Islam Was All Nabeel was born in California as a U.S. citizen to Pakistani immigrants who fled religious persecution at the hands of fellow Muslims. His parents were devout members of the peaceful Ahmadi sect of Islam, which differs from orthodox Islam on some minor doctrines but shares with it a belief in the six articles of faith belief in tawheed [absolute monotheism]belief in the prophetsbelief in the booksbelief in the unseenbelief in the day of judgmentbelief in...