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  • Black Lives Matter 'guest lecturer' at Yale defends looting

    10/09/2015 9:36:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 10/9/2015 | Rick Moran
    Yale Divinity School invited Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson to be a "guest lecturer" for two days on "transformational leadership." McKesson made it clear just how transformational his leadership was when he defended looting as a legitimate political tactic. On Friday, McKesson will be one of the BLM activists meeting with Hillary Clinton. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton could broach the subject with Mr. McKesson and get his views on whether killing white cops is justified.
  • Yale students study “In Defense of Looting” from #BlackLivesMatter protester

    10/06/2015 7:11:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/06/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We recently told you about the breaking news of DeRay Mckesson – whose impressive resume includes being a human resources administrator at a middle school and a Black Lives Matter protester – obtaining a position as a lecturer at Yale University. The original list of “reading material for the course” included articles from Huffington Post and the New York Times. They seem to have missed a few items in the syllabus, though. A friend of ours on Twitter caught wind of a tweet from one of the students at the prestigious Ivy League school who was letting her friends...
  • Allah And Man At Yale

    10/05/2015 9:57:20 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2015-10-05 | Ben Weingarten
    So why is Yale University, whose crest written in Hebrew and Latin translates to “Light and truth,” giving a platform to an ideology that blots out light and conceals or obfuscates truth as part of its greater mission for world domination? If all ideologies are equal in value, and if our own heritage is to be defined primarily in the Obama/Zinn milieu of The Crusades, Western imperialism, and slavery, then perhaps Yale’s decision is not only justified but represents a healthy dollop of redistributive justice. Even so, Yale is endorsing an ideology under which Yale itself could not exist, just...
  • Gibbon on global warming

    07/29/2006 6:19:54 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 11 replies · 810+ views
    Powerline Blog ^ | 29 July 2006 | Scott Johnson
    Gibbon on global warming Yale University Professor Charles Hill is one of the Yale faculty's notable polymaths. Before joining the Yale faculty as diplomat in residence and lecturer in international politics, he seems to have been everywhere and done everything. His former student Molly Worthen titled her biography of Professor Hill The Man On Whom Nothing Was Lost (a book we wrote about here, here and here). Yesterday's Wall Street Journal carried a letter to the editor by Professor Hill responding to a Journal editorial on global warming hokum: "The fact that the earth's climate changes in cycles from warm...
  • Yale Establishes Shariah Law Center with $10 Million “Donation” From Saudi Shariah Finance Titan

    09/15/2015 2:47:12 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 21 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 15 September 15 | Christopher Holton
    Yale has now joined its Ivy League rival Harvard by establishing a center designed to promote Shariah in America. And, just like Harvard, Yale has prostituted itself to do so by taking a $10 million inducement from a wealthy Saudi financier who made his fortune in none other than Shariah-compliant finance. That donor is none other than Saleh Abdullah Kamel.
  • #BlackLivesMatter Mob Leader DeRay McKesson Gets Teaching Gig at Yale

    09/14/2015 1:39:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 09/14/15 | Jim Hoft
    The Ferguson protests and riots were never a grassroots movement. The mob action was a carefully coordinated Soros-funded astroturf movement bent on destruction Professional race activists Deray McKesson and Johnetta Elzie (ShordeeDooWhop), pictured here in Baltimore, helped whip up the Ferguson mobs. This year Fortune Magazine named these two professional activists two of the world’s greatest leaders. ** Nearly half of the roughly 500 businesses operating in Ferguson and adjacent communities, such as Dellwood and Jennings, suffered property damage or lost revenue as a result of the coordinated Ferguson protests and riots. DeRay McKesson was also on the ground in...
  • Yale Establishes Islamic Law Center Thanks To $10M From Saudi Sharia-Banker,(Shortened)

    09/14/2015 4:34:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies ^ | September 14, 2015 | Jordan Schachtel
    Saleh Abdullah Kamel, a Saudi banker who is now worth billions of dollars thanks to his success with Sharia-compliant financing, has donated $10 million to Yale University as part of a successful effort to build an Islamic Law Center at the Ivy League school.

    09/12/2015 7:26:25 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 57 replies
    AP ^ | Michael Melia
    A Saudi businessman has donated $10 million to Yale Law School to establish what school officials hope will become the country's top center for the study of Islamic law. Abdallah S. Kamel made the award after meetings with university representatives including Yale President Peter Salovey. Kamel, chief executive of the Dallah Albaraka Group banking and real estate enterprise in Saudi Arabia, has sponsored a lecture series on Islamic law for the last three years. Yale officials say the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization reflects a growing interest at Yale and other institutions in...
  • Black Lives Matter Leader Lands Yale Teaching Gig

    09/12/2015 11:33:26 AM PDT · by blam · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | Fox News
    September 11, 2015 One of the newest teachers at the vaunted Yale University burnished his Ivy League resume in the Black Lives Matter movement. DeRay McKesson will be teaching a one-credit course this fall as a guest lecturer at Yale Divinity School, according to higher education blog Campus Reform. The outspoken activist will be joining U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., and the Rev. Nancy Taylor, whose Old South Church in Boston is located near the site of the 2013 marathon bombing, to teach a special three-section course as part of a new leadership program. The young activist will teach...
  • NAME THAT RAPIST - #1 - It Happened at Yale

    08/28/2015 11:39:41 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 32 replies
    This will be the first in a series of vignettes about sexual assault, coverup, and intimidation. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In 1972, a 22-year-old woman told campus police at Yale University that she was sexually assaulted by a law student at the college. No charges were filed, but retired campus policemen contacted by Capitol Hill Blue confirmed the incident. NAME THAT RAPIST
  • The Counterfeit Christian

    08/21/2015 7:29:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | August 21, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Over a decade ago, I went to Yale University to give a speech at the law school. While I was there, my host took me on a tour of the campus. When we visited the divinity school, he commented on the fact that atheists often sought their divinity degrees at Yale. We both agreed that it made sense. If you really hated Christianity, it would only be wise to try to destroy it from within. The concept of destroying Christianity from within was not unfamiliar to me when I visited Yale. I had already seen it before on my own...
  • Rebranding Tradition

    07/02/2015 8:22:40 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Here’s the problem with getting rid of standards you find outdated, such as the Ten Commandments or traditional morality: In the chaos that inevitably results from their absence you wind up trying to concoct something to replace them with without calling it by the same name. Consequently, you wind up trying to disguise the original guidelines. David Brooks fumbled around with this in a recent column and Yale has created an entire center devoted to bringing back self-control and discipline without ever once using that old-fashioned terminology. “Put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations...
  • Professors for Empty Prisons

    06/29/2015 8:40:26 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 28, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Professors who rail against the imprisonment of blacks rarely show as much interest in black victims of crime. “In 1980, there were 500,000 Americans in prison or jail,” Jason Stanley writes in The Chronicle Review. “By 2013, there were more than 2.3 million.” “The explosion in incarceration has fallen disproportionately on the descendants of slaves. White Americans are 77 percent of the U.S. population, and black Americans 13 percent. Yet more blacks are incarcerated than whites.” Stanley is a philosophy professor at Yale. His conclusions resemble those of 20 scholars who recently completed a study under the auspices of the...
  • Letter from Stiles, Ezra (1727-1795)to Catharine Macaulay

    05/31/2015 11:17:44 PM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 4 replies
    Gilder Lehrman Collection ^ | April 15,1775 | Ezra Stiles
    "There are 120 Thousand stands of Arms in good Repair in the hands of the comon People of New England only; and Amunition may amt. for more Battles than one, nor are they at a loss for whole [illegible] of further Supplies of Powder & Arms."
  • The Walker-Stupid, Obama-Genius Myth

    02/16/2015 6:09:19 AM PST · by libstripper · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb. 16, 2015 | Jack Cashill
    On Joe Scarborough’s MSNBC show this past week Yale-educated Howard Dean added a new word to the lexicon of Democratic condescension, “unknowledgeable.” “Scott Walker, were he to become president, would be the first president in many generations that did not have a college degree,” said Dean of the Wisconsin governor. “And that's a problem.” Scarborough countered later in the conversation, “Well, nobody is accusing Scott Walker of being dumb because he didn't graduate from college except you.”
  • [Fossil Free Yale's Global Divestment Day cancelled]Global Warming Protest Cancelled at Yale Due to

    02/13/2015 11:56:40 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    Daily Caller via Blogger Mr. Conservative Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | February 14, 2015 09:36 GMT | Donald R. May, Blogger Mr. Conservative
    A Global Warming protest was cancelled at Yale University because of the cold weather and snow. Such cancellations seem to be rather frequent, as the weather just does not seem to cooperate with the Global Warming promoters. A small group of students with possibly too much time their on hands has been pushing Yale University to sell its investments in fossil fuel producing corporations. Other universities have encountered the same protests from small numbers of their students. It is still unclear how these students think harming the finances of their alma mater would be of any use in making the...
  • It’s Too Cold To Protest Global Warming At Yale

    02/13/2015 8:57:30 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 2/13/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Yale anti-fossil fuel campaigners have indefinitely postponed a protest that was set for this weekend due to “unfavorable weather conditions and other logistical issues.”
  • New York Times columnist ‘fuming’ after son allegedly stopped by Yale police at gunpoint

    01/25/2015 11:00:28 AM PST · by bgill · 70 replies
    yahoo ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | yahoo
    New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow says he’s “fuming” after his son was allegedly stopped by a Yale University police officer at gunpoint Saturday night because he apparently fit the description of a possible burglary suspect. “So, my son, a 3rd year chem major at Yale was just accosted — at GUN POINT — by a Yale policeman bc he ‘fit the description’ of a suspect,’” Blow tweeted on Saturday. “He was let go when they realized he was a college student and not a criminal.”
  • Funny penalties...greatest goalkeeper ever!

    11/23/2014 10:51:45 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 22, 2014 | Uploaded by My Best ViDeoS
    Funny penalties...greatest goalkeeper ever!
  • Two more quarantined in New Haven Ebola scare

    10/17/2014 1:25:47 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 12 replies
    NHREGISTER ^ | 10/17/14 | Jennifer Swift,
    NEW HAVEN >> In the wake of an Ebola scare in New Haven Thursday, the state has ordered two individuals under quarantine, Mayor Toni Harp said. Harp said local police visited neighborhoods near Edwards Street and Wooster Square Friday to alert residents that there were two individuals in their neighborhood under quarantine and to distribute a letter from Harp “that we are on top of it, and that they are safe,” Harp said. A third individual currently at Yale-New Haven Hospital is also under quarantine as officials await a final decision from the CDC that the patient does not have...
  • Yale Graduate Student Doesn’t Have Ebola, Officials Say

    10/16/2014 3:20:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/16/2014 | By PATRICK McGEEHAN
    Officials in Connecticut said on Thursday afternoon that a Yale graduate student hospitalized with “Ebola-like symptoms” had tested negative for the virus, alleviating fears that the deadly disease had reached the Northeast. The student, who recently returned from a research trip to Liberia, had been admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital on Wednesday with a fever. Hospital officials had said the student was in “good and stable” condition on Thursday and had improved since being admitted. Dr. Thomas J. Balcezak, chief medical officer for the hospital, said the medical staff, in “an abundance of caution,” had been proceeding as it would...
  • Yale student negative for Ebola, but state steps up preparations [FALSE ALARM[

    10/16/2014 2:48:12 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 1 replies
    CT Mirror ^ | 10/16/2014 | Arielle Levin Becker
    Preliminary testing indicates that the Yale doctoral student admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms does not have the deadly virus, according to sources. The student, who had returned Saturday from Liberia, one of three countries most affected by the outbreak, had a fever Wednesday evening and was being monitored in isolation at the hospital. Yale-New Haven’s chief medical officer, Dr. Thomas Balcezak, said the patient was in good condition with a low-grade fever and had improved since being hospitalized. "Due to an overabundance of caution, before we fully rule it out, we will wait for the CDC official...
  • Yale Student Hospitalized with Ebola-Like Symptoms

    10/16/2014 9:13:48 AM PDT · by Columbo · 72 replies
    A Yale University student who recently returned from Liberia has been admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be evaluated for Ebola-like symptoms, according to officials from New Haven Mayor Toni Harp's office and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Two Yale students who had been conducting research in Liberia returned on Saturday, Oct. 11 and have been kept in voluntary sequestration, Laurence Grothier, Director of Communication for Mayor Harp.
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital treating quarantined patient with Ebola-like symptoms

    10/16/2014 7:52:16 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 71 replies
    WFSB ^ | 10-16-2014 | WFSB-TV
    Hospital officials in New Haven have quarantined a patient with Ebola-like symptoms as a precaution. Officials tell Eyewitness News that the patient was admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital. The hospital released a statement Thursday morning. "Yale-New Haven Hospital admitted a patient late Wednesday night for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms," the hospital said. "We have not confirmed or ruled-out any diagnosis at this point. We are working in cooperation with city, state and federal health officials. There is no further information available at this time." Officials said they'll know more later in the day. There's no word on the patient's condition...
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital news release (Possible Ebola Infection)

    10/16/2014 6:17:44 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 80 replies
    Yale/New Haven Hospital ^ | 10/16/14 | staff
    Special Statement Yale-New Haven Hospital admitted a patient late Wednesday night for evaluation of Ebola-like symptoms. We have not confirmed or ruled-out any diagnosis at this point. We are working in cooperation with City, State and Federal health officials. There is no further information available at this time.
  • God, Woman and Free Speech at Yale

    10/03/2014 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 3, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Airliners that routinely complete their flights, like a dog that bites a man, naturally get no headlines. A flight must crash and burn to get attention, like the man who bites a dog. It's controversy that sells tickets, particularly on campus. When Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the brave human-rights activist and a native of Somalia, spoke at Yale last week, 300 students turned out to listen. Others were turned away because security was so tight. The sponsors were almost apologetic because there was no controversy. This is how free speech can work on a campus with bold academic leadership behind it....
  • Yale to Host Radical Terror Sheikh Who Advocated Killing of U.S. Soldiers

    09/26/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 26, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    A radical Tunisian sheik who has called for the murder of U.S. troops abroad and was banned from the United States for supporting the terror group Hamas is scheduled to headline an event on Tuesday at Yale University focusing ... Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s controversial Islamist Ennahda Movement. ... Al-Ghannouchi’s upcoming appearance at the Ivy League school could become controversial given the sheik’s longtime support for radical terror groups and his past calls for Muslims to wage “unceasing war against the Americans.” ... he praised Palestinian terrorism as “wonderful” and said that he admires rockets fired at...
  • ‘Free’ Speech at Yale : Only if it doesn't offend certain Muslims.

    09/15/2014 8:31:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/15/2014 | David Gelernter
    To the Yale Muslim Students Association and its many sister organizations that have co-signed a letter protesting Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s lecture on Monday: I love your new free-speech concept! Obviously this woman should have been banned from campus and had her face stomped in; why couldn’t they have just quietly murdered her in Holland along with her fellow discomfort-creators? These people are worse than tweed underwear! They practically live to make undergraduates uncomfortable. But let’s deal with the harsh realities. Your inspired suggestion, having Official Correctors speak right after Ali to remind students of the authorized view of Muslim...
  • Yale Chaplain Resigns Over Letter Blaming Israel for Anti-Semitism

    09/08/2014 8:43:07 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 08 Sep 2014 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    The Episcopal chaplain at Yale University has resigned just over a week after he wrote a controversial letter to The New York Times ascribing blame for rising anti-Semitism in Europe to Israel, says an announcement from the Episcopal Church at Yale. The Sept. 4 statement says that the Rev. Bruce M. Shipman "on his own initiative" has resigned as priest-in-charge of the Episcopal Church at Yale and that the Right Rev. Ian T. Douglas, president of the Board of Governors, and the Right Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, bishop, have accepted the resignation "with sadness." The root of the controversy was...
  • Rookie judge to preside over Benghazi trial

    07/13/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    wa po ^ | July 7, 2014 | Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
    Casey Cooper is new to the bench, but he’s well-connected . Just three months into his tenure on the federal bench, and before his formal investiture ceremony later this week, newly minted — but well-connected — U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper has been handed one of the most high-profile and politically sensitive American terrorism cases in recent years ... Cooper, 47, was part of the Obama administration’s transition team and is one of the more connected people in D.C. legal circles, Marimow notes. His wife, Amy Jeffress, worked at the Justice Department as a national security adviser to the...
  • This Common Drug Can Cure Baldness (Yale Univ. Study)

    06/21/2014 1:46:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Nature World News ^ | June 21, 2014 | Brian Stallard
    According to Yale University scientists, this new novel treatment option was crafted as a way to treat alopecia universalis - a disease that leaves its victims almost entirely bare of hair. The university reports that the results of experimental testing on a 25-year-old male patient mark the first successful targeted treatment of this disease in medical history. King is the senior author of a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology that details this success. According to the study, the male study participant was placed on a daily regimen of 10 mg of tofacitinib citrate - a preexisting FDA-approved...
  • At Yale’s Class Day, Kerry warns of an ‘excess of isolation’

    05/18/2014 5:42:32 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 17 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | May 18, 2010 | Jim Shelton
    Today, Kerry observed, America seems to have swung from an “excess of intervention” in the world to an “excess of isolation.” “Today, the felt needs are growing at a faster pace than ever before, piling up on top of each other while the response in legislatures of foreign capitals seems nonexistent or frozen,” Kerry said. “It’s not that the needs aren’t felt. It’s that people around the world seem to have grown used to seeing systems or institutions failing to respond. The result is an obvious, deepening frustration, if not exasperation, with institutional governance.” A world of deferred decisions and...
  • Tea party pulls out a modest victory in Nebraska Senate primary (27 points!)

    05/14/2014 5:48:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 34 replies ^ | 5/14/14
    The victory notched by tea party Republicans in the Nebraska Senate race was modest, but they'll take it in a season that has yielded few bright spots so far. Ben Sasse won the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. Sasse was the closest thing to a tea party candidate in the three-man race, largely because he feuded last fall with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the epitome of establishment Republicanism. But Sasse is hardly the out-of-right-field firebrand that some tea partyers cherish. A college president with degrees from Harvard and Yale, he worked for...
  • Memphis Imam Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi: Muslims Have a Right to Kill and Steal From Christians

    04/28/2014 9:27:13 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 47 replies
    Winds of Jihad ^ | 04/28/2014 | Sheikyer Mami
    Because Muhammad did it; and he was the perfect man, uswa hasana, al insan al kamil, and to emulate him is the obligation of every Muslim. Something is wrong with the idea that its only ‘a tiny minority of excremists’. At his mosque in Memphis, the Yale-educated Yasir Qadhi has been informing his flock that Christians are filthy, and that Muslims have every right to kill them and steal their property.
  • Potential for human superbugs in cow manure: study

    04/22/2014 5:37:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/22/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Cow manure, commonly used to fertilize vegetable crops, contains a high number of genes that can fuel resistance to antibiotics, a US study out Tuesday found. These genes come from the cows' gut bacteria, and while none have yet been found in superbugs that are infecting humans, researchers said the potential is real. The research was done by scientists at Yale University, who sampled manure from a handful of dairy cows at a farm in Connecticut. In those samples, they found 80 unique antibiotic resistance genes. About three quarters were unfamiliar. Genetic sequencing showed they were only...
  • Yale’s Agony Over Social Justice

    04/20/2014 3:28:10 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | April 17, 2014 | Matthew Gerken
    Yale’s Agony Over Social Justice The unsettling pro-life witness by Matthew Gerken 4 . 17 . 14 Last night Yale’s campus pro-life group—after a year in which they participated in meetings and even helped raise money for the organization—became the first group in living memory to be denied membership in the Social Justice Network of Dwight Hall. Billing itself as an “independent” and “non-sectarian” center for public service and social justice, Dwight Hall at Yale is a group that seeks “to foster civic-minded student leaders and to promote service and activism in New Haven and around the world.” Though legally...
  • Seniors, doctors, lawmakers rail against UnitedHealthcare (CT)changes (Losing care due reps vote)

    03/08/2014 4:50:52 AM PST · by raybbr · 28 replies ^ | 03/07/14 | Mary E. O’Leary
    hamden >> Seniors and U.S. Rosa L. DeLauro planned their next move Friday as they looked for ways to keep UnitedHealthcare and federal agencies accountable after the large insurer cut Yale-New Haven Hospital and more than 2,200 doctors around the state from their Connecticut networks. DeLauro, D-3, said she will ask the federal General Accounting Office to investigate the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on how it determined the remaining practitioners will be enough to serve patients and whether UHC gave the required notice to Greater New Haven clients. The letter has been signed by all five of Connecticut’s...
  • Enthusiasm on the left is like a bubble about to burst

    01/19/2014 9:24:24 AM PST · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | 19 Jan 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    <p>Thanks to the recession, we all know about financial bubbles and the damage they cause. But are there such things as political bubbles? I say yes, and believe America is in the midst of one now. The idea grows out of a book that dissects a financial bubble that popped nearly 300 years ago. In “The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture and the Crash of 1720,” three Yale professors recount how stocks in France, Britain and the Netherlands soared by 1,000 percent, then crashed. The authors, according to a Wall Street Journal article, don’t accuse investors of being irrational.</p>
  • Yale students told to 'shelter in place' as school investigates report of gunman on campus

    11/25/2013 8:44:24 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2013
    DEVELOPING: Authorities are ordering Yale University students to "shelter in place" following an anonymous phone call claiming a gunman is on campus.
  • Gunman Reported on Yale Campus, 11/25/13

    11/25/2013 8:40:04 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 25 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/25/13 | Aurelius
    According to multiple news reports, Yale University has issued a directive to all students and staff to “shelter in place,” as there was an anonymous tip that there was a gunman on the prestigious campus. The Yale website said that there was a “confirmed report” of a person with a gun on or near the university. Campus emergency officials sent this message out at 10:17am: New Haven Police have received an anonymous call from a phone booth in the 300 block of Columbus Avenue (between Howard Avenue and Hallock Street) reporting a person on the Yale Campus with a gun....
  • Filling Academic Memory Holes

    11/22/2013 7:36:37 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 22, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Compare your memory of deaths and imprisonment under communism with that of academics. Here’s why we keep going: to rescue history from the memory hole academia has created. “The number of people in American jails and prisons has risen fivefold over the past 40 years,” Marc Parry writes in The Chronicle Review. “There are now roughly six million people under criminal-justice supervision.” “In modern history, only the forced labor camps of the former U.S.S.R. under Stalin approached these levels of penal confinement,” Alice Goffmann, a sociologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison claims. “From 1929 until Stalin’s death in...
  • Some data on education, religiosity, ideology, and science comprehension

    10/18/2013 10:19:45 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    Cultural Cognition Project ^ | October 15, 2013 | By Dan Kahan
    ---------------------------------------------snip------- . . .I've got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I'd be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension. But then again, I don't know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party. All my impressions come from watching cable tv -- & I don't watch Fox News very often -- and reading the "paper" (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused internet sites like Huffington Post & Politico). I'm a little...
  • Why Do People Believe Scientifically Untrue Things? Because to do otherwise would be immoral.

    03/18/2013 4:06:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 73 replies
    Reason ^ | March 15, 2013 | Ronald Bailey
    You hear a lot about the politicization of science, but the real problem is the moralization of science. The New York University psychologist Jonathan Haidt has made a compelling case that moral differences drive partisan debates over scientific issues. Dan Kahan and others at the Yale Cultural Cognition Project have identified cultural differences that bias how people assimilate information. Together, Haidt and Kahan’s research suggests that what you believe about a scientific debate signals to like-minded people that you are on their side and are therefore a good and trustworthy person. Unfortunately, this means that the factual accuracy of beliefs...
  • Climate change deniers not stupid, just trying to fit in, says study ( BARF ALERT!)

    05/28/2012 10:27:29 AM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 24 replies
    Death and Taxes Magazine ^ | May 28th 2012 | DJ Pangburn
    A recent Yale University study funded by the National Science Foundation found that those with opposing views on climate change don’t hold those views because of insufficient scientific understanding, but because of “opposing sets of cultural values.” To be specific, people have a rather solid foundation in science and mathematics, but they use scientific evidence to fit their cultural group’s values. In other words, global warming deniers aren’t stupid, they just want to fit in. “In effect, ordinary members of the public credit or dismiss scientific information on disputed issues based on whether the information strengthens or weakens their ties...
  • EPA’s greenhouse gas science didn’t follow its own peer review procedure, Inspector General says

    09/28/2011 9:17:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2011 | Tina Korbe
    The data process used to arrive at the administration’s determination that greenhouse gases endanger “the public health and welfare” violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s own peer review procedure, a new report from the EPA Office of the Inspector General reveals.Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, requested this report in April, asking that the OIG determine whether the EPA “followed key federal and Agency regulations and policies in developing and reviewing the technical data used to make and support its greenhouse gases endangerment finding.” Now, Inhofe is calling for a series of...
  • Climate Change and Confirmation Bias

    07/16/2011 12:47:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies
    Reason ^ | July 12, 2011 | Ronald Bailey
    A new study suggests that your values, not science, determine your views about climate change. The more scientifically literate you are, the more certain you are that climate change is either a catastrophe or a hoax, according to a new study [PDF] from the Yale Cultural Cognition Project. Many science writers and policy wonks nurse the fond hope that fierce disagreement about issues like climate change is simply the result of a scientifically illiterate American public. If this “public irrationality thesis” were correct, the authors of the Yale study write, “then skepticism about climate change could be traced to poor...
  • Supreme Court cases could affect state laws (Second Amendment)

    09/28/2009 10:53:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 2,687+ views
    The New Haven Register (Conn.) ^ | September 27, 2009 | Ed Stannard
    The Supreme Court has clearly ruled that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means individuals have a right to own weapons, and the justices have been asked to take up two cases that could broaden that right to include state laws. The court’s decision on whether to take up the cases, National Rifle Association v. Chicago and McDonald v. Chicago, could come this week, before the fall term officially starts Oct. 5. The Second Amendment is one of the most contentious provisions in the Constitution. To many, it is an unqualified guarantee of Americans’ right to defend themselves. Others...
  • Why Voters Play Follow-the-Leader

    02/19/2008 2:43:24 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 88+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 4, 2008 | Shankar Vedantam
    What do you think is more dangerous? Terrorists getting their hands on a biological weapon that can be smuggled into the country or another hurricane like Katrina? Which is the smarter way to keep Social Security solvent? Raise the retirement age or raise taxes? How can the current economic crisis be averted? Give Americans cash to spend or slash mortgage interest rates to restart the housing market? As millions of Americans gather to vote for presidential candidates in tomorrow's Democratic and Republican primaries, what they are really being asked to do is make a number of policy choices. The problem...
  • Violence, Guns, and Drugs: A Cross-Country Analysis

    07/10/2002 9:22:37 AM PDT · by justlurking · 13 replies · 1,607+ views
    The Journal of Law and Economics ^ | October, 2001 | Jeffrey A. Miron
    VIOLENCE, GUNS, AND DRUGS: A CROSS-COUNTRY ANALYSIS* JEFFREY A. MIRON Bastiat Institute and Boston University ABSTRACTViolence rates differ dramatically across countries. A widely held view is that these differences reflect differences in gun control and/or gun availability, and certain pieces of evidence appear consistent with this hypothesis. A more detailed examination of this evidence suggests that the role of gun control/availability is not compelling. This more detailed examination, however, does not provide an alternative explanation for cross-country differences in violence. This paper suggests that differences in the enforcement of drug prohibition are an important factor in explaining differences in violence rates across...
  • Go deeper than tea party stereotype

    10/25/2013 1:39:58 PM PDT · by ancientart · 7 replies
    Aberdeen American News ^ | October 24, 2013 | Art Marmorstein
    Last week, professor of law and psychology Dan Kahan added a couple of fascinating posts to the Yale law school Cultural Cognition Project blog. Kahan’s work focuses on the correlation between science comprehension ability and factors like educational attainment, religious conviction and political ideology. Kahan recently noted that his latest study showed that, to his surprise, those who affiliate with the tea party movement tend to be slightly better than average at science reasoning. But then came the fascinating part of the post: Kahan's comment that he didn’t know a single person who identified with the tea party and his...