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  • The Historical Profession Is Committing Slow-Motion Suicide

    12/11/2018 7:55:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | December 10, 2018 | Hal Brands and Francis J. Gavin
    A recent study confirms a disturbing trend: American college students are abandoning the study of history. Since 2008, the number of students majoring in history in U.S. universities has dropped 30 percent, and history now accounts for a smaller share of all U.S. bachelor’s degrees than at any time since 1950. Although all humanities disciplines have suffered declining enrollments since 2008, none has fallen as far as history. And this decline in majors has been even steeper at elite, private universities — the very institutions that act as standard bearers and gate-keepers for the discipline. The study of history, it...
  • The Story of Moira Greyland (Guest Post)

    12/11/2018 6:33:44 AM PST · by tbw2 · 8 replies
    AskTheBigot.Com Blog ^ | 07/23/2015 | Moira Greyland Peat
    I was born into a family of famous gay pagan authors in the late Sixties. My mother was Marion Zimmer Bradley, and my father was Walter Breen. Between them, they wrote over 100 books: my mother wrote science fiction and fantasy (Mists of Avalon), and my father wrote books on numismatics: he was a coin expert.
  • More than 130 arrested at Pelosi's Capitol Hill office amid environmental-activist demonstration

    12/11/2018 5:54:15 AM PST · by JonnyFive · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/11/18 | Frank Miles
    U.S. Capitol Police told Fox News 138 people were arrested Monday during demonstrations by Green New Deal supporters at the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 138 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating in the Cannon and Longworth House Office Buildings. All were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding,” Eva Malecki, communications director of the United States Capitol Police, said.
  • Victim's outrage as former Baylor fraternity president accused of violently raping..gets NO [tr]

    12/11/2018 5:29:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Decmber 10, 2018 | Snejana Farberov
    A Texas judge on Monday accepted a controversial plea deal sparing a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape any jail time, prompting outrage from the victim and her parents. Judge Ralph Strother signed off on the plea agreement for 24-year-old Jacob Walter Anderson, who was indicted on sexual assault charges and pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. A no contest plea means a defendant does not admit guilt, but will offer no defense.
  • Anti-semitism 'disturbingly normalized' in Europe

    12/10/2018 11:18:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 10 Dec 2018 17:07 | Eszter Zalan
    Anti-semitism has become “disturbingly normalized” in Europe, as almost 40 percent of the European Jewish community is considering leaving their home countries because they no longer feel safe, according to a survey by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency published on Monday (10 December). Nearly 90 percent of respondents said that anti-semitism has been on the rise since 2013. Some 70 years after six million Jews were murdered in Europe, Jews on the continent once again refrain from wearing their kippa, the religious cap, and hide their mezuzas, usually hung on doorposts, to protect themselves. The EU’s Vienna-based agency surveyed almost...
  • Students push CNU for free menstrual products at school bathrooms to end "period poverty"

    12/10/2018 9:49:08 PM PST · by csvset · 79 replies
    Pilotonline ^ | 10 December 2018 | Katherine Haffner
    NEWPORT NEWS A group of students at Christopher Newport University is pushing school leaders to provide free menstrual products on campus. The school's chapter of PERIOD, a national nonprofit that advocates for women on menstrual issues, has started a petition that calls on the university to provide what they argue are basic necessities and "end period poverty." It had 351 signatures as of Monday morning. "Interrupted studies. Missed classes. Stunted education," reads the petition. "This is the reality for so many students who menstruate, simply because they lack access to readily available and affordable period products." Rachel Applebach, a 20-year-old...
  • European Cross-Country Champion Face-Plants Across Finish Line

    12/10/2018 9:10:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Runner's World ^ | December 10, 2018 | Jacob Meschke
    Jimmy Gressier wanted to finish in style. And while he did cross the line in a memorable fashion, it was probably not quite in the way he intended. The French runner had an eight second lead on his nearest challenger, Germany’s Samuel Fitwi, as he headed toward the finish line of the European Cross-Country Championships men’s U-23 race, according to European Athletics, the organization that hosts the event. After grabbing two French flags from the sidelines, Gressier, the defending champion, powered toward a final patch of mud just before the tape. Attempting to slide along the mud and across the...
  • 85-Year-Old Beats Cancer, Finishes Fifth Marathon—and Cross-Trains With Some Zumba

    12/10/2018 8:03:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Runner's World ^ | December 9, 2018 | McGee Nall
    Moon Fahel from San Antonio, Texas, had just gotten home from a martial arts class that he’s been taking for the last 15 years when he answered the phone call from Runner’s World. It wasn’t an anomaly—he stays busy with other classes during rest of the week, too: kickboxing, Zumba, athletic dancing, and BODYPUMP, among others. Plus, he just ran his fifth marathon this past Sunday at the San Antonio Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon. Oh, and he’s 85 years of age. (The word “old” doesn’t have a place in his vocabulary.) “I don’t know what old is,” Fahel said. “If...
  • Gallup found that 15 percent of the world, or 758 million, want to move, most for jobs.

    12/10/2018 7:19:48 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/10/18
    Despite tough new immigration policies imposed by the Trump administration, the United States is still the top pick by far for migrants seeking a new home. Some 158 million people have desires to move to the U.S. The number accounts for around 21 percent of all those in the world seeking a new home. The U.S. beats other supposedly attractive countries including Canada and some European countries. Snip In a worldwide survey, Gallup found that 15 percent of the world, or 758 million, want to move, most for jobs.
  • crash suspect may have been impaired from a combination of beer, sleep medication, and CBD oil

    12/10/2018 7:05:43 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Daily Item (Mass.) ^ | Dec. 10, 2018 | Gayla Cawley
    REVERE — Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Boston woman who allegedly struck five pedestrians with her SUV on Route 145 Sunday night, killing a 5-year-old girl and critically injuring a 2-month-old infant, may have been impaired from a combination of beer, sleep medication, and CBD oil. The 5-year-old girl has been identified as Adrianna Mejia-Rivera, a student at an undisclosed elementary school in Revere. Autumn Harris pleaded not guilty to charges of motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle in Chelsea District Court on Monday. Harris was held on $10,000 bail and ordered to remain drug- and alcohol-free...
  • K-12: Meet Sue Dickson, a hero of American literacy

    12/10/2018 4:23:07 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Dec. 2, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Sue Dickson is best known as the creator of Sing, Spell, Read, and Write, one of the most popular phonics programs. Now in her 80s, she is still active as ever, pushing phonics however possible, and refining a new approach. The ups-and-downs in her career tell us a lot about the sad state of American education. In her college’s pre-teacher program, she was taught nothing about phonics. Not only that, when she started to teach first-grade, her superiors constantly emphasized their verdict that phonics is useless and even dangerous. Sue Dickson recalls: “I was told that phonics doesn’t work, that...
  • Illegal Immigration Last Month Hit Highest Level in Over a Decade

    12/10/2018 3:32:07 PM PST · by SanchoP · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-10-2018 | John Binder
    Illegal immigration skyrocketed to the highest level in more than a decade for the month of November, as President Trump’s border wall remains unfunded by the Republican-controlled Congress. Last month, illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border soared to levels that the country has not seen since Fiscal Year 2014, when more than 51,500 illegal aliens tried to cross the border in April 2015. In November 2018, there were close to 52,000 border crossings on the southern border, alone, marking the highest level of illegal immigration in the month of November since 2006.
  • Mark Dice: Science Proves It (Science proves liberal brains are different)

    12/10/2018 2:08:09 PM PST · by ImaGraftedBranch · 11 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/3/2018 | Mark Dice
    Michael Savage was right after all - Liberalism IS a mental disorder. Their brains have now been proven to be completely lacking reactions of disgust in processing images that make conservatives reel with disgust.
  • Why men should give their wives a cheat pass this Christmas

    12/10/2018 1:39:55 PM PST · by C19fan · 74 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 7, 2018 | Rosa Silverman
    When I told my husband I was interviewing a writer who thinks men should give their wives a ‘cheat pass’ this Christmas, he understandably had some questions. “How would the wife find someone suitable for the occasion?” he wondered. (We were talking in the abstract, of course, and I deemed it safer to treat this as rhetorical.) I assured him that yes, it was all very unfeasible, and concluded he’ll more likely gift me jewellery.
  • NBA dancers reveal decades-long culture of 'brainwashing,' unfair pay and eating disorders

    12/10/2018 1:09:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 10, 2018 | Abby Haglage
    Of all the things that Lauren Herington remembers about her year as an NBA dancer, it’s the broom closet that rattles her most. “My coach would make me sit in there before games and think about if I was doing everything to be able to lose weight,” Lauren, a dancer for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2013 to 2014, recalls for Yahoo Lifestyle. “You know, basically like a child in time-out.” When her coach thought she looked “questionable” weight-wise, Lauren says, she’d instruct the dancer to put on her spandex uniform in order to perform a “jiggle test” in front of...
  • Following Kevin Hart's Departure: 18 Comedians Who Can Never Host The Oscars Now

    12/10/2018 11:46:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/09/2018 | Ellie Bufkin
    Following Kevin HartÂ’s departure, many names have surfaced as possible replacements, but let me save the Academy time and show why they are disqualified as not politically correct enough. By Ellie Bufkin December 10, 2018 The Academy Awards is facing quite a predicament about selecting a host for its 2019 ceremony. After tapping, then ditching, Kevin Hart due to some jokes he made about homosexuality a decade ago, they are left carefully contemplating his replacement.It wasnÂ’t long after his announcement as host that the outrage mob was demanding an apology for those old tweets. The Academy agreed, and asked Hart...
  • College cancels play by black playwright because it might harm black people

    12/10/2018 8:31:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    College Fix ^ | December 10, 2018 | Autumn Berard
    An elite liberal arts college known for disinviting speakers whose viewpoints offended students has canceled a “play-in-progress” because it made student cast members uncomfortable. The visiting professor who was directing “Beast Thing,” Shayok Misha Chowdhury, withdrew himself as a candidate for a tenure-track position in the theater department because of the “climate” exposed by the cancellation of the play.
  • I Was Kicked Off Stage by College Students. Did I Deserve It?

    12/10/2018 8:20:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 7, 2018 | Nimesh Patel
    I’ve experienced a lot of strange things while performing comedy: Rosario Dawson made fun of me while I was bombing in front of hundreds of Bernie Sanders fans. I once had to tell the crowd mid-show that the venue was closing for an impromptu health inspection. On Nov. 30, I performed stand-up as part of an annual event put on by the Asian-American Alliance at Columbia, and about 20 minutes into the show, my microphone was cut off. It wasn’t because of some fire code violation, or because some violently drunk heckler and I were about to fistfight. It was...
  • TIME Person of the Year 2018: From BTS to Michelle Obama, who will be on this year's cover?

    12/10/2018 6:35:01 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 54 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 12/10/2018 | Georgia Chambers
    Every year, TIME Magazine announces who it will name person of the year, the individual who done the most to influence global events "for better or for worse." But the TIME person of the year accolade actually started by accident. The final week of 1927 had been a series of slow news days, and editors were struggling to find someone to lead their Person of the Week feature. According to a letter to readers that appeared in the 1944 edition, “no one had done anything newsworthy enough to put his picture on TIME’s cover, so somebody suggested we stop looking...
  • Kid Rock Pays Off $81,000 Layaway Debts for 350 Customers at Tennessee Walmart

    12/10/2018 12:35:07 AM PST · by ZeroToHero · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/9/18 | Justin Caruso
    Kid Rock gave the Nashville, Tennessee, community a nice Christmas present this week, paying off $81,000 in layaway debts at an area Walmart. “@tylerperry Great idea! I followed your lead and paid off the layaway at my local Walmart in Nashville. Merry Christmas and God Bless You!” Kid Rock said in a tweet Friday, following the lead of Tyler Perry, who paid off layaway debts at Walmarts in Georgia.