Oh, save us from scary ideas!
KATHERINE BYRON, a senior at Brown University and a member of its Sexual Assault Task Force, considers it her duty to make Brown a safe place for rape victims, free from anything that might prompt memories of trauma.
So when she heard last fall that a student group had organized a debate about campus sexual assault between Jessica Valenti, the founder of feministing.com, and Wendy McElroy, a libertarian, and that Ms. McElroy was likely to criticize the term “rape culture,” Ms. Byron was alarmed. “Bringing in a speaker like that could serve to invalidate people’s experiences,” she told me. It could be “damaging.”
Ms. Byron and some fellow task force members secured a meeting with administrators. Not long after, Brown’s president, Christina H. Paxson, announced that the university would hold a simultaneous, competing talk to provide “research and facts” about “the role of culture in sexual assault.” Meanwhile, student volunteers put up posters advertising that a “safe space” would be available for anyone who found the debate too upsetting.
The safe space, Ms. Byron explained, was intended to give people who might find comments “troubling” or “triggering,” a place to recuperate. The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma. Emma Hall, a junior, rape survivor and “sexual assault peer educator” who helped set up the room and worked in it during the debate, estimates that a couple of dozen people used it. At one point she went to the lecture hall — it was packed — but after a while, she had to return to the safe space. “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” Ms. Hall said.
If these precious snowflakes need Play-doh and naps to cope with Other Viewpoints, send them back home and have them re-enroll in preschool.
Once you designate some spaces as safe, you imply that the rest are unsafe. It follows that they should be made safer. […]
A year and a half ago, a Hampshire College student group disinvited an Afrofunk band that had been attacked on social media for having too many white musicians; the vitriolic discussion had made students feel “unsafe.”
Last fall, the president of Smith College, Kathleen McCartney, apologized for causing students and faculty to be “hurt” when she failed to object to a racial epithet uttered by a fellow panel member at an alumnae event in New York. The offender was the free-speech advocate Wendy Kaminer, who had been arguing against the use of the euphemism “the n-word” when teaching American history or “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” In the uproar that followed, the Student Government Association wrote a letter declaring that “if Smith is unsafe for one student, it is unsafe for all students.”
“It’s amazing to me that they can’t distinguish between racist speech and speech about racist speech, between racism and discussions of racism,” Ms. Kaminer said in an email.
The confusion is telling, though. It shows that while keeping college-level discussions “safe” may feel good to the hypersensitive, it’s bad for them and for everyone else. People ought to go to college to sharpen their wits and broaden their field of vision. Shield them from unfamiliar ideas, and they’ll never learn the discipline of seeing the world as other people see it.
Feaure, not bug; as Leftists are convinced they, and only they, are the ultimate holders of All.That.is.Good.and.True.
Not only should dissenters be ignored, but should be expelled by any means necessary.
We have to stop funding this insanity. Yesterday.
Finally updated our phones, which freed up space to record video again. Satch finished yesterday 4-1 with 3 pins and a decision, losing his sole match to the first place finisher, who is far heavier than he, and was able to overpower him. We’re at the point now where Satchel is having trouble matching the pure arm strength of the bigger kids, so this summer we’ll be working on getting him stronger at push/pull, mostly by way of rowing out on the lake together, pull-ups, chin-ups, and band work. Maybe we’ll do a bit of archery, too.
As you can see in the videos, Satch is the smallest kid in the bracket (the only kid even close to his height is clearly much stockier — and was still about an inch taller; Satch weighed in at 56 lbs this week); nevertheless, he continues to be a nightmare when he’s riding, which is how he often wins: he tires his opponent out when he isn’t able to turn him. In his final match, a 4-3 decision, he does turn his opponent only to have the (bigger) kid bridge him off to an escape / takedown, a 3-pt swing. Satch has wrestled this kid six or seven times and these are the first points he’s ever allowed to him. That they came on what would ordinarily be a position of dominance for Satchel hammers home the point that the arm strength to pull the head up and keep it there — which prevents the bridge — is the only way he can compensate for the weight disadvantage he has at the lightest of his bracket.
Match 1 (fall):
Match 2 (loss by fall. Sorry, but if this kid is 60lbs, Michael Moore is a male model):
Match 3 (fall) In this bout, Satchel really begins using the snap down properly and to great effect: he gets the collar tie deep, lowers his level as he snaps, and as the opponent’s head pops back up he shoots in for the take down. Textbook, and something I want him to review and repeat.
Match 4 (fall)
Match 5 (4-3 decision) Would be a wrestle back for 2nd place.
A lot of what I’m teaching Satch now, as I work to strengthen his game (which involves taking a few steps backwards from time to time; he’s often thinking too much rather than just reacting, but that will change as his reps with the new stuff increases) comes from those DVDs many of you contributed to the purchase of. Both Satch and I are very grateful!
Former administrator at Chicago State University files statement in Federal court that she was fired for not filing sexual harassment charges against gadfly professor.
CHICAGO, March 20, 2015—A former high-level administrator at Chicago State University alleged in a statement filed yesterday in federal court that Chicago State President Wayne Watson pressured her to file a false sexual harassment complaint against Professor Philip Beverly, an outspoken faculty critic of Watson’s administration.
According to the declaration of former Chicago State Vice President for Enrollment Management LaShondra Peebles, Watson was determined to silence Beverly by shutting down the blog, CSU Faculty Voice, which Beverly had founded. Contributors routinely posted documents that supported their allegations of mismanagement by the administration.
After pretextual accusations of trademark infringement failed to intimidate the professors into shutting down their blog, Chicago State hastily adopted a far-reaching cyberbullying policy on May 9, 2014. Ms. Peebles’s declaration alleges that the policy was expressly designed to silence CSU Faculty Voice. In fact, shortly after the Board of Trustees passed the new policy, administrators used it to investigate Professor Robert Bionaz, another blog contributor, for harassment. The investigation was based, inexplicably, on a face-to-face conversation he had with Chicago State’s spokesman.
Watson’s series of actions eventually prompted Beverly and Bionaz to file a First Amendment lawsuit against Watson and others in July 2014. The suit was filed with support from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) as part of its Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland—France is again adopting the toughest line against Iran in negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, potentially placing Paris at odds with the Obama administration as a diplomatic deadline to forge an agreement approaches at month-end.
President Barack Obama called French President François Hollande on Friday to discuss the Iran diplomacy and try to unify their positions. The presidents “reaffirmed their commitment” to a deal “while noting that Iran must take steps to resolve several remaining issues,” the White House said.
French diplomats have been publicly pressing the U.S. and other world powers not to give ground on key elements—particularly the speed of lifting U.N. sanctions and the pledge to constrain Iran’s nuclear research work—ahead of the March 31 target.
Paris also appears to be operating on a different diplomatic clock than Washington, arguing that the date is an “artificial” deadline and that global powers should be willing to wait Tehran out for a better deal if necessary.
Obama administration officials have said that expected moves by the U.S. Congress to put new sanctions on Iran as soon as April limit their ability to extend the diplomacy.
But French officials took exception.
“Making the end of March an absolute deadline is counterproductive and dangerous,” France’s ambassador to the U.S., Gérard Araud, said via Twitter after the latest round of negotiations in Switzerland concluded Friday.
“No agreement without concrete decisions on issues beyond the enrichment capability question,” he said a day earlier, specifically mentioning the need for extensive monitoring and clarity on Iran’s past research work. […]
In a sign of France’s determination, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called his negotiating team in Lausanne on Thursday to insist no deal could be forged that allowed for the rapid easing of U.N. Security Council measures, according to European officials.
The film about one of America’s most prolific mass murderers will be released in theaters …
Gosnell, a movie about an infamous abortion doctor convicted of murder that is being financed via a crowdfunding campaign, has hired, as its director, Nick Searcy.
The actor is best known for his role as chief deputy U.S. Marshal Art Mullen in Justified, now in its sixth and final season on FX.
Gosnell has raised $2.3 million at Indiegogo, more than any other movie at the crowdfunding site. Originally planned as a TV movie, producers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney and Magdalena Segieda now say it will be a theatrical release.
Executive producing is John Sullivan, who co-directed Dinesh D’Souza’s two documentary films, America and 2016: Obama’s America. Gosnell is being written by Andrew Klavan, whose novel True Crime was made into a movie starring and directed by Clint Eastwood.
Gosnell is a crime drama — not a documentary — about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who for decades ran a seedy abortion clinic in Philadelphia. […]
The report, details of which will be used by Klavan while crafting his script, alleges Gosnell killed hundreds of infants by sticking scissors into their necks, though he was convicted two years ago on only three counts of murder as well as one count of manslaughter for the death of a 41-year-old patient. The 74-year-old former doctor is serving a life sentence in prison.
Also part of the story that Searcy, Klavan and the other filmmakers plan to tell is what some have likened to a press cover-up of Gosnell’s brutality. Journalist Megan McArdle, for example, wrote a mea culpa in 2013 published in the Daily Beast titled: “Why I didn’t write about Gosnell’s trial — and why I should have.” The article included a photo of rows of empty courtroom benches that had been reserved for the press.
“There are three aspects to this story that are fascinating,” said Searcy. “What happened; why it was allowed to happen; and why no one wanted to talk about it after it happened.”
If these students are serious, they need to be expelled from the UC system and any professor or administrator who takes them seriously should accompany them.
A black student organization at the University of California at Berkeley is demanding the university rename a building on campus after Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther, convicted cop killer and the first woman named to the FBI’s Most-Wanted Terrorist List.
A jury convicted Shakur of killing a New Jersey State Trooper in 1979. She escaped prison and fled to Cuba. The FBI calls her a domestic terrorist. In 2013, the agency added her to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List, alongside several members of Al Qaeda, airline hijackers and bombers.
But to the Black Student Union at Berkeley, Shakur is an “icon of resistance within oppressed communities (who) represents black resilience in the face of state-sanctioned violence.” They demanded the university rename Barrows Hall, named after former Chancellor David Barrows, “Shakur Hall.” In 2013, Shakur declared her innocence and called her trial in 1979 a legal lynching by an all-white jury. Shakur, formerly known as Joann Chesimard, belonged to the Black Liberation Army at the time of the shooting.
“We want the renaming for someone — Assata Shakur — who we feel like represents us as black students,” said Black Student Union spokesman Cori McGowens. “Black students on campus have a feeling of isolation, marginalization. We’re at a crisis on campus.”
The renaming of Barrows Hall is just one of 10 demands the Black Student Union delivered to Berkeley Chancellor Nick Dirks last month.
They’re also demanding a meeting place solely for black students, $300,371 for two black admissions staff focused on black recruiting, $113,932 for another staffer to handle black retention, two black psychologists who understand the “racially hostile campus,” two black advisers to mentor black athletes and a fully-funded ‘Get into Graduate School’ mentoring program.
Expel these shit-for-brains. Now. Disband all race-based groups, faux studies programs and professors. Now.
It is a scam that is bilking taxpayers, both Californian and federal, of millions a dollars a year.
This unconscionable insanity must be stopped.
“We just want to monitor it. For now.”
Next time you’re enjoying a hot shower, don’t.
The Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to crack down on shower sneaks. You know who you are. You’re the type of selfish person who steps into a hotel shower and lingers too long.
Maybe you’re trying to get clean. Maybe you’re shaving. Maybe you enjoy the sensory blast of instant hot water on your skin that isn’t going on a home water-heater bill.
The EPA doesn’t care about such frivolous things. Its concern is the amount of water you are “wasting.” Whatever it is, it’s too much.
So, the agency has issued a grant to the University of Tulsa to develop a shower water usage monitor by Aug. 14. Assuming market support, one would be installed on every hotel room’s shower head to measure water consumption and radio it somewhere.
Perhaps the yet-to-be-developed gizmo could shut off water after a specified time; never mind if you’re still soapy. You’re wasting.
Perhaps the data could go to a shower supervisor who’d knock on your door with the unwelcome news that you should have been clean two minutes ago. Or it might go to the front desk to add a shower surcharge to your tab, like the mini-bar bill.