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Came across this article about the Wheaton College in Massachusetts getting hate mail and threats intended for my alma mater in Illinois.

As for the professor - while I can sympathize with her sentiments, it's hard for me to fathom how she didn't realize that her comments would be taken as an endorsement of Islam as an acceptable alternative to Christianity by the school, and likewise hard to fathom why she would cite the antichrist  pope to support her view. Of course the article repeats the claim that this is about wearing a headscarf or expressing solidarity with Muslims, which is a ludicrous interpretation. This was clearly about the professor stating religious beliefs that are contrary to those required of all faculty by the school. I'm frankly embarrassed for all the people who are blowing this out of proportion for being too ignorant to know that they expressing the sort of religious intolerance they think they are condemning, and too arrogant to care.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TALE_OF_TWO_WHEATONS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-01-15-00-23-33
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Charles Murray now supports Basic Income:

https://www.aei.org/publication/bell-curve-20-years-later-qa-charles-murray/

(Mentioned near the end of the piece.)
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O'Keefe Music Foundation has done some excellent work teaching kids music and providing the internet with incredible music videos, such as these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYKLvYGqaC0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h2h4zIhwuM

And now they are looking for backers for a Kickstarter Project.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/284253771/okeefe-music-foundation-album

They should be further along by now - so hop to it!
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It is seldom that I feel compelled to include titles when I give someone's name, but in this case it is entirely appropriate to note that the Honorable Alex Kozinski has written an insightful analysis of some of the problems with the U.S. justice system.

Medium long at 41 pages, but worth reading.

 http://georgetownlawjournal.org/files/2015/06/Kozinski_Preface.pdf

Or take a look at the shorter article Peter shared.
 
Amen and read the whole thing. Sadly nothing will ever come out if it as most judges and politicians are former prosecutors hence part of the problem.

#justice #usa
Federal Judge Alex Kozinski (9th circuit) has written a scathing indictment of the US justice system. Kozinski starts out discussing a number of myths such as that eyewitness testimony or forensic evidence is highly reliable. Business Insider gives a quick rundown of this […]
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Appropriate for Father's Day, I started this shortly after my father's death last February - but it is far more than a remembrance.

I don't know how to describe it in a few words. If you have the time, please read it for yourselves.
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Thanks, +Peter Thoenen . Curiously, I know little about Eastern Orthodox theology, though I have found many of their churches to be beautiful.
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Interesting summary of what's going on in Oregon.
 
Oregon Governor Kate Brown sat in her office January 20th and drafted a letter to the US Attorney General and the director of the FBI. She wrote negotiations with the “radicals” occupying the Malheur Refuge have failed and insisted on a “swift resolution to this matter.”
Harney County Judge Steve Grasty has been making similar demands. Tuesday evening they got what they had been asking for. Several among the protest leadership were arrested on their way to a public meeting in neighboring Grant County. During the arrest, authorities shot LaVoy Finicum dead.
Awful. Grasty and Brown were aware of what might happen should federal officials meet their demands. Few have forgotten the stand-offs at Waco and Ruby Ridge and that “swift” federal action can result in people, including women and children, killed.
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It’s ironic, but the behavior of the local judge and the governor goes a long way to make the refuge protesters’ case for them. Blind devotion to federal authority is terribly dangerous to lives and to liberty. Here is hoping people find reason before federal SWAT teams sweep into the refuge and more people die violently.
To that end, it is time to dispel a few myths about what is going on.
Myth #5 : The federal government’s prerogative to own and manage the majority of lands in Oregon is beyond question.
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It's sad how few people bother to actually look into matters themselves. They just take whatever media tells them and jump on that bandwagon. I really hope the truth is seen in this situation. 
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+Yonatan Zunger Here's a question for you - why does the sidebar on Google+ not have the little arrows that allow me to scroll up and down incrementally?

Once I get down a little ways in my Google+ feed, it's unreadable. I can only get half a photo at a time, or half a paragraph as it jumps down a little over a full screen at a time, and somehow it seems like there is always a line or two that is missing, and efforts to try to see it end up making things worse - to the point that I just give up.
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Worth noting....

(As near as I can tell, besides the leaded gasoline connection the biggest factor correlating with violence is cultural heterogeneity. That is, multi-cultural nations like the United States are inherently more violent than homogeneous nations like Japan, perhaps because of the greater likelihood of intercultural misunderstandings and conflicts.)
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New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts.
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The only problem is that it seems to be a non-falsifiable theory.
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Nanotechnology that can efficiently condense water from even dry air, borrowed from a Namibian beetle. That could be useful.
 
Water droplets materialize out of thin air — literally — even in the driest desert in the world. The Namib desert beetle uses nanotechnology to harvests water.
     Taking a cue from nature, MIT researchers have emulated the insect's capability by creating a textured surface that combines alternating hydrophobic and hydrophilic materials, according to Wikipedia's article on Stenocara gracilipes. Potential uses include extracting moisture from the air and creating fog-free windows and mirrors.
     Read more about this amazing creature...
     • Ask Nature: http://www.asknature.org/strategy/dc2127c6d0008a6c7748e4e4474e7aa1#.VXNb1VVVhHw .
     • BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-20465982 .
     • Springer: http://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/springer-select/biomimetic-dew-harvesters/42042 .
AskNature is the world's first digital library of Nature's solutions, organized by function, that can serve as an educational and cross-pollinating tool as well as a collaboration forum among biologists, engineers, designers and other innovators.
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Interested in history and humanity, including colonization (Antarctica, Seasteading), the future of humanity and the post-human world, technology, and just about everything.  Except sports.  Sports bore me.

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Alan R. Light, Alan Robert Light.

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1970, but grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Graduated from Wheaton College in 1992.

Online since 1988.  Participated in rec.arts.books on USENET in the 1990's.

Project Gutenberg volunteer, 1993-1999.

Interest in Antarctica since childhood.  South Pole Station, 31 October 2007 to 4 February 2008.  McMurdo Station, October 2007 and 16 February 2009 to 9 October 2009.

Since 6 July 1981, have lived within 50 miles of Charlotte, North Carolina more often than not.

U.S. Army National Guard 1988-1994 (IRR until 1996).  South Carolina and Illinois National Guard.  Radio Teletype Operator.

Was a DJ at a college radio station Senior year.  Did a weekly show with World Music.  Not to be confused with a famous New York DJ with same name.

Father's family is from Rolla, Missouri.  His family had moved to Rolla from the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area in 1875.  His mother was from Kansas.

Mother was born in Tucson, but grew up in Marana and Phoenix, Arizona; Arlington, Massachusetts; and the Washington, D.C. area.  Her parents had moved to Arizona from Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Has visited every continent at least twice. Between October 2009 and February 2009 visited every continent, including 20 countries, in one trip.
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