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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Let’s Be a Little More Careful, Please

For the most part, academics, at least, feel that “white” culture has had such an advantage for so long that it can take care of itself while attention is turned to the neglected others. While there is a point here, it is also true that the vast majority of white Americans have participated only peripherally (if at all) in the culture universities have long centered upon. Their concerns, their arts and their passions have rarely made it into academic settings at all—and have often been, in the few cases where they have been considered, seen simply as kitsch. Shut out in the first place, they feel doubly excluded by an “inclusiveness” that pointedly looks to bring in others, not them.

via www.academia.org

It's all very confusing, all of these ethnic groups jockeying for status and recognition.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

US strikes Yemen's Al Qaeda fighters, 7 militants killed | Fox News

A U.S. Navy SEAL team, working with an Arab force, on Tuesday raided an Al Qaeda affiliate stronghold in Yemen, killing at least seven militants, American military officials said.

via www.foxnews.com

Yay.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Heretic at Duke Divinity School - WSJ

At Duke Divinity School, the defense of liberal learning and teaching itself is now beyond toleration.

via www.wsj.com

I suspect divinity schools are now hotbeds of this sort of thing. Soon you'll be fired for suspicion of being a theist. Maybe you could be now.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Unapologetic American - WSJ

It would be a crude overstatement to say that the message has gone from America worst to America first in one presidency. Mr. Obama did speak favorably of his country several times during his Cairo address. But the difference between Barack Obama’s speech in 2009 and the Trump remarks on Sunday in Riyadh is striking.

via www.wsj.com

Well that's an improvement at least.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Manchester Arena: 22 killed in concert terror attack - CNN.com

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack but offered no evidence to support its claim.

via www.cnn.com

And here I was sure it was some alt-Right, pro-Brexit nutcase.

May 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monster wave measured by Southern Ocean Wave Buoy — MetOcean Solutions

Senior Oceanographer Dr Tom Durrant is thrilled. "This is one of the largest waves recorded in the Southern Hemisphere," he explains. "This is the world's southern-most wave buoy moored in the open ocean, and we are excited to put it to the test in large seas."

via www.metocean.co.nz

Some surfers would have liked to be there.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Crypto outbreaks linked to swimming have doubled since 2014 | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

The Cryptosporidium parasite can spread when people swallow something that has come into contact with the feces (poop) of a sick person, such as pool water contaminated with diarrhea.

via www.cdc.gov

The only thing wrong with swimming. And children.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

The unbelievable heroic story of Ireland's overlooked 'Oskar Schindler' | The Times of Israel

DUBLIN — As the Gestapo surrounds the palace of an Italian anti-Fascist aristocrat, an Irish priest dashes to the cellar. He is wanted by the Nazis for his role in the daring rescues of Jews, POWs and refugees, but this time it seems there is no escape. Miraculously, a coal delivery being made to the palace offers the perfect cover — the cleric blackens his face, hides his cassock and slips away to freedom through the narrow cobbled streets of Rome.

via www.timesofisrael.com

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

US approves $650M for San Francisco Bay Area train system | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will fully fund a $650 million federal grant for electrification of a San Francisco Bay Area train system that also would help California's high-speed rail project.

The government previously delayed a decision when congressional Republicans objected. But the Federal Transit Administration said in a statement that the Caltrain project had "met all of the statutory requirements" for the funding.

via www.star-telegram.com

There goes the money, down the tube.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Time to End Presidential Press Briefings? | Scott Adams' Blog

The role of press briefings is to create two complementary illusions. The first illusion is that the administration is providing new and useful information. That rarely happens. And when it does, it could have been done more easily in the form of a press release in response to a written inquiry. A written response can be faster than a press briefing because it doesn’t depend on a scheduled meeting time in the future.

The second illusion created by the press briefings is that “news” is being manufactured in that room. The reality is that artisanal “gotcha” moments are lovingly crafted by the press. That means the so-called news from press briefings is generally fake news, and that would be true no matter the administration in power.

via blog.dilbert.com

They do seem like a bit of a relic.

May 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)