Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Boise State University's Blueprint for Social Justice - Law & Liberty

Boise State University (BSU) has been my academic home since 2000. The university has grown as the greater Boise area has grown: the area has been a wonderful place to live and work.

National trends in higher education come a little later to Idaho and, perhaps because it is a deep red state, they often come a little gentler too. BSU is making a concerted effort to catch up to the rest of the country and to get with the diversity program.

I learned the hard way that I had “mis-underestimated” BSU’s effort to build what Jonathan Haidt calls a Social Justice University (SJU). Just how much BSU had changed became evident when I published a series of reports and articles concerning feminism and its relation to transgenderism in 2017.

This experience forced me to take a step back to see what happened at my home institution and why. I found that, brick by brick, BSU was building a diversity infrastructure to dismantle its “deep red” environment.


Nooooooooo! This is awful! This is in my home town! Where I would retire except my LWJ won't let me!

Via instapundit.

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Science teacher, 26, sent nudes, had sex romps with teen boy student, cops say | Fox News

Stephanie Peterson, 26, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful materials to a minor, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reported.


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Balaji Srinivasan: Technology Will Lead to a Borderless World - YouTube

The Silicon Valley entrepreneur says cryptocurrencies, virtual reality, and mobile devices are helping individuals escape failed institutions.


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Dick's Sporting Goods pulls assault-style rifles as Florida students return - BBC News

Dick's Sporting Goods, which has more than 600 shops, said it would no longer sell assault-style rifles, and backed "common sense gun reform".


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Globalization Has Created a Chinese Monster – Foreign Policy

On Sunday, the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee recommended ending the two-term limit on the presidency, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely. This surely marks the end of an era — and not just for China, but also for the West.


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Supreme Court case threatens Democratic bosses' use of union muscle - Chicago Tribune

Can you be forced to give up money to someone else, who’ll then use your cash to push a political agenda with which you disagree?

It is technically a First Amendment issue in the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees that is being decided by the Supreme Court.

And it may just be the most important political story in America, about Democratic Party bosses in blue states who for decades have used public employee unions to maintain their power.


This is a *very* important story.

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Are religious people happier than non-religious people? | Asia Times

Our findings suggest that Protestants, Buddhists and Roman Catholics are happier and more satisfied with their lives, compared with other groups. Jews, Hindus, Muslims, and the non-religious were in between, while Orthodox Christians were found to have the lowest happiness and life satisfaction rates.


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Revived 'Quad' alliance eggs on China's response | Asia Times

hina’s territorial assertiveness has rapidly revived the long-dormant Quadrilateral (Quad) alliance among major maritime powers India, Japan, Australia and the United States.

A renewed sense of urgency among China’s strategic rivals is being driven partly by growing frustration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) grouping’s inability to tame Beijing’s geopolitical ambitions through dialogue and engagement.


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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

College Places HCFA On ‘Probation’ After Group Barred Student in Same-Sex Relationship from Leadership | News | The Harvard Crimson

The Office of Student Life has placed religious group Harvard College Faith and Action on “administrative probation” for a year after the organization pressured a female member of its student leadership to resign in September following her decision to date a woman.

College spokesperson Aaron M. Goldman announced the move to put HCFA on probation in an emailed statement sent to The Crimson Wednesday afternoon.

“After a thorough review and finding that HCFA had conducted itself in a manner grossly inconsistent with the expectations clearly outlined in [the Office of Student Life’s] Student Organization Resource and Policy Guide, OSL has placed HCFA on a one year administrative probation,” Goldman wrote in the statement.

Goldman did not specify how HCFA, the largest Christian fellowship on campus, had violated Office of Student Life “expectations.” In an emailed statement Wednesday, HCFA co-presidents Scott Ely ’18 and Molly L. Richmond ’18 were slightly more specific.


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Christian Human Rights Lawyer Killed by Chinese Government - Christian Newswire

NANJING, Jiangsu, China, Feb. 26, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Physicians in China's eastern Jiangsu province declared renowned Christian human rights lawyer Li Baiguang dead today despite a previous record of clean health, indicating that he was murdered by the Chinese Communist Party, whom he often opposed.

Li went to the hospital for a minor stomachache and was declared dead hours later. The hospital alleged that he had liver problems and that he bled to death, but Li was previously healthy.


Those darn ChiComs. At it again.

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