Friday, September 18, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Education Department opens investigation into Princeton University after president deems racism 'embedded' in the school

The Department of Education has informed Princeton University that it is under investigation following the school president's declaration that racism was "embedded" in the institution.

President Christopher Eisgruber published an open letter earlier this month claiming that "racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton" and that "racist assumptions" are "embedded in structures of the University itself."



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Psychologists suggest using magic tricks to learn more about how the minds of animals work

A small team of psychology researchers at the University of Cambridge has published a Perspective piece in the journal Science suggesting that magic tricks be used by researchers seeking to learn more about how the minds of animals work. In their paper, the group proposes that researchers seek to learn the answer to three main questions: Are animals fooled by such tricks? Which part of a given trick is responsible for a reaction by an animal, and how do animals internalize such tricks?


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Too tall to live: Death of two giraffes by lightning strike suggests increased height risk

After discovering the two dead giraffes, Scheijen discovered that he could find no previous research to determine whether giraffes are more likely to be struck by than other animals due to their great height. Prior research has suggested that it is usually the tallest object in a vicinity that is likeliest to be struck by lightning.


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Why Zoom School Is So Awful for Parents and Kids

"Are you muted?"

The first thing my five-year-old learned in kindergarten, set up at a tiny desk in the corner of our dining room, is to always stay muted. It's probably the wrong thing to teach a child, but not everyone remembers, and then life bleeds in. Zoom school becomes a portal into worlds you never see as a parent making awkward smalltalk at pickup.

You can hear a mom working a job doing collections for medical billing. Call after call.

A dad who calls his sister on speakerphone. They fight most days.

Grandparents asking how long it’s going to take. There are babies wailing.


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Is China Backing the Rioters in Our Streets? | The American Spectator | USA News and Politics

The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal website earlier this week produced a bombshell report that contained information more shocking than surprising; namely, that there is a significant connection between the official Black Lives Matter organization and the Chinese Communist Party:

One of the co-founders of the official Black Lives Matter group, Alicia Garza, is reportedly partnering up with a Chinese organization that has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party — and that group now appears to be funding one of Garza’s ventures, according to an investigation by the Daily Signal.


As suspected. This might have been part of the reason for all that document destruction in Houston and NYC.

And if I may say, those darn Chinese Communists!

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How Trump Changed the World

On Sept. 16 the editorial board of the New York Times did the impossible. It said something nice about President Trump. "The normalization of relations between Israel and two Arab states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, is, on the face of it, a good and beneficial development," the editors wrote. They even went so far as to say that the "Trump administration deserves credit for brokering it." I had to read that sentence twice to make sure I wasn't dreaming. Perhaps the world really is ending.

Or perhaps the Times cannot avoid the reality that the "Abraham Accords" between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain are a historic achievement. It is the first advance toward peace in the Middle East since Israel signed a treaty with Jordan in 1994. By exposing the intransigence and corruption of the Palestinian authorities, and thereby removing them from the diplomatic equation, the Trump administration reestablished the "peace process" as a negotiation between states. And because the states in the region face a common foe—Iran—they have every incentive to band together. This is textbook realpolitik. The world is better off for it.


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Trump's Path to Victory | RealClearPolitics

One of the interesting things about Donald Trump’s upset win in 2016 was that, in retrospect, all the signs were there: It was obvious in the immediate aftermath that key swing states in the Midwest were under-polled; it was obvious that polls were undercounting whites without college degrees; and it was obvious that Trump was closing in on Hillary Clinton at the end, especially in the key states of Michigan and Pennsylvania. Still, it was difficult  to put all that together into a coherent case for a Trump upset, especially since the arguments for Hillary Clinton winning were more prevalent and more straightforward. One thing that was not obvious was the magnitude of the looming split between the popular vote and electoral votes.

A similar situation exists today. It is much more straightforward to make the case for a Joe Biden win. He’s up seven percentage points in the RealClearPolitics Average of national polls, and leads in the key swing states. This lead has been durable and stable over the course of the race. The president has presided over an economic collapse and a pandemic that will have killed more than 200,000 Americans by the end of this month.

But what if Trump does pull out the win again? What will have happened? Or to put it differently, what’s the best case to be made now for how Trump is reelected? Setting aside the possibility for another substantial polling error in key swing states, which I discussed last week, the answer has three parts.


Even if you hate Trump and love Biden and acknowledge there is nothing realistically you can do to change the outcome, it makes sense to be prepared.

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Caught On Video: Man Topples Statue Of Virgin Mary Outside Brooklyn Church In Broad Daylight – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are on the hunt for a man caught on camera vandalizing a religious statue in Brooklyn.

The statue stood outside Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace on West 17th Street and Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island. It was worth $4,000, and now the church has to raise funds to buy a new one.

The statue depicts Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most iconic images of the Virgin Mary, and it is particularly revered by Mexican-Americans.

A second statue in the group outside the Coney Island church depicts St. Juan Diego. Catholics believe his cloak was miraculously impressed with an image of Mary. It is now on display at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, north of Mexico City.


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de Blasio's latest school retreat shows parents should give up on NYC

My husband and I are both lifelong New Yorkers and proud New York City public-school parents to three children. But I worry mostly about my kindergartner under these conditions.

On Thursday, I felt forced to start calling private schools for him. Remote learning for kindergartners just isn’t realistic. Kids that young are hard for teachers to understand even in person; with remote learning, it’s virtually impossible. Teaching rarely succeeds.

Which raises the bigger questions: Should we bite the bullet and just leave New York? We’re far from the only parents weighing the options.

New York puts schools last. Gov. Andrew Cuomo stuck their reopening into Phase 4 and continued with the insane part-time plan that de Blasio and Carranza can’t implement. The system has never been great, but now it’s collapsed completely.

Let’s be real: New York is dying. We don’t want to be the last ones out to turn out the light.


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Aurora, Colorado police stand down twice to avoid arresting violent felon. Guess why

Is this the future of policing in America? You won’t need to abolish the police if you can simply cow them into submission to the point where they’re afraid to do their jobs.


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