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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-considering-hate-charges-against-those-who-boycott-israel-1.3067497

TL;DNR = conservative Canadian PM to use hate crime laws against liberals. Liberals outraged.


I am weeping with joy. This is what conservatives should be doing all the time. Turn the barrel toward its maker. Its the only way to teach zealots the rationale supporting our civilized principles.
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Originally Posted by Lighthouse View Post

I am weeping with joy. This is what conservatives should be doing all the time. Turn the barrel toward its maker. Its the only way to teach zealots the rationale supporting our civilized principles.
I think you grossly misunderestimate the universal human capacity for illogical hypocrisy.
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A newly hired Boston University professor has come under fire for several anti-white comments she made on Twitter, but the school says she is simply practicing free speech.

Incoming assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies, Saida Grundy tweeted a slew of tweets over several months blasting white males which have drawn criticism on social media, Fox News reported Saturday.

“White masculinity isn’t a problem for America’s colleges, white masculinity is THE problem for America’s colleges,” Ms. Grundy tweeted in March.



Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/9/saida-grundy-boston-university-professor-white-mal/#ixzz3ZrJ1f0sz


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I think you grossly misunderestimate the universal human capacity for illogical hypocrisy.

Probably why I get cranky so often. Maybe if I lower my already low expectations even lower . . .
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Gotta love dat 1-way racism standard.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said he was creating a task force to investigate nail salons and crack down on worker abuse following a report of widespread exploitation and health problems of manicurists.

“New York State has a long history of confronting wage theft and unfair labor practices head on,” he said in a statement. “We will not stand idly by as workers are deprived of their hard-earned wages and robbed of their most basic rights.”

The task force will recover unpaid wages and shut down unlicensed businesses, Cuomo said. New health regulations will be created and implemented to require protective gear where warranted and increase ventilation in the salons that often reek of chemicals.

A two-part investigative series in The New York Times found nail salon workers were forced to toil long hours amid toxic chemicals performing manicures and pedicures for little wages. The stories also reported many workers suffered serious health problems and there was little, if any, protection for them.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article20671683.html#storylink=cpy

Oh hell's yes!
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Finally someone is doing something to put those people out of work once and for all.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-considering-hate-charges-against-those-who-boycott-israel-1.3067497

TL;DNR = conservative Canadian PM to use hate crime laws against liberals. Liberals outraged.


Much more than that with Bill C-51 passed. See you in the gulags!

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Canadians, I have read the comments under that article and remain perplexed. Where were these comments when Mark Steyn was on trial? Is the Canadian mind really that compartmentalized and closed?
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In Columbia University's student newspaper, four members of the school's student Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board call on professors to be more sensitive when teaching provocative or controversial material... such as the Roman classical poet Ovid.

Ovid is best known for The Metamorphoses, a 15-book narrative poem that covers more than 250 mythological stories. Written entirely in dactylic hexameter, The Metamorphoses inspired future writers from Dante to Chaucer to Shakespeare. Whether or not it's something today's students should spend time on may be up for debate, but I think most people can understand why an instructor teaching it would focus on things like the language and imagery invoked.

Not these Columbia students, however. See, some of the myths Ovid recounts involve sexual violence. Zeus' daughter Persephone (aka Prosperina), for instance, is kidnapped, raped, and taken as a bride by Hades, king of the underworld. The op-ed writers suggest this ancient Greek and Roman myth is too triggering to be taught in today's classroom:

During the week spent on Ovid’s "Metamorphoses," the class was instructed to read the myths of Persephone and Daphne, both of which include vivid depictions of rape and sexual assault. As a survivor of sexual assault, the student described being triggered while reading such detailed accounts of rape throughout the work. However, the student said her professor focused on the beauty of the language and the splendor of the imagery when lecturing on the text. As a result, the student completely disengaged from the class discussion as a means of self-preservation. She did not feel safe in the class. When she approached her professor after class, the student said she was essentially dismissed, and her concerns were ignored.

Ovid’s "Metamorphoses" is a fixture of Lit Hum, but like so many texts in the Western canon, it contains triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities in the classroom. These texts, wrought with histories and narratives of exclusion and oppression, can be difficult to read and discuss as a survivor, a person of color, or a student from a low-income background.
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Originally Posted by Harold falcon View Post


Yeah,the Old Testament has some really offensive stuff in it too and should never be taught to youngins.
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Originally Posted by Harold falcon View Post


Human veal, indeed.
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I read that article in Reason too, and the author states:
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We don't know much about what happened between the student and the professor. Was there an assignment or further lectures on Persephone she wished out of? One would hope that when approached privately about such a matter, a professor would be sensitive to the student's concerns and offer alternative assignment options. But the fact that an occasional student might feel uncomfortable with certain material seems a strange reason to think no one should read and discuss it.

Why should a student at Columbia be allowed to do a different assignment? The course is almost certainly an elective or one of a couple to fulfill some lit requirement. The student is an adult voluntarily going to a prestigious university.
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Alternative assignments = more work for the professor and significantly increased grading complexity.


Stuff like this makes me feel old. When did the switch flip so that every personal difficulty or mental soft spot is everyone else's problem? If you're so emotionally vulnerable that you can't read classical mythology, you need to be in therapy and not trying to weasel out of assignments. Solve your own problems, don't expect accommodations in every facet of your stupid life.
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Today Senate Democrats successfully blocked Obama's trade bill. Eff'ing obstructionists!
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