Another Good Reason Why They Filmed Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

It seems that it, too, is the residual of a sunken continent: In a paper published in the Geological Society of America’s Journal GSA Today in February, researchers made the case that it should be considered a new continent. They said it was a distinct geological entity that met all the criteria applied to Earth’s …

Harvard's Clubs: So Much for Faculty Governance

The right to take a vote doesn't make the result meaningful, as one committee at Harvard found out: On Friday, the Crimson reported that the surprising recommendation to ban all social organizations received only 7 votes from the 27-member Committee on the Unrecognized Single-Gender Social Organizations, which had been empaneled to review implementation of last …

Keeping a Watch on Diversity

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Provost, Jerald Ainsworth, sent out this directive today: Funding for diversity initiatives has transitioned to Academic Affairs as of July 1, 2017; therefore, requests for funding will be received, reviewed, and funded from the Provost's Office. The Office for Equity and Diversity will monitor funding and audit our efforts for …

If California Can't Pass Single Payer, the Democrats Will Never Really Win

Most of the attention these days on Congress (the opposite of progress) has centred on the Senate's inability to pass a replacement for the misnamed Affordable Care Act.  Let me make my first stipulation: the "repeal and replace" business is pure political theatre, has been from the start, and in a sense Donald Trump has …

The Campus Corporatists Run Scared on Free Speech

A editorial from the University of Maryland lays it out: Colleges should “screen” speakers to ensure that they are not giving a platform to “intolerant perspectives,” a University of Maryland student argues in a recent op-ed. “There is nothing inherently wrong with screening speakers, teachers and even students on the campus,” sophomore Moshe Klein declares …

The Church of England Plays the Postmodern Card on Bias Training

Archbishop Cranmer relates the following rather odd exchange at the Church of England synod: A few other Synod questions relate to the diversity obsession: Miss Prudence Dailey (Oxford) to ask the Chair of the House of Bishops: Q21 Is the House of Bishops aware of evidence that unconscious bias training is ineffective in increasing the …

The Catholic Church Will Lose Again With the "Reverend Jesuit Fathers"

Yogi Berra used to talk about "déjà vu all over again," and for those of us with any sense of history, we're seeing it big time with the current Jesuit Pontiff Francis and his henchman, James Martin SJ.  That led me to tweet the "reverend père Jesuite" in this way: My reply to @JamesMartinSJ We've …

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