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The anodyne welcome letter to incoming freshmen is a college staple, but this week the University of Chicago took a different approach: It sent new students a blunt statement opposing some hallmarks of campus political correctness, drawing thousands of impassioned responses, for and against, as it caromed around cyberspace.

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called trigger warnings, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” John Ellison, dean of students, wrote to members of the class of 2020, who will arrive next month.

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Now i'm all for universities providing "safe spaces" where people meet up as groups like Racial minorities, LGBT people, etc. What i'm opposed to is this growing habit where if a university invites someone whose views the students judge to be objectionable they block that person from coming to speak. Nonsense. We already have the problem of people only exposing themselves to news/ideas/and thinkers that already are in line with their own, can't have universities reinforcing that as well. We always say you need diverse voices, i think that should include ideological diversity and increasingly that is lacking on college campuses, cry babies about trigger warnings and safe spaces aren't helping the situation. I'm pretty much liberal on most things, but i find liberals increasingly simply shut down conversations rather than debate. The cons have their own version of this, but for the purposes of this conversation im hoping there can be a little bit more self criticizing than everyone congratulating themselves on how much better than the other side they are.

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Drew Pinsky’s six-year-old HLN show, “Dr. Drew On Call,” has been canceled by CNN, effective Sept. 22.

In a statement, CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz said he and Pinsky “have mutually agreed to air the final episode of his show on September 22″ but gave no specific reason for the cancellation.

CNN Money, in its reporting of the announcement, connected it to a broader shakeup at HLN, including the end of Nancy Grace’s flamboyant show devoted to criminal court cases.

But the decision came eight days after Pinsky’s comments on a radio show on Aug. 17 questioning the health and medical care of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president. After looking at bits and pieces of Clinton’s health-care records she made public in 2015, he said he was “gravely concerned not just about her health, but her health care.”Read more...Collapse )

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He has always been a piece of shit, imo. Exploiting addicted people on VH1, diagnosing people he's never fucking met, suggesting women with pelvic diseases are all victims of abuse... he is a hack who shouldn't have career.

Fox's Shepard Smith: Clinton's Speech Tying Trump To The Alt-Right "Used Donald Trump's Own Words" Against Him

Smith: Clinton "Just Tagged Her Republican Rival As A Racist, Fearmongering Conspiracy Theorist" And "Was Historically Accurate On His Policies, On All Reviewed Points"

SHEPARD SMITH (HOST): That was an extraordinary moment live from Reno, Nevada. The secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, Democratic candidate for the presidency, has just tagged her Republican rival as a racist, fearmongering conspiracy theorist who is temperamentally unfit to be president of the United States. The problem with any attempt to rebut her is that in this case she used Donald Trump's own words, was historically accurate on his policies, on all reviewed points. James Grimaldi is a Pullitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where do you begin with this?

JAMES GRIMALDI: I don't know, it was pretty extraordinary and pretty hard-hitting, and as you pointed out used his own words against himself. I think bringing up the Breitbart guy who's on the campaign -- I think it'll be interesting to see how he responds to this. He did try to do a pre-response, I think, but she, I think, is trying to match his very hard-hitting language with something that she considers hard-hitting, but thinks is more documented than maybe some of the attacks that he is leveling against her.

SMITH: Aren't they?

GRIMALDO: I'm sorry?

SMITH: When you say she thinks they would be more documented, is she accurate?

GRIMALDI: Yeah, they appear to be more documented. Yeah he really trades in hyperbole --

SMITH: He trades in racism, doesn't he?

GRIMALDI: Well I'll leave that up to the commentators to sort of talk about whether he's, you know, people who have more on the opinion side are probably more apt or better able to talk about whether he's racist or racism. I quote what people say, you know, she quoted Paul Ryan, speaker of the House, saying that one of his statements was trademark, I guess, textbook racist. I'm not one to generally label people like that so I would pass on that question.

[OP note: I thought HIlary's speech was pretty amazing. Clinton's way of calling out T-rash'srhetoricc and not letting Republican's hide behind the "minority outreach" lie is a spot on necessity. Calling out the dog whistles and racism is so damned important. ]

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President Obama on Friday created the largest ecologically protected area on the planet when he expanded a national marine monument off the coast of his native Hawaii to encompass more than half a million square miles.

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For nearly its entire existence, Twitter has not just tolerated abuse and hate speech, it’s virtually been optimized to accommodate it. With public backlash at an all-time high and growth stagnating, what is the platform that declared itself “the free speech wing of the free speech party” to do? BuzzFeed News talks to the people who’ve been trying to figure this out for a decade.

On May 22, 2008, Ariel Waldman ran out of options. Waldman, then a community manager and blogger, had signed up for Twitter in March 2007 and in months had become one of the platform’s 100 most followed accounts. She was, by her own account, “addicted” to the service.
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Hillary Clinton’s campaign has found a work-around for the Democratic Party to accept donations beyond the $33,400 legal limit — despite the presidential candidate’s pledge to reform the campaign finance structure.

The scheme works like this: The Hillary Victory Fund — a joint Democratic fundraising arm — accepts the money, allocates the maximum allowed by law to the national party ($33,400), and then routes additional money to various state Democratic parties that in turn return the same amount to the national party.

Bloomberg Politics cites as one example S. Donald Sussman, who donated $343,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund in March. The next month, the maximum donation — $33,400 — was transferred directly to the Democratic Party.

Later that month, on April 25, the fund transferred $179,000 to the Democratic Party of South Carolina. Included in that transfer was $10,000, which had been given by Sussman.

On April 25, exactly $179,000 was transferred by the Democratic Party of South Carolina to the Democratic National Committee. The donation back to the national party in Washington did not include a disclosure of donors.

Bloomberg found Sussman’s donation was similarly distributed to 10 other states — and, likewise, similarly redistributed to the national party.

“I’m not aware of any case law or regulations that would prohibit a state party from transferring to a national party committee funds raised through a joint fundraising committee,” election lawyer Robert Kelner told Bloomberg.

“But as a practical matter, it does appear that the DNC may be using Hillary Victory Fund as a mechanism for allowing donors to give more to the DNC indirectly than would otherwise be permitted directly.”

Clinton has previously advocated campaign finance reform.

Campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin told Bloomberg: “Hillary Clinton has fought for campaign finance reform her entire career and, as president, will make it a priority to overturn Citizens United and restore the role of everyday voters in elections.”

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Euro-style white nationalism has come to America and found an unlikely standard-bearer in Donald Trump.

The white nationalist Richard Spencer was on vacation in Japan when he learned that Hillary Clinton was planning to give a speech about Donald Trump’s ties to the so-called alt right, and he was thrilled. “It’s hugely significant,” Spencer told me by Skype from Kyoto. “When a presidential candidate—and indeed the presidential candidate who is leading in most polls—talks about your movement directly, I think you can safely say that you’ve made it.”

Spencer, a clean-cut 38-year-old, loves publicity. He hung around last month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland with a sign saying, “Wanna Talk to a ‘Racist’?” He is president and director of the National Policy Institute, described on its website as “dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.” He coined the term alternative right, founding the website alternativeright.com in 2010, which has since morphed into the highbrow racist RadixJournal.com. “The alt right has really become the banner for European identity politics in the United States and around the world,” he said. Spencer agrees with Clinton about very little, but he agrees with her about this: Understanding the alt right is important to understanding Trump’s rise.

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This Tree Started Growing During the Viking Age

Europe's oldest officially dated tree has been uncovered in Greece, and despite living more than a millennium (and counting!), it doesn't look a day over 200.

The tree, dubbed "Adonis" by the scientists who discovered it, is a Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) that took root in A.D. 941, high in the Pindus mountains of Greece. (In ancient Greek mythology, Adonis was the god of beauty, youth and desire.)

"It is quite remarkable that this large, complex and impressive organism has survived so long in such an inhospitable environment, in a land that has been civilized for over 3,000 years," Paul J. Krusic, a dendrochronologist at Stockholm University in Sweden, and the leader of the expedition that found the tree, said in a statement. (Dendrochronology is the study of tree-ring dating.) [Nature's Giants: Photos of the Tallest Trees on Earth]

The venerable tree lives within a pristine forest of ancient pines that are nearly as old, the researchers said.

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As the numerous and obvious ethical conflicts surrounding the Clinton Foundation receive more media scrutiny, the tactic of Clinton-loyal journalists is to highlight the charitable work done by the foundation, and then insinuate — or even outright state — that anyone raising these questions is opposed to its charity. James Carville announced that those who criticize the foundation are “going to hell.” Other Clinton loyalists insinuated that Clinton Foundation critics are indifferent to the lives of HIV-positive babies or are anti-gay bigots.

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This article does a perfect job summarizing our qualms with people dismissing criticism targeting the Clintons and their foundation. It also shows that -- while some accuse us of being Trump supporters by daring to point out how shady the Dem candidate is -- their defense is straight from the GOP guidebook.

In his latest crazy on-air rant, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh accused “the Obama Regime” of trying to unleash on red states a scandalous scourge of lesbian farmers.

“What they're trying to do is convince lesbians to become farmers,” he told listeners.

There’s a specific sinister motive to the sapphic shift, Limbaugh claimed: Ruining conservative voting blocs.



"They are trying to bust up one of the last geographically conservative regions in the country; that's rural America," he said.

In fact, it may even be part of Obama’s plot to take away your guns.

“Rural America happens to be largely conservative. Rural America is made up of self-reliant, rugged individualist types. They happen to be big believers in the Second Amendment,” he said.

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