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  • Blowback? – Mizzou Enrollment Tumbles To Lowest Since 2008

    Amid ongoing fallout from the negative media attention and student (and faculty) protests that rocked campus in 2015, the University of Missouri recently welcomed its smallest student body since 2008.
    As Campus Reform has repeatedly reported, the embattled university has taken hit after hit, starting with a $32 million budget shortfall and a five-percent budget cut, followed by a seven-percent drop in freshmen enrollment heading into last school year.
    As some may remember Mizzou hit the headlines after Melissa Click, a journalism professor, won infamy nationwide for her behavior during race-related protests at MU in November 2015.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 22, 2017.


  • “Get Out James Comey, You’re Not Our Homie”: Comey Mercilessly Heckled At Howard University Speech

    Former FBI Director James Comey was mercilessly heckled this afternoon as he attempted to deliver a speech at the Howard University convocation ceremony. As the Washington Post confirms, a group of 20 Howard students led the heckling session that persisted throughout Comey’s speech and included the following clever chants:
    “Get out James Comey, you’re not our homie.”

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 22, 2017.


  • Florida Parents Outraged After Teacher Demands Her 5th Graders Use Gender Neutral Pronouns

    Over the past year or so, we’ve observed in amazement as one ‘institution of higher indoctrination’ (a.k.a. “university”) after another came up with replacement pronouns for politically incorrect ‘hate speech’ like ‘freshman’. Vanderbilt even forced its teachers and administrators to wear name tags defining their pronouns just so there would be absolutely no gender confusion that might lead to a nasty “triggering” event or unnoticed “microaggression (see: Vanderbilt University Name Placards For Faculty Offices Will Now Include “Preferred Pronouns”).
    Vanderbilt made nametags recently & many included a preferred pronoun section. This is real life: pic.twitter.com/LeT7BCkdmA
    — Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 6, 2016

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 21, 2017.


  • Active Volcano Mt. Rainer Shaken By ‘Swarm’ Of 23 Earthquakes

    Don’t panic – it’s only an active volcano. What’s the worst that could happen?
    Some two dozen earthquakes have shaken Washington State’s Mt. Rainer over the past two weeks – but seismologists say people who live nearby shouldn’t panic.
    ‘In the past, these swarms last a couple of days to a week or so and then die out,’ said Paul Bodin, of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington.
    The first of the 23 quakes struck on Sept. 11 near the volcano’s summit. The largest of the quakes registered magnitude 1.6. During the same period, Mexico experienced two of the deadliest earthquakes in decades.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 21, 2017.


  • 1 In 5 Students Endorse Violence To ‘Prevent’ Controversial Speakers

    A new survey published by The Brookings Institution finds that about one-in-five undergraduate students approve of using violence to shut down controversial speakers.
    A majority of undergraduate students at U. S. four-year colleges and universities also agreed with a hypothetical protest in which a group ‘opposed to the speaker disrupts the speech by loudly and repeatedly shouting so that the audience cannot hear the speaker.’
    According to the survey, 51 percent of students agreed that such a demonstration would be acceptable, while 49 percent disagreed. Not surprisingly, the response to the hypothetical scenario was also largely partisan, with 62 percent of Democrats approving of the protest, compared to just 39 percent of Republicans .

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 21, 2017.


  • The Best Jobs Without A College Degree 2017 (In One Simple Chart)

    The Great Recession destroyed the job market for workers without college degrees, and the situation hasn’t gotten any better.
    This begs the question – can you still enjoy a high standard of living without a college degree? And what are the highest paying jobs for people without a traditional higher education?
    This new chart, from HowMuch.net, sheds some light on these pressing questions.
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    The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks which professions do not require a college education, how many people currently hold those jobs, and their median salaries. We combined this information into a scatter plot graph. The more dots you see, the more people work in that profession. And the higher the dots on the vertical axis, the more money they make.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 20, 2017.


  • 32 Children Dead, 30 More Missing In Rubble Of Collapsed Mexico City School

    More than 30 students have been confirmed dead, and 30 more are missing, as rescuers sift through the rubble of the Enrique Rebsamen primary and secondary school, a private school that was one of 44 buildings in Mexico City that collapsed during Tuesday’s historic earthquake. According to the Associated Press, a wing of the three-story school pancaked into a pile of concrete slabs during the quake, killing dozens and leaving dozens more trapped in the wreckage.
    Soldiers and volunteers toiled through the night to try and free the trapped schoolchildren and staff. At least and five teachers, and 32 students, have been confirmed dead. The 7.1 magnitude quake shook Central Mexico, leaving at least 250 people dead in the deadliest earthquake since a 1985 quake that left 5,000 dead. Bizarrely, Tuesday’s quake occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 quake. Two children were rescued from the rubble, but 30 more people are still missing, local media reported.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 20, 2017.


  • Brown University To Offer Segregated Student Dinners For Black, Muslim Students

    University will host dinners as part of ‘racial reconciliation’ program
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    To promote ‘racial reconciliation’ after the deadly clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville last month, Brown University plans to offer segregated events to its black students and female Muslim students.
    The university received a $30,000 grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, which represents liberal arts schools, to create a campus center whose mission is to ‘break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in the community,’ according to The Brown Daily Herald.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 18, 2017.


  • America’s Weapons: “The Dollar And The Drone”

    It was said that ‘the guinea and the gallows’ were the true instruments of British imperial power.
    The guinea represented the coined wealth of Great Britain.
    The gallows represented its… constabulary zeal in policing restless natives.
    This is the 21st century of course… a time of enlightenment.
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    Today’s instruments of imperial power are no longer the guinea and the gallows.
    No. Today’s instruments of imperial power are ‘the dollar and the drone.’
    The dollar and the drone are America’s weapons.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 14, 2017.


  • 45,000 Evacuated After “Almost Simultaneous” Bomb Threats Across Russia

    # #pic.twitter.com/wUOPuyHfHW
    — (@spektronline) September 13, 2017

    Following a series of “almost simultaneous” warnings that shopping centers, railway stations and university buildings in Moscow had been rigged with explosives, authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 10,000 people on Wednesday.
    ‘Twenty sites are currently being evacuated, and more than 10,000 people have been escorted out, though the specific number is still being confirmed,’ an emergency services source told news agency Tass.
    ‘This appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages,’ said the source, who noted that the calls began at the same time, and continued after the evacuations had begun.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 13, 2017.


  • Massive Sunspots and Huge Solar Flares Mean Unexpected Space Weather for Earth

    Decided the current huge sunspot regions were worthy of breaking out the old trusty Earth-ograph (Earth-ometer?) to viz their spatial scale pic.twitter.com/skI52TOTiT
    — Karl Battams (@SungrazerComets) September 5, 2017

    Alexa Halford, Dartmouth College; Brett Carter, RMIT University, and Julie Currie, RMIT University
    If you still have your solar viewing glasses from the eclipse, now is a good time to slap them on and look up at the sun. You’ll see two big dark areas visible on our star. These massive sunspots are regions of intense and complicated magnetic fields that can produce solar flares – bursts of high-energy radiation. You can just make them out with solar viewing glasses, but they’re better viewed through a solar telescope.
    These two huge sunspots are currently causing quite a bit of consternation and interest. The solar storms they’ve sent toward Earth may affect communications and other technologies like GPS and radio signals. They’re causing amazing displays of the Northern and Southern Lights. And space weather scientists like us are excited because we wouldn’t normally expect this much activity from the sun at the moment.
    The sun goes through 11-year cycles of solar activity. What scientists call a solar maximum is a time in the cycle when the sun is putting out the most energy. That’s when we tend to see the most sunspots, solar flares and associated solar storms. Some solar maxima are larger or more active than others – such as the 1990-1991 solar max. But this last cycle, which peaked in 2014, was quite small, and there were few large geomagnetic storms.

    This post was published at FinancialSense on 09/08/2017.


  • This Is What Miami Could Look Like On Sunday Morning

    An analysis by Climate Central shows that the Florida storm surge from hurricane Irma could endanger millions, and result in billions in property damage.
    According to Climate Central, it has created the following resources to help anyone remaining in the area visually understand how dangerous the flooding will be in their neighborhood and take safety measures accordingly.
    These simulations are based on the Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) storm surge and wave model using data from the National Hurricane Center forecast track from Friday morning (Advisory 37). CERA partners include multiple leading universities and federal agencies.
    The videos use Google Earth to simulate what the these storm surge forecasts would appear like in different South Florida neighborhoods. The height above mean sea level for each simulation is shown in the titles. As local topography varies, these values translate to approximately 7-10 feet of water above ground in many areas according to the Storm Surge Warming forecasts from the National Weather Service.


    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 8, 2017.


  • “Ole Miss Goes Bananas”: Dear Parents, How’s This For A $40K A Year Education?

    What new college campus PC outrage could top ESPN’s decision to remove an Asian announcer named Robert Lee from calling a UVA game? One might reasonably think, impossible! But campus snowflakes have done it again, and this time it’s a single discarded banana peel which sent a college fraternity event hosting campus “leaders” into meltdown and general panic.
    As one prominent columnist put it, “Ole Miss Goes Bananas” – we truly wish this was merely an over the top parody featured in The Onion, but unfortunately the triggered victims’ tears are all to real. The Daily Mississippian broke the story this week, which quickly went viral:
    This weekend, leaders from Ole Miss Greek life convened upon Camp Hopewell in Lafayette County for a three-day retreat designed to build leaders and bring campus closer together. The retreat was cut short Saturday night, however, after three black students found a banana peel in a tree in front of one of the camp’s cabins.
    The students shared what they found with National Pan-Hellenic Council leaders, sparking a day’s worth of camp-wide conversation surrounding symbolism, intended or not. In the midst of the open and sometimes heated discussion, senior accounting major Ryan Swanson said he put the banana peel in the tree when he could not find a trashcan nearby.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 2, 2017.


  • ‘Social Justice Collective’ Urges Universities To “Ban Veterans”

    A flyer recently appeared at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) declaring that ‘in order to protect our academic institutions we must ban veterans from four-year universities.’

    The flyer is part of a new ‘Social Justice Collective Weekly’ newsletter, which is not affiliated with the school, and is aimed at ‘promoting justice in our society.’ The first issue of the newsletter includes an article titled ‘Should Veterans Be Banned From UCCS and Other Universities?’

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 28, 2017.


  • Slumping College Enrollment Signals Americans Are No Longer Buying The College Lie

    For decades, teachers and parents around the country have been repeating the same message to children: ‘To have a bright future, you need to go to college.’
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    But now, in Hawaii at least, it’s starting to look like the younger generation isn’t buying it.
    Across the state, University of Hawaii college enrollment has plummeted by 15 percent in just six years, from a high of 60,300 students in 2012 to 51,300 as of 2017.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 24, 2017.


  • Mike Rowe Eviscerates “Smug” Snowflake Who Calls Him A “White Nationalist”

    If you ever plan to attack Mike Rowe over Facebook then you better bring more than just a few “smug and snarky” comments to the table because anything less than a well-sourced, reasoned, fact-based argument might just earn you the same public humiliation that Rowe just dropped on Chuck Atkins. Oh, and your grammar better be spot on too.
    Unfortunately, Chuck didn’t follow any of the guidelines above when he decided to write on Mike Rowe’s Facebook thread accusing him of being at “white nationalist” for having the audacity to suggest that a $200,000 college education may not be the ‘best’ option for all American high school graduates. Apparently Chuck is convinced that helping people get high-paying, stable trade jobs is just racism at it’s worst…
    In any event, here is what Chuck Atkins made the mistake of posting on Rowe’s Facebook page:

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 23, 2017.


  • ESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee To Avoid A Mass Triggering Event

    We’ve been saying this a lot lately, but just when you thought the political climate in this country couldn’t get any more wacky ESPN has to go and pull an Asian-American announcer, who just happens to be named Robert Lee, off the William and Mary vs. University of Virginia college football game because of concerns they might create a mass-triggering of America’s snowflakes.
    Is this even real life anymore? So the fragile millennial culture now demands that you should be thrown in jail if you call them by the wrong pronoun but it’s totally fine if their insecurities literally derail a person’s career because they refuse to be ‘assaulted’ by the name his parents happened to give him?
    Outkick the Coverage broke the story last night with this summary:
    In a story that seems made for The Onion, but is actually true, according to multiple Outkick fans inside ESPN MSESPN decided to pull an Asian college football announcer named Robert Lee off the William and Mary at University of Virginia college football game because they were concerned that having an ASIAN FOOTBALL ANNOUNCER NAMED ROBERT LEE would be offensive to some viewers. Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?
    Is this even real life anymore? This might even be worse than MSESPN apologizing for the fantasy football slave draft a couple of weeks ago.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 23, 2017.


  • The Real Cause of America’s Opioid Epidemic

    The Opioid epidemic is spreading across the heartland of America. The number of drug overdose deaths from both prescription (e.g., Oxycontin) and black market (e.g., heroin) opiates exceeded 30,000 in 2015. Initial estimates for 2016 indicate yet another new record of deaths. It is such an enormous problem that I taught a special class on it at our undergraduate instructional conference, Mises University, which you can listen to here.
    Recently the Commission on Combating the Opioid Crisis issued a preliminary report and recommended that the president declare a national emergency.
    From 2002 to 2015 the number of such deaths has increased by 280%. The chart below shows that prescription opiates were the main contributor from 2002 to 2011. Illicit opiates have been the main contributor since:

    This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on August 20, 2017.


  • That Google Diversity Memo

    The dominant story in last week’s news cycle was Google engineer James Damore’s diversity memo and his subsequent firing by CEO Sundar Pichai for allegedly violating Google’s code of conduct. Damore argued that at least some of male-female employment gap at tech firms can be attributed to average biological differences between men and women, rather than discrimination.
    The incident drew all sorts of reactions. The mainstream press mostly condemned Damore (while wildly misrepresenting the content of the memo) and celebrated his firing. (As a few libertarian wags noted, suddenly the Left favors at-will employment.) Damore defended himself in the Wall Street Journal, and some journalists said he might be on to something. Jonathan Haidt and Sean Stevens weighed in on the science behind the memo and were generally supportive. (“In conclusion, based on the meta-analyses we reviewed above, Damore seems to be correct that there are ‘population level differences in distributions’ of traits that are likely to be relevant for understanding gender gaps at Google and other tech firms. The differences are much larger and more consistent for traits related to interest and enjoyment, rather than ability.”)
    More generally, critics have accused Google of fostering a cult-like atmosphere in which only certain, politically correct views on diversity are permitted. My Baylor colleague Alan Jacobs suggested that Pichai’s goal is “to create a climate of maximal fear-of-offending, and that is best done by never allowing employees to know where the uncrossable lines are.” (Sounds like most of today’s universities!)

    This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on August 14, 2017.