Category Archives: “social activism”

University Students Refuse To Take Finals, Demand Other Students Celebrating Cinco De Mayo Be ‘Held Accountable’

Several days ago, a video was posted by University of New Hampshire sophomore, Danique Montique, in which she approaches a male student on Cinco de Mayo and castigates him for wearing a poncho.

In her post, Montique used the phrase: “As a black woman, I was forced to become the very thing society deemed me to be; angry.”

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Defiant conservatives invite Coulter to Berkeley after riots

Ann Coulter plans to brave the “anti-fascists” who trashed campus earlier this year to deliver a talk on illegal immigration at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Berkeley College Republicans chapter is hosting the event, describing it as a chance for the school to redeem its reputation as the “Home of the Free Speech Movement.”

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Airbnb host cancels Asian woman’s reservation at the last minute, telling her: ‘It’s why we have Trump’

Airbnb has banned a woman in California for listing her home on their site after she cancelled an Asian student’s booking, telling her: “This is why we have Trump.”

In the video, accompanied by text messages showing their conversation, she explains that she asked why their booking had been cancelled.

“And she said: ‘One word says it all: Asian. It’s why we have Trump.’ ”

Miss Suh, choking back tears, said she told the host that she would report her to Airbnb.

“We can’t have foreigners telling us what to do,” the host responded, according to Miss Suh.

Miss Suh, who emigrated from South Korea when she was three, said it shows the depth of racism in the US.

Writing on Facebook after the February incident, she pointed out it was far worse for people with darker skin or Muslims.

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‘War on Cops’ author Heather Mac Donald shouted down at UCLA by hysterical Black Lives Matter protest

A speech by Heather Mac Donald at UCLA on Wednesday frequently descended into chaos as Black Lives Matter protesters stormed the stage and chanted their signature phrase over and over, and also took over portions of the Q&A with angry accusations and raucous shouting, a video of the event shows.

Event organizers tried to calm the crowd and regain order. After the Black Lives Matter chant ended, several protesters remained at the front of the room, shouting and making gestures as a student organizer asked for calm. But they started up with more chants, including: “America was never great!”

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University of California system pledges to funnel millions to Mexican universities

Yesterday from Mexico City, Napolitano announced the start of a partnership with the Mexican Secretariat of Energy which will funnel $10 million from UC funds, essentially California taxpayer dollars, to research in Mexican universities.

If you think Trump might be mad about this, you know who’s even more upset? California taxpayers and students. Those are the people who are paying tuition and funding your school through some of the highest tax rates in the country — they will be the ones to feel the burden.

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From the ivied halls: Attack on human “privilege” in relation to plant life

From William Nardi at The College Fix:

The latest “privilege” identified within the hallowed halls of higher education appears to be human privilege.

This year, the Modern Language Association of America has put out a call for papers on “critical plant studies,” seeking papers addressing the “vitality, agency, sentience, and/or emotional life of plants.”

Critical plant studies “aims to do for plants what human animal studies began to do for animal life over 20 years ago — attributing greater agency and autonomy to the non-human world strengthens the ethical standing of beings historically relegated to the lower rungs of the chain of life,” said John Ryan, honorary research fellow at the University of Western Australia, in a 2016 lecture hosted by UC Santa Barbara.

Explains scholar Hannah Stark: “[C]ritical plant studies challenges the privileged place of the human in relation to plant life and examines this through a series of lenses: ethical, political, historical, cultural, textual and philosophical.” More.

So, because plants are complex, treating them as if they had minds is warranted? You’d think this was a hoax, and we don’t rule that out. But in the age of post-fact science it needn’t be one. Couple thoughts:

The most likely driver for tax-funded drivel disciplines is a cruel reality: Far more people today have degrees than formerly. But there aren’t suitable jobs for them in the real world. And most of those people are poorly adapted to the real world anyway.

Lunatic disciplines are their only alternative to pouring coffee somewhere in front of a tips jar. To placate them, we are expected to accept their “disciplines” at face value and entertain whatever public policy they suggest. Wait till the rocks have minds folk get their turn at the conference centre mike…

Second, because claims about plants necessarily interact with science, we see here once again the problem with the marchin’, marchin’ approach to defending science: The people who are undermining science are not out yelling in the streets; they are ensconced in the academy. And the public begins to hear about what they write about.

Or, as I’ve (O’Leary for News) said elsewhere, march if you want; it’s good exercise and fun. But your real problems are back at your desk.

See also: Can chimpanzees be non-human persons?

According to a women’s studies researcher, we need the right kind of post-fact science to help women succeed.

Blinkers Award goes to… Tom Nichols at Scientific American! On why Americans “hate science”

Marchin’, marchin’ for Science
Science marching away from its real problems

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