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  • Intellectuals are a fairly modern invention for our society

    05/27/2017 9:26:00 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/27/17 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    The intelligentsia impulse is all about power. It's about a small faction of academics, intellectuals, and arrogant eggheads who think they know better than everyone else One study I read labeled the prophets in the Old Testament one type of intellectual. I disagree, since they operated as revelators to a nation which had rejected the laws of God and rejected His precepts. The philosophers of Ancient Greece and Rome fall into this “intellectual” category more accurately, since they praised their reasoning, research, and logo ahead of revelation and physical effort The common denominator among them? They were spectacularly wrong on...
  • Refugees Fleeing U.S. for Canada over Open Border, Report Says

    05/04/2017 5:29:24 PM PDT · by DFG · 24 replies
    breitbart ^ | 05/04/2017 | John Binder
    Foreign refugees are continuing to flee the U.S. to Canada through the open, U.S.-Canadian Border. In a report by NBC News, foreign refugees are passing through the U.S. to Canada, specifically a small border town of less than 700 people known as Emerson. The vast majority of the refugees are of Somali descent who were originally placed in the U.S. Other refugees passing through the northern border are from Nigeria, Eritrea, and Djibouti. According to NBC, since January, more than 300 foreign refugees have crossed the U.S. border into Emerson.
  • 330 more academics expelled with state of emergency decree, stirring debate in Turkey

    02/09/2017 11:55:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Hurrieyt Daily News ^ | February/08/2017 | ANKARA (location)
    A total of 330 academics were expelled with a new state of emergency decree published in the Official Gazette late on Feb. 7, drawing criticism from the opposition and the scholars themselves about the effect the moves will have on education. The academics were among 4,464 public workers who were expelled as part of the decree. The expulsion of the academics also drew reactions from political parties, with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmakers Sezgin Tanrıkulu and Aykut Erdoğdu criticizing the decision. “Dear academics, all those who faced injustices: These days will pass and the justice will be served,”...
  • To see academics making fools of themselves, look at Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearings

    01/24/2017 6:58:59 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 24, 2017 | John R. Lott
    The headline on the front page of the Washington Post sure sounded impressive: “More than 1,100 law school professors nationwide oppose Sessions’s nomination as attorney general.” Since then, the total has increased to 1,424 faculty members from 180 law schools in 49 different states. With Senate Judiciary committee getting ready to vote on Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation today, the letter is being used as Exhibit A for many liberals arguing that experts view Sessions as unqualified and outside the mainstream. But with 17,080 faculty members nationwide, perhaps the real question is why there were so few signers. Only 8.3 percent...
  • Trumping Baffled Academics

    10/06/2016 10:10:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 27 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 6, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The "best and the brightest" in academe have been trying to unravel the Trump phenomenon for about as long as this election season has run. Martin Kich of Wright State University devotes about three blogs a week to the subject on the academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Here's a clue: You can only convince people that we have a good economy if they actually have jobs. A pair of scholars of fairly diverse backgrounds has figured this out: They are, of course, a minority in academe. We have written about the phenomenon today in...
  • Academics, journalists to trash Jerusalem's 50th celebrations

    04/20/2016 4:52:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/4/16 | Hillel Fendel
    The Jewish People will begin celebrating the Jubilee of Jerusalem's liberation and reunification next month, marking the 50th year after the Six Day War – but pro-war Israelis and other Jews plan to take advantage of the yearlong festivities to call worldwide for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. Previous unilateral withdrawals in favor of the Palestinian Authority have led to many Israeli deaths at the hands of Palestinian terrorists. This includes the disengagement/expulsion from Gaza. The government decided last year to appoint a steering committee to set the tone of Jerusalem's Jubilee festivities. Its conclusions...
  • Grumpy's too happy! Disney characters mask the misery of working class life, say academics

    02/21/2016 8:33:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 20:54 EST, 21 February 2016 | Daniel Bates
    They are the children’s film characters loved by generations of fans, rich or poor, across the world. But the Seven Dwarfs, Bert the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins and others have been criticized for sending out the wrong message about poverty. Good-natured Bert, played by Dick Van Dyke, is too happy and carefree given the hardships of working-class life in Edwardian London, US researchers claim. [...] Researchers from Duke University in North Carolina looked at 32 films, many of them from Disney, that were rated G -- the American equivalent of U -- and had grossed more than $100 million...
  • Bigotry in numbers: Why so many academics look down on evangelicals

    08/28/2015 6:48:58 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 37 replies
    Those who teach in higher education are relatively OK with some religious groups, according to a study based on a 2012 online national survey that drew 464 complete responses. Asked to assess religious groups on a “feeling thermometer” of 1 to 100, Jewish people, mainline Protestants and Catholics all achieved an average score of 65 or higher, researchers led by University of North Texas sociologist George Yancey reported in an online article in the journal Sociology of Religion. Next to the bottom, just slightly above fundamentalists, were Protestant evangelicals with an average score of 48. Based on the rankings and...
  • Academics Ready for Iran

    08/11/2015 9:01:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 11, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A group of scholars has concocted a plan to implement the U. S.-Iran Nuclear Agreement that looks even sketchier than the pact itself. barack obama iran deal au speech wave The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) has devised “Six Achievable Steps for Implementing An Effective Verification Regime for a Nuclear Agreement With Iran.” They are: * “Ensure that the Joint Commission Works Effectively Among the P5+1 and Iran to Facilitate Compliance and Communication.” P5 + 1 stands for the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany. The five permanent members are China, France, Russian Federation, the United...
  • Magna Carta 2.0

    06/10/2015 12:17:22 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Malcolm A. Kline
    Here might be a workable way to look at academia: That which academics dismiss is probably worth exploring. “There is quite a list of academics who question the importance of the Magna Carta,” University of Chicago law professor Richard Helmholz pointed out in a lecture at the Cato Institute on June 4, 2015. “They dismiss it as baronial and backward looking, an immediate failure and talk about the myth of the Magna Carta.” “I don’t think that view is correct.” Certainly, the sections of the Magna Carta he supplied to accompany his talk hold up well in translation: • No...
  • California Visiting Scholar Program

    04/15/2015 11:04:37 AM PDT · by MeganC
    Center for California Studies, CSUS ^ | 15 April 2015 | Claire A. Bunch
    Greetings, The Center for California Studies is advertising for applications for our Visiting Scholar Program. This program provides a selected scholar or researcher administrative and organizational support to further their research as it relates to California democracy, politics, and governance. The Visiting Scholar is a non-paying, non-benefit one year position. Applications are due by Friday April 17, 2015. To learn more about our program please visit Please see the attached description and application for more information, and fax or scan and email completed application to: 916-278-5199 or Claire A. Bunch Coordinator, Fellows Outreach and Special Projects Capital Fellows...
  • Academics Are The Less Visible Enemy of School Choice

    02/28/2015 1:17:31 PM PST · by BlatherNaut
    American Thinker ^ | 2/28/15 | Ashton Blackwell
    Conservative discourse mainly features teachers' unions as the enemy when it comes to school choice, leaving others, like sociologists and other tenured intellectuals, free from public accountability as they exert their substantial influence on education policy. One thing that you should know if you follow school choice issues is that for leftist academics who oppose school choice, their dogmas take primacy over empirical evidence, and their most fundamental dogma when it comes to school choice is that it promotes racial segregation, and thus thwarts their version of equality. Racial segregation, as a policy in the United States, saw its end...
  • Journalism Educator “Hates” Republicans and Loves Marxism

    12/23/2014 7:57:14 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 79 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 22, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    A feminist professor of communications at the University of Michigan has become a laughingstock for a poorly-sourced column in a socialist newspaper about the academic basis for hating Republicans. In the article, Susan J. Douglas began with the statement, “I hate Republicans” and declares that “marrying a Republican is unimaginable to me…” A specialist on “Gender and the Media,” she is reportedly married with a daughter. I’ve got something that beats that. Curtis J. MacDougall, the author of a journalism textbook that I used in college, was a Marxist with a 319-page FBI file, who wrote favorably about Fidel Castro...
  • Crybaby academics lead to weak-kneed government

    12/11/2014 10:01:55 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/11/14 | A. Dru Kristenev
    College students and Congress need to get a grip on reality. Anyone who wants success must work for it, not rely on make-believe that obsequious emotions or statements can correct injustice or evil acts. Choking back tears over hyped-up social strife to demand a reprieve from the hardship of sitting for college exams is just the latest chapter in over-emotionalizing politics. Most university instructors have pretty much heard it all when it comes to excuses for dodging assignments or tests. The old “the-dog-ate-my-homework” grew up to be Monday flu (hangover), monthly incapacitation (cramps) or temporary crippling (sprained/broken limbs resulting from...
  • Cuban intelligence aggressively recruiting leftist American academics as spies, influence agents

    09/05/2014 11:11:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 05, 2014 | Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon
    Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.
  • Why Asian Americans Excel At Academics

    05/06/2014 9:33:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/06/2014 | TOM JACOBS, PACIFIC STANDARD
    Why do Asian Americans, as a group, tend to excel at academics? Newly published research arrives at a simple answer: They work harder than their non-Asian peers. The study also attempts to answer the less-simple question of why these kids tend to put more effort into their studies, and comes up with two likely answers: The culturally based belief that effort leads to achievement, and the fact that recent immigrants are highly motivated to succeed. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sociologists Amy Hsin of Queens College and Yu Xie of the University of Michigan analyze...
  • Academics Citing “Experts”/Selves

    04/01/2014 6:21:16 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 31, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Female academics and professors are worried that they are being left behind by their male colleagues, not in funding, but in self-citations. Their main concern is that men are more likely to self-cite than women and that leads to a significant disadvantage for women trying to get jobs as tenured professors. The higher education newspaper, The Chronicle, published an article by Robin Wilson that details the struggle of female academics and self-citation. Self-citation occurs when professors cite their own previous work in an academic paper or study. The study, conducted by University of Washington researchers, found that men are 56%...
  • Anti-War Movement Found @ MLA

    01/16/2014 9:01:35 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Many have wondered what happened to the anti-war movement since President Bush left office. We think we found it, at the Modern Language Association (MLA). Ten people attended the MLA session on “War, Scar: Representations of US Torture and Imperial Violence since Vietnam.” Philip Metres III of John Carroll College called U.S. government officials “armchair conquerors” because of their War on Terror in places such as Pakistan. As a professor, he recalled how one “sensitive student” wrote a poem on his tender childhood memory of his teddy bear as well as a reflective look at his bloodlust after playing violent,...
  • Alan Greenspan: What Went Wrong

    10/20/2013 5:58:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 19, 2013 | Alexandra Wolfe
    "............[SNIP]..........."I've always considered myself more of a mathematician than a psychologist," says Mr. Greenspan. But after the Fed's model failed to predict the financial crisis, he realized that there is more to forecasting than numbers. "It all fell apart, in the sense that not a single major forecaster of note or institution caught it," he says. "The Federal Reserve has got the most elaborate econometric model, which incorporates all the newfangled models of how the world works—and it missed it completely." He says JP Morgan had put out a forecast three days before the crisis saying the economy was on...
  • An Open Letter to the Harvard Community [re comment on John Maynard Keynes]

    06/05/2013 12:38:05 PM PDT · by Enchante · 14 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | May 3, 2013 | Niall Ferguson
    .... I was duly attacked for my remarks and offered an immediate and unqualified apology. But this did not suffice for some critics, who insisted that I was guilty not just of stupidity but also of homophobia. I have no doubt that at least some students were influenced by these allegations. Nobody would want to study with a bigot. I therefore owe it to students—former and prospective—to make it unambiguously clear that I am no such thing.....