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  • Race-Baiting Oxford Rhodes Scholar: Assaults White Student; Blames ‘White Violence’

    09/23/2016 5:47:47 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-24-2016 | James Delingpole
    James Delingpole 23 Sep 2016 Ntokozo Qwabe Facebook(snip) Ntokozo Qwabe, one of the loony, #blacklivesmatter-style race-hustlers behind Oxford University’s Rhodes Must Fall campaign, is causing trouble again. This time, he invaded a law lecture at University of Cape Town with a bunch of dancing, chanting activists, whipped a smartphone from the hands of a white student who was trying to film him, and then rounded off by complaining about “white violence.” Watch the video here. Afterwards he said on his Facebook page: ‘It is NOT true that I ‘assaulted’ and ‘whipped with a stick’ a white student during our shutdown...
  • ‘Rotherham-Style’ Abuse Scandal: Police Accused of Failing to Act

    09/01/2016 11:17:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 1 Sep 2016 | Virginia Hale
    Police in Telford have been accused of ignoring child sex abuse after it emerged volunteers have been passing evidence of grooming to them for three years. Officers have been criticised for failing to make progress on sex gangs in the town, dubbed the “child sex capital of Britain”, while sitting on 150 pages of abuse allegations. One victim who was forced to have sex with a string of men told The Mirror: “The police have betrayed the children of this town for a second time. “I dread to think how many victims there have been over the years ... “It...
  • Oxford University to replace 'male, pale and stale' image with gay, female and black icons

    07/03/2016 12:44:09 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 03, 2016 | Javier Espinoza
    Oxford University is replacing portraits of famous men with gay, female and black icons to counter its 'male, pale and stale' image, it has emerged. Earlier this year David Cameron, the Prime Minister, led calls for the university to take more ethnic minority students as figures revealed Oxford had only taken 27 black undergraduate students in 2014. It followed calls from the Rhodes Must Fall movement to ‘decolonise’ the university’s curriculum.
  • Emory University Student Killed by ISIS in Dhaka Attack

    07/02/2016 7:41:15 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    GP ^ | July 2,2016 | Jim Hoft
    Emory University student Abinta Kabir was killed yesterday during the ISIS restaurant siege in Dhaka. The terrorists stormed the restaurant screaming “Allahu Akbar.” ** Hostages who could cite the Koran were spared. ** ISIS barbarians posted photos of the victims online during the siege. Twenty hostages were killed during the attack. Yahoo reported: Emory University says in an email to employees that one of the Dhaka restaurant attack victims was Abinta Kabir, a student at the school’s campus in Oxford, Georgia. She was visiting family and friends in Bangladesh when she was taken hostage and killed. University president James Wagner...
  • Vox Notes Cluelessness of Oxford Students on Brexit Vote

    06/24/2016 3:27:37 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 24, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    The shocked reaction of Oxford University students to the Brexit vote yesterday was notable for the fact that they were so firmly esconced in their liberal bubble that even Vox took note of their extreme divorce from reality. As we shall see, it never even occurred to them that (gasp) the vote would be to leave Brexit. In fact the Oxford students clueless reactions to the vote were so laughable that the [Max Cady laugh] in the brackets will be employed where necessary to set the proper tone. To refresh your memories, Max Cady was a character in the movie Cape Fear.  So just...
  • The Head Of One Of The Best Universities Says That Affirmitive Action Means 'Lower Standards'

    05/17/2016 4:29:29 PM PDT · by blam · 39 replies
    BI ^ | 5-17-2016 | Abby Jackson
    May 17, 2016 Abby Jackson Responding to criticism about dismal diversity metrics, Chris Patten, the chancellor of the University of Oxford, disparaged the concept of racial quotas, as Quartz reported. In an interview with The Telegraph, Patten said that quotas lower standards: I am in favor of universities recognizing their responsibilities for promoting social inclusion. But I don’t think that if you want high-class universities, you should expect them to lower their standards in order to make up for some inadequacies in our secondary education system. Nobody will explain to me how you can make a system of quotas work...
  • White waitress refused tip by 'Rhodes Must Fall' activist gets $6,000 in 'sympathy' tips

    05/05/2016 5:56:01 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 43 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | by Colin Freeman
    A white South African waitress who was refused a tip by an Oxford student involved in the Rhodes Must Fall campaign has received more than $6,000 in "sympathy" tips after an online campaign on her behalf. Cape Town restaurant employee Ashleigh Shultz was allegedly told by activist Ntokozo Qwabe that he would not give her any service charge on his bill until her "fellow white people" returned South Africa's land to its black population. In an encounter that he described on Facebook, Mr Qwabe gleefully recounted that Ms Shultz had "burst into typical white tears", adding that he was "unable...
  • Bin Laden contact to become Saudi Arabia's man in London

    10/17/2002 5:55:03 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 241+ views
    Times Online ^ | October 17 2002 | Richard Beeston and Michael Evans
    Former spy chief named in September 11 lawsuit is likely to be welcomed by the diplomatic community SAUDI ARABIA has chosen as its next ambassador to London its controversial former spy chief, a man who courted Osama bin Laden during the Cold War. According to diplomatic sources, the Saudi authorities have selected as their new envoy Prince Turki al-Faisal, a leading member of the Saudi Royal Family and head of intelligence for nearly a quarter of a century. His appointment is expected to be confirmed within weeks and he is likely to take up his post as early as next...
  • Does ring found in field date back to Norman conquest?[UK]

    10/31/2008 10:32:14 AM PDT · by BGHater · 19 replies · 715+ views
    The News ^ | 31 Oct 2008 | Jeff Travis
    A metal detector enthusiast believes he has found a royal crown jewel buried in a field. Peter Beasley, 67, was stunned when he pulled a heavy gold ring from the ground while out with his metal detector near Petersfield. He claims the ring is 900 years old and belonged to Robert, the eldest son of William the Conquerer, whose name is engraved on the ring. Robert, known as 'Short-legs', unsuccessfully attempted to take the English throne when he landed in Portsmouth in 1101. But Mr Beasley is now involved in a dispute over the authenticity of the ring. The British...
  • David Cameron says lack of diversity at top shames Britain

    01/31/2016 6:07:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2016 9:43 AM EST
    British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will make universities disclose what proportion of poor and ethnic minority applicants they admit, in an attempt to end racial and class discrimination that "should shame our country and jolt us to action." Writing in the Sunday Times newspaper, Cameron said that "if you're a young black man, you are more likely to be in a prison cell than studying at a top university." ...
  • The Past Haunts Oxford Debate Over Rhodes Statue

    01/25/2016 12:50:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 21, 2016 | ALAN COWELL
    LONDON — High above a main thoroughfare in the city of Oxford, in an alcove framed by twirly columns, a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, the archimperialist who shaped Britain’s empire and the destiny of its far-flung subjects in Africa, peers down inscrutably on the people below. If you weren’t looking for it, you might miss it. In recent weeks, though, the statue has provoked an acrimonious debate about whether it should be removed, as was another monument to him last year, in South Africa, where he built his fortune and power before his death in 1902. But, as the...
  • Oxford Union backs motion to remove Cecil Rhodes statue

    01/20/2016 6:07:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 20, 2016 | Javier Espinoza
    Students at the Oxford Union voted on Tuesday night to remove the controversial statue of Cecil Rhodes with 245 ayes and 212 noes as part of a wider movement of "decolonisation" of the curriculum at the university. The vote followed a fierce debate between those who argue the statue of the Victorian imperialist is proof that Oxford is "institutionally racist" and therefore must be toppled and those who believe we can't erase the past and think the statue should stay. Arguing against the motion, Professor Nigel Biggar, who teaches moral and pastoral theology at Christ Church, Oxford, said that if...
  • Oxford U students who don’t like Cecil Rhodes should 'think about being educated elsewhere'

    01/13/2016 7:32:54 AM PST · by Timocrat · 13 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 01/13/2016 | Javier Espinoza
    Oxford University students who don't like Cecil Rhodes should 'think about being educated elsewhere', says chancellor
  • Bombshell Claim: More Clinton Sexual Assault Victims Are About To Come Forward (lots more, maybe)

    01/08/2016 2:15:52 PM PST · by Zakeet · 124 replies
    Sean Hannity ^ | January 7, 2016
    Since returning to the campaign trail as an advocate for Hillary, Bill Clinton has been harried by renewed interest in his past sexual misconduct as well as Hillary's alleged role in intimidating his victims into silence. Roger Stone, author of the New York Times bestselling "The Clinton's War On Women", claims that he has personal knowledge of previously unknown victims who are preparing to come forward with accusations against the former president. "I identified 24 women who've been assaulted by Bill Clinton," Stone said on The Sean Hannity Show. "Now some of these women are still terrified. Some of them...
  • 'Rhodesgate': Campaign To Remove Rhodes statue 'Is Like Isil's Destruction of Antiques', Says..

    12/22/2015 10:07:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 22, 2015 | Javier Espinoza, and Gordon Rayner
    'Rhodesgate': Campaign To Remove Rhodes statue 'Is Like Isil's Destruction of Antiques', Says Oxford Don The campaign to remove a Cecil Rhodes statue from Oriel College is like Isil’s destruction of antiquities because it is showing no respect for history, a prominent Oxford emeritus fellow has said By Javier Espinoza, 22 Dec 2015 The campaign to remove a Cecil Rhodes statue from Oriel College is like Isil’s destruction of antiquities, a prominent Rhodes scholar has said. “I am comparing what the [Rhodes Must Fall] movement are doing with what Al Qaeda and Isis are doing in places like Mali when...
  • History Returns Violently in the Mediterranean and Beyond

    12/01/2015 9:50:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Sometimes you can learn something about today's world from a history book -- even a book about obscure characters in a long-ago time in a far-away corner of the planet, featuring conflicts between regimes that ceased existing at least a century ago. For me, one such book has been "Agents of Empire," by the Oxford historian Noel Malcolm, gaudily subtitled "Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World." The subjects of the book, members of two intermarried Albanian families, the Bruni and Bruti, filled all those roles in the years from 1560 to 1600. They started off in...
  • 'Flat-pack' (Byzantine) Church lost in shipwreck to be built after 1,500 years

    11/16/2015 1:50:15 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | November 12, 2015 | Hannah Furness,
    It is the ultimate in DIY: a flat-pack building found on the bottom of the sea 1,500 years after it sunk. A Byzantine church is to be reassembled for the first time in its long history, after it was lost in a ship wreck around 550AD. The church is to go on show at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford as part of a new exhibition of treasures found under the sea, as its director says he hopes it is easier to assemble than “an Ikea wardrobe”. It is the most extensive building project of its kind, bringing the church...
  • STUDENTS DEMAND ‘RACIST’ CECIL RHODES STATUE TORN DOWN, HISTORY REWRITTEN

    11/04/2015 6:36:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 4, 2015 | Liam Deacon
    Students at the University of Oxford will hold a demonstration to “demand the glorifying statue of Cecil Rhodes – a brutal, racist colonial oppressor – be taken down” from a historic, grade one listed building. The protest has been organised by the #RhodesMustFallOxford campaign, set up in July, which describes itself as “a movement for the decolonisation of the curriculum, institutional memory and culture, and overall educational space at Oxford.” The students, at one of the best universities in the world, claim to be “oppressed.”
  • Show me the way to Mordor: Unique map of Middle-Earth with Tolkien's hand-written notes

    10/25/2015 4:16:36 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/24/15 | Sophie Jane Evans
    The artifact provides an amazing insight into Tolkien's mind - including his observation that Hobbiton is on the same latitude as the city of Oxford. It also suggests that Ravenna in Italy is the inspiration behind Minas Tirith, a fictional city that became the heavily fortified capital of Gondor. And it references Cyprus, Belgrade and Jerusalem.
  • Cameron faced with debauchery allegations from Oxford days.

    09/21/2015 7:07:22 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | 09.21.2015 | UK Mirror
    PM rocked by extraordinary claims from former Tory treasurer Lord Ashcroft that he was in a 'dope smoking group' and took part in a debauched initiation, but No 10 says it 'does not recognise' the accusations.
  • NAME THAT RAPIST - #1 - It Happened at Yale

    08/28/2015 11:39:41 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 32 replies
    This will be the first in a series of vignettes about sexual assault, coverup, and intimidation. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In 1972, a 22-year-old woman told campus police at Yale University that she was sexually assaulted by a law student at the college. No charges were filed, but retired campus policemen contacted by Capitol Hill Blue confirmed the incident. NAME THAT RAPIST
  • The top ten most unexpected words added to the online Oxford dictionary

    08/27/2015 4:07:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucy Clarke-Billings
    The online Oxford dictionary has added 1,000 new words to its database. The latest additions have been announced, highlighting the things British people have been talking about in the summer of 2015, such as inconsiderate commuters, solidified waste and unacceptable service charges. Here are ten of the most unexpected words on the list: manspreading (noun): the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seat awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent bants (noun): playfully teasing or mocking remarks...
  • Profile of Osama Bin Laden's Mother the Concubine-- Calling Dr. Freud!

    10/22/2001 3:17:10 PM PDT · by Shermy · 33 replies · 582+ views
    London Times ^ | October 19, 2001 | Ian Cobain
    FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 2001The wife who was shunnedBY IAN COBAINHamida: Bin Laden's motherHAMIDA Al-Attas, a tiny woman in her early sixties, has probably had little to say about the way the world has changed since September 11. But today, as she sits in her villa overlooking the highway linking Jedda to Mecca, she will be watching events as closely as any.Were she able to lift the veil of her burka, moreover, and talk openly, she could offer astonishing insights into the mind of the man that the West believes is to blame. Al-Attas is Osama bin Laden’s mother.Many hastily concocted ...
  • Debates vs. Debates

    07/30/2015 6:43:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    WARWICK, England -- When it comes to debates the Oxford Union, which bills itself as the "world's most prestigious debating society," remains the gold standard. Begun in 1823, The Union, in modern times, has hosted debates that have included such luminaries as Ronald Reagan and the Dalai Lama. The Oxford Union debates produce useful information. The same cannot be said for U.S. presidential debates. Next week, 10 Republican presidential candidates will gather on a stage in Cleveland, Ohio, behind podiums like "Jeopardy" contestants. With so many candidates having so little time, little useful information will be dispensed. More likely the...
  • Black Southern Heritage defender possibly murdered by Black Panthers in returning from Flag Rally

    07/19/2015 7:38:20 PM PDT · by wardaddy · 152 replies
    self and facebook | 7-19-15 | Self
    Approximately 8-9 hours ago Anthony Hervey and Arlene Barnum both black were returning from a rally in Birmingham yesterday in support of the Confederate Battle Flag Upon returning this morning Sharon Bauman started posting on her facebook page that they were being chased by unknown assailants and they subsequently wrecked on Mississippi State Hwy 6 in Lafayette county of which Oxford (Ole Miss) is county seat Ms Barnum survived and Mr Hervey died of his injuries All the info I have is from Ms Barnum Facebook and scant detail is on a blog called McAlester News According to witnesses the...
  • Oxford University Wants to Force Students to Attend “How Not to be a Racist” Class

    06/12/2015 12:23:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/12/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]It’s not just America’s elite universities that are turning into Social Justice Warrior playgrounds for perpetually outraged idiots. Here’s what going on over at Oxford [2]. Students at Oxford University will attend workshops on ‘how not to be racist’.The workshops will be targeted at incoming first year students as part of their freshers week timetable in a bid to eliminate racism within the university.The sessions are titled ‘Race 101 (or: How Not to be Racist).’ I’m sure that’s bound to work. Racism will soon be gone. Marc Shi, chair of the university’s Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality, part...
  • 'Racist Cocktail' ... Oxford Union Admits It Is 'Institutionally Racist' After Cocktail Row (U.K.)

    06/03/2015 7:13:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 3rd June, 2015 | Annie Hayes
    Oxford Union Admits It Is 'Institutionally Racist' After Cocktail Row The historic Oxford Union debating society has passed a motion declaring itself “institutionally racist” after it promoted a “Colonial Comeback” cocktail at an event last week. A meeting was held to address the issue of the offensive cocktail, which was advertised on a poster showing black hands in chains during a recent debate over Britain making reparations to former colonies. During the meeting society treasurer Zuleyka Shahin proposed the motion, arguing that the cocktail was “symptomatic of a wider problem” of racism at the union. Co-chair of the Campaign for...
  • Oxford graduates ‘give back’ degree to protest over fossil fuels investment

    05/25/2015 5:24:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Blue and Green Tomorrow ^ | 5/25/14 | Ilaria Bertini
    Almost 70 Oxford alumni have symbolically handed back their degrees to criticise the university’s weak policy on fossil fuels investment – which excludes only direct investment in oil sands and coal but fails to address other money invested in unsustainable sources of energy. Oxford University announced last week it would maintain its position of not having direct investment in high-risk oil sands and coal; it also pledged to follow environmental and social criteria for its investment. However, many have noted this policy does not go far enough, since it doesn’t rule out investment in all dirty energy sources. As a...
  • The Incredible Story of How St. John of the Cross's Papers Survived the Spanish Civil War

    05/10/2015 4:19:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 7, 2015 | MEGHAN FERRARA
    It may seem improbable to consider that St. John of the Cross, the Spanish Civil War, and JRR Tolkien have anything in common. However, all three share one important connection: the South African poet Roy Campbell, and therein lies a tale of intrigue, bravery and faith. This remarkable narrative is set against the upheaval of the Spanish Civil War of the 1930’s. There was much unrest in Spain leading up to the elections of February 1936, as ordinary Spaniards from various factions sought to oust the Republican junta. This tension evolved into full-blown riots that swept through the entire...
  • ‘Amazing how that works': Katie Pavlich banned from speaking to Oxford debate society

    02/09/2015 1:10:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | february 9, 2015
    Author and Townhall columnist Katie Pavlich was all set to speak before Oxford’s famed debating society. The society’s president apparently had other plans: Katie Pavlich @KatiePavlich Was scheduled to speak 2day at 'last bastion of free speech' @OxfordUnion but after committee voted to have me the president vetoed & banned She’s not making that “last bastion” line up, by the way:
  • Killer becomes a 'victim' [fake Muslim victimhood / Tariq Ramadan on M. Merah]

    03/29/2012 3:45:27 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 7 replies
    ynet ^ | March 29, 2012 | M. Gerstenfel
    Killer becomes a 'victim' Op-ed: False notion of 'Muslim victimhood' raises its head in wake of Toulouse murders Politically correct European elites and many Muslims have jointly created the perception that all Muslims are victims of the West. Consistent flawed reasoning and false arguments have made this possible. On the basis of the fake "victimhood" platforms created over the years, whitewashers of Toulouse murderer Mohamed Merah are constructing new false images. It is difficult to deny that the three French soldiers, a Jewish teacher and three children whom he killed are victims. Once having paid tribute to them, whitewashers began...
  • Jack FM turkey 'cook or save' vote slammed by Brian May [Queen guitarist]

    12/14/2014 8:59:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | December 11, 2014 | unattributed
    A radio station that asked listeners to vote on whether two turkeys should be killed has been criticised by animal lovers - including Queen guitarist Dr Brian May. And the RSPCA has urged Jack FM to rethink the online vote on whether the turkeys should be cooked or kept alive. The RSPCA said it opposed any practice with the "potential to cause animals pain... in the name of entertainment". Currently, 62% of people have voted to save the turkeys, named Sage and Onion. The Oxfordshire station said if listeners voted to kill the pair in the "cook it or keep...
  • Becoming Catholic at Oxford

    05/11/2014 5:41:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | May 11, 2014 | Christine Niles
    When I was a student at Oxford, I woke up before sunrise several mornings a week, donning my windbreaker, and hopping onto my bicycle – a green dinosaur I had bought for ten pounds on consignment – to cycle the mile or so down from north Oxford to Christ Church Meadow, where the rest of the crew would meet at the boat house for rowing practice. After hefting the boat from its rack and dropping it gently into the water, we eight would take our places. As captain of my boat and stroke seat, I sat directly opposite the coxswain....
  • Passion of Christ Play Banned in Oxford after Councillor Mistakes it for Sex Show

    04/17/2014 3:40:39 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 16 replies
    Brietbart - London ^ | April 17, 2014 | Nick Hallett
    A re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion that was due to take place on the streets of Oxford had to be cancelled after an official thought that "Passion play" meant "Sex show". The traditional play, organised by St Stephen's House theological college and St Mary and St John Church, involves a re-enactment of the trial and crucifixion of Christ in which actors playing Jesus, Mary, Pontius Pilate and Roman Soldiers would have paraded through the streets of the ancient university city.
  • The Vatican's Precious Manuscripts Go Online

    04/12/2014 7:07:22 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11 April 2014 | Liam Moloney
    Japanese Tech Firm NTT Is Scanning the Ancient Texts in the Vatican Apostolic Library Almost 600 years after Pope Nicholas V founded the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Holy See is now turning to 50 experts, five scanners and a Japanese IT firm to digitize millions of pages from its priceless manuscripts, opening them to the broader public for the first time. When the project is finished, one of the richest and most important collections of historical texts in the world will be available with a click of the mouse—and free. The plan marks a revolution for an institution known as...
  • Thousands of Rare Vatican Manuscripts to Go Online

    03/20/2014 7:45:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 127 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/20/14 | Francis X Rocca
    Thousands of rare manuscripts until now accessible only to scholars at the Vatican will go online over the next four years, thanks to help from a Japanese information technology company. Officials of NTT DATA Corporation and the Vatican Library announced their joint project at a news conference March 20. The library, founded by Pope Nicholas V in the 15th century, preserves some 82,000 manuscripts dating back to the early centuries of Christianity. Among its treasures are an illustrated edition of the works of the Roman poet Virgil, produced around the year 400, and illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy by the...
  • The Vatican and Oxford University team up to digitize 1.5 million pages of medieval manuscripts

    12/07/2013 6:43:11 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Medievalists.net ^ | December 3, 2013
     The University of Oxford and the Vatican have jointly created a digital project that will put online over 1.5 million pages of medieval and biblical texts. The four-year project will digitize the collections of the Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) related to their Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and fifteenth-century printed books. They include a Gutenberg Bible from 1455, an autographed and annotated manuscript of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, and the oldest surviving Hebrew codex.The project is funded by a $3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation. Dr Leonard Polonsky said, “In today’s fast-paced, digital-driven world of scholarship, easy...
  • Vatican, Oxford put ancient manuscripts online

    12/03/2013 9:16:43 AM PST · by oxcart · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/03/13 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Access to the Gutenberg Bible and other ancient manuscripts has just gotten easier.</p> <p>The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library put the first of 1.5 million pages of their precious manuscripts online Tuesday, bringing their collections to a global audience for the first time.</p>
  • Vatican and Bodleian Libraries [Oxford University] Launch Online Archive of Ancient Religious Texts

    12/03/2013 10:23:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/2/13 | Maev Kennedy
    Website funding from Polonsky Foundation includes Bodleian's 1455 Gutenberg Bible and aims to put 1.5m pages onlineSome of the rarest and most fragile religious texts in the Vatican and Bodleian libraries, including ancient bibles and some of the oldest Hebrew manuscript and printed books, are being placed online in a joint project by the two great libraries, which will eventually create an online archive of 1.5m pages. The website launched on Tuesday with funding from the Polonsky Foundation includes the first results of the four-year project, including the Bodleian's 1455 Gutenberg Bible, one of only 50 surviving copies of the...
  • Digitizing history: 82,000-manuscript collection Vatican Library goes online

    05/04/2013 3:28:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Star ^ | May 2, 2013 | Lesley Ciarula Taylor
    Little things slow down the process of putting 40 million pages of ancient manuscripts in the Vatican Library online: gold or silver in the illuminations, bindings that disintegrate if you open them, getting the synergy right. “It is important to realize if there is gold or silver in a manuscript. That requires a very particular process because the light will be different,” said Luciano Ammenti, who is in charge of IT at the Vatican and the project to digitize the storied library’s 82,000 manuscripts. The project, finally up and running a year after its announcement, uses an armada of equipment...
  • First Documents From Vatican Library Go Online

    02/03/2013 6:24:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    (Vatican Radio) More than six centuries after it was founded by Pope Nicholas V, the Vatican Library announced this week that it has made a first selection of ancient manuscripts available for consultation online. The first 256 documents to be digitalised form part of a broader project to make a large section of this prestigious archive freely available to students, scholars, researchers and teachers. The library, founded in 1451, has been supported in this work of digitalisation by a Ł2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation and other sponsors. Speaking to Vatican Radio on Wednesday, the prefect of the Vatican...
  • Holy crap! EMC gives Vatican Library 2.8PB to store manuscripts

    03/07/2013 2:30:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 7th March 2013 16:04 GMT | By Chris Mellor •
    The Vatican Library is losing its walls. Its 89,000 historic manuscripts are being made available online for access by scholars world-wide courtesy of EMC. The library, properly known as the Vatican Apostolic Library, is located in the Vatican City and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, established formally in 1475 but thought to have functioned for a long time before that. The library's function is to be a resource for scholars researching history, law, philosophy, science and theology.The Abyss of Hell by Sandro Botticelli in the Vatican Library It stores some 89,000 manuscripts, including 8,900 incunabula, manuscripts...
  • Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons in fight to ban lorries (trucks) from his Oxfordshire town

    10/12/2013 11:05:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:35 EST, 12 October 2013 | Stuart Woledge
    He is a passionate campaigner on green issues, and now Jeremy Irons has backed a campaign to ban lorries from the quaint Oxfordshire town where he lives. The Oscar–winning actor has thrown his weight behind an action group to prevent HGVs using the narrow streets of Watlington as a rat-run between the M40 and M4. The market town—reputedly the smallest in the country—is regularly snarled up with lorries whose drivers, looking for a shortcut between Oxford and Reading, are directed there by their satnavs. …
  • 'Twerk': Oxford Online Dictionary Adds a Miley Cyrus Gyration

    08/28/2013 11:00:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 08/28/2013 | Ken Mandel
    Miley Cyrus just twerked her way into the online Oxford Dictionary. Srsly. The term was just added along with other new words that have penetrated popular culture. Can it be a coincidence that "twerk," the suggestive rump-grinding dance move performed by Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, already is among the new words included on Wednesday in the online Oxford Dictionary's latest quarterly update? "Selfie" a self-portrait taken with a phone, "digital detox," "femo," and "unlike" were some of the other new words added to the online version. One of the world's most well-respected dictionaries, the online...
  • Resolved: The problems of the future are too great for the entrepreneurs of today.

    06/20/2012 8:49:50 PM PDT · by giant sable · 3 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | June 20, 2012 | Michael S. Malone
    Good evening, Mr. President, esteemed members for the proposition, and ladies and gentlemen. I am truly honored to be here tonight for this first Silicon Valley Oxford Union debate. I am particularly honored to be here speaking for entrepreneurs – because for me, this debate is not just an intellectual exercise, but moral choice. And it is not a debate about who participates, but who leads.
  • Vatican, Bodleian Libraries to Digitize Ancient Texts&#8232;

    04/19/2012 12:17:19 PM PDT · by null and void · 6 replies
    One of the Bodleian's newly digitized ancient texts is a manuscript from Venice dating from 1478. A collaboration between the Bodleian and the Vatican Libraries will bring ancient texts into the digital era. 1.5 million pages from both collections will be digitized and made publicly available. The Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) and the Bodleian Libraries will embark on a new collaborative digitization project with the aim of opening up repositories of ancient texts and making a selection of their remarkable treasures freely available online to researchers and the general public worldwide. The initiative has been made possible by a...
  • Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works

    04/14/2012 5:52:01 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/2012 | Paul Casciato
    The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) said on Thursday they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online. The libraries said the digitized collections will centre on three subject areas: Greek manuscripts, 15th-century printed books and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books. The areas have been chosen for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields... The initiative has been made possible by a 2 million pound ($3.17 million) award from the Polonsky Foundation. "The service...
  • Oxford Study Shows Belief in God is Part of Human Nature

    05/15/2011 8:37:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/15/2011 | Lee Warren
    A three-year study led by Oxford University concluded that humans are predisposed to belief in God – in some form or fashion. The study, known as the "Cognition, Religion and Theology Project" involved 57 academics in 20 countries in an attempt to determine whether our belief in divine beings and an afterlife were learned or part of human nature. "This project suggests that religion is not just something for a peculiar few to do on Sundays instead of playing golf," said Professor Roger Trigg, from Oxford University and the project's co-director, according to U.K.-based The Telegraph. "We have gathered a...
  • Why No smoking signs actually ENCOURAGE smokers to light up

    05/08/2011 6:19:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    No smoking signs may be driving more people to light up, a psychological study suggests. Scientists say the messages have an 'ironic effect' on smokers that increases their craving for tobacco. Without being aware of it, they react to the signs by thinking of and wanting cigarettes. 'You get ironic effects when you couple information that people perceive with negation,' said researcher Brian Earp, from Oxford University. 'When I say "don't think of a pink elephant", I've just put the thought of a pink elephant in your head. 'A lot of public health messages are framed in a negative way...
  • Cannabis Lovers Embrace Stupidity

    05/06/2011 5:46:28 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | May 6, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    “He might look rather pleased with himself in this picture - but it's likely he regrets posing for this snap now,” reports the Mail Online, UK. “For when police raided the home of drug dealer Darren Ellis, 35, they found this photograph of him holding up his stash of cannabis.” Also, in stupidity-related news, the Herald Sun, Australia, reports two “women are due in court today on cannabis possession charges after one of them repeatedly set off a metal detector at an airport in New Zealand, allegedly leading to the discovery of foil-wrapped cannabis in her bra.” Talk about stupid:...