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Entries from December 31st, 2015

Three Cheers for the Clemson Three

December 31st, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Three Cheers for the Clemson Three · Found on the Web

How Three Professors Banded Together to Beat Back a Free Speech Threat at Clemson: the first of the three is C. Bradley Thompson, a prominent Objectivist.

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Peer Punishment

December 31st, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Peer Punishment · Found on the Web

How Pittsfield, New Hampshire’s Schools Are Practicing Restorative Justice: I’m conflicted about this. On the one hand, suspensions or other token punishments are ineffective. This brings in an element of self-responsibility and remediation. On the other hand, it reeks of “tribal elders” and collectivism. It seems like a failure of administration.

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For Love of No Money

December 29th, 2015 by Bill Brown · 1 Comment · Found on the Web

The Marriages of Power Couples Reinforce Income Inequality: if you believe that income inequality is the greatest threat to our way of life, then you mustn’t allow assortative mating! People should marry down for the good of our Gini coefficient! It makes my blood run cold to think how far this could go.

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We Got Kerry’d

December 22nd, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on We Got Kerry’d · Found on the Web

Iran Nuclear Deal Restricts U.S. More Than Congress Knew: the “non-treaty” that nonetheless restricts Congressional action. I am sick to my stomach.

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Need Safe Space

December 21st, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Need Safe Space · Found on the Web

Someone told me to “give it the old college try,” so I protested some bad Asian food and called myself a civil-rights hero. Tweet

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Faith and Force

December 11th, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Faith and Force · Found on the Web

In the San Bernardino Attacks, a Stark Example of the Difference Between Speech and Crime: I doubt anyone reading this would make the mistake, but this is a well-done covering of the crucial difference. Speech is not violence.

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Scientific Stumbling

December 9th, 2015 by Bill Brown · 1 Comment · Found on the Web

Science Isn’t Broken: the search for statistical significance over causation seems like a relevant factor in the rise of retractions. I don’t know enough about science in the trenches today but blind groping through iterative hypothesis testing strikes me as more susceptible to implicit and subtle bias than theory-guided hypothesis testing would be. I’m not […]

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The Modern Mollycoddlers

December 9th, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on The Modern Mollycoddlers · Found on the Web

Naming of Lebanon Valley College’s Lynch building questioned amid equality push: this is bald-faced idiocy. But here’s the part that troubles me: “School officials at LVC, meanwhile, say they plan to meet with the students to discuss their demands further before announcing a final decision in a January Symposium on Inclusive Excellence.”

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The Mob

December 8th, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on The Mob · Found on the Web

Brown University Professor Denounces ‘McCarthy’ Witch Hunts: I shudder to think what would’ve happened back in 1992 when our Objectivist club defended Columbus on moral grounds if this crowd had held sway. As it stands, we got investigated and vilified. I’m pretty sure nowadays we would have been beaten up or expelled.

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The Evil of Nice

December 8th, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on The Evil of Nice · Found on the Web

Hamilton College Students Demand Free-Speech Ban and Want White Faculty Out of Leadership: I wonder if this is the form that an American dictatorship would take. I know many think it’ll be theocratic but a lot of people roll over when confronted with charges of racism and have no answer to charges of oppression or […]

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Slim Chance

December 7th, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Slim Chance · Found on the Web

Carlos Slim on Zuckerberg plan – world needs jobs, not giveaways: so close but so very far.

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Window to Their Souls

December 7th, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Window to Their Souls · Found on the Web

A Stunt by Environmental Activists Targets Climate Skeptics: “obscene” is putting it mildly.

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Hey Kid

December 1st, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Hey Kid · Found on the Web

A letter to our daughter: Mark Zuckerberg wants to spend his billions to “advance human potential” and “promote equality.” Sigh. The optimist in me hopes that the balance will favor the former, knowing that the latter will be a great side effect. Time will tell what sort of “equality” he wants to promote.

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Grow Up and Stay Mindless

December 1st, 2015 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Grow Up and Stay Mindless · Found on the Web

This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!: a very strong statement that no non-religious university president could make in this environment. President Piper doesn’t seem to realize that everything he said that he thinks differentiates his ideas from the “social justice” movement doesn’t. Stripped of its explicit Christianity, it would work for any […]

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