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The creep of critical theory at Wilfrid Laurier


The social justice movement is known for routinely staging demonstrations, shouting down (and shutting down) speakers, and issuing demands. More significantly, however, its ideas and terminology have become part of the fabric of university culture. As psychologist Jonathan Haidt said in an interview earlier this year:
This is all so new. There's been, I believe, a kind of a moral revolution, a new moral culture emerging on campus but it really is only in the last two years. If any of your viewers graduated from college in 2013, they probably haven't seen it. ... [I]t's organized around victims of oppression, it's a vertical metaphor of privileged and oppressor people, and victims. This idea that everything is power.

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PM quashes absurd bid to make French less 'macho'

© AFP/File / by Mathieu FOULKES
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has clamped down on attempts to make French more female-friendly, issuing a ban on so-called "inclusive writing" in official texts, according to a memo seen by AFP on Tuesday.

Moves to end the linguistic dominance of the masculine over the feminine have sparked impassioned debate in France, coming as a flurry of revelations about sexual harassment and assault continue to dominate global headlines.

At the centre of the row is the growing use of formulations to embrace both genders in the plural form, which requires full-stops being inserted in the word -- to the horror of purists.

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76% of Republicans agree with Trump: Make friends with Russia

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US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin
"In a sharp turnaround from the Cold War years, 79% of conservatives agree that it's better to be friends with Russia, but just 27% of liberals share that view."

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what you get when some badly out-of-touch Democratic operatives (Podesta and co., cough, cough) invent a bogus Russiagate hoax, and try to foist it on the American people.

It's the best thing that ever happened to Russia.

Recent Rasmussen poll:
... 52% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the president's statement last Sunday that "... having Russia in a friendly posture, as opposed to always fighting with them, is an asset to the world, and an asset to our country, not a liability." Just 27% disagree, but another 21% are undecided.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major party agree with the statement. Among Democrats, 29% agree; 41% disagree, and 29% are undecided. ...

In a sharp turnaround from the Cold War years, 79% of conservatives agree that it's better to be friends with Russia, but just 27% of liberals share that view.

Comment: Considering the amount of aggressive and hysterical anti-Russian propaganda in the US, it is encouraging that 52% of likely US voters agree that it is a good idea to be friendly towards Russia. Of course, in a normal world, this should be a no-brainer - why would you want to confront another nuclear-armed and increasingly influential global superpower? - but we do not live in normal times.


Shoe

Florida Democratic Party chair resigns over allegations of sexual harassment


Stephen Bittel
Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel tendered his resignation Friday after a report alleged that he sexually harassed women and created a hostile work environment.


Attention

John F. Kennedy, Oil, and the War on Terror

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On November 20th, 1963, between 11:30 - 11:40 a.m., President John F. Kennedy met with Lena Horne, Carol Lawrence, DNC chairman John M. Bailey, and others.

Later that day, he issued a statement on the Extraordinary Administrative Radio Conference to Allocate Frequency Bands for Space Radio Communication Purposes, held in Geneva, Switzerland from October 7 to November 8, 1963. He invited other nations to participate in setting up a global communication satellite system. He spoke of "a peace system worldwide in scope."

Following that, John Kennedy sent to the Congress the 17th annual report on U.S. participation in the United Nations, and then he signed into law bill (HR2073) to allow the conveyance of submerged and tidal lands to Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa if they are needed for economic development or other compelling reason. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Archives

At the end of the day, he had less than two days left...

Life Preserver

Emergency rooms see a large spike in self-harming among tweens & early teen girls

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Attempted suicides and other types of self-harm have increased dramatically among girls in America since 2001, according to a 15-year study of emergency room visits. The increase was particularly sharp after the financial crisis in 2008.

The study, by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers analyzed data on non-fatal, self-inflicted injuries of those treated in 60 emergency rooms, among ages 10 to 24.

Nearly 29,000 girls and about 14,000 boys with self-inflicted injuries were treated in emergency rooms during the study years, 2001-2015.

Comment: These authorities have left out the increased availability and use of severely detrimental smartphones, which would also coincide with the time periods discussed.

Don't miss: Brain drain: More bad news about smartphones


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Postmodern crusade going mad: Schools around Western empire now banning best-friends

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"Don't let the teachers see us, they said we are banned"
Members of the royal family aren't often told what they can and can't do. But just a few days into his first year of school, 4-year-old Prince George already faces a mandate: No best friends allowed.

Thomas's Battersea, the school George attends, bans kids from having best friends, Marie Claire reports. Instead, teachers encourage all students to form bonds with one another to avoid creating feelings of exclusions among those without best friends.

Jane Moore, a parent whose child attends the school, explained the idea on a recent episode of the British talk show "Loose Women." "There's a policy," she said, "that if your child is having a party - unless every child is invited - you don't give out the invites in class."

Comment: How is it that these fools so consistently manage to twist good intentions into such horrible ideas? Everything currently being done in the name of "progressivism" and "inclusivity" will one day give the opposite result.

See also:
2-year-olds to be brainwashed with "transgender lessons" in UK


Heart - Black

English government scraps EU legislation that sees animals as sentient beings, says they can't feel pain

Proving the rule that you should never trust an English politician, a majority of members of Theresa May's Tory Government have voted that all animals have no emotions or feelings, including the ability to feel pain.

As part of the process of shaping the EU Withdrawal Bill, the English government has decided to scrap EU legislation that sees animals as sentient beings, opening the way for a return to the favorite sport of the quintessential Englishman and woman: torturing and killing innocent creatures.

Once the English leave the EU in 2019 (and the rest of Europe heaves a collective sigh of relief), it will not only be badgers and foxes - the traditional quarry of brain-damaged English toffs - that will be threatened by this change in law, but all animals that aren't pets (although pets across England should be very worried).

The vote comes in contrast to extensive scientific evidence that shows that animals do have feelings and emotions, some even stronger than ours. Then again, the English elite never did let facts get in the way of a nice bit of brutalization of the defenseless.

The staggering arrogance and cruelty that informs this decision exposes the fact that most English MPs have significantly less conscience and compassion than the average alligator.

Smoking

UK cigarette prices could jump for the second time in a year

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Around ten million adults in the UK are smokers - in spite of the ever increasing cost.
Speculation has mounted about whether the cost of cigarettes is set to increase for a second time in a year in Wednesday's Budget.

Since the Chancellor already announced an increase in the price of cigarettes in March, the UK's 10 million smokers are hoping to be spared another hike, which could push the cost of the average pack to over £10.

This week's Budget is unusual in that it will be the second one this year - which normally only happens when there is a change of government. Philip Hammond effectively gets a second bite of the cherry with the nation's finances, because last year he announced the 2017 Autumn Statement would become an Autumn Budget, with a much smaller "Spring Statement" next year.

Tobacco is subject to an automatic, annual increase in duty of two per cent above the rate of inflation, with the average cost of 20 cigarettes standing at £9.91 in March after the spring budget slapped an extra 35p on a pack.

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Gov. Cuomo turned blind eye to pervert under his nose according to sex-harass accuser

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An upstate woman has stepped forward to reveal she is the sex-harass accuser who prompted the resignation last month of a high-ranking Gov. Cuomo appointee - and to accuse the governor of repeatedly ignoring his pal's "horrific acts."

In a shocking Manhattan federal court lawsuit filed Saturday, Lisa Marie Cater alleges former Empire State Development Corp. regional president William "Sam" Hoyt got her a job at the DMV and then leveraged it to "manipulate, sexually harass and sexually assault" her.

The bombshell complaint - which names Cuomo and Hoyt as defendants - says Cater contacted Cuomo's office no less than six times but met "deliberate indifference."