On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized…
Investors managed to push gold higher Thursday instead of completely embracing risk, as doubts remained about whether the U.K. will get parliament ratification for its Brexit deal, but Turkey agreed to a ceasefire in Syria.
“Wild Night With 90mph Wind Gusts” - Bomb Cyclone Unleashes Hurricane-Force Winds In Northeast
Hurricane-force winds slammed parts of New England and New York on Thursday, as the bomb cyclone, we first reported on Tuesday, knocks out power to hundreds of thousands of people, destroys critical infrastructure, and delays air travel in parts of the Northeast.
The strong overnight storm “is now parked over southern New England with the pressure equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane,” meteorologist Dave Hennen told CNN.
More than half a million customers in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, Maine, and Massachusetts are currently without power in the 11 am est. hour. The majority of the outages are in Massachusetts (224,000) and Maine (219,000), according to poweroutage.us.
Throughout Thursday, winds up to 50 mph are expected for New England, while Boston and New York could see winds up to 40 mph.
In Provincetown, Massachusetts, government weather stations recorded wind speeds over 90 mph, which is on the upper end of a Category 1 hurricane, borderline Category 2 wind speed. Boston Logan International Airport recorded 70 mph on Thursday, while winds hit 125 mph at Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual pluralism and the best traditions of liberal education at America’s colleges and universities. Leo’s most recent compilation of campus madness leaves one nearly breathless.
In a USA Today op-ed, Emily Walton, a sociology professor at Dartmouth University, said that all college students should take a mandatory course on black history and white privilege. She says that by taking her class, white students “come to understand that being a good person does not make them innocent but rather they, too, are implicated in a system of racial dominance.” Walton adds, “After spending their young lives in a condition of ‘white blindness,’ that is, the inability to see their own racial privilege, they begin to awaken to the notion that racism has systematically kept others down while benefiting them and other white people.” This is inculcating guilt based on skin color. These young white kids had nothing to do with slavery, Jim Crow or other horrible racial discriminatory acts. If one believes in individual responsibility, he should find the indoctrination by Walton offensive. To top it off, she equates the meritocratic system of hard work with white discrimination against minorities.
If you thought integration was in, check out the University of Nevada. Based on a report in the College Fix, John Leo describes how integration on that campus is actively discouraged — and at taxpayer expense. The university provides separate dorms for different identities including Howell Town for black students, Stonewall Suites for LGBTQ students, the women-only housing of Tonopah community, the Healthy Living Floor for tofu and kale lovers and study-intensive floors for those who want to graduate.
According to a New York Post report, New York City school administrators have been taught that pillars of Western Civilization such as objectivity, individualism and belief in the written word all are examples of white supremacy. All school principals, district office administrators and superintendent teams were required to attend the anti-white supremacy training put on by the city Department of Education’s Office of Equity and Access. They learn that a belief in an “ultimate truth” (objectivity) leads to a dismissal of “alternate viewpoints or emotions” as “bad” and that an emphasis on the written word overlooks the “ability to relate to others” and leads to “teaching that there is only ‘one right way’ to do something.” Administrators learn that other “hallmarks” of white supremacy include a “sense of urgency,” “quantity over quality” and “perfectionism.” Richard Carranza, New York City school superintendent, says the workshops are just about “what are our biases and how we work with them.”
Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, says that political rage and increasingly polarized discourse are endangering our nation.Americans used to move forward productively after elections regardless of which side won. Now, we seem paralyzed by absolute schism and intolerance. Bloomberg pointed to colleges as a prime example of a rising level of intolerance for different ideas and free speech. Steven Gerrard, a professor at Williams College in Massachusetts, serves as an example of campus intolerance. Students declared Gerrard “an enemy of the people” after he suggested that Williams College join other schools in signing onto what’s called the Chicago Principles.
The statement, published by the Committee of Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago, calls for free speech to be central to college and university culture. Williams college students said free speech is a part of a right-wing agenda as a “cover for racism, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and classism.” Bloomberg pointed out that fewer than 70 of America’s 4,000 colleges and universities have endorsed or adopted the Chicago statement.
State governors and legislators can learn something from their Alaskan counterparts, who slashed public spending on the University of Alaska by 41%. There’s nothing better than the sounds of pocketbooks snapping shut to bring a bit of sanity to college administrators.
NBA Fan Raises $43K For “Stand With Hong Kong” T-Shirts As Protesters Torch LeBron Jerseys
A Los Angeles lakers fan has raised just under $43,000 in under 48 hours via GoFundMe for a run of “Stand with Hong Kong” t-shirts to hand out during the October 22 season opener at the Staples Center, according to LAist. The anonymous NBA fan who organized the fundraise, “Sun Lared,” says he had to disable new donations because he blew past his initial target of $20,000 after over 1,500 donations poured in from all over the world.
With shirts costing just under $3 each, the plan is to order 16,000-plus shirts, enough to outfit most spectators in the 20,000-person capacity arena.
The NBA fan, who’s going by the pseudonym “Sun Lared,” does not want his identity revealed to the public, he said, in order to protect his and his family’s privacy and avoid the wrath of Chinese netizens. He said he’s never engaged in activism before, but felt compelled to do something after seeing China crack down on the NBA this week. -LAist
“I think it’s important for us to stand for free speech alongside the people of Hong Kong and to stand against foreign attempts at forcing us into self-censorship,” said the organizer “Lared,” a Taiwanese-American who lives in the Bay Area and is a Golden State Warriors fan.
“Now, I got to fly out to L.A. for this Lakers-Clippers game,” he said, adding “It’s a little bit more than I signed up for.”
By Sunday, the Houston Rockets were on a blacklist in China. CCTV5, the sports channel of China’s top state broadcaster, and Tencent Sports said it would no longer show Rockets games. And the Chinese Basketball Association cut off ties with the Rockets.
Chinese ire expanded to include NBA leadership after the league’s Commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement Tuesday that failed, in the view of Chinese authorities, to properly condemn Morey for his tweet.
Silver said in his statement that “the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say.” -LAist
LeBron gets dunked on
Amidst the Hong Kong controversy, Lakers star Lebron James has drawn the ire of pro-democracy protesters for saying that freedom of speech can lead to “a lot of negative,” effectively supporting China’s efforts to crack down on the protesters.
In response, Hong Kong activists have been burning LeBron James jerseys according to The Guardian.
Hong Kong protestors burn LeBron James Jerseys.
“James was trying, you know, to take a side, on the China side, which is like ridiculous,” said 36-year-old marketing director Aaron Lee. “He was being honest, financially. Financial is money. Simple as that. LeBron James stands for money. Period.”
One NBA player has appeared to voice support for the protestors in Hong Kong. The Boston Celtics’ Enes Kanter, who is exiled from his native Turkey due to his opposition to the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, tweeted a list of issues he has faced due to his political beliefs. They include seeing his father imprisoned and having his passport revoked. At the end of the tweet he wrote “FREEDOMISNOTFREE”. -The Guardian
–Haven’t seen or talked to my family 5 years –Jailed my dad –My siblings can’t find jobs –Revoked my passport –International arrest warrant –My family can’t leave the country –Got Death Threats everyday –Got attacked, harassed –Tried to kidnap me in Indonesia