Last week, a group of researchers, teachers, and administrators from 16 institutions of higher learning including Harvard, Duke, and Stanford, registered their objections to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s recent “Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft.” They did that by submitting, with the assistance of counsel, a 13-page letter in response to the FAA’s request for public comments.
These academicians are upset, in large part, because the FAA’s rules for model aircraft have been making it increasingly difficult for them to incorporate hands-on activities into their research and instruction. That’s because having their students design, build, and fly model aircraft (such as quadrotors and other kinds of small, low-altitude drones) the way countless hobbyists do is forbidden by the FAA’s prohibition on the use of model aircraft for anything that is not strictly a hobby.
Those who are at public universities can apply to the FAA for a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), but that option is not open to the faculty of private institutions. And in any case, the process, which was designed for doing research on comparatively large aircraft, is too cumbersome to address most educators’ needs.
“About the time you get an approval,” says Ella Atkins, a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan and one of the signatories to the letter, “the students have moved on.”
Lecturing for a week about how “evolution could not have happened.” Offering extra credit for students to watch the film “God’s Not Dead.” Showing religious bias in exam questions. Student reviews saying he’ll try to “convert you.”
Those charges, among others, make up a complaint filed recently by two First Amendment watchdog groups against T. Emerson McMullen, an associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University. The institution says it’s now investigating the professor for allegedly using his classroom at the public university to promote his anti-evolution Christian beliefs.
“We understand that as a historian, particularly a historian focused on science, McMullen could legitimately discuss the development of scientific ideas,” reads a letter sent to Georgia Southern from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. “He could even legitimately discuss religious doctrines masquerading as science, such as young earth creationism and intelligent design.”
However, the letter continues, “it appears that McMullen does not present these as religious ideas lacking scientific merit. Instead, McMullen presents these religious beliefs as scientific fact. In short, McMullen appears to use at least some of his class to preach religion instead of teach history.”
My dear fellow white science-fiction fans, let me use an analogy to try to explain one reason why people are so angry about what’s happening in Ferguson.
If you only watch one episode of Star Trek (original series), the fact that a guy in a red shirt dies is tragic, but eh— that’s television. But when you watch the entire series, you realize that a disproportionately high percentage of people wearing red shirts die.
It’s not that Captain Kirk has it out for people in red shirts. Heck, one of his best friends wears a red shirt. And Scotty never gets killed, so clearly not all red shirts die. And bad things happen to Kirk, too. But still— when you start paying attention, it’s pretty clear that wearing a red shirt in Star Trek is a death sentence.
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Perhaps this will let you understand better.
It’s not just this case. It’s just that the cases never stop happening.
In case you want to refute that kultur Warryur for Jaysus! relative after the plates are cleared and the pie eaten, here are some easily remembered talking points.
Myth 1: The United States was founded to be a “Christian nation.” The United States was most certainly not founded to be an officially Christian nation. The U.S. Senate and President John Adams said as much in the Treaty of Tripoli (1797): “As the Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion….” There is also the fact that Jesus (and God for that matter) is not mentioned even once in the body of the Constitution. Many of the Founding Fathers were Deists who were familiar with the bloody religious wars to which Europe had been subjected for hundreds of years. They had no interest in recreating religious strife in a new nation by forcing an official religion on citizens.
Myth 2: Church-state separation is not found in the U.S. Constitution. As famed church-state lawyer Leo Pfeffer once explained: “It is true, of course, that the phrase ‘separation of church and state’ does not appear in the Constitution. But it was inevitable that some convenient term should come into existence to verbalize a principle so widely held by the American people….” In other words, church-state separation is a summary of the Constitution’s religion clauses. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. James Madison is widely considered to be the “father of the Constitution,” and he was a primary drafter of the First Amendment. In a document known as the “Detached Memoranda,” Madison wrote, “Strongly guarded…is the separation between religion and & Gov’t in the Constitution of the United States….” Your Pat Robertson-loving relatives may disagree, but their beef is with Madison, not you.
Remove hot drinks and sharp objects from your immediate vicinity.
Across the world, homeopaths today are trying to ‘heal the oceans’. To do so, British homeopath, Grace DaSilva-Hill, has been writing to appeal to other homeopaths to drop some homeopathic remedies into the sea. She tells homeopaths that those not close to the sea can instead drop their remedies into a river. If even this is too challenging, then Grace advises homeopaths that they can flush their homeopathic remedies down the toilet. Yes, today, homeopaths worldwide are getting rid of their pills by flushing them down the toilet.
Now, hold on to something tight.
Grace tells her colleagues that even if they do not have access to the right homeopathic remedy then they can just ‘speak the name of the remedy to a glass of water, and the water will memorise the energy of the remedy’. Apparently, it is best to do this with ‘pure love and intention’.Never has there been a clearer example of Frazer’s Sympethetic Magic. Homeopaths practice witchcraft.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery Wednesday morning after experiencing discomfort during exercise, the court said.
Ginsburg, 81, had a stent placed in her right coronary artery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She was resting comfortably and was expected to be discharged within 48 hours, the court said.
The blockage was discovered after she felt discomfort on Tuesday night, the court said. For the past few years, Ginsburg has been working out with a personal trainer at the Supreme Court gym, and a court official said she was there when she felt the discomfort.
How much force will we allow as the people in charge of our police forces?
Not This Much.
When will we insist the seizure of cameras and deletion of footage be halted? How about this-We specifically criminalize the act of law enforcement deleting footage against a persons will.
Denver cops were caught on camera repeatedly punching a man in the face, causing his head to bounce off the pavement, before tripping his pregnant wife who was pleading with them to stop, causing her to flat on her face.
But then they realized another man had been recording them.
One cop can be heard saying “camera” before storming up to Levi Frasier, snatching his tablet against his objections, deleting footage and handing it back, confident they had destroyed the evidence.
But Frasier had his tablet synched to a storage cloud where the video file ended up before it was deleted, which is how he was able to provide Fox31 with the footage.
Here’s an interesting article on how America is losing The War on Terror and why.
I’ve noted many times that 9/11 was meant to provoke just the response it did, with just the results it did. Among those results was the rise of ISIS. To me the War on Terror epitomizes one of the major shortcomings of Western strategy. They have no strategy other than ‘winning’.
They’ve forgotten Sun Tzu.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
We never knew our foes. As Ferguson demonstrated we don’t really know ourselves. Is it any surprise we’re so helpless, despite our power, to obtain victory in this war?
My news aggregator found this fascinating blog post on students in a Masters level class in Medieval Studies, specifically one on ‘race and representation’.
Most interesting was the observation on how similar the way Wilson described Brown was to the way medieval authors described Muslims and other outsiders; infantilizing the protagonists of their work and demonizing ‘the other’. To me it shows how useful a good education is, and sadly, how little people have changed.