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The answer is no, they are not. But you wouldn’t know it based on the CSU’s recent memo advising students that they should call campus police if they are approached by immigration authorities. From The San Diego Union-Tribune: “I think the chancellor’s statement was just a re-enforcement of the values of the California State University […]
Great article in The New Yorker, “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds“: Stripped of a lot of what might be called cognitive-science-ese, Mercier and Sperber’s argument runs, more or less, as follows: Humans’ biggest advantage over other species is our ability to coöperate. Coöperation is difficult to establish and almost as difficult to sustain. For […]
So says The Nation: Until recently, the phrase “deep state” had been mostly consigned to the bowels of the conspiratorial deep web, but over the past few weeks, since Donald Trump decided to take his fight with the intelligence community public, it has witnessed a remarkable florescence. The “deep state” apparently has Trump in its […]
He’s only been a nationally-known figure for a few months, but it appears Milo Yiannopoulos has already done himself in with his own remarks. A video of the alt-right provocateur making statements that appear to condone pedophilia has caught a lot of buzz over the past 24 hours, resulting first in a rescission of Yiannopoulos’ […]
The Trump presidency is off to a rocky start. The 45th President of the United States has been in office for less than a month, and has fostered a contentious relationship with the media, ordered a controversial travel ban that may be declared unconstitutional, and criticized the judiciary for exercising its authority to stay executive […]
From Politio: Licking their wounds after a stinging appeals court defeat, President Donald Trump’s aides went into triage mode Friday as they considered options for salvaging his contested travel ban for citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries. In two different venues Friday afternoon, Trump suggested that the White House is trying to redraft the order to […]
From The AP: Republican lawmakers in Idaho again are pushing legislation designed to prevent state courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic religious law… Isn’t it called the First Amendment?