A Minnesota adjunct professor was fired for showing a 14th-century panting of the Prophet Muhammad, despite taking extensive precautions before doing so.
The now-former professor at Hamline University, Erika López Prater, warned students in the syllabus that images of holy figures, including the Prophet Muhammad and the Buddha, would be shown during the course. She asked students to contact her with any concerns, and said nobody did.
In class, she told students right before the unveiling that the painting would be displayed in case anyone wanted to step out.
Then, after showing the image, she was fired, the NY Times reports.
Officials at Hamline, a small, private university in St. Paul, Minn., with about 1,800 undergraduates, had tried to douse what they feared would become a runaway fire. Instead they ended up with what they had tried to avoid: a national controversy, which pitted advocates of academic liberty and free speech against Muslims who believe that showing the image of Prophet Muhammad is always sacrilegious.
After Dr. López Prater showed the image, a senior in the class complained to the administration. Other Muslim students, not in the course, supported the student, saying the class was an attack on their religion. They demanded that officials take action. -NY Times
School officials told López Prater that her 'services would not be needed' next semester, and told students and faculty in an email that the incident was clearly Islamophobic.
The consensus among future historians will be inevitable: the 2020s started with a diabolic murder.
Baghdad airport, January 3, 2020, 00:52 a.m. local time. The assassination of Gen.QassemSoleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic RevolutionGuards Corps (IRGC), alongside Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi, by laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles launched from two MQ-9 Reaper drones, was, in fact, murder as an act of war.
This act of war set the tone for the new decade and inspired my book Raging Twenties: Great Power Politics Meets Techno-Feudalism, published in early 2021.
The drone strikes at Baghdad airport, directly approved by the pop entertainer/entrepreneur then ruling the Hegemon, Donald Trump, constituted an imperial act engineered as a stark provocation, capable of engendering an Iranian reaction that would then be countered by, “self-defense”, packaged as “deterrence”.
The proverbial narrative barrage spun to saturation, ruled it as a “targeted killing”: a pre-emptive op squashing Gen. Soleimani’s alleged planning of “imminent attacks” against US diplomats and troops.No evidence whatsoever was provided to support the claim.
As Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative enters its 10th year, a strong Sino-Russian geostrategic partnership has revitalized the BRI across the Global South...
The year 2022 ended with a Zoom call to end all Zoom calls: Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping discussing all aspects of the Russia-China strategic partnership in an exclusive video call.
Putin told Xi how “Russia and China managed to ensure record high growth rates of mutual trade,” meaning “we will be able to reach our target of $200 billion by 2024 ahead of schedule.”
On their coordination to “form a just world order based on international law,” Putin emphasized how “we share the same views on the causes, course, and logic of the ongoing transformation of the global geopolitical landscape.”
Facing “unprecedented pressure and provocations from the west,” Putin noted how Russia-China are not only defending their own interests “but also all those who stand for a truly democratic world order and the right of countries to freely determine their own destiny.”
At least two state Attorneys General have slammed the White House for colluding with social media companies to censor dissent.
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey highlighted this effort in a Friday Twitter thread, noting how the Biden White House directed Twitter and Facebook to censor Robert Kennedy Jr., Tucker Carlson and Tomi Lahren.
In another example, YouTube assures a government employee that they use machine learning to 'reduce the recommendations' of wrongthink.
Meanwhile, Louisiana AG Jeff Landry slammed the Biden White House over the Tucker Carlson censorship.
Landry shared the document—an email exchange between White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty and an unidentified Facebook employee—in a Jan. 7 post on Twitter, with the comment: “Rob Flaherty tells facebook to censor” Tucker Carlson.
Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County, Arizona, spoke exclusively with Fox News Digital and had a direct message to the Biden Administration about the border crisis.
He said that the President did not understand the extent of the crisis and that he should apologize first before coming down to the border to pretend to care about the situation.
Lamb told Fox News that the President should apologize to the men and women serving the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for having ignored the issue of illegal immigration up to this point. He stated that the President owns them an enormous debt of gratitude for the hard work that they have put in under unbelievably challenging conditions and that it is not fair to assume that they will continue to put up with this forever if they are not given the respect that they deserve moving forward.
There is a real public health crisis among America’s young people, and it isn’t COVID-19. Every day, more than 300 of our children and loved ones are poisoned with fentanyl—an extremely lethal drug often disguised as other medication and hidden in party drugs popular among our youth. Yet most leaders in this country refuse to talk about it, let alone work to stop it.
When COVID-19 hit, multiple agencies at the federal, state and local levels conducted massive public service campaigns. Posters, radio, TV and social media ads instructed us to wash our hands, cover our cough, keep our distance, wear a mask, and get vaccinated. The campaign continues today, despite the weakening of the virus. According to the CDC, 1,494 Americans aged 0-18 years have died of COVID-19.
That number pales in comparison to fentanyl poisonings.
Webmaster addition: Biden's open borders are killing more people than Covid!
2022 was a banner year for artificial intelligence, and particularly taking into account the launch of OpenAI's incredibly impressive ChatGPT, the industry is showing no sign of stopping.
But for some industry leaders, chatbots and image-generators are far from the final robotic frontier. Next up? Consciousness.
"This topic was taboo," Hod Lipson, the mechanical engineer in charge of the Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University, told The New York Times. "We were almost forbidden from talking about it — 'Don't talk about the c-word; you won't get tenure' — so in the beginning I had to disguise it, like it was something else."
My name has now been added to the long and depressing list of high-profile academic “cancellations.” I recently resigned my tenured position at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, due to an episode — sadly typical of American higher education — that has been widely documented in national media. Like so many recent academic debacles, the actions of the administrators who precipitated the affair were ridiculous and wholly unnecessary. But my ouster was perhaps unique in the speed with which it unfolded and the degree to which it perfectly tells the tale of why so many of our institutions are in free fall. It illustrates what we must confront — whether we find ourselves among the small number of countercultural voices in academia or the much larger number of citizens who seek to preserve an educational system, and a culture, whose directions are not dictated by fanaticism.
The problem colleges face is institutional capture. This capture is of course ideological, but it’s broader than that. It also has important moral dimensions — it is not only, or mainly, an intellectual phenomenon. It usually happens relatively quickly, but early warning signs are easy to spot. It must be nipped in the bud if there’s to be any hope of saving the vital remnants of intellectual seriousness that can still be found on many American campuses. But it can only be stopped if faculty members and administrators, with the support of an awakened public, exercise the moral virtue of courage — the critical virtue without which the other virtues are impossible. As I have written in these pages, it’s a virtue that is in catastrophically short supply where it’s most needed.
The proximate cause of my resignation was the cowardly administrative takeover and humiliation of the college’s Center for Political and Economic Thought (CPET), which I had directed for many years. CPET is a research and public-affairs institute dedicated to the scholarly exposition of freedom, Western civilization, and the American experience. It is, or was, one of the oldest and most respected collegiate centers of its kind in the nation.
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Arizona’s largest county is launching an investigation into the issues that caused chaos on Election Day.
The probe will be “an important step in our efforts to get to the bottom of the printer issues that affected some Vote Centers on Election Day last November,” Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and Vice Chairman Clint Hickman said in a joint statement on Jan. 6.
Voters across the county found their ballots could not be processed by machines in the 2022 midterm elections, a problem that led to long lines at voting centers and workers having to tabulate the votes at a later date. At least 70 of the county’s polling sites were affected, at some 17,000 ballots. Maricopa County was one of the last counties to produce results in the midterms.
During a trial held for a lawsuit brought by Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, a cyber expert who examined ballots said he found 19-inch images printed on 20-inch paper. Clay Parikh, an information security officer with Northrup Grumman, said that the printers would not process the 19-inch images.
Parikh said there were only two ways the situation could have happened.
“One way is by changing the printer adjustments that would make the printer adjustments and settings override the image file that was sent, the other is from the application side, the operating system side,” Parikh said.
County officials said they weren’t aware of the county using 19-inch images and said that the printers were programmed to print 20-inch ballots.
They’ve denied accusations that the problems stemmed from intentional actions.
Webmaster addition: "We have investigated ourselves and determined that we did nothing wrong!"
A small group of mathematicians and activists disrupted an annual mathematics conference this week held in Boston, Massachusetts, where they worked to stop the recruitment of mathematicians to the US's National Security Agency (NSA).
On Thursday, at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, the largest annual mathematics gathering in the world, around ten members of the Just Mathematics Collective (JMC) and another ten members of the Muslim Justice League (MJL) entered hall C of the Hynes Convention Center during the career fair with a massive banner reading: "MATH MINUS MILITARISM".
They then held up the banner and passed out pamphlets explaining how the NSA - the largest employer of mathematicians in the US - has been spying on American citizens for the past two decades, and that by working for the agency, mathematicians could be complicit in this.
Israel’s right-wing government says it has approved a series of punitive measures in response to a Palestinian bid to push the International Court of Justice to give its opinion on the decades-old occupation.
The measures announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing security cabinet on Friday include using Palestinian money to compensate the families of Israeli settlers and soldiers who were attacked by Palestinians, and imposing a moratorium on Palestinian construction in some areas of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
During the latest UN Security Council meeting, Russian diplomat and UN delegate Vasily Nebenzya condemned the recent provocation by Israeli Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, who stormed the Al-Aqsa compound in east occupied Jerusalem on 3 January.
He added that this incident could not be isolated from the events that transpired in the year 2000 after former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon stormed the compound, which resulted in hundreds of deaths, triggering the Second Palestinian Intifada.
Nebenzya remarked that tensions in occupied Jerusalem are a source of destabilization in the region and that the Israeli government and Palestinian resistance should show restraint in order to prevent the new Israeli cabinet from further displacing Palestinians or confiscating their properties and lands.
Additionally, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged that the two sides resolve their differences based on Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, which could potentially result in the implementation of a two-state solution, according to WAFA news agency.
Jewish settlers on Saturday chopped down dozens of olive trees belonging to Palestinian residents near the village of Amateen to the east of Qalqiliya, the official news agency WAFA reported.
Local sources told WAFA that a number of settlers from the illegal settlement of Havat Gilad cut down around 40 olive trees in a land located to the south of the aforementioned village.
The land belongs to two Palestinian residents.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
An addendum to the Pentagon’s zero-trust strategy, published in late November, is now in the works, following a meeting of the U.S. and some of its closest intelligence-sharing allies.
A three-day event at Fort Meade, Maryland, home to the Defense Information Systems Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, drew representatives from the Department of Defense and Five Eyes partners Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.K. The topic: zero trust, a new paradigm that assumes networks are already compromised and, as a result, require continuous validation of users and devices.
Pakistan’s new army chief has held talks with top Saudi officials, including the defence minister, on his first official trip to the Gulf kingdom as the South Asian country faces an unprecedented economic crisis.
General Syed Asim Munir, who took charge in November, has followed in the footsteps of his predecessors in visiting Saudi Arabia – a close defence and economic ally – on his maiden overseas trip. He will also visit the United Arab Emirates during the nearly one-week trip.
President Joe Biden came closer than he ever realized to hundreds of illegal migrants who had just set foot on American soil during his border trip on Sunday.
As his presidential motorcade sped along closed roads from one carefully stage-managed facility visit to another, he came within a few dozen feet of migrants lining up on the wrong side of the border fence.
They sent up a cheer as Biden's convoy race past above them even though he would almost certainly have been oblivious to their presence.
Electric vehicles have become popular over the past few years. But EVs could take a significant hit based on what’s happening in Switzerland.
According to a report in the Telegraph in December, the country is weighing emergency measures in case of an electricity supply shortage this winter.
Switzerland — the best country in the world according to a recent analysis from US News & World Report — could shorten store operating hours, lower the thermostats at buildings, and limit the private use of electric cars to “absolutely necessary journeys.”
But just the suggestion of curbing EV use fired up the country’s auto lobby. Director of the auto-schweiz importers group, Andreas Burgener, called it “a disservice to electromobility.”
Take warning! If you’re holding your crypto assets on big exchanges like Binance, CoinBase, or Kraken, you’re well-advised to get them off and into a privately-held wallet for a few reasons that we’ll survey here.
I realize a lot of hardened crypto veterans will probably roll their eyes as if to say “duh.” But I didn’t realize this stuff when I got into the uncharted technological territory that is a cryptocurrency, and it has important implications for your financial health.
What you need for murder charge to stick is below in my substacks; he ‘died’ on the field, they are lying about commotio cordis, they killed him with this deadly gene vaccine they made Chauvin 2.0
Every single NFL player (or athlete in America) must be screened for myocarditis (post COVID gene injection); they must demand it! Do not take the field for you could be DAMAR! Do not let them lie to you and confuse you with commotio cordis!
It is time to lay murder charges on Pfizer, Moderna, CDC, NIH, FDA, NIAID, Fauci, Francis Collins, Walensky, Ashish Jha etc.
It is time. These beasts killed a black man openly on live television and the black activists must step up now! Black live DO NOT matter to these beasts like Pfizer et al., never did for public health people like Fauci, so it is time we lay murder charges for this time, they were actually at the scene of the crime with their murder weapon. No trial even needed!
President Joe Biden’s expanded use of his administration’s Catch and Release network, the process that helps free hundreds of thousands of border crossers into the United States every month, is a pretext for “mass amnesty,” experts say.
Last week, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a plan that blows open the doors to an even more expansive Catch and Release network at the U.S.-Mexico border where 360,000 more border crossers will be able to get into the U.S. interior by applying for humanitarian parole.
From February 2021 to October 2022, Biden’s DHS has released at least 1.4 million border crossers and illegal aliens into American communities — most of which have been given parole to work and stay in the U.S. while awaiting their immigration hearings.
The plan, though, is a pretext for mass amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, Republicans and immigration experts allege.
Protests erupted in a part of Dublin on Tuesday after it was discovered that the Irish government had moved migrants into a local school without telling parents.
Parents are said to have gathered at the entrance to a local school in a suburb of Dublin on Tuesday evening after it was discovered that the Irish government repurposed the school to become a temporary migrant shelter.
With housing for both new arrivals and Irish citizens alike now running dry, the Irish government has taken to moving substantial numbers of migrants into disused buildings, often without giving the local population any notice of such decisions.
Such a decision to move migrants into an area without telling locals appears to have taken place at the end of last year, with Gript Media reporting protests taking place in Drimnagh after it was discovered that foreigners were housed at the buildings containing Our Lady of Good Counsel Infant School and Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School.
During MSNBC’s coverage of the House Speaker votes on Friday, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) reacted to House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) speech after being elected Speaker by stating that McCarthy “making it a priority to go after the FBI” is “not a promising indication” of the priorities of House Republicans.
Host Ayman Mohyeldin asked, “Speaking of the work that is about to get underway, we got a glimpse, if you will, of perhaps both the managerial style or the leadership style of Kevin McCarthy, but also the substance of what he wants his conference and this House to do under his leadership in that speech that he gave. And we’ll talk about Leader Jeffries (D-NY) in a moment, but what did you make of what Speaker McCarthy said about what he wanted to go after in terms of investigations and the substance of his speech?”
Krishnamoorthi responded, “I think, for instance, making it a priority to go after the FBI doesn’t really — it’s not a promising indication of where their priorities are…I think the other thing that I would say is, when he talks about, for instance, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and others being able to use the subpoena power to go after various individuals, what I’m really concerned about is they’re going to start relitigating the 2020 election and trying to prove out Donald Trump’s theories about what happened.”
In the era of Trump, many on the Right have looked to the Democratic Party’s ruthless partisan discipline as a model. “Democrats,” disillusioned conservatives like to say, “stick together at all costs.” They don’t have grandstanding moralizers like Adam Kinzinger or Liz Cheney, who constantly bash their own party’s lack of “principle” from their sinecures in cable news. As the Democrats have reminded the country with their mockery of Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would never tolerate the kind of dissension that McCarthy faced over the past week in his path to become speaker of the House.
The McCarthy drama shows, if nothing else, that Republicans have yet to embrace the Pelosi model. While they may crave the Left’s partisan unity, Republicans do not agree about who their real enemies are. The anti-McCarthy rebels demanded more aggressive and authentically conservative leadership than what the “RINOs” have to offer, and yet, their efforts undoubtedly divided the party, to the frustration of more moderate members who feared Democrats taking control.
The hysterical backlash that the 20 dissidents faced from all sides was unwarranted. It was vicious and absurd to call them “terrorists” or to say that they were undermining “democracy.” At the same time, it is unfair to attack as “RINOs” and “sellouts” those who, including Donald Trump, did not see any point in going along indefinitely with what turned out to be, essentially anti-establishment political theater, borne out of righteous anger, perhaps, but political theater all the same. Some of the rebels doubtless had sincere intentions, but others, like Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), were obviously taking the piss. (Trump for speaker of the House? Hilarious, but come on.)
According to this recent story over at The Sun, one day, quite likely in our lifetimes, artificial intelligence will replace human beings in four key industries, leaving billions around the world without jobs, with CNN's Peter Bergen warning AI will be replacing humans in fields such as customer service, insurance underwriting, and manufacturing among others, with Bergen claiming 'writers,' such as us here at ANP, will soon be phased out as well with the introduction of a new AI 'chatbot'.
With The Sun story reporting that AI called 'ChatGPT' is an AI computer language program that can produce text and talk to you like a human, write poems, give you baking advice, solve complicated puzzles and much more, their story also reported the company that created this A.I. is a San Francisco based research lab called 'Open AI,' which should tell us a lot about this A.I. as we go forward.
As Elon Musk recently said of ChatGPT, "It's a new world. Goodbye homework!" in response to New York public schools banning the chat bot, with a spokesperson for the school system actually providing a very interesting response to why they've banned it, a response that seems to go completely against what we've seen in America's public schools for years now with them being leftist indoctrination centers.
'While the tool may be able to provide quick and easy answers to questions, it does not build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential for academic and lifelong success.'
So, as we'll explore in this story, I myself decided to set up an account with 'ChatGPT' and ask this AI a few questions and as I found out right away, it's nothing but another 'indoctrination tool' being used by the globalists to push their never-ending stream of propaganda and lies. And none of us should be at all surprised with the research lab that created it in San Francisco of all places.
The European Union will soon start negotiations on Russian gas deliveries, Thierry Mariani, a French member of the European Parliament, said in an interview with Izvestia published on Monday.
"I think negotiations on Russian gas supplies will begin in the next few months. Meanwhile, European capitals are far too scared to displease Washington or get blackmailed by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky," Mariani said.
Surveying just the news that started this year in The Daily Doom, things look bad for the US economy. Worse still, if you dig beneath the few rosy headlines that did greet the year in lighter tones, the bottom falls out quickly, as it does when stepping out of a high-rise window.
This weekend, for example, I’m going to be working on a deep dive in one of my special posts for patrons into the confusing swirl of conflicting employment news that sent stocks soaring skyward today. It was really far shakier than the market wants to believe it heard. (Later this month, I’ll be giving my predictions for the upcoming year in another Patron Post.)
Authorities in an Indian Himalayan town have stopped construction activities and started moving hundreds of people to temporary shelters after a temple collapsed and cracks appeared in over 600 houses because of sinking of land, officials said Saturday.
Residents of Joshimath town in Uttarakhand state say they started noticing cracks in houses, especially after 2021 floods in the region. No injury was reported in the temple collapse late Friday and those living nearby had vacated the area a day earlier.
Himanshu Khurana, a district administrator, said more than 60 families have been moved to government relief camps. The number is likely to go up to 600 families, media reports said.