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University of Kansas Asks Library Staff to Wear Gender Pronoun Nametags

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University of Kansas Asks Library Staff to Wear Gender Pronoun Nametags



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Administrators have made the library at the University of Kansas the center of several recent diversity initiatives, particularly an effort to make transgender students feel more comfortable on campus.

One of the initiatives is encouraging students to identify their gender pronouns when introducing themselves to others. Employees at the library were invited to wear buttons with nametags that displayed their chosen gender pronoun in an effort to make non-binary conforming students more comfortable on campus.

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Several posters throughout the library remind students that wearing a nametag with your gender pronoun is a way to lessen the likelihood that a transgender student would be misgendered on campus.

“[W]e encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender. Pronouns matter!” one poster reads. “Misgendering someone can have lasting consequences, and using the incorrect pronoun can be hurtful, disrespectful, and invalidate someone’s identity.”’

Kevin Smith, the Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas, argues that diversity initiatives should be right at home in the library. He suggested that diversity and inclusion are “universal values of libraries.”

“A commitment to support the voices of marginalized people is part and parcel to the libraries’ commitment to the values of the First Amendment,” Smith explained.

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BEST OF THE WEB: Exit Obama in a Cloud of Disillusion, Delusion and Deceit

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I had promised myself and my family that on this holiday I would do nothing but relax. However events have overtaken my good intentions. I find myself in the unusual position of having twice been in a position to know directly that governments were lying in globe-shaking events, firstly Iraqi WMD and now the “Russian hacks”.

Anybody who believes the

latest report

issued by Obama as “proof” provides anything of the sort is very easily impressed by some entirely meaningless diagrams.

William Binney, who was Technical Director at the NSA and actually designed their surveillance capabilities, has advised me by email.

It is plain from the report itself that the Russian groups discussed have been under targeted NSA surveillance for a period longer than the time frame for the DNC and Podesta leaks.

It is therefore inconceivable that the NSA would not have detected and traced those particular data flows and they would be saved.

In other words,

the NSA would have the actual hack on record, would be able to recognise the emails themselves and tell you exactly the second the transmission or transmissions took place and how they were routed. They would be able to give you date, time and IP addresses. In fact, not only do they produce no evidence of this kind, they do not even claim to have this kind of definite evidence.

Secondly, Bill points out that

WikiLeaks is in itself a top priority target and any transmission to WikiLeaks or any of its major operatives would be tracked, captured and saved by NSA as a matter of routine

.

The exact route and date of the transmission or transmissions of the particular emails to WikiLeaks would be available

.

In fact, not only does the report not make this information available, it makes no claim at all to know anything about how the information was got to WikiLeaks.

Of course Russian hackers exist. They attack this blog pretty well continually – as do hackers from the USA and many other countries. Of course there have been attempted Russian hacks of the DNC. But the report gives

no evidence at all of the alleged successful hack that transmitted these particular emails, nor any evidence of the connection between the hackers and the Russian government, let alone Putin.

There could be no evidence because in reality these were

leaks, not hacks

. The report is, frankly, a pile of complete and utter dross. To base grave accusations of election hacking on this report is ludicrous.

Obama has been a severe disappointment to all progressive thinkers in virtually every possible way.

He now goes out of power with absolutely no grace and in a storm of delusion and deceit. His purpose is apparently to weaken Trump politically, but to achieve that at the expense of heightening tensions with Russia to Cold War levels, is shameful

. The very pettiness of Obama’s tongue out to Putin – minor sanctions and expelling some diplomatic families – itself

shows that Obama is lying about the pretext.

If he really believed that Russia had “hacked the election”, surely that would require a much less feeble response. By refusing to retaliate,

Russia has shown the kind of polish that eludes Obama

as he takes his empty charisma and presentational skills into a no doubt lucrative future in the private sector.

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January 1, 2017 at 05:20PM

Le Pen Hits back at Hollande’s anti-Populist NYE Speech: ‘After Trump, Brexit, the French Want Independence’

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Le Pen Hits back at Hollande’s anti-Populist NYE Speech: ‘After Trump, Brexit, the French Want Independence’



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François Hollande denounced populism and nationalism ahead of upcoming French presidential elections, but Marine Le Pen hit back saying after Trump and Brexit, the French share the worldwide “aspiration for independence” in the fight against globalism.

In his New Year’s Eve address, President Hollande, who earlier in December said that he will not be seeking reelection in 2017, alluded to Front National candidate Le Pen when he warned against what he called “rising extremism,” citing Brexit in the U.K. and the election of Donald J. Trump in the U.S.

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“There are periods in history when everything may change dramatically. We’re in one of those times,” said the Socialist Party member.

“In five months you will make a choice … France is open to the world, it is European, it is fraternal. How can we imagine our country huddled behind walls, reduced to its only domestic market, returning to its national currency and in addition, discriminating against its children according to their origins?”

“It would no longer be France!” added the country’s least popular president since World War II.

French President Francois Hollande gestures as he delivers a speech in Paris, on November 24, 2016

French President François Hollande (AFP/Francois Mori)

Le Pen, who is predicted to make it to the second round of elections, blasted Hollande, saying, “Like many other political figures, [Hollande] completely renounces the restoration of democracy and independence which is so ardently the wish of the French people.”

“These last words of the year offer at least a relief,” she said. “We know that next year we will not have to undergo such a slew of platitudes and statements in total mismatch with the reality of the country and the sufferings of the French.”

“To speak of isolation for a project that is, on the contrary, in the sense of history, after Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, a return of peoples’ global aspiration for independence, is a manifest misunderstanding of the evolution of the world and of the deep desires of its peoples, including the French people,” Le Pen added.

The populist party leader concluded, “The president’s wishes finally remind us that on the threshold of this New Year, a very clear alternative will be presented to the French. Either the pursuit of the globalist and Europeanist model” or a “commitment to return [sovereignty] to the people.”

French member of Parliament and candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, Francois Fillon delivers a speech following the first results of the primary's second round on November 27, 2016

Les Républicains (The Republicans) Presidential Candidate François Fillon (AFP Eric Feferberg)

The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on 23 April. Should no candidate win an outright majority, a run-off between the top two candidates will be held on 7 May.

Along with Le Pen, The Republicans’ candidate François Fillon is expected to progress to the second round. Fillon, who recently stated that France is not a multicultural country, served as prime minister under former President Nicolas Sarkozy and according to polls is the favourite to be the next French president.

The Socialist Party primaries are set for 22 January and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced his presidential bid. The Socialist Party is not expected to progress beyond the first round of voting in April.

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January 1, 2017 at 05:20PM

Abbas: 2017 Will Be ‘The Year of the Palestinian State’

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Abbas: 2017 Will Be ‘The Year of the Palestinian State’



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The Times of Israel reports: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday told Fatah party officials that 2017 would be “the year of the independent Palestinian state.”

At a torch-lighting ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of Fatah’s founding, Abbas hailed the recent UN anti-settlement resolution as a diplomatic victory.

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“The settlements are illegal, and in recent days, we were given an unprecedented decision regarding this issue,” he told members of his party at the ceremony, held at the grave of former PLO leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, Channel 10 news reported.

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January 1, 2017 at 05:20PM

Migrant Stabs Christian Woman Because She Was Reading Bible

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Migrant Stabs Christian Woman Because She Was Reading Bible



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An Afghan migrant attacked a woman at an asylum centre in Austria because she was reading a bible.

The attack took place in the town on Timelkam in the state of Upper Austria. The attacker was a 22-year-old migrant from Afghanistan who became annoyed that the 50-year-old woman had been invited by Christian residents to read the bible.

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Austrian paper Kronen Zeitung says he ran into the kitchen where the woman was talking and attempted to stab her in her upper body. Her thick winter coat protected from serious harm, however she fell and injured her ear due the force of the blow.

Police arrived at the scene and arrested the migrant. He admitted he had overreacted, although he told police this was due to “personal problems”. He also stated that he had never seen the woman before the attack.

There have been numerous incidents of Christians coming under attack in migrant centres across Europe.

One charity said that over 700 Christians have been attacked in German asylums homes since May 2016, with the majority of perpetrators being Muslim.

Christian charity Open Doors said that 83 per cent of the cases reported included multiple assaults, while almost half of victims claim they have received death threats from fellow migrants. Another 44 said they had been sexually assaulted.

Over 90 per cent of the attackers were Muslim, and in 205 cases the attackers were not only Muslim but also guards at the centres.

Breitbart London also reported in August how an Iranian-born German politician who converted to Christianity said that Christians face ongoing persecution in migrant homes.

Mahin Mousapour said Christians in asylum centres were being told they are “impure as a dog”.

“Toys of Christian children are being destroyed, Christian asylum seekers are told not only to wash their dishes after eating but also that they must clean the entire kitchen as it would otherwise be ‘unclean’. Many Muslim asylum seekers call all Christians unclean. Church services are held in secret, bibles and crucifixes have to be hidden,” she said.

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January 1, 2017 at 05:20PM

Watch: Mariah Carey Suffers Brutal Lip-Sync Fail on ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

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Watch: Mariah Carey Suffers Brutal Lip-Sync Fail on ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’



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Mariah Carey struggled through her performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve late Saturday night when apparent technical difficulties caused her audio track to be thrown out of sync.

The 46-year-old pop star stopped singing while performing her hit “Emotions,” asking the crowd to sing the lyrics for her.

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The issues appeared to be sorted out during her next song, “We Belong Together,” but she stopped singing midway through as her vocal track played on behind her.

“I’m trying to be a good sport here,” an apparently frustrated Carey told the audience during the performance.

“It just don’t get any better,” she added as her set came to a close and she exited the stage.

Thousands of viewers at home took to social media to weigh in on the performance, with some saying 2016 had claimed Carey’s career as its “final victim.”

Carey acknowledged the disastrous performance in a tweet early Sunday, saying simply: “Sh*t happens.”

As CBS News noted, this is not the first time Carey has lip-synced during a nationally televised performance; the singer also mimed her way through the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2015.

An estimated two million people filled Times Square Saturday night for the ball drop. Gloria Estefan, Thomas Rhett and pop band DNCE also performed live on the show.

 

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