Daily Archives: April 19, 2017

Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis – Part 4

Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis – Part 3

Ag MOOC | April 19 | Rebecca Nelson

Food-matters

Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis – Part 2

Climate Change: Risk & Energy Future Analysis: Prof Sir David King (February 2017)

Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis – Part 1

‘Gibraltar-sized’ space rock passes Earth – BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39642995

How the Right-Wing Koch and DeVos Families Are Funding Hate Speech on College Campuses Across the U.S. | Alternet

http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/rightwing-billionaires-are-intentionally-funding-hate-speech-college-campuses

Racist, sexist, Islamophobic protesters spark violence and publicity for Koch and Mercer-backed juggernauts.
By Alex Kotch / AlterNet
April 18, 2017

On March 2, eugenicist Charles Murray attempted to give a lecture at Middlebury College in Vermont, with little success. Protesters shouted him down and he was sequestered in another room to answer questions over a livestream. Afterwards, Murray left the campus, but not before protesters blocked his car and injured a professor.

Labeled a white nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Murray is the author of the 1994 book The Bell Curve, in which he argues that inequalities of race, gender and income exist because white men are smarter and genetically superior to black people, Latinos, women and the poor. Numerous academics have panned the book for its faulty reasoning and unprovable points.

So why is someone with such fringe ideas invited to speak on college campuses, and who pays for it? It’s unlikely that many university departments would invite such an obviously racist and discredited figure. While co-presenting the Murray talk, the political science department did not invite Murray, nor did it contribute any funding for the event. The Middlebury student chapter of a far-right libertarian think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, asked him to speak, and AEI picked up the tab.

Murray is not the only controversial guest making the college circuit on a think tank’s dime. Another conservative nonprofit, Young America’s Foundation, also establishes student chapters at numerous universities and sends bigoted scholars and lecturers including Ann Coulter, David Horowitz and Ted Nugent to speak at their campus events free of charge. Bankrolling these nonprofits are conservative mega-donors including Charles and David Koch and the DeVos family, who by funding the organizations enable hate speech at institutions of higher education.

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The Heat: How the US media covers war and foreign conflict


CGTN America

Published on Apr 18, 2017

Newspaper and television reporters have been criticized over the years, especially during times of war and military conflict. What is the responsibility of a free press? To discuss how the U.S. media covers wars today: Peter Galbraith, a former U.S. Ambassador. He was on the ground during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Part 2

Newspaper and television reporters have been criticized over the years, especially during times of war and military conflict. What is the responsibility of a free press? Should the American press be more critical when it comes to U.S. military conflict and democracy? To discuss the responsibility of the U.S. media in reporting foreign conflicts: Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst. Sam Stacks, reporter and founder of District Sentinel.

Noam Chomsky – The Crisis of Democracy


Chomsky’s Philosophy

Published on Apr 18, 2017