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Barcelona terror attack: House blast which killed at least one linked to van rampage

Barcelona terror attack: House blast which killed at least one linked to van rampage  | 17 Aug 2017 | Police have arrested at least two suspects after a van was used to kill at least 13 people in a terrorist attack in Barcelona city centre...Islamic State has said it was responsible for the attack, according to the AMAQ newsagency.


Wasserman Schultz's ex-IT aide indicted on 4 counts

Wasserman Schultz's ex-IT aide indicted on 4 counts | 17 Aug 2017 | Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was indicted Thursday on four counts including bank fraud and making false statements. The indictment also includes his wife Hina Alvi. The grand jury decision in U.S.


Oregon Transgender Identity Document Bill on Way to Governor's Desk

Oregon Transgender Identity Document Bill on Way to Governor's Desk | 11 Aug 2017 | Oregon lawmakers have signed off on a bill that would make it easier for transgender people to change their identity on state government documents like a drivers license or birth certificate. The Senate voted 23-6 Wednesday to approve the bill, which now heads to Gov.


'I hope Trump is assassinated,' Missouri lawmaker writes; Secret Service investigates

'I hope Trump is assassinated,' Missouri lawmaker writes; Secret Service investigates | 17 Aug 2017 | A Democratic Missouri state senator from University City posted, then quickly deleted, a comment on Facebook saying she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated. As a result of Sen.


Barcelona terror attack: Two arrested after van driven into dozens of pedestrians

Barcelona terror attack: Two arrested after van driven into dozens of pedestrians --At least 12 people have died and 80 are injured after a white van hits people in a tourist area of Catalonia's capital. | 17 Aug 2017 | Police have arrested at least two suspects after a van was used to kill at least 12 people in a terrorist attack in Barcelona city centre.


12 killed and 80 injured in Barcelona attack

Breaking: 12 killed and 80 injured in Barcelona attack --Emergency services shut metro and railway stations as two men are arrested over the terror attack in the heart of the city. | 17 Aug 2017 | A white van mounted the pavement and hit crowds of people on Las Ramblas in the centre of Barcelona.


Duke Chapel's statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee vandalized

Duke Chapel's statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee vandalized | 17 Aug 2017 | (Durham, NC) A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that is part Duke Chapel has been vandalized. It was discovered Thursday morning that the statue on Duke University's campus had been defaced. The statue is one of 10 historical figures adorning the exterior of the chapel, according to Duke Today. Duke officials are investigating the incident.


Oak Ridge makes first transuranic waste shipment

Oak Ridge makes first transuranic waste shipment | 17 Aug 2017 | (Oak Ridge, TN) Oak Ridge's Transuranic Waste Processing Center just made its first shipment to a permanent disposal facility in five years.


Democrats move to formally censure Trump over Charlottesville

Democrats move to formally censure Trump over Charlottesville | 16 Aug 2017 | House Democrats are introducing a formal resolution to denounce President Donald Trump for saying that "both sides" are to blame for a violent encounter between white supremacists and neo-Nazis and the activists who showed up to protest them.


California Bill: 1 Year in Jail for Using Wrong Transgender Pronoun

California Bill: 1 Year in Jail for Using Wrong Transgender Pronoun | 17 Aug 2017 | A new bill being considered by the California State Senate would punish people who "willfully and repeatedly" refuse "to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns" in a public health, retirement or housing institution.


Barcelona van attack: multiple deaths reported in Las Ramblas area

Breaking: Barcelona van attack: multiple deaths reported in Las Ramblas area --Police confirm fatalities and say they are treating incident in Spanish city as terror attack, amid local reports that armed men have entered restaurant | 17 Aug 2017 | The attack took place in central Barcelona.


'ISIS' van attack in Barcelona kills 13 and injures more than 100

Breaking: 'ISIS' van attack in Barcelona kills 13 and injures more than 100; At least one fleeing suspect shot dead as he drove into police at roadblock --13 dead and dozens hurt as van drives into crowds of people in Barcelona amid reports of gunshots nearby | 17 Aug 2017 | At least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured in Barcelona after a van ploughed into pedestrians in a busy tourist street.


U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan | 16 Aug 2017 | Officials say one U.S. service member has died as a result of their wounds Wednesday in Eastern Afghanistan. The incident occurred during a joint operation with Afghan Forces against ISIS. Officials say U.S. and Afghan forces also suffered multiple injuries during the operation.


Neo-Nazis Would Be Treated as Terrorists by Police Under Proposed Illinois Law

Neo-Nazis Would Be Treated as Terrorists by Police Under Proposed Illinois Law | 16 Aug 2017 | The Illinois Senate has passed a measure that would categorize neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations, following the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Lawmakers said it was important after the recent events to show there was "total opposition" to the groups that were involved in the rally.


Julian Assange asks why the US said nothing when Obama supported Ukrainian neo-Nazis

Julian Assange asks why the US said nothing when Obama supported Ukrainian neo-Nazis | 14 Aug 2017 | Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has sent a series of highly apposite Tweets regarding the recent right-wing versus left-wing protests in Charlottesville that have resulting in one death and multiple injuries.


Twitter, other Internet firms accelerate censorship and dismantling of accounts

Twitter, other Internet firms accelerate censorship and dismantling of accounts | 16 Aug 2017 | Silicon Valley joined a swelling backlash against neo-Nazi groups [and *others* Twitter and Google dislike] in the United States on Wednesday as more technology companies removed white supremacists from their services in response to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.


U.S. talks tough on trade deficit as NAFTA discussions begin

U.S. talks tough on trade deficit as NAFTA discussions begin | 16 Aug 2017 | The United States drew a hard line for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday, demanding major concessions aimed at slashing trade deficits with Mexico and Canada and boosting U.S. content for autos. At the start of talks in Washington, U.S.


Oregon becomes first state to offer free abortions for all, including undocumented immigrants

Oregon becomes first state to offer free abortions for all, including undocumented immigrants | 16 Aug 2017 | Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a landmark bill to provide free abortions for all, including undocumented immigrants, by requiring insurance companies to cover the procedures and putting taxpayers on the hook for the tab.


University drops world's oldest erotic novel written in English from curriculum

University drops world's oldest erotic novel written in English from curriculum | 14 Aug 2017 | It remains one of the most widely banned books in history, shocking readers with its 'pornographic' content centuries before Lady Chatterley's Lover.


Bombshell Connection Between Charlottesville, Soros, and CIA

Bombshell Connection Between Charlottesville, Soros, and CIA | 15 Aug 2017 | As evidenced this weekend, a civil war is brewing in this country, laying the foundation for a violent coup to take out President Trump. George Soros-funded NGOs have been able to achieve regime change in other countries by quite literally teaming up with neo-Nazis and "moderate" terrorists.


Shaming & Shunning: The People Who Do It, & Its Likely Effects (Part I)

Shaming & Shunning: The People Who Do It, & Its Likely Effects (Part I), by Michael Rectenwald

I can tell you a little about shaming and shunning -- what types of people initiate it, the way it builds, and how it is maintained. I can also speak to the kinds of responses the shamed and shunned are liable to take in response. The effects of shaming and shunning are indeed variable, but some mass responses are predictable. 

In my case, I gave an interview with the Washington Square News, NYU's student newspaper; one particular "colleague" of mine found my views intolerable. She railed and wrote a social-justice-jargon-laden response, replete with the plug-n-play rhetoric so rife in social justice circles, including "gas-lighting" and other nonsensical Legos-like pre-fabricated phraseology. You can find this phraseology easily on the web; no thought is required to construct a social-justice-inflected manifesto or argument as the language pieces stand ready-made for easy assembly, much like IKEA furniture. (No disrespect to IKEA furniture or its buyers is intended; I own some myself.)

She then apparently imposed on the other members of the committee on which she "served," "The Liberal Studies 'Diversity, Equity and Inclusion' Working Group" -- which I have since dubbed, with the help of some press and interviewers, "The Illiberal Studies Conformity, Inequity and Exclusion Working Group." They demand conformity (or at least obeisance) to a particular and peculiar ideology, treat those who do not conform to it as moral inferiors, and seek to have the non-conformists excluded from the university.

She rallied the committee members and induced them to sign onto her screed. Thus, she managed to have an official Liberal Studies Program (and thus NYU) committee condemn me. This set the stage for an all-out, collective shunning by my faculty "colleagues" in Liberal Studies at NYU. (See my reply to this open letter, with a link to it, here.) 

The pattern is clear: led by a religious zealot or two, shunning begins with the zealot's finger-pointing and shaming of the soon-to-be-outcast individual. It relies on a mob mentality and the induction of the desired behavior toward the accused of herd-compliance and mimicry. The followers, some true believers, others merely cowards, soon fall in line. As word spreads through the community, it quickly reaches a critical mass, and thus an entire group (in this case, one of supposed "intellectuals," "independent thinkers", and "individuals" armed with mob-resistant educations) acts as one, a herd in motion, and thus treatment of a person as if they were the equivalent of a moral leper is attained.

herd mentality

Members of the Jehovah's Witnesses could not have been more compliant than these supposed independent thinkers in their shunning routines.

 

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I know exactly who initiated the shunning in my own case, as well as her underlying motivations. This is someone who, as a reader at a supposed poetry and short fiction performance, instead used the opportunity to deliver a series of vitriolic emails that she had sent to the curators of a film series about their supposed "racism" -- an obscure, recognizable-to-social-justice-zealot-only kind of "racism," akin to a "micro-aggression," but even more incoherent and imperceptible to all but the most hypersensitive, insult-seeking persons alive.

After getting past my disappointment that she would read polemical emails rather than literature, I tried to give her my full attention and to suspend skepticism to a degree -- to dispose of doubt and thus to give her the benefit of its lack. Yet, one strained to follow her "reasoning," although the underlying ethos seemed to be clear. She had a predilection to be offended and would stop at nothing in her pursuit to find offenses and offenders. The curators had sent perfectly reasonable responses and apologies (she read these aloud as well), but clearly nothing would ever satisfy her unquenchable thirst for "justice," her demand to be vindicated, her overweening desire to express herself through self-righteous indignation.

I realized then and there that this person, the reader of these emails, was someone utterly consumed with rage, that her entire life revolved around demanding recognition of/for her righteousness. I remarked to myself that this was an eternally unhappy person and that I should stay clear of her, because she is likely to be dangerous. My premonition could not have been more spot on.

To be continued...

Michael Rectenwald is a Professor of Liberal Studies at New York University and author of seven books, including Nineteenth-Century British Secularism: Science, Religion and Literature (2016), Academic Writing, Real World Topics (2015), and Global Secularisms in A Post-Secular Age (2015). A prominent spokesperson for academic freedom and free speech, he has published widely and has appeared in numerous national and international media venues regarding politically correct authoritarianism and social justice ideology. He is currently working on a memoir tracing his encounters with the postmodernist theoretical precursors of social justice ideology. Follow him on Twitter @antipcnyuprof.

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Deputies arrest protester who helped pull down Durham Confederate statue

Deputies arrest protester who helped pull down Durham Confederate statue | 15 Aug 2017 | Durham County sheriff's deputies arrested a woman who said she took part in toppling the Confederate statue in downtown Durham. More arrests are expected. Takiyah Thompson, 22, was taken into custody shortly after protesters held a news conference Tuesday afternoon at North Carolina Central University.


Georgia judge is suspended after calling counterprotesters in Charlottesville 'nutcases' and 'snowflakes'

Georgia judge is suspended after calling counterprotesters in Charlottesville 'nutcases' and 'snowflakes' and comparing them to ISIS for tearing down Confederate monuments --Georgia judge is suspended for making controversial Facebook posts --He called counter-protesters in Charlottesville 'special snowflakes' on Saturday --He also compared 'nut cases tearing down monuments' with the Islamic state --The Gwinnett County judge was suspended on Tuesday --He w


Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Organizer Was Occupy Wall St. Activist and Obama Supporter

Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Organizer Was Occupy Wall St. Activist and Obama Supporter | 14 Aug 2017 | His name is Jason Kessler. He is the one cited as the organizer of the now infamous "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The thing is, Mr. Kessler's arrival on the "alt right" and/or "White Nationalist" scene didn't occur until November 2016.


NY governor pushes 'Charlottesville Provisions' to make violent protests a hate crime

NY governor pushes 'Charlottesville Provisions' to make violent protests a hate crime | 15 Aug 2017 | [Insane globalist dirt-bag/nuclear power pimp] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the state to prosecute violent protests against "protected classes" as a hate crime, suggesting higher criminal penalties. His so-called "Charlottesville Provisions" are a response to the violence in Virginia.


Trump: Left- and right-wing extremists resorted to violence during rally in Virginia

Trump: Left- and right-wing extremists resorted to violence during rally in Virginia | 15 Aug 2017 | U.S. President Donald Trump unabashedly insisted on Tuesday that both left- and right-wing extremists resorted to violence during a weekend rally by right-wing groups in Virginia, and that some present were peacefully protesting plans to remove a Confederate monument when the upheaval began.


Durham protesters topple Confederate statue outside courthouse

Durham protesters topple Confederate statue outside courthouse | 14 Aug 2017 | Protesters in Durham rushed and toppled a Confederate statue outside the courthouse on Monday evening. The monument of a Confederate soldier holding a rifle was erected in 1924 and inscribed on it are the words "in memory of the boys who wore the gray." Later Monday, Gov.


Texas A&M cancels White Lives Matter rally set for Sept. 11

Texas A&M cancels White Lives Matter rally set for Sept. 11 | 14 Aug 2017 | Texas A&M University cited safety concerns as it cancelled a White Lives Matter rally planned for Sept. 11 by an outside organizer. University administrators consulted with law enforcement, system leaders and regents before cancelling the rally, spokeswoman Amy Smith said. Gov.


2 US soldiers killed, 5 more wounded in possible ISIS attack in Iraq

2 US soldiers killed, 5 more wounded in possible ISIS attack in Iraq | 13 Aug 2017 | Two American soldiers have been killed and five more wounded during an operation in northern Iraq. Though the military has said they were taking part in "combat operations," initial reports said the deaths were not from "enemy contact." The troops were taking part in operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).


Charlottesville rally participant is 'FIRED from his job' as Twitter begins naming and shaming right-wing supporters involved in 'Unite the Right' event

Charlottesville rally participant is 'FIRED from his job' as Twitter begins naming and shaming right-wing supporters involved in 'Unite the Right' event | 13 Aug 2017 | A white nationalist has been fired from his job as Twitter begins naming and shaming alt-right supporters involved in yesterday's deadly Charlottesville rally.