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for the week ending 17 September 2017

Harvard Backs Down Over Chelsea Manning

(Redstate) — Redstate reported Thursday that former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell had tendered his resignation as a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School for Government. Morell said he could not be a part of a program that would offer Chelsea Manning – a criminal convicted of espionage and leaking classified information – a position as a Visiting Fellow.

Morell’s resignation letter was passionate and reasonable and detailed why in good conscience he could not serve alongside someone who had willfully endangered so many honorable lives... Now it looks as though Morell’s letter had at least some effect on Harvard authorities.

The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School released a counter statement from the Dean in which he explained their reasoning behind Manning’s invitation to be a Visiting Fellow at the IOP.
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‘View’ Harpies Stir The Pot By Suggesting
Women Are Told By Husbands How To Vote

(WZ/Fox News) — The ladies of “The View” are being labeled “out of touch” for their comments on Friday about how women listen to their husbands when deciding whom to vote for.

Whoopi Goldberg mentioned an NPR interview in which Hillary Clinton said that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg warned her women would be pressured by the men in their lives to vote against her.

Joy Behar mused, “I think there is a point to that. It’s not just that women hate other women… I think that women vote in their interest, economic interest, just like the men do. So if the men have jobs and they say to their wives, this is just one example, ‘We’re going to get a tax break from the Republicans,’ and that will make the family have more money, the wife will go along with it.”
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Transgender Activist Assaults 60-Year-Old Woman
At Gender Debate

LONDON (The DC) — On Wednesday evening, a group of mothers in London drew protest from transgender activists when they held an event on women speaking about what it means to be a woman. During the event, which was disrupted, a transgender activist assaulted a 60-year-old woman.

British woman Maria MacLachlan was attacked by a male transgender activist who disrupted the event while she was videotaping a protest at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park. The protesters opposed a scheduled forum on gender and the 2004 Gender Recognition Act.

The forum was initially canceled according to the event’s host, New Cross Learning, due to safety reasons, but it relocated to Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park.

Threats by trans activist Tara Flik Wood were posted on Facebook, with further calls urging transgender activists to attend and disrupt the event.
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 With 220 Languages Spoken In California,
Courts Face An Interpreter Shortage

(LA Times) — Federal law enforcement began investigating California's courts seven years ago after receiving complaints that two Korean-speaking women in Los Angeles had been denied court interpreters.

Courts in other states also were examined and faulted. Along with California, they began working to comply with U.S civil rights law, which bars discrimination based on national origin. Failure to act meant the possible loss of federal money.

But nowhere has the task been so challenging as in California, the most linguistically diverse state in the nation.

At least 220 languages are spoken in California, and 44% of residents speak a language other than English at home. Seven million Californians say they cannot speak English well.

On top of that, California's court system is considered the largest in the nation, surpassing in size the entire labyrinth of federal courts.
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Mercedes Schlapp Becomes Second Woman Given
A Top Role In Trump's Communications Team

(Daily Mail) — President Donald Trump has hired Mercedes Schlapp, a longtime conservative commentator who he praised on the campaign trail, to his communications team.

Schlapp, who appeared regularly on Fox News, will serve under communications director Hope Hicks, 28, who was given a permanent job on Tuesday after serving as a stand-in following the firing of Anthony Scaramucci after only 10 days.

Schlapp will serve as senior adviser for strategic communications, the White House formally announced. The appointment is the first high-profile position to be filled by General John Kelly, Trump's new chief of staff.

Kelly is attempting to clean out staff brought on board from Trump's campaign days and hire those with more Washington experience, Politico reports.
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UPMC Hospital Cited For Allowing Cellphone Photos,
Video Of Patient's Genitals

(PennLive) — A Pennsylvania hospital has been cited after state investigators determined a "ton" of employees at UPMC Bedford Memorial crowded into an operating room to take photos and videos of a patient with a genital injury.

"There were so many people it looked like a cheerleader type pyramid," one witness told investigators, according to state records.

The incident took place Dec. 23 after the patient came to the emergency room for a genital injury that required surgery to remove a "foreign body," according to the health department.

An employee reported it to hospital administrators in January, prompting an investigation by the hospital. The health department conducted an investigation that began in late May.
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Homeless Men In Aspen Found Grilling
Lobster Tail, Lamb, Salmon

(Aspen Times) — In Aspen, even the homeless eat like kings.

That was the message received by a sergeant with the Aspen Police Department on Tuesday evening after he checked on a report of smoke coming from a popular homeless campsite in the Castle Creek Valley near Aspen Valley Hospital.

Sgt. Rob Fabrocini said he was coming on duty Tuesday evening when a fellow sergeant asked him to check out the smoke. So he tromped through the brush and found two homeless men well-known to local police with a full hibachi.

"They were grilling – are you ready for this – lobster tails, rack of lamb and salmon steaks," Fabrocini said. "They also had a 12-pack of Stella (Artois) that was unopened, and I said, 'You guys can't be cooking in the woods when it's this dry.'"

To his surprise, the men then opened three or four of the beers and doused the fire, he said.
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African-American Students Offended by Cotton

(Todd Starnes) — The president of Lipscomb University issued a public apology after an untold number of African American students were offended by a dinner table centerpiece made from stalks of cotton.

Yes, good readers – a group of college students was triggered by the fabric of our lives.

Randy Lowry, president of the Christian university based in Nashville, had invited African American students to his home for dinner last week.

One student who attended the gathering posted a diatribe on Instagram – along with a photo of the “offensive” centerpiece.

“We were very offended,” the student wrote. “My friend … asked why there was cotton on the table as the centerpiece. His response was that he didn’t know, he seen it before we did, he kind of thought it was ‘fallish’, THEN he said, “it ISNT INHERENTLY BAD IF WERE ALL WEARING IT.”
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Rex Reed: ‘Mother!’
Is The Worst Movie Of The Year, Maybe Century

(Observer) — From the idiotic drug-addict hokum Requiem for a Dream to the overrated, overwrought and over-hyped Black Swan, which I called “a lavishly staged Repulsion in toe shoes,” the films of wack job Darren Aronofsky have shown a dark passion for exploring twisted souls in torment. But nothing he’s done before to poison the ozone layer prepared me for mother!, an exercise in torture and hysteria so over the top that I didn’t know whether to scream or laugh out loud. Stealing ideas from Polanski, Fellini and Kubrick, he’s jerrybuilt an absurd Freudian nightmare that is more wet dream than bad dream, with the subtlety of a chainsaw.

This delusional freak show is two hours of pretentious twaddle that tackles religion, paranoia, lust, rebellion, and a thirst for blood in a circus of grotesque debauchery to prove that being a woman requires emotional sacrifice and physical agony at the cost of everything else in life, including life itself.
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Sliding NFL Ratings Could Throw Networks For A Loss

(CBS Moneywatch) — In a fractured media environment where award-winning scripted dramas compete for the public's attention along with goofy cat videos, one of the few things that multibillion dollar media and entertainment conglomerates could count on to attract millions of viewers – and generate the ad revenue that keeps them in business – was the National Football League.

These days, however, the most popular U.S. professional sport isn't such a sure bet. According to Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser, viewership for the NFL was down 14 percent on a year-over-year basis during the first week of the 2017-18 season. That's the lowest level of same-week viewing since 2009.

As a result, Walt Disney (DIS), parent of ESPN; CBS (CBS), parent of CBS MoneyWatch; Fox (FOXA), parent 21st Century Fox and Comcast (CMCSA), whose properties include NBC, are in a bind.
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