Saturday, December 22, 2018

Feds: UM animal researcher shared bestiality, child porn

Zeidler
Michael Zeidler
Detroit — A University of Michigan researcher who works with animals was charged in federal court Tuesday with distributing child pornography, including some that involved bestiality.
Michael Zeidler, 48, of Ann Arbor also was accused of installing a hidden camera in his bathroom and secretly filming exchange students who lived in his home since 2012.
Zeidler, a research lab specialist who works with gene edited mice and rats, was charged after FBI agents searched his university lab and home.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2018/12/18/university-michigan-researcher-charged-child-porn-case/2353458002/

Betsy DeVos cancels $150 million of student loan debt after losing court battle

The Department of Education said it will cancel $150 million of student loan debt, impacting about 15,000 people whose schools closed.
The Obama-era borrower defense relief program – which essentially ground to a halt under Education Secretary Betsy Devos – provided a path for people to seek forgiveness for federal student loans if a shuttered school violated specific laws or misled students.
DeVos was highly critical of the program, reportedly calling it a “free money” giveaway, and sought to change and delay the program. However, she was sued, and a federal judge ruled in September the program needed to “go into effect.”
Those eligible for loan forgiveness must have been enrolled at the school when it closed and not enrolled at another Title-IV school within three years of the previous school’s closing, according to the Education Department.
PLUS loans – which parents took out on behalf of children – could also be eligible for discharge.

UNIVERSITIES TOOK $600 MILLION TIED TO MUSLIM NATIONS WHILE FORMING GRADE SCHOOL CURRICULA FOR US STUDENTS

  • A Department of Education program funds colleges to teach about the Arab world, but upcoming payments are going to colleges that have received millions of dollars from Arab countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, data shows.
  • One critic said that coupling the program with the foreign funding is “a back-door route to Saudi influence.”
  • Some of the universities employ faculty or have hosted guests who made anti-semitic remarks.
Universities funded by the Department of Education to help shape the way U.S. K-12 schools and colleges portray the Middle East and Israel are simultaneously bankrolled by $600 million tied to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Muslim-majority countries, a Daily Caller News Foundation data analysis found.
One critic called the payments “a back-door route to Saudi influence over America’s K-12 curriculum.”

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Corbett Report: History Is Written By The Winners

Episode 350 – History Is Written By The Winners

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Who gets to write the history textbooks? Where do the history teachers learn about history? What documents are allowed into the historical record, and what documents are excluded? These are not merely academic questions, they go right to the heart of the question of history itself. Join James Corbett for today’s edition of The Corbett Report and an in-depth exploration of the formation of the historical record about World War One.
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Sunday, October 7, 2018

What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia

James A. Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian, the scholars behind the hoax

Over the past 12 months, three scholars—James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian—wrote 20 fake papers using fashionable jargon to argue for ridiculous conclusions, and tried to get them placed in high-profile journals in fields including gender studies, queer studies, and fat studies. Their success rate was remarkable: By the time they took their experiment public late on Tuesday, seven of their articles had been accepted for publication by ostensibly serious peer-reviewed journals. Seven more were still going through various stages of the review process. Only six had been rejected.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/new-sokal-hoax/572212/

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn Under Fire For Calling Minority Students 'Dark Ones'


Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn Under Fire For Calling Minority Students 'Dark Ones'


A Michigan college issued an apology after its president made racially offensive remarks Wednesday afternoon.
Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn described minority students as "dark ones" during a state legislature subcommittee hearing regarding the adoption of Common Core State Standards.
While testifying against the Common Core, which have been adopted in more than 40 states in an effort to standardize education, Arnn said he took issue with the idea of government interfering with educational institutions and went on to describe a letter he had received from the Department of Education shortly after becoming president at Hillsdale. The letter, he told the committee, said his college "violated the standards for diversity because we didn't have enough dark ones, I guess, is what they meant."
According to Michigan-focused news site MLive, lawmakers at the meeting immediately criticized Arnn for using “offensive” language, but he did not apologize. Instead, Arnn went on to say: “The State of Michigan sent a group of people down to my campus, with clipboards ... to look at the colors of people’s faces and write down what they saw. We don’t keep records of that information. What were they looking for besides dark ones?"
A Michigan Department of Education spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press thatofficials visited Hillsdale in 1998 for a routine evaluation of the school’s teacher preparation program. During that visit, they noted the ethnicity of the students and faculty members in the program.
Several hours after Arnn made his initial statements, Hillsdale College issued an official apology. “No offense was intended by the use of that term except to the offending bureaucrats," read the statement, which was published by MLive. It further said that while Arnn was sorry if offense was taken, his greater concern “is the state-endorsed racism the story illustrates."
Located in Hillsdale, Mich., the small liberal arts institution over which Arnn presides was founded in 1844. According to its website, the school "was the first American college to prohibit in its charter any discrimination based on race, religion or sex, and became an early force for the abolition of slavery.” Hillsdale does not receive state or federal subsidies and avoids “federal mandates and control,” another page on its site says.
An alum told MLive he believes Arnn’s comments were misunderstood.
“I think this was Dr. Arnn’s way to indicate that he was offended with what they were doing in taking clipboards and walking around campus to record the color of students’ skin,” James Joseph, a 2010 graduate, told the outlet. “He’s a very magnanimous man with a generous and charitable spirit, but he doesn’t stand on public piety.”

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Idiocracy: University of Michigan (known for research) regents ban research at UofM

Idiocracy: University of Michigan (known for research) regents ban research at UofM

This story seems so absurd I had to read it twice to make sure I read what I actually thought I'd read. It's true. The University ofMichigan is one of the top research schools on the planet. Graduate assistants are the lifeblood of the research program. They work hard, are intellectually curious, and end up getting a PhD for their troubles. Until now, because the regents of UofM have decided that they should throw a wrench into the research gears just to see what would happen. From The Detroit News: Give Brotherhood a (Go Blue) cheer
More evidence that elected officials too often don't act in the interest of fiscal responsibility or the people who elect them comes from the University of Michigan, where the Democratic-dominated Board of Regents voted to let graduate researchers pursue forming a union.

These are students, as University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman pointed out in opposing the move. They have not traditionally been considered employees; in fact, no other university in the nation has unionized student researchers.

They do receive compensation for their work on grant-funded research projects, and U-M gives them health care and free tuition. But the work they are doing is part of their studies.

Coleman worries that placing the researchers into a union would "fundamentally alter the relationship between faculty and graduate students."
Funny she had no such worries about ObamaCare fundamentally changing the patient-doctor relationship, and that between citizens and the government, but anyway. But here's the thing. It's troubling enough that this will lead to higher tuition, higher wages and more bennies to grad students. It's the hours and working conditions that will make research all but dead. As a former grad student myself, i can tell you that I essentially lived at the University. I spent at minimum of 100 hours a week on work. Not because someone told me so, but because I wanted to. It was intellectually stimulating and fun for me. I was climbing my ownmountain to put up my own flag on the summit. All my grad student colleagues did pretty much the same thing. We lived and breathed our research. If some union honcho was walking the hallways tallying our hours, we would be sent home by Wednesday for the week. It simply won't do. That research was part of my studies, and whatever time I dedicated to it was of my own choosing. A union would have destroyed that.

This is #58,882 why Democrats should not be elected to any office whatsoever. They were hired to look out for the best interestof UofM in this case. Instead they are just puppets of Big Labor and look out for unions, not UofM. Writes the News:



...The Democratic regents were elected with labor money, and that they would serve labor's interests can be expected.
The Democratic argument that the researchers are employees is particularly flimsy, given that the MichiganEmployment Relations Commission previously ruled their work as researchers is indistinguishable from their role as students, and therefore they shouldn't be considered employees.