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TIME World Ukraine NATO Unveils Rapid-Response Force to Counter Russian Troops in Ukraine NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a news conference at the Residence Palace in Brussels on Sept. 1, 2014. Laurent DubruleReuters The alliance plans to tackle Russias aggressive behavior with a new expeditionary force

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced Monday that the organization was planning to assemble a spearhead force that would be able to travel light but strike hard if needed in the face of Russias increasingly aggressive behavior in eastern Ukraine.

The new expeditionary outfit would be manned by several thousand rotating allied troops who would be ready to respond by air or sea with the aid of special forces, explained Rasmussen.

The Readiness Action Plan responds to Russias aggressive behavior, he told reporters in Brussels. It equips the alliance to respond to all security challenges, wherever they may arise.

NATO representatives gathering for the Wales summit later this week are preparing a Readiness Action Plan to make the organization more agile.

Analysts claim the announcement represents the strongest response yet from the alliance since Russia began to forcefully intervene in Kievs affairs following the fall of the nations pro-Kremlin President Viktor Yanukovych earlier this year.

Actually, what has been announced seems to be quite significant in that NATO will start stationing troops quite close to Ukraine not in the form of permanent bases but actually they will be rotating them in the form of temporary bases, Clara Portela, assistant professor of political science at Singapore Management University and a sanctions specialist, tells TIME.

This is the first step that Western Europe has taken, in military terms, since the crisis started.

On Tuesday, Mikhail Popov, deputy head of the Russian Security Council, said the transatlantic alliances recent maneuvers demonstrate it remains among Moscows principal adversaries.

I have no doubts that the issue of NATO military infrastructure encroaching on our borders, including through the expansion of the alliance, will remain among the biggest military threats to the Russian Federation, Popov told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

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SAN FRANCISCO – Not only is the National Security Agency scooping up vast troves of data on the American public, it’s also sharing that data with other US government agencies.

The NSA has granted access across “nearly two dozen” agencies to data on “more than 850 billion records” that covers more than 30 different kinds of metadata on phone calls, cell phone locations, faxes, emails, and Internet chats, says a new report in The Intercept. Details were reported by CNET News.Com.

Based on classified documents provided by whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the planning documents for the search engine, called ICREACH for Intelligence Community Reach, implicate the participation of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

ICREACH was designed, according to the documents, to allow analysts to search for specific attributes, such as a phone number, and receive a list of results of calls made and received over a specific time period, such as a month. Those results could then be used to determine who the targeted person of interest communicated with regularly.

While the database that ICREACH searches covers an enormous swath of communication data, The Intercept story says that does not include information from the NSA’s database that stores information on American’s phone calls and collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The 215 database can only be searched during terrorism investigations and only by a small group of analysts.

It’s not clear from the report how much information crosses over between the databases.

However, Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice, told The Intercept that ICREACH allowed the government to to circumvent restrictions on retaining data about Americans.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence spokesman Jeffrey Anchukaitis told the Intercept that sharing information was a “a pillar of the post-9/11 intelligence community.”

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NORTH LIBERTY Amy Nielsen wants to energize the North Liberty community and get people involved in local government.

The 37-year-old Iowa native recently announced her plan to run for mayor after earlier applying for a recently filled City Council seat.

I want to facilitate discussions between community members and our leaders to be sure that the concerns of North Liberty are always being considered, she said.

Born in Keokuk, Nielsen has lived all over the country. The Iowa City West High graduate met her husband Jason, 39, a West Branch native, at the University of Iowa. When Jasons job required relocating, the family moved from Iowa City to South Carolina, then Utah, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Georgia.

Amy and her husband always wanted to raise their children in Iowa, so after the birth of their third child in 2007, they left Atlanta for North Liberty. Her experiences in other cities inspired her to share her perspectives and become active in volunteer projects and local committees.

There are a lot of opportunities that North Liberty can take on that were maybe not looking at, she said. I can pull from those experiences of living in other places, seeing what other cities can do, knowing how things can work in other places.

As a stay-at-home mom, Nielsen got her start in community activism when she joined the Garner Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization in 2011, a position she still holds. She also sits on the board of directors for the North Liberty Community Pantry, is co-chairwoman of two Blue Zones committees and is secretary for the Johnson County Democrats Education Platform Committee. She also has managed two local election campaigns.

Working closely with the PTO, Nielsen developed the Garner Elementary Walking School Bus in 2012 the first Walking School Bus established in Johnson County and one of the largest ones in the state with more than 100 children participating and several parent volunteers.

I want to help shape (our) childrens hometown into a place that they will always be proud to come from, and eventually come back to, she said.

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Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have grown a fully-functional organ inside a mouse; opening the possibility of one day manufacturing compatible organs for transplant without the need for donors. Using mouse embryo cells, scientists at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine created an artificial thymus gland with the same structure and function as an adult organ.

Organ transplants are one of the great medical success stories of the 20th century. Where patients once faced disability or even death, they’ve been given new life in the form of donated organs to replace their damaged or diseased ones. The problem is that the supply of suitable donor organs has always been in a state of severe shortage. For decades, scientists have worked on producing lab-grown organs and even though such research has produced simple organs such as an artificial esophagus and “mini-kidneys,” the creation of whole, complex, functional organs has remained out of reach until now.

The University of Edinburgh team produced the artificial thymus gland using a technique that the scientists call “reprogramming.” It involves fibroblast cells, which form connective tissue in animals, being removed from a mouse embryo and then treated with a protein called FOXN1, so that they changed into thymic epithelial cells (iTEC). These were then mixed with other thymus cells and transplanted into living mice by grafting them to the animals kidneys.

There, over a period of four weeks, the cells grew into a complete, functioning thymus gland that can produce T cells, which are an important part of the immune system. According to the scientists, the development goes beyond previous efforts because the thymus serves such a key part in protecting the body against infection and in eliminating cancer cells.

The team is currently working on refining the reprogramming technique in the hope of developing a practical medical procedure, such as creating bespoke thymus glands made to match a patients own T cells. They see the development of a lab-grown thymus as a way of treating cancer patients whose immune system has been compromised by radiation or chemotherapy, and children born with malfunctioning thymuses.

“Growing ‘replacement parts’ for damaged tissue could remove the need to transplant whole organs from one person to another, which has many drawbacks not least a critical lack of donors,” says Rob Buckle, Head of Regenerative Medicine at the MRC. “This research is an exciting early step towards that goal, and a convincing demonstration of the potential power of direct reprogramming technology, by which one cell type is converted to another. However, much more work will be needed before this process can be reproduced in the lab environment, and in a safe and tightly controlled way suitable for use in humans.

The teams results were published in Nature Cell Biology.

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British scientists have built a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time.

The team produced it by reprogramming cells, in a step towards the holy grail of being able to grow replacement organs for humans.

The technique, so far tested only on mice, could be used in future to provide replacement organs for people with weakened immune systems, and could eventually lead to the production of more complex organs for transplantation.

It could be used in humans within 10 years, experts believe.

The scientists created a working thymus, a vital immune system nerve centre located near the heart.

Prof Clare Blackburn, who led the team at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, said: The ability to grow replacement organs from cells in the lab is one of the holy grails in regenerative medicine. But the size and complexity of lab-grown organs has so far been limited.

By directly reprogramming cells, weve managed to produce an artificial cell type that, when transplanted, can form a fully organised and functional organ. This is an important first step towards the goal of generating a clinically useful artificial thymus in the lab.

People with a defective thymus are highly vulnerable to infections. This is a particular risk for bone-marrow-transplant patients, who need a working thymus to rebuild their immune systems after surgery.

Around one in 4,000 babies born each year in Britain has a malfunctioning thymus or none at all, because of rare conditions such as DiGeorge syndrome.

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BEIJING – One of China’s top universities has urged students and teachers to “fight against” criticism of the ruling Communist Party, an influential party journal said, in the latest curbs on free expression.

The move by Peking University, which at one time was a bastion of free speech in China, underscores increasing anxiety of criticism among party leaders and is a sign of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s politically conservative agenda.

Curricula and speech at Chinese universities are tightly controlled by the government, though students at Peking University have at times pushed the limits, including during the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests that were brutally suppressed by the army.

“In recent years, some people with ulterior motives have added fuel to the flames on the Internet … ultimately targeting the Chinese Communist Party and the socialist system,” an article in the journal Qiushi, which means “seeking truth” in Chinese, said late on Sunday.

Those actions “created a very large negative impact on public opinion on the Internet and social consensus,” the article, written by the university’s party committee, said.

The committee called on teachers and students to “take a firm stand and be unequivocal, and fight against speech and actions that touch upon the party’s and country’s principles and bottom lines in a timely, efficient and resolute manner”.

The university has in the past few years established a 24-hour system to monitor public opinion on the Internet and take early measures to control and reduce the effects of negative speech, the article said.

Xi’s administration, which took control in March 2013, has stepped up a crackdown on dissent, detaining and jailing activists, muzzling Internet critics and strengthening restrictions on journalists in what some rights groups call the worst suppression of free expression in recent years.

China on Saturday ordered journalists of both traditional and online media to learn “Marxist news values” and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the party.

In October, Peking University leaders voted to end the contract of then professor Xia Yeliang, 53, who had drawn the ire of school officials for his blog posts calling for democratic reforms and rule of law in China.

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Letter from the President

Liberty University is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty was founded in 1971 by my father, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., with a vision to Train Champions for Christ as a world class university. An accredited institution, Liberty now offers more than 450 unique programs of study. Libertys more than 7,000-acre campus boasts millions of square feet of technologically advanced academic, residential, and recreational space, the vast majority of which was constructed in the last 15 years. Liberty hosts some of the worlds best-known speakers from all walks of life every semester, and our vibrant spiritual life programs are based on a solid doctrinal statement that truly sets us apart from other schools. Our code of conduct teaches discipline and promotes a lifestyle of Biblical morality, but is well-balanced to allow students the freedom to enjoy their college experience. While academics and faith are our top priorities, Liberty also fields 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams, 32 club sport teams, and provides a host of student activities, intramural sports, and recreational opportunities. Everything we do is designed to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge and skills essential to impact tomorrows world.

– President Jerry Falwell

Liberty University is a Christian academic community in the tradition of evangelical institutions of higher education. As such, Liberty continues the philosophy of education which first gave rise to the university, and which is summarized in the following propositions.

God, the infinite source of all things, has shown us truth through scripture, nature, history, and above all, in Christ.

Persons are spiritual, rational, moral, social, and physical, created in the image of God. They are, therefore, able to know and to value themselves and other persons, the universe, and God.

Education as the process of teaching and learning, involves the whole person, by developing the knowledge, values, and skills which enable each individual to change freely. Thus it occurs most effectively when both instructor and student are properly related to God and each other through Christ.

Maintaining the vision of the founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Liberty University develops Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.

Through its residential and online programs, services, facilities, and collaborations, the University educates men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.

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Trustees here this week enacted two changes aimed at accomodating township zonings increased workload.

Liberty approved the hire of Amanda Cramer, of Oxford, as full-time code enforcement officer at $17 per hour effective May 27 and contingent upon successful completion of a background check, physical and drug testing.

Cramer, who was one of 19 to apply for the position, earned a bachelors degree of urban planning from University of Cincinnati.

Under supervision of the director of planning and zoning and the senior planner, the code enforcement officer conducts field inspections of new and existing construction and properties to ensure compliance with the townships zoning resolution and property maintenance code.

Liberty Twp. employed a code enforcement officer from December 2009 to November 2010, but that employee left to become the director of planning and zoning for a city in northeast Ohio, according to township officials.

The township decided not to replace him immediately and redistributed his workload to both Jonathan West, Liberty Twp.s director of planning and zoning, and Andrew Meyer, its senior planner, according to Caroline McKinney, the townships spokeswoman.

With the economy picking back up and our permit activity increasing along with the significant projects in Liberty Township requiring more staff resources, the workload is such that we need a third full-time person in the planning and zoning department to assist us, McKinney said.

Township trustees also voted May 20 to make earlier the submittal deadline for Liberty Twp. Zoning Commission cases for the remainder of the year. For each zoning case, the township had required submittal three Fridays before each commission meeting to allow for public notice two Thursdays in advance of each meeting. That now moves to four Fridays in advance.

We requested the change because of the number of cases and the cases always coming in on the Friday deadline, said Jonathan West, the townships director of planning and zoning. We wanted the extra week to review, receive revisions and coordinate with other agencies as needed.

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hide captionThe Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication wants the Kansas Board of Regents to reverse the social media policy it finalized earlier this month.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication wants the Kansas Board of Regents to reverse the social media policy it finalized earlier this month.

The clash between academic freedom and state oversight in Kansas last week continues, as the state Board of Regents revised its policy on what faculty and staff at the state’s colleges and universities can post on social media.

Following harsh criticism of a policy adopted last year that severely restricted social media postings by faculty, the Board added language that is supportive of free speech and academic freedom. But it still allows administrators to suspend and fire faculty members or staffers for social media posts that are “contrary to the best interests of the employer.”

Critics say the policy remains among the most restrictive in the nation and that despite the changes it is a severe restriction on free speech for educators.

“The exercise of free speech is now potentially a firing offense at colleges and universities in Kansas,” the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication writes in a statement.

The Board of Regents first adopted its social media policy last year, in response to a tweet made by an associate journalism professor at the University of Kansas.

The tweet by David Guth criticized the National Rifle Association in relation to the September 2013 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Guth tweeted: “blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.”

The policy adopted in December was denounced from many sides, with many critics saying it gave administrators too much latitude to fire or discipline employees for what they said on social media.

Among the groups speaking out was The American Association of University Professors which argued that some portions of the policy could lead to professors being fired simply for disagreeing with university policies or their colleagues online.

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May 232014

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8:55p.m. Updated 9 hours ago

From the Nazis to the Stalinists, tyrants have always started out supporting free speech, and why is easy to understand. Speech is vital for the realization of their goals of command, control and confiscation. Basic to their agenda are the tools of indoctrination, propagandizing, proselytization.

Once they gain power, as leftists have at many universities, free speech becomes a liability and must be suppressed. This is increasingly the case on university campuses.

Back in 1964, it was Mario Savio, a campus leftist, who led the free speech movement at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, a movement that played a vital role in placing American universities center stage in the flow of political ideas, no matter how controversial, unpatriotic and vulgar.

The free speech movement gave birth to the hippie movement of the ’60s and ’70s. The longhair, unkempt hippies of that era have grown up and now often find themselves being college professors, deans, provosts and presidents. Their intolerance of free speech and other ideas has become policy and practice on many college campuses.

Daniel Henninger, deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, updates us on the campus attack on free speech and different ideas in his article titled Obama Unleashes the Left: How the government created a federal hunting license for the far left (

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, one of the nation’s most accomplished women, graciously withdrew as Rutgers University’s commencement speaker after two months of campus protests about her role in the Iraq War. Some students and professors said, War criminals shouldn’t be honored. One wonders whether these students would similarly protest Hillary Clinton, who, as senator, voted for the invasion of Iraq.

Brandeis University officials were intimidated into rescinding their invitation to Somali writer and American Enterprise Institute scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali, whose criticisms of radical Islam were said to have violated the school’s core values. Brandeis decided that allowing her to speak would be hurtful to Muslim students. I take it that Brandeis students and officials would see criticism of deadly Islamist terrorist gang Boko Haram’s kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls, some of whom have been sold off as brides, as unacceptable and violative of the university’s core values.

Earlier this year, faculty and students held a meeting at Vassar College to discuss a particularly bitter internal battle over the school’s movement to boycott Israel. Before the meeting, an English professor announced the dialogue would not be guided by cardboard notions of civility. That professor might share the vision of Adolf Hitler’s brown-shirted thugs of the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party in their effort to crush dissent.

Western values of liberty are under ruthless attack by the academic elite on college campuses across America. These people want to replace personal liberty with government control; they want to replace equality with entitlement. As such, they pose a far greater threat to our way of life than any terrorist organization or rogue nation.

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Condoleeze Rice, Robert Bigeneau and Christine Lagarde all withdrew from giving the commencement speech at three highly regarded universities. Student protests led to their decision not to appear on campus. These are three highly respected people who have given their views across America and the world.

What a setback to have free speech universities cave in to a few protesters that didn’t approve of something these speakers said or did in the past. Free speech created a civil rights revolution, it ended the Vietnam War and it is the one thing more than any other factor that determines real democracy. God help us if we only want views that preserve the status quo.

A democracy encourages diverse views and a genuine exchange of ideas. These speakers who felt they had to withdraw so the protests did not distract from the honoring of students are truly acting at a high ethical level, but how embarrassing to the university and all Americans who value speech that opposes their thinking.

The best way to stop creative change and encourage conformity is to limit new ideas and limit free speech zones. We have enough problems with surveillance in this country without adding to the problem by driving away smart, accomplished people from free expression of thought. What a step backwards. Keep in mind, there was a time when many universities did not want Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at their institutions of higher learning. Enough said.

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Archaeologists working on two small Caribbean islands have found artifacts intentionally buried beneath two 18th-century plantation houses. They appear to have been placed there for their spiritual power, protecting the inhabitants against harm, said John Chenoweth, a professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in an interview with Live Science. The discoveries were made recently in the …

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Kits with lifesaving aids such as ring buoys and youth life jackets will appear at 10 public beaches along Lake Michigan in an effort to prevent drowning due to dangerous currents, officials announced Monday.

Michigan Sea Grant said the kits will be installed this summer. Additional support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is expected to put similar equipment on beaches in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania during the next two years.

A database assembled by Michigan Sea Grant and the National Weather Service shows 138 swimmers drowned in the Great Lakes in the past 12 years including 69 in Michigan in incidents blamed at least in part on rip currents.

Michigans Great Lakes coasts, and the shore of Lake Michigan in particular, have become the epicenter of drowning-related deaths in the Great Lakes region, said Elizabeth LaPorte, Michigan Sea Grants communications and education services director.

Dangerous currents occur throughout the Great Lakes and are common along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Rip currents are strong, narrow currents that move away from the shore. Trying to swim against a rip current can quickly lead to exhaustion.

Many Great Lakes beaches dont have trained lifeguards on duty. Each of the beach safety kits will contain a ring buoy, a throw bag and U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for youths. Cards encouraging people to closely watch children at the beach also will be distributed.

We want people to enjoy the Great Lakes and to be safe at the beach, and this outreach effort will help raise awareness, said Michigan Sea Grant Director Jim Diana, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Dogs arent usually associated with clean beaches.

But new research has recognized border collies for their ability to chase off gulls that foul beach water and sand with their droppings.

The experiment was launched two years ago by researchers at Central Michigan University who were asked by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find new ways to control a surging population of gulls that gather on the shores of the Great Lakes.

Not only do the birds swoop down to snatch sandwiches from picnickers and annoy beach-goers, they also poop right where people swim. That makes them a major source of E. coli, bacteria health officials test for as an indicator of pathogens that can make swimmers sick. When elevated levels are detected, authorities post warnings or close beaches.

Elizabeth Alm, a microbiologist at Central Michigan University who led the research, said a review of the literature on the subject found a variety of bird-exclusion techniques using wires, strobe lights, lasers and pyrotechnics — but few that would be suitable for a public beach.

Enter the border collie.

She and other researchers at the university were familiar with the breeds reputation for intelligence, agility and hard work. So they decided to audition them. Could they use their keen herding abilities and intense gazes toscare off the offending gulls and lower bacteria levels at the beach?

To find out, the researchers leased two trained border collies that had previously been used by the U.S. Air Force to keep geese off runways.

During the summers of 2012 and 2013, scientists assigned each dog to patrol a stretch of public beach on Lake Michigan, leaving two other nearby sections of beach dog-free as a control.

The researchers counted gulls and measured bacteria levels to conclude that border collies were highly effective at warding off gulls from beaches. Samples showed the beaches patrolled by a border collie had significantly lower counts of bacteria than those without dogs.

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Fifty years ago this fall, the Free Speech Movement was born at the University of California-Berkeley. Rebelling against strict rules barring political speech on campus, thousands of students began a series of protests. In December 1964, after more than 700 students were arrested during an occupation of the administration building, there was a turning point. The UC Berkeley Academic Senate lopsidedly endorsed the argument that students speech rights should be no different on or off campus.

There would be years more squabbling about what was allowed at Berkeley. But gradually the concept of campus as a place where vigorous debate and dissent was not just accepted but championed took hold at American universities.

Now we are witnessing a growing phenomenon in which campus protests are used to try to prevent debate. Across the nation, commencement speakers have been uninvited or have backed away from their commitments after facing intense criticism from groups of students and some professors.

The most notable example came at Rutgers, where former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was deemed non grata over the Bush administrations use of torture and its launching of the Iraq War.

This reduces the debate over national security to a cartoon. Hillary Clinton was among the Senate Democrats who backed the war. And President Barack Obama may have banned enhanced interrogations, but hes ramped up a drone killing program that has sparked international anger. Is assassination less morally objectionable than torture?

But Rutgers students dont have to worry about any such complexity. Theyve got their villain.

The villain at Haverford College was former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, whom students said should not be allowed to speak until he apologized (yet again) for how he responded to a campus Occupy protest in 2011 and supported reparations for those protesters. Birgeneau declined their demands but chose not speak.

Thankfully, another speaker at Haverfords weekend ceremonies pointed out the arrogance of the students. They should have encouraged him to come and engage in a genuine discussion, not to come, tail between his legs, to respond to an indictment that a self-chosen jury had reached without hearing counterarguments, said former Princeton President William G. Bowen.

Fifty years ago, this goal of genuine discussion was what led Berkeley students to demand the right to freely discuss racial discrimination, the growing U.S. involvement in Vietnam and more. Now their figurative grandchildren have a different point of view: Every controversial question has only one answer. You have absolutely nothing to learn from people whose opinions you dislike, is the formulation offered by Yale Law School professor Stephen E. Carter.

This is not progress.

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