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  • Michigan State U bans mustaches, sombreros, aliens in orange suits, Mexicans, Japanese, ‘hypersexualized racism’ for Halloween

    Students at Michigan State University are getting an education in how they can avoid offending people with culturally inappropriate Halloween costumes in what’s becoming a new tradition that undermines the university’s own identity.

    The unsolicited advice on what to wear on fright night appeared on message boards in campus residences this week to help students answer the question “Is your Halloween costume racist?” according to The Morning Watch, the school’s conservative news site.

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    What’s become an annual reminder from MSU’s Residence Education and Housing Services spells out the difference between “cultural appropriation vs. appreciation.” When students are selecting a Halloween costume, REHS wants them to ask themselves, “do you belong to that group of people?”

    If the answer is “no,” then it’s racist, according to MSU officials.

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    It doesn’t matter if the get-up is humorous or sexy, because it’s offensive to use “those peoples’ human elements … for the sake of bringing us laughter or making us feel more exotic,” REHS advises.

    “These are people’s lives … they are not stereotypes,” according to the posters. “They can’t take off a costume.”

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    “How would you like it if someone turned you into a costume?” MSU questions, according to The Morning Watch.

    It’s the third year MSU officials pushed the program on students in the weeks ahead of Halloween.

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    The boards offer numerous examples of “hypersexualized racism,” like women in two piece Native American costumes, as well as other “costume fails” depicting Mexican and Japanese...
  • Study suggests ice on lunar south pole may have more than one source

    The discovery of ice deposits in craters scattered across the Moon's south pole has helped to renew interest in exploring the lunar surface, but no one is sure exactly when or how that ice got there. A new study published in the journal Icarus suggests that while a majority of those deposits are likely billions of years old, some may be much more recent.

    Ariel Deutsch, a graduate student in Brown University's Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences and the study's lead author, says that constraining the ages of the deposits is important both for basic science and for future lunar explorers who might make use of that ice for fuel and other purposes.

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    "The ages of these deposits can potentially tell us something about the origin of the ice, which helps us understand the sources and distribution of water in the inner solar system," Deutsch said. "For exploration purposes, we need to understand the lateral and vertical distributions of these deposits to figure out how best to access them. These distributions evolve with time, so having an idea of the age is important."

    For the study, Deutsch worked with Jim Head, a professor at Brown, and Gregory Neumann from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Using data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting the Moon since 2009, the researchers looked at the ages of the large craters in which evidence for south pole ice deposits was found. To date the craters, researchers count the number of smaller craters that have accrued inside the larger ones. Scientists have an approximate idea of the pace of impacts over time, so counting craters can help establish the ages of terrains.

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    The majority of the reported ice deposits are found within large craters formed about 3.1 billion years or longer ago, the study...
  • Ryan Reynolds looks dapper in blue jacket and brown dress shoes as he heads to Good Morning America

    Ryan Reynolds waved as he walked into the Good Morning America studios in New York this morning.

    The 42-year-old actor is on a round of promotional visits to discuss his new movie, Detective Pikachu.

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    The husband of Blake Lively wore a playful blue dress shirt that matched his playful personality for the occasion.

    The Deadpool actor paired the patterned shirt with a blue varsity jacket, grey dress pants and brown dress shoes.

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    He wore a smile on his face and a watch on his wrist.

    The Canadian-American is using all his resources to get out the word about the new fantasy mystery film.

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    He took to Instagram to share a few clips and a video of how he prepares for the roll, drawing black dots all over his face while joking that you, too can be Detective Pikachu.

    'The last thing you want to do [to get ready for the role] is send your face to an Oscar winning visual effects company...

    Oscar Wilde once said that by the time people are fifty, they have the face they deserve. I suspect he meant that a lifetime of choices will shape our souls in a particular direction, which will be tellingly reflected in our faces.

    But as a youth, Müller made choices that were shaping him not toward grace but toward ruin. While his mother lay dying, fourteen-year-old Müller was roving around half-drunk with friends. A liar and a thief, he was imprisoned for stealing when he was only sixteen. Then, as a college student, he gave his life to Christ as the result of being influenced by Christian friends.

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    Though Müller published the answers to his many prayers for God’s provision, thereby influencing people to give, he never directly asked anyone for money to support his orphanage. The donations came pouring in unsolicited,...
  • The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened

    Is that what happened here? Did these “multiple sources” who fed not just CNN but also MSNBC and CBS completely false information do so deliberately and in bad faith? Until these news outlets provide an accounting of what happened – what one might call “minimal journalistic transparency” – it’s impossible to say for certain. But right now, it’s very difficult to imagine a scenario where multiple sources all fed the wrong date to multiple media outlets innocently and in good faith.

    If this were, in fact, a deliberate attempt to cause a false and highly inflammatory story to be reported, then these media outlets have an obligation to expose who the culprits are – just as the Washington Post did last week to the woman making false claims about Roy Moore (it was much easier in that case because the source they exposed was a nobody-in-DC, rather than someone on whom they rely for a steady stream of stories, the way CNN and MSNBC rely on Democratic members of the Intelligence Committee). By contrast, if this were just an innocent mistake, then these media outlets should explain how such an implausible sequence of events could possibly have happened.

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    Thus far, these media corporations are doing the opposite of what journalists ought to do: rather than informing the public about what happened and providing minimal transparency and accountability for themselves and the high-level officials who caused this to happen, they are hiding behind meaningless, obfuscating statements crafted by PR executives and lawyers.

    How can journalists and news outlets so flamboyantly act offended when they’re attacked as being “Fake News” when this is the conduct behind which they hide when they get caught disseminating incredibly consequential false stories?

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    The more serious you think the Trump/Russia story is, the more dangerous you think it is when Trump...
  • Could North Korea Prevent the U.S. From Participating in the South Korea Winter Olympics?

    On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested the United States might not participate in the Winter Olympics due to security concerns about North Korea. The day before, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley suggested it was an "open question" as to whether or not the U.S. would send athletes.

    Both later walked back these comments, suggesting America would take part but that the White House was still concerned about safety at the Olympics, which will be held in February in Pyeongchang, a town 50 miles from the border between South Korea and the North.

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    When asked on Fox News Wednesday if it was safe enough for U.S. athletes to go to South Korea after North Korea's repeated threats, Haley admitted, "There is an open question." She added, "I have not heard anything about that. ... We have to watch this closely and it's changing by the day."

    On Thursday, Major Garrett, a CBS News White House correspondent, asked Sanders about Haley's response. "The U.N. ambassador said it's an open question whether the United States will participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Is that now in doubt?" he asked.

    "That wasn't exactly what...
  • Man Finds Dad’s Briefcase, Uncovers Pearl Harbor Treasure

    History moves like a fast-flowing river: Memories that once seemed close and unforgettable can quickly slip away and fade as they are pulled down the stream of time… unless they are protected.

    That’s true even for world-changing events such as 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. The odds are that many people went about their day without even noticing that it was Dec. 7 — the “day that will live in infamy.”

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    For Lt. Cmdr. Nathaniel “Nat” Harrison Jr., the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 was something he could never forget. He was serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Sumner… and that ship was moored in Hawaii when the Japanese attacked.

    Harrison witnessed history as it unfolded, and he made sure to preserve his memories for future generations. However, it wasn’t until six decades after Pearl Harbor that his family realized just how many of those memories had been saved.

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    It's been 76 years since the attack, but these recording make it seem just like yesterday...

    “In 2001, Nathaniel Harrison III was helping pack up his mother’s home when he came across a suitcase under his dad’s bed. In it were relics his late father kept from the attack on Pearl Harbor,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

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    “I had no idea what was in it,” recalled Harrison’s son, who goes by his nickname Cole. “Then, when I was packing up his stereo, mother said: ‘Well, what are you going to do with all those cassettes?’”

    Those tapes contained something priceless: The late Navy veteran’s voice, dictating his memories of not just the famous attack, but also other recollections of his military service and his life.

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    “A complete description of being in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked,” Cole explained about the tapes. “What took place on his ship. The description of the...
  • Does Trump's Tax Plan Single Out Family Trusts As A Way To Subsidize Corporate Tax Cuts?

    According to an analysis from the Tax Policy Center, the Senate's recently passed tax plan will increase the after-tax income of folks in every income bracket. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and plenty of arguments to be had between the Left and Right over how the tax savings scraps should be divvied up, but in the aggregate individual tax payers should see their net incomes increase in 2019.

    But when it comes to the taxation of business income, one group of small business owners is about to get a massive tax increase, on a relative basis, compared corporations and other pass-through entities: Family Trusts.

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    As the Wall Street Journal points out this morning, many small businesses in the U.S. are organized as family trusts as a way to preserve an enterprise for succeeding generations, protect against estate taxes or a divorcing spouse or other claimants who might try to seize a stake. But while the Senate tax bill provides a massive tax cut for corporations and individually-owned pass-through corporations, small businesses organized as family trusts will see no changes making them much less competitive on a pro forma basis.

    Family-owned businesses represent a large slice of the universe of so-called “pass through” companies, which are organized as partnerships, limited liability companies and S Corporations, and pay taxes through individual rather than corporate returns. Trusts in this category of business include Hobby Lobby, the arts and crafts chain founded by billionaire David Green, and Love’s Travel Stop. They also include a whole host of other small businesses from grocery stores, to packaging makers, wholesalers, beer distributors and family farms.

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    Tax writers in the Senate crafted the bill in a way that prevents trusts and estates that operate businesses from reaping the benefits of new low business tax rates. Republican tax writers haven’t...
  • Trump is right -- Israel's capital is Jerusalem

    President announces efforts to move U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    President Trump’s declaration Wednesday that the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city is an acknowledgement of historical fact and current reality.

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    As Israel’s closest ally, as the principal facilitator of Arab-Israeli peacemaking, and as the pre-eminent global leader, the U.S. initiative in taking this step is of critical significance. The president has acted wisely.

    Bold actions can prompt new thinking and stimulate initiatives to advance peace. Twenty years ago last month, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat flew to Israel. He became the first Arab head of state to visit and he addressed the Knesset (parliament) in Israel’s capital of Jerusalem, even before formal peace negotiations began.

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    Recognition of the city that Israel has always deemed its capital is long overdue. The prime minister’s office, the Knesset, and nearly all Israeli government offices have been situated in Jerusalem since Israel declared its independence nearly 70 years ago.

    U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is an act of constructive diplomacy – not, as one Palestinian leader proclaimed, a “declaration of war.”

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    Heads of state and other top officials from countries around the world visit Jerusalem regularly to engage with Israel’s leadership.

    In fact, there was a time when 16 countries maintained their embassies in Jerusalem. Succumbing to Arab pressures, however, they relocated their embassies to Tel Aviv, where the U.S. and other countries have long kept their embassies.

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    This perpetuates a nonsensical abnormality. No other country in the world has been treated this way, neither in bilateral relations nor at the United Nations and other multilateral forums.

    Longstanding resistance to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has encouraged many U.N member states, led by Arab and Muslim nations, to regularly adopt resolutions that ignore historical facts and deny any Jewish link to Jerusalem.


    Indeed, just last week, the...
  • New York Terror Attack Brings a Terrifying Reminder

    Once again on Tuesday, U.S. citizens faced Islamist terrorism on American soil. An immigrant from Uzbekistan, 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, is suspected of killing eight people and injuring around a dozen more in a vehicle attack in New York. The methodology of the attack itself is nothing new, though it does represent a somewhat recent evolution in terrorist tactics. One other aspect of this particular incident has received little coverage but is, possibly, a sinister harbinger of a future trend.

    On September 1, 2004, a school in Beslan, in the Russian republic of North Ossetia was overrun by Chechen rebels. The Chechens held more than 1,100 people hostage for three days before Russian security forces stormed the school. When the dust settled – quite literally – more than 340 civilians were dead, including 186 children. The rebels, who could just as accurately be called terrorists, had chosen their target well. The Beslan massacre left a deep scar on the Russian people. The unthinkable was now thinkable; children were incredibly handy targets for those willing to perpetrate any evil in the name of their ideology.

    The Frightening Evolutions of Terrorism

    In truth, it would be false to say that Beslan was the beginning of a runaway trend. Using numbers from the Global Terrorism Database, The Atlantic published a report in 2014 that noted an increase in terror attacks on educational establishments since 2004. Attacks of this nature, however, have remained a minuscule percentage of all terror attacks. In 2004, such attacks accounted for a mere 2% of all terrorist actions, and by 2013 they still only accounted for 3%.

    Although still a small percentage of all attacks, the number of terrorist assaults again educational institutions has increased sharply. Instances per year averaged around 50 between 1970 and 2004 but, since then, that number has risen steadily, with over 350 such attacks in 2013 – mostly in South Asia.

    Terrorism, across the world, and throughout the years, has gone through many evolutions. In the western world today, Islamist extremists have found a new way to assault us on our own streets. Vehicle attacks are relatively cheap, low-profile, and require little or no preparation.