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In the news, Monday, August 21, 2017


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from BBC News (UK)

Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move
Cambridge University Press, the world's oldest publishing house, has reversed a decision to censor content in China. The publisher had agreed to suppress access to hundreds of its own articles that dealt with subjects sensitive to the Chinese authorities, such as those about the Tiananmen Square massacre. The Chinese had said that if CUP did not censor content, it would not be able to publish other material in China. It changed its mind after protests.


from The Blaze (& Glenn Beck)
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from Coeur d'Alene Press

Jon Meacham is often described as a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Yes, the phrase is complimentary and technically correct, but it actually does Meacham a disservice. And even more important, referring to Meacham simply as a historian ignores the effort he expends to keep us informed in the present tense. A better testimonial might be something like this: Meacham is an observer, student, reporter, teacher and speaker who has immersed his life in the past, present and future of America. North Idaho will benefit from Meacham’s grasp of history, even as it’s happening — along with the skill of his commentary — on Sept. 7. The renowned author and journalist will appear as guest speaker at the Idaho Humanities Council dinner at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Tickets are available at or by calling 888-345-5346.


from Gateway Pundit

Major NASCAR Sponsor Tells Trump Fans To Take Their Business Elsewhere
In recent weeks, several CEOs have distanced themselves from President Trump. Some have left advisory councils. Some have attacked President Trump in the press. But few of them have businesses that serve President Trump’s core supporters. Now, a CEO of a NASCAR sponsor has decided to tell Trump supporters to take their business elsewhere. Marcus Lemonis invites customers to take their RV and outdoor needs elsewhere. Close followers of NASCAR know Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, is a major player in the sport. His brand is the title sponsor of the truck racing series, while its subsidiary Overton’s has sponsored multiple races and cars this season. With that in mind, NASCAR chairman Brian France, a vocal Donald Trump supporter, might want to watch his words.


from The Guardian (UK)
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Universities are broke. So let’s cut the pointless admin and get back to teaching
The meaningless tasks and faux-business strategies prioritised by British universities have skewed their real role.


from The Heritage Foundation
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How New York City May Be Shortchanging Its Poorest Students
Failing teachers in New York City, backed by powerful union special interests, are being allowed to keep their jobs in the classroom.

The US Military Will Not Solve the Venezuela Crisis
Never before has the United States had such a powerful and willing regional coalition to address the Venezuela crisis. The Trump administration must be careful to not squander these diplomatic gains. The United States cannot afford to go it alone on Venezuela.

Closure of Kerch Strait Is Russia’s Latest Attack on Ukrainian Sovereignty
In May 2015, Russia began constructing a planned 11.8-mile bridge across the Kerch Strait, a body of water that sits between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The Russian bridge project is meant to connect the Russian mainland with the Crimean peninsula, the region of Ukraine that Russia illegally annexed in 2014. Two weeks ago, Russia announced temporary closures of the Kerch Strait to accommodate bridge construction. The closures have cut off Ukraine’s southeast coast, including Berdiansk and the strategically important Mariupol, Ukraine’s 10th largest city and a key port for exports like Ukrainian steel.

Progress for Women’s Legal Protections in Jordan and Lebanon
Many Arab countries have legal provisions that allow men accused or convicted of rape to avoid punishment. Often called “marry-your-rapist” laws, these provisions generally state that a rapist will not be prosecuted if he marries his victim. Proponents believe that these laws protect women from stigmas surrounding rape. However, most people—including some Arab leaders—view them as a major human rights violation. Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia have all repealed their versions of the law. Jordan and Lebanon are now the latest Arab countries to follow this growing trend.

Congress Has the Ability to Build a Better Air Traffic Control Proposal
Transferring air traffic control to the private sector is a much-needed reform that would benefit everyone who flies and the broader economy as well. For privatization to be successful, innovative service providers must be allowed to enter the marketplace. The administration and Congress have a once in a generation opportunity to massively improve the nation’s aviation system and, by extension, the whole economy.


from Mises Institute
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The Chinese Economy's Fatal Flaws
Dr. Per Bylund’s recently published article poignantly states one of the core problems in the Chinese economy and its the state-manipulated Keynesian foundation. I do agree with his opinion. And if we dig deeper into the exact situation of Chinese economy, we will find that it’s a typical failing of the Keynesian, cronyist system. William Hongsong Wang: China faces problems of both an easy-money-induced bubble, and a corrupt regulatory regime.


from Open Culture
Education Website

Long Before Photoshop, the Soviets Mastered the Art of Erasing People from Photographs — and History Too
Photoshopping didn't begin with Photoshop, and indeed the early masters of Photoshopping did it well before anyone had even dreamed of the personal computer, let alone a means to manipulate images on one. In America, the best of them worked for the movies; in Soviet Russia they worked for a different kind of propaganda machine known as the State, not just producing official photos but going back to previous official photos and changing them to reflect the regime's ever-shifting set of preferred alternative facts.

India on Film, 1899-1947: An Archive of 90 Historic Films Now Online
India, the largest democracy in the world, is a rising economic powerhouse, and a major player in the fields of media, entertainment, and telecommunications. But for many armchair travelers, subcontinental modernity takes a backseat to postcard visions of elephants, teeming rustic streets, and snake charmers. Fans of Rudyard Kipling and E.M. Forster will thrill to the vintage footage in a just released British Film Institute online archive, India on Film.


from Quartz

The International Space Station just pulled off the photobomb of a lifetime
The hotly anticipated total solar eclipse passed over the United States on Monday (Aug 21). Heading southeast, it passed over a narrow and long swath of the country. Also making an appearance—as it often does for astrophotographers—was the International Space Station.


from Reuters

A majority of Americans want to preserve Confederate monuments: Reuters/Ipsos poll
A majority of Americans think Confederate monuments should be preserved in public spaces, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, a view that is at odds with efforts in many cities to remove them. The Aug. 18-21 poll found that 54 percent of adults said Confederate monuments "should remain in all public spaces" while 27 percent said they "should be removed from all public spaces." Another 19 percent said they "don't know." Responses to the poll were sharply split along racial and party lines, however, with whites and Republicans largely supportive of preservation. Democrats and minorities were more likely to support removal.


from The Spokesman-Review


from Stars and Stripes

Trump signs off on Global War on Terror memorial
More than 15 years into the Global War on Terrorism, the U.S. president signed a bill approving the construction of a national memorial honoring those who have fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 – and those doing so today.


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Normal Americans Are Bored By The Fake Drama
Even after a week, CNN is still quivering and writhing in an earth-shattering Nazigasm. When it finally ends, I expect in the network to be cuddling and sharing a Virginia Slim with the New York Times. And everyone from Hollywood half-wits to the CEO of Starbucks are making clear that they disapprove of Nazis - and no one else.


from Zero Hedge
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Houston Man Arrested Trying To Plant Bomb At Confederate Statue
With much of the US undergoing a broad revulsion against Confederate statues in the days since the Charlotesville clashes, it was only a matter of time before someone took matters one step too far. This happened today when a Houston man was arrested on allegations he tried to plant explosives at the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Hermann Park, according to citing law enforcement officials.

US Navy Halts Pacific Fleet Operations As Historical Path Of Collided Warship Emerges
Following the second collision of US warships in two months, the US Navy's Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has calling for a comprehensive review of recent incidents in the Pacific in the wake of the USS John McCain collision with an oil tanker early Monday morning. In a video, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson called for an "operational pause" with commands and leaders across the fleet, and a deeper look into the training and certification of forces operating in  the Navy's 7th Fleet - those in and around Japan.


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