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Shenanigans in Illinois. 2: DePaul University bans yet another speaker

There are two places where you’re likely to find details about speakers being censored, banned, or interrupted on U.S. campuses. One is right-wing websites, because, of course, it’s often conservative speakers who are subject to this treatment, with the “left-wing” Pecksniffs acting as censors. (But see below: the Right can be censorious as well, but doesn’t threaten violence […]

DePaul President responds to the Yiannopoulos affair

I had already written to the President of DePaul University about the suppression of free speech shown in this morning’s video, but before he responded (if he even does), I got an email from a member of the DePaul faculty, who, among other things, enclosed a letter that President, Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, sent to the University community. […]

Milo again proves his point as DePaul students go nuts and prevent him from speaking

Let nobody say I’m a fan of Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor of the right-wing website Breitbart and a professional provocateur. He’s embarked on a “Dangerous Faggot” tour in the U.S. (he’s gay), going from college to college talking about feminism, regressive Leftism, and politics. Or rather, attempting to talk, for his mere presence on U.S. campuses apparently constitutes […]

The best and worst schools for free speech: an “experts'” take

At least for the time being, we have internet on the ship (we’re still in port), so you’re not rid of me yet. Today’s non-travel post is on a subject dear to my heart: free speech on college campuses. In particular, the website RealClear Education has published a survey of “expert” opinion about which colleges […]

Rashida Tlaib, afflicted with BDS fever, urges viewers to boycott Bill Maher’s show

The other day I posted a tweet containing a clip of Bill Maher calling out the BDS movement for hiding its real aim—to get rid of Israel. The relevant section goes from 18:55 to 20:03 in this video of his latest show. But keep listening, at least until 23:00.  As the article below notes, “Maher […]

FIRE’s worst colleges for free speech, and their Lifetime Censorship Award

FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, has named the ten worst American campuses for free speech over the last year. In addition, they’ve given a “Lifetime Censorship” award to a school with a persistent history of censorship over time. Click on the screenshot below if you want to see the distressing details. First, […]

Saturday genetics lesson: A gynandromorph stag beetle

Matthew sent this tw**t by entomologist Gil Wizen: One of the most amazing bilateral gynandromorphs I have ever seen, a Dorcus stag beetle. Right – male side; Left – female side — Gil Wizen (@wizentrop) September 8, 2017 Which highlighted the picture below (I can’t read the Japanese; if you can, please translate). Look […]

Time-series data from FIRE shows increasing trend of disinvitations caused by pressure from the Left

I’ve elevated to its own post (here) a comment from reader Ed Kroc on yesterday’s post, “Shenanigans in Illinois. 2: DePaul University bans yet another speaker“. In that post I cited FIRE’s (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s) “Disinvitation Database,” which comprised 308 cases of individuals being disinvited from speaking at colleges since 2000. A quick scan of […]

Brian Cox defends free speech, calls no-platforming and censorship “nonsensical”

There are many parallels between Brian Cox and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Both are trained physicists, both are extremely popular science popularizers (Cox is probably the most widely recognized science promoter in the UK, and Tyson is the same in the U.S.), and both are charismatic—and handsome as well (I’ve heard women sigh over both of them). […]

Best student demands of the last year

Well, it’s only 5.5 months into 2016, but along with the Political Silly Season has come the College Entitlement Season. The Daily Beast has given a list of the craziest demands of college students over the last full year (and wait—we have over six months to come in this one!). Here are a few; demands in quotes come […]