Category Archives: Education

Yale replaces “freshman,” “upperclassman” with gender neutral terms

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No doubt feminazis would love to replace woman with womyn.

From Fox News Insider: Yale University has kicked off the new school year by officially scrapping the terms “freshman” and “upperclassman” and replacing them with the gender-neutral terms “first year” and “upper-level students.”

“It’s really for public, formal correspondence and formal publications … we’re not trying to tell people what language to use in their everyday casual conversations,” Dean Marvin Chun told the school newspaper. “We’re not trying to be language police.”

Chun applauded the “modern” terms, saying he hopes they will be used exclusively in all communications by next academic year.

Rumblings for more inclusivity began last year, and by spring administrators began using the new terms.

Cornell University, Columbia University and Dartmouth College have all inched away from the old labels in official documents as well.

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4 of 10 Americans have $0 in savings

The standard financial advice is that we should have at least three months’ worth of income in savings for emergencies like job loss, sickness, and sudden expenses like car repair.

Alex Whitehouse, president and CEO of Whitehouse Wealth Management in Vancouver, Washington, said:

“Having cash in a savings account is important because life happens. Companies lay off employees, cars break down and people get sick. Without savings, unexpected spending forces people to take on debt, frequently using credit cards. At 16% or more interest, credit cards become a very costly way to handle sudden expenses.”

According to the U.S. Census, the median U.S. household income in 2016 was was $59,039 or a monthly income of $4,919. That means the average American household should have at least $14,000 in savings.

For the past two years, GOBankingRates has surveyed Americans to find out how much we have in savings.

Cameron Huddleston reports for GOBankingRates, Sept. 12, 2017, that this year, GOBankingRates asked more than 8,000 Americans the same question as in years past:

“How much money do you have saved in your savings account?”

 Respondents were asked to choose one of the following answers:

  • $0
  • Less than $1,000
  • $1,000-$4,999
  • $5,000-$9,999
  • $10,000 or more

The results of the survey are nothing less than alarming:

  • 39%, i.e., nearly 4 out of every 10 Americans, said they have $0 in savings. That’s an increase of 5% from last year’s 34%.
  • 57% or more than half of Americans said they have less than $1,000 in savings, which is an improvement from last year’s 69%.
  • 12% said they have $1,000 to $4,999 in savings, which is slightly better than last year’s 11%.
  • Only 6% said they have $5,000 to $9,999 in savings, which is better than last year’s 4%.
  • 25% said they have more than $10,000 in savings, which is much better than last year’s 15%.

In other words, as compared to last year’s survey results, Americans increasingly are bifurcated: the number of savers with more than $10,000 in savings has increased from 15% to 25%, but the number of those with literally NOTHING in savings has also increased, from 34% to 39%.

As one would expect, how much savings one has is somewhat correlated with age:

  • Millennials (ages 18 to 34) are more likely than other generations to have nothing saved. In 2017, 46% of millennials have nothing in savings — 15% more than last year’s 31%.
  • Among baby boomers (ages 55 to 64), one-third (33%) have nothing saved, just like last year. But the percentage with more than $10,000 in savings has increased from last year’s 17% to 32%.
  • Seniors (ages 65 and older) have the highest percentage of all age groups with more than $10,000 in savings — 39% (last year was 23%). However, almost as many (32%) have $0 in savings.

How much should you have tucked away?

Intuit‘s Kimmie Greene offers a simple formula to help you figure out if you’re setting aside enough money:

  • In your 20s: Aim to save 25% of your overall gross pay, including retirement account contributions, matching funds from your company, cash savings or money you have invested elsewhere, like in index funds or with robo-advisers.
  • By age 30: Have the equivalent of your annual salary saved. So, if you earn $50,000 a year, aim to have $50,000 in savings when you hit 30.
  • By age 35: Have twice your annual salary saved.
  • By age 40: Have three times your annual salary saved.
  • By age 45: Have four times your annual salary saved.
  • By age 50: Have five times your annual salary saved.
  • By age 55: Have six times your annual salary saved.
  • By age 60: Have seven times your annual salary saved.
  • By age 65: Have eight times your annual salary saved.

Fidelity Investments says a good rule of thumb is to have the equivalent of your salary saved by age 30 and to have 10 times your final salary in savings if you want to retire by age 67.

~Eowyn

Inspiring life advice from a U.S. Special Ops commander

Here’s the wise counsel from Admiral William H. McRaven, 9th commander of U.S. Special Operations, from his 2014 Commencement Address to the University of Texas, Austin:

  1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
  2. When confronted by sharks, incl. human sharks, stand your ground, do not act afraid, and don’t back down.
  3. Nothing matters but your will to succeed — not your color, ethnic background, education, or social status.
  4. Measure a person by the size of their heart, not by the size of their flippers.
  5. The power of one person: One person can change the world by giving people hope.

“So if you want to change the world, start each day with a task completed, find someone to help you through life, respect everyone, know that life is not fair and you will fail often. But if you take some risks, step up when the times are the toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden, and never, ever give up, the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.” -Adm. William McRaven.

H/t maziel

~Eowyn

Higher education: Chelsea Manning named visiting “fellow” at Harvard

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Harvard: Enabling a convicted traitor

I’m sure students will look forward to the lecture on turning a penis into a vagina!

From Yahoo: Chelsea Manning will be joining Harvard University as a visiting fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, according to the school’s website.

Manning will speak on issues of LGBTQ identity in the military, Institute of Politics Fellows co-chairs Emily Hall and Jason Ge wrote in an announcement posted Wednesday.

“We welcome the breadth of thought-provoking viewpoints on race, gender, politics and the media,” Bill Delahunt, IOP acting director, said in the announcement.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted in 2013 for leaking a huge cache of classified and sensitive documents. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military judge found her guilty of six Espionage Act violations and multiple other charges relating to the dissemination of more than 700,000 classified military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks.

Manning was acquitted on the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

After President Barack Obama commuted her sentence before leaving office, Manning has worked to re-brand herself as an activist for queer and transgender rights. She also speaks on topics related to artificial intelligence through op-ed columns for The New York Times and The Guardian, according to Harvard’s website.

Harvard’s IOP also announced three other visiting fellows: former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, CNN political commentator Robby Mook and Kansas City Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James Jr.

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Liberalism in a mental disorder: Teen Vogue promotes ecosex with trees & grass

#26 of the 1963 Communist Goals for America:

Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

Founded in 2003 as a sister publication to Vogue fashion magazine, Teen Vogue targets teenage girls. Since 2015, following a steep decline in sales, the magazine cut back on its print distribution in favor of online content, which has grown significantly. The magazine has expanded its focus from fashion and celebrities to include politics and current affairs.

In July, Teen Vogue promoted anal sex, which the CDC says is the riskiest type of sex for getting/transmitting HIV. Anal sex can also lead to a host of other medical and sanitary problems, such as chronic fecal leakage. (See DCG’s post here).

The latest Teen Vogue indoctrination is ecosex, i.e., sex with the “environment”.

About the pic, see “Berkeley tree-huggers go naked

Below is an article by Mary Katharine Tramontana for Teen Vogue, June 30, 2017. See if you can make any sense of what Tramontana wrote, such as the term “BDSM pollination”:

There’s a photo of electropunk musician Peaches sprawled face-down on a lawn, tongue out, with a caption reading: “Grassilingus.” The gender-fluid rock star who taught us to unapologetically embrace sex and our body hair is getting ecosexual.

Note: Below is a pic of Peaches performing grassilingus. What did grass do to deserve this assault?

“Ecosexuality is making the earth an urgent sexual matter. Instead of ‘Mother Earth’, where the earth comforts you, earth is your lover — on your level — putting the responsibility on you to uphold your side of the relationship…, [it’s] revolutionary,” she says.

Whether it’s masturbating with water pressure, using eco-friendly lubricant, or literally having sex with a tree — a person of any sexual proclivity who finds eroticism in nature, or believes that making environmentalism sexy will slow the planet’s destruction, can be ecosexual. The term ecosex is like the word “queer”; its meaning varies — a movement, an identity, a sexual practice, an environmental activist strategy — depending on who you ask.

“We’re in a period I call the ecosexual baby boom,” says Loren Kronemyer, half of the Australia-based art duo Pony Express, who are currently touring their Ecosexual Bathhouse, an immersive installation that includes BDSM pollination.

Kronemyer says that young people are discovering the topic through the conceptual art projects of self-described Bay Area “sexecologists” Annie Sprinkle and [her “wife”] Elizabeth Stephens. Sprinkle, formerly a porn star and sex worker, is now a sex educator and artist who has exhibited work at the Guggenheim. Stephens is a professor of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who grew up in the Appalachian coal country of West Virginia.

Note: Annie Sprinkle, real name Ellen Steinberg, is a lesbian, former stripper and porn actress, who now calls her an “ecosexual” sex educator and feminist. Sprinkle/Steinberg is best known for her Public Cervix Announcement “performance art” in which she invited the audience to “celebrate the female body” by viewing her cervix with a speculum and flashlight.

Audience member looks into Annie Sprinkle/Ellen Steinberg’s vagina

In 2011, the two wrote an ecosex manifesto, and have since made a career of promoting ecoeroticism to the public through activism, symposia, and performance art, including ecosexual walking tours and wedding ceremonies — “We call them sequins of events,” Sprinkle says – for the dirt, sea, and other elements.

“All this wood here is very sensual,” Sprinkle gestures to the rough tables made of recycled pallets, which surround us as we chat in an outdoor cafe at documenta 14, an enormous art exhibition in Kassel, Germany.

“Ecosexuality is a way of enjoying the sensuality of pretty much anything,” says Stephens. “It’s really about embodiment.” In the gallery across the street, a roomful of Sprinkle and Stephens visual artwork and vintage erotica is on display. In September, they’ll premiere their second feature documentary film here, Water Makes Us Wet. Before we part, Sprinkle tells me, “Shakespeare was an ecosexual.”

At the San Francisco pride parade in 2015, the pair performed a ribbon cutting to advocate adding an “E” to the LGBTQ acronym. Not everyone is keen on this idea. “I don’t see ecosexuality as an identity [or] another letter to be added to the already ridiculous LGBTQ list” says Spanish writer, philosopher, and transgender activist Paul B. Preciado. Preciado curated documenta’s public programs and is a leading thinker in gender theory and sexuality, who was mentored by the hugely influential French philosopher Jacques Derrida. “We don’t need identities, but processes of critical de-identification.” At a time when more and more millennials are opting out of fixed sexual identity labels to appreciate the fluidity of erotic desire, aligning ecosex with sexual orientation models may be perceived as constraining.

“The strength of ecosexualiy is the re-erotization of the totality of the body [and] of everything that surrounds us,” says Preciado. Often, the only body parts considered erotic are those linked to reproduction. This segmenting of “sex organs” is a staple of the “sex-binary regime,” according to Preciado. It’s connected to the way that our heteropatriarchal society has an extremely narrow, notion of what sex is; namely, vagainal penetration, a sex act which has been scientifically shown to not bring most women to orgasm.

Ecosexuals are certainly not the first to celebrate eros within nature, and this is where things may get dicey. “Ecosexuality is not going to appeal to most indigenous people. … I teach it in my classes and my students are viscerally like, ‘This is weird, self-indulgent white people,’” says anthropologist Kim TallBear, a professor of Native Studies at University of Alberta, in a phone interview from Edmonton, Canada. TallBear, a speaker at Sprinkle and Stephens’ recent University of California, Santa Cruz Ecosex Symposium, is writing a book which explores the effects of colonization on queer sexuality. For many of her students, she says, ecosex raises questions about consent. Can a tree do that?

“When people talk about the Anthropocene they typically say, ‘We as a species are now coming to realize that we have to stop putting humans at the top of the hierarchy. Other beings have agency,’ and I’m like, ‘No, it’s not we who are just now having this revelation; it’s a bunch of white guys’”. TallBear says there’s always a risk of subconsciously appropriating indigenous culture.

“Don’t forget that what you’re saying about humanity probably doesn’t apply to indigenous people,” she said. “And, yes, we’re still here.”

The ecosex sphere may still be evolving, but one thing is clear, with the Trump administration’s threat on environmental protections, women’s bodily autonomy, and queer and trans rights, it’s necessary to find new ways to get people motivated to come together to protect the planet and sexual freedom. Perhaps it would be better to create an erotic landscape which doesn’t add more categories of difference, but expanded possibilities.

Lastly, here’s more evidence that Teen Vogue is insane: see “Donald Trump Doesn’t Want Our Planet to Survive“.

H/t Jim Stone

~Eowyn

Student who mocked ISIS on Facebook is investigated for “Islamophobia”

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From The Independent: A student who mocked Isis on Facebook is being investigated over claims his post put “minority students at risk and in a state of panic and fear.”

Robbie Travers, a 21-year-old third-year law student, is being probed by the University of Edinburgh over claims he committed a “hate crime,” even though no criminal investigation by the police has taken place.

The complaint came when he shared a comment after the US Air Force dropped a massive ordnance air blast (MOAB, or “mother of all bombs”) on a network of Isis tunnels in Afghanistan in April.

Mr. Travers wrote on Facebook: “Excellent news that the US administration and Trump ordered an accurate strike on an Isis network of tunnels in Afghanistan. I’m glad we could bring these barbarians a step closer to collecting their 72 virgins”.

Esme Allman, a second-year history student, accused Mr. Travers of “blatant Islamophobia.”

In a complaint to the university seen by The Times, Ms. Allman wrote: “Not only do I believe this behaviour to be in breach of the student code of conduct, but his decision to target the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Liberation Group at the University of Edinburgh, and how he has chosen to do so, puts minority students at risk and in a state of panic and fear while attending the University of Edinburgh.”

But Mr. Travers said the complaint against him came in retaliation to him pointing out how Ms. Allman had allegedly referred to black men as “trash,” before adding “all men are trash.”

A spokesman for the university confirmed complains alleging misconduct against Mr. Travers were being investigated, telling the paper: “We are committed to providing an environment in which all members of the university community treat each other with dignity and respect and our code of student conduct sets out clear expectations of behaviour.”

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U. of Miami offers DACA students $62K full scholarships

University of Miami (UM) is a private university of 16,848 students in 2015, and the 6th largest employer in Miami-Dade County. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked UM as the 44th best national university in the United States.

Admission to UM is competitive and selective: In 2015, only 37.8% (or 12,625) of 33,416 undergraduate applicants were admitted. Incredibly, the average high school GPA of those admitted was 4.0, i.e., a perfect A grade; the median SAT score was 1300 (out of 1600).

Given the competitiveness of admissions, it is all the more outrageous that University of Miami is offering “Dreamers” — children who illegally entered the U.S. with their illegal alien parents — a full scholarship worth $62,000, as well as lower GPA and SAT standards.

Eduarto Neret reports for Campus Reform, Aug. 31, 2017, that University of Miami’s U Dreamers Program provides scholarships covering 100% of the “demonstrated financial need” of DACA students who reside in Florida, including tuition and fees, room and board, a meal plan, and student health insurance.

UM estimates that the total cost of attendance for an undergraduate student living on campus is slightly more than $66,000, of which at least $62,000 would be covered by the U Dreamers Program.

The Dreamer scholarship is “renewable for up to four academic years or such time [as is] required to complete the baccalaureate degree.”

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an unconstitutional Obama-era policy that protects from deportation illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as children, and also authorizes them to work in the United States.

To qualify for the renewable $62K Dreamers scholarship, one must:

  • Be a Dreamer or DACA.
  • Must have attended an accredited Florida high school or, in the case of transfer students, “a regionally accredited institution in the State of Florida” and “have completed or will soon complete 60 credit hours or more at the time of application.”
  • Freshmen must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.2 and an SAT score of at least 1100 (55th percentile) or ACT score of at least 21; transfer students must maintain a 3.5 college GPA.

The examples of UM students Andrea Cicilia and Natalie Telfeja make clear how discriminatory the university’s U Dreamers Program is against students who are U.S. citizens.

Cicilia told Campus Reform she wasn’t accepted to UM outright nor offered any scholarship money although she had a high school GPA higher than 3.2 and an ACT score of 25:

“It’s disappointing and unfair that UM would give full scholarships to DACA students, especially when they can qualify with a lower GPA and lower test scores than me. Would I qualify for a full scholarship as a citizen with a 3.2 GPA and 21 on the ACT? Probably not.”

Transfer student Natalie Telfeja, who entered UM with a 3.7 GPA, said:

“I consider myself lucky to have the partial scholarship that I have. It’s not fair that an undocumented student with a lower GPA could qualify for a full scholarship over someone like me. They are practically receiving preferential treatment for their immigration status.”

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~Eowyn