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College accused of racism for hanging a no-tolerance sign against ‘sagging pants’

The College Fix: Henderson State University in Arkansas expects you to wear your pants all the way up. Constitutional for a public university? Questionable. Racist? Well, that’s what some students are telling ABC affiliate KATV:

 

A school and students at odds over a sign that once hung in the student center at Henderson State University. The sign reading “sagging pants” would not be tolerated upset many students on campus.

After only being up for two days, the sign has been taken down. Students told Channel 7 they believe the sign was targeting them, but administration says they’re just holding their students to a higher expectation. …

“The group that I’m representing was outraged by the sign,” [student Daisha] Haggans said. Those students wanting the sign taken down because they say “sagging pants” is culturally associated with African Americans. “It’s politically insensitive to certain groups. They felt like they were being targeted,” [student Kristin] Bell said.

The school, which has no formal dress code, told Inside Higher Ed the sign had nothing to do with cultural insensitivity, but rather the faculty “in particular had experienced an increase in inappropriate classroom behaviors that were disturbing the learning environment.”

It should be noted, as KATV does, that Arkansas banned sagging pants in elementary and secondary schools in 2011, and that bill was sponsored by a black legislator. However, as Will Creeley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education tells Inside Higher Ed:

“Absent some kind of showing that sagging pants could somehow disrupt the educational environment in a clearly, truly unreasonable way, which is hard to fathom, this is a blatant overreach by the administration,” Creeley said. … The bans on profanity and rude behavior were also concerning, Creeley noted, adding that the university was “really going for the trifecta.”

That’s right – the sign, which also bans “excessive loudness,” probably wouldn’t survive a legal challenge if Henderson State tried to enforce it.

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Providing voter ID "disenfranchise" poor, elderly and minority

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Arkansas governor vetoes voter photo ID bill

TVH11: Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed legislation Monday that would have required voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, saying the measure was “an expensive solution in search of a problem” and would establish a requirement impairing the right to vote.
State law currently requires poll workers to ask for identification, but voters can still cast a ballot if they don’t have one. A new Republican majority at the Legislature said that restricting access to the polls would reduce voter fraud. The bill’s opponents said the measure would unfairly disenfranchise poor, elderly and minority voters. It would have exempted voters who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Legislators can override Beebe’s veto with a simple majority vote.
Under the proposal, Arkansas would have provided free photo IDs to voters who don’t have one, costing the state an estimated $300,000. The requirement would not be enforced until funding is available for the IDs or Jan. 1, 2014, whichever occurs last.
Beebe, a Democrat who formerly served as attorney general, issued the opinion shortly after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel released an advisory opinion saying he couldn’t predict whether a court would find the restriction unconstitutional. But Beebe said any new voting restrictions should be justified “by the most compelling of reasons.”
“This is particularly so when the citizens, whose right to vote is most likely to be impaired, are those citizens who experience the most difficulty voting in the first place: the elderly and the poor,” Beebe wrote in his veto letter. “A compelling justification should likewise be shown when the citizens most likely to be affected include minorities who have in the past been the target of officially sanctioned efforts to bar or discourage them from participating in the electoral process.”
Beebe also said Arkansas would be placed on the hook for ongoing expenses. “At a time when some argue for the reduction of unnecessary bureaucracy and for reduced government spending, I find it ironic to be presented with a bill that increases government bureaucracy and increases government expenditures, all to address a need that has not been demonstrated,” Beebe wrote. “I cannot approve such an unnecessary measure that would negatively impact one of our most precious rights as citizens.”
Under the current law, if voters refuse to show an ID card they may vote a provisional ballot that must later be verified by election workers. Under the proposed law, voters could still file a provisional ballot but it would not be counted until they provided an ID to county election officials or, before noon on the Monday following an election, signed an affidavit stating they are indigent or have a religious objection to being photographed.
Republicans around the country have been pushing for similar laws, though the measures have faced court challenges. Voter ID laws in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have been blocked.
Arkansas Republicans had pushed for voter ID requirements for years, but the measure failed to reach the governor’s desk under Democratic majorities. Republicans last November won control of the Legislature for the first time in 138 years and have enjoyed a number of successes, including the passage of stricter anti-abortion laws and broader gun rights.
The Republican-led Legislature already has overridden Beebe’s vetoes of two abortion restrictions, including one that would ban the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
Sen. Bryan King, the Republican behind the bill, did not immediately return a call seeking comment but has previously said he’d seek an override if Beebe rejected the measure.
“In order to ensure the fairness and integrity of Arkansas elections, we look forward to overriding this veto in the days to come,” state Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb said.
If the override is successful, Arkansas would join four other states with a strict photo ID requirement for voters, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Virginia lawmakers have sent that state’s governor a similar photo ID bill. Similar restrictions by Texas and South Carolina have been rejected by the federal government under the Voting Rights Act, and Mississippi is waiting for federal approval of its photo ID law.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has called the requirement unconstitutional, and its executive director said the group was looking at its options after lawmakers gave the measure final approval.
Opponents of the measure had unsuccessfully challenged the way it was approved in the Legislature, saying it changed Arkansas’ voter-registration system and therefore needed a two-thirds vote in both chambers to pass. The Senate rejected that recommendation from its Rules Committee shortly before giving the measure final approval last week. A House panel had rejected the same argument earlier in the month.
Black lawmakers in both chambers have spoken out against the bill, comparing it to poll taxes levied during the Jim Crow era.
“I think it’s going to have impact on a lot of voters, not just African American voters,” said Sen. Stephanie Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, who voted against the proposal. “When you look at the historical context of voting rights in the context and in Arkansas, you can’t just dismiss that. That’s why we have such a strong law.”
Beebe’s office has said the governor’s concerns centered on whether it imposed a new qualification for voters, not on the procedural questions about how many votes it needed to pass.
It is rare for Arkansas voters to cast provisional votes, and even rarer for them to be counted. In the 2008 and 2010 general elections, less than one-quarter of 1 percent of Arkansas ballots were cast provisionally, and fewer than half of those were ultimately counted. Final data for the 2012 election was not immediately available.
If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government…you might live in a country founded by geniuses, run by idiots.
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Largest Earthquake Drill in Central U.S. History

What does our government know that it’s not telling us?
The last few days have seen swarms or clusters of earthquakes in Arkansas, ranging from 2.0 to 3.3 in magnitude. Arkansas is one of 8 states that make up the New Madrid Seismic Zone or Fault Line. The other 7 states are Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.
In the video below, the state of Missouri’s state geologist Joe Gillman is calling on residents of these 8 states to participate in an earthquake drill — the largest earthquake drill in Central U.S. history, at 10:15 am on April 28, 2011. (H/t LookUpFellowship)
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Here are excerpts from Wikipedia on the New Madrid Seismic Zone:

The 150-mile…long fault system, which extends into five states, stretches southward from Cairo, Illinois; through Hayti, Caruthersville and New Madrid in Missouri; through Blytheville into Marked Tree in Arkansas. It also covers a part of West Tennessee, near Reelfoot Lake, extending southeast into Dyersburg. Most of the seismicity is located between 3 and 15 miles…beneath the Earth’s surface.
The zone had four of the largest North American earthquakes in recorded history, with moment magnitudes estimated to be as large as 8.0, all occurring within a three-month period between December 1811 and February 1812…. Based on artifacts found buried by sand blow deposits and from carbon-14 studies, previous large earthquakes like those of 1811-1812 appear to have happened around AD 1450 and around AD 900, as well as approximately AD 300. Evidence has been found for an apparent series of large earthquakes around 2350 BC.
[The earthquakes on February 7, 1812, had magnitudes of 7.4 to 8.6 with their] epicenter near New Madrid, Missouri. New Madrid was destroyed. At St. Louis, Missouri, many houses were severely damaged, and their chimneys were toppled. This shock was definitively attributed to the Reelfoot Fault by Johnston and Schweig. It was uplift along this reverse fault segment, in this event, that created waterfalls on the Mississippi River, disrupted the Mississippi River at Kentucky Bend, created a wave that propagated upstream and caused the formation of Reelfoot Lake. The earthquakes were felt as far away as New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, where ground motion caused church bells to ring….
In a report filed in November 2008, The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that a serious earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone could result in “the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States,” further predicting “widespread and catastrophic” damage across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and particularly Tennessee…. The earthquake is expected to also result in many thousands of fatalities, with more than 4,000 of the fatalities expected in Memphis alone…. The USGS [U.S. Geological Society] recently issued a fact sheet reiterating the estimate of a 10% chance of a New Madrid earthquake of magnitude comparable to those of 1811-1812 within the next 50 years, and a greater chance of a magnitude 6.0 earthquake in the same time frame.

Below is a video on the New Madrid Fault Line:
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Earth's Magnetic North Pole Is Shifting Faster


Among the explanations proffered for the global animal die-offs of the past two weeks which began with the raining of some 3,000 dead black birds onto the small town of Beebe in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve is the Magnetic North Pole.
The Magnetic North Pole (MNP) should not be confused with the geographic North Pole. The Earth’s MNP is the point on the surface of the Northern Hemisphere at which the Earth’s magnetic field points vertically downwards (i.e., the “dip” is 90°). The MNP moves slowly over time due to magnetic changes in the Earth’s core.
Inbuilt navigation systems in birds and fish is believed to be affected by magnetism. Birds and fish rely on the Magnetic North Pole to travel to breeding grounds and warmed climes. But scientists said the MNP has been shifting toward Russia at an average of around 25 miles a year. There are fears that the shifting pole could be confusing the animals which means they do not migrate in time to avoid cold weather. Writing for Times Square Chronicle on Jan 7, Brett Lipton explains:

 Over the past century The Magnetic North Pole has been shifting toward Russia at a steady pace, in fact, at an average of 25 miles per year, an alarming rate considering how many systems are dependent on its location. Compass needles in Africa, for instance, are drifting about 1 degree per decade. And globally the magnetic field has weakened 10% since the 19th century. Jan 7, 4:45 pm ET

But now we are told that the MNP is drifting at a rate almost twice as much than previously thought. From Wikipedia:

In 2001, it was determined by the Geological Survey of Canada to lie near Ellesmere Island in northern Canada at 81°18′N 110°48′W / 81.3°N 110.8°W / 81.3; -110.8 (Magnetic North Pole 2001). It was estimated to be at 82°42′N 114°24′W / 82.7°N 114.4°W / 82.7; -114.4 (Magnetic North Pole 2005 est) in 2005. In 2009, it was moving toward Russia at almost 40 miles per year.

Liz Goodwin reports for Yahoo on Jan 7, 2011, Earth’s magnetic pole shifts, screws up runway at Florida airport“:

An airport in Tampa, Florida, has had to temporarily close its runways to keep up with Earth’s magnetic north pole, which is drifting toward Russia at a rate of 40 miles per year.
Fox News reports that the international airport was forced to adjust the signs on its busiest runway Thursday because pilots depend on the magnetic fields to navigate. The runway will be closed until Jan. 13, and will re-open with new taxiway signs that indicate its new location on aviation charts, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.
Paul Takemoto, a spokesman for the FAA, says the Earth’s magnetic fields are constantly in flux — but rarely so much so that runway signage needs to be changed. “You want to be absolutely precise in your compass heading,” he told Fox. “To make sure the precision is there that we need, you have to make these changes.”
“The Earth’s poles are changing constantly, and when they change more than three degrees, that can affect runway numbering,” FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen told Fox News. It’s unclear whether any other airports will have to adjust their runways.
Earth’s magnetic field, which still flummoxes those who study it, “is thought to be generated deep inside the planet,” LiveScience writer Jeanna Bryner explains. “An inner core of solid iron is surrounded by an outer core of molten iron. They rotate at different rates, and the interaction between the regions creates what scientists call a ‘hydromagnetic dynamo.’ It’s something like an electric motor, and it generates a magnetic field akin to a giant bar magnet.”

Sometimes, the poles completely flip — and presumably when that happens, many bigger changes are afoot than modest tweaks to airport signs. The last time the planet experienced a polarity flip was 780,000 years ago.

For his part, Times Square Chronicle’s Brett Lipton concludes:

Another factor to consider is that the Earth’s Magnetic Poles Flip Regularly. In the past 330,000,000 years the poles have juxtaposed 400 times, or on an average of once every 825,000 years, the last such time was approximately 780,000+/- years ago, making us statistically within one standard deviation of an upcoming Magnetic Pole Reversal. Considering that these reversals take appromiately 1,000 years to complete and the massive move and reduction in strength, we may be within a handful of generations away for such a Magnetic North Pole Reversal.

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Global Animal Die-Offs


It started on New Year’s Eve.
At around 11:30 pm, residents of the small town of Beebee, Arkansas, watched in horror as 3,000 dead blackbirds rained down on roofs, cars, and roads in a one-mile stretch.

Two days later, some 125 miles away, an estimated 100,000 drum fish were found dead along a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River. Authorities blame the deaths on disease.

In Canada, at around the same time, tens of thousands of birds died in a mega icestorm in Manitoba.
In New Jersey, hundreds of dead birds were also found in Franklin Township. A woman said she found one at her front door and saw dead birds all around her house, “as far as the eyes could see.” Authorities said the USDA had put poison in bird seed to control the European starling population.
Dead birds were also found in Brooklyn and Queens, New York.
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In Louisiana, some 450 red-winged blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, grackles and starlings were found strewn along a highway in Baton Rouge, after apparently hitting overhead power lines.

In Florida, thousands of fish were discovered rotting and floating in Spruce Creek. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the two recent cold snaps are to blame for the fish kill.
In Texas, 200 American Coots were found dead on a highway bridge crossing Lake O’ the Pines in Big Cypress Creek. They are believed to have been hit by passing vehicles while walking or apparently trying to roost on the bridge.

In Maryland, 2 million dead fish were found to have washed up on shores in Chesapeake Bay. Authorities say it’s stress caused by unusually cold water and overbreeding among spot fish. A statement by the Maryland Department of the Environment said: “Cold water stress exacerbated by a large population of the affected species (juvenile spot fish) appears to be the cause of the kill. An increased juvenile population and limited deep water habitat would likely compound the effects of cold water stress.”

Dead fish in Chesapeake Bay


In the UK, the recent cold snap was blamed for the deaths of 40,000 Velvet swimming “devil crabs” found littering beaches in Thanet, Kent. 
In Sweden, 50 jackdaws were found dead on a street of Falkoping. Swedish experts blamed the shock of New Year fireworks for the unexplained deaths. Many of the birds are believed to have died from stress or as a result of being run over while disoriented.
In New Zealand, hundreds of snapper fish were found dead.
In Brazil, masses of dead fish were found in Paranaguá, Antonina and Guaraqueçaba Pontal do Paraná, leaving thousands of Brazilian fishermen struggling to make ends meet after the sale of seafood was temporarily suspended.
Last Sunday, January 2, in Texas, groups of dead grackles were found scattered in a parking lot and a nearby street in Plainview. Wildlife officials said the bird deaths during the weekend were likely caused by strong winds.
In South Carolina, last Wednesday, January 5, thousands of dead Menhaden fish washed up on Folly Beach. Mark Williams with the Department of Health and Environmental Control says this appears to be a temperature-related fish kill as fish can die when the water gets too cold. Charleston County Park officials said the water temperature was about 48-51 degrees. Williams says the fact that no other species of fish or other sea animal were impacted appears to rule out other causes.
In Tennessee, hundreds of dead birds were found this week in Nashville and nearby counties. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says they had deteriorated so badly that a lab could not determine the cause of death.
Yesterday, the Daily Mail reports that thousands of dead turtle doves rained down on roofs and cars in the Italian town of Faenza. A witness told www.examiner.com: “all of a sudden the doves just started falling one-by-one then in groups of 10s and 20s.” Residents described the birds falling to the ground like ‘little Christmas balls’ with strange blue stains on their beaks. Initial tests on up to 8,000 of the doves indicated that the blue stain could have been caused by poisoning or hypoxia. Hypoxia, a lack of oxygen, is known to cause confusion and illness in animals. It is also a common precursor to altitude sickness. Experts said results from tests on the doves will not be available for at least a week. They said that cold weather could have caused the birds’ deaths as the flock was swept into a high-altitude wind storm before falling to the earth.

Experts in local-federal government have speculated that New Year fireworks, thunderstorms, cold weather, parasites and even poisoning may be behind the deaths. Tests are being carried out on the dead birds and fish, but results are not expected for several weeks.
On the net, speculations run rife.
Some say it’s the New Madrid Fault — a major seismic zone and a prolific source of intraplate earthquakes (earthquakes within a tectonic plate) in the southern and midwestern United States, stretching to the southwest from New Madrid, Missouri. The New Madrid fault system was responsible for the 1811–1812 New Madrid earthquakes and may have the potential to produce large earthquakes in the future.
But the New Madrid Fault cannot account for animal die-offs outside of the United States.
More ominously still, some think it’s the Magnetic North Pole that scientists say is shifting toward Russia at an average of around 25 miles a year. Inbuilt navigation systems in birds and fish is believed to be affected by magnetism. With birds and fish relying on it to travel to breeding grounds and warmed climes, there are fears that the shifting pole could be confusing the animals which means they do not migrate in time to avoid cold weather. Writing for Times Square Chronicle on Jan 7, Brett Lipton explains:

 Over the past century The Magnetic North Pole has been shifting toward Russia at a steady pace, in fact, at an average of 25 miles per year, an alarming rate considering how many systems are dependent on its location. Compass needles in Africa, for instance, are drifting about 1 degree per decade. And globally the magnetic field has weakened 10% since the 19th century. Another factor to consider is that the Earth’s Magnetic Poles Flip Regularly. In the past 330,000,000 years the poles have juxtaposed 400 times, or on an average of once every 825,000 years, the last such time was approximately 780,000+/- years ago, making us statistically within one standard deviation of an upcoming Magnetic Pole Reversal. Considering that these reversals take appromiately 1,000 years to complete and the massive move and reduction in strength, we may be within a handful of generations away for such a Magnetic North Pole Reversal.

Still others say secret U.S. government experiments are behind the die-offs. Then there are those claiming all this is a sign of a looming Armageddon at the end of the Mayan calendar next year.
For the 10 leading theories on the global animal die-offs, CLICK HERE.
Whatever the explanation, it will have to satisfy this one criterion: The explanation must be sufficiently expansive as to account for animal die-offs not just in the New Madrid seismic zone, not just in the United States, not just in North America, not just in the American continents, but across the Atlantic in Europe and across the Pacific in New Zealand. Thinking off the top of my head, explanations that could meet this criterion are:

  • A global seismic line/ring;
  • Some global weather phenomenon(na), whether natural or the result of human experimentation;
  • Shift in the Magnetic North Pole; and
  • The End Times of biblical propecy. YIKES!

For a Google map of animal deaths across the world, CLICK HERE.
~Eowyn

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