Morning Reads for Friday, September 15, 2017

9/11 came and went while many of us were sheltering from Hurricane Irma. The trickle of the rain reminds me of this piece at American Digest by Gerard Van der Leun. Of course, everything Gerard does is head and shoulders above all of us who think we can write, but this is still one of my favorites about that terrible day.

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Noway2016
Noway2016

Somebody help me understand why Harvard honored Chelsea Manning by offering her some sort of Visiting Speaker status…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The Kennedy School (Harvard’s political science/government program) invites a few people every semester to come to campus and give a series of lectures and events with undergraduate students. This year they invited: – Guy Benson and Mary Katherine Ham (conservative commentators, Ham is a UGA alum) – Steven Beshear (former Governor of Kentucky) – Cornell Brooks (former President of the NAACP) – Sly James, Jr. (Mayor of Kansas City, MO) – Corey Lewandowski (former Trump campaign manager) – Chelsea Manning – Robby Mook (Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager) – Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (television personalities) – Joe Slade White (Democratic… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Similarly, the Campus Reform piece shows over-reach. A lot of colleges are trying to do something that should have been done in elementary school- facilitate social intelligence; i.e. help kids understand other kids, and teach productive social interaction. For those students who think that’s divisive- I would bet a good chunk of change that they are the students who would benefit most greatly from such exercises.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Invite rescinded.
“I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility,” Douglas W. Elmendorf, the school’s dean, wrote in a 700-word statement released shortly after midnight Friday.

“Elmendorf decided to withdraw the invitation after realizing that “many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific,” though the school had not intended to “honor [Manning] in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds.”
(Washington Post)

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Another week of the high standards of GOP governance of the country comes to a close…. . “The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has quietly reversed its own internal policy prohibiting anonymous donations from lobbyists to White House staffers who have legal defense funds” http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/13/trump-ethics-watchdog-legal-defense-242690 Is that crickets, or my tinnitus? . How about Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, net worth $300M, preparing a letter requesting a government plane that could cost $25k / hr hour to chauffeur him about Europe on his honeymoon? The letter surfaced during investigation of his travel after he and the new misses took a government plane… Read more »

xdog
xdog

Goodbye Cassini and thanks for a hell of a job.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/15/us/cassini-mission-ends/index.html

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

RE: Equifax. Here’s a company that has devoted its life to finding out as much information about every possible individual, insinuating themselves into just about every transaction, and then selling that information to pretty much all buyers. This scandal has legs, if for no other reason than that most of the affected 143 million souls know that little detail about what used to be a company called Retail Credit. And they resent it.