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Kerry, Harf, and Psaki - WOW, it defies all mathematical logic...looks like even THREE halfwits don't make a whole!
You are absolutely right, she was great! Can you imagine suddenly being told to do what she had to? I bet they don't cover THAT if Flight Attendant School! Talk about "rising to the occasion!"
Back in the mid-1960s, when I was an undergrad at UNM, I remember a similar program, well, similar except that UNM was actually serious about it. I remember attending lectures b the(since assassinated) leader of the American NAZI Party, The American Communist Party, and the John Birch Society, among others. While many of us joined in demonstrations (peaceful ones!) after the lectures, we sat and listened to each of the various speakers first. I learned a lot about the various political and philosophical positions of the different groups at these lectures. I guess today the universities are no longer actually serious about presenting different POVs, especially if one of them might "offend" a student or two.
My, my, how things have changed! Back in 1965, I was the "cultural committee Chairman for my (men's only - no coed dorms back then) dorm at UNM. I partnered with my counterpart from the women's dorm to call in an MD to give us all a lecture about STDs (called VD back then) and how to avoid them. It was popular and well attended/received, at least by the students. The University administrators heard about it and promptly banned any future such lectures by other dorms. Too "inappropriate!"
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USPS: Where The Customer Is Always Last

Geoff34 Wrote: Sep 22, 2014 10:50 AM
I once received a post-card type appointment reminder from my daughter's Pediatric Cardiologist in the mail. It was a little too late - actually, it was 4 years and 7 months too late! There was no explanation, and in fact, the USPS workers didn't seem to have even noticed the problem. Thank God, my daughter wasn't seriously ill. By the time I got the reminder in the mail, my daughter was already married and living elsewhere, and had an adult Cardiologist!
This may not be as farfetched as it sounds on the surface. I remember my old Navy days (that's a service and a mindset, not a clothing line), when we used to tie up in Taiwanese ports. The "Boarding Officer" always came aboard and told us which bars were "off limits" to Naval Personnel at the moment, and then gave each sailor a couple of forms, in rainbow colored triplicate, to be used when "socializing" with the locals. It quite literally required the sailor and the newly discovered love of his life, to fill in blanks disclosing the effective date(s) of their contract, exactly who the parties involved were, what bar/"house" the girl worked for, the date of her last weekly health exam, exactly what "services" were to be performed (in the most excruciatingly precise detail!), and what was to be paid for them, and was then signed by both of the parties and the girl's "manager." This was intended to reduce street violence and crime related to these types of service, because if either party failed to live up to the contract, the other party could just take their copy of the contract to any policeman and have it enforced or get their money back. The "service vendor," the "purchaser," and the "Mama-San" of the bar (or whoever else "managed" the girl) each got a different colored copy of the contract form before anything else got done. Sometimes (rarely) these liaisons even resulted in marriage; on the other hand sometimes they resulted in one of our sailors going AWOL, too. It may sound weird (at least if you've never been in the Navy), but on balance, it does seem to have worked pretty well in practice. Granted, these were "professional" ladies in Taiwan, but I don't see why it couldn't work in a modern collegiate atmosphere too, at least after the students got over a few "sexual hang-ups." Sailors didn't seem to have any of those, but maybe a few weeks at sea just changes your outlook about sex.
It's British English for "dirty diapers." Churchill was right, we really ARE two nations separated by a common language.
And it isn't just "who's been sexually assaulted," it also includes whoever was presumably reported by someone who may have known someone else who reportedly got drunk and said they heard someone say that (s)he may have been assaulted, or possibly at least may have had some kind of sexual interaction, possibly without his/her knowing consent. After all, consider how many of us have experienced the discomfort of being forced by peer or familial pressure, to tolerate nonconsensual osculation by a family member or inebriated companion at a party. Wouldn't THAT count too?
I bet it wasn't Penn State was it? Or did they have such a policy and Sandusky just slipped through the cracks?
I assume that professors will henceforth begin each class by making a formal "Informed Consent Statement" to the class, to the effect that, "Anything said or implied, in the class discussion or afterwards, that might be taken to imply an inappropriate sexual thought or action, will NOT be confidential, and will be reported to the Dean, regardless of your intentions or desire, and regardless of the accuracy, factual basis, or lack thereof, of the statement(s)." If this isn't done, at the very least, the door will be opened to all sorts of inadvertent disclosures and other problems based on "I have a friend who said..." or "I heard that..." type comments made in the course of class discussions. It cold easily be extended to hypothetical remarks of a "OK, so what if someone..." nature. Of course, if an "Informed Consent" statement IS made before each class, it will likely stifle class discussion considerably. Indeed, I find it mildly humorous that the same universities that think allowing concealed (and therefore unknown to anyone) carry of handguns on campus would somehow "stifle the educational process, and impair open discussions," while this Gestapolian (OK, that's probably a neologism, but if it isn't a word it SHOULD be!) policy will not.
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