FYI Universities, Ivory Towers and Common Sense? September 13, 2016

College Rape
The victim(s) are raped physically and mentally, then raped again by the authorities.  Would it be appropriate to have victims of rape and/or parents of raped children in authoritative capacities at colleges?

What about rating a college, and the city as to how fair they are to both the victim and accused?

Stassa Edwards: After Richmond Student Writes Viral Essay About Her Rape Case, the University Calls Her a Liar

Cecilia Carreras referred to her rapist as “Richmond’s Brock Turner,”

On Thursday, Carreras responded with another post headlined, “Richmond, all I wanted was for you to say sorry. But instead you called me a liar. So, here are the receipts,” also published in the Huffington Post. In the post, Carreras provides screenshots of emails between her and Richmond dean, Daniel Fabian, as well as transcripts from a preliminary Title IX hearing in which Fabian acknowledges that the alleged rapist changed his story multiple times.

“No one denied, however, that [my rapist] penetrated me without consent,” Carreras wrote. Rather, she alleges that Fabian argued that the length of the assault was justified because he, “thought it was reasonable for [the accused] to penetrate you for a few more minutes if he was going to finish.”


In 2006, The Duke University Lacrosse Team of Durham did not receive fair treatment.

In 2007, Seligmann, Finnerty, and Evans sought unspecified damages and called for new criminal justice reform laws in a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Durham. (See below)

Falsely Accused of Rape
The Duke lacrosse case was a 2006 criminal case in which three members of the Duke University men’s lacrosse team were falsely accused of rape. The case evoked varied responses from the media, faculty groups, students, the community, and others. The case’s resolution sparked public discussion of racism, media bias, and due process on campuses, and ultimately led to the resignation and disbarment of the lead prosecutor, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong.

In March 2006, Crystal Gail Mangum, a black student at North Carolina Central University[1][2] who worked as a stripper,[3] dancer and escort, falsely accused three white Duke University students – all members of the Duke Blue Devils men’s lacrosse team – of raping her. The rape was alleged to have occurred at a party held at the house of two of the team’s captains in Durham on March 13, 2006. Many people involved in or commenting on the case, including District Attorney Nifong, stated or suggested that the alleged rape was a hate crime.[4][5][6][7]

In response to the allegations, Duke University suspended the lacrosse team for two games on March 28, 2006. The following week, on April 5, Duke lacrosse coach Mike Pressler was forced to resign under threat by athletic director Joe Alleva, and Duke President Richard Brodhead canceled the remainder of the 2006 season.

Law reform:
In 2007, Seligmann, Finnerty, and Evans sought unspecified damages and called for new criminal justice reform laws in a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Durham.

Claire Ballentine and Samantha Neal: Where are they now?
A look at the main characters involved in the lacrosse case


Is this censorship or common sense? How does having high profile alumni  and/or  faculty in a radical, criminal negative light affect a school?   Does it make a difference if a school is named after a historical figure?
University of Oregon to remove former KKK leader’s name
The University of Oregon’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to strip the name of former Frederic Dunn from a campus dorm because of his past as an “exalted cyclops” in the Klu Klux Klan.


























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907 Updates September 12, 2016

Because the victim was passed out, it doesn’t count as much?  What about her getting through the attack?  How does she turn her life around?  Every knows as he bragged at school about raping an unconscious 12 year old. 
Lisa Demer: Scammon Bay teen gets 5 years for raping 12-year-old girl

“And I have to look at you. Goodness. You have no record,” McConnell said to Kaganak. “This was your first offense, and it was a very serious one.”


Banishment means they are still able and willing to commit crimes.  It just means it is difficult for them to commit crimes where they were banished from.
Lisa Demer:  Young man blamed for 3 arson deaths in Alaska village gets traditional justice: Banishment


Chris Klint: Company to challenge $560K state fines in Anchorage worker’s death
The review board hearing, in Suite 102 of the Atwood Building at 550 W. Seventh Ave., is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 5.



Does your school district have a lobbyist?
Tegan Hanlon: Should the Anchorage School Board hire a lobbyist?

wiki: Lobbyist
A person remunerated to persuade (to lobby) politicians to vote in a certain way or otherwise use their office to effect a desired result.


Suzanna Caldwell: Cordova will ban plastic bags and foam containers starting Oct. 1
James Brand, branch manager of the AC Value Center in Cordova, the city’s largest retailer, said the store is still working through its stock of regular plastic bags. Last year the store handed out 140,000 plastic bags.

He said biodegradable bags are in the process of being shipped and will likely be there in time for the ban’s implementation Oct. 1. But he said if they aren’t the store will still have paper bags.

wiki: Biodegradable bag





Quotes September 12, 2016

Over the years, he had often been asked to run for political office but had eschewed all attempts to convince him to enter the political arena. Martz preferred the freedom to speak his mind and, on occasion, offend both sides of the aisle, sometimes at the same time.

Good people died for things they believed in. Bad people would kill for things they wanted. It had always been that way.
Sanctioned Murder
Glenn Trust


A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Ayn Rand

A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often.
Oliver Herford

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.
W. H. Auden


Images Big Cats September 12, 2016


Music September 12, 2016

Shorpy September 12, 2016

San Francisco circa 1920. "Grant touring car."  5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.

San Francisco circa 1920. “Grant touring car.” 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.

Quotes September 11, 2016

Today we thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon this great Country and ask Him to continue to heal our land and meet our needs – and we do so through the power of prayer.
Nick Rahall

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.
Kevyn Aucoin

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
Henri Nouwen

We live in a time of conflict – external and internal – when we sometimes concentrate too much on what divides us. Today, fly the Stars and Stripes with pride and confidence that what unites is far stronger.
Charlie Dent

Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.
Leah LaBelle

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
Joseph Campbell

Music September 11, 2016