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Old 02-24-2016, 01:16 PM   #1
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I've been waiting for an appropriate story to come along that wasn't our typical "Outside The Box" material to start a running "The Crazy Years" thread.

I think this one will do.

New York gynecologist who admits he sexually abused pregnant patients will lose his medical license but avoids jail time
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Dr Robert Hadden had been charged with attacks of six pregnant women
Admitted to performing oral sex and other perverted acts on two patients
He will lose his medical license and have to register as a sex offender
But he will avoid jail and will not even be required to perform community service or be placed on probation
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...jail-time.html


Dr Robert Hadden will lose his medical license after
admitting to sexually abusing two pregnant patients
in his care in 2012



The assaults took place in Hadden's office at the New York
Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital (pictured above)


No "Outside The Box" humor value here. Just depressingly nonsensical behavior of our governmental and judicial systems in the twenty first century.
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Harvard University removes the word master from its academic titles after protests over slavery and considers changing its official seal
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Harvard has confirmed they will scrap the word 'master' from its job titles
Comes after protest word has racist connotations and is linked to slavery
Massachusetts school says it is also considering changing its official seal
The seal features the crest of the former slave holding family the Royalls
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...cial-seal.html


Historic change: Harvard University (pictured) will drop the title
'house master', after it was claimed to have racist connotations and
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I think this thread is going to give me a chronic headache.
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Model black student, nine, is told he can no longer attend his school when his family moves thanks to integration law that has never been changed
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Edmund Lee, nine, is a pupil at Gateway Science Academy in Missouri
Has a 3.83 GPA and excels in languages, math and science, family say
Lee, his mother and his teacher want him to stay at Gateway after family moves outside the school district later this year
But decades-old legislation means he won't be able to because of his race
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Edmund Lee, nine, a pupil of Gateway Science Academy in
St Louis, Missouri, says he wants to stay at the school after
his family moves out of the district later this year, but has
been told he cannot
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Exclamation Lazy millennial bowl-haters may be hurting big cereal's bottom line

***After more than 15 years of seeing profits decline industry-wide, cereal producers are feeling the (Cinnamon Toast) crunch of no longer being breakfast's best bet.

Could the ungrateful youth of today be to blame for big cereal's financial struggles?

Maybe — but not for the reasons you'd think.

A New York Times report suggests that more young adults have been shunning cereal in recent years because the process of pouring it with milk into a bowl, eating it with a spoon, and then cleaning up any dishes afterward is simply too much trouble.

Seriously.

The results of a recent survey conducted by Mintel, a global research firm, suggest that nearly 40 per cent of people born between 1980 and 2000 consider cereal "inconvenient to consume."...***

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Time for a move to Crazy Years.

And I was thinking that at the end of the year, we can look at all the posts in the Crazy Years thread and vote on the top 5. We'll probably have quite a collection by then.
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You're right - I should have put it there in the first place. I'll move it now.
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Don't those kids know that you can just grab a handful out of the box and eat it dry? What could be more convenient than that? (I don't recommend doing this with shredded wheat, though. Too dry.)
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Not sure this is well thought out. How the hell could you cast a production like Roots, or Amistad with rules like this??

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Director requires interviews to be in proportion to demographic population.

J.J. Abrams' production company Bad Robot has teamed with its agency, CAA, and studio partners to require that women and people of color are submitted for writing, directing and acting jobs in proportion to their representation in the U.S. population.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...ng-boom-872005
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History Of Slavery, Future Of Diversity Still At Issue At Harvard

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswit...sue-at-harvard


A group of students calling themselves Reclaim Harvard Law School
has been occupying a student center for weeks, demanding greater
attention to racial issues, including more diversity among the faculty.
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On Friday, the Dean of Harvard Law School, Martha Minow, endorsed a recommendation to change the school's official shield. That's because the shield contains the crest of Isaac Royall, a plantation owner, slave trader and justice of the peace from Antigua whose endowment of land helped establish the school. The recommendation came from a committee appointed by the Dean, but it was also one of several demands from a student group calling itself Reclaim Harvard Law, an organization that was part of a wave of protests that developed on campuses across the country last fall.
The Royall family shield was adopted by Harvard in 1936 as part of a dedication of arms across the disciplines to commemorate the university's 300th birthday.

The Royall family shield — three sheaths of wheat on a blue background — was adopted by Harvard in 1936 as part of a dedication of arms across the disciplines to commemorate the university's 300th birthday. Getting rid of the crest is just one of several demands from a student group calling itself Reclaim Harvard Law School. That organization was part a wave of protest movements that swept campuses across the country last fall. The group — which has been occupying the Wasserstein Student Center for weeks — is happy about the shield recommendation. But they say it's not enough.
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37-year-old who can't get a lawyer job after applying to 150 firms is finally going to court against her law school

Business Insider By Abby Jackson
3 hours ago


Anna Alaburda, a 37-year-old graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, is finally getting the chance to argue her case against the school in court — nearly a decade after she attended, The New York Times reported.
Alaburda's case is noteworthy.

It's the first case to go to trial that accuses a law school of using inflated postgraduation employment figures and salaries to defraud applicants.

Graduates of law schools filed more than a dozen proposed class-action lawsuits in 2011 and 2012 alone, according to The Wall Street Journal. These suits claimed the schools defrauded graduates into thinking employment prospects were rosier than they really were.

But judges have thrown out most of these suits, disagreeing with the premise that law students were defrauded.

While a judge ruled that Alaburda's case couldn't proceed as a class action representing other graduates, she is pursuing the case on her own behalf in a San Diego trial that starts Monday.

Alaburda graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in 2002 before setting her sights on the legal profession.

She decided on the San Diego-based TJSL after reading about its postgraduation statistics in its marketing brochures and in the 2003 US News & World report, according to the lawsuit.

US News & World Report said "80.1 percent of students [at TJSL] were employed nine months after graduation," according to the suit.
For comparison, Yale Law School, rated the No. 1 law school in the nation by US News, has a postgraduate employment rate of 88.2%, according to 2016 statistics.

Alaburda excelled at TJSL, graduating in the top tier of her class, according to The Times. She also passed the bar exam on her first attempt. She graduated from the school in 2008.

But despite her academic successes, Alaburda has been unable to find full-time employment as a lawyer.

She has sent her résumé to more than 150 law firms and received only one job offer, which "was less favorable than non-law related jobs that were available to her," the suit says.

In addition, she graduated with $150,000 in student-loan debt, a figure that has since ballooned to $170,000 accounting for interest, and has been forced to accept part-time and non-legal work to pay her bills.

TJSL stands by the assertion that its graduates find successful employment after attending the school. "We have a strong track record of producing successful graduates, with 7,000 alumni working nationally and internationally," Thomas Guernsey, dean of TJSL, told Business Insider in a statement.

As Business Insider has previously reported, TJSL can provide an opportunity for aspiring lawyers who can't get into more competitive schools.
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Woman who acted as human shield between armed cop and her dog Buddy is acquitted of obstructing justice
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Tiffanie Hupp, 23, was arrested last May for protecting her dog Buddy
She stood in front of the dog - who was chained to a wall - when state trooper Seth Cook aimed a gun at him
Cook dropped his gun and arrested mother-of-two Hupp instead
Her husband Ryan filmed the incident, Cook confiscated his phone
Eventually the jury saw the footage, Mrs Hupp was acquitted last month
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...g-justice.html


As her relatives scream, he picks her up and slams her onto his
cop car, handcuffing her wrists. He then went inside their home to
confiscate electronic devices, including Mr Hupp's cell phone
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The cop also claimed that they are trained to shoot any dog that approaches them. Can anyone shed any light on that statement? Seems a little vague and far-reaching.

Also, the cop claimed that she had been holding a crossbow, which she clearly is not. They had continued to refuse to give back their electronic devices until they gave over their passwords, which they never did (good thing...).
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New York City rules that individuals can choose whether to use the men's or women's public bathrooms based on what gender they IDENTIFY with
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An executive order applies to city agency offices, public parks, pools, playgrounds, some museums and recreation centers
It requires city agencies to post the policy in conspicuous locations within three months and train all employees within two years
New York City is home to approximately 25,000 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals
It became known as birthplace of the modern gay rights movement as the result of an uprising in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...cker-room.html


New York will now allow a person of any gender to choose whether
to use a men's or women's bathroom or locker room in all municipal
properties, acceding to the demands of transgender advocates. Above
are toilets at Madison Square Park (file photo)


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Sexual assault task force calls on Harvard University to expel students who join all-male final clubs
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Task force assembled in 2014 concluded sexual assault report this week
Concludes that women are more likely to be assaulted in at an all-male club party than any others, says 47% of women at their parties felt objectified
Two of the school's eight clubs agreed to start admitting women last year
But task force says university needs to push the other six to follow suit
Alumni claim the report is 'scapegoating' all-male clubs for a broader issue
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...nal-clubs.html


All-male clubs (Pictured: headquarters of The Fly) are the biggest
obstacle to combating 'harmful sexual culture' at the school, the
Harvard Task Force On The Prevention Of Sexual Assault concluded
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Teachers vote to end the promotion of 'fundamental British values' in schools including democracy and law in case it promotes a feeling of 'cultural supremacy'
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But teachers reject the move, which they say is linked to colonialism
Critics have accused teaching unions of waging 'ideological war'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...acy-fears.html


Teachers have rejected moves to teach 'British values' in schools
over fears they are linked to colonialism
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I'm very much feeling like breaking something right about now. Without these 'fundamental British values', many countries couldn't even begin to THINK about international human rights, etc.
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Bungling burglar who was left dangling from a window by his ankles for five hours avoids jail yet again as judge gives him 'one last chance' at 74th court appearance
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He avoided prison and has since gone on to commit more crimes
Most recently stole items from Toys R Us - his 74th time breaking the law
But judge chose not to jail him and offered him rehabilitation instead
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Heartbroken father who 'told off' the bullies who made his children's lives hell for a YEAR after their school failed to intervene is to be PROSECUTED for 'intimidation'

Christopher Cooper, 37, confronted bullies who tormented his children
They broke his son's arm and repeatedly beat his daughter in attacks
He said he took action as neither the school or police would intervene
Has now been prosecuted for 'intimidating a child' and will appear in court


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Christopher Cooper, 37, who confronted a
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Wesley College student newspaper under fire for publishing 'racist' cartoons

The cartoons were published last Friday in The Whetsone, the independent student newspaper of Delaware's Wesley College
One of the cartoons shows an African-American woman wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' t-shirt, going to get an abortion
The other shows a black man in an argument with a garden hoe about calling the tool a 'hoe'
'I’m sorry ma’am, you just look like a hoe,' the man says in the cartoon
The cartoons were drawn by student Bryheim Muse, who is black himself
School administrators and the newspaper staff held a forum after students complained about the cartoons


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-cartoons.html

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The Whetstone, the independent student newspaper of Wesley
College, is under fire for publishing two cartoons last week that
some students found racially insensitive. One of the cartoons is
pictured above



The second cartoon shows an exchange between a black man and
an animated garden hoe. The garden hoe exclaims: 'Who is you
calling HOE!!!' 'I'm sorry ma'am, you just look like a hoe!' the man
responds.


The letter of complaint:


A group of students drafted a letter to the university's
president, asking for (among other things) that the
newspaper 'put guidelines in place to prohibit demeaning
content that does not reflect the Wesley College mission'


The college's response:


Shortly after the group of students tweeted their demands on
Tuesday, the college's president sent out this university-wide
letter, saying that the cartoons were 'in no way reflective of
the beliefs or values' of the college


The cartoonist who drew the cartoons:


The cartons were drawn by Wesley student
Bryheim Muse (pictured above)
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I'm fortunate that my HR department does a good job of screening out the element that feels they have the right to demand anything, for our summer internships/etc. The kids coming through here have good heads on their shoulders, or at least the common sense to keep their mouths closed and ears open.

These folks are going to be in for a rude awakening when (if ever) they try to enter the workforce.
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Passenger thinks Penn prof from Italy is terrorist, flight is delayed

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An olive-complexioned, curly-haired University of Pennsylvania economics professor was deeply focused while scribbling an algebraic equation Thursday night, waiting aboard an American Airlines flight scheduled to take off from Philadelphia to Syracuse, N.Y.

He didn't have time to talk to the passenger next to him - a blond-haired woman wearing flip-flops who appeared to be in her 30s.

His behavior, his looks, and the little that he said to his seatmate apparently frightened her. She passed a note to a flight attendant.

The next thing that Guido Menzio, 40, knew, the plane had returned to a gate at Philadelphia International Airport. Menzio - who is Italian - was met by what he described as an "FBI looking man-in-black."

He was told the passenger thought he was a terrorist.

Menzio, who did not return an email seeking comment Saturday, wrote about his experience in a social media post, and his story was chronicled in a Washington Post article.

After authorities realized the woman's concerns about Menzio were not credible, Flight 3950 took off - minus the complaining passenger and after a more-than-two-hour delay.

Menzio, a prominent economist, has been a member of Penn's faculty since 2005, after getting his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Last year, he won the Carlo Alberto Medal for Best Italian Economist Under 40.

In a Facebook post that was later deleted, Menzio wrote that the woman had passed the note to a flight attendant, and that when the attendant returned, she asked the woman if she was comfortable taking off or was "too sick."

Menzio noted that the plane then returned to the gate and the woman left her seat.

He was then asked by the pilot to get off the plane, and when he did, he wrote that he was met by someone who looked like an FBI agent.

After first being asked about the woman who had been sitting next to him, Menzio said, he was then told that the woman "thought I was a terrorist because I was writing strange things on a pad of paper. I laugh. I bring them back to the plane. I showed them my math."

He told the Post in an article published Saturday that he is 40, that he was wearing jeans and a red Lacoste sweater, and that the woman had tried to make small talk with him, but he was too busy with his math notations.

Menzio, who lives in Philadelphia, was on his way to Syracuse for a connecting flight to Ontario to give a talk Friday at Queen's University in Kingston at its 2016 QED Frontiers of Macroeconomics Workshop. His 11 a.m. talk was entitled "The (Q, S, s) Pricing Rule."

Apparently, his math is pretty high-level and technical.

In his own social media post, Menzio wrote: "The lady just looked at me, looked at my writing of mysterious formulae, and concluded I was up to no good. Because of that an entire flight was delayed. . . . Trump's America is already here. It's not yet in power though. Personally, I will fight back."
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