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The only solution to this is forced sterilization of all these assholes.
Students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse issued a string of complaints to the school’s Hate Response Team over the past year, with some claiming that an image of a Christian cross or a blog post about life as a white student were offensive.
The cross appeared on a Campus Crusade for Christ poster, but an anonymous student said it represented “oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community,” the La Crosse Tribune reported.
Two other students reported the blog post, with one claiming students of color felt unsafe living near the person who wrote it, the newspaper added. Students across the campus shared the post on Facebook and Tumblr.
The university has already seen its fair share of surprising complaints. In April, one student bashed a mural at Laux Residence Hall because it showed Neville Longbottom, a character in the Harry Potter movies, as both a child and an adult, Heat Street reported.
Over 45 years ago, archaeologists discovered a burned 1,500-year-old Hebrew scroll on the shores of the Dead Sea in Israel.
The ancient book has untouchable, disintegrating sheets, making it extremely difficult to see the ink-based writings within.
But researchers have now used a new digital analysis technique on the precious scroll, allowing them to see the writings without so much as opening it.
Previous studies have successfully identified text within ancient artefacts, but the En-Gedi manuscript represents the first severely damaged scroll to be virtually unrolled and non-invasively read, line by line.
Ms Phnina Shor, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Dead Sea Scrolls Project, said: ‘The discovery of text in the En-Gedi scroll absolutely astonished us; we were certain it was a shot in the dark, but the most advanced technologies have brought this cultural treasure back to life.’
Researchers from the University of Kentucky use a series of digitalisation techniques to ‘see’ ink-based text within the fragile scroll while avoiding the need for physical handling.
Traditionally, scrolls must be unrolled and pressed flat in order to duplicate the text.
But that was not an option for the En-Gedi scroll which has been burned and crushed into lumps of charcoal.
Instead, the researchers used X-ray microtomography – a technique that uses x-rays to create cross-sections of a physical object that can be used to recreate a virtual 3D model – followed by segmentation, in which a ‘page’ is digitally created.
Last year the researchers revealed the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus in the scroll, but due to the scroll’s charred condition, it was not possible to either preserve or decipher it.
However, their new research using high resolution scanning and virtual unwrapping has allowed the team to recover substantial ink-based text at high quality.
Piece by piece, the team managed to recreated over 100 scanned segments of the scroll by hand, to unveil the text written on each.
The resulting image of the virtually unrolled scroll contains 35 lines of text, of which 18 have been preserved and another 17 have been reconstructed.
This includes the phrases: ‘If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, a male’, ‘without blemish he shall offer; to the entrance of the tent of meeting, he shall bring’ and ‘it is for acceptance on his behalf before the Lord. ‘He shall lay his hand upon the head…’
Further analysis revealed the scroll’s writings to be the book of Leviticus, which makes it the earliest copy of a Pentateuchal book ever found in a synagogue.
Professor William Seales, who led the study, said: ‘This work opens a new window through which we can look back through time by reading materials that were thought lost through damage and decay.
‘There are so many other unique and exciting materials that may yet give up their secrets – we are only beginning to discover what they may hold.’
CHEAP TRICK: “AIN’T THAT A SHAME”
Some leaders in a blue-collar Nebraska suburb that’s home to Offutt Air Force Base are borrowing an idea from a vastly more liberal state: Ban apartment renters from smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes inside.
The proposal, which would be one of the few such restrictions outside of California and is similar to federal rules for public housing across the U.S., isn’t meant to protect the health of the city’s 50,000 residents, but instead to prevent fires.
Councilman Don Preister proposed the ban, which wouldn’t affect duplexes and single-family homes, in August after cigarette smoking at a single Bellevue apartment complex led to two fires a month earlier. The second fire destroyed the building, displacing dozens of people, and injured four, including a firefighter.
“We had firefighters in the building … when the floor started giving way,” Preister said. “Had they not evacuated, we could have lost lives in the fire. I want to prevent that going forward.”
But some residents in the city that borders Omaha set in a deeply conservative state see the proposal – set for a vote by the City Council on Monday – as an example of government overreach.
“I don’t see how you’re going to tell people what they can do in their homes,” Brent Clatterbuck, who owns three apartment complexes in Bellevue, told the City Council earlier this month. “You’re messing with somebody’s home.”
Even some anti-smoking advocates noted that Nebraska would seem an odd choice for the proposal.
“It would be surprising, if it had come up in isolation,” said Pat McKone of the American Lung Association, an anti-smoking group. “But there was a fire. We all understand – no matter what our political persuasion – that fire kills.”
The ban, which Preister acknowledged would have secondary benefits of reducing health problems caused by secondhand smoke, is similar to those in dozens of California cities. Federal officials have adopted similar rules in public housing nationwide, but cities have rarely taken up the effort.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the anti-tobacco group SmokeFree Nebraska, said it couldn’t find any local ordinances in Nebraska or surrounding states that are similar to the Bellevue proposal.
“Smoking is both a health and safety issue,” McKone said. “I’m not sure why we separate the issues of secondhand smoke and fire safety. Both are a danger to those living in multi-family dwellings.”
Preister, who said he has nothing against smokers, argues that such a ban would also lower insurance premiums by preventing expensive fires. U.S. Fire Administration statistics show smoking is the No. 1 cause of home fire deaths.
Opponents of the proposal said officials haven’t thought through the proposed change.
Margie Guy, a smoker who also rents four apartments located above her bridal boutique, recently told council members that three of her four renters smoke and two live on fixed incomes.
“Who are we to tell them they can’t smoke in their own homes?” Guy asked. “What are the costs of actually enforcing these laws? Has anybody looked at that?”
James Hardy, a smoker who lives in an apartment, argues the measure would violate a state law that says people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their own homes. He also contends it relegates apartment dwellers, who are often poorer than homeowners, to second-class citizens.
“By passing this law, you’re effectively saying to the whole country, ‘If you’re a private property owner, you may still exercise your personal liberties and still have a reasonable expectation of privacy within your own dwelling’ … you’re saying to the denizens of all apartments that this new class of citizen must surrender their civil liberties by virtue of where they chose to live.”
David Sutton, a spokesman for Richmond, Virginia-based Altria Group Inc., which owns the nation’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, said in an email there are places where smoking should be banned, such as in small enclosed areas, such as elevators, and places where children primarily are, such as schools.
“Complete bans go too far,” he said. “Owners of private residences and other private places should determine the smoking policy for that particular location.”
Preister understands the arguments against his proposal. He’s not backing down.
“I can empathize with smokers who are continually feeling put upon,” he said. “However, smoking is a choice. It’s not a protected class. … They just need to go outside or to a safe place.”
Tawana Sharpton’s daughter is proving the rotten fruit does not fall far from the fetid tree.
Remember when she sued the city for hurting herself a couple of years ago in the hopes of winning the “victim jackpot?”
Turns out all that pain and suffering wasn’t so bad given that immediately after her “fall” she went clubbing.
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter admitted she went to a concert just hours after she tripped and sprained her ankle on a Soho sidewalk – during a deposition for her $5 million lawsuit against New York City.
Dominique Sharpton, 30, had demanded millions in compensation from the city after claiming she sprained her ankle on uneven sidewalk in 2014, suffering ‘permanent pain and mental anguish’.
But in a damning deposition, she admitted she has been able to go out dancing in heels, jet setting off to Miami a dozen times a year to visit her fiancé and even hiking a mountain in Bali last year.
Sharpton, the daughter of renowned civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, was even able to attend a two-hour gospel concert on the same day as her injury, the New York Post reports.
In a transcript of her July deposition, obtained by the New York Post, she described how she had been walking across the street when ‘my foot went into something and caused me to fall.’
‘I heard a snap,’ she added of the incident at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway on October 2, 2014.
But rather than go straight to the emergency room, the 30-year-old went and got changed into her party clothes and some ‘black, flat shoes’ ready for her father’s 60th birthday concert.
Only then did she go to the emergency room.
When quizzed by a city lawyer if she had been able to attend the two-hour concert that night, Sharpton admitted that she had.
She did complain that she was no longer able to go skiing or run marathons since the injury.
But when asked if she had been a runner before, she conceded: ‘Not necessarily. But if I, you know, if I needed to do it and exercising or something like that, I was capable of it. Now, I can’t.’
Sharpton, the Rev.’s oldest daughter, sought treatment for her sprained ankle; receiving an injection for the swelling, undergoing physio, wearing a therapeutic boot and using crutches for a few weeks following the injury.
She later had surgery for ligament tears.
But the deposition heard it had not stopped her from traveling both nationally and internationally, going hiking, working out, touring in a play and dancing wearing high heels.
Sharpton told the deposition she could wear heels but only for a short time.
‘It’s really annoying,’ she said.
Sharpton’s case first became embroiled in controversy when lawyers saw she had posted photos of a mountain hike in Bali on her Instagram account last year.
And it emerged that before she had even filed the large suit on May 7, 2015, she had shared pictures of herself hiking in Red Rock Canyon outside Las Vegas with a friend despite the ‘permanent’ injuries she suffered before the suit.
In response to the Manhattan Supreme Court suit, city Law Department lawyer Michele Fox sent Ms Sharpton a letter on May 20 warning her to preserve all the photos, the New York Post reported.
Fox wrote: ‘The purpose of this letter is to demand that plaintiff preserve any photographs, documents, communications and any other information, both tangible and electronically stored, potentially relevant to her alleged trip and fall.
‘This demand should be construed broadly to encompass materials related to plaintiff’s health, mobility, activity or physical limitations after the alleged incident.’
Her lawsuit is now worth just $5,000 to $7,500 because she demonstrated in her Instagram pictures that the injury is no longer impairing her quality of life, legal experts told the newspaper.
Sharpton, the membership director for her dad’s organization the National Action Network, posted a picture on sunning herself by a pool in the Gili Islands, writing ‘#Balidays on the Gilis!!!’ and sparked outrage after she posted a selfie from a mountaintop while on vacation.
‘We hiked UP the mountain, over the clouds… into the SUNRISE,’ she wrote on the photo.
‘One of the most beautiful sites ever. And YES I ALMOST DIED GETTING UP THERE LOL. #Balidays we made it, WHEW.’
Fox also told Ms Sharpton to keep all her ‘cameras (digital and non-digital) e-mails, text messages, cellular phones, tablets and any other device’.
‘Live your life off social media if you have a case,’ personal injury lawyer David Jaroslawicz told the Post.
‘If she’s going to claim she’s disabled, the first thing you tell your client is, ‘Don’t live on social media,’ because even if you don’t lie, it makes you look bad.’