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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Appended to the email refusing publication were new editorial guidelines prescribing an “appropriate use of language and sensitivity to sociocultural norms.” According to the new criteria, ‘sleeping beauties’ is “a clear violation of sociocultural norms.” Professor Van Raan calls the decision “Bizar. I refuse to capitulate for this political correctness gone wild.” He states that the ban is a typical example of things being carried too far on American campus-universities and”a measure you can only expect in a DDR-like police state.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • English newspaper The Daily Telegraph published an article on 15 April in which Lucy Noble, artistic director of the Royal Albert Hall, blamed the dominance of ‘white male titans’ for the lack of interest in classical music among young people. Although her plea for attention for music by women and minorities is valid, she throws out the baby with the bathwater by making artistic values subservient to political considerations. Widening the canon isn’t enough, the canon itself has to go.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The Mission of Brunei Darussalam wrote an aide memoir to present its point of view. It starts by stressing that Islam is Brunei’s official religion and that “strong religious values with rich heritage of tradition and culture, form the very foundation of the unique Bruneian identity (…) which are important to be preserved.” The document continues by Brunei asserting its sovereignty and the right to enforce laws “reflecting our own cultural and religious values.”
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  • By: CodeSupply
  • The sugary spice helps to regulate increasing blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin production. I could put some lumination on that subject, replied Jack I have been robbed. Carbohydrates are…
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Spanish authorities report that 6.000 unaccompanied youths came into the country in 2018. Spain now has 12.500 under-age illegal migrants on register, the vast majority from Morocco, double the number of the previous year and it is expected to rise further throughout 2019. Thousands of them stray into the rest of Europe, looking for a residence permit: the number of official registered as having gone ‘missing’ is now 5.950.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The EU did give money to the EHT. But it did so through the European Research Council, not through the ESA as one would assume going on the information given. The EU provided about €34.3 million in funding (€14 million for the BlackHoleCam-project and another €30.3 for the RadioNet-project). A rather long list of other institutions providing funding suggests that the claim that it wouldn’t have happened without the EU is rather facetious.
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  • By: Willem Cornax
  • Prime Minister Edouard Philippe vowed to “to give Notre-Dame a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era”. In order to achieve this feat and look good for the 2024 Summer Olympics Philippe has invited “architects from around the world to submit designs for rebuilding the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral.”
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