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  • Bill Maher Spanks Berkeley Students As Commencement Speech Flap Continues - VIDEO
    published on Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13:10:04 GMT
    Bill Maher says he intends to give the commencement speech at Berkeley's December graduation ceremony and challenged liberal college students nationwide to condemn an effort by the Berkeley student group that invited and then tried to un-invite him, because "my reputation isn't on the line. Yours is."...
  • Muslim journalist hits back at Maher: You're actually doing al-Qaeda's work for them
    published on Sat, 01 Nov 2014 05:19:51 GMT
    Muslim journalist Rula Jebreal pushed back at Bill Maher's negative view of Islam on Real Time on Friday, accusing him of sounding like al-Qaeda mouthpieces. "You are actually doing the work for them," she told Maher....
  • Bill Maher Blasts Commencement Speech Flap; Calls On College Students Nationwide To Support Him
    published on Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:13:10 GMT
    Bill Maher says he intends to give the commencement speech at Berkeley's December graduation ceremony and challenged liberal college students nationwide to condemn an effort by the Berkeley student group that invited and then tried to un-invite him, because "my reputation isn't on the line. Yours is."...
  • Berkeley: Youth symphony to feature all-French program
    published on Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:47:33 GMT
    The Berkeley-based Young People's Symphony Orchestra will begin its 78th season with a focus on French composers, organ music and the talents of two young East Bay pianists. The fall concert takes place Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley....
  • Neural compensation in people with Alzheimer's-related protein
    published on Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:07:55 GMT
    The human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease, researchers have discovered. The findings could help explain how some older adults with beta-amyloid deposits in their brain retain normal cognitive function while others develop dementia....
  • Cepeda: Society could be divided by class, not race
    published on Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:15:56 GMT
    If Charles A. Murray's thesis in "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010" - that people of similar socioeconomic backgrounds cluster together, leaving the less affluent on their own without a community-wide stabilizing influence - comes to pass, my sons' futures may be determined by who they wed. As depressing as that is, it's only slightly less bleak than the fact they're at risk for what's being called the "Hispanic third-generation U-turn," or they'll live in a country in which s...
  • Pets and Wildlife Calendar: Nov. 1 and beyond
    published on Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:36:11 GMT
    Golden Gate Cat Club Cat Show: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1. Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore. www.catshows.us ....
  • Two Meatballs in the Sand - Mangled Bluegrass Song Lyrics
    published on Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:17:12 GMT
    I guess you can say I've had a love affair with words almost since before I learned to talk. Since moving to North Carolina from California in 1972, I've learned that a "minner dipper" is a mandolin, a "scratch box" is a fiddle, and a "starvation box" is a guitar....
  • EHS Students Discuss Documentary About Being Gay
    published on Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:17 GMT
    Imagine a neo-Nazi with tattoos and a Mohawk haircut beat you senseless when you were 13 and then left you to die in an alley. Imagine that this man - and a dozen of his friends - targeted you solely because you were gay....
  • Higher Ed on the Campaign Trail
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:01:30 GMT
    I am a resident scholar and founding director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. I study higher education policy, college affordability, and innovation....
  • Local swimmers named to the 2015 Team Usa Fina World Championship roster
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:36:49 GMT
    Rachel Bootsma is an Eden Prairie native and a graduate of Eden Prairie High School. Bootsma , who also was named to the 2015 World University Games roster, is expected to swim the 50-meter backstroke at the 2015 World Championships....
  • Sorry, But Military Airstrikes Aren't Going to Stop the Islamic State
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:05:00 GMT
    In his recent address , President Obama reiterated that the U.S. government "will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL" by providing airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq, military support for the Kurds, and political reform in Baghdad. These strategies will only last temporarily because history has proved that when group like ISIL or now simply called IS that has a strong ideology, any military intervention only last temporarily....
  • Remove Your Soda Tax Goggles: Berkeley is not Mike Bloomberg's Sugar Baby
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:15:00 GMT
    In a world where famine exists and children die daily from starvation I question anyone on this planet who supports taxing distributors of non-alcoholic beverages. While some arrogant individuals in Berkeley proclaim a war on random beverages with sugar in them, I bet they would love a pantry stocked with organic juice and green tea if a huge earthquake struck our town....
  • Eclectic Rant: Uc Berkeley Decides Correctly to Let Bill Maher Give the Commencement Speech
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:00 GMT
    Bill Maher, standup comedian and host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher , was selected to speak at UC Berkeley's fall commencement. Recently, an online petition began circulating demanding that his selection be canceled, claiming that Maher is a "racist" and a "bigot."...
  • The Slow March to Gender Parity
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:49:49 GMT
    Laura Tyson, a former chair of the US President's Council of Economic Advisers, is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, a senior adviser at the Rock Creek Group, and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Gender Parity....
  • Grateful Dead truck up for auction in Alameda
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:33:21 GMT
    "What a long, strange trip it's been," the Grateful Dead song "Truckin'" goes, and so it has for the 1949 Studebaker pickup the band used to shuttle amplifiers, microphones and other equipment for their first gigs. Known as "The Dred" and just about forgotten for decades, the truck will be up for bid Thursday at Michaan's Auctions, 2751 Todd St., Alameda....
  • Re: Berkeley Video & Film Festival Starts this Weekend
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:20:48 GMT
    The Berkeley Video and Film Festival doesn't want to support "the Hollywood-mechanism," as curator Mel Vapour said over a phone interview. This year's festival once again presents affordable screenings of independent, award-winning films at the East Bay Media Center , an intimate performance space in Downtown Berkeley....
  • UC Berkeley wona t let students cancel Bill Maher commencement speech
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:59:12 GMT
    Last May, students and alumni from the Harvard Graduate School of Education sought to get Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston disinvited as the school's 2014 commencement speaker because they disagreed with his embrace of standardized test-based school reform. Johnston wound up speaking, but it was just one episode in what has been called "disinvitation season," in which a speaker is lined up to appear on a college campus but then becomes the target of protesters....
  • Shutting Down Speakers
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:47:37 GMT
    It's getting all too common these days for conservative speakers to be "uninvited" to speak, or to be subject to a heckler's veto by student protesters exercising their First Amendment rights . It's interesting that a liberal speaker would be protested--and at UC Berkeley, no less!--but look at why this person was being protested, and note that he's still going to speak: The University of California, Berkeley, has decided to allow TV personality Bill Maher to speak at a December commencement des...
  • Maher's Attacks
    published on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:54:42 GMT
    Fifty years ago, almost to the day, a group of students at the University of California, Berkeley, demanded that school administrators recognize their right to freedom of speech and allow political activity on campus. Students swarmed a police car holding a comrade, Joan Baez sang "We Shall Overcome," and hundreds of protesters were thrown in jail....