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Prestigious Liberal Arts College Refuses to Condemn Professor’s Anti-Semitic Tweets

Jews behave like Nazis, Zionism is genocide, and the Bible commands the Chosen People to wipe out every living thing.

When the Hillel at Knox College, a prestigious and private liberal arts school in Illinois, discovered the above opinions promoted vigorously on Twitter by Kwame Zulu Shabazz, a visiting professor, they asked the administration to investigate. What followed was a lesson in just how unwelcoming American academia is to its Jewish students and faculty members these days.

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Anti-Semitic Letter Penned By Wagner Up For Sale

You’re probably aware of this already, but as a refresher: The 19th century German composer Richard Wagner did not like Jews very much. He is most often cited as “Richard Wagner, Hitler’s favorite composer,” which is a tough label to shake. To this day, playing anything from Wagner’s vast oeuvre in Israel remains a hotly contested issue.

But at the Jerusalem auction house that’s currently listing one of the composer’s letters for between $8,000-$12,000, his written word hasn’t attracted quite the same furor.

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Trump’s Grand Strategy: Get the United States Out of the Middle East, Now

“Mission Accomplished,” Donald Trump tweeted triumphantly after the recent limited strikes on Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons facilities. Critics were quick to portray the President’s boast as hot air, and pontificate about the need for a comprehensive White House strategy to deal with Syria and other long-term regional issues.

But Trump does have a strategy, which the strikes and the President’s tweets have made plain—a U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria and a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal. Washington has plenty of allies to work with and through in the Middle East, especially Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both share an American interest in rolling back Iran. Further, the White House can work against Iran and its partners in Syria through proxy forces on the ground.

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It’s Been Two Days; Why Hasn’t the Times Reporter Who Called the PA’s Pay-for-Slay Program Fake News Apologized?

This weekend, The New York Times’s tech reporter, Nellie Bowles, referred to the Palestinian Authority’s $400 million payment to terrorists and their families as a “far-right conspiracy.” Several reporters, myself included, called Bowles out for this flagrant bit of fake news, and her newspaper eventually removed the statement and issued a necessary correction. Good for them. But Bowles herself has yet to apologize or acknowledge her egregious error in judgment, which means it’s time to look into her bizarre statement and its origins in greater depth.

Where did the idea of the Palestinian pay-for-slay program being fake news come from? As several journalists pointed out on social media this weekend, Bowles’s source was likely Glenn Kessler, who writes The Washington Post’s Fact Checker column. In a March column entitled “Does the Palestinian Authority pay $350 million a year to ‘terrorists and their families’?” Kessler answered the question by giving it two Pinocchios, indicating that it is largely false. Why? Because there was no way, Kessler wrote, to know which of the aid recipients were truly terrorists.

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Driver Expertly Navigates a Gorgeous But Perilous Nepalese Road That Runs Through a Waterfall

Driving Through Waterfall in Nepal

A skilled driver with a truck full of passengers expertly navigated the famous Besisahar-Chamé Road in the Manang District of Nepal. This road, which is known as one of the most dangerous in the world, is also absolutely gorgeous. It sits high in the mountains and particularly during rainy season, is surrounded by giant waterfalls that cover the roadway. It would seem that only the most able of drivers can rive this road without breaking a sweat.

Waterfall Road

In September 2015, YouTuber Neil Pande captured beautiful footage of two trucks making their way to a vista point along the road.

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A Smiling Deli Clerk Humorously Presents Different Cuts of Meat for a Standing Stray Cat to Inspect

In a truly heartwarming display of affection, a smiling deli clerk was amused by a stray cat who wandered into his store, stood up on hind legs (while leaning against the glass of the counter) and meowed for a bit of attention. The clerk quite humorously presented different cuts of meat for the feline’s approval. After pointing out which cut was the best, the cat was rewarded with a healthy piece of meat.

This cat walked into a deli and made their way over to the counter. After standing up on their hind legs, they watched as an employee showed them various cuts of meat before they were fed a small piece.

Cat Points to Meat Presented

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The Scientific Principle That Explains Why Humans Can’t Walk Through Walls

In a random episode of Life Noggin, narrator Pat Graziosi who voices the animated Blocko explained why humans can’t walk through walls despite being made of much of the same material as the wall itself. This, Blocko explains, has to do with the concept of the Pauli exclusion principle, a quantum mechanical theory that essentially states that two identical electrons cannot exist in the same place at once nor can they ever really be touched.

You know how the negative end of a magnet repels other negative magnets? That’s what’s happening when you try to touch anything. It’s like there’s a little invisible force field between you and everything you touch. It’s poked and prodded, but never broken. It’s the same with everything else in the universe too. Now, you obviously can’t, but if you were to actually walk through a wall, it would basically break science.

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Woman With H.S.A.M. Shares What It’s Like to Be Able To Recall Every Day of Her Life in Perfect Detail

Rebecca Sharrock is an Australian writer, public speaker and one of 60 people in the world known to have been born with a phenomenon known as H.S.A.M. (highly superior autobiographical memory). As its name describes, H.S.A.M. or hyperthymesia gives Sharrock the incredible ability to recall any moment of her life in great detail at any time. Great Big Story spoke with Sharrok by phone to learn more about H.S.A.M., how it’s affected her life and about her earliest memory.

Rebecca is able to recall every single day of her life from 12 days old to present day with remarkable accuracy. With only 60 people diagnosed around the world, she’s one of a very few people blessed with the ability to never forget.

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Creative Marathon Runners Breaking Records While Dressed in a Variety of Costumes

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Martin Luther and Me

For most of my life, I had no interest in Christianity. It was raised in a comfortable middle-class Jewish neighborhood in Baltimore. It was Barry Levinson’s Baltimore—families of Eastern European immigrants who worked in small business, rooted for the Colts, and celebrated Thanksgiving and Passover with equal earnestness. Three days a week, I attended Hebrew school. Though as bored as everyone else, I became quite observant, regularly attending shul and not mixing milk and meat. Soon after my bar mitzvah, the fervor faded, but out of a sense of obligation I continued my Jewish studies, taking courses at a local Hebrew college. The instruction—in Hebrew, the Bible, and Jewish history—was uninspired, hastening my secularization. By the tenth grade, I was plotting my escape, taking as my models Neil Klugman in Goodbye Columbus and Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate.

Throughout, I was shielded from all things Christian. American Jewish parents instinctively worry that if their kids are exposed to the nation’s hegemonic faith, they’ll be sucked up into it. As a result, I had never read the New Testament, could not tell Peter from Paul, and had no idea how Christianity had become the West’s dominant religion. This continued through four years of college, a year working as a reporter in Mexico, and a year of graduate school in London. In the late seventies, I arrived in New York, determined to make it as a writer. Early on, I lived in a rundown sixth-floor walkup at Avenue A and 11th Street. The area was dirty, dangerous, and rife with heroin. A few years earlier, however, Irving Howe’s World of Our Fathers had come out, and, reading it in my dreary apartment, I became captivated by the story of the migration of Jews from Poland and Ukraine to New York and their wrenching but stirring adaptation to life in lower Manhattan. I learned that the scenes from the movie “Ragtime” that were set on the Lower East Side were shot on the same block on which I lived. Later, I moved to the Upper West Side, and in this district of synagogues and Seinfeld, professors and professionals, Zabar’s and H & H Bagels, I felt I had found the Garden of Eden of secular Judaism.

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