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Truthdigger of the Week: Glenn Greenwald

The journalist bravely called out Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her businessman husband for trying to squelch free speech on University of California campuses under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

Exposed: Pro-Israel Modern-Day McCarthyites Are Going to Extremes to Slime Human Rights Activists

As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech May Come From Dianne Feinstein and Her Millionaire Husband

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald reports that the California senator and her military-contractor husband Richard Blum are essentially blackmailing the University of California into punishing students who speak out against Israel.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. News & World Report’s College Rankings List Is Baloney. Here’s the List You Should Actually Use

With college application season almost upon us, where should aspiring college students and their parents look for advice?

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Eye Shape Tells Whether an Animal Is Predator or Prey

Scientists have determined that the shape of an animal’s eye has everything to do with its adaptation to a particular place on the food chain.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE

‘Human Experimentation Was a Core Feature of the CIA Torture Program’

If journalists and officials began talking about the tests that CIA psychologists conducted on suspected terrorists at U.S. black sites, would Americans demand the prosecution of those responsible?

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE

Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury

Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE

‘PBS NewsHour’: ‘Money on the Mind’

A UC Berkeley study published earlier in 2013 showed links between wealth and selfish, anti-social behavior. The damning results are worth repeating. Compared with their poorer counterparts, wealthier participants consistently took more candy from children, cheated at games for petty cash prizes, lied during negotiations, stole at work and endorsed unethical behavior.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Napolitano to Trade Her Helmet for a Cap and Gown

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has bested career academics and school administrators to be named the next president of the 10-campus University of California system, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE

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New Climate Study Changes Some Minds

Global warming is happening and “humans are almost entirely the cause.” That’s the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at UC Berkeley, led by professor Richard Muller, who now considers himself a “converted skeptic” on the issue.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE

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California Committing Educational Suicide

A Public Policy Institute of California report shows that amid soaring tuition costs and diminishing state government support for higher education, large numbers of students are surrendering the quest for a four-year degree because they simply can’t afford it.

Posted on May 12, 2012 READ MORE

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Oh, the Cruelty of the Rich

Research confirms what the poor have always known about their relationship with the wealthy: They’re more likely to get a scavenged sandwich from a tramp than a nickel from a man in pinstripes. Wealth, at least in America today, reduces compassion and fosters selfishness, studies show.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE


A Poet’s-Eye View of Occupy Berkeley

When he caught wind of conflict between students and police on campus, former poet laureate and UC Berkeley professor Robert Hass rushed to the scene on Nov. 9, only to witness local riot police beating students—and eventually his wife and him, too—with billy clubs. (more)

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE

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A Night of Hope in Berkeley

It wasn’t quite Berkeley in 1964, but it wanted to be, and that might be the ultimate significance of the thousands-strong gathering Tuesday night in Sproul Plaza on the Cal campus.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE

Raw Video: Berkeley Police Clash With Students

This disturbing video shows riot-ready police facing off with students protesting on Wednesday at UC Berkeley. The students were reportedly attempting to set up camp on school grounds, which initially didn’t go over well ... (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE

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A Question of Trust

A recent study from the University of California, Berkeley, reports that people who are more easily embarrassed may also be more trustworthy.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE

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Connecting With Daily Life of the Past

The struggle for the serious study and appreciation of literature continues in our society, where enormous emphasis has been placed on the “practical” disciplines of math and science, and specialized academics more and more produce arcane, overtly politicized work that the public seems to find joyless and irrelevant. (more)

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE

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A British Perspective: How U.S. Universities Became Hedge Funds

A U.K. journal offers a great primer on why our public universities—especially California’s—are in such a dismal state these day.

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE

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Free Speech Movement Advocate Dies

A veteran reformer of higher education, an unparalleled Chaucer scholar and an early advocate of the 1960s free speech movement, Charles Muscatine has passed away at the age of 89 in Oakland, Calif.

Posted on Mar 20, 2010 READ MORE

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The Power of Invisibility, Brought to You by the U.S. Military

The infiltration of American universities by the military is nothing new, but this is: Scientists at UC Berkeley are zeroing in on a way to render people and inanimate objects—which could include weapons and combat vehicles—invisible.

Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE

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