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Author Brad Thor enters republican race to blast Trump

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Just when I think this author can’t get any cooler, he does something like this. I got hooked on Brad Thor’s spy-novels when he did an interview on a local radio station for his thriller “Hidden Order.” People working with the Department of Homeland Security have taken notice of his works and asked him to create training scenarios for operatives. Now he feels that Donald Trump has to go down. He’s entered the republican race for an opportunity to take him on in a debate on Rush Limbaugh’s show.

New York Times bestselling thriller novelist Brad Thor hasn’t quite bought into Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s claim that he’s a conservative, and is willing to put his money where his mouth is.

Thor challenged the real estate billionaire to a debate, and you’ll never guess who he proposes to moderate it.

No, not Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

He proposes none other than “El Rushbo,” the legendary conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, and suggests holding the debate on air at Limbaugh’s Palm Beach, Florida studio.

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Changing The World [Debate]

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Changing the World

From Tahrir Square to Hong Kong, Occupy Wall Street to Anonymous, we have seen a surge in grassroots and social media activism. Yet the army is in power in Cairo and bankers continue to draw their bonuses. Is activism a failed strategy? Are political parties the only way to drive change or will student and street activism surprise us yet?

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Political campaigner Peter Tatchell, research director at Demos Carl Miller and Telegraph columnist Dan Hodges contest the best ways to bring about change.

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After the End of Truth



A generation raised on Foucault and Derrida has learned to distrust claims to objective truth. Yet the mantra that 'there is no truth' is a paradox. Do we need a new conception of fantasy and reality to free us from the tyranny of truthmakers and the paradoxes of postmodernists alike?

The Panel: American philosopher John Searle, post-postmodernist Hilary Lawson and Historian of Ideas at NCH Hannah Dawson untangle the truth.
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Wrongfully Treating Academic Debate as Anti-Semitism

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Saree Makdisi writes at the Los Angeles Times:

The principle of academic freedom at our universities is under attack by those seeking to shield Israel from criticism by silencing dissent, shutting down discussion and imposing a stifling atmosphere of intimidation at the University of California, in particular.

A coordinated set of petitions, including a letter signed by 57 rabbis, asks UC administrators to adopt the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism as a means to “accurately identify” and “publicly condemn” it in campus debate, protest and discussion. That problematic definition conflates principled criticism of Israeli policies with genuine anti-Semitism; if the university accedes to this demand, such criticism — and academic freedom — could be suppressed by administrative fiat.

The State Department definition explicitly draws on a formulation provisionally adopted by a European Union body but long since discarded. It stretches the concept of anti-Semitism to include “demonizing” Israel, comparing Israeli policy to that of the Nazis and “denying Israel the right to exist.”

Such emotionally charged language attempts to preempt criticism of Israeli policies.

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Detroit’s Alter Road divide

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A fence erected just past the Alter Rd and Brooks St intersection, preventing travelers by foot and vehicle from getting into Grosse Pointe Park by that road

Michigan’s 8 Mile road became world famous with the rise of Eminem. We all know the story. One side is in the city of Detroit, one side is the city of Warren. One side is mostly white, the other mostly black. Both sides of 8 Mile are poverty stricken neighborhoods yet the locals see 8 Mile as more than a divide between cities, they see it as a divide between cultures and peoples. Less famous is Detroit’s other Berlin wall of a road, Alter road. Unlike 8 Mile it runs completely within the limits of Detroit but residents view it as a dividing line of cultures and lifestyles between the poverty stricken blight of Detroit and an affluent predominantly white Grosse Pointe Park.

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The Ideological Babelfish

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The Voice of Openness: Does social media aid Democracy? [Debate]

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Social media had all the appearance of a democratic revolution, hailed after the Arab Spring as the power of the people. But there’s now a growing army of government and corporate propagandists seeking to control and influence opinion. Has social media become a threat to democracy? Or is it still the voice of freedom? Lyse Doucet, Carl Miller, Steve Richards and Caspar Melville discuss.

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Beyond Reality – Does Science Really Have A Clue? [Debate]

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From trees to houses, atoms to stars, we assume our senses and instruments reveal the truth about the world. But could our picture of reality be radically incomplete? Is this hocus pocus best reserved for fools and philosophers, or does it open a world of infinite potential?

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Award-winning novelist Joanna Kavenna, mathematical physicist Roger Penrose, and post-postmodern philosopher Hilary Lawson get real about reality.

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New Gods: Should We Banish Faith Forever? [Debate]

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Evidence and reason are supposedly the basis of our beliefs. Yet religion continues to flourish, and new gods conquer even the most rational minds. Is unjustified, groundless belief an essential part of human nature? Or can we banish faith forever?

The Panel: American anthropologist Scott Atran, Cambridge philosopher Simon Blackburn and humanist Pavan Dhaliwal examine the foundations of thought.

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Do Doctors Really Know Best? [Debate]

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Despite the recent bad press, most of us still think doctor knows best. Yet with medical intervention now the third biggest killer after heart disease and cancer, is it time to call a halt to our trust? Should we end the monopoly on prescription? Would this give us ownership over our own health, or risk lives and return us to Victorian quackery?

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Former health minister Gisela Stuart, radical psychiatrist David Healy and former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Clare Gerada put the medial profession on trial.

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