Halloween

The lunatics are now running the Asylum at Yale University

Erika Christakis, who was at the center of protests at Yale, at the Calvin Hill Day Care Center in New Haven last month. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

Erika Christakis, who was at the center of protests at Yale, at the Calvin Hill Day Care Center in New Haven last month. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

Two Academics who are husband and wife have resigned their posts at Yale University after being targeted by student activists.They were unlikely targets as they had a long record of advocating for minority students, and had devoted much of their academic work to highlighting health and development problems facing underserved communities. What happened to them is far too common on University campuses these days as has been made very clear by Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous Faggot tour. His tour has been attacked by intolerant liberal students who feel that they have the right to silence free speech and to dictate what people can and cannot do and say. It was students just like the ones that attacked Milo that forced the resignations of the two academics at Yale.

So what did they do to start off the witch hunt that would end in their joint resignation?

…It began fittingly on the day before Halloween, when Ms. Christakis questioned guidelines from Yale’s Intercultural Affairs Committee warning against “culturally unaware or insensitive” costumes. Ms. Christakis reasoned, in an email to Silliman residents, that students should decide for themselves how to dress for Halloween, without the administration’s involvement.

Student radicals of the 1960s might have recognized her note as a defense of free expression, but those days are long gone. Instead, Ms. Christakis was denounced as a proponent of cultural insensitivity. Irate students circulated petitions, wrote editorials and posted social-media tirades. They scribbled criticisms in chalk outside the Christakises’ home and posted degrading images of them online. Two student groups demanded their removal from Silliman.

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Photo Of The Day

Widespread panic followed the Halloween broadcast. This New Jersey, man stands ready to ward off the Martian attack. William Dock, 76 years old, waiting for the Martians in Grover Mills after hearing Orson Welles "End of the World". Radio 1938, Martian Attack, War of the Worlds- BETTMANN / CORBIS.

Widespread panic followed the Halloween broadcast. This New Jersey, man stands ready to ward off the Martian attack. William Dock, 76 years old, waiting for the Martians in Grover Mills after hearing Orson Welles “End of the World”. Radio 1938, Martian Attack, War of the Worlds- BETTMANN / CORBIS.

The Men from Mars

The Infamous “War of the Worlds” Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Fluke. Orson Welles and his colleagues scrambled to pull together the show; they ended up writing pop culture history.

On the evening of October 30, 1938, the audience listening to CBS Radio were told they were going to be treated to the music of Ramon Raquello and his orchestra, broadcast live from the Meridian Room at the Park Plaza in New York City. The performance began, but mere minutes into it a reporter from Intercontinental Radio News interrupted to deliver an important announcement. Astronomers had just detected enormous blue flames shooting up from the surface of Mars.

The broadcast returned to the music of Ramon Raquello, but soon it was interrupted again with more news. Now a strange meteor had fallen to earth, impacting violently on a farm near Grovers Mill, New Jersey. A reporter was soon on hand to describe the eerie scene around the meteor crater, and the broadcast switched over to continuous coverage of this rapidly unfolding event.

To the dismay of the terrified radio audience, the events around the Grovers Mill meteor crater rapidly escalated from the merely strange to the positively ominous. It turned out that the meteor was not a meteor. It was, in fact, a spaceship, out of which a tentacled creature, presumably a Martian, emerged and blasted the onlookers with a deadly heat-ray.

The Martian sunk back into the crater, but re-emerged soon afterwards housed inside a gigantic, three-legged death machine. The Martian quickly disposed of 7,000 armed soldiers surrounding the crater, and then it began marching across the landscape, joined by other Martians. The Martian invaders blasted people and communication lines with their heat-rays, while simultaneously releasing a toxic black gas against which gas masks proved useless.

Believing that the nation had been invaded by Martians, many listeners panicked. Some people loaded blankets and supplies in their cars and prepared to flee. One mother in New England reportedly packed her babies and lots of bread into a car, figuring that “if everything is burning, you can’t eat money, but you can eat bread.” Other people hid in cellars, hoping that the poisonous gas would blow over them. One college senior drove forty-five miles at breakneck speed in a valiant attempt to save his girlfriend.

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No candy for you this Halloween says the PC Police

The costume debate refuses to die. Here is my latest find.

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Face of the day

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Makeup Artist Promise Tamang’s trippy face for Halloween

Today’s face of the day is a talented makeup artist who has done a video tutorial to show you how to create this ‘trippy ‘ face for Halloween. Her name is Promise Tamang. To learn how to create this face there is a video over the break.

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Where do you sit on Halloween?

Nasty commercially driven imported event, or a bit of fun for the kids – why don’t you loosen up?

As a country we’ve been slowly becoming more Americanised over the years – it’s aways been something of a cultural bogeyman that threatens the Kiwi way of life, right from the time American TV shows first started airing here.

Some of these changes are small and understandable – we are becoming a much smaller world, after all, with everyone being constantly connected.

Some are nonsensical, such as the image of Santa looking ready for a blizzard in the middle of our summer, or teachers accepting school work with Americanised spelling because that’s often what autocorrect defaults to. Others, such as the increasing “celebration” of Halloween, are pointless and should be wholly discouraged.

Halloween always reminds me of the scene in ET where Elliot takes the titular alien out trick-or-treating, and his friend recognises Yoda from Star Wars.

It’s parents taking kids out, an entire community getting involved and doing something communal.

All I’ve ever seen here in Hamilton is kids trying to skive free lollies from the neighbours with their parents’ approval – and it annoys me.

Ditto.  Especially when you have hordes of 14-16 year olds running around.   Read more »

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NASA + Pumpkins = ?

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Making kids cry

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Might be going a little too far:

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How to carve a pumpkin / Blast-O-Lantern


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Words cannot describe this:

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