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More than 100 active, retired faculty, staff support Guth's "right of free speech"

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” ~ Voltaire

October 2, 2013 at 4:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What is your favorite part of being a U.S. citizen?

Equal treatment under the law ( haha), for instance--41 shots. Thanks to rampant prejudice, especially in places like Kansas, we can get killed just for living in our American skins:

Springsteen song:

September 20, 2013 at 8:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What is your favorite part of being a U.S. citizen?

Negative liberty--the right to be left alone--although busybodies seem to have a senior moment when reminded of that one. Street harassers are fairly clueless too. Just answer their unanswerable questions with another one in return, "Do you always claim to be God's gift by violating the personal space and boundaries of complete strangers?, "Is that a fake question, or did you think it up yourself?"

People who understand usually go quietly about their own business, but yahoos too often ask offensive, intrusive, and patronizing questions out loud. This racket shames thinking people so much!

September 20, 2013 at 6:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU researchers to help schools across the state tackle bullying

Teaching kids to respect personal space and boundaries of others is important. It is a main concept in preventing bullying. For instance, it's not right and not respectful to barge into the space of strangers before saying "hi" or otherwise ensuring you are welcome to pursue your case. Aggressive people( i.e. often conscious or unconscious bullies) tend to give themselves too much credit. They expect the world to welcome them with open arms and they offensively patronize complete strangers based on superficial characteristics--not exactly brainiac--"I see through the eyes of my soul" types. Namaste to you too--scary stranger offering the world candy , so you can rob or rape them. These yahoos make dealing with the public difficult for introverts or thinking people who aren't interested in talking to these none-too- bright practical types or those who might have no interest in complete strangers who want to volunteer as "pack horses" for the world. This is scripted robotic behavior. Only bright bulbs are interesting or worth talking to. Just say "no thanks" to mindless hicks.

I highly doubt thinking, intelligent, truly kind, and helpful people behave like this. If you don't realize that kindness is in the eye of the beholder or you don't understand the concept of personal space and boundaries, please don't put on airs about "just trying to help." Everyone deserves to have their personal space and boundaries respected--especially when we're talking complete strangers or male on female interactions. Street harassment is no fun! Not to respect the personal space and boundaries of others means behaving like a predator or bully or risking being perceived that way.


August 21, 2013 at 1:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Special police detail seeks to curb dangerous behavior among college students

Given the tragic injury that happened last fall this response is somewhat understandable. However, better problem-solving responses than punishment usually exist. The U.S. does boast the highest incarceration rate in the world per a HuffPost article today. Using police officers as first-responders to every type of school and community problem imaginable definitely leads to criminalizing people and to a school-to-prison pipeline.

Personally, especially after the latest whistleblower and surveillance news leaks, I'd prefer to live in Canada or any other developed country that still somewhat values people over profits. It's no fun being bossed around by authoritarian liars.

August 14, 2013 at 8:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Special police detail seeks to curb dangerous behavior among college students

May I suggest using warnings liberally before pursing more punitive responses? The public deserves clear police communication that treats them like mature and responsible people who want to do the right thing. The U.S. police-state mentality has gone too far and is enough to make young people wisely decide to emigrate to another country to enjoy a better and more just quality of life.

Please warn people they could be facing arrest before simply taking down their contact information and sending them a snail mail notice to appear in court for arraignment.

August 14, 2013 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence woman with disability becomes advocate for people like herself

It would be great if the people of Lawrence could stop grabbing strangers( and/or their belongings) when they perceive someone has a physical limitation. How is this any different than profiling and targeting? It's discriminatory. I like to help obviously dumb people, but I'm too cultured and aware to aggressively seek them out in the public streets or on the bus. Please think twice before you bother people you don't know.

Unwelcome conduct is exactly that---meaning not checking to see if someone in public is interested in speaking to you before aggressively inserting yourself in their personal space equals harassment. Approaching people with scripted questions is more worthy of a tape loop or a robot than a human being. Most people appreciate it most when strangers show decent respect for their personal space.

Please don't judge strangers by assuming they need or want help. It's very offensive. If you do that and end up getting cursed out, frankly, you may deserve it. Kindness is in the eye of the beholder. Accept this or admit outright you have horses of self-congratulation in the race.

August 4, 2013 at 5:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence joins in nationwide vigils for Trayvon Martin

As someone who was repeatedly stalked in Lawrence by strangers and then harshly and vindictively punished for verbally standing up for myself by telling these people to get lost, I'm in mourning for the Martins and for our white supremacist society as a whole. Here is the song("American Skin") Bruce Springsteen recently dedicated to Trayvon Martin in Ireland:


July 21, 2013 at 10:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Office workers make a stand for better posture

Here is a brilliant NASA study published on Dr. Mercola's site( check out the video) on the effects of sitting too much, and healthy remedies. Everyone needs to know this information:


Story at-a-glance

Sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death. Even if you are very fit, if you uninterruptedly sit for a great percentage of the time, you’re still at an increased risk of dying prematurely

Research by the NASA scientist responsible for monitoring the astronauts, shows your body declines rapidly when sitting for long periods

Simply standing up over 30 times a day is a powerful antidote to long periods of sitting and is more effective than walking

There are virtually unlimited opportunities for movement throughout the day, from doing housework or gardening, to cooking and even just standing up every 10 minutes

It’s not how many hours of sitting that's bad for you; it’s how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you

July 16, 2013 at 4:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )