SMC professor’s post on Coney Barrett nomination goes viral

first_imgSaint Mary’s history professor Bill Svelmoe wrote a guide on Facebook on Sept. 27 for how he thinks Democrats should handle the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings. As of Thursday, that Facebook post has been shared almost 50,000 times. It was tweeted out by Vanity Fair writer Joe Hagan, causing it to gain more attention.Svelmoe said he was confounded by the attention it got. “When you sit down to type out a Facebook post on a Sunday afternoon, you don’t think about it going viral. You are just writing for your friends,” Svelmoe said.A week after he showed John Sebastian’s Woodstock set in his post-1960s history class, Sebastian’s wife posted Svelmoe’s writing, a moment he said was an especially “big deal.” He contributed some of the attention to the false relationship between him and Notre Dame. Some commentators confused him for a Notre Dame professor, something he understands but also corrects.“I am trying to tell people, ‘No, I am not Notre Dame. I am Saint Mary’s; we are different,’” he said. Within the week, some of the circumstances around the post have already changed, with COVID-19 spreading through the White House. Regardless, Svelmoe said he stands by the main message of the post that Democrats should use the confirmation hearing strategically to win the election.Now that many members of Congress are becoming infected with COVID-19, maybe there might still be a way to block the confirmation hearing, he said.Svelmoe advises strategists to use the hearings to the Democrats’ advantage.“Don’t use the hearings to be something to fire up Trump’s base; use the hearings to fire up the Democratic base,” he said. “If you go after her religion … that is just going to fire up the Republicans’ base.” He specifies in the post that the hearings are not just a way to ensure Coney Barrett is an appropriate nominee for the Supreme Court, but also a way to rehash Trump’s presidency on national television for free. “Use [the confirmation hearings] to litigate the Trump administration, to go back through — what I think is the most corrupt — administration in our history and to go step-by-step through everything from the Emoluments Clause to the Hatch Act to the connection to Russia to his taxes … and have [Coney Barrett] respond to that,” he said. “That is something that would fire up the Democratic base, something I would like to see and it is something that would remind people of all this corruption in the Trump administration.”Coney Barrett’s nomination has come under attack because of her connections with People of Praise, a charismatic Christian congregation in the South Bend area. Svelmoe received his Ph.D. from Notre Dame specializing in the religious history of America and believes that pursuing this line of questioning will only be harmful to the Democratic cause and urges people to stop calling People of Praise a cult. He said that women criticizing his stance is understandable.“I tried to tell those folks, look I understand that I feel your pain,” he said. “I grew up in these kinds of groups. I understand these kinds of groups, and I understand the pain that it causes women who have come out of them, but my point is let’s just not call it a cult, and let’s not focus on that in the hearings. If you want to focus on that somewhere else, then fine.” When asked about the historic precedent for Catholics in the courts, Svelmoe highlighted the fact that a majority of the current justices are Catholic. In fact, six sitting members of the Supreme Court were raised Roman Catholic. Five are practicing with the other two are Jewish. Despite this, Svelmoe still sees the concerns around Coney Barrett’s religion as legitimate, just not the best path of questioning during the confirmation hearings. “I understand people’s concerns,” he said. “Your religion is going to trump your reason, or you are going to be taking orders from some religious figure about how to vote on things. It is completely legitimate for any human being in any position of government to be guided by their religion. You just can’t separate that. That is who we are. That is what the confirmation is supposed to be about — you look at it and you say is she a good jurist or is she not.” He separates the legitimate concerns over religious influence from the less legitimate involving conspiracies around religious people taking direct orders from religious leaders.“There is doctrine and then there is how these things actually work on a human level,” Svelmoe said. “That’s not to say that there aren’t groups that are oppressive and use these doctrines to oppress women.” He understands people’s anxiety over the role her religion plays in her decision making and sees it as something worth bringing up in the confirmation hearings, just not as something Democrats should grill her on, especially if they are not well researched.  Svelmoe wondered about the legacy her conservatism would have on the perception of Catholics across the country. “The problem for Catholics is ‘Do you want a Catholic who is already seen with suspicion on this issue; do you want her casting a deciding vote that ends gay marriage or that ends Roe v. Wade? Do you really want that?’” Svelmoe said. “Just [imagine] the outrage and the fury that would cause in the country. If she does get on and then starts being a key member in all these decisions, I’m not sure if that’s the type of notoriety Notre Dame, or Catholics in general, should long for.”Coney Barrett’s conservatism offers a strong juxtaposition to the last time Notre Dame was on the national political stage with Fr. Ted Hesburgh, an idea Svelmoe expanded on when asked.“Hesburgh was marching in Civil Rights [and] was finding ways to negotiate protests on campus in regards to the Vietnam War in what really seems like a really smart reasonable way,” he said. “You’re going from this image of real wisdom to [University President Fr. John] Jenkins sitting in the Rose Garden without a mask and [Amy Coney Barrett] standing there without a mask, standing next to Donald Trump without a mask, all her children without a mask, sitting next to Melania Trump without a mask.”Svelmoe’s post presented one way to effectively evaluate Amy Coney Barrett’s jurisprudence and ability to reason with law, and the internet responded with overwhelming support. At first, Svelmoe felt the need to respond to everybody who reached out through comments and messages.“There is no way I can begin to respond to it all. It all goes by so fast,” he said. “When it blew up it just overwhelmed my page, and it became impossible to respond to everybody.”Svelmoe said he has enjoyed the conversation around the subject with people he would have never otherwise spoken to. “I enjoy engaging with thoughtful responses,” Svelmoe said. “I think liberals, maybe just human beings in general are hungry for a space where there can be these really interesting conversations.” Not all responses have been positive along with the encouragement came trolls, accusations and justified criticism. While ignoring the unjustified criticism, Svlemoe has also enjoyed engaging with legitimate criticism. “People have made very good thoughts and criticism of that post and other posts before it, and that’s great,” he said. “Spend your time engaging with people who are engaging thoughtfully and don’t worry about the trolls.” Svelmoe said he has enjoyed the conversations that have come from the post, but he’s growing tired of the attention. “You don’t write something like that expecting it to go viral, and somehow there is just something in the Zeitgeist that it hits and it explodes,” he said. “When you look back on it you might have written something differently if you had known that it would get all those extra eyes on it. I hope that I am at minute 14 of my 15 minutes [of fame].”Tags: Amy Coney Barrett, Bill Svelmoe, supreme court nominationlast_img read more

Kristen Bell, Hunter Parrish & More Let Down Their Locks for Hair

first_img Benjamin Walker Star Files View Commentscenter_img The age of Aquarius is dawning at the Hollywood Bowl! Their mounting of Hair, helmed by Adam Shankman, is set to run from August 1 through August 3. The starry cast includes Kristen Bell, Hunter Parrish, Amber Riley, Sarah Hyland, Benjamin Walker and more. Thanks to Entertainment Tonight, we have a first look at the tribe in action. Learn who’s shedding what, and get just a tease of the psychedelic cast rehearsing numbers from the hit score, including “Good Morning Starshine,” “White Boys,” and of course, “Hair,” in the clip below!last_img read more

Meet Hand to God Star Steven Boyer!

first_img “I was a hyper kid. I did impressions and told a lot of jokes. I was the comedian in my family, and I couldn’t just tell a story. I had to ‘do’ the people. It started with impersonation and mimicry, but deepened into something more real.” “My parents were OK with me being an actor because they knew that if it didn’t happen, I would go insane. I would’ve become an accountant. And I’d have been that weird accountant who has a puppet show while you’re doing your taxes.” Current Role: Religious teen Jason, whose foul-mouthed hand puppet, Tyrone, takes on a devilish life of its own in the Broadway premiere of Robert Askins’ Hand to God. “I knew Hand to God was legitimately funny when I read it for the first time. But then the climax is horrifying. I love a story that can go from piss-your-pants laughter to sheer terror to real heartfelt cathartic emotion. It’s the Grand Guignol of modern plays.” Hometown: Columbus, OH Related Shows Stage & Screen Cred: Boyer has been with Hand to God since the play’s first reading over four years ago. He made his Broadway debut in I’m Not Rappaport, and starred off-Broadway in Modern Terrorism, The Explorers Club and King Lear. His film and TV credits include stints in The Wolf of Wall Street and Orange Is the New Black. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 “During Leonardo DiCaprio’s monologue [in The Wolf of Wall Street], I had to come up with something to do because I was in the shot. It ended up being like a silent film comedy performance. My mugging helped me get into the film.” “High school was a chance to reinvent myself. I decided early on I wasn’t going to conform to any of the groups in high school. I was going to be friends with everyone in every group. I wanted to be Ferris Bueller.” “I proposed to my wife Emily at the first NBA game either of us had ever been to. It wasn’t like, ‘Baby, basketball’s been a part of our love from the beginning.’ It was ironic. She wanted me to surprise her, so I knew that doing it on a kiss-cam would do it.” Hand to God Age: 35last_img read more

Four ELN Guerrillas Killed in Colombia

first_img The rebel group has expressed its willingness to join the peace talks that have been carried out by the FARC and the Colombian government headed by President Juan Manuel Santos in Cuba. By Dialogo May 17, 2013 Previously, the guerrillas had demanded the multinational company Braewal Mining to cease its mining activities in the northern area of the country, and in exchange they would release 47-year-old Canadian engineer Jernoc Wobert. The ELN, with 2,500 combatants, is the second largest insurgency group in the country, following the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), with 48 years of armed confrontation and 8,000 combatants. Four guerrillas from the National Liberation Army (ELN) were killed, and another one was captured during an armed confrontation that took place in a rural area of the department of Arauca, bordering Venezuela, the Colombian Army reported on May 15. center_img Last week, a possible inclusion of the ELN into the peace talks was considered by Santos, who asked for the release of a Canadian engineer, kidnapped by this insurgency in January. The Colombian armed conflict, in which right-wing paramilitary groups and drug trafficking organizations have also participated, has left over 3.7 million displaced people, 600,000 dead and 15,000 missing individuals in almost 50 years. The insurgents were killed and a female guerilla identified under the alias ‘Adriana’ was captured in the village of Agua Blanca, in Tame municipality, the Army’s 16th Brigade stated. last_img read more

East Nortport Hit-and-run Victim Killed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed a 20-year-old man following a crash in the victim’s hometown of East Northport early Thursday morning, Suffolk County police said.Alexander Zydel was driving a Ford Explorer westbound on Soundview Avenue when his SUV struck a tree, ejecting him into the roadway, where he was run over by a driver the fled the scene shortly before 1 a.m., police said.Zydel was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.The hit-and-run driver’s vehicle was described as a westbound light-colored sedan that fled in the same direction on Soundview Avenue.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash or who may have been driving on Soundview Avenue at the time of the crash to contact them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Millennials are key to credit union growth

first_imgMillennials, that tenacious generation born during the late 80’s and through the 2000’s, are the driving force behind a significant upsurge in credit union growth.According to a study conducted by the TransUnion, the percentage number of millennials using credit unions has experienced a meteoric rise, growing from 20% just back in 2013 up to to a whopping 25% in the first quarter of 2016.Why is this happening? After considering the millennial mindset, the gravitation to credit unions seems obvious. Yet the rate of movement is higher than anyone could have projected.One of the most defined characteristics of the millennial generation is an increase in a general sense of duty or civic-mindedness.For distrustful customers, growing up during the banking crises of the early 2000s, the community-driven, community-controlled core of the credit union business model is a breath of fresh air in the search for a big banking alternative to auto loans, mortgages and credit cards. A non-profit credit union offers clear transparency – the members are the ones who benefit, and the members are the ones who retain control. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Companies urged to follow CDC guidelines as parts of N.Y. open

first_imgRetail staff are required to wear masks and sanitizer must be available to customers. Customers must also wear a mask. Store owners will be able to prohibit any customer not wearing one barring medical reasons. Cuomo says employees returning to work need to be provided masks from their employers. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo says CDC guidelines should still be taken into consideration as parts of the state reopen Friday. Additionally, retail businesses are also open for curbs-side pick-pick only. The Southern Tier is one of the regions that reopened. New York On-Pause has been extended to June 13 for regions that do not the criteria to reopen. If a region meets the criteria before June 13, they may reopen.last_img read more

Growth, growth and only growth, until when growth? Dubrovnik is shooting at the seams and boasts a record season

first_imgGrowth, growth and only growth, until when growth?Dubrovnik continues to achieve record tourist results in the first eight months! According to the data of the system for registration and deregistration of tourists E-visitor, not counting data from nautical, from January 1 to August 31, 2018, 921 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 531% more than in the same period in 6 . This year, three million overnight stays were realized five days earlier than last year. As of August 31, 2018, 3 overnight stays were realized, ie 063% more than last year. In the first eight months, the most numerous tourists were from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Croatia, Finland and Norway. From 1 January to 31 August this year, 472 guests stayed in hotel accommodation, which is an increase of 871% compared to last year, and 5 overnight stays were realized, 1% more than last year. In the first seven months of this year, there were 573 arrivals in private accommodation, ie 658% more than in the same period last year, and 2 overnight stays, which is 335% more than in 980. Currently, almost 20 tourists stay in Dubrovnik. From 000 August to 1 August, 31 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik (226% more than in August 771), and 7 overnight stays were realized (3% more than in August 2017). The most numerous tourists in August were from the following countries: the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the United States, Spain, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Croatia and the Netherlands, according to the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.Champagne is opening for another record season, and it is this uncontrolled growth that is destroying the entire city. It destroys the freedom that the city is so proud of. Free movement of the local population, because the citizens of Dubrovnik can no longer normally go to the store, post office, pharmacy, doctor normalno due to the incredible crowds, the inability to park and move.Growth in itself is not a purposeGrowth in itself is not a purpose. For when more that growth, certainly not for the domestic economy and the local population because the citizens of Dubrovnik have long since lost their city. It is this famous fascination with numbers that will lead us to ruin, in fact we are already unaware of it. We live on rent from the sun and the sea, ie positional rent. The biggest profit from tourism is on VAT, and instead of encouraging the local economy through tourism that connects various industries vertically and horizontally, we encourage imports.We fall for eggs, potatoes, mussels, lettuce… What is Dubrovnik’s daily need for home-made eggs? It is a question and a challenge that we have to deal with.When we are so successful and intoxicated with statistics, why do we have a problem with the workforce? Why are there no students enrolled as waiters at the Ambroz Haračić High School in Lošinj this year, while only two students at Rab have enrolled in the profession?We have destroyed the profession, the workforce, the local economy, destinations are cracking at our seams and our main natural resource.For the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik, the Institute of Tourism conducts a large survey “Attitudes and consumption of tourists and visitors in Dubrovnik – TOMAS Dubrovnik 2018”. It will be interesting to see the final results. Dubrovnik is unfortunately a destination for half or a day, it does not tell its story about the achievements and power of the Republic of Dubrovnik, as if it only makes sense to walk through the walls and take a selfie to brag that someone was in Dubrovnik.The only direction is strategic and sustainable tourism, the rest leads to ruin in the long run.last_img read more

Avoiding euro threatens future UK investment

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Virtual tours make dream home a reality

first_imgEmi Cheng takes a virtual tour of her dream home with the assistance of Matthew Clements of Clements Clarke Architects.“As professionals, we deal with architectural ideas and the drawings associated with them every day,” he said.“Over the years, we have found that some clients can’t always grasp what the 2D plans are conveying.“We wanted a new a way to show our designs to our clients – to get them as excited about their project as we are and to help them better understand the design.”“This experience is more than just walking through a building.“The model is geo synched to the actual site so that clients can experience realistic light and shadows at any time of the day.”Using a HTC VIVE headset and wireless controllers, clients can see and experience their dream home without leaving the Clements Clarke office.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoA still from the virtual reality experience. A still from the virtual reality experience.“It is also a handy tool for us as architects. We produce 2D construction drawings off the 3D virtual model,” Mr Clements said.This new VR technology offers a point of difference over traditional animation and rendering and is offered free of charge to CCA clients.Entire designs can be changed in real time, before the building stage, giving clients the opportunity to tweak their dream homes to suit their needs.“For instance, if you would like a window changed, the model updates and within a few seconds what you are seeing will have changed as well,” Mr Clements said.The final walk through render can be exported to external platforms such as showrooms, sales offices, websites andsocial media.CCA clients Ted and Emi Cheng of Abor Developments praised the technology. A still from the virtual reality experience.Imagine standing in your new kitchen or climbing the stairs to your new master bedroom suite before the first foundations have even been poured.Bowen Hills firm Clements Clarke Architects (CCA) is using virtual reality to bring their clients’ homes to life, taking the concept of rendering to the next level by using 2D, 3D and other architectural modelling software to create an immersive experience for those looking to build their dream home.Matthew Clements of Clements Clarke Architects said some clients struggled to grasp their designs using more traditional methods.center_img Ted and Emi Cheng“You can get a sense of size from seeing a room on a piece of paper. Seeing it, experiencing it, all in 3D, is something else,” Mr Cheng said.“I can stand in our living room, turn around and look back through to our kitchen, or walk over to the windows and look down into the courtyard.“It really shows how all the rooms fit together. You understand the flow of the house. It honestly felt like we were standing in our own home.”Mr Clements believes that the use of virtual reality in the construction industry remains in its infancy, but expects the technology to evolve into a combination of virtual and augmented reality.“Imagine arriving at your block of land, putting some digital glasses on and being able to see your building, walking around and through the site,” he said.“You could open doors, look through windows, sit down at the kitchen table, even run around in the backyard.”last_img read more