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MSU Museum and Bolivian Mummies

Turns out the Evo Morales was a good caretaker of Bolivian artifacts too...

Plagiarism allegation roils Michigan State, museum
Michael H. Hodges, The Detroit News Published 5:30 p.m. ET Feb. 6, 2020 | Updated 5:58 p.m. ET Feb. 6, 2020

A controversy tied to charges of plagiarism and a 500-year-old Bolivian mummy has erupted at Michigan State University.

William Lovis, an emeritus professor of anthropology and a former curator at the MSU Museum, has accused the museum director, Mark Auslander, of plagiarizing his work in the museum's regular monthly newsletter last February — an accusation a faculty investigative committee recently endorsed...

The faculty committee's final report, issued last week, concluded Auslander had engaged in "plagiarism, falsification, and fabrication," according to an excerpt forwarded to The Detroit News by Lovis, and also reprinted on the website of a nonprofit academic watchdog, retractionwatch.com, which broke the story.

The committee ordered Auslander to apologize, which he did in an email.

"He claimed that everything he did was inadvertent," Lovis said. "To me that sounds like, 'Oh, I overlooked that. It was an accident.' But you don’t plagiarize and falsify information. That’s not an accident, that’s a train wreck."

Melody Kindraka, an MSU spokeswoman, declined comment, saying: "At this time the university is evaluating the next steps."

The mummy in question, now back in Bolivia at the country's National Museum of Archaeology, was donated to the MSU Museum in 1890 by Fenton R. McCreery, an American diplomat in Chile. Included with the mummy were pouches, beads, plant remains and objects found with her. Ñusta was about 8 years old when she died.

After the ceremony at the Bolivian Embassy last year, the country's president at the time, Evo Morales, flew the little girl's remains home on the presidential plane.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/education/2020/02/06/michigan-state-university-museum-plagiarism-allegation/4681217002/

https://twitter.com/LansingMIFacts/status/1226566363336015873

Halloween Massacre

Just a few years later we had the Halloween Massacre.

Gerald Ford, in order to avert an insurgency from the right, dumped Nelson Rockefeller and other moderates. Thus ushering in the rise of Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.

Ford v Reagan signaled the end of the moderate Republican...
Prior to the election of 1960, the two leaders of the Republican Party had been Senator Robert Taft and President Dwight Eisenhower. In 1952, those two had fought a close and bitter battle all the way to the convention for the Republican nomination for president. It was only through a questionable ploy at the convention that Eisenhower managed to win the nomination.

There are two points that should be drawn about these men in order to understand the subject at hand. First, Taft was a non-interventionist in foreign policy, to the extent that he was opposed to American involvement in World War II, the Nuremburg Trials and the formation of NATO. Second, Eisenhower more than once said that he was not about to repeal FDR’s New Deal. When Eisenhower left office after eight years, the income tax rate was 91 per cent for the highest income earners.

One last point needs to be made in order to delineate the dichotomy that was to come. Around this time—early to middle sixties––there was actually a moderate wing to the Republican Party. People like Senator Mark Hatfield, Governor George Romney, Senator Charles Percy, Senator Jacob Javits, Governor Raymond Shafer, Senator Charles Mathias, Governor William Scranton, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Congressman Pete McCloskey, these and others constituted a minority, but an influential one, within the GOP. As many have noted, what began to alter the Republican Party, and eventually made its moderate wing extinct, was the Barry Goldwater campaign of 1964. That nomination brought to the forefront the extreme rightwing elements of the party—the John Birch Society types—who declared war on the moderate elements in the party. Although the Goldwater forces lost, they succeeded in establishing a beachhead in the GOP. Senator Goldwater had voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was against the high taxation rate, and felt President Johnson was soft on communism. He became the first Republican nominee to consciously run on a Southern Strategy, one which was designed to break up the Democratic majority in the south by employing racist symbology. That strategy, plus the fact that Goldwater was from Arizona, began to rebuild the Republican party on a Southern/Western axis.

This included California Governor Ronald Reagan. Reagan made a last-minute televised appeal for Goldwater in 1964. And that appeal first put him on the national political map. At that time, the highest political office Reagan had attained was president of the Screen Actors Guild.

It was not just Reagan who supported Goldwater; it was also William F. Buckley Jr. Buckley’s Young Americans For Freedom supplied the shock troops for the Goldwater campaign. Goldwater was trounced, but Buckley and Reagan now started to pull the Republican party to the far right. In a blatant effort to exterminate them, Buckley began to defame and run against those from the moderate wing of the party: for instance, Charles Goodell and John Lindsay. The very threat of a Reagan run in 1976 provoked President Gerald Ford to perform the Halloween Massacre. That panic-stricken move, for all intents and purposes empowered the neoconservative movement and triggered the rise of Dick Cheney...

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-halloween-massacre-at-the-white-house-92668509/

No. The target is squarely on Mitt's back now.

https://twitter.com/costareports/status/1225529583543443456

Hunter and the House too...

Treasury releases Hunter Biden's records ..

Emboldened, Trump allies may already be targeting his enemies in new ways

For nearly three years, the Treasury Department, in violation of the law, has refused to turn over President Trump’s tax returns to a House committee that demanded them. A court battle over those returns continues to rage, with an uncertain outcome.

Meanwhile, Trump vowed last year to defy “all” congressional subpoenas, and numerous administration agencies followed his absolute ban on turning over any evidence to the House impeachment inquiry.

But it turns out there is a case that is very important to the president in which the administration has been more than happy to turn over private financial records in response to a congressional request — without fuss or delay...

The Treasury Department has turned over financial records about Hunter Biden in response to requests from GOP senators who are running an investigation that appears designed to validate Trump’s alternate-reality version of the Ukraine scandal.

Yahoo News reports that Senate Democrats are raising alarms about the administration’s sudden willingness to turn over these documents, and contrasting this with the years of stonewalling of requests from Democrats...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/02/06/targeting-newly-emboldened-trumps-enemies-may-have-begun/

https://twitter.com/SanhoTree/status/1225550919611355136

https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1225508369986936833

Apologies and...

Kudos to Mitt

https://twitter.com/cnni/status/1225194941300838401

Deutsche Bank execs were aware of Trump's ties to the mob in Atlantic City and New York

Deutsche Bank execs were aware of ‘Trump’s...ties to...people in or affiliated with the mob in Atlantic City and New York — and the possibility that his real estate projects were laundromats for illicit funds from countries like Russia.’

https://twitter.com/SpyTalker/status/1224764733762523136

State of the Union prop bets

Not exactly the Super Bowl but...

Odds-makers taking bets that Trump can’t go 45 seconds without making a ‘false statement’ during the State of the Union Address.

https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/1224761553339240451

'Move for a mistrial': Legal analyst says Adam Schiff must end Senate trial before GOP acquits Trump

Good twitter thread and link to piece here...

https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1224099775550803969

https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1223963758608908289

CBS reporter illustrates income inequality (easy as pie)

Democratic nominees take note...

https://twitter.com/Slate/status/1223798465072979968
Even though people may know that wealth inequality in the United States is a serious issue, many really don’t realize what it actually means to say that the gap between rich and poor is the worst it’s been in more than a half century. So CBS News came up with an innovative way to explain it to random people in a mall. The result? People were dumbfounded when presented with an illustration of just how wealth is divided in the country.

CBS This Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil set up a table at a mall in West Nyack, New York with a pie that represented $98 trillion of household wealth in the United States. The pie was sliced into 10 pieces and Dokoupil asked people to divide up those pieces onto five plates representing the poorest, the lower middle class, middle class, upper middle class, and wealthiest Americans.

No one got it right. And, in fact, no one was even kind of close of estimating the real ratio, which involves giving nine pieces to the top 20pc of Americans while the upper middle class and the middle class share one piece between the two of them. The lower middle class would effectively get crumbs considering they only have 0.3 percent of the pie. What about the poorest Americans? They wouldn’t get any pie at all, and in fact would get a bill, considering they are, on average, around $6,000 in debt...

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/02/watch-cbs-journalist-use-pie-illustrate-inequality.html

Giscard d'Estaing "see ya, wouldn't want to be ya."

https://twitter.com/AP_Europe/status/1222999672870055941
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