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Originally posted on FOX CT:
NEW HAVEN — Police have fined 19 students at Yale University during a protest calling on the Ivy League school to divest from fossil fuel companies.
About 150 people on Thursday formed a human chain around Woodbridge Hall where Yale President Peter Salovey’s office is located.
About 50 protesters went inside the building and staged a sit-in.
Yale police said they arrested 19 demonstrators and fined them $92 apiece for refusing to leave the building by a 5 p.m. deadline.
While the Yale Police Department and members who were part of the protesting group said the students were arrested, the Yale Daily News reports that a university spokesperson emailed the paper to say that the students were just issued infraction tickets, and were not actually arrested.
The demonstrators are with Fossil Free Yale, which has been pushing…
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Originally posted on SciTech Culture:
And why this isn’t a good thing for our culture – By Ben Warner.
The cultural impact of cinema has been waning for years. There was a time when films generated thought and discussion in their audience. Now, films are consumed and forgotten, while making billions in the process (and thus encouraging film studios to make more of these forgettable blockbusters). It’s an endless cycle, and unfortunately, there is no end in sight.
A case in point is the recent release The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I went to see this yesterday, not out of any sense of excitement, but to dutifully finish off the trilogy. Peter Jackson had done such a spectacular job with The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and I wanted to see how he was going to end this new slate of films based on Tolkien’s universe, even though the previous two…
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