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Merit Badges Cap with Pop Tarts: A Still Life Took an emergency early AM bike ride over to the grocery store today and ran into this guy. If you’re like me, if you’ve lived your whole life in the same town, he’s one of those guys you see now and again, guy you knew pretty well back in high school, guy you see coming out of the dry cleaners maybe, pumping gas next to you. Nice day, so we stood on
Cheating on my novels at the short fiction whorehouse
Hey, if I’m going to blog about short fiction, I’m at least going to pimp my book. I wrote a novel before I ever wrote a short story. Didn’t know any better. Didn’t know any writer folk, didn’t know about e-zines like Crimefactory or kick-ass publications like Needle, didn’t know that short stories were even a thing, at least in crime fiction. Then I got sucked into a flash fiction contest, and th
Obama Spending Binge Never Happened
Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal By Rex Nutting, MarketWatch May 22, 2012, 12:01 a.m. EDT WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree. As would-be president Mitt Romney tells it: “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.” Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over
President Obama on Creating an Economy Built to Last
Published on May 21, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom Facebook it: https://my.barackobama.com/obamanatovid Tweet it: https://my.barackobama.com/obamanatotwvid Tumblr it: https://my.barackobama.com/obamanatotbrvid President Obama responds to questions during a press conference at the 2012 Chicago NATO Summit. President Obama: “Well, first of all I think Cory Booker is an outstanding mayor. He’s doing gr
Obama’s Campaign Vows To Be On Arizona Ballot Despite Threats
TPM LIVEWIRE 8:40 PM EDT, Friday May 18, 2012 Barack Obama’s campaign vowed late Friday that he would be on Arizona’s ballot in November despite threats from the state’s top election official that the president might be blocked over a conspiracy theory about where he was born. The campaign was responding to comments made by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who said on Thursday he was not co
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Disruptive Planets and their Consequences
One of the joys of writing a site like Centauri Dreams is that I can choose my own topics and devote as much or as little time as I want to each. The downside is that when I’m covering something in greater depth, as with the four articles on antimatter that ran in the last six days, I invariably fall behind on other interesting work. That means a couple of days of catch-up, which is what we’ll now
Losing Our Cosmology
Long-time Centauri Dreams readers know I love the idea of ‘deep time,’ an interest that cosmology provokes on a regular basis these days. Avi Loeb’s new work at Harvard tweaks these chords nicely as the theorist examines what we know and when we won’t be able to study it any longer. For an accelerating universe means that galaxies are moving outside our light horizon, to become forever unknown to
Toward a Beamed Core Drive
If you didn’t see this morning’s spectacular launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9, be sure to check out the video (and it would be a good day to follow @elonmusk on Twitter, too). As we open the era of private launches to resupply the International Space Station, it’s humbling to contrast how exhilarating this morning feels with the great distances we have to traverse before missions to another star beco
In Antigua, Fishing Brings Both Income and Ecological Destruction
Eli Fuller is a third-generation Antiguan who, for the past two decades, has been exploring the Antigua and Barbuda coastline. But he laments the fact that he can no longer see the coral that he recalls were somewhat of an underwater jungle when he was a young boy, akin to what you'd see in the Amazon rain forest.
Renaissance Rice Rises From the Debris
This April, a small rice paddy field in Minami Sanriku, destroyed by the massive earthquake and tsunami last year in Japan, provided one of its most fertile yields yet - bringing hope and joy to the devastated local community.
Indonesia Is Wilting
Unless the rapid deforestation in one of the world's most richly-forested countries is controlled, Indonesians may one day wonder, "where are all the flowers gone." To those lyrics by legendary U.S. singer Joan Baez they might also have to add, and where are all the tigers, elephants, orangutans, birds and ancient forest communities gone.
Community Drills Part of Cuba's Top-Notch Disaster Response System
A well-oiled prevention system that involves the entire country, from the highest spheres of government to the most isolated rural community, makes Cuba one of the best-prepared countries in the world when it comes to preventing deaths and mitigating risks in case of disasters.
Mangroves Lead Battle Against Rising Seas
Sea level rise near Papua New Guinea, a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in the southwest Pacific, is estimated at seven millimetres per year, double the global annual average of 2.8-3.6 mm.
My belated take on Egypt's elections
I have been incredibly busy in the last month, and then traveling and taking a break over the last week away from all the electoral folly, hence this blog has provided scant coverage of Egypt’s presidential election thus far. I hope to correct this in the next few days — and in any case there’s plenty of commentary elsewhere — and provide some opinion about the way this election might go. But firs
In Translation: Fahmi Howeidy on SCAF
For a variety of reasons, I was unable to put up a translated article about the early May clashes in the Abbasiya neighborhood of Cairo, near the Egyptian Ministry of Defense, that appeared earlier this month. The clashes may have receded into memory with the excitement of the presidential elections, but they’re still relevant — if only because more clashes might be expected if the results (as the
Googling Egypt's candidates
Google's Egypt elections doodle Friend-of-the-blog Gabriel Koehler-Derrick does some really neat stuff with Google to track prominent personalities in religious currents, politics, and society in the Middle East. In this commentary he sent us, Gabriel looks at Google as an alternative indication of the popularity (or interest in) the various candidates in the Egyptian presidential elections. A PDF
Podcast #30: Indecision time
The first round of Egypt's presidential elections are upon us. This week the regular gang is joined by two guests: former Arabist contributor Charles Levinson, who now is a Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, and Italian-Egyptian journalist Rolla Scolari — both of whom are old Egypt hands. We've talked in previous podcasts about why the context for the election is flawe
Dissecting the GOP Brain
Did humans evolve over the course of millions of years, or were we created by God just a few thousand years ago? A letter signed by more than 50 scientific societies in 2009 said that the theory of evolution is "the foundation of modern biology, and is crucial in fields as diverse as agriculture, computer science, engineering, geology and medicine." The letter was addressed to the Texas State Boar
Why A Cyber Security Bill Will Pass
It's been a year of one step forward, one step backward for Internet freedom and privacy advocates. The tug of war over the Internet's cherished anonymity and chaotic democracy has government on one side and the public on the other holding tight. But at one point in the not-so-distant future, the gamers and the hackers and the libertarian haters of government regulation will prove no match for
American Workers: Shackled to Labor Law
Republicans hate the National Labor Relations Board. But they're not the only ones. In speeches to workers and testimony in Congress in the '80s and '90s, then-AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland repeatedly declared that union members would be better served by "the law of the jungle." Some union presidents agreed, including Richard Trumka, who now heads the AFL-CIO. In 1987, Trumka called for abolishi
After the Killing
Nearly a month after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, something unusual happened: The shooting of a black teenager became the subject of national attention. When 911 recordings of the incident were released, they suggested neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman had not carried out the shooting in self-defense, as he had claimed and as police in Sanford, Fla., had accepted, but had in
Pierre Noir Revisited
After I blogged about Pierre Noir — the IAEA official who died in 1978 during an inspection in Taiwan (formally, the Republic of China) — Matthew Harries noted that the papers of the Nuclear Control Institute, housed at the University of Texas, contain a Pierre Noir file. So, I requested a copy — and although some of the documents are in fragments and the researcher might have made an effort to p
Secret US Trip To Pyongyang?
Well, this is very interesting. This, as far as I can tell, a YouTube clip from ResetKBS! claiming that US officials apparently made a secret trip to Pyongyang on April 7, apparently in a last-ditch, ultimately unsuccessful effort to head off North Korea’s missile launch. (I hasten to add that I suspect the video is all stock footage to spruce up the report.) (“ResetKBS!” is an online newscast b
An Everyday Shovel On Display At The New York Metropolitan Museum Of Art—Everyday Life Hs Great Value
Above is a photo of a 19th-century shovel that can be found in gallery 774 of the American Wing of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are a number of shovels of various kinds in the collection of this museum. There is a great deal to be said for the fact that a common tool of a working person is on display in a world-famous museum. Everyday life has great value. Everyday life, everyda
Four Endorsements A Liberal Could Be Comfortable With For Harris County And Texas In 2012 Democratic Primary
Voting is ongoing in the Texas Democratic primary. Early voting runs through May 25. Primary Election Day is May 29. I have early voted here in Houston, Harris County. Above is a scene from outside my early voting location. Democracy is often a mess. Here are four races in which I feel compelled for various reasons to make an endorsement. I feel a liberal or progressive could be comfortable enoug
Showing Of Political And Social Art In Houston From 6/8 Through 6/10
There is an upcoming art show for politically and socially minded art here in the Houston area. This show will run from Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th. The show runs from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM each day. Here is the Facebook page for this show. The show is taking place at Winter Street Studios located at 2101 Winter Street in Houston. At the end of this post are further details about th
Ghalioun Resigns; Can the SNC Recapture Center Stage; Is Shawkat Dead? No Cooking Gas
Bourhan Ghalioun has officially resigned from his post, a statement issued by the Syrian National Council said Thursday after a two-day meeting in Istanbul. The SNC “office decided to accept the resignation and to ask the council president to pursue his work until the election of a new president at a meeting on June 9-10,” it said. If the SNC can establish a mechanism for transparent and regular e
Activists Worry that Sanctions May Undermine Chances for Future Democracy
Iranian activists and State Department Officials Argue over Sanctions and US Objectives in Iran Since the story of the Syrian and Iranian opposition is similar in many ways and since both Damascus and Tehran are facing foreign sanctions and regime-change policies, a friend wrote to share this news of an encounter between Iranian opposition figures and State Department officials during a recent con
An Open Letter to the Good People of Iowa: Are You Crazy?
Dear Iowa, I used to think you were a pretty straight-ahead place, what with all that flat land and healthy vegetables and honest living. I mean, Iowans rejected slavery 20 years before the Civil War and they approved interracial marriage a century before the Supreme Court. Homosexuality was decriminalized almost 30 years before the 2003 Lawrence [...]
Racists Arrested After Chicago Attack Have Long History of Activism
One of the two white nationalists arrested after a violent surprise attack by anti-racists in suburban Chicago has a long history of activism on the racist right and was suspected of having ties to several militias in the late 1990s. The other has a lengthy record of arrests on battery and drug charges and writes [...]
Neo-Nazi Activist Gets 40 Years for Arizona Mail Bombing
Notorious racist Dennis Mahon will spend the next 40 years in prison – and likely die behind bars – for sending a mail bomb that exploded in 2004 and injured the diversity officer for Scottsdale, Ariz. In handing down the sentence Tuesday in Phoenix, U.S. District Judge David Campbell said Mahon, 61, carried out an act [...]
Federal Marshals Searching for Notorious Neo-Nazi Bill White
U.S. marshals are searching for a well-known Virginia neo-Nazi and convicted felon who recently missed a scheduled check-in with his probation officer, Virginia’s WSLS reports. Bill White, who was released in April 2011 after spending over two years in prison for threatening his enemies through intimidating phone calls and Internet postings, was once the head of [...]
Disturbance At The Heron House
George II, in one of those many moments when he veritably hooted and scratched and dragged his knuckles across the ground, memorably referred to the people of Greece as “the Grecians.” In this, at least, he was a form of prescient. For these days, everybody—at least out here in the West—is encouraged to look upon the Greek people as a sort of terminally de-evolved form of human, rapidly descending
Mixtures and Compounds, Reactions and Energy, and the Great Pacific Plastic Patch
Let's take the last first. Apparently the Great Pacific Plastic Patch, where ocean currents collect discarded plastic junk, has been misrepresented by use of a photo from Manila Harbor, which shows a guy paddling a boat through a layer of garbage, mostly plastic. According to Scripps Institution marine biologist Miriam Goldstein, who has actually been there, it's not like that. The plastic is ther
The Prickly Pears In My Yard
One of the things I love about my yard is the great variety of local plants, including a number of cactus. The past few years, however, many of my prickly pears have been attacked by mealybugs. They have entirely killed some clumps, and earlier this year they were looking voracious, abetted by rabbits that were quite willing to munch through the spears and glochids (the tiny, almost unseeable, pri
by Doctor Science Ever make a connection between two ideas, and now you're not sure they're *really* connected, but you can't unconnect them in your brain? And part of you thinks, "brain, you are weird and disturbing, it's just a coincidence, shut up", and another part thinks "but look at how they match! disturbingly!" And the third part says, Let's post it to the Internet! As I was compiling A
Wwf Salutes Pna
The World Wide Fund for Nature has saluted efforts taken by countries that form the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) to ensure the sustainability of their tuna fisheries and minimise their impact on bycatch species like sharks, turtles and marine mammals. Parties to the Nauru Agreement include Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon
WWF receives award for contribution to the conservation of Vietnam’s Tram Chim National Park
Dong Thap province, Vietnam – The People’s Committee of Dong Thap province has honoured WWF with a medal and certificate of merit in recognition of the organisation’s contribution to the conservation of the wetland habitat in Tram Chim National Park. The award was presented to WWF at an event today in Tram Chim National Park, and marked the official designation of the park as the first Ramsar si
Latest APP promise more greenwash than protection
An Asia Pulp and Paper promise for a moratorium on natural forest logging in directly owned concessions needs to cover what goes into its mills rather than what comes off already mostly cleared areas, according to WWF. “APP once again has chosen to invest in greenwashing instead of meaningful change in the face of increasing and widespread condemnation of its forestry practices,” said Nazir Foead
Filipinos learn to rescue whales, dolphins
Swimming at the beach, you quickly notice something huge thrashing in the water. Panic vanishes as you realize it is a whale, stranded by the tide. What do you do? To address rising incidents of whale and dolphin strandings, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) recently conducted a two-day cetacean stranding rescue workshop at Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas. Over 40 staff and offic
Simpson - Merritt, classic primary contest, conservative vs. RINO
by Mark Vogl: Sincere vs. slick, outsider vs insider, the campaign is one to watch because it demonstrates how hard it is to be a fiscal conservative
Are RINO's & Democrats planning a surprise attack in Tx GOP primary
by Mark Vogl: Will the Tea Party and Conservatives be at the polls early and on May 29th? RINO's led by Dewhurst, Perry, Huckabee in cahoots with Dem.s?
Inflation, Deflation, Eurozone Crisis, Unemployment, and Deception
by Walt Thiessen: If you want to know the truth about what's going on, you can be sure that the media, the politicians, and the financial leaders won't say.
Empathy through reading fiction?
This, from Adam Gopnik, is funny:Surely if there were any truth in the notion that reading fiction greatly increased our capacity for empathy then college English departments, which have by far the densest concentration of fiction readers in human history, would be legendary for their absence of back-stabbing, competitive ill-will, factional rage, and egocentric self-promoters; they'd be the o
Quieter but more silent
Is there any rule that tells us when the comparative form of an adjective is made by adding "-er" and when by being preceded by "more"?Philologos in the Jewish Daily Forward looks into it and even comes up with some tentative suggestions, but in the end confesses himself defeated with respect to two-syllable adjectives. Sounds like a case for - danaaa - Language Log.
By no means a bastion of tolerance
Indonesia, that is. See this column from the New York Times by Andreas Harsono, a researcher for the Asia division at Human Rights Watch:This week in Geneva, the United Nations is reviewing Indonesia's human rights record. It should call on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to crack down on extremists and protect minorities. While Indonesia has made great strides in consolidating a stable, democr
The Court settles an argument
The European Court of Human Rights has reaffirmed its earlier ruling (£) 'that the current UK blanket ban on prisoners being allowed to vote is a breach of human rights' (and see here). It has also, just by the way, personally given me justice on an issue that has been perplexing me for a while. That issue is why so many supporters of voting rights for prisoners feel it unnecessary to make any cas
In a piece on the New York Times website Stanley Fish acquits himself of any obligation not to include spoilers when giving an account of some fiction that his readers may not yet have read (seen etc). He does this by reporting on the so-called paradox of suspense, according to which 'suspense survives certainty'. Fish summarizes three explanations of why it does, and they are interesting; you can
Writer's choice 350: Stella Duffy
Stella Duffy was born in London and grew up in New Zealand. She has written thirteen novels, her latest being The Purple Shroud. She has also written ten plays – most recently The Book of Ruth (and Naomi) for Sixty-Six Books at the Bush Theatre; and fifty short stories. Stella won the 2002 CWA Short Story Dagger for her story 'Martha Grace', and has twice won a Stonewall Writer of the Year: in 200
Steve Bell on Rebekah Brooks being charged over phone-hacking ‘cover-up’.
Steve Bell Tuesday 15th May 2012. Former News International CEO expressed her anger that those close to her have been ‘dragged into the affair’.
Tally Ho Dragon!
Early today, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule successfully flew near the International Space Station and completed two big tests of its in-space capabilities, all critical tests for tomorrow’s big event: the first berthing of a commercial spacecraft to the ISS. As Dragon approached, astronaut Don Pettit spied the spacecraft first. “I think I can see it now,” he said, and Mission Control in Houston radioed
Amazing Astrophoto: The Phases of Venus
A montage of Venus images from January to May 2012. Credit: Efrain MoralesWow! Take a look at how Venus has changed in the night sky the past five months!“The Planet Venus, The Roman goddess of love and beauty and the closest planet to us — especially now just as it gets closest — will transit across the Sun soon,” said astrophotographer Efrain Morales. “This sequence is a five month transition
Launch Images of the SpaceX Dragon’s First Flight to the Space Station
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off, sending the Dragon capsule on the first commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station. Credit: Alan Walters (awaltersphoto.com). (...)Read the rest of Launch Images of the SpaceX Dragon’s First Flight to the Space Station (206 words)© nancy for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Commercial Space, Dragon capsule, Space
The Zen of the Sun
An active region on the Sun, processed in an unusual -- and accidental -- process. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.Images and video from the Solar Dynamics Observatory have shown us that the fury of the Sun can be mesmerizingly beautiful. SDO has allowed us to see loops of plasma in various wavelengths, coils of magnetic fields that are invisible to human eyes, and so much more. And th
How Plasma Technology From Space Will Save Our Lives
ISS research finds plasma has killing power against some of the nastiest of crittersIt might sound obvious to anyone who’s ever played a video game in the past thirty years, but plasma has been found to be very effective at destroying some truly dangerous beasts. Except in this case, the battlefields aren’t space bases, they’re hospitals… and the creatures aren’t CGI alien monsters, they’re very
SpaceX Dragon Spies Earth
The Earth from SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle after May 22, 2012 blast off. Credit: SpaceXAll systems are functioning nominally aboard the Earth orbiting Dragon cargo carrier launched yesterday, May 22, atop the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.SpaceX has released the picture above of the Earth as seen by a thermal imager that Dragon will use in its upcoming approach to the Inte
- An interesting look at what it means to own a home in 2012.
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