Today, the state of Florida doesn't see much in the way of revolution. The current governor is deeply unpopular, it's true, but the people of the Sunshine State are still pretty far from armed rebellion. This was not always the case. Many years before the West was won and the Monroe Doctrine proclaimed America's shores inviolable, western Florida was an international battleground where newly independent Americans fought with Spanish and French imperialists for control of valuable New World real estate.
Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:40 pm
I have vivid memories of my mom going out of town one weekend and my dad feeding me fried bologna sandwiches for three nights in a row. He didn't make the sandwiches because I liked them; he made them because he can't cook. He can't get around a kitchen. He doesn't know how to chop an onion. He has no idea how to roast a chicken. But the man can grill.
A who's who of conservative groups is urging House Republicans to adopt a new rule. Well, actually, it's an old rule: the Hastert Rule. Dennis Hastert is the former Republican speaker who adopted the informal guideline that no bill should pass without the support of the majority of the majority.
China successfully launched its Shenzhou-10 spacecraft Tuesday, sending its three crew members into orbit on a Long March-2F carrier rocket. The astronauts are expected to dock with an orbiting lab, the Tiangong-1; their mission will last 15 days.
New technologies are not all equal. Some do nothing more than add a thin extra layer to the top-soil of human behavior (i.e., Teflon and the invention of non-stick frying pans). Some technologies, however, dig deeper, uprooting the norms of human behavior and replacing them with wholly new possibilities. For the last few months I have been arguing that Big Data — the machine-based collection and analysis of astronomical quantities of information — represents such a turn.
Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:38 am
In 1975, the right-wing dictatorships of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay embarked on a military plan called Operation Condor. The mission was to eliminate opponents to the regimes. Many of the victims came to be known as the "Disappeared," because the government would simply make its detractors vanish.