Archived entries for Culture

Hip-Hop Dreams

The Washingtop Post has an interesting 3-chapter video called Hip-Hop Dreams that reports: “Organizers at an Orlando voter registration drive hope hip-hop will become a political voice for young blacks.

While the youth vote has been declining since a high-water mark in the early 1970’s, turnout of black youth between the ages of 18 and 29 has remained the same or better than that of other youth voting groups.

African-American are actually more electorally engaged than their Latino or Asian-American counterparts, and just as engaged as their white counterparts.

Can the hip-hop generation make a statement on November 2nd?

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Last time we felt a small earthquake at work I dug up some resources. Well, we felt another one this morning:

In the last 24 28 minutes, there have been at least 21 29 earthquakes on the San Andreas fault about 135 miles south-east of where I work. The strongest had a magnitude of 5.9. Another was 5.0, with the remainder between 1.9 and 4.7… They’re all within a few miles of Parkfield California.

It’s interesting to note that there has been up to One or Two Quakes a Minute in Washington where Rumbling at Mount St. Helens Triggers Alert:

Seismic activity at Mount St. Helens has changed significantly during the past 24 hours and the changes make us believe that there is an increased likelihood of a hazardous event

Meanwhile, about 150km north-west of Tokyo, Mt Asama erupted again on Thurdsay after burst back into life earlier this month in its biggest eruption in 21 years.

Check out the global seismic monitor to remember that disasters aren’t always man made.

A Difference of 16%

Viewers of late-night comedy programs, especially The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on the cable channel Comedy Central, are more likely to know the issue positions and backgrounds of presidential candidates than people who do not watch late-night comedy, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

From http://www.business-journal.com/NoJokeDailyShowViewersKnowIssues.asp

Guide to Springfield USA

Guide to Springfield USA

The mapping of Springfield began in the Spring of 2001 when we realized that no adequate map of Springfield existed either online or in print. Initially the content was collected from the City Profile and Springfield Vacation pages at The Simpsons Archive, but it has since been expanded by numerous viewings of most episodes of The Simpsons.

The Map of Springfield has been added to the Harvard Map Collection of the Harvard College Library. The Harvard Map Collection is the oldest map collection in America, and has a strong commitment to digital resources.

Supreme Court Repudiates Bush Administration

I’m a long-time supported of the ACLU, and send letters, give money and sign petitions on their behalf. Today is a reminder of why it’s worth it to participate.

I just received an email from them summarizing the many victories of this term. Here are some pullquotes from the full press release.

The Supreme Court Term that ended today will long be remembered for its emphatic repudiation of the Bush Administration’s claim that it can conduct the war on terrorism as it sees fit with virtually no opportunity for meaningful judicial review.

The administration has treated the rule of law as an inconvenience in the war against terrorism. In response, the Supreme Court has sent a powerful message that the end does not justify the means, and that it will not sit on the sidelines while the rule of law is ignored.

As Justice O’Connor wrote for the plurality in Hamdi: “[A] state of war is not a blank check for the President when it comes to the rights of the Nation’s citizens.”

In the end, however, this Term will be known for the Court’s terrorism decisions. “The state of civil liberties is always perilous in periods of national crisis,” Shapiro said. “The Court deserves great credit for recognizing that the rule of law cannot be enforced in the absence of meaningful judicial review.”

It’s good to be reminded that even in the face of shamefull leadership, international scorn, and wave after wave of bad news, the system still works and Liberty get’s it’s day in court.

Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go

The LATimes (free reg req) has an exclusive breaking news bit that a group of former diplomats and military officials will release a statement later this week calling for the defeat of President Bush. The 26 ex-diplomats and military leaders say his foreign policy has harmed national security. Several served under Republicans.

A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plans to issue a joint statement this week arguing that President George W. Bush has damaged America’s national security and should be defeated in November.

“A lot of people felt the work they had done over their lifetime in trying to build a situation in which the United States was respected and could lead the rest of the world was now undermined by this administration — by the arrogance, by the refusal to listen to others, the scorn for multilateral organizations,” Harrop said.

“The core of the message is that we are so deeply concerned about the current direction of American foreign policy … that we think it is essential for the future security of the United States that a new foreign policy team come in,” said Oakley.



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