Current Events

Yesterday, Luis Armando Peña Soltren was arrested after forty years on run for hijacking a plane to Cuba. Soltren “will finally face the American justice system that he has been evading for more than four decades,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. I understand that Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and David Lynch are already circulating a…

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South African runner Caster Semenya won the womens 800-meter, and the attention raised questions about her gender. Most of us tend to think of gender as pretty simple. You’re male or you’re female, and that’s all there is to it. The issue is black and white, if you’ll excuse the irony. There are reports that:…

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A couple of good articles are John McWhorter’s “Gates is Right–and We’re Not Post-Racial Until He’s Wrong,” and Lowry Heussler’s “Nightmare on Ware Street.” The full police report is at “Gates police report.” I think PHB’s comment on Michael Froomkin’s post is quite interesting: You are all missing a rather significant fact, this is the…

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The Apollo program took place at just about the right time for me. I was six (or, as I would quickly have pointed out at the time, six *and a half*) when the first lunar landing occurred, and barely ten when Apollo 17 splashed down. This was old enough to be fascinated by the technology…

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Our love affair with the Iranian Tweetolution has worn off. The thugs declared their election valid, told their armed representatives to Sorry, next tweet: go impose some law or order or something, and it was done. Well, as it often turns out, there was more to it than fits in 140 characters, and the real…

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The Economist’s Bagehot writes about his idea of “The chemistry of revolution,” while admitting he’s generalizing from two. Ethan Zuckerman on “Iran, citizen media and media attention.” “Unfortunately, unlike positive online gestures of solidarity (retweeting reports from Iran, turning Twitter or Facebook pictures green), this one does little more than piss off sysadmins, helps Iranian…

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