If you needed any reminding of how archaic and clueless U.S. policy on Cuba can be – and the extent to which it so often actually aids an oppressive communist dictatorship – look no further than Thursday’s excellent Associated Press article about the “Cuban Twitter” fiasco.
On the day his successor takes power, a defeated or departing Florida governor would be allowed to appoint replacements for state Supreme Court justices whose terms expire on the same day. That's in a controversial bill the state Senate passed on Thursday. And that governor could be Rick Scott four years from now, when the court's liberal majority face mandatory retirement all at once.
The poet Robert Hass headlines the O, Miami Poetry Festival at the New World Center on South Beach tomorrow night (Saturday, April 5). Anyone can watch on the Wallcast from the park just outside the building.
4/03/14 - Topical Currents begins with NYU marketing professor Adam Alter. His research focuses on the intersection of behavioral economics, marketing and psychology. Most of us think we act independently from the world around us. Alter refutes the notion in his book, DRUNK TANK PINK: AND OTHER UNEXPECTED FORCES THAT SHAPE HOW WE THINK, FEEL, AND BEHAVE. It’s been found that pink surroundings make people more passive, and less prone to violence. ADAMALTERAUTHOR.COM
Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker.
Keren Bolter is a doctoral student of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University researching what areas in South Florida are particularly threatened by rising seas. She says all methods of analysis for the risks of sea-level rise only focus on financial vulnerability -- ranking Fort Lauderdale Beach and Miami Beach as high-risk -- but to her, that's not the whole story.
National anti-crime group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids released a position paper last week in favor of Florida’s new standards for English language arts and math. The group argues assessments and higher standards can prevent crime.
Local leaders want to brainstorm with the public about the future of the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. The long-shuttered theater’s fortunes have turned 180 degrees in the past months, as an effort to revitalize the playhouse has solidified. Nick Madigan wrote for the Miami Herald that Grove residents will have three chances to share their ideas with members of the village council and the playhouse’s advisory committee:
Topical Currents is with New York Times “Modern Love” columnist Daniel Jones. No subject in human history has been more thoroughly examined, yet it’s still as little understood since the time of Shakespeare.
Columnist Jones has had some 50,000 letters cross his desk: deluged with scheming cheaters, hopeless romantics and fierce devotees. He’s written, LOVE ILLUMINATED: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject.
It’s hard to look at Costa Rica these days and not feel an urge to paraphrase Shakespeare:
Et tu Ticos?
Ticos, as Costa Ricans are affectionately known, used to sit on a hemispheric pedestal. Their country was the prosperous, democratic Boy Scout of Central America if not all of Latin America – an oasis of good government and social equality in a region notorious for dictators and dysfunction.
It was the green nation that dumped its army so it could spend more on schools.