Linton Weeks http://kplu.org en Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day http://kplu.org/post/freedom-not-celebrate-independence-day Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches.<p>Except for those Americans who don't celebrate it at all.<p>Like William H. Lamar IV. Last year the African-American preacher from Hyattsville, Md., wrote an essay that was carried by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/William-H-Lamar-IV/i-will-reflect-not-celebr_b_3516008.html">The Huffington Post. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:37:47 +0000 Linton Weeks 17572 at http://kplu.org Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol http://kplu.org/post/why-america-may-be-ready-some-futbol Ante-millennium America was <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=348&dat=19940623&id=9GQwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6TIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2609,5798188" target="_blank">ho-hum</a> about soccer as a sport, because it is a game with: nonstop motion, international players, loose rules and corruption, low expectations of scoring and an imprecise ending.<p>Post-millennium America may become <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/24/325093814/world-cup-ratings-spike-how-popular-is-soccer-in-the-u-s" target="_blank">fanatical</a> about futbol, because it is a game with: nonstop motion, internatio Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:10:42 +0000 Linton Weeks 17392 at http://kplu.org Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol A Native American Take On Tornadoes http://kplu.org/post/native-american-take-tornadoes While tornadoes <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/16/322740339/tornadoes-cause-widespread-damage-injuries-in-nebraska" target="_blank">continue to tear across</a> America's midsection — taking lives and destroying property — we continue to search for explanations of the phenomenon, in hopes of developing better warning systems and protection.<p>But after decades of research, funded by decamillions of dollars, the fundamentals of wind funnels remain somewhat mysterious.<p><em>What causes a tornado?</em> According to the <a href="http://www.amnh.org/education/resources/rfl/web Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:01:26 +0000 Linton Weeks 17192 at http://kplu.org A Native American Take On Tornadoes Should There Be A University Of Politics? http://kplu.org/post/should-there-be-university-politics In France, many high-level politicians — such as Prime Ministers Francois Hollande, Jacques Chirac and Valery Giscard d'Estaing — developed their statecraft skills at the <a href="http://www.economist.com/node/21549976" target="_blank">Ecole Nationale d'Administration</a>. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:09:06 +0000 Linton Weeks 16946 at http://kplu.org Should There Be A University Of Politics? Bewildered By Bilderberg http://kplu.org/post/bewildered-bilderberg The Bilderberg annual conference is convening at the end of May in Denmark. Or so it's reported.<p>For folks who have never heard of Bilderberg, it's an invitation-only confab of high-powered people who jawbone about world issues. Wed, 21 May 2014 17:10:53 +0000 Linton Weeks 16731 at http://kplu.org Bewildered By Bilderberg Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law http://kplu.org/post/tweet-suits-social-media-and-law In the past several years, as more and more people are connected through more and more social media, the idea of turning personal grievances into class actions has been popping up, well, more and more.<p>In Virginia, a group that is against affirmative action in education went <a href="http://www.projectonfairrepresentation.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/POFR-Harvard-UNC-Wisconsin.pdf" target="_blank">fishing for plaintiffs</a> on websites recently, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/07/300308347/group-goes-online-to-find-affirmative-action-plaintiffs" target="_blank">according to NPR</a>. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:34:30 +0000 Linton Weeks 16243 at http://kplu.org Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas http://kplu.org/post/google-frecking-week-pandas What a week it's been for giant pandas. We know because for the past seven days, we have been <strong>Google Frecking</strong> for pandas.<p>Google Frecking is an info-gathering game we devised — at the suggestion of our creative editor — for drilling a little deeper into a subject that intrigues us. In this case: pandas.<p>Last weekend we set up a Google Alert for pandas. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:06:27 +0000 Linton Weeks 16162 at http://kplu.org The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 http://kplu.org/post/grumpy-point-when-man-turns-70-0 The approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men, according to a <a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=browsePA.volumes&jcode=pag" target="_blank"> recently released report</a>, is around age 70.<p>Then you'd better get off his lawn.<p>Researchers found that as men grow older — from, say, 50 on — they have fewer obstacles and annoyances to worry about in life and, furthermore, they are more equipped to deal with adversity. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:23:44 +0000 Linton Weeks 15998 at http://kplu.org The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 http://kplu.org/post/grumpy-point-when-man-turns-70 The approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men, according to a <a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=browsePA.volumes&jcode=pag" target="_blank"> recently released report</a>, is around age 70.<p>Then you'd better get off his lawn.<p>Researchers found that as men grow older — from, say, 50 on — they have fewer obstacles and annoyances to worry about in life and, furthermore, they are more equipped to deal with adversity. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:23:43 +0000 Linton Weeks 15997 at http://kplu.org The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 4 Strange Sports In America's Past http://kplu.org/post/4-strange-sports-americas-past In recent pursuits, we have come upon accounts of once-practiced — and somewhat, shall we say, curious — sports that have long since faded into obscurity.<p>Competitive walking in the 1870s and 1880s, for instance. "In the decades after the Civil War there was mass urbanization in the United States," Matthew Algeo — author of <em>Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport</em> — <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/03/297327865/in-the-1870s-and-80s-being-a-pedestrian-was-anything-but" target="_blank">recently told NPR</a>. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:54:29 +0000 Linton Weeks 15922 at http://kplu.org 4 Strange Sports In America's Past Truth-Seeking In The Age Of Speculation http://kplu.org/post/truth-seeking-age-speculation The marvel-filled Information Age is also turning out to be the muddled-up Epoch of Conjecture. The Era of Error.<p>Seemingly, we know everything. What is not in Wikipedia can be found through Google. And what Google can't scrape up, the National Security Agency — or international hackers — can. Through crowdsourcing, we can <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-lind/facebook-solves-another-c_b_4994653.html" target="_blank">solve crimes</a> and <a href="https://www.quora.com/" target="_blank">answer questions</a>.<p>Just as seemingly, there is an enormous lot that we do not know. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:49:19 +0000 Linton Weeks 15879 at http://kplu.org 5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad http://kplu.org/post/5-april-fools-pranks-gone-bad Perhaps in a calmer, more innocent era — if there ever was such a thing — April Fools' jokes made more sense. Nowadays the world seems overrun with <a href="http://www.trutv.com/shows/impractical-jokers/index.html" target="_blank">Impractical Jokers</a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318959/?ref_=nv_sr_1" target="_blank">Crank Yankers</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367274/?ref_=nv_sr_2" target="_blank">Ali G</a>-type tricksters. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:09:58 +0000 Linton Weeks 15531 at http://kplu.org 5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years http://kplu.org/post/what-winter-will-be-100-years One of the upsides to the seemingly endless winter of 2014 was that you had time to think.<p>And to ask futuristic questions, such as: What will the American Winter of 2114 be like?<p>Here are some of the answers.<p><strong>Milder: </strong>In the midst of the Sochi Olympics, the <em>New York Times</em> posted a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/08/opinion/sunday/the-end-of-snow.html?_r=1" target="_blank">wake-up piece</a> about the future of snow skiing. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:38:37 +0000 Linton Weeks 15328 at http://kplu.org What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years American Libraries Learn To Read Teenagers http://kplu.org/post/american-libraries-learn-read-teenagers Way, way back in the 20<sup>th</sup> century, American teenagers turned to the local public library as a great good place to hang out. It was a hotspot for meeting up, and sharing thoughts with, other like-minded people – in books and in the flesh. It was a wormhole in the universe that gave us tunnels into the past and into the future. It was a quiet spot in an ever-noisier world.<p>The library was a gentle mentor. It accepted us as we were and let us grow at our own pace – as teens are wont to do. It taught us about sports and sex. About fashion and finance. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:13:40 +0000 Linton Weeks 15170 at http://kplu.org FootGolf: A New Sport Explored In 19 Questions http://kplu.org/post/footgolf-new-sport-explored-19-questions <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDeUwZwZumU</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:42:40 +0000 Linton Weeks 14808 at http://kplu.org FootGolf: A New Sport Explored In 19 Questions