The congressional effort to end federal funding for NPR received new impetus Tuesday after a video surfaced of an executive who was the public-radio network's top fundraising official when he made controversial remarks about Republicans, conservatives and the Tea Party movement.
The Information, written by James Gleick, covers nearly everything — jungle drums, language, morse code, telegraphy, telephony, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, genetics and more — as it relates to information, which he describes as the "fundamental core of things." Information theory can now be seen as the overarching concept for our times, describing how scientists in many disciplines see a common thread to their work.
R.E.M. is a band that fans form intense bonds with. I'm one of those fans.
In the '80s and '90s, R.E.M. was my platonic ideal of a rock group: mysterious yet straightforward, arty yet unpretentious, noisy, delicate, serious, goofy, and heroic — more for its creative empathy than the band members' egos. But by the aughts they'd lost their drummer, and their music suggested they'd lost their religion too (so to speak). Now, they've made an entire album about getting it back.
Aides to Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker have been in talks with state senate Democrats in which the Republican position appears to be softening, according to e-mails obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
According to the e-mails, while the governor's office still wants limits to collective bargaining, it's willing to allow more issues to come under such bargaining than initially the case.