China Detains Dissident Artist
Chinese authorities have detained Ai Weiwei, an outspoken critic of China's government and one of its most famous contemporary artists—he is one among dozens recently held by the state.
Apparently fearing reverberations from the political uprisings in the Middle East and Africa, Chinese authorities have recently detained dozens of critics "since anonymous calls for a 'Jasmine Revolution' in China began circulating online in mid-February." One of the detained is Ai Weiwei, an artist who rose to national prominence after helping design the Bird's Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A supporter of the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, Ai Weiwei's artistic freedom has been compromised by his social activism and he has since sought a studio in Germany, according to The Wall Street Journal.
A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.
- Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
- The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
- The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
New research identifies an unexpected source for some of earth's water.
- A lot of Earth's water is asteroidal in origin, but some of it may come from dissolved solar nebula gas.
- Our planet hides majority of its water inside: two oceans in the mantle and 4–5 in the core.
- New reason to suspect that water is abundant throughout the universe.
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