What Happens to Florida’s Critters in the Cold?

Iguanas plummeting to the ground in Miami is an indelible winter in Florida image. What happens to all of the other semi-tropical creatures when it gets cold? Where do the alligators go in chilly weather? Are there cold weather shelters for manatees? There are, to a degree, cold weather shelters for manatees. Hot springs, water… Continue reading What Happens to Florida’s Critters in the Cold?

Boiled Angels, Serial Murder, and the Obscenity Trial of Mike Diana

There are some things we may not want to look at. Drawings of dismembered children. Drawings of those children being sexually abused. Monsters ruining Christmas by sucking a family’s innards out.  In 1994 those drawings and others gave Pinellas County an unhappy first – the only trial which convicted a comic book artist of ‘artistic… Continue reading Boiled Angels, Serial Murder, and the Obscenity Trial of Mike Diana

The Epiphany Insurrection(s)

Last January 6th’s storming of the Capitol wasn’t the only Epiphany Insurrection. At the end of 1399, England’s King Richard II had lost the throne to King Henry IV. Richard’s supporters planned to attack Henry at a tournament on Epiphany, 1400. They would kill Henry, and restore Richard to the throne. Forewarned, Henry didn’t show.… Continue reading The Epiphany Insurrection(s)

Sunscreens -save the ocean
(and your skin)

4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen land on coral reefs every year.  5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed every year, and this is increasing. Two facts that are related – ever increasing cases of skin cancer and ever decreasing health of the oceans – revolve around sunscreen. Can we use sunscreen to prevent cancer without harming… Continue reading Sunscreens -save the ocean
(and your skin)

Are we running out of sand? Do our beaches imperil the Gulf?

Yes. We are running out of sand, and time. Things look limitless when you stand on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. The horizon dips away, maybe with a lovely sunset alighting it. Water, wind, and sand: the essential beach elements. There have been decades of activism and battles with development about clean water and… Continue reading Are we running out of sand? Do our beaches imperil the Gulf?

QAnon & Media Bias

Did the coverage of the QAnon phenomenon illustrate a partisan bias in the US media? QAnon is one of the latest conspiracy theories that Americans have embraced. The pandemic in 2020 may have accelerated that embrace. We wondered if there were any differences in how QAnon was covered in the media according to partisan lean. Below… Continue reading QAnon & Media Bias

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Methodology of QAnon Study

Sourcing We wanted to look at how Q and QAnon were addressed across the digital news media from its inception in 2017 through March 2021. Our definition of news site was that it covered current events was not one person’s blog (had multiple contributors) (possibly) had a corrections/clarifications policy. Partisan lean of 80 different news… Continue reading Methodology of QAnon Study

Don’t Panic (yet)

Financial & other resources for artists, arts organizations, and small businesses (Originally published on WMNF.org on April 5, 2020.) There’s financial and other help available. It won’t fix everything, but you might qualify for help. Local arts councils and arts organizations are posting a lot of helpful resources. You can keep up with options through… Continue reading Don’t Panic (yet)

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Keep Off This Street:
The Epidemics of Polio and COVID19

(Originally published on April 27,2020 on wmnf.org) Empty beaches, hollow pools, abandoned and quiet streets. Bans on gatherings. Fear layering daily activities with hesitation, and loss. While the Spanish Flu of 1918 is evoked by the onset of the latest coronavirus, another epidemic lingers in memory. Polio ravaged children and adults in the first half… Continue reading Keep Off This Street:
The Epidemics of Polio and COVID19