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Wednesday, February 28, 2021

Earlier today, my BlogExplosion rotation brought up Trashology, a satirically-dictioned record of life in Tallahassee’s trailerland.

The curious thing: It’s part of Tallahassee.com, the online presence of the Tallahassee Democrat, the newspaper of record for the Sunshine State’s capital city.

The thing is, I’d come across Trashology a few times before, and it wasn’t always part of the newspaper’s collection of content. I remember it started life as a standalone Blogger/BlogSpot site; indeed, it looks like it’s still powered via Blogger. So at some point (probably recently), Trashology as added to the Democrat’s lineup of reader blogs.

Not a bad pickup for Ms. Trashahassee. It seems like an odd fit for the paper, but whatever draws eyeballs, I guess. Besides, outside of university-based blogs, I can’t imagine there’s a huge pool of blogging talent in Florida’s capital region, so beggars can’t be choosers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/28/2007 11:28:01 PM
Category: Bloggin', Florida Livin', Media
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Having lived through too many hurricane seasons in Florida, I’m sure I must have heard tell of La Niña before.

If I did, I don’t recall it being such a nasty bitch:

Forecasters don’t know how strong this La Nina will be. However, it typically means more hurricanes in the Atlantic, fewer in the Pacific, less rain and more heat for the already drought-stricken South, and a milder spring and summer in the north, Lautenbacher said. The central plains of the United States tend be drier in the fall during La Ninas, while the Pacific Northwest tends to be wetter in the late fall and early winter.

Since 2006 was so uneventful storm-wise, it figures that this year would make up for that lull. Hang onto your hats.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/28/2007 11:15:13 PM
Category: Weather
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Not to harsh anybody’s buzz, but this excerpt from Chalmers Johnson’s “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic” provides food for thought:

The United States has been continuously engaged in or mobilized for war since 1941. Using statistics compiled by the Federation of American Scientists, Gore Vidal has listed 201 overseas military operations between the end of World War II and September 11, 2001, in which the United States struck the first blow. Among these, a typical example was Operation Urgent Fury in 1983, “Reagan’s attack on the island of Grenada, a month-long caper that General [Alexander M.] Haig disloyally said could have been handled more efficiently by the Provincetown police department.” Excluding minor military operations, Drexel University historian and political scientist Michael Sullivan counts only “invasions, interventions, and regime changes since World War II” and comes up with thirty bloody, often clandestine, American wars from Greece (1947-49) to Yugoslavia (1995 and 1999). Neither of these compilations included the wars in Afghanistan (2001-) and Iraq (2003-).

And from this, you can discern the underpinnings of the military-industrial complex, as well as the general prerogatives of being the global hegemon/superpower.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/28/2007 10:58:52 PM
Category: History, Political
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