Less than 20 months after the historic Spring 2011 (previously on MeFi) floods, the Mississippi River may be at similarly historic low levels and flow. Shipping commerce and even drinking water for towns and cities dependent on the Mississippi are under severe threat. [more inside]
At 89, radio and TV announcer Fred Foy is dead. The booming intro voice for the Lone Ranger, and later the Green Hornet television series, Foy was also Dick Cavett's announcer, for several years. [more inside]
Thought to be first entered in April 2009 by a team of British explorers, Hang Son Doong is now believed to be the world's largest cave. Interactive map.
The New York Times has published an informative graphic realization of projected costs and likely funding sources for the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). [more inside]
Actor Tony Danza is teaching 10th grade English, for a year, in Philadelphia. What started as yet another reality TV show idea for A&E Network (purveyor of A&E Classroom), has become something more, or less, depending on your POV.
Guitar legend Les Paul once said of the good humored, generally accessible guitar great Herb Ellis "If you're not swinging, he's gonna make you swing. Of the whole bunch of guys who play hollow-body guitar... I think Herb Ellis has got the most drive." R.I.P to the smooth player, and sometime standards composer, who was pianist Oscar Peterson's "rhythm section" from 1953 to 1958, dead of Alzheimer's, at 88.
Poet Laureate of the United States Kay Ryan (previously on MeFi) appeared for a public reading of her work, February 22, in San Francisco. (via Frank Paynter's Buzz and with appreciation of Drunken Boat's archive of Jane Collin's interview and feature with Kay Ryan).
In April, 1999, The Cluetrain Manifesto went live as a web site, followed shortly thereafter by a hardcover book version, and now, a 10th anniversary book edition. [more inside]
As the Obama administration debates strategy for the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense recently announced it had met its 2009 recruitment goals, but Fred Kaplan of Slate sees it differently. [more inside]
In her new book, Read My Pins, Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright reflects on choosing jewelry as a means of sending diplomatic messages.