At Barnes & Noble in Sarasota, Saturday, June 15th at noon
Neil deGrasse Tyson Funks the Universe!
Ever short of wonder, Tyson asks? Just think about the universe for a minute. You’ll be awed in no time. From multiverses to black holes to a healthy dose of tardigrades (which are not microbes, by the way, despite what the video says), I think you’re gonna love this.
Meet the Lawyer Representing Osama bin Laden’s Son-in-Law
The term “polarizing figure” has become a lazy way to describe politicians, pundits, and media figures for essentially being very loud about mostly superficial things. But there are still a number of people around who fit the definition perfectly. Defense attorney Stanley Cohen is one of those people, capable of simultaneously evoking both absolute hatred and adoration from various parts of society. In fact, he’s the only lawyer I’ve ever come across who has a Haters section on his own website.
Stanley has accumulated a list of clients including Hamas, Hezbollah, the IRA, and al-Shabaab. Most recently, he’s added two new clients to his portfolio: Mercedes Haefer, who’s accused of taking part in cyberattacks against PayPal as part of the Anonymous collective, and Suleiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and a man accused of acts of terrorism against the United States.
Stanley has been referred to as “the terror lawyer” by conservative US pundit Sean Hannity, a “savage lawyer” by professional anti-Muslim subway activist Pamela Geller, and beat Noam Chomsky and Norman Finklestein to the coveted title of Worst of the Worst Self-Hating, Israel-Threatening Jews.” At the same time, Stanley has been hailed as something of a champion of free speech and antiestablishmentarianism by internet activists, and for defending the human rights of the disenfranchised.
Stanley was kind enough to let me interview him, and we spoke about his nemesis, his career, and getting hassled by the IDF.
Stanley with the American poet Peter Spagnuolo (left) and Yasser Arafat. Photo by Peter Spagnuolo via
VICE: Hi, Stanley. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview.
Stanley Cohen: Sure. So, it’s good to know that Eric Holder finally admitted that the US drone program killed four Americans.
Yeah. They already announced those missing four a while ago, so it’s like, “Gee, guys, did it take you two fucking years to figure this out?”
Eric Holder has become something of a nemesis to you, right?
Yeah—fuck Eric Holder. Eric Holder is no different from every other attorney general in recent history. We haven’t had an independent, dynamic, enlightened, historical US attorney general since Ramsey Clark. Basically every attorney general down the line has been swallowed up by the political agenda of whoever the president is, and it’s typically worse with the Democrats than even the Republicans. So yeah—Holder is a good team player, unlike, “I Have a Drone,”[Obama] who won’t admit it, but I’m sure goes to sleep at night believing he spoke to the creator during the day. Holder is just a petty hack.
In all your work in Israel or Palestine, have you ever actually had an encounter with the IDF?
Yeah, I’ve had encounters at crossings, I’ve had encounters at the Wailing Wall, I’ve had encounters where I was on an investigation and we were avoiding road blocks because I had to get into Tulkarem [the then-Hamas stronghold in the West Bank] at a time when it was basically locked down, so I got a local cab. It was kind of funny—the Palestinian didn’t know who I was, but when I said I needed to get to Tulkarem, he said I couldn’t get in. So I said, “Look, if you can get me there and get me out of there, there will be a big, healthy tip for you.”
Antarctica Under The Ice
Geologists may be the closest thing that science has to time travelers. Their work takes them back in time, recreating billions of years of Earth’s past through studies of rock formations, without ever leaving the present.
A new topographical reconstruction of the land mass beneath Antarctica may, for the first time, let them glimpse into our possible future. A warm, frightening future.
The British Antarctic Survey created Bedmap2, a detailed map of the terrain beneath the icy sheets of the South Pole. The permanent ice on our polar continent is fluid, mobile, and sensitive to our changing climate. Understanding its relationship to the Earth beneath it is crucial to predicting whether of our warming planet allows it to maintain its solid form, or if some of it could wash away into rising seas.
It’s a visit to the geologic future I hope we never take. More at NASA, including a fun interactive graphic.
Is that at low tide?
The badass Lionfish apparently is tasty, and if you eat it, you will be doing the local Florida fish a favor. This invasive Indo-Pacific species leapt from aquaria beginning in the 1980’s and has no known predators, and beastly spikes.
“Lionfish make for delicious, delicate, economical fillets that offer a perfect pop of protein. There are no catch limits, and they can be prepared dozens of ways. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation’s “Lionfish Cookbook” includes 45 recipes, from blackened fillets and nachos to “Spicy Lionfish with Dill Sauce.”
Our Atmosphere is Escaping!
Oh gahd! Quick! Take a deep breath!! Someone save Minute Earth!!!
What’s that? Oh … we have nothing to worry about? It’s only losing hydrogen and helium? And it will take billions of years to lose that stuff? Whew.
Bonus: Check out my YouTube vid about just how small (and shared) our atmosphere really is.