Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow in military history at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno. He is the author of more than two dozen books, ranging in topics from ancient Greece to modern America, most recently "The Case for Trump" (Basic Books, 2019) He lives in Selma, California. … [Read more...] about Victor Davis Hanson: Anger, not Trump vs. Biden, now driving 2020 election
To dramatize the consequences of this anthropological and ecological vision, Pynchon sets Gravity’s Rainbow at the end of World War II in the killing “Zone” of border-broken Europe. Characters from all inhabited continents gather in this Zone to hunt the special rocket 00000 created by Nazi scientists, some of whom would soon move to the U.S. There are also glimpses of concentration camps and a reference to the atomic devastation of Hiroshima. Although about the 20th-century’s murderous past, as well as human prehistory, the novel and its rocketry really predict the future, our present in which death can surprise us from the sky, flying in from very far away—from nuclear weapons launched by North Korea or from a virus launched by a diseased bat in China. Gravity’s Rainbow may be the first globalized novel, one that understands that the technologies that we humans devised to keep ourselves alive and distant from others can be superspreaders of … [Read more...] about Thomas Pynchon Predicted the Pandemic in ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’—Now Aren’t You Sorry You Didn’t Read It?
We are already headed toward a world controlled by these super-snoopers. With their enormous financial resources and control of the key digital channels, they are positioned to dominate older industries like entertainment, education, and retail, as well as those of the future: autonomous cars, space-exploring drones, and most critically artificial intelligence.Wall Street, long the epicenter of American wealth, but increasingly threatened by the rise of “quant jocks” and “fintech” firms, who may well be shifting much of the financial industry’s weight from New York to the Bay Area. … [Read more...] about The Tech Oligarchs Are Going to Destroy Democracy — Unless We Stop Them
Both parks will have safety measures in place that, like in other reopened sites, will mean limited services for visitors and inevitable inconvenience. Yosemite plans to go as far as capping the number of people admitted to the internationally popular destination each day. The park is scheduled to have a soft opening Friday, providing entry only to those with existing wilderness permits and Half Dome climbing reservations. A date for the general reopening is still pending. … [Read more...] about California’s national parks are reopening, but expect big inconveniences this summer
It implies that all religious fundamentalists deny science. Contrary examples to his erroneous conclusion are too great to be listed here, but the professor might ask his friend if he has examined religious views on the subject since being in second grade. … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: Ronald Reagan’s presidency was one of the most destructive in U.S. history