The Topological States of America

I presented two scholarly papers this week–one on Monday (Breaking Bad Promises); the other on Tuesday (Teaching Tiger King)–so I have been blogging less frequently these days. I will resume blogging soon; in the meantime, enjoy this topological map of the USA. I love how it takes a familiar thing (a map of the 50 States) and presents it in an entirely new way!
hat tip: u/munuzus, via reddit
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Bush’s Eulogy

Although his decision to invade Iraq was probably the single-worst decision in our nation’s history, I have to hand it to George W. Bush (or “Bushito” as we Cubans like to call him), his eulogy for John Lewis was one of the best …

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Early August Updates

I will be attending the annual meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) this week. Among other things, I will be presenting my work-in-progess “Breaking Bad Promises” on Monday morning, August 1. (See top screenshot.) Although I have presented this paper at conferences and workshops before, I will be addressing a new aspect of the “breaking bad problem” (i.e. promises to perform an illegal or immoral act): the relationship between illegal agreements and criminal conspiracy laws. Also, on Tuesday afternoon, August 4, my teaching assistants and I will be presenting our paper titled “Teaching Tiger King.” (See middle screenshot.) In addition, I will be moderating a panel on Friday morning (bottom screenshot) and attending a wide variety of scholarly panels all week …

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Le Due Italie

The Two Italies: how Italians voted in 1946 to choose between Republic (Blue) and Monarchy (Red).

hat tip: u/moltenboron81, via reddit
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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be screening the film noir classic “Double Indemnity” on Saturday night at 10:00 PM Eastern. Need I say more?

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Memo to Division I colleges

It’s the first of the month–time to break out an old hip hop classic. On a more serious note, my university courses are scheduled to begin later this month (on August 24, to be exact), but as of today I have still received no official word from “the powers that be” about the format of my courses. Is college football really the reason why some classes (but which ones?) are going to proceed in person in the fall? Given the recent spike in new Coronavirus cases in the State of Florida, why don’t we just play it safe and go fully online, like we did this summer? College football can wait …

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The Cubans

Check out this recent review by John Paul Rathbone, writing for The Financial Times (my favorite newspaper, by the way), of Anthony DePalma’s latest book “The Cubans: Life in a World of Lost Charisma.” This beautiful book contains a collection of literary portraits of ordinary working-class Cubans, all of whom live in the rough-and-tumble neighborhood of Guanabacoa, across the bay from Old Havana. (As an aside, Guanabacoa is also the place where Hansel Ernesto Hernández Galiano, a young unarmed black man, was recently killed by the Cuban Police.) Suffice it to say I have just ordered my copy of DePalma’s “The Cubans” and look forward to reporting back soon.

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Yulier P. update

Yulier P. is the nom de guerre of the Cuban graffiti artist Yulier Rodriguez Perez (@yuliergraffiticuba). I featured some of his art on this blog last year (see here and here, for example). He was recently interviewed by Diario de Cuba, and the short interview is available here, in Spanish. Also, below is a short video featuring some of his recent work.

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El Caso de Hansel Hernandez

Cuban police kills a young man in Guanabacoa - YouTube

Following up on my previous post, here are two additional in-depth reports (in Spanish) about the homicide of Hansel Ernesto Hernández Galiano: this entry in Wikipedia and this report by BBC News Mundo. According to these reports, the only reason news of this police killing became public is because a family member was able to post a picture of Hansel’s lifeless body on Facebook on June 25.

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Cuba’s racist revolution?

Alternative Title: Defund the Cuban Police

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One more “data point.” Another cruel indignity. This time at the hands of the Cuban State Police. I just found out that an officer working for Cuba’s National Revolutionary Police shot and killed an unarmed black man in the back, Hansel Ernesto Hernández Galiano (pictured above), and that since this incident, which occurred on June 24, state “security” agents from Cuba’s Interior Ministry have detained or arrested dozens of people for the political crime of protesting Hansel’s untimely death. Here is the Cuban Government’s official version of the story, where they destroy the victim’s character after having murdered him, and here is the truth (via Human Rights Watch). #JusticiaParaHansel #LibertadParaCuba

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