A Comic Writer’s Funny Obsession

Mark Haskell Smith Rude Talk In Athens: Ancient Rivals, the Birth of Comedy, and a Writer’s Journey through Greece In ancient Athens, thousands would attend theatre festivals that turned writing into a fierce battle for fame, money, and laughably large trophies. While the tragedies earned artistic respect, it was the comedies—the raunchy jokes, vulgar innuendo,… Read more »

Pinellas teachers call for pay that keeps up with rising cost of living, amid teacher shortage

Just one week into the school year, Pinellas County Schools is short nearly 400 teachers and personnel, according to the local school district. While Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is trying to recruit former cops, firefighters, veterans, and other first responders to fill the massive teacher shortage across the state, teachers in Tampa Bay say that… Read more »

MidPoint: Judge sides with business leaders who say DeSantis’ “Stop WOKE” law hurts Florida businesses

Local businesses have sued to have DeSantis’ “Stop Woke” law declared unconstitutional under the First Amendment because it purports to censor what their private businesses can say to their employees, especially in diversity, equity & inclusion training. They claim that it is unconstitutional for a government to insist that they can’t talk to their employees about race or gender issues as they see fit.

The Tragedy Of Slenderman. A Petition For Climate Protection

Environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker, a frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere shares his opinion on why temperatures across Europe are reaching record highs; why people in Seattle where home air-conditioning is unusual are suffering from extreme heat; how can Florida, already swelteringly hot half of the year, have a heat index that is the highest it… Read more »

“Exploring Woodstock And Other Festivals” on Morning Energy

The Spring and Summer months are filled with some of the world’s most popular music festivals, the likes of which include: (Coachella, Lollapalooza, and the Pitchfork Music Festival) all of which provide opportunities for music enthusiasts to see their favorite bands and musicians. However, long before the popularity of these festivals, there was the  legendary… Read more »

MidPoint: Are Russian influence agents operating in local politics?

New federal criminal charges against Alexandr Ionov, a fugitive Russian national, allege a malign foreign influence operation in St. Petersburg, FL elections. Noted national security journalist Marcy Wheeler, aka @emptywheel, and Prof. Golfo Alexopoulos, Dir. of the Russia Institute at the University of South Florida discuss the larger geopolitical implications of these criminal charges and their historical precedents.