Edited by Christian Gregory Amistad. 288 pp. $27.99 - - - The many accolades that one might assign to Dick Gregory - pioneering comedian, best-selling author, civil rights activist, even health guru - are more reductive than the man he was. Sure, his appearance on "The Jack Paar Show" in 1961 was a breakthrough for Black entertainers on American television; his work for social justice, which began when he was in high school in the 1940s, helped break down barriers; and his books, more than a dozen, sold millions of copies. Gregory was passionate, effusive, unfiltered. Even in his later years, he seemed to never turn down an opportunity to grab the mic and offer his frank appraisals. ("Anytime you vote for the lesser of two evils, you're evil yourself," he said in a 2016 comment about Donald Trump. "That's how Hitler came to power.") Gregory spent nearly 60 years in public life, touring until his death in 2017 at age 84. He was, pardon the cliche, larger than life. For … [Read more...] about Book World: Dick Gregory was many things. Filtered was not one of them.
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As Ross Brawn walked out the door of F1’s headquarters he touted perhaps the controversial idea yet to level the playing field, incorporating active aerodynamics “tricks” to slow the car in front. It has been billed by Autosport magazine as a ‘reverse DRS’. On today’s grid Formula 1 uses DRS to give the chasing car a straight-line advantage with the driver able to open the DRS to close in on the car in front. But under Brawn’s proposal, and one F1 and the FIA are looking into, it would also work the other way around in actually slowing the car in front by reducing its downforce. This would be done through active aerodynamics says Brawn. “One of the big things about the 2026 car is whether we have active aerodynamics,” the retired F1 managing director told Autosport magazine . “I think that’s an efficiency step which is very appealing. “It’s still got to be sorted to see how that can be done, and if it can be done safely and predictably. But, active aerodynamics, we … [Read more...] about F1 considering active aerodynamics ‘tricks’ to handicap race leaders in 2026
The Biden administration plans to end the public health emergency for monkeypox, officials said Friday, as new cases of the viral disease plummet. Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services issued a 60-day notice to lift the emergency declaration, which had gone into effect in August. Nearly 30,000 Americans have been infected by the monkeypox virus since the start of a global outbreak in the spring, and 17 people have died. Cases largely have been concentrated in gay men who contracted the virus during sex. The virus has not spread widely among the broader public, as authorities feared. Fewer than 10 cases a day are being reported, compared with more than 450 a day in early August. "Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect that it needs to renew the emergency declaration when it ends on January 31, 2023," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. "But we won't take our foot off the gas - we will continue to monitor the case trends … [Read more...] about Biden administration poised to lift monkeypox emergency declaration
Marc Marquez has said that Formula 1 is an “extreme” when it comes to the rider vs machinery debate and hopes MotoGP does not go the same way. It has often been argued how much a role both driver and car play in a World Championship win. While Lewis Hamilton has claimed seven F1 titles, there are those who believe he has only done so as a result of the machine beneath him. Some of the drivers also follow this line of thinking, albeit not to the same degree, and the likes of Carlos Sainz have suggested they could be World Champion should all machinery be equal. In Formula 2, cars and engines are the same across the board with teams aiming to gain an advantage through set-up changes. The W Series also featured mechanically identical cars. However in F1, teams must follow a set of regulations but after that there is plenty of scope for experimentation – especially for those with big budgets. This suggests a reason why teams like Mercedes in the past decade and Red Bull this … [Read more...] about Marc Marquez fearful that MotoGP is heading in same direction as F1
Formula 1’s budget cap is “complete nonsense” while DRS passes are a “joke”, that’s according to former F1 driver Hans-Joachim Stuck. Stuck contested 74 grands prix between 1974 and 1979 but the sport has changed a lot since then, in fact it’s changed a lot just in the past two years. Last season Formula 1 implemented a budget cap aimed at levelling the playing field, that going hand-in-hand with a new aerodynamic testing restrictions sliding scale whereby the team that finishes first is allowed less development time than second and so on. But it is the cap that irks Stuck. Calling it “complete nonsense” and “simply the wrong way” to do things, he told Motorsport.com : “Who wants to know if any team in Buxtehude is setting up a wind tunnel and testing parts there? You’ll never notice.” Formula 1, though, did notice when Red Bull breached the cap, the Milton Keynes squad found guilty of overspending by $2.2 million in last year’s championship. They were fined $7m and hit … [Read more...] about Hans-Joachim Stuck: The budget cap is ‘complete nonsense’ and DRS is a ‘joke’