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Archive for July 26th, 2006

White House ignores Supreme Court

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It sort of takes your breath away. Via Dan Froomkin, the NY Times reports:

Legislation drafted by the Bush administration setting out new rules on bringing terror detainees to trial would allow hearsay evidence to be introduced unless it was deemed “unreliable” and would permit defendants to be excluded from their own trials if necessary to protect national security, according to a copy of the proposal.

The bill, which officials said was being circulated within the administration, is not final, but it indicates the direction of the administration’s approach for dealing with a Supreme Court decision that struck down the tribunals established to try terror suspects at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The 32-page bill preserves the idea of using military commissions to prosecute terror suspects and makes modest changes in their procedural rules, including several expanded protections for defendants, many of them drawn from the military’s legal code. But the proposal also sets up a possible confrontation with lawmakers who have called for modeling the trials on the military’s rules for courts-martial, which would allow defendants more rights.

The draft measure describes court-martial procedure as “not practicable in trying enemy combatants” because doing so would “require the government to share classified information” and would exclude “hearsay evidence determined to be probative and reliable.” …

One of the most difficult issues the administration faces is whether a provision of the Geneva Conventions, known as Common Article Three, applies to detainees; the Supreme Court ruled that it did. The measure says explicitly that the Geneva Conventions “are not a source of judicially enforceable individual rights,” meaning that in the future, terror suspects like Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni held at Guantánamo whose case resulted in the Supreme Court ruling, cannot file lawsuits saying their Geneva Convention rights were violated.

So the Supreme Court ruling will simply be contradicted by the White House bill?

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26 July 2006 at 12:59 pm

Iterative refinement

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I’ve always been a believer and practitioner of the method of iterative refinement: working quickly through a first draft, then do a second draft, then a third, etc. One great benefit of a word processor (the “electric pencil” as an early version was titled) is how it facilitates this process.

I recall when I first encountered the text editor, as it was called—a line-oriented sort of word processor used initially by programmers. My friend was telling me about it, and I said, “I don’t get it. So what?”

“Don’t you see?” he said. “A computer program is text. You can write your program in the text editor, and then change any line easily—or add lines.”

“Yeah? So what?”

I did get it, eventually. It was one of those things where you have to do it to understand it fully—at least for me. Read the rest of this entry »

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26 July 2006 at 10:19 am

The morning adventure continues

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Gillette Super Speed Gillette Super Speed

Great and enjoyable shave this morning: used the Moss Scuttle, Rooney #3 Super Silvertip brush, Geo. F. Trumper Coconut Oil shaving cream, Gillette 1940s Super Speed (photos from Gatorade) with a Swedish Gillette blade, the 4-pass method, and Musgo Real Classic aftershave.

A significant benefit of this method of shaving is how it forces one to slow down and do things thoughtfully and carefully. So much of the day is spent rushing here and there, multitasking, that we can lose the sense of taking our time about something. Shaving thus can serve as a daily reminder and example of what it’s like to take one’s time, stay focused, and be unhurried.

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26 July 2006 at 9:03 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

Katie, queen of her domain

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Katie looking about

Katie, looking over her domain. The great cats manage their territories, even to caring (in a way) for the flocks/herds of their prey: they watch over them, and their behavior after killing one shows considerable respect and affection for the animal which is, after all, their source of life. Katie similarly is monitoring her territory, eager to protect the little animals that are her prey from any marauder attempting to invade her territory. (Katie, for all her cuteness and gentleness, has had some serious fights with cats who thought they could just sashay in and take over some of her territory (and prey).)

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26 July 2006 at 8:41 am

Posted in Cats, Katie

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