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Amazing insulating glass

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Very cool:

Researchers at Guardian Industries have recently unveiled a new breed of vacuum-glazed super glass with an incredible R12-R13 insulation rating. For those of you who know nothing about R-value (the standard construction measurement of how insulating a material is), this is an incredible insulation value for glass. Typical insulation brick and plaster walls usually have an R12 rating, and glass usually gets a R1 or R2. That means this new vacuum glass is as insulative as a thick insulated wall. Using the same principle as a vacuum thermos bottle, these glass panels essentially negate two principal modes of heat transfer, paving the way towards windows that actually supply thermal energy instead of leaking it.

Take a look at any of the latest silver, gold, and platinum LEED superstructures and you’ll see a striking visual metaphor at play. As paragons of sustainable architecture they literally shine, sparkling with the glossy grandeur of glass encrusted façades. Now consider the fact that “Windows in the U.S. consume 30 percent of building heating and cooling energy, representing an annual impact of 4.1 quadrillion BTU of primary energy” ¹. In order to make these towers work, insulated glass is used, but it’s expensive, heavy, and requires triple glazing and multiple low emissivity coatings.

Super glass

Using the same principle as a vacuum thermos bottle, researchers at Guardian industries have created a thin .25mm space between two sheets of glass that is vacuum-sealed to 10–4 torr. This vacuum mitigates the two principal modes of heat transfer – conduction and convection, while a ClimaGuard low-E coating polishes the panel off, significantly reducing heat loss via radiation. The glass panels are marvelously thin, at .26 to .43 inches, and can be reinforced for an added R1-R5 insulation value.

Stephen Selkowitz (an author of the above cited study) has lauded the development, stating: “This performance level would convert most windows in heating climates into net energy suppliers, providing more energy to the home via passive solar gain than the window loses”.

“If you could convert every window [in the U.S.] to this performance level, you would save homeowners about $15 billion each year.”

Guardian hopes to roll out these new vacuum-sealed vitrines in 2009.

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24 March 2008 at 7:44 pm

Managing chronic conditions without meds

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Good to know:

We’ve gotten used to taking pills for everything that ails us, but medications have side effects and cost money. The April 2008 issue of the Harvard Health Letter takes a look at how to manage seven common conditions without taking medication. It takes some discipline, but in many cases, the nonpharmacological approach can do as much as pills.

Here’s a brief look at the conditions and treatments:

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24 March 2008 at 7:33 pm

Posted in Daily life, Medical

Racists and Obama

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Greenwald has a great column here citing how racists are using the Obama campaign to trot out their hatred of black people. Following is just a snippet, but do read the entire column:

In comments, DrEyeBall makes a good and important point:

Don’t be fooled into thinking that this applies only to African-Americans. The sense of threatened tribalism is at the root of movement conservatism, and always has been. This is why it was so easy to sell most of white America on the Iraq war. Polls showed that 2/3 thought that Saddam had something to do with 9/11, or at least close ties to AlQ. . . .

Take almost any one of their “thoughtful” screeds about Islam and do a global search/replace from “Islam” to “niggers” and the text becomes instantly recognizable. This racist energy had for a long time been at least partly directed towards “the Communists” but now that it isn’t it is pretty much clear that Islam is now the designated nigger.

There is no better phrase to describe the animating feature of the modern Limbaugh/Kristol/Fox News conservative faction than “threatened tribalism.” The belief that they are good and pure, yet subjected to unprecedented systematic unfairness and threatened by some lurking Evil Other against whom war must be waged (the Muslim, the Immigrant, the Terrorist, the Communist, the Liberal, the Welfare Queen) is the centerpiece of their ugly worldview. The sentiments expressed here by Instapunk are now most commonly expressed towards the New Enemy — the Muslim — but the Wright episode is a nice reminder of how seamlessly it gets directed towards a whole host of other threatening, bad groups. Hence the blithe application of the term “sleeper cells” to black Americans. That’s what coalesces them and justifies everything. What matters is that there be some scary, malicious group about to harm them and America. The identity of the particular scary group at any given moment is really secondary.

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24 March 2008 at 5:01 pm

Posted in Daily life, GOP

Greenwald flays McCain and the media

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McCain is really bad news. But the media love him, so the media present a false picture for the voters:

Isn’t it self-evident that this is a very serious problem for political journalism — from Chuck Todd yesterday on Meet the Press (C&L has the video of this exchange here):

MR. RUSSERT: McCain had some problems when he was in Jordan, he talked about al-Qaeda being trained by the Iranians. MR. TODD: Mm-hmm.

MR. RUSSERT: And then, then Lindsey Graham, who he was with, and then Joe Lieberman both tried to say to him, al-Qaeda is Sunni, not trained by the Shiite Iranian government. Does that kind of stumble hurt a McCain candidacy?

MR. TODD: . . . You know, he’s — because of the age issue, he can’t ever look like he’s having a senior moment. So instead, he’s better off going ahead and saying, you know, OK, so he misspoke. Even if he gets dinged on the experience stuff, “Oh, he says he’s Mr. Experience. Doesn’t he know the difference between this stuff?” He’s got enough of that in the bank, at least with the media, that he can get away with it. I mean, the irony to this is had either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama misspoke like that, it’d have been on a running loop, and it would become a, a big problem for a couple of days for them.

That exchange came only after several minutes of discussions of Jeremiah Wright (complete with the 1,000th showing of the same video snippet of his 9/11 sermon), followed by a debate over whether Bill Clinton questioned Barack Obama’s patriotism and whether that makes Bill Clinton like Joseph McCarthy, followed by an analysis of whether Hillary lied about her plane’s landing in Bosnia — and only then did they get to the matter of McCain falsely (and repeatedly) claiming a link between Iran and Al Qaeda. And even then, the McCain topic was confined to this one exchange with Todd — tacked on virtually at the end of the show. But Todd’s admission that journalists protect McCain because they’re convinced he’s a true expert in national security is nonetheless extraordinary because it is clearly what journalists — by their own admission — are doing. It echoes exactly what The Washington Post‘s Ruth Marcus said last week:

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24 March 2008 at 4:52 pm

Posted in Election, Media

Press release: the end of the environment

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Bad news:

President George W. Bush confirmed today that his gutting of the Endangered Species Act is part of a broader plan to phase out the environment entirely by the time he leaves office in January of 2009.

“In addition to cutting taxes, it has been the goal of this administration to cut our wasteful, bloated environment,” Mr. Bush said in a speech before the Association of Indiscriminate Applauders in Washington, D.C.

In his speech, Mr. Bush added that the EPA would henceforth be renamed the Environmental Prevention Agency.

The president said that by removing endangered species from the protected list one by one, his administration has been able to phase out the environment gradually “so that hardly anyone will notice it’s missing.”

But the president warned that “much work remains to be done” if the environment is to be completely phased out by the first quarter of next year and called for the accelerated extinction of all superfluous organisms by the end of fiscal 2008.

“It is time for all Americans to take sides,” Mr. Bush said. “Are you with us, or are you with the black-tailed prairie dog?”

Mr. Bush’s plan also calls for a gradual reduction of air and water, with water most likely to get the axe.

“If it comes down to choosing between air and water, the president will probably scrap water,” said Environmental Prevention Agency chief Stephen L. Johnson. “After all, most Iraqis have been without water since 2003 and look how well they’re doing.”

Elsewhere, after Pope Benedict XVI prayed for peace on Easter Sunday, Vice President Dick Cheney requested equal time for war.

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24 March 2008 at 4:42 pm

More on Obama’s grandmother

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Mark Kleiman:

Even in the face of my overwhelming logic, Glenn Loury remains a Clinton supporter. Still, Glenn’s intellectual integrity trumps his partisanship every time, and having listened to Obama’s speech Loury is massively unpersuaded by the claim that Obama dissed his grandmother — a very damaging claim being enthusiastically pushed by the wingnuts and the more extreme Obama-haters among the Hillaryites.

They completely misunderstand what he’s doing … [Obama is saying] that intimacy can triumph over ignorance, over racism, over racial resentment, over anger, over fear, and over stereotypes: you don’t break off with the people whom you love and who love you, because that bond of connection, that intimacy, that human contact, is the basis from which stuff can be transcended.

If you think the nation really needs a “new conversation over race,” there might be much worse starting-points than the subtle, nuanced, impassioned dialogue between Loury and John McWhorter

Update Steve Crickmore at Wizbang Blue reads the situation the same way I do. Barack Obama will get virtually all of the black vote, and the votes of all the whites, Lationos, Asians, and Native Americans literate enough and emotionally mature enough to read and understand his speech. Now we just have to wait and find out whether that comes to a majority. I’m hopeful, but not confident.

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24 March 2008 at 4:25 pm

Posted in Democrats, Election

Domestic torture program

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Very bad:

Imagine living in an 8-by-12 prison cell, in solitary confinement, for eight years straight. Your entire world consists of a dank, cinder block room with a narrow window only three inches high, opening up to an outdoor cement cage, cynically dubbed, “the yard.” If you’re lucky, you spend one hour, five days a week in that outdoor cage, where you gaze up through a wire mesh roof and hope for a glimpse of the sun. If you talk back to the guards or act out in any way, you might only venture outside one precious hour per week.

You go eight years without shaking a hand or experiencing any physical human contact. The prison guards bark orders and touch you only while wearing leather gloves, and then it’s only to put you in full cuffs and shackles before escorting you to the cold showers, where they watch your every move.

You cannot make phone calls to your friends or family and must “earn” two visits per month, which inevitably take place through a Plexiglass wall. You are kept in full shackles the entire time you visit with your wife and children, and have to strain to hear their voices through speakers that record your every word. With no religious or educational programs to break up the time or elevate your thoughts, it’s a daily struggle to keep your mind from unraveling.

This is how Reginald Akeem Berry describes his time in Tamms Correctional Facility, a “Supermax” state prison in southern Illinois, where he was held from March 1998 until July 2006. He now works to draw attention to conditions inside Tamms, where 261 inmates continue to be held in extreme isolation.

Once exclusively employed as a short-term punishment for particularly violent jailhouse infractions, today, 44 states hold “supermax” facilities, or “control units,” designed specifically to hold large numbers of inmates in long-term solitary confinement. A concept that spread like wildfire in the 1990s, today an estimated 20,000 prisoners live in these modern-day dungeons, judged to be “unmanageable” by prison officials and moved from other penitentiaries to the nearest supermax.

Life in supermax institutions is grueling. Inmates stay in their cells for at least 23 hours per day, and never so much as lay eyes on another prisoner. While many live under these conditions for five years, others continue, uncertain of how to earn their way out, for ten, 15, or even 20 years.

The effects of such extended periods of isolation on prisoners’ physical and mental health, their chances of meaningful rehabilitation, and, ultimately, on the communities to which they will eventually return are coming under increasing fire, from lawyers, human rights advocates and the medical professionals who have treated them. Bolstered by growing concern over the U.S.’ sanctioning of torture, and the effect that has on the country’s international standing, their calls to action are gaining ground. In 2000, and again in 2006, the United Nations Committee Against Torture condemned the kind of isolation imposed by the U.S. government in federal, state and county-run supermax prisons, calling it “extremely harsh.” “The Committee is concerned about the prolonged isolation periods detainees are subjected to,” they stated, “the effect such treatment has on their mental health, and that its purpose may be retribution, in which case it would constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

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24 March 2008 at 4:22 pm

Posted in Government

Vitamin D in infancy and type 1 diabetes

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24 March 2008 at 4:17 pm

Posted in Food, Health, Science

Green tea and ovarian cancer

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I imagine that if green tea helps, white tea would help more—but that would have to be determined through studies.

In a population-based study involving 781 women with epithelial ovarian cancer and 1,263 controls, results indicate that drinking one or more cups of green tea daily may be associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer. Information on consumption of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, teas, and colas were gathered using self-administered questionnaires and in-person interviews. Using logistic regression adjusted for confounders, consumption of one or more cups of green tea daily was associated with a 54% reduced risk of ovarian cancer. The association between green tea and ovarian cancer risk remained when invasive and borderline ovarian cancer cases were analyzed separately, and when Asian women were excluded from analysis. On the other hand, no associations were observed between consumption of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, black tea, and colas with ovarian cancer risk. Thus, the authors of this study conclude, “Green tea, which is commonly consumed in coun tries with low ovarian cancer incidence, should be further investigated for its cancer prevention properties.”

“Coffee, tea, colas, and risk of epithelial ovarian cancer,” Song YJ, Kristal AR, et al, Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2008; 17(3): 712-6. (Address: Program in Epidemiology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 99109-1024, USA. E-mail: ).

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24 March 2008 at 4:16 pm

Zinc and cancer

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Another finding:

In a study involving 65 female patients with breast or ovarian cancer, level of zinc in whole blood and scalp hair samples were found to be significantly lower that levels found among 50 healthy age-matched controls. The authors conclude, “There is an association of Zn with biological samples in different types of cancer in females.”

“Evaluation of zinc status in whole blood and scalp hair of female cancer patients,” Memon AU, Kazi TG, et al, Clin Chim Acta, 2007; 379(1-2): 66-70. (Address: Tasneem Gul Kazi, Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76080, Pakistan. E-mail: ).

Good sources of zinc:

Zinc is found in a wide variety of foods. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food, but red meat and poultry provide the majority of zinc in the American diet. Other good food sources include beans, nuts, certain seafood, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy products. Zinc absorption is greater from a diet high in animal protein than a diet rich in plant proteins. Phytates, which are found in whole grain breads, cereals, legumes and other products, can decrease zinc absorption.

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24 March 2008 at 4:12 pm

Posted in Food, Health, Science

Critical nutrients in age-relatedmaculopathy

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In a study involving 828 healthy subjects between the ages of 20 and 60 years, various risk factors for age-related maculopathy were found to be associated with low dietary intakes of various antioxidants. The authors of this study set out to determine if the risk factors for age-related maculopathy, such as increasing age and tobacco use, and the putative risk factors, such as alcohol consumption and being of the female sex, were linked to a dietary lack of antioxidants that have been previously shown to benefit retinal health. The most significant finding was the association between increasing age and a relative lack of dietary zeaxanthin. Additional associations were found as well. Tobacco use was associated with a relative lack of dietary vitamin C, alcohol consumption was associated with a relative lack of dietary alpha-linoleic acid, and being of the female sex was associated with a relative lack of zinc. The authors state, “We showed that several variables related to risk of ARM are associated with a relative dietary lack of key nutrients, which may protect against this condition. Indeed, it is biologically plausible that the risk that these variables represent for ARM may reflect, at least in part, an associated and parallel dietary lack of key nutrients (e.g., age and dietary intake of zeaxanthin).” To determine the effects of zeaxanthin supplementation in such a population, additional research is needed.

“Diet and risk factors for age-related maculopathy, O’Connell ED, Nolan JM, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2008; 87(3): 712-22. (Address: Eamonn D. O’Connell, Department of Ophthalmology, Waterford Regional Hospital, Waterford, Ireland. E-mail: ).

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24 March 2008 at 4:05 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Health, Science

Politics and science

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I’m reminded of what one evangelical preacher said: “When you mix religion and politics, you get politics.” The same seems to be true of mixing science and politics, regardless of party:

On Friday, Democracy Now! had James E. Hansen and Mark Bowen on to talk about Bowen’s new book, “Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming.”

I was glad to hear Hansen talk about science getting filtered through the White House during both the Clinton and Bush administrations. We keep hearing about Bush administration’s suppression of climate science — but the fact is, science gets politicized no matter who is in office.

Hansen gave one example about press releases. He said that NASA press releases make a stop in the White House before going public: “They don’t even admit that it’s going to the White House. It goes to NASA headquarters and then it sort of disappears for a couple weeks. Well, where is it? Well, it’s very often at the White House…That’s something that’s really inappropriate in my opinion.”

During the Clinton administration, for example, Hansen published a paper saying that CO2 wasn’t the only thing contributing to global warming — methane and black soot, for example, were other things that needed to be looked at. But the Clinton administration didn’t like focusing on non-CO2 factors. After some back and forth between NASA and the White House, Hansen ultimately could not get a press release out with the information he wanted.

Hansen and author Bowen go on to detail calculated attempts by the Bush administration to quash climate findings. The examine the problems created when the coal and oil industries having the White House wrapped around their little fingers. Watch or listen to the whole segment.

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24 March 2008 at 4:02 pm

Another reason why the US is unpopular in Iraq

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Look at this story and then ask yourself, “Will the Surge really work?”

American-backed Sunni volunteer forces had set up two checkpoints at a small bridge near the insurgent stronghold city of Samarra, taking precautions not to be mistaken for enemy fighters. They had spent the night before with their U.S. allies, marking areas where their men were stationed, and said they were told everything was fine.

“Our men wore special uniforms with the translucent markings so that they would be recognized by the American planes and were deployed at two points north and south of Ishaki bridge,” said Abu Farouk, a leader of the predominantly Sunni “Awakening” forces, which the U.S. military refers to as the Sons of Iraq or Concerned Local Citizens.

At 4 a.m. Saturday, an Apache helicopter opened fire, killing six men and wounding two. The military said in a statement that the men were suspected of planting improvised explosive devices. Citing initial reports, the military acknowledged that Farouk’s group was friendly to U.S. forces and said the attack was under investigation.

“We were afraid that something like this would happen, and it did,” Farouk said.

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24 March 2008 at 1:39 pm

Posted in Iraq War

Race in the workplace

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From SNL.

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24 March 2008 at 1:26 pm

Posted in Daily life

Uh-oh. Mistakes were made.

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24 March 2008 at 1:22 pm

Posted in Democrats, Election


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I subscribe to A Word A Day from, and today’s word (schnorrer) arrived with a nice little essay on Yiddish:

A language is the soul of its people. This is nowhere illustrated more profoundly than in the Yiddish language, the language of Jews of eastern and central Europe and their descendants. A tongue full of wit and charm, Yiddish embodies deep appreciation of human behavior in all its colorful manifestations. The word Yiddish comes from German Judisch meaning Jewish.

But it is not the same as Hebrew, even though it is written in Hebrew script.

Here’s what Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer had to say about the language in his 1978 Nobel Prize acceptance speech:

Yiddish language – a language of exile, without a land, without frontiers, not supported by any government, a language which possesses no words for weapons, ammunition, military exercises, war tactics … There is a quiet humor in Yiddish and a gratitude for every day of life, every crumb of success, each encounter of love. The Yiddish mentality is not haughty. It does not take victory for granted. It does not demand and command but it muddles through, sneaks by, smuggles itself amidst the powers of destruction, knowing somewhere that God’s plan for Creation is still at the very beginning … In a figurative way, Yiddish is the wise and humble language of us all, the idiom of frightened and hopeful Humanity.

Many of the everyday English language words such as bagel, klutz, and kibitz are terms from Yiddish. This week we’ll look at a few other Yiddishisms that have enriched the English language.

schnorrer (SHNOR-uhr) noun — One who habitually takes advantage of others’ generosity, often through an air of entitlement. [From Yiddish, from German schnurren (to purr, hum, or whir), from the sound of a beggar’s musical instrument.]

“Wilberforce opens his dining room to every schnorrer who appears at the door.” — Jan Stuart; Fighting a Good Fight; Newsday (New York); Feb 23, 2007.

For more information (and some enjoyable reading), pick up a copy of Leo Rosten’s The Joys of Yiddish.

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24 March 2008 at 1:06 pm

Posted in Books, Daily life

A skookum garlic press

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While I was in Baltimore, The Eldest received a skookum garlic press:


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24 March 2008 at 12:57 pm

Posted in Daily life

Crime and punishment

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Kevin Drum:

Harvard law professor Bill Stuntz, after noting that the black murder rate is 7x hgher than the white murder rate, writes about the criminal justice system in the black community:

According to the best available data, blacks are 20% more likely than whites to use illegal drugs. But blacks are an incredible thirteen times more likely to be imprisoned for drug crime. (Data source here). In effect, Americans live under two sets of drug laws: the forgiving set of rules that mostly white suburbanites know, and the unfathomably severe rules that govern urban blacks.

If drug crime is overpunished in black neighborhoods, violent crime is underpunished….The bottom line is as simple as it is awful: When whites are robbed, raped, beaten, and killed, their victimizers are usually punished. When the same crimes happen to blacks, the usual result is: nothing. No arrest, no prosecution, no conviction. That is one reason why black neighborhoods are so much more violent than white ones.

In other words, the kinds of criminal punishment that do the most good are undersupplied in black America, and the kinds that do the LEAST good — so far as I know, there is no evidence that the level of drug punishment has any appreciable effect on the level of drug crime — are oversupplied. African Americans live with the worst of both worlds: unfathomably high crime rates, coupled with truly horrifying levels of criminal punishment.

What comes next, though, is odd. Stuntz takes a crack at explaining this state of affairs and says “two points are key — and neither of them flows from white racism.” Here’s point #1: policing in urban neighborhoods is underfunded. And point #2: these same neighborhoods have lost the local control they used to have. “On every front, the power of poor city neighborhoods has declined, and the power of middle- and upper-class suburbs has risen.”

This seems to take an awfully narrow view of “white racism.” Granted, these things are the results of long-term trends, not examples of individual whites mistreating individual blacks. But these long-term trends have been largely driven by, at best, white neglect, and at worst, active white hostility. Black migration to northern cities, white flight to the suburbs, underfunded urban police forces, and drug laws that are far harsher toward blacks than whites — if these things aren’t at least partly the result of white racism, surely the term has lost all meaning? I’m not proposing sackcloth and ashes forever, but at least an acknowledgment that these aren’t impersonal forces that just appeared out of nowhere.

In any case, Stuntz ends strong: “The sum of those trends is a system that produces large-scale racial injustice, and that deprives urban black communities of the power to remedy that injustice. One way or another, Americans of all races need to grapple with those facts, and soon.”

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24 March 2008 at 12:44 pm

Posted in Daily life, Government

The image of Abu Ghraib

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Excellent post, well worth reading.

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24 March 2008 at 11:20 am

Posted in Iraq War

Former GOP Representative on Cheney

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Mickey Edwards was a Republican Representative with a highly creditable list of conservative accomplishments. From the Wikipedia article at the link:

 During Edwards’ sixteen years in Congress, he served variously on the House Budget and Appropriations committees and was the ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. He was also a member of the House Republican leadership, serving as the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the party’s fourth-ranking leadership position. In Edwards first run in 1974, he was defeated by incumbent conservative Democratic Congressman John Jarman, who switched parties to the Republican party shortly before retiring. The next time around in 1976, Edwards beat GOP establishment candidate G.T. Blankenship, a local banker and oilman who was a former state attorney general and former Republican leader in the state House of Representatives, in the Republican primary, and defeated Democrat Tom Dunlap in the general election.

Edwards was one of three founding trustees of the Heritage Foundation and national chairman of the American Conservative Union. Along with former White House Counsel Lloyd Cutler, he has served as co-chairman of Citizens for Independent Courts, a national organization devoted to preserving judicial independence, and co-chairman with another former White House Counsel, Abner Mikva, of Citizens for the Constitution, a national organization concerned with limiting the use of constitutional amendments as a substitute for the normal legislative process. Edwards has also served as co-chairman of a Brookings Institution/Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Resources for International Affairs as well as the Brookings Working Group on Campaign Finance Reform and for five years as chairman of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He has served on the board of directors of the Constitution Project and was the director of the congressional policy task forces advising Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign.

Currently Mickey Edwards is a lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He is the author of Reclaiming Conservatism. Here’s what he has to say about Dick Cheney:

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24 March 2008 at 11:17 am

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