Archive for September, 2005

Bennett’s Black Babies Theory Blows Up The Blogosphere

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging, Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Race

So to address some major points: Are blacks, on average, convicted of more crimes than any other race? Yes. Did Bennett disagree with author Steven Levitt’s theory that higher abortion rates = lower crime rates? Yes. Did Bennett agree that higher black abortion rates = lower crime rates? Yes. I blogged about the Bennett’s Black […]

September 30th, 2005 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Judge Orders Release Of Abu Ghraib Photos

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Good Decisions, The War On Terrorism

Remember people, these photos are going to come out sooner or later. I say sooner is better because it’ll get the inevitable out of the way. From the Wash Post. NEW YORK, Sept. 29 — A federal judge ordered the release Thursday of dozens more pictures of prisoners being abused at Abu Ghraib, rejecting government […]

September 30th, 2005 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

The $100 Laptop

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Education, Technology, The World

Bring computing power to the third world and the shackles of poverty and desperation could begin to break under the weight of knowledge. More from the Independent: One man in Boston has a plan that he hopes will bridge the world’s gaping digital divide – and quickly. The visionary is Nicholas Negroponte, director of the […]

September 30th, 2005 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Judith Miller Is Free

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Breaking News, General Politics, The War On Terrorism, War

Why? Her source said she could talk. From the NY Times: WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 – Judith Miller, the New York Times reporter who has been jailed since July 6 for refusing to testify in the C.I.A. leak case, was released from a Virginia detention center this afternoon after she and her lawyers reached an agreement […]

September 30th, 2005 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Rhma’s Fate

By Callimachus | Related entries in Blogging, Military, The World

Michael Yon’s latest from the Middle East is up. Much world travel has convinced me that the “average Americanâ€Â? is a good person. But even a good person needs information in order to act effectively on their best impulses. Oftentimes, good things do not happen simply because information does not make it to the right […]

September 29th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

The Rogue Less Trampled

By Callimachus | Related entries in In The News, Kitchen Sink

R.I.P., M. Scott Peck, author of “The Road Less Travelled,” as memorialized by the London “Telegraph.” Its opening sentence, “Life is difficult”, introduced a tome which argued, uncontentiously and sensibly, that human experience was trying and imperfectible, and that only self-discipline, delaying gratification, acceptance that one’s actions have consequences, and a determined attempt at spiritual […]

September 29th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

The Killing Mind

By Callimachus | Related entries in Religion, The War On Terrorism, The World

Apparently Israel has allowed some jailhouse interviews Rafat Moqadi, a Palestinian suicide bomber who changed his mind at the moment he was supposed to detonate himself in a Tel Aviv restaurant. Both AP and CBS have stories on him. (I can’t find the AP one on the Net yet.) As the pace of attacks increases […]

September 29th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Where Have All the Achesons Gone?

By Callimachus | Related entries in General Politics, History

In discussing the Electoral College and voting reform, we’ve been seeing various plans in the light of mass, direct, participatory democracy as an inherently good thing. The people and the president in direct power hook-up. The more the better. But where’s the proof we’re better governed today than we were in 1800? Michael Lind offers […]

September 29th, 2005 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Captain Ian Fishback’s Long Hard Slog Against Torture

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Foreign Policy, The War On Terrorism

What happens when you know something is wrong, but everybody around ignores you? I would guess that most of us would simply shut up and fall back in line for fear of serious reprisal. Not Army Captain Ian Fishback. He saw the “pretend it’s not there” policy on torture in Iraq and tried to stop […]

September 29th, 2005 | Permalink| 10 Comments »

School Vouchers And Hurricane Katrina

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Education, General Politics, Hurricane Katrina

What do those two things have in common? Well, apparently the U.S. Department of Education thinks that some of the students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina should go to the private, religious schools that they attended before the Hurricane hit. They even saw fit to put a $488 million school voucher proposal into the […]

September 29th, 2005 | Permalink| 10 Comments »