Heroes, addictions and rules, all bring us together. They resolve doubts, strengthen our feelings of fragility, and convince us that we are closer to reality. They make sense of things and resolve uncertainty. They remove the haunting fear that we may be constructing a set of fairy-tale explanations. They allow us to stand foursquare with the hard scientists who can replicate things and know things that can stand the test of trials and time. -- Arnold Goldberg, The Prisonhouse of Psychoanalysis
Have you ever seen that creepy infomercial guy who claims that our bowels are clogged with many pounds of decayed meat? I'm talking about that smarmy, unctuous fellow with the dyed hair, dyed eyebrows and dyed pencil mustache.
Wow! It was far too easy to find a picture of him without even knowing his name or the name of his product. Anyway, it's not that I suffer with unbidden thoughts of his greasy visage, but I was reminded of him today as I read about Nancy Nall's upcoming colonoscopy.
Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz describe in their book, “The Race
Between Education and Technology,” America’s educational progress was
amazingly steady over those decades, and the U.S. opened up a gigantic
global lead. Educational levels were rising across the industrialized
world, but the U.S. had at least a 35-year advantage on most of Europe.
In 1950, no European country enrolled 30 percent of its older teens in
full-time secondary school. In the U.S., 70 percent of older teens were
in school. Between 1975 and 1990, educational attainments stagnated
completely... This threatens the country’s
Barnes and colleagues recorded hippocampal activity in 11 young and
11 old rats as they navigated several mazes for food rewards. Later,
when the animals were asleep, the researchers recorded their
hippocampal activity again. In the young animals, the sequence of
neural activity recorded while the animals navigated the mazes was
repeated when they slept. However, in most of the old animals, the
sequence of neural activity recorded during sleep did not reflect the
sequence of brain activity recorded in the maze.
"These findings suggest that some of the memory impairment
experienced during aging could involve a reduction in the automatic
process of experience replay."
Animals with more faithful sleep replay also performed better on memory
tests. The researchers tested the same 22 rats on a spatial learning
and memory task. Consistent with previous research, the young rats
recalled the solution to the spatial task faster and more accurately
than the old rats. In the old group, the researchers found that the top
performers in the spatial memory task were also the ones that showed
the best sleep replay.
Pay attention to the cop starting at about 22 seconds into the clip.
The NY Times describes the police officer's account of the assault:
Officer Pogan arrested Mr. Long [the cyclist] on charges of attempted assault,
disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the court papers say. Mr.
Long, who other cyclists said works in the Greenmarket in Union Square,
was released without bail on Saturday.
In papers filed in
Manhattan Criminal Court, Officer Pogan said Mr. Long was weaving in
traffic, “forcing multiple vehicles to stop abruptly or change their
direction” to avoid a collision. Officer Pogan also said he suffered
cuts on his forearms as he fell to the ground.
Officer Pogan said
Mr. Long had flailed his arms, kicked his legs and refused to put his
hands behind his back. He also said Mr. Long had “twisted away” from
him, “thereby making handcuffing difficult.”
He said Mr. Long told him: “You are pawns in the game. I’m going to have your job.”
He was walking one evening from the train depot in Goodwater, Ala., when a white man appeared in the road. "Nigger," he demanded, "have you got any money?"
The white man, Robert Franklin, was a constable. He claimed Davis owed him. This was news to Davis.
"I don't owe you anything," he said.
But what Davis said did not matter. He was arrested that night and summarily convicted. A wealthy landowner, John Pace, paid the alleged $40 debt and a $35 fine in exchange for Davis' mark—Davis was illiterate—on a contract binding him to work 10 months at any task Pace demanded. For all intents and purposes, the one man now owned the other. For all intents and purposes, John Davis was John Pace's slave.
This was September 1901, 36 years after the end of the Civil War
It would be appalling if it happened once. Douglas Blackmon says it happened hundreds of thousands of times in Alabama alone. Blackmon, Atlanta bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, is the author of a compelling new book, "Slavery by Another Name." Yours truly flatters himself that he is well-versed in black history, but this book introduced me to a chapter of that history I did not know.
The villages of Wilmette and Morton Grove have repealed their bans. Evanston may follow. Oak Park and Chicago say they will fight to maintain their bans. Most interesting to me is that when the Morton Grove village board considered the question, few people showed up at the meeting. And I heard a Wilmette official say that he has heard from less than 2 dozen residents on either side of the issue. Maybe the folks around here have other things on their minds?
It shouldn't be hard for Chicago and Illinois pols to turn the humongous housing bill that passed the U.S. House last week into a pot of gold for their cronies and themselves.
Even a naif like me could figure out how to convert to personal use Chicago and Illinois' share—yet to be determined—of the $4 billion expressed from Washington to buy and rehabilitate foreclosed homes. Someone from the Department of Rising Neighborhoods or whatever local agency administers the plan would call his cousin and say, "Hey, Jake, old buddy, I've got a great deal for you. We just bought a foreclosed home for $200,000. I'll make sure we sell it to you for $150,000. You can then turn around and sell it for $200,000, or whatever you can get, and we'll split the difference."
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) outlined this plausible scenario in detailing his opposition to the housing bill that will rescue homeowners, banks, financial institutions, brokers and others troubled by the housing bust. -- Dennis Byrne
I have a deep dislike for Roskam because he ran a filthy campaign against Tammy Duckworth, but he's right about this just as Byrne is right about this. As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow morning, local pols will help their friends to piles of taxpayer cash. That's how it works in Illinois.