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[snip] "Most people who report science, a small minority of whom are science writers, don't have enough knowledge to make heads or tails of it," says Jon Franklin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer now teaching at the University of Maryland, in an interview published in Women's Enews. "Science writers leave out what they don't understand, editors take out what they don't understand and readers get what's left."

[snip] "Conservatives speak of 'strict construction,' but most of them do not practice it," writes Cass Sunstein, a University of Chicago law professor, in the New Republic. "Few are willing to argue that judges should stay out of the democratic arena. Bush v. Gore was a far more radical intervention into political processes than anything dared by the Warren Court, and it is celebrated rather than reviled. And Bush v. Gore is merely the most visible of a long line of cases in which the Rehnquist Court has seized on ambiguous constitutional provisions to invalidate decisions of Congress and state governments. . . . This is a political program in legal dress."

[snip] "Indigenous peoples and conservationists have very different agendas," writes Mac Chapin in World Watch. "Indigenous agendas almost invariably begin with the need to protect and legalize their lands for their own use. . . . Conservationist agendas, by contrast, often begin with the need to establish protected areas that are off-limits to people, and to develop management plans. If they include indigenous peoples in their plans, they tend to see those people more as a possible means to an end rather than as ends in themselves."

[snip] Time to start patching the ship of state, Captain Blago? State Comptroller Daniel Hynes's January quarterly report finds that the "state's backlog of unpaid bills continues to mount." The economy hasn't improved enough to offset the loss of federal funds, short-term borrowing for Medicaid, or the absence of the onetime revenues collected last fiscal year.

[snip] What do Bangkok, Tehran, Lima, Cairo, and Osaka have in common? According to, their metropolitan areas are all larger than Chicago's, which at 6.9 million is the 29th largest in the world. You'll be glad to know we just barely beat out Bogota, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

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