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Probably because the floors are really strong. Lead question from a review of a self-help tape in Executive Edge (January 1991): "If dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years, why do so many work in your office?"

How TV promotes racism, according to Ted Cox's summary of Robert Entman's survey of tube crime reporting (Chicago Reporter, January 1991): "When photographs of black suspects were shown on the screen, they were named only 49 percent of the time. Photos of white suspects, however, were identified 65 percent of the time. Black suspects were shown in motion on videotape 52 percent of the time, and whites 66 percent of the time....Thirty-eight percent of all black suspects were shown in physical custody, compared to only 18 percent of all white suspects. Most important, white suspects were much more likely to have their side of the story told. While only 9 percent of all black suspects got their version of events into the news--via a reporter's interview with suspects, their friends, relatives, or attorneys--19 percent of all white suspects were able to offer some sort of explanation. In fact, 11 percent of all white suspects had two or more people offering support for their defense. Only 2 percent of all black suspects received the same treatment." The differences hold even if limited to reports of violent crime.

Dept. of false prophets. U.S. Senator Alan Dixon on the then-impending gulf war (January 12): "Mr. President, sanctions and talks can work if we are diligent....But, if they do not, massive air power in a matter of days can bring this villain to his knees to sue for peace!"

Ecological restoration "does challenge some notions of traditional environmentalism, which frequently described natural ecosystems not only as fragile but also--across the board--as irreplaceable," writes William R. Jordan III in the Prairie Boomer (January 1991), newsletter of the restorationists at Poplar Creek Prairie. "But that notion has to be challenged, for two reasons. First, if you accept it, you deny the regenerative power of what Shakespeare called 'great creating nature.' Second, by denying our ability to participate in this process, you preclude even the possibility of having a positive, mutually beneficial relationship with it. If you start out with the assumption that all we can do is harm nature, then of course all we can be is vandals. But restoration opens up the possibility that we can pay nature back for what we take. And thus it offers a way of breaking the cycle of destruction and despair. That is why I believe that Poplar Creek is more important just now than Yosemite or Yellowstone."

Doctor, I don't feel well. I'm sick of poverty. Chicago Board of Health president Whitney W. Addington, quoted in Forum (January/ February 1991): "Every single medical problem--infant mortality, TB, measles--can be predicted by socioeconomic status except one, and that's AIDS, and in the next few years that probably will change also."

Handicapping, modern style. David Rose writes in Disclosure (November-December 1990): "If you had to do it all by yourself, taking on the 160th largest corporation in the world might be an impossible task. A real David and Goliath story. But imagine fighting Goliath and having to drag 50 aldermen and a new mayor around your ankles. This is the kind of battle that Chicago Electric Options Campaign (CEOC) is engaged in right now."

"There is a great desire on people's part to believe that equality is real," Catharine MacKinnon tells Vicki Quade in an interview in the Chicago-based Barrister (Winter 1990-91). "That means that if women are oppressed, men have got to be oppressed. If women are battered, men have got to be battered. If women are discriminated against, men have got to be discriminated against. And this allows people to maintain this illusion of equality, which makes it possible for men to believe that they've gotten where they've gotten on their own merits, rather than by virtue of being a member of a privileged status group."

And now--the quick-release time capsule. When yet another state prison was dedicated--the downstate Robinson Correctional Center, on January 10--the ceremony included the burial of a time capsule (according to the state press release) "filled with newspaper stories about community and area support for the prison and a variety of construction and planning documents. The time capsule is scheduled to be opened on January 10, 2031."

Now that we've cleared that up... Business Week (February 4) reports on a fall 1990 survey of 100 corporate treasurers, who were asked which would be the safest banks and which the weakest in a financial crisis. These experts placed Citibank third on the "strongest" list--and fourth on the "weakest" list.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

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