Columnists

Dispatches From The Edge: Bedding Down With The Devil in Indonesia

By Conn Hallinan
Friday October 01, 2010 - 12:24:00 PM

Bedding down with the Devil is the only way one can describe a recent decision by the Obama administration to resume contact with the Indonesian military’s (TNI) most notorious human rights abuser, the Special Forces unit, Kopassus. Following a July meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates lifted the 1999 ban on any contact with the unit. -more-


The Public Eye: Polarization Politics: So Far, So Good

By Bob Burnett
Friday October 01, 2010 - 11:47:00 AM

It’s a familiar joke: A man falls off a forty-story building; as he passes the twentieth floor, a friend yells out the window, “How’s it going?” and the faller screams, “So far, so good!” Now it’s become the Republican campaign theme. -more-


Wild Neighbors: Roadkill Revisited

By Joe Eaton
Monday October 04, 2010 - 02:08:00 PM

The California Roadkill Observation System has been up and running for a year now. Maine recently got into the act, and I would expect additional states to follow. It’s straightforward enough: if you spot dead wildlife on the road, you can report your observations to a website where they will be tabulated and mapped. -more-


Senior Power:“I Am Worn To A Raveling”-- Helen Beatrix Potter (1866-1943). “The Tailor of Gloucester” (1901)

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Friday October 01, 2010 - 12:08:00 PM

This is about chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and chronic myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) and their relationship to pain and depression. -more-