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The [Monday] Papers

"More white students are walking the halls at Chicago's top four public high schools," the Sun-Times reports.

Go read it.

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Welcome back. I thought this was particularly interesting, though not the main thrust of the article:

The Chicago school system now has 10 "selective-enrollment" high schools.

Students are admitted to these based on their standardized test results, admissions test scores and grades, as well as on socioeconomic criteria.

Five of the schools - Brooks, King, Lindblom, South Shore and Westinghouse, all on the South Side and the West Side - see few applications from whites and have virtually no white students.

There could be many reasons for this. One, of course, is pure bigotry. Another is that housing segregation simply puts those schools at undesirable distances from where many white folks live. I wonder, too, if those schools somehow compare unfavorably to non-selective schools in white neighborhoods, though I'd be somewhat surprised if that was the case.

The real lesson, though, is that we cannot divorce education from race and housing. Schools don't exist in vacuums, nor do their successes and failures.

Working For NSA Doesn't Add Up
"Eminent mathematician Alexander Beilinson of the University of Chicago has proposed that the American Mathematical Society sever all ties with the NSA, and that working for it or its partners should become 'socially unacceptable' in the same way that working for the KGB became unacceptable to many in the Soviet Union," UK mathematician Tom Leinster writes in the New Statesman. (via Boing Boing)

In a letter to the journal of the American Mathematical Society, Beilinson wrote that "With the revelations of Edward Snowden the public received, and continues to receive, specific and reliable information about the vast secret spying programs of the NSA that wildly exceed anything conspiracy theorists could imagine."

The Jordan Rules
"There is no room in the NBA - or anywhere else - for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed."

Except in North Carolina politics.

Surveillance City
"Even as Redflex Traffic Systems' scandal-plagued 11-year tenure operating the nation's largest red-light camera system was ending, it was a particularly lucrative year for the company," the Parking Meter Geek reports.

"The last Redlfex cameras - at the intersection of Grand, Kostner and North - were turned off in February, but in the year before that, the company raked in $24 million, city records show, the second most profitable year in the company's Chicago history."

Doesn't that mean the cameras are making absolutely no impact on drivers' behavior?

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Here's the buried lead, though?


"The new Xerox system have an added benefit to the city that allows the 352 cameras to be used by the police department; the Xerox cameras can pan 360 degrees and stream live video back to police."

"The potential addition of hundreds of cameras to the city's police surveillance system raised concerns at the ACLU of Illinois, which last year called the 22,000 public and private cameras the police had access to a 'frightening number.'

The Beachwood Reporter Radio Hour
It's pretty awesome.

Topics this week include: Chicagoland Exposed. Rahm's Receipts. Inside The New Obama High School. Bill Daley Never Cared About You. Transit R Not Us. Chicago Sports Are Decadent And Depraved. With music by Strawberry, Neil Young, Bobby Bare Jr., Gemini Club, Billy Bragg and Elvis Costello.

You can listen here. A Beachwood posting with Show Notes coming Tuesday.

Show Notes are key. You can follow along and get links and references and asides and corrections and so on. The audio content is extended and enhanced. But it's a lot of work to put together.

Beachwood International with The Angry Aussie
I'm thinking of adding an "e" to the title: Beachwood Internationale.

We'll see.

This week is a really fun show both because we finally, in the words of the Aussie, bury the dog that is Chicagoland (yup, discussed on both podcasts!), and we introduce our new regular feature, Australia Is The Florida Of The World. Coming soon to a Tumblr near you. (I wish I had that much time.)

No Show Notes yet, but you can listen here.

SportsMonday: Thibodeau Has Been Terrible
"There will have to be a reckoning that the super-coach has struggled mightily in this series and the players have followed his lead," our very own Jim "Coach" Coffman writes.

I can tell you that even before Sunday's game, Coach Coffman told me Thibodeau had been outcoached this series. He even says it The Beachwood Radio Hour!

Chicago Is Not Helpless
"But we need the right people on the front lines to do the job," retired CPD lieutenant Bob Angone writes.

Barack Obama Has Tried To Destroy These Heroic Lives
How far would you go to tell the truth?

The Cub Factor: Escape From Wrigley Island
Only the best get away.

The White Sox Report: The Guy Who Should Be A Cub
El Natural.

Chicagoetry: Gotham
A city of dreams must exist in the night.

The (Monster) Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Horse Feathers, Matt Woods & Adam Lee, Dash Berlin, Life in Color, Clavicus Vile, Sevendust, Sons of the Never Wrong, Iggy Azalea (mentioned in this week's Beachwood International with The Angry Aussie!), Black Lips, North of Eight, and Eddie Clendening.

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BeachBook
* Bernie Miklasz: It's Why They're Called The Blues.

* Steven Aftergood: Unclassified Information Is Also Now Secret.

"The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is attempting to conceal unclassified information about the structure and function of U.S. intelligence agencies, including the leading role of the Central Intelligence Agency in collecting human intelligence."

* Trevor Timm: D.C.'s Anti-Leak Hysteria Is Backfiring.

* Mystery Text Found In 16th Century Homer.

The University of Chicago is offering a reward to anyone who can help solve it.

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Posted on April 28, 2014


MUSIC - The Week In Chicago Rock.
TV - Vizio Settles Spying Complaints.
POLITICS - WikiLeaks Reveals Staggering Breadth Of CIA Hacking.
SPORTS - Beachwood Sports Radio: Butt Fumbles.

BOOKS - Bannon, The Best And The Brightest.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Beachwood Photo Booth: Descending Darkly.


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