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.
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.
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
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
"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?
Here's the buried lead, though?
"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
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
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
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
Barack Obama Has Tried To Destroy These Heroic Lives
The Cub Factor: Escape From Wrigley Island
The White Sox Report: The Guy Who Should Be A Cub
The (Monster) Weekend In Chicago Rock
* 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.
The University of Chicago is offering a reward to anyone who can help solve it.
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Posted on April 28, 2014
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