Column: Dispatches from the Edge: Iraq and Vietnam

By Bob Burnett
Tuesday September 04, 2007

Since the invasion of Iraq, in March of 2003, George W. Bush’s rationale for the occupation has continually shifted. On Aug. 22, the White House once again changed its criterion for success. As disturbing as this is, what’s more disturbing is the new justification: keep Iraq from becoming another Vietnam. -more-

Wild Neighbors: Reptilian Diet Secrets: Starving Snakes for Science

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday September 04, 2007

Although you wouldn’t expect a book about metabolic ecology to be a page-turner, I found John Whitfield’s recent In the Beat of a Heart: Life, Energy, and the Unity of Nature engrossing. Whitfield, a British science journalist, explains how metabolism relates to size, volume, and surface area. Along the way, he looks at why bats outlive mice, whether humans are allotted a fixed number of heartbeats in their lifetime (astronaut Neil Armstrong said that if that was true, he was damned if he was going to waste any of his jogging), and the tragic fate of Tusko the elephant. -more-

Column: Dispatches from the Edge: Indonesia and the United States: A Shameful Record

By Conn Hallinan
Friday August 31, 2007

This is a tale about politics, influence, money and murder. It began more than 40 years ago with a bloodletting so massive no one quite knows how many people died. Half a million? A million? Through four decades the story has left a trail of misery and terror. Last month it claimed four peasants, one of them a 27-year-old mother. -more-

Column: Undercurrents: A Few Words on Republican Senator Larry Craig

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday August 31, 2007

If the items on the Crooks and Liars progressive blog are a bellwether of what a good portion of the nation is thinking and talking about, then for a brief period this week, at least, the nation turned its eyes on Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho. -more-

Open House in Focus: Elmwood Townhouse in Cluster on View This Sunday

By Steven Finacom
Friday August 31, 2007

The address 2411-31 Russell St. in southeast Berkeley is a small cluster of mid-century townhouses on the edge of a fashionable neighborhood where stately brown shingle and period revival houses claim most of the curb appeal and attention. -more-

Garden Variety: More Container Planting: Material Differences

By Ron Sullivan
Friday August 31, 2007

Containers for planting are limited only by your imagination—and a few realities, what plants need. -more-

About the House: Time to Consider an On-Demand Water Heater

By Matt Cantor
Friday August 31, 2007

The Europeans have had it all over us for some decades when it comes to energy efficiency. This might have something to do with a political attitude toward wasting energy or sheer economy. In any event, our European brothers and sisters are more inclined to pinch a BTU (that a British Thermal Unit for those of you new to the energy game). -more-