Dispatches From The Edge: Nukes—An Uncomfortable Conversation

By Conn Hallinan
Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:09:00 AM

Why are Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, William Perry and Sam Nunn writing opinion pieces in the Wall Street Journal calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons? It’s a good question and the reasons are worth thinking about. -more-

Undercurrents: A Question on the Role of the President and the Military

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:09:00 AM

The question of the day in the American presidential race appears to be: Why is Barack Obama not further ahead of John McCain, given the current political climate and recent developments? -more-

Wild Neighbors: The Subterraneans—Life Among the Pocket Gophers

By Joe Eaton
Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:25:00 AM

Years ago, probably while watching a bird or watching for a bird, I saw a dandelion move. Not a breeze-driven sway, but a sort of convulsive shudder. And then it slowly retracted into the ground. It was like watching one of those nature-documentary time-lapse sequences in reverse. Then I realized a pocket gopher must be at work. -more-

About the House: Is Cooperative Housing for You?

By Matt Cantor
Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:24:00 AM

Years ago, when my girls were little, I began to realize that the world, my world really, was partitioned up into two distinct groups. People that had kids and those who didn’t. Now that I had found myself in the former group I slowly started to see some underlying differences between people in the two groups. These are, of course, generalities and there are lots of exceptions but it is clear that those who carry the unflagging responsibility for other people are altered by the process and forced, as I certainly was, to grow up. This is, naturally a very broad statement and I think can only be seen in relative terms. -more-