Dispatches From The Edge:The Real “Merchants of Death”

By Conn Hallinan
Tuesday September 28, 2010 - 09:04:00 AM

Accused Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout is a centerpiece for the book “Merchant of Death” and the model for the Hollywood movie “The Lord of War.” Washington apparently traded military hardware to the Thais in order to get him extradited from a Bangkok jail. -more-

Senior Power: Senior Power(less) Moments

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Tuesday September 28, 2010 - 11:08:00 AM

Weary of incessant hazy lazy references to “issues”? And to euphemisms like your “twilight years,” “golden age,” “passing away”? As a noun, issues is a classy way to package problems, dilemmas, duties, chores. -more-

Wild Neighbors:Notes from a Recovering Birder: The Redstart

By Joe Eaton
Monday September 27, 2010 - 06:47:00 PM
Female (top) and male American redstarts

I haven’t been to outer Point Reyes this fall, and I doubt that I’ll make it before the migration ends. Chasing vagrant birds at the Point has lost much of its appeal for me. High winds and blinding fog are frequent out there. Some days you see almost nothing. Other times you show up at the lighthouse trees or the Drake Memorial just after the Connecticut warbler, or whatever the rarity du jour was, has left, forever. There will be gloating; the Point Reyes birding scene is highly competitive. Then there are the reeking bubbling farm ponds, the dairy farmers’ hostile dogs, the pieces of rusted agricultural equipment lurking under the ivy. Most of the time it just ain’t worth it. -more-