Sunday, November 28, 2010

*Ex-Law-School-Dean Tries to Plug Wikileaks Dyke with Legal Thumb

  . . . The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents. WikiLeaks intends to make the archive public on its Web site in batches, beginning Sunday.
The anticipated disclosure of the cables is already sending shudders through the diplomatic establishment, and could conceivably strain relations with some countries, influencing international affairs in ways that are impossible to predict.
After Decades, Daniel Ellsburg's Heir-Apparent Emerges 
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and American ambassadors around the world have been contacting foreign officials in recent days to alert them to the expected disclosures. On Saturday, the State Department’s legal adviser, Harold Hongju Koh, wrote to a lawyer for WikiLeaks informing the organization that the distribution of the cables was illegal and could endanger lives, disrupt military and counterterrorism operations and undermine international cooperation against nuclear proliferation and other threats  . . .

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

* Happy Thanksgiving

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) won the Nobel prize for literature for his History of Western Philosophy and was the co-author of Principia Mathematica.

The Prologue to Bertrand Russell's Autobiography

What I Have Lived For

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.

I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy - ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness--that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what--at last--I have found.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.

Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.

This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.


* "Yes" after Lifetimes of "No!": THE LEGACY MOMENT

Doing the Unexpectedly Radical: Old Men in Search of a Legacy Change the World

President Richard M. Nixon and Chairman Mao Tse Tung

President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev

Benedict’s comments on condoms seem in some ways to be a profound provocation, indicating that although he is not changing church doctrine, he is insisting that condoms can be a responsible option in preventing disease.

New York Times 11/14/10

* The Messiness of His Story: November 22, 1963

JFK: Just Fogging-up Knowledge

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

* Apache Chief Justice

Yale to return Peruvian artifacts
 By Drew Henderson

Sunday, November 21, 2010

UPDATED SUNDAY 11:59 p.m. Yale and Peru are formalizing an agreement to return Inca artifacts found by Hiram Bingham III 1898 to Peru, according to a statement released Sunday night by the Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

The relics will all ultimately be returned to Peru, University President Richard Levin said in a Saturday interview. They will be returned over the next two years, with those most suitable for museum display being returned in time for the centenary of Bingham's scientific discovery of Machu Picchu in July 2011, the statement said.

The artifacts will be housed at the University of Cusco, where research will continue on the collection, the statement said. Once an agreement with the University of Cusco is finalized, the statement said, Yale will work jointly with the University of Cusco to establish a museum and research center for the artifacts.

"This collaboration will ensure that Yale's values in conserving the collection, studying the material and disseminating new knowledge will be extended in a new phase, and in a spirit of friendship with the people of Cusco and the nation of Peru," the statement said.

Reached after the Harvard-Yale football game Saturday afternoon, Levin said he was "quite pleased" that Yale and Peru had been able to reach the "framework" of an agreement regarding the artifacts.

A delegation from Yale consisting of former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo, Director of the Peabody Museum Derek Briggs and professor of anthropology Richard Burger arrived yesterday in Peru to negotiate with Peruvian President Alan Garcia, Levin said. In the past, Yale representatives have never dealt with such high-ranking members of the Peruvian government, Levin said.

Peru sued Yale in December 2008 for the artifacts' return. Levin declined to comment on how the new agreement will affect the status of the lawsuit.

In a press release Saturday afternoon, Sen. Chris Dodd, who expressed his support for the artifacts' return to Peru in June 2010, said he applauds Yale's decision.

"These artifacts do not belong to any government, to any institution, or to any university — they belong to the people of Peru," Dodd said.

The artifacts are currently at the Peabody Museum in New Haven.

Thank you Yale. And shame on you for taking so long.

Posted by fnncld on November 21, 2010 at 2:44 p.m. permalink suggest removal
Finally gentlemen from Yale, I commend you for so good right decision, here from Cusco received the news with great joy. Hopefully everything is realized in the shortest time. Ah! and a correction: the university is not "San Pedro de Abad University in Cusco" but The National University of San Antonio Abad in Cusco (Spanish: Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco) (UNSAAC).


Posted by fazz on November 21, 2010 at 8:16 p.m.

This is the noble route: Atonement for Yale's clouded history of plunder.

And Geronimo's missing skull: the prankish patrimony of two United States Presidents?

If Senator Dodd could intercede in the Peruvian/Yale stalemate, perhaps the two Yale/Bush Presidents can intercede with Skull and Bones to redress this sacrilige.

Paul D. Keane M. Div. '80

Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 21, 2010 at 9:34 p.m.

PS: For every slave who worked on a Yale building, a full scholarship should be offered to an African American for the next 87 years (the length of slavery in the U.S. : 1776-1863). If there were 140 slaves, then 140 scholarships for the next 87 years.

Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 21, 2010 at 10:07 p.m.

How many scholarships do we offer for all the indentured servants forced to slave for Yale and it's students and graduates? How much for the Irish who died by the millions being persecuted by the very same british colonists who were the bedrock of Yale since it's founding? How much for the millions persecuted under the religious beliefs of graduates of the Yale Divinity School? You really need to seek some counseling for never ending monetr in your closet that is Yale. Really, give it a break or stand outside Phelps Gate with a drum and loudspeaker every weekend.

Posted by harbinger on November 22, 2010 at 2:16 p.m.

Slavery is qualitatively different.

Legalized selling of human beings is legislated evil. Your examples are just the humdrum hatred, stupidity, and conceit of humanity, even the so-called "divines" of humanity.

Slavery is premeditated.

It is voted upon.

It is deliberated in a Supreme Court (Dred Scott v. Sandford, 1857)

It is the evilest of all evils.

Go beat your own drum.

Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 22, 2010 at 4:52 p.m.

What do Peruvians, Geronimo's people. and slaves have in common?

Colored skin.

We are talking about Yale's documented Institutional Racism.

Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 22, 2010 at 4:55 p.m.

How does giving rich African Americans full scholarships to Yale (the poor and middle class - in any definition of middle class applicable outside of Yale - already receive huge amounts of financial aid) achieve anything for the world? Or redress slavery?

Also, as a matter of historical fact, given that the vast majority of Yale buildings were built since the Civil War (in fact, since 1900), I'm guessing it will turn out that not too many slaves were involved in building them.

As for Yale's institutionalized racism, how about its well-documented history of institutionalized racism against Jews? Or its history of institutionalized sexism? Of course, in both these examples, as while as the things you complain about, Yale was participating in a national (if not worldwide) culture of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and the like. Applying your completely nonsensical solution for these problems (which consists of randomly choosing numbers associated with them and recombining in new patterns), I think that we should determine the number of slaves involved in building the US Capitol and require that number of congressmen and women be African-American for the next 87 years (that is, if 5,000 slaves were involved in building the Capitol, then 5,000 of the 535 members of the House and Senate should be African-American in every legislative session from now until 2097). That makes about as much sense for redressing the history of slavery and racism in the US government as your idea does for addressing those problems at Yale.

Posted by SY10 on November 22, 2010 at 8:33 p.m.

Don't cheer yet. Only time will tell whether Cusco really maintains the scholarship and international accessibility that these treasures of our shared human heritage deserve, or if this is just a spin on selling out scholarship for tourism dollars and a boost to cheap nationalistic pride for a country that has existed for only a few decades and is built on the oppression of a people whose descendants it now wants to turn into poster children for national identity. Will this turn out to be a disaster of a token gesture like Greece's new national museum projects? It is a GOOD THING that the Elgin Marbles remain safely in London. Please, Yale, wait until Cusco is truly ready for them. They are worth too much to the world to be used as a political plaything by such a young country with so little intellectual infrastructure and so little presence on the world stage.

Posted by prion on November 22, 2010 at 9:56 p.m. 

Ten years ago I spent a week at Amherst College at a Seminar on Slavery sponsored by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.

Reparations were a hot topic of discussion.

My "nonsensicaL" suggestion was only for Yale. I would have the entire country guarantee national health care for 87 years to 12 million African Americans (see data below).


Only to the whites in power.

" In "The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Holocaust" ("Is the Holocaust Unique", A. Greebaum, ed., 1996), Seymour Drescher estimates that 21M were enslaved, 1700-1850, of which 7M remained in slavery inside Africa. 4M died "as a direct result of enslavement". Of the 12M shipped to America, 15%, or 2M more, died in the Middle Passage and seasoning year."

Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 23, 2010 at 5:15 a.m.

My "nonsensicaL" suggestion was only for Yale. I would have the entire country guarantee national health care for 87 years to 12 million African Americans (see data below). Nonsensical? Only to the whites in power.

Or to me, who is neither white nor black, whose parents were not born in this country and who has no intention of paying blood money for an evil committed by long-dead men unconnected to me.

You are the worst form of bigot, PK.

Posted by River Tam on November 23, 2010 at 11:58 a.m.

River Tam,

Personal name calling is beneath your dignity. I am ashamed to have reduced you to this.


Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 23, 2010 at 3:44 p.m. 

River Tam, Personal name calling is beneath your dignity. I am ashamed to have reduced you to this. PK

bigot (n): a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

You wrote

My "nonsensicaL" suggestion was only for Yale. I would have the entire country guarantee national health care for 87 years to 12 million African Americans (see data below). Nonsensical? Only to the whites in power.

Translation: if you do not share my opinion, you are a white racist who is clinging to power.

Posted by River Tam on November 23, 2010 at 4:21 p.m


 I thought you were being satirical in your first reparations post, but with your follow-ups, maybe not. Of course, they say the best satire is one that people can't tell is ironic or not.

I thought the Geronimo's skull being at S&B was already debunked by YAM last year.

Posted by Branford73 on November 23, 2010 at 4:31 p.m.


Not debunked. Just denied.



If the shoe fits . . .


Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 23, 2010 at 4:52 p.m.

Here’s the YAM article I was thinking of. Conclusion equivocal. Bonesmen of 1918 believed it.

“Some researchers have concluded that the Bonesmen could not have even found Geronimo's grave in 1918. David H. Miller, a history professor at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, cites historical accounts that the grave was unmarked and overgrown until a Fort Sill librarian persuaded local Apaches to identify the site for him in the 1920s. ‘My assumption is that they did dig up somebody at Fort Sill,’ says Miller. ‘It could have been an Indian, but it probably wasn't Geronimo.’ "

I concluded it was a case of blowhard braggarts creating a legend for themselves.

Posted by Branford73 on November 23, 2010 at 6:47 p.m.

You may be correct. But isn't it possible to test the skull at Skull and Bones?

Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 23, 2010 at 7:46 p.m.

Embedded code for Ramsey Clark Press Conference on Geronimo's skull lawsuit. Apparently this code did not take on the previous post. I will try one more time here:

Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 23, 2010 at 7:48 p.m.

Ramsey Clark Press Conference on the Geronimo's Skull lawsuit can see seen at

For some reason the YDN posting board is not accepting my paste of the embedded code from YouTube. I have repeatedly (3 emails) complained to YDN about the irregularity of their posting options, buut they have not had the courtesy to answer my emails.

Paul Keane

Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 23, 2010 at 7:55 p.m.

Monday, November 22, 2010

* Body Language: Kidneys Speak the Truth



Woodward '65 speaks on limits of FOIA

Almost 40 years after renowned journalist and author Bob Woodward ’65 reported on the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency, he warned the audience at a Law School panel Thursday that secret government should be the nation’s biggest fear.
Woodward was one of four members on a panel to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the the Freedom of Information Act’s passage in Connecticut. He and the other panelists, including Connecticut Mirror editor Michael Regan and Colleen Murphy, the executive director and general counsel of the state commission that administers FOIA, discussed the difficulties journalists face in obtaining information. The general consensus among the panel was that FOIA had not proven as useful as journalists had hoped.
A talk by Bob Woodward ’65 on freedom of press drew an audience of about 200 people.
Bob Woodward ’65 and other panelists discussed FOIA and government secrecy.
Woodward started the discussion by sharing an anecdote about a FOIA request he made in the 1980s under the Reagan administration. Just last year, he said, he received heavily redacted copies of the documents he requested almost 30 years ago.
“Government is a closed shop,” Woodward said. “FOIA is one of the tools that should be used to open up government.”
Panelist Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press for over ten years, said FOIA has weakened considerably since Lyndon B. Johnson signed the federal FOIA act into law in 1966. It gained traction in the wake of the Watergate scandal, she said, when “there was a lot of headway for FOIA — and since then it’s all been cutting back.”
Security and privacy concerns are often used as excuses to restrict access to documents, she said, and the government has tried to expand existing restrictions to limit acess further. Obtaining documents about a living person can be “near impossible,” Dalglish said.
Woodward said he had to contend with security concerns from Defense Secretary Robert Gates when he tried to publish Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s 2009 assessment of the Afghanistan war, for he which he was the top commander. Gates told him the report’s publication could endanger troops fighting overseas, Woodward said.
He said Gates provided him with a copy of the report soon after — with “one page and several lines and words here and there” removed — which the Washington Post published. Ultimately, he said, Pentagon officials told him the report’s release was positive.
“They better understood the assessment because of the conversation” that the Washington Post provoked in publishing the report, Woodward said.
The talk drew an audience of about 200, many of whom were older community members or students from the Law School.
Stephen Gikow ’06 LAW ’11 is the student co-director of the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum, a team of Yale law students who work with clients on free speech and information issues. Gikow said he enjoyed the panel, but added that the panelists’ stories of problems with FOIA “[were] pretty much expected” based on his own legal experience.
(Gikow is a former city editor for the News.)
Elias Kleinbock ’14 said he enjoyed the event but would have like the panel to discuss “the more philosophical aspects of the debate.”
“Everyone agreed that the government was unnecessarily closed, and there was no talk of why that is,” Kleinbock said.
He also said that the event should have been advertised as a panel discussion — the pamphlets distributed at the event featured only Bob Woodward’s name and the discussion’s title, “A Discussion on Watergate, Open Government and Investigative Journalism.”
Woodward received the Walter Cronkite Award from the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government at a ceremony at the Omni Hotel Thursday evening. He also participated in a panel discussion at the Yale University Art Gallery earlier that day with Steven Brill ’72 LAW ’75, the founder of the Yale Journalism Initiative, and Paul Needham ’11, a former editor-in-chief of the News.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

* The Tidbit Generation revisited in today's NYT
"Their brains are rewarded not for staying on task but for jumping to the next thing. The worry is we're raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently."
MICHAEL RICH, executive director of the Center on Media and Child Health, on how digital technology affects children.

* Etymology's Enigma: from Jewels to Junk?

Urban Dictionary
1. junk

1. Seemingly useless rubbish which sits around for months and is inevitably disposed of the day before it is needed. 2. A reference to something of little or no value 3. The male genitalia 4. A kind of chinese boat 5. Heroin

Are Males Claiming to be Worthless?

* A Remembrance of G. Harold Welch 1896-1992

The Man Who Never Saw the End of The Big Game

Ghost of Thanksgiving-Past

A bit of New Haven history.

G. Harold Welch, New Haven banker and real estate developer (he owned the Century Buiilding and Macy's in central New Haven) used to throw a post-Yale/Harvard-game party at his estate over-looking The Sleeping Giant in Mt. Carmel.

I was invited once, when he was 84 (he lived to be an active 96).

The irony of the party (which had occurred for decades) was that Mr. Welch had never seen the END of a single Yale/Harvard game.

As the Game's banker, he had to collect the money from all of the ticket-takers at half-time and spirit it off to his bank where it was dutifully locked up for safekeeping.

Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 19, 2010 at 11:55 a.m.

The Game Behind the Game


It is Half-time at the Big Game, and the wealthiest man in New Haven leaves his seat and guests to meet his associates outside the Bowl itself.

Octogenarian now, he remembers being a poor boy whose first job was to light city gas lamps, one-by-one, street-by-New-Haven -street, seven decades before.

Now he owns many of those same streets, or the property encompassed by them.

His associates help him load his Mercedes sportscar (or perhaps the gleaming pick-up truck he uses on his estate) with the brown paper bags, each containing about $100,000 in cash bills.

It is 1979, and the era of credit card payments has not yet arrived.

Those entering the Bowl on the sacred day, all 64,000 thouand of them, must pay in paper currency, and it must be whisked out of sight to a vault swiftly and safely, all million or so dollars of it.

A Brinks armored vehicle would arouse suspicion, but a white-haired, white-skinned, immaculate, grandfatherly gent, driving a sportscar or pick-up through the impoverished streets of New Haven with a trunk full of grocery bags, wouldn't raise an eyebrow.

Twenty minutes later, as he nears his goal opposite the Green, he skirts the Ivied campus itself, a 19th Century Dickensian background of stone mansions for a Dickensian character on a Dickensian mission of Midas proportions.

He pulls up in front of the bank over which he presides and a guard working overtime brings a grocery cart out to his vehicle. The brown bags and their "foodstuffs" are transferred to the cart which he escorts inside.

He unlocks the vault.


Posted by The Anti-Yale on November 20, 2010 at 8:38 p.m.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

* Inspiration vs. Information: C.P. Snow Spinning in his Grave

Hillhouse High School
Hamden High School

Is Teaching an Art or a Science?

This entire posting series  (Yale Daily News articles and posts below) is really a debate about CP Snow's Two Cultures. At the moment, Science is in the ascendancy, and the Gradgrinds (Dickens's Hard Times) and their Utililitarian unctuosuness* have entranced the public.

After the Gates-Rhee-Kline-Christie Quartet passes from the scene, and we are left with a nation of soulless children clacking their boots in unison to the zeig heil of Princeton's Standardized pontifications, we may yearn for the gleeful chaos of joyful childhoods, sculpted by the artists we used to call teachers.

Rest in Discomfort, Lord Snow.

 *Jeremy Bentham, King of the Utilitarians and the model for Dickens's educational tyrant, Thomas Gradgrind, in Hard Times, had himself stuffed after his death. His mummy is wheeled out in a chair at the annual Board Meeting of the British  Museum and the secretary records "Mr. Bentham is present." 

A Fitting Fate for a Gradgrind

Univ. examines school options for faculty families

Wilbur Cross High School
By David Burt
Staff Reporter
Yale Daily News
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

* Age

"Old age ain't no place for sissies."  Bette Davis

"It is the duty of the old to lie to the young."      Thornton Wilder (seen here with Miss Isabel Wilder, his sister, and lifelong companion.)

"Old age is a shipwreck." General Charles DeGaulle      (seen here with Sir Winston Churchill)

"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative." ~Maurice Chevalier, New York Times, 9 October 1960