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Archive for February, 2008

Music Break – Nada Surf

February 29, 2008 by and tagged ,

“On Whose Authority”, from their new album , Lucky. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/BoLKvWf4Fd0" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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Stolen Babies Trials in Argentina

February 29, 2008 by and tagged ,

During the Dirty War in Argentina, that is the period between 1976 and 1983 which corresponds to the military dictatorship of General Jorge Rafael Videla, the military junta found a very convenient way of getting rid of their political opposition and of making sure the next generation would not be a problem. The regime would [...]

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Deforestation Zero and Anti-Poverty Drive in Brazil

February 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Such is the objective of Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as reported in Le Monde. Amazonie brésilienne : la déforestation s’aggrave LE MONDE | 29.02.08 © This is a difficult challenge as deforestation has accelerated in the Amazon region since Summer 2007. During that period, 7,000 km2 were deforested to make room for [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Environment, Indigenous Populations, Politics, Poverty, Social Inequalities, social marginality, Sustainability | No Comments »

Microsoft gets Macrofine from the European Union

February 28, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Via Der Spiegel, “The European Commission on Wednesday levied the biggest fine in its history against Microsoft, penalizing the software company to the tune of €899 million. Microsoft has pledged to mend its ways — again.” That would be $1.3 billion, give or take a few pennies. Do I detect a touch of skepticism on [...]

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Fears of Food Scarcity

February 28, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

Via le Monde, the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) fears that overfishing and pollution are threatening the worldwide stock of fish in the decades to come. It is a serious problem considering that 2.6 billion people depend on fish as their major source of proteins. The UNEP report estimates that climate change is making the situation [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Environment, Global Governance, Globalization, Human Rights, Poverty, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Sustainability | No Comments »

Censorship at the Cesar Ceremony

February 28, 2008 by and tagged ,

For his performance in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Mathieu Amalric received the Cesar (French equivalent of the Oscars) for Best Actor. It is well deserved. However, on the day of the ceremony, the actor was in Panama filming the next James Bond film (there’s gonna be an another James Bond film?? Good grief). [...]

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Deindustrialization – Act II

February 27, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Or at least, according to French economist Elie Cohen in le Monde: Elie Cohen, économiste : “Après la période 1978-1985, nous assistons à une deuxième vague de désindustrialisation en France depuis 2002″ LEMONDE.FR | 18.02.08 © Elie Cohen locates the first wave of deindustrialization between 1978 and 1985 (which cost France one third of its [...]

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Sexism in All Shapes and Forms – British Edition

February 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

I have a hunch that this sexism series will become a permanent, never-ending feature of this blog. First off, this article from the Guardian, relating to what happens to women’s careers once they have children. It is a familiar story but we need to report on these things as long as they happen. “For decades [...]

Posted in Economy, Gender, Labor, Patriarchy, Sexism, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Sociology | No Comments »

Error 404 – Patent and Art

February 26, 2008 by and tagged ,

So, Amazon decided to patent error 404, you know when you click on a link and all you get is “HTTP 404 File Not Found”. The exact title of the patent in question is “Error processing methods for providing responsive content to a user when a page load error occurs“. The purpose of the patent [...]

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Cectic Rules – Gullible People… Not So Much

February 25, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

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What Bad Governance Looks Like – France Edition

February 25, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

It seems that every time I read about a new political initiative by Nicholas Sarkozy and his government, it’s something stupid or something stupid AND harmful, or it has to do with our President’s nice temperament. Case in point, the national agriculture fair that takes place every year and where every president is required to [...]

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XKCD Meets Bourdieu

February 24, 2008 by and tagged , ,

XKCD builds the Bourdieusian field of fruits.

Posted in Humor, Social Theory, Sociology | 2 Comments »

Bitches Get Stuff Done

February 24, 2008 by and tagged , ,

SNL was on fire last night. [kml_flashembed movie="http://youtube.com/v/q0u-W8upxoU" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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Oscar Night – I Drink Your Milkshake

February 24, 2008 by and tagged ,

Just because it’s hilarious. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/bAWyVhVFGTE" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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Back to the Cold War – The New Arms Race

February 23, 2008 by and tagged , ,

According to Liberation, and based on data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the world is rearming at a fast pace, except for countries of the European Union. The data from SIPRI show that in 2006, countries spent $1,204 billions. That represents a 3.5% increase from 2005 and 2.5% of the world’s GDP. [...]

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