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More Peak Oil for Dummies

June 30, 2008 by and tagged , ,

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Peak Oil for Dummies (That’s Us)

June 30, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

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Ruth Cardoso – RIP

June 30, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

A great lady is dead. Most people are probably not familiar with her and it’s a damn shame! The Guardian has a good obituary: "Ruth Cardoso, who has died aged 77, was a leading Brazilian anthropologist and former first lady renowned for her pioneering work with the poor. Despite her prominent public position, she was [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Education, Gender, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Labor, Politics, Poverty, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Sociology | No Comments »

Sociology in the News – The Rise of Therapeutic Education

June 30, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Via Context Crawler, this article in the UK Times discusses the rise of therapeutic education and its consequences: "kindergarchy – a new (affluent) world order in which children rule." "Anyone with children at primary school will instantly get the picture: no child’s existence is complete without “circle time”, or “show and tell” sessions at which [...]

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Skeptic Meets Sylvia Browne

June 29, 2008 by and tagged , ,

So, there is this skeptic guy, Robert Lancaster, who has a website where he documents the vileness of Sylvia Browne. Browne’s fans keep emailing him that if only he met her, he would truly believe that she is a psychic. So, he decides to attend one of her shows in Las Vegas. Hilarity ensues, and [...]

Posted in Fun, Humor, Sociology | 2 Comments »

The Surveillance Society Goes Global

June 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Via the Guardian, the surveillance society is going global: "A comprehensive transatlantic pact clearing the way for the unprecedented supply of private data on European citizens to the American authorities is to be promoted by France in support of the US-driven campaign to combat terrorism and transnational crime. The French government is expected to use [...]

Posted in Global Governance, Globalization, Health Care, Human Rights, Institutional Racism, Networks, Politics, Privacy, Public Policy, Social Exclusion, Structural Violence, Surveillance Society, Terrorism | No Comments »

Sociology in the News – The Paradox of Happiness

June 28, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

Via Context Crawler, comes this article from the Washington Post, by Shankar Vedantam on happiness surveys. We take it for granted, and it is supported by surveys, that people tend to be happier when their economic situation is more secure and overall better. That is fairly uncontroversial. And right now, the economy stinks, gas prices [...]

Posted in Economy, Media, Politics, Poverty, Public Policy, Science, Social Inequalities, Social Interaction, Social Psychology, Social Stratification, Social Theory, Sociology, Structural Violence | No Comments »

Paging Elizabeth Pisani

June 28, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

Looks like she was right (not that I had much doubt about that)… check out this item from the Guardian regarding the relationship between social stigma and HIV prevalence: "HIV infection rates are rising around the globe because many governments do not want to help high risk groups such as drug users, prostitutes and gay [...]

Posted in Development, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Population, Science, Social Deviance, social marginality, Social Stigma, Sociology, Structural Violence | No Comments »

Slaveholder Gets 11-year Sentence

June 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Here’s to people getting their comeuppance. Enslaving others is one of the most heinous crimes that I can think of. Via the BBC: "A wealthy New York woman has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for keeping two Indonesian women as slaves. Varsha Mahender Sabhnani, 46, and her husband Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, 51, kept [...]

Posted in Economy, Globalization, Human Rights, Labor, Migration, Poverty, Rant, Slavery, Structural Violence, Trafficking | No Comments »

Organized Criminal Networks as Global Powers

June 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Organized crime has gone global. That is an accepted fact but it makes life for national anti-mafia services miserable. Going global has done for organized crime what it has done for transnational corporations: it has made these groups more powerful, more flexible; it has given them a greater reach into markets they did not yet [...]

Posted in Corruption, Development, Economy, Free Trade, Global Governance, Globalization, Mass Violence, Migration, Nationalism, Networks, Organized Crime, Social Deviance, Sociology, Surveillance Society, Technology, Trafficking, United Nations | No Comments »

Louise Arbour Against Relativism as Erosion of Human Rights

June 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Louise Arbour, outgoing UN High Commissioner on Human Rights , give an interview to Le Monde as she takes stock of the current state of human rights around the world. Every time human rights are mentioned in conversation or even academic meetings, the objection always comes up that human rights are a Western creation that [...]

Posted in Corruption, Development, Economy, Environment, Fair Trade, Gender, Global Governance, Globalization, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Mass Violence, Politics, Poverty, Privacy, Religious Fundamentalism, Sexism, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, Sociology, Structural Violence, Surveillance Society, Terrorism, United Nations | No Comments »

Global Studies Association Conference Notes – Part 4 – Poto Mitan

June 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Parts one, two and three. The highlight of the session "Women Confront Globalization" was the screening of a rough cut of the film Poto Mitan – Haitian Women, Pillars of the World Economy, directed by Renee Bergan (she is also the founder of Renegade Pictures ) and she co-presented it with anthropologist Mark Schuller of [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Environment, Free Trade, Global Governance, Globalization, Human Rights, Labor, Media, Movies, Patriarchy, Politics, Poverty, Sexism, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Structural Violence | No Comments »

The Depressing Headline of the Day

June 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Via The New York Times: "11-Year-Old Victim to Be Allowed Abortion" Yup, this is a story out of Romania and it is truly horrifying: "The government has ruled that a pregnant 11-year-old who was raped by a relative can have an abortion in Romania. Twenty Christian Orthodox church groups have threatened to press charges if [...]

Posted in Gender, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Patriarchy, Politics, Privacy, Rant, Religious Fundamentalism, Sexism, Social Deviance | No Comments »

Not Everybody is Feeling the Crunch

June 25, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

High gas prices, home foreclosures may be squeezing people in the United States and Europe (in major parts of the Global South, feeling the big time crunch is a chronic condition), but not everybody is hurting. According to the BBC, there are now more global millionaires: "The number of people worth more than US$1m (£507,000) [...]

Posted in Economy, Globalization, Labor, Poverty, Social Inequalities, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Social Theory, Sociology, Structural Violence | 1 Comment »

Cuba Approves Therapeutic Vaccine for Lung Cancer

June 25, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

Will there be no end to the evils of socialized medicine in that Commie hellhole that the US should have invaded long ago??!! via the Guardian: "Cuba has approved what is believed to be the world’s first registered lung cancer vaccine and is offering it to Cuban and foreign patients in its hospitals. The therapeutic [...]

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