Via Roger Ebert, 1969: And 2009 Well, thank goodness they got rid of the Westernized sluts that populated that country. A good shortcut of what civil war, theocratic governance and failed state do for a country.
Archive for December, 2009
Via the New York Times (click on the image for larger view): Graphs like these are fun (like all the “bingos” variety) but they have a “flattening” effect. Each item is presented as as important as the others. In this case, even though there is a “fad” row, the entire chart has a fad quality.
Via Laurent Mucchielli: Quand M. Hortefeux programme la fin des UTEC de Mme Alliot-Marie – Délinquance, justice et autres questions de société via kwout Behold the Sarkozy doctrine at work! It plays so much better with the compliant media to speak about taking out the vermin than engaging in long term policies. Never mind that [...]
William Easterly has a couple of great posts on this topic. The first one is his… How to write about poor people via kwout And the second one is the crowd-sourced version of the same (which is on its way to get viral), 17 is my favorite: How to write about poor people, cont’d (the [...]
A Palestinian boy from Gaza flinches as other boys scare him with toy guns. Compare the level of media attention given to the assault on Gaza by the Israeli army to that of the repression of the movement in Iran. See the whole collection here. As with the Boston Globe year in photos, a lot [...]
That’s the gist of this ridiculous article from the Guardian from someone who, apparently, has not read a thing regarding the social construction and enforcement of gender. So, what are the “grass eaters” like? Let me count the ways (and the stereotypes): Japan’s ‘grass eaters’ turn their backs on macho ways | World news | [...]
December 26, 2009 by SocProf
Louis Uchitelle‘s book, The Disposable American – Layoffs and Their Consequences is one of the best books I have read on the state of America’s labor force. Last week, he had an good article in the New York Times on the rise of potentially permanent temporary workforce: Still Nervous, Many Businesses Are Hiring Temporary Workers [...]
Amounts of reporting on various topics. Click on the link for a larger and interactive image. GOOD.is | The Biggest News Stories of the Year (Raw Image) via kwout
Via Jeremy Franklin, actually, go watch it full screen and HD on Vimeo: Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.
“Stars Come Out” from his album Ready for The Weekend (I discovered Harris via my Twitter Comrade O Principal):
Via Information is Beautiful, several different visuals but my favorite is this one: Climate Change: A Consensus Among Scientists? | Information Is Beautiful via kwout And when one distinguishes by scientific discipline even further: Climate Change: A Consensus Among Scientists? | Information Is Beautiful via kwout Good question. And for those of us who are [...]
Is this stupid decade over already? Via Alex DiBranco over at Change.org: Misogynistic iPhone App of the Year: iControl Her | Women’s Rights | Change.org via kwout Linking to a hall of shame over at Salon, by Jessical Roy: Broadsheet – Salon.com via kwout
Social inequality is a central topic in sociology, which is why it comes up often on this blog. See, for instance, my reviews of Egalitarian Capitalism and The Spirit Level which directly deal with this topic. Sociology tends to focus not just on the descriptive side of inequalities (how extensive inequality is in a given [...]
To look at it in a different way: Pew Forum: How Religious Is Your State? via kwout None of this is surprising. The Southern states and Utah are notoriously religious and that the US is overall much more religious than other high-income countries.
Click on the link below for a much larger and interactive map: Global Recession, Global Economic Recession, Global Recession Status :: Dismal Scientist via kwout Certainly, Southeast Asia distinguishes itself. As for the recovering regions, this does not indicate how long this recovery is supposed to take or whether these countries are out of the [...]