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Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow…

October 28, 2012 by and tagged , ,

This country is about as residentially segregated now as it has always been: And the explanation for this deplorable state of affairs is developed in this long, but indispensable piece by Pro Publica that shows that residential desegregation was failure by design since the Nixon administration and pretty much every administration that has succeeded it. It is [...]

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The Last Remaining Target of The Legitimation Crisis

October 28, 2012 by and tagged ,

One cannot criticize the military. That is the rule. The military is always perfect, composed only of heroes. Failures are always and ever political errors from ignorant civilians in government. Any criticism is seen as unpatriotic. This ideology is used as a baseball bat to cover political decisions implemented through military means. In this context, [...]

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And While We’re On The Subject of Race…

October 27, 2012 by and tagged ,

Fabio Rojas has this visual to share comparing voting intents for Obama between 2008 and 2012: Rojas argues that Obama could well lose the popular vote but it would be mostly because of the South, concluding: “You’ll hear all kinds of post-hoc explanations of the election outcome in November. But they’re probably wrong unless they [...]

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The Social Construction of Race

October 27, 2012 by and tagged

On the one hand, there is this: “There’s never been good reason to believe that human beings are naturally racist. After all, in the environment of human evolution–which didn’t feature, for example, jet travel to other continents–there would have been virtually no encounters between groups that had different skin colors or other conspicuous physical differences. [...]

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We Can Now Officially Bury The Stupid “Post-Racial” Meme (Along with The !@#$ Post-Truth Meme)

October 27, 2012 by and tagged

So, this: “Racial prejudice in America is more widespread now than when President Barack Obama became the country’s first black president in a historic 2008 vote, a new survey has shown. In a poll of racial attitudes by the Associated Press news agency, researchers found that more Americans have attitudes that are both implicit and explicitly racist [...]

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Global Sociology Blogroll Update – Venezuelan Edition

October 24, 2012 by

I know it has been a while but I am always on the lookout for new socblogs, especially from outside Western countries, so, I am especially happy that a Venezuelan socblogger found me via Twitter (click on the image to go to the blog): It is not updated very often but it is rather eclectic [...]

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Eco-Fiction Rising

October 23, 2012 by and tagged , , , , ,

The inspiration for this post came from my just having finished Tobias Buckell‘s Arctic Rising. I have been a fan of Buckell’s work ever since I read Crystal Rain. Arctic Rising is part mystery / thriller, part what Yannick Rumpala has called eco-fiction (as opposed to strict science-fiction, like Crystal Rain), borrowing the term from [...]

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Book Review – The Functional Art

October 22, 2012 by and tagged

Life is funny sometimes. A few weeks back, I was mulling over the concept of MOOCs and how much they can potentially suck but also how much they represent a lot of what we, teachers, like: free, state of the art education, if done right. Then I started thinking that I should really take one [...]

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The Visual Du Jour – It’s A Dudes’ World

October 22, 2012 by and tagged

Which is why I never really got into the whole thing (and the whole fantasy genre in general):

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I Blame The Feminazis

October 19, 2012 by and tagged

For this: As the article notes, “In a reversal of traditional gender roles, young women now surpass young men in the importance they place on having a high-paying career or profession, according to survey findings from the Pew Research Center. Two-thirds (66%) of young women ages 18 to 34 rate career high on their list [...]

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It’s The Inequalities, Stupid – A Never-Ending Story

October 19, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

This is the one new thing: ever since the economy crashed and burned and the Occupy movements, at least, there has been talk about social inequalities in the past three years or so. Otherwise, look at the media of the past thirty, and inequalities was a non-existent topic: the poor were poor because of their [...]

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First World Problems – Brilliantly Mocked

October 15, 2012 by and tagged ,

SNL mostly sucks, but every once in a while… (via RWW)

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The Convulsions of Multi-Institutional Legitimation Crisis

October 14, 2012 by and tagged

Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis know that the legitimation crisis is a pet peeve of mine. As we know since Weber, that the power of the nation-state relies on the monopoly of force (hard power) but also bureaucratic institutions sustained by ideologies that generate legitimacy for the system and [...]

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The Visual Du Jour – Correlation or Causation?

October 13, 2012 by and tagged

It’s significant (via Sergio Baca on Twitter):

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Detection, Degradation and Dissimulation

October 10, 2012 by and tagged , ,

Detection: “The Malaysian government has begun holding seminars aiming to help teachers and parents spot signs of homosexuality in children, underscoring a rise in religious conservatism in the country. So far, the Teachers Foundation of Malaysia has organised 10 seminars across the country. Attendance at the last event on Wednesday reached 1,500 people, a spokesman for the [...]

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