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100 Little Ideas · Collaborative Fund
A list of ideas, in no particular order and from different fields, that help explain how the world works:
ideas  culture  framework  logic  fallacies 
5 weeks ago by whip_lash
You Don’t Understand Our Culture – Econlib
What are the key differences between GMU econ blogger culture and mainstream intellectual culture?
culture  economics 
september 2018 by whip_lash
The Intellectual War on Science - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The most frequently assigned book on science in universities (aside from a popular biology textbook) is Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. That 1962 classic is commonly interpreted as showing that science does not converge on the truth but merely busies itself with solving puzzles before lurching to some new paradigm that renders its previous theories obsolete; indeed, unintelligible. Though Kuhn himself disavowed that nihilist interpretation, it has become the conventional wisdom among many intellectuals. A critic from a major magazine once explained to me that the art world no longer considers whether works of art are "beautiful" for the same reason that scientists no longer consider whether theories are "true."
science  culture 
february 2018 by whip_lash
Podcast #377: 12 Rules for Life With Jordan Peterson | The Art of Manliness
Well, my guest today says that perhaps the way you start to get out of that rut is to clean your room, bucko. His name is Jordan B. Peterson, and I’ve had him on the show before. Peterson is a psychoanalyst and lecturer, and he’s got a new book out called 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Today on the show, Dr. Peterson and I discuss why men have been disengaging from work and family and why his YouTube lectures resonate with so many modern men.
podcast  jordanpeterson  politics  culture  psychology 
february 2018 by whip_lash
'Peter Rabbit' angers parents for portrayal of a food allergy - Business Insider
"Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit's archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way," a statement from the company said, according to the New York Times. "We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize."
movies  idiocracy  apology  culture 
february 2018 by whip_lash
The Must Know Checklist For DevOps & Site Reliability Engineers
This list is not exhaustive but enumerates only technical basic, must-know skills and some random thoughts. You may use them as a checklist to evaluate yourself or someone else or to prepare for your next DevOps/SRE job interviews.
culture  devops  sre  sysadmin 
february 2018 by whip_lash
Origins of the Sicilian Mafia: The Market for Lemons
In this article, we argue that the mafia arose as a response to an exogenous shock in the demand for oranges and lemons, following Lind's discovery in the late eighteenth century that citrus fruits cured scurvy. More specifically, we claim that mafia appeared in locations where producers made high profits from citrus production for overseas export. Operating in an environment with a weak rule of law, the mafia protected citrus production from predation and acted as intermediaries between producers and exporters. Using original data from a parliamentary inquiry in 1881–1886 on Sicilian towns, the Damiani Inquiry, we show that mafia presence is strongly related to the production of oranges and lemons.
agriculture  crime  culture  economics 
january 2018 by whip_lash
An Argument Against Open Borders and Liberal Hubris - Quillette
Immigration is important. As an immigrant myself who is delighted and grateful to have been accepted by my hosts, I very much appreciate this. It needs rational and humane consideration. But the respectable extremism of open borders advocates, who, on the basis of dubious projections, would transform our societies, exposing them to radical division and strife, should concern us; less because their wishes are likely to be granted than because the seriousness with which they are taken shows that even more moderate liberals are radical on this matter.

THIS COMBINES BAD ECONOMICS WITH BAD MORAL PRECEPTS, WHICH IS, LIKE, SUPER BAD.
economics  immigration  culture 
january 2018 by whip_lash
Korea's Gwangmyeong Cave, a Conflicted Tourist Magnet - CityLab
If the idea of placing a Barbie display where colonized people were once forced to dig up gold and coal for another country’s gruesome imperialist goals makes you baffled or slightly queasy, you’re really not in good company. The Gwangmyeong Cave attracted 1.4 million visitors last year. In a country that’s gung-ho on protesting, there haven’t been any demonstrations against the cave.
culture  history  korea 
january 2018 by whip_lash
The Seattle Review of Books - Unstacking the deck
Actions like my father’s are a clear example of what Richard Reeves calls “opportunity hoarding” in his newest book, Dream Hoarders. Opportunity hoarding is defined as actions taken by upper middle class parents that aim to attain “valuable, finite opportunities” for their children “by unfair means”: unpaid internships, legacy preferences at universities, exclusionary zoning laws and schooling, and more. The author argues that these hoarding actions perpetuate income inequality that acts as a “wealth trap” — where Americans with wealthy parents never truly have to worry about falling down the economic ladder. In other words, we have our butts covered.

WE DO. BUT OF COURSE WE ARE COVERING OUR BUTTS WITH CAPITAL BUILT BY OUR CLASS FROM NOTHING NOT ALL THAT LONG AGO.
culture  economics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
From inboxing to thought showers: how business bullshit took over | News | The Guardian
To be a good citizen, you need to be a productive citizen. There is only one problem, of course: there is less than ever that actually needs to be produced. As Graeber pointed out, the answer has come in the form of what he calls “bullshit jobs”. These are jobs in which people experience their work as “utterly meaningless, contributing nothing to the world”. In a YouGov poll conducted in 2015, 37% of respondents in the UK said their job made no meaningful contribution to the world. But people working in bullshit jobs need to do something. And that something is usually the production, distribution and consumption of bullshit.
business  culture  language 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Ashamed to work in Silicon Valley: how techies became the new bankers | Technology | The Guardian
I look forward to the day that this industry is too uncool for commies to even apply for.
culture  technology  idiocracy 
november 2017 by whip_lash
National anthem is racist, California NAACP says | The Sacramento Bee
When California lawmakers return to the Capitol in January, the state chapter of the NAACP will be seeking their support for a campaign to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem.
culture 
november 2017 by whip_lash
How Did New Atheism Fail So Miserably? | Slate Star Codex
This is 90% of popular intellectual culture these days: progressives regurgitating progressivism to other progressives for nothing but the warm glow of being told “Yup, that was some good progressiving there”. Conservatives make fun of this incessantly, and they are right to do so. But for some reason, in the case of New Atheism and only in the case of New Atheism, Progressivism itself suddenly turned and said “Hey, you’re just repeating our own platitudes back to us!” And New Atheism, caught flat-footed, mouth open wide: “But…but..we thought we were supposed to…we thought…”.

Think of one of those corrupt kleptocracies where the dictator takes bribes, all his ministers take bribes, all their assistants take bribes, the anti-corruption task force takes bribes, etc. Then one day some shmuck manages to get on the dictator’s bad side and – bam – the secret police nab him for taking bribes. The look on his face the moment before the firing squad shoots – that’s how I imagine New Atheists feeling too.
atheism  culture  religion 
october 2017 by whip_lash
How to Tell the Truth – Andreessen Horowitz
As you think about the most difficult thing happening in your world and how you might fear your people finding out and freaking out, remember Gettysburg. Be it a deal gone bad, a whiffed quarter, or a layoff, this may be your chance to define not only the event, but the character of your company.
business  culture 
october 2017 by whip_lash
The Straight Dope: Why are there so few kinds of cutlery?
St. Peter Damian was a notably vigorous detractor: witnessing a Venetian princess using a two-tined protofork to bring food to her mouth, Peter condemned with horror “the luxury of her habits” — i.e., that “she deigned not to touch her food with her fingers.” When the princess died of the plague, Peter blamed her dinner-table vanity.
manners  culture  catholicism  idiocracy 
september 2017 by whip_lash
Brief thoughts on the “Google memo” – Julia Galef
I’d actually be less disappointed if the critics’ response had simply been “Look, you can’t talk about gender differences at work.” As a general rule, I hate to ban topics, but I can see how this one could have harmful effects.
google  diversity  culture 
august 2017 by whip_lash
What I Hear When You Tell Me Your Company Doesn’t Do Meetings
Who is running this meeting?
What is the output of this meeting?
Who are the right people to produce that output?
How are we going to get to that output?
meetings  psychology  career  culture 
august 2017 by whip_lash
Get Shit Done: The Worst Startup Culture Ever | What Spinks Thinks
Telling them to just get shit done is like telling a fat person to “just lose weight”. It’s like telling a wide receiver to “just catch the ball”. It’s like telling a kid to “just get better grades”.
culture  management  startups 
november 2013 by whip_lash
The Fall of Niagara Falls - BusinessWeek
Niagara's original sin, old timers say, was buying into a particular ideal of progress. A couple of generations ago, when the Canadians started building up their tourism sector, the Americans just laughed. They weren't going to work as bellhops, not when there were plenty of safe union jobs at the state's hydroelectric plant or in the heavy industries it powered. Then, after the manufacturers and chemical companies departed, leaving behind husked factories and brownfields, a second and perhaps more corrosive delusion set in—call it the fantasy of the silver bullet.
economics  culture 
december 2010 by whip_lash
Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction - NYTimes.com
“Their brains are rewarded not for staying on task but for jumping to the next thing,” said Michael Rich, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and executive director of the Center on Media and Child Health in Boston. And the effects could linger: “The worry is we’re raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently.”
culture  education  internet  learning  memory 
november 2010 by whip_lash
Sons of 'The Beach' - Features - World Hum
esearchers have noted, for example, that within backpacker enclaves there is a clear hierarchy based on shorthand status cues curiously similar to those of home. Whereas back home income and influence might lend to status, backpackers fixate upon travel experience and fashion. Anderskov’s research subjects assert that “real backpackers” travel at least three months, and they demonstrate their credibility through their clothing, spending, and storytelling. Backpacker novels confirm this ideology, frequently using such markers to communicate experience and travel savvy. 
culture 
november 2010 by whip_lash
The Shadow Scholar - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
I've written toward a master's degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits in international diplomacy. I've worked on bachelor's degrees in hospitality, business administration, and accounting. I've written for courses in history, cinema, labor relations, pharmacology, theology, sports management, maritime security, airline services, sustainability, municipal budgeting, marketing, philosophy, ethics, Eastern religion, postmodern architecture, anthropology, literature, and public administration. I've attended three dozen online universities. I've completed 12 graduate theses of 50 pages or more. All for someone else.
culture  education  ethics 
november 2010 by whip_lash
In Central Park, Finding a Bed Among the Trees - NYTimes.com
They have since slept in trees on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (“We thought Jefferson would approve,” said Cory, referring to Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the school), and near Arlington National Cemetery. In Richmond, where they spent about a week’s worth of nights in two different trees, their favorite perch was a towering oak next to a church parking lot, until one Sunday morning when they awoke to find a police officer guarding cars parked by worshipers. (They stayed in their hammocks until the congregation had dispersed.)
culture  nyc 
november 2010 by whip_lash
How Singapore Could Become the Most Important City in the Emerging World
Welcome to Singapore’s rare impractical side: Government-subsidized research conducted mostly by welcomed immigrants who can’t find this kind of science-fair-project cash elsewhere.
business  cities  culture  economy  globalization  technology 
november 2010 by whip_lash
Conflict or Cooperation? | Foreign Affairs
The problem is that Davos-style liberalism and militant neoconservatism have both been more influential than the three more profound and sober visions of Fukuyama, Huntington, and Mearsheimer. If good sense is to shape U.S. foreign policy, there needs to be a fourth vision -- one that integrates the compatible elements of these three in a form that penetrates the American political mainstream.
culture  economics  politics  psychology 
november 2010 by whip_lash
The Disadvantages of an Elite Education: an article by William Deresiewicz about how universities should exist to make minds, not careers | The American Scholar
In short, the way students are treated in college trains them for the social position they will occupy once they get out. At schools like Cleveland State, they’re being trained for positions somewhere in the middle of the class system, in the depths of one bureaucracy or another. They’re being conditioned for lives with few second chances, no extensions, little support, narrow opportunity—lives of subordination, supervision, and control, lives of deadlines, not guidelines. At places like Yale, of course, it’s the reverse. The elite like to think of themselves as belonging to a meritocracy, but that’s true only up to a point. Getting through the gate is very difficult, but once you’re in, there’s almost nothing you can do to get kicked out. Not the most abject academic failure, not the most heinous act of plagiarism, not even threatening a fellow student with bodily harm—I’ve heard of all three—will get you expelled.
career  education  intelligence  culture 
july 2010 by whip_lash
How facts backfire - The Boston Globe
Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change our minds. In fact, quite the opposite. In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger.
culture  information  politics  psychology 
july 2010 by whip_lash
Clay Shirky: 'Paywall will underperform – the numbers don't add up' | Technology | The Guardian
"Everyone's waiting to see what will happen with the paywall – it's the big question. But I think it will underperform. On a purely financial calculation, I don't think the numbers add up." But then, interestingly, he goes on, "Here's what worries me about the paywall. When we talk about newspapers, we talk about them being critical for informing the public; we never say they're critical for informing their customers. We assume that the value of the news ramifies outwards from the readership to society as a whole. OK, I buy that. But what Murdoch is signing up to do is to prevent that value from escaping. He wants to only inform his customers, he doesn't want his stories to be shared and circulated widely. In fact, his ability to charge for the paywall is going to come down to his ability to lock the public out of the conversation convened by the Times."
business  journalism  culture  internet 
july 2010 by whip_lash
The Spirit of Independence: The Social Psychology of Freedom — The American, A Magazine of Ideas
In order to encourage a population rich in internals—i.e., natural libertarians—a society needs cultural traditions that emphasize the value of independence and ethical agency. It must teach the young that they are responsible for their own actions, and to never regard themselves as victims of circumstance.
culture  libertarian 
july 2010 by whip_lash
Evolution and Creativity: Why Humans Triumphed - WSJ.com
The notion that exchange stimulated innovation by bringing together different ideas has a close parallel in biological evolution. The Darwinian process by which creatures change depends crucially on sexual reproduction, which brings together mutations from different lineages.
evolution  culture  economics  intelligence  trade  psychology 
may 2010 by whip_lash
10 Power Tools for Lifelong Learners | Open Culture
Every now and then, we like to remind readers of the audio/video resources that Open Culture makes available to lifelong learners. These collections are all free, and can be downloaded to your computers and mp3 players.
education  tools  free  culture 
december 2009 by whip_lash
America’s Food Revolution by Jerry Weinberger, City Journal Summer 2009
These days, American food is far more complicated and infinitely better. The U.S. has revolutionized its culinary culture over the last 40-odd years. No longer is it the developed world’s worst food nation; in fact, it’s perhaps the best. And it’s largely thanks to the (currently disputed) genius of America’s entrepreneurial capitalism.
food  cooking  culture  economics  restaurants 
november 2009 by whip_lash
World Affairs Journal - The Cosmopolitan Tongue: The Universality of English
What makes the potential death of a language all the more emotionally charged is the belief that if a language dies, a cultural worldview will die with it. But this idea is fragile. Certainly language is a key aspect of what distinguishes one group from another. However, a language itself does not correspond to the particulars of a culture but to a faceless process that creates new languages as the result of geographical separation
language  culture  globalization  sociology 
november 2009 by whip_lash
The $20 Theory of the Universe - Esquire
There is almost nothing on earth that cannot be had for a price. The question is, what is that price? And the answer is twenty dollars.
travel  humor  psychology  economics  culture 
october 2009 by whip_lash
Vampires suck. - By Grady Hendrix - Slate Magazine
Just as America's young men are being given deeply erroneous ideas about sex by what they watch on the Web, so, too, are America's young women receiving troubling misinformation about the male of the species from Twilight. These women are going to be shocked when the sensitive, emotionally available, poetry-writing boys of their dreams expect a bit more from a sleepover than dew-eyed gazes and chaste hugs. The young man, having been schooled in love online, will be expecting extreme bondage and a lesbian three-way.
culture  history  literature  sex 
july 2009 by whip_lash
Who goes Nazi?—By Dorothy Thompson (Harper's Magazine)
It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times–in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis.
history  politics  psychology  culture  sociology 
july 2009 by whip_lash
Robert Wright: Why the "New Atheists" are Right-Wing on Foreign Policy
When it comes to foreign policy, a right-wing bias afflicts not just Hitchens's world view, but the whole ideology of "new atheism," especially as seen in the work of Hitchens allies Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.

Atheism has little intrinsic ideological bent. (Karl Marx. Ayn Rand. I rest my case.) But things change when you add the key ingredient of the new atheism: the idea that religion is not just mistaken, but evil -- that it "poisons everything," as Hitchens has put it with characteristic nuance.
religion  politics  culture 
july 2009 by whip_lash
A Religion for Atheists | Standpoint.Online
The tragedy of modern atheism is to have ignored just how many aspects of religion continue to be interesting even when the central tenets of the great faiths are discovered to be entirely implausible. Indeed, it’s precisely when we stop believing in the idea that gods made religions that things become interesting, for it is then that we can focus on the human imagination which dreamt these creeds up. We can recognise that the needs which led people to do so must still in some way be active, albeit dormant, in modern secular man. God may be dead, but the bit of us that made God continues to stir.
religion  culture 
april 2009 by whip_lash
Would You Have Been A Nazi? : A new test of Milgram's obedience experiment asks if it can still happen here. - Reason Magazine
Milgram didn't really explore why it was that Germans created death camps while Americans did not. The answer is liberty. In 1974, Milgram more generously noted, "It is not so much the kind of person a man is as the kind of situation in which he finds himself that determines how he will act." Americans have not escaped the natural human tendency to defer to authority. Instead, we have had the good fortune to find ourselves in the situation where our social institutions have traditionally limited what authorities can get away with. The institutions of liberty are what enable people to act on what Lincoln called, "the better angels of our nature."
psychology  culture 
january 2009 by whip_lash
5 Myths About Those Civic-Minded, Deeply Informed Voters
American voters, who are hiring the people who'll run a superpower democracy, are grossly ignorant. Here are a few particularly bogus claims about their supposed savvy.
politics  elections  voting  culture 
september 2008 by whip_lash
Reuters AlertNet - Saudi cleric wants death for TV "sorcerers"
A senior Saudi cleric has said purveyors of horoscopes on Arab television should face the death penalty, a paper said on Sunday, days after another cleric argued death for TV owners.

"Sorcerers who appear on satellite channels who are proven to be sorcerers have committed a great crime ... and the Muslim consensus is that the apostate's punishment is death by the sword," Sheikh Saleh al-Fozan told al-Madina daily.
religion  islam  culture 
september 2008 by whip_lash
The Agitator » Blog Archive » On Living With Immigrants
American citizens who actually live among higher concentrations of immigrants tend to have much higher opinions of them.
culture  immigration 
june 2008 by whip_lash
The freedom to say 'no' - The Boston Globe
Why aren't there more women in science and engineering? Controversial new research suggests: They just aren't interested.
culture  sociology  science 
may 2008 by whip_lash
Here's How America Looks to the World - washingtonpost.com
To present a friendly face to the world is not a matter of saccharine niceness but of well-considered interests, especially for a fearsome giant like the United States. For trust breeds authority, and authority breeds influence.
culture  politics  security  terrorism 
may 2008 by whip_lash
The Borjas Blog: Illegal Immigration As A Soap Opera
If emotions can be so easily manipulated [by a Brazilian soap opera] to move illegal migration flows one way, surely a clever writer can produce a script that would manipulate emotions in other ways as well.
culture  economics  immigration  television 
july 2007 by whip_lash
Matthew Yglesias
It's not that we urbanists are unaware that many people live in low density areas because its cheaper...that makes us believe that the "traditional unipolar downtown" could make a comeback [without federal price distortion].
economics  sociology  culture  architecture 
july 2007 by whip_lash
LRB | Chaohua Wang : Diary
It is now 18 years since soldiers and tanks entered Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Yet every year since then, on the night of 4 June, tens of thousands of people gather in Hong Kong and, whatever the weather, light candles in memory of what happened then
china  culture 
july 2007 by whip_lash
More Rimbaud and less Rambo, critics tell sweaty jogger Sarkozy - Times Online
President Sarkozy has fallen foul of intellectuals and critics who see his passion for jogging as un-French, right-wing and even a ploy to brainwash his citizens.
france  culture 
july 2007 by whip_lash
The new age of ignorance | Review | The Observer
The implications of this, and the resultant general scientific illiteracy, she believes, are possibly catastrophic. Forty-two per cent of Americans in a recent survey said they believed that humans had been on Earth since the beginning of time.
culture  science  education 
july 2007 by whip_lash
Take off your suit pants and jacket -- It's Web 2.0 - Blogs - Code Monkey Business - Builder AU
Fast forward to Web 2.0 and while workplaces aren't as cheesy with their decor as they were were in the late '90s, and developers aren't getting paid $100K for being HTML and JavaScript jockeys, geeks just aren't chuffed with corporate culture.
business  culture 
july 2007 by whip_lash
Reason Magazine - Why Poor Countries Are Poor
During the last 10 years or so, economists working on development issues have converged on the mantra that "institutions matter."... it is hard to describe what an "institution" really is. It is even harder to convert a bad institution into a good one.
economics  culture  education 
july 2007 by whip_lash
globeandmail.com: Bogota's urban happiness movement
Ever since citizens voted to make it an annual affair in 2000, private cars have been banned entirely from this city of nearly eight million every Feb. 1. On Dia Sin Carro, Car Free Day, the roar of traffic subsides and the toxic haze thins.
cars  culture  environment  transportation 
june 2007 by whip_lash
The new sci-fi | Media | MediaGuardian.co.uk
How did sci-fi become so popular, so credible - and even so political?
culture  entertainment  sci-fi  television 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Overcoming Bias: Are Your Enemies Innately Evil?
If the Enemy... is acting from beliefs about their situation that would make violence a typically human response, then that doesn't mean their beliefs are factually accurate...It means you'll have to shoot down someone who is the hero of their own story.
culture  psychology  terrorism 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Blood ties: Yakuza daughter lifts lid on hidden hell of gangsters' families | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
After years of relative calm, the yakuza have recently captured the public imagination in Japan. The swearing-in two summers ago of a new godfather of Japan's biggest underworld organisation, the Yamaguchi-gumi, was followed by a spate of shootings.
japan  crime  culture 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Changing Patterns in Social Fabric Test Netherlands' Liberal Identity - washingtonpost.com
With an orthodox Christian political party in the government for the first time, and with immigration anxieties fueling a national search for identity, [The Netherlands are] rethinking [their] anything-goes policies.
culture  europe  netherlands 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Danville Register Bee | AP News
According to the Federal Reserve, about one in 12 families - 8.7 percent - does not have a bank account.
culture  finance 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Inca - Machu Picchu - Peru - Ancient Civilizations - Yale University - National Geographic Society - New York Times
Historic relics have pragmatic value...“Cultural patrimony” — the phrase sounds so otherworldly. Bingham and Pachacuti were both very practical men. They would not have been fooled for a minute.
peru  culture  archaeology  artifacts  repatriation 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Idea Lab - Diversity - Race - Erica Goode - New York Times
But what if diversity had an even more complex and pervasive effect? What if, at least in the short term, living in a highly diverse city or town led residents to distrust pretty much everybody, even people who looked like them?
diversity  multiculturalism  culture 
june 2007 by whip_lash
East Bay - News - Rich, Black, Flunking
Ogbu concluded that the average black student in Shaker Heights put little effort into schoolwork and was part of a peer culture that looked down on academic success as "acting white."
education  culture 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Happy Father’s Day, Mom! by Heather Mac Donald
There were no “For mother on Father’s Day” cards among the rest of the store’s Father’s Day offerings, only in the “black” section.
culture  business 
june 2007 by whip_lash
College's foot bath plans spark backlash
The University of Michigan-Dearborn plans to spend $25,000 for foot-washing stations, making it easier for Muslim students to practice their religion but sparking questions about the separation of church and state.
islam  culture  dhimmitude 
june 2007 by whip_lash
In Saudi Arabia, a view from behind the veil - Los Angeles Times
As a woman in the male-dominated kingdom, Times reporter Megan Stack quietly fumed beneath her abaya. Even beyond its borders, her experience taints her perception of the sexes.
culture  islam  journalism 
june 2007 by whip_lash
The Science Creative Quarterly » THE SOCIAL NORM OF LEAVING THE TOILET SEAT DOWN: A GAME THEORETIC ANALYSIS
However, both papers fail to address an important concern: If a female finds the toilet seat in a wrong position then she will most probably yell at the male involved. This yelling inflicts a cost on the male.
culture  economics  psychology 
june 2007 by whip_lash
"The Rise of the Creative Class" by Richard Florida
Why cities without gays and rock bands are losing the economic development race.
economics  culture  sociology 
june 2007 by whip_lash
LA Weekly - News - Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 Misinterpreted - Amy E. Boyle Johnston - The Essential Online Resource for Los Angeles
Bradbury, a man living in the creative and industrial center of reality TV and one-hour dramas, says it is, in fact, a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature.
books  culture  tv 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Opinion: A dream lay dying
Bill Maxwell kept a promise to himself, to become a professor at a small historically black college, to nurture needy students the way that mentors had encouraged him as a young man. His second year started with promise but ended in despair.
culture  education 
may 2007 by whip_lash
Opinion: The once and future promise
Bill Maxwell kept a promise to himself, to become a professor at a small historically black college, to nurture needy students the way that mentors had encouraged him as a young man. After two years, he returned to the Times.
culture  education 
may 2007 by whip_lash
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