There are many interesting issues/events that LP doesn’t manage to blog about. Here’s a selection of topics we didn’t cover recently, but others did:
– “DNA sequencing of a 100-year-old lock of hair has established Aboriginal Australians have had a longer continuous association with the land than any other race of people…Sequencing of a West Australian Aboriginal man’s hair shows he was directly descended from a migration out of Africa into Asia that took place about 70,000 years ago.”
– “According to Facebook’s terms of service, users are not permitted to post content that is hateful, threatening or incites violence. But it appears that, in the minds of the Facebook powers-that-be, pages that encourage rape don’t violate that rule.”
– “all about the tragedy of a father discovering his son had been taught about … the clitoris. Why, the class went so far as to insinuate that playing with a person’s clitoris can be a fun thing for both parties!”
– and how different exactly are those ingredients, do you think?
– “Needless to say, I understand the need to establish paternity and inheritance rights and how much these are bound by fidelity but still, we have questioned almost every aspect of the foundations of traditional family ties, but we seem to take the idea of fidelity for granted.”
– “Many people in the United States have very set, specific ideas about poverty and what it is like to be poor. This book turns those ideas on their head and forces people to confront some of their own attitudes about poverty.”
– “To point out what I think is obvious, the disinterest society shows towards these crimes is both a cause and symptom of the violence.”
– “I have long known that schools are sites for reproducing conformity, but it’s rare to have it stated so explicitly.”
– “Paul Krugman published a brief column decrying the shameful way 9/11 was hijacked and exploited. That the tragedy was, indeed, hijacked to serve a prior agenda is simply a fact, which all reasonable people understand.”
– “the fact that a well established PR agency is happy to go public with this methodology demonstrates just how much of a problem the whole industry has.”
– “There’s no subtle game of psychological warfare that you can use to trick someone into paying more attention to you than they want to. I realize that all women’s magazines live or die on the fallacy that there IS a way to control this if you just (bought stuff)(became thinner than you are now, no matter what you weigh now, you must be THINNER)(bought more stuff), but there isn’t a guaranteed way to fascinate.”
Readers: what posts/articles have you read lately that you found particularly interesting?
n.b. some of the posts above refer to highly contentious stoush-storms in the blogosphere, and those comment threads may be full of content that would not be approved for publication here. While I expect that various commentors are likely to find themselves in oppositional viewpoints on some issues, those stoushes should not be replayed blow by blow on LP, and comments that rely solely on rehashed arguments from elsewhere are likely to be deleted.