Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.
- Don’t worry – I’m sure they’ll use this power for the betterment of mankind
- Crikey’s Unaustralian of the Year
- What can you do to help?
- Secular help for Haiti
- Our ice is disappearing
- On the fetish-ization of Haitian orphans (by skylanda)
- There goes America’s democracy: I never thought I would be living in a dystopian cyberpunk novel!
- I’ve got an app for that
- Mari Ness – The Louvre, the gendered gaze, and artistic assumptions
– “It’s interesting to note how corporations get to pick and choose the good parts of being a person. They can own property but can’t go to prison. They can sue you into bankruptcy, which you have to live with for the rest of your life, but if you win a big case against them, you get nothing while they reconstitute their assets and arise, Phoenix-like, under a new name. If you misbehave, you are personally responsible; a corporation jettisons a minor component it says was to blame. There is no ending them. This is the kind of personhood you would choose, if you could. It’s what happens when people making laws about corporations are themselves beholden to corporations.”
– Boo Hiss to Scott Driscoll!
– “ten things you can do to help the EFA’s campaign against the Government’s mandatory Internet filter”
– If you want to make sure that all your aid money goes to material wellbeing
– “Expect to hear the antiglobal warming crowd crowing over this, and the media misreporting this to sow more doubt about global warming. But the important point to remember is this: the Himalayan ice really is shrinking, and the same thing is happening in Antarctica.
Global warming is real. It’s also getting worse. You can shout, you can scream until you’re red in the face, and you can deny the facts all you want. But facts are pesky: they exist whether you believe in them or not.”
– “Orphanages are not a neutral thing of good in the world. They contribute to the displacement of children, and detract from real family-building programs. They are a convenient target for charity, the kind of charity that conveniently caters to first-world aesthetics while devaluing real families.
So, resist the temptation. Don’t give to orphanages, and for the love of all things holy, don’t be one of those people who fantasizes about bringing home one of those wide-eyed darlings. Their country needs them: this is Haiti’s opportunity to rebuild, from the ground up, fast and strong. Working men and women are the backbone of that opportunity, but intact families are the meat on those bones. Haitian families need to be made whole, supported in their entirety, fed as units, given a economic future – not seen as another commodity for lonely first-worlders to get their charity-jones fix on.”
– “At the root of the Court’s attack on popular democracy — and it is an attack, and it will promote if not guarantee rule by unaccountable corporate oligarchy — is the Court’s infamous 1976 Buckley v. Valeo decision that said money equals speech. Left unaddressed in today’s decision — and others — is the absurdity of this formula. When money equals speech, outfits with more money have more speech. And that destroys the very principle of free speech.”
– Linkfest: “So, readers and lurkers, what’s going on? How did this week treat you? What posts have you been reading and writing? What are your favourite iPhone apps? What is Pi to the 14th decimal place? Why does one of my kittens make little noises like a velociraptor? It’s Friday and I’m happy to chat.”
– “When it comes to Egyptian and Assyrian art, the simple truth is, we don’t know. We have no idea if this art was created by men or women or both. Many scholars have assumed that Egyptian tomb artists were male, but these were often the same scholars who assumed that the pyramids were built by slaves, which turns out to be not so true.
It’s entirely possible that each and every piece of Assyrian art at the Louvre was created by a man.
It’s entirely possible that each piece was created by a woman. The final truth is that we don’t know.”