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Since I may not have time Saturday to post them, here is my list of most interesting links of the week, a day early.
Another Service Decline: From Citizen to Patient: Benedict Carey in the NYT explains how dehumanization and loss of identity is hurting relationships in medical facilities and therefore reducing the quality of care. “The point is that when they talk about quality of health care, patients mean something entirely different than experts do,” said Dr. Drew Altman. In an institution like a hospital, “the territories of the self are violated,” [Dr. Erving Goffman] wrote. “The boundary that the individual places between his being and the environment is invaded and the embodiments of the self profaned.” This is the second in a series of NYT articles on challenges in the health care system.
An Exemplary Animal Rights Site: Humanefood.ca has been compiled by a coalition of organizations concerned with farm animal welfare. They’re using carefully-placed, non-sensational TV spots to draw people to the website (you can view them on the site). The site itself isn’t begging for money or stirring outrage. It’s communicating useful, objective facts and telling you (in the You Can Help section) precisely what you can do to help — and not just by writing letters to politicians and the media, but by changing your purchasing decisions and working with local grocery stores, restaurants and farms.
The LifeStraw: Gizmag describes a new invention with no moving parts and using no electricity that could save tens of millions of lives per year, the lives of people who now die from preventable water-borne diseases that are caused by overcrowding and lack of sufficient money and infrastructure to treat water properly.
Reintroducing Wilderness in the US: National Geographic describes a controversial ‘rewilding’ plan to create “ecological history parks” where the descendants of ice age creatures would be introduced into the plains states where human populations are declining. Good idea or bad? Thanks to Lavonne at BornFamous for the link.
Natural Clothing for the UK: By Nature offers organic, environment-friendly clothing, gifts, housewares, cosmetics and foods for caring British and European consumers.
Google Desktop 2 and Google Talk: If anyone doesn’t know already, Google Desktop 2 offers a side bar with news and other handy stuff (not yet very useful to me, though it’s open source so additional content may change that) and a Search Bar that shows results as you type each letter, and allows you to open those results without even using your browser to display them. Google Talk offers a stripped-down competitor for Skype, and for IM, and proposes that competitors match their IM tools to Google’s to eliminate all the separate and incompatible IM products out there.
Utah Cops Go Nuts: Attendees at a recent outdoor concert in Utah, which had all the necessary permits, were assaulted by land and air by a small army of power-crazed and brutal police authorities. The cops injured dozens, terrorized the concert-goers and caused thousands of dollars in damage, in addition to violating just about every law imaginable. Screen capture from one attendee’s video is shown above. Must be a red state.
TV Sports Without Announcers: As a consequence of the brutal CBC lockout, the management of the CBC has been trying out sports event coverage without commentators, describing it as “the stadium experience at home”. I used to get this experience on the ‘feed’ channels on the old Big Ugly Dish satellites, and it was wonderful. CBC viewers apparently agree. Now if we could only get this for gymnastics, diving and figure skating, and rid the world of the scourge of ‘colour commentators’ entirely.
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A Culture of Fear
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A Future Without Us
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The Mushroom at the End of the World
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Complexity and Collapse
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Giving Up on Environmentalism
The Dark & Gathering Sameness of the World
The End of Philosophy
The Boiling Frog
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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care
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Why I Don't Want to Hear Your Story
A Harvest of Myths
The Qualities of a Great Story
The Trouble With Stories
A Model of Identity & Community
Not Ready to Do What's Needed
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No Use to the World Broken
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If I Only Had 37 Days
The Only Life We Know
A Long Way Down
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Nothing On Offer Here
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