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Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 02:37 PM (14:37) by Gurdur
Updated 05-Apr-2011 at 03:10 PM (15:10) by Gurdur

Time for another weekly round-up! As ever, what I find around the net on society, science, ethics, religion and atheism. You can easily see a list of all my weekly blogs round-ups on this link here (using the tag "blogs round-up"). Again, as ever, I include as much info as possible, including Twitter handles and so on, so you can see not only the sources but also how to garner info yourself. The below round-up as ever also includes a fair few press reports.

Finding all the worms! Meanwhile, European earthworms are invading North America, and the end result may not be good for some native American vegetation.

Science: JadeBio has a good post up on science career advice. A very salient point I learnt from that is that early on, one must go deep, not wide; and that precisely is the mistake I too often made in my own career and life. As JadeBio concludes:

"Better not to be a jack of all trades too early.

Collaborate with people and learn all those other research areas by working with other experts. But you should be the expert in what you do."
Whitney Krueger gives all hypochondriacs a case of the terrors with "How a brain eating amoeba made me remember why I love science".

Brian Krueger does a post which will probably overjoy any pet fish/aquarium owners reading this.

Ed Yong has his own science blogs round-up, chocabloc full of great links!

Christian Jarrett blogs on psychologists destroying money in the name of science.

Science, society, journalism: the Australian site The Conversation, which is basically (in my own words) a vehicle for citizen blogging from academic research scientists, has lots for you to look at.

Science: Paige Brown blogs on the science of chocolate!

Catherine Meyers blogs on a bacterium that acts like a toothbrush.

Psycasm has a post up on the science of LOL-ing.

The Write4Red campaign for the benefit of the Red Crossover "raised $30,583.07 from more than 258 unique donors". A great success! It was organized by Holly Tucker (@history_geek) and Beth Dunn (@bethdunn).

Journalism, press, blogging: Jeff Jarvis asks "Who's afraid of Arianna Huffington?". Wellworth reading!

Edited to include this from @marynmck: Health journos: Want to meet a top book editor face2face? Come to #AHCJ11 in Philly! Two major editors in our Pitchfest

Press, journalism, social-media, Twitter: An official PR/spokesman for the federal government of Germany announced a visit of the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to the USA, and he announced it over Twitter rather than through a press conference to the parliamentary press corps. The German press reacted big-time; here is a FAZ news report on it, here is the Wiegold Zwo blog post on it.

I myself did a translation into English in two parts (Part 1 here and Part 2 here) of the press conference where the journos bitched at the spokesman for the official govt. spokesman. Various other blogs have commented (usually in German, such as the Wiegold Zwo blog) on the whole incident; you can see commentaries in English on the TrendQuest blog, and the All Twitter blog, and the Seooz Buster blog.

Press, journalism, media: "The newsonomics of oblivion", talking about the future of newspapers.

Politics, human rights: the Chinese government have detained - imprisoned for the time being - the famous artist Ai Weiwei, whose "Sunflower Seeds" exhibition is known to many, in what is a wide crackdiwn against many dissidents. Various European governments, the EU and the USA have all protested to the Chinese government about this, so far without effect.

Politics, religion, human rights: Liam Fox on the News Junkie blog writes that the "Qur’an Burning Pastor Is Not Responsible For Afghanistan Murders". Meanwhile, as fresh protests started, the San Franciso Sentinel had something very interesting to say: "Terry Jones burned the Quran - Karzai fanned the flames".

Meanwhile, Spiegel Online reminds everyone of Terry Jones' past.

Politics, women, society, religion: Spiegel have a good article up, "Visions of Female Identity in the New Egypt".

Human rights, society: a death at the end of last year in Greenwood, Mississippi, has been ruled to be a murder by lynching, not a suicide.

Politics, media: Josh Rosenau discusses American populace misperceptions of NPR funding and the like.

Society, ethics: Lesley discusses ordinary heros.

Religion: Maggi Dawn tackles apocalyptic thinking, theology and heresies.

The Biblical Studies Carnival LXI blogfest is up at Dr.Platypus.

The blog Dreaming Beneath The Spires manages to bring in Thomas Gray, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard", in a discussion about blogging. I am a very uncultured and uncivilized person, and I must confess up till now I had only encountered in passing "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" as only being mentioned in a couple of Hornblower books. Or in other words I knew it existed but no more than that.

The Church Mouse did his usual round-up.

Clayboy has discovered an important principle for activists: sometimes your 'friends' are far worse than your enemies. That's something which affects us all, on all sides of all fences.

Fr. David Cloake of the blog The Vernacular Curate did a very, very funny post.

Religion, philosophy: Phil Ritchie does an interesting post -- I disagree (utterly) with almost every single statement in it, but it makes a great springboard for discussion. Given my own workload, I probably won't blog on it till tomorrow or Thursday.

Medicine, psychology, healthcare: the site Pallimed (palliative care in hospices) has a post up, "Inpatient Rehab Improves Functional Status in Asthenic Cancer Patients".

Well now. I think I really can stop there, enough to keep anyone occupied.

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    Thanks Gurdur... very comprehensive - liking the way round-ups mean you can share in the corner of the blogosphere of another...
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 03:36 PM (15:36) by Lesley Lesley is offline
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    Human rights, society: a death at the end of last year in Greenwood, Mississippi, has been ruled to be a murder by lynching, not a suicide.

    Several problems in that link you might not be aware of.
    1. Note that "Although a black family resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave," which is where the article says the man was working before wandering off. Look at the address again. Yep, the White House. I cannot find evidence for Pennsylvania Ave in the northern section of Greenwood.

    2. The race possibility has no basis in the article you linked to. Interesting enough the 2000 census figures show out of a total population of 28116, 17649 are "Black or African American alone" and 9989 are "White alone."
    Therefore I would say that the author's "Members of the predominately white town of Greenwood" should be looked at with suspicion. The area where the murder occurred is a predominately white area of the town according to other reports.

    3. It was just ruled "not a suicide." It wasn't ruled a lynching.
    The word "lynch" shouldn't be abused -- plain murder is what this should be called. "Putting a person to death by mob action" is the first definition I found in the web. Mississippi has a prior, poor history of lynching. However, there is no evidence that more than one other person is involved in this case. See for an excellent, even-handed article which should also give you an understanding why some feel a need to call this a lynching.

    I'm not saying that this murder is not racist (and my guess is that it is), but right now, no one knows. Did he stumble upon a boat smuggling drugs? Did he offend someone because he is mentally ill? That sort of "ism" exists too. (See the quote from the last person known to have seen him in the report below. Acting like that could easily set off another person with his own mental problems.)

    Here is an earlier report that seems to bring out more and better facts.
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 07:17 PM (19:17) by muddleglum muddleglum is offline
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    Originally Posted by muddleglum View Comment
    .... Here is an earlier report that seems to bring out more and better facts. .
    Thanks for the notes and critique, Muddlglum!
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 08:35 PM (20:35) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    Sorry about the repeat, Gurdur,

    One last thing, I finally discovered the family website.
    It looks well balanced and also has various ways to help.
    Wish I found this 'un at first!
    Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 09:17 PM (21:17) by muddleglum muddleglum is offline
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