Friday, September 21, 2007

From Around the Net

What's been going on around the net this past week? Here are my picks for some interesting posts:

Farideh at "Informed Comment" has a post up on the Iranian reaction to Washington's recent threats. His post is more comprehensive and detailed than anything I've seen in the mega-media.

Time and again, Glenn Greenwald has written knowledgeably about how out of touch the mega-media and the right wing noise machine are with the American people these days. Here, he posts a scathing article on the clear divide between what the buffoons and the people are thinking about the recent testimony of General Petraeus.

Mahendra argues "Poverty is not the root cause of terrorism" here. The commentary on his post is hugely insightful and informed -- not to mention lively.

Bora briefly reports some recent news on the FOXP2 gene here. The FOXP2 gene is sometimes called the "language gene" for the role it plays in human speech. For instance, a mutation to the gene prevents people from forming grammatically correct sentences.

Popular Mechanics recently published an article, "25 Things Every Man Should Know". Decrepit Old Fool insightfully critiques their list here and offers some wise suggestions of his own.

Susan at "Hug the Monkey" discusses a recent study that found breaking up is not as hard as one might expect. She points out some glaring weaknesses in the study here. Susan, by the way, has written a book to be published next Spring on the neurochemistry of oxytocin and it's role in relationships, trust and love. I'm looking forward to it.

Ordinary Girl thoughtfully reviews Gore Vidal's Julian here, a novel about the last Pagan emperor of the Byzantine Empire. Her review focuses on the religious issues raised in the novel, which are perennial.

Anyone interested in a good laugh at the expense of the lunatic Religious Right should read Ed's post here. The subject is the separation of church and state.

Chanson discusses the new atheist movement here. Her discussion raises the issue of the best way for today's atheists to make themselves known and respected. Should they adopt the allegedly aggressive tactics of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and others -- or should they take a more conciliatory approach?

Webs points out that "war has always been a part of our culture" and calls for a Department of Peace to balance the Department of Defense here. Whether such a department is feasible or not, his point is well made that more must be done to avoid wars.

Trinifar looks at the sources of US population growth here, and calls for publicly discussing the impact of immigration on a sustainable future.

Amuirin writes in three parts about her relationship with the extremely abusive father of her daughter beginning here. In trying to come to grips with the abuse, she combines excellent, often poetic, prose with extraordinary self-insight.

Eric discusses the evolution of menopause here, and provides compelling evidence that grandmothers, in traditional societies, have a decisive effect on the chances their grandchildren will survive to adulthood.

I am often amazed at how many people on the net possess superior photography talents and skills. Robin is one such person. On her blog she often combines an excellent photograph with a thought-provoking quote, as she does here.

Oemar has put up a very good selection of cartoons from Ajit Ninan here.

Enreal posts a very well crafted, thought-provoking and inspirational poem here.

Nita expertly analyzes the causes of malnutrition in India here.

Ass of Steel has put up a very thoughtful post on where morality comes from here.


Nita said...

Thanks for the mention Paul. :)

Priyank said...

Super digest! At the risk of sounding lazy, can I suggest to make this a regular feature?

Mahendra said...

Paul: I feel deeply honored about featuring for the second time in your weekly roundup, and would hasten to point out that it is the comments of my enlightened readers that make it so interesting!

Once again, I love your weekly pickings, and would like you to know that my visits to Technorati or other blogging related sites is surely going to decrease if you keep up with such wonderful editorial picks! :-)

Paul said...

You're welcome, Nita! Thank you for the article I linked to!

Thank you, Priyank! Because of your encouragement and that of others, I'm going to try to make this a weekly feature.

Mahendra, it's I that should be thanking you for the great article you posted. And I agree that the people who've commented on it have done an excellent job showing insight and intelligence about the topic. I've learned a lot from them and you!

ordinarygirl said...

Great roundup of posts again! Last week I just about cried.. twice!

And thanks for linking to me. :)

Trinifar said...

I too offer my thanks, Paul, both for the link and to the links to others. I've no idea how you manage to be so prolific writing your own posts and doing the reading necessary to do roundups like this which always point me to interesting material. What ever your secret, keep doing it!

Paul said...

Thank you, Ordinary Girl! And thank you for your book review!

Hi Trinifar! Thank you for your article! I've found the best help in reading so many blogs and posting so much on this one is my chronic insomnia. LOL! Kinda ironic, isn't it?

Trinifar said...

Well, it's very cool that your insomia contributes to the great good. ;-)