This really makes me sad. I am a huge fan of George Carlin. I will miss his curmudgeonly attitude, his lack of patience for religious stupidity and wonderful use of all the subtleties and absurdities of the English language to unveil our social ills.
Cross-posted from The Global Sociology Blog. As a follow-up on my previous post on refugees, this video is part of the campaign to raise awareness and activism for refugees, worldwide. Also, please see Charles Lemos’s great series of posts and photos on refugees at his blog, By The Fault.
Cross-posted from The Global Sociology Blog. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released yesterday its figures (full report) regarding the global numbers of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs): “UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres expressed concern Tuesday about the growing number of refugees worldwide after an … Continue reading
Cross-posted from The Global Sociology Blog. (Via Le Monde) Today, the Council of Europe launched a campaign against most forms of corporal punishment, including slapping, spanking, hitting, mistreating, humiliating and any other practice that damage the dignity of a child. The campaign will consist in TV ads, the publication of … Continue reading
I watched The Devil’s Miner (website) last night for the first time (it was originally from 2005) and what a film this is. The central question of the film is How do we live in dignity? Especially when you are 14 years old, living in Potosi, Bolivia, and you work … Continue reading
Cross-posted from The Global Sociology Blog. It is detrimental, says Thilo Thielke in Der Spiegel , because it creates unfairness and dependency in many different ways. First, using the case of Kenya, Thielke invokes a classical concept of formal organizational behavior: self-perpetuation. “The roads are in horrid disrepair, and they’ll … Continue reading
Wow, that is unexpected. Tim Russert died of a sudden heart attack at 58.
Since I have just received my DVD of this great film, I thought I’d re-post the review I wrote at The Global Sociology Blog. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a wonderful and harrowing adaptation of the book of the same name by Jean-Dominique Bauby (“Jean-Do”, as everyone calls … Continue reading
Via Der Spiegel: “When garden gnomes go missing in France, most are tempted to blame the shadowy Garden Gnome Liberation Front . The group has been linked to the disappearance of dozens of miniature garden residents over the years. Not this time, however. Some 170 gnomes and other ornaments have … Continue reading
From Le Nouvel Observateur, we get this appalling story. Here is how it goes, a man sues a hospital because his baby is born handicapped due to neurological problems during labor. Pretty straightforward, huh? Not so: the child is now disabled because when problems arose during labor, the father physically … Continue reading