The Boycott Bandwagon

When Bruce responds we listenIn refusing to perform a concert in Durham, Bruce Springsteen is using age-old techniques to hit where it hurts: in the pocketbook.When news that North Carolina legislators approved a law that enables discrimination of folks who are gay or transgender, performers, politicians and proprietors jumped on the boycott bandwagon....more

The Boycott Bandwagon

When Bruce responds we listenIn refusing to perform a concert in Durham, Bruce Springsteen is using age-old techniques to hit where it hurts: in the pocketbook.When news that North Carolina legislators approved a law that enables discrimination of folks who are gay or transgender, performers, politicians and proprietors jumped on the boycott bandwagon....more

Journalism’s lines between truth and voyeurism

This week we learned that a jury awarded Hulk Hogan $115 million (US) because an online source posted a salacious video of Hogan having sex.The video was posted allegedly without Hogan’s knowledge or permission and, according to the New York Times, a jury in Florida agreed the action was “an invasion of privacy” on the part of Gawker.com, which offered its viewers the video.What exactly is Gawker.com?...more

Hollywood's Whitewash: How Much Has Changed Since 1999?

The crowd cheered when the speaker slammed the entertainment industry, charging that, when Americans tune into television, they see a “virtual whitewash in programming.” The timing was perfect: lack of diversity in entertainment programs was high on the social agenda—too few people of color, scant women CEOs, almost no LGBT characters and an abundance of white, middle-aged professional men described films and television....more
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Hollywood's Whitewash

The crowd cheered when the speaker slammed the entertainment industry, charging that, when Americans tune into television, they see a “virtual whitewash in programming.”The timing was perfect: lack of diversity in entertainment programs was high on the social agenda—too few people of color, scant women CEOs, almost no LGBT characters and an abundance of white, middle-aged professional men described films and television....more

Where Are the Indians in the Oregon Stand-Off?

When news of an armed stand-off at a wildlife refuge in Malheur County broke, I asked: What do the protesters want?I’m wary of how conflicts are framed in print and broadcast media—as are folks who have asked on Twitter: would the police response be different if the protesters were Black? Muslim? ...more
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Is There a Native American Doctor In the House?

First daughter broke through a chunk of the glass ceiling in November—a tribute to her passion and persistence—and an important event tucked in the shadow of national Native American History Month. Cynthia Coleman with her daughters Megan (Wak-O-Apa) Tusler, who completed her PhD recently (2015) at the University of Chicago and Rachel (Wee-Hey) Tusler...more
Another thing: she will be a great role model for those who come after her. Congratulations !more

FDA OKs Maggots for Medicine

Maggots—the offspring of flies—are making their way to the modern medicine chest, according to this month’s Scientific American. The wee young of flies—larvae—munch on dead skin, cleaning bacteria from wounds.Science writer Carrie Arnold notes the FDA approved medical use of maggots in 2004, in part because some antibiotics have lost efficacy as drug-resistant strains of bacteria populate communities.I found half-a-dozen studies where researchers reported benefits of using grubs that eat decaying flesh on living patients....more

Science Censored

Imagine you could cure a disease but the government refused to allow you to study the data.That’s what happened at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) according to the latest issue of Scientific American. The CDC hires scientists and doctors to study a range of issues from flesh-eating bacteria to tuberculosis, and staff gather evidence on what harms you—morbidity—and what kills you—mortality. ...more

Like a Bullet in the Chamber

Some poor sod is having a bad PR day. Turns out Nike’s advertising campaign featuring Oscar Pistorius likens the athlete to a bullet in the chamber.Problem is Pistorius has been accused of releasing four real bullets from the chamber of a 9 mm pistol and killing his girlfriend. ...more
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