Thursday, April 29, 2010

links of the day

Worth reading:

Mind Over Meds - NYTimes.com: "Leon Eisenberg, an early pioneer in psychopharmacology at Harvard, once made the notable historical observation that “in the first half of the 20th century, American psychiatry was virtually ‘brainless.’ . . . In the second half of the 20th century, psychiatry became virtually ‘mindless.’ ” The brainless period was a reference to psychiatry’s early infatuation with psychoanalysis; the mindless period, to our current love affair with pills."

Arias' request for "Pepe" the Revolutionary | Just the Facts: "Toward the end of March, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias wrote a letter to Uruguay's President José Mujica, asking him to follow Costa Rica's example and abolish Uruguay's military (Costa Rica abolished its military in 1948). President Arias made the same plea during his remarks on channel NTN24. 'Why does Uruguay need an army? Who is Uruguay's enemy now? Will it invade Argentina? Will it invade Brazil?,' President Arias asked."

Just the gist, so you don't have to follow the link:

Obama: 'There may not be an appetite' to tackle immigration this year.

BBC News - Brown's 'bigot' remark: It's that sinking feeling: "Research by evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar has found that gossip allows us to connect with others against a third party. Gossip, and any kind of negative comment, always involves a degree of risk because you have to be sure that the recipient of the negative comment will share your view."

Gulf oil spill 'five times' larger than estimated | World news | guardian.co.uk: "US coastguard says 5,000 barrels a day of oil are spewing from a well beneath site of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion"

New immigration law turns Arizona into police state: "Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, not exactly an immigrant advocate, who best defined the already infamous SB1070 as the 'breathing while Latino law.'"

How Much Does CNN.com Suck? WTFCNN.com Shows You: "A new site, WTF CNN?, compliments of Breadpig, shows you exactly what world news you’re missing by clicking on CNN. The way the site works is simple: CNN.com is displayed at the top of the page, and under it, you get a choice of seeing the frontpage from one of the following global news sites: ABC (Australia), Al-Jazeera (Qatar), BBC (UK), China Daily (China), Deutsche Welle (Germany), EuroNews (Europe), France 24 (France), or Reuters (UK). Both halves are shown live, and switching between sites is as simple a selecting the one you want from a drop down menu."