Friday News Bites: Duggar Disgraces, FIFA Arrests, SCIENCE! + More

Greetings, fellow unicorns. It’s time once again to round up the news stories that caught my eye this week, and we have a lot to cover. Wade through the frustrating, soak in the interesting, and reward yourself with a good song at the end. Let’s get started:

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Friday News Bites: Equality Setbacks, Health Advisories, Sports + More

It’s not too often that I have much to say on the subject of sports, but we’ve got a few stories of note this week, as well as some new hurdles to LGBT equality. Throw in some medical/science-y bits, and we’ve got ourselves a newsy roundup. Let’s get to it:

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

This edition of dispatches is full of new blogs to read and a bunch of great videos.

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Takedown: The five best sentences EVER

I hope you are ready for the best reading experience of your lives: this week’s Takedown promises to deliver the five best sentences you will ever read. This is technically true, if you have never read any other sentences and never intend to; otherwise, it’s your standard issue crapdate. Read More Takedown: The five best sentences EVER

Persephoneconomics: A Region by Any Other Name

I’ve not been writing for Persephone for the last couple of weeks due to the personal (and economic!) trauma of my much-loved, five year old laptop going to the big Starbucks armchair in the sky. The stages of grief for losing one’s computer are a whole other post entirely, maybe even a screenplay. However, there are far more important tragedies happening in the world, and I want to talk about how we talk about them. Read More Persephoneconomics: A Region by Any Other Name

Persephoneconomics: Does Motivation Matter?

I was going to write a post about the basic principles of neoclassical economics and why they have little to no bearing on real life, basically part 879 of Why Republicans Suck Blog 2K11. Instead, because I feel like we might already be a little burned out on that sort of thing and it’s only Wednesday (I KNOW, RIGHT?), I thought maybe I’d talk about things that are a little more fun, and a little less cut and dry: Lady Gaga and pizza. Read More Persephoneconomics: Does Motivation Matter?

Peresephoneconomics: Historical Perspectives

Traditional economics and consequently neo-liberal policy, especially in terms of economic development, relies on a Eurocentric approach to the narrative of systems of accumulation. In some ways this makes sense, all theory is based on what we know of history; however, to pretend that unindustrialized countries can industrialize in the same manner, following the same principles of Western Europe is to ignore some very pertinent facts. Read More Peresephoneconomics: Historical Perspectives