Best Post Earth Day Post: Earth Day Leftovers from Eating Liberally and how Rachel Carson's ideas were swatted down among other Einstein-y ideas. Another good post on this site: how plastics might be entering the food chain via increased trade with China (dog food, hog deaths). The pollution in China is well-known. More in today's NYTimes on the open secret of animal feed filler and the terrible food safety records and problems in China.
- Who will be politically influenced via new media? An April '06 blog ad survey found that the median political blog reader is a 43 year old man with an annual family income of $80,000. He reads 6 blogs a day for 10 hours a week. 39% have post-graduate degrees. 70% have contributed to a campaign. 58% say blogs are "extremely useful" sources of information. Women have moved into the blogosphere in large numbers since then and Sen. Hillary Clinton is out to reach them. Her first blog post outside of her own blog (see how new media is impacting politics) was on firedoglake on the topic of Equal Pay, Equal Respect.
- Little lies will come back to getcha. The Dean of M.I.T. resigned when it was discovered that she lied about her academic credentials...28 years ago.
- Bad in Baghdad: Riverbend, author of the award-winning blog from Bagahdad, Baghdad Burning, has announced that her family is leaving Iraq. She sees that the tatters of her society are no longer tenable. Following her blog has given me a new media view of what is happening there.
- Dogs Express Emotion: a big story in the NYTimes is about how a dog will wag its tail to the right when attracted to something - the muscles in the right side of the tail reflect positive emotions. Animals are left-brained, too.
- Hug more often and for longer - The Happiness Project blog says that frequent huggers have lower blood pressure and higher levels of oxytocin (a chemical that promotes bonding).
I've hugged my little brother and I'm off to hug Manhattan. Still the Weekend Cheers.