Independent bookstores were already struggling long before the recession, thanks to the rise of big box discounters which appealed to the bottom line. Now, the situation is getting even worse, and it raises some interesting questions about what independent bookstores mean to their communities, and whether or not independent bookselling is going to continue to exist.
Seeing as how we can simulate pretty much everything else imaginable, why not simulate the basics of the human body for introductory medical instruction? It would certainly allow students to get more confident about handling bodies before they have to interact with real patients.
The Academy for Eating Disorders, an advocacy organization, has some new guidelines out on dealing with childhood obesity. What makes these guidelines freakin’ awesome is that the focus is on overall health, not weight, and the fact that bodies can (and should) be diverse. This line from the second paragraph pretty much sums up why our approach to the “obesity epidemic” is not working: “A substantial body of evidence from the eating disorder literature demonstrates that a general emphasis on appearance and weight control can promote eating disordered behaviors.”
In an intriguing turn of affairs, Senator Feinstein has proposed creating a new national monument in Southern California, effectively closing a big chunk of land to the development of solar and wind energy. Hello, collision of environmentalism and sustainable energy production.
Hooray for baby clouded leopards, and an excellent set of accompaying photographs. It’s hard to believe that these squalling kittens are not, in fact, going to develop into nice friendly little lapcats.
Inevitably, there’s been a whole slew of stories lately on how people are turning to the sex industry to make money in hard times. I hate to break this to starry-eyed readers, but making a living in the sex industry is actually quite challenging.
The French, long famous for their ingenuity and determination when it comes to protesting, are holding a 3M executive hostage while they attempt to negotiate. I have to say, taking hostages is a rather innovative approach to dealing with wrath in the working class.