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31 May 2006 @ 11:54 am
"There is a long tradition of social and political commentary and editorial cartoons, which have been around since the 16th century, continue to be a popular medium. The internet has enabled many artists to publish their own comics and one of the most insightful and forthright comics online is Stephanie McMillan’s Minimum Security."

13 May 2006 @ 03:30 pm
"The internet is a strange place. Chat rooms, gambling, pornography, games, community, shopping, art, education, news; it is the best of us, and the worst. It is the culmination of years of work, love and education as well as the transient, lusty, typo-filled cult of the now. I recently discovered something that, in my opinion, encompasses many of these things: Second Life."

11 April 2006 @ 11:59 am
"The day after the 2006 Oscars, Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan penned a scathing critique of the academy’s choice of best film, Crash, which he described as “a feel-good film about racism.” The film, he wrote, “could make you believe that you had done your moral duty and examined your soul when in fact you were just getting your buttons pushed and your preconceptions reconfirmed.” But that is an accurate description of almost every major Hollywood movie that deals with race; they are designed to appease the white-centric biases of studio executives and the mainstream audience they entertain."

11 April 2006 @ 11:24 am
"Somehow, through my online meanderings I happened upon myfootprint.org, which has a personal carbon footprint test. The first time I took the test I scored a “12”, and was told “IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON. WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON. IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 2.7 PLANETS.” Ever since then, I’ve been making sure that unused appliances and electronics are turned off and unplugged and in my dreams I’ve been building solar-powered houses and ecovillages."

20 March 2006 @ 07:30 pm
Culture Groove Series: Race and Racism

Robert Jensen is an associate professor of journalism at the Univeristy of Texas and author of a number of books. His most recent work, The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege is s refreshingly frank work that dissects ideas about racism through American history, politics as well as his own personal experiences.

16 March 2006 @ 02:52 pm
In George W. Bush’s State of the Union address in January 2006, he did something that surprised me: he outlined the Advanced Energy Initiative, a plan which looks to have us reduce our foreign (specifically Middle East) oil usage by 75% in the year 2025.

13 March 2006 @ 09:31 am
Here's what's new at Culture Groove:
  • Our look has changed! I've updated the design. The site should be a bit more functional now. And prettier!
  • News Feeds! We now have news feeds from the BBC, Scientific American, Rueters, Wired and much more. Check out the site for news updates.
  • New interview posted. As part of our new series on Race and Racism: Ask Gustavo Arellano

Ask Gustavo Arellano

"Gustavo Arellano is an investigative reporter and columnist for the OCWeekly in Southern California. Since 2004, Gustavo has been answering questions in his increasingly popular column “Ask A Mexican”. In February 2006, the LA Times wrote an article on the weekly column and now, it seems, that everyone wants to talk to Gustavo. Including me."




China sociologist pushes for gay marriage

Planet Out

"A famous Chinese sociologist will submit a proposal for same-sex marriage to the country's top political advisory body as it meets in Beijing."


Rap song wins Oscar after historic performance


"Bitches became witches in the sanitized lyrics of the Oscar-winning rap tune "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" when the song was performed at the Academy Awards on Sunday."


Kenya clamps down on media freedom


"Armed police officers wearing masks shut down a Kenyan television station, disabled a printing press and made a public bonfire out of thousands of copies of a pro-opposition newspaper yesterday after a dispute over a story about the president, Mwai Kibaki."



Big Apes and Bad Biology


"By going back only a generation, before aircraft and spacecraft pixelated the Earth, you arrive at an era when nature still held a few surprise cards; when major discoveries could still be made.


Japanese Make Gasoline From Cattle Dung

Associated Press

"Scientists in energy-poor Japan said Friday they have found a new source of gasoline — cattle dung."


ISS 'to be completed as planned' >

Associated Press

"The heads of the five space agencies in charge of the International Space Station (ISS) have held talks on the future of the facility. "


Media 'sensationalising science'

BBC News

"A report by the Social Market Foundation (SMF), an independent research group, has accused the UK media of sensationalising science."


Altruism 'in-built' in humans

BBC News

"Infants as young as 18 months show altruistic behaviour, suggesting humans have a natural tendency to be helpful, German researchers have discovered."



Strong Asian, Arab participation at Berlin travel fair


"Asia and Arab countries have boosted their attendance at the world's premium tourism fair - ITB International Tourism Fair - which opens to the public in Berlin next week. "


Gay protesters rally in European cities

Planet Out

"Activists in cities across Europe protest Moscow's decision to ban Gay Pride celebrations in the face of threats from religious extremists. "


The I-word goes public


"At a forum in New York, pundits and politicians called for the impeachment of George W. Bush. "


Cop sued for blocking dying gay man's care

Panet Out

"An ACLU lawsuit targets the police chief of a small W.Va. town who blocked attempts to resuscitate a gay man he thought was HIV-positive. "