Wednesday Blogwhoring

What’s blogwhoring got to do, got to do with it?

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  1. We’re feeling snarky as of late–Bradley takes on the commenters in the Sun-Sentinel’s coverage of the Mayor Jim Naugle debacle, and I have some fun with the Unity08 “campaign. But Amy does the major work with this piece from a couple of days ago, putting together a story about a Florida exorcism with child abuse, slavery, and lion-eating chimps. Enjoy.

  2. eastsidekate

    Fuck yeah!!!!
    I :heart: Norman Borlaug, and love Gregg Easterbrook for bringing him to attention.

    There’s a lot of negatives about the Green Revolution, but it was important, and noble. What’s more, few of my academic-biologist friends seem to know about the only agronomist (and Iowan) to ever win a Nobel Peace prize, which seems criminal.

    Norman Borlaug: He’s not just inspirational, he’s also great trivia.

  3. I bid an exasperated farewell to Garrison Keillor here.

    Re-blog Clinton’s press release on EC for servicewomen here.

    And die of anticipation for Harry Potter here!

  4. everstar

    I used to work in Borlaug Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. The first day my dad dropped me off there, he said, “Hey, this place is named for Norman Borlaug who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work against hunger.” There’s a picture of the ceremony on the U’s home page today. (Ignore the smirking chimp on the left; I count it a mark of Professor Borlaug’s greatness that he didn’t sock reflexively the president in the nose.)

  5. Meanwhile, Waxman turns a spotlight on another part of Karl Rove’s political machine, and Bush announces plans to inject himself into the Middle East peace process.

  6. Over at The Fat Lady Sings TFLS blogged about The War against Christmas heating up again, and gave us an update on her candidate; and I blogged about Point of Origin labeling on food.

  7. Aly

    I wrote a somewhat short piece about a documentary on Real Dolls and how the mindset that women just need to shut up and look pretty is going to destroy a young generation.

  8. bernarda

    Easterbrook’s hagiography of Borlaug should be read critically. As a “serious” journalist, I think he should have looked at various aspects of the “Green Revolution” and its critics, like Vandana Shiva.

    http://livingheritage.org/green-revolution.htm

    “In 1970, Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in developing high-yielding varieties (HYVs) of wheat. The “Green Revolution”, launched by Borlaug’s “miracle seeds”, is often credited with having transformed India from “a begging bowl to a bread basket.”, and the Punjab is frequently cited as the Green Revolution’s most celebrated success story.’

    Yet, far from bringing prosperity, two decades of the Green Revolution have left the Punjab riddled with discontent and violence. Instead of abundance, the Punjab is beset with diseased soils, pest-infested crops, waterlogged deserts and indebted and discontented farmers. Instead of peace, the Punjab has inherited conflict and violence.”

    “It has often been argued that the Green Revolution provided the only way in which India (and, indeed, the rest of the Third World) could have increased food availability. Yet, until the 1960s, India was successfully pursuing an agricultural development policy based on strengthening the ecological base of agriculture and the self-reliance of peasants.

    Land reform was viewed as a political necessity and, following independence, most states initiated measures to secure tenure for tenant cultivators, to fix reasonable rents and to abolish the zamindari (landlord) system. Ceilings on land holdings were also introduced. In 1951, at a seminar organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, a detailed farming strategy—the “land transformation” programme — was put forward.

    The strategy recognized the need to plan from the bottom, to consider every individual village and sometimes every individual field. The programme achieved major successes. Indeed, the rate of growth of total crop production was higher during this period than in the years following the introduction of the Green Revolution.”

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