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The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Worms – a medical miracle for arthritis sufferers? | SmartPlanet Singularly unappealing, but fascinating. And a boon if it works: treat auto-immune disease by ingesting pig worm eggs. QUOTE Biopharmaceutical company Coronado Biosciences is conducting clinical trials using the eggs of the pig whipworm to regulate immune activity. The treatment is centered on the “hygiene […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

The Real Reason Cities Lean Democratic – Politics – The Atlantic Cities Fantastic visuals (maps) and great analysis of why it was inevitable that the Republicans lost in cities (aside from the fact that they openly mock all urban agendas): QUOTE In a good piece on the GOP’s problem with geography earlier this week, The […]

Hack your knees

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Two weeks after my 17th birthday, in a rush of enthusiasm over finally graduating from high school, I raced home one night through a backyard. Confronted by a fence, I opted to leap over it, and promptly tore cartilage and ligaments in my left knee. Wow, that hurt. It laid me up for a while, […]

No man is an island. How come communities are?

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

I don’t like every article published by City Journal – too often, I can imagine conservative think tank folk nodding their heads while reading its jeremiads about popular culture and decline, particularly as the articles describe how that decline is hastened (so they would argue) by “liberalism.” In other words, it’s often just a tad […]

Road warriors

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

The other day I saw a car with New Hampshire license plates and a school sticker from a nearby private school parked in my neighborhood. I surmised that the driver, an attractive early-40s woman who was fiddling with her phone, was in all likelihood the parent of a student at the well-regarded school. The school […]

Obama won, cut the fear-mongering

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

We have re-elected Obama (not, as the Wall Street Journal put it in an early-morning mobile front page version, let “Obama seize victory,” as if against the electorate’s will). I know there’s no magic wand in the President’s toolbox, so I’m not starry-eyed about instant improvements in the country’s economic — or possible triple-bottom-line — […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Urban Resilience § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM A 2010 Seed Magazine article about resilience and cities. QUOTE The concept of resilience upends old ideas about “sustainability”: Instead of embracing stasis, resilience emphasizes volatility, flexibility, and de-centralization. Change, from a resilience perspective, has the potential to create opportunity for development, novelty, and innovation. As Holling himself once put it, […]

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