Around the web this first week of 2010

So many early this week I’ll do two posts. This is part one. Will put part two on Friday as usual.

Some of the articles/etc. that called out to be shared:

  • You may be more racist than you think, study says – — Would you get upset if you witnessed an act of racism?  A new study published Thursday in the journal Science suggests many people unconsciously harbor racist attitudes, even though they see themselves as tolerant and egalitarian.
  • Implicit Association Test — Discover your unconscious prejudices: It is well known that people don’t always ‘speak their minds’, and it is suspected that people don’t always ‘know their minds’. Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology. This web site presents a method that demonstrates the conscious-unconscious divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous methods. This new method is called the Implicit Association Test, or IAT for short. In addition, this site contains various related information. The value of this information may be greatest if you try at least one test first…
  • Earlier Bedtimes May Help Protect Adolescents Against Depression And Suicidal Thoughts — Some school districts start adolescence later in the day and this has shown to help greatly as well. Not everyone’s body clock is set so that they can go to bed early. Teenagers need sleep…so whether that means going to bed earlier or sleeping in late depends on the individual.
  • Michael Pollan has a new book out titled Food Rules. — Here’s a great interview he did with Elephant Journal’s Waylon Lewis. If you’re not familiar with Michael Pollan and his work this is a great introduction.
  • This Is Your Country on Drugs Melody Petersen talks about how we’re hooked on Big Pharma. Melody Petersen has been writing about the pharmaceutical industry for more than 10 years, including as a staff reporter for the New York Times. Her recent book,Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines andHooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008), should be required reading for anyone who’s serious about healthcare reform.
  • Sleep Deprivation, Psychosis and Mental Efficiency – Psychiatric Times — Today, average young adults report sleeping about seven to seven and one-half hours each night. Compare this to sleep patterns in 1910, before the electric lightbulb, the average person slept nine hours each night. This means that today’s population sleeps one to two hours less than people did early in the century
  • Yummy! Ammonia-Treated Pink Slime Now in Most U.S. Ground Beef | | AlterNet — You’re not going to believe what you’ve been eating the last few years (thanks, Bush! thanks meat industry lobbyists!) when you eat a McDonald’s burger (or the hamburger patties in kids’ school lunches) or buy conventional ground meat at your supermarket: According to today’s New York Times, The “majority of hamburger” now sold in the U.S. now contains fatty slaughterhouse trimmings “the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil,” “typically including most of the material from the outer surfaces of the carcass” that contains “larger microbiological populations.”
  • Before you take that antidepressant visit this site With our national love of drugs, sex, celebrities and violence you’d think would be more popular. The 12-year-old web site lists 3,500 crime related news reports linked to the use of SSRI antidepressants with celebrities like Wynona Ryder, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, Anna Nicole Smith, Heather Locklear, Glen Campbell, Carrie Fisher, Sharon Osbourne, Phil Hartman, Princess Di’s driver, Patrick Swayze’s Sister, O.J. Simpson and the Crown Prince of Nepal generously sprinkled in.You can search and sort stories by drug–Lexapro, Celexa, Luvox, Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil and the related Effexor and Cymbalta–date, location, type of violence and the articles about school shootings, famous cases and legal cases won on SSRI defenses are color coded.

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