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by Sherry Turkle
Psychologist, MIT; Internet Culture Researcher; Author, Alone Together

Children watch their parents play with shiny technical objects all day. Parents cradle them, caress them, never let them out of their hands. When mothers breast feed their infants, the shiny objects are in their hands, at their ears. When parents bring their toddlers to the park, they share their attention with the shiny objects to the point that children are jealous and indeed, often go unattended. Playground accidents are up.

As soon as children are old enough to express their desires, children want the objects as well and few parents say no. In parental slang, it has become known as the "passback," passing back the iPhone to quiet your toddler in the rear seat of the car.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Apr 1, 2013, 04:33 PM (2 replies)

You can play a game and be a famous scientist

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Apr 1, 2013, 04:02 PM (2 replies)

Disconnect: A New Movie Sounds the Alarm About Our Hyper-Connected Lives

In the 1840s, Benjamin Disraeli, still a long way from being prime minister of England, wanted to wake people up to the plight of the British working class -- and move them to act. The alarm he sounded wasn't delivered in a speech, a pamphlet, or an article -- but in a novel, Sybil, published in 1845. It had the desired effect -- raising awareness, provoking outrage, and leading to the passage of several fundamental social reforms.

Disraeli knew that one of the most effective ways to touch people is through narrative -- putting flesh and blood on raw facts and data. Ever since I read Sybil when I was at Cambridge, I've loved thinkers and writers and gadflies who use storytelling to reach people and get us to act. Of course, since Disraeli's time, other powerful ways of telling those stories have emerged -- including movies.

And so it was that I found myself moderating a panel discussion last week with the director and two cast members (Frank Grillo and Marc Jacobs -- yes, that Marc Jacobs!) of a movie that uses storytelling to wake us up to one of the biggest problems of our modern age: the effect that being "connected" to technology 24/7 is having on our ability to connect with our lives, ourselves and the people we love.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Mar 31, 2013, 08:53 PM (0 replies)

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Ten Things Science Says Will Make You Happy...


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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:29 PM (9 replies)

The Power of Words

Happy Easter.

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The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. (Carlos Castaneda)
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Mar 29, 2013, 06:37 AM (5 replies)

Why D.C. Is the Richest Region in the Country

All that marble in D.C. shouldn't make you feel patriotic.
John Stossel | March 27, 2013

When the housing bubble burst, home prices dropped in most of America, but not in Washington. Our capital feeds off federal spending, and politicians won't allow that bubble to burst.

One result is that, today, for the first time, most of America's richest counties are in the Washington area. About 43 percent of "the 1 percent"—the top earners leftists say they hate—now live in 14 counties that surround the District of Columbia.

Nick Sorrentino, creator of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org, notes that average total compensation for a federal employee is now about $120,000, and the gap between government pay and private pay has been growing.

Government buildings are grand, too, even new ones like the Reagan office building. "It's very much like Versailles before the French Revolution," says historian John Steele Gordon. Washingtonians have become like the French nobility, who spent their lives in the palace at Versailles "and didn't know much about what went on outside that world."

"But the real royalty is not in Washington, D.C.," Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., tells me. "It's on Wall Street."


Tuileries Palace, Paris, c. 1564-1570s: the royal Parisian palace that housed Louis XVI and family after their exile from Versailles; destroyed in 1871.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 27, 2013, 10:53 PM (9 replies)



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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Mar 11, 2013, 12:45 PM (9 replies)

Nightly Business Report - Wednesday March 6, 2013

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 07:20 PM (3 replies)

CRE microbes... ST acute care (4%) and LT Care, Nursing Homes, Rehab. Ctrs... 18%... 50% fatal in

42 states in the last ten years...

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Drug-resistant germs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, have become more resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, a new report in CDC's Vital Signs indicates. The bacteria are causing more hospitalized patients to get infections that can be impossible to treat.

CRE germs kill one of every two patients who get bloodstream infections from them, and they readily transfer their antibiotic resistance to other bacteria. "For example, carbapenem-resistant klebsiella can spread its drug-destroying weapons to a normal E. coli bacteria, which makes the E.coli resistant to antibiotics also. That could create a nightmare scenario since E. coli is the most common cause of urinary tract infections in healthy people, according to the agency.

Making Health Care Safer
Stop Infections from Lethal CRE Germs Now
CRE infections are spreading, and urgent action is needed to stop them.

Although CRE germs are not very common, they have increased from 1% to 4% in the past decade. One type of CRE has increased from 2% to 10%.
CRE are more common in some US regions, such as the Northeast, but 42 states report having had at least one patient test positive for one type of CRE.
About 18% of long-term acute care hospitals and about 4% of short-stay hospitals in the US had at least one CRE infection during the first half of 2012.
CRE's ability to spread themselves and their resistance raises the concern that potentially untreatable infections could appear in otherwise healthy people.
CRE infections can be prevented.

Medical facilities in several states have reduced CRE infection rates by following CDC's prevention guidelines (see box).
Israel decreased CRE infection rates in all 27 of its hospitals by more than 70% in one year with a coordinated prevention program.
The US is at a critical time in which CRE infections could be controlled if addressed in a rapid, coordinated, and consistent effort by doctors, nurses, lab staff, medical facility leadership, health departments/states, policy makers, and the federal government.



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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 07:04 PM (2 replies)

Happy Women's History Month.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 04:38 PM (8 replies)
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