The world is depressing. Let’s not talk about the plane that was shot down over Ukraine, or the Israel-Palestine conflict, or ISIS, or climate change. (those are all links to vox explainers I haven’t read, so beware maybe). Let’s instead talk about reading, writing, and gifs!
Here’s what was important this week…
Are women being infantilized or endangered in the Olympics?
Also, the Olympic medal count gets more interesting depending on whether you look at it in terms of total medals, number of gold medals, or medals per capita.
In world news, protests in Ukraine that have been going on for a few months have escalated as the government ramps up its violent response. Just today (overnight for us in the US time zone) a deal was signed between the government and the protestors. Hopefully it will hold. That article (CNN) provides a good overview of the violence, but essentially the protests started as the government aligned itself with Russia, while many citizens wished for more of an EU alignment. Photos (some graphic) of the violence were collected yesterday by In Focus, and the New Yorker is wondering if this protest is the final straw: Will Ukraine Break Apart?Like many of the protests in recent years, the protests have been named somewhat with the square in which they’re occurring. Tahrir, Zucotti, Gezi, and now the Ukrainian protests, combining the word for “square” and the crux of the protests, european integration, to make euromaidan. You can watch four simultaneous live feeds of the park if you like. (The current president of Ukraine also ran for president in 2004 and was “elected” but forced to concede to his opponent after accusations of electoral fraud. One of those protesting the election results also happened to be the sign language interpreter for the state run news channel.)
The surge to eradicate polio is on, and one polio survivor is determined to help any way she can, because “an outbreak of polio anywhere in the world is a danger everywhere.”
And while antibiotic resistant infections are on the rise, a new treatment is in the works for Hepatitis C.
What is life, for an amoeba?
Working at a university, the amount of money spent on academics versus sports is a touchy subject, especially at a big ten school. Thankfully, the Michigan Daily isn’t afraid to take it on, examining how valuable the current quarterback at U-M is for the university. (The Atlantic covered this in a longform article a couple years ago). Not only that, but the Knight Commission built a database that compares academic and sports funding across universities. U-M is listed, although my alma mater is not. Primarily public schools are available, due to the nature of the datasets. Recently a twitter bot has joined the conversation, wondering the best ways to save the humanities.