Giving words to what we already know, Filipino Nursing Graduates and the Risk of the Migration Trap discusses the Sisyphean struggle that aspiring Filipino nurses undergo in their search for a better life outside the country. The key argument are the two traps that they fall into:
The first is the migration trap…: aspiring migrants obtain specific credentials in the hope of working overseas, yet are unable to leave when labor demands or immigration requirements change…. Lacking public funds, Philippine hospitals could not offer permanent positions to the staggering number of nursing graduates within the country, leaving many unemployed and unable to obtain the work experience needed for jobs in alternative destinations like Japan and Singapore. Filipino nursing graduates caught in this situation then find themselves in an opportunity trap…: the never-ending need to collect credentials in order to secure a positional advantage in the job market.
Moreover, the author argues that rather than brain drain, it is a problem of brain waste as “…qualified nursing graduates find themselves in industries and jobs that have little need for their skills.”
Today I’m disconnecting Twitter and Google+ from this blog. The World Without Mind podcast finally pushed me over the edge to forgo social media altogether. These two are the last vestiges of that past life. This blog will still be active, interested people will just have to visit it directly or better yet subscribe to the RSS feed, ‘cos that’s what it’s for. The posts will no longer reflect on any social media platform.
Art of Manliness podcast on the existential threat of Facebook, Google, and Amazon and how they lead to a homogeneous, monopoly-controlled world.
Antonio Damasio is a neuroscientist who argues that who we are goes beyond simply our brains. He wrote Descartes’ Error in 1994 proposing such, and in his new book The Strange Order of Things, he goes further into the mind-body connection. An excerpt: Why Your Biology Runs on Feelings.
Via BigThink: salmonella from Europe may have killed the Aztecs. This is based on DNA analysis on Aztec remains. The salmonella may have been carried over via livestock. The end result would not have been pretty. Salmonella can cause enteric fever, which leads to high fever and bleeding from the nose, eyes, and mouth. The death toll was 15 million.
China has a proposal to clean up space debris using pulsed lasers. The US is not amused.
Hot in science news today is a recently published paper from Nature about a newly discovered plumed dinosaur with iridescent feathers. In the past few years, we’ve had to rethink our conception of dinosaurs as giant lumbering lizards to nimble, gregarious, and feathered proto-birds.
What’s particularly exciting about this dinosaur, named Caihong (meaning ‘rainbow’), is the range of techniques brought to bear to reconstruct the colors it may have had. The scientists based these on electron microscope readings of imprints on rocks, comparing them with modern extant samples to determine their light absorbing properties.
A roundup of recent scholarly articles on K-Pop (who knew?), made especially relevant by the recent tragic death of Kim Jong-Hyun.