Monday, March 29, 2010

links of the day

Mongolian Yurts: "In Mongolia it is considered impolite to knock on a yurt’s door. You are always welcome in a yurt! To warn of your approach, one usually shouts “attach the dogs!”."

Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction -

Working-Class Cool � Working-Class Perspectives

YouTube - BE COUNTED - George Takei & Brad Altman

Half Of Americans Say They'd Support An Openly-Gay President (POLL)

Answering some questions about Marxism and socialism � Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Bush tax cuts

Too Much | Health Care Reform’s Hidden Tax Gem

Access to health care does not make people healthy. American middle-income people who already have health care, research has shown, have far worse health, as measured by a variety of yardsticks, than comparable middle-income people in Japan and many other nations.
If health care doesn’t automatically translate into healthier societies, the obvious question becomes, then what does? Equality. People who live in more equal societies, epidemiologists have documented, live longer and healthier lives than people who live in more unequal societies.
But here’s the encouraging news: The just-passed health care reform package includes provisions that will help make the United States more equal. Some of these provisions are starting to receive considerable press attention. The health care reform package overall, New York Times analyst David Leonhardt noted last week, just may represent “the federal government’s biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.”