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.”

1 comment:

  1. “they called me out for studying poetry in college, saying that I couldn’t be working class. But, really, they just missed what we were trying to do.” quoted from the working class cool link.

    I was an English Major at a commuter college. (Plus half a Masters in American Studies.) This did not suddenly make me middle or upper class by upbringing, income, or attitude. Really, anybody can study anything if they're willing to pay for it, take out loans, or work hard enough in high school to get a scholarship. *laugh*

    I like the "Be Counted" video. I actually considered listing myself as being the "unmarried partner" of the friend I live with. We've been together for ten years... but, you know, in an unmarried partnership. Only, he would've had to list two unmarried partners since his girlfriend also lives here. That would give an entirely wrong impression of how the household works. So we stuck with being "housemates". :)