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Links With Your Coffee - Saturday


  • Ode To Randi “Queen of Obscene” Rhodes » Mad Kane's Political Madness

  • Roosevelt-era reforms are saving capitalism—again. - By Daniel Gross - Slate Magazine
    In the 1930s, Franklin Delano Roosevelt saved American capitalism from its own self-inflicted wounds by erecting a new financial infrastructure—often over the vociferous opposition of the bankers and investors whose poor judgment had helped precipitate the Great Depression. During the New Deal, the government reacted to a disastrous systemic failure by creating the sort of backstops, insurance, and risk-spreading mechanisms the market had failed to develop on its own, such as deposit insurance, federal securities registration, and federally sponsored entities that would insure mortgages.

  • DNA found in Oregon rewrites the book on the first native Americans - Science, News - The Independent
    Textbook accounts of how the Americas were first populated may have to be re-written following the discovery of the oldest DNA of prehistoric humans who lived 14,300 years ago in what is now Oregon.

    Scientists said that the DNA is about 1,200 years older than the previous oldest human artifacts produced by the Clovis people, who are named after the site in New Mexico where the exquisitely shaped spearheads of the first Americans were found.

  • Jon Henley on the fate of the semicolon | World news | The Guardian
    It is a debate you could only really have in a country that accords its intellectuals the kind of status other nations - to name no names - tend to reserve for footballers, footballers' wives or (if they're lucky) rock stars; a place where structuralists and relativists and postmodernists, rather than skulk shamefacedly in the shadows, get invited on to primetime TV; a culture in which even today it is considered entirely acceptable, indeed laudable, to state one's profession as "thinker".

    That country is France, which is currently preoccupied with the fate of its ailing semicolon

Links With Your Coffee - Wednesday

  • France warning of war with Iran
    "We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war," Mr Kouchner said in an interview on French TV and radio.
  • The Nonbelievers
    An increasing number of young people in America - and adults around the world - don't believe in God. Greg Epstein, who advises fellow atheists and agnostics at Harvard University, wants to create a kind of church for those who reject religion. But he's encountering resistance from some of the very people he wants to unite.
  • Airport bathroom a tourist attraction
    When tourists ask for the bathroom in the Minneapolis airport lately, it’s usually not because they have to go.

    It’s because they want to see the stall made famous by U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest in a sex sting.

    “It’s become a tourist attraction,” said Karen Evans, information specialist at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. “People are taking pictures.”
  • Pharyngula: Taking exception to Jake
    First of all, don't try to tell the New Atheists (insert obligatory detestation of the term here) what the New Atheists believe unless you've actually got some understanding of what the New Atheists believe. This is a mistake I'm seeing repeatedly now.

    The New Atheist Camp (for lack of a better term) asserts that science and atheism are one. Religion and science are not internally consistent. Any attempt to recognize religion within a scientific framework is appeasement of superstition and is by extension damaging to the scientific enterprise. We might as well publish statements we know to be lies in scientific journals.

    No. Once again, science is a method. It's a general set of procedures that rest on skepticism, induction, empiricism, and naturalism. Atheism is a conclusion. We look at the universe using the tools of science, and it does not fit any description of the universe derived from religious perspectives: we therefore reject religious dogma. We also see that the nature of the universe does not reflect any of the orthodox conceptions of what a god-ruled universe would look like. We arrive at the conclusion that there is no god.
  • Israel’s cost to the Arabs, by Ghada KarmiAfter nearly 60 years, Israel is still not at peace with most of its neighbours. The Saudi peace plan, first proposed in 2002, is the latest in a series of Arab overtures aiming to end this situation. It offers Israel full normalisation of relations in return for withdrawal from the territories it conquered in 1967, and a negotiated agreement on the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Israel ignored the plan in 2002, but this year the Arabs have re-presented it more forcefully. In July two Arab League envoys visited Jerusalem to press the Arab case, and plans led by the United States are afoot for an Arab-Israeli peace conference in September. Though Israel may still not respond, this is a giant step for the Arabs, reversing decades of hostility.
  • Official prototype of kilogram mysteriously losing weight - (tip to Tony)
  • The Satirical Political Report - An Offbeat Look at the Hot-Button Issues of the Day » NEW O.J. CASE SETS PRECEDENT FOR BUSH: IF YA’ CAN’T GET ‘EM FOR KILLING, THERE’S STILL ARMED ROBBERY
  • Philosophers’ Carnival #53 « Florida Student Philosophy Blog
    The 118-year-old cylinder that is the international prototype for the metric mass, kept tightly under lock and key outside Paris, is mysteriously losing weight -- if ever so slightly. Physicist Richard Davis of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, southwest of Paris, says the reference kilo appears to have lost 50 micrograms compared with the average of dozens of copies.
  • YouTube - Familjen - Det snurrar i min skalle Now that's what I call a music video
  • Wired Geekipedia: Faith Smackdown - Gloves of God vs. Punch of Proof
  • The Elder Storytelling Place - A Time Goes By weblog
  • Sick Author Jonathan Cohn's Expert Opinion on HillaryCare 2.0

    I'm a little surprised, Hillary hasn't sold out yet. Certainly Kucinich has the best plan followed by Edwards, Clinton, and Obamma in that order.

    Broadly speaking, the Clinton plan is as ambitious as any plan touted by a major presidential candidate right now. Indeed, the basic structure of the plan--starting with a requirement that all Americans buy health insurance--is strikingly similar to the structure first proposed by former Senator John Edwards, which has rightly won him considerable praise.

Links With Your Coffee - Monday

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Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

  • Are you kidding me? News Chopper Down
    Two news choppers crashed into each other on Sunday while covering a police car chase in Phoenix. The local authorities say the fleeing suspect might be charged with the deaths of the four people who went down in the helicopters. If you're in a car chase with the cops and someone happens to die, are you liable for murder?
  • Onion on the Chopper Crash
    Wally Thompson, Boom Mic Operator "I certainly hope the television reporters on the ground were asked how the grisly deaths of their colleagues made them feel."
  • Do you trust CNN's Sanjay Gupta?
  • Does Europe Have Higher-Tech Health Care Than the U.S.?
    They say you get what you pay for, but in U.S. you get less for more.
    You hear it over and over again, in casual conversation and in serious debates among experts: If we create universal health insurance here in the U.S., then we'll end up with less responsive, less advanced medical care. Few arguments have done as much political damage to the cause of universal health care. And, as wonks like me have been arguing in recent months, few arguments fall apart more quickly under scrutiny.

    After all, if universal health insurance means long queues for treatments, then why aren't patients in Paris or Hamburg waiting months for routine services--while patients in Boston and Los Angeles are?

    If it means getting rushed, impersonal treatment, then why do France and Germany give new mothers more than four days to recover in the hospital, while insurance companies in the U.S. push new mothers out before two?

    If it means making do with less advanced technology, then why does Japan have more CT and MRI scanners per person than we do?

    And if it means worse health care overall, then why do so many studies show the U.S. scoring so poorly on international comparisons, including those examining "mortality amenable to health care"--a statistic devised specifically to test the quality of different health care systems across the globe?
  • CBC Television - Doctor Who Do we have any Doctor Who fans at onegoodmove?
  • Scientists’ Tests Hack Into Electronic Voting Machines in California and Elsewhere
  • Chinese Exports — The Real Poop
  • That Dropped Doughnut: How Soon, and How Often, Will It Come Back Up?
    Everything you ever wanted to know about the five-second rule.
    Few of us can expect that a search for ancestors will bring us an inheritance, a title, or a coat of arms: the rewards of genealogy are mostly psychological. As Winfrey put it, "Knowing your family history is knowing your worth." The sentiment, though, is dubious--not just on moral grounds but on biological ones. A closer look at the human drive to know one's family tree uncovers a number of tensions between our intuitions of kinship and the facts of kinship. Some of those facts show that the findings of the new genealogy should not have been surprising at all. And others, tacitly appreciated for millennia, have recently been neglected to our peril.

Links With Your Coffee - Wednesday

Michael Moore - Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews interviews Michael Moore about his documentary Sicko and U.S. Healthcare. Near the end of this segment Chris Matthews talks about Metformin a drug he uses as an example of the benefits of U.S. system. I wonder if he knew that,

Metformin, an oral antidiabetic drug marketed by Merck, has a long and eventful history. The breakthrough of metformin, a dimethylbiguanide, was made possible by Jean Sterne (1919-1997), a French physician and pharmacologist, in the mid-1950s. Twenty years earlier, scientists had already documented the blood sugar lowering effect of biguanides. Because of its unique mechanism of action and comparatively few and mild side effects, metformin is the only biguanide to have stood the test of time and continues to be a mainstay in the management of type 2 diabetes. Glucophage® (the Merck brand of metformin that literally means "glucose eater") was first launched in 1958 in France by Laboratoires Aron, a Suresnes (Paris)-based French company. . .

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Harball w/Chris Matthews

It's an Emergency

The Waiting Game by Paul Krugman
Being without health insurance is no big deal. Just ask President Bush. “I mean, people have access to health care in America,” he said last week. “After all, you just go to an emergency room.”
"What is your emergency?" she said.

"I'm here for my annual checkup," he replied. "Everyone knows you can get all the care you need at the emergency room, the president said it so it must be true."

"I'm sorry, the president misspoke," she said. "

You mean lied " he said.

"You could say that" she said.

"How about a hip replacement, can I schedule that today?" he said.

"Listen sir, if you don't leave I'll have to call security, we have emergencies to take care of here."

When will George ever stop lying to us?
A recent article in Business Week put it bluntly: “In reality, both data and anecdotes show that the American people are already waiting as long or longer than patients living with universal health-care systems.”

A cross-national survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund found that America ranks near the bottom among advanced countries in terms of how hard it is to get medical attention on short notice (although Canada was slightly worse), and that America is the worst place in the advanced world if you need care after hours or on a weekend.

We look better when it comes to seeing a specialist or receiving elective surgery. But Germany outperforms us even on those measures — and I suspect that France, which wasn’t included in the study, matches Germany’s performance.
Oh my this is good for a laugh or two.
it’s true that Americans get hip replacements faster than Canadians. But there’s a funny thing about that example, which is used constantly as an argument for the superiority of private health insurance over a government-run system: the large majority of hip replacements in the United States are paid for by, um, Medicare. That’s right: the hip-replacement gap is actually a comparison of two government health insurance systems. American Medicare has shorter waits than Canadian Medicare (yes, that’s what they call their system) because it has more lavish funding — end of story. The alleged virtues of private insurance have nothing to do with it.
Okay Paul give us the bottom line:
The bottom line is that the opponents of universal health care appear to have run out of honest arguments. All they have left are fantasies: horror fiction about health care in other countries, and fairy tales about health care here in America.

Michael Moore Q&A

A couple of responses from Michael to questions from viewers on Larry King Friday night. The first is in response to the charge leveled in the Wall Street Journal article, a red herring, that several have cited. The second a question where the viewer points out that the U.S. is better in one category.

Related: Analysis: 'Sicko' numbers mostly accurate. . .

Moore says that the U.S. spends more of its gross domestic product on health care than any other country.

Again, that's true. The United States spends more than 15 percent of its GDP on health care -- no other nation even comes close to that number. France spends about 11 percent, and Canadians spend 10 percent.

Like Moore, we also found that more money does not equal better care. Both the French and Canadian systems rank in the Top 10 of the world's best health-care systems, according to the World Health Organization. The United States comes in at No. 37. The rankings are based on general health of the population, access, patient satisfaction and how the care's paid for.

So, if Americans are paying so much and they're not getting as good or as much care, where is all the money going? "Overhead for most private health insurance plans range between 10 percent to 30 percent," says Deloitte health-care analyst Paul Keckley. Overhead includes profit and administrative costs.

"Compare that to Medicare, which only has an overhead rate of 1 percent. Medicare is an extremely efficient health-care delivery system," says Mark Meaney, a health-care ethicist for the National Institute for Patient Rights.

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Bill Maher - New Rules

Quit dissing all things French. Bill makes the case for France as a country we can learn from.

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Real Time w/Bill Maher
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Ill Hang On . . .

I love anecdotes, here is one about one of my favorite authors Georges Simenon, I've read over a hundred of his books and there are still hundreds I could read. In fact I recently ordered The Strangers in the House one of his so-called hard novels, I think of them as psychological novels. These in contrast to his perhaps more popular Inspector Maigret series. It's all good stuff.

Speed Writer
One day while Georges Simenon (a writer famed for his incredible efficiency) was working on his 158th novel, the telephone rang in his home in France and was promptly answered by his wife. It was Alfred Hitchcock calling long-distance from the United States. "I'm sorry," said Mme Simenon, "but Georges is writing and I would rather not disturb him." "Let him finish his book," Hitchcock replied. "I'll hang on..."

A Truly Deadly Sin . . .

Agent provocateur
When he’s not expouning on the values of hedonism or enraging Muslims and Christians alike, Michel Onfray tends to the controversial université populaire concept: no tuition, prior education, tests or course work. Seven such institutions now exist in France and Belgium.

His ideas about organized religion's `children's stories' have earned him death threats, but France's best-selling philosopher, Michel Onfray, remains defiant. In the new year, those ideas will finally be translated into English. Brace yourself
Atheist Manifesto by Michel Onfray

Links With Your Coffee - Sunday

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Surgical Strikes

Archimedes writings revealed video

Many Cubans Find Comfort in Castro's Cuba

Between Two Friends

As I wrote last week, it's true that it's a fallacy that the US has ever really been an honest broker --- but there was utility in the fiction for just such times as these. . .

Bush and his neocon megalomaniacs really are arguing that they can eradicate evil if we just kill enough people to show evil who's boss. And then we will give birth to utopia. (Don't ever let another conservative accuse you of being naive again...)

Why I can't stop starting books And I thought I had a problem tracking Ahmad on his journey to become a terrorist in John Updike's Terrorist and then there is Steve and Nancy, from Simenon's Red Lights on their way to Maine to pick up the kids from camp. Steve is well on the way to "going into the tunnel" an expression he uses to describe when the demon alcohol takes over. I refuse to mention the other three or four I'm currently perusing, but you can certainly understand why Joe has my sympathy.
U.S. and France Back Plan to End Lebanon Clashes

A draft of the resolution . . . calls for an immediate cessation of “all attacks” by Hezbollah and of “offensive military operations”
by Israel.

She switches to the Democratic Party (tip to Jef)

Is the White House boarding the 'end of times' train.

Perspectives audio
Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on the Middle East (tip to Kirk)

Surely You're Kidding

U.S. and France Back Plan to End Lebanon Clashes

A draft of the resolution . . . calls for an immediate cessation of “all attacks” by Hezbollah and of “offensive military operations” by Israel.

No way Lebanon will agree to this. If my recollection serves all of Israel's actions have been defensive.

Links With Your Coffee - Thursday

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World Cup Update: France 1 Portuguese Diving Team 0

A Limerick for the recently departed.

There once was a scoundrel named Lay
Who stole from the nation each day
Was it the prospect of jail
that caused his ticker to fail
or his Karma that came into play

Leiberman Mulls Run As Evangelical Christian

The French Army is Good

vinvin.jpg Bonjour America ! A Video Show by Vinvin

Bill O'Reilly (Fox News) and many american people say that the French Army is very bad. How can we explain that? Is it a legend? Let's see with a serious explanation of the WW2 rout. And in bonus (go 6'02''): a pacific song with some sex inside!