Doctor trades ER medicine for palliative care, in @khnews http://t.co/vNlaVbKtW9
— Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) July 8, 2013
Here's an audio link to this story if you want to listen as you continue to read.
I heard it a few days ago and found it to be excellent.
Why doesn't Snowden return home and face charges, like the principled Daniel Ellsberg did? Let Ellsberg explain why: http://t.co/MKlZJZPy2rAs Snowden told the Guardian, “This country is worth dying for.” And, if necessary, going to prison for — for life.
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) July 8, 2013
But Snowden’s contribution to the noble cause of restoring the First, Fourth and Fifth amendments to the Constitution is in his documents. It depends in no way on his reputation or estimates of his character or motives — still less, on his presence in a courtroom arguing the current charges, or his living the rest of his life in prison. Nothing worthwhile would be served, in my opinion, by Snowden voluntarily surrendering to U.S. authorities given the current state of the law.
I hope that he finds a haven, as safe as possible from kidnapping or assassination by U.S. Special Operations forces, preferably where he can speak freely.
What he has given us is our best chance — if we respond to his information and his challenge — to rescue ourselves from out-of-control surveillance that shifts all practical power to the executive branch and its intelligence agencies: a United Stasi of America.
So we're back to #ChainedCPI, are we? I stand by this: http://t.co/iW3io1ckRgThis is tied to a particular kind of personal austerity politics that the Right loves and too many liberals accept, a kind of asceticism that they push on the elderly and lower-income people in a convoluted way rather than just straight-up cutting their monthly allowance. And yet it is a trap - if you adjust to the cheap stuff, you get your benefits cut, so then you have to adjust more to cheaper stuff, and then they cut you again. The cuts aggregate, meaning people who rely on Social Security longer (more women, for instance) get hit harder.
— Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe) July 8, 2013
Chained CPI is another way to dictate what choices people on benefits can make; for all the lip service paid to freedom and liberty, American politicians do not seem to like the freedom and choice involved when people are given a check and allowed to prioritise what they like. They prefer, instead, the virtues of sacrifice, the willingness to live on less and less in service of some greater good (like "debt reduction" or "keeping the company in business"). The idea that freedom includes the freedom to want more is off the table.
Salafis After the Coup http://t.co/Vh0Jk3AvsI via @ForeignAffairsFascinating analysis. Not too long to read. The term "salafi" is not as precise as most non-Muslims imagine. For the Muslim Brotherhood keeping them all in line is like herding cats. They are learning the hard way that politics really is the art of the possible.
— Aaron Stein (@aaronstein1) July 8, 2013
...Had the Brotherhood governed as a big-tent Islamist party in the way its leaders promised to do, it would have been on far surer footing. Unlike the Salafis, the Muslim Brotherhood was ideologically equipped to govern in this manner. But its organizational bias toward authoritarianism and secrecy, coupled with the extraordinary difficulty of governing in post-revolutionary Egypt, pushed the party over the cliff.
If you read one thing about rampant fundamentalist misogyny at the Western Wall, read this from @andybachman: http://t.co/y0qe33Bnnh
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) July 8, 2013
After a recent Rosh Hodesh service, Anat was arrested; and in a humiliating and misogynistic move, was strip-searched by the Jerusalem police for the "crime"of a woman reading from the Torah. Which is to say, since I, a man, can technically read from Torah at the Kotel and she can not, this is *her* movement, not mine, and I was there, with the other men, to *support* the Women of the Wall in their strategy and goals.
This is Zionism? Young Haredi men, living on government subsidies to study in yeshivas, refusing to serve in the Israeli army, benefiting from the protection of the Israeli army, heaping abuse on men and women who do serve in the Israeli army, protecting them, so that they can deny their fellow Jews' right to practice their Judaism. Our colleague Rabbi Sari Laufer of Rodeph Shalom in New York, six months pregnant, had a hard-boiled egg thrown at her, hitting her in the neck, and bringing up a painful welt the size of her hand. Others were sprayed with water, raw egg, and curses. According to Haaretz, two arrests were made.
Moving along, take a look at how much America spends
on education and reflect on how little we get in return.
It's almost as expensive as health care
and with the same less than excellent results.