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Right Reading does not normally do product recommendations. But recently we ordered this product, and so far we are encouraged by the results. You just drill down. The label does advise that “the decomposition, depending on the density of the trump, make take several weeks or months.”
At the Christian Science Monitor Marjorie Kehe offers a few suggestions for reading up on health care. Her list of five and a half books includes the following:
- Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis – and the People Who Pay the Price by Jonathan Cohn
Case histories illustrating the complexity of insurance and health care issues
- Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer by Shannon Brownlee
Health care and economics.
- Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government by Theda Skocpol
Analyzing the Clinton adminstration’s failed attempt to fix healthcare in 1994 offers interesting background and many instructive points relevant to today’s healthcare debate.
Also recommended on the same topic: The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point by Haynes Johnson and David Broder.
- The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care by David Gratzer
The case against government involvement.
- The Health Care Mess: How We Got Into It and What It Will Take to Get Out by Julius Richard and Rashi Fein
The case for government-financed universal healthcare.
I have read none of these. Are they really the best?
News that Sarah Palin’s political action committee has bought more than $63,000 worth of Going Rogue shows that the ex-governor knows how to manage her books. Going Rogue retails for $28.99. If the books were bought at full retail price and author got a 15 percent royalty off the retail price, that means that 15 percent of the $63,000, or $9,450, ended up in Palin’s own pocket.
The books were used by the PAC to mail copies to potential donors, so that more money could be raised, presumably to purchase more books, which could be then sent to more donors . . . and so on. All the while increasing the book’s sales rank in the marketplace.
Every author should have a PAC!
“BALI” is a word that poses some problems typographically. The wide BA combination makes a lot of white space, while the LI tends to be narrow and sticklike. Furthermore, nobody seems to sure what kind of type connotes Bali. (You can confirm this by searching Amazon for books with “Bali” in the title — not many are great.)
I’m starting to think about this for a book that is more than a year off (maybe this is a way of avoiding current projects!). I like the way the word looks with some of the sans serif faces, like Avenir, but when I tested this on a few readers (notably, the author) none of them preferred this treatment.
Right now (and this is very preliminary) I’m here:
Congratulations to Barack Obama and his campaign on their landslide victory, but even more so to the USA, which has taken a great step forward out of the depths of the past eight miserable years.
Obama’s win is being celebrated as a great moment in race relations and a triumph for black people. It is those, surely, which is wonderful and exquisitely moving.
At the same time, it’s worth remembering that America did not just select a black (as we strangely call a person with one black parent) president. It also selected a man who distinguished himself as steady, focused, capable, sensible, and eloquent. In a television interview, Obama colleague Valerie Jarrett spoke of his “core decency.” None of these are words we have heard in connection with our presidency in a long time.
So good on us.
map via 538.com
Dixville Notch, first polling place in the nation since 1960, announces its results: McCain 6, Obama 15.
Obama’s 9 votes up, so now he just has to run out the clock!
Someone gave me a Pogo book recently. Among memorable campaigns, the possum’s ranks high. Howland’s comment above reminds us that it’s a good thing for Obama that Democrats now control the secretary of state position in several swing states.
With one week to go, Barack Obama is unveiling his closing argument.
The McCain campaign, meanwhile, is still working on their clothing argument.
UPDATE, 11/05, via Newsweek …
NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family–clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.
M. Right Reading has been very busy and productive lately. Just not so much on the blog. Fear not, he will soon revert to his sedentary tendencies. Meanwhile, though largely stearing clear of politics on this blog, he leaves you with this quotation from the NYT:
Although The Washington Post quoted advisers to Mr. McCain on Sunday as saying Ms. Palin had been subjected to an F.B.I. background check, an F.B.I. official said Monday the bureau did not vet potential candidates and had not known of her selection until it was made public.
Sounds like someone is not being truthful. Draw your own conclusions.
I’ve been thinking about how our system of appointing Supreme Court justices is flawed. Life expectancy is increasing and presidents are appointing younger justices now, who might serve thirty or forty years. If several positions open up during the same term, a single president has the ability to determine the course of the court for a generation.
Here’s the refinement I suggest: allow only one justice to be appointed during a particular presidential term. If another slot needs to be filled, appoint a temporary justice to serve until the next presidential term.
As we know from our history, many U.S. presidents are dimwits who should not be entrusted with this kind of legacy. This would spread the appointment of justices over more presidential terms, balancing things out a bit. It would not favor any particular position, such as liberal or conservative, but it would moderate the present randomness of the appointment process.
Someone help me get this enacted, okay?
The new ability created by Wikipedia Scanner to track Wikipedia edits by IP address has brought some folks hours of entertainment. Where have the collaborative encyclopedia’s edits been coming from?
- Fox News. You will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that they have been spinning items in a conservative direction.
- Diebold, the electronic voting machine vendor. Those rascals deleted 15 paragraphs critical of their machines.
- Walmart. It seems their employee compensation is better than some might think (same link as above)
- Mittromney.com. Someone there is leaning “a little more toward voting FOR Mitt Romney.”
- The BBC. Someone there thinks GWBush is a wanker.
- Whereas at the New York Times they just think he’s a “jerk.”
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse. Someone there prefered one of their press releases to the existing wikipedia article.
- Susan Collins. Someone in the senator’s office thought her entry didn’t make her sound moderate enough.
- Not to mention still more Republican hijinks, from the Republican Party of Minnesota. People there don’t like Harry Potter but they do like “penis gourds.”
- The CIA. Iran is on someone’s mind there.
- The Vatican. Someone there is interested in Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.
- And let’s not forget the Democratic National Committee, where someone felt that Rush Limbaught’s entry should not omit the highly pertinent observation that “Most of [his listeners] are legally retarded.“
No doubt more revelations will be forthcoming.
Update, 32 Aug. The Dutch royal family admits scrubbing an entry.
You didn’t think you had any privacy online, did you?
(The wikipedia scanner link, at this writing, is down .)
TimesOnline reports that liars have trouble telling their stories in reverse order. It’s a good way to trip up falsehoods. Let’s try it out …
“We’re fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq, and, let’s see, we went in, the United Nations … no that was, um, there were weapons of mass destruction, no wait, that was, let’s see, er ..”
That’s the headline I’m reading here. Seems Europeans have been gaining on us, to the point where Americans are now shorter than the average Dutchman. From the article:
Researchers have established in recent years that wealthier families tend to provide better nutrition for their children and, as a result, they tend to grow taller. The drastic differences in the United States between rich and poor, the researchers pointed out, mean that the US average is pulled down by those who struggle to get by. Whereas in the US, some 15 percent of the population has no health insurance and those on welfare can barely get by, almost all citizens of northern and western European countries enjoy universal health care and a generous social net. The result is that even those children dependent on welfare in Europe have a sufficient living standard, the researchers concluded.
The downward trend started right around the time Reagan was president. It’s been pretty much all downhill from then.
According to the lawyer of the alleged “D.C. Madam,” Vice President Cheney “isn’t not” on her list of phone records.